Khwai Tented Camp Review – by Anne-Marie Mulder

Anne-Marie arranged a safari for her guest to Khwai Tented Camp in Botswana. Below is Flavio’s feedback. “Anne-Marie, Sorry for the belated response. I had a great experience at Khwai Tented Camp. It was an excellent recommendation and just what I was looking for. Small, intimate, comfortable but not luxurious, very hospitable staff. Game viewing was phenomenal, among the best I have ever experienced. Overall, great value for money. The food was good but not excellent, not more or less than what I would expect for the type of camp KTC is. The one area that I think they could work on is the state of the vehicles. They only have two, which in and of itself is not a problem given the small size of the camp. But they are both old and driving conditions are obviously rough. In addition, I have been in many safaris and can tell the difference between well maintained and not so well maintained vehicles. The one I was in broke down in the bush and I had to wait there for an hour before they came with the other, which itself was in the shop for maintenance at the same time. No big deal, just a little nerve racking because it was the last day and I had to rush to the airport.  I made it to the airport on time but once there and parked the second vehicle also failed to start. Had this second mishap occurred anywhere other than at the airport I could have missed my flight out of Maun and subsequent connections, which would have been a major inconvenience for me. As I said, overall this was a great experience and I would definitely stay at KTC again. Again, thanks very much for your help in arranging this trip. Best regards, Flavio”              ...

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Featured Destination: Hopewell Lodge
Jun10

Featured Destination: Hopewell Lodge

The Eastern Cape is well known as an area of wide-open spaces, friendly people and no crowds.  It is also home to various malaria free Game Reserves and I was lucky enough to visit Hopewell Private Game Reserve this past weekend.   Hopewell Lodge is located just 40 minutes from Port Elizabeth, however you feel a million miles away from civilization in this special coastal-valley bushveld reserve. The Reserve is fully focused on conservation and during the game drives, Hopewell’s Reserve Manager Niall, chatted at length about the success that Hopewell has achieved in converting underutilized farm land into a thriving game reserve. It was fascinating to hear about the challenges a game reserve faces in managing its wildlife when not part of a huge natural eco-system like the Greater Kruger. For example, I asked Niall “Do you have any warthog?” Niall replied that the staff claim they have seen one before but in the two years that he has been at Hopewell he has not! And he is not upset about that; as apparently warthog are notorious for digging holes under the boundary fences and therefore creating escape routes for the cheetah to neighboring farms!   Not that they would want to escape! Hopewell is truly breathtakingly beautiful and on the two game drives that I experienced, the scenery was always interesting and I felt privileged to be driven around in open 4×4 in this uniquely preserved landscape.   The reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, hippo, bushbuck and a whole host of other plains game. In addition guests can view & interact with cheetah, as well as stand a chance of seeing the elusive caracal – which I did – a fleeting glimpse as it shyly snuck away into the bush. My first sighting of a caracal in probably 300 game drives! And in such a beautifully balanced eco-system I am certain that there are leopard around!   As regards the accommodation – I was blown away! Being in the industry, I am lucky enough to have stayed at some of the “Big Name” safari lodges throughout Southern Africa. Lets just say that my suite at Hopewell was probably the most luxurious and tastefully decorated one that I have ever stayed at! You could almost do laps in your private plunge pool (in fact you could!) and the private deck overlooked a waterhole where elephant often come to quench their thirst. Inside was a huge King Size bed, cosy fireplace, freestanding bathtub as well as shower and outdoor shower. In addition a dressing room, separate toilet & basin...

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Leopard interacts with car in the Kruger Park
May22

Leopard interacts with car in the Kruger Park

This leopard was paying very close attention to a car in the Kruger Park in South Africa. “A beautiful leopard in Kruger NP has special interest in a Fiat Punto. We think the leopard was attracted to the car, because it saw its own reflection. Very nice sighting between Tshokwane and Satara.” – africawildlifenl By: Brett...

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nThambo Tree Camp & Arathusa Safari Lodge – Guest review by Celeste le Roux
May16

nThambo Tree Camp & Arathusa Safari Lodge – Guest review by Celeste le Roux

Celeste’s guests recently enjoyed a Big Five Safari in the Kruger Private Reserves. Read their feedback below: “Dear Celeste, I wanted to be sure to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip that you planned for us.  You had us booked at nThambo Tree Camp for 2 days, and Arathusa Lodge for 3 days.  We were charmed by nThambo, partly for the accommodations–it was just lovely to be up high at night, listening to the animals.  The real highlight for us and for the Holdens was Harvey, the manager and ranger.  He was a wonderful guide and teacher, giving us so much information about the animals, and making sure that we were having a quality visit.  I can’t say enough about our stay there.  It is just perfect for people trying to avoid a posh lodge–we had a very personalized visit, and it was wonderful. We were nervous that we wouldn’t like Arathusa Safari Lodge as much, but it was a very nice lodge, and we were rewarded with great animal sightings.  The food was extraordinary as well.  Thank you very much for putting together our trip–every thing went very smoothly, including our experience with Seasons of Africa.  Mike was our driver on both of our trips by van, and he was both an excellent driver and a cheerful companion.  We could not have been happier, and will be delighted to recommend your services whenever possible. Sincerely, Betsy Cannon”                      ...

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Walking Safaris in the Kruger Private Reserves – by Brett Thomson
Apr25

Walking Safaris in the Kruger Private Reserves – by Brett Thomson

There is no better place in South Africa than Africa on Foot, to experience a walking safari in the private reserves of the Kruger Park. The camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and is west of the Timbavati, covering 60 000 ha on either side of the Klaserie River. As there are no fence’s wildlife roams free between the major reserves that form the Greater Kruger Park. While a safari from the back of a vehicle allows you a fantastic visual experience, going on a walking safari you will feel, smell, hear and see the pristine bushveld like the animals do. All the walks are led by experienced and qualified game rangers and trackers, and you would expect this when walking in Big Five territory! The Big Five are lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo and are considered some of the most dangerous wild animals in Africa. To walk within a safe distance, and admire their beauty in their natural environment is a truly exhilarating feeling! On a Kruger Walking Safaris there is infinitely more to see and experience. The trained rangers do not only focus on the big aspects of nature but also on the smaller creatures that most people miss when they only go on game drives. Being on foot makes you feel part of the environment and not removed from it. It tunes you in to all facets of nature and makes you realize what a wonderful environment we are part of. Driving is a visual experience – a walking safari is a sensual experience!                ...

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