Diary Entry, Images and Video of My Amazing African Safari Adventure – Destination Review by Natasha Allan

One of our consultants, Natasha, enjoyed a whirlwind luxury safari of Botswana, Vic Falls and the Kruger. These are the prime safari regions in Africa! If you’d like to book a similar itinerary to Natasha’s, then please contact us and we’ll happily tailor-make your dream safari.

Part One: Diary Entry:

I was privileged enough to enjoy a wonderful educational with “Extraordinary”. There were four consultants from four different travel agencies invited to experience this educational. We explored 4 countries in 6 Days!

DAY 1:

We arrived at the airport to meet the other agents and caught a flight together from Cape Town to Nelspruit. Here we met and road transferred to Hamiltons Tented Camp for a drink and a quick site inspection.  From Hamiltons, we enoyed a mini game drive to Imbali Safari Lodge for another site inspection. We then made our way to Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, and en route we spotted a leopard and its kill. The ranger first spotted the leopard’s impala kill in a tree, then we found the male leopard lying down catching his breath next to a termite mound.

We had a wonderful dinner under the stars at Hoya Hoyo, where the lodge staff entertained us with singing and dancing – a real African welcome!! We stayed the night at Hoyo Hoyo in the lovely spacious thatched roof chalets.

All of the above lodges are located in the Central Kruger National Park. Road transfers from Nelspruit airport to the lodges take approximately 3 hours, or 1.5 hours from Hoedspruit airport.

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, Kruger Park

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, Kruger Park


Hamilton's Tented Camp, Kruger Park

Hamilton's Tented Camp, Kruger Park

DAY 2:

Today we departed Hoyo Hoyo early in the morning to make our way back to Nelspruit airport. On the way we had a quick site inspection at Highgrove House in Hazyview.

Highgrove House, Hazyview

Highgrove House, Hazyview


We flew from Nelspruit to Livingstone, where we were met by Wild Horizons for our road transfer to the Zambian Border – Kazungula; and here we transferred by speed boat across the Zambezi River to the Botswana Border. At Kazungula Border Post you can see Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia from the Zambian side – it was a great experience.

After going through immigration we got road transfers to Ngoma Safari Lodge, which is situated in the Chobe Forest Reserve – the total transfer time is approximately 3 hours.

After we checked in, we drove down to the bank of the Chobe River for sundowners and to enjoy the amazing African sunset.  We then enjoyed a wonderful dinner.

We were lucky enough to spend 2 nights at Ngoma Safari Lodge in very spacious chalets with amazing views of the Chobe River. Just across the river, you can see Namibia’s Caprivi Strip – absolutely stunning!

Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana

Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana


DAY 3:

This was an awesome day – we experienced a full days worth of activities on offer from the lodge. After a scrummy breakfast, we drove to the Chobe National Park for our Chobe River Cruise which is approximately 2 hours. Being on the river is a wonderful experience because you get to see the animals up close and personal. We were lucky enought to see quite a few herds of elephant, buffalo, crocodiles and hippos; and a wide variety of birds. Chobe is a birders paradise ! The highlight for me was watching a herd of elephants crossing the Chobe– it was truly magical!

After the River Cruise, we did a 4 hour game drive within the Chobe National Park, where we saw a large pride of lazy lions under a tree. We also enjoyed a yummy picnic along the river. As we headed back to Ngoma Safari Lodge, we stopped along the river for sundowners and watched the elephants.

DAY 4:

After a delightful breakfast, we departed Ngoma Safari Lodge and drove to Kasane airport (approximately 45 minutes) where we were met by Wild Horizons for our transfer to the Zimbabwean Border (approximately 30 minutes). Here we crossed the border to Zimbabwe and drove for approximately 1 hour to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge located within the Zambezi National Park.

The Victoria Falls Lodge, Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Lodge, Zimbabwe


Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is situated high on a natural plateau, where one can enjoy the beautiful landscape and views of the waterhole which attracts plenty of wildlife. When we arrived at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, we were welcomed by “The Feeding of the Vultures” – which was an awesome experience. A staff member threw out bones for the vultures and they all “acted like vultures” in front of the lodge.

Part Two: My Own Big 5 Africa Safari Images:

Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

View of Elephants from Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park



Spotting Buffalo, one of the Big 5


Leopard, one of the Big 5

Leopard, one of the Big 5


This is me (Natasha) in the Chobe National Park


Natasha's Perfect Shot of an African Sunset


Malachite Fish Eagle

Malachite Kingfisher


Crocodile in Botswana

Crocodile and Hippo are a common sight in Botswana


Part Three: My (amateur!)Video of an Elephant Herd Crossing the Chobe River:

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  1. Looks like you had an awesome time Tashy!!!

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  2. Looks amazing. I’ll definitely be booking a South African adventure with you next time I go to SA. Your photos are amazing, especially the sunset shots.
    Well done.

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  3. Hello Natasha!

    I need to know exactly where and when was taken the photo of the leopard above.

    This leopard is Mixo male son of Karula female and Yambilu-Jordaan male. He was born around Nov 17, 2008, on Djuma Game Reserve in Sabi Sand Wildturn.

    This photo was posted as Oct 2, 2012 on Mabula Game Lodge Wall as : Leopard – Christmas Hill seen by Frans Rush.

    In your adventures you covered a very large territory. It’s important to know where you met that beautiful young male in search of a territory for himself. This boy has his own FB page and a huge fan club “Mixo male leopard”.

    Thank you in advance for any infos you might share.

    Claire-M. Lepage, Québec, Canada

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  4. The leopard picture you posted above is Mixo. He is a leopard we followed since he was a small cub on a live internet safari from Djuma in the Sabi Sands. Can you tell us where you took that photo? We have been trying to track him for almost two years. This is a wonderful surprise that we finally got a picture of him. Thank you for getting back to us.

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  5. If you have any other pictures of him, that would be great if you could dig them up and pass along.
    Thank you,

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  6. Hello ladies,

    This photo was taken by myself, enroute to Hoyo Hoyo from Hamiltons Tented Camp in July 2012 🙂

    I went onto Mabula Game Lodge facebook page and they took the photo off the wall now?

    I will upload an album on the “Mixo male leopard” fan page 🙂

    Many thanks!

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    • Thank you very much. There are so many people that love Mixo, watching him grow up and become such a fine leopard. The appreciation is overwhelming.

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    • Thank you Natasha! Your photos are beautiful and greatly appreciated.

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