Saturday, 15 October 2016


Friday, 15 July 2016

A Guide to Your First South Africa Safari

Few destinations rival South Africa when it comes to offering a wide range of attractions combined with an easy and convenient regional travel. Home to the Big 5 and breathtaking natural beauty, South Africa is an ideal safari destination for families, honeymooners and adventure seekers of all ages. The teeming game reserves are home to lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino in addition to rare cheetah and all the plains game favourites, like zebra, giraffe and gazelle. South Africa's Kruger area is widely considered the best place in Africa to see leopard, the most elusive big cat.
Accommodation options range from five-star to star-lit, and include family lodgeshoneymoon hideaways, and grand tented camps of which Hemingway would have approved. You can hop onto a scheduled tour or take advantage of expert advice and tailor-make a fly- or drive-safari to your exact specifications.  
With so much on offer, where should you go? The Kruger is a must-see on your safari and if you're travelling with young children, we recommend one of South Africa's famous malaria-free private reserves. Another must-see with something wonderful for every age and appetite is Cape Town, home to internationally acclaimed wine country and gourmet dining, award-winning beaches, the Two Oceans Aquarium, open air markets, mountain trails for hikers and cyclists, vibrant theatre and nightlife, and a range of ultra luxe villas, hotels, shopping malls and spas.

The Flagship: The Kruger National Park

The Granddaddy of South Africa’s reserves, the century-old Kruger is synonymous with safaris. We recommend a stay at one of the private reserves that adjoin the main park, or one of the exclusive-use concessions located within it - these promise crowd-free environments where the game viewing ranks among the best in Africa. Indeed, such is the density of game in the Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Thornybush private reserves that it’s not unusual to see the Big 5 in a single day, with leopard sightings so good you’ll feel like you’re in a National Geographic feature film! Night drives, guided walks and off-road driving add to the adventure, while open-top tree houses, world class spas, fine dining and private villas combine to deliver a superior vacation experience.
There are plenty of family-friendly lodges with babysitters and children’s activity clubs as well as camps that emphasise the romantic side of safaris – sumptuous, tucked-away suites and candle-lit dinners for two. You can drive to the Kruger from Johannesburg or fly in from almost anywhere in South Africa. The ease of getting around South Africa and its neighbouring safari destinations makes it simple and easy to combine the Kruger's big game viewing with the tropical paradise beaches of Mozambique’s Bazaruto or Quirimbas Archipelagos, or Africa's gastronomy and design capital, Cape Town, or the continent's self-proclaimed adventure capital, Victoria Falls.
When to go: the May to October dry season is the best time in terms of climate and game viewing. The rainy summer season is a time of newborn antelope, lush green views and sensational bird watching. Bear in mind that Kruger falls into a malaria zone: the risk is slight - even in summer - but consult your medical practitioner before you travel.

Keeping it easy: Madikwe & Pilanesberg

Malaria-free, home to the Big 5 and located close to Sun City, Africa’s biggest and boldest holiday resort – what’snot to like about these two premier reserves?
A beautifully scenic reserve cradled in an extinct volcanic crater, Pilanesberg is th closest to Sun City – in fact, it's right next door. For those who want to mix waterslides and championship golf courses with game viewing by 4X4, elephant-back and hot air balloon, this is the ideal destination. Two-and-a-bit hours' drive from Johannesburg and offering great game viewing year round, Pilanesberg is a perfect introductory safari and is easily included on a self-drive itinerary - families with young children will love it.
The experience is far more exclusive at Madikwe. Set on red sands at the edge of the Kalahari, this private reserve is home to a beguiling mix of desert and savannah species, and its accommodation varies from camps specialising in families to those offering the ultimate in romantic luxury. Under a 2-hour drive from Sun City, Madikwe offers an extra edge to a self-drive safari: you’ll join night drives and sit down to lavish lantern-lit suppers away from camp.

Malaria-free: the Eastern Cape

South Africa’s Eastern Cape is home to beautiful malaria-free game reserves set along rivers and the great escarpment, sitting under dazzling night skies and filled with the call of lion.
These are multi-faceted reserves, places where Big 5 game viewing vies for your attention with river cruises and cultural tours. Families can enjoy the option of private villa accommodation, and since many lodges offer family-oriented safari programmes, parents get to enjoy a massage at the spa while their children have a hands-on cooking lesson or learn how to track animals.
Add an Eastern Cape safari onto a Cape Town and Garden Route tour: the can-do nature of this popular holiday region means a self-drive safari is ideal – pick up your car in Cape Town and return it in Port Elizabeth before flying out. You can take in the Whale Coast and Cape Winelands on the way, leaving you plenty of time to discover why the Garden Route is so named before settling back for a few days of classic Big 5 game viewing.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Luxury South Africa Safari Options

safari holiday to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve ensures incredible game viewing including the Big 5 of the African bush as well as top luxury accommodation. To help you choose which lodge to stay in during your time in the wilderness area, choose from a variety of safari types.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Offering magnificent tree-house style accommodation with a world renowned wellness spa, the Ulusaba Safari Lodge offers visitors gorgeous luxury accommodation with an added sense of adventure as the wooden tree-house style, thatched Robinson Crusoe rooms are all connected with rope swing bridges.

Situated high on a mountain top, surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Sabi Sands Big 5 game reserve, Ulusaba offers 11 beautifully appointed air conditioned rooms, all equipped with everything you could possible need during your stay. Some of the rooms even have small private plunge pools outside for you to relax in during the warm summer days after an exciting morning game drive.

While staying at Ulusabayou can look forward to exceptional game viewing within the Big 5 game reserve, delicious gourmet cuisine, and peaceful pampering sessions at the renowned spa and friendly an enthusiastic service from staff that are on call to assist you with your every need.

SabiSabi Little Bush Camp

If you are looking for a riverside safari experience filled with intimate romance, abundant game viewing and delicious gourmet meals all while staying in one of only 6 beautifully appointed thatched suites thenSabiSabi Little Bush Camp is the safari lodge for you.

Each secluded suite has a private viewing deck and heated spa bath that overlooks the nearby riverbed providing the ideal setting for your honeymoon or romantic getaway. Sip on a chilled glass of sparkling wine from the comfort of your suite while watching the African game animals saunter down to the water for a drink. Could life get any better?

When you are not relaxing in your contemporary African furnished room or on your private deck you can look forward to incredible encounters with some of Africa's magnificent wildlife. Embark on a game viewing game drive with your enthusiastic guide and look forward to sightings of Cheetah, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. Your knowledgeable guide also be able to provide more insight into the animals as you explore the surrounding bush.

SabiSabi Earth Lodge

Travelling can take its toll on the environment especially if you are having to book long-haul flights and drive long distances. The SabiSabi Earth Lodge is therefore the ideal destination if you are looking for an eco-friendly safari getaway. Committed to ecologically sustainable tourism, the SabiSabi Earth Lodge has implemented as many eco-friendly procedures and features as possible while still maintaining a high level of luxury and sophistication.

Day time activities include wonderful game drives through the African bush with your enthusiastic game ranger, learning about the animals you see along the way and gaining insight into the art of tracking the animals and other interesting details about the bush. For those looking for some pampering, the Amani Spa offers wellness treatments to sooth away any remaining stress.

After a day lazing in the shade or cooling down in your private plunge pool you can look forward to an exciting night drive where nocturnal animals come out to forge for food under the stars before returning to the lodge for a sumptuous dinner.

Londolozi Founders Camp

Safari goers looking for a child friendly colonial style safari destination need look no further than Londolozi Founder Camp. Situated in the Sabi Sands private game reserve on the banks of the Sand River, this safari lodge offers a luxurious modern-colonial style experience with activities specially designed around families and children.

7 magnificently appointed chalets, each overlooking the river, are nestled under a canopy of Ebony and Matumi trees providing luxury Relais& Chateau quality accommodation. Children are specially catered for at the Cubs Club and in the Future Rangers Programme where carefully designed entertainment programmes have been put together to keep them entertained while teaching them more about the African bush and their surroundings. While the kids are kept busy, mom and dad can spend time enjoying a massage or trying their hand at clay pigeon shooting or fishing. Londolozi Founder Camp offers something special for each and every member of the family.

Dulini Lodge

Encapsulating all the elements of a perfect safari destination, Dulini Lodgeoffers romantic candlelight dinners in the middle of the African bush and wonderful wildlife sightings especially of Leopard; that are prolific to the area, all while staying in one of the 6 secluded cottages.

A colonial style lodge with an 'Out of Africa' feel to it, each of the accommodation cottages at Dulini Lodge are hidden away from each other in amongst the Ebony grove providing a sense of seclusion and privacy. Spending time on your private viewing deck or cooling down in the plunge pool attached to your cottage will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.