Safaris General

The 10 Best Sleep-Outs or Star Beds in Africa

Where are some of the most romantic or evocative places to enjoy a sleep-out or star beds (as they are also called) on your safari? Where you can fully immerse yourselves in the sights and sounds of the bush: the calls of the hyenas and jackals, the chatter of the birds at dusk and again [...]

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Kruger Safari – Private Concessions vs Private Lodges

I am aware that choosing a Kruger safari can be a confusing issue. Many people want to visit the Kruger Park and then find themselves bewildered by the choices. Do they stay at a rest camp or opt one of the Kruger luxury lodges which are private concessions within the Kruger National Park? Or do [...]

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8 Tips to get the most from your Safari Game Drive

So you’ve arrived at your rather expensive game lodge and you are keenly awaiting your first game drive on your safari in Africa. What can YOU do to ensure that you have the best possible game drive experience? 1) Understand how a game drive works Some people like to live in suspense and take life [...]

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Kate’s Malawi safari travels – Rhino Tracking on foot in Liwonde Park

The story of rhino conservation has been one of the glorious ‘feel-good’ stories of the 20th century. Back in 1930, we were staring over the abyss and facing the extinction of this pre-historic creature with only 10 known white rhino left in the world. Yet a few individuals, such as Ian Player, spear-headed the metaphorical [...]

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Gondwana Game Reserve releases two more cheetah

Two wild cheetah have taken their first steps to a new life on Gondwana Game Reserve 11,000 ha reserve on the Garden Route of South Africa. The arrival of the two males has sparked much excitement, with frequent sightings being reported on a daily basis by staff and guests. The two new males join the male and [...]

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Simbavati River Lodge Photographic Safaris

Simbavati River Lodge, in the Timbavati Game Reserve of the Greater Kruger Park, has introducedthe innovative Simbavati River Lodge Photographic Safaris. Simbavati River Lodge lies in a stunning river setting in the heart of the Simbavati with its open borders into the Kruger National Park. Its known particularly for its excellent leopard sightings but the [...]

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Shamwari Game Reserve champions Rhino Awareness

Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has opened The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, launched as part of its Forever Wild campaign. The Shamwari Game Reserve joined forces with the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild campaign earlier this year to help raise awareness and funds for the endangered rhino. As part of the initiative, our [...]

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Lalibela introduces Big Five immobilisation safaris

Lalibela Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has introduced Big Five immobilisation safaris, with the full backing of the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism. Lalibela’s commitment to wildlife conservation on Lalibela in particular, means that it is sometimes necessary for a veterinarian to dart the animals for general health checks, monitoring of pregnancies, administering [...]

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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve: Lion Kill on Foot

I have been very lucky in my life to have witnessed predators with their kills on a number of occasions. It is always an awe-inspiring, though not necessarily a pleasant, sight. However at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, I was privileged to approach lions on foot. How it happened… We had set off in search of cheetah [...]

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Shamwari Explorer Camp, also Sanbona Explorer Camp

The Shamwari group are now offering a fantastic new option for walking safaris in both the Shamwari Reserve in the Eastern Cape and also in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, in the Little Karoo/Route 62 area only 2½-3 hours from Cape Town. In each reserve, they are offering an Explorer Camp, exploring their rich wilderness areas with [...]

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...


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