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

Wild and Wonderful Waterberg

Despite its relative proximity to the city, the Waterberg wilderness will make you feel like you’re in a wild world of your own. Here are three reasons why we believe that the Waterberg is one of the best places for a safari in South Africa: Spanning over 150,000 hectares, the Waterberg is one of the lesser-visited corners of South Africa … Read More

5 Most Romantic Safari Properties

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Tranquil candlelit dinners on the beach beside the soft rolling waves of the Indian Ocean, plunge pools surrounded by plains bristling with game, and bird calls announcing the start of the day as the sun lights up the African bush. If this sounds like the kind of getaway you dream of taking with your loved one, then these romantic safari … Read More

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

What is Responsible Tourism?

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Tourism is a trillion dollar industry and accounts for roughly 10% of the global GDP, which leads to a major impact on both people and the environment across the world. Depending on the way tourism initiatives are implemented and the way each tourist decides to travel, the effects of tourism can be negative or positive. These effects can be at … Read More

New Camp Opens in the Okavango Delta

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In the south eastern corner of the Okavanga Delta lies a remote 67000-acre private concession that offers travellers the classic Botswana delta safari experience – beautiful views of watery floodplains, incredible wildlife sightings and luxury accommodation that fits seamlessly into its natural surrounds. Under One Botswana Sky is a well-established safari camp and lodge operator with properties located throughout the … Read More

Celebrating the Successes this World Rhino Day

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The 22nd of September has become a global day to celebrate the rhino as well as create continued awareness of the horrific impact poaching is having on this beautiful animal. This year’s theme for World Rhino Day is “Keep the Five Alive” in reference to the five species of rhino found in Africa and Asia, namely the black rhino, white … Read More

Private Game Reserves vs. National Parks

A safari is a safari is a safari – right? Wrong. There are numerous factors to consider when planning your ideal safari itinerary that will ultimately end up impacting your overall experience. For example, choosing to travel to Namibia’s desert landscapes will be vastly different to visiting South Africa’s lush wilderness, the same goes for the type of reserve you … Read More

Dazzling Desert Safari Destinations in Africa

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One third of the earth’s landmass is covered by desert, with the largest being the sub-tropical Sahara if excluding the polar desert of the Antarctic. While many non-polar deserts are totally sand-covered, most are not. Instead, many are rocky surfaces that offer some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Apart from presenting remarkable views and photographic sunsets, desert … Read More

Where to Experience a Safari Lodge Pool with a Stunning View

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A safari in Africa doesn’t have to be all about taking to the bush in search of wildlife. There is another side of the experience that balances out the excitement you’ll feel whilst in big game territory. Luxury lodges and camps understand that your wellbeing is an equally important part of your holiday – that’s why many use a swimming … Read More

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

Family-friendly Safaris in Africa

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Need some ideas on where to go on a family-oriented safari in Africa? Then keep reading. For many of us, some of our fondest childhood memories are the holidays taken together as a family. There’s nothing quite like planning and packing together for an adventure in another country, where the routine and responsibility of home is replaced by thrilling moments … 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

Lions Check into Big 5 Safari Camp

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You don’t always need to go far to see the Big 5 in South Africa. Guests at Garonga Safari Camp in South Africa were recently treated to a surprise visit by four lions who decided to take an evening stroll through Little Garonga. A male lion from the Garonga pride pays Little Garonga a visit © Sam Hewitt What happened? … Read More

The Eco-Friendly Safari

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The cost of traveling to the world’s most exotic and wild destinations comes at a cost far pricier than just plane tickets. From increased plastic wastage to the massive carbon emissions created by airplanes; travelling can leave behind a huge ecological footprint. While being environmentally friendly may not be the most exciting aspect to consider before travelling, it’s the only … Read More

Fairy-Tale Wedding in the Waterberg

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Combining this spectacular scenery with some incredibly intimate accommodation options, traditional dancers, gourmet cuisine and horseback riding, a wedding in the Waterberg brings every little girl’s fairy-tale to life. Photo © Lotty H Photography/Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes The most obvious benefit of having a destination wedding is that it’s a great excuse to not invite every distant … Read More

Why Botswana Should Be On Your Bucket List

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With its abundance of wildlife, endless vistas and ever-smiling locals, Botswana is a truly African gem. As a top holiday destination in Southern Africa, Botswana offers diversity in its natural fauna and flora, historical sites and cultural interactions, as well as different, fun modes of getting around. Whether you’re going on your first African safari as a family or abandoning … Read More

Crocodile vs Alligator


Do you know the difference between these snappy, toothy creatures? Many people are unaware of the difference between an alligator and a crocodile and will even use the words interchangeably. However, coming from different biological families, there are distinct differences between the two. Also listed here are some great spots within Africa to see Crocodiles (but you’ll find no Alligators … Read More

Getting to Know the Safari Guides at Cottar’s

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The knowledge, experience and attitude of safari guides are critical. There is more to being a guide than just being able to answer questions and offer the odd fact or figure on a game drive. It is about providing guests with an experience- a genuinely wild African adventure. So, where do you go for a genuinely wild African adventure with … Read More

Decline of the Cheetah

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The fastest land animal is losing its most important race. The race for survival. We look at using Ecotourism to help combat the problem. At present there are approximately only 6, 600 cheetah adults remaining in the wild and sadly only 5% of cubs make it to adulthood. Zimbabwe over the last 16 years has recorded a decline of 85%. … Read More

Zululand’s Tree Climbing Lions

Tree climbing lions in Zululand

All Photos © Claire Birtwhistle/Rhino River Lodge Over the years, sightings of tree-climbing lions have been documented in numerous different reserves and parks. However, the novelty of seeing this spectacle has far from worn off. After all, just seeing lions is exciting, but witnessing them doing something other than sleeping or lazing about, is a rare privilege. While tree climbing … Read More

The Ultimate Wilderness Weddings in Africa

Wilderness Wedding in Africa

For safari lovers, saying ‘I do’ while in some of Africa’s most remote and scenic spots, is about as special as it can get. Surrounded by some of your closest family and friends, with the possibility of some wildlife guests popping in, safari weddings in Africa are about as intimate as they come, and an excellent excuse to not have … Read More

A Victoria Falls Safari

Livingstone Island at Victoria Falls

A regular bucket list feature for any African adventure is Victoria Falls, and rightly so with it being one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Many people try to schedule a quick stop off here as part of their travel itinerary while rushing between safari hotspots across the continent. However, if you look a little further you will … Read More

Your Private Hire Safari Lodge

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If the thought of ‘L’ plates, tiaras, and even the word ‘bachelorette’ alone, makes you shudder then you are far from the only one. These days, more and more people are seeking destination get-aways for their group celebrations and private hire accommodation to go with it. And when we say ‘destination’, we don’t mean a booze-filled, debaucherous weekend in Spain, … Read More

African safari in a green paradise

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Here are some of our favourite safari destinations in Africa where you can enjoy the lush green paradise: The green paradise in South Luangwa, Zambia captured by David Rogers The green season is arguably the best time to visit South Luangwa. The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and the best time to see … Read More

The Ultimate KwaZulu-Natal Road Trip Itinerary

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From grand mountain scenery, to incredible Big five wilderness areas, to fine tropical beaches, KwaZulu-Natal, or KZN as it is called by the locals, is a diverse province that combines raw natural beauty with modern sophistication and cultural heritage. Road-tripping around KZN offers a tantalising taste of all the authentic African highlights that should be on every travellers’ bucket list. … 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

The Forgotten Five

Hyena at Garonga Safari Camp

We all know about the famous ‘Big Five’ but have you ever wondered how and why these selected 5 safari animals made it onto the list and why others didn’t? Of course, the reason the elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino rose to fame was because they were considered the most dangerous animals to hunt. What about those beloved species … Read More

A Beautiful Boma in the Bush

Garonga Bush Boma

‘The Boma’ –Definition: An outdoor entertainment area, usually thatched with open sides, in Southern Africa This simple structure has certainly morphed since its origins as a fenced rural fortress or livestock pen. These days bomas come in all shapes and sizes, and as the definition above describes, they fulfil a variety of purposes. Now mainly used as a social meeting … 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

Where to Find Wild Flamingos in Africa

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In Africa, both lesser and greater flamingos can be found in large numbers if you know where to look. Despite their ballerina-like appearance, flamingos have evolved to live in some of the planet’s most extreme wetland environments, including caustic ‘soda lakes’, salt pans and hypersaline lagoons. As wading birds, they prefer shallow waters where they can easily feed on the … Read More

Safeguard Your Hippo Encounter

Hippos at iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Hippos are fascinating animals to observe in their natural habitat but it’s always best to try not to stir their inner beast so here we offer some top tips on how to remain friends on your hippo encounter. Additionally, we have listed some ideal safari lodges and camps from which you can safely experience the animal the Greeks named ‘The … Read More

5 Best African Sunset Destinations

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When it comes to sunsets, an African sunset is in a class of its own and has some of the best sunsets in the world. Sunset in the Masai Mara by Marcus Westberg Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Africa. The endless grass plains boast an abundance of wildlife including the notorious Wildebeest … 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

Why Choose a Zambezi River Safari

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‘Safari: An expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat’ When first time safari goers are dreaming of their African adventure they usually picture a wide open, never-ending expanse of bush, a traditional safari Jeep and focus on the elusive Big Five. But if we accept the above definition of the word then we suddenly realise there are plenty of … Read More

The Best Glamping Sleep Outs in Africa

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A sleep out in the bush no longer needs to be a mission. We find some of the best luxury camping sleep outs under the African stars. Once upon a time, sleeping out under the stars meant you would have to dust off the old tent and hunt around the cupboards for a sleeping bag still able to perform its … Read More

African Wildlife Migrations You Mustn’t Miss

Venturing vast distances in the search of food, ideal breeding grounds and more favourable living conditions, animal migrations are a true demonstration of nature’s determination to survive. The migrations are seldom easy, and come with many perils, however, these seasonal ‘survival of the fittest’ journeys are vital to the long-term success of the species. Travelling across oceans, over land and … Read More

Top Tips For A Great Bush Wedding

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Chris and Leigh marry at Garonga Safari Camp, South Africa © Ben Viljoen Photography So the boyfriend finally pops the question and suddenly the bride-to-be is on the hunt for the perfect destination wedding venue. The world is certainly getting smaller and all the while dreams and expectations are getting bigger! Let’s face it…the local registry office followed by some … Read More

Top 8 Safari Lodges with a Bathroom View

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You are only officially on your luxury safari when you find yourself indulging in your first relaxing bush-setting bath or shower. The Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata” (no worries) becomes a reality as you enjoy your well-deserved “me time”. Your troubles wash away as you take in the smells, sounds and views from your decadent bathing abode. Safari bathrooms have come … 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

Should I travel to Kenya?

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Everyone wants to go to Kenya. And rightly so, it’s a wonderfully warm, welcoming and beautiful country…! However, as a sign of the times, everyone has become a little wary of where they may travel. So we’d love to straighten up a few things.. YOU CAN DEFINITELY go on safari in Kenya right now – says the FCO! And to … Read More

On Safari: But What About the Safari Staff?

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It’s easy to caught up in the front end glamour of going on a luxury safari: the cooling scented facecloths upon arrival, the sparkling drink we find in our hand as we step down from our chauffeured vehicle, the 5 course meal of exotic ingredients paired with the perfect wines. But we have more of a conscience than our fellow travellers … Read More

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

How to Become a Safari Guide in a Week

How to become a guide in a week: Group Lesson

Have you ever dreamed of being a safari guide? Perhaps you’ve imagined living in the bush, but felt lacking in knowledge or skills? Maybe you have craved more from a safari experience than luxury lodge can offer with its sanitised game drives and ‘time-wasting’ sundowners, but didn’t know where to look? Maybe you are constrained by commitments and assumed that learning bush … Read More

Tanzania Safari for an 8 Year Old Child

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I shed a little tear when reading this blog from an 8 year old on safari in Tanzania. In fact this is a blog by twins Harry and Felix, guests of sister company, tour operator Abambo Family Safaris, this Easter 2017. If you are thinking of taking your kids on safari, or if you would like an insight into the unique perspective … Read More

Are you a Hero? Volunteering in Africa

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‘We at the Good Safari Guide think it is seldom the answer..’ Aid, whether in the form of supporting charities or volunteering in Africa, is a tough subject to tackle. Large scale charitable work in particular has had a rough ride in recent years. On a day when Donald Trump seems to be removing aid for those in need, ask the … Read More

African Wild Dogs

Tracking Wild Dogs at Saruni Samburu

African wild dogs: one of the most sought-after wildlife viewing experiences for experienced safari-goers. What is it about the African wild dog that captures the imagination? I am about to find out.. It is early morning at Saruni Samburu Camp. Here in the middle of this wilderness of over two hundred thousand acres I am on the point of sinking … Read More

Whispering About the New Rhino Sands Safari Camp

Rhino Sands Safari Camp

Situated in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, there’s been a lot going on in the Manyoni Game Reserve lately. In addition to the reserve changing its name from the Zululand Rhino Reserve to Manyoni Game Reserve, other developments include the ongoing construction of Rhino Sands Safari Camp, which has the whole Rhino River Lodge team very excited. Imagine a classic yesteryear … Read More

Heartwarming Story from Iraq to Kenya: Manno is free!

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A heartwarming story from Iraq: Manno this week took his first steps on Kenyan soil as a ‘free’ chimpanzee. After four lonely months in necessary quarantine, Manno ventured outside in his new home at Sweetwaters Sanctuary, and set eyes upon other chimpanzees for the first time in his living memory. Manno’s Rescue Manno’s rescue from abusive conditions in Iraq was … Read More

Safari Stories by Calvin Cottar

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‘I learnt many things – fear (I was run up trees by buffalo and lion more than a few times!), exhilaration, wonder, humility and knowing just how vulnerable and weak us humans can be compared to the magnificent African mega fauna that I was exploring.’  This is how Calvin Cottar, from Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, nestled in Masai Mara in … Read More

5 Fun Facts About Hippos

Big, round bellies and wide-mouthed yawns. The Hippopotamus is an impressive sight in the African wilderness. Hannah Forsyth from Makakatana Bay Lodge in South Africa lists a few fun facts about these chubby, grey creatures: 1. The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ and is often shortened to hippo. 2. The hippo is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after … Read More

Safari Relaxation and Wildlife Wonderment at Garonga

Little Garonga, South Africa

‘We arrived at Little Garonga and checked into the magnificent Buckingham Suite. There are only 3 suites at Little Garonga so this really is the height of exclusivity!’ This is how a recent Garonga guest, Claire Roadley was introduced to her very own safari sanctuary, Little Garonga, nestled in the Makalali conservancy in South Africa. Claire describes her safari escapades … Read More

Free Private Guiding and Private Vehicle

Sausage Tree Zambia guiding team

This is the news we like to hear: free private guiding and private vehicle when on safari! And this is the news from Sausage Tree in Zambia, one of the Good Safari Guide’s much loved camps. ‘We are all about giving guests the very best experience possible.’ says owner Jason Mott. ‘In order to add value we include private guiding … Read More

Ants Award Nomination: Ultimately Unique Safari Experiences

We are pleased to announce that The Ant Collection has been nominated as a finalist in the Tusker Ultimate Safari Experience Awards for 2017 in the category ‘Ultimately Unique Safari Experiences’. What are the Tuskers? The Tuskers are a celebration of Africa’s ultimate safari experiences showcasing what the Safari Index panel have deemed to be the best of the best … Read More

What Are Park Fees For?

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Ever wondered what the Park Fees & Conservation Levy charge actually goes towards? Following on from our theme on the cost of a safari, with Abambo’s guest post last month on how to save money on safari, (and Abambo’s own post about how much it costs to go on safari), here is Potato Bush Camp & Sausage Tree Camp’s guest post … 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

Under One Botswana Sky Announces Two New Delta Camp Openings

Under One Botswana Sky is planning to open two new camps in the Okavango Delta this year. The camps will be located within a 67 000 acre private concession, adjacent to the renowned Moremi Game Reserve. The first camp, called Rra Dinare (Setswana for ‘Father of many buffalo’) will open in June 2017. The camp will consist of eight tents … Read More

Cottar’s Gives a Glimpse into Nocturnal Masai Mara

It is no surprise that the Masai Mara grasslands offer a truly remarkable wildlife experience to safari visitors. But many don’t know what happens in the Kenyan wilderness when the day gives way to the night and safari goers head back to camp. Cottar’s Safari Camp has recently installed a camera trap at the camp that provides a glimpse into … 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

Sindabezi Island, Zambia

When it comes to an all-inclusive holiday, most people picture exotic beach resorts like the ones you see in almost every travel brochure ever created. Mexico, Maldives, the Caribbean – no matter what beach destination it is, there’s something about leaving your wallet in your room and not having to worry about paying any bills at the end of your … Read More

Cheap Safari?

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Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Going on Safari Guest Post By Abambo Safaris Fact: there is no such thing as a cheap safari. Safaris in Africa are more expensive than other types of travel, even just for the park fees before you have even thought about accommodation. Have a look at our recent blog post: How much does it … 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

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

Lake Kariba elephant

Special occasions are best celebrated while on safari. Musango Safari Camp understands this and so do the elephants that surround their Lake Kariba homestead. They are big show offs and treat guests to trunk performances, water shows, and spectacular vista views at sunset. But the entertaining ellies aren’t the only reason guests flock to their private island for special occasions. … Read More

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