Blue Train Safari for Golfers and Non-Golfers to the Eastern Cape
Jul24

Blue Train Safari for Golfers and Non-Golfers to the Eastern Cape

The Blue Train provides luxury train journeys across coastal and inland regions within South Africa and offers passengers a glimpse into a safari sojourn from aeons ago before air travel entered into the mix. The classic and sophisticated Blue Train needs no introduction. Since its inception in 1923, when it was a passenger train taking people from Johannesburg to Cape Town to board ships, it has undergone a number of changes. During this period of time, the Union Express decided to add much-needed luxuries to the carriages, which included a dining saloon and even air-conditioning. And so the journey to creating a luxury train began. Fast forward a few decades, and we now have ourselves a moving five-star hotel with hints of a bygone era still left intact. This exclusive Blue Train golf safari holiday has 3 classic elements that combine to offer an exclusive experience. Combine the classic African train journey with a quintessential safari in the wild, and throw in a few rounds of golf, and you have yourself an exclusive holiday offering three “vintage” elements with their roots deeply entrenched in history. There is also the Blue Train safari holiday for non-golfers – same amount fun, minus the golf! This particular holiday is a package with set dates that run 4 times a year, and leading experts in their field have worked together to create the itinerary. The golfing package includes 7 days of golfing bliss (5 rounds) combined with a big five safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape’s Shamwari Game Reserve. The non-golfing holiday weaves and winds its way on the same route as the golfing package, but when the golfers hit the green, the non-golfers will enjoy a few pre-arranged activities and tours. There are only 24 suites aboard the train for this itinerary, and 2018 is already fully-booked.  Departure dates are : Feb 07, Mar 22, Oct 11 and Nov 08.  Below are the details of the golfing and non-golfing itinerary:  4 x nights accommodation on The Blue Train Three meals daily and all alcoholic and/or other beverages while on board Suite orientation by Personal Butler, 24-hour full Room Service, Bar Facilities and Portage 2 x nights accommodation at 5-Star Shamwari Game Reserve on Full-Board basis All safari activities at Shamwari (excluding the spa) GOLFERS : 5 x 18 holes golf on Fancourt Montagu, Belmont, Humewood, Pinnacle Point and Pearl Valley. All carts/caddies, halfway house lunch and private coach transfers to golf courses. Daily fun contests with fantastic prizes. NON-GOLFERS : Guided tours including Outeniqua Power Van, Jakkalsvlei Wines, Algoa Bay Boat Cruise, Port Elizabeth City Tour, Point of Human Origins, Diaz Rail,...

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You Really Should Pay a Visit to Enchanting Malawi. Here’s Why.
May31

You Really Should Pay a Visit to Enchanting Malawi. Here’s Why.

Malawi is the land of smiles, a warm and welcoming culture that invites you to visit its enchanting land. Home to the emerald jewel Lake Malawi, (one of the great lakes of Africa), the rolling hills of the Shire Valley and the big five Majete Game Reserve; Malawi truly is one of Africa’s most understated countries worthy of an expedition. A natural world of wonder with a humble and happy culture. So, just what is there to do for visitors to Malawi and how do you plan your trip? There are three main things set Malawi apart from Malawi as a safari destination. There’s the historical Shire highlands, home to rolling hills dotted with established tea and coffee plantations; the Majete Game Reserve which is the only big five reserve in the area; and lastly, the significant inland body of freshwater called Lake Malawi, which is ideal for diving and other water sports. This landlocked African country is most certainly the land of contrasts, which is why you really should pay a visit to enchanting Malawi. LAKE MALAWI Why Visit Lake Malawi? Imagine a beach holiday, a tropical paradise of sorts, where the days are hot and the stress minimal. This is what a holiday to the shores of Lake Malawi is about – the only difference? It’s a massive inland lake, making it one of the world’s geographical marvels. Lake Malawi is often referred to as the inland sea of Africa – and rightly so! Forming part of the Great rift Valley, Lake Malawi sits calmly on top of this natural fault line that rises steeply in some areas and gently in others. As a result, there are areas of the lake that boast extraordinary depths and life beneath the surface is equally as mysterious. Divers and snorkelers love nothing more than to spot freshwater fish like catfish and other species swimming around the reef. Sunsets are spectacular and are best viewed from the golden beaches on shore or from the elite position of a yacht. Pina colada at the end of the jetty perhaps? Our Top Choice of Accommodation : Kaya Mawa Lodge Kaya Mawa Lodge on shores of Lake Malawi is one of the most romantic destinations in Africa. Cosy thatch cottages overlook the massive expansive of water that laps at the shores of each cottage. This is an idyllic retreat, perfect for honeymooners or those seeking a private safari experience. Sun seekers and water lovers will love Kaya Mawa Lodge ! From sailing to kayaking and waterskiing, there is plenty to do. If you’re a fan of observing water sports from a distance, then there are also plenty of land based...

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A Game Census at The Ant Collection in the Waterberg
Aug04

A Game Census at The Ant Collection in the Waterberg

An annual game census takes place at Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill in the Waterberg. Visitors are welcome but will need to get on horseback to help with the count! Here is a wonderful report posted by Hillary Gaertner of The Ant Collection on the Africa Geographic Blog.  You can also read all about What a Game Census is!   Written by: Hillary Gaertner For those who are hooked on Africa, there comes a time when you want a totally different safari experience. Ant Collection’s annual game census safari is just that! This is a time in the bush when wildlife conservation prevails and guests have the opportunity to be part of it for an entire week. From game counting and darting, to capturing and relocating wildlife, the activities all have a unique purpose: to keep the private reserve and its animal residents thriving.   The reserve is home to several leaf-eating grazers and it’s important to have an accurate count of them so as to not over-utilise the environment, which has the potential to cause permanent damage of the vegetation.   All of this good, hard work is done on horseback which is quite a unique and intriguing tactic because game censuses are traditionally done by helicopter. However, Ant’s capitalises on what they do best and performs the operation on horseback for several reasons. Firstly, it remains more accurate and less expensive than a helicopter and secondly, it causes much less disturbance to the surrounding wildlife.   The hard work has its pay offs though because the active days in the saddle are accompanied by luxury accommodation and meals, around which both new and returning guests from all over the world can bond over horses and the African bush.   It’s also a week that requires focus and perseverance. Lodge owner, Ant Baber, puts these incredible game census tasks into perspective, “It is always very tricky darting and capturing wild animals, and having to coordinate over 40 riders spread out in very thick bush. This year went incredibly smoothly though and every one worked as a team with zero injuries to either man or beast. The horses sensed the excitement of each moment and, despite the long hours in the saddle (sometimes up to five hours at a time), they were always willing and responsive.”   So many variables are at play when the vet darts the animal from horseback in thick bush. The drugs used take up to six minutes for full effect, and in this short time the animal can cover a large distance at a high speed.   Ant’s top 3 highlights:   1. Sable antelope bull capture The sable captures were performed in order to reintroduce five roan antelope to the reserve....

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The Chobe Princess Safari Boat
Jul29

The Chobe Princess Safari Boat

Cruising on the Chobe River on board The Chobe Princess Safari Boat Chobe – The Unassuming African Paradise ‘An unassuming African paradise.’ That sentence describes Chobe in a nutshell. There is something magical about gliding down the serene, idyllic Chobe River onboard the Chobe Princess houseboat. Game viewing is always an exciting affair. But viewing wildlife onboard a boat is a strikingly different experience. Seeing the famous Chobe elephants crossing the river in huge herds is a once in a lifetime occasion. The march of these grey giants is a beautiful, enchanting event not to be missed if you are a true safari enthusiast. But the elephants are by no means the only reason to hop onboard a houseboat and let the vessel float you down the serene Chobe that winds between the borders of two Southern African countries, Namibia and Botswana. There is an abundance of other mammals in the area too, ranging from a variety of antelope to giraffes grazing on the riverbanks. Glance down to see a hippo or ten peek their heads up in the water. The area is also known as a haven for birds. The Chobe birds, in an array of sizes, shapes and colours, delight a visitor to the area with their joyful chirpiness and pure beauty. Listen to their tweets fill the air with exquisite sounds and spot a Kingfisher or the majestic Fish Eagle flying across the African skyline. The Chobe sunsets are a mystical event with red, orange and yellow mixing into a carnival of colours that slowly fade behind the African skyline. And there, on the deck of the Chobe Princess safari boat, watching the day turn into night is when you feel the true charm of Africa. The Chobe Princess Lounge and pool A sitting area Private deck with each cabin a twin bedded cabin a double bedded cabin  ...

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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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Botswana 5 Rivers Safari Special valid until 30 April 2013

All the below camps cost US$360 per person per night until 31 March 2013 and then US$385 per person per night from 1-30 April 2013. Includes accommodation on a single or shared basis, scheduled game viewing and activities as per each property, all meals, local brand drinks, laundry and park fees where applicable. No single supplement on accommodation Discounted flying and transfer rates The following camps are participating in the special: Xakanaxa Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve Kwara Camp in the Okavango Delta Kwando Lagoon & Lebala Camps in the Kwando Concession Tau Pan Camp in the Central Kalahari Nxai Pan Camp in Nxai Pan Ntwala Island Lodge in the Chobe area Stanley Safari Lodge at Victoria Falls To request a Botswana Safari Quote on these camps please contact us.    ...

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Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe Summer Safari – 5 nights – US$2455
Dec13

Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe Summer Safari – 5 nights – US$2455

Zambia and Zimbabwe are fantastic countries to visit in summer. With many species giving birth to their young, the predator sightings are frequent as they take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced younger prey. Mornings are exceptional with temperatures perfect for warm pre-dawn game viewing and the brief afternoon thundershowers create a dramatic backdrop for some of the best summer wildlife viewing on the continent. This five-night package combines the spectacular Victoria Falls with the remote and private Makalolo Concession within the vast Hwange National Park. Transfers between properties can be done by air or road (road to be quoted for separately). DAYS 1 & 2 – TOKA LEYA, MOSI-OA-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK Overlooking the Zambezi River and some of its islands is Toka Leya Camp. The camp’s dining and lounge areas offer ample space for relaxation. Meals are served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. Activities (on fully inclusive rate) include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, fishing and guided nature walks. DAYS 3, 4 & 5 – LITTLE MAKALOLO CAMP, MAKALOLO CONCESSION, HWANGE NATIONAL PARK Little Makalolo lies in one of Hwange National Park’s best wildlife viewing areas. It offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The area is ecologically diverse, ensuring great numbers of animals year-round. The camp’s six spacious en-suite tents, with both indoor and outdoor showers, are nestled in the tree line, with solar power for hot water and lighting ensuring a lighter ecological footprint. A false mopane tree in the centre of the camp shades a separate dining and living area as well as a raised platform for views of the much- frequented waterhole. During siesta hours, guests can enjoy outstanding wildlife viewing at the log pile hide that overlooks the waterhole in front of camp. Activities centre on game drives in open 4×4 Land Rovers and guided walks. Price US$2455 per person. Valid for travel from 22 November 2012 – 20 March 2013 & excludes the festive season from 20 December 2012 – 10 January 2013. Please contact us for Terms & Conditions....

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