Iconic Destinations in Kenya, the Jewel of Africa
Jan31

Iconic Destinations in Kenya, the Jewel of Africa

Kenya is fondly referred to as the “Jewel of Africa”, and is probably one of the most recognised safari destinations in Africa. There’s no denying that Kenya is an “all rounder” when it comes to game viewing, sweeping scenes, open savannahs and tranquil tropical islands. In one country it’s possible to go from viewing the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro to relaxing in the turquoise waters of Lamu Island, and witnessing tree-climbing lions straddling branches of trees on arid open plains. One tenth of Kenya has been given either national park or reserve status, making it a coveted region for spirited safari-goers. But it’s not only the exquisite biome and wildlife that make Kenya an exceptional destination. It’s also the people. Kenya has a rich and vibrant culture, one that has the earth and conservation at its core. The boldly dressed Maasai people are the custodians of their land, constantly conserving Kenya’s wildlife. And it’s also the birthplace of many novels and movies. Kenya certainly lives up to its colloquial phrase, the Jewel of Africa. Masai Mara for the Famous Wildebeest Migration The wildebeest migration put Kenya on the map in terms of being a sought after safari destination. The Masai Mara area is a major drawcard for many visitors and borders the neighbouring country of Tanzania; which means holidaymakers will often combine countries for the ultimate wilderness experience. Located in the southwestern region of Kenya, this preserved savannah is home to a wealth of wildlife. But the highlight? Well that would have to be witnessing the annual wildebeest migration which is best witnessed during the October months. Of course, the peak season is when it’s dry from late June to October. The herds are generally around from June – October, but October they begin their mass migration back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. The Coast and its Islands for a Tropical Getaway  Mombasa lies along the coast of Kenya and is the gateway for a tropical island retreat – Africa style! Picture scenes of dhows, remote beaches, dilapidated houses, fishing villages and Moroccan style villas framed by calm seas and endless stretches of beach. The best place to wipe the safari dust off with salty sea water, is in the Lamu Archipelago –  a group of tropical islands lying parallel to the coast of Kenya. Lamu is the quintessential Kenyan coast life and remains a rustic, and remote destination with a signature donkey-and-cart way of life.  Amboseli National Park for the Famous View of Mount Kilimanjaro Amboseli is famous for its gigantic free-roaming Tuskers roaming the plains, one of which was well-documented and researched. Echo the elephant was the subject of many...

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South Africa : One of the World’s Most “Instagrammable” Destinations
Jan30

South Africa : One of the World’s Most “Instagrammable” Destinations

Instagram is ablaze with scenic travel photos from hidden destinations and pockets of scenic perfection from around the world. This photo platform is an inspiring place to select new travel destinations, and plot a route for your next adventure or luxury holiday. It’s first-hand, reliable and doesn’t have the clutter of social media platforms : it’s all about the images and videos. Instagram has changed how we book our travel experiences!  We’ve closely followed articles about the most popular “Instagrammable” destinations to visit – the ones that provide unique photo-worthy scenes. In a recent article about the world’s Most Instagrammable Destinations for 2019,  South Africa walked away in fifth place ! With our dramatic scenery, contrasting arid savannah, incredible coastlines, mountains laden with vineyards and more; we guarantee that there are plenty of spots that will see your Instagram following increase! It’s impossible to list the 1000s of destinations in South Africa, because everywhere is truly remarkable, but below are a few of our favourite Instagrammable spots in South Africa: The Bloubergstrand View of Table Mountain Travel 20 minutes outside of the city centre towards the West Coast of Cape Town, and you’ll stumble across one of the most spectacular views of the iconic Table Mountain. Stand on the stretch of Bloubergstrand beach and take a photo of the sweeping piece of coast with the famous mountain as the background. The White-washed Fishing Village of Paternoster Along the West Coast 2 hours drive up the West Coast of Cape Town is a traditional fishing village that has gained in popularity with  locals in recent years. The small village hugs a protected bay, and 90% of the houses are white with blue shutters, giving the impression that you could be in a small Greek village somewhere. Get that perfect photo of indigenous vegetation, white-washed houses and beach views all in one shot. Boulders Beach in Cape Town Boulders Beach is located along the False Bay Coastline, close to Cape Point Nature Reserve. The protected penguin colony swim freely between the various bays, with rafts in abundance at Boulders. When the penguins aren’t in the water they waddle onto the beach, and numerous colonies and lone individuals will happily walk past your beach set-up. Don’t be surprised to see them gracefully glide past you while you cool off in the water. Take a snap on the beach with the penguins in the background, or grab your GoPro and get a few underwater photos of the penguins enjoying the calm and protected bay. African Sunsets in the Kruger Nothing beats a sunset in Africa – especially over the vast savannah. Landscapes laden with...

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Get to Know Your 5 Kruger Vultures
Jan30

Get to Know Your 5 Kruger Vultures

When you approach the site of a recent predator kill, and the cat activity has subsided somewhat, the scavengers descend upon the area to clean-up and help the eco-system of the Kruger. A wake of vultures surround the feeding zone, and then the chaos begins. The vulture restaurant has a pecking order, and a species hierarchy when it comes to feasting. Each species has a specific role to play in at the site of the carcass, which we discuss below.  Get to Know Your 5 Kruger Vultures  : Lappet-faced Vulture This tough beast of a vulture has a meat-shredding beak that can rip apart a carcass in an instant. The old-world, prehistoric looking bird is Africa’s largest vulture and has a rather imposing presence. It’s an endangered raptor that is illegally poached for its parts which are used in traditional medicine. The role of a lappet-faced at a kill site is one of vital importance. They perform tasks that other others are incapable of doing because of their anatomy. If other species of vulture cannot access the flesh on a carcass because the hide is too substantial, in swoops the Lappet-faced SWAT team! That meat-hook of a beak can easily penetrate the most sinewy and rugged meat. Although not the first to arrive at a kill, and by no means the most comical, they are certainly the Kings of the carcass. White-backed Vultures These are our most entertaining and comical vultures. They catch wind of an abandoned kill and swoop into the kill site, providing a canopy of confusion hovering over the carrion. The bounce from foot-to-foot, flapping about and jostle around the carcass. They need the lappets to tear apart the flesh and cleave the hide before they can access the smaller fleshy bits, their favourite part of the carcass. The white-backed vulture is a typical vulture – one of the most commonly spotted scavenging raptors in the Kruger. White-headed Vultures The coy white-headed vultures are finicky scavengers. while the white-backs are indulging in the fleshy meat section of the carcass, the white-headed vultures are happy to eat any part of the animal. The trouble is, they cannot access their favourite bits without the help of the Kingpins. These introverted vultures are referred to as “clean feeders” and enjoy keeping their plumage clean. They wait until the mania of the massive wakes have subsided, and then move in to pick away quietly at the dry bones and other neglected parts of the carrion. Hooded vulture The hooded vulture is another small vulture – and like the white-headed vulture – is also a shy raptor. Their favourite cut of meat?...

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Upgrades to Governors’ Camp Collection in East Africa
Jan29

Upgrades to Governors’ Camp Collection in East Africa

Governors’ II  Moran Camp and Loldia House are two of the most spectacular properties in the Governors’ portfolio of exceptional destinations. Governors is the pioneer of classic safaris in East Africa, and they certainly set the benchmark in terms of offering the quintessential safari experience. The latest upgrade to Governors’ Camp collection in East Africa is worthy of documenting!  Moran Camp is located in the Masai Mara, and Loldia is in the Great Rift Valley – both areas renown for their game viewing. Needless to say, the locations of both these camp are in the most sought after destinations in the world. Governors recognises the need to keep up to date with the latest trends in decor and design; and constantly strives to improve functional elements within each of their camps. These classic camps don’t intrude on their natural surrounds, and prefer the untamed wild to be their focal point, rather than being ostentatious. Tasteful furnishings and well-appointed furniture provide an exceptional level of luxury, but not a luxury that detracts from your surrounds. Governors encapsulates the art of being sophistically understated. So, let’s give a quick run down of the recent changes at both camps, bearing in mind that the tents were refurbed during the phase 1 development at the beginning of the year: Governors’ II Moran Camp in Masai Mara The entire mess tent was revamped and reconstructed. Mess tent is now located on the edge of the Mara River, with sweeping views of the landscape below. New platform area leading out from mess tent, with large comfy couches and mood lighting that creates atmosphere. Fire-pit on the deck – perfect place for large bonfires and creates a space to swap stories about your time in the bushveld. There’s been a change in decor, which includes a warmer and more bold colour palette. Reds, royal blues and brass ornaments define the look and feel of the main area. Brand new fleet of Toyota Land Cruisers – and Governors only ever allocates 4 people per 1 game viewer. Loldia House in the Great Rift Valley Loldia House is designed to reflect an atmosphere from a bygone era. The house was always an old family farm, that provides exquisite accommodation in a popular safari region. After a two month revamp, the new Loldia House was revealed – with the following changes : New dining room with high ceilings Swanky bar area in the original dining room Soft furnishings complementing that classic feel of the house, with a focus on minimalism and pops of colour throughout. Bathrooms have also been reworked to incorporate a more crisp and fresh look. The original manager’s house...

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Client Feedback : A Safari Proposal
Jan11

Client Feedback : A Safari Proposal

Liselle arranged yet another perfect African safari for her guests. Her client, Jon-Marco, stayed at the Royal Livingstone in Victoria Falls, Mfuwe in Zambia’s South Luanga National Park and combined it with an eco-friendly stay at Kapamba, which is in the same area. In between the safari madness, there was also a proposal! Mfuwe is actually rated one of the best lodges in the area and is located on the banks of a bustling lagoon. This is the place where elephants walk through the reception area! The Royal Livingstone is a classic, five star hotel that rests on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. A hotel that comes highly recommended! Here is there brief feedback :  Hi Liselle, Thanks so much for organising such an amazing trip. Was unbelievable. All the places were amazing and all the people we were in contact with were incredible. Was such an amazing experience. HUGE THANK YOU for putting it all together. Everything ran smoothly and she said YES!! All the best...

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