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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

In Search of the Perfect Safari

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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

What a Christmas on Safari is Actually Like

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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

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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

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

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

Seasons Greetings from Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

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‘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

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

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

3 Reasons to Go on a Family Safari at Makakatana

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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

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

Celebrations with Elephants at Musango

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cottar’s – A Journey From the Golden Age of Safari to a Modern Day Vintage Camp

The year 1919 marked the beginning of something spectacular for Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. This is when its transition from one of the very first registered safari companies into a unique, Kenyan vintage camp started. Cottar’s brings the bygone safari era back to the modern day travel. The Cottar’s team has always been proud of the camp’s history, which has … 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

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

The Safari Source's Real Bush Experience: Part I

Safaris are great! The best ones are in the middle of ‘nowhere’ amidst nature, far off paved roads. Zimbabwe and Botswana are excellent choices for the real feel & authentic bush experience. We have to admit it might not always be cheap to get into the deep wilderness, but definitely worth it! The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Savuti … Read More

Dream Big With Hayward's Grand Safari Company

Grand safari greetings… Imagine you could create something grand out of thin air. That’s right, something as grand as a turn of the last century safari hotel. Paint the picture and fill in all the colours, the sights, the smells, the sounds. It’s a picture in 3D but with all 52 perceptions on at the same time. It’s an ultimate … Read More

Top 4 Safari Experiences At Cottar's 1920s Camp

For the ultimate ‘Out of Africa’ safari experience, Cottar’s 1920s Camp is the place to be.  Cottar’s captures the romance of a classic Kenyan safari from a bygone era.  Have your own love affair with Africa just as Karen & Denys did with Cottar’s top 4 safari experiences… Vintage Safari At Cottars the mystic of a bygone era comes to life. The whole … Read More

Safari with a Purpose: Ant Collection’s Annual Game Census Safari

“Live with a purpose”, we often hear people say. For those who live at and run safaris at the Ant Collection in South Africa’s Waterberg region, “safari with purpose” is a better use of the phrase. Every year between May and June, the Ant Collection hosts an extra special safari week that drives visitors from all over the world. Guests’ … Read More

A Child-Friendly Safari With Horizon Horseback Adventures

Have you asked yourself “should I take my children to Horizon, is it the right holiday for my family?” Kate Coleridge from Handpicked Africa tells us her view… “I can still remember my first days in Africa. Driving north out of the city watching the suburbs thin out and the buildings give way to flat topped trees and bush, endless … Read More

Aleema's Starry Nights Safari at Loisaba Conservancy

It was that time to go out again…on a safari. Being Kenyan, I felt lucky to have been to so many places already, and yet never running out of places to visit in my country. The next stop in my adventure series was Loisaba. I’d heard about these so called star beds at Loisaba. I had seen photographs but the concept … Read More

For the Love of Horses and Bush Cuisine at The Ant Collection

What’s better than a horseback ride in pursuit of catching the last rays of the afternoon sun and an ice cold G&T after? For many of The Ant Collection’s guests it’s also about the ride back to the lodge knowing a homemade bush dinner waits.“Giddy up” is the most often heard phrase during the trail ride back. The table is … Read More

Zimbabwe's Timeless Beauty

Zimbabwe’s reputation has long been beset by its politics; yet beneath the headlines lies a richly rewarding travel destination, where coveted wildlife sightings are frequent, the landscape is dotted with some of Africa’s most important historic sites, and the people are renowned for their hospitality. Red Savannah’s Albee Yeend explains why Zimbabwe should be firmly on the travel agenda. Over … Read More

Kwandwe's New Safari: Campfire Cooking

Few countries are as renowned for their barbeques as South Africa. A well-established social custom and a traditional way of outdoor cooking in South Africa, a braai involves barbequing meat over an open fire. To share this tradition with guests Kwandwe Private Game Reserve has added Campfire Cooking to its menu of engaging safaris. Over three days, guests will learn … Read More

A Gamewatcher's Gorilla Safari

As I lay in my bed at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, looking through the black of the night sky, I could see red explosions of color illuminating the horizon. The Virunga volcano was spewing fiery lava into the dark sky, it back-lit the clouds with a kaleidoscope-type light show of red splashes of light. Imagine falling asleep to that! In … Read More

Red Savannah Recommends: Family Safaris For Easter

Are your family keen adventure seekers? A safari holiday delivers unique thrills and the wonder of seeing an elephant in the wild for the very first time is truly magical for both parent and child. The prospect of a safari can ring alarm bells for some parents, however – long journeys, dust and dirt, different food, wild animals, mosquitoes and … Read More

A Gastronomy Safari in South Africa

Cuisine at Jamala Madikwe Safari Lodge

Why Settle for Wildlife? These days, going on safari is about much more than wildlife; luxurious lodges across Africa have perfected the art of pampering, and top-quality food and wine come as standard. Nowhere is this truer than in South Africa – the foodie haven where a combination of exacting standards and quality produce result in some of the world’s … Read More

Rising With Africa At Dawn: Aleema's Balloon Safari

‘Have you ever wondered what the wild looks like from up above? What about how an eagle finds its prey before its stealthy dive to catch it?  If you were given the opportunity to glide and watch the world below pass you by, would you take it?’ Aleema, Marketing Executive at Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps, did and it was one … Read More

Red Savannah's Pick of Solo-Friendly Safari Camps

Often the most enjoyable holidays when travelling solo are the more active ones, and an African safari holiday is no exception. By day, you get to join like-minded individuals from around the globe, maybe in hot pursuit of the ‘Big Five’ or encountering local tribespeople. By night, you can pull up a chair to a communal dining table for a … Read More

Alex Walker's Serian Pyramid of Life Safari

It’s that time of year for the Alex Walker’s Serian award-winning guide team to brush up their skills under the expert tutelage of Chris  Stamper – and this time, you’re invited.  Join them on a 3-week odyssey from 1st – 22nd March 2015, designed to  showcase a progression through 3 different components  of the Serengeti Mara Ecosystem: 7 days in the Masai Mara, … Read More

A Safari Oasis at the Ant Collection

Hillary was lucky enough to go on a 3 day safari at the Ant Collection in South Africa’s scenic, game rich Waterberg.  From incredible game encounters on horseback (the best way to see game) to a spectacular rhino show, Hillary returned with a renewed passion for the bush. Her Ant safari story will leave you spellbound and longing for your next safari… … Read More

5 Reasons to Safari in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal may be South Africa’s third smallest province but this doesn’t stop it packing a punch as far as experiences are concerned with two World Heritage sites, fabulous beaches, the Big Five, historic battlefields and a colourful Zulu culture. Tailor-made safari specialist Real Africa based in Norfolk recently released its KwaZulu Natal in Luxury itinerary, bringing together the very best … Read More

Zimbabwe's Big 3: Mana Pools, Matopos & Vic Falls

Exsus describes the surreal experience of 3 of Zimbabwe’s top natural attractions. Serene encounters at Mana Pools Being on the Zambezi river in Mana Pools at sunset is possibly one of the most serene experiences you could ever encounter.  You find yourself immersed in a painting of soft warm colours glowing and reflecting off the mirror like surface of the … Read More

Best Bush Baths on Safari

An indulgent bath can be a precious, almost meditative experience, all the more enjoyable when appreciated from a stunning vantage point. Red Savannah’s safari specialist, Albee Yeend, picks some of the best bathing experiences in Africa, where guests can watch the sun set over magnificent panoramas and often wildlife enjoying their own waterhole experiences. Private Granite Suites, Londolozi, Sabi Sand … Read More

Editor's Pick: SITA World Tours

SITA World Tours has a reputation spanning more than 81 years of excellence in luxury travel for exotic destinations in Africa & Middle East, Asia, Europe, South Pacific and South & Central America. SITA’s competitive rates, scheduled and independent programs and customized tours allow clients to select the best way of traveling for their specific needs. Their various African tours … Read More

Wish Upon a Shooting Star on Safari

Did you know the African Dung Beetle uses the stars to navigate – something which we humans have also been doing for hundreds of years? Although maps, sat navs and geo-apps have long since replaced the stars for explorers and travellers, our fascination with the night sky remains. Few places offer such clear, vast skies as Southern Africa for budding … Read More

Safari the Okavango Delta Differently with Real Africa

Safaris with a difference – climb into the saddle, or pick up a paddle and see the Okavango Delta from Real Africa’s perspective. Botswana’s Okavango Delta was recently inscribed the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage site. Tailor-made safari specialist Real Africa suggests there are many different ways to experience the watery wilderness of the Delta. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem. … Read More

Is It Time To Reconsider Zimbabwe?

As Zimbabwe continues its resurgence as a top African safari destination, Exsus takes a look at some of the things which make it so great for a luxury safari. From unparalleled wildlife viewing to otherworldly landscapes and majestic natural wonders, this is a country with something to offer everyone: here’s why you should reconsider Zimbabwe. Feeling inspired? Read on… The Path … Read More

Following Botswana's Giants with SGS

Elephants are amazing creatures with social structures and complex family interaction that we are yet to really begin to understand. Watching these giants making their lazy way through the bush, with SGS’s expert guides, is a sight to behold and nowhere has better wild elephant viewing than Botswana. The current estimate is that over 100,000 elephants traverse the country and … Read More

Airborne Safari Experiences in South Africa

A game drive encounter with a lion, rhino or leopard gets the adrenalin pumping and makes a safari one of life’s most exhilarating experiences. Others seek adventure beyond the 4×4. Taking to the air is one of the best ways to quench this thirst for action and South Africa is foremost for adventure holidays. Our Africa Specialist and frequent visitor … Read More

Natural World Safaris Take You to Nature's Great Events

A selection of new, exclusive safaris launched by Natural World Safaris give wildlife enthusiasts the rare opportunity to be at the heart of some of nature’s great events; from snorkeling with migrating whales to floating among grizzly bears as they feast on fish during the great salmon run. Mother Nature is amazing; every year animals migrate in their thousands, landscapes dramatically transform and … Read More

Zimbabwe Luxury Safari Quick Pick

Have you done your quick pick for the week?  You don’t have to win the lotto to experience extreme value for money from Zimbabwe’s outstanding luxury safari properties. Here’s our quick pick of Zimbabwe’s 2014 Safari Awards Finalists  in some of the country’s extraordinarily beautiful and untamed wildlife areas: Big Cave Camp – Matobo National Park For it’s giant granite masses … Read More

Naibor Camp's Masai Mara Photographic Safari

Whether you are interested in the breathtaking beauty of the Masai Mara and its wildlife or the people and communities who live there, this part of Kenya on the border of the Tanzania’s Serengeti is one of the best in Africa for a photographic safari. Guillaume Bonn invites you to join him and immerse yourself in this place he has … Read More

Editor's Pick: Safari & Beach

‘Exactly as it says on the tin’, pure and simple.  Safari & Beach is an independent travel company with infectious enthusiasm and outstanding knowledge of African Safaris and the continent’s most indulgent beach destinations.  They exist because of their infinite love for Africa and believe, ‘If you have been before, you will almost certainly love Africa too. If you haven’t, it … Read More

Definitive Diving off Vamizi Island Mozambique

Searching for that definitive diving safari? Picture this: Your own private island offering the ultimate in barefoot luxury and beneath it’s surrounding waters one of the healthiest coral reef eco-systems in the world.  Of all Vamizi’s attractions, its diving is undeniably one of its greatest. Slender and crescent-shaped, Vamizi Island nestles within the Quirimbas Archipelago, a string of islands along the … Read More

Editor's Pick: Wild Vision Adventures

Want to know what being a wildlife cameraman is all about, the anticipation, the patience, getting the ultimate shot, and then finally the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that follows?  Stop watching Africa’s wildlife on BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic et al and get out to the Masai Mara, Kenya, with THE wildlife cameraman Warren Samuels of Wild Vision Adventures, … Read More