Disconnect to Reconnect

An African sunset makes you feel at peace. There are few things on earth that can bring such a level of contentment into your life in one moment. It doesn’t matter what other stresses might be going on back home; mortgage, bills, business deals, impending board meetings… in that brief period of time, surrounded by…
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‘Phones in the Bush: Dos and Don’ts

(Disclaimer: We know not everyone is on an iPhone specifically, so if we use the term iPhone we are meaning it generically – it can be both iPhone or Android) Phones rule our lives these days. From communication to social media to direction finding to taking photographs – you name it, they’ve got it. But…
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The Best Treehouses in Africa

Counting sheep is one way to try and fall asleep. Why not go one better though? Try to count a billion stars, have a lion roaring in the distance as a lullaby, and feel the cool night breeze of Africa on your face as it sussurates through the mosquito net… That’s the way to do it….
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Iconic Africa Wins Another Award

For the 5th year in a row, Iconic Africa has scooped top spot in a LuxLife Travel Awards category, this year being declared Best Luxury Africa Travel Agent – USA. We could not be more proud to once again be recognised for the experiences we keep aspiring to deliver for our guests, and the continent…
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Leopards of the Lower Zambezi

The Zambezi is truly one of Africa’s great rivers. The fourth longest in the continent, it rises in the highlands of western Zambia, before cutting down into Angola, back into Zambia and then acting as a natural border with Namibia, then Zimbabwe before it finally flows into Mozambique, wending its way down to the Indian…
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The Luangwa Valley: the Best of Time & Tide

Spoiled for choice is a wonderful term with which to associate with safari, and it is certainly the case when looking into lodge options within the South Luangwa Time & Tide portfolio. Stunning camps – some of which are set along the banks of the Luangwa River while the others are further west on the…
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A Londolozi of Leopards

The collective noun for multiple leopards is actually a Leap, but the alternate term in this post’s title is more than appropriate, given that Londolozi practically pioneered leopard viewing as we know it today. In the early 1970’s, thanks to progressive land-management practices and a sensitive approach to viewing wildlife, Londolozi started seeing a single…
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The Beautiful Darkness: Black Leopards of Laikipia

In the heart of Kenya lies Laikipia County, slap bang on the Equator and one of 47 counties in the country. The county encompasses the high, dry Laikipia Plateau, a wilderness of thornscrub, rocky outcrops, valleys and rivers, with Mount Kenya rising imposingly in the distance to the south-east, just beyond Laikipia’s borders. Over the…
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Beach & Bush: the Perfect Holiday Combo

The East coast of Africa is one of the most amazing coastlines to visit in the world. And it is almost endless. Starting from Cape Town right on the south-western tip of the continent, moving east past Cape Agulhus (which is technically the southernmost point of Africa) and up the coast towards Durban, one experiences…
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South Africa: The Ultimate Travel Destination

South Africa literally has it all. Well. Almost. It can’t quite compete with the Alps or the Rocky Mountains as a skiing destination, but for the rest, you name it, it’s got it! Beaches, mountains, forests, deserts, bustling cities, cultural heritage sites, fascinating history, amazing food and wine… the list is seemingly endless. From the…
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Summer vs. Winter: When to Safari

When is the best time to go on safari? This is ultimate question. But at the risk of sounding non-commital, there’s no such thing as a “best time”. Or maybe “it depends” would be a better way to put it. The question should really be “When is the best time for ME to go on…
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Space & Silence: The Real Luxury

In this modern age of safari, when there are countless lodges to choose from, often with no more than a few kilometres between them, people are starting to reevaluate what luxury means. Wifi speeds and thread-counts, wine lists and heated seats in the game viewer… these are certainly things that can optimise your enjoyment of…
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Going Green in the Bush: Sustainability as the New Normal

In a world where trends shift weekly and the only true constant is change, some solace is to be found in that the shift in the safari industry that is rapidly establishing itself as the new normal is the move towards sustainability. Going green is the buzz phrase, but is far more complex than many…
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Tswalu Green Season Special

Stretching for 114,000 hectares across the southern Kalahari, Tswalu is South Africa’s largest private game reserve and a destination in its own right. Dramatically scaled landscapes, breathtaking vistas, diverse habitat with fascinating fauna and flora, and a wide choice of privately guided safari experiences set the scene for a safari of unparalleled exclusivity and freedom….
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Iconic Africa’s Top 3 Sundowner Spots

A safari should never be run according to a specific formula. Granted, there are certain times of the day when wildlife is more active and the light is better for photography, so heading out on game drive tends to be far more productive then, but too strict a framework will tend to tie you down…
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