A Conscious Safari Experience at Roam Private Game Reserve
Mar07

A Conscious Safari Experience at Roam Private Game Reserve

Roam Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape’s Great Karoo combines a traditional safari experience with an opportunity to give-back. The team at Roam encourage guests to get involved in contributing to the overall success of their reserve by actively participating in a choice of activities and conservation research projects currently underway. This is a conscious safari experience where the perfect balance between a luxury safari holiday and conservation experience is achieved. The safari experience is NOT a volunteer program, and it’s not your average safari experience. It’s a way to enjoy a luxury safari while playing a part in conservation. The overall experience will bring you closer to the wild and ensure a greater understanding of the various behind-the-scenes jobs vital to sustaining a reserve.  Roam Private Game Reserve is located on 5000 hectares of malaria-free scrubveld, and is home to a recently introduced buffalo herd, and a coalition of cheetah. There are also over 240 species of bird in the Great Karoo, 13 species of antelope, and small predators such as colonies of meerkat, black-backed jackal, caracal, Cape fox and the bat-eared fox.  Below are the various aspects that you might become involved in when you sign-up for a conscious safari at Roam Private Game Reserve. Monitoring Flora and Fauna Roam is home to a wealth of wildlife and plant life. The overall health of the reserve needs to be monitored and effectively managed on a regular basis. Guests will have the opportunity to become involved in a few of the already established and long-term monitoring programs available. Monitoring processes include anything from establishing corridors of vegetation to monitoring species composition, creating transects along riverbeds, and making exclusion plots. The flora programs are generally conducted every 2 weeks. There are also animal monitoring programs available, each of which fulfils a different objective. High profile animals such as buffalo and cheetah, will be monitored regularly while more common species less frequently. Tracking cheetah will be done using telemetry, and guests will help to observe and document their behaviour. You will learn basic animal tracks and signs that various species leave behind for us to interpret to help find them. You might even be able to help set up camera traps in the wild, count tortoises, help with meerkat habituation, and get involved in a host of other monitoring activities needed. Bird Ringing Bird-ringing is a method of capturing, tagging and releasing birds into the wild. Guests will be involved in helping to release birds into the wild after the necessary data has been captured. The data is sent to a central database, and throughout the bird’s life historical data is...

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Opening August 2019 : Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Singita Style!
Mar06

Opening August 2019 : Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Singita Style!

The Singita brand is synonymous with effortless luxury, and preserving the African wilderness is at its core. From August 2019 Singita will offer an unparalleled primate experience in East Africa. Yes, that’s right. Singita has now added gorilla trekking in Rwanda to their portfolio! In August, the elite brand will take bookings for gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes National Park, a region easily accessible via the capital city of Kigali. It’s no secret that Singita is the crème de la crème of the safari world, their lodges are some of the most sought after destinations in Africa. Singita makes massive contributions to local communities, and constantly seeks to conserve Africa’s wildlife. Each of Singita’s lodges has been carefully constructed to ooze class and sophistication, without being overbearing and brazen in terms of design. Sustainability is always at the core of their developments, and the wild exteriors govern their develops. Singita designs are an extension of the environment, not an intrusion, and they always marry the untamed wild with modern living. The latest inclusion into the portfolio is Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Rwanda. Situated in untouched verdant jungle paradise in the heart of the Volcanoes National Park in an isolated corridor of 178 acres of land, this latest undertaking offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Jungle terrain, verdant primeval forests, and coffee plantations smother the hilly and mountainous landscape of  Rwanda, which is fondly referred to as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”. Rwanda is raw and has a diverse landscape that remains largely unspoilt and untouched. The vegetation of Volcanoes National Park (which is home to 2 active volcanoes) comprises a mix of bamboo forest, swamplands, grasslands, and meadows framed by ferns. Volcanoes shelters over 340 mountain gorillas, making it an ideal destination for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Singita Kwitonda Lodge has expansive views of 3 volcanoes and is cocooned by high altitude forests. 8 contemporary suites and a private four-bedroomed villa are linked by volcanic pathways to the central lodge. It’s a purpose drive lodge, with abundant tailor-made activities on offer. Each suite has its very own heated plunge pool, in-room spa treatments, WiFi, photographic equipment, and mini-bars. Singita Kataza House is an exclusive home, designed around a cluster of living spaces. Forest walkways meander their way between facilities and guests have the option of utilising the central facilities of Kwitonda Lodge, ensuring guests can enjoy the luxury comforts of a hotel while maintaining a level of absolute solitude. In the house, there is 1 x master suite, 1 x junior master suite, 2 x suites and 1 x two-bedroom staff residence. Gorilla trekking in...

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Faru Faru Lodge: Everything the light touches is yours
Feb27

Faru Faru Lodge: Everything the light touches is yours

Last month, a renewed Singita Serengeti experience emerged when a revitalised Faru Faru Lodge, blinking, stepped into the sun… OK, so that was Simba. But, the new look of Faru Faru is sublime, as we’ve come to expect from this leading safari brand, and right in Africa’s flagship wildlife area, it’s precisely where we imagine the Lion King was born. The exclusive Grumeti concession, forming part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem observes the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, and various antelope, and the allure of this special part of Tanzania, and indeed an important wildlife corridor is certainly not overlooked. The changes at Faru Faru highlight the unique value of this natural system, organically celebrating the animals and the landscape in its new architectural design and decor. From an elevated position on a slope, Faru Faru’s views take centre stage. A river nearby and a waterhole at the foot of the lodge ensure that wildlife is never far away, and just to make sure guests don’t miss a thing, the newly crafted lodge is moulded organically to overlook the main attraction. From the revamped central guest areas, the extensive use of glass panels creates space and light in every indoor location. There is a boldness and creativity about the place, yet every aspect of the design has been brushed with a sleek Scandinavian accent. Where contemporary African art and locally sourced materials come into play, they combine perfectly with the modernised colour palette, which is described as “back-to-basics” featuring bone, ivory, nude, and clay. Raw stone and rustic wooden dowels feature on wall panels, bringing the appeal of the natural landscape right indoors where it is cherished behind large glass windows and contrasts appealingly with clean-cut floors and fittings. Each of the nine luxury tented suites are splashed with shades of stone and dressed with timber furniture, textured rugs, and subtle lighting. The unique and artful dome-shaped canopy adorns the bed and envelopes the sleeper in a comfortable, mosquito-proof cocoon. En suite bathrooms are, of course, not excluded from the view and each bathtub enjoys a prime position in front of the elevated window and the view below. Enclosed dining and lounge areas are an addition to the shared guest space and now offer a place to relax while keeping cool and enjoying front row seats to the outdoor action. Also new to the scene is the interactive kitchen which brings guests closer to the very much worth watching cooking action, and the large stone-set fireplace adds a convivial, cosy environment to the otherwise modern kitchen-come-dining-room setup. Effortless and elegant, this is one sleek safari spot where every experience is...

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All you need to know about visiting Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina
Jan28

All you need to know about visiting Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park near the popular town of El Calafate in Patagonia, Argentina. It is the region’s most famous glacier, standing out as one of the most impressive and easily accessible sights of its kind. An enormous expanse of jagged, blue-white ice rising 80 metres up from the turquoise waters of Lago Argentino and damming it up with a statement of rock-solid freeze between the mountain rises on either side. Part of the Andean ice fields, which spread throughout areas of Patagonia and create the dozens of glaciers in the region. It’s staggering to see up close and it is easy to get to, plus visitors can choose to take a walking tour themselves or book a spot on a boat cruise, or with an adventure, guide to go ice trekking. In this piece, we’re talking facts, activities, how to get there, and when to go. This one is not to be missed! Facts about Perito Moreno Glacier Named after explorer Franciso Moreno, this glacier shares it’s named with the town of Perito Moreno, which is (confusingly) a full day’s drive north of Los Glaciares National Park, in which this world-famous glacier is located. It is part of the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water – the southern ice fields of Patagonia – and it is exceptional in that it is one of the world’s only glaciers that is not retreating, and is in fact, advancing. It is said to have started forming during the last ice age 2.6 million years ago, making it alluringly ancient and full of history. The size of Perito Moreno Glacier is estimated to be about 250 square kilometres in size, 170 metres deep, and 30 kilometres in length. At its terminus, where visitors can view part of the wall of the glacier, the ice rises about 80km above the lake’s surface and is 5km wide. Every couple of years the glacier ruptures and enormous chunks break and fall off into the lake due to the immense pressure, but the calving of the ice on a much smaller scale can be seen often if visitors wait long enough during their visit. Sometimes, pieces of ice break off every 20 minutes. How to get there Certainly, the most popular way to get to the glacier is by road from El Calafate, which is a bustling yet quaint and very pleasant town about 80 kilometres away. There are bus rides that depart from El Calafate and take visitors right to the park’s entrance where visitors pay a fee of about US$30. It is not for nothing, but...

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New Tengile River Lodge is exclusive Sabi Sand royalty
Jan23

New Tengile River Lodge is exclusive Sabi Sand royalty

A tribute to nature’s most beautiful phases and a celebration of local art, Tengile River Lodge has opened its doors in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve to industry applause. Situated on the end of the Sand River, the gloriousness begins with the ample river views and the presence of wildlife all around. The organic mossy, autumn colour scheme makes it feel like every breath taken, indoors and outdoors, is enriched with oxygen, and every corner of bedroom, bathroom, dining, bar, or lounge is a depiction of natural life. The greatest asset throughout Tengile, which means “tranquil” in Tsonga, is the use of space, and the luxurious layout of the lodge ensures that each guest’s experience is private and personalised. There are nine suites, which all have views of the winding river. Every thatched suite is air-conditioned and equipped with WiFi, and each has a private lap pool, outdoor lounge, full en suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. There is a pair of interleading suites, which is ideal for families (children 12 years of age and up), while others are individually positioned under riverine trees on the elevated bank of the river. The views from each suite’s poolside sun loungers offer an almost bird’s eye view of the rocky river and its residents and visitors. The sustainable use of wood not only keeps Tengile’s promise of environmental consciousness but decorates the ceilings of each room in the guest suites and in the main lodge areas with a naturally streaked timber. Layers of slate stone create feature walls that draw the eye, and speckled screed floors are a sleek yet pleasingly non-uniform foundation of the nature-inspired structures. The extensive use of wood, glass, and organic materials in the build is complemented by rich emerald and khaki greens, copper, brass, brown, and gold. The combination of textiles both whacky and contemporary gather and settle into an artistic victory. And speaking of art, have you seen the chandeliers? We’re talking about the softened green sea glass twirling and chiming above the dining table. The chair covers, light fittings, kitchen counter, and coffee table all add unique elements of the same theme to generate the overall appeal of Tengile’s living environments. There is a boma outside, which is created in celebration of the traditional “kraal” but embodies modernity with its uniformly logged wall, rising upwards in an even gradient to embrace the traditional fire-side dining experience. Evenings spent eating and drinking under the stars while a central fire crackles away are accompanied by the owls and nightjars singing into the atmosphere. Also outdoors is the ultimate viewing point at Tengile: a sunken lounge positioned...

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3 Luxury Kruger Safari Lodges Ideal for Newlyweds
Jan06

3 Luxury Kruger Safari Lodges Ideal for Newlyweds

Newlyweds are often on the search for relaxing, luxury holidays with an adventurous twist. Whether it’s a belated honeymoon, romantic holiday or a second honeymoon; newlyweds won’t be disappointed with our choice of 3 luxury Kruger safari lodges.  Iconic Legends at Londolozi Londolozi Is located in a premier private Game Reserve, a Reserve home to abundant leopard activity. The Sabi Sand is a big five region, and apart from the much-documented leopard sightings, the varied landscape and position on the banks of the Sand River ensure the ideal habitat for the big five. Londolozi is a first-choice for international visitors and offers a wide variety of accommodation options for those seeking the pinnacle of safari luxury. Londolozi is split into 5 camps, which are: Pioneer Camp, Varty Camp, Granite Suites, Founders Camp and Tree Camp. Tree Camp and Private Granite Suites don’t allow children, while Pioneer Camp is the go-between; catering both couples and families. The larger camps are Varty and Founders; just perfect for big groups. There is a wellness Centre, boutique and gourmet cuisine on offer at Londolozi. All aspects of a wild safari that add to the overall experience. As newlyweds, we encourage a couples massage – you won’t be disappointed with the exquisite massage and pristine bushveld vistas. Londolozi really is a true sanctuary of elegance! Romantic aspect: the honeymoon safari vehicle, a modified game viewer with a “couch for two” is a completely unique addition to a romantic safari experience. The bush dinners under the light of the moon. We recommend the Tree Camp or Granite for the ultimate romantic safari experience.   Romantic Treehouse at Lion Sands Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is also located in the heart of the Big five Sabi Sand and offers guest an unsurpassed sense of luxury. Game drives and bush walks are available at the various lodges, along with magical sundowners and gourmet dinners. For newlyweds, we recommend the iconic River Lodge, where there’s even a “memory lab” which is a place to print your safari in pics. There’s a safari bar and lounge, a huge deck overlooking the riverbed and a dining area under the canopy of trees. In short, It’s a sophisticated lodge with hints of Africa from centuries past. Another accommodation option is the elegant and spectacular Ivory Lodge, a contemporary lodge built from natural materials. It’s an intimate lodge, and each guest has their own villa complete with a private deck, plunge pool, fireplace and sweeping views. Newlyweds will love the treehouse aspect, a sleep-out option in the midst of the wild. A place where loved-up couples can express their love while surrounded by the...

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Phinda Homestead is the sole-use bush villa of your safari dreams
Dec11

Phinda Homestead is the sole-use bush villa of your safari dreams

When Phinda Homestead was damaged in a fire in December 2016, it closed for renovations and has emerged more alluring than ever before. Each of the six luxury lodges on Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is imaginatively curated, indulgent, intricately detailed, yet soft and comforting in its beautiful natural environment. It could only have been expected that after the fire, Homestead – Phinda’s sole-use luxury villa – would rise like a phoenix and leave us all agog at the next level luxury and well thought-out features that now characterise this exclusive safari destination. There are four bedrooms making it just right for families or a small group of friends looking to get away into a pristine wilderness with no one but themselves and the lodge’s elite team of staff making sure everything you need or want is not more than an arm’s length away. The extensive use of glass in the form of large sliding doors and floor-to-ceiling windows ensures that everything you’ve come to see outside is represented indoors. Being able to watch the birds from your bathtub is certainly an elevating experience, and to see and feel organic textures indoors is grounding and connective. In each bedroom, the use of wood, bamboo, and Swazi grass come together to set a natural tone to each room. A floating headboard, highly textured scatter cushions and curtains, giant glass lampshades, and local Nguni hides tie the elements of these bedrooms together in perfect harmony. Raw timber has been treated only so slightly as to smooth the edges and refine the look, but the evidence of its previous life is represented in its wrinkles and lines which decorate its surface. The dining table is an enormous slab of pale wood, patterned with natural grain and celebrated as the centrepiece of every meal. It glows gently under a handful of large, hanging basket lights which hover above it, and it matches the incredible double sliding doors, which themselves are singular slabs of the same wood extending from ceiling to floor. Behind them: the interactive kitchen with edgy cork bar stools lined up along the preparation counter to invite company into the cooking area.  The ceilings throughout the lodge pull in organic material once again: bamboo poles laid side by side cover the ceiling above your head. The dining chairs and carpet bring a traditional shade of ochre to the scene, which is cut with a pale stone hue of the painted brick walls. The Homestead’s living spaces are about togetherness and community, bringing together the family in comfort and style that matches the mix of Zulu celebration and identity with...

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