Thorntree River Lodge reopens its Zambezi doors
Jun08

Thorntree River Lodge reopens its Zambezi doors

African Bush Camps – famous for its spectactular safari lodges and associated wildlife experiences, particularly focused on Zambia and Zimbabwe, has recently opened the latest addition to their collection on the banks of the Zambezi River, and we are very excited about it. Thorntree River Lodge opened its doors only last month after the original lodge was reworked and rebuilt to reflect the African Bush Camps standard of safari luxury in this prestigious position in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. As imagined, it is phenomenal. There are 10 luxury suites, each spilling dramatically over the Zambezi waters, and welcoming the majesty of this  African river right in. What’s more? A conservation-focused ethos introduces rhino-tracking as one of the primary activities on offer at Thorntree, all in a bid to create breath-taking experiences with these great animals and to educate and spread awareness on the plight of the rhino population. Enjoy this first look at the new and improved Thorntree River Lodge… The contemporary use of wood and glass in the construction in each of the 10 units sets the tone for the fresh, crisp, and sanctuary-like feel of the lodge. Simplistic, yet warm and tranquil, the modernised tents are spacious and private, and are protected by the shade of the riverine vegetation, offering cool and peaceful accommodation to guests staying in either the twin or family units. Family units are designed to sleep 4 people (parents and children), while every deluxe unit includes a viewing deck with plunge pool, and an indoor and outdoor bathroom. Details of the suite interiors and furnishings are inspired by the surrounding area, and have been sustainably designed and produced by local merchants and craftsmen, making Thorntree an entirely African orientated lodge, while a fresh and artistic vision has pieced everything together beautifully. Each deck overlooks the vast Zambezi River from an unusual sunken outdoor seating area, laden with cushions for colour and comfort; while the main lodge houses a grand dining area, infinity pool, and wooden decking that bobs along with the movement of the river. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls National Park across the river in Zimbabwe. It translates in English as “the smoke that thunders”, which is local name given to the Falls themselves. There are currently 7 white rhino under 24-hour armed protection, and Thorntree’s sublime offer for guests to be led on a guided walk in the footsteps of these wild animals is one not to be missed. Other experiences include, of course, a visit to the Victoria Falls (UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is only a 30-minute drive away, game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, boat...

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Enjoy free transfer flights between camps when you visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation
May11

Enjoy free transfer flights between camps when you visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation

Visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation & enjoy free internal air transfers between camps ! Travel in style to some of the most beautiful locations, staying in stunning and luxurious camps in Botswana or Kenya from 1 November 2015 to 30 April 2016 and your inter camp charter flights are free! This is a potential saving of US$500 or more per person !! Conservation Tourism is in the heart of Great Plains Conservation camp’s ethos, which they define as “the use of quality led tourism experiences that are environmentally sound, with benefits going specifically into making the conservation of an area viable and sustainable.”  By visiting these beautiful camps you know that a large portion of your cost is going straight back into conservation. Great Plains Conservation are also responsible for the #RhinosWithoutBorders initiative which aims to move 100 rhinos into the safety of the Botswana reserves. Here are some of the beautiful camps that can be included in this offer. Contact the Sun Safaris team for some more info! T&C’s apply and offer is subject to availability and changes.    Zarafa Camp in the Savuti area of Botswana has magnificent villa style tents all with magnificent views over the lagoon. Each tent has a private plunge pool and outdoor showers! Game drives, guided walks and boat cruises are all part of the safari experience at Zarafa.   Selinda Camp is in the north of Botswana, resting on the Selinda Spillway, which links to the Okavango Delta.  Selinda Camp is a stunning tented camp offering both land and water based safari activities.   Duba Plains Camp is a remote and intimate camp on a private concession island deep in the Okavango Delta, only accessible by light aircraft! This is home to the legendary swimming lions as well as National Geographic explorers and Great Plains founders, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.   ol Donyo Lodge is located between two of Kenya’s best wildlife parks, Amboseli National Park and Tsavo east, in the Chyulu Hills. Mount Kilimanjaro is visible from ol Donyo Lodge providing a magnificent backdrop to a range of safari activities which  include horse riding, mountain biking, hiking and learning more about conservation and community projects. Mara Plains Camp lies in prime position on the Ntikitiak River in a private conservancy next to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Walking through a riverine forest to get to the luxury safari tented camp, your views across the East African plains unfold in front of you. This is a wonderful year round wildlife experience as well as a great place to watch the seasonal migration of wildebeest and...

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A Typical day on safari
Mar23

A Typical day on safari

What is a Typical Day on Safari like? This is a question we often get asked by our guests, so we thought we would shed some more light on your typical day on safari in the African Bush. Please remember that this is a general outlook, times will differ a bit from lodge to lodge. Some areas will not allow night driving, bush walks and off-road game driving. These are generally in the National Parks, however there is still more than enough to see and do that you will not even notice the difference! It is early to rise while on safari, as they say “the early bird catches the worm”! A gentle wake up call at your door is at 5am, sometimes in winter this is a little later. Have a cup of coffee and a biscuit and head out with your tracker and ranger on your first activity for the day! This is often a game drive, or in the case of an Okavango Delta safari, a mokoro (canoe) ride. Remember to dress in layers as the African bush warms up quickly! Your guiding team will be scanning the landscape and the roads for any signs of wildlife. Depending on what you see you could stop for a cup of coffee half way on your drive before heading back to the lodge or camp before 9am. Remember that if you have the perfect wildlife sighting  your return to camp will be a little later. Once back in camp breakfast awaits you around 9am. You can take your time at breakfast and afterwards your time is your own. Many lodges and camps offer guided nature walks with armed guides. These walks show you the bush from a different angle and gives you a chance to see the smaller animals. And of course the big ones too! Once back in camp from about 11am till 2pm you have the time to relax, have a nap, a swim, a spa treatment or just sit under a tree and really soak up your surroundings. Many lodges and camps have lovely lounges and decks from where you can look out and see if you can spot any wildlife. Lunch is served around 2pm. A few camps and lodges will serve a brunch on arrival back from your morning activities and then a high tea before heading out again in the afternoon. Regardless of which you have, you will have enough delicious food! After lunch you will get ready for your evening activity. Remember a warmer top! Around 3:30pm or 4pm you will meet your guiding team once again and head out in search...

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Week on the Wildside – A Safari in South Luangwa
Mar20

Week on the Wildside – A Safari in South Luangwa

Secret Season in Zambia so come and enjoy a safari in South Luangwa It is secret season in Zambia and what better way to explore than a six night safari in South Luangwa National Park?  From now until July visitors to South Luangwa will enjoy greener grass and lower rates! This Week on the Wildside tour is perfect for the adventurous traveller who enjoys walking as well as other game activities. The accommodation is in a combination of Norman Carr Safari’s bush camps that will be confirmed about 2 weeks before travel. While this is unusual, it does ensure that the camps are used to their potential and ensures that the price is kept lower! These gorgeous camps all have fantastic vista’s over the South Luangwa bushveld. The safari in South Luangwa will be at a combination of these camps, lodges and bushcamps: Chinzombo Camp Luwi Bushcamp Kakuli Bushcamp Kapani Lodge Nsolo Bushcamp The rate is US$4210 per person sharing and includes your 6 nights accommodation, all meals and game activies. You will be collected at Mfuwe Airport and returned back there for your onward travel. Note ~ we suggest travelling from Lusaka or Livingstone. You can also add on a few nights at Victoria Falls and explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World! If you want a longer safari in South Luangwa, extra nights can be added on easily! This special runs till the end of July and is subject to...

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Fancy a Photographic Safari?
Nov18

Fancy a Photographic Safari?

 Enjoy a Photographic Safari with a professional photographer, learning tips and tricks when taking pictures in the bush. So you have the fancy camera and the great lenses, and you can take some pretty good pictures but want to go to the next level? Then one of these safaris may just be perfect for you! These Photographic safaris are set departure dates where you will have a professional photographer with you the whole time. You will enjoy the typical activities while on safari, like game drives and walks, but with the added benefit of the focus being all about photography. The game vehicle is equipped with camera rests, each person will have a window seat and of course the one on one interaction with a pro! Visit the Kruger National Park, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and the malaria free Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa on one of these amazing packages.  If these dates do not suit, there are many lodges that will create a photographic safari just for you! Just let us know! Cheetah Plains Photographic Safari Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Area   This 4 night safari at the intimate Cheetah Plains Lodge, offers you professional tuition with a wildlife photographic expert, showing you how to get the best position for the best shot, and guidance on editing your images.  Cheetah Plains has a specialised photographic vehicle, with specialised seating arms to rest your camera, swivel seats that allow you to follow your subject, and seating designed to maximise views from each seat. From US$1800 per person sharing – this includes dinner, bed and breakfast and the game drives. And of course the expert’s time. This is in May and July 2015   Shamwari Photographic Safari Guided by award winning wildlife photographers This 5 night safari is in the malaria free Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. These safaris provide tuition on equipment, image composure and capture, post editing, all in specially set up game viewing vehicles. From US$3300 per person sharing, including 5 nights accommodation, all meals, game drives and of course the lessons! There are set departures in April, June and July 2015     South Luangwa Photographic Safari Game walks and drives with a leading wildlife photographer. This 6 night safari in the untouched South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, is lead by an experienced and well known wildlife photographer, who will give you a unique opportunity to learn from the best! Take photos while on safari of the amazing wildlife on offer in Zambia, as well as landscapes, birds, insects and people! You will also learn how...

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Sanctuary Botswana Special from US$4235 per person for 6 nights!
Nov05

Sanctuary Botswana Special from US$4235 per person for 6 nights!

Stanley’s Camp,  Chief’s Camp and  Chobe Chilwero: A Sanctuary Botswana Special Experience some of the most luxurious camps in Botswana!   Visit the Okvanago Delta , the Moremi Game Reserve, and then 2 nights in the Chobe National Park.  This package includes your flights from Maun to the camps and between the camps, and finishes in Kasane. This offer has a whopping 30% discount on the camps and is inclusive of all meals and drinks (excl. premium brands), park fees, laundry service, emergency medical evacuation, morning/evening drives and walking activities. The details of this Sanctuary Botswana Special : Enjoy a 2 night stay at each of the following camps:  Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero for a total of $4235 per person sharing This offer  is subject to availability and apply to stays completed during the months of January, February and March 2015 – the Green Season in Botswana. Flights included:  from Maun to Stanley’s Camp; Stanley’s Camp to  Chief’s Camp and from  Chief’s Camp to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. Contact us for availability and other...

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Safari special to Kenya’s Amboseli & Masai Mara
Oct23

Safari special to Kenya’s Amboseli & Masai Mara

12 Night Kenyan Wildlife Safari from US$4880 to US$5990 Rate is per person sharing and seasonal, and is subject to availability. To Secure this wonderful safari special you need to book and pay the deposit before the end of November. Contact us now for more information. This Safari Special takes you to the wildlife mecca of Amboseli, Laikipia and the Masai Mara. 2 nights at Nairobi Tented Camp located in Nairobi National Park. 3 nights at Porini Amboseli Camp located in the Selenkay Conservancy Visit to Amboseli National Park 2 nights at Porini Rhino Camp located in the OlPejeta Conservancy. 2 nights at Porini Mara Camp located in OlKinyei Conservancy. 3 nights at Porini Lion Camp located in the OlareMotorogi Conservancy adjacent to the Mara Reserve. Visit to Masai Mara National Reserve Prices include: Nairobi Tented Camp includes full board basis, two airport transfers, three shared game drives or two game drives & a visit to Elephant Orphanage, sundowner, soft drinks, mineral water, beer, wine, gin & tonic then Porini Camps are based on full board basis including soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water, return conservancy airstrip transfers, day & night shared game drives in open sided 4×4 safari vehicle with qualified guide, sundowners and walks with Maasai warriors. Prices exclude: International flights, travel insurance, visa fees, tips & gratuities and any items of a personalnature   Wildlife and Safari Highlights: Flights between areas to get you straight to the wildlife without spending hours travelling between the parks over rough roads. Game drives from the camps in shared 4×4 safari vehicles (not vans) with professional guides. (Private vehicles available at a supplement). Walks with Maasai warriors, visit to authentic Maasai village, opportunity for night game drives, exclusive wilderness areas with no tourist minibuses. An authentic safari experience staying in small exclusive camps with spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished with private bathrooms, solar lights and located in attractive unspoilt natural settings. At the camps all meals, drinks (wine, gin & tonic, beer, sodas, mineral water), game drives, walks, night drives and sundowners are included in the price. The Porini Safari Camps are small and exclusive and run on the same environmentally sound principles – working closely with the local communities. All camps are specially designed to have minimum impact with no permanent structures. Itinerary 2 Nights Nairobi Tented Camp – 3 Nights Porini Amboseli Camp – 2 Nights Porini Rhino Camp – 2 nights Porini Mara Camp – 3 Nights Porini Lion Camp Day 1 Pick up from Nairobi airport and transfer to Nairobi Tented Camp for 2 nights. This offers a superb alternative to staying in a hotel in...

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