In Pictures – Singita Sweni

Singita Sweni is a legendary destination part of Singita Kruger. A complete luxurious treat designed by visionaries specifically for romantics and luxury-seekers. Since its inception, this marvellous accommodation has enthralled visitors from all over the world. Its unique setting in South Africa’s most famous national park is matched by the inspiring architecture, passionate attention to detail and distinct décor.

This palatial den has integrated the natural beauty of its surroundings into its design, integrating the architectural with the natural landscape.

Sweni’s lush interiors

The Sweni suites interiors are a soothing combination of rich brown African textures and vivid natural greens which embalm the bushveld surroundings. Each suite tailors to your ultimate luxuries. The glass and wooded lavish open styled design over flow onto the generous out door decking with both exquisite in-door and out-door shower.

The magnificence of the wild landscape is told through a magical architectural story depicted through floor-to-ceiling windows, bamboo ceilings, dazzling modern earthy décor and hardwood flooring, you are left standing in awe long after you arrive.

Arguably, the Singita collections most exclusive lodge, Singita Sweni rests beside the Sweni River within the 33 000 acre, private concession in The Kruger National Park. The ultra-exclusive lodge offers only 6 one-bedroom suites, perched elegantly on stilts, offering magnificent African views. The Singita Sweni suites hover peacefully among the tranquil Acacia tree forest and ensures the lodge’s footprint melts into the African wilderness. The proximity to the river and the impeccable vantage point of the Sweni river oasis ensure incredible game viewing of the multitude of animals that move slowly along the water’s edge.

And yet, as family friendly as this accommodation is, it is a romantic honeymoon paradise! Singita Sweni’s charm and intimacy is unrivalled. Indeed this was where Iconic Africa’s founding partner chose to spend a large part of their honeymoon. Surely that says it all!

Here are our top pictures that will have your heart swooning in no time:

 

For more on this fabulous property click 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.

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

 

Top 10 Travel Trends for 2019

If you’re planning your next trip to Africa and want to know the hottest trends to make sure you’re not missing out on any travel ideas, styles or tips to make your holiday more enjoyable – we have compiled a list with the help of industry experts of the top 10 travel trends for 2019. Whether you’re escaping the winter blues, celebrating a birthday or anniversary or gifting a Christmas getaway to a loved one, here is a prediction of the year’s popular travel indicators:

The travel industry is working on year-round tourism. Travel will be based less on peak season and off-season as more than 50% of travellers believe that large crowds are taking away from experiences. There will be more travel choices available for autumn, winter and spring trips.

Marataba Trails Lodge Luxury Safari Africa Waterberg

Continuing with one of 2018’s top travel trends, culinary travel continues with more foodie tours from city centre food tours to countryside wine and cheese tasting.

Londolozi Tree Camp Bush Dinner Kruger Park

Continuing the trend from 2019, travellers will be frequenting sustainable properties and accommodations and researching what they are actively doing.

Travellers are planning more surprise trips for milestone birthdays and anniversaries at secluded destinations – as the search for quiet and relaxing vacations increase.

Travellers will be frequenting undiscovered and off-the-beaten-track getaways such as eco-friendly island destinations.

Ocean safaris Snorkeling mnemba Island

Travellers are going back in time with a camera in hand and leaving the beach for historical excursions around old buildings and sights such as castles, chateaus and citadels.

Travellers are increasingly heading towards the countryside than staying in the city or cramming all the city sights into a few days.

Travellers of all ages are exchanging extensive sightseeing for fewer immersive experiences such as cultural interactions and new activities.

Travellers are taking the hassle out of travel and booking guided trips and tours to spend more quality time with family and friends while on vacation. With our tailor-made itineraries, you won’t have to stress about a thing.

While millennials continue to research holidays on social media, most travellers are considering a digital detox and are leaving technology behind. Unplug by filling your days with mountain hikes, morning yoga and evening swims.

To book your dream 2019 luxury African safari, contact one of our team members now!

Iconic Africa’s Ultimate 2019 Bucket-List

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

Iconic Africa Bucket List 2019

For any questions or queries please contact us here. 

The Romantic Getaway of a Lifetime

Africa is synonymous with an old-world charm and romance; where passion is created or rekindled. There is something dreamy and intoxicating about adventurous escapades in Africa’s wilderness, whether on safari or relaxing away from all the distractions of this world. What better way to show your better half how special they are than under the warm sun and blue skies, with endless beaches, breath-taking sceneries and excellent cuisines?

We have infused all of this into one unmistakable Royal Romance Package and have combined the beauty, wilderness, adventure and pioneering excitement of Africa with four destinations that define supreme luxury permeated with complete privacy and opulent romance.

Royal Malewane

There’s no way you can get it wrong this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re planning a romantic gesture or celebrating a special anniversary, we have you sorted! Three luxury accommodations in exotic settings will have your partner swooning – book a relaxing spa treatment in the great outdoors or plan a candle-lit dinner under the stars…

Be seduced by the perfect itinerary that will inspire your wanderlust and spoil you and your partner rotten:

Africa’s Southern Africa Luxury Romance Package is a grand tour of this inspirational region at the bottom continent. From cosmopolitan Cape Town to the timeless winelands of Franschhoek, the Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls – we offer you the most luxury and that Africa has to offer. 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 Franschhoek – 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.

THE ROYAL ROMANCE TOURS & SAFARIS ITINERARY

DAY 1-4: EDWARDIAN PASSION, LUXURIOUS EXTRAVAGANCE

Ellerman House is a sumptuous Edwardian mansion resting on Lion’s Head Mountain, above the ultramarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean. No expense has been spared; it truly is a Relais & Chateaux haven of unparalleled luxury. Ellerman House boasts arguably Africa’s greatest art collection as well as a world-class wine selection and cellar. Cape Town’s endless sights, activities and beauty will keep you enthralled.

DAY 4-6: AFRICA’S MAJESTIC WINELANDS

Nestled in the vineyards and plum orchards of Franschhoek, La Residence is the most gorgeous boutique hotel in the most picturesque valley in South Africa. The hotel is infused with colour, fabulous antiques, luxurious finishes and vaulted ceilings from which Indian chandeliers twinkle. The little village of Franschhoek is the undisputed culinary capital of South Africa and boasts great exceptional wine and delicious food. Here you really have the best of both worlds: an unmatched view combined with the pleasures of being in a hotel.

DAY 6-9: AFRICA’S WILD ROMANCE

At Royal Malewane, a private concession bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park the Biden’s Royal Portfolio has achieved perfection again. A marvel of wilderness, romance and seclusion blends seamlessly into this ancient land. It is by far the most private and romantic accommodation in the concession with the best views.

Enjoy gourmet, starlit dinners under the giant Leadwood trees or step foot in The Royal Malewane Spa – world-renowned and the ideal way to unwind with a uniquely healing African treatment.

Royal Malewane’s guides and trackers are some of the most highly qualified in Southern Africa.

DAY 9-11: THE ROYAL VICTORIA FALLS RETREAT

Royal Chundu is Zambia’s first Relais & Chateaux property – defined by sumptuous luxury that blends seamlessly into the private stretch of the Zambezi River Bank. Island Lodge is set on its own private island in the languid waters of the Zambezi, offering just four exclusive and indulgent villas that will make your heart soar. Each palatial haven boasts a private deck suspended over the river. A little down river from Royal Chundu, the Zambezi falls over the Victoria Falls to create one of the greatest demonstrations of nature’s power on planet earth.

For a selection of our other Tours and Safaris please click here. 

Leopards in the Sabi Sands – by Graham Wood

A Collection by Graham Wood

What better way to start the New Year than with a remarkable collection of wildlife photographs by our very own, great friend and photographer, Graham Wood. His every picture is always worth a thousand words. Let this inspire the wanderlust in you to make your first trip or your return to Africa a reality.

Presenting a story through the eyes of Graham Wood – ‘Leopards in Sabi Sands’.

A big thank you to Graham for sharing these exquisite pictures with us.

 

 

For more of these incredible photographs follow Graham on Instagram – @grahamwoodphoto

Traveller Review – Bob and Judy Sell

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

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

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

Scroll down to read snippets from their travel diary…

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

HOANIB SKELETON COAST CAMP

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

ONGAVA TENTED CAMP

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

OLD DRIFT LODGE

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

VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

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

DUMA TAU CAMP

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

Vumbura Plains Sunsets

LITTLE VUMBURA

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

QUEEN VICTORIA HOTEL

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

CAPE TOWN

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

ROVOS RAIL    

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

LONDOLOZI

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

Londolozi Tree Camp Deck Iconic Africa Safaris

 

 

 

Stargazing in Southern Africa

We all love catching flights, meeting new people and seeing new places; but have you ever thought that maybe there was a different, perhaps better form of travel? Once in a while we should all move beyond the urban noise and light pollution and look up – you’ll be surprised what you can see! From here you will embark on a spectacular journey, going through space and time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re only spotting little speckles up above or simply looking at moon craters… what you’ll find will be equally intoxicating, and even sentimental.

Many travellers may associate South Africa’s little treasures with the Big Five, pristine private coves and great food. But travel beyond the city lights and just two hours later, in one of the semi-remote areas that’s free of air and noise pollution you will have no distractions from what’s twinkling in the sky.

Despite frozen toes and cold noses, winter evenings are our particularly favourite time to discover the artistic blotchy sky.

Next time you’re visiting, take a moment to look up – whether you’re looking to find the brightest star, Earth’s closest neighbouring galaxy or just want to see a brightly-lit sky with the naked eye or a giant telescope, here are our top five locations where stargazing conditions couldn’t be better to see scattered diamonds:

  1. Madikwe Game Reserve

If you’ve been to the North West Province, you’ll know that there’s very little availability in the reserve at one time. While this is primarily perfect for those seeking privacy, it is also the perfect location for some stargazing. Easily spotted star formations include the Southern Cross and the Milky Way. And if you want a closer look, Royal Madikwe allows guests to use their telescope.

  1. Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is synonymous with iconic game-viewing – South Africa’s favourite travel destination and the second-largest park in Africa.  This unpolluted expanse of sky is perfect to see celestial constellations with the naked eye. So while you’re out on one of your night drives, glance up at the star-studded skies.

  1. Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind

Just two hours from Johannesburg is Maropeng, the visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although it is considerable close to the bright lights of the city, it is still a great stargazing location. So you don’t have to travel far to go on a celestial safari! And the next time you layover in Johannesburg, be sure to include stargazing to your to-do-list.  Maropeng has regular overseen stargazing sessions presented by astronomer, Vincent Nettmann.

  1. Sutherland

Sutherland holds the southern hemisphere’s largest telescope and offers extraordinary views of the Milky Way. This small Karoo town is on every list of prime stargazing locations. The dry climate and cloud-free nights means unparalleled observations 80% of the year.

  1. The Cederberg

Just two hours from Cape Town and protected from light pollution, the Cederberg is a haven for professional and amateur stargazers. Guides will show you how to trace over constellations with a powerful emerald laser so you’ll always remember where to find them.

The Celestial Big Five

Did you know that the African sky has its own big five? They are the amazing star clusters, gas clouds and galaxies visible from Africa. The Celestial Big Five are the Southern Pleiades, the Omega Centauri star cluster, the Eta Carinae nebula, the Coalsack Nebula, and the Southern Milky Way. They can all be seen with the naked eye, but are more spectacular when viewed through binoculars or a telescope. We’ve named just a few of our favourites – South Africa is full of remote spots that are ideal to see brightly-lit skies. Make that magical connection between you and the amazing universe and let us know where you’ve been!

Property of the Month – Ngala Safari Lodge

Timbavati is a 53 000 hectare private game reserve which sits on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. Here you will find an abundance of wildlife and ecosystems, especially for nature lovers who want to see the famous Big Five. Timbavati Private Game Reserve was founded nearly 70 years ago when conservationists decided to transform unsuccessful farmland into a private game reserve. This successful story continued when the fences between the private reserve and the Kruger National Park were dropped to allow the area to form part of a much larger wildlife sanctuary.

Now couples, families and wildlife enthusiasts flock to this bountiful reserve on exciting bush breaks, family safaris and photographic expeditions – staying at this month’s property of the month, Ngala Safari Lodge. Situated in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, this lodge offers spectacular big game viewing because of the unfenced border. Guests celebrate the sightings of elephants, rhinos, buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and Timbavati’s very own rare white lions moving through the expansive land!

This is what makes Ngala Safari Lodge so special – the possibility of catching a glimpse of these rare beauties. But this isn’t the only reason this lodge is our property of the month… Ngala Safari Lodge is perfect for first-timers. Guides will take guests on sensitive off-road drives to get close-up game sightings. If you’re more of a night own or your to-see list is filled with nocturnal animals, late afternoon game drives can continue into the dark expanse of the night. Not only will you see animals roaming freely between the Kruger National Park and Timbavati, but guest areas overlook a private waterhole that provides exiting sightings from the comfort of your deck chair.

And if you place more emphasis on where you will rest your head than what you will see, the thatched cottages provide a classic old-world charm taking inspiration from colonial-style design and décor. Tastefully decorated, your attention is drawn to the antiques. Ngala Safari Lodge is renowned for its excellent accommodation and service, offering guests that Silver service from a time gone by, perfectly complimenting the gracious atmosphere.

The magic and mystery of this quaint lodge creates a feeling of both nostalgia and romance. Time stands still at this royal property as the cottages fuse effortlessly with the rugged natural setting as the manicured lawns merge with the raw African bush, Mopane thickets and wildlife. Relax on your private veranda and soak up the romantic ambiance before ending your night around the boma or under countless lanterns and candles nestled between the trees.

Before you leave, take the opportunity to properly distress with a relaxing massage at the lodge spa or embark on scenic helicopter flight and soar over the picturesque landscapes.

Coming Soon – The Farmstead

The Farmstead, Royal Malewane

We are thrilled to announce that The Royal Portfolio is welcoming a wonderful and exclusive new addition at Royal Malewane – The Farmstead. This new safari lodge is a short 12 minute drive south of the existing lodge and will open on 1 June 2019.

This homely, yet luxurious lodge overlooks a watering hole frequented by an abundance of popular wildlife and offers unobstructed views of the Kruger National Park. The character of The Farmstead can be described as rustic luxury with the finest service and remarkable cuisine that guests have come to expect over 20 years at Royal Malewane and synonymous with The Royal Portfolio’s excellent standard. Guests are guaranteed the same incredible safari experience with the most qualified guiding team in Africa.

You’ll finally know what it’s like to be transported to a place with old-world charm and elegance. The land is elevated leaving you feeling like you are soaring above dramatic canopies, showing you a bird’s-eye view of the rolling plains and savannah grasslands. What better place to enjoy the ultimate Big 5 with the whole family.

The Farmstead

The Farmstead at Royal Malewane consists of three Luxury Farm Suites and The Farmhouse on either side of the main lodge area. Three times a day you can meet up here to relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the most elegant and comfortable space with fantastic views of the abundant wildlife. This is just a taste of the Kruger’s grandeur – until the stars start coming out and you are welcomed around the fire pit to reflect on the days adventures. And if you need some downtime from all the amazing outdoor activities, the main lodge area has a world-class double spa treatment room Guests can choose between one of four individual units or the exclusive use of The Farmstead which is ideal for up to 14 guests.

Exquisite Décor

Liz Biden, owner of The Royal Portfolio, has already acquired much of the eclectic furniture and original art. Commenting on the unique style, Liz Biden said, “Expect light oak, tin rooves, wrought iron, original artwork and gentle hues of blue and white with Royal Blue, Indigo and Turquoise patterns adorning the fabrics of the comfy sofas on wide verandas that echo a bygone era where time moved slowly and days evolved with the natural rhythm of the African wilderness.”The Farmstead will redefine luxury safari accommodation with a completely different design and style to other lodges in Africa.

Luxury Farm Suites

There are three Luxury Farm Suites, each with a royal-sized bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with under-floor heating for those chilly mornings, a bath for those needing to submerge themselves under some bubbles, as well as a romantic outdoor shower. There are large front and back verandas as well as a beautiful deck and a private pool overlooking the bush where animals roam freely. Children over 10 are welcome in the Luxury Farm Suites.

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse is a three and a half bedroom private villa which is ideal for families or a group of friends. The Farmhouse has its own private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle with their own private Ranger and Tracker ensuring the ultimate luxurious experience. There are three main bedrooms as well as a children’s room. There is a magnificent deck with a large swimming pool flowing out into the bush. Children of all ages are welcome in The Farmhouse.

Community & Conservation

In keeping with The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose and Values, The Farmstead is part of a broader project to uplift local communities. Supporting the community and ensuring conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. It’s important to involve and educate the local community about the value of protecting Africa’s animals and plant life. The aim is to show people how sustainable tourism can uplift communities and the irreparable damage subsistence poaching and trophy hunting does. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community and will employ, train and develop locals. After the long-term lease, The Royal Portfolio has ensured that the land and asset will revert to the community with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio. The Royal Portfolio will also involve the local community in conservation efforts to preserve our precious fauna and flora of South Africa.

Access to Royal Malewane  

The Farmstead is easily accessible by road or by air. Iconic Africa suggests an easy flight from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport and a short 35 minute road transfer in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Alternatively, an easy flight from Cape Town into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport followed by an air transfer directly into Royal Malewane’s private airfield can be arranged. The Farmstead is a short drive south from the main lodge at Royal Malewane.

Why The Farmstead:

  • Children over 10 are welcome in the Luxury Farm Suites while children of all ages are welcome in the Farmhouse.
  • Enjoy starlit evenings around the sunken fire pit.
  • The Farmhouse offers private services and includes a dedicated chef, butler, housekeeper, safari vehicle, ranger and tracker.
  • The Farmstead is ideal for the exclusive use of up to 14 guests.
  • There is a double spa treatment room at The Farmstead for couple’s down-time.

For more on the Farmstead contact us here. 

 

Our Year in Pictures

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS – SAVE 40% with our Supersize Big 3 Luxury Itinerary

BREAKING NEWS: So for one weekend only we’ve managed to get you 40% off our Big 3 Luxury Itinerary. Book between 08h00 on Friday 23 November through to 23h00 on Monday 26 November and SAVE 40% on an unforgettable safari adventure.

For FULL ITINERARY and PRICE click HERE. 

ENQUIRE NOW or call us United States +1 888 345 3443 or  South Africa: +27 82 411 5776

Availability is limited so contact us as soon as possible so we can make your African safari dream come true.

Big 3 Luxury Itinerary

4 Nights – Cape Cadogan 

Begin with 4 nights at the monumental Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel. Deeply hidden in the heart of Cape Town’s trendiest and most vibrant quarter is this Victorian beauty that dates back to the early 1800’s.

3 Nights – Lion Sands River Lodge

Take a short flight to Lion Sands River Lodge in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for your next memorable 4 night stay. Besides mouth-watering cuisines, Lion Sands is a haven of relaxation, in the midst of the sensational Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

End off your journey at the invigorating and thrilling Victoria Falls with 3 nights at the Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel.

Includes:

Meet and Greet at Cape Town International Airport

Return private road transfers between Cape Town Airport and Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel.

4 night’s accommodation at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel in 1 x Luxury Room on a bed and breakfast basis

Scheduled flight from Cape Town to Skukuza Airport

Return 4×4 game drive vehicle transfers between Skukuza Airport and Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

3 night’s accommodation at Lion Sands River Lodge in 1 x Luxury Room on a fully inclusive basis

Scheduled flight from Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit Airport

Scheduled flight from Nelspruit Airport to Livingstsone Airport, Zambia

Meet and Greet and private cross border road transfer from Livingstone Airport to the Stanley & Livingtone Boutique Hotel

3 night’s accommodation at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel in 1 x Luxury Suite on a bed & breakfast basis

Road transfer from Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport

Scheduled flight from Victoria Falls Airport to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Excludes:

International flights (into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg). travel insurance, KazaUni Visa entry fee Zambia & Zimbabwe at USD50 per person, items of a personal nature, gratuities, all recommended touring

Terms & Conditions

Book between 08h00 on Friday 23 November through to 23h00 on Monday 26 November to qualify for this deal. 

Valid for travel between 04 January and 30 April 2019. Further discounts apply for travel between 01 and 31 May 2019.

This deal is subject to currency fluctuations and seat and accommodation availability at time of booking. Tour length can be extended/reduced if required and all properties can be booked as standalone, subject  to T&C’s. Hurry and book now! For other Black Friday tours, click here.