Phinda Mountain Lodge: Dramatic Landscapes above Conservation Success

The Lebombo mountains are perhaps some of the most wildlife-rich on the planet, yet are not well known outside local circles. They don’t feature snow-capped peaks or jagged ridges rising to unimaginable heights. They are in fact not the most impressive range. Yet probably along no other range of hills and mountains will you find…
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One of Africa’s Most Breathtaking Views

Wildlife Photographer and Guide James Tyrrell recently visited Angama Mara, perched on the lip of the Oloololo Escarpment overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara. He is adamant that walking on to the deck for the first time and taking in the view below him is one of his all-time favourite safari moments. Read what he had to…
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Singita Castleton: Leopards, Luxury and Lawn Tennis

Whilst many would have played a casual game of Sunday tennis and wandered off the court to drink a refreshing post-game G&T, very few would have done it with a pride of lions in attendance, or served for the set with an elephant casually feeding from a nearby marula tree. Yet both scenarios are a…
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Photography Tips: Making Your Subject Pop

Portrait shots, or simply photographs of individual animals in typical pose, are greatly enhanced when the subject matter ‘pops’. When it jumps out at you from the photograph. When your eye is immediately drawn to whatever the photographer was intending to be the main subject. There are a few ways to accomplish this ‘popping’ effect,…
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South African Resilience Always Wins

Another surge of Covid cases has seen Christmas effectively getting terminated for the international tourists that traditionally flock to South African shores at this time of year, but in true South African fashion, we look upon setbacks as merely that: setbacks. We embrace life with humour and are always able to see the positive, no…
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Marataba: Conservation and Tourism Intertwined

The new narrative of ecotourism is about far more than simply viewing animals in their natural habitat. It’s experiential, it’s immersive, and more than anything, it’s about the visitor to African shores feeling like their stay has made a difference. More and more safari operators are giving guests the chance to go behind the scenes…
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Mala Mala Magic

When you abut the Sabi Sand Reserve – one of the most wildlife-rich areas on the planet – and your hashtag is still #itsallaboutthewildlife, there is probably something special going on. Mala Mala, one of the first photographic safari destinations in South Africa, has long been revered for its incredible sightings, of the big cats…
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Lion Sands: Where Nature and Luxury Meet

Nestled on the southern edge of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve sits Lion Sands, an exclusive lodge run by the More family, that just happens to boast some of the best game viewing in the world. Leopard, cheetah, elephant, wild dog and of course lions… there is no shortage of high profile game…
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Zambia: The Next Big Thing in Safari

Although boasting a long history of safari, Zambia has somehow managed to fly under the radar for most, with its cousin Zimbabwe just to the south, and the East African and gorilla safari scenes to the north-east generally taking home all the plaudits. Recently though, with more and more focus being on exploratory travel, and…
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The BEST Way to Find Big Cats When on Safari

It’s not tracking (although this is certainly effective). It’s not staking out a waterhole. It’s not heading out in the middle of the night with a spotlight, hoping to see the eye shine of a feline predator reflected back at you. No, the best way to find the big cats is simply to look at…
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Tropical Paradise Rediscovered

Mozambique is an oft-overlooked coastal holiday destination. Which in some ways is understandable given that it shares the same ocean with some of the world’s most well-known and romanticised island getaways like the Seychelles, the Maldives and Mauritius. Yet the Mozambican coastline – and in particular some of its offshore islands – has come into…
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Our Iconic Africa

Africa has been waiting for you all this time. And so have we…  The wildebeest are still spreading in their hundreds of thousands over the sea of grass that is Tanzania’s Serengeti and the leopards are still lounging on the marula branches of the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. Wild Africa is essentially…
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Cape Town and When to Visit

Cape Town (and South Africa) officially became a thing in 1652, when Jan Van Riebeeck landed to found a way station for the Dutch East India Company on its trade route between Holland and the Far East. The reality is that there was actually a presence on the site before that and the real story…
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Africa is Opening More and More

It’s certainly been a rough year-and-a-half for the travel fundis, and for the industry as a whole. Confined at home for months, then confined to your home country, and even eighteen months in, many of you have been told that a mandatory two-week quarantine period will be enforced as soon as you return home from…
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A Camp All to Yourself: the New Normal of Luxury Safari

Humans can be funny creatures. No matter how exquisite the experience, we still ask ourselves “how could this be just that tiny bit better?”. Often when it comes to idyllic destinations, we find ourselves wishing that it was just us there; either our family or only the group of friends we are travelling with. A…
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