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There will be a Dance of Light Photographic Workshop in the spectacular De Hoop Nature Reserve from 26-30 September 2011. For only R6900 per participant you can enjoy 4 nights of upmarket accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, as well as informed lectures by the talented Nicole and Eric Palmer. (Your entrance fee is covered too.)

Special offers generally have a short shelf-life, and if you don’t snap them up right away before their sell-by date, you miss out. But here are some great long-life safari specials, many of which run through South Africa’s prime holiday month of December, or parts of it.

It’s always a great time to visit the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, but when the mercury plummets really low, this pretty region becomes even more magical beneath a blanket of snow.

De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape spans 36 000 magnificent hectares of nature at its best. Pure and pristine, this nature reserve and World Heritage Site lays claim to marine reserve, dunes, vlei, beautiful Cape fynbos, and a variety of fauna. It’s one of the world’s best land based whale-watching areas, providing a … Continue reading “A Wow-Status Nature Getaway at De Hoop Nature Reserve”

The world is a big place, and a place of many dreams. So when South Africa clinches a rating as the third most popular dream destination – and this is according to the Virtuoso Travel Dreams survey which is aimed at top luxury travellers – it’s a fantastic confirmation of what many of us are … Continue reading “South Africa has Just the Goodies that Make a Dream Holiday”

There’s no doubt about it, the young of almost every species evoke strong feelings of appreciation in us, usually accompanied by all sorts of cooing, clucky noises. An instinctive response, no doubt, to the young on our planet who depend for their survival on a capacity to elicit care.

Privacy is a very special commodity when you’re on safari and wanting to relish the enormity of the African wilderness without distraction. Waterbuck Private Camp is the answer to any safari-goer’s plea for quietude and privacy. Generously luxurious and opulent, it’s a four-bedroomed private villa in the Timbavati, and it’s part of Kings Camp – an old hand … Continue reading “Waterbuck Private Camp – Your Own Private Safari Pad in the Timbavati”

The first prize that comes with a winter safari is of course a cost-saving. Safari lodges generally drop their rates quite substantially during winter which means the saving can be quite appreciable. In addition, some lodges offer excellent special deals to South African residents, bringing luxury safaris within the means of locals who often imagine … Continue reading “The Upside of Winter Safaris – They’re Great!”

So let’s very speedily dispell the myth that going on safari with young children is a bottom-of-the-range affair. No so at all. One place you could go to that would never disappoint is Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park.

In search of an upbeat seaside venue for a small stylish conference that isn’t a major trek away from Cape Town? Abalone House in Paternoster on the West Coast could be just the pace for you. Offering plush meeting and boardroom facilities with a generous dash of flair and flamboyance, this five-star guesthouse is set beside … Continue reading “Abalone House in Paternoster Tops for Small Conferences by the Sea”

The first of the season’s Humpback Whales have been spotted offshore from Thonga Beach Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal! 

There are few things as exhilarating as setting off on a big game safari and meeting Africa in all its triumphant glory. To keep it safe and pleasantly memorable, do bear these basic safari tips and safety guidelines in mind: