The year has already started off with a bang in some of the stunning safari destinations in Africa, and we have a feeling that going on a safari in 2019 is going to just be better than ever!
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 ways, that are bound to make your safari in 2019 a particularly memorable one. Check out just some of the latest safari news from Africa, which in the midst of all the other negative global news, will put a smile on your face and get you ready to pack you bags!
Responsible and sustainable safari accommodation
Cottar’s Fly Camp is a simple and elegant mobile tent camp © Valorie Darling / Kin Travel
It is without a doubt that discerning travellers holidaying in Kenya choose to stay at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps in the Masai Mara. This year, Cottars is celebrating its 100th anniversary and as such, is treating guests to an authentic safari experience at its newly constructed Fly Camp.
Regularly scooping multiple awards and nominations, the Cottar’s Safari Camp and Bush Villa are well known for elegance and luxury in the Masai Mara. The newly added Fly Camp has been designed for those that want to get back to being at one with nature within a more simple and exclusive mobile tent camp.
Exploring the Masai Mara wilderness with a Maasai and field guide © Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps
Guests bedding-down in the Fly Camp can expect an exciting night in the bush, being lulled to sleep by the nocturnal sounds of the wild Masai Mara. As part of the Cottar’s commitment to responsible and eco-friendly tourism, the Fly Camp and its accompanying activities have been designed to incur as little impact on both the surrounding environment and neighbouring Maasai communities.
Locally sourced and seasonal ingredients create delicious meals © Flying Fluskey
From sustainably sourced and seasonal produce used to create healthy meals to leading community empowerment projects in local communities, Tongabezi is so much more than just an award-winning luxury safari lodge on the Zambezi River. According to Fodor, Sindabezi Island – part of Tongabezi – is one of Africa’s top eco-lodges and has gone ‘off the grid’ to really boost responsible and sustainable tourism.
Tongabezi is committed to advancing sustainable and responsible tourism in Zambia. The lodge strives to become more environmentally friendly by minimising its contribution to carbon emissions, noise pollution and other sources of disruption to the local fauna and flora that it shares space with.
Neighbouring community projects and schools in Zambia are supported © Tongabezi
The Star Bath embodies alfresco romance and relaxation © Garonga
A new year calls for upgrades to camp facilities and extra luxuries, in the case of Garonga, management decided on upping the ante on their ‘safari for the soul’ philosophy. The addition of the Star Bath and Yoga Deck to Garonga’s existing list of amenities makes this a top honeymoon lodge for a Big 5 safari in the Greater Makalali Conservancy.
Offering a little more privacy than the original Bush Bath, the new Star Bath is partially enclosed by a dome covered by twinkling lights whilst also giving a view of the starry sky above. This is a complete indulgence of the senses as you listen to the sounds of bush, stare into the night and soak in a warm bath brimming with bubbles.
The Yoga Deck exudes peace and balance © Garonga
Garonga’s understanding of a well-balanced safari is once again demonstrated in the construction of a Yoga Deck, which allows for guests to maintain their exercise routine and mindfulness whilst on holiday.
Wildlife conservation successes
A pair of wild dogs in the South Luangwa National Park © David Rogers / Robin Pope Safaris
A wonderful win for wildlife conservation in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley was announced in the beginning of this year; it is now estimated to have the largest population of wild dogs in the country. It is estimated that there are now approximately 350 adults and yearlings in the Luangwa Valley, which includes three national parks, namely the South, North and Luambe.
With several camps in the South Luangwa National Park, this news is particularly exciting for Robin Pope Safaris, which has for many years supported the efforts of the Zambian Carnivore Programme from Nkwali Camp. Together with the Zambian government and Conservation South Luangwa, these stakeholders in wildlife conservation have made a huge difference to the wild dog population.
A wild dog rests in the South Luangwa National Park © Robin Pope Safaris
Sightings of these endangered animals have always been good at Robin Pope Safaris’ camps in the South Luangwa and now they are bound to get even better.
Lions are listed as a vulnerable species due to threatened populations © Under One Botswana Sky
An ongoing story of wildlife conservation takes place in Chobe National Park with leadership by the Botswanan government, the Centre for African Resources Animals, Communities And Land (CARACAL) as well as Under One Botswana Sky. His Excellency President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana’s First Lady Ms Neo Masisi and other dignitaries of the Botswana government, recently met the CARACAL team met at Under One Botswana Sky’s Chobe Bush Lodge and Chobe Safari Lodge.
This was an important meeting to discuss and strategise about the future of existing and potential for new wildlife conservation and community development initiatives in the Chobe region. With such a commitment to improving the status of wildlife in its parks, it is clear why Botswana is regularly voted one of the top safari destinations in Africa.
The ivory trade continues to jeopardise the survival of elephants © Under One Botswana Sky