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

South Africa: The Ultimate First-Time Safari Destination

Guided walking safari at Rhino River Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Find Wild Flamingos in Africa

Flamingo in Lake Borogia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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