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Southern Africa is a wonderland of scenic beauty and has an over abundance of wildlife.

Attractions therefore are many!

We have chosen to focus our tours and Safaris on Cape Town and its environs, Northern KwaZulu - Natal,  Mpumalanga  Kruger National Park( all South Africa), and the  Botswana and Namibia regions because of the scenic beauty and abundance of wildlife in these areas.

Western Cape Province. Cape Town, because of its scenic beauty, its excellent accommodation and its cuisine, is South Africa's International destination of choice.

KwaZulu-Natal, which covers only a small part of the total land area of South Africa,  is rich in flora and fauna with an incredible diversity of landscapes. In the West lies the majestic Drakensberg mountains, to the North East , the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (a world heritage site). East of this the mighty Indian ocean with is sun drenched beaches.

Mpumalanga Province has been endowed with the Kruger National Park in the east and spectacular mountains (a continuation of the Drakensberg range) in the West.

Botswana with is world renowned Chobe Game Reserve and the Okavango Swamps and Namibia for its Namib Desert, Etosha Pans Game Reserve and Sossusvlei plus Fish River Canyon

These are our playgrounds !

Please use the link "Tour Planning" to browse through the finer details on our modus operandi, departure points, transport links etc.

Typical tours

Kwa Zulu Natal

Two day getaways, staying in exclusive up-market Bush camps within a well stocked Game Park, with all amenities - yet under the African skies.

These tours are suitable for Corporate Getaways and "surprise weekends". However International Tourists would find the tour a wonderful way to start their Safari.

Dine in style on one evening in a quaint underground but well stocked wine cellar restaurant (7 course Italian style meal). We spend the next day driving through the local Game Park where we we will see herds of Black and Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) White Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Giraffe as well as Eland and many of the other antelope species. That evening we enjoy a traditional South African Braai (Barbecue) or a Potjie (A local stew slow cooked in a black cast iron pot on the fire and under the stars!

The bird life is prolific and if you take the time you will see Narina Trogan (that elusive one of the forest) Knysna Turaco (Lourie), Crowned and Trumpeter hornbills. Wake up to the melodic and mimicking calls of the Chorister Robin-Chat.

 For the more daring, you may take your evening or morning bath al fresco in and outside "gold tapped " bath under wide spreading Flat Crown Albezia trees along the local stream bank!

 

A well stocked friendly pub, far from the madding crowd, gets us off to a glowing start before dinner on our first day..

 

These amenities are only accessible by 4 x 4 vehicle (which we provide) so you are assured of absolute privacy.

                                                                                

4 Days or longer tours to Big five country.

 Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Game Reserve staying in either luxury Chalets or in well equipped "main en suite" Safari tents. Here majestic herds of Elephants, sometimes up to 70 strong, can be observed from the safety of our vehicle.

Dine in one of Africa's traditional (but up-market) restaurants watching wildlife (including buffalo) gliding by in the moonlight.

The roar of lions in the distance as well as the hooping calls of the Spotted Hyena  will lull you into a well deserved sleep after a day of many surprises and new experiences.

For bird lovers this Game Reserve boasts 300+ birds ranking it as one of South Africa prime birding regions.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

4 Days or longer tours to The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is the second oldest National Park in Africa and encompasses nearly two million hectares of African savannah. It is 350 kms long and about 60 Kms wide on average.

The Park has many faces and moods. Extremely hot and humid in Summer and wonderfully cool and crisp in Winter.

A typical 4 -7 Day tour will see you staying in air-conditioned rondawels or chalets with private amenities. Dinner and drinks can be either under the stars or in well stocked and managed bars / restaurants .

This is South Africa's premier Game Reserve where you are bound to see Lions, Leopards, Cheetah's as well as Elephants (in abundance), Impala, Kudu, Warthog, White Rhinoceros and many other smaller animals. Bird lovers will not be disappointed with over 450 species recorded in the Park

Night drives, which are operated by the National Parks Authority, are available from most camps  (Specialties on these drives are sightings of Leopard, Elephants and Lion.) Daily game viewing drives  are provided in our own air-conditioned vehicles.

The "Kruger" is one of those places that, once in your blood, you will be hooked for life.

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OUR GUIDED TOURS ARE TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS.

GENERAL TOURS OFFERED AS REQUIRED

Listed below are some of the more popular guided tours we offer to give you an idea of what to plan for.

 

 

Typical tours;

Cape Town and the Peninsula Tour. 3 -5 Days (or longer) visiting Kirstenbosch Gardens, Victoria & Albert Waterfront, Robben Island (made famous by Nelson Mandela's long incarceration there), Hout Bay Harbour, Chapmans Peak Drive and Cape Point Nature Reserve. We also visit the top of Table Mountain, via the famous revolving Cable Car and then tour the many Wine Routes, tasting the delights of the local vines. Our tour will take us through beautiful Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys. Extended tours can include the Tsitsikamma National Park as well as the famous ostrich farms of the Oudshoorn area (Small Karoo).

During August to September annually you can include a 2 day trip to see the flowers of Namaqualand. See the "desert glow" in all its glory.

 

 

 

Namaqua National Park -Aug 2007.

Namaqua, as part of the succulent Karoo, is a biodiversity hot spot -  containing 6000 plant species

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN KWA ZULU-NATAL

4 Days or longer  - Kosi Bay and Estuary (Maputaland) including Tembe Elephant Park or Ndumu Game Reserve

These tours are aimed at fisherman, boaters, snorklers and those who enjoy pristine wildlife areas. Situated on the border with Mozambique these destinations offer a taste of real rural Africa.

This magnificent region is portrayed in detail in Alan Mountains book      "Paradise under Pressure".

Either camping or staying in comfortable chalets, these tours offer a diverse range of activities. We will arrange a boat, skippered by an experienced licensed skipper, on which you can fish, relax, swim or just suntan.

4 x 4 Trips to the Estuary (Kosi Mouth) is a must. Here you can snorkel, fish in the surf or just laze and catch a tan. At lake one you will witness the timeless method of fishing by way of "fish kraals", a practice handed down from generation to generation. You may even be lucky enough to experience the ancient ritual of turtle egg laying on the protected beaches.

An option is to spend a day visiting Ndumu Game Reserve or Tembe Elephant Park (4x4 only) which are universally known as two of the best birding areas in Southern Africa (380+ species) because they are on the bird migratory routes and are used as "stop over points".

Here you will not encounter tourist hordes, only peace and tranquility in Africa as it used to be.

 

2-4 Days or longer. - Battle Fields (Anglo-Zulu Wars) which can include uKhahlamba - Drakensberg World Heritage site.

Re-live the the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift by visiting the actual sites of these famous battles and experiencing these dramatic historical events through the story's told by specialist battle field guides.

Enjoy the Mountain splendor of the Drakensberg mountains, staying in Chalets or Randawels on the slopes of the "berg". A walk to the Thukela Gorge below the highest waterfall in Africa (almost 1000 mtrs) is a must for the moderately fit. (uKhahlamba means "Barrier of Spears" in Zulu)

 

 

BOTSWANA (Okavango etc)

14  days or longer tours through Botswana visiting Tuli, Nata, Nxai Pans and Chobe National Parks , Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Swamps and Makgadikgadi National Parks. ( We will tailor make any tour to suit your preferences. IE You may wish to include Namibia in a tour of Botswana

 

 

An encounter with Elephants  Okavango Swamps, Botswana - Aug 2008 (Click pic to enlarge)

 

 

NAMIBIA:

10 - 14 Days. Can include Kalahari Frontier Park, Ais Ais, Fish River Canyon, Sossuvlei, Luderitz and Kolmanskop, Swakopmund, Etosha Pans National Park and the Caprivi Strip.( See also comments under Botswana)

 

 

 

BASSAS DA INDIA AND BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO

6 - 8 day Fishing / Scuba diving /Island hopping in  luxury air conditioned yachts. These excursions depart from Velanculos - Mozambique and operate from April through July annually.  Trips that you will never forget - to some of the most talked of fishing spots in the World!