Where are you going in 2018? We have some suggestions…
Jan17

Where are you going in 2018? We have some suggestions…

Bucket list destinations for 2018! If you’re looking for some inspiration on your first day back in the office, planning your adventures for the 2018 holidays might be a good place to start – to remind yourself why you work in the first place! This week we’re sharing our list of wild and wonderful places we have put on our travel bucket lists this year. These are some of the most awe-inspiring spots on the African continent and in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and they are bound to enchant you and set your soul on fire. First up: Fish River Canyon, Namibia. This is the largest canyon in Africa and the longest inland river in Namibia, stretching for 160km in total. Today it is a string of pools located in the vast ravine and is one of southern Africa’s most astonishing hiking trails. Entirely unique, heart-stoppingly beautiful, and certainly unmissable. Visit Fish River Canyon Lodge for views like this! Next up on our 2018 travel bucket list is Zambia’s tremendous Kafue National Park, where the eerily misty Busanga floodplains draw a blanket of rising fog over the bright light of the rising sun, illuminating the sky and rose-tinting the entire scene. This safari secret burns brightly on our 2018 calendars, and we can already feel the excitement and hint of unease spreading through our veins as we explore this wild animal kingdom shrouded in a disorienting haze. What a sight to behold on safari in this majestic place with Busanga Bush Camp. On our journey to discover 2018’s top spots, we’ve chosen this secluded island of smooth boulders and leafy trees in the waters of Lake Malawi National Park. Mumbo Island Camp is remote bliss, 10km across the water from Cape Maclear, which is this island’s nearest road access and the reception for the camp. The isolation of Mumbo Island is reason enough to spend at least a few days swinging in your hammock overlooking the clear, fresh water, but it offers so much more than just peace and quiet. The scuba diving, snorkelling, and kayaking activities are sublime ways to enjoy the unique biodiversity of this great lake, and Mumbo Island’s tented or thatched chalets are the perfect places to spend silent nights and in between days of sun-filled fun. Breezing through our bucket list items brings us to a celebrated World Heritage Site; a place we have bestowed with a title that represents the natural integrity of an area, enhancing its value and protecting its precious existence. This elephant paradise is Mana Pools National Park on the banks of Zimbabwe’s historic Lake Kariba. The...

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Safari Splendour at Londolozi Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sand
Jan11

Safari Splendour at Londolozi Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sand

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is world-renown big five safari destination in the Greater Kruger, and is a major drawcard  for a host of international guests seeking a discerning safari experience with a focus on luxury accommodation and wild, wild surrounds. Sabi Sand is famed for its leopard sightings and has an abundance of drainage lines, access to water and is rich with food sources. The Sabi Sand is the perfect place for viewing big cats. The Londolozi Private Game Reserve offers guests a choice of five safari accommodation options, all with the same access to  34,000 acres of untamed landscape. The format of a private safari experience is standard, but may vary from lodge to lodge. Morning wake-up happens at sunrise and a guided game drive takes place in an open-topped game viewer. Late afternoon drives combined with sundowner sessions take place at roughly 15:30 – 16:00 and evenings are spent dining under the stars and around the campfire in the boma area. Londolozi employs only the top guides and rangers that excel at tracking and sharing their wildlife knowledge with guests. Camps at Londolozi vary in price according to quality and size. The Londolozi Private Granite Suites are fit for royalty – and the thing that most delights and enthrals us is the outdoor bath perched on the private wooden viewing deck. Each suite has its very own heated swimming pool and is cocooned by tumbling granite boulders. Sounds like heaven? It is ! Londolozi Pioneer Camp and Tree Camp are the next level in luxury compared to the contemporary villa style granite suites. The 6 suites at Tree Camp are hugged by a canopy of leadwood trees and provide an idyllic escape with designer flair. While the outside provides the rustic, the interior provides a splash of Hollywood with its Ralph Lauren wallpaper and private swimming pools. Pioneer Camp is on par with the Tree Camp but offers a completely different atmosphere and is one for the die-hard romantics. It’s classic safari style with elegance shrouded in history – think bygone era meets modern grace. * Children under the age of 6 aren’t allowed at these elite camps unless booked on an exclusive only basis. Londolozi Varty Camp and Founders Camp are the largest camps and ideal for families. These two child-friendly camps have a unique covered skywalk that interlinks rooms without any danger from the elements outside. Camps accommodate children 6 years and older, and families will delight in the knowledge that elephants can be viewed in the riverine below. Founders Camp has an elevated wooden deck where yoga classes are held – the perfect place for...

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5 Distinct Safari Ideas for Your 2018 Bushveld Holiday
Jan07

5 Distinct Safari Ideas for Your 2018 Bushveld Holiday

It goes without saying that first time visitors to South Africa and southern Africa should go on safari. The national parks and private reserves dotted across the unique landscapes are home to a wealth of wildlife that thrive in their natural habitat which varies from coastal splendour to riverine forest, dry savannah, mixed acacia woodlands, sparse arid deserts and rocky terrain dominated by tumbling boulders. A standard safari includes either a self-drive trip into the Kruger National Park or stay at a lodge in a private reserve with guided daily game drives. There are a few standard components to a safari holiday that are consistent across most lodges – two game drives a day, sundowners and dinner around the campfire in a traditional boma. But, what if you want something different? Something to spice up a standard safari holiday? There are plenty of distinct safari options that incorporate either a hobby or sport into your conventional safari. These options are ideal either for the adventurous or the second time safari-goer that wants something different, but still wants to ogle over wildlife and track the big five. So, here are our 5 distinct safari ideas for your 2018 bushveld holiday. A Water Safari in a Traditional Mokoro in the Okavango Delta The network of waterways and channels of the Okavango Delta make for the ideal place for a water safari. The open channels are home to huge bloats of hippo, breeding herds of elephant and plenty of other wildlife. The birdlife is exceptional, and there are over 450 species of bird in the area. The best way of seeing wildlife is at “ground level, making a mokoro the perfect vessel for a water safari. A mokoro is a dug-out canoe made from the wood of a sausage tree (some are fibreglass) and is used by locals as a means of transport. Most of the camps in the Delta will offer daily mokoro trips, but it will depend on water levels and activities on offer at your chosen camp. Recommended for Mokoro Safaris : Delta Camp, just south of  Chief’s Island Guided Walking Safari in the Kruger There are numerous Kruger walking safari outfitters in the Kruger and it’s yet another way to see wildlife. Trained trails guides will lead you on foot through the Kruger, teaching you how to track for wildlife by following spoor, scat direction and various natural indicators. Walking safaris also allow for guests to learn about the medicinal uses of plants and how the variety of flora is used in the animal kingdom. A knowledgeable trail’s guide will teach you the etiquette of bush walking –...

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5 Must Visit Places in Namibia
Dec12

5 Must Visit Places in Namibia

Namibia is home to vast landscapes and the famous Namib desert. Amidst the madness of the endless breathtaking terrain, there are historical towns, abandoned buildings and eerie coastlines. Namibia is the land of colour and contrast. Bright blue powerful waves of the Skeleton Coast greatly contrast the amber sunsets arguing against the equally striking terracotta sand dunes of Sossusvlei. The arid Etosha National park is dotted with pans and flourishing with wildlife, which adds yet another unique variable to the land of contrasts. Namibia is a fantastic country to self-drive, but it must be said that you need to be prepared and need ample time to explore the wonders of this country. Namibia has plenty of things to see and do, and planning your journey is entirely dependent on your type of holiday. Will you be canoeing down the Orange River? Will you want a luxury safari? Do you want to hike the Fish River Canyon? Or, do you want to do a quick trip through the major areas? The decisions is yours, but we do recommend you don’t skip out on the following destinations if you are wanting to explore the major regions. Etosha National Park Elephants smothered in white dust traipse across arid landscapes in search of water-filled pans. The ghost like look of the wildlife in this part of Africa is because of the soil composition and high salt content. Etosha is actually referred to as the “Great White Place” because it’s dominant feature is the 5000 km salt pan, which is the largest salt pan in Africa. Etosha is Namibia’s prime game viewing destination, and the biome is exquisite. Woodlands, waterholes and tributaries from the Kunene River provide the perfect habitat for a variety of birdlife, and for 4 of the big five. One of the top animals to try and spot is a black rhino, of which there are prolific numbers. We recommend staying at: Mushara Outpost ancient dry river bed on the doorstep of the prestigious Etosha National Park. Skeleton Coast  The Skeleton Coast is a fascinating and eerie destination stretching across an area of 500 km that is commonly known as the Skeleton Coast National Park. This area is is home to seals, shipwreck remains and a massive wave at Skeleton Bay that is on the bucket list of avid surfers. It’s gnarly and death-defying! The Skeleton Coast/Park stretches from the Kunene River in the north to the Ugab River in the south. It covers about a third of Namibia’s coastline, and most certainly an iconic destination in Namibia! Famed for its heavy fog rising up from the icy ocean, and graveyards of...

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Expect the Extraordinary: 11 Night Safari by Private Jet
Dec06

Expect the Extraordinary: 11 Night Safari by Private Jet

Journey through Africa by private jet, and embark on one extraordinary adventure. Ignite Your Inspiration Changing the game of luxury travel, this 12-day journey masterpiece is centred on flexibility, originality, and paramount exclusivity. A unique expedition designed for intimate groups, offering unprecedented comfort and customisation to an unsurpassable safari experience. In September 2019, a limited two departures will signify the beginning of historic travel exploits through the continent’s most revered countries. Between 4 and 12 guests take to the skies, destined for the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Victoria Falls, the Kruger National Park, and Cape Town. Let your mind wander, as you contemplate the possibilities of this aerial voyage across the land home to some of the world’s most archetypal species, natural monuments, human history, and natural finery. See the full itinerary, meet your private guides, and discover the state of the art jets you’ll travel in, here.  At a Glance September 2019 4-12 Guests 11 Nights/12 days of supreme travel in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania Flexible itinerary which can extend to include Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda or Uganda Exclusive experiences and complimentary extras Your Exquisite Travel Experiences Choose one of two itineraries combining the carefully selected and seamlessly luxurious properties to customise your travel plans. Choose to travel from the South of Africa to the East, or vice versa, to determine which experience you’ll indulge in first, and which you save for last. Itinerary #1: Cape Town – Kruger National Park – Victoria Falls – Ngorongoro Crater – Masai Mara – Nairobi  Itinerary #2: Nairobi – Masai Mara – Ngorongoro Crater – Victoria Falls – Kruger National Park – Cape Town  From Cape Town to Kenya, or Kenya to the Cape; your choose the direction of your journey. Where You’ll Stay on this Prestigious Journey 2 x Nights at One&Only Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town’s illustrious shores are strewn with world class eateries, cosy beaches with white surf on turquoise waters, internationally recognised mountains hosting unique biodiversity, adventure trails, and scenic views in a metropolitan bowl of culture and style. One&Only is the City’s greatest offering for pampered accommodation, seamless service, and a faultless reputation for luxury, located right in the historic palm of the V&A Waterfront. 3 x Nights at &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa The esteemed Ngala Private Game Reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, providing an exclusive take on this famed South African wildlife experience. With access to the reserve limited to guests at Ngala guests, the safari experience is pristine, uninterrupted, personalised, and immaculately carried out. An experience of a lifetime awaits at this...

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Going on Safari? Here Are Your Kruger Airport Options.
Nov06

Going on Safari? Here Are Your Kruger Airport Options.

If you don’t want to self-drive to your safari camp, then you have two ways of getting to your Kruger safari destination, the first is for the more budget conscious traveller, and the second for a more flexible budget.  Budget style is to fly into a major airport and take a scheduled road transfer to your camp/lodge. These road transfers are generally in luxury small busses that seat up to 10 people. The road option does allow you to learn about the area, historical landmarks and enjoy the small towns en route. The ideal option, if you aren’t travelling on a budget, is to fly into one of the smaller safari airports via a connecting flight from South Africa’s major airports that include O.R. Tambo International (Johannesburg), Cape Town International and King Shaka International (Durban) airports. These smaller safari airports normally have a few flights departing and arriving daily. From the smaller airports, rangers from your camp or lodge will come and fetch you and transport you back to camp. Don’t be surprised to see a fleet of game viewers and sea of khaki clad rangers waiting in the arrivals. Here are your Kruger Airport Options : Northern Kruger Park: Phalaborwa Airport (Hendrik Van Eck Airport ) Phalaborwa serves the northern region of the Kruger National Park, and is a small airport. It serves guests flying on private charters and scheduled flights to/from international airports. The airport looks like a safari lodge, with its thatched roofs and plenty of wildlife statues. There are a few curio shops inside the terminal, ATM machines and also a car rental section. Central Kruger Park: Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport The Hoedspruit (Eastgate) Airport is a small but bustling airport that serves popular private reserves including the Timbavati Game Reserve, Kapama Game Reserve, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Balule Nature Reserve. The closest gate is the Orpen Gate entrance to the National Park. The airport has a restaurant and one curio shop. It is crawling with safari vehicles, with gives it that authentic bushveld feel. You might even notice wildlife darting across the runway. Small, efficient and one of the most popular safari airports, Hoedspruit is a fantastic introduction to any safari. Southern Kruger Park: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMI) The Nelspruit Airport/Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport serves the southern region of the Kruger Park, which includes the world renown Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It’s quite a large airport in terms of safari airports, and certainly caters for the both the business and leisure traveller. With its premier lounge, and curio shop chockablock with African trinkets; this airport has certainly covered all bases! Kruger National Park : Skukuza Airport Skukuza airport has an...

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Magical Coastline Destinations in Tropical Mozambique
Oct20

Magical Coastline Destinations in Tropical Mozambique

Dreaming of a palm-strewn, tropical beach vacay? Same here. Our travel day dreams took us to to the sandy shores of Mozambique where this little wooden bungalow is shaded by thatched roofs and cooled by the ocean breeze. Nyati Beach Lodge is quite simply the beach getaway we’ve been yearning for. It is located near the popular town of Vilanculos, on a private stretch of beach front, and perfectly equipped to see to every beach bungalow desire. We’re going to the beach this week – join us here as we post our favourite Mozambique destinations! Santorini Mozambique is drenched in the liquid glow of the sunrise, as it faces the broad horizon and welcomes the sun each morning. Stretching from one end of the earth to the other, the views on display from your private villa patio are seemingly endless. This seaside paradise is one for the books. There is something for families, honeymooners, and couples travelling together, and it is only a 20-minute drive from Vilanculos airport. This week is all about Mozambique – the perfect place to include in a beach and bush safari adventure – and Santorini Mozambique is one of our favourites. Words that come to mind when we think of Azura Quilalea: warm, tranquil, romantic, earthy, remote. What a place to be, relaxing at the seaside, soaking up the Northern Mozambique sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of a rustic wooden verandah only steps from the gently lapping waves. This piece of paradise is one of 9 private villas on a private island in these glorious Indian Ocean waters, and we want to be there. Mozambique’s coral pink skies bloom overhead as guests settle down on the private shores of andBeyond Benguerra Island. It’s sunset, and the world has blossomed into delicate floral colours while the wash of the water on the sand gently lulls us into an even further state of relaxation. This sublime setting is what makes a seaside sanctuary so alluring, and andBeyond’s revered reputation in the safari world translates flawlessly to their phenomenal beach locations. Luxury, privacy, serenity in nature… Take us back! That island life: palm trees, blue seas, traditional cabanas, the golden sunset glow, and fine, soft sand beneath your feet. It’s no wonder the seaside beckons when we’re in need of rejuvenation and revitalisation. The Big Blue moves in tides, entirely in tune with nature, and its warm, gentle Mozambican Current invites us right in. This private island is Azura Benguerra; it is a seaside villa paradise, with locally built beach suites right on the sand, lulling us into that dreamy state of natural relaxation. Forget blue...

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