Its raining, its pouring… and all in the desert! Namibia is normally extremely dry. But once a year, with some luck, it may rain for a few short weeks. Those of you who have been to the Namib Rand Nature Reserve and to Sossusvlei will recognise the cinnamon coloured sand dunes. Can you imagine them [...]
As I’ve stated before in previous posts, I’m a huge fan of landscapes. Any landscape. But there is something about the African landscape that makes it more beautiful, lonely, and intriguing than any other. And all at the same time. This week, we have a beautiful shot from former African Safari Consultants’ client Alberto Benet. [...]
A new National Geographic documentary, “The Last Lions,” is set for release at theaters across the United States this weekend. Jeff and I were lucky enough to snag a set of tickets for the opening premier in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood tomorrow evening, courtesy of the wonderful gang at Wilderness Safaris. We’re very excited [...]
Happy Valentine’s Day! From African Safari Consultants to you, we hope you had a romantic, fun-filled day with your loved ones. In the spirit of Saint Valentine, enjoy this heart-warming shot from former African Safari Consultants client (and good friend) Kimberly Fairbank, shot while on a photo hunt in Londolozi. Happy Valentine’s!
Two healthy baby gorillas were born on Thursday, February 3, in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is wonderful news for tourists and conservationists. Gorillas don’t often give birth to twins and as such, this is an extremely rare occasion. As you know, the Mountain Gorilla population is under threat and female gorillas usually have [...]
Have you ever heard a hippo underwater? Probably not. Surprisingly, up to 80% of communication between hippopotamuses occurs while they are actually beneath the surface. A combination of squeals, grunts, and clicks, as well as the familiar wheeze-honk noise, makes up the hippos’ melodious underwater chatter. Click on the link below, courtesy of The Bushcamp [...]
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Another incredible collection of photos from photographer Stephen Raffay! This week, we have 2 more breathtaking photos from Stephen, a former (and current) ASC client, using our services to plan his yearly trips to Africa where he captures the beautiful images that you see below. His portfolio is stunning, and Stephen was nice enough to [...]
The following story comes from one of ASC’s own. Vanessa, an intrepid traveller and African Safari Consultant team member, dragged her husband off to Namibia on a site inspection trip. The catch? She was 6 months pregnant at the time! She said it was their last trip alone together before their life changed forever. They [...]
It’s hard not to love all of the big 5, but there is something very unique about the leopard. This large, beautiful cat roams the savannah alone; and while it’s general demeanor lounging in the trees or playfully taunting its soon-to-be dinner might give off a sense of carefree laziness, leopards have a very real [...]
Sanctuary Zebra Plains Camp is opening June 1st, 2011! Book now for this ultimate walking safari experience in Zambia’s remote South Luangwa National Park. This is the ultimate exclusive bush adventure by foot, without forsaking personalized service or comfort. Here is a chance to be guided by one of the most respected and long serving guides [...]
The newly rennovated Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge is opening again on February 1st. In celebration, they have put together a special opening offer that combines a stay in a historic safari lodge with the epic game viewing that the South Luangwa in Zambia is so known for. The old roof structure was replaced, but the original [...]
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Dear Liesl, I just had to write to thank you for the magnificent planning of our honeymoon - this trip was an absolute dream come true. Steve and I loved every second of it, from Cape Town (where we both want to move to now) to the perfection of Lion Sands - you could not have choreographed a more perfect itinerary. Many, many thanks again for everything - it was such a pleasure getting to meet you in person, and I hope that we'll be able to work on a return trip very soon. All best wishes, Erika
Gabriella: I have worked with Jeff and Liesl on our annual "Around the World Gang" for the last 5 years and during that time there was NEVER ONE tiny detail left undone. Both Liesl and Jeff are enthusiastic, thorough, dependable, very knowledgeable and committed to their profession. From my experience, they are "above & beyond" anyone's expectation and you will find no one that could surpass their performance. Dee Phillips
Thank you very much!I can’t begin to explain to you how wonderful everything was. To be honest, even though I had agreed to everything, I was still a little skeptical about some of the recommendations you had made. Turns out, some of the things I had been most skeptical of (Cape Town, Victoria Falls, San Camp) were the absolute highlights. You and your team did a remarkable job and Milena and I have already begun trying to figure out a way to get back. If there is ever anything that we can do to help you all convince prospective clients that this is something that they need to do, we’d love to help.As far as pictures go, Milena and I are far from good. However, that didn’t stop us from taking ~2,000 photos. I’ll send you an invitation to our Snapfish folder. Additionally, I’m a fan of African Safari Consultants on facebook. I’m not sure if that gives you access to my photos, but if it does, we’ve got a bunch of them posted there as well. Again, most of them are pretty bad, but if you happen to see anything that you’d like to use, they’re all yours.If I get some time later today or over the weekend, I’ll try to put together a more thorough review of everywhere we went/stayed. Needless to say, we were impressed by everything and we only have good things to say.Thank you all so much for everything you did.
Lise & Jeff, The safari was awesome. Among the many amazing animals and landscapes, we saw 3 kills - a pride of lions kill a cape buffalo, and twice saw cheetahs kill a gazelle. Solomon was really 100% responsible for making the trip so awesome. More than just a driver, he was unbelievably knowledgeable about absolutely everything - animals, plants, star constellations, geology, Tanzanian and African history, demographics. We didn't ask a single question that he didn't know the answer to, and we asked a lot of questions. We requested, and he and the camps obliged, for him to eat dinner with us and the other guests because he was so enjoyable to talk to. Not only was he smart, he was funny, considerate, polite, jovial. He also had an "instinct" for what animals were about to do - for example, one day there were a ton of trucks watching a leopard from a distance. Not only did he watch the leopard, but he watched where the leopard was LOOKING. He said "I think I know where it's going next" and drove us away from all of the other trucks. It jumped out of its tree and disappeared in the grass. A moment later, it emerged from the tall grass and jumped onto a log 10 yards from where Solomon had positioned our truck. Not one of the other trucks had done the same, and we got an up-close-and-personal view of the leopard. Then it walked right towards us and around the front of the truck. We have some amazing photos from the trip and I am getting a ton of questions about it. I tell everyone that if they ever go to Tanzania, they absolutely need to use Solomon as their guide. He went above-and-beyond the entire 10 days and it really made our trip special. Dylan
Hi Sarah, Xaranna was the most remote place we visited while we were in Southern Africa. It's about 45 minutes by air from Maun to the Pom Pom airstrip, then 10+ minutes by vehicle to the landing and 30+ minutes by water to the camp. The + depends on the wildlife one encounters en route. Our tracker and guide met our plane and the safari began as we drove away from the airstrip. The tents, lounge and dining area were well-designed and decorated, well-maintained and very comfortable. (Special treat: hot water bottles in the beds at night!) Meals were delicious and served beautifully. I am a vegetarian and was impressed with the vegetarian options. Service in all respects was first rate: we were very well cared for. Despite the casual, laid-back feel of the camp, everything ran like clockwork. They were completely flexible about activities, dining arrangements, etc. Our tracker and guide were knowledgeable and did an excellent job. Although, as I understand it, game in the delta at this time of year is not concentrated and still a little leery of vehicles, we saw really good variety on land and got very close to birdlife(and hippos) on the water. & Beyond/Xaranna are involved in a project to relocate hippos to Botswana (Hippos Without Borders). A PhD student from the UK working on the project for the next two years is staying at Xaranna and provided a wealth of information about her research and the project. There is nothing to keep wildlife out of the camp, and wildlife do come through, during the day and at night. While we were there one couple encountered a young elephant on the path outside their tent at mid-day; we had kudus eating leaves from branches just outside the screened wall of our tent in the middle of the night, and on our last evening a hippo grazed alongside the dining deck during dinner. Talk about a real wildlife experience! The warmth and good humour of the staff really struck me. On arrival at the camp we were greeted by perhaps 10 of the staff who were on the dock singing a welcome - in fact, we heard the singing before we saw the dock. Throughout our stay we were treated with warmth and there was lots of laughter. It felt like a large happy family welcoming us to their home. Because the camp is remote, the staff put on the boma entertainment themselves and all the staff participate. They even managed to get the guests up dancing and singing! The manager and all staff are indigenous Botswanans and welcomed questions about their country, their culture and their lives. We were seen off, as we were welcomed, by the staff singing on the dock and waving. It was very touching. I'd go back in a nanosecond. Sincerely, N. Smith