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 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

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

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: (mention Abambo and you’re set for a discount). abambo rosanne @ … Read More

Great Plains Conservation Doubles Up in 2016 Safari Awards

On 2nd November, at a gala cocktail event at Aloft Excel, London, Great Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp and Zarafa Dhow Suites were announced winner and runner up of the ‘Best Safari Experience’ in Africa, taking the two top awards in the 2016 Safari Awards results.  Judged by sixteen of the safari industry’s most experienced safari specialists (, The 2016 Safari … Read More

Donate To Wildlife Conservation's Ivory Orphans Project

Ivory Orphans is the chosen project for October, of safari industry supported conservation initiative Donate To Wildlife Conservation. Elephant poaching in Tanzania is currently at an all time high despite efforts of brave private and government funded anti poaching teams – the size of this amazing country (which is also what appeals to discerning safari goers) also means that to … Read More

Dominic Matai: Sentinel Camp's Masai Safari Guide

Dominic Matai has just chased the topi and zebra off the airstrip in preparation for the landing of the flight from Nairobi. As the engine comes to a halt and the dust settles the imposingly tall man in traditional attire of red shuka and beaded necklace greets his visitors. “Welcome to the Mara. I am Dominic and I will be … Read More

Art Exhibition To Help Save The Pangolin

The global illegal wildlife trade is starting to be more readily addressed with both President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China issuing a joint statement last month on banning ivory markets and working together against trafficking of wildlife. The most hunted animal of the illegal wildlife trade though is not the elephant or the rhino, but the little … Read More

A Rescued Eland’s Happily Ever After Story

Everybody loves a happy ending and there is nothing sweeter than hearing about a successful animal rehabilitation. However, the best stories usually begin with heartbreak. The story about Lucky the Livingstone Eland is no different. When Lucky was just two months old, she was found in the Ant Collection’s game reserve lying helpless next to her mother who must have … 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

Africa Odyssey's Last Minute Tanzania Safari Sale

Looking for a last minute safari deal?  Then look no further than Tanzania! The world’s most famous safari/beach destination is offering some truly superb deals for anyone looking to get away between now and the end of the season. Kimondo Located in the Lamai Wedge, Northern Serengeti, between now and the end of October and then in the very South … 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

A Day In The Life Of A Sentinel Mara Camp Bush Chef

As guests sip their drinks around Sentinel Mara Camp’s campfire a figure clad in a chef’s uniform emerges from the dark shadows and patiently waits for a lull in the conversation. Suddenly there is silence and anticipating eyes focus on the bearer of good news. “Good evening. My name is Joshua; I am your chef. For your dinner tonight we have … Read More

Sharing Uthando's Love

Uthando, meaning love in Zulu, is a tourism charity based in Cape Town South Africa which focuses on raising funds & other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. Our web designer, Iain & his wife Fi were lucky enough to go on their first safari last year, visiting Cape Town in South Africa before going on safari … Read More

Rhinos Without Borders Welcomes Birth Of Rhino Calf

Very exciting news!  Rhinos Without Borders is celebrating the arrival of a calf born to one of the rhinos that the project has translocated to a safe haven.  According to the team at &Beyond the calf was spotted toward the end of last week. “We can confirm that the calf is from the batch of rhino that was translocated this past … Read More

Tongole Foresees Strong Partnership With African Parks

Tangle Safari Lodge Community

African Parks, a renowned non-profit conservation NGO, recently took over the management of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park in Malawi. Tongole Wilderness Lodge, a luxury eco-lodge nestled deep amongst the breath-taking Miombo woodlands of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, look forward to working with African Parks towards the common goal of ensuring the best management of the wildlife & communities in … Read More

The Luxury Safari Company Launches Donate To Wildlife Conservation

Africa continues to offer the most life changing and experiential safaris – it just keeps giving, however parts of the world are only taking from this great continent. Areas of Africa which are not protected by safari operations are being heavily persecuted by poachers and the wildlife within these areas brutally decimated to the point of extinction. The luxury safari industry have decided … Read More

Carbon Neutral Trail Blazers: Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro

Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro can’t contain their pride and excitement to announce their admirable achievement: Zambia’s first “carbon neutral” safari camps.  They have purchased carbon credits from the Lower Zambezi REDD+ project, using internationally accepted values for fossil fuel use, to offset the carbon emissions Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro create. ‘Although we do our best, and that we fully understand … Read More

Anabezi Camp To Open New Camp Amanzi In September 2015

Bookings are now being taken for Anabezi Camp’s new sister camp Amanzi set to open in less than a month’s time! Still a fledgling itself at just over a year old, Anabezi opened its doors in April 2014 overlooking the Zambezi River and Mushika River flood plain in Zambia. Amanzi is for travellers who prefer a more rustic feel, situated directly on the banks … Read More

The Safari Company's Migration Special Offers 2015

Could 2015 be the best year yet to see the migration in Kenya? With Kenya’s Masai Mara voted Africa’s leading national park in this year’s World Tourism Awards many of our safari experts would argue in favour of this, especially since there have never been special offers in high season but here they are so snap ’em up quick! Here are … Read More

Brave Participants Take On The Gruelling Lewa Marathon

The Lewa Marathon, the brainchild of Will Craig who owns the original homestead on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy called Lewa Wilderness, takes place every year on the last weekend in June. Dubbed one of the hardest and most exciting marathons in the world, runners battle heat, altitude and of course close encounters with Africa’s fine animal species! It all began … Read More

Leobo: A James Bond Safari

‘Built on a 20,000 acre completely private conservancy with mountains, rivers, open plains, 250 kilometres of sandy tracks, lakes and waterfall and dubbed James Bond in the bush, Leobo Private Reserve has of all the toys for every generation to enjoy. From two resident helicopters, a fleet of quad bikes (including high speed racers for the more adrenaline thirsty to … 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

Borana Battles The War On Poaching

Rhino are a “flagship” species, which is battling to survive. If Borana do not do all they can to protect them, but roll over and let them disappear, then they send the worst of signals about the state of, and Borana’s attitude towards, conservation in Laikipia, and indeed Kenya. In the 1970’s there were 70,000 black rhino in Africa. Today they number 3,000. This extraordinary … 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

Angama Mara: A Ground Breaking Safari Lodge Launches In Kenya

Angama Mara has opened! This much anticipated newcomer to Kenya’s bespoke safari scene has taken just 11 months to build since the first peg was planted – a ground breaking achievement in itself. There is little that is conventional about the creation of Angama Mara: translated from Swahili to be suspended in mid-air, it is the only luxury lodge to … 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

Boschendal Wine Estate Launches New Activities & Restaurant

As part of Boschendal’s revitalisation programme, and in an effort to restore and rejuvenate its historic farm,  focus has been on becoming a standout food and wine destination of its own accord. With farming at its core and already renowned for its award-winning wines, a series of carefully curated food, wine and activity options have been introduced for the enjoyment of both … 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

Joanne's Winning East African Safari: Kicheche Mara Camp

‘In the beginning I thought it was a joke..I had been having major treatment for Breast Cancer and having come through it this was a real boost…still can’t quite believe it, we called the number on the email as we thought it was a scam!’ – how Joanne, an audiologist from London, felt on hearing that she held the lucky … Read More

A Safari in a Kenyan Conservancy

Does a safari viewing wildlife in pristine wilderness without masses of other tourists present & which benefits the community who share the land with the wildlife tick a lot of your safari wishlist boxes?  Jake Grieves-Cook, Managing Director of conservation & safari experts Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps, tells us why a safari on conservancy land provides the most rewarding wildlife experience.  Be prepared to make … Read More

The Spirit of Bravehearts: Little G & Matimba

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa March 16, 2015 – A young orphaned rhino whose mother was killed by poachers is playing big brother to a baby rhino that has just endured the same tragic loss.Orphaned baby rhino Gertjie, affectionately known as “Little G” was rescued in May, 2014 after his mother was poached for her horn. He was left alone and defenceless … 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

Blood River: Migration Madness

The wildebeest migration has made headlines because it’s three months early. Sure, very unusual, but here’s what it means for travellers… April may hold the most bitter-sweet, predator vs prey action the Grumeti River will see in ten years. What HerdTracker has managed to thread together is, the recent drought has forced herds to move north, three months ahead of schedule which means … 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

5 Reasons To Visit The Ant Collection In 2015

While one-third of 2015 has come and gone and our New Year’s resolutions subtly slip to a remote place in the back of our minds, we tend to need some motivation to keep the “New Year” spark alive. If an African safari was on that 2015 list, then send some love to Mother Nature, as she has blessed us with … Read More

Imvelo Safari Lodges Welcome Nehimba Lodge To The Family

We are very excited to announce the arrival of Nehimba Lodge, the latest member to join the expanding Imvelo Safari Lodges family in Zimbabwe. Remotely nestled away on a huge private concession in the Northern part of Hwange National Park, Nehimba Lodge combines luxury living, ultimate elegance and African charm to provide guests with an exceptional safari experience. The seven spacious thatched … Read More

Jamie Takes on the Pangolin Poaching Crises

Jamie Joseph reports from the front lines of the African poaching crisis. In 2014 6.7 tons of African pangolin scales were confiscated in Asia. ‘After seven weeks of assignments, I flew out of Zimbabwe on January 4 and landed in South Africa’s Limpopo wilderness. I’ve been spending about six hours a day in the bush, and I’ve asked several rangers … Read More

Ant's Snaps: Magical Safari Life at The Ant Collection

The Ant Collection, Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill, are lodges to some, but a home to many. This is not only due to the wildlife encounters that keep the pulse of Africa close to the guests’ hearts, but because of the people that make the difference when on safari at the South Africa based, luxury lodge. One person in particular … Read More

The Plight of the Pangolin

World Pangolin Day has been celebrated globally since 2011. In this time the pangolin has been decimated to the extent that it is now ‘the most poached mammal on the planet’. Out of the eight species of pangolin the four Asian species are near extinction, resulting in the remaining four African species becoming the focus of demand. Africa has become … 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

Vanishing Kings: Namibia's Desert Lions

In a merciless desolate furnace – an unexpected predator survives. With exceptional surviving skills lions roam the Namib Desert! On the brink of extinction, their future is at risk, and now a brotherhood of five young lions holds the key to the future of their kind. Two years ago an old queen and her two daughters gave birth to a … Read More

Own A Unique Part of Africa

How would you spend your days if you owned a unique Part of Africa?  Imagine the freedom and the luxury of waking up in your own part of Africa; experiencing the breathtaking scenery of your private game reserve; exploring its unique biodiversity and capturing the daily life of predators and prey, while taking part in the conservation of the reserve … 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

Safari Stories From The Ant Collection

We could ramble and rave for days about why we love The Ant Collection located in South Africa’s unspoilt Waterberg region.  Old-school family charm, horseback riding safaris, passionate guides, fine dining, and practically guaranteed rhino viewing are a few of our favourites. But when the Ant Collection reached out to their Facebook community via a post asking previous guests to … Read More

Howard G. Buffett Foundation's Grant Bolsters African Parks’ Anti-Poaching Initiatives

African Parks’ efforts to resolve the poaching crisis in Garamba National Park have been bolstered by a$2 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), a private foundation in the United States. The funding was used to purchase a Eurocopter (Airbus) AS 350 B3 model helicopter, designed to accommodate a pilot plus five rangers with sufficient weapons and equipment for … Read More

Rhino Conservation Botswana: First Black Rhino Born

Rhino Conservation Botswana are over the moon to announce the recently relocated black rhino population’s first birth in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.  Since the start of its Botswana Wild Rhino Project in 2001, there has been a small but extremely dedicated group of people involved in monitoring the rhino populations of northern Botswana. Wilderness Safaris, in partnership with the Botswana Department … Read More