Client Feedback : Nsala Safari Camp and nThambo Tree Camp
Apr02

Client Feedback : Nsala Safari Camp and nThambo Tree Camp

Natasha’s clients enjoyed the perfect safari in the Greater Kruger, exploring the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the Umbambat/Timbavati region. While staying at nThambo Tree Camp Natasha’s guests saw more than 5 leopards, which is certainly one for the books. Overall, they certainly enjoyed their safari to South Africa. They stayed at nThambo Tree Camp and Nsala Safari Camp. Hi Natasha Unfortunately we are back in EU! Our trip was wonderful, we both fell in love with the bush. Both camps, being completely different, were great. In Nsala we were alone and the staff took great care of us. Sunday is great. Very first morning we had the chance to enjoy a leopard from a very short distance. That was indescriptible. The other days we saw very little. Maybe due to the fact that Sunday was by him self, no ranger joined. Anyway the time we shared with Sunday is unplayable. In thambo tree camp we experienced 5 more leopards, elephants, lions, zebras, buffalos, …. amazing! Something I disliked about our ranger is how much he insisted in following the first leopard. I felt ashamed of being human. The poor leopard was trying to escape from us and in a very disrespectful way we chased her and chased her and chased her. At a certain moment I asked him to respect the animal. So finally he did. Overall it is was great! We truly enjoy South Africa. Many thanks for your help. Definitely it won’t be the last time. Neither for me nor for my brother.  ...

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Client Feedback : Kruger Bushveld and Lowveld
Apr01

Client Feedback : Kruger Bushveld and Lowveld

Natasha’s clients enjoyed a safari in the Greater Kruger and explored the surrounding areas of the Kruger. An overnight in Johannesburg was part of the journey, and her guests spent time exploring the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon in conjunction with the bushveld. Natasha’s guests explored both the Lowveld and the bushveld regions; and indulged in the splendour of their surrounds. Not only did they track the big 5, but they also enjoyed the natural scenery of the Panoramic Route. They stayed at Peermont Metcourt Hotel, Chacma Bush Camp, Nsala Safari Camp, Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge, and Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel.   Here is their feedback :  Dear  Natasha! Thank you very much for organizing  the first part of our trip , it was great and wonderful. Both  Camps, Chacma  and Nsala were very special, friendly people and amazing experience, we felt very much spoiled . Especially beautiful was the tour alongside the panoramic route, wow, unforgettable. We got  more and more addicted to this lovely part of the world. All the best for you and thank you so much . Heidi, Jens & Christian...

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Client Feedback : Simbavati Hilltop and Klaserie Sands River Camp
Apr01

Client Feedback : Simbavati Hilltop and Klaserie Sands River Camp

Natasha’s clients stayed at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and at the Klaserie Sands River Camp. Both camps offer contrasting experiences, which afforded Natasha’s guests the opportunity to experience two unique safaris in the Greater Kruger. Hi Natasha I want to tell you how wonderful our trip was, once we all got together and got on the plane! We were all so very pleased with both camps and enjoyed the differences between the two. Our accommodations were excellent as were the staff and the food. I can see why the Hilltop is a favourite of yours. The view was outstanding and our room was down by the river with a lovely deck on which to rest and watch the wildlife. Klaserie Sands River Camp had a more rustic and isolated feel that was every bit as wonderful and the two were a good mix. We saw so many animals, the big 5, the wild dogs, baby animals and had the opportunity to observe the animals in their own environment as they socialized, ate and travelled together. Our son and daughter in law had a wonderful time as well. I am certain they would agree with our assessment. I will send you a few pictures of some of our highlights. Please don’t hesitate to recommend either of these lodges to your clients. I’m sure they would love them as much as we did. I also want to thank you for the great job you did making this become a reality and for your follow up with us. I would also be happy to recommend your services to any of my friends. With great appreciation, Brenda, Jeff, Justin and...

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Africa’s Wildlife : 4 Facts About Hefty Hippos
Mar31

Africa’s Wildlife : 4 Facts About Hefty Hippos

By now you know all about the big five – we’ve certainly given these animals ample air time over the past few months. But there is SO much more to spot while on safari, and the list is endless when it comes to the variety of species to observe in their expansive habitats. From small critters to large beasts, they’re all equally fascinating. All wildlife co-exists perfectly in the wild. Whether they’re in the predator or easy prey category, everything has its role. And if even the smallest of creatures were to be eradicated, it would certainly affect the bushveld’s delicate biome. One of the colossal beasts that provides plenty of entertaining and amusing sightings in the wild is the hippo, found in abundance in reserves that have waterholes, lakes, pans and placid rivers. Let’s look at 4 facts about hefty hippos and find out about their role in the wild. Role of the hippo in the wild  Hippos are important to the health of lakes, waterholes and river systems. They digest bulk quantities of vegetation – in excess of 40kg – and release it into their watery domain. Their faeces actually contain plenty of nutrients and acts as a natural fertiliser. Hippos come out of the water at night to graze of tropical and riverine vegetation, acting as a natural lawnmower. Not only are they natural vegetation trimmers, but they also successfully fertilize surrounding lands. Interestingly enough, some aquatic animals feast on the dung and certain fish feast on the bugs in the dung. Hippos don’t swim, they walk in water The word hippopotamus actually means “water horse” or “river horse” in Greek. Hippos are similar to horses in that they sort of “gallop” across the bottom of their watery domain. Yes, that’s right. Hippos don’t actually swim! They tend to float and wade and do this by leveraging their own buoyancy. The semi-aquatic beasts have the ability to control their own breathing and their body position. If they sink to the bottom, they use the floor to propel themselves forward in more of a gallop fashion than a swim session. They’re vicious and aggressive Hippos are excessively territorial and go to great lengths to guard their domain. Despite their size, they can charge when under duress. Hippos actually kill more people in Africa than any other animal, second to the mosquito (Malaria). This is partly because the waterways and rivers are utilized by many locals and their traditional transportation methods. Humans and hippos live within close proximity, and hippos – unlike other animals – don’t retreat with ease. Word of warning – do not approach a hippo or...

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Client Feedback : Arathusa Safari Lodge
Mar31

Client Feedback : Arathusa Safari Lodge

Natasha’s clients stayed at Arathusa Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand, and had nothing but good things to say about their Kruger safari. The lodge overlooks an active waterhole, and is an intimate lodge that offers a personal experience. The Sabi Sand is home to the big 5 and is the premier reserve in South Africa. Arathusa is a popular choice of lodge in the Sabi Sand. Here is the client feedback :  Hi Natasha, We just landed back home safe and sound. Just wanted to reach out to say THANK YOU for planning the trip so meticulously well, it all played out so smoothly and effortlessly. The lodge was great, and we saw tons of wildlife, including a rare glance of lions on the hunt devouring an Impala! Thanks also for being so responsive, helpful, and always cheerful! Best wishes, Max and the family  ...

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