South African Safaris to the Kruger National Park
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...]
This stunning game lodge is situated in the Famous Kruger National Park in the Nwanetsi Concession area of Kruger. It is set in the Lebombo Mountains and this overlooks the African plains where two rivers meet. So you get breath-taking views of the African bush. The lodge is really different as it has a lot of glass and timber units.
The accommodation is superb as the rooms are all perched like eagle’s nests on the basalt cliff tops. The rooms all face the ancient Lebombo Mountain range. You actually overlook the Sweni and Nwanetsi rivers far below. The lodge offers 15 rooms and has a panoramic game viewing deck with an indoor and outdoor shower. The rooms all have air-con and open fire places and this magnificent [Read more...]
I would like to thank Mark, for this opportunity to write a little about our (my wife Andy and my) 30 year love affair with African wildlife and African Wild Dogs in particular.
Andy and I married in 1979 and then first went to Africa in 1980. We had recently qualified as doctor and nurse and had secured jobs in a mission hospital in Zambia. We (I!) decided that it would be a good idea to drive there from the UK. This took us solo, across the Sahara desert and through the jungle of the then Zaire, amongst many other fascinating countries. We even had the wonderful and unforgettable opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. It was when Diane Fossey was still working with them and we were one of the first [Read more...]
This is one of the very first lodges I went to visit when I started my safari company 20 years ago. Kings Camp is on an open Savanna plain with a waterhole and always great to sit and watch to see what animals come down to drink water. It is situated in the famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and is part of the Greater Kruger National Park which covers a large area of 22 million hectares. Kings Camp has access to 100 square kilometres of traversing of big game and this allows for great wild life sightings when you go on your twice daily game drives.
The lodge is small and has nine spacious Colonial style suites and two stunning [Read more...]