Khaudum National Park – for the truly adventurous

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Tucked into north eastern Namibia, right on the border with Botswana, very few visitors get to experience Khaudum National Park. Only established in 1989, it forms the perfect corridor between the Caprivi Strip to the north and the Nyae Nyae Conservancy to the south, enabling wildlife movements in tune with the seasons, rains and food sources. As we were in …

Makgadikgadi Pans – meerkat tour and migration mayhem

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The Makgadikgadi Pans form an alluring space on the map of Botswana. Nestled below the better known Okavango and Chobe regions, the magic that occurs on these fossilised lake beds is not known by many travellers. We were lucky enough to experience the pans during the wet season and not enjoyed the magic of an encounter with a family of …

Camping in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – animal encounters at Mata-Mata campsite by 14 year old Rhian

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What do you expect to see at a rest camp in a national park? Maybe a few springbok or birds? What we saw over 3 days camping in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park at the Mata Mata Rest Camp was absolutely amazing. After we arrived and finished setting camp, my brother Kai cut open a plastic water bottle and filled it …

Sossusvlei sand dunes – sensational shifting sculptures in the desert

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For anyone who loves nature, who loves shapes and textures and colours, Sossusvlei sand dunes, the highest sand dunes in the world, are a must. Buried in the heart of Namibia these dune fields take your breath away as they shift in the most fabulous ways – bending and blowing, bouncing and tricking with the whims of the sun and …

Spending time with the Ju/’hoansi San – Tsumkwe, Namibia

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Learning about new cultures and meeting different people is at the heart of travel and in north east Namibia you have the amazing opportunity to not only visit the Nyae Nyae Conservancy and be hosted by the Ju/’hoansi – San Bushman community, but also do a range of fabulous cultural activities. We did the half day cultural experience and loved …

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Namibia self drive tour – easy and comfortable

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Namibia self drive tour – wondrous people, places and animals Namibia is one of our favourite places and really is the absolutely perfect destination for people who love truly amazing landscapes, diverse cultures, and incredible and unusual wildlife. A Namibia self drive tour will reward the self drive traveller with unrivalled desert-scapes, rich cultures and histories, wild seascapes and cutting …

A day in the life of a self-drive safari

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This is our definition of heaven – being on a self drive safari in southern Africa. Why do we love it so much? We love leaving the normal day-to-day routine of home behind us. We love getting in touch with the bush – with the seasons and temperatures, the animals and birds, the sounds and smells, the sand and the …

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Wilderness Camps – exclusive yet affordable comfort

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They’re off the beaten track, you need to plan well over a year in advance to get the accommodation you want, they can be exceedingly hot in summer and below-freezing cold in winter, they involve long hours of driving … and yet the Kgalagadi’s Wilderness Camps absolutely rank as one of the very best of all our amazing southern African experiences.  …

Things to pack on your safari in Africa

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The things you might forget to pack for your safari in Africa It is always so exciting getting ready for your holiday in Africa. We are pretty sure you won’t forget your underwear, binoculars or camera, but there are always some things that you might not think of taking. Here we describe some of those things to pack on safari …

A morning walk in Kruger with National Park rangers

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Our walking safari guides – South African National Park rangers Faisal and Dingan -were just fantastic. They were funny and engaging, so incredibly skilled and deeply respectful.  We met before dawn had cracked, at 5.15 in the morning in the Lower Sabie car park, our indemnity forms signed and ready for hand over. After a short briefing off we went, …

Value-for-money accommodation in Kruger National Park

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When searching for accommodation in many of southern Africa’s national parks and game reserves it is not un-common for the traveller to believe that only luxury lodge-based safaris are available. These lodges, where everything – accommodation, game activities, meals and often drinks – are included, are fabulous places to undertake a safari in style and often result in travellers seeing the …

Southern Africa road trip: The adventure tour that Australians seem to fear

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The Sydney Morning Heralds’ Ben Groundwater describes his recent self-drive trip around southern Africa as the best travel experience of his life – and yes, he’s an incredibly experienced travel writer!!!! Ben also bemoans the fact few Australian’s are doing similar travel. This is exactly the type of travel Travel Africa is set up to support. So do contact us …

Self-drive vehicle options for Kruger National Park

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Having just done a 3-day self-drive safari in Kruger National Park I was reminded that a range of vehicle options are available for the self-drive traveller. On this particular trip (see previous blog) – short and sweet with just two people, we went for the ultimate budget option and hired a small Ford Fiesta. I was pleasantly surprised by how …

Kruger Under Canvas

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Travel Africa have a new tour to offer it’s clients – Kruger Under Canvas, a mobile camping safari that combines all the features of a lodge stay (meals, private guide and safari vehicle) together with the affordability of staying in mobile safari tent in one of the South African National Parks operated restcamps within the famous Kruger National Park. Everything is …