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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Hi Liesl! Livingstone and the Riverclub were wonderful. Victoria Falls is one of the most breath-taking sites we've ever seen! No one minded getting a little wet and we got some fabulous photos. The market there was fun for the girls. The staff at the Riverclub were top notch! We really enjoyed getting to know everyone. The highlight there has to be the hippos - the sundowner boat trip was so fun, we did it both evenings. In Mombo, we got to see the leopard Legadima and her cub AND one of the white rhinos with her 3 week old baby! We were told that there hadn't been a rhino siting in a few months so we were thrilled. We're still going through our thousands of photos (we had 5 cameras between the 4 of us), re-living the fun! I know that Kevin and I will be looking to do a few more safari holidays while we're still in Africa. So, we may be in touch for help with that.. Here's wishing you all the best for the New Year! Thanks for all your help! Warmest Regards, Dana
Hi Ilze, We are writing to thank you for organising such a fantastic trip for us. Without doubt, it was the best trip ever for us, even though we travel overseas from Australia regularly and all our trips have been great. Africa was the last of the major continents for us to visit and your superb organisation made it wonderfully unforgettable for us. Without exception, we loved each of the places you recommended and arranged for us to stay in: Cape Cadogan/Cape Town, Villa Violet/Windhoek, Kulala, Swakopmund, Dora !Nawas, Etosha/Onguma, Ilala/Victoria Falls, Chobe, Savute and Xugana. Each location provided something a little different and fascinating. Each was excellent: friendly, helpful and professional staff, outstanding accommodation, food and drinks, fabulous guides and activities, great wildlife and settings. We were enthralled. And your travel advice was flawless: accurate, comprehensive and valuable. We can't thank you enough for making our first journey to African (and hopefully not our last) so absolutely wonderful. We also really appreciated meeting you, even briefly, in Cape Town. We have no hesitation in recommending you and your company to any of our friends who plan to visit Africa. Also we would be glad to post our views on your website or trip advisor. We plan to place enthusiastic reviews of each of the places we stayed and of the activities on trip advisor, but first wanted to pass on our most sincere thanks to you for your efforts on our behalf. Thanks to your efforts our trip was flawless, seamless and fantastic. You do great work! Thanks again so much. Very best wishes, Don and Gael Gartside.
When we told everyone about the incredible, customized trip that you put together for us in such a short period of time, they all wanted your name and number. We gave it out and simply said that you were the best! The trip truly was everything we wanted it to be. The camps you selected were outstanding--the food, people and activities could not have been more incredible. We loved every minute of it and want to return again and maybe bring our family. The Tronstads
Hi Liesl, I'm in London waiting for my flight back to the ice and snow, and I have to be honest - everywhere you booked us was absolutely beyond amazing! Plettenberg Bay (Starfish), the Garden Route farm (Malvern Manor) and especially Nottens were fantastic and great value. In 2008 my profession had a World Congress in Cape Town and I was accompanied by 12 North Americans. The trip was great, BUT I needed to find a better travel agent. YOU GUYS passed with flying colours! Will keep in touch, Vic
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