Client Feedback : Bateleur Safari Camp
Aug07

Client Feedback : Bateleur Safari Camp

Michelle’s client enjoyed a Timbavati Kruger safari at Bateleur Safari Camp, a true African bush experience in the heart of big five territory. Bateleur is a relaxed camp that is quite flexible in terms of guests’ needs and offers clean, minimalist accommodation with a fresh look and feel. Guests can expect game drives, bush walks and other outdoor activities. Here is their feedback :  Dear Michelle, We just arrived home this weekend after a really wonderful holiday. Bateleur was definitely the highlight.  We loved the camp, the incredible staff and the game drives.  Our guide Sophia was so informative, gave us lots of interesting information, not the usual that you often hear from guides.  She had all my children riveted and, so much so, that my daughter cried when we left and said she is going to miss Sophia and Temba.  My boys loved walking in the bush and doing some tracking and were very impressed when the trackers made fire in about 1 minute. We loved the informality of the camp and the food was delicious but simple.  Not huge buffets and wastefulness. We had some awesome game viewing.  I got to see and Aardvark and Honey badgers which I have never seen before. Thank you for finding this gem for us. We would love to go again and can highly recommend it. Kindest regards...

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Client Feedback : Amazing Stories from a Repeat Client’s Botswana Safari
Aug07

Client Feedback : Amazing Stories from a Repeat Client’s Botswana Safari

Natasha’s repeat guest always knows exactly what she wants from her safari experience, and certainly has her list of favourite lodges. It’s a simple case of getting Natasha to book her required camps and lodges; and the occasional recommendation from Natasha. Linda chose to stay at the luxurious Kanana Camp in the Okavango Delta, the family friendly Camp Okuti in Moremi Game Reserve , and the contrasting Dinaka Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Linda spent 3 nights at each camp and even enjoyed a private bush dinner for the two people, courtesy of Camp Okuti.  Here is their feedback :  Hi Natasha, Sorry for my late reply. We had a wonderful and always amazing trip in Botswana! Ker and Downey’s three camps are all good.  We love Dinaka and would say many goods things about it. Dinaka is less visited by tourists at the time when we were there, we even have the camp all to ourselves for just one day…..There are a family of four honey badgers that live under the main raised deck.  During that night when only two of us were around they came out to the dining hall to play, they chewed the carpet, hop on to the sofa…..interact with Joanne and myself.  When we turned our heads to the right to say hi one looked at us and turned his head to the same direction!  When we turned to the left he did the same, It was trully amazing! I am sure you will agree with me that it is not that easy to see a wild honeybadger in the wild, but that we saw all four and played with them! However, during the 2nd night a family with 2 kids moved in, due to the increased noises they did not come out anymore…. We must return to this camp, just for these honeybadger residents in the camp! We need to mention the sleep out experience, I would recommend this to anyone visiting this camp.  Kanana also offered the sleep out but then the sky is clearer in the desert, and the star gazing is impeccable!  It was a little cold and we asked for more bush babies (hot water bottles), I wore 2 pair of socks, 2 long sleeve t shirts, one fleece pullover, 2 pair of pants and 2 hats, and I put on a badana on my face to avoid having frozen nose.  It was 2 degrees but there were no wind, so…no problem sleeping.  I woke up at around 3am and watched the shooting stars, the galaxy, I saw Saturn, Mars, and the Southern Cross.  I would no...

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Animals You’ll Most Likely Spot on the Grounds of Your Kruger Safari Lodge
Aug07

Animals You’ll Most Likely Spot on the Grounds of Your Kruger Safari Lodge

The majority of safari lodges within the Great Kruger region have a story to tell about wildlife entering the grounds of their lodge. We’ve heard a few tall tales in our time, a couple of old wives tales and a few legend campfire stories told by the ancients of the bushveld. We’ve heard stories of leopards strolling along meandering pathways joining rooms, lions chilling on the balcony, wild dogs trotting through lodge grounds and elephants uprooting water pipes. Oh, there are stories – and plenty of them. Some of these narratives are hair raising, while others nothing short of endearing.  Whether it’s a budget safari lodge or one catering for  five star discerning guests, one thing’s for certain – we cannot control wildlife behaviour!  They type of wildlife you’ll spot on the grounds of your safari lodge is mostly dependent on whether or not the camp/lodge is fenced off from the traverse.  We’ve compiled a list of most commonly spotted species spotted on the grounds of a Kruger safari lodge. Obviously, sightings are not limited to this list and each destination probably has its own popular species. Honey Badgers You’ve been warned ! Honey badgers gained popularity in mainstream media for being tough, powerful and cheeky animals. Their “short and stout” body combined with their bumbling ways makes them look quite adorable. Do not be fooled. This Ratal species sleeps off cobra venom, waltzes through lion prides and fears nothing. They’re comical and fierce; and they love nothing more than to come into camp grounds, often providing much entertainment for guests. They’ll climb fences, scale walls and walk under things just to get what they want. Their resilience and appetite for mayhem is actually quite admirable. Honey badgers are the reason why guides warn against keeping food in your rooms and leaving doors open. The bumbling badgers will seek out food and scraps; which is why you’ll often see them close to kitchens areas in lodges. When you’re sitting around the campfire in the boma area you might hear scurrying – this is probably a honey badger ! They tend to cruise the lodge grounds after sunset. We’re pretty sure that your guide will beguile you tales of badgers sleeping on deck chairs, on tables and inform you of their general amusing and pesky behaviour.   Elephants A number of lodges have elephant fences surrounding the grounds, designed to keep the giant pachyderms at bay. But there are some lodges that are unfenced – this means wildlife can roam freely throughout. Elephants are seekers of pristine water and will travel miles to find the perfect source of water. Coupled...

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5 Iconic Wildlife Scenes on Safari
Aug07

5 Iconic Wildlife Scenes on Safari

Nothing screams Africa like a terracotta sunset serving as the backdrop to a lone umbrella tree hovering over a silhouette of an elephant. And there’s nothing more “African” than the call of the African fish-eagle and the guttural roar of a lion. There are so many scenes and sounds used to depict the bushveld life in Africa, many of which have become synonymous with the continent.  So, we’re not going to delve into the depths of the big five here, but we’re going to list the 5 iconic wildlife scenes on safari. These are the scenes that you’ll stumble across in printed literature, and the ones that make their way onto banners on websites promoting safaris in Africa. The giraffe walking across a golden horizon This is quite a common scene while on safari, and certainly one that’s not hard to capture. Giraffe constantly journey through the bushveld in search of edible greens,  with the acacia tree being their favourite source of nutrition. Giraffe will never remain in one spot for very long while browsing on shoots and leaves. And there’s good reason for this… When a giraffe towers over the landscape and greedily feeds on the acacias, the trees release an excess of unpalatable tannins because they feel they are under threat. This forces the giraffe herds to move off in favour of alternate food sources. Acacia trees “warn” neighbouring trees of the imminent threat, so giraffe are often seen cruising across the skyline to a batch of trees far removed from their original eating place! When they’re on the move they walk silently, slowly and carefully. Because of their innate curiosity, giraffe will stop and stare at their onlookers, which provides perfect moments for photography.  Their height means that your image is largely uninterrupted by crowds of trees. The sky in Africa is always on fire with reds, oranges and yellows; which inevitably means that you’re going to come away smiling with that giraffe sunset image. Elephants in front of your lodge This kind of sighting happens at most lodges that have an open camp with a swimming pool and/or a waterhole in front of camp. Yes, it’s common practice for elephants to descend upon lodge grounds; but it’s still considered a “lucky” sighting. It’s not quite as common as the giraffe on the horizon sighting, but it happens often enough. Especially during the dry winter season. And there’s a perfectly good explanation for this… Elephants are purveyors of good quality water and they’re creatures of habit. These giant pachyderms will cover plenty of ground in search of the perfect source of water, and during the winter...

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3 Victoria Falls Lodges in Zambia Worthy of Exploring
Aug06

3 Victoria Falls Lodges in Zambia Worthy of Exploring

Zambia is the rustic and untamed epicentre of adventure activities, mesmerising landscapes and rugged bushveld. It’s a friendly country renown for being the gateway to Victoria Falls, one of Africa’s must-see destinations. Zambia is a diamond in the rough, often overlooked by tourists in favour of alternate southern Africa destinations. Zambia is not to be underestimated – it is the heartbeat of Africa; a country well-deserving of its place of the tourist map. There’s the bold and vibrant capital of Livingstone; and a landscape home to 17 waterfalls, 19 national parks, rivers teeming and brimming with life, and 5 massive lakes. With a country so rich in natural resources, we’re not surprised that Zambia is paradise for lovers of the outdoors. The main tourist attraction in Zambia is Victoria Falls, the world’s largest series of cascading waterfalls serving as the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. There are 3 Victoria Falls Lodges in Zambia that we deem worthy of exploring, each offering a sense of wilderness peace in Africa’s lush safari utopia. Comfortable : Taita Falcon Taita Falcon is Zambia’s best kept secret, but it’s gaining in popularity – and for good reason. Taita is located in a prime spot and should certainly be the destination of choice for those seeking a simple lodge in an exquisite destination. The lodge literally hangs over the mighty Zambezi River while simultaneously overlooking the Batoka Gorge, and is the ultimate wilderness retreat. The lodge is built in such a way that most areas are designed to take advantage of the awe-inspiring natural views. In terms of accommodation options, there are 7 individually decorated, en-suite chalets. Each chalet is built from natural materials, ensuring that nothing intrudes on the environment. Natural stone, reeds and local items were used to build the chalets; while colour inspiration was taken from the outdoors. There are numerous activities and things to do in and around the lodge. Indigenous forests provide the perfect place for peaceful forest walks and exploratory bird watching activities. The open-air bar is the quintessential place to indulge in a few sundowners, Zambia style ! Premier : Tongabezi Lodge Tongabezi Lodge  is actually an award-winning, ultra-luxurious safari lodge situated eye-level with the powerful Zambezi River, right on the banks. Tongabezi is perfect for honeymooners and romantics – we’re not surprised that it was nominated as Conde Nasts Traveller’s Gold List 2018. Each cottage has plenty of wide open spaces and private terraces designed to take in the views. Tongabezi has 6 private houses, and 5 river cottages, each accommodating two – five guests each. Houses and cottages come with a private valet service, which means...

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