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​5 Incredible African Honeymoon Hideaways


Say “I Do” to the most romantic spots in the world on an African honeymoon. Whether you want to start married life surrounded by wildlife on an epic safari, or gazing at the most unique landscapes on the planet, or experiencing once-in-a-lifetime adventure, we have the inside scoop on honeymoons that are anything but ordinary.     

 

1. Angama Mara, Kenya -- High above a game reserve where some of the most memorable scenes from "Out of Africa" were filmed, is the newest and most dramatic safari lodge in Kenya, Angama Mara. The camps name is Swahili for ‘suspended in mid air,” and couples will feel like they’re literally walking on air at this intimate tented camp with luxury comforts such as deep soaking tubs with views over the Great Rift Valley, on one of the most scenic locations on the entire continent. A short ride away from this serene perch is Governor’s Balloon Safaris, a flight of a lifetime that soars high above the Mara, then comes back to earth with a champagne picnic for two. This is Mark Nolting's most recent honeymoon choice.

 

 

 

2. Linkwasha Camp, Zimbabwe – The newest and most comtemporary tented lodge in Zimbabwe is Alison Nolting’s top pick for honeymooners for its modern design, excellent service, and incredible wildlife. Overlooking a pan that is a magnet for game across all seasons, the fresh, open and airy design of Linkwasha Camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of  interiors that combine modern décor with the original spirit and essence of safari. The camp focuses on luxury in its eight spacious en-suite tents that look out over the waterhole. The main area includes several romantic spots for a tête-à-tête, including multi-level decks, a pool area, and a cozy winter lounge and library.

 

  

  

3. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Rwanda – For unparalleled adventure, says senior consultant Kyle Witten, few things compare with a gorilla trek; following a path through the thick forest for an encounter few people on earth have experienced. Witten recommends balancing the rugged gorilla trek with the cozy pampering of Sabyinyo, situated on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in North Western Rwanda, 7,000 ft above sea level with views of the volcanoes that rise to almost 15,000 feet. The lodge offers all the creature comforts of a luxury honeymoon on the gorilla trail with service so attentive, they’ll hand you a walking stick as you head out the door, then greet you at the end of the day with dinner delivered to your room complete with a roaring fire and bottle of your favorite spirit.

 

 

   

4. Zarafa Camp, Botswana – This intimate, ultra-luxurious safari camp is located on a palm island on the edge of the wildlife-filled Selinda Game Reserve and was created by two of the biggest names in African conservation, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Just four tents are on the property, making it seem like couples have the entire Relais and Chateaux hideaway to themselves. Even better, the plush tents feature beds with open views over the plains, fireplaces, and private plunge pools. And right in the back yard is a gateway to seeing elephant, wild dog, cats and more!

 

 


5. Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls  – A romantic spot just a 10-minute walk from the thundering Victoria Falls, the hotel has a colonial elegance with graceful architecture, spacious terraces, colorful gardens, and a swimming pool and tennis courts. You may enjoy dinner in the elegant Livingstone dining room or the Jungle Junction restaurant that offers a unique cultural dancing and ethnic eating experience. AAC clients Debbie and Ken Lee say Victoria Falls is, "More beautiful than Niagara Falls. We highly recommend the helicopter ride, tour with Esther, and staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel!".  This Grande Dame is a once in a lifetime (bucket list) destination. 

 

  



T​HE CHOBE ANGELS: THE ONLY ALL-FEMALE SAFARI TEAM IN AFRICA


Chobe Game Lodge, the flagship lodge of Desert and Delta Safari in Botswana, has achieved what everyone thought impossible – a full team of 14 female guides -- the only all-female safari team in Africa. 

 


 

In 2005, there were only two female guides in the 12 member team at Chobe, and less than 10 female guides in the entire country of Botswana. Today, the 14 strong women-guide team, aptly named the "Chobe Angels," run the show under the wise watchful eye of Chobe’s in-house Environmentalist, with constant training being the priority.

 

When the Chobe Game Lodge management team recognized there was an inequality with the lack of female guides, they worked out a two-fold strategy: to recruit the top female guides in the country and to work with the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, asking them to refer female trainees to Chobe Game Lodge for field training. This highly successful program enabled them to recruit young energetic female guides from the region while providing all of the practical training at Chobe Game Lodge to the trainees. This acquired field knowledge at Chobe combined with the theory they received in the classrooms of the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, is the foundation for a successful guiding career for the women guides.

 


 

What is it that female guides do different from male guides? It quickly became apparent that the women were far more sensitive to what the guests were looking for in their Chobe experience. And they were better drivers of the vehicles as well, holding down maintenance costs and reserving fuel consumption; thus, creating less carbon emissions.

 

Seventy percent of the guides were trained at Chobe Game Lodge. Twice a year they conduct an intensive refresher course in conjunction with leaders in the field of guide training. This keeps passion at the forefront and introduces new theory.

 

 

The Angels have proven their metal by taking part in the Chobe Explorations inter camp Luxury Mobile Safaris in 2011, starting at Chobe Game Lodge and heading through the country and into the Okavango Delta, staying at each of the Desert and Delta Safaris lodges. A wonderful experience superbly driven and guided by the ladies. In 2013, the Chobe Angels guided the Chobe Exploration mobile safaris exclusively.

 

 



​Alison’s Safari Notebook: Elephants at Abu Camp, Okavango Delta


Part #3 of Notebook from Botswana. Here is Alison's insider look at this unique Wilderness Safaris camp:

 

Meeting the elephants at Abu Camp was one of the most incredible wildlife encounters I’ve had in the bush. Although I’ve ridden elephants many years ago at Amalinda Camp near Matobo Hills, nothing prepared me for the complete immersion of walking with elephants in their natural habitat deep in the bush of Botswana.

 

    

 

Two of the elephants had guests on their back including Cathy the matriach of the herd. When you ride an elephant, your view is of the bush and elephant ears, but walking at ground level is very exciting and an even more intimate experience, since I could truly see details like their long eyelashes and their large feet right up close. I had the most fun – a huge smile across my face for the entire 45-minute walk. Being beside and behind Shirheni, Gikka, Kitimetse, Lerato, Naya and Paseka does transform your perception of elephants.

 

  

 

And then we took to the water the next morning! This is when it’s important to know your safari seasons; since I arrived in May, the late autumn (spring back at home), the Okavango Delta water levels were happily nice and high. We were able to go on a mokoro boat  excursion while the elephants were in the water moving gallons of water in their wakes. All of my time spent with the elephants at Abu was total joy and bliss, but the mokoro trip was an even a bigger highlight; it was so pretty on the water and a really special way to see the ellies with early morning mist rising off the crystal clear water.

 


 

 

 

During the remainder of the day the elephants have freedom to roam in the 450,000 acre (180,000 hectare) private concession. A few of the youngsters born in the herd have been successfully released back into the wild.

 

As at all the Wilderness Safaris camps I’ve visited, the staff was exceptional: Wellington is a wise old elephant handler who takes care of the elephants in their boma. He was tending to Naledi while I was there, the youngest in the herd who had a health issue. Charles, a Wilderness Manager, was with me as well during the elephant introductions. And of course, Brooks, a personal favorite guide of Mark and mine, and one of our AAC recommended Wilderness Safaris guides.

 

Another highlight of Abu: some of the best food I’ve ever had on safari. And if you know me, you know I’m a foodie and trained at Cordon Bleu, so that’s especially high praise.  Jaimie Rose and Aaron do a fabulous job as Managers of running the camp.

 

Nearby, I was able to visit Seba, a Wilderness Classic Camp also in the Okavango Delta, which was a hidden gem. I’m looking forward to recommending it to clients in the future.

 

Here are more of my 2015 Botswana adventures: http://www.africa-adventure.com/southern-africa-bush-tails/alison-s-safari-notebook-mombo-vumbura-plains-chitabe-lidabe

 

And my 2015 visit to Linkwasha Camp in Zimbabwe: http://www.africa-adventure.com/southern-africa-bush-tails/alison-s-safari-notebook-linkwasha-camp-hwange



Alison’s Safari Notebook: Mombo, Vumbura Plains, Chitabe Lediba


Here is part #2 of Alison's epic journey to Botswana at Wilderness Safaris Mombo, Vumbura, Chitabe Lediba, and Abu camps, led by one of AAC’s favorite guides, Brooks.  


My adventure started as soon as I landed, when I was met by Brooks who would be my specialist guide to the four different camps in Botswana's Okavango Delta: Mombo, on Chiefs Island in the Moremi Reserve, Chitabe Lediba, which borders Moremi, and Vumbura Plains, and Abu Camp.

 

As soon as I get in the vehicle, Brooks starts tracking – listening to the calls of baboons he knows where predators are lurking, and he takes off in their direction. He’s an amazing tracker, one of the best in the bush. At Chitabe we find usually elusive wild dogs. At Vumbura Plains, we track a cheetah and found where it had taken down an impala, a rutting male oblivious to the danger of the hungry cat headed towards him. Another time he hears a kudu’s alarm calls and arrives in time to see a leopard slinking into the dusk. 

 

 

 

While Brooks and I were out in Botswana, we saw 4 leopard and 3 cheetah (including at Mombo). All fantastic sightings! Also at Chitabe, we saw a young leopard hunting. He was trying to catch a mongoose that fled up a smallish tree. We watched as the leopard growled and rattled the tree – but the mongoose got away and ran up the dead tree next door! Again the leopard flew up the tree in chase and in haste the mongoose fled with a desperate jump down from the end of the branch - and swiftly made off.

 


 

One of the highlights of my Botswana safari, and a completely new experience for me, was a helicopter flip across the Gomoti River. The small helicopter seats just 4 passengers including the pilot, and flies low over the water which gave me outstanding views of hippos both feeding out of the water and also gathering in pods in safety of the water, crocodile basking out on the banks, elephants feeding in the marshes – a completely unique perspective. It felt almost like a balloon safari as I floated over the Delta.I would definitely recommend it to clients so they can get this unusual take on the wide watery Okavango Delta for themselves.

 

 

 

My take on the camps:

 

Vumbura Plains:  Stayed in North Camp this time where Alex is doing great things as Manager.  The ambiance in the rooms is a lovely outreach to the Delta waters outside. Enjoyed the evening soup stop the first evening after a wonderful sighting of their must see - a majestic sable antelope. Huge variety of wildlife and fantastic one stop camp.

 


 

Mombo Main Camp: Stayed in tent #5 again which was looking very safari chic. So pleased to meet up with all the familier guides in camp like Tsile, Doc, Moss, Sefo, OB and Cisco. Huge anticipation in camp of new rhino translocation.  Saw a cheetah in two separate sightings and also 2 leopard sightings of Pula and Big Eyes.  Enjoyed a new wow experience, a wonderful afternoon high-tea spread under two large Acacia trees. 

 


 

Chitabe Lediba:  Love this place for both wildlife and camp friendliness. Believe it or not, was there again to experience Monday boma night - the dancing and singing rocked as usual.  The wild dog sighting was extraordinary; as was another cheetah sighting enroute to Gomoti Camp.  My best 2 leopard sightings ever.  The photo artwork in the rooms by Dave Hamman are exquisite!

 


 

Abu's Camp - coming in part #3



​Alison’s Safari Notebook: Linkwasha Camp, Hwange


Alison is just back from the wilds of the African bush and is sharing her insider look at the newest and most chic lodge in Zimbabwe, Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp:

 

Linkwasha lies in Hwange’s south-eastern corner, on a private Concession. Situated on the same site as the old Linkwasha, the camp is close to the famed Ngamo Plains, which offer fantastic summer game viewing – to add to the already excellent winter viewing.

 


 


 

Overlooking a pan that is a magnet for game across all seasons, the fresh, open and airy design of Linkwasha Camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors that combine modern décor with the original spirit and essence of safari. The camp focuses on luxury in its eight spacious en-suite tents and one family tent that look out over the waterhole. The main area includes various multi-level decks, a pool area, and a winter lounge complete with library.

 


 

 

Another great aspect of Linkwasha – extraordinary safari guide, Buli!

 


 

Our family has a great history with Buli. On a family safari 5 years ago, Mark and I and our two sons met Buli on his first day as an apprentice ranger in Hwange. We had a wonderful experience with him and truly enjoyed his company in the vehicle. Fast forward to 2015, and Buli is now a top-notch Pro guide in his own right. In addition to guiding with Wilderness Safaris, he also spent two years in the wilds of Orlando, working for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a unique program where Buli was able to see the world and develop an even greater knowledge of the hospitality industry.

 


 

I requested him specifically when I arrived in Linkwasha, and was thrilled with his knowledge and guiding skills. One afternoon we spent several hours at a water hole as we watched hyena and fish eagle both scrambling to catch barbel (African catfish). And after decades going on safari, Buli helped me spot a first, and that was a Martial Eagle, the massive bird of prey, swooping and diving down to the ground at least half a dozen times trying to catch a guinea fowl, the smaller bird squawking and running and eluding the powerful and hungry raptor time after time.

 


 

Hwange is rich with plains games, and with Buli I was able to spot dozens of zebra and loads of giraffe, lots of elephant as well. Even just tracking with Buli was fun – we followed leopard tracks and the call of a splendid sighting of a Caracal cat through the bush until the sunset.

  


 

Another highlight of Linkwasha are the two great managers: Jeremy, and Chedo, who bring some great energy around the camp. 

 


 

I was lucky to also be accompanied by Courtney Johnson (far right), a former Wilderness guide who’s now the operating manager for Wilderness Safaris Zimbabwe properties. Yvonne Christian (with me on the left) and Alex, the chief Wilderness Air pilot (second from right) also were able to enjoy the guiding skills of Buli.

 

Linkwasha is definitely a special place in the bush, and a must visit for any client looking for outstanding accommodations, wildlife, and guiding in Zimbabwe. AAC is excited to offer it as an option on our award winning Eyes on Elephant safari in Zimbabwe: 

 

Read more about Alison’s 2015 Africa adventure, here: http://www.africa-adventure.com/southern-africa-bush-tails/alison-s-safari-notebook-abu-camp-okavango-delta



&Beyond Benguerra Island Has Opened Its Doors


The much anticipated unveiling of &Beyond Benguerra Island is finally here. Today, we welcome our first guests into a world of luxury island living. Guests can now experience sensational accommodation, in the form of light and airy casinhas and cabanas, and languid hours spent on silky white pristine beaches. With a distinct nod to both Africa and the Mozambican coastline’s Portuguese heritage, &Beyond Benguerra Island is undoubtedly the most exclusive destination in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

 

 

 

Boasting the island’s best location and situated alongside a permanent deep water channel, the generously sized guest rooms peep out from among the boughs of a tropical forest, offering private views onto the beach. In keeping with the trend for multi-generational travel, the lodge’s private villa has been redesigned as the Casa Familia, a three-bedroom suite ideal for families.

 

For a truly unforgettable beach holiday, filled to the brim with various adventures such as scuba diving, snorkelling, romantic sandbar picnics, gentle dhow cruises, horse riding and catch-and-release fishing, be sure to keep &Beyond Benguerra Island at the top of your list.

 

What You'll Love About Benguerra

 

TROPICAL CHIC - Spacious, light and airy casinhas and cabanas that combine tropical chic interiors with a distinct nod to both Africa and the Mozambican coastline’s Portuguese heritage.

 

 

 

SUNSETS AND SUNDOWNERS - Sip on indulgent tropical sundowners at our Dhow Bar, toast the sunset after a successful day sightseeing in your very own sparkling swimming pool or wave a fond farewell to another perfect day on a luxurious catamaran cruise.

 


 

DO WELL BY DOING GOOD - &Beyond has engaged with the local community to identify their top priority projects and is about to begin the construction of a multi-purpose centre for the village. We also support the conservation of the island’s endangered dugong herds.

 

 

 

RELAX - Guests can choose from gazing out onto endless ocean views from a shady spot beside the lodge swimming pool or your very own private pool. Alternatively, enjoy a cocktail in the Dhow Bar or indulge in a treatment in the massage sala.

 


 

EXPLORE - Diving and snorkelling enthusiasts can explore exceptional coral reefs situated in clear Indian Ocean waters. Guests can also try their hand at some of Africa’s finest deep sea fishing or choose to explore the island on horseback.

 


 

SAVOUR - Delicious fresh seafood is sourced for local fishermen daily and is delivered by colourful traditional dhow. Flavours include a mix of zesty Portuguese spices and exotic Arabic influences.

 


 

OFFERS

 

As further incentive to book &Beyond Benguerra Island we would like to make the journey even more special by offering exceptional savings. Be sure to take advantage of the following offers:

 

LONG STAY OFFER

 

Extend your stay at &Beyond Benguerra Island with our Long Stay Offer. Spend 6 or more nights in paradise and get up to 30% off your stay. Terms and conditions apply. (Contact us for more information)

 

HONEYMOON OFFER

 

&Beyond Benguerra Island is the perfect destination to celebrate a honeymoon. We would like to spoil the bride by offering her 50% off her accommodation. Terms and conditions apply. (Contact us for more information)



Vundu Camp, Mana Pools, Newsletter


We are thrilled to introduce two new faces in the management team at Vundu Camp for the 2015 season. No strangers to the bush, both Gadyy and Aimee's passion for wildlife and the pure enjoyment of being submersed in the thick of it, has already ensured a smooth introduction to camp life. Working alongside Nick, Desiree and our fabulous team, they will be on hand to oversee the smooth running of camp and to make sure our guests are taken care of during their stay with us.

 

Gadreck Nyamhondoro: Gadreck (Gaddy) was born in the small town of Karoi in Zimbabwe before moving to Harare for schooling.

 

Soon after leaving school he moved to Kariba where he started his guiding career with Spurwing Island Safari Lodge and qualified as a learner guide in 1997. Gadreck has gained valuable management experience working in safari camps within Zimbabwe and he is also qualified to conduct walking safaris and game drives.

 


 

Aimee van der Merwe: Born in 1991 in Harare, Zimbabwe, Aimee grew up in a small farming community in Tengwe and discovered her love and passion for nature at a young age.

 

She has been keen on fishing since she was a little girl and has fished Lake Kariba, the Zambezi River and various dams and rivers within South Africa. Aimee received a certificate in Photography in 2013 from Oakfields College in Pretoria, South Africa and is currently working on a personal photographic portfolio.

 

Whilst managing the camp she is excited to be working towards pursuing her Professional Guides License.

 


 

To all our 2015 guests, we look forward to welcoming you to Mana Pools over the next few months and helping you create memories to treasure.

 

 

Despite the rains commencing very late last year, with the first decent rain falling on Christmas Day, Mother Nature seems to be more than making up for it and in the last six weeks we have had a lot of rain. As a result the grass has grown very well where the concentration of animals in the dry season have left droppings to fertilize the new growth.

 


 

 

 

Game has concentrated once again on the Mana flood plain and in particular the elephant. There are several hundred elephant feeding on the belly high grasslands, rarely reaching up to feed on a tree. Many have come in from the surrounding areas, I don't recognize them and their behavior is very different from our regular residents. There is an abundance of newly born calves, and many bulls. It is the breeding and calving season for elephant and this year they have congregated in Mana.

 

 

 

The Mucheni pride of lions are doing well, the two new big males in the area are breeding with the females, so there is a promise of cubs to come. The Nyamatusi pride has also been spotted and are a group of 17 in total.

 

We are not often in the park at this time of year, so it is great to be here, as it is looking exceptionally beautiful. The reason we have started early is because we have a BBC film crew in camp. They have chosen Mana as the place to film a Wild Dog documentary, which is exciting news as they researched possibilities for the documentary across the whole of Africa and have chosen to stay with us. Expectations are high but this is an incredible opportunity for both us at Vundu Camp but most importantly Mana Pools National Park and Zimbabwe wildlife as a whole. They will be with us for five months this year and then again in 2016. The documentary is one part of a five part series, which will include tigers in India, lions in the Mara, penguins in the Antarctic and chimps in the Congo, and is following on from the Planet Earth series.

 

Talking of the Wild Dog, we have seen the Vundu, Nyakasanga and Long Pool packs already this year. The grass is long along the flood plain with limited visibility for the dogs and access for them is hard as there are many running channels which the dogs do not like to cross, as the crocs come out of the Zambezi into these rain filled channels. The dogs are hunting in the mopane away from the river where there aren't roads, so finding them is tough going. Despite the thick bush and limited access with the amount of rain we have had, but we have managed to film some good stuff so far.

 

The Vundu pack is now 11 dogs in total, the smallest it’s been in 20 years that I know of. Last year the pack was at 22 individuals, 10 dogs dispersed and the remaining 12 dogs denned and had seven pups. The loss of the alpha male in July last year was a huge blow to the pack, and the remaining dogs were young 1-2 years old with one 5 year old, this would have left them vulnerable to lions and hyenas. Of the seven pups four have survived which is an average survival rate. This year Tait has accepted a new alpha male into the pack, Ox. He is asserting his dominance and leads the hunts for the pack. He is distinguishable by his size and an all black tail. (see sunset photo above)

 

Janet is the alpha female of the Long Pool pack. She lost her mate last year early in the breeding season and subsequently did not have pups, her pack seemed to have fallen apart. Janet is Taits daughter from her 2009 litter. Three of the pups from the Vundu pack went missing in November last year and were presumed dead. They are however, with their big sister Janet in the Long Pool pack. She appears to have adopted them from Tait, at 4 months of age, which is quite unusual. Most of the dogs that dispersed from the Vundu pack back in April have also joined Janet, there are now nine in her pack. They have moved into the area previously occupied by the Chikwenya pack.

 

The Nyakasanga pack is 26 strong. Black tip (Taits daughter) and Amos, the alphas, have raised 10 puppies from last years litter, having started with 15 pups. These guys are doing very well and the pack is very stable. Five males dispersed from the pack in July last year, again not sure where they have gone to yet.

 

We had a report of 40 dogs, which we have seen today. It is the Nyakasanga Pack with possibly what I called the Little Vundu Pack. The Little Vundu pack split from the Nyakasanga pack a few years ago, and they seem to be back and occasionally hunting together. 40 dogs in one group is quite a sight.

 

The BBC crew will be here now in February, May, August, October and November/December staying at Vundu Camp. As you would expect the crew is very experienced, Nick (producer) and Warrick (camera man) have a combined 40 years of wildlife documentary filming and they are looking to produce something exceptional.

 

It is a very exciting time.

 

Best regards,

 

Nick Murray



5 Incredible African Walking Adventures


For travelers who want to feel connected to the earth under their feet, nothing compares to a walking safari or hiking adventure in Africa. With trained guides leading the way, you’ll experience sightings of wildlife in a whole new way, but also be able to see the little things that make the African bush so special, such as the Little 5, the smaller, equally interesting, but impossible to spot from a vehicle, cousins of the Big 5: Ant Lion, Leopard Tortoise, Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, and Rhinoceros Beetle.

 

Here are 5 of our absolute favorite adventures on foot:

 

1. Old Fashioned Walking Safari in South Luangwa, Zambia

National Geographic Traveler Magazine included this adventure as one of their 2015 Trips of a Lifetime, and it’s easy to see why. Mark Nolting wrote of his experience in the South Luangwa  " On a visit we saw very good game, including a huge herd of more than 500 buffalo, elephant (including a huge tusker), many hippo, including a large pod with several humorous juveniles, Thornicroft’s giraffe, bushbuck, greater kudu, lion, serval and genet. On an evening game drive we spotted our first Pel's fishing owl (a lifer), and then were able to watch a leopard stalking some guinea fowl in a bush and pounce - came away empty handed.  One morning when we arrived at the confluence, we walked down to the river to a pod of over 100 hippos. As we approached, more than 50 ran out of the shallow water across the dry riverbed to deep water a few hundred yards (meters) away. The sight of 50 one-ton “bums” of bouncing fat running together was too funny for words!"

 

 

2. Walking Adventurer’s Safari to Northern Tanzania

If you’re looking to get out of the jeep and explore Tanzania on foot, there are options for this on our northern circuit Walking Adventure. The suggested activities include hiking near Arusha National Park, forest hike and mountain biking on the Lake Manyara escarpment, hikes near the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and game walks near Tarangire. The Value and Classic pricing options allow you to pick the adventure best suited for your style of travel and budget.  Also consider a week safari in the south to Ruaha and Selous parks - a more remote destination.

 


 

3. Eyes on Elephant of the Pools and Pans, Zimbabwe

Another National Geographic Traveler Magazine award winner, this AAC exclusive safari made it onto their penultimate "50 Tours of a Lifetime" list. The guides---Nic Polenakis, Dave Carsons, Nick Murray, and Paul Hubbard---are some of the best in Africa, and are the highlight of the trip. Spot the Big 5 on this safari that combines walking in Hwange; canoeing, walking, and game drives in Mana Pools; plus a cultural visit and chance to see rhino in Matobo Hills.

 

 

4. Our Point of View Active South Africa

This trip lets you experience South Africa on foot in a kaleidoscope of unique settings, including on safari in the Timbavati Reserve Area where activities include bush walks as well as the opportunity to sleep out under the stars in Tanda Tula’s “Star Beds.” Elsewhere, there’s hiking, and sea kayaking to see Cape Penguins in Cape Town, and hiking on the Garden Route’s stunning Tsitsikamma Trail, plus a dolphin and whale watching cruise.

 


 

5. Desert Dune Safari to Namibia

On this adventurous journey, guests traverse the highlights of Namibia, visiting the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, tracking black rhino at Desert Rhino Camp, and exploring the dramatic Skeleton Coast Hoanib Camp with its historic shipwrecks, seal colonies, and incredible desert wonders, including animals such as elephant, lion, springbok, gemsbok and ostrich that have adapted to the harsh environment.

 

 

 



Wilderness Community Development - Quarterly Newsletter / Quarter One


2015 has got off to a fantastic start with the Children in the Wilderness Eco-Clubs getting going again and all the coordinators making follow-up visits to the schools to provide the Eco-Clubs with materials and support.

The Scholarship Programme also keeps everyone busy at the beginning of the year with uniforms and stationery to be bought and school fees to be paid. In 2014 we had a total of 287 students on our Scholarship Programme. Click here to read more...

 




Gushing about South Africa Tourism


South African Tourism held its Ubuntu Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Natural History in New York on April 13. Mark Nolting was in attendance and met up with the various guests of honor, including Wendy Perrin, who was the MC of the evening, and who he has known for many years when she was with Conde Nast and now has her own www.wendyperrin.com travel site.

 

The Ubuntu Awards recognize the top contributors to the tourism industry in South Africa. In attendance was Derek Hanekom, South Africa’s new minister of tourism, Mninwa Mahlangu, Ambassador of South Africa to the United States and Thulani Nzima, CEO of South African Tourism. Trevor Noah, the South African comedian, designated to follow Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show, gave a short, funny talk to the audience.

 

What Mark gushes about in South Africa:

 

- The market places where you can meet the local people: like Hout Bay in Cape Town and Rosebank Roof in Johannesburg

 

- A Hot Spot for dining in Cape Town – The Flagship restaurant in Simonstown

 

- My go to walking safari destination – Tanda Tula Safari and Field Camp in Timbavati private reserve

 


- A Hot spot for lunch in the winelands – a picnic in the Boschendal Estate gardens and vines from the Werf restaurant 

 

- My favorite upscale safari experience – Singita Boulders set along the banks of the Sand River


 

   

- My NEW family safari experience – Thanda Safari Lodge in the heart of Zululand and close to the 9 mile beach in southern Mozambique 




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