Points of Interest
Going on an African safari is to experience amazing wildlife, beautiful scenery and friendly people. From seeing the ‘Big Five’ close up, to the endless Serengeti where the sky touches the Earth, to the masses of wildebeest during their annual Migration, to the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, and even the Ugandan Gorillas which only the very strong of heart can visit, you will have memories to last you a life-time. However, you can’t do it all in one trip. Therefore, it is important to construct a safari that is right for you.
Kenya: Masi Mara
The ‘Big 5’ Country, – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo & Rhino. View dramatic Wildebeest Migration followed by the predators in the Masai Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. Visit Samburu National Park in the rugged and a semi-desert part of Kenya renown for its rare species of animals that can only be found in this park: long necked geranuk, gravy zebra, reticulated giraffe and if you are a bird watcher, Samburu is Ornithologist’s paradise. Visit Amboseli National Park which supports over 50 mammal species, including large population of elephant. Visit one or two of the many conservancies, go on a camel safari, sleep under the stars in the comfort of the ‘sky bed’ and experience the romantic accommodations of ‘yester-year’; take an early morning balloon ride, pay a visit to a traditional Maasai village, play a round of golf on one of many Kenya’s spectacular courses and end your stay in Kenya’s oldest living town, Lamu, which has retained all the charm and character built up over centuries. Enjoy the beaches and water sports and then continue your journey to Tanzania…
A landlocked country, Zambia proudly holds the title of ‘The Real Africa’ as it still has vast tracts of pristine wilderness. It is the home of the ‘walking safaris’ with night game drives and viewing the best of the elusive nocturnal species. It is a top place for leopard spotting. Visit Kafue, one of Africa’s biggest parks, teeming with game, lion, vast herds of antelope. Take a walking safari in South Luangwa, rated one of the top game reserves in the World and relax in Lower Zambezi along the banks of the River; canoeing safaris highly recommended. Most accommodations in traditional safari tented bush camps, giving the true feel of remoteness. Or consider another thrill: add a horse safari while staying on Shiwa Ngandu Estate, an English manor home – an unlikely place to be found in the wilderness, very different and special.
Visit the majestic and endless Serengeti, the start and the end of the Great Wildebeest Migration followed by the predators in the Masai Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. Easily combined with Kenya for a complete Eastern Africa safari experience. A chance to climb or just view Mt. Kilimanjaro. Learn about Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey’s significant archeological finds in Olduvai Gorge. Descend to Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s “Garden of Eden” and a World Heritage Site where you will see the Big 5, including black-maned lion. End the adventure by exploring the exotic, historic and mystical Zanzibar, a Heritage Site, and take a tour of the spice farm, enjoy the beaches and water sports on the unspoiled, warm and azure waters of the Indian Ocean.
Up and coming paradise, with pristine beaches, protected national park, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and 5 star deluxe accommodations.
Elegance and adventure awaits you on safari with world-class standards in luxury accommodations in Kruger’s private reserves; shopping in cosmopolitan and historic Cape Town, wine tasting and gourmet dining in the manicured vineyards and towns of the Winelands, ancient caves with rock paintings, stunning beaches and the Zulu Culture. South Africa is full of diverse cultures, history, spectacular natural resources and wildlife. It is a home to eight Heritage Sites, including Robben Island, just seven kilometers from Cape Town and known to the World as the place where Nelson Mandela spent decades in prison during the apartheid era. Do not miss it – it will help you understand South Africa.
There are many game rich parks, several on the Garden Route that are malaria free that may appeal to families with young children. Amazing flora, herbs, olives, grapes of all varieties. South Africa is more than a safari destination – it is a unique country with unique people who have contributed a lot to the heritage to their ‘Rainbow Nation’.
Visit the “Predators Capital’ of the World, uncrowded, with small and intimate 5 star accommodations in the lushness of the Okavango Delta with a myriad of animals. Do you want to see lots of lions? Would you like to experience clashes between buffalo and lion from a close range? Then plan on visiting Okavango’s northern reaches. Do you want to see lots of elephants? Then Moremi Wildlife Reserve is for you. Botswana’s uniqueness lies in its lagoons, created by the waters coming from Angola, seeping and dead-ending into the Kalahari Desert. Experience mokoro rides on the lagoons, and enjoy the unique birds. Go to Kalahari, the home to the last of the traditional bushman communities renowned for their ancient cultures.
The most spectacular and largest curtain of water in the World; a World Heritage site. It is a place to relax or to experience the greatest thrills available: bungi jumping, micro flights or helicopter rides over the Falls, swimming in Devil’s Pools close to the edge of the falls. One of the most popular adrenaline sports in Victoria Falls is white water rafting in the world’s largest collection of Class 4 and Class 5 rapids, starting from July. Enjoy a safari on the back of an elephant. How about enjoying five different High Wire activities including Gorge Swing? Or how about taking a tour with a group of habituated lion cubs, from 3 to 16 months old. You can walk with them through the bush. No wonder Victoria Falls is called ‘the Adventure Capital of Africa’
Victoria Falls combines well with Botswana and South Africa or Zambia – visit it and you will never forget Mosi-oa-Tunya – “The Smoke that Thunders”
Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda
You can experience many wondrous and exciting sights in the comfort of a Safari van, but only the very adventurous and strong of heart get to meet me. I live with my family in a very beautiful and remote part of the rain forest, high on a mountain. It is a difficult 2 to 3 hour trek just to find us.
No more than 8 people (plus 2 guides) can visit us each day; reservations are taken two years in advance and from what I understand, the price of each permit is as steep as the mountain.
But if you have what it takes, you will have the experience of a lifetime! We will meet as equals as I welcome you as the best of your species. Together, we will sit in peace, and share the beauty and tranquility of this pristine corner of our glorious planet.
I look forward to meeting you…
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