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 [...]
This might be the best “Pic of the Week” we’ve had yet! This week, we have photos from renowned professional wildlife photographer Stephen Raffay. Stephen is 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 [...]
Make the most of the Kurland Hotel’s Family Special, located at The Crags in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. As part of the special, children under the age of 12 stay on a complimentary bed and breakfast basis when sharing in a luxury or superior suite with a loft. Their rates provide excellent value and include [...]
Don’t mess with lions because it will come back to bite you. Literally. An incredible scene unfolded in Botswana’s Duba Plains when a group of three lionesses pounced on a crocodile after the croc attacked one of the pride’s cubs. Instantly, the protective lionesses sprang into action to deter the angry reptile. During the brawl, [...]
Tripadvisor recently launched the top food and wine destinations in the world and competition was fierce! The Cape claimed 2nd place, and topped the likes of Florence, Chicago, San Francisco, Siena and Melbourne. Tripadvisor stated: “South Africa’s most popular tourist destination offers the urban thrills of Cape Town, its adjacent wine country and an aura of the rich [...]
This week, our picture comes courtesy of photographer Tom Schwabel. I still remember the first time I ever saw a baobab tree; I was absolutely stunned. I thought it was the weirdest looking plant ever, sticking out of the African savannah as if the roots were trying to catch rain as soon as it fell [...]
According to a survey by Trip Advisor, Americans are resolving to travel more this year than last. The survey stated that travelers were planning to visit long haul destinations, and were prepared to spend more on a vacation trip compared to 2010. This is good news for the tourism industry, but potential travelers will need to secure reservations at [...]
Tanda Tula Safari Camp is the first in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve to offer overnight walking safaris, an incredibly unique experience. Itineraries are individually tailored to suit guests’ requirements. A 4 night package is generally recommended, with 2 nights at the base Tanda Tula Safari Camp and 2 nights in the bush at the remote Machaton Hide. All the [...]
Susan Portnoy, Senior Executive Director of Corporate Communication at Conde Nast, recently started uploading her photos from a recent trip to Tanzania, and I was impressed to say the least. The set that she has uploaded are pretty incredible, and her ability to seemingly put the viewer right into the action is uncanny. My favorite [...]
Edward fell in love with Africa from a very young age. In fact, from birth. Born and raised in Cape Town, he moved to Virginia during elementary school. With a Swedish father, American mother, and family spread across the globe, travel was an integral part of Edward’s life from a young age, and he grew [...]
Our newest video of the week, and first of 2011, is an old one but a classic nonetheless; and if you haven’t seen it, you must have been living under a rock for the past year. This is one of the most watched and well-known safari videos making its rounds on the internet. It features [...]
Botswana once again secured it’s place as Africa’s hidden gem, landing nine properties on Condé Nast Traveler’s coveted Gold List. While Botswana might not be the first country that most think of when the start the safari-planning process, the Gold List’s choice solidified Botswana as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. The Gold List includes [...]
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Hello Ilze, Yes, now back at work and, unfortunately, getting back into the old routine. Olympic action is certainly going better than we expected – big plus point there. The gorillas behaved impeccably. They were less than an hour away from the track start. The leader had a bit of an argument with one or two of the younger ones. Baby on mum’s back. Beating of chests. Probably most if not all of what you would want/expect to see. It took longer to find the golden monkeys but they too were good but not quite so obliging from the photography point of view. Marlin Lodge was very good, thank you. The people there – staff – were a really good crowd. The place itself was a delight. The main problem here is that all the weight we lost with gorilla and golden monkey tracking has been put back with – possibly – a vengeance! The weather was better than the week before we were there and, on the day we left, it had taken a turn for the windier and cooler – so we could not complain. I have to say, their attention to detail was excellent. Last but not least, we both enjoyed immensely both parts of the trip and thanks for your help in doing just that. I will certainly get in touch with you again should we get down into that part of the world again. Mgahinga – Bwindi Lodge – Peermont – Marlin Lodge Kind regards, Graham
Hey Sarah, Jake here. Kari and I just got back from the safari and beach honeymoon that you prepared for us. We could not be happier how the trip turned out. Everything went smoothly and effortless. All the lodges you picked for us exceeded our expectations. We were so impressed and amazed at each of our locations, just can't say enough. All the staff at each place were also just great. We can't even pick a favorite because they all were so unique and wonderful in their own way. A couple of the places had bottles of wine and flowers waiting for us upon arrival, so nice. We thank you personally for this Sarah. We felt so special upon arrival at every location. Our guide that you guys picked for us could not have been better. Jim was so knowledgeable and professional. He was like our own personal teacher for the trip. We asked so many questions and he knew everything and more. Jim not only knows all the animals and cultural aspects of Tanzania, but he also know his birds very well, which made my trip so much better because I am a bird enthusiast and Tanzania's birding was just incredible. He was such a laid back and nice person. We are so happy that we got to spend our time on safari with such a great individual. We truly missed him once we left for Zanzibar. He could not have fit our personalities better. As far as the safari goes we also could not have been more pleased. We saw every animal that we had hoped to encounter. Kari and I both had two animals that were tops on our list, these were the leopard and rhino. Both of which we got to see. So incredible!! We also got to see a cheetah, which I guess can be very difficult to find. A couple other favorites were the Serval cat and the pack of wild dogs that we found in the Serengeti. We felt very lucky to have been able to see the hunting dogs as they are extremely rare and nearly extinct. Our guide said he hasn't seen them in 15 years in the Serengeti! So he was as excited as us to witness them, he believes they may be the only pack in the Serengeti area. Pretty amazing to be able to find them in such a vast area. Of course we saw an abundance of all the other animals you would hope to see on a safari in Africa. Lots of lions, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, wildebeests and so much more! The ending in Zanzibar was a perfect way to end the trip. Diamonds resort was a great place. We loved the beach and the weather could not have been better. We took a tour of Stone town and a spice tour, which was really fun. The rest of the time we relaxed, had some great walks on the beach and ate way too much great food and drinks. Once again thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. We both agreed this was the best trip either of us had ever had. Best wishes, Jake
Hi Ilze- Nicole and I are back in the US and wanted to thank you again for all the help that you gave us to make our trip truly fantastic! We're happy to give you some feedback on some places that stood out to us, as well as some learnings for future travelers. I'll also try to address your questions in the respective sections. Below is a quick summary: South Africa
- Cape Town accommodations were fine. Nothing "special" but we knew that going in. It was very comfortable, clean and convenient.
- The lodge in Franschhoek was really nice.
- The Elephant Lodge was a really nice location. Very unique and charming.
- You definitely warned us about the distance between all locations - we probably should of listened. While it was great to see the towns that we did, it was often after a long day of driving only to have to leave again first thing in the morning.
- All in all, the locations and lodges were all lovely in S. Africa.Mozambique
- Everything was amazing! LOVED Islands of Siankaba.
- We've already given feedback here. It was an amazing island. Beautiful, tranquil, etc.
- The Banguerra Lodge had a lot of potential. It was beautiful, the food was good.
Overall Feedback Aside from the above, we were very very happy with all the other elements of our trip (food, boarding, activities, transfers). That said, we thought we’d summarize some things that may have made our trip a bit more seamless so that you can pass along to future customers. Looking forward to connecting at your convenience. Thanks again for your help in planning a truly amazing, life changing trip. I hope the feedback above is helpful, and in the context that it was intended - which is that all in all, we are VERY happy. Have a great day. Colby
- We really loved the Stanley.
- Travel time between parks.
Dear Jeffrey and Ilze, We will forward more pictures as we edit them. A friend recommended that we trek a second day, wished we had. It was an incredible experience. Be sure to tell you customers to wear really good gloves, the nettles are bothersome! I had only a knit glove that did not help. David wore very heavy gloves and he had no problem with his hands but those nasty nettles are everywhere. Makes no difference because after a certain point you forget the stings. Our mountain guide, Fidel, was great, very professional and very helpful preparing us for the trek. On the mountain we were met by 3 trackers that were equally wonderful. Our next trip will probably in 2014 unless I can talk David into an earlier one. Thank you again for making this so special. Carol
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