Client Feedback : Hluluwe Safari Circuit in KwaZulu Natal
Jun06

Client Feedback : Hluluwe Safari Circuit in KwaZulu Natal

Michelle arranged an incredible Kruger safari for her guests. It was a varied choice of camps and lodges, which provided a diverse wildlife experience. Walt and Sharon stayed at Rhino Ridge in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, Makakatana on the banks of Lake St. Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and the Thanda Tent Camp in KwaZulu Natal. Here is their feedback :  Hi Michelle….back from our trip and all had a great time. Game viewing not as strong as Sabi Sands by a long shoot but still fun. We really liked all three lodges. As usual, the shuttles were right on time, in fact always waiting for us at the airport and lodges. A few comments by location that you might find helpful. Rhino Ridge… Great room, great common area and excellent food. The dinner in the boma was good, sand was very loose so chairs sank in…no biggie. Staff excellent and game drives very good even if no off rooding allowed. Our ranger, Thebaca, ( hope I spelled correctly) was very good but also very soft spoken. Great animals except no cats at all were seen. The area is very large and limited by road only viewing. Makakatana…. Again, great facility, great folks, excellent food, and super service. The staff actually learned our names even though we were there only 3 nights! Very limited game, no predators present in their area so prey stock seemed out of balance. Loved the included drinks! River trip was great and boat host Warwick was excellent. Lots of hippos! The beach trip is a negative. Nothing really to do once there and beach access was terrible. A large hill of sand to both go down and up (see photo) really not suitable for most folks. Should be a full disclosures about it. We all felt not a good experience, except to say we touched the Indian Ocean. Thanda Tent Camp… Super! The tents were great, excellent food, loved the included drinks. Great game viewing despite its limited area. Our ranger, Vincent, and tracker, Derrick, were some of the best we have had. Great off-road driving for that up-close experience we are used to. The on-site photographer was great and Jain, Mike and I learned a lot from his free 2+ hour session. Highly recommend that to all interested in photography, despite their skill level. Tip…..tent 13 has great views but is a LONG uphill climb; staff said a 1/3 mile hike! We spent one night there then changed to a much closer tent….too old for it I am afraid! Thanks for all your help in planning this trip. All of the Africa first...

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Client Feedback : Mana Pools National Park
Jun06

Client Feedback : Mana Pools National Park

Natasha’s repeat guests stayed in the wildlife rich region of Mana Pools National Park. For Ray Yirui Heng, Natasha chose Nyamatusi on the banks of the Zambezi River and Kanga Bush Camp, also in the heart of the national park. There are only 12 guests allowed at camp, each accommodated in supreme, simple luxury. Natasha says, “Awesome feedback and photos from my repeat guest for his pre wedding honeymoon”. Here is their feedback :  Here we go! I’ve also added a review for Nyamatusi Mahogany online! We chose the camps right thanks to you. Kanga was wild and splendid – almost all our sightings were there. The team was impeccable, probably the best we have ever experienced. We were given an upgrade to Nyamatusi Mahogany – not sure if this was ABC or your doing 🙂 fantastic new camp, and so so beautiful. We were the only guys on one night and it was marvellous. Thank you again for an amazing trip before the wedding. The true exclusivity and heartening feel is reminiscent of the best times we have had out in the bush – and you know we are seasoned Safari goers. Nothing can replace the moment I walked with wild dogs....

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Client Feedback : Cape to Kruger to Vic Falls
Jun05

Client Feedback : Cape to Kruger to Vic Falls

Liselle’s clients enjoyed a Kruger safari combined with a trip to coastal Cape Town and the mighty Victoria Falls. Their trip offered the best of the Cape with a stay at the luxury Franschhoek Country House in the world-renown winelands. The Cape Cadogan is a discerning Victorian style boutique hotel hideaway in the leafy suburbs of central Cape Town. Nsala Safari Camp and Arathusa were the safari destinations of choice, both located within private reserves in the Kruger. Nsala was an authentic safari experience and Arathusa touched on typical Sabi Sand luxury. The breathtaking Victoria Falls proved to be yet another highlight of their tour. At the falls they stayed at the David Livingstone. Cape Cadogan Franschhoek Country House Nsala Safari Camp Arathusa Safari Lodge David Livingstone Lodge Here is their feedback : Hi Lizelle, We had a fabulous time – everything exceeded our expectations!! We arrived home on the 29th of May- after wonderful visit with our grandchildren in England. Starting our trip in Cape Town, was super and we loved the Cape Cadogan – beautiful room, excellent breakfast and very helpful staff! Our day tours were great as was Mark Shelton who was very nice and full of information. Franschhoek Country House: We loved the town, loved our Garden Cottage and had wonderful meals Ben was a helpful and very friendly manager!  I would love to return there!! The wine tour was wonderful and Mark took us to great places.  Stellenbosch was also very nice, but we didn’t have much time there – as we had to get back to Cape Town. Our driver, whose name escapes me, was also very nice who drove us  back and forth from Franschhoek, to Table Mt  then to the dock to get to Robbens Island – which was very informational and finally to the airport. Nsala Safari Camp had very welcoming staff, and very good food. We did see a lot of animals on safari, and Sandy and his family had a wonderful firepit dinner for us, in a dried up river bed,  which was a lovely surprise and spectular for our last night. Arathusa was the complete opposite of Nsala, which made for interesting comparisons. It truly was deluxe and we enjoyed every minute including a wonderful massage! Food there was also very good. The staff were amazing and knew us all by name. The animals we saw were awe inspiring – it was truly amazing!! We saw the big 5 several times, which was wonderful. It was very nice to be upgraded to a suite at the David Livingston Lodge- that is a superior place. Victory Falls was...

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3 Interesting Facts About Cheetahs
Jun05

3 Interesting Facts About Cheetahs

The streamlined and sleek cheetah is one of the elusive cats to spot while on an African safari. According to their genus, they’re not actually part of the Panthera genus, and are technically NOT big cats. Interestingly enough, they are actually the last remaining species of the genus Acinonyx. An interesting fact given that we lump them together with other cats in the big cat family category. The Panthera genus is a category assigned to big cats that emit a guttural and throaty roaring/barking sound. A cheetah doesn’t roar, it emits a high-pitched chirp and thus isn’t a Panthera. However, they are still part of the Felidae family and still very much a cat! These delicate, elite cats are wonderful to watch when they’re at full speed. Found throughout southern Africa, cheetah have a wide distribution but do favour open savannahs with little obstacles. If you found the above information interesting, then we’re pretty sure you’ll find these further facts about our aerodynamic cats rather enlightening.  3 Interesting Facts About Cheetahs They are diurnal hunters because they have poor night vision. Cheetah have excellent vision and can see clarity on an object for up to 5 km. Coupled with their ability to assimilate detail on an object kilometres away, they also have a 210 degree peripheral vision. During the day a cheetah’s eyesight is equivalent to a powerfully expensive zoom lens! The black hairs absorb light from the sun and allow cheetahs to run straight towards the sun and still be able to see. Unfortunately this precision eyesight doesn’t fare well during the nocturnal hours. Cheetah hunt at dawn and dusk, when it’s still light outside and the air cool enough to hunt. Big cats generally prowl under the cover of darkness, which means cheetah have naturally eliminated the competition for prey by hunting outside of predator rush hour. Speed is their secret weapon, not strength. Cheetah are the fastest terrestrial animals and can easily reach speeds of up to 120 km per hour. Their twisty elongated tail acts like a rudder and helps them balance when reaching top speeds. The cheetah’s body is so finely tuned for speed, that it lacks other skills to protect itself in the wild. These cats don’t have much strength and cannot afford to fight off any form of predatory competition. This is why, when they take down prey, they will eat  quickly and with finesse. They cannot afford to come face-to-face with bone crushing scavengers. Their kill tactics are swift and little blood is shed. Cheetah are solitary animals, but males and females are seen together when its time to mate. Cheetah...

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3 Unique Tropical Beach Lodges in Mozambique for Barefoot Luxury
Jun05

3 Unique Tropical Beach Lodges in Mozambique for Barefoot Luxury

The Mozambique coast is a rugged tropical paradise fringed by warm turquoise waters and landscapes laden with coconut groves. It’s remove, edgy, authentically African and offers secluded pockets of paradise on exclusive islands. Colourful village markets, bustling beach towns, crisp coconuts and freshly caught seafood is the order of the day in Africa’s beach paradise. The best way to enjoy the coast? To cocoon yourself in luxury and surround yourself with the wild beachy wonder of Mozambique. We’ve selected 3 tropical beach lodges in Mozambique for your barefoot luxury. Sava Dunes along the Inhambane Coastline Tofo is a world-renown diving region in Mozambique and offers abundant opportunities to spot whale-sharks and mantra rays, along with an array of colourful fish and corals. Located along the Inhambane Coastline in Mozambique, Tofo is a popular village with visitors to Mozambique. During the height of the summer holidays it can get quite busy, but still manages to keep its quaint rustic African seaside charm. Sava Dunes Beach Lodge is a pocket of luxury perfectly placed along this wild, raw and rugged coastline. Set a mere 5 – 7km outside of Tofo, it has its own private and remote beach location. The lodge is perched upon the sand dunes, and overlooks the emerald and sometimes turquoise Mozambican seas. It’s an eco-friendly lodge offering an authentic, off-the-grid experience. Sava comprises just 5 seaside beach cottages, constructed from wood. Balconies with endless views of the horizon provide the perfect place to kick back and soak up the tropics of Africa. The main area of the lodge houses a relaxing lounge that opens out onto a pool and decking area. Our favourite part? The swim-up bar of course. Take a swim to the bar and order yourself a Pina Colada – that’s an order! The beach is a few metres from your doorstep, and offers warm waters with a peeling surfable wave ideal for bodyboarding. In season, humpback whales are commonly spotted from the lodge. The surrounding area is world-renowned for its ocean safaris, which can all be arranged from the lodge. Distance from Maputo :  White Pearl : Ponta Mamoli, southern Mozambique With a name like “White Pearl” you can only imagine what’s in store for you. Located in southern Mozambique, the elegant White Pearl Resort is perfectly placed in a picturesque destination on the shores of the Ponto coastline. Decor is chic with a light Mediterranean beach club feel – not over the top, but rather a sublime and sophisticated take on coastal furnishings. Just the right combination of blues and crisp whites to complement the champagne sands in front of the rest. Certainly...

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