On Safari: But What About the Safari Staff?

safari lodge staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Most Luxurious African Air Adventures

In a land where roads are scarce and wilderness is vast, aviation has opened infinite possibilities to explore and experience the African continent. Traditional safaris on land offer great opportunities for game viewing, air safaris expand the adventure upward into the limitless African skies.  Travelers can soar over the Okavango Delta, skim the Skeleton Coast and veer through the gorges … Read More

Meet the real Freddie Kruger

Name: Freddy Kruger (But not the Freddy Kruger from A Nightmare on Elm Street…he is paid to be nice to kids.) Age: 26 About Freddie: Born and Bred in Klerksdorp, Freddie has been working at the Ant Collection for just over 5 years. Reminiscing about how he began at Ant’s, Freddie says that he can still remember going in for … Read More

Christmas in Africa? It's not too late…

Here’s a sample of what’s available… Send me rates! Send me rates! Send me rates! Send me rates! And talking of ships… if you love wildlife as much as we do, have a look at this incredible cruise to see arctic wildlife with our friends at Small Cruise Ships: www.small-cruise-ships.com/spitsbergen-cruise/ (mention Abambo and you’re set for a discount). abambo www.abambo.co.uk rosanne @ … Read More

Good Safari Guide 2015 (Digital) Published

The safari genre has evolved as safari operators have developed the experience to provide world-class comforts that could be expected at five star hotels. From bucket-shower-&-tented-camp safaris to spectacularly designed contemporary safari houses, innovation has transformed what was a rustic wildlife experience, in spite of, or perhaps because of, tough economic times. The safari lodges, camps and operators who have … Read More