Walking Safari Magic at Mwamba Bush Camp
Mar18

Walking Safari Magic at Mwamba Bush Camp

Walking safaris were born in Zambia where pioneers trekked and tracked through the Luangwa Valley encountering leopard and hippo, wild dog, and giraffe, elephant, lion, and buffalo on foot. Imagine the thrill of meeting these wild African residents on foot and watching them from your position on the ground; senses standing to attention, adrenalin pumping through the veins, every smell and sound a pungent trigger to remind you of this primitive activity. In the greater scheme of things, the vehicle is a modern invention, and before safari game drives, hunter-gatherers and explorers would traverse these wild territories on foot. Plenty of our guests request the walking safari experience, and we know that there is no better place in Africa to send them than Zambia. Right now, Mwamba Bush Camp is all the magic we need, and these photos are proof of that. Mwamba is a little slice of serenity in South Luangwa National Park, on the banks of the Mwamba River. It is blissfully exclusive and simple with only 3 chalets built simply from reeds under the shade of large tree canopies. Each chalet has a spacious en suite bathroom, which is open to the sky and perfectly equipped with hot bucket showers and flushing toilets. Above each bed, a skylight is shaped out of the reed ceiling and covered with mosquito netting, offering unique bedtime star gazing without pesky bugs. The rest of this relaxed and informal camp fits the mould with a wonderfully rustic, yet properly stocked, bar area, which is built underneath large trees and always accompanied by birdsong. The beauty of this remote and wild little camp is its perfect blend of modern comfort and wildness. And we haven’t even started on the safari activities… There is a little sleep-out platform, which overlooks a waterhole and the incredible horizon that lights up at sunset and stains the sky all shades of tangerine and watermelon. Romantically draped in a mosquito net and raised high off the ground, this place makes for one memorable honeymoon destination! Mwamba has a well camouflaged hide, which is built from natural reeds and is positioned along the riverbank, offering a secret spot to sit in silence and watch as some of the roaming wild animals stop by for a drink, none the wiser of your presence. Each day, there are three optional activities to take part in: walking safaris, game drives, and sessions in the hides. Morning, midday, and evening offer something different, so that you will have no reason for fomo! Setting off on foot at first light might be the best way to start the day, drinking in the...

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Escape the crowds in Kenya and bask in the blissful Laikipia Plateau
Mar11

Escape the crowds in Kenya and bask in the blissful Laikipia Plateau

The Laikipia Plateau is where you retreat to once you’ve captured the raw energy of the Masai Mara and put up with plenty of fellow tourists for a while, and are seeking solitude and silence. This is one of Kenya’s many districts located on the equator, and it has the most inspiring mixed landscape features. Indigenous forests and wild botanical gardens, lonely kopjes, rolling savannah, and seasonal streams decorate the region, and when it comes to accommodation, there is a treat of a selection to choose from. Some suit families, others are designed for eco-conscious nature lovers, while others are purely luxurious. Our selection of Laikipia’s gems are an eclectic mix of casual riverside tented camps, to mountain-top “eagle’s nest” sanctuaries, and places rich in art, design, and local culture. These are some of our Kenyan favourites in the islolated and magnificent Laikipia Plateau. Sanctuary at Ol Lentille If you’re imagining a bedroom with a view, would you even dare to dream of a sanctuary inspired by the positioning of an eagle’s nest, encircled by wide open windows, overlooking 40 000 acres of exclusive Kenyan wilderness? The Sanctaury at Ol Lentille is exactly the secluded, romantic, retreat with a view we are looking for that encourages opulent relaxation in the vast surroundings of classic Africa. These private rooms are part of only 4 exclusive villas – designed for couples and families alike – and they are built to thrill. Experience an entirely personalised safari, wild activities, unlimited spa treatments, and all the freedom in the world to spend the day curled up in your eyrie! Kicheche Laikipia Camp More from northern Kenya’s Laikipia region, where secluded and exclusively catered tented camps and luxury lodges nestle in the folds of indigenous forest, along river banks and atop rocky outcrops. We’re diving into this classic safari destination and loving every minute of it! Here is Kicheche Laikipia Camp, where just 4 tuned up tented suites overlook a waterhole and offer ultimate relaxation through a variety of activities in nature and the slow pace of life at camp. Sabuk Lodge Laikipia Plateau’s unending cascade of vegetated landscape spilling over gentle hills carved into by coursing rivers and patrolled by Kenya’s wild creatures. Rich in colourful culture, Sabuk Lodge is a family home with an exclusive offering of 6 guest suites positioned overlooking a rushing river. Adventurous activities for families, star gazing for the soul, hiking through nature’s paradise, and relaxing to the heart’s content. Segera Retreat Art and culture collide in the spectacular design of this Laikipia sanctuary: Segera Retreat. Not only does the heart of Kenya pulse through the 6 luxury...

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Desert Dreaming in Namibia : Surrender to Sossuvlei
Mar06

Desert Dreaming in Namibia : Surrender to Sossuvlei

Namibia cradles a wealth of beauty in its arms, with each region vastly contrasting its neighbour. Namibia is famed for its iconic red sand dunes, but the country is home to so much more than just sand dunes and desolate desert scapes. The sand dunes certainly don’t define this enigmatic country, but are certainly a massive drawcard for visitors from around the world. Sossusvlei is an extensive clay/salt pan in the Namib-Nakluft National Park, a conservation area spanning 50, 000 km2..  This is the region in the Namib desert where the terracotta colour sand dunes hover over the pans below, and the stark contrast delights many a photographer. The dreamy landscape and hazy horizons of Sossusvlei provide a natural hallucination to the eyes.  Dune 45 is the most popular and photographed dune in the world, but there are many other attractions within the immediate area. A few attractions include the Sesriem Canyon, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy, and Deadvlei (clay pan with fossilised trees with sand dunes as the backdrop). With so many things to do in the Sossusvlei, it’s time to surrender to Sossusvlei. Here are our top 3 lodges within this region of great significance. &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Glass and stone luxury chalets provide an elegant retreat and architectural delight in this remarkable area. There’s an advanced telescope at the lodge in the private observatory area – an incredible way to amplify your star gazing experience. There are windows above the beds, and indoor and outdoor showers that ensure pure immersion in your surrounds. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge ensures you are constantly surrounded by hypnotic landscapes. 10 air-conditioned suites form part of an oasis hugged by intrusive stony outcrops and breathtaking sand dunes. When you’re not enjoying the views from your room there’s a delightful safari shop on site for all your curio shopping. For the more adventurous at heart, the lodge offers hiking and quad biking tours. This is an indulgent experience in the rugged wilderness ! Click here to find out more about Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge This lodge is the closest point of access to the dunes of Sossusvlei, and offers many adventure activities in the immediate area, as well as astounding views of the astonishing sand dunes. Explore the vast region in a hot air balloon, while out on a nature drive or on foot. When not exploring this vast wilderness, you can choose to relax in this family-friendly lodge comprising 23 thatched and canvas units. Each tented unit has its own private balcony, en suite bathroom and a deck that provides the ideal location for sleep-outs and stargazing. Click here to find...

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Let a Safari Be Your Language of Love on Valentine’s Day
Feb14

Let a Safari Be Your Language of Love on Valentine’s Day

Today is the 14th of February, the day where society declares their love for their other half, their family and their pets. Malls are littered with red and pink paraphernalia, and shop windows are adorned with hearts and declarations of love. This puts plenty of pressure on many of us to become part of the mass hype surrounding Valentine’s Day. Truth be told, everyday should be Valentine’s Day. If your other half is insistent on grand gestures then we suggest booking a safari to please your loved one. Happy wife, happy life. And all that. You’re probably a bit too late to book that safari – but there’s always next year.  Now is the time to start planning your safari gift for next year. Here are a few lodges in Kruger ideal for your safari experience. We’ve handpicked these lodges according to various budgets – each lodge/camp is a winner in terms of what they offer. Africa on Foot Located in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Africa on Foot specialises in walking safaris and is ideal for guests wanting an authentic safari experience with a personalised touch. Morning’s start with a walk and end in an evening game drive. Accommodation is in chalets, with luxury linen and simple rustic designer furniture. The Klaserie is a big five reserve, which means visitors can expect plenty of game viewing opportunities. Romantic Element : Africa on Foot has its own treehouse, which is set apart slightly from the main camp area. It’s a wooden structure on stilts with open sides and two levels. It has unsurpassed views of the wilderness, and at night you can hear the hyenas whoop and the lions contact calling. There’s a double bed and relaxation area – it’s absolute relaxing luxury in a rustic and wild structure. To stay in the treehouse comes at no extra cost, but you will need to request a sleepover while booking your accommodation. Chacma Bush Camp Chacma Bush Camp is located in the Maseke Game Reserve, and occupies a traverse laden with undulating landscapes, rocky outcrops and sandy riverbanks. There is a waterhole in front of camp that is frequented by elephants and buffalo, and guests often sit at the pool watching the pachyderms at play. It’s an intimate camp that offers gourmet cuisine and world-class safaris. Romantic Element : The team at Chacma will go out of their way to find the perfect sundowner spot for their classic romantic safari set-up. The unique landscape has a river coursing through the reserve and there are plenty of koppies, waterholes, riverbanks and elevated areas to set-up an idyllic sundowners...

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Eastern Cape : Combine Safari, Coast and Golf in Charming Chintsa
Feb14

Eastern Cape : Combine Safari, Coast and Golf in Charming Chintsa

The Eastern Cape is a picturesque destination ideal for a malaria-free safari, and provides the perfect alternative to the Kruger.  This province is an eden boasting landscapes dotted with sweeping cliffs, hidden bays, tidal estuaries, mighty rivers eagerly cutting through lush regions, indigenous forests carpeting undulating landscapes, hilly grasslands and arid inland areas home to a wealth of wildlife. The Eastern Cape offers a destination that is offers the best of beach and bush, making it a must see destination. Many second time visitors to South Africa self-drive the Garden Route and head north to the Eastern Cape to explore the delicate biome of this unique area. The Eastern Cape is known mainly for its malaria-free big five game reserves, but has so much more to offer its visitors.  The Eastern Cape really is a world in one. Eastern Cape is home to some of the friendliest people that welcome you with open arms to their provincial paradise. There’s nothing more charming and heartwarming than a true Eastern Cape welcome. Beneath the surface of the Eastern Cape’s unsurpassed scenery, there dwells a myriad of cultures and interesting history worth exploring. We have many favourite destinations deep within this province, areas that international visitors might not even know about, but our favourite hideaway is untainted coastal region of Chintsa. Chintsa forms part of the revered Wild Coast route, and is located a mere 45 km north of the relaxed coastal town of East London. Rugged coastlines with estuaries, rivers and long stretches of sugar-white beaches define the area. Looming cliffs with coastline vistas, grass covered sand dunes and an ocean ideal for surfing, fishing and watersports; Chintsa has warmed the hearts of many a visitor. To us the Eastern Cape represents outdoor pursuits, coastal splendour and safaris. So we’ve selected 3 places in and around charming Chintsa that can all be neatly packaged into one itinerary. We recommend a stay at Prana for the best of Chintsa, a stay at Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve and a round of golf at Olivewood. Charming Chintsa never disappoints! Here’s a quick introduction to our top choices :  Olivewood Golf Estate  Olivewood is a mere 1 km away from the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, making it the ideal destination for the avid golfer who wants to combine an intrepid safari experience with time on the greens. Olivewood certainly takes advantage of its pristine yet wild surrounds. Players can enjoy unsurpassed views of Chintsa, the surrounding thickets of forest and the completely wild environment that hugs Olivewood. Chintsa Valley is a spectacular, unexplored region of the Eastern Cape and even parts of the Chintsa River courses through a section of the estate, providing...

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New to South Luangwa in April 2018: Chikunto Safari Lodge
Jan25

New to South Luangwa in April 2018: Chikunto Safari Lodge

Known as the birthplace of walking safaris, and the most supreme destination for leopard sightings and Pel’s fishing owl nesting sites; South Luangwa National Park is a pristine wildlife sanctuary, packed with diversity, rich in culture, and famed for the abundant Luangwa River Valley. This Zambian national park is over 9000 square kilometres, and is perhaps the country’s most popular destination. Easy to access via Mfuwe airport, and perfectly suited to a Botswana-Victoria Falls itinerary, South Luangwa offers a unique landscape of open spaces, vast wetland, wide rivers, and unbelievable birdlife. With all of this on offer, we are thrilled to introduce the brand new Chikunto Safari Lodge, opening its doors in April this year! Chikunto is kicking off the new year by tying together the final details of this enormous project, which they have documented along the way. A relationship between a husband and wife team and a third partner has led to the successful launch of this project, and it is evident that it was born out of a passion for the wildest places in Africa. When it comes to location, Chikunto couldn’t be in a more ideal place on the banks of the Luangwa River, where herds of buffalo gather to drink, lion prides lie in wait using the terrain of the river bed to hide, hippos bellow lazily from their half-submerged positions in the water, and birds flit across the surface in a blur of colour. These are the first released photos just as the lodge came together – enough to whet the appetite – and we are looking forward to learning more about Chikunto after they launch at ITB Berlin in March. In the meantime, this is what they are offering, and we’re already picturing ourselves in those elevated safari tents with view of the river! There are 4 double safari tents (each sleeping 2 people) and 1 family tent (sleeping 4 people), all luxuriously constructed on elevated wooden decking overlooking the Luangwa River and offering magnificent views. Beds are either kingsize or two twins, and every room is kitted out with mosquito netting, a sitting area with a sofa and coffee table, a wardrobe, writing desk and en-suite bathroom. Each luxury tent also has its own viewing deck, which is shaded and offers a tranquil and blissful place to relax and watch the goings on around the camp. The main area of the lodge has a swimming pool – which is a luxurious necessity during the hot summer months – a bar, boma, dining, and lounge. The positioning of the main lodge is also elevated and overlooking the Luangwa, ensuring that whether guests are...

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Exploring the Eighth Continent: Madagascar
Jan23

Exploring the Eighth Continent: Madagascar

In our endless search to escape into nature, we’re venturing into the lesser known world of wonders, exploring where many rocks remain unturned and where some of the most unusual and enigmatic species thrive: Madagascar. One of the largest islands in the world, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, and home to thousands of unique animals that occur nowhere else on earth. 90% Of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic to the island; most famously perhaps, is the lemur. Chameleons and butterflies decorate the island’s humid forests, tropical islands, aloes, orchids, and baobabs. Kayak through the Emerald Sea and inhale the scent of the Perfume Islands: Madagascar is our newest obsession and we will be diving right in this week. The Avenue of Baobabs – another of Madagascar’s world famous natural treasures. Imagine walking down the road at your diminutive human height and gazing up at centuries-old trees that reach over 30 metres in height and represent the stark yet powerful remainder of a once thriving forest. Madagascar, just like many natural areas on the planet, has been through human havoc and the need to adapt and survive has led to destruction of nature’s property, but today it is cherished as a unique and utterly mesmerising “Eighth Continent”; a place like nowhere else on earth.   Madagascar has 4 distinct coastlines which embody phenomenal natural make up and landscapes and scenery very different from one another. Another visually striking part of this giant island is its central and capital city, Antananarivo. This cultural, political, economic hub of the country is a bustling landscape of ridges surrounding a heart-shaped lake, populated with colourful houses and topsy turvy roof tops. Rice paddies surround the city while marketplaces occupy the narrow streets and energise this ancient populace just like the old days. Visiting Madagascar is truly a diverse and stimulating experience decorated by both natural and cultural vibrancy. Gazing into the striking eyes of Madagascar’s critically endangered black and white ruffed lemur. This is the world’s largest pollinator. It moves from tree to tree in the heavily forested region of eastern Madagascar and pollen clings to the thick fur on its face and is then effectively transported to the next tree. This great Island is home to the endemic lemur species, including the famous ring-tailed lemur and the great Indri, which calls eerily through the jungle. Madagascar is home to a spectacular array of wildlife, 90% of which you will see nowhere else in the world. The deeper we delve into Madagascar’s wild and outrageous beauty, the more we discover the surreal appearance of some of its inhabitants. This luminous lizard is a Madagascar day gecko....

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