Help Kicheche’s Conservancy Guardians Protect our Wildlife

“…Our conservancies need you now more than ever.”

Iconic Africa would like to invite you to help us support an incredible initiative that is doing great work for wildlife and communities in Africa. We really believe in what Kicheche is doing and encourage you to get involved if you are interested and able to.

The coronavirus pandemic has left nothing untouched. People, countries, economies, tourism and wildlife have felt the effects of this catastrophe.

Kenya’s Community Conservancies are a sustainable model of wildlife conservation. But since the global collapse of tourism, the funding of these conservancies has sharply declined and the ever-lurking menace of poaching, bushmeat hunting and encroachment is returning and growing rampantly.

Kenya’s Community Conservancies are a sustainable model of wildlife conservation and a benchmark for tourism. Many of you have appreciated the biodiversity and the variety of species supported by these protected lands first-hand, returning year after year to get your safari fix, from the hills and plains that have become your own backyard.

25% of their revenue funds the guardianship, protection and maintenance of 250,000 acres of the finest wildlife habitat in the world, but since the global collapse in tourism, that funding has sharply declined.

Without your support, the ever-lurking menace of poaching, bush-meat hunting and encroachment cannot be kept at bay. Currently, conservancies of Mara North, Olare Motorogi, Mara Naboisho and Ol Pejeta need you more than ever.

‘Nature never halts’ is a common phrase but if threatened, it just might.

The solution

Kicheche and their neighbouring communities are working tirelessly on a plan for the next year, to ensure that their conservancies remain secure and intact despite the dramatic drop in tourist arrivals.

CONSERVANCY GUARDIANS

They have initiated the Conservancy Guardians appeal, concentrating solely on covering critical conservancy costs: rangers salaries, welfare and medical, predator monitoring and patrol costs.

CREDIT THE CONSERVANCY

This scheme assists in underwriting conservancy land leases for a year, so the priceless conservancy birthright remains intact. By paying a conservation contribution of $750 (or more) now, you will receive a credit of the SAME value on your next Kicheche safari.

Kicheche has been at the vanguard of these Conservancies since inception and in this moment of need is backing them wholeheartedly.

Almost a thousand acres are now protected for a year. One camp cannot protect it all but every acre is priceless.

A message from Andrew Obaga, Kicheche Laikipia manager.

How you can help:

Protect an acre now

Contribute to the conservancies now

A Love for Africa Changes Lives

From Traveller to Fundraiser

One of our recent travellers was so taken by her trip to Africa that she set up this incredible fundraising effort…

Iconic Africa’s Julia Fryer showed one of our travellers, Toula Cassen, what Africa is truly about – wildlife, sunsets, people and heart! It is said that people visit Africa for the first time for the animals, but they return for the people. On Toula’s trip to Africa, she did a cultural tour in the Maasai Mara, meeting the locals and engaging in their daily life. Despite their tough economic circumstances, she was touched deeply at how happy they were. On her return back to Australia she started a fundraiser, working hand-in-hand with Julia to point her in the direction of where funds were needed the most. The reality is that precious wilderness areas can only survive in the long term if the local people who call the wildness areas home are uplifted and educated. They, therefore, decided to focus their efforts on assisting a school in the Maasai Mara that has accountable and transparent mechanisms in place to ensure funds are used for the purpose intended. In consultation with the trustees, we identified where the need was greatest and Toula responded accordingly. We are delighted to announce that the girls at the local school in the Emarti village, Kenya are now receiving @hurukits with hygiene instructions, underwear, reusable/washable sanitary towels and family planning education. The funds raised were so great that they were able to spill over to other schools in Kibera, Nairobi, the biggest slum in Africa.

“Africa has the ability to reach into people’s hearts. Travellers are amazed at the sheer joy Africans exude despite their often incredibly difficult circumstances. I knew from the minute I spoke to Toula on the phone that she was a true gem. She has such a heart for people, for giving back and for leaving the world a better place. Her efforts, and the generosity of those in Australia who supported her in her fundraising initiatives will reach women in schools far and wide in Kenya. The depth of the human heart when you engage people and point them towards contributing to a fund that has transparency and accountability is incredible! I am privileged to have met Toula and to have brought her to Africa. What a remarkable woman” – Julia Fryer.

A huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Toula Cassen who kindly fundraised to donate to @houseinthewild and @Crossroads_et_al. 

 

Here’s what they had to say:

@Crossroads_et_al: “I am thrilled to let you know that crossroads et al’s first fundraising venture has found its home! Your contributions are assisting female students in an area that has been a taboo up until recently. To all those who participated – you have made a difference.”

@houseinthewild – “An amazing visit from @hurukits to our local Emarti School today (2 March). 

Delivering kits of eco-sanitary towels, made by a women’s group in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, to all of the girls. The kits will not only help our environment by being reusable but they also keep the girls in school. The team also held sessions on family planning, bringing family spacing to the conversation. I was amazed to learn that 14 girls ages 15-17 at the school were mothers. And 4 more pregnant. Population pressure around the edges of the Mara is a huge challenge for conservation, and education is key. At #houseinthewild we are so excited to be partnering with @hurukits on this initiative and it would not be possible without the amazing support from Toula Cassen and thank you to the wonderful @jules_fryer for the introduction. Each kit costs $35 and comes with hygiene instructions, underwear, reusable/washable sanitary towels and family planning education.” 

For more information or to buy some kits for the girls at the neighbouring Ol Meoshi School email info@houseinthewild.com

A HUGE well done and thank you again to Toula – for making such an incredible difference in these girls’ lives. 

Tips to consider when planning to climb Kilimanjaro

If witnessing the Great Migration, exploring breathtaking landscapes and sceneries or standing on the edge of a dormant volcano in Tanzania doesn’t conjure enough adrenaline to course your veins; if a heart-pumping activity is what you’re looking for and you’re ready to test your limits; why not add a Kilimanjaro trek to your Tanzanian safari…

Seeing the Great Migration, or any big game on safari is already a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will make your trip that much more unforgettable. This escapade requires you to be fit, mentally and physically and will push your boundaries like never before. But it will all be worth it as you reach the summit and look down on Africa. This add-on can be demanding, strenuous and challenging and requires weeks of physical training. 

Here are 4 tips to help you start preparing to reach the level of fitness required to enjoy your Kili climb:

Physical Endurance: Depending on which route you take, you can be hiking for up to 15km a day. Prepare yourself for physical endurance so that you can train your body to maintain energy reserves for when you’re feeling tired. 

Try running/jogging, brisk walking, cycling and swimming or start by just taking the stairs at work. 

Cardio Exercise: This form of activity requires the body to use oxygen supplies to adequately meet energy demands. Build up your cardiovascular system with running, rowing, cycling, aerobics, jumping rope and walking to train your body to process oxygen in an efficient way while determining your target heart rate. 

Hiking: A Mount Kili climb is basically one very long hike. Try doing long hikes – preferably 5-hour-long ones back-to-back and wear in your new hiking boots to avoid blisters and swollen feet on your trip. 

Improve Mental Capacity: We can push our physical boundaries, but it is often the mental stamina that holds us back. Prepare yourself mentally up to 8 weeks before your trip to Tanzania as it is often your mental strength that will get you to the end of your journey. Being prepared mentally is what keeps you going and will get you to the summit. Try long-distance running twice or thrice a week two months before your departure. 

When to go

Travelling to Tanzania is good year-round. Whenever you go, you will be guaranteed to see amazing wildlife and witness surreal landscapes. However, if you’re adding a Kili climb to your itinerary, taking the season and weather into consideration can greatly benefit you. For example, peak-season can get crowded on the mountain, whereas off-peak may be more wet and cold, but fewer people on the trails. The summer season from December to March has temperatures ranging from a high of 28°C and an average low of 15°C. There is little rain and you can catch the migration in the southern Serengeti. April to June is the wet season and has heavy rain. During this time, the parks are fairly empty and wildlife numbers are at their highest. 

When hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro you have different climb options and four routes to choose from. Your service provider can take you on a group, private or charity climb starting from the Machame, Lemosho, Northern Circuit or Rongai route.  All routes vary in the number of days you spend on the mountain and where you start and finish your climb.  

Top 10 essentials for trekking Kilimanjaro

A strong (broken-in) pair of supportive, waterproof hiking boots. 

Trekking poles. 

Gaiters (can be hired too).  

A backpack of daily essentials. 

A duffle to carry 15kg (there are porters that can be hired to carry this bag). 

A down sleeping bag. 

Breathable, waterproof clothing and a down jacket. 

Garment essentials – fleece top, hat, gloves, scarf, breathable/thermal trousers, long top, fleece socks.  

Sunglasses (all seasons). 

Thermal underwear 

 

Practice walking/hiking with a packed backpack before you leave to make sure you are comfortable and can handle the load. 

Make sure you pack these essentials in your backpack in an easy-to-reach compartment:

Support bandages 

Sunscreen 

Moisturizing lotion

Lip balm 

Insect repellent 

Tissues

Wet wipes

Energy bars 

Water thermos and a 1L water bottle with a sucking tube 

A camera, torch and headlamp 

Don’t forget your money, passport, visa and other documentation.

Most sensational spas in Africa 

Those travellers who have been to Africa on a luxury safari will know that the memorable moments that linger on are more than the sights and sounds of the bush, the wildlife passing by your veranda and the tantalising cuisine – it is that moment where you are pampered under the shade of a large tree or on a deck overlooking the waterhole that will remain with you when you think back to your safari.

We understand the unspoken need to be greatly pampered and only choose the most bespoke and exclusive lodges and camps with luxury spa facilities that offer some of the most indulgent treatments in the heart of the bush. Being in the bush offers travellers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reboot, recharge and reconnect with yourself, loved ones and nature. For those of you on your way to the African wilderness for the first time – we have a selection of some of our favourite spas, from outdoor massages to mud treatments and traditional hammams. 

Tanzania – Mnemba Island Lodge 

The private island offers exclusivity like no other place on the African coastline. It is the ideal romantic honeymoon beach getaway. The luxurious accommodation offers 10 luxurious bandas with a touch of rusticity. It is the only lodge on a private island, devoted to rest & relaxation. In between yoga and walks on the sugared-beach, book a massage on the beach before enjoying some fresh seafood. You can opt for a quiet treatment in the privacy of your room or choose a private beach sala and unwind to the sound of the ocean coming in and going out. 

ANDBEYOND MNEMBA ISLAND LODGE ZANZIBAR SAFARI

Kruger National Park 

King’s Camp, Timbavati Spa

King’s Camp is one of the Kruger’s most discreet accommodations. The spa is tucked away and surrounded by mopane trees, a true paradise of peace and tranquillity. The spa treatments are reflective of the natural surroundings and offer a range of indulgent skin and body treatments to enjoy after a long day on game drives and walking safaris. Choose from a variety of relaxing massages or a rejuvenating beauty treatment. For ultimate privacy, you can choose to have your treatment in the comfort of your own suite.

Ivory Tree Lodge

Amani Spa at Ivory Tree Game Lodge was awarded the Safari Spa Award in 2007 and 2013 and when you book a treatment here, you’ll understand why. Choose a hydrating body polish followed by an aromatherapy massage, or a luxurious facial using Africology products after a long day under the African sun. This ultimate escape is dedicated to pure self-indulgence and offers an authentic, African-inspired experience. 

Royal Malewane

The bush spa at Royal Malewane is committed to complete restoration and well-being and is fully-equipped with a gym, heated pool, steam room and African baths for treatments and relaxation. Book a spa treatment using indigenous products and relax in a beautiful natural setting where you will leave feeling calm and polished.

Cape Winelands – Delaire Graff

At Delaire Graff Spa, therapists offer a range of beauty treatments that change with the seasons. If you’re visiting us this June, step into elegant suites and unwind with the winter ritual. Treat those toes and tired eyes with a mask and facial before a signature wine tasting.

Zambia – Royal Zambezi Lodge

Along the Zambezi River is the perfect place to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature and recharge your mind, body and soul. Try their signature DNA Royal Special. The “Do Nothing at All” special focuses on your chance to do nothing but relax at the Royal Zambezi Bush Spa that has won multiple World Luxury Spa Awards. Let the music of the birds soothe and serenade as you get all your worries massaged away.

Cape Town 

The 12 Apostles 

Located on the slope of a towering mountain and overlooking the Atlantic ocean, the 12 Apostles spa leads you to total peacefulness via a glass walkway that takes you from the complimentary snack station to the treatment rooms and down into the hydrotherapy and relaxation area. Be one with nature as the treatment and relaxation areas integrate with the rugged mountain surroundings. Let the sound and smell of the ocean lull you to sleep in one of the tinted-glass gazebo treatment rooms. make a good alternative. Music is compliments of the local bird population.

The One&Only Cape Town Spa 

The One&Only Spa is incomparable. Make your way to the ‘spa island’ that is a destination on its own a little way from the hotel pool area. Look up at the towering Table Mountain in the distance as you make your way to get a  Bastien Gonzalez Mani-Pedi. 

One & Only Cape Town Luxury Accommodation Cape Town Relax

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls Hotel 

Choose between the quaint beauty spa’s two massage beds or relax by the pool as the therapists relieve stiff muscles. The qualified beauticians offer a range of treatments that will treat any traveller. And if you’re still exhausted from your flight, book a mani-pedi in the quiet privacy of your own room. 

Botswana – Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Enjoy being soothed by the sounds of the Okavango Delta while your therapist spoils you with a range of spa treatments. After a long game drive, stretch those muscles with a session of yoga followed by an Africology spa treatment. What better way to end off the day than with a facial, hot-stone massage and a tropical immunity-boosting body wrap.

Kalahari – Tswalu 

The award-winning spa offers a welcome lounge, two beautiful therapy suites with adjacent sensation showers with a private garden. The spa is crafted from natural materials with reed ceilings and dry-stone walls in the indoor and outdoor showers. If you’re torn between pampering and safari, try the Signature Tswalu touch experience to prepare you for the day ahead. The spa also accommodates junior patrons. 

Kenya – Angama Mara 

Enjoy a full body massage on the tent’s deck before retreating to the infamous bright red rocking chair in the tent where you can relax and enjoy the wildlife passing by in the Mara below you

If you have any questions or are interested in the wellness safari retreat and relaxing getaway of a lifetime please let us know.

Traveller Review – Becky Rasor

Iconic Africa Traveller, Becky Rasor recently returned from her first time visiting Africa! 

Her mum Danae Prousis took Becky, her sister Katherine and brother Greg on their first safari. This wonderful family quickly created lasting memories in the bush, met new people, and built relationships in such a short time at each location. They had an adventurous trip, visiting Arusha National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Southern Serengeti, the Masai Mara, Nairobi and Aberdare.  Becky has been kind enough to chat to us about her time in Africa – here’s what she had to say: 

Q: Was this your first time to Africa? 

A: Yes!

Q: What was your first impression? 

A: The most stunning landscapes and kindest people.

Q: What surprised you the most about it? 

A: I didn’t expect to develop close relationships in such a short time with the different people I met along our journey. They are so proud of their country and make you feel like family. It’s a level of service and care that is difficult to replicate elsewhere.

Q: What is your favourite memory/experience at Giraffe Manor? 

A: Feeding the giraffes! One of the most special experiences. I also loved that the dinners were group dinners with other guests at the manor.

Q: Where in Africa do you want to safari next and why? 

A: Rwanda to see the gorillas.

Q: What did you spend most of your time doing while on safari? On game drives, cultural experiences or relaxation and self-care? 

A: Most of our time was spent on game drives admiring the beautiful landscapes and animals.

Q: Describe your trip to Africa in just 5 words? 

A: The trip of a lifetime.

Q: When do you think you will next visit Africa? 

A: Hopefully in the next five years 

Q: If there’s anything you could tell people who have never visited Africa what would it be? 

A: Visiting Africa helped to bring me back to reality and put things into perspective. You have a moment where it’s just you and nature and nothing else matters. I think everyone deserves that opportunity to reconnect with themselves and the world.

Top Game Parks in Africa 

Are you returning to Africa on safari or visiting us for the first time? Choosing which country to safari in can be an intimidating task, and deciding on a national park can be an even bigger conundrum. Africa is the world’s second-largest continent and is famous for its luxury safaris. Surrounded by adjacent islands, Africa offers a plethora of tour options and premier national parks, ideal for game viewing, adventure activities and hosts a number of luxury accommodations. 

These national parks are the epitome of how you have always imaged Africa, each offering something different, yet equally worthy of your stay. Many have private game reserves within the park ready to give you the experience of a lifetime and satisfy your travel cravings as you marvel at the unimaginable vistas. We have compiled a bite-size list of our favourite national parks in Africa to make your work less and choice easier. 

 

Botswana

Okavango Delta – Take a canoe trip down the channel with your loved one and try spotting elephants along the banks. Lodges in the Okavango Delta offer wonderful activities such as water safaris, game drives, boat rides and fishing. 

Botswana Safaris Okavango Safaris Okavango Delta

Chobe National Park Experience one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. See giant elephant herds and the rest of the big five as they roam along the banks of the Chobe River on your Botswana Safari. Famous for its jaw-dropping predator sightings Chobe is not to be missed!

Kenya 

Masai Mara National Reserve – Wherever you go in the Mara, the one certain thing is that you’ll see an astonishing amount of game, often in one place at one time. This exquisite ecosystem boasts one of the highest densities of animals in the world with 95 mammal species and 570 bird species recorded. You may think you’ve seen it all, but I can guarantee you that a visit to the Masai Mara is the safari of a lifetime. From the mating habits of lions to the displaying characteristics of the crowned cranes, to the quirky behaviour of the male wildebeest, to the idiosyncrasies of the local Maasai people. 

Choose between 1 of 5 of our spectacular accommodations

Rwanda 

Volcanoes National Park – Although the lush green forests of Rwanda offer a challenge for adventurous guests, a gorilla trek is certainly a magical experience and one that is not to be missed. Encounters with these majestic animals in Volcanoes National Park is exceptionally and powerfully moving.

Stay at Bisate Lodge

South Africa

Madikwe Game ReserveMadikwe is widely recognised as one of the premier luxury safari destinations in Southern Africa. Madikwe Private Game Reserve has become world-famous for its Lion, African Wild Dog and Big 5 viewing.

The Kruger National Park – The Kruger National Park is the largest reserve in South Africa. Visit Sabi Sands, Timbavati Private Game Reserve or Kruger National Park Private Concessions for a guaranteed incredible safari and luxury accommodation. 

Tanzania 

Serengeti National Park – Here you can find the Big 5 on your classic safari, elusive big cats and witness the Great Migration all while staying at one of these beautiful accommodations. 

Ngorongoro Crater – The Ngorongoro Crater is an iconic natural wonder of the world. Once an enormous volcano, it is now the world’s largest intact caldera volcano formed over 2 million years ago. This phenomenally game-rich crater is an ecosystem within itself and is a fertile paradise for plains game and predators alike. 

Zambia 

Liuwa Plain – the Liuwa Plain offers unrivalled access to incredible wildlife, bird-sightings and wildflower blooms that you will see on any day and night game drives, walking safaris, or bird watching. However, the real magic of Liuwa Plain is the 30 000 – 40 000 wildebeest seen in the area from June when they start their migration from the area around camp to the north of the National Park. 

Stay at King Lewanika  

Lower Zambezi – This spectacular region draws travellers in with its world-famous composite of abundant wildlife, natural beauty and bucket-list-worthy activities such as fishing, canoeing safaris and sleep-outs.

Stay at Chongwe 

Chongwe Zambia - Tempt your taste buds with Zambia_s fine cuisine

South Luangwa National Park – South Luangwa is Zambia’s premier national park and wildlife destination. It is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, covering 9,050 km2. The park is unfenced and bordered by a steep escarpment to the west and by the Luangwa River to the east.

Stay at Mchenja Bush Camp.
Mchenja Zambia South Luangwa - The style and comfort of the suites make you feel like an early explorer on an authentic safari

If you’ve already decided where you want to safari on your next trip to Africa, enquire about an itinerary with one of our team members here.

Experience of the Month – Safari with a Purpose 

This month’s top and not-to-be-missed experience is a Safari with a Purpose. Embark on a journey with meaning… with one of four hand-crafted adventures. Submerge yourself in something bigger. Wander off the beaten track, interact with indigenous tribes, help conserve Africa’s wildlife and give back to wonderful projects so that the world can, in turn, give back to you. Iconic Africa, in partnership with Wilderness Safaris, would like to offer the discerning traveller the opportunity to find their travel purpose in Rwanda, Seychelles, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa by taking part in a world of philanthropy, conservation, wildlife, culture and adventure. 

Whether it’s working with endangered mountain gorillas, collaring wild dogs or elephants or conserving sea turtles – we’ve got just the thing for you here:

Great Apes and Rainforests: Experience behind-the-scenes conservation work in Rwanda; meet the Endangered mountain gorilla and help habituate chimpanzees for future ecotourism.

Travel With Purpose Gorillas

Paradise with Purpose: Explore one of the most beautiful islands on earth while actively participating in a survey and ringing of the Seychelles white-eye population and translocating some of the North Island population to other islands to further protect the species.

Travel With Purpose Turtles

Kenya Natural Wonders: Experience the Great Rift Valley, a dormant volcano, a vital water tower and learn more about the rare and elusive Critically Endangered mountain bongo.

Travel With Purpose Rift Valley Children

Hwange Elephant Collaring: In west Zimbabwe, amongst its grasslands and mopane woods are large herds of elephant. Help collar elephants, count wildlife, discover anti-poaching patrol, and meet neighbouring communities.

Travel With Purpose Elephants

Enquire about adding one of these experiences to your itinerary with one of our team members. You can have a magnificent time with plenty of adventure and also leave a positive impact on the place you’re visiting at the same time.

 

  

Iconic Africa’s Top 10 tours for 2020

There are so many different holiday-makers, from couples seeking a luxury escape, families that need different ages catered for and solo travellers seeking adventure. And… so many variables to consider – connecting flights, accommodation, activities and so on and so on! Taking time to plan your vacation shouldn’t feel like more effort so Iconic Africa has done all the hard work for you and put together some fantastic tours that have the perfect itinerary waiting. We have chosen our top ten tours for 2020 right here: 

 

JOHN’S GREAT VALUE GOLF & WINE SAFARI

Iconic Africa Director, John Holley’s two passions in life are golf and the bush. Most of his childhood was spent doing one or the other and many memories made while either teeing off at sunrise or toasting to the sunset with an ice-cold beer at a waterhole.  On that note – another great love of his is wine so a combo of golf, bush and wine… really is (in his mind) heaven! John has put together this incredible Golf & Wine Safari from all of his favourite destinations just for you. Get up close and personal with the magnificent Big Five; tee off on some of South Africa’s most impressive golf courses; discover gourmet restaurants and taste the finest wines that the Cape Winelands has to offer. Click here for full interactive itinerary.

Value Golf And Wine Tour South Africa 2A

LUXURY LONDOLOZI AFRICAN ADVENTURE

Iconic Africa has crafted the perfect mix of the ultimate in African luxury destinations to bring you the Luxury Londolozi African Adventure.  You’ll begin your trip in the Cape of South Africa at the Cape Grace – in the heart of the world’s most beautiful city and then visit La Residence perched on the slopes of the Franschhoek Valley on the world’s most beautiful wine-lands. From there you will travel to the magnificent Londolozi Founders Camp in the exquisite Sabi Sands and then on to  Zambia where you will experience the majesty of Victoria Falls from The Royal Livingstone and lastly to Jao Camp in the midst the wilderness wonderland of the Okavango Delta. Click here for full interactive itinerary.

SAFARI AND ISLAND RETREAT

Southern Africa offers some of the most spectacular coastlines the world over. Iconic Africa has picked boutique luxury on the shores of the raw wild Atlantic and floating in the tropical serenity of the Indian Ocean. Cape Cadogan nestled on the northern slopes of Table Mountain, offers relaxed, family-owned style and luxury – a perfect base from which to explore the awesome beaches, gastronomy and viticulture of the Cape. Azura Benguerra, in the cobalt warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offers a new level of fresh sophistication, seclusion and serenity on pristine beaches and unspoilt reefs. In between these, Londolozi Private Granite Suites offer you discerning and opulent hospitality combined with the world’s best leopard viewing. Click here for full interactive itinerary

AFRICA’S CAPE OF DESIRE

Africa’s Cape of Desire, as its name suggests, is a grand tour of this inspirational region at the base of the African continent. From cosmopolitan Cape Town – with its trendy bars and restaurants, world heritage sites, pristine beaches, sense of history and natural beauty – to the Winelands of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek – the undisputed culinary capital of South Africa and where South Africa’s world-famous wines are conjured from the Cape terroir – to the coastal sanctuary of Hermanus set on the magnificent cliffs of Walker Bay – world-renowned for its frolicking southern right whales and, for the more adventurous, a place to dive with Great White Sharks; The Cape of Desire offers you the most sumptuous luxury and astonishing natural wonder that only the tip of Africa has to offer. Click here for full interactive itinerary

AFRICA’S FAMILY GETAWAY

Africa’s Family Getaway is the ultimate luxury bespoke family holiday. It is full of excitement, adventure and fun while maintaining an indulgent level of sumptuous luxury. It is also completely safe for young children. The One&Only Cape Town is perfectly placed and appointed to accommodate your family in luxury while being an excellent launch pad to the delights of the Cape. Lelapa is malaria-free and by far the premier luxury safari camp for families with a quite exceptional children’s programme amidst the gorgeous wilderness and opulent accommodation. Likewise, Tongabezi is specially equipped and staffed to delight the modern family with adventure and fun in complete safety and extravagance. Click here for full interactive itinerary

THE ROYAL ROMANCE

Africa is the continent of safari, wilderness and adventurous escapades but infused into all of this is an unmistakable and ancient romance. Iconic Africa’s Royal Romance combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure and pioneering excitement of Africa with four destinations that define supreme luxury permeated with complete privacy and opulent romance. Ellerman House is the definition of modern sophisticated living on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the marvels of Cape Town all around. La Residence is the jewel of Franschoek – abject indulgence suspended in an impossibly beautiful valley of vineyards. Royal Malewane is impeccably tasteful grandeur surrounded by the majesty of the African wilderness. Royal Chundu is the ancient mystery and magic of the Zambezi in luxurious island seclusion. Click here for full interactive itinerary

LUXURY VIC FALLS & BOTSWANA

In the Luxury Vic Falls & Botswana Safari, Iconic Africa has created the ultimate safari for those wishing to explore Victoria Falls, one of the original natural wonders of the world, and Botswana’s unbelievable wildlife areas. The Elephant Camp –has breath-taking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is a luxury, intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge is situated in Chobe National Park which boasts the largest remaining population of the iconic African elephant. Botswana’s only fully serviced safari spa offers sweet repose in the heat of the midday. Selinda Camp is found in the Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana along the eastern banks of the Selinda Spillway, near the confluence of the Linyanti, Savute and Kwando Rivers. At the peak of the dry season, this concession boasts elephants by the thousands and regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs.  Click here for full interactive itinerary

Selinda Explorers Camp

AFRICA’S LUXURY SAFARI CLASSIC

In Africa’s Luxury Safari Classic, Iconic Africa handpicks the quintessential essence of luxury southern Africa – the boutique opulence, the Out of Africa safari experience and the adventure of legend. The Cape Grace – in the heart of the world’s most beautiful city – is bountiful comfort while the city has natural beauty, gastronomic delight and heart-wrenching history in abundance. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a sumptuous safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park. The Royal Livingstone Hotel, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, in the spray of the Victoria Falls is a luxurious launching pad for the natural spectacles and adventures of the falls.   Click here for full interactive itinerary

LUXURY EAST AFRICAN ADVENTURE

This tour as its name suggest is a grand tour of East Africa. From the colonial opulence of Hemingways Nairobi to the breathtaking views and exceptional service at Angama Mara, to the ultimate safari at Singita Faru Faru, to the pearly whites sands of andBeyond’s Mnemba Island Lodge in Zanzibar. Only the very best in East African hospitality, classic safari experiences, sumptuous luxury and unbelievable wildlife encounters await you.

JOHN’S PREMIER WINE & GOLF TOURS

Iconic Africa Director, John Holley’s three passions in life are golf, the bush and wine – 3 of life’s finest treats! He’s been lucky enough to spend much of his life dedicated to these 3 passions and exploring all that South Africa has to offer – which fortunately for him – is a great deal! He’s hand-picked his favourite destination and put them together for you here in his ultimate golf and wine safari. Explore the historical panorama route, the sensational Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park, the Mother City, the coastal town of Hermanus and the rolling hills in Franschhoek and George.  These will no doubt be some of the best 15 days of your life – and full of wine, wildlife and golf they will be! Click here for full interactive itinerary.

Premier Golf and Safari Tour Fancourt

Enlivened by Africa

As we conclude a very busy and fulfilling year, we would like to take some time to stop and reflect on what Africa means to us and how this beautiful continent has influenced, inspired and moved us. A memorable trip that immediately comes to mind is an action-packed adventure in East Africa that served as incredible food for the soul. It reminded me of just how powerful and magical Africa is and what it can do for you both inside and out.

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So much of the first world and what we believe is normal life is left behind when you go to Africa.

Time becomes irrelevant, phones and communication impossible, consumerism no longer and worries a distant thing of the past.

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Embraced entirely in the present, you are able to fully appreciate everything about that very moment. Sights become brighter, sounds louder, smells more intense, and feelings more honest and accessible.

Life as you know it begins to fade away. Your heart slows down to the beat of the bushveld; your shoulders feel light and your laughter unbridled.

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A transformation is happening as you slowly unravel and join the peace and the pace of the exquisite creatures we share this earth with.

You rise and fall with the sun, beginning and ending each day with awe and appreciation.

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In between this, you are entirely enamoured by nature, its wonders, intricacies and surprises. From the habits of a herd of elephants to the quirky determination of the wildebeest, to the focus and agility of the pied kingfisher, to the mating habits of the crowned cranes…there is so much to take in.

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You breathe out, your eyes are open and focussed on the landscape around you, your ears listening intently and your mind free.

It is impossible to take it all in but you make a concerted effort to be fully present; to be fully available to enjoy every minute of what Africa has in store for you.

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There is so much the bush can teach you, so much goodness, so many life lessons and behaviours that you can take home with you.

Let it fill your heart and soul. Let it complete you, one sighting, one story and one sundowner at a time.

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Stop thinking I should go to Africa one day or I’d love to go back. It’s more than just an item on your bucket list it’s a life-changing experience and you won’t ever regret it.

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Africa is here waiting for you and it will make you feel more alive than you ever thought possible.

Treasures of Tanzania

This once-in-a-lifetime tour offers travellers only the very best in Tanzanian hospitality. Experience heart-stopping sightings of Africa’s rare wildlife; see some of the world’s most beautiful sunset spots and take in all the exquisite scenery and landscapes. 

From the volcanically rich soil to the lush forests, interminable golden savannahs, pearly white sands, snow-capped peaks, baobab clusters, lush swamps, fields of sunflowers and a constantly overwhelming sense of space, there is so much to explore.

This tour is a journey through all of Tanzania’s most luxurious treasures. From the heart of Tanzanian coffee and culture in Arusha, to the slow safari wonders of Chem Chem to the endless plains of the Serengeti and finally up to the Northern Serengeti where all the action happens. This tour offers the ultimate in colonial and opulent Tanzanian hospitality, unforgettable safari encounters, sumptuous luxury and endless breath-taking landscapes.

See the full itinerary below:

 

DAY 1: ONLY THE VERY BEST TANZANIAN COFFEE AND CULTURE

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge is a delightful sanctuary of aromas, gourmet food and vibrant gardens located on the expansive grounds of a verdant coffee plantation. Take residence in one of 30 luxury rooms – 12 Plantation Suites and 18 Plantation Rooms – all to be found within the 15 wooden chalets nestled amongst the surrounding gardens.

Both boast menus to satisfy the most discerning of palates, successfully fusing international culinary prowess with locally-sourced ingredients. The café bistro also has a wood-fired pizza oven. Other culinary delights include a 4-course alfresco buffet hosted daily in the garden.

Visitors are also welcome to enjoy convenient gift shopping at the Traders Walk Boutiques, located on-site. Browse through a collection of five boutiques offering arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing, gourmet coffee and cakes and Swahili food.

DAY 2 – 3: THE ULTIMATE SLOW SAFARI

Little Chem Chem

Known as the sunrise camp, Little Chem Chem is situated on the edge of an acacia forest. The camp is surrounded by the characteristic landscape of the Tarangire River with its impressive Baobab trees and overlooks the freshwater lake, Lake Burunge. The Babati mountain range offers a magnificent backdrop to the south-west, with the distant hills of Tarangire visible to the north-east. The atmosphere at Little Chem Chem is welcoming, elegant and oozing authenticity of a bygone era. The luxury of sharing 16’000ha with only 10 guests sets the ideal stage where you can perfectly blend into the wilderness. Lions roam the camp and call each other at night; stately elephants march down to Lake Burunge to get a sprinkling of freshwater; cheetahs hunt on the plains facing the lake; leopards, eland and lesser kudu can be seen in the more dense woods in the inner part of the concession. 

Accommodation: Chem Chem

DAY 4 – 5: ENDLESS SAVANNAHS AND INCREDIBLE GAME ENCOUNTERS

andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Famed for its endless grasslands and excellent wildlife sightings, the open plains of the magnificent Serengeti National Park are home to 35 species of plains-dwelling games, as well as prolific birdlife. andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is set in the remote western reaches of the park, on a by-water of the Grumeti River, known for its dramatic wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles. Tucked into a strip of riverine forest, guests thrill to the antics of the hippo resident in the tranquil lagoon in front of the camp and the spectacular pied colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti.

Accommodation: Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

DAY 6 – 8: A PEACEFUL HILL-TOP HAVEN OVERLOOKING THE EXQUISITE SERENGETI

Sayari

The award-winning Sayari Camp is renowned for extraordinary wildlife sightings and supreme comfort. Set on the unspoilt plains of the Northern Serengeti, close to the famous Lamai Wedge, Sayari gives you easy access to the Mara River and multiple river crossing points.

Sayari Camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing – and it does so in remarkable style. Relax in your extra-comfortable hillside suite after a day on safari, or take a dip in the glorious rim-flow swimming pool with dramatic views over the northern plains. Intimate, contemporary and elegant, it is no surprise that this permanent camp is regularly voted one of the top safari escapes on the planet.

Accommodation: Sayari

Don’t waste time and miss out! Now is your chance to experience four unparalleled boutique and unique hospitality experiences. Fully immerse yourself into Tanzanian culture and experience in its entirety the wonder of the Serengeti.

*All flights, transfers and private guide included.

The Treasures of Tanzania is the ultimate way to experience three very unique and luxurious safari destinations, to enjoy and celebrate the incredible Tanzania culture and hospitality and to explore the endless savannahs of the world-renowned Serengeti.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Gorilla Safari Combo

“Spending time with these gorillas changed my life.” – Ellen Degeneres.

No wildlife adventure can compete with coming face-to-face with a wild gorilla – it truly is the ultimate wildlife experience. 

“They are so incredible and so closely linked to us, sharing 98 per cent of our DNA. There are only 880 of these majestic creatures left on this planet,” adds Degeneres. So don’t leave it too late!

Due to the huge demand for a safari and gorilla combo, we have carefully crafted an incredible 7-night tour at a combination of our selected Sanctuary Retreats giving you a MASSIVE saving! Save over 33% on this amazing experience. Witness the iconic mountain gorillas now and bask in unimaginable luxury surrounded by the densest vegetation and the world’s most revered wildlife population. Pay a visit to the elephant orphanage in Kenya; see large prides of lion in Tanzania before stopping in Uganda to visit the majestic mountain gorillas. 

Best times to visit:

The best times to visit the gorillas are December to March and June to September as the rainy season is from April to May and October to November, with the wettest month being April. You can expect tropical climates and change in weather depending on your altitude.  

When to book:

Bookings fill up quickly and we recommend securing your trip between 12 and 18 months beforehand. 

Our very own director John Holley travelled to Rwanda to see Gorillas up close in their natural habitat. He had no idea how close….. that could be. Here’s a sneak peek… to give you an idea just how close he came!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAPi9rgsv3w

See below for full itinerary:

Spend 1 night at the Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi on a Bed & Breakfast basis. 

Situated along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, with some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

This journey will then take you to the Masai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago.

Spend 4 nights at the Sanctuary Olonana Camp in the Masai Mara on an all-inclusive basis. 

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lion, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Finally, fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in southwestern Uganda. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and accessible only on foot, it is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa providing habitat for over 90 mammals (including 11 primates), 346 species of birds (including 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics), 202 species of butterflies, 163 tree species, over 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and other endangered species. chameleons, geckos and other endangered species.

Spend 3 nights at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on an all-inclusive basis.

Located in southwestern Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest. It is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities. The rugged landscape features dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys and steep ridges. This untouched forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking natural beauty and unique ecological significance. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes. Bwindi is, however, most notable for her 340 Mountain Gorillas, about half the world’s population of this critically endangered primate. 

The opulence doesn’t end with your luxurious room! All guests visiting &Beyond safari lodges can now enjoy the use of a complementary pair of Swarovski binoculars, for the entire duration of their stay!

This offer is in high demand and difficult to get availability for, so don’t wait to book your once-in-a-lifetime experience. This offer is based for 2 adults sharing. The percentage discount varies based on selected property, seasonality and length of stay.  

*Please be sure to carefully check your passport & visa requirements for yourself and all the guests accompanying you on your trip.

In Pictures – Bateleur Camp

The winner of the Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve award, Bateleur Camp promises visitors the ultimate authentic Kenyan experience. Located on the edge of the Mara Triangle, beneath the Olooloolo Escarpment, this picturesque accommodation will transport you to a bygone era with its classical colonial hospitality. Relax in the coolness of the lush forests while the vast expanse of the Masai Mara stretches out before you.

The ultimate Kenyan experience

Immerse yourself in traditional Maasai culture and learn about it through the staff, the camp naturalist, the interactive Maasai dancing or a visit to the neighbouring Maasai village. Learn about the extraordinary Maasai culture, and be amazed at the stories you will hear. 

Wildlife Sanctuary

A birder’s paradise, the birdsong is endless and fills the air with only the happiest and musical sounds. From lilac-breasted rollers to African emerald cuckoos, to Sambiri barbets, many colourful butterflies and the striking blue Monkeys this tropical paradise is enough entertainment in itself. Go beyond the canopy of trees on an expertly guided game drive or walk and learn more about the intriguing habits of not only the plains game and the big five but also of the birds, insects and other smaller beings they share this beautiful land with.

Tented Luxury

Recently refurbished with all the latest deluxe comforts Bateleur Camp is even more inviting than it’s ever been before. Each suite sits with its back to the comforting canopy of trees and opens out onto the golden grasses of the endless Mara plains. The two camps of nine suites each, boast polished wooden floors, vintage carpets and exquisite furniture ensuring a stately yet welcoming feel. A cosy central fireplace sits at the heart of the twenties style sitting room, scattered with delicate ivory lamps, substantial tree trunk stools, lanterns, old English portraits, classic suitcases, tartan throw pillows and soft delicate mohair blankets it takes you back to a time of intrepid explorers. Dine outside under the trees as the wind whistles through the leaves, the lions call in the distance and the cicadas and the tree frogs join in to complete the evening symphony.

Each tented suite opens directly onto the plains, completely secluded from the next and at one with the bush around it. A large four-poster bed forms the centre of the luxuriously furnished suites, complete with exquisite wooden finishes, rock walls and warm Maasai colours. It all combines to make sure that you sleep well, at one with the abundance of nature that surrounds you! 

Arise to the sound of your private butler waking you with cups of steaming hot coffee and delicious nibbles to get you ready for yet another day exploring the magical Mara triangle.

Here are our favourite pictures of Bateleur Camp to excite your travel senses: 

Bringing a Piece of Africa to Atlanta, USA

“Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.” – Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

On 24 September 2019, Angama Mara will partner with Iconic Africa to present an unforgettable and authentic African night of inspiration and entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to help raise funds and awareness.

We request your company this September as we bring Africa to Atlanta and display a marvellous exhibition of stunning wildlife photographs from Kenya’s newest photographic competition, The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the YearFor full invite click here. 

The Angama Foundation proudly presents a competition, exhibition and auction which aims to help important conservation programs such as The MAA Trust, Anne K. Taylor Fund, mara elephant project, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Mara Conservancy: Protecting the Mara Triangle with funds raised.

Let us transport you to an unimaginable part of East Africa and fall in love with the greatest game reserve, wildlife habitat and photography.

The rationale behind this exhibition is to:

  • Promote the beauty of Africa’s Masai Mara
  • Raise awareness of conservation issues
  • Create exposure for many up and coming wildlife photographers
  • Connect potential travellers to East Africa

The evening will include sundowners, an authentic African Braai, and lively African stories around the campfire.

A fantastic holiday at Angama Mara will also be up for auction.

Angama Kenya Iconic Africa Luxury Safaris

Venue:

CAPE DUTCH

1782 Cheshire Bridge, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30324

Contact (404) – 343 0313

Dress Code

Smart casual / restaurant attire

Cost of Ticket

$90.00 – Includes South African sundowner pre-drinks and snacks, African dinner (from a set menu), speakers and African entertainment.

There will be an auction selling an incredible holiday and funds from the proceeds will go to the listed charities

RSVP – Terri Abadi at RSVP@iconicafrica.com or +14 044 322 407

 

Why Choose Africa 

“I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life because, after Africa, nothing has ever been the same” – Suzanne Evans.

Africa receives millions of travellers each year – most of whom come to visit the variety of beaches, mountainside escapes and safari lodges and camps.  Experience everything from cultural immersion, history and enjoy a variety of wildlife at your fingertips. Let us share with you – why we have come to love the continent as much as we do. 

Africa has a special safari destination for every occasion, family size and travel needs. The continent is selected for the exceptional Big Five game viewing, year-round good weather, spectacular birding opportunities, family-friendly and malaria-free safari accommodations, romantic retreats, award-winning chefs, breath-taking sunsets, and unprecedented sceneries. Find luxury, opulence and extravagance in the great outdoors. 

Africa’s expanse and extremely diverse terrains, climate and wildlife can make deciding on a country a tedious task. You may want a view of Mount Kilimanjaro from your lodge or to climb the famous Table Mountain. The continent has been blessed with so many cultures, community projects and great service that contribute to truly wholesome travel – from the Maasai people in Kenya and Tanzania to the San and Shona in the Kalahari and Zimbabwe. Experience modernity and rustic authenticity simultaneously in Africa’s pristine wilderness whilst returning to your luxury suites each night. Whether it is in the Kruger National Park, South Luangwa National Park or the Serengeti – you will stay mesmerised.

You can experience the best of everything, from nature’s wonders; getting up close and personal with some of Africa’s fiercest game accompanied by world-class guides; adventure activities; photography opportunities; artwork and museums and shopping!

We have put together a list of African safari destinations with the highlights from each to help you with your complex travel choices:

  1.     South Africa
  • Explore the beautiful Winelands of the Western Cape where you will find luxurious chateaux, local wines and exceptional views. 
  • Enjoy the beaches, mountains and city-life of Cape Town. The Mother City boasts beautiful architecture with a thriving night-life and an abundance of activities. 
  • Escape to the quiet of the Kruger National Park and enjoy some quality time with the Big Five.
  • Visit the rugged terrains of the Kalahari

  1.     Botswan
  • An untouched wilderness with incredible wildlife sightings. 
  • Cruise along the Chobe River and come face-to-face with the largest concentration of elephant and other predators. 
  • Diverse landscape from the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta. 
  • Selinda Game Reserve is an opportunity to awaken all your senses with the sceneries and wildlife. 
  • Spend some time in the Kalahari where time stands still 

  1.     Kenya
  • The place where safari originated. 
  • An abundance of wildlife. 
  • Visit the Masai Mara and experience a Maasai village. 
  • Experience the Great Wildebeest Migration. 

  1.     Tanzania
  • Explore the unfathomable magic of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater 
  • Bordering Kenya, Tanzania has a plethora of wildlife 
  • The Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous wilderness areas. 
  • Wonder off the beaten track to a more quiet safari location such as Tarangire National Park 
  • A high density of wildlife throughout the year
  • Choose between a variety of locations from forests to savannahs, beaches or volcanic areas such as Ngorongoro Crater. Even the weather can alter drastically, from snow-capped peaks to lush tropical mountainsides. 

  1.     Zambia
  • Birthplace of the walking safari. 
  • Experience the thrill and views of sitting in Devil’s Pools
  • An alternate and exceptional view of Victoria Falls
  • Great fauna and flora in 20 national parks, our favourites being Liuwa Plain, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa for its dense leopard population. 

  1.     Rwanda 
  • The beautiful forests are magical and encompass a fairytale setting for outstanding wildlife with exceptional surrounding accommodations. It is the ultimate jungle escape – see Silverback Gorillas and trek through the dense mountainside.
  • Rwanda is home to numerous monkey species.
  • Explore the hilly landscapes and see volcanoes for the first time.   

                                    

  1.     Zimbabwe
  • The most tranquil setting for luxury and adventure. 
  • Explore the Zambezi River by boat cruise and watch a masterpiece sunset. 
  • Stand before the most breath-taking Natural Wonder – Mose-oa-Tunya – The Smoke That Thunders 
  • Thrill-seeking activities such as white river rafting, bungee jumping and many more.

  1.     Mozambique
  • The perfect beach escape for couples and families. 
  • Luxury hideaways that exude romance
  • Pristine beaches with silky white sand 
  • Enjoy snorkelling, diving, fishing or simply relaxing with a book
  • Find an amalgamation of flavours and cultures 
  • Find amazing marine life at Azura Benguerra and Azura Quilalea such as turtles, tropical fish, eels, dolphins and rays, maybe even a pod of Southern Right whales.  

Need we say any more? 

 

         

 

Africa on Horseback

“I’ve often said there is nothing better for the inside of the man, than the outside of the horse.” Ronald Reagan.

Many travellers who venture to Africa want to be brought close to nature, and what better way than on a once-in-a-lifetime horse-back safari. This – if you have a love for horses – is most certainly one of those things you just HAVE to do at least once. There really is nothing quite like riding through the savanna and being at one with nature while on your trusty steed. While there are plenty of horse riding options throughout Africa – from Botswana to Zimbabwe, our favourite is at ol Donyo Lodge in Eastern Kenya. Here’s why:

Located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising of 275,000 acres of wilderness between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and bordering Chyulu Hills National Park, it offers endless views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the savannahs below. Breathtakingly beautiful every way you look, Ol Donyo is a must for the bucket-list.

Perfect for novice and experienced riders, your needs and requirements will be met with the perfect suited horse and a brilliant guide who will lead you through different ecosystems, landscapes and pathways filled with fantastic wildlife sightings. This is a great way to get up-close to some of Africa’s famous animals as the resident wildlife are comfortable with the horses and perceive them and riders as non-threatening and therefore allow you to get really close. You may even get to see a big cat lying under a tree canopy, completely unfazed by your presence.

Where else in Africa can you ride out across open plains with the view of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, breath-taking sceneries and meters between you and a towering giraffe.

You can decide if you want to experience the thrill of galloping alongside giraffes and zebras or perhaps a slow, relaxing trot while taking in the painted sky before you or get distracted by the wildebeest and rhinos standing about. Either way, riding in the bush is an unforgettable memory and a completely different experience from a 4×4 game drive. This unique and exciting view of the savannah is something everyone needs to experience.

And there is nothing better than retreating to the luxury and comforts of your room after a wonderful day spent on the back of a horse. From impeccably behaved horses to exceptional accommodation and friendly service, you wouldn’t want to experience this anywhere else.

For more on this incredibly unique destination click here.