Client Feedback : Family Safari to Botswana
Feb02

Client Feedback : Family Safari to Botswana

Natasha’s clients enjoyed an incredible family safari to Botswana and they stayed at Chobe Game Lodge, Xugana Island Lodge and Camp Moremi. They sent through a bunch of their own photos taken while they were out exploring the wilderness.  Here is their feedback :  Hi Natasha, Apologies for the delayed reply, just trying to catch up with everything and getting reacclimated.  The trip was wonderful and very different from anything we’ve done in the past.  A truly amazing experience,  the people at all lodges were very friendly and caring and the animals incredible. Overall the lodges were unique with their own ecosystems and subset of animals.  We were fortunate to see all of the animals, including tons of birds, plants and trees that made a lot of photographic memories.  I think it was just the right mix, slowly easing us into more and more intimate experiences beginning with Chobe on through Camp Moremi.  Xugana Island was such a wonderful setting but I think the lodge could use a bit of renovation. Our favorite was Camp Moremi with regards to the animals, the lodge and the team there.  Food was fabulous everywhere and we didn’t have a care in the world.  Private dining might have been a unique experience and the only other comment I would make, but I understand logistics could pose some issues. Anyway, overall a wonderful trip with lifetime memories we have created.  Many thanks for your assistance and timely responses to our requests, we would recommend Sun Safaris to anyone. Happy New Year! Dennis and...

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Sava Dunes : New Luxury Eco-friendly Beach Lodge in Mozambique
Feb02

Sava Dunes : New Luxury Eco-friendly Beach Lodge in Mozambique

Sava Dunes is an eco-friendly, luxury beach lodge in Mozambique enveloped by golden beaches and azure waters. Located along the Inhambane coastline between bustling Tofo and the chilled Barra beach, Sava is most certainly unsurpassed in terms of its position. It’s a remote destination that offers guests the opportunity to unwind in a luxury lodge that leaves little impact on the environment. There are 5 spectacular rooms dotted across the sand dunes, with each one overlooking the expansive Inhambane coastline. Sava Dunes is not a new-build, and was previously a lodge. The lodge is now under new ownership and has undergone numerous developments since the take-over. There’s an outdoor dining area, indoor seating area, a pool complete with a swim-up bar and quaint wooden-walkways that connect each of the rooms. The long stretch of beach is ideal for running and walking; and the ocean has a small wave that’s perfect for bodyboarding. The neighbouring beaches have fantastic waves for surfers chasing a bigger wave. From the comfort of the lodge you can spot dolphins and whales, and head out to the neighbouring estuary for a unique snorkelling experience. Popular marine life to spot while out in the ocean includes whale sharks, humpback whales, and manta rays. When you’re done with the day’s excursions, we encourage you to settle down with a Pina colada and watch the sunset. Dinners are normally a protracted affair and all sorts of local cuisine is served. Expect fish on the barbecue, prawns and fresh produce the area. In terms of activities, Sava offers a wide variety of adventurous day tours. Guests will need to arrange these trips while at the lodge. Activities include : ocean safaris, mangrove kayaks, fishing expeditions, and scuba diving trips. Basic snorkel equipment is available at the lodge, and so is a longboard and bodyboard. This is the place to unwind and take in the completely raw and rugged coastline. A piece of African beach paradise at its best!...

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Facts About the Bushveld’s Pretty Plains Game
Feb02

Facts About the Bushveld’s Pretty Plains Game

When we’re bumbling across the crunchy terrain in an open-topped game viewer in search of the famous big five, we have a game plan in mind that’s normally decided upon by expert trackers and guides. After all, they are the ones with the tracking skills and have monitored predator activity closely prior to our arrival at camp. If there’s no need to hurtle towards a rapidly disappearing elusive leopard, or a pack of wild dogs on the trot; we stop to observe the bushveld’s pretty plains game. Plains game is a term given to general game of the bushveld. These are the commonly spotted herbivorous species that add bulk to your wildlife sightings in the Kruger, and are generally incredibly photogenic. Plains game form a vital part of the ecology of a reserve, and provide a natural landscaping service to the ‘veld. In the Kruger, the most commonly spotted plains game include : zebra, giraffe, and impala. Of course, there are numerous other general game (bushback, nyala, kudu, waterbuck) that are also commonly spotted. But today we’re featuring the 3 species we deem to be the most popular. Herbivores are either grazers, browsers or both. Grazers graze on grasses, long and tall. Browsers feed off leaves, soft shoots, or fruits of high-growing plants/shrubs. Zebra A group of zebra is referred to as a “dazzle”. They are arguably the most photogenic species to photograph, and their monochromatic colours provide such stark subjects. Zebra live in herds dominated by one male. You’ll often find males and their harems grazing on short, sweet grasses. It is though that when predators approach zebra herds, the herds scatter in a haphazard direction making it tricky for predators to target a single individual. The patterns cause confusion. Giraffe Giraffe are browsers and favour acacia trees. Their height means that they’re at an advantage and can access untouched greenery at the tops of trees. You’ll spot them feeding on acacias, but they do tend to move off quite quickly. Neighbouring acacia trees tend to “talk” and activate other trees warn other trees of the presence of a herbivore. The trees emit tannins that make their leaves unpalatable. They do this when under threat. Giraffe will move off in search of another acacia tree when the tannins become too much to bare. This is why you’ll often see a journey of giraffe on the move. Impala Out of all the plains game, the impala is probably the most commonly spotted. Thousands roam the Greater Kruger, and they’re certainly the most elegant of all the plains game. Because they are in abundance, they also make for easy prey, but...

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Black and White Images of Big Cats and Wild Dogs
Feb02

Black and White Images of Big Cats and Wild Dogs

Wildlife videographers and photographers spend endless days zigzagging their way through unforgiving terrain in search of wildlife and spectacular scenes. For these creatives, a scene of a lion standing in the middle of the arid savannah tells a story. They figure out unique ways of photographing and filming predators, and try to tackle techniques that haven’t beed tried before. It’s about keeping up to date with trends, but adding your own flavour to each moment documented. Some photographer’s images are as unique as a fingerprint – they might be purveyors of moody moments, or enjoy saturating their images, or even thrive on the abstract. Each photographer constantly learns and invests in new equipment to take them to bigger, better places. Today we share a few of Kevin MacLaughlin’s black and white images of big cats and wild dogs, and marvel at the magnificence of both subject and creativity. Lions are easier to photograph than their cat counterparts. Lions spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping and ten to gorge themselves after a meal, to a point where they can no longer move. Even their breathing slows down. When a pride is tracked to their kill site, they will be there for quite sometime. This provides sufficient enough time to get abstract and artistic with lighting, shadows and angles. Even the lone individuals and coalitions tend to swagger slowly through Leopards are agile, quick and elusive. They’re tricky subjects to photograph because they move with such stealth and ease through the savannah. As soon as you spot one, they retreat. Leopards – like lions – sleep during the heat of the day, but they tend to select the tops of trees for nap time. During this still period of time, visibility can be tricky. Gnarled branches and twisted leaves tend to block the view! Leopards do relax on ground level, or on slightly elevated areas (they enjoy scanning the bush for potential prey) which does make the subject easier to photograph. Capturing images of leopards just requires quick thinking and patience ! Wild dogs canter and trot through the bushveld, and they’re generally quite excitable. Photographing the dogs trotting and leaping always makes for rewarding results! African wild dogs are a rare and nomadic species, so any sighting or image of them is always much needed in your portfolio. If they’re on the move, they move quickly. When relaxing they flop about around waterholes, under trees and getting good visual of them is always reliable – they move in packs, which means there are ample opportunities to photograph...

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3 Classic and Classy Hotels in Cape Town
Feb01

3 Classic and Classy Hotels in Cape Town

We’ve spent ample time sharing blogs about our favourite hotels in Cape Town, which tend to include a variety of categories of lodgings from sophisticated, to glitzy, ocean facing and even historical. In Cape Town you’ll find hotels of international standing, quirky boutique hideaways, historical hotels that form part of the Cape’s narrative, and cascading villas with commanding views of the icy blue ocean. Today we’re going to share 3 classic and classy hotels in Cape Town. These 3 premier hotels often fly under the radar, but are worth their weight in gold (or Rands!) and have certainly deserved their spot in our top choice of Cape Town Hotels. The Taj Located in the heart of Cape Town’s historical district; the stylish and elegant Taj Hotel is certainly the ideal place to explore the Mother City. With a distinct middle eastern feel, complete with the warm colours and well-appointed furniture, the Taj has the ability to transport us into absolute luxury that is fit for royalty. There are Heritage rooms, Standard rooms, Tower rooms, Bedroom suites and even the Presidential suite. Not only is the Taj a hotel, but it’s also a place to be seen. Locals and international visitors flock to the Twankey Cocktail Bar that has a delightful evolving cocktail. Expect wood-chip smoking methods when creating cocktails while barmen utilise the freshest ingredients in a creative way. Gourmet cuisine is served at the choice of restaurants located in the hotel. The Bombay Brasserie is possibly the best Indian fine dining experience in Cape Town, and if that’s not up your street; then we recommend Lobby Lounge or the Mint Local Grill. After an evening of eating, relax the next day with an indulgent spa treatment at Jiva spa. This spa uses numerous eastern wellness philosophies to ensure relaxation of both body and mind. If relaxing isn’t your thing, then hit the fitness centre to sweat out your heavy night in the swanky Twankey Bar! Cape Royale  The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel  is such a stylish place, and its main drawcard (apart from its New York style hotel facade) is the Roof top sky bar and pool deck. The top level of the hotel gives rise to panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain. Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Green Point, the Cape Royale is just the perfect place for discerning travellers wanting to experience luxurious living combined with convenience. It’s within 1 km of the famous VA Waterfront, 1 km of the golf course and 5 km to the beachfront. When you aren’t sunning your body around the pool deck and sky bar, we suggest you mosey...

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