AFRICA

“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa” – John Hemingway

Luxury Holiday in Africa

Tailor-Made African Adventure

There is nothing quite like an African Safari to make you feel truly alive.  From the wide, open plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti, teeming with herds of wildebeest, to the mountainous green rainforests, home of the gentle giants of Rwanda.  From the rich, winding waterways of the lush Okavango Delta in Botswana to the stark, orange sand dunes of Namibia; Africa, once experienced, can never be forgotten.

The colourful local markets in the villages on the shores of Lake Malawi complement the cosmopolitan, iconic city of Cape Town. Africa is a culturally diverse, majestic continent, and the authentic, warm and humble hospitality of the African people ensure unparalleled service offerings and unforgettable memories.

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BOTSWANA

Botswana is one of the few truly unspoiled wilderness areas in Africa. The waterways of the Okavango Delta are the heartbeat of this haven of wildlife. Guests are spoilt for choice, with day and night game drives, walking safaris, boating and Mokoro Safaris. Enormous private concessions offer exclusive, private havens for the traveller to languish in the peaceful beauty of the African wilderness, shared only with an incredible diversity and concentration of wildlife. Home to the legendary Chiefs Island, the Moremi National Park is pristine African wilderness at its finest.

The Linyanti Reserve and Selinda Spillway offer a truly authentic safari experience. The Linyanti marshes are the only source of water in the dry months and therefore boast huge herds of elephant and buffalo, alongside extraordinary numbers of predator species. Birding safaris are spectacular all year round.

Chobe National Park, the aptly named “Land of Giants” is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. African elephant herds often number in the hundreds are a sight to behold. Equally large numbers of buffalo can also be seen, along with fantastic sightings of lion and leopard. The Chobe River offers a wonderful opportunity to view and photograph the wildlife and birdlife up close. Photographic Safaris with experienced photographers in Chobe National Park offer a fantastic opportunity to hone wildlife photography skills.

The Nxai Pans are the largest collection of salt pans on earth. The expansive grassland plains are home to seasonal migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra. The local San Bushmen play host to traditional cultural experiences and offer an insight into their nomadic way of life. Meerkats entertain guests with their inquisitive and fun-loving antics.

The massive Kalahari Desert covers the south western area of this beautiful country. The wild, mysterious beauty of this reserve is indescribable, with the endless, untouched vistas. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to the black-maned lion, pangolin, bat-eared fox and honeybadger as well as a variety of herbivores. Star-gazing opportunities are extraordinary; endless vistas and minimal light pollution are the perfect setting to explore the African night skies.

While Botswana is not the least-expensive destination in Africa, it offers excellent value for money. Staggering concentrations of wildlife in pristine wilderness settings are treasured by the Botswana government, who offer a politically stable and safe opportunity to share these beauties. Botswana is the perfect destination for family safaris as well as honeymoons, with lodges catering for each guest’s particular requirements.

We recommend a combination of lodges in the Okavango Delta and Moremi National Park with lodges in The Chobe National Park or a houseboat on the Chobe River. An add-on to the Makgadikgadi Pans or Central Kalahari Game Reserve will add an extra dimension to your African Safari experience, while the nearby Victoria Falls and sand dunes of the Namib Desert are perfectly located to ensure the ultimate African dream holiday.

 

KENYA

Kenya is known as “big-game” country.  It is in this intoxicating region that the notion of the Swahili word “safari”, meaning “to journey”, was born.

Reminiscent of a romantic, pioneering era, made famous by the book and movie “Out Of Africa”, Kenya is the original “Big Five Safari” destination.  With over forty national parks and game reserves, including the Maasai Mara, Tsavo East and Tsavo West, Amboseli and Samburu National Parks. Kenya is a diverse country offering many rewards for first-time and seasoned safari travellers alike.

The Maasai Mara, part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem, is unashamedly one of the best destinations for game viewing throughout the year.  The sweeping plains are home to enormous herds of wildebeest during their annual migration, as well as a variety of Big Cats and plains game.  The iconic Great Rift Valley is a haven for birdwatchers as huge flocks, mostly flamingos and pelicans, happily share their spectacular home with a plethora of other wildlife. Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita are the most renowned for their incredible birdlife.  Visitors are treated to sightings of other wildlife too, including Rothschild’s giraffe and white rhino.

Magnificent wildlife, exceptional accommodation, palm-fringed beaches and warm and friendly people welcome guests to this piece of heaven.  Encounter the greatest concentration of free-ranging wildlife on earth and immerse yourself in the customs of the proud Maasai people.

 

MALAWI

Malawi offers a rich variety of attractions including lakes, rivers, mountains, game parks and villages. This beautiful, diverse country is home to a variety of wildlife and cultural experiences.

Lake Malawi, the “Lake of Stars” supports more species of fish than any other lake in the world. Snorkelling and diving adventures are spectacular, and can be enjoyed alongside sailing, wind-surfing, water-skiing and canoeing. Boasting busting local communities and beautiful sandy beaches, Likoma Island offers exclusive natural beauty. Activities on the island include birdwatching, cultural visits, cycling and hiking safaris.  Guests enjoy the opportunity to sit on a mountain cliff above Cape Maclear, watching the brilliant red sun sink into Lake Malawi, offering unforgettable sunsets. From the islands, guests enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving surrounded by myriad of brightly coloured fish.

Liwonde National Park, the premier wildlife reserve in Malawi, incorporates the Shire River as well as quiet backwaters and lagoons, marshes, open savannah country, woodland and hills. With the rich diversity of habitats, the extensive variety of plant, animal and birdlife offer what is arguably the best birding location in central and southern Africa. Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” as the gentle, friendly people welcome and ensure an unforgettable holiday.

Majete Wildlife Reserve is home to all of the “Big Five”, eland, sable, nyala and hartebeest, among a variety of other mammals. The community involvement and social upliftment are an inspiration story, which we are proud to support.

The unique slab of mountain, the Zomba Plateau, is covered by streams, waterfalls and lakes. The tracks around the top are glorious with views once described as “the best in the British Empire”. Sightings of leopard are rare, although these beautiful creatures are certainly in residence.

 

MOZAMBIQUE

Remote and unspoilt, Mozambique’s coastline stretches more than 2,400 kilometres, and hosts some of the finest beaches on the Indian Ocean. The crystal-clear aquamarine waters abound with well-preserved corals and colourful fish.  Mozambique is the ultimate barefoot luxury hideaway destination; the boutique beach lodges are perfect for a post-safari beach experience. 

The coral islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north boast spectacular reefs and marine life offer magnificent diving, with 400m drop-offs, while the stunningly undeveloped tropical islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south offer white, sandy beaches and exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, as well as dhow boat trips between the islands. 

One of the most “biodiverse” places on Earth, Gorongosa National Park is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in Africa. The richness of its soil, plentiful rain and varied terrain combine to create a remarkable variety of different ecosystems, each with its own unique purpose.  This results in exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities

The laid-back African charm of the Mozambiquan people, with the Portuguese colonial influences, combine in the remote, boutique lodges offering mouth-watering seafood and tropical fruit, to make a Mozambique holiday a truly unique experience.

 

NAMIBIA

Namibia is known for its stark, dramatic and timeless landscapes, and is truly a diamond in the rough. This is a photographer’s paradise and the ideal destination for those looking for wide open spaces.

Namibia is a land of contrasts with shimmering plains, towering sand dunes, endless sunshine, majestic mountains, gorges, valleys and some of Africa’s most interesting and diverse wildlife and national parks.

Highlights include the rolling red sand dunes at Sossusvlie, part of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The 130-million-year-old Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, hosts uniquely adapted elephant, rhino, lion and giraffe.  The hauntingly rugged beauty of the Skeleton Coast Park, where the desert meets the sea is home to the Cape Cross seal colony, one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape fur seals.  Namibia is home to the chalky white pan of Etosha National Park, where herds of zebra congregate while lions lie in wait, and the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima Reserve.

Cultural interactions with the San People, the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer communities, as well as the semi-nomadic Damaraland Himba Tribe offer an insight into life in times gone by.  Namibia is unique, offering guests an intense, immersive encounter with nature, the environment and wildlife.

 

RWANDA

Rwanda is experiential travel at its finest.  The “Land of a Thousand Hills” evokes images of magnificent mountain gorillas in the mist on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, where more than a third of the 880 remaining gorillas in the world reside.  The legacy of Dian Fossey lives on with these majestic animals, and the memories of a gorilla encounter is a life-changing experience.

The Nyungwe Forest National Park offers opportunities to track chimpanzees and spot the troops of white colobus monkeys, and the elusive golden monkeys.  Acres of lush vegetation, dense mountainous rainforest and tea plantations combine to create Rwanda’s most important area of biodiversity.

Akagera National Park is a unique “Big Five” destination, and hosts one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, Eastern Rhino’s, zebra, giraffe and host of antelope species.

The gentle, charming people of Rwanda welcome visitors to their tiny country with open arms and love to share their humble daily lives with visitors.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully diverse countries in the world.  The pristine beaches, lush award-winning winelands, world-class cities, majestic mountain ranges and spectacular game-rich wilderness areas combine to create “the world in one country”. 

From the warm Indian Ocean to the chilled Atlantic waters of the Cape; from the stark, arid landscape of the Karoo to the lush bushveld of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa boasts spectacular natural beauty. 

Cape Town is undoubtedly a highlight in any visit to South Africa. With her cosmopolitan population, magnificent scenery, adrenalin-pumping activities, colourful history and world-class shopping experiences, Cape Town is an experience not to be missed. Among the list of “must-see” attractions are the V&A Waterfront, a unique and unforgettable shopping and entertainment experience; the Table Mountain Cableway which offers unparalleled vistas of the Cape; the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in a prison cell; the rugged cliffs of Cape Point and the numerous vineyards which make up the oldest wine making region in the southern hemisphere.

Superb food and wine offerings in Cape Town and the surrounding winelands make South Africa a must-visit for foodies and wine connoisseurs alike. These mouth-watering indulgences in breathtaking surroundings make the perfect ending to an African Safari at one (or two!) of the wonderful Big Five game reserves and national parks.  The world-famous Kruger National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, Nambiti Game Reserve, the game reserves of the Eastern Cape and Garden Route each boast their own wildlife experiences, with lodges to host visitors in absolute luxury.

The dramatic Drakensberg Mountains are the backdrop of the fascinating battlefields of KwaZulu Natal and the home of the proud Zulu people, making this the ultimate culturally rich destination in South Africa.  South Africa offers the ultimate family holiday destination, as well as honeymooners, food enthusiasts and thrill-seeking adventure travellers.

 

TANZANIA

Tanzania is, to the wildlife enthusiast, the Africa of our imagination. An unparalleled 250,000 square km of reserves means that Tanzania is one of the best game viewing countries in Africa.

The complete African Safari experience is truly represented in game reserves and national parks such as the Serengeti, the annual setting of the spectacular migration, where over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope make their way across the plains; the Ngorongoro Crater, the unique, biodiverse amphitheatre; Selous Game Reserve and the enormous variety of birdlife at Lake Manyara. From Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, guests will experience a country with breathtaking vistas. Tanzania is a land of wide-open spaces and magnificent wildlife, of idyllic palm-fringed islands set in turquoise seas, of explorers’ tales and sultans’ palaces, of a warm and hospitable people. Tanzania offers guests the opportunity to discover the wild, romantic Africa of your dreams.

Collectively known as Zanzibar, the “Spice Islands” off Tanzania’s coast, offer guests a location steeped in history and culture, teamed with pristine beaches and spectacular accommodation, offering guests the ideal “Beach and Bush Safari” combination.

 

UGANDA

Known as the “Pearl of Africa, Uganda is spectacularly beautiful. This is the source of the Nile, a birder’s paradise, keeper of the mysterious “Mountains of the Moon” and home to the endangered mountain gorilla in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Uganda is remembered for its natural beauty, its serenity and its sheer diversity. Countless lakes, rivers, waterfalls and wetlands make Uganda a lush tropical haven. Lake Victoria dominates the South, the clear blue waters forming the Nile River which journeys the length of the country. The legendary “Mountains of the Moon” and the Virunga volcanoes form the Western borders. The far North stretches towards the Sahara and the East transforms into stark arid plains. Uganda is nestled on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and boasts flora and fauna species of both East and West Africa. The country is home to the highest population of the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare shoebill stork, and shy sitatunga. Guests can also trek to see chimpanzees in Kibale Forest as well as cheetah in Kidepo Valley.

For guests interested in bird-watching, Uganda is Africa’s finest birding destination, home to around 1,000 species, including the rare shoebill stork and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. Uganda offers visitors one-in-lifetime wildlife viewing opportunities, spectacularly dramatic landscapes, and warm, humble and welcoming people.

 

ZAMBIA

Zambia is a definite favourite amount dedicated safari enthusiasts. Vast, unspoiled and virtually undiscovered protected wilderness areas offer some of Africa’s most spectacular and diverse wildlife encounters.

With the Zambezi River flowing along its southern border, Zambia enjoys vast wildlife reserves with open woodland and wildlife-rich floodplains. The lodges are small and exceptionally well-run, offering friendly, personal service to guests in pristine wilderness areas renowned for their concentration and diversity of game and birdlife. South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks are ideal wilderness areas for traditional walking safaris, mobile tented camps, remote bush camps and water borne activities, offering something for everyone.

The town of Livingstone is situated on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, offering guests splendid views of this magnificent vista, where the world-famous Zambezi River cascades in an awe-inspiring, crashing curtain for water. Devil’s Pool, set precariously on the edge of the Victoria Falls, offers the courageous unforgettable views of the sheer drop off the side of The Falls, the ultimate infinity pool.

A safari in Zambia is the very definition of the ultimate wilderness experience, offering a deeply authentic and down-to-earth safari adventure.

 

ZIMBABWE

From the mighty Victoria Falls, to spectacular game reserves such as Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park, that are home to a rich diversity of wildlife, to the rolling hills of the Eastern Highlands and the extraordinary balancing rocks and rock art of the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe is a truly exceptional country.

Zimbabwe has a well-earned reputation for training some of Africa’s fines safari guides who are incredibly welcoming and warm, offering ultimate off-the-beaten-track safari adventures.  The Big Five; buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino, roam the country’s national parks, alongside an exceptional variety of other iconic African animals, including cheetah, zebra, kudu, giraffe and sable antelope.

The iconic Zambezi River runs along the northern border with Zambia and forms Africa’s most-spectacular curtain of falling water, Mosi-Oa-Tunya; “The Smoke that Thunders”.  Visitors are able to experience a bird’s-eye view of the Victoria Falls by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft, bungi jump off the historic Victoria Falls Bridge, or experience the adrenalin of white-water rafting the swirling waters of the Zambezi River, offering the most Grade-5 rapids in one day, of any rafting destinations in the world.

Hwange National Park is the largest and oldest park in Zimbabwe, and is home to one of the largest populations of elephants in the world, alongside countless numbers of zebra and impala.  Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful National Parks, and the lodges in this area offer the ultimate in African hospitality, in one of the most dramatically spectacular settings in the world. On the southern border with Mozambique, Gonarezhou National Park is one the most rugged, unexplored and dramatic parks in Africa.  Home of the iconic Chilojo Cliffs, this uniquely wilderness destination is home to the Pangolin Project, where rescued, trafficked animals are habituated into the wild in safety.

A luxury safari in Zimbabwe offers guests the ultimate in African Hospitality, hosted in spectacular surroundings, creating magical memories.

 

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