Kruger Safari Lodges for Corporate Groups
Dec06

Kruger Safari Lodges for Corporate Groups

The Greater Kruger is scattered with intimate lodges, many of which only cater for a handful of guests at a time. These camps offer a personalised and intimate safari experience in South Africa’s expansive Lowveld region, but leave little room for large corporate groups in need of something different when it comes to annual budget meetings or compulsory conferences! Here is a selection of three lodges that cater for corporates, while combining a typical luxury safari experience complete with game drives, bush breakfasts, and sundowners. Going on safari for your work function or formal conference is one way to ensure you combine fun and work. And there is nothing healthier that work life balance! Here are 3 Kruger safari lodges for corporate groups :  &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge : Sleeps 42 The charming and classic &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge is located in the Kruger National Park on a private sect of land. Surrounded by canopies of mopane and tamboti trees, this lodge is nothing short of an elegant hideaway shrouded in natural vegetation. Lantern lined pathways wind their way down to manicured lawns, a busy waterhole attracting herds of elephants sits neatly on the doorstep of Ngala, and a sparkling pool provides much needed respite from the heat. Don’t be surprised to see elephants approaching the pool area! Boughs of trees surround the boma dining area, which is the ideal space to connect with work colleagues. A roaring campfire provides a relaxed atmosphere in the boma, and is certainly a place where memories are made and stories shared. To destress, we recommend you book a spa treatment or hit the gym. There are 17 Air-conditioned cottages, 3 family cottages and 1 private family suite; and outdoor and indoor showers. The family suites have their own private plunge pools and the bathrooms with a view are definitely a highlight! We recommend Ngala for a company getaway. It oozes colonial elegance and certainly sets the standard in terms of luxury safari lodges.  There isn’t a conference room, so it would be more of a relaxed company getaway with small group meetings which could be held in outdoor areas or in the courtyard – provided you booked out the whole lodge. Kapama River Lodge : Sleeps 40 Kapama River Lodge is a modern lodge tucked away in Kapama Private Game Reserve, and boasts plenty of open spaces with African inspired decor peppered throughout the lodge. Kapama has cleverly designed this lodge to reflect both modern hotel living and the wild African bushveld. A perfect balance between city life and bush life; and an ideal destination for corporates. Kapama River Lodge is a...

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Marine Life to Spot While on an Ocean Safari in Mozambique
Dec05

Marine Life to Spot While on an Ocean Safari in Mozambique

The Mozambique coastline is an unspoilt and wild destination in Africa offering a wealth of beach and ocean activities. The warm Indian ocean provides the perfect habitat for abundant marine life and the shoreline offers pristine surfing waves for all level of surfer. The Mozambique coast and its archipelagos provide the perfect conditions for a tropical island getaway, while still maintaining that African rustic feel. Ideal for fishing, diving, surfing, snorkelling and swimming, Mozambique is certainly a worthwhile destination. While you’re out in the deep blue, you’ll find that there’s ample marine life to spot while on an ocean safari in Mozambique. Below we’ve listed the most popular marine life to spot along Mozambique’s coast.  Humpback Whales and  Southern Right Whales Both the humpback and southern right whales are found in abundance throughout the warm waters of Mozambique. The whales migrate to the warm open waters of Mozambique to mate and calve, and favour the colder waters of the northern regions of the globe to feed. The most popular time of year to spot whales is from June – December, a window of time that gives onlookers an opportunity to whale watch from the shore – or even your lodge. The humpback whales do love to entertain, and can often be seen bolting up out of the water and slapping their hefty bodies back on the surface of the ocean. It’s name is derived from the way it contorts its frame when it readies itself for a dive. For the underwater adventurers, try to listen out for the haunting song and sounds of the humpback whales. The southern right whales name is derived from ancient times when hunters believed the species to be the “right” whale to hunt because of its blubber and slow-moving ways. Where to see whales in Mozambique : July – October is the time of year to see humpback whales in the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos. October – December in the open waters of Mozambique is the time spot Humpbacks. The southern right whales appear to be more congregated around the southern regions of Mozambique. Dugongs The dugong is a rare, almost mythical sea creature that looks like a hybrid of an elephant and mermaid. The endangered dugong is not only rare, but by nature an excessively shy creature. Dugongs are drawn to areas with forests of sea grasses (northern parts of Mozambique coastline), and they’re actually one of two vegetarian marine mammals. Dugongs certainly aren’t loners and travel in flings of two or more. They feed in the shallows which means they are generally out of the way of marauding deep sea predators. Because dugongs are elusive,...

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3 Safari Lodges on the Riverfront in Chobe National Park
Nov08

3 Safari Lodges on the Riverfront in Chobe National Park

The contrasting landscapes, abundant wildlife, and untouched pockets of safari paradise makes Botswana a sought after safari destination. The country is home to premier land and water based safari activities, and a range of lodges are peppered throughout the country. Want a water safari? Head to the Okavango Delta, a world heritage site and home of the water safari. Want a savannah style safari combined with mighty rivers? Then head to the popular Chobe National Park, the land of giants. Want a desert safari? Then head to the arid Kalahari, a culturally significant area home to vast landscapes and mind-blowing mirages. There are so many lodges peppered throughout Botswana that it’s hard to pin down our favourite safari hideaways, so today we’re focusing on 3 safari lodges on the accessible riverfront area of Chobe National Park. Staying here will ensure The Chobe National Park is in the north east part of Botswana, in close proximity to the Okavango Delta. The mighty Chobe river meanders its way through the park, and the Chobe Riverfront is home to hoards of big game. The area is known as the land of giants because of its high concentration of elephants. The park is the third largest in the country, and the riverfront region is the most accessible.  Of course, the geographical marvel of the Linyanti Marshes, and the ferocious predators of the famous Savuti region also fall within the national park. Chobe National Park is home to contrasting eco-systems, and therefore offers a variety of habitats for a wealth of different species. Kasane is the town that serves Chobe, and this is where the four countries of Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe meet. It is also where the mighty Chobe river and powerful Zambezi rivers converge.  Chobe Game Lodge Chobe Game Lodge is situated on the banks of the Chobe River, inside the Chobe National Park. This is the only permanent lodge situated inside the national park. The lodge is expansive and has 47 rooms, sleeping a total of 94 people. It’s a 5 star lodge in a prime location, and all rooms are river facing. Sit on your private balcony and watch the elephants, hippos and birdlife flock to the shores. Chobe Under Canvas Chobe Under Canvas offers guests the opportunity to stay in a mobile tented camp on the banks of the Chobe River in the heart of the national park. This mobile camp is the ultimate in luxury safari living, and has 6 East African style tents nestled on the banks of the river. Enjoy boat cruises, game drives and a relaxed safari in the Chobe National Park. Chobe Elephant Camp Chobe...

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Two Houseboat Safari Options in Zimbabwe and Botswana
Oct09

Two Houseboat Safari Options in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Iconic images of game viewers framed by brazen sunsets and surrounded by arid savanna are a constant reminder of the safari life in Africa. Coupled with these popular game drive images we are also rewarded with numerous safari style images of mokoro trips, boat cruises and wildlife swimming in pristine bodies of water. We are familiar with these typical safari scenes, but there’s a different style of safari that pretty much flies under the radar in terms safari holidays in Africa. We’re talking about the much-loved experience of a houseboat safari! Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe/Zambia is probably the most popular and well-documented destination for a houseboat safari, but the mighty Chobe River in Botswana is also an exquisite option for this category of safari. Lake Kariba rests on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is the world’s largest man-made lake. It is actually in the Zambezi Gorge, spreads out over the Zambezi Valley and is surrounded by pristine nature reserves teeming with game. The lake is dotted with floating hotels and has numerous small islands. In terms of wildlife, there’s plenty to see. Big game is fairly prominent, with a major highlight being the herds of elephants happily swimming between the fertile islands. This is always quit a sight to behold – elephants use their trunks as a snorkel and love nothing more than to indulge in swimming sessions. The Chobe River is one of the most popular safari destinations in Botswana and the shores are a playground for high concentrations of elephant. Chobe is home to hippos, crocs and a menagerie of other wildlife. Waders and birds of prey also frequent the area, making it an absolute heaven for birders. When you hire a houseboat for a safari you have the option to charter for a set period of time. It’s standard for a crew to accompany you for the duration of the hire. Amenities are all on board and – depending on the boat you hire – you can either charter the boat with the self-catering or private chef option. With the houseboat there are tender boats. These boats are used for navigating narrowing areas of water and for game viewing and fishing. The tender boats have a crew and don’t tend to traverse too far from where the houseboat drops anchor. The Big Daddy As its name suggests, this is the big daddy of houseboats. This is a mobile water mansion and the daddy Warbucks of Lake Kariba.  It comes complete with a splash pool on board, sundeck area and even braai facilities. Well-appointed cabins completely kitted out with bathroom amenities and all the luxuries...

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The Ultimate Africa Safari Route : Lions, Gorillas, and Whales
Oct08

The Ultimate Africa Safari Route : Lions, Gorillas, and Whales

Africa is a continent home to diverse landscapes, rich cultures and colourful capitals. It’s the home of the endless horizon, the safari, rural areas and coastal splendour. Whether it’s the dilapidated third world town centres, business capitals of cities, game-rich bushveld regions, arid savannah, coastal luxury or remote craters on the edge of the wild; Africa has heart. Africa has an unrefined natural beauty, and is a continent deserving of a visit.  The majority of tourists come to Africa for a safari experience, but nailing down the countries to visit can be tricky. Your time frame and budget also needs to be taken into consideration. If you have an extensive budget, and aren’t restricted to time, we suggest you follow our ultimate Africa safari route.  These are the most popular destinations worth a visit, but certainly aren’t the only countries in Africa to visit. The below is our ultimate Africa safari route!  The Greater Kruger in South Africa The Greater Kruger is home to a number of private reserves, and the national park. It’s a destination popular because of its close location to the scenic coastal hub of Cape Town, and its overall accessibility. Guests often combine the Kruger with Cape Town for the perfect beach and bush combination. There are a number of flights serving major airports in the area, and the international airport of OR Tambo is also easily accessible. Choose from reserves teeming with the big five, stay at lodges on the banks of rivers and indulge in luxury bushveld walking trails, sundowner sessions and game drives in big five reserves. If you’re pressed for time, combine a safari to Kruger with a trip to bold and brimming Cape Town. High End : Ulusaba Cliff Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve Affordable : Kapama River Lodge in the Kapama Private Game Reserve Okavango Delta in Botswana The Delta is one of the most spectacular water wonderlands in Africa. The sparkling emerald waterlogged region is surrounded by a unique and arid savannah, rich with birdlife and predators. This alluvial fan comprises open waterways, reed-lined tributaries and tranquil channels. Floodplains, grasslands, reeds and grasslands make-up a unique ecosystem that is the Okavango Delta. The most popular region in the Delta is the Moremi Game Reserve, a state-run reserve and privately managed concessions home to a high concentration of big game. This is the home of the water safari, and offers its visitors unique opportunities to enjoy traditional mokoro rides and cruise across pristine waters. The bold and shimmery sunsets of the Okavango Delta are hypnotic! High End : andBeyond Sandibe Lodge in Okavango Delta Affordable :...

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Untouched Africa : A Remote Rainforest and a Petrifying Soda Lake
Oct03

Untouched Africa : A Remote Rainforest and a Petrifying Soda Lake

There are parts of the world that remain undiscovered. These are the corners and pockets of pristine parts of the globe that go undetected, and largely unnoticed. We live in such an age of information and “big brother”, that it’s hard to believe such places still exist. Everything is waiting to be discovered, and the mystifying regions that have been studied and documented, still remain untouched. Today we briefly discuss two places in untouched Africa. A remote rainforest in Mozambique and a petrifying soda lake in Tanzania have provided us with much bewilderment. Remote Rainforest in Mozambique On the top of Mount Lico there lies a rainforest that remained undiscovered until recently. This hidden rainforest is cocooned and protected by a steep wall of rock rising a whopping 700 m above the landscape. The mountainous structure is an ancient centre of a volcano with the untouched forest cradled inside the crater. Locals are acutely aware of the presence of Mount Lico, but the hidden rainforest was actually only discovered by Julian Bayliss when he came across satellite imagery of this geographical phenomenon. Scaling a 700m wall of rock to access the rainforest was an impossible feat for scientists, so a decision was made to tackle the smaller 125m cliff face. This would allow insight into the biome of the area, and the scientific team would be perfectly placed to navigate the region from on top of the structure. Ancient rainforests house plenty of biological and cultural history. Although the rainforest has never been explored by humans within recent times, there were antiquated fragments of pottery found in the area. If the area was sightly higher or more accessible aeons ago, it would make sense that the fragments would come to settle in an area far from its original place. Discovering an area where expedition teams haven’t explored means a world of wonder in terms of new species! The first new species of butterfly has already been identified. We can only imagine all the wonder and discoveries of new amphibians, reptiles and insects that will be found in what is believed to be one of the most pristine forests on earth. Lake Natron in Tanzania Mysterious, eerie and downright creepy is the best way to describe this haunting lake in Africa. Images that have emerged from the region are dramatic and somewhat unbelievable. The stark images are so unreal that many of them look Photoshopped. But they’re not. There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for these evocative images from Lake Natron in Tanzania. The wildlife in and around Lake Natron appear to have turned to stone, frozen in time.  But simple...

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Going Chimpanzee Trekking? Here are 3 Facts About Chimps.
Oct03

Going Chimpanzee Trekking? Here are 3 Facts About Chimps.

Chimpanzee are our closest relative in the animal kingdom and they possess many traits eerily similar to humans, which is not surprising given that they share over 95% of their DNA with us. These cheeky primates have oodles of personality and are larger in real life than many people perceive them to be. Chimpanzee trekking is a popular activity in certain countries in Africa, with a sought after destination being Uganda’s tract of tropical forest in Kibale National Park. Neighbouring Rwanda and Tanzania also offer ample opportunity to go chimpanzee trekking, with a highlight being the small and unknown Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Diet : Fruit, Meat and General Vegetation Chimpanzees are omnivorous frugivore primates and certainly don’t shy away from opportunities to feed. A frugivore favours fruit over other foods, and will actively seek out areas abundant with supplies of fruit. Chimpanzee will happily indulge in vegetation such as leaves, seeds, blossoms, and bark. The protein-packed meaty portion of their diet is roughly 2%. The protein sources come from small to medium sized prey, which includes anything from insects to primates and common mammals. A favourite chimp delicacy is the western red colobus monkey. There have even been rare cases of cannibalism within the chimp world, which is not unusual in the animal kingdom. This often happens when a dominant male kills the infant of a female within the family group. There have also been instances of sub-adult chimps killing an unpopular leader. Never underestimate a chimp’s capacity for violence and aggression! Behaviour : Vocal, Aggressive and Entertaining Chimps are not afraid of declaring war with neighbouring groups. They do this in an effort to invade territories. To claim neighbouring territories, gangs will move in aggressively and carry out excessively violent behaviour killing any rival chimp. They do this to expand territory and ensure they have an ample and endless supply of food. Expanding territory also means your gene pool is dominant within an area. A chimp’s vocalisations convey a variety of meaning, and there are over 30 different calls they use to communicate. They combine these vocal calls with different body postures and facial expressions to display emotion. They certainly do have a deep and complex way of communicating, just like their Homosapian relatives! It goes without saying that Chimps have earned a reputation for being cheeky. They’re an odd combination of aggression and playfulness. While you’re chimpanzee trekking you’ll notice the gangs swinging from vine to vine, and deliberately cackling as they swing past. They’ve been known to sit in the tops of tress, munch on local fruits and toss them onto their onlookers...

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