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Safari at the Gondwana Game Reserve

The light was fading quickly but we were determined to find them. Our guide expertly manoeuvered the jeep around a tight bend and stopped. Silence reigned as the dust settled. I surveyed the surrounding bushes before turning my gaze to the mountains, bathed in a soft pink light, in the far distance. We sat in […]

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The magic of Phinda

We’d just passed the main gates of the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve when we spotted something moving stealthily through the tall grasses. Someone in the van yelled “STOP” and the driver hit the brakes. We trained our eyes on the patches of tall grass that lined the road, alert for any movement. Several moments […]

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A jungle adventure in Brunei

Brunei Darussalam is a small Sultanate on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, sandwiched between the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the South China Sea. With a population of less than half a million and a sizeable income from oil and gas production, Brunei is one of the wealthiest countries in Asia. Its capital, Bandar […]

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Unforgettable encounters at Pilanesberg National Park

The Pilanesberg National Park is one of South Africa’s largest and is located in the Northwest Province, near the border with Botswana. Set in an extinct volcano, the park is home to thousands of animals, including the Big Five (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes and lions). The park is a few hours’ drive northwest of Johannesburg […]

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A leopard at Sabi Sands (image courtesy of David Berkowitz)

Safaris in South Africa

A guest post by Jeffrey Cammack. South Africa is a wonderful destination for a Big Five safari as there are numerous game reserves offering amazing game viewing. The problem is often deciding where to go on safari as there are so many options. If you are travelling to South Africa and only spending a couple […]

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Spellbound in Chobe

The Chobe National Park is situated in northern Botswana and is home to a large variety of wildlife. Animals you can see in Chobe National Park include elephants, giraffes, hippo’s, many species of antelope and birds. The Chobe and Zambezi Rivers form the northern boundary of the park, as well as the boundaries between Botswana, […]

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A safari cruise on the Zambezi Queen

Imagine staying in a luxurious suite on a boat in the heart of southern Africa. Wildlife abounds everywhere you look along the banks of one of the continent’s greatest rivers. Those were some of the images that flashed through my mind when I received an invitation for a safari cruise on board the Zambezi Queen. […]

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Unforgettable Etosha

Namibia, a nation known as the ‘land of contrasts’, is a mysterious, ethereal and beautiful place that today remains for many even well-seasoned travellers somewhat of an enigma. A dry and desolate rectangle of land, Namibia is often overlooked as a luxury safari destination. Twice the size of Germany or Japan, about 1.6 million international […]

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Stargazing in the Serengeti

When people book a luxury safari holiday, game drives and wildlife are the first activities that spring to mind. These are definitely some of the essential activities to enjoy during the daylight hours, but an activity that has become popular in the evenings for those on a Tanzania safari at the luxury tented camp Sanctuary […]

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The Big Five in Uganda

Seeing the ‘Big Five’ in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa A special guest post by Andrea from The Butterflyist. The fact that a village exists bang in the middle of a national park, with the high probability that children may encounter lions or buffalo on their way to school, shows how far Uganda has yet […]

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