Been there, Done it, Got the Video, the Towels and the Soap
A 1 year old Elephant is attacked by a pride of 14 Lions after straying from his herd in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
Despite having 3 of the lionesses on his back at one point the elephant manages to throw them off by running into the water where the tide turns and the Elephant then chases the lions.
“In the 30-plus years I have been a safari guide in Zambia in the Luangwa National Park, never have I seen anything like this,” said Innocent, a top safari guide who works with Norman Carr Safaris. “We were all so worried the baby elephant would be killed right before us.”
The baby elephant did rejoin the herd and has now earned the well deserved nickname “Hercules”.
This stunning intimate camp is an exclusive lodge located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve right next to the famous Kruger National Park. Chapungu is a luxury tented camp. It is five minutes to Hoedspruit airport and just a five hour drive from Johannesburg. This charming thatched lodge offers a great little curio shop and for those wine drinkers a great wine cellar that you can choose a great bottle of wine for each meal.
The lodge only offers eight luxury en-suite tents so it holds 16 guest at a time. The tents have overhead ceiling fans and all the tents are fully air-conditioned as well. The beds are king size beds with all en-suite bathrooms and it is always great to sit on your deck and just take in [Read more…]
Come join the crew from Wildearth on a live safari at Djuma and Arathusa Game Reserves in the Sabi Sands Reserve in South Africa.
See Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Cheetah and so much more as the crew take you right into the action.
Sunset Safari – 09h00 to 12h00 Eastern Time | 16h00 to 19h00 African TimeSunrise Safari – 23h00 to 02h00 Eastern Time | 06h00 to 09h00 African Time
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This wonderful game lodge, Tubu Tree Camp is situated in the a private Jao Reserve bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and it sits on 60,000ha. It is located on Hunda Island, the largest area of dry land region. Tuba Tree is only accessible by fly –in and then one will do a road transfer to the lodge by vehicle.
This stunning lodge is built in a traditional style with elevated wooden walkways connecting all 8 tents on raised platforms. Each room looks out onto picturesque scenes of the floodplains from a private deck. Each room has en suite bathroom facilities and a great outdoor shower. They also have family units consisting of two adjoining tents with separate bathrooms [Read more…]
Celeste–sorry it’s taken me a week to get back to you….still feeling jet lagged here and I think I’ve developed a sinus infection. Just hard to do those long flights!
But of course it was worth it! We saw two leopards fighting (at Mala Mala) and we saw a mother lion attack an otter and then bring her kill to her three cubs to eat. Grant (our guide) drove over small trees and through the brush so we faced a herd of elephants and the mother elephant (whose baby was nursing below her) got a little miffed and trumpeted at us, her big ears extended! That was a bit scary since she was about a foot from the truck!
One evening we found a herd of Cape hunting dogs and followed them as they ran after an impala. Later that [Read more…]
Four of our major partners in the Safari Industry, namely Wilderness Safaris, &Beyond, Great Plains Conservation and Ker and Downey have altered their cancellation policies as per below in the event of an Ebola outbreak in any of the countries where they operate lodges and camps.
Feedback from our Trade Partners on the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia (as you know very far removed from all of our properties) highlights two critical issues facing us presently. Firstly, the sensationalism and misinformation creating the impression that Africa in general is an unsafe destination, as well as a generally poor understanding of Africa’s geography and immense size. This is [Read more…]
Here are a few images of sightings that recent guests Robert and Marty MacDonald took on their safari to Chapungu, Motswari and Inyati Game Reserves in South Africa.
As the owner and founder of Africa’s oldest online tour operator I feel it important to ease the minds of people travelling to East and Southern Africa for their Safaris. Furthermore as the safety of our guests is of paramount importance I would never permit a guest to travel to an area that has been affected by the virus.
Below are some important facts to consider.
1. The continent of Africa is larger than the U.S., China, India, Europe and Japan combined.2. Africa is not one country but 54 independent nations with strict customs controls. Most have restricted entry to travelers that visited affected West African countries.3. The main safari destinations are in East and Southern Africa, which is farther away from [Read more…]
The moment a lion was trampled to death by a large herd of Buffalo was captured by game ranger, Lyle Gregg. The sad event happened at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. According to Gregg, the herd of Buffalo spotted the lion, which had earlier been forced out of his pride, and went after him. The lion tried to run but the herd caught up to him and trampled him to death by goring his body and stamping on his head.
Lyle explained: “This male belonged to a pride which I knew very well, I had seen him everyday for two years. He had just been forced out by a coalition of five males from a different pride and we were concerned about him because he had taken a huge beating by the coalition just days before. As we [Read more…]
If you are looking for that perfect getaway then look no further than this world class resort offering tranquility along miles of unspoilt beaches. Vamizi is located amongst the Quirimbas Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. The beaches are undeniably one of its greatest. The lodge and the private villas are strung loosely along them. The sea is so calm so this makes it perfect for those swimmers.
Vamizi historic remnants are relics from the Portuguese era and this includes a church, a fort, several wells and a lighthouse. This award winning lodge was established in 2005, the lodge and Private Villas attracts guests from all over the world. This stunning 24-bed lodge is built on the Northern side of the [Read more…]
Another great Safari from guests Jackie, Aryol, Kathy and Phil who visited Toka Leya Camp, Davisons Camp, Ruckomechi Camp and Busanga Bush Camp.
Another great safari. Thank you so much. Thought you might like a few pictures of Jackie, Aryol, Kathy and me.
Phil and Kathy Morrow
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If you have a love for Elephants then look no further than Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta in Botswana where Elephants are reflected everywhere. The elephant herd at Abu Camp offers elephant back safaris which is just so exciting. An abundance of wildlife can be seen from lion to lechwe and one can explore this by going on a game drive or mekoro, walks or by elephant back which makes this such an exciting game lodge to visit and for those birders this is great as well . Abu camp is in a private 400,000 acre Abu concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
The lodge is small and intimate, it only has 6 luxury tents with a private viewing deck overlooking the lagoon and surrounded by sycamore figs and jackelberry [Read more…]
I am still reeling from the drama that had unfolded in front of my eyes a few mornings ago.
Our tracker had spotted a lone leopard (which our ranger later identified as Dudley Riverbank 5:5) in the midst of our early morning drive. We approached it slowly but just as our truck was about to stop, all hell broke loose! A group of warthogs sprung out of their hideout and the leopard pounced, catching one. The desperate screams of the victim was piercing.
The escaped warthogs could only stare helplessly as their friend struggled and cried for its life.
The leopard clung onto the throat of the warthog. We watched as life slowly slipped from the warthog’s eyes. The scene was heartbreaking and humbling.
After [Read more…]
African Safaris to Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
This luxury game lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, it is a place where you can enjoy the best game drives, the best accommodation and the finest five star service. Earth lodge is a five star game lodge and combines opulence in the finest setting.
The interior design is spectacular, the lodge has 13 suites, the beautiful Amber Presidential suite has a glass fronted bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, this leads to beautiful deck with a private plunge pool with lounging chairs so one can just soak up the bushveld. The magnificent carved wooden headboard to the large egg shaped bath. This room boasts its own steam room, study and kitchen. One [Read more…]
Shumba Camp is set in the Busanga Plains is situated in the North-western corner of the 22,500 square-km Kafue National Park. This is a luxury lodge and is breath-taking. It offers stylish and beautiful accommodation. The area has a high concentration of game, with great lion sightings, wild dog and cheetah. It contains permanent water sources and this is what attracts the animals.
The camp is small but spacious consisting of luxury safari tents all raised on platforms with magnificent views of the open flood-plains. Each room has en-suite indoor and outdoor showers with beautiful wooden decks. The main bar and dining area is surrounded but large fig trees. Dinner takes place either on the deck or the boma. The [Read more…]
Guide Idos Mulenga reports back from the Busanga Plains in the Kafue National Park in Zambia
“Never a dull moment on game drives on Busanga Plains. Leopard, elephant and a kill by the Busanga Pride seen close to camp late last week as well as sightings of four different lion prides on Monday this week including the Busanga, Papyrus and Tree Line prides… one of whom was mating with a Lufupa boy known as “Bad Eye”. We are definitely in lion country!”
Following are some pics taken whilst on game drive.
The Victoria Falls Hotel is a stunning Edwardian-style 5 star hotel which was originally built in 1904 which makes it pretty old. This authentic colonial style hotel is whitin walking distance to the Vic Falls Rainforest. The hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the world. It is one of the only three accredited hotels in Zimbabwe.
The hotel was recently redecorated and refurbished. The hotel is set in a lush tropical gardens with beautiful lily ponds, lots of palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs. One can take a ten minute walk on a private walkway to the “Smoke that thunders” or Mosi-O-Tunya as they call it. This hotel offers fine and friendly service in a world class setting.
The hotel is large and [Read more…]