Blog – Iconic Africa https://www.iconicafrica.com Tailor Made Luxury African Safaris Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:01:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 All you need to know about the Serengeti https://www.iconicafrica.com/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-serengeti/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-serengeti/#respond Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:01:28 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9689 If you’re planning your next African safari adventure to the Serengeti National Park, we have put together all you need to know to maximise your time in this East-African haven. The park was established in 1951 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site thirty years later. Now the Serengeti National Park welcomes 350,000 visitors each...
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If you’re planning your next African safari adventure to the Serengeti National Park, we have put together all you need to know to maximise your time in this East-African haven. The park was established in 1951 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site thirty years later. Now the Serengeti National Park welcomes 350,000 visitors each year. 

We were lucky enough to experience this wonderland from the air on a once-in-a-lifetime balloon safari… definitely something for every safari lover’s bucket list. For a sneak peek of the magic that awaits click here: 

Whatever has drawn you to this magical place – witnessing the Great Migration, seeing all of the Big Five or taking out some R&R time with your significant other – it is always a good time to visit. 

Despite the distinct dry and wet season, the weather is pleasant throughout the year. The high (dry) season runs from January to March and June to October. From January to March you can expect to experience the Great Migration and June to October provides good weather conditions for spotting wildlife. The dry season has clear blue skies and is the perfect time to add a beach destination to your itinerary.

The highlight of your trip during this time of year will be spotting almost 1.7 million wildebeest and other game traversing in search of new grazing grounds. The sheer sound of the migratory animals will leave you speechless. Around February, the wildebeest give birth and then move towards the Grumeti River and cross the Mara River by July. 

During the low season, the wildebeest will have reached the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. 

The low (wet) season is a good time to visit if you are looking forward to a bush spa experience. The rainy season expects fewer visitors, offering guests a quiet and private time in the wilderness. The wet season doesn’t mean day-long rain. With short periods of heavy downpours, there is still enough time for game drives and time to relax on the deck and spot wildlife in the distance. Temperatures can reach 27℃. 

What animals can you see in the Serengeti?

  • Lions
  • Buffalo
  • Giraffes
  • Leopards
  • Rhinos
  • Hippos
  • Zebras
  • Elephants 

Top activities in the Serengeti:

  • Visit a Maasai village 
  • Experience a night game drive 
  • Get an aerial view of the Serengeti 
  • Witness the Great Migration 
  • Visit the paleoanthropological Olduvai Gorge site 

There are a number of ways to reach the Serengeti National Park – by plane and car. One of the recommended routes is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport and take an 8-hour drive to the park or alternatively transfer by plane to Arusha Airport and then fly to one of the smaller airstrips inside the park. 

From the incredible natural events that take place in the park to the wildebeests’ departure and arrival back in their breeding grounds, Serengeti has something magical on show all year round. And if you’re struggling to spot the rare black rhino or the elusive black leopard, you can always book yourself a much-deserved spa treatment and overlook the rolling plains after with a G&T in hand after.

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4 Fun Activities for Kids on Safari https://www.iconicafrica.com/4-fun-activities-for-kids-on-safari/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/4-fun-activities-for-kids-on-safari/#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2019 07:36:15 +0000 http://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=2521 Are you worried about taking your kids on safari? Or wondering what they might get up to in the heart of the African bushveld? Stop right there… and worry no longer! African safari lodges love having children and they do all sorts of fun activities to make sure your little treasures have the time of...
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Are you worried about taking your kids on safari? Or wondering what they might get up to in the heart of the African bushveld?

Stop right there… and worry no longer! African safari lodges love having children and they do all sorts of fun activities to make sure your little treasures have the time of their lives. They will also make sure that your children not only learn about wildlife, nature and conservation and but learn to love them too.

Here are 4 fun activities that will keep your kids busy on safari:

Junior Rangers

Many of the South African lodges such as Londolozi and Tswalu devise junior ranger activities for the kids. Special “kiddie” safari gear is provided as well as educational books and quizzes. Kids are taught lots of interesting things about the bushveld, are given quizzes and at the end of the day be appointed official junior rangers!

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Treasure Hunts

Let your kids explore and really get to know their surroundings with a special African treasure hunt. Get them to look for and retrieve iconic African mementos such as feathers, porcupine quills, seedpods, bones and plants. Why not make it a competition and the first one to get everything on your list gets a special prize!

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Mini chefs

Luxury lodge chefs will often welcome children to spend time in the kitchen. Kids can play with dough and learn how to bake certain goodies all under the watchful and talented eye of the chef on duty.

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Fishing

For centuries fishing has been a fun pastime for children and today, in Africa…nothing has changed. If there is a river or a dam the lodge will have some basic fishing gear and a ranger can accompany the kids to the closest safe and kid friendly dam. See who comes back with the biggest fish!

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Iconic Africa looks forward to planning you and your family, the African Adventure of a lifetime! For 3 of our top rated Family Lodges click here.

 

 

 

 

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Property of the Month – One&Only Cape Town https://www.iconicafrica.com/property-of-the-month-oneonly-cape-town/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/property-of-the-month-oneonly-cape-town/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:53:19 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9658 In the heart of Cape Town, minutes away from the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, lies an oasis; a vibrant and sophisticated resort with unprecedented luxury. The hotel resembles an amphitheatre, surrounded and shaped by palm trees and romantic lighting.   This is The One & Only Cape Town – a five-star escape that overlooks the...
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In the heart of Cape Town, minutes away from the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, lies an oasis; a vibrant and sophisticated resort with unprecedented luxury. The hotel resembles an amphitheatre, surrounded and shaped by palm trees and romantic lighting.  

This is The One & Only Cape Town – a five-star escape that overlooks the mariner and offers panoramic views of Table Mountain. 

The name certainly speaks for itself as it really and truly is a wonder to behold. From The Bahamas to the Maldives the illustrious One & Only brand has taken the world by storm. With only the most impressive properties in the world’s most supreme locations, these exclusive resorts have one goal in mind to ensure that you, their prized guest “Live the Moment.” Each resort is individually designed and crafted to represent the distinctive life, energy and culture of its location.

Luxuriously Living the Cape

The One & Only Cape Town certainly ticks all of these boxes. Driving up to the ritzy, crescent-shaped palace with its fountains, columns, and grand entrance you certainly feel as though you have arrived into the lap of luxury and are in for some real spoiling! The high ceilings, massive glass frontages and never-ending Vista Lounge create the aura that this is your own little opulent savannah. 

Whether you are reclining on the fulsome armchairs, on the deck under the palms watching the stand-up paddleboards go by or relaxing at the infinity pool, there is no doubt that you will be in a very happy place! The One & Only is engineered for unprecedented luxury which will literally rejuvenate your soul from the moment you arrive.

Luxurious Suites

All 91 rooms have en suite bathrooms and private balconies with breath-taking views of the glorious Table Mountain. All are designed with chic African colours and contemporary patterns that represent the distinctive Cape landscape, are generous with space and filled with plush furnishings. Complete with every amenity you could possibly need as well as your very own 24-hour butler on standby, you will want for nothing. Treat yourself to an over-sized bubble bath with aromatherapy oils, or refreshing rain shower before ordering a private dinner and dine with the mid-blowing view on your balcony. Your dinner, inclusive of candles, flowers and music all organised by your expert butler will provide the finest romantic setting.

One and Only Cuisine

Five-star dining is also available downstairs and making a choice between the two amazing restaurants will be the most difficult decision you make during your stay. On the one hand, there is Reuben’s, run by South African Celebrity Chef Reuben Riffel, a bistro/brasserie that showcases some brilliant local flagship dishes. 

On the other hand, there is Nobu, a completely different yet equally as astonishing experience. World Class chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa’s empire will wow you with traditional Japanese-styled cuisine. With the occasional South African spice or flavour, the dishes will no doubt take you on an epic culinary journey. 

Don’t forget to take a visit up to the wine-loft after your dinner to take in the city lights and sample some of the region’s most prestigious vintages.

Recharge at the World-class spa

The perfect place for families and couples, everyone will find themselves drawn to the private island situated in the centre of the amphitheatre. Here you will find serenity in the middle of a busy city centre at the One & Only Spa, surrounded by water and lush vegetation. Book a massage, treatment or signature experience unique to the One & Only Spa. 

For more information about incorporating Cape Town into your safari itinerary, click here.

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In Pictures – Bateleur Camp https://www.iconicafrica.com/in-pictures-bateleur-camp/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/in-pictures-bateleur-camp/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:16:28 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9641 The winner of the Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve award, Bateleur Camp promises visitors the ultimate authentic Kenyan experience. Located on the edge of the Mara Triangle, beneath the Olooloolo Escarpment, this picturesque accommodation will transport you to a bygone era with its classical colonial hospitality. Relax in the coolness of the lush...
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The winner of the Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve award, Bateleur Camp promises visitors the ultimate authentic Kenyan experience. Located on the edge of the Mara Triangle, beneath the Olooloolo Escarpment, this picturesque accommodation will transport you to a bygone era with its classical colonial hospitality. Relax in the coolness of the lush forests while the vast expanse of the Masai Mara stretches out before you.

The ultimate Kenyan experience

Immerse yourself in traditional Maasai culture and learn about it through the staff, the camp naturalist, the interactive Maasai dancing or a visit to the neighbouring Maasai village. Learn about the extraordinary Maasai culture, and be amazed at the stories you will hear. 

Wildlife Sanctuary

A birder’s paradise, the birdsong is endless and fills the air with only the happiest and musical sounds. From lilac-breasted rollers to African emerald cuckoos, to Sambiri barbets, many colourful butterflies and the striking blue Monkeys this tropical paradise is enough entertainment in itself. Go beyond the canopy of trees on an expertly guided game drive or walk and learn more about the intriguing habits of not only the plains game and the big five but also of the birds, insects and other smaller beings they share this beautiful land with.

Tented Luxury

Recently refurbished with all the latest deluxe comforts Bateleur Camp is even more inviting than it’s ever been before. Each suite sits with its back to the comforting canopy of trees and opens out onto the golden grasses of the endless Mara plains. The two camps of nine suites each, boast polished wooden floors, vintage carpets and exquisite furniture ensuring a stately yet welcoming feel. A cosy central fireplace sits at the heart of the twenties style sitting room, scattered with delicate ivory lamps, substantial tree trunk stools, lanterns, old English portraits, classic suitcases, tartan throw pillows and soft delicate mohair blankets it takes you back to a time of intrepid explorers. Dine outside under the trees as the wind whistles through the leaves, the lions call in the distance and the cicadas and the tree frogs join in to complete the evening symphony.

Each tented suite opens directly onto the plains, completely secluded from the next and at one with the bush around it. A large four-poster bed forms the centre of the luxuriously furnished suites, complete with exquisite wooden finishes, rock walls and warm Maasai colours. It all combines to make sure that you sleep well, at one with the abundance of nature that surrounds you! 

Arise to the sound of your private butler waking you with cups of steaming hot coffee and delicious nibbles to get you ready for yet another day exploring the magical Mara triangle.

Here are our favourite pictures of Bateleur Camp to excite your travel senses: 

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Tour of the Month – Safari and Island Retreat https://www.iconicafrica.com/tour-of-the-month-safari-and-island-retreat/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/tour-of-the-month-safari-and-island-retreat/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:59:21 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9630 This month’s tour of the month is the pinnacle of African luxury safaris. Submerge yourself in the binary of Cape Town’s city life with luxurious relaxation and a hive of activity; tick off a majestic wilderness experience from your bucket list, and then surrender yourself to the seaside simplicity as you spend your last days...
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This month’s tour of the month is the pinnacle of African luxury safaris. Submerge yourself in the binary of Cape Town’s city life with luxurious relaxation and a hive of activity; tick off a majestic wilderness experience from your bucket list, and then surrender yourself to the seaside simplicity as you spend your last days finding peace and serenity on a tropical island. 

The Safari and Island retreat is a wonderful way to experience the highlights of Southern Africa, from the bustling city adjacent to the Atlantic to Africa’s unprecedented wildlife in Londolozi and the hues of blue at Benguerra – all in ultimate comfort and luxury. 

 Cape Cadogan nestled on the northern slopes of Table Mountain offers a perfect base from which to explore the awesome beaches, gastronomy and viticulture of the Cape. 

In between seaside splendour, Londolozi Private Granite Suites offer you discerning and opulent hospitality combined with the world’s best leopard viewing. 

Azura Benguerra, in the cobalt warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offers a new level of fresh sophistication, seclusion and serenity on pristine beaches and unspoilt reefs.

Itinerary:

Cape Cadogan is a 19th century Georgian and Victorian mansion in the leafy suburbs of Table Mountain. The More family’s luxury home away from home, an island of serenity in a city of splendour. The interiors are Bohemian chic with an emphasis on creating an informal atmosphere of sumptuous relaxation. Cape Town is filled with interesting cafés and fantastic restaurants and beautiful beaches to explore.

Londolozi is a family-owned and run lodge at the forefront of luxury safaris and pioneer of ecotourism in South Africa. The three suites in this haven of primal seclusion and contemporary luxury are nestled into the boulders on the banks of the tranquil Sand River. The superbly chic and sumptuous suites are surrounded with glass with expansive private decks and large heated private pools. The culinary experience at Londolozi is one you will not forget – from your morning coffee to your starlit dinner and everything in between. Londolozi boasts some of the world’s best leopard viewing.

Azura Benguerra Island is an eco-friendly, locally built tropical island paradise. The 17 hand-built villas are steps from one of the last stretches of undiscovered beach in the world. Each secluded, spacious haven is nestled in lush gardens with a secluded deck, private pool, beach sala and private access to the balmy Indian Ocean. The food is simple, sophisticated, scrumptious and locally sourced from the ocean and gardens. Benguerra offers you the chance to do to as much or as little as you like – whether it’s a romantic picnic, snorkelling or game fishing there is something for everyone and lots of exquisite sea life to be seen.

For more information about this tour, contact one of our team members here.

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How to Spot a Cheetah and Where to Find Them https://www.iconicafrica.com/how-to-spot-a-cheetah-and-where-to-find-them/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/how-to-spot-a-cheetah-and-where-to-find-them/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:48:42 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9622 A cheetah and a leopard are two completely different big cats. Both are magnificent sightings that contribute to the allure of the African wild, but spotting the difference can sometimes prove challenging for first-time safari-goers. We’ve put together some distinct features and characteristics to make identifying cheetahs easier on your next game drive.  You will...
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A cheetah and a leopard are two completely different big cats. Both are magnificent sightings that contribute to the allure of the African wild, but spotting the difference can sometimes prove challenging for first-time safari-goers. We’ve put together some distinct features and characteristics to make identifying cheetahs easier on your next game drive. 

You will find cheetahs hunting during the day, rather than at night. 

Cheetahs have a distinct coat of fur with solid black, round or oval spots.

Cheetahs have a black ‘tear line’ running from the corner of the eye to the mouth.

You will find cheetahs in the grassy plains with their prey rather than up trees as they don’t have retractable claws needed to climb.

Cheetahs are the world’s fastest animal and hunt using speed over short distances, rather than furtiveness. 

Cheetahs have smaller teeth and cannot chew through large bones. Their smaller jaw allows for a bigger nasal cavity so that they can breathe faster. 

Cheetahs are more sociable than leopards. 

Cheetahs are lighter, taller and more slender than leopards. 

The most intoxicating feeling will be when you see a big cat hiding amongst the tall grass, moving with a graceful and sophisticated aesthetic – and you’ll be able to tell if it’s a cheetah or leopard through the camouflage vegetation (like a pro). 

Here are our top five destinations to spot cheetahs in the wild:

Liuwa Plains National Park 

This well-kept secret is found in a remote corner of Zambia. This park is home to a plethora of wildlife species, including large predators such as cheetahs.

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The Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is situated in the south of Kenya and is one of Africa’s most celebrated safari destinations. While the Great Migration occurs annually, the predator game viewing is extraordinary year-round.

Serengeti National Park

Next to the Masai Mara, is Tanzania’s famous Serengeti National Park – a wonderful destination to look for cheetahs. They are in abundance during the migration, as they lurk, looking for their next meal. Despite their rarity, the Serengeti’s open plains make it the ideal terrain to spot them among the sparse grass.

The Kalahari 

The Kalahari is one of the best places to see cheetahs in Southern Africa as the landscape is flat, making it easier to spot cheetahs in the grass. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is also remote making game-viewing more exclusive. 

The Kruger National Park 

The Kruger National Park has around 200 cheetahs in the park. This number is not very high compared to other countries and parks, but your chances of spotting a cheetah whilst on safari here are pretty decent. 

Cheetahs are one of nature’s most beautiful, yet endangered cats. With less than 10 000 cheetahs recorded in the wild, sighting one of these big cats is definitely a bucket-list moment. 

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A South African Braai – Explained https://www.iconicafrica.com/braai-in-south-africa/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/braai-in-south-africa/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:29:30 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9612 The 24th of September was Heritage Day! Last month saw locals celebrating their heritage, culture and diversity and this nation-building tool definitely involved scrumptious traditions such as a good old “lekker braai.” If you’re heading to South Africa on safari this is definitely something to add to your bucket list. As South Africans, we find...
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The 24th of September was Heritage Day! Last month saw locals celebrating their heritage, culture and diversity and this nation-building tool definitely involved scrumptious traditions such as a good old “lekker braai.”

If you’re heading to South Africa on safari this is definitely something to add to your bucket list. As South Africans, we find any opportunity and occasion to get together as friends and family and have a braai (also known as a barbecue.). This is a social time when we sit back, relax and indulge in some of the country’s meat cooked to perfection on a hot flame. 

What is a braai?

A traditional method of cooking/roasting marinated meat or chicken over a grid on a wood fire. 

Wherever you go on safari in South Africa there will definitely be an outdoor boma and a safari braai. The boma symbolises an outdoor retreat, where guests gather to socialise, find warmth, eat good food and promises a really great time for all!

Whether it’s a mobile lunch or a sunset dinner, your camp will lead you to the bush braai site where they will prepare on display your magnificent flame-grilled meal. Enjoy a drink while your meat gets cooked to your satisfaction in front of you and bask in the fire’s warmth as you wait. Sit back, relax and listen for passing wildlife or to the rangers unmatched stories of their experiences in the bush. 

With a picturesque sunset in front of you, a G&T in hand, the calls of the wild surrounding you and a delicious African feast in front of you, … need we say more – there’s no place you’d rather be. 

How to make your own braai

If you’re sitting at home and aren’t able to visit us just yet you can still have a braai of your own! Here’s how:

Decide if you want to make a wood or charcoal fire, or braai on a gas griller. This will determine the taste of your meat. 

If you decide on a wood braai, the more wood, the better. The type of wood you choose will determine how long it will burn and adding/using coal will add a nice flavour. 

Use firelighter in between the logs to get the fire started. Make sure the smaller pieces of wood are at the bottom and the larger pieces on top. 

When you have decided that your fire is not too hot and will last you long enough to cook all of the meat, place the first meat onto the grid. 

Sausage (Boerewors) can be added on full heat and will cook quickly and is the perfect starter for those hungry guests who have been waiting.

Chicken is more difficult to braai as it takes the longest to cook properly and less heat is needed. 

Once the chicken is halfway done you can add your chops. This way, all the meat will be done at the same time and everyone can eat together. 

Don’t forget the garlic bread, salads and baked beans make the perfect side dishes. 

We hope you are looking forward to your next safari braai. 

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The Beauty of the Sabi Sands https://www.iconicafrica.com/the-beauty-of-the-sabi-sands/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/the-beauty-of-the-sabi-sands/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:14:22 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9591 Not only did our director John Holley spend two wonderful years working at Londolozi in the Sabi Sands but our team is often there visiting. In fact, we just can’t seem to stay away! Here are a few reasons why this wonderful place holds a special place in our hearts.  The Sabi Sands Game Reserve...
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Not only did our director John Holley spend two wonderful years working at Londolozi in the Sabi Sands but our team is often there visiting. In fact, we just can’t seem to stay away! Here are a few reasons why this wonderful place holds a special place in our hearts. 

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve was the first private game reserve in South Africa, founded in 1948 and now forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. 

Sharing a 32-mile unfenced border with the Kruger, wildlife can traverse freely creating an exceptional opportunity for big game viewing with some of the world’s finest rangers and trackers. 

The Sabi Sands is one of the most sought-after private game reserves for safari and this comes as no surprise with the unforgettable luxury accommodations available. 

This 65, 000-hectare wilderness should definitely be on your travel bucket-list – a destination that will see your many returns once you get a taste of all its magic! 

Here are some of our favourite luxury accommodations in the reserve; from romantic escapes to family retreats, there is the perfect bush escape for every reason, season and occasion. 

Singita

Singita means “place of miracles,” which truly embodies everything for which this incredible brand has become famous. Known for astonishing game viewing, Singita has won “Top Hotel in the World” more than 16 times.

Dulini Lodge 

Sheltered beneath the shade of ancient trees and embraced by the riverine setting, the tranquil haven offers a five-star luxury experience.  The subtle blend of pan-African art and the traditional safari theme creates an enchantment while ensuring Dulini feels like a home away from home. Dulini Lodge is also world-famous for its leopard sightings. 

Londolozi

Three of Londolozi’s five lodges, namely GranitePioneer and Tree are Relais & Chateaux properties and these lodges are true to the elegance and attention to detail that this world-renowned signature embodies. The remainder of the five, Founders and Varty are not to be overlooked. Varty Camp is adored for its deep history and endearing charm; and Founders is equally deserving of complimentary adjectives: sophisticated, warm and classic.

Kirkmans Camp 

This opulent Victorian-themed masterpiece conjures an atmosphere of bygone luxury and calm on the banks of the Sand River.

Chitwa Chitwa 

The sophisticated lodge is set amongst towering Acacia and ancient Ebony trees, overlooking the Sabi Sands largest waterhole. 

Lion Sands  

Lions Sands’ pride of four ultra-luxury lodges, all perched along the Sabie River, are a testament to a family’s passion and admiration for their pristine piece of wild Africa. It is nurtured as a gift passed down over four generations and each lodge endeavours to share its story and its beauty with everyone that visits. 

These properties are world-contenders for the best hospitality, food, architecture and luxury. But it is not only the lodges that provide the avid traveller with a lifetime of memories. 

The ultimate bush experience is made distinct by the quality of game viewing. The Sabi Sands is one of the best places to view leopards – on exciting night drives, the Big Five and other game. On a single outing, you may even get to see up to 10 different animals and birds and observe their habits. 

With hundreds of bird species and tons of recorded mammal species, you won’t have to leave your lodge to see a plethora of plants and animals, especially being close to either the Sand or Sabie Rivers – perennial water sources that attract herds of animals to their water source year-round. Watch hippos cool down in the water while you take in the lush surroundings in summer or watch how the wild bring new life to this unspoilt corner. During the winter months, wildlife are more active and you have a greater chance of seeing big cats on the hunt or young cubs playing. 

In addition to the safari classics; the giraffe, zebra and hyena, you could spot a rare pangolin if you’re lucky. And the best part is that your experienced guides will be able to drive the vehicle off-road to follow any tracks and get up-close and personal with some of Africa’s finest wildlife. 

The easiest way to optimise your time in this prestigious wilderness is to catch a flight from Johannesburg or Kruger Mpumalanga International airport or to an airstrip in the Sabi Sands and have a transfer take you directly to your lodge. 

Take the necessary precaution and get vaccinated. Speak to your doctor or travel clinic about anti-malaria tablets and pack in your long-sleeved tops, long pants, socks and closed shoes. 

First-time safari-goers and regulars always return time and time again. This private game reserve is always in high demand, so book your Sabi Sands safari now!

 

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Bringing a Piece of Africa to Atlanta, USA https://www.iconicafrica.com/bringing-a-piece-of-africa-to-atlanta-usa/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/bringing-a-piece-of-africa-to-atlanta-usa/#respond Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:43:43 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9566 “Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.” – Karen Blixen, Out of Africa On 24 September 2019, Angama Mara will partner with Iconic Africa to present an...
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“Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.” – Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

On 24 September 2019, Angama Mara will partner with Iconic Africa to present an unforgettable and authentic African night of inspiration and entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to help raise funds and awareness.

We request your company this September as we bring Africa to Atlanta and display a marvellous exhibition of stunning wildlife photographs from Kenya’s newest photographic competition, The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the YearFor full invite click here. 

The Angama Foundation proudly presents a competition, exhibition and auction which aims to help important conservation programs such as The MAA Trust, Anne K. Taylor Fund, mara elephant project, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Mara Conservancy: Protecting the Mara Triangle with funds raised.

Let us transport you to an unimaginable part of East Africa and fall in love with the greatest game reserve, wildlife habitat and photography.

The rationale behind this exhibition is to:

  • Promote the beauty of Africa’s Masai Mara
  • Raise awareness of conservation issues
  • Create exposure for many up and coming wildlife photographers
  • Connect potential travellers to East Africa

The evening will include sundowners, an authentic African Braai, and lively African stories around the campfire.

A fantastic holiday at Angama Mara will also be up for auction.

Angama Kenya Iconic Africa Luxury Safaris

Venue:

CAPE DUTCH

1782 Cheshire Bridge, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30324

Contact (404) – 343 0313

Dress Code

Smart casual / restaurant attire

Cost of Ticket

$90.00 – Includes South African sundowner pre-drinks and snacks, African dinner (from a set menu), speakers and African entertainment.

There will be an auction selling an incredible holiday and funds from the proceeds will go to the listed charities

RSVP – Terri Abadi at RSVP@iconicafrica.com or +14 044 322 407

 

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Why Choose Africa  https://www.iconicafrica.com/why-choose-africa/ https://www.iconicafrica.com/why-choose-africa/#respond Thu, 25 Jul 2019 09:30:23 +0000 https://www.iconicafrica.com/?p=9512 “I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life because, after Africa, nothing has ever been the same” – Suzanne Evans. Africa receives millions of travellers each year – most of whom come to visit the variety of beaches, mountainside escapes and safari lodges and camps.  Experience everything from cultural immersion,...
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“I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life because, after Africa, nothing has ever been the same” – Suzanne Evans.

Africa receives millions of travellers each year – most of whom come to visit the variety of beaches, mountainside escapes and safari lodges and camps.  Experience everything from cultural immersion, history and enjoy a variety of wildlife at your fingertips. Let us share with you – why we have come to love the continent as much as we do. 

Africa has a special safari destination for every occasion, family size and travel needs. The continent is selected for the exceptional Big Five game viewing, year-round good weather, spectacular birding opportunities, family-friendly and malaria-free safari accommodations, romantic retreats, award-winning chefs, breath-taking sunsets, and unprecedented sceneries. Find luxury, opulence and extravagance in the great outdoors. 

Africa’s expanse and extremely diverse terrains, climate and wildlife can make deciding on a country a tedious task. You may want a view of Mount Kilimanjaro from your lodge or to climb the famous Table Mountain. The continent has been blessed with so many cultures, community projects and great service that contribute to truly wholesome travel – from the Maasai people in Kenya and Tanzania to the San and Shona in the Kalahari and Zimbabwe. Experience modernity and rustic authenticity simultaneously in Africa’s pristine wilderness whilst returning to your luxury suites each night. Whether it is in the Kruger National Park, South Luangwa National Park or the Serengeti – you will stay mesmerised.

You can experience the best of everything, from nature’s wonders; getting up close and personal with some of Africa’s fiercest game accompanied by world-class guides; adventure activities; photography opportunities; artwork and museums and shopping!

We have put together a list of African safari destinations with the highlights from each to help you with your complex travel choices:

  1.     South Africa
  • Explore the beautiful Winelands of the Western Cape where you will find luxurious chateaux, local wines and exceptional views. 
  • Enjoy the beaches, mountains and city-life of Cape Town. The Mother City boasts beautiful architecture with a thriving night-life and an abundance of activities. 
  • Escape to the quiet of the Kruger National Park and enjoy some quality time with the Big Five.
  • Visit the rugged terrains of the Kalahari

  1.     Botswan
  • An untouched wilderness with incredible wildlife sightings. 
  • Cruise along the Chobe River and come face-to-face with the largest concentration of elephant and other predators. 
  • Diverse landscape from the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta. 
  • Selinda Game Reserve is an opportunity to awaken all your senses with the sceneries and wildlife. 
  • Spend some time in the Kalahari where time stands still 

  1.     Kenya
  • The place where safari originated. 
  • An abundance of wildlife. 
  • Visit the Masai Mara and experience a Maasai village. 
  • Experience the Great Wildebeest Migration. 

  1.     Tanzania
  • Explore the unfathomable magic of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater 
  • Bordering Kenya, Tanzania has a plethora of wildlife 
  • The Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous wilderness areas. 
  • Wonder off the beaten track to a more quiet safari location such as Tarangire National Park 
  • A high density of wildlife throughout the year
  • Choose between a variety of locations from forests to savannahs, beaches or volcanic areas such as Ngorongoro Crater. Even the weather can alter drastically, from snow-capped peaks to lush tropical mountainsides. 

  1.     Zambia
  • Birthplace of the walking safari. 
  • Experience the thrill and views of sitting in Devil’s Pools
  • An alternate and exceptional view of Victoria Falls
  • Great fauna and flora in 20 national parks, our favourites being Liuwa Plain, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa for its dense leopard population. 

  1.     Rwanda 
  • The beautiful forests are magical and encompass a fairytale setting for outstanding wildlife with exceptional surrounding accommodations. It is the ultimate jungle escape – see Silverback Gorillas and trek through the dense mountainside.
  • Rwanda is home to numerous monkey species.
  • Explore the hilly landscapes and see volcanoes for the first time.   

                                    

  1.     Zimbabwe
  • The most tranquil setting for luxury and adventure. 
  • Explore the Zambezi River by boat cruise and watch a masterpiece sunset. 
  • Stand before the most breath-taking Natural Wonder – Mose-oa-Tunya – The Smoke That Thunders 
  • Thrill-seeking activities such as white river rafting, bungee jumping and many more.

  1.     Mozambique
  • The perfect beach escape for couples and families. 
  • Luxury hideaways that exude romance
  • Pristine beaches with silky white sand 
  • Enjoy snorkelling, diving, fishing or simply relaxing with a book
  • Find an amalgamation of flavours and cultures 
  • Find amazing marine life at Azura Benguerra and Azura Quilalea such as turtles, tropical fish, eels, dolphins and rays, maybe even a pod of Southern Right whales.  

Need we say any more? 

 

         

 

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