Add Mozambique to your South African safari
Oct28

Add Mozambique to your South African safari

The top reason people add Mozambique to their South African safari is to achieve that all-too-amazing recipe of “beach meets bush”. Often, the perfect holiday entails a certain amount of actively experiencing, and a certain amount of doing as little as possible. Beaches are great for the latter. The shores of Mozambique area pearly and the ocean is azure, and there are grass-thatched beach huts stocking cold 2Ms and freshly baked pão. You’ll pair that with chargrilled peri-peri chicken or garlicky tiger prawns in no time! Mozambique is a fusion of relaxed, sandy-toed beach vibes and colourful, bustling local culture. It can be serene and chaotic all at once; you’ve just got to know where to go to find which side of the scale you’re looking for. (We’ve got you covered). Bottom line is, combining the Kruger National Park and Mozambique is 100% a good idea. We’ll give you some good reasons to add this Afro-Portuguese paradise to your next South African safari itinerary. Read on. Scuba diving And snorkelling, and sea kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding, and boat cruises… the list goes on! This is a sea-lovers dream with incredibly biodiverse marine protected areas, like the Bazaruto Archipelago, that support and sustain sea-life. In particular, these coastal waters are known to have whale sharks in residence during certain times of the year. October to April is the best time to swim with these giants of the sea in Bazaruto, and it will go down as one of the single-most majestic experiences of your life. Huge (±14 metres) pyjama-clad ocean beings with wide, toothless mouths move slowly and serenely through the water, often tailed by a number of feeder fish, and they are entirely unaggressive. Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea and they eat small schooling fish close to the surface of the sea. You don’t have to scuba dive to get to these creatures because they stay shallow, so often you’ll just need to jump off the boat wearing your mask and snorkel to bank this bucket list experience. Where to stay? Azura Benguerra Island hopping in the Quirimbas Archipelago Up north where the regular tourist routes fizzle out, island life gets a little more pristine. This is an off-the-beaten-track part of Mozambique that deserves to be explored for those who are looking for something a bit less diluted. The water is crystal clear, the beaches are vast, snow-white stretches of turtle-nesting territory, and mangrove forests bring birdlife and species diversity to both marine and land life. There are 32 islands in Quirimbas, strewn across the sea and creating this network of biodiversity. There is...

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Honeymoon or romantic holiday planning? Here are some of our favourite places.
Jul01

Honeymoon or romantic holiday planning? Here are some of our favourite places.

Honeymoon or romantic holiday planning? Here are some of our favourite places. Visit the most romantic places in Africa! If you are planning a honeymoon or romantic vacation with the special person in your life, have a look at these utterly beautiful, romantic spellbinding lodges in Africa.  Here you can enjoy private candlelight dinners with the sounds of the African bush serenading you, have a sleep out under a blanket of stars, spend the day on a private dhow cruise for two on warm azure water or swim in your private pool sharing a bottle of champagne. It it is romance you are after then pack your bags and head to Africa! Star baths, star decks and elephants in Botswana Allow Baines Camp in the Okavango to enthrall you on your romantic retreat. This intimate camp adds to the romance, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner on your private deck followed by indulgent bath under the stars and overlooking the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Your bed can even be wheeled out and set up on the deck for a night under the stars! Baines Camp has a unique Living with Elephants experience, where you can spend time learning about elephants, go for a walk with them and spend time watching them in their natural habitat. Majestic Victoria Falls A perfect combination to Baines Camp is visiting the majestic Victoria Falls and staying at the beautiful Elephant Camp orTongabezi Lodge, enjoying sunset cruises on the Zambezi, tours of the Victoria Falls and even helicopter flights! A secure and lavish night under the stars in Kruger Chalkeys Tree House is the ultimate bush bedroom! Set in the Lion Sands area of Sabi Sand in the Greater Kruger, this elevated platform is the perfect place to spend a night in when staying at the Lions Sands Ivory Lodge. Enjoy a gourmet picnic dinner while watching the sun set before stargazing the night away, all to the soundtrack of the bush at night. Idyllic Bush & Beach Feel like the only people in the world as you stroll along a private beach in the idyllic paradise of Mozambique, staying at the intimate and gorgeousWhite Pearl or andBeyond Benguerra  lodges. This is the perfect way to end a bush safari! Magical Migration Moments Watching the annual Great Migration across the Serengeti Plains is a breathtaking and exhilarating experience. To share this with your loved one in a hot air balloon floating gently above the animals is even more extraordinary. The luxurious Singita Faru Faruoverlooks the Grumeti River affording a prime spot to watch the migration cross in their hundreds of thousands. Historic Zanzibar Tropical...

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The new andBeyond Benguerra Island
May12

The new andBeyond Benguerra Island

Opening 01 June: andBeyond Benguerra Island The new andBeyond Benguerra Island lodge is about to open it’s doors to their first guests who are in for a treat! Set on the 2nd largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, andBeyond Benguerra Island is a magical destination set in a paradise. The azure waters around Bazaruto and Benguerra are protected and are full of unspoilt coral reefs teeming with marine life and providing excellent fishing opportunities. The andBeyond Benguerra Island lodge takes inspiration from Bazaruto’s Portuguese and African heritage, with all the rooms built to maximise the magnificent surroundings. There are 10 casitas (small house) and 2 cabanas are light and airy with a tropical island chic interior. Each is nestled under the shady forest that borders the pristine white sand beach. Private decks have gazebos and plunge pools.   Activities are varied at andBeyond Benguerra Island. Visitors can spend time on their private deck just relaxing, exploring the islands beaches and freshwater lakes, diving and snorkelling at the pristine reefs that surround the island, heading out for some deep sea fishing and watching the sun go down on a catamaran cruise. Guests can also enjoy a traditional dhow cruise, local village tours, horse riding and more! Best of all, there are direct flights on a Sunday and Thursday from Kruger to Vilanculos, the local airport that services Benguerra in Mozambique and daily flights back to Johannesburg. This means that a wonderful Bush and Beach experience could be yours!  You can enjoy a safari in any of Kruger’s private game reserves before heading to the tropical paradise. andBeyond has some wonderful properties in the Sabi Sand and Timbavati Game Reserves which can combine perfectly with Benguerra Island. In the Sabi Sand there are 3 camps, Kirkmans Kamp, a traditional colonial safari lodge,  Leadwood Lodge a beautiful and intimate camp  and Exeter River Lodge with dramatic views of the Sand River.  In Timbavati there is the Ngala Tented camp, a luxurious tented camp on the banks of the Timbavati River, and Ngala Safari Lodge with it’s colonial and elegant atmosphere. Contact one of our Safari Experts to get more info on a beach holiday, or better yet, a bush and beach safari!   Freshly caught seafood in Mozambique!...

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Exceptional Job! An African Adventure – Client Feedback
Oct29

Exceptional Job! An African Adventure – Client Feedback

Oddballs Camp, Okavango Delta Review An African Adventure Jako received a call from Elin and Cathy looking for an African Adventure! These 2 friends have done some extensive travelling over the years and decided this time to head to the Oddballs Camp in the Okavango Delta, Sprayview Hotel in Victoria Falls and then to the magical plains of East Africa for a Tanzania Safari of note! Their safari included Kia Lodge in Arusha, then on to the Ngorongoro Crater to stay at Tloma Lodge. From here they were whisked off to a mobile luxury tented campo in the Seregenti, the Namiri Plains Camp and the beautiful Kimondo Camp. The ladies ended their African Adventure in the ancient Stone Town, on the tropical island of Zanzibar, staying at the Kisiwa House. We received 2 emails from them about their travels: Dear Jako,   Just want to send a quick message to say many thanks for all you did for us!  It has gone wonderfully well to date and we have had a very interesting time!  Botswana Delta was great as has been the time spent at Vic Falls.  Off now to Livingstone and our long flights and stop overs to Kilimanjaro.  Then, back to the bush!   Again, many thanks, Elin and Cathy   And then when they returned home: Dear Jako, Please find attached the picture I would like to share. It was taken in the Botswana Delta when we traveled in a Makoros with our amazing guide, Papio. Below is a quotation that you are welcome to use.   “Our trip was booked at the very last minute following the cancelation of another vacation, yet everything went incredibly smoothly. Each stage of our 16-day adventure went exactly according to the itinerary. We had fabulous, friendly and knowledgeable guides and were so well taken care of at all the camps and during the transfers. Despite 50 years of traveling throughout the world and many years living in Africa, this trip still managed to exceed all expectations for both my companion and I. You did an exceptional job Sun Safaris, thank you!” Elin, Washington D.C. Regards, Elin  ...

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