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

Cottar’s Bush Villa – an Intimate Safari Retreat

‘As the sun dips over the Maasai Mara and Serengeti Plains, wildebeest on their annual migration can be spotted from the deck of a private homestead located on a pristine conservancy in Kenya’s south. This is Cottar’s Bush Villa, a luxurious contemporary home accommodating up to 10 people and offering the most sublime ‘Out of Africa’ experience imaginable.’ – Signature … Read More

Camping Experiences in the Delta

Hop onboard your mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, and trek through the winding channels of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, encircled by hundreds of lily pads and papyrus leaves. Silently observe the Delta wildlife, ranging from an antelope grazing on the grassy banks to a fish eagle soaring up in the air and a hippo popping its head up from under water. … Read More

Bush Bath Pampering at Garonga

How about drifting into a complete sense of relaxation whilst awakening your senses to the delicious smell of scented bath soap and the sound of a grunting lion somewhere in the distance. The mix of wilderness and luxury is what makes Garonga Safari Camp’s bush bath a uniquely inviting experience. After a long day of wildlife viewing an opulent bubble … Read More

3 Exciting Facts About White Rhinos

‘On a recent game drive we were lucky enough to encounter this incredible animal. We took the opportunity to discuss the friendly behaviour of the rhino towards us viewing him. My guests where amazed by the fact that the rhino passed so close to us. It was an incredible sighting.’ Tristan is one of Makakatana Bay Lodge’s game rangers. He … Read More

The Musango Magic as felt by Guests

Those who don’t believe in magic have never been to Musango. This may sound like a very bold statement, but the truth is that Musango holds a special magic for those who travel to their private isle on Lake Kariba. It’s a magic that keeps guests coming back year after year. So, potential new visitors, consider yourselves duly warned – … Read More

Tour de Tongabezi with Luxury Travel Blogger

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Top luxury travel blogger, Misha Gillingham from Wildluxe, recently visited Tongabezi for two nights and documented her short trip with a camera and GoPro in tow. We’re so thankful that she did because my oh my, it is a wonderful account of what it’s like to stay there. Although the Victoria Falls is one of the top reasons many people … Read More

A Christmas 'Wrap-up' from Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill Bush Homes

Seasons greetings and a look back at 2016 from Ant Baber, owner of Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes:  As I sit here on my verandah I can see the constant brilliant flashing of lightning in the hills to the west, and the deep rolling roar of the thunder. The flashes illuminate the heavy dark clouds attached to the … Read More

Seasons Greetings from Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

mosquitoes on safari

‘Spending Christmas in the Kenyan wilderness is always memorable, comfortable and full of delights’, says Calvin Cottar, the founder of Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. The end-of-year holidays are indeed a wonderful time to travel to Kenya and create a vibrant celebration in Africa’s seductive atmosphere. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp and Bush Villa, situated on the border of the Masai Mara … Read More

Chobe Safari Lodge Hosts Orphan’s Christmas Party

As part of giving back to the local Kasane community, Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Fish Eagle recently hosted an annual Christmas party for the orphans and physically and mentally disabled children of Kachikau Special Unit. This year’s party took place on the 2nd of December 2016. The initiative started in 2009 / 2010. This year’s event was the 7th … Read More

A Sneak Peek into Garonga’s Safari Sleep Out

Picture yourself in the thick, untouched African bushveld, surrounded by nothing but wilderness. A night spent on a safari star bed is certainly a night to remember. Marvel at the starlit skyline and listen to the trembling roar of a lion, as you get ready to experience a night in the bush. Take a peek into Garonga Safari Camp’s sleep … Read More

The Wonderful Life of a Woodpecker

best time to go on safari

If you’ve ever heard a woodpecker tirelessly pecking at a tree, the origin of its name probably doesn’t come as a surprise. But did you know why they peck at trees? ‘All tree-dwelling woodpeckers peck trees as form of communication, to build nests and to get invertebrate food hidden in the bark or wood’, explains the ranger team at Makakatana … Read More

The Best Safari Lodges in Africa 2017

I want to go on safari next year, but how do I know where to go? Where are the best safari camps in Tanzania, for example, or Kenya? I know guiding is important, but who are the best guides? Where do I find great guiding teams? Can anyone tell me if there is a ‘best safari lodge in Africa 2017’? … Read More

Lions do the funniest things!

There’s no hiding the fact that lions are the kings and queens of the animal kingdom. They whole-heartedly embody the symbol of strength and courage. They have few competitors and as an aside, they are royally good looking. Behind all the battle scars and good looks though, did you know lions like to have fun just like the rest of … Read More

Mad Love for Elephants at Musango

“I look into your eyes, soft and deep with secrets, and I wonder; what paths have you travelled in the seasons of your life? What knowledge and stories do you keep to guide you? What is it like to go for days without water and then find it again? Are camelthorn pods really so delicious?” –Bush-bound Girl Rachel Lang puts … Read More

Hyenas Challenge Wild Dogs at Garonga Safari Camp

There is never a dull moment in the wild Makalali bushveld. Makalali Conservancy, located near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, is known for fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities all year round. Recent Garonga Safari Camp’s guests were treated to yet another exceptional sighting during a game drive in this vast wildlife playground. Garonga safari guide, Jeff and his group … Read More

3 Reasons to Visit Chobe in Botswana

There is no safari destination quite as unique and diverse as Chobe in Botswana. It is not too often you can view a variety of water-loving creatures, like crocodiles, hippos and a range of water birds while seeking out the Big Five in the same wilderness. Here are Under One Botswana Sky’s top three reasons to visit Chobe: 1. Elephants … Read More

Cottar’s Welcomes a New Furry Team Member

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp welcomes an orphaned male Eland called Bahati to the camp.

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp has had an eventful beginning of the month. The camp has had quite an unexpected new addition to the team. An orphaned male Eland called Bahati (Swahili for ‘Lucky’) recently joined the Cottar’s crew. After keeping an eye on Bahati roaming the savannah alone for two days with no sign of his mother, the Cottar’s team … Read More

Sweet summertime cocktail recipes by Tongabezi

The forecast of summer in Africa: Sunny and hot with 100% chance of cocktails. Those who find themselves with their bums on the beach or in the bush in the summer are the lucky ones. The days are longer and hotter which means more time to frolic, swim, or simply reserve a seat in the sand. The mandatory accompaniment to … Read More

3 Reasons to Go on a Family Safari at Makakatana

Makakatana Bay Lodge game drive, © Paul Changuion

A safari may not yet be first on your bucket list when deciding where to go for your next family getaway. Yet, a trip to the deep African wilderness can be an experience that both the grownups and the young ones will cherish. Here are three reasons to visit Makakatana Bay Lodge for a family safari: 1. Activities In addition … Read More

What’s for Lunch Flamingo?

Pink, fluffy feathers, a curvy neck and a slender pair of legs even supermodels would die for. Flamingos are a truly unique species. And the birds’ physical appearance is by no means the only feature that distinguishes these beautiful creatures from their peers. Annelies from Makakatana Bay Lodge, situated in Lake St. Lucia, South Africa, explains that flamingos have adopted … Read More

Pom Pom Camp’s Legendary Predators

Seeing a predator in the wilderness is a thrilling affair. And there is no better place to do that than Under One Botswana Sky’s Pom Pom Camp’s private concession, tucked away in the heart of the majestic Okavango Delta in Botswana. Leopard and lion sightings are a frequent occurrence in this predator paradise. The camp’s guests are often lucky enough … Read More

The Kali Brothers Take Down a Buffalo

The great wildebeest migration is in full swing and the Masai Mara and Serengeti grasslands have turned into action-filled wildlife playgrounds. Recent Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp’s guests have been lucky enough to get front-row seats to fabulous displays of wildlife mischief. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make their way through the border between Tanzania and Kenya before heading … Read More

It’s baby season in the bush!

It’s the cutest season of all on safari and that’s because it’s baby season in the bush! From late August until November and onwards into southern Africa’s green season, animal babies abound on safari. The rains transform the barren, dry landscape into one ruled by a variety of lush, green vegetation. This means more food and water for all the … Read More

Know your Plants on Safari – Part 1

Shifting the focus from fauna to flora, one plant at a time. There is something magical about seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. Nobody is denying that. But going on safari shouldn’t necessarily be all about the wildlife when there is so much more to appreciate about being in the African bush. The flora can be just as fascinating … Read More

Instagrammers Get Active in Zanzibar

Kiteboarding in Zanzibar

There is more to a beach holiday than tan lines, cocktails, and pretty sunsets. While it’s nice to kick back in the sand and become what it means to be a beach bum, some coastal vacations are meant to get your feet wet. Cue Zanzibar! Part of its allure is the activities that abound below and above the water. The … Read More

Bush and Beach Escapades at Makakatana

If you think a safari is merely about cruising down the dry African savannah onboard a game viewer with the hope of spotting the elusive leopard or the impressive lion, think again. Combine a traditional safari experience with a trip to lush wetlands and pristine, golden beaches and you can tick complete African experiences off your travel bucket list. Makakatana … Read More

Under One Botswana Sky Launches The Magic of Botswana Photo Contest

Under One Botswana Sky's the Magic of Botswana Photo Contest

From mesmerizing safari settings to colourful sunsets and wonderful wildlife, Botswana demands to be photographed. To celebrate the photographic wonders of this African haven Under One Botswana Sky and our six lodges and camps in Botswana offers safari enthusiasts a chance to win a stay at the properties. Capture the magic of Botswana on camera and submit your photographs to … Read More

Celebrations with Elephants at Musango

Lake Kariba elephant

Special occasions are best celebrated while on safari. Musango Safari Camp understands this and so do the elephants that surround their Lake Kariba homestead. They are big show offs and treat guests to trunk performances, water shows, and spectacular vista views at sunset. But the entertaining ellies aren’t the only reason guests flock to their private island for special occasions. … Read More

3 Predator Cats on a Kill at Garonga

Sharp claws, round spots, fluffy tails and fierce eyes. This is what recent Garonga Safari Camp’s guests were fortunate enough to encounter during their game drives in the wildlife rich Makalali Concession, situated near the Kruger National Park. Jaffeth, one of the Garonga guides, gave his guests plenty to talk about at the dinner table when the group witnessed a … Read More

Cottar’s Camp’s Top 10 Safari Packing Tips

‘What to wear today?’ We are all very familiar with this dilemma. But when planning a two-week long African safari the predicament gets even trickier. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp shares their top 10 safari packing tips: 1. Choose versatile items. When deciding what clothes to bring, packing items that can be styled in a few different ways is the key … Read More

The Dog House you want to be in!

It’s not all too often you want to be put in the doghouse, but when you visit Tongabezi Lodge you’ll want to voluntarily check in here. They have turned the “doghouse” stigma on its back, ready for a tummy rub, by naming one of their luxury houses nestled along the Zambezi River after it. Dreamy, out of this world, and … Read More

Wildly Magical Mnemba

Whether you’re a diver, snorkeller, or a bystander on board a traditional dhow, the consensus is Mnemba Atoll is wildly magical. Situated just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar, it consists of a tiny privately owned island and a seven by four kilometre oval reef that has been declared a marine conservation area. Beyond the facts though, Mnemba oozes exclusivity … Read More

Stargazing at Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba is Africa’s largest man-made lake and is widely known for its stunning sunsets, fighting tiger fish, and boating safaris. It’s only once the sun sets and the skies darken that this wilderness setting tells a different kind of story. It is a narrative that twinkles. Tucked away on a private island on the shores of Lake Kariba, Musango … Read More

Wildlife Wonderment in the Masai Mara

The Great Wildebeest Migration is in full swing, with wildebeest and zebra covering the Mara plains as far as the eye can see. It’s all action, with something going on in every corner and wildlife dotted here and there jostling for the best spot. The river crossings continue in full force with an estimated 1,000 wildebeest crossing the Mara River … Read More

Lending a Helping Hand/Hoof at Ants

“The objective of the Ant Collection is to create sustainable tourism by means of conserving the environment around us, enriching the lives of our guests and staff alike as well as uplifting the community and providing as much skills and development to the locals as possible.” – The Ant Collection In a developing country such as South Africa, the tourism … Read More

Livingstone Island through the eyes of a guide

“It must be magical,” I hear you say, “To be able to walk the footsteps of Dr. David Livingstone on a daily basis as a tour guide of Livingstone Island.” To stand at the highest point of the Victoria Falls day after day must be a real treat. Tongabezi Lodge can attest to this very thought. They are the first … Read More

Garonga’s New Look

From ‘wet elephant’ to ‘the Manhattan bar in the bush’. After three months of intense refurbishments, Garonga Safari Camp, nestled in the Makalali conservancy near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, has reopened. The idea behind the revamp was to bring the camp into the 21st Century with a brand new look and feel. The camp has indeed gone … Read More

3 Reasons to Visit the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

‘The Makgadikgadi, a vast salt pan deep in Botswana, must be what the planet looked like before humanity appeared, and what it will look like after we’re gone.’ This is how Todd Pitock, from National Geographic Traveller, describes Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world. Here are three reasons to visit this lesser-travelled, yet … Read More

The Incredible Heart of a Giraffe

Have you ever wondered why giraffes drink water with their legs spread wide apart? Makakatana Bay Lodge shares a few facts about these fascinating creatures: Gravity is a giraffe’s biggest enemy, they have to bring their heads completely down to be able to drink water or to feed on lower shrubs. Their forelegs are longer than the neck so it … Read More

What it takes to be a Rhino River Lodge Ranger

Don’t be fooled when you’re on safari. The life of a game ranger may look easy and idyllic but in reality, that impression couldn’t be farther from the truth. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. We chatted with Kyle Naude from Rhino River Lodge to find out a bit more about what it means to be … Read More

Students soak up Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar has it all. Beautiful tropical beaches, unspoilt diving destinations, and cultural influences that stretch from Europe to Asia. These are just a few of the characteristics that keep adventurous students racing towards an exotic island holiday. And we’ve got the proof! In a recent Zanzibar Watersports’ Trip Advisor review, a group of 22 students from Bingham Academy in Addis … Read More

Sleeping Under the Stars at Garonga

The starlit African night sky and the distant sounds of the wilderness keep you company. You are spending the night in the heart of the African bushveld. Just imagine the thrill and awe of it. Here are three reasons to spend a night out on Garonga Safari Camp’s sleep out deck and experience being part of the Makalali bush after lights … Read More

The Life of a Ranger at The Ant Collection

Located in the pristine wilderness of the Waterberg Nature Reserve, The Ant Collection seems like the ideal place for any nature lover to work in. But being a ranger is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. It requires a deep rooted passion for the wild and willingness to commit your life to nature and conservation. The 31st of July is … Read More

Lunching Lions of the Masai Mara

Masai Mara in Kenya is heaving with wildlife action. The wildebeest and zebra continue their migration across the river and cover the surrounding grasslands. The migration period is a time of indulgence for lions that laze about the Mara plains, well fed and healthy. Cottar’s 1920s Camp’s guests and staff have witnessed various fabulous sightings of lion kills and prides devouring … Read More

There’s a first for everything in the bush

What happens in the African bush doesn’t stay in the bush. Most bush-based moments and accolades are just too spectacular not to share. Perched on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream of the majestic Victoria Falls, you’ll find Tongabezi– a lodge renowned for pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished in the middle of the bush. They … Read More

Getting to know Zimbabwe’s top ranger

“There is so much more to the bush than what you read about or see on television. My job as a guide and wildlife enthusiast is to introduce you to its wonders.” This is how Steve Edwards, owner of Musango Safari Camp, describes his role as a top ranger in wilds of Zimbabwe. With World Ranger Day approaching on the … Read More

Nile Crocodiles of St. Lucia

Did you know, that a Nile crocodile can hold its breath underwater for over two hours if it stays very still? Annelies Masschelein, a ranger at Makakatana Bay Lodge in St Lucia, South Africa, says that the Greater Lake St. Lucia area in South Africa has the largest Nile crocodile population in a single water body in the country. The highest … Read More

Mokoro Excursions in the Delta

Visitors to the Okavango Delta in Botswana can experience a travel treat that many other safari destinations do not offer. A mokoro trip offers a whole new dimension to a safari. Mokoros are traditional dugout canoes that are distinctive to the Delta. They allow you to explore the shallow waterways with ease and get close to the nature and its … Read More

Exploring the Masai Mara on Foot with Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp’s guests have been treated to fabulous sightings whilst exploring the magnificent Masai Mara on foot. From a gentle wander across the grassy plains to hiking up the impressive steep slopes behind the camp, a bush walk can offer a diverse range of wilderness experiences. Being on foot exploring the flora, fauna and tracking game up close adds … Read More

Wildly Magical Workplace Weddings

Not many people would choose to get married at work. But when your office is Ant’s Hill, it’s a different story. Ants employees (and happy lovebirds) Lara and Adam, as well as Rosie and Nick, recently experienced the romance of Ants first-hand when they opted to have their weddings at the lodge! We chatted with the two separate blushing brides … Read More

What is a Mobile Safari?

Mobile safaris are the growing trend for African adventure. No longer confined to those outdoorsy folk whose feet are permanently clad in Gor-tex, the mobile safari has zipped open its doors for all comers. A mobile safari refers to a trip where you stay on night in a temporary campsite, packing up your things to explore onwards the next day, and … Read More

Swimming with Horses at Ant’s Hill

Watching horses thundering across open plains and charging up hillsides is always a sight to behold. It’s hard to believe that in all their majestic power and glory, horses can be reduced to overexcited, pawing ponies at the sight of a puddle. Blowing bubbles, splashing the water with their front hooves and even dropping down for a good roll are … Read More

Cottar’s Takes Steps Towards Making a Difference

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp prides itself on being more than just a luxury safari camp. The Cottar’s team is proud to be involved with the local community in the Maasai Mara, Kenya and committed to addressing the challenges they face. One of the most notable connections the camp has is with the local primary school. Cottar’s built the Olpalagilagi Primary … Read More

Rising from the ashes – Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp opens

After a large bush fire destroyed the original Loisaba Lodge and impacted much of the conservancy in 2013, the much-anticipated Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp opened on May 1st 2016. Perched on the edge of an escarpment on the site of the original lodge, the camp is cleverly located to take maximum advantage of unhindered views across the Laikipia plateau all the … Read More

In with the new … and in with the old friends at Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro

One of our all-time favourite camps, Chiawa Camp, reopened on Saturday for the 2016 safari season.  There are new tents and the return of some familiar friends, 3 leopards – Mum and now big cubs.  Everyone who visited Chiawa Camp last season had the privilege of watching them from near-birth.  Senior guide, Boaz, who has been working at Chiawa Camp for more than … Read More

The rains arrive!

Lions Bluff Lodge posted this photo of a green and verdant land a couple of days ago.  The rains have arrived and the Tsavo West and Lumo Conservancy are looking green and lovely; “the rains are here and the game is out”.  Lions Bluff Lodge is open all year round.  

Vintage Safari Moments at Cottar’s

Vast, rolling plains of the legendary Masai Mara stretching far into the distance, tents with antique furnishing and butler-delivered silver service to please even the most discerning traveller. Cottar’s 1920s Camp brings the ‘golden era of safari’ back to life. Travel back in time to the bygone safari days and marvel at the spectacles of Africa. This is what vintage … Read More

Sunken baths and waterfall showers … on safari at Ant's Hill

Who says that luxury sunken baths and waterfall showers can’t be part of a South African safari experience?  Anyone who has stayed at at the Ant Collection will tell you how just such bathing features are the setting for some of their most cherished memory moments while staying at the lodges. Soaking in bubbles with a glass of bubbly in hand, … Read More

And now for something completely different …

  Bamurru Plains is located just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of a unique bush lodge that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness. Champion fisherman, whip cracker and an extraordinary field guide … Read More

Spotlight on Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

  A New Chapter in Island Hospitality A paradise escape that is naturally exclusive, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, a 12-villa resort in Mozambique welcomes guests following four months of refurbishment. New furnishings and upgrades to the villas and guest areas will enhance the overall guest experience, while keeping to the stylish simplicity of the resort. The exciting changes include larger … Read More

Elephant Pepper Camp, host to BBC Cat presenters

BBC Big Cat presenters Jonathan and Angela Scott, following a recent visit to the Camp, both agree that Elephant Pepper is indeed the perfect location from which to enjoy the wonders of the Mara. “We just had the most amazing 4 nights at Elephant Pepper Camp filming with National Geographic in one of our favourite parts of the Masai Mara … Read More

Top 10 reasons to visit Campi ya Kanzi

Top tens are all the rage, and Campi ya Kanzi (Kenya) has some rather persuasive reasons to visit: Exclusive wilderness: Campi ya Kanzi’s private Maasai reserve is 280,000 acres which is 2/3 of the size of the Maasai Mara. The Mara hosts up to 5,000 tourists at one time, compared to just 16 people maximum at Campi ya Kanzi. Maasai owned: A … Read More

Rewilding at Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar

The purchase of Unguja Lodge from the Kizimkazi village community in 2005 immediately created a small private nature sanctuary. A little piece of Unguja where the island wildlife could live unmolested lives. In early 2016, the management decided to go further: to actively improve the property in order that guests might enjoy unforgettable experiences of the normally very shy and … Read More

Time for tea at Jack's Camp

The award-winning Jack’s Camp re-opened its ‘tea tent’ at the end of last year and it epitomises the laid-back, yet sophisticated  atmosphere that Jack’s Camp is renowned for. Persian carpets and comfortable cushions create the perfect environment for relaxing in the tea pavilion, with incredible views over the endless Makgadikgadi grasslands, an elegant way to spend the afternoon  . During the Green Season … Read More

New arrivals at Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Spring is the time for baby animals the world over and these baby hyenas, who have made Belmond Khwai River Lodge in Botswana their home, caught our eye as they started to emerge, explore and entertain!     3 sets of pups have arrived in recent months; two estimated to be around 3 -4 months old (with a total of 5 … Read More

Love wildlife? Love photography?

Mix your love of wildlife with a passion for wildlife photography and enter a photo competition run by the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS).  The competition aims to highlight the threats facing wildlife, in particular, and the environment, in general, in the East Africa region, as well as showcasing the beauty of East Africa and its vast array of … Read More

5 reasons to love Speke's Camp

Speke’s Camp in Kenya are confident that you will love their Camp, and here are just some of the reasons why … 1.  Game viewing galore … Located between Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies on private land along the Olare Orok River, the camp has access to some of the best river crossing spots and game viewing areas … Musiara … Read More

Cottar’s Camp’s Top 10 Safari Travel Tips

Sunglasses, something warm to wear, binoculars, positive attitude…there are many things to remember when planning a safari holiday. So how do you make the most out of your safari getaway? Cottar’s 1920s Camp’s managers share their top tips when travelling to Masai Mara in Kenya. 1. Wake up early, especially when you’re on safari. It can be very tempting to … Read More

The Dutch Help Reintroduce Rhinos To Rwanda

African Parks is delighted to announce that on World Wildlife Day the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs committed €200,000 to the Rwandan Development Board (RDB) in support of bringing black rhino back to Akagera National Park. The funding will go towards the sourcing, translocation, reintroduction and protection of black rhinos into Akagera National Park later this year. This critical support … Read More

Big Cave Camp: Mountain Biking Paradise

Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports globally and South Africa leads this trend. Big Cave, reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback, commanding inspirational views across Zimbabwe’s famous Matobo National Park.  The Matobo Hills are prime mountain bike country, without many bikers, allowing for some of the best single track mountain biking in the world. Riding on the granite is an … Read More

10 Days Left To Sign Up To An Epic Antarctica Expedition

Ibex Expeditions has a few spots left to the 7th continent, Antarctica, the most pristine region on the planet, searching for whales off zodiac boats and interacting with penguins. Led by mountaineer, explorer and environmentalist Mandip Singh Soin FRGS, this early bird offer closes on 10th March 2016. Bookings remain open after offer expires. Prepare to see things through a … Read More

Escape To Botswana For A Digital Detox With Jacada Travel

Jacada Travel, the experts in luxury private tours and safaris, have introduced an inspiring selection of ‘Tech Detox’ itineraries for individuals seeking to escape the everyday distractions of modern life. Botswana is just that kind of place… With non-stop daily emails, calls and texts, it has never been more important to take a break from technology. The ‘Tech Detox’ itineraries … Read More

Children Free On Elewana's SkySafari

Elewana’s SkySafari looks after the little ones. Families find a SkySafari the perfect solution to avoid long, hot and dusty transfers and to maximise time on the ground exploring and watching wildlife. Which is just as it should be. Elewana are therefore pleased to announce free places to children under 12 years of age on both their Kenyan & Tanzanian 8 day SkySafari … Read More

Kenya Announces Incentives to Encourage Tourism in 2016

Speaking at the opening of Kenya’s first luxury yachting marina (English Point Marina) on 12 January in Mombasa, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled an unprecedented tourism incentive package to attract world travellers back to Kenya. Visa fees for children under 16 will be scrapped indefinitely from 1st Feb 2016. VAT charges on National Park fees will be removed and KWS … Read More

Safari Drive Open Day 2016

After the great success of Safari Drive’s Open Day last year, we are happy to announce their second event on March 5, with even more to see and do. Tickets are free of charge and all ages are welcome. To reserve a spot email admin@safaridrive.com. ACTIVITIES A full day of Safari Drive activities and talks are planned including driving Land Rover Defenders on a … Read More

Kwandwe's Safari Guiding Team Best in South Africa

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve has the ‘Best Safari Guiding Team’ in South Africa. An exceptional accolade announced at the 2016 Safari Awards, Kwandwe was also awarded 3rd Place in the ‘Best Family Experience’ category as well as was Highly Recommended for its Safari Cuisine along with its Safari House, Melton Manor. Whether in person, on social media or TripAdvisor the … Read More

Fundu Lagoon: A True Island Hideaway

The water was like glass, completely flat and see-through with a colour spectrum that Dulux would be proud of! I sat and waited just looking at the glorious sun shimmering off our wake and seeing the land getting smaller in the distance. Then it happened… from nowhere a stunning adult Spinner Dolphin cleared the water completely, diving back in without … Read More

Focus on: Sand River Masai Mara

Set within the Masai Mara Game Reserve, you would be forgiven for thinking that you are actually in a private reserve.  As with all of the Elewana properties, the Sand River Masai Mara Camp’s location was carefully chosen to balance its remoteness with game-viewing opportunities to ensure that great wildlife sightings are not shared with the masses but enjoyed in … Read More

Aardvark Caught on Camera at Londolozi

In our 214th Week in Pictures, we mentioned how trackers Jerry Hambana and Rob Hletswayo had tracked an aardvark back to what appeared to be its den. Diggings were all over the place, and upon visiting the area that afternoon I had to concur that there was probably no better spot to deploy a camera trap in the hope of photographing this elusive … Read More

Social Responsibility at Sentinel Mara Camp

Empowering a Community! We are very conscious of the need for tourism to benefit local communities and impact the environment positively if it is to be sustainable. As a small camp we are limited in the number of people we can employ, but in November Sentinel Mara Camp ventured into new territory by sponsoring a business training for members of … Read More

Five Reasons to Visit Cottar’s 1920’s Camp

Wake up to the fresh scents and wild sounds of Africa. Once you set foot outside you’ll be greeted with the breathtaking views of far-reaching grasslands. The Masai Mara in Kenya is an exceptional place. Cottar’s 1920’s Camp is set in the heart of this wonderful wilderness. The camp’s location, however, is not the only reason that makes it unique. … Read More

It's a Win-Win: Make Space for the Great Migration

Well now here’s a win-win for all: Donate over $5,000 and automatically be entered into a raffle draw for a 6 night safari in Mara North Conservancy! Dear Friends, I know that you often get asked for donations for one worthy cause or another, but in this case I make no apology for doing so again. We need your help. … Read More

A Sneak Peek into the Cottar Wildlife Conservation Trust

Situated in the famous Masai Mara with one of the largest concentrations of terrestrial wildlife on earth, Cottars 1920s Camp depends on the surrounding wilderness as well as the local Maasai people. To keep the beautiful Masai Mara and its inhabitants prospering in the future, Cottars has founded the Cottar Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT). The CWCT goal is to conserve … Read More

New additions at Ant’s

As another year draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon the changes and developments that have happened here at the Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes. Roan Antelope Roan antelope had occurred naturally in the Waterberg until the emergence of cattle farms in the area. As cattle farming began to take off, the roan antelope … Read More