Baby Animals of the Masai Mara

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Professional wildlife photographer, Nick Dale, recently visited Cottar’s 1920’s Safaris Services for a classic Masai Mara safari complete with stunning views of Kenya’s endless plains and, of course, abundant wildlife. Excitingly, he spotted many baby animals preparing for a life in the wilderness. From big cats to primates and gentle quadrupeds, the Masai Mara grasslands have been brimming with new … Read More

Why a Walking Safari is a Must

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Rambling on foot through one of the many wilderness areas in Southern Africa is one of the most unique experiences you will have whilst on safari. The long grasses make a rhythmic ‘whooshing’ sound against your legs as you stride out deeper in the bush, accompanied only by the myriad bird calls emanating from the trees, the earthy smell of … Read More

Dry Season Safari in South Africa

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One of the primary reasons to go on a safari is to see wildlife, and there is no better time to see wildlife in South Africa than during the dry season. As the winter months progress, the bush dies back and thins out dramatically. With less vegetation obstructing your view, it much easier to spot animals that could usually hide … Read More

What to Expect from a Dry Season Safari in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is a stunning safari destination year-round, with the two distinct seasons each affording travelers a unique experience. Wet season safaris from November to March are best for avid birders keen to witness migratory birds making their way to Southern Africa to breed and nest. On the other hand, a dry season safari from April to October, affords wildlife enthusiasts … Read More

Watch: Leopard vs Cheetah

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Cheetahs in the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve, South Africa © Sophie Barrett / Garonga While the cheetah may be the fastest land mammal on earth, it is the smallest of the big cats and its slight build makes it a relatively easy target for the two larger cat species, the lion and leopard. The cheetah’s physique allows for speed and … Read More

Wild and Wonderful Waterberg

Despite its relative proximity to the city, the Waterberg wilderness will make you feel like you’re in a wild world of your own. Here are three reasons why we believe that the Waterberg is one of the best places for a safari in South Africa: Spanning over 150,000 hectares, the Waterberg is one of the lesser-visited corners of South Africa … Read More

5 Most Romantic Safari Properties

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Tranquil candlelit dinners on the beach beside the soft rolling waves of the Indian Ocean, plunge pools surrounded by plains bristling with game, and bird calls announcing the start of the day as the sun lights up the African bush. If this sounds like the kind of getaway you dream of taking with your loved one, then these romantic safari … Read More

A Seasonal Guide to a Botswana Safari

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Nowhere is this more so than one of the brightest jewels in Africa’s safari crown – Botswana. Just comparing the seemingly barren Makgadikgadi Salt Pans with the watery paradise of the Okavango Delta, it is clear that Botswana is a land of vastly different environments, which is further exacerbated by the changing weather over the course of the year. This … Read More

Family Safari Holidays

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Family safari holidays are a wonderful way to spend quality time together and bond whilst being immersed in some of the most picturesque parts of Africa. A great safari keeps the excitement of being surrounded by nature’s beauty and fascinating wildlife alive and interactive for the entire family. It is an excellent way to expose your kids to nature and … Read More

Southern vs East Africa Safari

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No two safari destinations are the same; this is just as true when comparing two regions. The Southern Africa and East Africa safari each offer different highlights that do not necessarily have to compete. Depending on how you wish to travel, what wildlife you wish to see and where you would like to bed-down at night, will all help to … Read More

What is Responsible Tourism?

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Tourism is a trillion dollar industry and accounts for roughly 10% of the global GDP, which leads to a major impact on both people and the environment across the world. Depending on the way tourism initiatives are implemented and the way each tourist decides to travel, the effects of tourism can be negative or positive. These effects can be at … Read More

Top 4 Most Romantic Safari Destinations in Southern Africa

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Be it a honeymoon, special birthday or just time away to spend quality time together, Southern Africa is a treasure trove of luxury, romantic safari destinations that will have you both swooning. Thoughtful touches and extra spoils such as romantic turndowns, luxurious bubble baths with spectular bush views or laid-back picnics next to the warm Indian Ocean all make for … Read More

What to Expect on Safari in 2019

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A new year has begun and that means its time for new travel adventures. Whether you’ve already booked your next safari holiday to Africa or are using the next couple of weeks to plan it, the new year signals a great opportunity to embark on a new experience. Some safari destinations have already been celebrating the new year in fantastic … Read More

Safari Camp vs Lodge: What’s the Difference?

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Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or family, going on safari in Africa entails extensive decision-making throughout the process. An important one is, of course, where to stay and this can get a little daunting with the phrases ‘safari camp’ and ‘safari lodge’ popping up in all your online searches. If you need a hand distinguishing between the two, … Read More

Why We Love Boat Safaris

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With the water below, the clear blue sky above and diverse species of wildlife and birds teeming on the banks alongside, there really is something special about being on a boat on an African river. The beauty of boat safaris is that they offer great wildlife and bird sighting opportunities all from a relatively different perspective. Here are the three … Read More

The Best Big 5 Safari Destinations

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The African lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo are the most dangerous and difficult animals to kill, which is why collectively they are named the Big 5. There are never any guarantees that going to a Big 5 park or reserve will mean actually getting to see all of these perilous beauties, and some areas are likely to have a … Read More

South Africa: The Ultimate First-Time Safari Destination

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With a landscape that varies from beautiful beaches, to unspoiled wilderness, to picturesque countryside and rugged mountainscapes; South Africa has earned its reputation for being a fantastic holiday destination for a reason. It offers a truly brilliant and wide-ranging selection of destinations for people to chose from. In addition to the natural splendors on offer in this diverse country, South … Read More

The Mighty Rivers of Southern Africa

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As Southern Africa struggles to recover from a severe drought, life across the sub-region continues to feel the impact of water scarcity. If water is the source of life, then rivers and their vast tributaries are the means of passing on and sustaining the life of thousands of species of fauna and flora in Southern Africa. The Zambezi River is … Read More

What Makes a Top Honeymoon Lodge in Africa

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After months and months of wedding planning, you’ve said your vows, danced till your feet hurt and now you’re on your way to a top honeymoon lodge in Africa. This first holiday together as a newly married couple is the trip of a lifetime and deserves to be spent at a top honeymoon lodge. With all your needs taken care … Read More

New Camp Opens in the Okavango Delta

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In the south eastern corner of the Okavanga Delta lies a remote 67000-acre private concession that offers travellers the classic Botswana delta safari experience – beautiful views of watery floodplains, incredible wildlife sightings and luxury accommodation that fits seamlessly into its natural surrounds. Under One Botswana Sky is a well-established safari camp and lodge operator with properties located throughout the … Read More

Celebrating the Successes this World Rhino Day

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The 22nd of September has become a global day to celebrate the rhino as well as create continued awareness of the horrific impact poaching is having on this beautiful animal. This year’s theme for World Rhino Day is “Keep the Five Alive” in reference to the five species of rhino found in Africa and Asia, namely the black rhino, white … Read More

Private Game Reserves vs. National Parks

A safari is a safari is a safari – right? Wrong. There are numerous factors to consider when planning your ideal safari itinerary that will ultimately end up impacting your overall experience. For example, choosing to travel to Namibia’s desert landscapes will be vastly different to visiting South Africa’s lush wilderness, the same goes for the type of reserve you … Read More

Dazzling Desert Safari Destinations in Africa

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One third of the earth’s landmass is covered by desert, with the largest being the sub-tropical Sahara if excluding the polar desert of the Antarctic. While many non-polar deserts are totally sand-covered, most are not. Instead, many are rocky surfaces that offer some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Apart from presenting remarkable views and photographic sunsets, desert … Read More

Where to Experience a Safari Lodge Pool with a Stunning View

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A safari in Africa doesn’t have to be all about taking to the bush in search of wildlife. There is another side of the experience that balances out the excitement you’ll feel whilst in big game territory. Luxury lodges and camps understand that your wellbeing is an equally important part of your holiday – that’s why many use a swimming … Read More

Adventure Travel Activities in Africa

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If you’re looking to get your heart-racing, a bit of adventure travel in Africa might just do the trick. Booking a holiday in Africa means different things to different people. Some enjoy the classic bush safari package and others a lazy beach retreat. There are other brave travellers that like to push past their comfort zone by participating in a … Read More

4 Luxury Safari and Spa Getaways in Southern Africa

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Indulge in these completely dreamy safari and spa getaways in Southern Africa. Safari and spa getaways are trending in the African luxury lodge experience, and for good reason too. After a morning walking or driving in the bush, there may not be a more complementary activity than a deeply relaxing massage. It allows your body to unwind and your mind … Read More

Africa’s Best Kayaking Destinations

Africa's Best Kayaking Destinations

It is a place where untamed land stretches from horizon to horizon, interspersed with vast lakes, protected wetlands, and rivers running freely. A highly diverse continent full of diverse cultures, rich traditions, dramatic scenery and precious wildlife; an African safari is one of the most amazing travel experiences in the world. Game drives are the most traditional way of experiencing … Read More

Family-friendly Safaris in Africa

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Need some ideas on where to go on a family-oriented safari in Africa? Then keep reading. For many of us, some of our fondest childhood memories are the holidays taken together as a family. There’s nothing quite like planning and packing together for an adventure in another country, where the routine and responsibility of home is replaced by thrilling moments … Read More

Exploring Zambia

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Raw but gentle, Zambia is a beguiling safari jewel that is made magical by its mesmerising scenery and prolific wildlife. Home to nearly 20 national parks, over 15 waterfalls, some stunning rivers and lakes, and of course, the Zambian side of Victoria Falls; Zambia is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. Photo © Robin Pope Safaris South Luangwa National Park … Read More

Luxury Sunset Boat Cruises in Africa

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It’s no secret that the sunsets in Africa are some of the very best in the world, and what better way to enjoy this glorious daily occurrence than on a boat cruise? As the sky turns to shades of deep red, orange and purple, nocturnal wildlife can be heard noisily waking up to the promise of prey under the cover … Read More

Lions Check into Big 5 Safari Camp

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You don’t always need to go far to see the Big 5 in South Africa. Guests at Garonga Safari Camp in South Africa were recently treated to a surprise visit by four lions who decided to take an evening stroll through Little Garonga. A male lion from the Garonga pride pays Little Garonga a visit © Sam Hewitt What happened? … Read More

The Eco-Friendly Safari

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The cost of traveling to the world’s most exotic and wild destinations comes at a cost far pricier than just plane tickets. From increased plastic wastage to the massive carbon emissions created by airplanes; travelling can leave behind a huge ecological footprint. While being environmentally friendly may not be the most exciting aspect to consider before travelling, it’s the only … Read More

Luxury Safari Villas in Africa

Africa offers a range of accommodation options for safaris from tented rooms, to lodges, and luxury safari villas. Being waited on hand and foot on safari is not as farfetched as one might think. Once you step foot in one of these luxurious abodes you will be living the high life and treated like royalty. The 2 words that best describe … Read More

Fairy-Tale Wedding in the Waterberg

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Combining this spectacular scenery with some incredibly intimate accommodation options, traditional dancers, gourmet cuisine and horseback riding, a wedding in the Waterberg brings every little girl’s fairy-tale to life. Photo © Lotty H Photography/Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes The most obvious benefit of having a destination wedding is that it’s a great excuse to not invite every distant … Read More

Beautiful Safari Weddings On A Budget

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One in five UK weddings takes place abroad, according to Mintel. If you and your partner are excited about the idea of having an African bush wedding, you’re in luck – Mintel stats from a few years ago show that the average wedding abroad costs approximately£6,500, which is almost one-third less than the cost of having a wedding in the UK! … Read More

Why Botswana Should Be On Your Bucket List

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With its abundance of wildlife, endless vistas and ever-smiling locals, Botswana is a truly African gem. As a top holiday destination in Southern Africa, Botswana offers diversity in its natural fauna and flora, historical sites and cultural interactions, as well as different, fun modes of getting around. Whether you’re going on your first African safari as a family or abandoning … Read More

Crocodile vs Alligator


Do you know the difference between these snappy, toothy creatures? Many people are unaware of the difference between an alligator and a crocodile and will even use the words interchangeably. However, coming from different biological families, there are distinct differences between the two. Also listed here are some great spots within Africa to see Crocodiles (but you’ll find no Alligators … Read More

Getting to Know the Safari Guides at Cottar’s

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The knowledge, experience and attitude of safari guides are critical. There is more to being a guide than just being able to answer questions and offer the odd fact or figure on a game drive. It is about providing guests with an experience- a genuinely wild African adventure. So, where do you go for a genuinely wild African adventure with … Read More

Decline of the Cheetah

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The fastest land animal is losing its most important race. The race for survival. We look at using Ecotourism to help combat the problem. At present there are approximately only 6, 600 cheetah adults remaining in the wild and sadly only 5% of cubs make it to adulthood. Zimbabwe over the last 16 years has recorded a decline of 85%. … Read More

Zululand’s Tree Climbing Lions

Tree climbing lions in Zululand

All Photos © Claire Birtwhistle/Rhino River Lodge Over the years, sightings of tree-climbing lions have been documented in numerous different reserves and parks. However, the novelty of seeing this spectacle has far from worn off. After all, just seeing lions is exciting, but witnessing them doing something other than sleeping or lazing about, is a rare privilege. While tree climbing … Read More

The Ultimate Wilderness Weddings in Africa

Wilderness Wedding in Africa

For safari lovers, saying ‘I do’ while in some of Africa’s most remote and scenic spots, is about as special as it can get. Surrounded by some of your closest family and friends, with the possibility of some wildlife guests popping in, safari weddings in Africa are about as intimate as they come, and an excellent excuse to not have … Read More

A Victoria Falls Safari

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A regular bucket list feature for any African adventure is Victoria Falls, and rightly so with it being one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Many people try to schedule a quick stop off here as part of their travel itinerary while rushing between safari hotspots across the continent. However, if you look a little further you will … Read More

Your Private Hire Safari Lodge

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If the thought of ‘L’ plates, tiaras, and even the word ‘bachelorette’ alone, makes you shudder then you are far from the only one. These days, more and more people are seeking destination get-aways for their group celebrations and private hire accommodation to go with it. And when we say ‘destination’, we don’t mean a booze-filled, debaucherous weekend in Spain, … Read More

African safari in a green paradise

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Here are some of our favourite safari destinations in Africa where you can enjoy the lush green paradise: The green paradise in South Luangwa, Zambia captured by David Rogers The green season is arguably the best time to visit South Luangwa. The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and the best time to see … Read More

The Ultimate KwaZulu-Natal Road Trip Itinerary

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From grand mountain scenery, to incredible Big five wilderness areas, to fine tropical beaches, KwaZulu-Natal, or KZN as it is called by the locals, is a diverse province that combines raw natural beauty with modern sophistication and cultural heritage. Road-tripping around KZN offers a tantalising taste of all the authentic African highlights that should be on every travellers’ bucket list. … Read More

Exploring the Okavango Delta

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Spurred by seasonal flooding in the north, the arid Kalahari savannahs are transformed into this wetland paradise during Botswana’s dry months (June – August), creating a diverse ecosystem that attracts a myriad of wildlife from miles around. From water-loving lions and leopards to enormous herds of elephant and buffalo, the Okavango Delta sustains a vast variety of flora and fauna … Read More

Best Places for a Romantic Getaway in Africa

Choosing where to go for a romantic safari in Africa can be difficult, especially when all the options seem to offer something unique in their own romantic way. The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas and offers wild romance at its best. Situated in the southwest of Kenya, the Masai Mara is renowned for … Read More

The Forgotten Five

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We all know about the famous ‘Big Five’ but have you ever wondered how and why these selected 5 safari animals made it onto the list and why others didn’t? Of course, the reason the elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino rose to fame was because they were considered the most dangerous animals to hunt. What about those beloved species … Read More

Glamping Getaway Vs Luxury Lodge: Where to Stay on Safari

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What might be perfect accommodation for a family on holiday, could be less than ideal for a couple on honeymoon. That is why it’s so important to consider your personal requirements, interests and tastes when deciding on where to stay on safari. Fortunately, there are no shortage of choices when it comes to fabulous lodges and camps in Africa. Unfortunately, … Read More

A Beautiful Boma in the Bush

Garonga Bush Boma

‘The Boma’ –Definition: An outdoor entertainment area, usually thatched with open sides, in Southern Africa This simple structure has certainly morphed since its origins as a fenced rural fortress or livestock pen. These days bomas come in all shapes and sizes, and as the definition above describes, they fulfil a variety of purposes. Now mainly used as a social meeting … Read More

A taste of Africa on a Gourmet Food Safari

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“Gourmet” and “safari” are not words that often get used together as they are perceived to be from two totally different worlds. The one from a posh high-end life and the other from a more rustic and adventurous life. Now, the 2 worlds have fused and you can be taken on a safari dining experience you will never forget. Here … Read More

Where to Find Wild Flamingos in Africa

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In Africa, both lesser and greater flamingos can be found in large numbers if you know where to look. Despite their ballerina-like appearance, flamingos have evolved to live in some of the planet’s most extreme wetland environments, including caustic ‘soda lakes’, salt pans and hypersaline lagoons. As wading birds, they prefer shallow waters where they can easily feed on the … Read More

Safeguard Your Hippo Encounter

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Hippos are fascinating animals to observe in their natural habitat but it’s always best to try not to stir their inner beast so here we offer some top tips on how to remain friends on your hippo encounter. Additionally, we have listed some ideal safari lodges and camps from which you can safely experience the animal the Greeks named ‘The … Read More

5 Best African Sunset Destinations

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When it comes to sunsets, an African sunset is in a class of its own and has some of the best sunsets in the world. Sunset in the Masai Mara by Marcus Westberg Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Africa. The endless grass plains boast an abundance of wildlife including the notorious Wildebeest … Read More

Experiencing the Chobe River

Forming the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, the Chobe River is a blue vein twisting along geographical fault lines as it winds its way to the Zambezi River. Flowing through riverine forests, floodplains and open woodlands, the Chobe River is a source of life to the flora and fauna that inhabit its lush banks and the surrounding areas. … Read More

Cheetah and Leopard- Seeing spots on safari

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Spotting wildlife in Africa from the back of an open-top safari vehicle guarantees great adventures and memories. From elephants brushing past the vehicle to lions enjoying their lazy afternoons. But it is when travellers see spots that they really get excited. The leopard is part of Africa’s renowned Big Five, and nicknamed as the “elusive leopard” for a reason. Leopards … Read More

Why Choose a Zambezi River Safari

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‘Safari: An expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat’ When first time safari goers are dreaming of their African adventure they usually picture a wide open, never-ending expanse of bush, a traditional safari Jeep and focus on the elusive Big Five. But if we accept the above definition of the word then we suddenly realise there are plenty of … Read More

The Best Glamping Sleep Outs in Africa

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A sleep out in the bush no longer needs to be a mission. We find some of the best luxury camping sleep outs under the African stars. Once upon a time, sleeping out under the stars meant you would have to dust off the old tent and hunt around the cupboards for a sleeping bag still able to perform its … Read More

African Wildlife Migrations You Mustn’t Miss

Venturing vast distances in the search of food, ideal breeding grounds and more favourable living conditions, animal migrations are a true demonstration of nature’s determination to survive. The migrations are seldom easy, and come with many perils, however, these seasonal ‘survival of the fittest’ journeys are vital to the long-term success of the species. Travelling across oceans, over land and … Read More

Capturing the Magic of a Botswana Safari

Botswana is a magical safari destination full of endless adventures waiting for you. Botswana boasts with an abundance of wildlife, including Africa’s iconic Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino), and indescribable landscapes. It is a place where words will never be enough to describe its true beauty and we can only rely on pictures to capture its magic. … Read More

Christmas Safari in Africa

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As the days in Africa start to warm up and mother nature bursts into lush thick greenery we know that Summer is here. While some are preparing for a chilly white Christmas, Africa welcomes a warm green Christmas. And just like the lyrics of Andy Williams’ popular Christmas song states… “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Many people … Read More

Top Tips For A Great Bush Wedding

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Chris and Leigh marry at Garonga Safari Camp, South Africa © Ben Viljoen Photography So the boyfriend finally pops the question and suddenly the bride-to-be is on the hunt for the perfect destination wedding venue. The world is certainly getting smaller and all the while dreams and expectations are getting bigger! Let’s face it…the local registry office followed by some … Read More

Going Green on an Eco-Friendly Safari

Going green and minimising our carbon footprint has been on many people’s minds lately. After all, every single thing we do, every day, has an impact on the planet-  good or bad. Most people are already trying to do their bit to help the environment when at home, but how do you help keep things green when on a safari. … Read More

Child-Friendly Safaris for Adventurous Families

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Families come in different shapes and sizes. What might be the ideal vacation for one family, could be a total nightmare for another. One fact is consistent among all families though; spending quality time together matters. And for a family that enjoys being outdoors and active, what better way to bond than on a safari in Africa? Safari holidays offer … Read More

The Great Migration: Interview with a Safari Guide

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The annual Great Migration, the greatest show on earth never seizes to amaze us. Millions of wildebeest along with thousands of zebras and a host of other antelope traverse on mass from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara, on a quest to find food and water. But, to get a front row seat to all the wildlife action we rely … Read More

Top 8 Safari Lodges with a Bathroom View

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You are only officially on your luxury safari when you find yourself indulging in your first relaxing bush-setting bath or shower. The Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata” (no worries) becomes a reality as you enjoy your well-deserved “me time”. Your troubles wash away as you take in the smells, sounds and views from your decadent bathing abode. Safari bathrooms have come … Read More

Birding Safaris: the Okavango Delta

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The Okavango Delta is at the top of many travellers’ lists as it is home to huge numbers of elephant, buffalo, lion, hippo, and almost every kind of antelope you can think of. But, the Delta offers so much more than Africa’s Big Five. The vast lush green wetland (15 000 km²) is a bird paradise. So, if you are … Read More

Should I travel to Kenya?

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Everyone wants to go to Kenya. And rightly so, it’s a wonderfully warm, welcoming and beautiful country…! However, as a sign of the times, everyone has become a little wary of where they may travel. So we’d love to straighten up a few things.. YOU CAN DEFINITELY go on safari in Kenya right now – says the FCO! And to … Read More

Bespoke Safari Experience at Rhino Sands Safari Camp

  Specifically designed to bring an authentic safari experience in traditional East African style to Kwa-Zulu Natal, Rhino Sands is a luxury tented camp situated on a peninsula in the Msunduze River. While the camp is currently still under construction, it is expected to be completed in August and the doors will officially open to the public on the 1st … Read More

The Luxurious Life on a Glamping Safari

There is something magical about sleeping in a canvas tent, with the sounds of wildlife outside, knowing that the only thing between you and them is a fabric wall. However, we know what you are probably thinking: camping is uncomfortable and not exactly how you want to spend your holiday! But hear us out – you don’t have to be … Read More

When is the best time for a safari in Botswana?

You have probably heard of the 5 key questions, or the ‘5W’s’ to ask during any problem-solving situation. In case you can’t remember them from your younger years – the key questions to ask are: who, why, what, where and when. In the case of planning a safari, it can be a simple task if you ask yourself these five … Read More

On Safari: But What About the Safari Staff?

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It’s easy to caught up in the front end glamour of going on a luxury safari: the cooling scented facecloths upon arrival, the sparkling drink we find in our hand as we step down from our chauffeured vehicle, the 5 course meal of exotic ingredients paired with the perfect wines. But we have more of a conscience than our fellow travellers … Read More

The Great Migration: Greatest Show on Earth

The Great Migration

The majority of the migration is made up of wildebeest, the largest of all antelopes. As part of Africa’s Ugly Five, the wildebeest might not win a spot in a beauty contest but they are the leading stars of the greatest natural show on earth. The Great Migration is the movement of great herds of wildebeest and zebra across the … Read More

New Luxury Safari Camp Rra Dinare

Luxury safari camp Rra Dinare

The name ‘Rra Dinare’ means ‘Father of many buffalo’ in the local Setswana language, and the new luxury safari camp Rra Dinare is located adjacent to the buffalo-rich Moremi Game Reserve on the south-eastern side of the Okavango Delta. Become one with nature when staying in one of the eight luxurious tented abodes or in the family tent at Rra … Read More

The Perfect Place for a Digital Detox Holiday

Digital Detox Holiday

When was the last time you read a book? Or the last time you dined out and didn’t glance down at your cell phone? Is it hard to remember a time when the mere concept of liking things had nothing to do with the internet? Detox digitally. 1. Make the decision to cut yourself off. 2. Announce your ‘disconnected state’ … Read More

Best Ethiopia Tour 2017

Best Ethiopia Tour 2017 - Gondar

Ethiopia is so hot right now! If you find yourself at a dinner party of the well-travelled, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone will be discussing their ideas as to the best Ethiopia tour. If the Good Safari Guide is good for nothing else, let it at least give you some one-upmanship knowledge for the dinner table. This … Read More

How to Become a Safari Guide in a Week

How to become a guide in a week: Group Lesson

Have you ever dreamed of being a safari guide? Perhaps you’ve imagined living in the bush, but felt lacking in knowledge or skills? Maybe you have craved more from a safari experience than luxury lodge can offer with its sanitised game drives and ‘time-wasting’ sundowners, but didn’t know where to look? Maybe you are constrained by commitments and assumed that learning bush … Read More

Rare And Wonderful Sightings In Kenya

rare wildlife sightings

While on safari in Kenya, rare wildlife sightings await you around every corner and behind every bush. Huge herds of wildebeest, or members of the iconic Big Five often make their presence known to the safari goer and the sheer abundance of wildlife in Kenya ensures the safari of a lifetime. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is happily set in this Kenyan … Read More

Tanzania Safari for an 8 Year Old Child

8 year old boys on safari tanzania serengeti game viewing vehicle

I shed a little tear when reading this blog from an 8 year old on safari in Tanzania. In fact this is a blog by twins Harry and Felix, guests of sister company, tour operator Abambo Family Safaris, this Easter 2017. If you are thinking of taking your kids on safari, or if you would like an insight into the unique perspective … Read More

5 Lodges Where the Elephants Come to You

5 lodges where the elephants come to you

Elephants are a good enough reason alone to go on a safari holiday in Africa. They are undoubtedly one of the most fascinating animals to watch in the wild. Chances are if you’ve done your safari research, you already know the best destinations to see elephants in Africa, such as the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Addo National Park and … Read More

Are you a Hero? Volunteering in Africa

3 smiling kids: volunteering in Africa

‘We at the Good Safari Guide think it is seldom the answer..’ Aid, whether in the form of supporting charities or volunteering in Africa, is a tough subject to tackle. Large scale charitable work in particular has had a rough ride in recent years. On a day when Donald Trump seems to be removing aid for those in need, ask the … Read More

African Wild Dogs

Tracking Wild Dogs at Saruni Samburu

African wild dogs: one of the most sought-after wildlife viewing experiences for experienced safari-goers. What is it about the African wild dog that captures the imagination? I am about to find out.. It is early morning at Saruni Samburu Camp. Here in the middle of this wilderness of over two hundred thousand acres I am on the point of sinking … Read More

Top 10 reasons to go on a horseback safari

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.” ~ Sharon Ralls Lemon There are many ways to experience the African bush, but few are quite as intimate, and simultaneously exhilarating, as a horseback safari. It is a unique experience that bridges the gap between man … Read More

Hyena Encounters in iSimangaliso

Spotted hyena in iSimangaliso, South Africa

‘Tourists come to Africa with this one special sighting in mind, adding it to their South-African bucket list.’ This is how Micahel Botes, ranger at Makakatana Bay Lodge sums up what most of the visitors he’s guided have in mind when on safari. They yearn to spot that one specific special animal to them. And they want to see it … Read More

From Waste to Wonderful – Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Responsible Tourism

Responsible tourism, Cottars 1920s Camp

‘This is something worth fighting for, for people, for wildlife and for the world.’ Calving Cottar from Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp voices the importance of sustainability in today’s safari industry. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp has a great vision for the future: to be financially successful and sustainable for the next 100 years. The camp aims to provide an authentic and … Read More

Whispering About the New Rhino Sands Safari Camp

Rhino Sands Safari Camp

Situated in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, there’s been a lot going on in the Manyoni Game Reserve lately. In addition to the reserve changing its name from the Zululand Rhino Reserve to Manyoni Game Reserve, other developments include the ongoing construction of Rhino Sands Safari Camp, which has the whole Rhino River Lodge team very excited. Imagine a classic yesteryear … Read More

Heartwarming Story from Iraq to Kenya: Manno is free!

Manno the chimp is rescued

A heartwarming story from Iraq: Manno this week took his first steps on Kenyan soil as a ‘free’ chimpanzee. After four lonely months in necessary quarantine, Manno ventured outside in his new home at Sweetwaters Sanctuary, and set eyes upon other chimpanzees for the first time in his living memory. Manno’s Rescue Manno’s rescue from abusive conditions in Iraq was … Read More

Safari Stories by Calvin Cottar

Masai Mara safari

‘I learnt many things – fear (I was run up trees by buffalo and lion more than a few times!), exhilaration, wonder, humility and knowing just how vulnerable and weak us humans can be compared to the magnificent African mega fauna that I was exploring.’  This is how Calvin Cottar, from Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, nestled in Masai Mara in … Read More

5 Fun Facts About Hippos

Big, round bellies and wide-mouthed yawns. The Hippopotamus is an impressive sight in the African wilderness. Hannah Forsyth from Makakatana Bay Lodge in South Africa lists a few fun facts about these chubby, grey creatures: 1. The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ and is often shortened to hippo. 2. The hippo is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after … Read More

Safari Relaxation and Wildlife Wonderment at Garonga

Little Garonga, South Africa

‘We arrived at Little Garonga and checked into the magnificent Buckingham Suite. There are only 3 suites at Little Garonga so this really is the height of exclusivity!’ This is how a recent Garonga guest, Claire Roadley was introduced to her very own safari sanctuary, Little Garonga, nestled in the Makalali conservancy in South Africa. Claire describes her safari escapades … Read More

Free Private Guiding and Private Vehicle

Sausage Tree Zambia guiding team

This is the news we like to hear: free private guiding and private vehicle when on safari! And this is the news from Sausage Tree in Zambia, one of the Good Safari Guide’s much loved camps. ‘We are all about giving guests the very best experience possible.’ says owner Jason Mott. ‘In order to add value we include private guiding … Read More

Ants Award Nomination: Ultimately Unique Safari Experiences

We are pleased to announce that The Ant Collection has been nominated as a finalist in the Tusker Ultimate Safari Experience Awards for 2017 in the category ‘Ultimately Unique Safari Experiences’. What are the Tuskers? The Tuskers are a celebration of Africa’s ultimate safari experiences showcasing what the Safari Index panel have deemed to be the best of the best … Read More

What Are Park Fees For?

Conservation in Zambia

Ever wondered what the Park Fees & Conservation Levy charge actually goes towards? Following on from our theme on the cost of a safari, with Abambo’s guest post last month on how to save money on safari, (and Abambo’s own post about how much it costs to go on safari), here is Potato Bush Camp & Sausage Tree Camp’s guest post … Read More

In Search of the Perfect Safari

lion and safari vehicle

What makes the perfect safari? That question is undoubtedly a popular one amongst travelers searching for the ultimate safari destination. We asked a few different types of ‘experts’ and this is what we found. We asked Johan Taljaard, a ranger at Makakatana Bay Lodge, located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa: ‘First I think that one of the most … Read More

Under One Botswana Sky Announces Two New Delta Camp Openings

Under One Botswana Sky is planning to open two new camps in the Okavango Delta this year. The camps will be located within a 67 000 acre private concession, adjacent to the renowned Moremi Game Reserve. The first camp, called Rra Dinare (Setswana for ‘Father of many buffalo’) will open in June 2017. The camp will consist of eight tents … Read More

Cottar’s Gives a Glimpse into Nocturnal Masai Mara

It is no surprise that the Masai Mara grasslands offer a truly remarkable wildlife experience to safari visitors. But many don’t know what happens in the Kenyan wilderness when the day gives way to the night and safari goers head back to camp. Cottar’s Safari Camp has recently installed a camera trap at the camp that provides a glimpse into … Read More

What a Christmas on Safari is Actually Like

Musango christmas safari

Written by Natasha from The World Pursuit Herds of elephants taking mud baths, long boat cruises on a lake, different nationalities coming together for a Christmas in Africa – that’s what we experienced on our 2016 Christmas safari in Zimbabwe. We managed to drive away from Victoria Falls happy as clams after seeing the “Smoke That Thunders.” However, what lay in … Read More

All Inclusive Africa – What $500 a day can buy you

Sindabezi Island, Zambia

When it comes to an all-inclusive holiday, most people picture exotic beach resorts like the ones you see in almost every travel brochure ever created. Mexico, Maldives, the Caribbean – no matter what beach destination it is, there’s something about leaving your wallet in your room and not having to worry about paying any bills at the end of your … Read More

Cheap Safari?

money Saving with Porini

Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Going on Safari Guest Post By Abambo Safaris Fact: there is no such thing as a cheap safari. Safaris in Africa are more expensive than other types of travel, even just for the park fees before you have even thought about accommodation. Have a look at our recent blog post: How much does it … Read More