Madikwe Safari Lodge: the Perfect Mid-Week Getaway

One of South Africa’s lesser known game reserves, but one of its most ecologically diverse, the 75000ha Madikwe Game Reserve is a hidden gem of wildlife viewing. A comfortable forty minute flight from Johannesburg – or just over four hours drive for those who enjoy a short road trip – and situated in a malaria-free…
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Kicheche Safari Camps: Hidden Gems in a Huge Landscape

Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem is subdivided into a number of areas; the Mara Triangle in the west which forms the edge of the grasslands where it rises up into the Oloololo escarpment, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which has its own private camps and is where public vehicles can access too, and on the norther…
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Angama Mara: Endless Horizons Over Africa

There are few places on the African continent that are so picturesque, let alone iconic, but the picnic site at Angama Mara overlooking the Masai Mara grasslands has to be top of the list. Imagine gazing down over somewhere in the region of a million herbivores, from the very same spot that Robert Redford and…
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Vumbura Plains: the Ultimate Water and Land Safari

The Okavango Delta is an utterly unique wildlife destination. Formed thanks to a shift in the earth’s tectonics which rendered the Okavango River unable to reach the sea, the delta now sits as an inland paradise; a union of land, water and sky which is as close as one can get to finding a true…
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Gorilla Trekking: The Time is Now!

Africa’s most diverse protected area is the Virunga National Park; a third of the world’s mountain gorillas occur here, as well as over one thousand species of bird, mammal, reptile and amphibians. Yet the national park itself is just a sample of the incredible wildlife experience the region offers. The Virunga Mountain range, which runs…
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5 Things you MUST Know About the Great Migration

Although “great migration” sounds fairly generic and could refer to any mass of living creatures moving between areas in response to environmental change, in an African context, it refers to one thing specifically, and that is the wildebeest migration of Kenya and Tanzania. Well over a million of these antelope (yes, they are antelope) move…
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The Leopards of Londolozi

It’s been over 40 years since Londolozi first viewed the original Mother Leopard, a young female who for some reason was more relaxed around the Land rovers than her predecessors or conspecifics on the reserve at the time. For the next decade, Londolozi co-founder and Tracker Elmon Mhlongo would follow her life, watching as she…
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Ngala Tented Camp: Canvas and Luxury in Wildlife Heaven

A common misconception when hearing the word “tented” is to think of a more rustic experience. Well, &Beyond’s Ngala Tented Camp will turn that idea on its head. Nine luxurious tents, all on raised platforms and blending perfectly into the riverine habitat, offer the visitor every comfort they may desire. Each suite is air-conditioned, providing…
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Garonga Safari Co.: a Safari For the Soul

The three luxury camps of the Garonga Safari Co. lie in the 25,000ha Makalali Private Game Reserve, in the north-eastern corner of South Africa. This region of the country is wildlife heaven, from the Crocodile River in the south right up to the Limpopo River along the Zimbabwe border and flanked to the west by…
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The Best Lion Viewing Destinations in Africa

Lions are one of, if not the, main reason people travel from all around the world to partake in an African safari. Apex predators in every environment they inhabit, they are the epitome of the wild nature of the continent itself. Sadly, the reality is that over the last century, lion numbers across Africa have…
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Londolozi: A Return Home

It has been 26 years since I first journeyed to Londolozi Game Reserve, yet every time I visit I still feel the same sense of giddy excitement I did on that initial visit so long ago, the same sense of nostalgia when I climb up into the Land Rover for the opening game drive of…
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Face to Face with Mountain Gorillas: a Life-Changing Experience

It’s an odd thing to look at yourself looking back at you, but not in a mirror. No, you are far removed from where you would normally find a mirror. Surrounding you is damp montane forest, the air is filled with strange bird cries, and the eyes that gaze back into yours are fringed all…
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Notten’ Bush Lodge: the Sabi Sands’ Best Kept Secret

Down towards the south-east corner of South Africa’s world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve lies one of its hidden gems. Unobtrusively nestled between the old bed of the Selati railway line to the west and the Sand River to the east lies Notten’s Camp, a small, family-run bush lodge that redefines what it means to feel…
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Africa is Opening Up!

Africa is opening up again! For those of you who have been yearning to satisfy that travel urge over the last 15 months, the thrilling news is that you can do that sooner than you think. Right now, in fact. United Airlines recently returned to South Africa with its direct flight from New York to…
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The Ultimate African Rivalry

Iconic Africa director Terri Abadi and family are currently on vacation at South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve, a place Terri has been visiting for over twenty years. On their very first morning on safari, they headed into the north of the reserve to see what they could find, and soon came across tracks of a…
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