The Perfect African Family Adventure

School vacations come around more often than not, and planning the perfect family getaway can be stressful – especially when the kids want activity-filled adventure and parents need the down-time. Waiting for that itinerary to plan itself when you have children is tantamount to it never actually materialising.

Unless you have thought of it all – from interacting with other kids and a plethora of activities, you can forget that R&R time you had planned. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to be the ringmaster to your own circus? Imagine a vacation where your kids are entertained, you get to have that full body massage and sip on cocktails you can’t pronounce while everyone gets to enjoy an indulgent level of sumptuous luxury!

Let us do all the planning so that you can have the best of both worlds – happy kids and a relaxed mind and body. We have taken a hands-on approach with our family vacation itinerary that keeps your children in mind and focuses on keeping your whole family happy.

 

Africa’s Family Getaway is the ultimate luxury bespoke family holiday. It is full of excitement, adventure and fun. 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 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.

ITINERARY

DAY 1-3: VIBRANCY AND FRESH LUXURY FAMILY REFUGE

The One & Only is a modern and energetic, hotel in the heart of Cape Town. The suites all have sweeping views out over Table Mountain or the picturesque working harbour.

Every possible modern convenience completes the opulence of the space and the commodious bathrooms boast huge baths and showers.

Cape Town and its surrounding Winelands are packed full of fun for the whole family.

DAY 4-7: AFRICA’S SEAMLESS SAFARI FAMILY RETREAT

Lelapa, meaning family is another of the More family’s sublime properties. Situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve and with a great children’s safari, Lelapa is the ideal destination for a family safari.

The secluded deck with private plunge pool is an excellent place for you and your family to cool off in the heat. On colder nights, you might like to sit by the fire in the sumptuous lounge and enjoy dinner in your suite.

DAY 8-10: THE PERFECT VICTORIAN FALLS FAMILY SANCTUARY

Tongabezi is situated about 30kms upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls.

It is the perfect place for families with children – with two delightful two-bedroom houses with private lounges, play areas and plunge pools. There are endless activities for the whole family surrounding the mighty Zambezi and the lodge boasts private decks and terraces where families can relax in privacy with breath-taking views of the river.

Some of the suites come with a private valet, chef, guide, boat and vehicle for exploration.

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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. 

Getting to Know Victoria Falls

If you’re having an internal battle deciding on whether to visit Zambia or Zimbabwe, don’t fret! Either way, you will witness and experience the great Victoria Falls, and that’s what will make your trip that much more special and memorable! So if you’re staying at Tongabezi Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel, Royal Chundu, the Royal Livingstone Hotel  or Elephant camp – you will hear and see why this Natural Wonder of the World is known as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.

Mosi oa-Tunya was first discovered by foreigners in 1855. It is almost perfectly positioned along the mighty Zambezi River! You’ll find this mist-creating phenomenon half way along the 2700 km river from its source to the sea. David Livingstone stood upon what is now known as Livingstone Island in 1855, a small outcrop of land at the edge of the Falls, in Livingstone, Zambia to view the falls.

The sheet of water is 1,708 metres wide and 108 metres high. Despite it being the largest curtain of falling water on earth, it is neither the highest nor the widest. However, it is one and a half times wider than Niagra Falls and twice as high.

Elephant Camp Vic Falls Safari

The best time to visit Victoria Falls is between March and June. Throughout these months the falls is in peak flow. Unfortunately, if you also want to experience the Devils Pool, it will be closed during this time.

If you’re more inclined for an adventure than some R&R, visit between August and December when the water is low and white-water rafting is at its best. Or make your way from July to October for great wildlife safaris when the bush is dry and the animals congregate around fewer waterholes.

Did you know:

Without the Zambezi River, the falls would not exist?

Every minute, over 5 million cubic metres of water pour over the falls?

Sunset at Victoria Falls is a magical site… Look out for that full moon as the light from the moon refracts off the sprays, creating a rainbow, except at night! The spectacle lasts from sunset to sunrise.

On the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls lies The Victoria Falls Rainforest. This special place is the only place on earth where it rains all day, every day; a direct result of the water vapour rising from the falls.

For our pick of the most luxurious and awe-inspiring accommodation Victoria Falls has to offer click here. 

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. 

BLACK FRIDAY – SAVE OVER 35% on our Sensational Southern Africa Luxury Itinerary

Have you already run out of gift ideas? There’s no better surprise than a triple-decker delight! Not just one, but three amazing hand-picked luxury destinations.  Experience Africa at its very best with this sensational 11 day tour including Cape Town, the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.This is your chance to have that beach paradise and bush safari experience all in one. Book before the 30th November and SAVE OVER 35%.

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.

 Sensational Southern Africa Luxury Itinerary

Dulini Lodge Lion

4 Nights – Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Spend your first 4 nights at the decadent Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa nestled into the side of Table Mountain.

4 Nights – Dulini Lodge

You’ll then be chartered and transferred to Dulini Lodge in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for 4 nights. The splendour of Dulini Game Reserve lies in the exclusivity of its luxurious lodges, incredible wildlife and talented trackers.

Dulini Leadwood Lodge

3 Nights – Victoria Falls River Lodge

End off your trip with 3 magical nights at the Victoria Falls River Lodge Luxury Tented Suites in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Includes:

Meet and Greet at Cape Town International Airport.

Return private road transfers between Cape Town Airport and the 12 Apostles.

4 night’s accommodation at the 12 Apostles Hotel in a Superior Sea Facing Room on a bed and breakfast basis

Scheduled flight from Cape Town via Nelspruit to Ulusaba Airstrip.

Return 4×4 game drive vehicle transfers between Ulusaba Airstrip and Dulini Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

3 night’s accommodation at Dulini Lodge in a Luxury Suite on a fully inclusive basis.

Scheduled flight from Ulusaba Airstrip 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 Victoria Falls River Lodge.

4 night’s accommodation at Victoria Falls River Lodge in a Luxury Tent on a fully inclusive basis.

Road transfer from Victoria Falls River Lodge 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 before 30th November at the absolute latest to qualify for this deal. 

Valid for travel between 05 January and 31 March 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.  For other Black Friday tours, look here. 

Hurry and book now!

 

 

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL – SAVE OVER 35% on our Big 3 Luxury Itinerary

It’s Black Friday time… and we have some once-in-a-lifetime safari tour deals for you here. Spend 10 amazing nights in charming Cape Town, the sensational Sabi Sands and the wonder of Zimbabwe’s majestic Victoria Falls. This really is the experience of a lifetime! You won’t want to miss out on this first-class, hand-selected itinerary with a one-time only, over 35% discount! Deal ends 30th November

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.

Supersize 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 transfers between Cape Town Airport and Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel.

4 night’s accommodation at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel in a 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 a Luxury Room on a fully inclusive basis.

Scheduled flight from Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit Airport.

Scheduled flight from Nelspruit Airport to Livingstone Airport, Zambia.

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

3 night’s accommodation at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Suite on a half board basis.

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 before 30th November at the absolute latest to qualify for this deal.

Valid for travel between 05 January and 31 March 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. 

A ‘Workation’ in Africa

Vacations are synonymous with relaxation, unwinding and ‘switching off’. Many travellers, couples and families head to destinations where they have no access to WI-FI, cell service, or contact with the outside world. It is a time for rejuvenation, healing and time spent with loved ones. There’s probably a link between increased endorphins and setting up your out-of-office reply, but not everyone has the advantage of a Monday to Friday work-week or enough leave days to actually vacate reality and escape.

In this day and age – many of us take our work with us, everywhere, even on vacation. This has progressed the mobile office space to a new level, and has recently been referred to as a ‘workation’.  Sometimes a change of environment is enough to catch a break. The watercolour sunsets and mirages may even bring inspiration. This new way of working has seen many travel-hungry businessmen successfully accomplish tasks while seeing the world.

But internet connectivity in some parts of the world can be sporadic at best and remote areas often have poor signal, let alone bandwith. Unreliable connections makes checking-in and social engagement a frustrating experience.

We have put together our top five ‘workation’ destinaions for those who need to retreat back into the wild but can’t leave their e-mails behind:

  1. Madikwe, South Africa

The possibility is that you would rather want to take in Madikwe’s panoramic views instead of hear your message notifications come in, but this luxury safari lodge offers guests excellent complimentary WI-FI throughout the lodge, laptop loans and business facilities for those who like to travel light.

  1. White Pearl, Mozambique

Here’s an opportunity to work hard and play hard. It is almost certain that you will have the chance to swim amongst dolphins or view migrating humpback whales while you’re strolling on the beach or reclining on your private deck. This ultimate African experience may inspire some creativity or give you the motivation to finish that task! While the guest areas have been designed for relaxation and romance, stretch out on your bed or day lounger and keep updated or simply post those magnificent pictures of the crystal blue water using the complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

  1. Mara Plains Camp, Kenya

Kenya is unparalleled in sceneries and adventure and Mara Plains Camp rolls both into one at one of the most iconic destinations in Africa. It’s not only millennials that will have a hard time not sharing these magical moments with the world as it happens. Luckily, Safaricom provides a decent 3G network in most parts of Kenya, and Mara Plains Camp offers mobile network to guests.

  1. Tongabezi, Zambia

Most travellers head to Tongabezi for a romantic stay. But posting those dreamy pictures to your Instagram may be more important than work e-mails. Catch up with loved ones and post those pictures that will have all your friends envious using the area around Victoria Falls and Livingstone’s mobile connectivity or Tongabezi’s uncapped Wi-Fi.

  1. All our properties in the Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park

There’s no need to put off spending time in the bush. You can have it all – rest in a sanctuary for both humans and wildlife, and work at the same time while enjoying five star accommodation and fine dining opportunities. The Wi-Fi signal is strong in the one place you wish you could switch off…

Lions Sands Ivory Lodge Lounge Interior 2 Iconic Africa Luxury Safaris

May your travels take you where the signal is strong, but don’t forget to take the time to stop, switch off, submerge yourself in the amazing surroundings and let the magic of Africa wash over you.

Stanley & Livingstone Reveals New Suites

“It’s beauty that captures your attention – personality that captures your heart” – Oscar Wilde

A great family destination that welcomes you to make yourselves at home, this beautifully reinvented boutique hotel aims to be a pause on your Southern African itinerary.

The existing family-run accommodation is merely 10 minutes away from the majestic Victoria Falls, making it the ideal quiet retreat and base from which to explore and seek adventure. The property is currently undergoing some exciting refurbishments with the aim to relaunch the property as the area’s first boutique hotel by spring 2018.

Quintessentially, Stanley & Livingstone will be ‘intrinsically historic’ with interior finishings taking inspiration from colonial style combined with a contemporary classic feel. The boutique hotel aims to still give guests that sense of adventure while honouring the hotel and area’s heritage and natural landscapes. They have exploited the magnificent natural light and created engaging and inspiring spaces.

In the meantime they will be revealing their new suites! The updated design is fresh and easy-going while maintaining that colonial feel. It is simultaneously elegant and approachable – especially for guests with younger kids. The character and atmosphere of these living spaces encourages guests to settle in and feel at home.

Travel back with us to the time of Stanley and Livingstone with an entirely modern colonial interior. Ingeniously marrying old and new influences, you can relive a by-gone era in opulence with modern amenities.

Rest on a king-sized bed fit for a queen on one of the 16 luxury suites with an elegant en-suite bathroom fitted with a romantic Victorian bathtub and a modern power shower.

Or opt for one of two interleading suites suitable for families who want their own space. You can still find the romance here with the serene experience of game viewing from your own suite as the nearby waterhole attracts a constant flow of wildlife.

Although the hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi access, you will want to stay disconnected…

 

 

Property of the Month – Royal Livingstone

This month’s property of the month truly lives up to its name – allowing guests to be immersed in a wonderful royal affair! Named after the gallant explorer, Dr David Livingstone – the legendary pioneer who named Zambia’s iconic waterfall in honour of his queen – the Royal Livingstone Hotel pays tribute to his glorious era, evoking a superb Victorian elegance and boasting an impeccable colonial style. This imperial accommodation will immerse you in the romance and style of a time gone by. Adorned by canopies of Acacia trees, the raw grandeur of the bush fuses with the luxurious opulence the hotel offers. Set along the Zambezi River, perched on the lips of the Victoria Falls, this piece of heaven will take you back in time with its antique décor, personalised service and the deafening roar of the ‘mist that thunders’.

Joyful African Dawn

Begin your day at 06h00 in the Livingstone Lounge as the radiance of the African dawn envelopes you in an embrace of subtle Zambezi mist. The lounge presents history through leather-bound tomes, hand-drawn maps and aged paintings and the outside area is the perfect space to drink a quiet coffee while Zambia wakes.

Languid lazy midday

The boundless manicured gardens, where wild Africa blends into modern comfort are centred on a crystal pool that overlooks the leisurely waters of the Zambezi just as they gather momentum before cascading over the cliffs. Likewise the main terrace, beautifully decorated in dark wood and shades of the Victorian era, offers a gentle space from which to contemplate this astonishing place – especially when some of the hotel’s zebra or giraffe amble by.

Rest for body mind and spirit

If you choose to remain at the Royal Livingstone and absorb the concord of Africa, then a beauty or wellness treatment in the private gazebo overlooking the gently flowing river or in the seclusion of your own room is a brilliant opportunity for mind, body and spirit rejuvenation.

The epic African sunset

The sundecks, suspended out over the river and looking onto the ginger sunset mist, are brilliant places to reflect on the day’s adventures while dusk turns the flowing water from silver-yellow to inky-indigo – the first stars dancing on the rippling surface.

Indulgent evenings

When you arrive back from exploring after sunset, sip a pre-dinner single-malt, cocktail or fine chardonnay in the atmospheric Traveller’s Bar while the piano conjures an atmosphere of bygone pioneering in the evening cool. After your drink, a sublime meal that combines the flavours of Europe, Africa and even India, awaits you in the sumptuous dining room or, under the candle lit boughs of the Monkey Tree.

Natural wonder and epic adventure

The Victoria Falls offers an astonishing number of exciting activities for all ages and all tastes. Royal Livingstone’s superbly staffed and run Activity Desk will recommend combinations of nature, fun and adventure for you – normally no more than 15 minutes away.

The Big Five – Fun Facts

‘The Big Five of Africa’ is one of the most relentlessly searched for and often mentioned phrases.

The term “big five” began as a way of referring to the five animals most difficult to hunt on foot. The lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo were the five large African mammal species that were known to hunters as dangerous and successfully hunting them was considered an accomplishment.

However, today the expression takes a much gentler approach – referring to seeing the majestic wildlife species on safari in Africa. These friendly giants are frequently sought-after for sightings, encounters and photo opportunities.

Given the formidable five’s status and significance, here are some interesting facts about the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo that we thought you might find interesting:

Lion:

The lion is Africa’s top predator and the second largest big cat in the world. Roaming the savannah grasslands and open plains of Africa, these social felines are the only cats that live in groups (prides) and need a lot of contact with each other. The lions will greet each other by rubbing their heads against one another, exchanging scents that convey information about their intentions, moods and recent activities.

Females share a particularly strong bond as they remain in the same pride for life and raise their cubs together. They do all the hunting, and the males get the first helping – even when there are cubs in the pride. The hunting is done mostly at night as lions can see in the dark. They are not completely nocturnal so their most active time is just before sunrise or just after sunset. However, they are opportunistic feeders and will hunt at any time.

A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8km) away, enabling them to communicate with each other over large distances. They spend most of their time sleeping and can sleep up to 20 hours a day!

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Leopard:

The leopard is nocturnal, solitary and secretive, staying hidden during the day. They are the least seen of the Big Five. These antisocial cats avoid interacting with each other beyond mating and raising young cubs.

Leopards are excellent at climbing trees and will often safeguard their kill in a tree to prevent lions and hyenas from stealing it. They are also strong swimmers and occasionally eat fish and crabs. Leopards can drag prey weighing up to three times their own body weight up into trees over 20 feet (6 meters) tall.

Leopards don’t roar, they bark and snarl. When they are happy they even purr. But this is not only what makes them unique – they are the most adaptable felines! Inhabiting some of the most diverse environments of all the big cats, such as both deserts and forests – their ability to survive across a range of habitats has enabled leopard populations to survive in far flung parts of the world.

Rhino:

The rhino is the most endangered species of the Big Five. The illegal trade of rhino poaching is being driven by an Asian demand for horns, made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers. Very few rhinos now survive outside national parks and reserves.

A rhino’s horn is not attached to its skull. If it breaks off it will grow back again.

The white and black rhino have no teeth and hence rely on their lips for eating.

Rhinos have poor vision and will sometimes attack trees and rocks by accident. However, their hearing and sense of smell are excellent, thus often making up for their poor eyesight.

Elephant:

Many trees in West African forests – at least one third – rely on evolved seeds to pass through an elephant’s digestive tract for dissemination and germination.

African elephants communicate across large distances at a low frequency that cannot be heard by humans.

Under Africa’s scorching sun, elephants get sunburnt too! They throw sand on their backs and heads to prevent sunburn and keep insects off their skin. And even though their skins are incredibly tough, they can feel those tiny insect walking on their skin!

When baby elephants are born, they are almost blind and some individuals suck their trunks for comfort, similar to the way young humans suck their thumbs.

Elephants love to swim and are able to swim for long distances. They use their trunks as makeshift snorkels. The trunk is also used for grabbing, bathing, smelling, drinking and can pick up something as small as a grain of rice.

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Buffalo:

A buffalo’s primary predator is the lion. It will try to rescue another member who has been caught or hurt and has often been observed killing a lion after it has killed a member of the group. Unlike the water buffalo – whom has an uncanny resemblance to the African buffalo – the latter is dangerous and has never been domesticated.

Dangerous, and rightly so! Buffalo are said to have killed more hunters in Africa than any other animal. They still kill over 200 people every year earning them the reputation and nickname of ‘Black Death’ and ‘Widow Maker’.

Our safari-goers from across the world are eager to spot the famous rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant combination. Contact us now to learn more about our safaris to Africa’s finest Big Five viewing reserves!

5 Unforgettable Activities to Add to Your African Safari

When we think of a “vacation in Africa” the chances are that the bushveld and the Big Five come to mind. No doubt, Africa’s wildlife are pretty impressive. There surely is no other continent relentlessly defined by its world-class safari destinations and tours. There is an allure to African safaris – with our majestic landscapes and unforgettable wildlife interaction.

But there is so much more to Africa than safaris. South Africa is fast becoming one of the adventure capitals of the world. When it comes to the best safaris and activities, whether you’re doing an Adventure, Luxury, Family or Honeymoon Safari, travellers are spoilt for choice with awesome expeditions and adventures.

It is near impossible to compile a list of things to do – but we have chosen the most iconic options for you in the beautiful Cape. From diamond safaris and wine tasting to bungee jumping and swimming with seals, you will surely have many a story for your friends on your return!

Diamond Safaris with Ellerman House

Our property of the month – Ellerman House, in partnership with Benguela Diamonds has curated a luxury experience for their guests. Investing in a diamond is not an everyday purchase, making this unique trip an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Head to the west-coast and follow the journey of an ocean diamond. After a day out at sea, you can select your rough diamond to be cut, polished and set into a piece of jewellery at the design studio in Stellenbosch.

Wine Tasting and Culinary Tours

A foodie and a wine enthusiast? Explore the fantastic wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch on a tasting tour. Visit South African vineyards to learn about locally produced wines amidst the beautiful rolling mountains of the countryside. Sample the flavours of Cape Town’s Boland with top quality, locally produced gourmet food during a guided tour. Stroll from one tasting stop to another under the oak trees.

Bungee Jumping

Take the Garden Route – a paradise all on its own that deserves to be a “must-see” on everyone’s to-do list. Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield and George are among the greenest places in the Western Cape and offer the best hiking trails and indigenous forests. On your way, make sure to visit Bloukrans Bridge – the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 216 m high! The walkway and jump point offer breath-taking views and an inspiring once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Swimming with Seals

For an unforgettable marine wildlife experience, swimming with seals is a must-do Cape Town activity. Gaze into the eyes of a Cape Fur seal at Duiker Island in Hout Bay and come nose-to-mask with these cute creatures. Have an intimate encounter with these playful and inquisitive aqua-babies in their natural habitat.

Helicopter Tour

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there is no better way to admire this beauty than from a panoramic view. Take a private helicopter tour for up to one hour flying from the V & A Waterfront all the way to Cape Point. Fly over dreamy sceneries and experience what sets our coastlines apart from others.

For more awesome fun-filled activities to add to your African safari contact us now.

Introducing to you… the new Victoria Falls International Airport

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have just been cleared to land at the Victoria Falls airport. Please make sure your seat belt is securely fastened. Cabin crew, please take your seats for landing.”

This is a new era for Zimbabwean tourism as their new state-of-the-art Victoria Falls International Airport is now in full operation. Visiting the incredible Victoria Falls just got a whole lot easier for national and International tourists wishing to stay at The Elephant Camp or the Victoria Falls Hotel or any of the other top lodges.

For many years visiting this Unesco World Heritage Site has not been particularly straightforward, despite it being an established tourist hub. With the boom of air travel in Africa and its ability to surpass the physical challenges to ensure easier access to landlocked countries, visitors no longer need to take multiple flights or make long drives to get there.

The recently operating airport is located approximately 20 km south-east of Victoria Falls town centre. Victoria Falls town lies just 1.5 km away from the Victoria Falls rain forest – one of the 7 natural wonders of the world allowing visitors to spend more time enjoying their stay and less time spent travelling.

Elephant Camp Vic Falls Safari

In 2013, the civil aviation authority of Zimbabwe – with the assistance of China – embarked on a project to upgrade Victoria Falls’ airport. Currently the airport is serviced by domestic and regional flights by South African Airways, Air Zimbabwe, British Airways, Air Namibia, Fast Jet Zimbabwe and chartered flights from various parts of the world. The airport can now receive long haul flights from around the globe and its smooth new runway can accommodate some of the world’s largest jets – raising the prospect of new direct international flights. Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways have also expressed an interest in serving this bucket list destination.

The airport is also located within the heart of southern Africa, giving access to six countries within a range of two hours such as Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia, making it a national and regional gateway by location. And most importantly this means that getting to our fabulous lodges in Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia is going to be a whole lot easier for travellers.

Learn more about Victoria Falls and when is the best time to go .