Multi-day walking safaris can now be experienced also in Kenya and, to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of Kenya’s famously good game viewing, they combine with traditional wildlife watching from a vehicle. It’s not too facile to say you get the best of both worlds.
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A private nature reserve set in the midst of a large conservation area contiguous with the Kruger National Park, Klaserie is able to offer a wide range of safari experiences and it is more competitively priced than some of its neighbouring private reserves…
Rising in central Africa, the Zambezi is home to or near several of the continent’s most iconic destinations – Victoria Falls, Chobe River, Lake Kariba – and offers the fullest range of safari activities: drives, walks, flights, river cruises – plus white-water rafting and canoe adventures.
Cottar’s Camp has been in the family for a hundred years and the spirit of the Golden Age of Safari – Hemingway, Blixen et al – lives on. Treat yourself Cottar’s 1920, set in an exclusive-use reserve, offers a private Masai Mara experience for both couples & families.
The big thing about a Chobe River Safari is that it’s one of the most seasonally-affected destinations in Botswana. Rain is the most important factor, or more precisely, the lack of it. But peak season brings other aspects to the experience – not all advantageous to the traveller.
Here they come. Wildebeest. Hundreds, then thousands of them, streaming across a golden grassland. But this is not the Serengeti…
Set in an exclusive-use wildlife concession, Shinde Footsteps sits under forest trees next to a hippo-filled lagoon: it couldn’t be more Okavango Delta if it tried. And the camp’s position in a private reserve gives it advantages over a similar location in a national park…
Family safaris to Africa are becoming more and more popular because they are becoming easier and easier to do. Now you can explore the wildest places from the comfort of a camp that has been designed for families and one of the best places to experience this is Botswana’s Okavango.
Cape Town’s best nature and wildlife tours are easy to do on a self-drive holiday. But if you want to go birding at the best spot in town, or you’d like explore low-tide rock pools and learn about the plants that cover the mountains then you’re going to need a specialist guide.
It’s probably something that’s come up in your research: some lodges and safaris take place in National Parks while others make us of Private Reserves or Concessions. So what’s the difference?
New Year’s Eve safaris deliver a unique experience: the weather is warm and the sun bright during the southern summer. Africa’s wildlife reserves are lush and green and on the coast, beaches bustle with holiday activity and Africa’s most-loved city – Cape Town.
Planning your first safari can be daunting. There’s the question of what to wear, what to bring and what to expect. And it gets more confusing when people start using familiar words in unfamiliar ways: what can you look forward to on a bush breakfast, for example?
There are different regions to Etosha National Park – its famous pan is only a quarter of its area – and these regions each have a character. You’ll need to decide about your accommodation: private lodges, state-run safari camps or camping facilities. Oh, and there’s a rainy season too.
Every safari lodge in Africa has a view but there are views and there are views. The one from your kitchen window compared to the one from the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, for example. And the view from a safari lodge can tell you a lot, not just about the landscape but the experience too.
I’ve often wondered about the Cape Town/Kruger Park combination with kids: does it really work as well as everyone says it does? Is it easy to do – really – with young children? Is there enough to do and see? How many hours do I have to spend driving?
Well, if you are planning a safari in Africa and want to combine it with a beach holiday then you no longer need fly all the way to the Seychelles – it’s lying on the Mozambique mainland. Set on a tropical peninsula, Coral Lodge lies on pristine beaches surrounded by the balmy Indian Ocean.
Anyone planning an African safari can be forgiven for equating ‘peak season’ with ‘the most expensive season’. And while there’s no getting around the fact that you’ll be paying the year’s top price for a lodge or a safari in peak season, it’s worth considering why.
With a quarter of the world’s 10 000 bird species either living on or migrating to the continent, it’s fair to say that Africa is a birding destination par excellence. From the world’s biggest bird – the ostrich – to some of its most familiar – flamingos, hornbills and parrots.
A safari shoulder season is essentially the time between peak and low season. And since the shoulder season edges both peak and low, it carries with it aspects of each. For example, you should see better wildlife during a shoulder season than a low season…
No-one does sun, safari and scuba better than Africa – even in the continent’s cooler, drier months of June, July and August, which makes it a great destination for that vacation this year. These three months also see some of the best game viewing across Africa…
Do it differently & go on a houseboat safari: great wildlife, birding & fishing on Africa’s rivers or the Indian Ocean. If you’re the sort of safari traveller who likes a 24-hour safari experience, then a houseboat safari in Africa is going to be your kind of thing.
Of all the natural wonders that lie in wait for visitors at Victoria Falls, surely a lunar rainbow is the least expected. By the light of the monthly full moon, the misty spray of the waterfall reveals an arc of light, as surely as sunshine produces a rainbow on rainy days.
The first thing to note about Southern African desert safaris is that they are probably not what you might have in your mind’s eye. Find out more with the experts!
Victoria Falls sits at the centre of many African safaris and expectations of visitors are high. This Natural World Wonder has distinct high and low levels of water depending on the time of year, which then influence the rest of your safari activities there…
Safari guide training is gaining popularity as an alternative to a traditional safari. Instead of sitting in the back of a 4X4 and listening to all the information, travellers are now immersing themselves in experience by learning, training and practicing how to become professional safari guides.
Our team travelled to East Africa to explore and learn. To make sure our travel recommendations are as good as we say they are. During October Marleen explored Kenya; starting at the famous Masai Mara and more north to the Lewa and Ol Pejeta conservancies.
In serious bird watching circles, the Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex) is known as a ‘Mega Tick’ or even a ‘Lifer’, conveying the magnitude of such a sighting on one’s life list of recorded species. Birds like these are hard to find: they are rare – the Shoebill is listed as Endangered.
“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all” – Brian Jackman. And would only add: “The only antidote is to go back on safari again and again.” So this time Sabrina and her husband ventured to East Africa, specifically to Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar.
The timing of the best African marathons, held in iconic destinations from Cape Town to Mount Kilimanjaro, coincides nicely with some safari highlights across both East and Southern Africa, so it makes a lot of sense to combine your African marathon with a safari.
Africa’s Green Seasons are synonymous with some of the year’s most exciting wildlife events – great migrations of antelope and zebra, the mass birthing of animals, the appearance of migrant birds, and the enrichment of the landscape with colour and form.
As the savannah landscapes dry up across Southern Africa, the opposite is happening in the South Africa’s Western Cape: colourful sunbirds and sugarbirds take advantage of bright flowering winter-aloes and the ocean welcomes the southern right whales, migrating from the Antarctic to the Cape.
Many African destinations sell themselves as a safari and beach combination but few do it with such scale and authenticity as Tanzania and Zanzibar. Let’s take a closer look at Zanzibar Island. It is actually the biggest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago…
Gonarezhou is the second biggest national park in Zimbabwe but chances are you’ve never heard of it. It’s a wildlife reserve with all the animals you’d expect – elephants, lions, hippo, buffalo – but it’s also the place where a revolution in conservation was born.
As sure as wine and cheese go together, the Cape Winelands is a destination that combines naturally with two wheels. After all, if you are there to taste wine then you certainly don’t want to be driving a car and it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to put in a little exercise too.
It may be stating the obvious but your Safari experience depends to a large degree on the quality of your guides. Of course there are great guides all across Africa but if you are looking for the most experienced and the most highly trained, then look no further than the guides of Zimbabwe.
Horseback safaris offer you the chance to ride alongside antelope, zebra and giraffe instead of disturbing them. It’s a great way to see birds and small animals going about their business as well as the African heavyweights – elephant, buffalo and rhino – in a natural, relaxed setting.
Photography hides are changing the face of an African safari. Available at a few select lodges, they provide the wildlife photographer – beginner or professional – with the perfect foil to traditional game drives and walks. Photographic hides are all about letting the wildlife come to you…
Africa’s Big Five are easy to find if you go to the right places. Not so the Small Five – creatures that require a slower pace and a keener eye to spot. You will, however, have an easier time ticking off the members of Africa’s Ugly Five, animals that perhaps only their mother could love…
The Congo. No other destination in Africa has a greater name-resonance. A land of rainforest, rivers & swamps, thunderstorms & heat. And a place of astonishing wildlife: monkeys, forest elephants & buffalo as well as gorillas & pangolins and the extraordinary bongo antelope.
They say everyone is a photographer these days, thanks to hi-tech digital cameras and online editing tools. But good cameras and the lenses suitable for wildlife photography can be ferociously expensive. Make it easy on yourself with one of Africa’s photographic safaris.
How do you decide in which season to go on safari? There are seasonal events such as wildlife migrations and then there are different climatic periods, typically a dry season and a wet season, but some destinations even have two wet seasons! Our knowledgeable team comes to the rescue!
We go on safari to see wildlife during the day but Africa’s main show is at night. Elevate your safari experience with a night in a Star bed; they are available only at certain lodges across Africa but we’ve made it easy for you with our choice of Africa’s Top 10 star beds right here.
Sure there are safari lodges in the Kalahari but what about really sleeping out? As in under the stars. And what stars there are. The area is called the Makgadikgadi Pans (try Ma-ghadi-ghadi as the pronunciation). There are two salt pans, and they are surrounded by classic Kalahari savannah…
Botswana’s Tsodilo Hills are more than just a geological oddity. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, this is a place of deep spiritual and cultural significance for the indigenous San (Bushman) people and they have left behind a great treasure. Not gold or silver, but art…
One of the fastest growing travel trends in Southern Africa is for exclusive use safari camps, for an unbeatable safari experience for families with children & groups of friends. Fully serviced and very comfortable, these camps are found across Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Whether it’s the Kruger or Kenya, an African safari usually carries a risk of malaria. And while the risk of contracting malaria on safari is generally very low, a South Africa malaria-free safari is your chance to visit genuine Big 5 reserves with no risk of malaria at all.
Southern Right whales visiting the coastline of South Africa’s Western Cape have been recorded in a recent aerial survey & the results not only give us an idea about how many there are but also where they are most easily seen. And it’s all pointing to one place.
From 21st to 29th August 2021, our travel-specialist Karina traveled to Botswana and its top safari regions: Central Kalahari, Magkadigkadi, Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe’s Savuti and River. We do regular site inspections to ensure our travel recommendations are as good as we say they are.
Kubu Island is simply one of those amazing places for landscape and astrophotography. I have quite an obsession with astrophotography and “shooting” the stars at Kubu has long been on my bucket list. Due to the remote location of Kubu, there is hardly any light pollution.
Planning a safari to East Africa as a group of friends or intergenerational family? What about a safari that runs to your own schedule? You’ll get private guides and vehicles plus an entire safari camp to yourselves, complete with chef, housekeeping staff and child minders if you need them.
You’d expect such a well-loved family holiday destination to have plenty of things to see and do, and you’d be right. Set in a malaria-free landscape of sandy beaches and rolling mountain ranges, Garden Route family activities range from whale watching and interactions with friendly elephants.
Table Mountain, Victoria Falls, gorilla trekking and the Serengeti Migration – if Africa doesn’t hold the record for most bucket-list destinations in one continent then it surely lays claim to the most spectacular and unique ones. Check your Africa bucket list with ours and see if you agree!
First the good news: malaria in South Africa is restricted to a very small area of the country and is seasonally driven. In fact, you can enjoy a South Africa safari and avoid malaria entirely: there are many malaria-free reserves across the country which offer excellent Big 5 game viewing.
The Kohrs family share their thoughts on their safari experience at the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. Travelling with their two children aged 2 and 4, they had a fantastic time: find out about the lodges they visited, what made their stay excellent and what to consider when travelling on safari with kids.
A safari to Botswana’s Okavango Delta with children promises to be a memorable family holiday. An unspoilt landscape of lazy lagoons and grazing grasslands, the Okavango Delta is home to abundant wildlife ranging from elephants and big cats to monkeys and mongooses.
Travelling to Botswana with toddlers and babies on safari may seem a daunting prospect but with a bit of planning it is much easier than you think. For a safe and rewarding Botswana safari with activities for the whole family, it’s simply a question of when you go and where you go.
Botswana is a country full of big wild animals and remote destinations; the first question I was asked as a guide by concerned parents was – naturally – is Botswana safe for children? Yet it is a country that has been safely delivering family safaris for decades.
What was the thing you craved most while under the recent Covid-induced lockdown? Open, sunny skies is my guess, and although it seems impossible when contemplating the four walls of your current position, there’s nothing much sunnier or more open than the African sky.
One of the major attractions of a Botswana family safari is the range of activities on offer, especially in private concessions. These are exclusive-use, privately managed reserves where guests have access to a wider range of activities than in the national parks. You’ll enjoy day and night game drives as well as fishing trips, guided walks, motor-boating, and adventures by mokoro.
Thrills beyond those you could imagine, luxurious accommodation out in the wild, and experiences that cannot rivalled… those are the ingredients for the perfect honeymoon. And you will undoubtedly find all of that with a Tanzania and Kenya honeymoon safari.
In this blog, we’ll be highlighting some of the most exciting and gorgeous destinations for honeymooners. And the best part is that you’ll find that there are many honeymoon specials reserved for newlyweds. So, if you’re wanting to know where to honeymoon in Africa, read on.
Experience Chobe Ballooning, in one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations, epitomises the very best of game viewing, flying over a vast concession known as the Seloko Plains in the Chobe Region of Botswana. It’s the ideal opportunity for us to share with our guests the wonders of the Chobe Region from a completely different perspective.
Okavango Delta activities are a range of motorised and non-motorised excursions, all of which are led by professional guides. A lodge’s location will dictate what activities it offers. Camps based on permanent water focus on water activities while those in drier areas specialise in game drives.
Hiking trails criss-cross the peninsula and include the most iconic destinations: Table Mountain of course, but also Lion’s Head, Cape Point and – beyond Cape Town – the Cape Winelands and Whale Route. Different kinds of hikes too: half-day and full-day hiking; easy, moderate or challenging hikes; and walks focussed on wildlife or bird watching.
Experience Okavango Delta Ballooning, in one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations, epitomises the very best of game viewing, flying over a landscape flooded with water and winding channels, dotted with islands, and combined with large expanses of woodland forests. This age old ballooning adventure explores the Okavango Delta in a completely unique way offering a […]
If you’re planning to travel to Africa, then it pays to know what happens where and when. A continent of dazzling diversity, Africa is a destination where each month delivers something special; the trick is to match your month of travel with the best experience at that time. Use our African Travel Calendar – a month by month guide.
The Livingstone Island tour is offered 5 times on a daily basis. A twin-engine boat will take you on a thrilling journey through the fast-moving channels of the Zambezi River. On the island you will be given a guided tour, learning about its history from ancient times when it served as a sacrificial site to the present day and its World Heritage status.
Providing a unique river-based experience, a Botswana houseboat safari is ideal for discerning safari travellers and those in search of a more intimate and unusual approach to a safari. Usually a chef, guide and housekeeper ensure guests want for nothing, and the focus in on a personalised stay. Guests aboard a Botswana Houseboat can look forward to plenty of rest and relaxation.
Mahale Chimp Trekking in Tanzania is a lifetime experience. The Mahale Mountains which are home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 1000 individuals inhabiting the national park. Once you’ve found the Mahale Chimps you’ll have 1 hour to hang out with them and watch as they play, groom and forage on the floor around you.
Magnificently panoramic and packed with wildlife, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania’s most iconic safari destinations and perhaps the easiest place in Africa to see the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. But you need to make a decision about where to stay. Ngorongoro accommodation is neatly divided into two groups: […]
If you’ve ever wondered why nearly two million wildebeest put themselves through the ordeal of the migration every year, then the Serengeti calving season will show you why. The southern plains of the Serengeti turn green after the November rains and fresh grazing is just what the wildebeest need for their energy-demanding calving season: several hundred […]
It is early July in the northern Serengeti and the first few wildebeest are arriving at the banks of the Mara and Grumeti Rivers. More wildebeest quickly pile up behind them, shuffling nervously and peering closely at the murky brown water. None of them enters the river yet. Having eaten their way across the Serengeti […]
These are the only camps in the Lower Zambezi Valley to offer a location quite like that of these Islands. Set up on two private islands in the Lower Zambezi the Fly Camping Safari experience is a back to nature wilderness adventure. Game viewing is totally flexible but is primarily on foot or on the canoes; Game Drives, Boat Cruises, […]