We have been exploring Africa’s wild places for 30 years, yet we still find ourselves gazing in wonder at every opportunity to get up close to our planet’s awesome creatures. That many of them are endangered makes the privilege that much greater and when it comes to an exceptional wildlife safari, conservation is intrinsically connected.
A land of contrasts, Botswana has long captured the hearts of countless travellers with its seasonal ebbs and flows. Each year, the flooding channels of the Okavango Delta beckon wildlife from near and far; rains transform the stark Makgadikgadi and Nxai salt pans into a blanket of green; and dusty footprints trace paths to the vast elephant herds that gather in Chobe National Park. Comparing the verdant patchwork of green in the north to the lunar Kalahari landscapes further south is a feast for the senses, a feast which makes for an unforgettable geographical study in the span of a single trip. Discover Africa’s most exclusive safari destination from the comfort of your home on this Sensory Safari.
When The Beatles recorded the opening line of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds for their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, they could well have been describing the journey as you cruise along the Zambezi River, an evening river safari flanked by hippos in Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve, or a glass of something cold and sparkling as you enjoy a sundowner in the sublime Okavango Delta. In fact, it could apply to any number of the dusk-time boat journeys along Africa’s peaceful waterways, where the vivid orange of the sunset gives way with surprising speed to a canopy of diamond-like stars, twinkling in the inky blackness of the night.
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to develop on a daily basis, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our clients, partners and team members. Every holiday we arrange is uniquely designed to appreciate our clients’ individuality and we are approaching the current situation in the same way.
Close your eyes and picture a scene of Africa. What is it that you see? Is it the wide, open plains and the migrations of thousands of gazelle? Is it the pyramids at Giza, rising out of the desert like mountains? Or is it the rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch, glistening in the sunshine? Whatever your vision, it is unlikely that it is an island, for although there are hundreds, if not thousands, of such enclaves dotted in and around the continent, they are amongst Africa’s best kept secrets.
Landlocked Botswana is a country of dramatic contrasts: 70% of its territory is covered by the arid expanse which is the Kalahari Desert; but the Okavango River and its delta bring life to fertile oases, and rich grasslands where wildlife thrives.
Nothing quite says luxury travel like an infinity pool: it’s a striking pinnacle of architectural design, but is also indicative of an extraordinary location. After all, what would be the point of having a pool like this unless the views were worthwhile staring at?
Travelling with teenagers can be a nightmare, but it can also be a great joy: as your children get older, you have fewer and fewer chances to spend quality time together as everyone wants to be off doing their own thing. And then, one day, they’ve flown the nest. Their teenage years are precious times for your family, times when you can shape the adults they become, and the interests they share with you in later years. The challenging part of any family vacation with teenagers is convincing them that they want to spend a week (or longer) away from their friends, computers, and things they find familiar. You then have to overcome the perception that everything parents want to do is boring, and make sure that your holiday itinerary includes something to appeal to every member of the group, whatever their age and interests.
Cape Town is arguably the most exciting city destination in the whole of Africa. Situated in a stunning seaside location with a mountain backdrop, it gets 10/10 for views. The city boasts first rate hotels and a booming restaurant scene, as well as plenty of varied activities to keep you occupied day and night. Whether you are planning a long weekend’s escape, or want to add a city break onto the end of your South African safari, Cape Town is a destination not to be missed.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you plan your holiday based on your star sign, or that you visit a far off planet! Astro-tourism is travel with a star gazing theme, and it’ll take you to some of the last great wildernesses in Africa.
With the worldwide release of Disney’s new Dumbo film, our love of elephants was re-ignited. After watching the film, we asked our safari design team to list their favourite locations in Africa to enjoy encounters with these magnificent creatures. Read on, share with an elephant lover in your life, then let’s chat about which place you might like to add to your next safari!
Conjure up in your mind the wide, open plains of East Africa, the herds of wildebeest on the move, a family of elephants ambling through the mud at the edge of a water hole, and a vast bird circling on the thermals so high in the sky that it appears to be but a pin prick. Where are you? Kenya? Tanzania? How about Malawi? If you want to venture far beyond the crowds and see astounding wildlife in a true, unblemished wilderness, then a safari in under-the-radar Malawi might just be what you're looking for.