In Pictures – Baraza

Tanzania is known for more than its high-perched lodges, the Serengeti and the Great Migration. Located along Bwejuu Beach – one of the top 30 island beaches in the world is the ultimate luxury getaway, the exclusive Baraza Resort. This boutique hotel is one of Zanzibar’s most lavish and exclusive boutique hotels with only 30 villas, each with their own ocean view and private pool. Experience the stunning architecture, outstanding service and superb recreational facilities.

Luxury island living

The opulent Baraza Resort is a stunning, fully inclusive, and exclusive boutique beach resort. Each villa highlights the essence of grandeur through its beautifully lavish interiors, delightful fabrics, and hand-crafted furniture. The villas show off enchanting brass lanterns which complement the striking architecture that pays tribute to Zanzibar’s Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian, and Swahili history. The villas feature large bathrooms, spacious terraces, and each one has its own individual plunge pool.

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Stylish past-times

This paradise is well-known for its luxurious Frangipani Spa. Relax in the Sultan’s bath; try a yoga class, or perhaps a game of tennis. Choose from an impressive number of treatments, each designed to help guests wind down and take in the beauty of Zanzibar. Enjoy a delightful massage by candlelight and have the best sleep after.

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The magic of the island

The resort celebrates traditional architecture, allowing guests to enjoy a touch of the Sultan’s Palaces of Zanzibar through its gorgeous designs and decor. Indulge in an exotic menu that features delightful flavours – all made using the island’s best produce and amazing local spices. Each dinner aims to honour the different influences that Zanzibar cuisine has been exposed to. Baraza promotes Zanzibar’s plentiful culture and heritage by letting guests cook with the renowned chefs.

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6 Different Ways to Experience the Bush

Most people list an African safari as a top bucket-list activity. For those of you who have already been, you’ll know how addictive it is. For our first-timers, here are a few secrets to seeing some amazing wildlife and getting the most fun out of your trip…

While some travellers are privileged to see almost everything on their first safari – from the Big Five to wild dogs, birds and marine life, others may only spot a handful of wildlife. But that’s okay! A safari can be more than sitting at the back of an open 4×4 vehicle, walking alongside a guide or looking down from a hot air balloon.

Here are six incredible activities to add to your itinerary to maximize your time in the bush. Take your time, enjoy the excursion and take in the scenery for an experience of a lifetime.

  1. Horse riding

This is an incredible opportunity to experience nature and a very unique way of going on safari! Some lodges in Africa let you ride in the wild even if you are a complete novice. The more seasoned rider can choose from further options, like riding alongside an elegant giraffe or carefully walking with an elephant.

  1. Stargazing

Far away from any light pollution, the stargazing in Africa is phenomenal! It is as if the sky was made for the sole purpose of displaying the stars’ beauty. While you lie back and focus on absorbing all the sounds and calls of the animals and birds; your guide will take you on an astrological journey through the universe.

  1. Camel safari

A camel safari is almost like being on horseback, but you have a slightly more elevated view and the ride is a bit quieter thanks to the extra padding in camels’ feet. Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya all offer camel safaris, as an additional activity or solely as your mode of transport on a mobile safari. Kenya is by far the best place to do this!

  1. Canoeing

Canoeing can be done as a single activity or as part of a trail where you canoe between campsites for 3–7 days. Among the more popular canoe trails is the 4-day Selinda Canoe Trail in Botswana. You can expect to see an array of birdlife, as well as larger animals like hippos and elephants.

  1. Hides

Zimbabwe has some of the best hides in Africa and a large elephant population that is reliant on the pumped waterholes making this an incredible experience. There is nothing quite like being at arm’s length from a herd of elephants simply going about their routine, drinking and splashing in the waterhole. If this is on your bucket-list, check with your safari specialist whether the lodges you are going to stay at offer this activity.

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  1. Fishing

Africa plays host to some of the most fearsome freshwater fish species in the world such as the tigerfish. The waterways of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana offer your best chance of coming face to face with it. The coasts of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique also offer some of the most productive saltwater fishing in the world!

We hope you return to tick off more wildlife sightings and safari experiences. Keep notes of everything you see, so that you can keep track of which animals you have seen and properly identify them in your pictures. It will also help you with you ‘must-see’ list for your next trip.

 

Best Places to See Elephants

When heading out on safari, many travellers anticipate up-close and personal encounters with the King of the Jungle. But watching the mighty elephant in his natural surrounding is just as thrilling, especially for those who consider this friendly giant the true King of Beasts. As the largest and one of the most undefeated, yet gentle of the Big 5 – wildlife and safari enthusiasts have this majestic animal right on top of their must-see list. You can look forward to seeing elephants in most parks and reserves in Africa, but some places are definitely better than others. We have put together a list of our top 8 places to discover and interact with elephants in a natural way:

  1. The Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta sees year-round vegetation and water making it the perfect destination to see elephants at any given time. There are so many different safari options that lets you experience these beautiful creatures, from game drives to mokoro boat trips.

  1. Kruger National Park, South Africa

A world-renowned park for its sheer size, the Kruger has wildlife roaming freely in large numbers, including the elephant. The Kruger is perfect for family safaris and first time visitors wanting to view elephants up-close.

  1. Chobe National Park, Botswana

You can’t visit Chobe National Park without seeing a single elephant. With the largest elephant population in Africa, guests can watch the elephants going about their routines all day long – from drinking at the water’s edge, to bathing and swimming across the river.

  1. Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe

The Elephant Camp offers you the humbling and inspirational chance to feed, touch and interact with elephants.

  1. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park one of Zambia’s hidden gems with an abundance of elephants. The best time to visit is, July to November, when elephants congregate the dwindling bodies of water.

  1. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

If you’re on your way to the Serengetior the Ngorongoro Crater, stop at the Tarangire National Park during the dry season when its large population of African elephant make their way to the Tarangire River.

  1. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Most accommodations along the Zambezi River overlook the high concentration of elephant that congregate around the meandering bends. Relax in your room perched among the trees and watch the elephants drink and play.

  1. Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Mombo Camp is nicknamed “The Place of Plenty”, suggesting the large herds of wild elephants that can be encountered at close range.

We would love to hear from you where you have seen the mighty elephant and which was your favourite experience.

Africa’s Most Romantic Safari Properties

Mara Plains Camp & Ol Donyo Lodge Nominated as Most Romantic Safari Properties 2019

The spectacular Mara Plains Camp and Ol Donyo Lodge have been nominated as Most Romantic Safari Property 2019by safariawards.com. Both properties offer the ultimate African hospitality, unprecedented private luxury and the finest wildlife sightings, but here’s what makes these Kenyan establishments such great contenders for the title:

Mara Plains Camp is a private and exclusive luxury-under-canvas accommodation set alongside the Ntiakitiak River on 35,000-acres of pristine wilderness bordering the world-renowned Masai Mara Reserve. Mara Plains Camp is a beautiful and intimate safari camp accommodating only 14 guests at a time, offering couples and families unrivalled access to luxurious facilities and amenities, exclusive landscapes and unfettered wildlife in low-vehicle density land.

When you arrive at the foot of the camp, you will find yourself crossing a quaint wooden bridge and climbing a few large steps – a small adventure, before reaching the luxurious and sleek reception area. Every step will mean something once you reach the view of an endless horizon. Right ahead of the main area is a scene from one of Disney’s most iconic films, The Lion King as you lay your eyes on the single, flat-topped Acacia tree – the icon of the Mara Plains Camp.

Tucked away amongst the trees, the seven decadent suites are integrated between the hippos, monkeys and sweet-sounding birds. Here, the natural environment will always have prominence, and so the camp’s design honours rather than upstages what nature has provided.

The furnishings pay tribute to the spirit of East Africa; and the camp’s Swahili heritage is reflected in tasteful décor. Each suit is more like a home and is exquisitely designed to give you complete privacy, an unbeatable view, and your very own piece of African bushveld. The wooden floors, neutral palette, draped canvas and natural fabrics are discreet allowing the beauty of the outside world to envelop you, even once inside. The sounds of Africa enter through the sides to entertain you. Elaborate finishing touches signal to the colonial era with rich leather pieces, Persian carpets, deep reds that honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors and a delightful mixture of large wooden doors from the island of Lamu and copper to marry the Arab and Maasai influences.

These little perfections together make Mara Plains Camp the perfect combination of romance, adventure and exploration.

A 10 hour drive away from Mara Plains Camp, a bull crosses the grasslands, heading for the ol Donyo waterhole. In the heart of the Chyulu Hills is a timeless wonder that emanates raw beauty. Under the watchful care of Mount Kilimanjaro, this area is protected and rich with rare and endangered wildlife such as Africa’s last big tusker elephant bulls and endangered lion.

ol Donyo Lodge brings together contemporary architecture and décor and accentuates it with the rich culture of the Maasai. With only 16 guests at the lodge and no two villas looking the same, ol Donyo is both private and exclusive.

 

Built to combine the most heart-stopping views and merge outdoor and indoor living, the thatch suites are perfect for honeymooners. The unique suites and villas rise from the landscape and blend effortlessly with the African bushveld around them. Boasting amazing star beds atop each one, you can lie up there for hours with a sneaky nightcap and gaze up at Africa’s astounding blanket of stars. With a grand stone fireplace at its heart the main lounge and library will make you feel completely at home. It’s the perfect spot to socialise with your family, friends and other travellers. Take some time out, relax and sit on the spacious veranda marvelling at the view, or in the dining room savouring your mouth-watering meal, as there is no such thing as time on an African safari.

Our Pick of the Best Tented Camps in Africa

If you feel that you’re too old to pitch a tent but want to live your dream of camping in the great outdoors, luxury safari tented camps offer guests the comfort and service of five-star lodging while allowing you to spend your nights sleeping under the stars. Enjoy walking in nature, going on game drives and spotting wildlife or simply immerse yourself in a good book on your private deck; and spend your nights under canvas, in a furnished private tent amongst the trees. Staying on the bend of

Here are our favourite six luxury tented camps located in beautiful sceneries, each featuring luxurious amenities such as romantic claw-foot baths, outdoor showers, and private swimming pools.

Ngala Tented Camp– Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Ngala’s tented camp evokes the romance and spirit of the African wild. It combines the extravagant appointments of a five-star lodge with the wilderness immersion that a canvas tent allows. Each of the nine tents are raised on decks allowing for unfettered views over the lawns and onto the dry Timbavati River where elephant, bush buck and buffalo bulls are frequent visitors.

Elephant Camp– Zimbabwe

The 12 tented suites blend into the Zimbabwean wild, conjuring an era of Victorian frontier camping – crystal glasses, white canvas, leather luggage and wooden trunks – but with an unsurpassed level of modern luxury. The airy and spacious, lounge, bedroom and bathroom all look out north over the Masuwe River and east to the cliffs of the Zambezi gorge.

Bateleur Camp– Kenya

Recently refurbished with all the latest deluxe comforts, Bateleur Camp is even more inviting than it’s ever been before. 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.

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Stepping into the main tent is like walking into your lounge at home. It’s laid back, relaxed and down to earth, slowing you down to the pace of the natural world around you. With no more than six tents in each camp, it is intimate, quiet and peaceful. Sit in the lounge, put your feet up and investigate some of the old classic coffee table books, have a game of solitaire or try your hand at some sketching.

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp– Tanzania

The ten en-suite tents are tucked into the shade of an evergreen forest on the banks of a tributary of the famous Grumeti River. From buffalos, to lions, to hyenas, to baboons you are fully immersed in the sounds and goings on of the animals surrounding you. From your own private patio watch the game drinking, the colubus monkeys playing or the sunbirds, kingfishers and starlings darting around in their daily routines.

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Zarafa Dhow Suites – Botswana

The Zarafa Dhow Suites offer a lavish experience in the Okavango Delta. At this remote location you are able to ‘unplug’ and reconnect with nature, while still feeling totally at ease and luxuriated.

Immerse yourself in nature and have an authentic wilderness experience without compromising the comforts of luxury accommodations. Wherever you decide to visit, you are promised extraordinary views with stylish but classical décor and impeccable service. Don’t hesitate to tick off another bucket-list experience, enquire about one of our tented camps here.

Where to Safari – East or Southern Africa?

The idea of a safari was conceived in East Africa, but soon reached Southern Africa where luxury safaris became popular. Today both parts of the continent offer state-of-the-art designed lodges and camps, unparalleled game viewing and bucket-list worthy activities. But with so many countries to choose from, it’s not surprising that one would find it difficult deciding where to go – especially if it’s your first safari. Here’s what makes each region a unique and memorable safari destination:

East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda

East Africa is synonymous with the incomparable Mara-Serengeti triangle and the indigenous ecosystems that fall part of these areas. If you want to experience the seasonal Great Migration between Kenya and Tanzania, then an East Africa safari should be right on top of your travel-list! The seasonal rain patterns are nothing short of awe-inspiring, supporting over a million wildebeest and other game. East Africa, like other parts of the continent, boasts diverse habitats from lush, green forests to aquatic bodies that see large flocks of flamingos, baobab forests, and gorilla families. Not forgetting Mount Kilimanjaro and the famous Ngorongoro Crater where you will find incredible lodges that offer panoramic views. East Africa has many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks with vehicle trails, ensuring exceptional game viewing at a close range. Unlike Southern Africa’s reserves and parks, off-road and night-drives are less likely unless you are visiting a private concession. However, you can look forward to life-changing bush walks with Maasai locals who will show you the area on foot.

 

What you can expect from a safari in East Africa:

  • Massive herds of wildebeest and zebra
  • Two dry seasons: January to March and June to October
  • Great for family safaris as most accommodations allow young children; there are fewer internal flights and the interactive game drives keep kids interested
  • All of our safari guides and spotters are exceptionally trained and experienced professionals
  • Enjoy overland expeditions in 4-wheel-drive vehicles with English-speaking guides
  • Hot air balloon safaris over the Mara plains
  • Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
  • Fun walking safaris in some private reserves
  • Numerous cultural encounters with local tribes

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Kenya– Great Migration, Maasai warriors, pink flamingos, Giraffe Manor, hot air balloon safaris.

Mozambique– Snorkelling, diving and untouched coral reefs.

Tanzania– Great Migration, Mt Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Tarangire National Park, hot air balloon safaris.

Rwanda– Gorilla trekking, golden monkeys, chimpanzees and canopy walks.

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Southern Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe,

Southern Africa has an array of different geographical features and weather conditions. You can tailor-make your safari to include the Kruger’s savannah grasslands, Zambia’ s woodlands, Zimbabwe’s thundering Victoria Falls, the dry desert of the Kalahari or the Okavango Delta’s heavy rains. Or combine the rugged mountains and luscious winelands with beautiful golden beaches and the bustling city life of Cape Town. You can have it all in one Southern Africa trip!

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Guests look forward to low -volumes of people and smaller camps or lodges that often only accommodate up to a dozen people at a time. With the abundance of private concessions, you can create a more exclusive and personalised safari.

Contrary to East Africa’s vast open landscapes found in the Serengeti or Mara region and high concentration of wildlife, Southern Africa focuses more on personal encounters and walking safaris which can be done in Botswana and Zambia. You will also have the chance for exciting night game drives to spot elusive nocturnal animals, charming water safaris and nights out under the stars. While cultural experiences are limited unlike the many found in East Africa, you can plan a visit to the San Bushman of the Kalahari which is equally as rewarding.

What you can expect from a safari in Southern Africa:

  • Varied topography and habitats
  • Smaller concentration of herds in private concessions
  • One dry season: May to October
  • South Africa is great for family safaris with some lodges and camps located in malaria-free areas
  • Many camps outside of South Africa require minimum age of eight years old, unless you reserve the entire camp
  • All of our safari guides and spotters are exceptionally trained and experienced professionals
  • Enjoy overland expeditions in 4-wheel-drive vehicles
  • Choose from many small, remote and exclusive private camps with limited guests of 8-12
  • Guides usually share meals with guests at small lodges/camps developing close relations
  • More private concessions with fewer tourists which makes for great wildlife viewing
  • Wider variety of safaris activities such as walking safaris, mokoro tours, night drives, hot air ballooning, kayaking and food safaris

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Botswana–, Madikwe Game Reserve, Mokoro trips in the Okavango Delta, Big 5 safaris, hot air balloon safaris, boating trips.

South AfricaKruger National Park, Table Mountain, Cape Winelands, Big Five safaris, marine safaris, hot air balloon safaris, Garden Route.

Zambia– Trekking, Lake Malawi, adventure activities in Victoria Falls, Devils Pool, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, village tours, safaris in South Luangwa.

Zimbabwe– Adventure activities in Victoria Falls, Mana Pools, Batoka Gorge.

Both East and Southern Africa offer amazing opportunities to spot the Big 5 wildlife, amongst other game and indigenous fauna and flora. Each region has its own unique wildlife and landscape attractions, but East Africa definitely has a higher density of animals in one area – especially considering the Great Migration and gorillas. Needless to say you will see plenty of cool animals in both parts of the continent and Southern Africa will entice you with its diverse topography in a single city such as Cape Town. So which is better for safari? Whether you’re interested in seeing tens of lions on your first day or basking in opulence at small, private lodges with low visitor concentration, you can’t go wrong with either choice.

Property of the Month: Singita Faru Faru

Surrounded by the Grumeti River and the riverine woodland is this month’s property of the month – Singita Faru Faru. One of Africa’s ultimate classic safari lodges, this seamlessly elegant and modern accommodation is set in one of the world’s most exquisite locations, offering guests access to prime game-viewing  and some of Tanzania’s finest hospitality.

The ultimate East African luxury

Faru Faru lodge is the pinnacle of luxurious safari, ensuring that you spend your time in East Africa living on your very own piece of paradise. Suitably located in the Grumeti Reserve inside the Serengeti – you can only vacation in this area with Singita. This means that you are guaranteed a private and exclusive experience, far removed from the crowds you’ll find in other parts of the area.

Here you are promised access to some of the best wildlife viewing in the country while indulging at a luxury stay. Boasting its own beach and natural waterhole, Singita Faru Faru makes sure that you never have to leave the lodge to experience romance, relaxation or adventure. The safari comes to you every day.

And if you’re looking for something to do in-between game drives, Faru Faru lodge has an endless list of activities for you to try. From archery and lawn croquet to dips in the rim-flow swimming pools, there is always a new experience waiting to be had. And while you are enjoying the best the Serengeti has to offer, why not take a hot-air balloon trip for an exhilarating balloon safari or wind down after a thrilling game drive at the spa. And in-case you thought game vehicles and hot-air balloons are the only way to see East Africa’smagnificent wildlife, try a horse-back safari or an adventurous night drive.

Classic yet contemporary

The location of this property is remarkable and the wildlife and activities are definitely alluring, but the main attraction is the lodge’s classic East African style architecture and décor. While the design creates an ambiance of authenticity, guests are offered all the luxurious comforts one could wish for.

The construction focuses on the waterhole, with the planning making a bold, but magical statement. This perfectly combines the living areas with nature creating a rustic and real bush appeal with a fresh and clean-lined modernity allowing animals and nature to take centre stage.

The nine stone, canvas and thatched suites have the character of a classic safari camp, yet the interiors offer the ultimate in contemporary luxury with panoramic glass windows and free-standing claw-foot baths. Each suite makes a statement with a botanical theme and all of them are outfitted with every conceivable comfort – including your very own Swarovski spotting scope.

Why wait for the most magical trip to happen… Start imagining lounging in the swimming pool overlooking the surrounding area awash with wildlife; recline on the Lodge’s elevated viewing decks, or relax unwind in your room and watch as predators and prey are drawn right up to the lodge.

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.

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. 

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.

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Now Fly Direct – JFK to Nairobi

Over recent years, Kenya has become an increasingly popular travel destination – here’s why! As one of the top countries in Africa for safari and the origin of safari, vacationers wander all over from Giraffe Manor to the Great Mara plains on their luxury East African adventures.

girraffe-kenya-walk-optimisedBut the journey from the U.S. to Kenya has always been quite long, and often required a lengthly stopover.

 

After nearly two years, new flight plans have finally been approved, are in use and are open for bookings. This is a paramount moment for African flying as Kenya Airways is the very first to fly non-stop from the eastern coast of Africa directly to the United States.

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Now you don’t have to wait to see more than ten different species of mammal in one spot! With Kenya Airways’ introduction of the first long-haul flight between the U.S and Nairobi, holiday-makers will find their journey much quicker and simpler. This new daily direct flight will have you photographing Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle in no time.

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These daily flights are the fastest connection from East Africa to New York. Thanks to favourable winds, the flight from Nairobi to New York is a short 15 hours and an even shorter 14.5 hours on the westbound journey. The 7360 mile distance has never seemed this short. This new flight schedule has opened up more than 40 possible travel connections to various African destinations from the airline’s hub in Nairobi.

If long flights and unnecessary layovers have kept you in two-minds – now is your chance to book your seat on that Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Be on of 234 passengers on their way to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where the quintessential African panorama awaits you!

If you are heading to Giraffe Manor in Nairobi or one of the many exquisite properties in the Mara and want to know how to make the most of your experience, read more here. 

Top 5 Reasons to Book a Balloon Safari

Many would agree that seeing Africa’s Big 5 and other wonderful wildlife is an opportunity of a lifetime. But imagine being able to tower above the herds of wildebeest or the elegant giraffes and look down on them from above.

Iconic Africa Kalahari Desert Balloon SafariA balloon safari is definitely one of the best ways to experience the magic of Africa’s wildlife, especially if you’re heading to the Mara Region where zebras and antelope run a few hundred meters below you – an adventure that belongs at the top of your bucket list! Here’s a sneak peek of the magic that awaits to get you excited:

 

Combine the feeling of weightlessness, the sense of space and freedom, incredible panoramic views, and endless possibility. There is no better, more beautiful and overwhelming way to start or end your day than drifting over the endless plains of the Serengeti, or floating above the absolute abundance of the Masai Mara, where you will be carried over game path after game path.

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If this hasn’t caught your attention yet, here are our top five reasons to book your balloon safari today:

  1. See a legendary sunrise or sunset you will never forget!
  2. You have an uninterrupted aerial view of the wildlife at their most active.
  3. Unimaginable scenes of the Great Migration.
  4. Our balloon safari partners are well-known and the best in the business. Every detail is thought of including your safety and ensuring a quiet drift above the land.
  5. Hot air ballooning can take you where safari vehicles can’t.

The bush tells a much more complete story from the sky. This crisscross maze of winding routes will lead you to herds of wildebeest, zebra, elephants, lions, and even tiny scrub hares.

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Up and down you go… dropping in to check on the hippos and the crocodiles in the rivers. A few big, wide-mouthed, hippo yawns will welcome you, the Fish Eagle’s morning calls will greet you, and the gurgling of the rapids below will relax you. With photo opportunities aplenty, the trip always seems to go by far too quickly and you will wish that you could be up there, in paradise, forever.

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After your magic carpet ride over the exquisite African bushveld, you will be treated to a delicious 5-star Champagne Breakfast fit for a king, laid out impeccably, and set up in the middle of nowhere. Absolute bliss!

Balloon Safaris are on offer in both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara so let us help you book this once-in-a-lifetime adventure today!