Magnificent Manyara

Ernest Hemingway once said, “it is the loveliest lake in Africa.”

The Manyara region is the epitome of picturesque. It’s home to a diverse set of landscapes and an unbelievable amount of wildlife.

Our wonderful team member Julia Fryer was lucky enough to visit and explore this lake shore region recently and has shared with us her exquisite pictures below.

A big thank you to Julia for sharing these wonderful pictures! Please keep them coming.

 

Toula’s Traveller Review

Toula Cassen has returned from a wonderful African trip and had a terrific time. We’ve shared her experience and beautiful pictures with you here:

Where did you travel to?

I visited the Mara region of Kenya with a couple of stop overs in Nairobi, Livingstone in Zambia, Chobe and the Delta in Botswana

What made you want to visit Africa?

I have wanted to go for a decade but life kept getting in the way. So in 2018 the time was finally right!!

Which was your favourite lodge and why?

They were all fabulous but Rekero was my favourite and most dear because it was my first and the sense of intimacy and the community that was created there was very special… I felt as if I was part of an exclusive club!

Which did you prefer – the Masai Mara or the Okavango and why?

I loved both equally but for different reasons. I think the Mara represented a vastness and a majestic quality that certainly got the adrenalin going whereas the Delta was more subtle and sublime. Here the animals were not on show – you had to take the time and perseverance to find them. The delta was more about detail. In a nutshell, one was the big picture and the other was the specific.

If you could describe Africa to someone who’s never been there what would you say?

It’s extraordinary! The wildlife and the terrain attack and trigger all the senses. You sometimes smell or hear before you see – Africa is like a reboot of your senses in that way. You are constantly reminded in a primal way that you are not the only one or the only way on this earth.

What was your most unforgettable moment?

Undoubtedly the crossing of the wildebeest over the Mara river. I will never forget the thunderous sound, the dust and the energy.

What did you love most about the safari experience?

Looking into the eyes of the wild; all the fascinating people I met; the plains; the heat; the sounds; the sunsets; and the colour gold.

What is your favourite animal to see in the wild and why?

The lions on the hunt was exhilarating; I also enjoyed seeing the birds in flight and the wildlife families doing their thing. Also the wildebeest in their numbers, and the solitary giraffe.

What was the best sighting of your trip?

The thunder and storm that is the wildebeest.

Where in Africa would you like to go next?

I definitely want to see the dunes of Namibia, the gorillas of Rwanda, and Mozambique.  

A big thank you to Toula for taking the time to share the above with us. We hope to have you back on African soil soon.

Property of the Month – Alex Walker’s Serian

The name of the game is wildlife…

This month’s property of the month is more of a…migrating African hideaway.

Alex Walker’s Serian is the perfect choice for classicists wanting to escape to an intimate, authentic and traditional bush camp. This captivating collection of exclusive sites has all the trademarks of a charming alfresco space. Located in the prime wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania – this seasonal camp offers guests true intimacy and familiarity with both wildlife and landscapes.

Emulating the behaviour of the wildebeest, the camp moves between the northern point (June to November) and southern grasslands (December to May) of the Serengeti in-sync with the Great Migration. Its location is always sheltered away from man-made interferences and allows for animals to naturally wonder through the encampments.

Alex founded these camps on the idea that a safari should be more than ticking game off a list from the back of a vehicle. Offering guests VIP access to the magic of the bush from great East African locations, these camps are best suited to those with an adventurous spirit and an intrinsic need to seek the untamed Africa and all its splendour!

These prime locations are celebrated for the sense of calm. The word ‘serian’ comes from the Masai language, meaning ‘peaceful’… a natural element of the bush. Alex ensures that guests experience this through the silence you will find only in these remote parts – roars and grunts of wildlife that competes with the sound of your own beating heart. The camp allows you to experience clean and pure sights, sounds and smells with clear skies and air.

The remoteness of this camp is significant – not only are guests deliberately choosing to disconnect from the rest of the world, they are rebooting and restoring by connecting with an unimaginable purity. This goes beyond the clean air, untainted land and free wildlife… it’s about a different way of living – even if it’s just for a short while. Before you return to the ordinary, the beauty of the great outdoors will have transcended your being.

And if you think that you have to give up comfort for solitude, you’re mistaken! Each tent is amongst the flowering shrubs and savannah grasslands, far enough apart to feel alone and close enough to create a sense of community. Spend your days being intimate with your surroundings and your evenings dining and reclining around the communal camp fire. The luxury tents have en-suite facilities and personalised with a certain amount of care and deliberation.

Get to know the bush in a variety of ways – for the daring and the less adventurous guests. Have the day at leisure in a safari vehicle or on a walking adventure. And for those looking for an adrenaline rush, there’s always fly-camping, night game drives, and hot air ballooning.

Alex Walker’s Serian has a unique spirit and is certainly how we would opt to spend our time in the bush. Let’s show you a combination of untamed African beauty and a traditional camping experience. Here the attention is on showing you the ultimate game and giving you the best African safari experience!

For more on this absolute wonder of an African safari destination click here.

 

Jamala Madikwe In Pictures

Presented with the 2017 American Express Fine Dining Award; and the Best Safari cuisine in Africa two years in a row, Jamala Madikwe is one of our top food-safari destinations. The in-house award-winning chef, Nico Verster, presents magnificent artworks that titillate the senses with a selection of mouth-watering treats that double-up as a sight for sore eyes. Guests wait in anticipation to dine uncovered beneath Africa’s water-coloured skies. Infamous for modern gastronomic techniques, Verster creates luxury-meals served with a side of colonial charm that mirrors Jamala Madikwe’s personality.

But the scrumptious and attractive edibles are not the only reason we spend our free time day-dreaming about this splendid retreat – basking in exclusivity and privacy, Jamala Madikwe is a very special property.

Accommodating only 10 guests at a time, each of the five freestanding villas is positioned a distance from each other and the main lodge to ensure that you have absolute privacy and quiet – perfect for honeymooners and relaxation. Owner-run, this property prides itself on its attention to detail, ensuring you always feel like royalty.

The villas are perfectly positioned beneath lead-wood trees that create an elegant canopy – compelling an extravagant romance. Retire to your extra-large king size bed and enjoy the wanders of passing wildlife or fall asleep to the hum of Africa.

The interior luxury is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the savannah that is given life from the Marico River. Step on to your private veranda and oscillate between the rugged, surreal African Bush and colonial opulence of your living quarters that overlook the reserve’s own watering hole.

We can exhaust all adjectives trying to describe the magnificence of the villas private rim-flow pools and salas; expansive viewing decks and outdoor showers, but words aren’t able to pronounce the superlative luxury and intimate privacy these villas offer.

Here are our hand-picked images of Jamala Madikwe’s thoughtfully chosen interiors that combine colonial contemplation and unconventional African inspiration; picturesque dishes; and unimaginable vistas that contribute to this lodge being one of our most aesthetically pleasing accommodations.

 

Click here to read more about this property and the incomparable experiences it offers.

 

 

Cape Town’s Top 10 Cocktail Spots

Our wildlife are not the only ones searching for a drinking hole this summer…

With summer descending and the hustle and bustle beginning to slow down, Cape Town is preparing for its most festive and fun time of year – sun, beach and bars! Soon sunset will become an occasion; as people flock to secret hideaways and embrace whatever beverage their heart can envisage while watching those last rays dip where the horizon meets the sea or behind the grandeur of Table Mountain.

We know the perfect way to end any summer safari, tour or frantic day is with a well-deserved ice-cold concoction in one hand and great family and friends to share these beautiful moments with. We’ve taken the effort out of scouring for trendy sundowner spots and created a list of our top ten with not only great drinks but striking views and backdrops too.

1.THE ROUNDHOUSE

The terraces that provide guests with a dramatic view of the 12 Apostles has been referred to as The Rumbullion, which means ‘a riotous good time’. A glass of rosé will pair beautifully with the water-coloured sky in front of you.

2. TOBAGO’S BAR AND TERRACE

Try the Sweet Melon Margarita while relaxing by the rim-flow swimming pool. Tobago’s Bar and Terrace offers the finest sea and waterfront views to ease you into the weekend.

3. THE BUNGALOW

This trendy bar and restaurant is one of the most popular sea-side lounges that overlooks Clifton Beach. With an uninterrupted view, a Watermelon Martini in hand and your feet up on the lounges… there is very little that could ruin such a magical moment.

4. PARANGA 

This terraced bar is Camps Bay’s little black dress that can be dressed up or down. Head here for a romantic evening or unwind with a Banana and Coconut Daiquiri. Enjoy good food, fascinating cocktails and guaranteed ocean views without any of the pretence.

5. SHIMMY BEACH CLUB

Beach bar by day and nightclub by… well night – this is the perfect in-door-out-door lounge to move from casual cocktails to starlit dinner. This Ibiza-inspired venue will have you tying the Turkish Delight and losing track of time.

6. HARBOUR HOUSE

Harbour House will transport you to a scene from “something’s gotta give”. This bucolic Hamptons-inspired restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows will have you sea-gazing throughout your meal. Pair it with one of many South African wines offered.

7. ASOKA BAR

Asoka is an intimate restaurant that plays with light and nature to create a magical setting that resembles Diagon Alley. Try a Jade Garden in the open courtyard or a cocktail made from fresh fruit, herbs, and juices.

*While Cape Town’s coastlines are flecked with idyllic private beaches, coves and long stretches of pavilion dotted with quaint cafes and sundown lounges; we have added two more rustic, in-land locations for our mountaineers.

8. HUDSON’S

If you prefer the scenic backdrop of towering hills and vineyards, make the most of Stellenbosch’s cocktail joints. Enjoy the usual mojitos and strawberry daiquiris to Hudson’s in-house specialities like Grapefruit Crush or the Pink Lady. Choose from a wide variety of colourful options.

9. GLEN CARLOU WINE FARM

Turn the classic sundown session into something more refined with premium chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons and red blends. Relax at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountains and overlook sweeping views of endless vineyards and valleys at this special slice of heaven.

10. THE MARTINI BAR AT THE CELLARS-HOHENORT

Not too far from the city is a martini bar that will have you feeling like one of the Sex in the City girls. Put on those heels and fabulous dress and choose from over 100 martini varieties. This is a perfect warm and sophisticated spot for a girl’s night out…

Can you tick off this entire list by the end of your trip? For our favourite Cape Town Hotels, click here. 

A Diver’s Paradise

When planning a vacation to South Africa, the first thing that comes to mind for most travellers is going on safari. The idea alone conjures up wonderful images of rolling plains, dense forest and magical sightings of the Big Five. And while elephants, lions and the rest of the squad are plenty to see, there is so much more than what meets the eye.

The beach bums and water babies out there will be ecstatic to know that South Africa’s coastlines are filled with diving opportunities. For every one terrestrial wonder is an aquatic spectacle waiting to be discovered. These stunning marine ecosystems offer beginner and advanced divers the change to see a network of life underwater. If you want to see the warm coasts, colourful reefs, sharky-waters and sandy beaches from a different angle, here are some of our five favourite diving spots:

Gansbaai

Perfect for even the most novice diver, Gansbaai is most famous for its Great White sharks and cage experiences. You’ll also see plenty of seals and African penguins that attract the shoal just two hours east of Cape Town.

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Sodwana Bay

One of the more calm spots in South Africa, Sodwana has multiple dive sites that house over a thousand different species of fish. You can expect to see white-tipped sharks and turtles among others. With almost as much marine life as found in the Great Barrier Reef, Sodwana is known for its vortex created by the dive site walls that attracts diverse life. It also makes a great deep sponge dive experience.

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Shark Alley

If your heart can handle the adrenaline, get on your dive gear and climb into a cage to come face to face with a Great White. These majestic, yet fierce creatures will race around you leaving you in awe.

Aliwal Shoal

Located 5km off the coast, Aliwal Shoal – named after a sunken vessel nearby – boasts a huge variety of marine life. Explore the SS Nebo or the Norwegian bulk carrier for eels, colourful coral reefs and an array of tiny fish. Divers can also look forward to seeing Manta rays, humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and the Grey Nurse Shark.

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The Great Sardine Run

Take the time to visit Umkomaas, a town that hosts the sardine’s annual migration from the coast of South Africa towards Mozambican waters. Gear up and go out on to the water to see millions of sardines travel fast enough to create an illusion resembling a stampede. During the sardine’s race against time, you will also witness larger, hungry fish trying to catch them.

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From cold Atlantic waters to warmer Indian oceans, South Africa has a dive site for everyone’s taste and needs. Welcoming beginner divers to self-taught experts, these beautiful waters offer world class tropical and coral reefs, wrecks and underwater natural spectacles. You can sight big whales and scary sharks to comical sardines, squid and turtles. The list of marine wildlife waiting for you is endless.

For some of the Cape’s top destinations and other scintillating South African adventures, click here.

A Luxury East African Adventure

Not everyone can decide between island living or a classic safari; mountain views or the ocean breeze – and coming to Africa you will surely want to see it all. Why pick one country; one city; one town when you can tailor a grand tour of Africa and experience different places, cultures and foods in a single trip! The luxury East African adventure tour and safari does exactly this – offering you the very best in hospitality, safari experiences, luxury and unimaginable wildlife encounters in just two weeks.

From the colonial opulence of Hemingways Nairobi to the breath-taking views and exceptional service at Angama Mara; the ultimate safari at Singita Faru Faru and the pearly white sands of andBeyond’s Mnemba Island Lodge in Zanzibar.

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These six unparalleled boutique and unique hospitality experiences have authentic East African charm and culture:

Hemingways Nairobi

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, Hemingways is an elegant boutique hotel situated in Nairobi’s residential area with magnificent views of the nearby Ngong hills. Sensitively designed for the discerning business and leisure traveller, Hemingways Nairobi offers the full facilities expected in a modern day luxury boutique hotel.

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in Nairobi. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manorhas extraordinary appeal that extends back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens and sunny terraces, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa. Not to mention the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening.

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andBeyond Bateleur

On the edge of the Mara Triangle, beneath the Olooloolo Escarpment, lies a lush, magical oasis of giant fig and wild ebony trees that is home to an intimate, colonial, Kenyan escape. Bateleuris a sanctuary of comfort, shade, coolness and luxury, a welcome retreat from the heat and wide-open spaces of the surrounding savannah.

Angama Mara

This is a place where everything is just as it ought to be. On the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, overlooking the Mara Triangle it’s regarded by many as Africa’s finest safari destination. The Mara is also home to the annual Great Wildebeest Migration – and Angama Maraoverlooks all of this.

The sky – ‘anga’ in Swahili – melts into the horizon, and it is hard to define where it ends and the earth begins. The lovely Swahili word ‘angama’, meaning ‘suspended in mid-air’, inspired the name Angama Mara. The site completely speaks to this, as each tented suite and guest area hangs on the edge of the Rift Valley, with views that quite simply take your breath away.

Singita Faru Faru

Singita Faru Faruis built on a gently sloping hill above a beautiful waterhole and the Grumeti River. In the dry season, after the great herds have departed for greener pastures in the north, the Grumeti draws in large concentrations of resident wildlife. Elephant, Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, impala and topi all seek life-sustaining water from the river. Even in places where the river runs dry, water flows just beneath the sand and many species dig to find it. Faru Faru offers a constantly changing and completely private wildlife spectacle.

andBeyond Mnemba Island

Exclusive yet unpretentious, andBeyond Mnemba Island is an award-winning private beach paradise just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Ten beachside bandas overlook a pristine coral reef at this romantic, private hideaway. From snorkelling, swimming and kayaking to massages on the beach and simply doing nothing at all, andBeyond Mnemba has something for everyone.

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For more information on your next grand tour, enquirenow!

Perfecting your Johannesburg Layover

There’s nothing worse than getting off a 15 hour flight and having to spend another 12 hours at Africa’s busiest airport. Because O.R Tambo International Airport is not as close to the city centre as we would like it to be – and with peak time traffic setting people back by a couple of hours, staying at the airport can sometimes be your best bet. But even with the many duty-free shops, restaurants and lounges, it can be cumbersome when you need to occupy yourself for half a day. But long layovers make managing your time easier and allow you to explore a city you wouldn’t have otherwise.

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Make sure you consider the time it will take to get through passport control, collect your luggage and check in again; and set aside at least an hour travel time from and to the airport. Before planning your layover itinerary, look at what time you land. Consider the time and distance as certain activities will be closed and tours will not operate after dark. Whether you’re in the City of Gold for the day or staying over at one of the airport hotels, here are our top suggestions to do on a layover in Johannesburg:

The airport is situated approximately 25 kilometres from the city centre. Don’t get too excited… Johannesburg is known for its congested traffic and these 25 kilometers can sometimes take up to 2 hours by car. The quickest way to get to the CBD is with the Gautrain – getting you to Sandton within 20 minutes. The travel card is available for purchase and can be topped up at the airport and stations.

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Emperor’s Palace

A stone’s throw away from the airport is Emperor’s Palace Casino and Entertainment Resort – home to the “Codesa Walk”.  Whether you’re travelling solo and need some pampering or with small children, Emperor’s Palace has something for everyone. Relax and have a sit-down meal, play some Russian roulette or try not to have more fun than the kids in the entertainment area. This wonderland has some retail therapy options for the ladies, a live theatre and a cinema.

Sandton

Take the Gautrain to Sandton – one of the most upmarket areas in Johannesburg with some of the most exquisite hotels. Enjoy a meal at Mandela Square and stroll around the Sandton City Mall.

The Carlton Centre
Gather panoramic views of Johannesburg from the fiftieth floor in Africa’s tallest building – The Carlton Centre at an astounding 202 meters high. The Centre also has a hotel, cinemas and Johannesburg’s biggest shopping centre.

Soweto Tour

If you have the day at leisure, book a tour through Soweto, the South Arica’s most popular township. Soweto is home to more than one million people, which once included Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will get to see the Hector Pietersen Memorial and the Kliptown Open Air Museum.

Lion Park

There’s no better time than layover time to get up close and personal with some big cats. Visit the Lion Park about 45 minutes away by car. You can pet the cubs also see ostriches, zebras and giraffes.

Constitution Hill

Catch the Gautrain to Park Station in Braamfontein from where you can walk to Constitution Hill. Here rests the South African Constitutional Court, an old military fort Women’s Jail and the prison where Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and many others were held.

Gold Reef City

Depending on the time of day, you can take a 40 minute drive east and visit Gold Reef City. This is the ultimate fun town suitable for both adults and children. Right next door is the Apartheid Museum which is also worth a visit!

Regardless of all O.R Tambo has to offer, why hang around an airport when you can see the beauty of Johannesburg!

 

Top 5 Foodie Destinations

Africa boasts 54 beautiful countries, each contributing to the hundreds of different cultures and ethnic groups. Unique views and landscapes are merely a windfall in comparison to the world-class service, chefs and cuisines. For all the self-proclaimed foodies, Africa offers you a variety of cherry-picked destinations and accommodations whose connoisseurs fuse together tastes and flavours that will blow you away. Gone are the days of having to step away from your luxurious suite to experience great food!

Every country has something special and unique to offer – the kind of experience that requires only one meal before spending every other rehashing the details to all your friends. From conservative dinners and 5-course menus to laid back log-fire grills, Africa is renowned for food as fascinating as its history, cultures and traditions.

Sample our top foodie accommodations and destinations that will tell you a sensory story as you taste some of Africa’s finest creations. If you set foot in any of these hotels or cities, don’t leave without indulging…

Angama Mara in Kenya will show you a whole new food vocabulary…  Sit around the boma and enjoy ‘bitings’ (snacks) and ‘kuku’ (chicken) grilled right in front of you, a Tusker beer in hand. The chefs marry luxury travel comforts such as Pinotage and Chenin Blanc with classic safari cuisine, providing you the best of both worlds – rugged authenticity that is uncomplicated and deeply tasty. Choose between sophisticated cucumber sandwiches and buttery scones or succulent roasts. All dishes at Angama Mara are served in 5-star fashion and come from local produce and the juicy prawns and seafood straight from the Indian Ocean waters.

If there’s a place that feeds your taste-buds with a silver spoon, it’s Singita Sasakwa in Tanzania. Relive scenes from Out of Africain authentic style from the damask to the decanters. And while you bask in the filmy setting and breath-taking views, be assured the food matches up. Enjoy out-of-this-world sweet and savoury treats from sweet crepes to gourmet macarons. Everything from pre-dinner drinks to main course platings is romanticised and enlivened with unique flavours and pairings. Make sure you try ‘mtori’ – traditional beef and green bananas.

Locked by mountain and sea is Cape Town’s Cape Grace. Here the chefs play with South African flavours such as rooibos and Cape-Malay spices in a new way. Try rooibos-infused salmon fish cakes or springbok bobotie. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask your waitress for kudu or ostrich dishes. Using Cape Town’s history as a source of culinary inspiration, try the delicious layer cake that is topped with sugar crystals and sweet lemony syrup.

Further up country you’ll find Delaire Graff– home to olive groves and bespoke oils.  Some may call its setting ‘bistro chic’ but it is more of a rustic paradise. You cannot leave this green estate without having the home-baked breads, crafted from stoneground flour. The chefs create dishes using sophisticated gastronomical techniques and best produce. Try unique whiskey jelly after indulging in some fresh oysters or tender lamb. And if you think Delaire Graff is renowned for its olive groves only, you’ll need to have a glass of their wines!

If you’re heading on a Mozambican island getaway, find your way to Maputo. Mozambique is surely a seaside paradise, but many forget a foodie destination too. The cuisine accentuates African and Portuguese flavours that will leave you wanting more. A must-have is the ginormous Tiger prawns or the classic piri-piri chicken – marinated in lemon juice, garlic, coconut milk, and spicy sauce.

If we’ve gotten your mouth watering and stomach rumbling, start planning your next foodcation! Africa’s story can be found in its array of tastes and spices; always surrounded by beautiful sceneries, unforgettable sunrises and majestic wildlife. From safari lodges to city hotels – all our chefs are preparing luxurious tastes of local culture for you. Read more about our especially crafted Food Safari here.

 

A Love Like No Other

“The eye never forgets what the heart has seen.” – Bantu Proverb

Travelling has a way of magnifying all human emotions, especially when you have an innate love towards a particular place! Our very own Terri Abadi shares her love for Africa with us here:

“The phrase, “follow your passion” is often thought to be nothing more than a cliché, one often repeated but seldom embraced. I feel blessed that over the last four years we have fostered a company which really is an embodiment of my one true passion!
My recent trip to Africa to further explore Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa reminded me why I love the continent of Africa so; what makes it so special and why it is deeply embedded in my soul.

Growing up in South Africa, I was enthralled by its breath-taking landscapes from a young age, and in particular the life that pulses through the bush. What makes the African wilderness so captivating to me can only be described as a feeling; one of being in complete and utter awe.
When I am there, inner peace permeates every fibre of my being, from the first sight of the amber rays spreading across the bushveld at dawn, all the way through to the last red glow after the suddenness of the sunset, with the soft chirp of a Scops owl calling from an acacia tree nearby or the muted roar of a male lion in the still night air.

Africa grips you in its wonder and you are left inextricably bound to it. Ever since I first visited the Kruger National Park and Botswana, it has pulsated in my veins like a river rushing in my blood.
The escape that the bush offers from the daily grind is unlike any other. Sitting in the middle of a herd of a thousand buffalo, or having a bull elephant stroll past within metres of your vehicle are the type of experiences to get pulses racing, to offer the type of thrill that exists nowhere else; the most addictive cocktail of anticipation, incredulity, freedom, wonder and awe.

Truly, there is nothing like the call of the fish eagle beckoning you to discover the secrets and wonders of the bush. If you visit, I promise that you too will fall in love Africa’s her hypnotic beauty.

She will completely transform the landscape of your dreams for a lifetime, in a way you never thought possible.

It will do for you what it has done for me: embed itself in your soul… And there will be no going back…

We can’t wait to share our love for Africa with you.”

by Terri Abadi

Terri’s Trip to the Delta

Terri Abadi, our intrepid Director recently returned from a wonderful adventure to the Okavango Delta! Let’s hear more about her time at Mombo here:

Q: What did you love most about your stay at Mombo?

A: Mombo is the pinnacle of what Wilderness Safaris has worked so hard to achieve. This famed property is considered to be the flagship of the collection and it certainly does not disappoint. We were lucky enough to stay at the recently renovated Mombo and experience what the most avid safari goers have all spoken about for years…. not only is it the most luxurious camp in Africa but hands down produces the most consistent big game viewing.

Many people believe that Mombo means ‘Place of Plenty’, but, whilst this name would certainly not be far from the truth, it in actual fact means ‘The Fire Underneath’ – the Shimombo. This name comes from the local Tswana word for the bush fires that burn deep within the earth here. These regular fires unlock many nutrients from the soil, rendering them readily available to the wealth of animals that flock here to make the most of these rich resources.

Q: What game did you see?

A: I saw everything – the majestic lion, a leopard and her cub, some wild dogs, black Rhino and all the other general game.

Q: What did you think of the hospitality at Mombo?

A: All the staff were beyond friendly and exceeded our expectations. Besides the opulence, the hospitality and attention to detail are key at this unbelievable property which makes for a memorable stay. The staff go out of their way to make sure that you are comfortable and that all your needs are met.

Q: If you could recommend Mombo for one reason – what would it be?

A: It would definitely be the consistent Big Five game viewing!

You could of course see all of this from the comfort and luxury of your sophisticated Mombo suite – an abode that will rival any place you have rest your head before with homely comforts and a sense of belonging.

Botswana, despite its incredible reputation as a premier wildlife destination, remains an untouched wilderness of unbelievable diversity. The camps that Iconic Africa recommends represent the epitome of discerning luxury eco-tourism and authentic conservation. Discover Botswana now!