Kruger to Cape Town : Bush and Beach Pairings
Apr01

Kruger to Cape Town : Bush and Beach Pairings

South Africa is a varied country, boasting wide open savannas and barreling coastlines. The only way to experience the best that South Africa has to offer, is to do a bush and beach pairing Kruger to Cape Town holiday. We’ve sourced – and visited – properties that we think make the perfect marriage of beach and bush. Each “couple” is perfectly matched within in its price category, and there’s a thread of similarity that weaves through the pairings. Click Here for a Beach and Bush Combo Package Affordable Kruger to Cape Town  Africa on Foot in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve  Africa on Foot is located in the big five Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and shares borders with the Timbavati and Kruger National Park. This is a modern, yet rustic camp that constantly receives 5 star feedback. Mornings start with a 3 hour bush walk and evenings end of with a game drive. There are 5 chalets centered around a bar and safari dining area. There are two pools in camp, one of which is adjacent to the adventurous sleep-out treehouse. Africa on Foot guides are experts in their field, and this little camp is a sought after safari option for those wanting a camp with personality. Cape Heritage Hotel in Cape Town’s CBD Cape Town’s small, historical hotel is a delightful and re-energising place to stay. The hotel is actually an integral part of the restored Heritage Square, which dates back to the 18th Century. The central courtyard is protected by a twisty grapevine canopy and is hugged by an array of restaurants. There are only 7 room types, but each is decorated with a theme in mind. From the Karoo theme to the Mountain themed room, the decor is warm and eclectic. The vibe? Expect hidden corners adorned with leather couches, deep bold colour walls, crackling fires and a charming atmosphere. Why is this the perfect pairing? Africa on Foot rests on a family-owned farm and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. There’s plenty of history associated with the property. The Cape Heritage Hotel is history personified and has a similar intimate and friendly atmosphere. Both are iconic accommodation options, and make for the perfect “historical” beach and bush experience. Luxury Kruger to Cape Town  Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve This luxury camp strikes the perfect balance between laid-back charm and classic sophistication. Located in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Tanda Tula Safari Camp is most certainly perfectly placed for a big five safari. There are 12 light and breezy canvas tents grace the banks of the Nlharalumi Riverbed,...

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Client Feedback : Mapula Lodge in the Okavango Delta
Mar01

Client Feedback : Mapula Lodge in the Okavango Delta

Michelle’s clients stayed at the Mapula Lodge in the Okavango Delta and enjoyed an array of safari activities in Botswana. Michelle weaves together idyllic safari itineraries and has personally visited Botswana on a number of occasions. Located in the far north west of the Okavango Delta, Mapula Lodge is a community based safari lodge that offers a host of activities.  The lodge is situated on the cradle of a private lagoon called ‘Hippo Lagoon’, which is a major drawcard for wildlife.  Here is the client feedback :  Dear Michelle We have now just returned from South Africa and have had time to reflect on our time in Botswana. We were entirely captivated by Mapula, everything about it was just right! Our game ranger was very knowledgeable, friendly, and with a good sense of humour. We saw all the animals we wished to see, in abundance! The mokoro outing was great. The hosts at the camp – two young women and one young man – were exceptionally hospitable and friendly and really made our stay very enjoyable. The game ranger and one of the female hosts joined us every day for breakfast and dinner – the dinner discussions were both memorable and stimulating. The other members of staff were very friendly and hospitable. There food was excellent throughout.  What more can we say? Well, we can say this: there may possibly be safari lodges that are as good as Mapula, but there are certainly none better. Thank you for recommending Mapula! We have not had time too sort out our photos yet but when we do so we shall certainly send you some. Could we just ask a favour? We promised to send some photos to the staff at Mapula but cannot find an address. Do you have an email address or even a physical address to the camp and/or its staff? We will also complete the questionnaire and will certainly be in touch with you when we next visit South Africa. Best wishes Kristina and Michael Gough...

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Hire Out the Ultra-luxurious Kubili House in Thornybush
Feb26

Hire Out the Ultra-luxurious Kubili House in Thornybush

The exclusive use, immaculately designed Kubili House in Thornybush Nature Reserve is safari sophistication at its best. This relatively undiscovered safari treasure is a uniquely designed villa enveloped by rugged bushveld teeming with general wildlife and marauding predators. Resting comfortably on 26900 ft, this private residence sets a new standard of safari experience. Architecturally, Kubili fascinates on all levels. A complete mix of Arabian decor, Moroccan finishes mixed together with a classic bushveld feel. Throw in a New York trained chef, and you have yourself quite the global safari experience that’s overwhelming at times. A boma area designed to look like a slice of Marrakesh with its bold colours and ambient lanterns, offers a contrast in design to the main building which is a flat-roofed stone masterpiece complete with grass spears protruding from the rooftop. The natural wood used throughout the interior offers a sense of clean lines, mimicking the order that’s apparent in the natural world. The house sleeps 10 people in 5 rooms, and the shared spaces are plenty. 3 swimming pools, a spa, steam-room and private game viewer is a clear indication that the team have really covered all facets of luxury. Wooden viewing decks are scattered around, ensuring there’s always an opportunity to break-away from your group and enjoy some alone time. Conveniently located on the banks of a large dam within the reserve that sees scores of wildlife visiting its clear waters, Kubili House is perfectly positioned. The selling point? That’s the camping experience ! Not only are you cocooned in absolute luxury, but you also have the option of an adventurous outdoor camping experience. In keeping in with the traditions of explorers, old Land Rovers with rooftop tents are set-up in a clearing. The Land Rovers circle a boma area with campfire, creating the perfect outdoor advert kind of scene. There are 3 fully-equipped camping vehicles available for the rugged at heart. Activity wise, there’s simply no end to what’s on offer Kubili House in Thornybush. Game drives are a given while on safari in the Thornybush Reserve, and there are also guided bush walks, Segway safaris, archery, and Yoga. You also have your own qualified field guide and tracker who will use their skills to seek out big game and predators. An exceptionally luxury experience in a world-renown big five nature...

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Client Feedback : Klaserie River Safari Lodge
Feb16

Client Feedback : Klaserie River Safari Lodge

Natasha’s client, Tim, booked a coastal city break to cosmopolitan Cape Town and decided to add on a safari holiday to Kruger. Natasha booked her client a stay at Klaserie River Safari Lodge, located in the Greater Kruger. Klaserie River Safari Lodge offers day trips into the Kruger National Park, boat cruises and other wildlife based activities. Here is their feedback : Hi Natasha, I had a great trip! Cape Town has changed a lot since I was last there in 1995; it is much more cosmopolitan now, whereas before it seemed like an English city. Safari was a memorable experience. I enjoyed talking to the rangers/guides, particularly Evans, and the manager, whose name has slipped my mind. (Less so some of the guests whose sense of entitlement and ignorance about animals and the bush was a low point.) I was lucky enough to hear that lions had killed a buffalo on the evening I arrived, and decided to the Kruger the next day.  There were seven cubs, four females, and one male in the shade of a bush where they had dragged the buffalo carcass. (Also saw a second male who was limping badly.) Most were trying to rest in the blazing heat. Periodically,  they would move down to the creek for water. I took a lot of photos I was pleased with, but haven’t had time to load any onto my computer. Later, I saw another smaller pride about 50 meters from the road, so that was a truly amazing day! I also went to the Kruger on the last full day and saw the same pride, but on this occasion they were fast asleep and weren’t aware of the truck pulling up-we were very close. Amazing as that was, the next evening Evans tracked a young female leopard after dusk and she was totally unconcerned by our presence and the flashlight shining on her. I couldn’t believe my eyes; in 25 years of safari trips, I have never experienced a clear sighting of a leopard. Then the next morning, I saw another! Further off and skittishly moving around a tree! The sheer volume of animals we saw was reassuring, given fears of poaching. I saw an huge herd of elephants ! There must have been nearly 100! Sadly, no sightings of rhino, and I was concerned to hear that the guides had never seen the solitary rhino either. (This might be a good thing because it might also be hard to track for poachers.) The only downside was the distance from the Kruger, but I am not complaining. It made up for the scarcity of sightings...

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#TravelTuesday : “Machaba Magic”- 9 Night Botswana Safari
Feb11

#TravelTuesday : “Machaba Magic”- 9 Night Botswana Safari

Machaba camps are simple, sophisticated and elegant. There’s a certain excellence one associates with the Machaba brand, which means we’re quite excited to deliver our latest #TravelTuesday offering ! This itinerary is an ALL inclusive 9 night Botswana safari, journeying through the most remote and wildlife-rich regions of Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Gomoti River. Game Drives, Mokoro and walking trails are part of the experience. This is proper, classic safari luxury !  Ngoma Safari Lodge is your destination in Chobe and offers vistas over the Chobe River and floodplains; and each luxurious room has its own plunge pool. Game viewing is unsurpassed in this area. Spend 3 nights at Ngomi before flying to the private Khwai Concession, where you will stay at the original Machaba Camp. This classic tented safari camp offers safaris in open 4×4’s, walking and by mokoro. Gomoti Plains Camp is situated on the banks of the Gomoto River and is home to a number of water based activities like boating and mokoro excursions.  Price from: US$6700 in low season to US$10800 in peak season per person sharing. Click on this link to view the 9 night Botswana safari itinerary.  Day 1 – 4: Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park When you arrive at Kasane International Airport, the team from Ngoma will meet you and transfer you – by road – to the charming Ngoma Safari Lodge. Ngoma is located in the Chobe Forest Reserve on the edge of plateau, and overlooks the seasonal Chobe floodplain. Views from the lodge extend across the savannah, floodplains and Chobe River to the horizon beyond. Sunsets from the lodge are remarkable! Chobe is fondly referred to as the “Land of Giants” because of its high concentrations of elephants that congregate on the banks of the Chobe River. There is plenty of opportunity to view game from the comfort of your deck, and each chalet enjoys an elevated view of the river. Chalets have indoor and outdoor living areas, indoor and outdoor showers AND their own exclusive plunge pool. Your activities include breakfast and lunch cruises on the Chobe River, full day game drives in Chobe National Park and night drives in the mysterious Chobe Forest Reserve. Day 4-7: Machaba Camp, Khwai Private Concession After breakfast and your morning activity, you will be transferred by road back to Kasane Airport for a light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta area. The flight will land on a remote, private bushveld airstrip in the Khwai Concession. Charter flights offer an amazing opportunity for aerial views of Botswana’s waterways. It’s not uncommon to spot big game from the air !  The...

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