Client Feedback : Family Safari at Honeyguide Khoka Moya
Jan30

Client Feedback : Family Safari at Honeyguide Khoka Moya

Natasha booked the perfect Kruger family safari for Thomas Lotz, and it proved to be a “roaring” success. The Lotz family experienced an idyllic safari in big 5 territory at Honeyguide Khoka Moya, which is located in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. They saw all of the big 5 while out on game drive. Seems like this was the perfect family safari at Honeyguide Khoka Moya! Here Natasha’s client feedback :  Honeyguide Khoka Moya was good. We were the only guests when we came, even the days before it was apparently empty. Staff were very attentive and we felt taken care of. Our safari guide was also great. We saw all big 5 (both at Honeyguide and Kruger). The highlight was on the last drive. We saw a leopard mum with her cub. Just a few meters away from us on a tree log! Thanks, Thomas Guest Photos from Thomas Lotz and Family :  Honeyguide Khoka Moya Images...

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Client Feedback : Umlani and Gomo Gomo
Jan27

Client Feedback : Umlani and Gomo Gomo

Natasha’s clients wanted the perfect Kruger safari, so she she weaved together an itinerary incorporating 2 of her favourite lodges. Both of the lodges are located in game-rich regions in the Greater Kruger, and are popular with first-time safari goers. These lodges are Gomo Gomo Game Lodge in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Umlani Bush Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.  Here is Natasha’s client feedback : Hi Natasha, Sorry for the delay in responding to your e-mail but work has been super busy and the holiday already feels like a distant memory! We had an incredible time in South Africa, all the lodges were exceptional in there own ways and we got lucky with the wildlife. This was our 4th time on safari to South Africa and we witnessed things on this trip which we had not seen before! Including our first lion kill. Al the transfers ran smoothly and each time our driver arrived early for our collection. We could not fault the service we have had from you, from our initial enquiry, up until being on safari. We will have no hesitation to be in contact again the next time we want to plan an African safari. Which will be very soon hopefully! Thank you for everything you did and below find a few of our many photos taken! Regards Victor Brown...

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New Kruger Walking Trails Camp for Simbavati
Jan08

New Kruger Walking Trails Camp for Simbavati

Simbavati is known for its brand of stylish safari lodges, all of which offer an authentic and refreshing sense of luxury within prestigious private game reserves in South Africa. The Simbavati Lodges are wedged in the heart of the rugged big five reserves in the Greater Kruger, but they are best know for their lodges in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The brand is due to launch a back-to-basics, ground level walking safari trails camp. And we could not be more excited, given the excellent reputation of this safari brand that certainly doesn’t compromise on the feel-good elements of a luxury safari getaway. The Africa on Foot Wilderness Trails walking safaris carved the path and paved the way for many other lodges’ to follow suit when it comes to trail based safaris in Kruger. Simbavati’s unique selling point is that it brings a touch of simple and classic luxury to your “camping” experience. The camp is set-up in a pocket of secluded wilderness in the Timbavati and borders a wilderness area of 11, 000 hectares in the Kruger National Park. There’s nothing better than experiencing the wonders of a safari at ground level. Not only do you track wildlife while on foot, but you also learn how to identify tracks, and the uses of various flora. When you see a species of wildlife while on foot, it is a humbling experience. Giraffe are that much taller, elephants are amazingly graceful and kudu are powerful. Signing up for walking trails is an inimitable and immersive experience – one that is unforgettable. Of course, walks are guided by a professional trails guides who will safely lead you through the bushveld while teaching you about the wild. Walks are roughly +/-4-hours and you’ll stop for snacks and drinks en route. You will return back to base camp for lunch and then head out for another 2 hour afternoon walk after a sugary “high tea” session. Your afternoon walk flows gently into an inspiring sundowner session where you are encouraged to soak up the splendour of golden hour. A game drive bumble will escort you back to base camp, a time during which you can search for nocturnal predators. This trails camp isn’t mobile – your base is your base, which means you can settle into your surrounds and return to the same spot each day. There are 4 Meru style safari tents, which means the camp hosts a maximum of 8 guests. Bathrooms comprise bucket showers, and are all en suite. There is no electricity at camp, nor cell reception. It’s a wild experience, tainted with elements of luxury synonymous with the...

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4 Unusual Activities for Kids in Cape Town
Jan07

4 Unusual Activities for Kids in Cape Town

Cape Town is a veritable hive of adventure, cultural and outdoor activity. There are  the regular tourist activities to enthral kids, that include trawling malls for ice-cream shops and toys, going to the beach and other nice-to-do activities. But these are pretty stock standard. There are actually so many hidden corners of the Mother City offering unusual activities for kids in Cape Town, that plenty of locals don’t know about. Today we’re going to explore 5 of these activities so that tourists and locals can plan for the somewhat lengthy and tiresome school holidays. Reptile Rehabilitation Centre and Scone Shack in Cape Point The snake park that was previously located at Imhoff has now moved to the ostrich farm located just outside the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The farm is a working ostrich farm  and is the perfect place for the snake park and reptile rehabilitation centre. The ostrich farm is now a full wildlife experience for kids and families in a central hub in one of the most beautiful natural places in Cape Town. The Reptile Rehabilitation centre houses an array of unique species of snakes and reptiles. Here you’ll find pythons, tortoises, bearded dragons, cobras, iguanas and a Nile crocodile – to name but a few. Reptiles are rehabilitated and moved into the wild; and conservation is at the heart of this centre. It’s an ideal activity for budding little herpetologists and kids expressing an interest in the natural world. There are “mini-mo” shows available for private functions and birthday parties. Job shadows and volunteers are also welcome. Reptiles and ostriches in an awe-inspiring setting. What more could you want? Located next door to the ostrich farm is the Scone Shack. This has become a local highlight and was recently featured in a few online articles. After checking out the reptiles and ostriches, we suggest you take those kids of yours to the scone shack. It’s a makeshift artsy and quaint shack serving unbelievable homemade scones and jams (there’s also items like carrot cake with a lemon zest and Pecan pie on the menu). On the grounds of the Scone Shack you’ll find free roaming pigs, geese, ducks and chickens – an ideal place for kids ! A little place that you need in your life. Check out the websites here :  Cape Point Ostrich Farm  Reptile Rehabilitation Centre  Scone Shack Cape Point Stand Up Paddle Board on the VA Waterfront Canals Located on the canals of the VA Waterfront in the fun-filled Battery Park area is SUP Cape Town. Battery Park is on the outskirts of the VA Waterfront and is accessed by taking the first...

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Gorilla Trekking Increases Population Numbers in Uganda
Jan05

Gorilla Trekking Increases Population Numbers in Uganda

A recent census of the wild mountain gorillas of Uganda’s verdant Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the neighbouring Sarambwe Reserve in DR Congo revealed positive statistics with regards to primate numbers. These gorillas once faced extinction due to habitat loss, hunting, disease and natural threats. Wild mountain gorillas live in the rainforests of Uganda, DRC and Rwanda and are currently facing a bright future thanks to conservation efforts and funds made from gorilla trekking permits. Thanks to over 30 years of conservation efforts, gorilla numbers have now increased. A census of the mountain gorillas living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda and Sarambwe wildlife reserve of DRC revealed an increase from 400 to 459 gorillas from the last census. The census covered an area of 340 km2, where 459 individual gorillas were found in 50 groups and 13 solitary individuals. A team of conservationists, rangers and scientists formed part of the survey teams that had the arduous task of tracking gorillas, counting and collecting genetic data over a period of time spanning March – May 2018 and October – December 2018. Coupled with current numbers of mountain gorillas living in Rwanda and Congo’s Virunga mountains (over a 5 year period there was an increase from 480 – 404 individuals), the number of mountain gorillas have escalated to 1 063. Fantastic news for our wild mountain gorilla population. With the involvement of multiple stakeholders, governments and increase in gorilla trekking tourism; we should see this number increase hope to see this number increase in the future. Do come gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi region – your money from the gorilla permits and support of these treks gets put straight back into education and conservation of these enthralling primates. We recommend these Ugandan gorilla trekking lodges : Luxury and eco-friendly Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge  The contemporary Bwindi Lodge The authentic Gorilla Safari Lodge on the outskirts of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. * “The survey was conducted by the Protected Area Authorities of Uganda and DRC (Uganda Wildlife Authority and l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, respectively) under the framework of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration with support from Rwanda Development Board and many other partners and donors.” *...

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