If your idea of a great holiday is to get out in nature and actively experience the wonders of the natural world, a stay at Hluhluwe River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal will keep you on your toes.  Here, you get the best of many worlds – the bush, the beach, the forests and the wetlands – … Continue reading “A Nature Holiday on the Land Rover, the Boat & the Bike: Rad Adventures at Hluhluwe River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal”

Soon Spring will be delivering its festive wildflower displays,  so start planning a blooming good Spring flower getaway. One superb wildflower getaway option is Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo. Spring brings colourful carpets of flowers to the area – daisies feature abundantly, but there are also some pretty unusual varieties to be seen. … Continue reading “Wild About Flowers: A Spring Getaway at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve”

A safari can be so much more than a bush-bashing exercise of ticking boxes on checklists just to reassure ourselves that we’ve been-there-done-that.  A safari can also be a journey someplace so remote that we find ourselves responding to the invitation to commune deeply with nature. Someplace so profoundly special that we cannot be other than … Continue reading “The Outpost: A Kruger Park Safari Sublime and Remote”

Safaris often imply long road trips, with many hours spent behind the wheel before arriving at the dreamed-of safari hideaway. Not so if you’re travelling from Johannesburg to a safari lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve – there are no more than 2 hours of travelling between you and your big game safari – how easy … Continue reading “The Best of the Bush Near the Buzz of Sun City: A Pilanesberg Safari”

River Lodge in the Kariega Game Reserve is surely a one-of-its-kind safari destination. Basking on the banks of the Bushman’s River near Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape, this unique lodge enjoys a supreme location – because right here in this area, a Big Five game reserve meets the sea. In short, guests at River Lodge can delight … Continue reading “Oarsome! Big Five Territory Meets Boats & Beach on a Riverside Safari at Kariega Game Lodge at Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape”

When you come to Africa to meet the rugged wilderness, traditional culture and entertainment may well be on your wish list.  Hoyo Hoyo is a safari lodge that offers a wonderful measure of traditional culture and enchantment, in tandem with a Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park.

White table linen perfectly crisp at the folds, gleaming silver mirroring the marula trees that play canopy to dinner, the warm amber glow of hurricane lamps … get the picture? This is the spiff and polished safari capturing yesteryear’s explorer-heart and old-school bush charm. If you’re less inclined towards the ultra-mod feel of many modern-day safaris, here are some superb … Continue reading “Spiff & Polished: South African Safaris with a Dash of Old-School Class”

South Africa has a wide range of safari experiences, including some fabulously romantic experiences at wonderful lodges that choose to exclude electricity and preserve a romantic and authentic bush-safari atmosphere. There’s nothing quite like the glow of lamplight and the flicker of candles to create romance and the spirit of a true safari. Exclusive Getaways offers … Continue reading “Never Mind the Hairdryer: the Delights of the Authentic No-Electricity Safari in South Africa”

Few people need pursuading that sorties in the bush have plenty going for them. One of the little challenges of being out in the wilds, though, is mosquitos. Quite extraordinary how such ineffectual-looking little creatures can cause so much annoyance, discomfort, and sometimes, illness. Here are a few tips for remaining itch-free…

Be sure to keep your South African safari memorable in the best possible way, by observing these basic safety and environment-first guidelines, compiled by Notten’s Bush Camp in the Sabi Sand.

So the whole family sets off on a bumper safari and arrives at family-friendly Tuningi Safari Lodge, a five-star hideaway deep in the wilderness of the North-West’s Madikwe Game Reserve, with over 75 000 hectares of wild adventure-territory at your feet. But let’s not jump the gun – getting there comes first: that’s a 4-hour drive from … Continue reading “Take the Kids to Tuningi Safari Lodge where All, Young & Old, have a Bumper Safari”

One of my most fondly remembered South African safari experiences was a silver moonrise in the Groot Marico. Another was seeing a big Sabi Sand sky aflutter with Blue Waxbills.  In the Manyeleti, a highlight was watching my all-time largest pride of lion, reclining well fed and lethargic on a charred piece of earth etched stark and black … Continue reading “So What’s the Game Plan? A Typical Day on Safari in South Africa”