Client Feedback : Simbavati Hilltop and Klaserie Sands River Camp
Apr01

Client Feedback : Simbavati Hilltop and Klaserie Sands River Camp

Natasha’s clients stayed at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and at the Klaserie Sands River Camp. Both camps offer contrasting experiences, which afforded Natasha’s guests the opportunity to experience two unique safaris in the Greater Kruger. Hi Natasha I want to tell you how wonderful our trip was, once we all got together and got on the plane! We were all so very pleased with both camps and enjoyed the differences between the two. Our accommodations were excellent as were the staff and the food. I can see why the Hilltop is a favourite of yours. The view was outstanding and our room was down by the river with a lovely deck on which to rest and watch the wildlife. Klaserie Sands River Camp had a more rustic and isolated feel that was every bit as wonderful and the two were a good mix. We saw so many animals, the big 5, the wild dogs, baby animals and had the opportunity to observe the animals in their own environment as they socialized, ate and travelled together. Our son and daughter in law had a wonderful time as well. I am certain they would agree with our assessment. I will send you a few pictures of some of our highlights. Please don’t hesitate to recommend either of these lodges to your clients. I’m sure they would love them as much as we did. I also want to thank you for the great job you did making this become a reality and for your follow up with us. I would also be happy to recommend your services to any of my friends. With great appreciation, Brenda, Jeff, Justin and...

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Africa’s Wildlife : 4 Facts About Hefty Hippos
Mar31

Africa’s Wildlife : 4 Facts About Hefty Hippos

By now you know all about the big five – we’ve certainly given these animals ample air time over the past few months. But there is SO much more to spot while on safari, and the list is endless when it comes to the variety of species to observe in their expansive habitats. From small critters to large beasts, they’re all equally fascinating. All wildlife co-exists perfectly in the wild. Whether they’re in the predator or easy prey category, everything has its role. And if even the smallest of creatures were to be eradicated, it would certainly affect the bushveld’s delicate biome. One of the colossal beasts that provides plenty of entertaining and amusing sightings in the wild is the hippo, found in abundance in reserves that have waterholes, lakes, pans and placid rivers. Let’s look at 4 facts about hefty hippos and find out about their role in the wild. Role of the hippo in the wild  Hippos are important to the health of lakes, waterholes and river systems. They digest bulk quantities of vegetation – in excess of 40kg – and release it into their watery domain. Their faeces actually contain plenty of nutrients and acts as a natural fertiliser. Hippos come out of the water at night to graze of tropical and riverine vegetation, acting as a natural lawnmower. Not only are they natural vegetation trimmers, but they also successfully fertilize surrounding lands. Interestingly enough, some aquatic animals feast on the dung and certain fish feast on the bugs in the dung. Hippos don’t swim, they walk in water The word hippopotamus actually means “water horse” or “river horse” in Greek. Hippos are similar to horses in that they sort of “gallop” across the bottom of their watery domain. Yes, that’s right. Hippos don’t actually swim! They tend to float and wade and do this by leveraging their own buoyancy. The semi-aquatic beasts have the ability to control their own breathing and their body position. If they sink to the bottom, they use the floor to propel themselves forward in more of a gallop fashion than a swim session. They’re vicious and aggressive Hippos are excessively territorial and go to great lengths to guard their domain. Despite their size, they can charge when under duress. Hippos actually kill more people in Africa than any other animal, second to the mosquito (Malaria). This is partly because the waterways and rivers are utilized by many locals and their traditional transportation methods. Humans and hippos live within close proximity, and hippos – unlike other animals – don’t retreat with ease. Word of warning – do not approach a hippo or...

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Client Feedback : Exploring East Africa’s Highglights
Mar31

Client Feedback : Exploring East Africa’s Highglights

Natasha arranged the perfect East Africa safari experience, and her guests loved her recommendations. They spent time in Nairobi at the centrally located Eka Hotel, close to the Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen museum and many other main attractions. They also stayed at Rekoro Camp, which is close to the game-rich Mara River. And from there they moved to Savari Camp, a remote camp located in the vast expanse of the northern Serengeti region. Of course, no trip to East Africa would be complete without a stay at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge located on the edge of an escarpment on the Great Rift Valley. Karen and Steve Galbraith also stayed at the Highlands and the Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel. Here is their feedback and images : Hi Natasha, We have been meaning to let you know how our trip went. We had the most wonderful time and saw all we wanted to see and then some.  The service was beyond our expectations and we are truly grateful for your expertise in arranging everything. We will definitely recommend Sun Safari to all of our friends and in particular your service. Thank you so much. Karen and Steve PS  I attached some pics.  Hope you get...

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New Check-in Baggage Rules at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg
Mar30

New Check-in Baggage Rules at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg

O.R Tambo is Johannesburg’s main airport and is Africa’s busiest airport. It serves over 21 million passengers per year and facilities numerous international flights with a broad range of carriers. The airport was renamed in 2006 to honour a South African icon and anti-apartheid politician, Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo. Over the past few years, the airport has undergone massive new developments and improvements in infrastructure. Of course, because of the sheer number of people passing through the airport, baggage handling needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Oddly shaped bags are causing delays and jams in the handling system. As a result, to ensure smooth running, OR Tambo has now implemented new check-in baggage rules at the airport. In a statement, International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines state that the new rules are aimed at preventing blockages and breakdowns in the baggage handling system caused by bags with irregular surfaces or long straps and grips. The rules applied have been under discussion for a couple of years, and were implemented on 25th March. The check-in baggage rules at OR Tambo are in accordance with many other international airports. In short, these are the new check-in baggage rules at OR Tambo :  Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed at check-in counters; This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted on the check-in system; Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed at check-in counters; and Bags with longs straps will not be allowed at check-in counters. Should passengers try to check-in bags that don’t comply with the above regulations, they will be given the option of having their baggage wrapped. “We very much appreciate that these new baggage rules will potentially create inconvenience or additional cost for some passengers, so this is not a step we have taken lightly,” says Kris Reddy, Assistant General Manager: Operations Services. ACSA firmly believes that the rule change will improve the level of service to all passengers....

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Top 4 Hotels in Zanzibar
Mar30

Top 4 Hotels in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, a pristine yet authentic tropical paradise in Africa. An island dripping with Arabian and Indian influences, dominated by Swahili culture. It’s the island of crisp blue oceans and palatial hotels fit for sultans. A complete melting pot of middle-eastern and African cuisine, blended with fresh produce from the island will delight your palate. Zanzibar – apart from being a tropical island paradise – is quintessential coastal Africa. Finish off your Tanzania safari with a well-deserved tropical break on the island of Zanzibar. Here are our top 4 hotels in Zanzibar : Essque Zalu Zanzibar  The Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an exquisite ocean-facing hotel that combines relaxed seaside living with absolute sophistication. This resort sits in a private cove and boasts 40 suites in lush tropical gardens perfectly spaced across the edge of the ocean. For guests opting for something more exclusive, there are 8 villas complete with fully-kitted kitchens and a butler service. The Essque isn’t on the beach, but sort of “hangs over” the ocean. At high tide guests are encouraged to jump off one of the many jetties into the calm turquoise ocean. The neighbouring Nungwi beach is where guests can indulge in beach activities, or relax on one of the world’s top beaches. The design of resort is classic and interiors include a multitude of artwork from locals. High-thatched Makuti thatched roofs give the resort a traditional, tropical African feel. A massive sprawling lagoon-style pool with panoramic views of the ocean is the perfect place to relax. When you’re done with a relaxing dip, head to the chilled pool bar for a locally made cocktail! Essque Zalu Zanzibar is perfect for honeymoons, weddings; and even family holidays!  Park Hyatt Zanzibar Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a classic hotel of high international standards and situated close to the famous Stone Town, the bustling epicentre of the island. Located on the beachfront, the Hyatt rests upon a designated UNESCO heritage site. One part of the hotel is located in a historical building erected during the 17th century and is fit for royalty. There are 67 rooms in the Park Hyatt Zanzibar, and 11 suites. Each of the rooms manages to blend elegance with modern style and timeless accents scattered throughout the decor. The hotel is ideal for both leisure and business holidays; and offers a luxury spa and pool with sea views, ideal for taking time out to relax. Close to the labyrinth of cobbled streets of Stone Town, the markets and ornately carved wooden doors; the Park Hyatt is just perfect for a relaxing and activity based holiday. &Beyond Mnemba Island &Beyond is a private island resort located...

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Small but Ruthless. 3 Ridiculously Psychopathic Insects to Spot on Safari. 
Mar28

Small but Ruthless. 3 Ridiculously Psychopathic Insects to Spot on Safari. 

In the wild, we focus on finding the apex predators and rejoice when we spot the almighty carnivores executing well-planned kills. Their gory feasts and kill tactics are nothing short of callous, and observing these top-of-the-food-chain predators shredding crimson flesh is always a rather primitive experience. But, these large carnivores have nothing on the heartless kill tactics employed by those bugs and critters at ground level, where the fight for existence is tough and brutal. The ground dwellers are generally harmless to humans, but there are insects that have far crueller ways of devouring prey than our big cats. These are the insects and arachnids that liquefy their prey’s flesh, turn internal organs into mushy juice and paralyse victims. Their murderous modus operandi.  If there’s a jostle for the most psychopathic insects to spot on safari, these 3 would surely win.  The Spider Hunting Wasp The spider-hunting wasp is not just any wasp. This guy behaves like a serial killer and puts Jeffrey Dahmer to shame when it comes to feeding and laying its eggs. To us humans, these low-flying long-legged wasps are non-aggressive and harmless; but the spiders they’re the feared enemy. Easily identifiable by their black bodies and occasional aposematic markings, these wasps are fascinating to observe – especially when they find their chosen spider.  Here’s why they’re fascinating, cruel and ingenious all at the same time. These wasps are solitary and hide out in burrows, which are also their nesting areas – and dungeons. Spider hunting wasps seek out their arachnid victims and then promptly inject a potent venom than physically paralyses them – but in a cruel twist, the spider is actually still alive. It’s tricky to fight off a spider-hunting wasp because of its ability to manoeuvre so quickly. These wasps are like mini-helicopters, hovering above their spider, just waiting for the perfect time to strike. The wasp subsequently drags its full compos mentis but immobilised prey to its burrow where it lays a single into the abdomen. The wasp ensures the burrow is closed, and its victim cannot escape. It gets worse. After 10 days or so, the larva inside the spider’s abdomen begins to hatch and begins feeding on the inside of the spider. At this stage, the spider is still alive! The youngin’ basically eats its way out of the spider, then spins a cocoon and emerges from the burrow as a fully-fledged adult, ready to make a kill of its own. Steven King would have a field day creating a script based on the antics of the ever-fascinating spider-hunting wasp. Do not fear this wasp, but do not bring a pet spider any circumstances. ...

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Let Us Organise Your Beach Honeymoon in Brazil
Mar24

Let Us Organise Your Beach Honeymoon in Brazil

Newlywed sun worshippers and lovers of sugar-white beach sand framed by turquoise oceans, absolutely must book a beach honeymoon in Brazil. Sophisticated bays, snazzy yacht cruises, and a hint of classic celeb life in the once famous Copacabana region is exactly what beach lovers require from a honeymoon. We can smell the coconut oil from here, taste the fresh mint of refreshing caipirinhas and feel the mild sandy breeze wafting through from the azure oceans. Of course, you can’t fly all the way to Brazil without exploring the major highlights, culture, landscape and bustle of surrounding areas. Our tailor-made beach honeymoon in Brazil package has been tried and tested by one of our own, and she certainly enjoyed all that paradise had to offer. Armed with an arsenal of knowledge, we decided to create this perfect Brazil honeymoon package. Of course, this is merely our suggested itinerary – we can add in a few extra days and destinations. Here are the main regions highlighted in our beach honeymoon in Brazil suggested itinerary : Copacabana Beach : The Place Musicians Write Songs About. Copacabana beach is Rio’s beach paradise, and is a pulsating beach destination that adds a bustling beach dimension to your otherwise peaceful honeymoon. The region experience a golden-age many years ago, but it still maintains its reputation of being a go-to destination for a sophisticated, yet party style beach holiday. During the ever famous Rio carnival, the beach and its cafes burst at the seams with life and the atmosphere is electric. Copacabana is always full of life, but if you’re chasing a more tranquil honeymoon experience, then head there outside of carnival season. Night markets on the promenades and cocktail bars provide plenty of entertainment should you tire of tranquility. And the accommodation? You will stay at the famous palatial Belmond Copacabana Beach, which adorns the shores of the beach. It’s a classic hotel built in 1923, and is currently ranked as one of the great beach hotels of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Búzios : Quaint Bays, Cobbled Village Streets, and Upscale Beaches. This is one of the top destinations on the sunny Costa do Sol Brazil coast, and comprises a stretch of upscale resorts located in pristine bays. The area is ideal for an array of water sports, and the calm horseshoe bay of Ferradura is famous for water-based activities. The quaint villages of Búzios are lined with cobbled streets (Rua das Pedras) with traditional restaurants and bars knitted into the street corners. Known as the Brazilian St Tropez, Buzios certainly holds its own in terms of being a sought-after luxury beach destination. The area...

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