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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & CHOBE RIVER

Safari in spectacular Chobe!

The Chobe National Park established in 1968 covers 11,700 square kilometers and is situated in the northern most part of Botswana. Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.
Encompassing swamps, floodplains and woodlands it is the third largest Park or Reserve in the country after Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and the largest of them all the Central Kalahari Game reserve.

With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless.

All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.

The Chobe River, which is without doubt one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The park is famous for its wildlife and supports a diversity and concentration unlike anywhere else in Botswana. In the dry winter months over 50 000 elephants can converge on the Chobe River to drink - an awe-inspiring sight.

Chobe River House Boat

Water safari days!

Cruising along the Chobe River with a fresh cocktail in your hand, watching an orange-glowing sun sink slowly below the horizon... this experience is so much more than a river cruise! It is a magical experience, where you can get extremely close to very relaxed wildlife.
This 45 meter long luxury boat cruises gently down the river, with amazing views over the Caprivi Strip on one side and Chobe National Park on the other.

This luxury vessel has three floors with fourteen cabins on the first and second floor. Spacious, modern, beautifully decorated, with comfortable beds and spa-like bathroom – just to name a few characteristics. There are ten cabins with a small private balcony and four larger master cabins. Cabins are twin or double, en-suite with a toilet and shower. There are fans and shutters to keep the cabin cool. All the main areas are on the top floor (for the best views), air-conditioned and protected by mosquito screening. Simply nestle yourself into one of the cozy nooks, glimpse at game through a telescope, order your favorite drink at the bar, or dip in the plunge pool with a 360°-degree view. And let’s not forget the culinary delights, served on board. From a creamy bowl of warming porridge in the morning, to a decadent white chocolate parfait at night: dining here is a treat. The well-trained kitchen staff effortlessly combines local flavors with culinary delights from the west, creating mouth-watering dishes, suited for true gourmet palates.

When you wake up and peek through the curtains, you will see elephants, hippos, birds - all indulging in the fresh waters of the Chobe River. Once on board, flexibility is key. Feel like venturing out in a smaller boat, or trying your luck during a tiger fishing trip? It’s all possible. Leave the ‘mother ship’ by hopping on a smaller, yet comfortable, tender boat to get even closer to the wildlife. You can also lean back and relax all morning on the viewing deck to the background sound of rippling water. It is all about finding your own flow.

You will cruise along one of the most game-dense areas of Africa. During dry season, islands along the riverbank of the Chobe river stay green, attracting wildlife from all over. From tender boats, enjoy water-based safari activities, full of elephant watching (Chobe is home to one of the biggest elephant populations in the world!), spotting rare birds, buffalo herds, prides of lions, hippos lolling about and much more. Like fishing? Tiger and bream fishing tours are offered in season. Go on a tour to a local village to see more of Botswana’s rich culture or sign up for a game drive into Chobe National Park (at an additional cost). Activities are in the mornings and afternoons, with a delicious lunch in between during the hottest hours of the day (and perhaps followed by a siesta?). After the afternoon safari activity, sundowners, dinner and amazing African skies are served. The boat is moored in Namibian waters every evening, to provide you with the most spectacular views of the African sunset. Yes, this truly is smooth sailing in style!

ACTIVITIES
Activities include: Water-based safaris with motorboats, fishing, birding, cultural tours and Boabab land outing.

PASSPORT & CONTROL PROCEDURES:
The Zambezi Queen Collection operates on the Chobe River, which is a natural border between Botswana
and Namibia. The Zambezi Queen Collection is based on the Namibian side of the Chobe River. In order to
check-in from Kasane, you will need to exit Botswana and enter Namibia. Our Zambezi Queen Collection
team will arrange all boat transfers required, the process will take around 30 – 45 minutes from the time of arrival in Kasane.

Guest will exit Botswana at Kasane Immigration office, before embarking onto the Chobe River followed by a 5 – 10-minute boat transfer from Kasane Immigration Office to Impalila Island, Namibia, where
guests will go through Namibian passport control to officially enter Namibia (250 meter walk to the
passport control office, assistance available where required. Please arrive in comfortable walking attire).
From here take a short boat ride to your Zambezi Queen Collection accommodation, to begin your Chobe
River adventure.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & CHOBE RIVER

Safari in spectacular Chobe!

The Chobe National Park established in 1968 covers 11,700 square kilometers and is situated in the northern most part of Botswana. Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.
Encompassing swamps, floodplains and woodlands it is the third largest Park or Reserve in the country after Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and the largest of them all the Central Kalahari Game reserve.

With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless.

All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.

The Chobe River, which is without doubt one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The park is famous for its wildlife and supports a diversity and concentration unlike anywhere else in Botswana. In the dry winter months over 50 000 elephants can converge on the Chobe River to drink - an awe-inspiring sight.

Chobe River Area Camp

Chobe safari days!

Located on a rocky hilltop with the Chobe River below, the endless plains of the Kalahari Basin disappear into the horizon: the sense of timeless space is worth a pocketful of gold any day.

Opting for a statelier imprint, perhaps complimenting its commanding view, the camp eschews the standard timber and thatch tented camp style so popular in Botswana and East Africa. Instead you can expect rough-finished sandstone walls, corrugated tin roofs, timber beams, polished floors and a quirky old-world farmstead feel that is right at home in the African bush.

Large well-spaced chalets, along the ridge and each one taking in that magnificent view. Rustic-looking they may be but inside they are anything but. Luxurious beds, en suite bathrooms - complete with indoor and outdoor showers - and a private deck turn your room into a palace. The screed floors, sand-filled walls and deep shade provide natural cool in the Kalahari.
The main lodge also salutes the glorious view with seating areas galore including a large wooden deck in front and teak Morris chairs and day beds from which to enjoy both view and icy drink. With just 24 guests at any time, dining is an elaborate table d’hôte affair made less formal by using individual tables.

And then the wildlife! This where you come to see elephants. And lions, leopards, wild dogs, buffalos, hyenas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, vultures, roan and sable antelope, birds by the bucket load and much, much more. Guided game drives and river safaris happen twice a day and you can also visit the local village and take a guided walk through the bush.

Full-board accommodation in 10 double rooms and 1 family room; en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers; private balcony; swimming pool; dining area; viewing deck; bar; lounge

ACTIVITIES
Lots of options available! Game drives in open safari vehicles into Chobe National Park; river safaris in delta boats; birding; village visits and bush walks!

BOTSWANA

Wildlife Paradise!

Botswana is an iconic wildlife safari destination - land of contrasts and striking beauty and is undoubtedly one of the world's most exciting holiday destinations.

The country’s most striking features are its relative flatness and aridity. This makes the Okavango Delta even more remarkable: a wetland within a desert that receives its waters from rain falling in Angola,650 miles away.More about Botswana

BOTSWANA MOBILE SAFARI

Experience the sights, sounds and smell of the bush!

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO

A mobile safari is exactly what it sounds like – a journey through a variety of different wildlife habitats, staying for a few nights in each area. When you move location, the camp moves with you. Each campsite is simply a designated, secluded area of bush with neither facilities nor fences. Before your arrival and after your departure, there is no trace that anyone has stayed there, and the wildlife is free to wander through camp at any time!

it is amazing to watch the camp disintegrate during breakfast, only for it to reappear in time for sun downers in a completely different location.’ In the evening, watch amber flames lick hungrily at the charred logs of the campfire as the lilting chimes of minuscule reed-frogs and vociferous crickets float through the cool night air. If you listen closely, you might hear a zebra braying in the distance, an elephant’s trumpet of displeasure or even a rasping, saw-like cough resonating from the inky darkness – the unforgettable call of a leopard patrolling its territory.

CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE

Safari in the Kalahari!

The Central Kalahari game Reserve is the second largest wildlife reserve in the world and most remote reserve in Southern Africa. Large herds of wildebeest, eland, giraffe, hartebeest, springbok and gemsbok can be found in these vast stretches of land with scrub bushes and dwarfed trees. Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to the second largest group of indigenous hunter-gatherers in Africa - the bushmen or San.

The habitat in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve consists of grasslands, pans, occasional sand dunes and river valleys. There are many Kalahari acacias and Kalahari appleleaf dotted in between the sandveld. With the summer rains, thousands of gemsbok, eland, springbok and wildebeest find their way to the sprouting, sweet grasses from Deception Valley to Piper Pans. The legendary Kalahari black-maned lions and the fact that it is one of the best cheetah viewing sites makes the Central Kalahari Game Reserve a prime spot for wildlife lovers. You should see lion, hyaena, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, kudu, hartebeest, springbok, gemsbok, eland, jackal, meerkat, crocodile and hippo.

Summer (Oct-Mar) temperatures are scorching. Winter (May-Aug) days are hot (mid 30's) with night-time temperatures at sub-zero. March to October are the best times to go. The mass migration is best enjoyed after the summer rains.

Central Kalahari Camp

Big game safari days!

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Botswana is home to one of the most unique bio-diversities in Southern Africa. The desert landscape is home to specially adapted predators such as lion, brown hyena and honey badger. Antelope including springbok and oryx eke out an existence in this harsh desert. Plant life is incredibly interesting in their adaptations to little water and excessive sunlight, thorns provide shade and protection against predation.
Seven spacious safari tents with twin or double beds feature en-suite bathrooms. The luxurious tents are complete with indoor and outdoor showers, hot and cold running water and flush toilets. Families may book the spacious two-bedroomed tent which shares a spacious en-suite bathroom. Well-spaced away from each other and raised up on wooden decks offers guests a wonderful view from the comfort of the suite over a permanent water hole.

ACTIVITIES
As the camp is located alongside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the main activities involve exploring the Kalahari experience. Wildlife which is encountered here includes giraffe, antelope, as well as small mammals like the honey badger, bat-eared fox and porcupine to predators including the Kalahari lion, cheetah, leopard and brown hyena.

Guests enjoy thrilling morning and afternoon safari drives in open safari vehicles. The afternoon safari drives usually continue into the evening. Travelers may also get more up close and personal with nature during the adventurous guided bush walks.
Bird watching enthusiasts are in for a special treat! This area is home to over 200 different bird species including the Kori Bustard and Crimson Breasted Shrike and a high concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawks.

Featuring water holes all year round result in fantastic photographic opportunities either from the safari vehicle, on foot or from one of several hides.

MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Safari in stunning Moremi!

At the place where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa! Encompassing the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi game reserve includes permanent water as well as drier areas, creating beautiful and unexpected contrasts. Prominent geographical features in the Moremi are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue.

The idea to create a game reserve first originated in 1961 and was approved by the Batawana at a kgotla in 1963. The area was then officially designated as a game reserve in April 1965 and was initially run by the Fauna Conservation Society of Ngamiland. Moremi was then extended to include Chiefs Island in 1976. In August 1979 the reserve was taken over by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. A further extension was added as recently as 1992 and now the reserve contains within its boundaries approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta.

The Moremi Game Reserve, although not one of the largest Parks, presents insights and views even for the most experienced of travelers. Home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. African Wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is resident and has been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989; thus this species is often seen wearing collars emplaced by researchers. The sitatunga and lechwe live in the papyrus banks of the waterways with lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunting in the open grassland. The Moremi Game Reserve is home to over 400 of the Okavango’s species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane and Sacred Ibis. This vast array of mammal, bird, insect, plant, fish and reptile species have adapted to the Okavango Delta’s swamp conditions.
The northeast tip of Moremi, Khwai is an area where evergreen trees line wide floodplains. It boasts excellent density and diversity of both predator and prey species with leopard sightings consistently good. From an ontological perspective, Saddle-billed storks, wattled cranes and many species of kingfishers and bee-eaters are common. In the heart of Moremi, at the tip of the Mopane Tongue, lies the renowned Xakanaxa Lagoon comprising mopane forests and a patchwork of deep waterways and shallow flooded areas, creating a beautiful area packed with game. Leopard and cheetah are regularly seen and the density of antelope is notable. The area’s birdlife is exceptional.

Moremi, hunted by the Bushman as long as 10,000 years ago, was initiated by the Batawana tribe and covers some 4,871 sq. km, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines Mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. Only about 30% of the Reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

Moremi Luxury Camp

Big game safari days!

The Moremi Game Reserve features a diverse habitat home to a wide range of African wildlife. Guests can look forward to guided game drives where they might spot Wild Dog, Cheetah, Lion, Zebra, Elephant and Buffalo.
A sanctuary of Mopane forests, seasonal flood plains, open grasslands and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa. This is where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert. The Moremi game reserve is a result of a donation to the world by the Batawana Tribe.

The lodge located on the banks of the Khwai River in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. Rated as one of Africa’s most beautiful game reserves, Moremi Game Reserve ensures that it is one of the only safari destinations which can provide guests with an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The reserve offers sanctuary to abundant herds of elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable and more. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas complete the picture. Birding is also quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed.

Accommodations are canvas, Meru-style classic luxury safari tents on raised decks. Canvas window covers can be closed as desired or left open to view the surroundings through a mesh screen at each window. Each tent boasts en-suite facilities. The camp operates on generator power, but at night all lighting is supplied by battery powered lamps, candles and paraffin lanterns, giving the camp an authentic African ambience.

The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. Constructed of local timber, reed and thatch, the elegant lounge contains a small but comprehensive library, dining room, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed as well as a fire-deck set under giant Jackalberry trees.

ACTIVITIES
Guests are offered two activities of their choice per day, or an all-day outing can be arranged. These activities include: morning and afternoon game drives; and water game viewing in powerboats.

SAVUTE REGION, CHOBE GAME RESERVE

Safari in the Savute!

The Savute Channel stretches from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to the Savute Marsh. The winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of the Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere – a mystery that has intrigued geologists and researchers for many years.

With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless

All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephant, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.

Savute also lays claim to a spectacularly large summer zebra migration, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the lush grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. They are always accompanied by a myriad of predators. The area is renowned for its population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species

When David Livingstone, the first European to visit the area, saw the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later it had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, when it again receded, hence its reputation as ‘the river that flows in both directions’.
Then in 2010 this unpredictable river started flowing once again, dramatically transforming the Savute Region: the marsh is a watery paradise once more, large herds of elephant and buffalo crowd the riverbanks, and the birdlife is nothing short of phenomenal.

Like most safari destinations, game viewing in Savute reaches its peak during the dry winter months. But early summer is also an excellent time for a Savute safari; especially around November and December when the annual zebra migration passes through the area. Imagine the sight of vast herds of zebra converging on the grassy plains, with opportunistic predators hot on their hooves.

Savute Reserve Luxury Camp

3Big game safari days!

Savute is justly famous for its high concentrations of predators, and if you visit in summer (about November to March), you may be lucky enough to witness the Linyanti/Chobe zebra migration as well as enjoying amazing bird watching. The Chobe national park encompasses an impressive 10,700 square kilometers (4,150 square miles) of wilderness, the Chobe National Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.

At times flowing and other times dry, the channel forms part of a rich ecosystem renowned for its large concentrations of elephant, spotted hyena and lion - the latter two often being in brutal conflict over kills and territory - and the region is one of Botswana's premier game-viewing destinations.

The Lodge is situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled “Stolen River”- the Savute Channel, within Chobe National Park.
The main building is made of thatch and timber and has a lounge, library, and cocktail bar. It is nearby is the viewing deck, which is ideal for watching game at the waterhole below. The real drama, however, lies away from camp when you head out on early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of big game.

Savute Safari Lodge accommodates 24 guests in local timber and glass suites with cool thatching, beautifully furnished in fresh colors. All chalets have private decks, a combined bedroom / lounge area and en-suite facilities, which sets the lodge apart from typical safari accommodation. A viewing deck, al fresco dining area & swimming pool - ideal for watching game at the water hole. After dinner, enjoy a night-cap by the fire-side whilst viewing the bull elephants congregate at the waterhole.

THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Safari in the magnificent Okavango Delta!

Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta is a maze of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over16,000 square km in flood and shrinking to less than 9,000 square km in the dry season. It is a lush water-wilderness of papyrus swamps, shallow reed-beds and floodplains, dotted with islands and laced with a network of channels. Trapped in the parched Kalahari sands the fresh water oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique wilderness. The fragile ecosystem remain one of the world’s unspoilt and beautiful wildernesses where a vast diversity of animals and birds can be seen. All this makes for amazing wildlife sightings

Interesting fact: The Okavango Delta is relatively new in geological terms—only a meagre 60 000 years old.Before the formation of the delta, for some two million years, the Okavango River flowed right through Botswana and drained into a massive lake somewhere in the region of the Makgadikgadi pans in Botswana

Rivers are hard-coded to flow towards big bodies of water like lakes and seas. But then about 50 000 years ago, there was a massive earthquake in Southern Africa. The land near today’s border between Botswana and Namibia shifted, interrupting the Okavango’s usual, obedient flow.It was a shock to the river’s system. The water had no choice. 11 trillion litres spilled out into the desert like oil in a pan, flooding a vast area with a steady torrent of fresh H2O.One awkward geological twist of fate had created the greatest natural oasis on earth—the Okavango Delta.

The Delta area has been split up into private reserves where the game viewing is available only to resident guests. As a result, the Okavango offers some of the most exclusive game viewing area in Africa. The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi, a public park that is particularly busy in areas but is also home to the Mombo concession, a wildlife area regarded by many as the best in the world. Not only is the location one of the most beautiful, and the wildlife so rich, but it is also home to some of the most exclusive and sought-after safari lodges on the continent.

The Okavango Delta is home to thousands of different species of plants and animals. Here, you'll find over 400 species of birds, nearly 200 species of mammals, and over 150 species of reptiles!

Okavango Delta Luxury Camp

Big game safari days!

The secluded camp is a hidden gem on an island in a permanently flooded section of the Okavango Delta - a charming safari lodge situated in the heart of the permanently flooded part of the Okavango Delta.

Set on wooden platforms, this safari camp tucked amid ancient trees offers a year-round water-based safari experience. Wildlife-viewing activities include exploring the channels by poled mokoro or motorboat, and tracking the larger species on guided nature walks on the many surrounding islands.

An elegant, elevated thatch and timber structure serves as the main building comprising a main sitting area, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar inviting a true sense of the African wilderness. Other facilities include a secluded swimming pool with sundeck and thatched boma where brunch and high tea are served.

The camp accommodates only 24 guests in intimate exclusivity in 11 East African-style safari tents individually situated on raised teak platforms with en-suite ablution facilities and private sun-decks, most offering unsurpassed views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon.

The camp accommodates only 24 guests in intimate exclusivity in 11 East African-style safari tents individually situated on raised teak platforms with en-suite ablution facilities and private sun-decks, most offering unsurpassed views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon. .

ACTIVITIES
Water-based activities are led by experienced professional guides who expertly navigate guests through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways. Alternatively, enjoy the endless channels from the comfort of a modern motorboat or glide silently through the giant reeds and waterways in a traditional mokoro. There are also guided walks on offer which are a great way to enjoy the wildlife up close and to stretch the legs!

For those looking to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness. Bird- watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity. This activity is based on the water levels at the time.

BOTSWANA

Wildlife Paradise!

Botswana is an iconic wildlife safari destination - land of contrasts and striking beauty and is undoubtedly one of the world's most exciting holiday destinations.

The country’s most striking features are its relative flatness and aridity. This makes the Okavango Delta even more remarkable: a wetland within a desert that receives its waters from rain falling in Angola,650 miles away.More about Botswana

BOTSWANA MOBILE SAFARI

Experience the sights, sounds and smell of the bush!

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO

A mobile safari is exactly what it sounds like – a journey through a variety of different wildlife habitats, staying for a few nights in each area. When you move location, the camp moves with you. Each campsite is simply a designated, secluded area of bush with neither facilities nor fences. Before your arrival and after your departure, there is no trace that anyone has stayed there, and the wildlife is free to wander through camp at any time!

it is amazing to watch the camp disintegrate during breakfast, only to reappear in time for sun downers in a completely different location.’ In the evening, watch amber flames lick hungrily at the charred logs of the campfire as the lilting chimes of minuscule reed-frogs and vociferous crickets float through the cool night air. If you listen closely, you might hear a zebra braying in the distance, an elephant’s trumpet of displeasure or even a rasping, saw-like cough resonating from the inky darkness – the unforgettable call of a leopard patrolling its territory.

Amboseli National Park Camp

Big game safari days!

The camp is located in a quiet, unspoiled, unique setting on a 5,000-acre private conservation area,12 kms south east of Amboseli National Park, within the Amboseli Ecosystem, right at the foot of Africa’s Largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. Looking down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mt Kilimanjaro in the other direction - arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli!

This charming camp with the choice of spacious safari tents or more structured suite options. The camp currently has 9 luxury en suite mountain facing tents and 5 large luxurious lodge style suites.

The suites are luxury cottages with thatched roofs, deep baths and enormous, romantic beds swathed in snow-white mosquito nets, and look out onto Amboseli National Park, renowned for its elephants. The tents are canvas affairs, but the massive beds look straight out onto Mt Kilimanjaro in neighboring Tanzania, about 20km away, and the highest mountain in Africa. Both the tents and the suites are en-suite with the suites also having luxurious baths. Facilities are supplied with hot running water provided by eco-friendly solar units.

Elephants, giraffe’s and zebra are seen most days from the comfort of your room. The camp is designed using natural rock and acacia wood, the bathrooms have their own naturally crafted bathtub and shower.
Safari chefs provide the most sumptuous selection of cuisines to satisfy every taste. The dining room looks out onto Kilimanjaro to the South and down across the resident waterhole to the plains of Amboseli to the West.

ACTIVITIES
Guided walks, night game drives and a visit to the local cultural village.

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Safari in the quintessential Masai Mara!

The world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve needs little in the way of introduction. Its tawny, wildlife-stuffed savannahs are familiar to anyone who has watched nature documentaries.The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland.

The Maasai Mara (also known as the Masai Mara, and locally simply as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara" means "spotted" in the local Maasai language of Maa, due to the many trees which dot the landscape

When it was originally established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary the Mara covered only 520 km2 (200 sq mi) of the current area, including the Mara Triangle. The area was extended to the east in 1961 to cover 1,821 km2 (703 sq mi) and converted to a game reserve. The Greater Mara Ecosystem encompasses areas known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle, and several Maasai Conservancies

It is world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year known as the Great Migration.There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve. Reliable rains and plentiful vegetation underpin this extraordinary ecosystem and the millions of herbivores it supports. The Masai Mara is a unique area with a constant and unrivaled flow of wildlife throughout the year.

From July to October the Mara becomes a backdrop for one of the last great natural wonders of the world, when 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra surge up from the Serengeti plains in their annual search for the seasonal grasses that sustain them. Wildebeest, zebras, impalas, elephants, Masai giraffes and several species of gazelle all call the Mara home. This vast concentration of game accounts for high predator numbers, including cheetahs, leopards and the highest lion densities in the world.

The spectacle as the vast herds cross rivers and sweep through the golden grasses, is punctuated by individual struggles with predators, which are in turn drawn to take their part in this dramatic event. While the migration is spectacular, game viewing at all other times of the year remains almost unrivalled anywhere in Africa.

Masai Mara Tented Camp

Masai mara safari days!

The camp is set within Kenya’s legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve, surrounded by some of the world’s best game-viewing areas. It has a great location overlooking the Mara River - Guests have the luxury of spending maximum time at designated river crossings because of the camps’ close proximity to the river. It’s quite a privilege to experience these river crossings!

The camp is ideal for photographers and private game viewing in our panoramic location. The camp has a private wing that is ideal for photographers. It offers a Photographic tent that is fully equipped with iMac computers and projectors. The camp has new land cruisers customized for game viewing.

The main tent with its separate bar, sitting and dining areas is beautifully decorated with leather sofas, side cabinets, rugs and chests. In the evening, guests can gather inside under the chandeliers or outside around the campfire under starlit skies for sunset cocktails and to share their safari stories.

From the shaded seclusion of this attractively-designed camp, guests can relax and admire unforgettable views over the Mara River and across expansive plains, with the distant backdrops of undulating hills. From the veranda of each tent it is even possible to witness the breathtaking sight of thousands of wildebeest crossing the river during their annual migration through this vast wilderness area. With ten luxury tents, accommodating just 10 guests in utmost comfort, amidst breath-taking scenery. Each of the luxury en-suite tents has been individually decorated to provide the ideal blend of color, texture and ambience; and each has their own large, secluded verandah.

The meals consist of a delightful gourmet food prepared by the camp cooks. Water, soft drinks, beer, house wines and non-luxury spirits are included in the room rates. Champagne, special wines and luxury spirits are at an additional cost. The camp offers a wide but excellent selection of South African Wines.

The camp employs local Masai driver-guides, trained to a high standard. They have grown up in the area and have an instinctive talent for spotting game and natural ability to read animal tracks, as well as signs of an impending natural event, be it a river crossing or a predator kill.

ACTIVITIES
Twice daily game viewing in the Masai Mara!

NABOISHO CONSERVANCY

Safari in the Naboisho!

Comprising 50,000 acres northeast of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Naboisho Conservancy provides an exclusive safari experience. The conservancy has been formed by putting together parcels of land owned by over 500 Maasai landowner families and conservancy fees are directed back to these landowners, providing them with a sustainable livelihood in return for setting aside their land as a wildlife reserve.
This private conservancy is a ground-breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters.

The Initial research indicates that Mara Naboisho Conservancy has one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. One of the major prides, comprised of 22 lions, makes its home near Encounter Mara. The conservancy also has impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, and other plains animals, in addition to hosting endangered species like Cheetahs and some of the rarest animals in Kenya, such as Wild Dog which have been sighted recently in the conservancy.

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya is home to the big cats - in impressive numbers - and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Rare species such as Aardvark, Caracal, Serval cat, Aardwolf, and Ratel are occasionally found. Naboisho is a bird watcher’s paradise with several bird species rarely seen elsewhere in the Mara such as White-Headed Buffalo-Weavers, Northern White-Crowned Shrike, Pigmy Falcon, Von Der Deckens Hornbills, Bush Pipits. Unlike its neighbor, the Masai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife

While the charm of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is its exclusivity, the philosophy of the conservancy is refreshingly inclusive. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy also limits the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife.

The conservancy was established not only to conserve the environment and wildlife, but also to protect and empower the local Masai community. By visiting the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, you will be playing a part in protecting the cultural heritage of the local Masai and improving their access to vital services. When you stay at Naboisho, a large part of the conservancy fee is channeled back into the community, making the project more sustainable.

In addition to this, there are also a number of community empowerment projects run by the Basecamp Foundation Kenya, a non-profit organization. These projects - which include training locals to become guides, supporting local schools, improving access to healthcare and clean water, and empowering women - help to strengthen and uplift the community.

Naboisho Luxury Tented Camp

Tented safari camp

The camp is a high-end permanent camp located in the 50,000-acre Mara Naboisho Conservancy in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The private conservancy protects wildlife and supports local communities whilst ensuring that visitors get a superior safari experience in tented luxury in pristine wilderness. Mara Naboisho Conservancy is renowned for its broad range of game viewing activities and excellent array of wildlife.

“Naboisho” means ‘harmony’, and there is an ethos throughout the camp of a harmony with nature from the low-impact canvas suites to the organic construction of the main lodge.
The eight luxurious tented suites offer private facilities and king-size beds, with large screen windows to let the sights and sounds of the Kenyan wilderness astound you at every turn.

The spacious tents have been designed combining the traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel focusing on attention to detail. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and indoor and outdoor showers. Each luxury safari tent also has a large verandah with a day bed for relaxing after game drives and is attended by a personal butler.For A family tent is also available, comprising of two separate bedrooms and one shared bathroom.
The lounge are is thatched and has wooden decks providing a great vantage point out onto a watering hole.

ACTIVITIES
Guests have unparalleled access to one of the most remarkable natural areas on the planet and they are accompanied by expert guides on day and night game drives, bush walks and wilderness excursions.

WALKING SAFARIS
Talk to any old Africa hand and they’ll likely tell you that the best way of experiencing the African bush is on foot. Walking through the grasslands at this pace allows you to really see, hear, smell, touch and feel the environment. On a walking safari you’ll see creatures that you’d otherwise miss if you were in a jeep: the ants and the beetles, the lizards and the tortoises, the birds and the butterflies. Your senses are heightened when you know that at any moment a buffalo or elephant could emerge from behind that tree just up ahead.
Walking guides are among the best trained in the business. Before they’re allowed to take guests out on a walking safari they have to undergo much rigorous testing and many hours of experience as an assistant walking guide. Walking guides always carry a rifle with them but are trained not to get themselves or their clients in a situation where they might have to use it (and it’s an extremely rare day when a walking guide has had to resort to firing a rifle).

Before the walk begins…The lead guide gives a briefing during which safety rules are explained and guests are told what to do in the case of an encounter with a potentially dangerous animal. The guide is also likely to explain to guests that walking safaris are more about looking for footprints and other clues as to an animal passing rather than finding the animal itself.

KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

Safari next to Mount Kilimanjaro!

Kilimanjaro is a volcanic massif which last showed signs of major activity in the Pleistocene. It is not only the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4,877 m above the surrounding plains to 5,895 m, but also one of the largest volcanoes in the world, covering an area of some 388,500 ha.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is located in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, is an enticing destination. While for most people the name conjures images of a vast mountain encased by clouds, there’s far more to this area than just the summit. This may be Africa’s highest peak, but what can be found along the way will certainly interest those who want to explore this amazing location. The rainforest areas found in the lower regions are home to monkeys and leopards, among other exotic creatures. The moorland zone is covered in massive heather and giant lobelias, and once you reach above 4,000m, you’ll be met with a bizarre alpine desert.

The national park and forest reserve occupy the whole of Mount Kilimanjaro and its surrounding montane forests. They lie in the north of Tanzania, between Moshi and the Kenyan border. The national park comprises the whole of the mountain above the tree line, and six forest corridors which stretch down through the montane forest belt. The area is of 75,353 ha, surrounded by a forest reserve of 92,906 ha
There are three main volcanic peaks of varying ages lying on an east-south-east axis, and a number of smaller parasitic cones.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is a critical water catchment for both Tanzania and Kenya. High rainfall and extensive forests give Mt. Kilimanjaro its high catchment value. About 96% of the water flowing from Mt. Kilimanjaro originates from the forest belt.
The forest belt is the most important habitat of Mt. Kilimanjaro in terms of ecosystem and species diversity. On the southern slopes, nearly 740 plant species have been recorded in the forest alone, accounting for about 50 per cent of all recorded plant species in the vegetation zones of the southern slopes. In total there may be over 900 species in the forest belt and 2,500 species for the whole mountain.

The diversity of the flora in the Forest Reserve is greatest at 1900 m on the southern slope, where one can find nearly 300 species, whereas the highest diversity of vascular plants on the southern slopes of the mountain occurs at 1,300 m, with about 750 species.

The Chagga people inhabit the lower southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. The Chagga cultivate banana gardens in the former forest zone with coffee as a cash crop. They often cultivate two kinds of land. High up on the mountain slope is the kihamba land, where they build homes, plant bananas and coffee, and keep cattle. On the lower slopes, immediately above the savanna-covered plain, there are fields where annual crops, including maize, beans and millet, are grown, and cattle pastured.
The park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

KENYA

Safari in Kenya!

Kenya is the quintessential African wildlife safari destination. This is the original "Out of Africa" destination!
In almost every designated wilderness location within the country, you see plains herbivores and carnivores engaging amidst rare and endangered species. The skies, floras and lakes are abuzz with birdlife, small and large, raptors, insects, plants and fruit eaters.

Your Luxury Kenya Safari allows you to explore Kenya where the safaris there are still truly once in a lifetime experience, with arguably some of the best game viewing, culture and luxury lodges and camps in all of Africa.

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Nairobi Area Guesthouse

Nairobi activities

Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, in the peaceful suburb of Langata, bordering the Giraffe Sanctuary.

The location itself is completely unique with warthog, parrots, peacocks and monkeys freely coming and going through the garden. Often lions and hyenas can be heard from the proximity of the incredible Nairobi National Park - the only major city in the world to share spaces with wildlife.

Once a grand private residence and art studio, the hotel has been cleverly redesigned to offer a choice of accommodation in the main house, or in the separate studio apartments. Surrounding it are huge wooded gardens, where monkeys, warthogs and parrots roam freely. This new oasis is very peaceful, despite being near the action, and is within easy access of a number of historic attractions and wildlife sanctuaries. It's the perfect place to unwind before or after your Kenyan safari.

The main house has three bedrooms and a loft. The spacious downstairs living area is open plan, with a huge fireplace, original artwork on the walls, solid wooden dining furniture and comfortable couches. It has a retro feel – contemporary splashes of color blend with natural wooden floors and chunky Kenyan carved artifacts. Outside, the shaded veranda offers an idyllic spot for al fresco dining, or simply enjoying the beautiful gardens.
The original artist's studio has been converted into three light and airy double storey apartments, and two roomy suites on the first floor. All have en-suite bathrooms, and are elegantly furnished in classic colonial style with soft natural tones and colorful modern touches. Dark woods, artisanal furniture and original artworks abound. Both houses have expansive shared lounge areas, open-plan with fireplaces.

The perfect location for exploring Nairobi, for example the Nairobi National Park brings a plethora of wildlife into unique proximity to a large city; feeding the giraffes is quite the experience at the Giraffe center and the Daphne Scheldrick Elephant orphanage is also nearby!

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Safari in Samburu!

Samburu National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River in the dry northern reaches of Kenya. It is a hot and arid area characterized by a parched landscape of hills and plains. The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five).

The presence, however, of the river - and its shady trees - attracts plenty of wildlife. Giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck and zebra (including the endangered Grevy's zebra) from the surrounding savannah plains trek to the water.

The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free

The reserve is also home to elephants and Lion, leopard and cheetah are also quite easy to spot, thanks in part to the lack of grass cover. Samburu is also home to large herds of elephants, and the reserve is well known for providing the opportunity to see wildlife that only lives in the dry north of Kenya. Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area.

For the birders, around 365 species have been recorded and the river area is particularly rewarding. Across the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. A bridge connects the two, and they are often grouped together by tour companies. Nearby is the swampy wilderness of the Shaba National Reserve.

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Namibia Safari!

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 55,000 square acres, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. Etosha National Park is largely flat with vast grasslands surrounding its famous Etosha Pan. The bush is scanty and the animals that call this area home have adapted to these arid conditions. Most of the year, they have to rely on the numerous waterholes (some natural, some man-made) that are dotted throughout this vast reserve.

Believed to have originated over 12 million years ago as a shallow lake, Etosha is said to have the tallest Elephants in Africa, (up to 12 feet the shoulder), Etosha is recognized as being one of the last wild sanctuaries of the endangered Black Rhino.

A San (Bushman) legend about the formation of the Etosha Pan tells of how a village was raided and everyone but the women slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan.

Etosha is undoubtedly the feather in Namibia’s safari cap. It’s a unique and dramatic destination that may spoil you for life with its fascinating smorgasbord of wildlife – and its unique way of viewing them.

The game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent! Etosha hosts a vast array of animals, including the Big Five, as well as giraffes, and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dik-dik. More fortunate visitors will see leopard and cheetah. A series of waterholes along the southern edge of the pan guarantee rewarding and often spectacular viewing! Home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. The grassy plains around a huge salt pan, becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss colored flamingo.

Estosha Park Tented Camp

Big game safari days!

The Camp is situated a mere 10 kilometers from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.Offering a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptional affordable base for independent travelers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park.

The main House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guest can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away.

The early evenings are spent around a campfire for guests to exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Mushara Bush Camp is your optimal family destination on the doorstep of one of the world’s top wildlife havens.

The Camp accommodates 32 guests and eight children in custom-built tent-like structures, offering a down-to-earth bush-camp experience and providing an exceptionally affordable base for independent travelers and families en route to explore the magical Etosha National Park.

SOSUSVLEI

Experience Sosusvlei!

Sosusvlei is located in The Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and 4th largest in the world - surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. The best time to view Sosusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset - the colors are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.
Lying between a high inland plateau and the Atlantic Ocean, the Namib Desert extends along the coast of Namibia, merging with the Kaokoveld Desert into Angola in the north and south with the Karoo Desert in South Africa. The ochre-colored dunes of the Namib Desert are iconic of Namibia as a country and the renowned Sosusvlei Dune area of this arid desert region is especially well-loved for its towering red-orange sand dunes. Namibia's Namib Desert is an ideal place to experience the vastness of Africa's desert landscapes, soaking up the peace and quiet like nowhere else on earth.

Some of the highest dunes in the world are found in the Sosusvlei area, one of the top travel highlights in the Namib. Some of Sosusvlei's tallest dunes, created by the winds, reach over 300m high. Another Namib Desert attraction is the Sesriem Canyon, a deep gorge formed by the Tsauchab River about 2 million years ago. The best time to view Sosusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colors are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sosusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons, Sosusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast.

Throughout this vast and unforgiving landscape, a number of animals and plants have adapted to life here, including the mountain zebra, gemsbok, short-eared elephant shrew, Grant's golden mole, Karoo bustard and Peringuey's adder. There is also an extraordinary diversity of succulent plants, as well as the shrub-like Welwitschiamirabilis, which has only 2 leaves and can live for over 1,000 years!

Sosusvlei Area Lodge

Experience the desert!

The Lodge is situated inside the Namib Naukluft Park. Built primarily from wood, canvas and thatch in an attractive ‘Afro-village’ style, the Lodge offers guests an evocative and life-changing experience.

ACTIVITIES
Due to its proximity to Sosusvlei, guests will benefit from being able to reach Sosusvlei before sunrise, and to stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, to relax in tranquility and splendor of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky. Offering professional guided tours to fully unleash the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment to visitors.

SWAKOPMUND

Oasis in the desert

Fly north west towards the coast line and some shipwrecks to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a quaint little town sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert and has its own authentic colonial charm. From the rugged, desolate beauty of the desert, to the historical grace of its buildings, a visit to the Skeleton Coast is a unique experience.

Travelers have long mystified the Skeleton Coast with its intriguing stories of shipwrecks, desolate dunes and beach roaming carnivores. But due to its harsh environment and long history under varying control and protection, few people have had the opportunity to experience this fascinating corner of the world. With a new eco-tourism venture, the northern sector of the Skeleton Coast is becoming more accessible to the high scale adventure. Click for activities

Swakopmund Accommodation

Beach-front Guest House

Ideally located on the beachfront!

Accommodation comprises of 9 individually decorated rooms. These rooms are furnished with either a 4-poster king-size bed or twin beds, and each room features an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower. In addition, each room contains air-conditioning and heating, and a TV for media entertainment.

A buffet breakfast is served in the dining room. Vegetarian and vegan dishes can be arranged as well. The guest house also boasts a guest lounge, in-house spa treatments, free Wi-Fi Internet, and a deck that overlooks the beach and ocean with direct access. Parking is available for vehicles, and private shuttle services can be arranged. .

Country Estate Hotel

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Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Big 5 Safari

Get up-close and personal with Africa's mightiest mammals! The game reserve is set on the foothills of the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains near Mossel Bay and George in a Malaria Free area in South Africa's Garden Route

15 luxury air-conditioned tented suites and another 17 elegantly decorated lodge suites all in a romantic colonial theme with four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets. The en-suite bathrooms are lavishly equipped with deep baths, outdoor showers and have stunning views.

ACTIVITIES
Activities to enjoy are: 4x4 game viewing, bush walks, horseback safari's, and spa treatments

Enjoy elephant back game rides through the African bush…spot rhino's, buffalo, giraffes, impala's and other animals from an elephant’s back: a real African thrill that will complete your holiday in South Africa!

Or what about a picnic, while being surrounded by mighty elephants? It is a perfect adventure during for instance a romantic honeymoon! Imagine yourself and your partner sipping on a glass of wine and enjoying a lavish picnic basket, on a riverbank, in the heart of the African wilderness and being watched over by elephants!

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND

UNESCO World heritage site

The Cradle of Humankind, one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng, is renowned as the place where humankind originated. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 at Taung in the North West Province by Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand. And is one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa.

The area boasts 13 excavation sites that are recognized as national heritage sites, both internationally and by the South African Heritage Resources Agency. For those wanting to experience the birthplace of humankind firsthand, the official visitor centers for the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves, are within an easy hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

Recently, the Cradle of Humankind unveiled the partial skeletons of the Australopithecus sediba fossils. These fossils are suspected to be candidates for the transitional species between the southern African ape-man, Australopithecus africanus (of which “the Taung Child” and “Mrs Ples” are examples) and Homo habilis, or even a direct ancestor of Homo erectus. The two skeletons are of an adult female and a young male, recently named “Karabo”, which means “answer” in seTswana.Experts suggest there are more discoveries to be made in Sterkfontein Caves and similar sites in the Cradle of Humankind. Having World Heritage Site status will ensure that the treasures of this area will be protected for many decades to come.

Cradle of Humankind Boutique Hotel

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Situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, the hotel offers panoramic views of the highveld and surrounding valleys. The luxury hotel boasts a restaurant with an extensive outdoor area overlooking the rolling Magaliesberg hills.

Each room features a seating area where you can relax, as well as a private viewing deck. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar fridge and tea-and-coffee making facilities. The bathrooms are en suite and for your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. Relax with a packed picnic basket in a shady spot alongside the stream or a private dinner in the candle-lit cellar, both available upon prior request. The hotel is set on 7,000 hectare of private game reserve. Guests can enjoy private guided safaris to 2 major fossil exploration sites with prior arrangement.

ACTIVITIES
Guided game drives and game walks can also be arranged with prior notice.

Knysna Elephant Park

Up close & personal with the giants!

The Elephants are all orphans rescued from culling operations in the Kruger National Park, except for Thandi who was born in the park. The Knysna Elephant Park provides these elephants with the best board and lodging and their diet is scientifically supervised by veterinarians. The elephants have free range of the 60-hectare camp on which there is plenty to eat, some big trees to rub up against and two large dams for bathing and drinking.

At night the elephants are housed in a boma. The Elephants are fed a high protein porridge and black wattle branches at night. Their stalls are lined with sawdust providing a comfortable bed for them to sleep on. In the morning they are fed the high protein porridge and move onto the first dam for a drink of water.
Their stalls are cleaned and prepared for the evening. The baby elephants, Bulelo, Malaika and Jabari are bottle-fed on baby milk formula with added vitamins and minerals on demand throughout the day and the night. They each have to have a minder that stays with them constantly. The elephant minders are some of Africa’s most qualified keepers and they keep a watchful eye on the herd.

The present KEP herd numbers ten – the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. KEP style of management offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with our elephants, on elephant terms. Responsible and educational interactions allow guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, but still give the elephants the space and freedom to choose where they want to move, what they want to eat and who they want to interact with. There are no fences to spoil the close encounter and our environment encourages elephants to exhibit natural behaviors.

For twenty years, the Park’s primary objective has been to offer elephants in the need the chance of a new and better home; and have worked tirelessly to achieve this goal.

ACTIVITIES
Elephant experiences include Daily Guided Tours (departing from reception every 30 minutes), as well as Breakfast Picnic Walks in the morning and Elephant Walks in the afternoon.

MABALINGWE NATURE RESERVE

Great for kid friendly activities!

Mabalingwe game reserve offers the ideal year-round malaria-free Big Five safari destination! The reserve is located 38 km west of Bela Bela, in the Limpopo province of South Africa, and of about 30,000 acres. Located a mere 2 hours form Johannesburg.

Wildlife include the big five game: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros, but also hippo, giraffe, hyena, warthog and sable antelope to name but a few of the 36 species of mammals. For bird lovers there are more than 220 species of birds to be spotted. Note that lions are kept in a separate enclosure.

Bonwa Phala reserve is located adjacent to the Mabalingwe reserve. Bonwa Phala is a 12,000-acre nature reserve which offers a pristine, diverse and unique destination in the Bela Bela district of the Limpopo Province. The weather is warm almost all year round and Bonwa Phala is a true home for lovers of nature and the African bush. Bonwa Phala specializes in exotic game species like golden Wildebeest, White Blesbuck, Black Impala and many others which are very rare to see.

What is important to note is the various activities one can enjoy from these locations: Elephant interaction and ride, Cheetah encounter, horseback safari, quad bike safari rides, mountain biking and game walks.

Mabalingwe Area Safari Lodge

Big 5 safari days!

Located within the greater (malaria free) Mabalingwe Nature Reserve and in the Limpopo Province, and home to the 'Big 5'. The lodge is nestled in the shadows of the Waterberg Mountains, near a town called Bela-Bela.

With traversing rights over more than 12,000 hectares of good game country - home to Elephant, Lion (separate enclosure), Leopard, Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyena, Warthog, a wide variety of antelope, plains game and bountiful bird life.

Like many other Private Game Reserves, the lions in the reserve are contained in a separate high security, fenced area of the reserve. Visits to the lion enclosure should be pre-booked after arrival.

The Lodge is an exclusive but affordable luxury lodging establishment offering eight unique and tastefully appointed with climate-controlled air-conditioning for maximum comfort in warm summers or cool winters, African themed chalets. The rooms have private pergola covered patios with comfortable waterproof outdoor furniture, perfect for lazy afternoons. Guests have a heated en-suite with a choice of either shower and bath, or shower only. Most rooms also feature a screened outdoor 'bush shower' for that exhilarating 'Out of Africa' experience! All rooms are equipped with electric hairdryers and power sockets.

The thatched central complex has a romantically appointed dining area; an intimate lounge with feature fireplace; a cocktail bar with viewing deck overlooking the floodlit waterhole.
The elevated 'upper deck' offers stunning views across the plains and the quiet solitude of this private location makes it the perfect place to witness sensational sunsets, whilst savoring the moment with a sundowner cocktail.

ACTIVITIES
Activities for everyone! Guests can enjoy an early morning or afternoon game drive with an experienced ranger in open 4 x 4 game vehicles, with individually contoured bucket seats for the comfort of each passenger. In addition to twice daily game drives, the following activities are also available to you: night game drives, walking safaris, swim with the Elephants (seasonal and dependent on rain levels), Elephant back rides and elephant interactions, quad bike rides in nearby Mabalingwe reserve and Horseback safari.

WELGEVONDEN GAME RESERVE

Big 5 Safari in the Welgevonden!

Welgevonden game reserve lies within the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001 and currently covers an area in excess of 654,033 hectare

The reserve comprises mountainous terrain that is dissected by deep valleys while flat plateaus characterize most hilltops. Altitude varies from 1,080 m in the north to ±1800 m in the southern section of the reserve. With a size of 98,000 acres, in mountain bushveld surrounding by rivers, this private reserve has never been used for game hunting, so the wildlife is more relaxed and approachable.

The Reserve was founded in 1987 and constitutes farmland that has been reclaimed for wildlife conservation and it has extensively been re-stocked with numerous species including the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and cheetah. Home to over 50 different mammals and various antelope species with a diverse birdlife to be found in the rolling bushveld terrain. It has one of the largest populations of white rhino on any private reserve in Africa!

The diversity of habitat leads to a wide range of wildlife with grassy plains abounding with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker; all of which attract the large predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah are regularly seen close by. There are also numerous rare and unusual species such as brown hyena, aardwolf, pangolin and aardvark – all best seen at night. Over 300 bird species can be seen on the reserve, including rare blue cranes which breed in the southern section early in the year.
Visiting guests will enjoy unlimited traversing through the reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony. Welgevonden protects a unique and special environment and the reserve’s management is deeply committed to ongoing conservation, research and development.

Welgevonden Game Reserve Luxury Lodge

Big game safari days!

The lodge is situated in a private game reserve and occupies a magnificent section of the Waterberg Biosphere With a size of 37,500 hectares, the reserve has the largest population of white rhino to be found in all of Africa. Situated in the Malaria free Waterberg Mountains, surrounded by rivers, mountains and bushveld, this private reserve has never been used for game hunting, so the wildlife is more relaxed and approachable

Home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, White Rhino, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, 15 different types of buck, and 30 other species of mammal.

Created as a tribute to the unique splendor of the African Wilderness, the lodge towers over the landscape, combining modern African living, simplicity and an abundance of flavor with a unique wildlife experience. Eight luxury suites overlooking the flowing Sterkstroom River each enjoy their own private deck and plunge pool perched on the cliff, allowing guests the opportunity to view game from the privacy of their suites. The lodge offers a dramatic fusion of African and Western cuisine, far surpassing expectations of even the most discerning diner, with the addition of an extensive wine cellar, any wine lover would appreciate.

ACTIVITIES
Temperate climate make it an ideal destination to be visited all year around.Twice daily Big 5 game drives.

MAGICAL CAPE TOWN

Step out on the the southern tip of Africa!

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The Mother City is unlike any other destination in Africa: Separated from the rest of the continent by a ring of mountains, Cape Town stands as a glittering, metropolis juxtaposed with one of the world's most breathtaking natural landscapes. Cape Town was originally established as a supply station for Dutch East Indies’ ships that were headed east.

The magical location, the refreshing sea breeze & beaches, rolling vineyards, outstanding cuisine, thriving nightlife, and, of course, the spectacular Table Mountain. The energizing, dynamic; multicultural vibe of Cape Town charm locals and foreigners alike.

Cape Town is by far the most cosmopolitan city in South Africa, as it hosts a hodgepodge of cultures that contributes to the city's eclectic music, food, and festival scenes.

It is no wonder, that tourists and expats rank Cape Town consistently among the top cities around the world. Let us show you what makes Cape Town such a major attraction for the global community. Click for day tour options

Seapoint Guesthouse

Guest house hospitality

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Ideally situated and in close proximity to the Mother City’s famous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and near the exciting Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, make this charming Atlantic seaboard bed and breakfast accommodation in Sea Point, your first choice in luxury guest house accommodation. Built in the early 1900′s, this magnificent property makes for one of the best guest houses in Sea Point, worthy of an extended visit and certainly a unique experience.

Welcome a touch of Africa in a gracious Colonial mansion! This turn-of-the-century home has been lovingly restored with original art, collectable furnishings and carved wooden features that add to its splendor and charming interiors, with emphasis on space and comfort!

Two lounges with hand crafted fireplaces, a baby grand piano and a snooker table for the more sociable, offers a warm and inviting residential ambience. Guests can enjoy a wholesome breakfast every morning in the comfortable dining room leading onto a paved courtyard. The immaculately maintained garden with sparkling pool allows for tranquility, privacy and total peace of mind.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the Kruger!

Towards South Africa’s north-east, stretching for 352 kilometers from north to south along the Mozambique border, one of the world's foremost national parks can be found. This is the Kruger National Park, a wildlife sanctuary larger in area than Israel. Covering 7,576 square kilometers and averaging 42 miles in width, Kruger provides a refuge for 147 mammal species, 500 species of birds, 116 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fishes, 457 types of trees and shrubs, 1 500 smaller plants, and countless insects. Each year approximately 950,000 people visit Kruger National Park in South Africa.
An entire subculture of devotees has developed over the past 70 years around the unpredictability of wildlife viewing, the apparent endlessness of the wilderness and the Park's unique atmosphere. And it is these ardent supporters who are the Park's greatest defenders. Kruger epitomizes for many the rejuvenating and healing qualities of Nature, allowing its visitors to escape the increasing pressures of modern urban life. A 2 600-kilometre network of all-weather roads allow visitors to explore its diverse habitats on their own and without the need to hire a guide.

Across these unbounded, bush-covered expanses everything is constantly changing: centuries-old trees are struck by lightning and are reduced to a small pile of ash; vegetation communities are altered as plants are influenced by drought, fire and animals; and fluctuations in wildlife populations closely track climatic change. And yet the cycle of life - birth, childhood, maturity, old age and death - ensures that things remain essentially the same. Viewed against the complexity and enormity of the entire system, minor changes and events are easily blurred. Individual lives and events are obscured by summer's new growth, washed away by thunderstorms and covered over by the ceaseless procession of time.

Welgevonden Game Reserve Luxury Lodge

Big game safari days!

The lodge is situated in a private game reserve and occupies a magnificent section of the Waterberg Biosphere With a size of 37,500 hectares, the reserve has the largest population of white rhino to be found in all of Africa. Situated in the Malaria free Waterberg Mountains, surrounded by rivers, mountains and bushveld, this private reserve has never been used for game hunting, so the wildlife is more relaxed and approachable

Home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, White Rhino, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, 15 different types of buck, and 30 other species of mammal.

Created as a tribute to the unique splendor of the African Wilderness, the lodge towers over the landscape, combining modern African living, simplicity and an abundance of flavor with a unique wildlife experience. Eight luxury suites overlooking the flowing Sterkstroom River each enjoy their own private deck and plunge pool perched on the cliff, allowing guests the opportunity to view game from the privacy of their suites. The lodge offers a dramatic fusion of African and Western cuisine, far surpassing expectations of even the most discerning diner, with the addition of an extensive wine cellar, any wine lover would appreciate.

ACTIVITIES
Temperate climate make it an ideal destination to be visited all year around.Twice daily Big 5 game drives.

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Safari in Madikwe!

The Madikwe Game Reserve, 275 000 acres of safari park, of pristine malaria-free land. The Reserve is located in South Africa along the Botswana border, twenty kilometers from Gaberone and lies within a transition region between lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. Consequently, the region hosts an incredible diversity of species from both eco-systems. Geographically, the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, which are prominent throughout and create a spectacular backdrop to the reserve.

Home to the Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard). The immense diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of animal species, and the distinctive topography presents incredible game viewing opportunities. Over 66 mammal species, including the rare African Wild Dog, as well as Cheetah, Eland, Kudu, Giraffe and a range of more than 300 resident and migratory species of birds.

MANYELETI GAME RESERVE

Big 5 safari days!

This 55,000 acre private game reserve borders directly to the vast Kruger National Park, as well as the famous Sabi Sands and Timbavati Game Reserves. It is is situated on the eastern side of Kruger National Park, perched between the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. As such, you can be absolutely sure to only experience the best game viewing possible. As there are no fences between the national park and the private game reserves, wildlife is able to roam freely!

Manyeleti means “Place of the stars” in the local language. It truly is a unique safari destination well off the beaten path. You can be certain not to encounter big tour groups traveling around in busses, but rather expect a pristine bush experience in one of the world's most beautiful places.

Manyeleti is prime “Big Five” territory, offering exceptional possibilities for viewing the elusive leopard. Other Big Five animals (lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant) are also often spotted on a very regular basis. Furthermore, with more than 300 bird species present in the area.

ACTIVITIES
Manyeleti makes a great safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers alike.

Game drives are interpretive drives in the bush specially adapted four-wheel drive vehicles, with the purpose of finding wildlife in a natural habitat. On a game drive you will be accompanied by ranger / guide (sometimes armed) with a comprehensive knowledge of all flora and fauna found in Manyeleti. Besides the ranger normally a "tracker" joins the ranger, who is being seated on the front of the car and scans the environment for (big) game. These are all very passionate people, who have a special ability to teach you about nature.

Just as with a game drive you will go out with a ranger / guide on a game walk. On foot you get a completely different experience: it is sometimes even possible to approach wildlife to a very short distance. It indeed is a very thrilling experience observing wildlife without the protection of a car. We do encourage participating in a game walk as it really is a very different experience. The minimum age for participating in a game drive is usually eight years, for a game walk this is fourteen.

Private Game Reserve Camp

Gig game safari days!

Bordering the Kruger National Park and situated between the Timbavati and the Sabi Sand Reserves, lies an expanse of pristine wilderness; in prime Big Five country in the beautiful and unexploited 23,000-hectare Manyeleti Game reserve.

The camp offers breathtaking wildlife experiences, including the Big Five, superb cuisine and service excellence. Featuring 15 tents, each furnished with a king size bed (or two twin beds), and an en suite bathroom with a sunken bath, double shower, his and hers basins, and a separate toilet.

The camp also boasts a large sitting area, an outdoor area with a splash pool and sun loungers, a bar area, and an extensive climate-controlled wine cellar. Wildlife drinking at nearby watering hole can be seen from the swimming pool deck which adjoins the reception area.

ACTIVITIES
Guests are taken on game drives in open game viewing vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon/evening. Late afternoon and evening drives include sunset drinks, views over the Mohwareng Hills, and glimpses of nocturnal creatures. Larger game frequently sighted in the reserve includes elephant, rhino, lion and hippo. In between meals and drives, watch the game and birdlife pass by while relaxing by the pool or take a walking safari through the deep bush, accompanied by an experienced, armed ranger; it can be hot work, but it’s very exciting – seeing the animals from a vehicle just doesn’t seem to compare. Group tours are available to the nearby village of Welverdiend, where guests will learn about the relationship between traditional and contemporary living. Activities include:
• Bird watching from a newly built hide opposite a watering hole
• Hiking and walking safaris
• Plant life/flora and footprint tracking
• Private guided tours
• Safaris in a private conservancy or into the neighboring Kruger National Park
Wildlife photography.

MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the the Makgadikgadi Pans!

The Boteti river is the main outflow of the Okavango Delta, collecting the water that flows past Maun, and stretches about 250 km southeast finally ending at Lake Xau on the extreme south western edge of the great Makgadikgadi salt pans. There was permanent water in the river since long before Livingstone first explored the area in the late 1840s and brought the existence of Lake Ngami to the attention of the outside world. The river provided water for the great herds of wildlife that seasonally utilized the short grass plains on the north-west side of the Makgadikgadi, and latterly provided water for the Setswana cattle herders who moved onto the western bank. The river was thus a natural barrier between the wildlife and the cattle – and was a natural boundary for the National park.

The Makgadikgadi pans are the remains of a great lake that once occupied a significant portion of Northern Botswana, covering approximately 14,826,323 sq acres. After dramatic climate change caused the drying up of this once majestic lake, there was a considerable amount of salt residue left behind. After the start of the rainy season the desert area teems with wildlife as herds of zebra and wildebeest graze on the wide-open green grassland plains. During the wet season there is an influx of migratory bird species, while resident desert species welcome their visitors by showing off their breeding plumage.

At the onset of the dry season as the pans dry out again, there is a mini migration as all the animals start looking for water again. This migration moves up along the Boteti River, searching for water holes providing the only water for thousands of square kilometers. The migration can bring up to 30 000 zebra and wildebeest into the area and with it an increase in levels of predator activity.

Makgadikgadi Accommodation

Big game safari days!

The camp is located on the eastern bank of the Boteti, forming the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral-rich grasslands.The western boundary provides for mineral rich grass lands and the Boteti River which supplies the much-needed sustenance for the herds which inhabit the park.

The zebra and wildebeest herds continued to use the rich grass plains and migrating to the river at the end of winter to access the water in the seeps. The Makgadikgadi National Park is a harsh dry environment, suited to Gemsbok and Kudu, but the river provided a life-giving source of water for the zebra and wildebeest utilizing the eastern grass plains.
The Lodge is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, north west of Khumaga village, about 90 miles south east of Maun. The river's eastern bank forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.The lodge cliffs over 30 feet high above this changing riverbed environment.

Offering 12 luxury thatched and glass fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each one a raised wooden platform. The main reception and lounge area is located on top of these cliffs; this raised vantage point ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi to the east. The main lounge area with its inviting wooden and thatch finishes, offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively, you can lounge around the pool or enjoy the river view vistas from the game viewing hide built into the bank of the river.

ACTIVITIES
The lodge offers both scheduled guided game drives. Depending on water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities are also on offer. Optional cultural excursions can also be arranged to visit Khumaga Village. Guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge can also be arranged.

PILANESBERG NATURE RESERVE

Safari in the Pilanesberg!

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a sanctuary for a variety of Wildlife including the Big Five - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo. Situated inside the eroded crater of an extinct volcano in the North West province, it has a history that covers many centuries. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic and Alkaline Ring Complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park.

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.
The colorful hues, varied habitats and panoramas will delight and entertain photographers and visitors. Off the centre of the park is Thabayadiotso, "the Proud Mountain" and the beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve offers a variety of accommodation options and is a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including the Big Five - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo. Situated inside the eroded crater of an extinct volcano in the North West province (adjacent to Sun City,) it has a history that covers many centuries.
Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic and Alkaline Ring Complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park

An abundance of wild life proliferates in 580 km of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's "Big Five".A wide variety of rare and common species exist with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few.

Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. Some are migrants, others permanent inhabitants; some eat carrion or live prey, others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms.

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Pilanesberg Safari Lodge

Big 5 safari days!

The lodge is a hidden treasure set amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater that today comprises one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations, the greater Pilanesberg National Park. The lodge & Game Reserve is a private reserve which is incorporated into the 113,693 acres Pilanesberg National Park

Lodge is the ideal location for a luxurious bushveld breakaway. Built between a Tamboti forest, overlooking a busy waterhole, which is a hive of bird and animal activity, and a playground for the elephant. On many occasions, the stillness of the night is broken by the roaring of lions, and the franklins sing the morning wake up call. Once, you are awakened with a hot cup of coffee, your host ranger will take you out on an exceptional game drive, taking you through the reserve, into the unexplored valley of the Pilanesberg, until we reach the 200km network Pilanesberg Park roads. It is from here, accompanied by your personal game ranger, that you will be able explore the malaria free wildlife wonderland and discover the magic of the African bush!

SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Safari in Sabi Sands!

The Sabi Sand Reserve is the oldest of South Africa’s private reserves, and the origin of wildlife tourism in Southern Africa. Comprising around 20 small but contiguous private reserves, the Sabi Sand area is arguably the most exclusive Big Five game-viewing location in Africa. This cluster of private reserves known collectively as Sabi Sand are renowned for their stylish lodges and peerless game viewing.

A western extension of the wildlife-rich southern Kruger, animals pass unhindered between the unfenced reserves. Known for its extraordinary leopard viewing, safari enthusiasts could not find a better place for close-contact animal sightings that many would insist are the best in the world.

The Sabi Sand Reserve shares a 31.25 miles unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This extraordinary and unique wilderness area comprises a collection of privately-owned game reserves which combine to form a mammoth tract of pristine game land (165,000 acres). The Sand River flows through the reserve for 31 miles from north west to south east, while the Sabi River flows on the southern boundary. Because of these continuous water sources, the area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, and the dynamic bird life will appeal to both seasoned “twitchers” and amateur enthusiasts alike.

Being privately owned, safaris are not restricted to specific times and routes. Open vehicles are able to traverse off road and into the dense bush, tracking animals in their natural habitat.It is home to a vast natural animal population including The Big Five and countless other species (some of which are critically endangered).The area is renowned for the frequency and quality of its leopard sightings, but it is also superb when it comes to close-up encounters with lions, cheetahs, white rhinos, elephants and most other large ungulates common in Kruger.

The Sabi Sand Reserve Animal and Plant Checklist would feature no less than 145 mammal species, 500 bird species, 110 reptile species, 30 amphibian species, 330 tree species and 45 fish species. The Sabi Sand Reserve is also renowned for the quality of its leopard viewing (the most elusive of predators).Visitors will also be treated to close contact sightings with elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. A feature of the reserve is the superb night drives, which often yield sightings of nocturnal oddities such as bush babies, genets, civets and (occasionally) the bizarre aardvark. Off-road driving is also permitted, selectively.

Londolozi Tree Camp

Londolozi safari days!

Londolozi Tree Camp is rated by many as the most beautiful camp in Africa, and takes its name from the ancient Ebony tree shading the main deck. This large wooden deck, raised on high stilts off the ground, looks out over the Sand River and is the perfect place for relaxing afternoon game viewing over lunch and, perhaps, a chilled glass of wine.

Elegance and simplicity are the hallmarks of Tree Camp’s six private sanctuaries. In every detail and feature, from the swimming pools and contemplation decks (salas) to the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and plaited chocolate leather beds, this exclusive camp provides a matchless show- case of African excellence. Merging effortlessly with the surrounding natural environments suites have spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, king size beds with mosquito nets, air-conditioning and fans, private lounge area with minibar and a private deck with plunge pool. The suites are reached by elevated, lantern lit walkways. Built high off the ground, the main lodge areas are under thatch with some solid walls and plenty of open spaces. Beautifully laid out there are plush lounges, a bar and restaurant, large deck and swimming pool.

Activities are geared to your needs, and no two days are ever the same. Dawn and dusk game drives traverse an area of some 14 000ha in search of elephant herds, buffalo, white rhino, lion and of course the famous leopards of Londolozi. You may request the sole use of a vehicle for game viewing, or explore the bush on foot with interpretive bush walks. Your game viewing experience can be complemented by many other memorable activities such as moonlit bush dinners, bush baths, guided stargazing trips, bird watching and visits to the Shangaan village. The wellness centre is designed for yoga, massage and fitness, with mobile yoga floors which are set up in beautiful outdoor locations.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Set in a private, established concession within the Sabi Sands reserve
• Beautifully designed luxury suites tucked between trees
• Spectacular game viewing & incredible leopard sightings
• One of the best honeymoon lodges in Kruger
• Fantastic service and cuisine

TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE

Safari in Timbavati!

The Timbavati Game Reserve consists of a group of private game farms and reserves situated north of Sabi Sand on the western edge of the Kruger National Park. It is considered to be one of South Africa’s premier game viewing areas.

This 530-square-kilometre private reserve was created in the 1950s when a group of conservation-minded landowners decided to regenerate an area of degraded farmland bordering the central Kruger Park The reserve is named after the Timbavati River, which flows along its southern boundary before crossing into the Kruger at Orpen Gate. Supporting all the Big Five in healthy numbers, it became an ecological extension of Greater Kruger in 1993, when fences were dropped to allow free movement of wildlife between the reserves.

This hot lowveld area of wood and grassland is home to Africa's Big 5, as well as cheetah and wild dog, wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck and Burchell's zebra. This abundance of wildlife ensures that visitors to the area have an unforgettable safari experience.

White lions exist in the wild in the Timbavati, with a couple of adult females in the Giraffe, and the white gene carried in both the local pride of lions and the neighboring lions, called the Ross Pride.

Timbavati Game Lodge

Big game safari days!

The camp is ideal for guests looking for an up-close experience of the true African bush and wildlife, and all the comforts required for a quality safari experience. Set on private property within the unfenced Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, this low impact eco-camp offers unparalleled access to vast untamed wilderness areas with low density of other vehicles, making it the perfect venue to walk or track animals by foot undisturbed. There are no fences between the Timbavati Reserve and the Kruger National Park itself, and the traversing area has abundant numbers of all Greater Kruger’s game species. It also boasts consistently regular sightings of all members of the Big 5 as well as some of the rarer species such as Wild Dog.

The main area of the camp offers a chemical-free swimming pool, fireplace and a large lounging deck area overhanging a dry riverbed where scrumptious meals are served. The camp is well shaded with large indigenous trees that form a thick protection from the harsh African sun. The success of the camps vegetation is due to a tall two strand electric fence which keeps elephants out but doesn’t block passage for other critters such as the resident bush buck.

The camp has six stunning rooms that consist of a thatched roof, canvas walls and concrete base making them cooler during the hotter months. Each having an en-suite bathroom consisting of a flush toilet and a gas heated shower. Electricity is also available in the rooms.

EXTENDED GUIDED GAME WALKS
Here you can explore every opportunity to experience the fauna and flora on foot in the form of extended guided bush walks under the watchful guidance of qualified rangers and trackers. We encourage all guests to spend at least a little time out in the bush on foot, but there is definitely no pressure to step out of the vehicle. Those who take to the guided bush walks can do as much walking as they would like. This may mean doing a 3 to 4-hour guided bush walk instead of a guided game drive. Or it may mean spending some time in the open safari vehicle until picking up some interesting tracks to follow for the rest of the guided activity. The opportunity to walk with armed rangers in a truly wild part of Africa is a rare and special treat that will never be forgotten. And it all unfolds in prime Big 5 territory!

At all times there are at least 2 armed and highly proficient head guides and at least 2 experienced trackers, so those guests who want to do game drives only can be accommodated at the same time as those who want to spend some time on foot. Flexibility is the key and the staff goes to great lengths to ensure that everybody gets exactly what they want from their African adventure. The camp caters for those who are first timers to Africa and want to see as much game as possible, as well as those who want to absorb the finer detail of the bush on foot.

SERNEGETI NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the iconic Serengeti!

Serengeti National Park is located in Northern Tanzania and covers an area of about 14.670 km². The park was founded in 1920 and became a National Park in 1951. The Park is especially famous for its’ immense Wildebeest and Zebra herds, but it is not without reason that it is also known as the best place for observation wildlife in general.

The Serengeti is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti migration is as remarkable as it is impressive. This migration takes place twice a year within Kenya and Tanzania and is considered one of the greatest migrations of wildlife on the planet. Its ecosystem is spread across 60,000 square kilometers and is home to the largest diverse concentration of wildlife and famous for infamous for the migration of nearly two million Wildebeests, Zebras, and Antelopes.

The Great Migration is as old as human history. Fossils that were found in the Olduvai canyon, prove that Wildebeests have already been using the planes of the Serengeti for their migration over a million years ago. Already to those times, they were following the rains through the Serengeti.

The yearly cycle begins in the south of the park, where half a million calves are born between January and March. But when the rains end in May the land dries fast and the grazing animals must move on, heading for their dry season refuge in the Masai Mara. The key players in this 1,200-mile odyssey are the wildebeest – 1.5 million of them – accompanied by 200,000 zebras, 350,000 Thompson's' impala and Grant's gazelles. For them, every year is an endless journey, chasing the rains in a race for life.

The action takes place across 150,000 square miles of woodlands, hills and open plains, a wilderness that includes not only the Serengeti national park and Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve but also the dispersal areas beyond. With the beginning of the short rains in late October the migration makes its way back into the Serengeti, so this a good time to be anywhere in the north of the park. By December, having emerged from the northern woodlands, the herds return past Seronera to mass on their calving grounds again and the circle is complete. But as soon as the rains return the wildebeest head back to the Serengeti, drawn towards their calving grounds in the park’s deep south. Between January and March, when the calves are born, there is nowhere on Earth so vibrantly alive.

When the rains end in May the wildebeest make tracks for the Masai Mara. Some take Route One – north across the Seronera Valley. Others swing through the Western Corridor, but for all of them the journey is beset with danger. For a start there are the famous Serengeti lions – about 3,000 at the last count – to which can be added leopards and cheetahs, hungry hyena clans and monster crocodiles. The river crossing is most likely one on the most dramatic events in the Serengeti!
The exact dates of the actual river crossing is always a mystery but it is usually around the end of July through mid-Augus.t

THE CENTRAL SERENGETI
This area is the vibrant, beating heart of the Serengeti. The Central Serengeti sees high volumes of visitors due to the large amounts of resident wildlife. This gives travelers a high chance of seeing wildlife in the least amount of time. The central Serengeti is the quintessential image of a Serengeti safari; stretches of savanna grassland dotted with acacia and baobab trees. The Seronera River Valley is beautiful and the year-round water supply keeps the area rich in predator and prey. The Central Serengeti is a year-round destination thanks to the resident wildlife and reaches its peak in the dry season from June to November.

WESTERN CORRIDOR & GRUMETI
The Western Corridor is a remote section of the Serengeti which stretches to Lake Victoria. This area is well known for the Grumeti River which is the scene of treacherous river crossings that form part of the Great Migration. Thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their way across the crocodile infested waters en route to the lush plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya. The best time to witness these crossings is from late May to mid-July.

NORTHERN SERENGETI
The Northern Serengeti is a quiet area of the Serengeti thanks to its remote and secluded location. Expect far fewer crowds here as it requires long travel times to get to the northern area. The trip is worth it as the Northern Serengeti’s landscapes are varied and beautiful and it is home to exciting wildlife. It is also where travelers can watch the dramatic Mara River crossings. Herds that are thousands strong make the dangerous crossing, attempting to avoid the crocodiles as they do so. The best time to visit with a high chance of seeing the river crossings is from July to September.

SOUTHERN SERENGETI
Serengeti translates loosely to “endless plains” in the local Masai language. It could be argued that the seemingly never ending, short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti were the inspiration for the name. This seasonal safari destination is the most accessible area of the Serengeti and stretches from the Central Serengeti and the Seronera to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Lake Ndutu region is dotted with alkaline lakes home to flocks of pink flamingos. This area is great for game viewing during the Great Migration from December to March. Most excitingly, the lush plains are the perfect destination and backdrop for the calving season during February when about half a million calves are born over a 2-3-week period and join the ranks of the huge herds.

EASTERN SERENGETI
The Eastern Serengeti is definitely ‘off the beaten path’ and is one of the most starkly beautiful sections of the Serengeti. Made up of grass plains, rivers and rocky outcrops, this area does not see many tourists but is an exciting safari destination. It is home to all three species of big cat (leopard, lion and cheetah) with a noticeably high concentration of cheetah. The wildlife viewing in the eastern Serengeti is at its best during the dry season and reaches its pinnacle in November when the Great Migration passes through.

Serengeti Mobile Tented Camp

Safari in the iconic Serengeti!

The southern and northern regions of the Serengeti are renowned for outstanding wildlife viewing. During game drives in these areas you will have close encounters with astonishing numbers of animals which can include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and many more.

In true nomad fashion, the camp changes location according to the time of year. Between December and March, 9 safari tents are located in the southern Serengeti at Ndutu, amidst calving wildebeest and zebra on their migration journey south. The spectacle of thousands of animals giving birth to their young is fantastic to witness, and this camp allows you to remain close to the action when other visitors have had to leave to get back to their lodges. And the proximity of Lake Macek and Lake Ndutu, which normally have water all year round, further enhances the likelihood of seeing a huge amount of game.

From June to November the camp shifts north to the Bologonja, close to the Mara River. This spot is famous not only for its glorious landscapes, but also for its perilous river crossing, which wildebeest attempt to ford while avoiding the snapping crocodiles. And there are big cats aplenty: lion and leopard are frequently spotted.

With 8 spacious and comfortable tents sleeping up to 16 guests. The camp’s semi-permanent nature means that one really feels at one with the landscape, but without foregoing the usual comforts such as hot showers, toilets, and storage space for clothes.

Each tent has a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom and private verandah, arranged to offer the best views over the Serengeti. The large and spacious walk-in tents in natural browns, creams and oranges, are designed to blend into the Serengeti’s own palette. Floors are covered with rugs. The tents’ gauze windows have canvas flaps that can be opened to let in the cooling African breeze and for your own personal views of the National Park. At each site a central ‘mess’ tent is erected for dining and socializing, and there’s a comfortable lounge area with a well-stocked drinks cabinet. Although there are power sockets for charging phones and cameras, tents has no lights, preferring to light the tents by storm lanterns, which creates a tremendous atmosphere. Outside the main mess tent there’s an open fireplace where guests gather before dinner. Sometimes the staff band entertains the safari-goers as they dine under the stars – the perfect end to an exciting day’s safari.

ACTIVITIES
The 4×4 game drives are tailor-made according to what you want to see and the Serengeti, is full of wildlife and excellent for spotting big cats like leopard and cheetah as well as rhinoceros.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the Tarangire!

The Tarangire National Park is located between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the south east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Among the rolling area where the park lies, it occupies an area of 2,600 square kilometers. The perennial Tarangire River takes over the northern part of Tarangire. Through the cut ditches, the River flows upwards up to when it leaves the corner of the park, in the North West flowing into Lake Burungi. There are a number of wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.

Thanks to its proximity to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park is usually assigned only a day visit as part of a larger northern-circuit itinerary. Yet it deserves much more, at least in the dry season (July to October). It's a place where elephants dot the plains like cattle, and where lion roars and zebra barks fill the night.
But here the wildlife tells only half the story. Dominating the park's 2850 sq km, Tarangire's great stands of epic baobabs should be reason enough to visit. There are also sun-blistered termite mounds in abundance, as well as grassy savannah plains and vast swamps. And cleaving the park in two is the Tarangire River, its meandering course and (in some places) steep banks providing a dry-season lure for animals and thus many stirring wildlife encounters for visitors.

Tarangire Park Camp

Big game safari days!

Set in light acacia woodland in the south of the reserve, the Camp is a mobile tented facility which offers an authentic safari experience. Tarangire is a substantial national park which offers a subtle experience, but there are plenty of things to see, notably the wonderful baobab trees and a prodigious elephant during the June to November dry season.

The camp is centered on a pair of open-sided mess tents with lounge and dining areas, leading out to a camp-fire. Guest accommodation is in nine large guest tents with private indoor bathrooms. The tents are well-spaced and roomy; the meals are good; and the manager and staff couldn't make you feel more welcome. Activities focus on daytime safaris (evening safaris are occasional rather than regular), hot-air ballooning (always a real eye-opener), walking safaris and game viewing from each tent's private veranda.

ACTIVITIES
Activities are focused on daytime vehicle safari, with options for balloon safari, walking safaris and night game drives.

UGANDA

Land of the Gorillas!

Uganda, better known as the “Pearl of Africa”, is a country filled with national parks and game reserves with enticing promises of wildlife sightings.

Explore Uganda's stunning greenery, soaring mountains, and the greatest natural treasure of all - half of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population.Read more about Uganda

Entebbe Area Guest House

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Originally a home in the 1940s, the guest house is an exclusive environmentally-conscious hotel in Entebbe, Uganda. Located a few minutes from the airport and with a lush, manicured garden, all the necessary facilities, comfortable accommodation with private verandahs, this hotel offers everything that you need for a stay in Entebbe.

Rent a bicycle and explore the city on two wheels. Nearby attractions include the Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe Golf Course and Lake Victoria. Trips to Mabamba Swamp and Ngamba Island can be organised, as well as fishing excursions on Lake Victoria and sunset cruises. Guests can also choose to stay at the hotel and relax in the garden or by the pool.

Stay in double rooms with twin or king size beds (family rooms and triples are also available). All rooms have four-poster beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms, private verandahs, satellite TV, safes and Wi-Fi.

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Safari in Zambia!

South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, is a world-renowned wildlife haven. Concentrations of game along the meandering Luangwa River and its lagoons are amongst the most intense in Africa. The river teems with hippo and crocodile and provides a lifeline for one of the greatest diversities of habitat and wildlife, supporting more than 60 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. It supports large populations of Thornicroft's giraffe, and herds of elephants and Cape buffaloes often several hundred strong. It is one of the best-known national parks in Africa for walking safaris. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 9,050 km2.

The Park is unfenced and bordered to the west by a steep escarpment and to the east by the Luangwa River. The Luangwa Valley lies at the tail end of the Great African Rift Valley system, which extends 4,000 km all the way from the Red Sea down to the Pungwe River mouth in Mozambique.
British conservationist Norman Carr was influential in setting up the South Luangwa National Park. A man ahead of his time, Norman Carr broke the mold of track-and-hunt safari and created conservation-based tourism.
In the 1950s, he persuaded the Paramount Chief to set aside a portion of tribal land as a Game Reserve and built the first game viewing camp open to the public in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Guests shot with cameras and not rifles; thus, the South Luangwa became the home of the photographic and walking safari. Profits from this remote photographic camp in the bush went back into community and eco-tourism in Africa was born. Norman Carr Safaris continues to follow his legacy across Zambia by empowering the local community.
The park spans two ecoregions, both of them woodland savannah, distinguished by the dominant tree: Southern Miombo woodlands cover the higher slopes of the valley, while Zambezian and Mopane woodlands cover the bottom of the valley. The Mopane tree tolerates the higher temperatures and lower rainfall found at lower elevations than miombo trees which are found on the higher plateau. Within these woodland savannahs are larger patches of grassland, so that grazers such as zebra and leaf browsers such as giraffe are found in profusion in the same areas. Patches of flooded grassland habitats (floodplains) are found close to the river, on which hippopotamus graze at night. Their dung released into the river fertilizes its waters and sustains the fish population which in turn sustains the crocodiles.

The Luangwa valley, continued to the west by the Lunsemfwa River valley, contains some varieties of animals such as Cookson's wildebeest and Crawshay's zebra which are endemic or near-endemic to the valley. It also represents something of a natural barrier to human migration and transport, no roads cross it and this has helped conserve its wildlife.

Lower Luangwa Valley Camp

Big game safari days!

A small and intimate camp set in the shade of some tall African ebony trees, perched on the bank of a winding section of the Luangwa River!

At the center of camp, just yards away from the riverbank and enclosed on three sides by a waist-high reed wall, is the main area. Here you will find contemporary furniture, such as hanging wicker chairs, molded wooden stools and low-slung sofas, is set on sandy floors, reinforcing the camp's rustic feel. A dining table is surrounded by directors' chairs, and there's a well-stocked bar and small library, too. The high thatched ceiling provides a convenient roosting place for epauleted fruit bats, which you'll often spot hanging from the rafters.

Overlooking the river, the campfire is lit in the mornings to cook porridge and toast at breakfast, and in the evening as a gathering place for pre-dinner drinks. Away from the river, a thatched building on stilts serves both as a hide, with a vantage point overlooking a small lagoon where animals often come to drink in the heat of the day, and as a shady lunch spot.

Only 3 spacious chalets, each set well apart, with uninterrupted views of the river and to the Nchindeni Hills beyond.
Each is thatched, and raised about 2 yards off the ground on a timber platform. There are reed walls on three sides but the front of the bedroom is completely open, leading to a private viewing deck where comfortable chairs face the river. Although still very African in style the interiors are both contemporary and chic. Black mosquito netting works well with the neutral color scheme and high-quality but simple furniture. Each room has a king-size bed, or two small double four-posters A curtained doorway leads through to an open-air, en-suite bathroom, where a low front wall ensures a great view over the Luangwa River. Each bathroom has double basins, a flush toilet and a large open 'his and hers' shower. Discreet solar panels behind each chalet provide lighting and hot water.

ACTIVITIES
Activities in camp consist of walking safaris, day and night game drives in a variety of environments, including riverine forest, mopane woodland and open floodplains. These attract a diversity of wildlife, from plains game such as Crawshay's zebra and impala, to wetland animals like puku and waterbuck, as well as the shyer species that prefer the riverine thickets, like kudu and leopard.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the Hwange!

In the nineteen century this land was the royal hunting reserve of Mzilikazi and his successor Lobengula. It was declared a game reserve in 1928 and with neighboring Robins Game sanctuary, become a national park under the National Park Act of 1949. Originally Robins Game sanctuary belonged to H G Robins, a cattle rancher. Because his herds were constantly under attack by lion and leopard, Robins turned the ranch into a wildlife preserve. Later in exchange for a new house and a water supply he gave the sanctuary to the government.

Situated in the south west of Zimbabwe between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. There are two distinct geographic zones, neither are able to support viable agriculture. The flora of the well-drained northern area, part of the Zambezi watershed, is dominated by mopane and mixed Terminalia, which is distinctly different from the rest.

Covering more than 5,863 square miles or 3,607,738.,569 aces it has more animals and a greater variety of species -107- than any other park in the country, and more than 400 species of birds.
Water remains the single most important management factor in Hwange's continued existence - absolutely vital to the survival of what is perhaps Africa's single largest concentration of elephant. The constant maintenance of the artificial but natural looking water pans, complete with resident hippo's and crocodile, has been a major factor sustaining this ecological treasury. Without them Hwange national park would return to the empty wasteland it once was, animals would die in their thousands.

HWANGE CLIMATE
Winter Months - Mid May, June, July, early August, although the days are warm with beautiful blue skies, the evenings can get extremely cold and temperatures below freezing are not uncommon, so definitely bring warm clothing. It's cold I promise you!
Summer months - September through to May. Hot to extremely hot days and warm evenings.
Rainy season - Generally between late November and April although the occasional rain can occur out of these dates

BEST GAME VIEWING MONTHS
August, September, October and early November are by far the best months for game viewing in this park. Water becomes extremely scarce and the animals congregate around the few pumped waterholes. Sitting patiently and quietly at one of these water holes will reward you with very good game viewing.

During the rainy season from late November through to April, a completely different park emerges to that of the dry season. Parched savannahs turn into lush fields with an abundance of grazing. The animals disperse and game viewing becomes limited. It's called the green season and has its own magic as this is when the park and all the animals rejuvenate themselves, feeding like crazy on the abundance of food. Newly born animals can be seen everywhere and the birdlife is absolutely prolific.

VICTORIA FALLS

7th wonder of the world!

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The Victoria Falls – Now in it's 150 millionth fantastic year - Reaches Its zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. .

The Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe - the largest sheet of falling water in the world and significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls i.e. the spray, mist and rainbows.

David Livingstone, was the first European to see the Victoria Falls in 1855. The Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the falls, and he named them Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria.

Known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya or "the smoke that thunders" because of the spray made by the mass of water dropping 100 meters below in the gorges. 50 Years later, missionaries and traders settled in the small Zambian town of Livingstone and the railway bridge over the Zambezi was built.

Big 5 Safari experience

Big 5 Safari

Experience the Big 5 at a private Game Reserve lying outside the town of Touwsriver; just less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town. Set in the pristine Southern Karoo Highlands against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, the Game Reserve offers an exciting taste of real Africa.

Home to an enormous variety of game, including the Big 5 - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard -- giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, many different antelope, baboons, jackal, bat-eared foxes, hippos and crocodiles. And many migratory birds stop en route at the reserve's own wetland.

Welcome cocktails are served on arrival, either outside around the pools, or in front of a log fire in the cigar bar. Before the safari departs a sizzling lunch is served at the African character restaurant. For an extra indulgence, book a spa treatment!

Enjoy 2-3-hour safari game drives, traditional African barbecues, cherry champaign over swopping-safari-stories, and luxury accommodation!

Chalets combine natural rock elements, wood and stone - creating a definite back to nature ambiance. The en- suite bathrooms include twin hand basins, a toilet, bathtub, and outdoor shower. The honeymoon suite boats a Jacuzzi. Each unit opens up onto a private patio, which is perfect for frosty cocktails on hot summer nights. On colder evenings, most guests curl up on the plush furniture, in front of the chalet log fire

Victoria Falls Area Lodge

Victoria Falls activities!

The perfect place from which to base yourself and explore the majestic Victoria Falls and nearby Zambezi National Park! Well situated and is within easy walking distance (2 miles) of the magnificent Victoria Falls and provides a good base from which to embark upon a voyage of discovery in one of Africa’s favorite tourist destinations where historical sites, culinary experimentation and a host of activities a pristine natural environment.

A boutique accommodation in gracious and secluded surroundings, with easy access to banks, restaurants, shops and the famed curio center. With lodge has 14 rooms, you can be assured of the personal attention as well as attention to detail. It offers a unique intimate decor, personalized services and wonderful facilities. The interior design is stylish and trendy, with an intimate and cozy atmosphere. Each room has a unique touch of its special designs and decor. Every decoration in the hotel has been proudly Zimbabwean made.

Offering free Wi-Fi, bottled water in all of the rooms as well as great toiletries and premium bedding to enhance your stay while visiting the falls.
Helpful reception staff are available to provide information on all the facilities and activities in the Victoria Falls area and are able to recommend local restaurants to visit depending on your tastes and interests.
dinner is served on a daily basis. Also offering a private guest only bar which offers a variety of wines, beers, cordials and cocktails.

Enjoy the large central area with the inviting pool, lounge and indoor dining room. The large canopy trees and vibrant gardens make it a tranquil haven.

ZAMBIA

Land of the walking safaris!

Zambia is a safari enthusiast’s dream with over 30% of the country’s land allocated to National Parks.

Not only is there an array of some of the world’s biggest and best game parks to choose from for a Zambia tour or safari, such as the vast Kafue National Park or the famous South Luangwa, there are also many safari activities available too. Whether it’s a canoeing safari along the game-rich shores of the Lower Zambezi, or following in the footsteps of the pioneers into the Zambian interior on a mobile walking safari through North Luangwa National Park, you are sure to find something in the continent’s spectacular wildlife and scenery to thrill and amaze you.READ MORE ABOUT ZAMBIA

South Luanga Tented Camp

Big game safari days!

A stylishly tented piece of heaven, the Camp is located in the game-heavy central region of the South Luangwa National Park. Nestled under huge ebony trees on the banks of a broad section of the Luangwa River.A friendly, relaxed atmosphere with sweeping river views that will seduce even the most seasoned safari-goer.

Between the baboons chattering above you in the beautiful ebony branches, and the herds of elephants who like to pop into camp for a visit, you’ll stay entertained throughout your unforgettable time here. The beautiful central lounge, built around a fallen ebony tree, is the perfect spot to share your sunrise coffee with other guests while you enjoy birds’ songs calling across the picturesque Luangwa River. Satisfy your palate with brunch in the shade of that charming lounge. Later in the day, enjoy a delicious dinner served on crisp white linens by the scenic river bank. Be sure to alert the staff if your trip includes a birthday or anniversary celebration, and let them pamper you with a special treat, like one of Chef’s delightful soufflés! The attentive and pleasant staff is dedicated to accommodating your needs and ensuring your satisfaction, whether you’d like a romantic candlelit dinner set for two under a bright blanket of stars, or just need a cool towel to refresh you after a game drive.

With only four uniquely spacious octagonal chalets, and one two-bedroom family unit, canvas and thatched chalets are as intimate as they are luxurious.

Recharge after the excitement of your afternoon drive in your uncluttered and meticulously maintained chalet, with its large honeymoon size bed gently draped in mosquito netting and private open-air outdoor facilities featuring flush WC, basin and shower. And when you’re not using those open-air facilities, the local monkeys will jump in and give you a show! If you’re in the mood for something more indulgent, have a soak and a sundowner in the Victorian-style bathtub with a charming view of the river through your own private screened window.

ACTIVITIES
Guides at the camp are known for their dedication to both the guest experience and the wellbeing of the local wildlife. Whether you come across a herd of elephants or a pride of lions, their expert skill and calm response will ensure your safety and enhance your fun, while leaving the animals undisturbed. If you prefer to watch wildlife from the comfort of a hardtop Land Rover, you’ll enjoy it even more when you pause your adventure for a bit of tea and scrumptious cakes served on the hood of the vehicle. Evening drives are as exciting as those in the day, so you night owls will have plenty to keep you entertained. If you wish to view wildlife on foot, you won’t be disappointed by the educational experience, which might include a chat with your guide about the intricacies of the park’s ecosystem, learning to read animal tracks in the sand, or stepping within a few yards of raucous hippos.

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Safari in Zambia!

South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, is a world-renowned wildlife haven. Concentrations of game along the meandering Luangwa River and its lagoons are amongst the most intense in Africa. The river teems with hippo and crocodile and provides a lifeline for one of the greatest diversities of habitat and wildlife, supporting more than 60 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. It supports large populations of Thornicroft's giraffe, and herds of elephants and Cape buffaloes often several hundred strong. It is one of the best-known national parks in Africa for walking safaris. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 9,050 km2.

The Park is unfenced and bordered to the west by a steep escarpment and to the east by the Luangwa River. The Luangwa Valley lies at the tail end of the Great African Rift Valley system, which extends 4,000 km all the way from the Red Sea down to the Pungwe River mouth in Mozambique.
British conservationist Norman Carr was influential in setting up the South Luangwa National Park. A man ahead of his time, Norman Carr broke the mold of track-and-hunt safari and created conservation-based tourism.
In the 1950s, he persuaded the Paramount Chief to set aside a portion of tribal land as a Game Reserve and built the first game viewing camp open to the public in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Guests shot with cameras and not rifles; thus, the South Luangwa became the home of the photographic and walking safari. Profits from this remote photographic camp in the bush went back into community and eco-tourism in Africa was born. Norman Carr Safaris continues to follow his legacy across Zambia by empowering the local community.
The park spans two ecoregions, both of them woodland savannah, distinguished by the dominant tree: Southern Miombo woodlands cover the higher slopes of the valley, while Zambezian and Mopane woodlands cover the bottom of the valley. The Mopane tree tolerates the higher temperatures and lower rainfall found at lower elevations than miombo trees which are found on the higher plateau. Within these woodland savannahs are larger patches of grassland, so that grazers such as zebra and leaf browsers such as giraffe are found in profusion in the same areas. Patches of flooded grassland habitats (floodplains) are found close to the river, on which hippopotamus graze at night. Their dung released into the river fertilizes its waters and sustains the fish population which in turn sustains the crocodiles.

The Luangwa valley, continued to the west by the Lunsemfwa River valley, contains some varieties of animals such as Cookson's wildebeest and Crawshay's zebra which are endemic or near-endemic to the valley. It also represents something of a natural barrier to human migration and transport, no roads cross it and this has helped conserve its wildlife.

South Luangwa Park Camp

Big game safari days!

The Camp is located on a sweeping bend of the Luwi sand river in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, nestled in a beautiful spot shaded by towering red mahogany trees and offers prime game-viewing, accompanied by your guide.

The four rooms are all built up on wooden decks, built from reed and with high pitched, thatched roofs and large, open-air bathrooms. In front of each room is a separate viewing deck with comfortable chairs, and shaded by mahogany or sausage trees. The rooms are large and spacious, either with a king size bed or twin beds, and the bathrooms are creatively designed - each shower has a view of the riverbed. In front of camp there is a fire pit and of course the sand river, where occasionally evening meals are set up - a dining table surrounded by lanterns and open to the skies.

Lion and buffalo interaction is often seen, with the various prides in the area using the river bed as a thoroughfare. There is a small waterhole in front of camp where the buffalo come to drink and there are frequent clashes as the lion attempt to ambush the herds. It can be an exciting camp to visit! Rare antelope such as Lichtenstein's hartebeest and eland can also be spotted, along with good numbers of elephant and the occasional giraffe. The birding is superb, with many raptors present (the camp has a resident lizard buzzard) and large numbers of owls, including the giant eagle owl and the tiny scops owl, being heard at night.
Activities are focused mainly around walking safaris, there is an option to drive occasionally, but the roads in this area are few, and the area lends itself perfectly to walking and exploration.

ACTIVITIES
Guests will head out early in the morning when the temperature is cool and the animals are more active. Halfway through the walk there will be a stop for tea, coffee and cake, and then guests will return to camp for a hearty brunch at around eleven. After an afternoon at leisure, the afternoon walk departs at around 4pm, returning to camp in time for sundowners.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & CHOBE RIVER

Safari in spectacular Chobe!

The Chobe National Park established in 1968 covers 11,700 square kilometers and is situated in the northern most part of Botswana. Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.
Encompassing swamps, floodplains and woodlands it is the third largest Park or Reserve in the country after Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and the largest of them all the Central Kalahari Game reserve.

With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless.

All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.

The Chobe River, which is without doubt one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The park is famous for its wildlife and supports a diversity and concentration unlike anywhere else in Botswana. In the dry winter months over 50 000 elephants can converge on the Chobe River to drink - an awe-inspiring sight.

Welgevonden Game Reserve Luxury Lodge

Big game safari days!

The lodge is situated in a private game reserve and occupies a magnificent section of the Waterberg Biosphere With a size of 37,500 hectares, the reserve has the largest population of white rhino to be found in all of Africa. Situated in the Malaria free Waterberg Mountains, surrounded by rivers, mountains and bushveld, this private reserve has never been used for game hunting, so the wildlife is more relaxed and approachable

Home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, White Rhino, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, 15 different types of buck, and 30 other species of mammal.

Created as a tribute to the unique splendor of the African Wilderness, the lodge towers over the landscape, combining modern African living, simplicity and an abundance of flavor with a unique wildlife experience. Eight luxury suites overlooking the flowing Sterkstroom River each enjoy their own private deck and plunge pool perched on the cliff, allowing guests the opportunity to view game from the privacy of their suites. The lodge offers a dramatic fusion of African and Western cuisine, far surpassing expectations of even the most discerning diner, with the addition of an extensive wine cellar, any wine lover would appreciate.

ACTIVITIES
Temperate climate make it an ideal destination to be visited all year around.Twice daily Big 5 game drives.

Country Estate Hotel

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Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

Country Estate Hotel

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Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

Country Estate Hotel

1 Night

Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

Country Estate Hotel

1 Night

Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

Country Estate Hotel

1 Night

Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

Country Estate Hotel

1 Night

Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

Country Estate Hotel

1 Night

Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!

Country Estate Hotel

1 Night

Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!

ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!