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

3 Exciting Facts About White Rhinos

‘On a recent game drive we were lucky enough to encounter this incredible animal. We took the opportunity to discuss the friendly behaviour of the rhino towards us viewing him. My guests where amazed by the fact that the rhino passed so close to us. It was an incredible sighting.’ Tristan is one of Makakatana Bay Lodge’s game rangers. He … 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

A Christmas 'Wrap-up' from Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill Bush Homes

Seasons greetings and a look back at 2016 from Ant Baber, owner of Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes:  As I sit here on my verandah I can see the constant brilliant flashing of lightning in the hills to the west, and the deep rolling roar of the thunder. The flashes illuminate the heavy dark clouds attached to the … 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

Chobe Safari Lodge Hosts Orphan’s Christmas Party

As part of giving back to the local Kasane community, Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Fish Eagle recently hosted an annual Christmas party for the orphans and physically and mentally disabled children of Kachikau Special Unit. This year’s party took place on the 2nd of December 2016. The initiative started in 2009 / 2010. This year’s event was the 7th … 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

The Wonderful Life of a Woodpecker

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If you’ve ever heard a woodpecker tirelessly pecking at a tree, the origin of its name probably doesn’t come as a surprise. But did you know why they peck at trees? ‘All tree-dwelling woodpeckers peck trees as form of communication, to build nests and to get invertebrate food hidden in the bark or wood’, explains the ranger team at Makakatana … Read More

The Best Safari Lodges in Africa 2017

I want to go on safari next year, but how do I know where to go? Where are the best safari camps in Tanzania, for example, or Kenya? I know guiding is important, but who are the best guides? Where do I find great guiding teams? Can anyone tell me if there is a ‘best safari lodge in Africa 2017’? … Read More

Lions do the funniest things!

There’s no hiding the fact that lions are the kings and queens of the animal kingdom. They whole-heartedly embody the symbol of strength and courage. They have few competitors and as an aside, they are royally good looking. Behind all the battle scars and good looks though, did you know lions like to have fun just like the rest of … 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

Hyenas Challenge Wild Dogs at Garonga Safari Camp

There is never a dull moment in the wild Makalali bushveld. Makalali Conservancy, located near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, is known for fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities all year round. Recent Garonga Safari Camp’s guests were treated to yet another exceptional sighting during a game drive in this vast wildlife playground. Garonga safari guide, Jeff and his group … 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

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

3 Reasons to Go on a Family Safari at Makakatana

Makakatana Bay Lodge game drive, © Paul Changuion

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

What’s for Lunch Flamingo?

Pink, fluffy feathers, a curvy neck and a slender pair of legs even supermodels would die for. Flamingos are a truly unique species. And the birds’ physical appearance is by no means the only feature that distinguishes these beautiful creatures from their peers. Annelies from Makakatana Bay Lodge, situated in Lake St. Lucia, South Africa, explains that flamingos have adopted … Read More

Pom Pom Camp’s Legendary Predators

Seeing a predator in the wilderness is a thrilling affair. And there is no better place to do that than Under One Botswana Sky’s Pom Pom Camp’s private concession, tucked away in the heart of the majestic Okavango Delta in Botswana. Leopard and lion sightings are a frequent occurrence in this predator paradise. The camp’s guests are often lucky enough … Read More

The Kali Brothers Take Down a Buffalo

The great wildebeest migration is in full swing and the Masai Mara and Serengeti grasslands have turned into action-filled wildlife playgrounds. Recent Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp’s guests have been lucky enough to get front-row seats to fabulous displays of wildlife mischief. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make their way through the border between Tanzania and Kenya before heading … 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

Know your Plants on Safari – Part 1

Shifting the focus from fauna to flora, one plant at a time. There is something magical about seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. Nobody is denying that. But going on safari shouldn’t necessarily be all about the wildlife when there is so much more to appreciate about being in the African bush. The flora can be just as fascinating … Read More

Instagrammers Get Active in Zanzibar

Kiteboarding in Zanzibar

There is more to a beach holiday than tan lines, cocktails, and pretty sunsets. While it’s nice to kick back in the sand and become what it means to be a beach bum, some coastal vacations are meant to get your feet wet. Cue Zanzibar! Part of its allure is the activities that abound below and above the water. The … Read More

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

Under One Botswana Sky Launches The Magic of Botswana Photo Contest

Under One Botswana Sky's the Magic of Botswana Photo Contest

From mesmerizing safari settings to colourful sunsets and wonderful wildlife, Botswana demands to be photographed. To celebrate the photographic wonders of this African haven Under One Botswana Sky and our six lodges and camps in Botswana offers safari enthusiasts a chance to win a stay at the properties. Capture the magic of Botswana on camera and submit your photographs to … 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

3 Predator Cats on a Kill at Garonga

Sharp claws, round spots, fluffy tails and fierce eyes. This is what recent Garonga Safari Camp’s guests were fortunate enough to encounter during their game drives in the wildlife rich Makalali Concession, situated near the Kruger National Park. Jaffeth, one of the Garonga guides, gave his guests plenty to talk about at the dinner table when the group witnessed a … 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

Wildly Magical Mnemba

Whether you’re a diver, snorkeller, or a bystander on board a traditional dhow, the consensus is Mnemba Atoll is wildly magical. Situated just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar, it consists of a tiny privately owned island and a seven by four kilometre oval reef that has been declared a marine conservation area. Beyond the facts though, Mnemba oozes exclusivity … 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

Wildlife Wonderment in the Masai Mara

The Great Wildebeest Migration is in full swing, with wildebeest and zebra covering the Mara plains as far as the eye can see. It’s all action, with something going on in every corner and wildlife dotted here and there jostling for the best spot. The river crossings continue in full force with an estimated 1,000 wildebeest crossing the Mara River … 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

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