Why Go for a Private Guide?

A private guided safari is without a doubt the best way to experience Africa’s bush and wildlife. Guests can enjoy a holistic experience with our lodges and camps’ excellent teams of specialist guides who will assist you with not only planning your dream game drives but also guiding you throughout the journey to ensure that your wildlife experience is everything you ever dreamed of!

Most camps and lodges organise game drives with between 4 and 6 guests to a vehicle. While sharing your experiences with other guests is a great way to meet fellow travellers and often great fun, it is also possible to request the ‘exclusive-use’ of a vehicle and a private guide for all or part of your stay.  This can be very appealing to guests who have very specific interests or simply wish to prioritise the flexibility and exclusivity of their day.

Here are our top reasons to choose a private guided safari:

All of our destinations offer the finest qualified and experienced private guides in the industry, adding immeasurable value to your safari. Most countries in Africa have a formal qualification requirement which is extremely rigorous, and ensures top quality guiding.

From the moment you arrive, your private guide will be there to make sure you don’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying your time in Africa’s great outdoors. You can customise your game drives to specific areas you wish to visit and your guide will help you to maximise the sighting and photographic possibilities.

You’ll build up a wonderful relationship with your private guide, as they share the incredible knowledge, stories and experiences with you. Your private guide will become familiar with your interests, what you’ve already seen and what you want to see, maximising your time in the bush.

On a private guided safari, you won’t have to share your guide’s knowledge and passion – special attributes that add a unique touch to your experience.  This one-on-one time accompanied by your guide’s deep understanding will open your eyes to a world you never knew existed. You will learn more than on any other type of holiday – that’s for sure!

Your private guide is also available to you throughout the day for any questions or to help with editing the day’s photographs. Whatever your level of photography is, you can be assured of leaving your safari with new skills, techniques and inspiration.

Whether your focus is on wildlife photography or an interpretive game drive, your private guide will make your days more relaxed, memorable and informative, but leave you wanting more. You will also no doubt make a life-long friend in your guide.

Rebuild of Jao Camp, Botswana

From waterways to unbroken grasslands, Jao Camp is located perfectly on a remote island in one of the most picturesque concessions in the Delta that provides guests with both land and aquatic experiences. Here, all your dreams become possible at this luxurious property intelligently designed to showcase Botswana’s exquisite beauty and show off the surrounding channels of incredible water, landscape and wildlife.

And because this property is so special to us, we are delighted to announce that the rebuild and complete transformation of this gem set in the heart of the Okavango will be completed later this year and due to open 1 June 2019.

The new Jao Camp will remain raised on the existing wooden decking built into the tree canopy. Guests can still completely disconnect from the world below and immerse in this magical wildernesswith more private areas created in amongst the trees.

The spa at Jao will be tucked in amongst the balmy leaves for privacy, and is surrounded by water to provide a calming and tranquil atmosphere. The gym will be thoughtfully placed on the edge of the island, offering breath-taking views over the lush water, while the main pool shaded by a canopy will project out into the floodplain with 270-degree views of the Delta.

Jao camp will introduce two new villas, each accommodating up to four people, and will feature a private vehicle, guide, chef and butler. The other five twin accommodations will boast private plunge pools, lounge and dining areas, kitchen facilities, and exquisite indoor and outdoor showers. A colour palette will reflect and incorporate a unique botanical theme throughout with special emphasis placed on the water lily.

Cathy Kays, co-owner of the Jao Reserve shows the camps commitment to be as eco-sensitive as possible with the introduction of Climate Wizard, self-igniting Calore stoves and great use of natural lighting.

The lead architects Lead architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, who designed the original Jao in 1999 have approached the rebuild 18 years later with an approach to keep Jao Camp’s sense of adventure, element of surprise and delight. Until June 2019 – watch this space!

Southern Africa’s ‘Green’ Season

If you’ve set out on safari before, you’ll know that Africa’s traditional safari season begins in the southern hemisphere’s winter months, – just when European and North American holiday-makers are on their summer breaks.

This means that Africa’s peak season runs from July to September, which is ideal for most travellers. But this also means that Africa’s ‘green’ season is often overlooked. Between November and April, traditional ‘safari hotspots’ experience a rainy summer. With luscious landscapes and quiet accommodations, this could actually be the perfect time for that luxury trip to the bush. During this ‘green’ season, the chances of having uninterrupted views and endless sightings of wildlife all to yourself are good. By March most of the summer ‘safari hotspots’ move towards the end of the heavy rain period making it a pleasant time for travel.

Summer rain also brings about an abundance of migratory birds visiting from the North and resident birds preparing to breed making it perfect for avid bird-watchers; there’s copious flora; thriving bugs and the short rainstorms make way for clear skies and cloud formations that present beautiful sunsets. Summer brings about new life from impala to elephants which also mean the bush is filled with predatory activity.

Some of our top southern safari hotspots that experience refreshing summer rains are Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania.  Here is our list of seven summer safari destinations that will definitely add significant value to your experience:

Victoria Falls remains a top bucket-list destination perfect for year-round travel with heaps of local activities.

Chobe is an hour’s drive from Victoria Falls and offers spectacular elephant sightings.

The Central Kalahari is at its finest from December to April.

The Okavango Delta is excellent year-round.

Cape Town’s peak season is during the warm and clear summer months and is easily combined with other safari hotspots.

Tanzania’s Serengeti is at its peak once the rains have fallen. The new-born wildlife is thriving and the area is carpeted in luscious grass.

From October to April, Uganda is set apart from any other African safari destination with its diverse bird habitats.

Book your next safari trip in March when there is little rain and there is an increase in game sightings. It’s a quiet time of the year in the bush and you will hopefully miss the crowds. For more on the exquisite destinations we recommend in the above destinations contact us here. 

Property of the Month – Selinda Explorers Camp

Perched along the famous Selinda Spillway, this month’s property of the month offers an authentic classical safari that will have you feeling like a true explorer from a bygone time. Selinda Explorers Camp combines a modern twist to the essence of pioneering, creating this luxury under canvas that’s set in the shade of the riverine forest.

Canoeing Selinda Explorers Camp

Grabbing our attention for this month’s property of the month is the distinct comforts that define luxury safari and authentic experiences immersed in wilderness, disconnected from the rest of the world and completely comfortable the way the first explorers did it.

When you’re in the bush and want authenticity and luxury to coincide, you head Selinda Explorers Camp and ask for a brass hip bath to be set up for you in a quiet spot on the sandy banks of the Selinda Spillway.

Selinda Explorers Camp Swims in Selinda Spillway Botswana Safari

Or perhaps cool down in the clear waters of the spillway and ask your guide to keep watch while you enjoy a refreshing swim.

Selinda Explorers Camp Botswana

Where else in Africa will you enjoy sundowners after exhilarating game drives, guided walks and wildlife canoeing other than at one of Botswana’s secret hideaways.

There is no better way to experience the unsullied waters of the Selinda Spillway than from the silence of a canoe drifting with the current. Once again, accompanied by a highly-experienced guide, an evening paddle might afford you views of buffalo, roan or sable drinking at the water’s edge. You will be enthralled by the egrets, kingfishers, herons and jacanas hunting from reed perches, hopping across the lilies and waiting patiently in the shallows as the African sun disappears in a blaze of crimson.

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Travel back in time under pioneer canvas, outfitted with the finest leather and wood…

The Selinda Explorers Camp is chic, basic and beautiful. The four private tents are settled in the deep shade of giant Mangosteen and Jackalberry trees. The camp rests on the ancient Kalahari sands allowing you to feel the throb of wild Africa while the décor and appointments conjure an era of opulent exploration. You will recline on campaign furniture and inhale the glorious, herb-scented Selinda air. Your personal effects will live in vintage trunks and your hot water will arrive in copper kettles. The bathrooms are completed with flush loos and open-air showers with plenty of hot and cold water.

When you are not in your tent, you might be indulging in a gin and tonic from the comfort of a huge cushion, set on the Arabian rugs of the main tent. As the African night builds you could be dining on simple yet stunning cuisine by the light of a brass lantern or relaxing around the fire, contemplating the day’s adventures with a single malt, dancing gold in the firelight through a crystal tumbler.

Why wait to experience such splendid adventure in the finest comforts, find out more now!

What to Expect from a Night Game Drive

If you have ever been on safari before, you would surely have experienced the wonders of sighting all sorts of wildlife. But you may not have had the chance to go on a thrilling night game drive. A night game drive is a whole experience on its own and completely different to a day safari.

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At private game reserves, there are usually three guided game drives every day. Each unique in its sightings, the first departs before sunrise, another takes place midday and the last drive is usually before sunset or after dinner, returning after nightfall.

You may want to start the game drive before sundown and enjoy the last light in the bush over a glass of bubbly, cold beer, a delicious G&T or with a light picnic basket and return in time for dinner. Or perhaps have an early dinner and leave after sunset to observe the nocturnal activities of Africa’s most sought-after wildlife and small animals in complete darkness. Twilight is considered the best time to track and observe nocturnal animals and in some parks and reserves, night-drives can last long into the night.

Get your heart pumping from the sheer thrill and excitement as an unknown nocturnal world awaits you. Your guide will help you find the smallest of creatures to well-known big cats and share their knowledge of their behaviour. A  spotlight is attached to a safari vehicle and an animal-friendly red filter light is used to spot the eyes of shy wildlife that are hiding in the dark. Ask your guide if the sighting is a predator or prey from the colour of the eyes…

As with day game drives, you may be driving for a long time before you spot an animal, but when you do, it will be a moment you will never forget as most big predators do their hunting at night. And if you don’t have any explosive sightings, there is nothing more magical than listen to the sounds of nature in the dead of night with no distractions for miles.

Don’t forget that being comfortable on your night game drive is as important as on your day drives as they can last for hours. We suggest having a warm layer for the late evening, a warm hat or beanie, and a good camera with a spare pack of batteries, just in case – even though night photography is very difficult to get right.

Walking Safaris Iconic Africa ZebrasMany would expect to see the obvious game such as hippo, rhino, zebras, or even a big cat on the hunt. But keep your eyes peeled for the occasional bushbaby, chameleon, aardvark or leopard too.

 

 

To get the best quality pictures that does justice to the breath-taking evening scenes and nocturnal sightings, make sure you bring along the necessary camera equipment and lenses and ask your guide how to overcome poor lighting.

For more of the incredible African adventures that await you click here.

 

Iconic Africa’s Ultimate 2019 Bucket-List

2018 took us to some breathtaking destinations so choosing our favourites for you has not been easy. We hope this inspires you to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime safari, African romance or island getaway! From heaven in the tropics to awe-inspiring wildlife experiences, unforgettable adventures and cultural immersions, it all starts here, now.  Click on the link below to scroll through our top destinations for 2019! The magic of Africa awaits you…

Iconic Africa Bucket List 2019

For any questions or queries please contact us here. 

Property of the Month – Duba Plains

Grab a window seat and fasten your seatbelt as we transport you to this month’s property of the month – Duba Plains. Nestled on an island in the far northern stretch of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, this tasteful and luxurious camp is surrounded by clear channels, filtered pure by the Kalahari sands, and can only be reached by light aircraft.

The legendary Duba Plains is celebrated for its remote location and exclusive wildlife encounters. Founders and pioneering filmmakers Dereck and Beverly speak of Duba Plains as home – the very essence of wild, untrammelled Africa at its most exciting. Guests feel at home too which is a testament to the tasteful and sophisticated luxury offered.

Stay in one of six gorgeously appointed Meru style tents that have been erected on a private raised deck. Here you are afforded breathtaking views out over the plains and shaded by an African giant that has called this magnificent wilderness home for hundreds of years. The décor is simple and sophisticated with elegant rugs and cushions of ochre and deep blue paying tribute to Arabia and the east. These tended suites with a romantic open-air shower give safari a new luxury definition and ensure your living experience is nothing short of comfortable, homely and extravagant.

But Duba Plains has more to offer than quaint accommodations and spectacular views… This is your chance to watch the epic and ceaseless battle between the lions and buffalo of the Duba Plains that makes this an essential destination for the discerning naturalist and safari enthusiast.

African adventure will permeate your being from time out with the lions and buffalo to reading about them in the stately leather lounge or dining on the deck suspended over the crystal channel.

The lions of Duba Plains are some of the largest left in Africa and they owe their size to a diet largely consisting of buffalo meat. The huge herds of buffalo are hunted remorselessly by the prides – equally at home in the water or on land. Your chances of seeing an interaction between these two African icons is excellent because the prides of Duba usually hunt in broad daylight.

The exclusive nature of the camp means that you can tailor your activities in the wild to suit you or the movements of the animals. Try unwinding with a mokoro trip on the Okavango channels or explore an island on foot before picnicking in the shade of a huge fig tree. We recommend sundowner drinks on a flat-bottomed boat while the hippos emerge for the night.

For more on this sensational property and our other favourite gems in Botswana click here.

Traveller Review – Bob and Judy Sell

Bob and Judy Sell have returned from a whirling trip around Southern Africa – from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to Victoria Falls and Londolozi – and have captured their trip in detail for us. With great planning came a delightful vacation that satisfied all their requests and so much more. Already planning another visit to Africa again, this experience was truly a trip of a lifetime for this wonderful couple.

Beginning their journey in Windhoek, Namibia, Bob and Judy changed up the traditional Johannesburg-layover most travellers choose. Flying on a small plane, it was a great way to move on and not lose time on the things they wanted to see.

“It was a good change to add getting to Windhoek on our first night in Africa rather than staying in Johannesburg for 24 hours to catch an early morning flight. It was a great idea to spend a night here to reduce the next day’s journey, allowing us to adjust to the time difference and prepare for all the safaris in front of us.”

Scroll down to read snippets from their travel diary…

A big thank you to Bob and Judy for sharing this with us – we look forward to having you back on African soil soon.

HOANIB SKELETON COAST CAMP

This was our request, and this camp didn’t disappoint.  It truly was worth spending three nights here. The all-day trip to the coast was the highlight – seeing so many different environments in a matter of hours. This was a great start to our visit and a nice introduction to camps in Africa and game drives.

ONGAVA TENTED CAMP

A great location overlooking a watering hole that attracts various game all day.  Solomon, our guide took us out to Etosha National Park which was one of the highlights! We viewed the watering hole there for over an hour, seeing all sorts of game come and go.  It seemed like each species had a reservation – as the zebra would go, the springbok would follow, and then the wildebeest, etc.

OLD DRIFT LODGE

The camp is recently opened and very relaxing. The staff was great, the food fantastic, and the rooms beyond expectation.  Being on the river it was great that we could just walk down to the dock, get on their private pontoon boats, and enjoy evening water safaris and sunset cruise with no crowd.

VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

Victoria Falls Airport is a new and lovely airport.  We took a Wilderness Air flight to Botswana.

DUMA TAU CAMP

We had a great visit in Botswana.  Our guide, Mocks, was one of the best we had on our trip. A highlight was our afternoon boat cruise, where we watched a huge herd of elephants cross the river.  The food was excellent, the staff was friendly, and the animal viewing was great.  Above all, Mocks was a terrific guy who took us to see unique sightings in the area, including watching wild dogs on a hunt, sunset over the water while we watched water buffalo roam.

Vumbura Plains Sunsets

LITTLE VUMBURA

This unique camp is situated on an island.  The water around the area in the delta made the difference. We did three activities, all unique.  The first was a boat safari thought the delta, appreciating the birds and foliage of the area.  In the morning we went on a game drive – driving through water covered roads was unique, and the sightings were great.  The Mokoro trip was unique and enjoyable – it was so peaceful in the water. Food was good, and trip was overall enjoyable.

QUEEN VICTORIA HOTEL

We were pleasantly upgraded to the Manor House adjacent to the hotel.  We were given a suite with butler service – an unexpected pleasure. The location is great, just a short walk to the Waterfront area, yet away from the noise of the busy streets. The hotel was superb, the room great, and the restaurant excellent.

CAPE TOWN

The boat trip to see the seals; the drive to the Cape of Good Hope; the trip to the penguin colony; the visit to the Natural History Museum, and the golf cart tour of the gardens – all made the trip to Cape Town a wonderful experience. We really enjoyed the Mother City.

ROVOS RAIL    

Talk about a first class experience, this was it.  It was great having two comfortable chairs where we could watch the scenery without having to go to the lounge or observation cars.  The meals were all elegant and tasteful.  The stops were popular; one of them being at the Big Hole which was worthwhile seeing – especially learning about the area’s diamond trade history.  This was a wonderful luxury experience.

LONDOLOZI

They say you should save the best for last, and that truly was our case.  Our stay at Varty Camp was a true highlight (though we enjoyed every camp and game drive, this was just the best).  Nick and Ray, the ranger and tracker, made a great team and insured that we saw everything we wanted, and more.  From finding a leopard three times, to tracking a male lion for well over an hour, to all the other game sightings (and there were many), it was fantastic.  The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful; it felt like you were welcomed into their home. The “tent” was fantastic, with a comfortable bed, air conditioning, and a great porch to sit on in our spare time with a private pool.  The meals were great too!  If (when) we travel back, this location will definitely be on our “do-it-again” list.

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Our Year in Pictures

Walter Benjamin understood that photographs could “meet the beholder halfway”. For those who cannot make it to Africa’s bush right now, we can deliver masterpieces straight to your screens! Carefully packaged in digestible form to examine over a morning coffee or in between dreary meetings – we’ve put together a select list of some of this year’s best captured wildlife, adventure and luxury moments. This is Africa for you – it’s the stuff dreams are made of!

Feel intoxicated with wildlife images so perfect it appears almost staged; or travel the world in a lunch break through the eyes of our talented photographers! These raw, candid pictures transport us every time to a different place.

This year provided us with jaw-dropping sunsets, meaningful wildlife moments and classic African landscape views. The power of these images can storm our consciousness and start transporting us to open savannahs, sparkling oceans and mountain tops. What starts off as an iridescent distraction soon remoulds our thought processes and invokes wanderlust in us.

Capturing some of 2018’s most iconic moments, we have seen a fantastic collection of photographs these past few months. Here are a few of our favourites selected just for you:

 

 

 

10 Things to Consider When Planning A Safari

As you may already know, planning a safari adventure isn’t without its complications. It’s difficult to know what to expect and there are a number of things that you need to organise in order for your trip to be a success. Because planning a safari can be a daunting task, we have compiled a list of the top ten things that you should consider while you are in the planning stages of your African adventure.

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1. Plan your trip way in advance
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that there is a huge demand for safaris. Depending on where you are planning to go on safari, you will need to book your stay in advance. Some camps require you to book at least six months in advance, whereas others might require you to even book a whole year in advance. So, if your dates aren’t flexible, you need to keep this in mind.

2. Do your own research
Part of planning your trip is doing your research. It is important to do your own research so that you know what you can expect. Luckily, there is a vast amount of information on the internet for you to look at. It can be daunting, and you may have more questions than answers after doing your research, but at least you’ll know what you want to ask your safari specialist.

3. Consider visiting Africa in the shoulder season
This is a really great time to visit the parks because there are fewer vehicles and visitors and the prices are often much less. Because there are fewer vehicles, you will also be able to spot wildlife more easily – you might even have the whole park all to yourself.

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4. Manage your expectations
Seeing the Big Five is never guaranteed, but that’s part of the appeal of going on a safari. Who wants a boring and predictable trip anyway? However, what is guaranteed is that you will definitely see wildlife wherever you choose to go in Africa. So don’t get too hung up about what you see or don’t see while you’re in Africa. You’ll have a splendid time sighting all kinds of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

5. Remember that you will get what you pay for
In most cases, the more you pay, the better your experience. Usually the more expensive places have better game viewing or better guides, and they certainly have better service. If you’re unsure of a place to choose, you can always contact us for advice and we’ll recommend the best place to suit your needs.

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6. Make sure that you have the right malaria tablets or vaccines
This is very important! Nothing will rescind the joy of your safari more than contracting malaria. Most of the parks in Africa are malaria areas, with the exception of South Africa. Visit a travel clinic for advice about the best malaria medication for you, and ensure that you have enough time to start your medication a few weeks before your trip to allow time for it to work.

7. Think about combining your safari adventure with a beach holiday
Safaris can be quite tiring so it’s always a good idea to plan a little beach trip for while you’re in Africa. There’s no better way to unwind after a spectacular safari than on some of the best beaches in the world, so it’s definitely worth considering. Visiting the seaside also extends your African holiday a bit, and it isn’t excessively expensive.

8. Don’t make your safari too long
This is something that we can’t stress enough! Safaris soon lose their appeal when you start to feel tired, so we like to suggest that the best amount of time to spend on safari is three to seven days. Remember, time slows down in the bush, so although three to seven days may seem too short, we can guarantee that it isn’t.

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9. Start your safari the day after you arrive in Africa
This is one of the best tips we can give our clients. Long flights can be so exhausting. It’s a good idea to spend your first night in a nice hotel to recover from any jetlag or exhaustion that you may have from travelling. After all, you need to be wide awake to spot all of those animals on safari!

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The right safari specialist is key. Contact us to answer any of your questions, and we will guide you on when to go, where to go and what to do on your next adventure. In fact we can plan every step for you!

What exactly is a safari?

Great… You’ve finally decided to book that once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Africa. But you’re still not sure what exactly a safari is? Fear not! It’s as you’d expect – amazing wildlife sightings, great company and even better food.

A typical African safari is a journey or an expedition to observe wild animals in their natural habitat.

The Swahili word ‘safari’ which comes from the Arabic origin (safar) has always described an overland journey, usually taken by tourists. ‘To travel’ in Swahili is kusafiri which would include any type of journey, from bus to ferry. Thanks to Richard Burton, the explorer, the word safari entered the English language in the1850’s.  In the past, a safari was often a trip taken to hunt big game, but now it is to observe and photograph majestic animals and landscapes and even hike surrounding trails and sightsee.

Now that you know what a safari is, you’re probably wondering what you can expect while on a safari? Here are a few highlights to get you excited about your next trip:

Your day-to-day itinerary will differ depending on the destination and accommodation you have chosen. Even visiting a private reserve compared to a national park will offer a contrasting experience. Each country, reserve and lodge has its own character and many will offer various activities and unique sightings such as the silverback gorillas in Rwanda or the white lions in the Sabi Sands. This is just one of the reasons why going on safari is so addictive!

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A luxury safari at one of our leading accommodations is all-inclusive covering tours, food, drinks and expeditions. Our carefully curated luxury packages offer travellers the comforts of home whilst in Africa’s bush. You will feel all the authenticity of a traditional safari and bush camp – the camp-style tents, evening fire pits and cultural immersion with the comforts of air-conditioned suites to rich linens, exquisite décor and world-class service.

Now that you know what you can expect, be prepared to start your day early each morning to catch Africa’s breath-taking sunrises and animal sightings. You’ll have 360 degree uninterrupted views of the beauty all around you – which makes rolling out of bed before the crack of dawn so much easier! Don’t forget your sunblock, sun hat and to have your camera charged and ready.
You may be thinking that sitting in the back of a game vehicle can be boring. But you’re constantly on the lookout for wildlife and everything else the exquisite African bush can treat and teach you about. Most accommodations have spa facilities, great adventure activities, outdoor meals and private viewing decks from your suite.

There will always be something new to see, do and experience. And while it’s impossible to guess or predict what wildlife you will see, most days on safari follow a ‘routine’. This is what a standard day might look like:

You will want to leave the sanctuary of your bed to see the active animals begin their daily routines. The best time for game viewing is before the sun is overhead.

Selinda Explorers Camp WIldlife

Don’t worry, you’ll have some scrumptious rusks and coffee before you leave and be back in time for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Perhaps you will stop for a morning picnic along the way if you have a full day’s game viewing planned.

You can return for a long and relaxing lunchtime when the animals are most inactive. Use this time to unwind with a book and some bubbly or enjoy a refreshing swim. If you haven’t had enough of the wildlife, you can do some game viewing from your private deck.

Most guests head out for another game drive late afternoon when it starts to cool off. Have some snacks and tea before you start looking for animals on the move. By this time, some predators will be grocery shopping for their dinner.

As you make your way back to the camp, the night drive will show you some of nature’s most elusive and nocturnal animals.

Just in time for a delectable and romantic dinner – most probably enjoyed outside under the starlit sky – reminisce the day’s spectacular sightings and end off another wonderful day in Africa around the campfire.

Don’t let routine scare you! As with nature, expect the unexpected. Each day will be unique and no two game drives will be the same. Not forgetting the amazing sunsets that are as distinctive as a fingerprint.

Visit our destinations page for all your safari options, including Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and more.

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.