Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Leopards – a once in a lifetime encounter

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We have visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 6 times over the last 20 years and in all that time we have only ever had 2 leopard sightings – a superb leopard at Polentswa Waterhole in 2008 and a glimpse of leopard about 200 metres away at the beginning of this, our 2020 trip. Well, on the 12 January 2020 we …

Cape Point Self Drive

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A Cape Point self drive trip is the perfect way to tick the truly spectacular Cape Point off your bucket list. If you have a hire car while in Cape Town, we really recommend doing a self drive trip down the Cape Peninsula including visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach, the Cape of Good Hope which is the most south-westerly …

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 …

Birdlife in Kruger by guest blogger 12 year old Alize

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If you are a bird watcher like me then you will love the birdlife in Kruger. There is heaps of beautiful birdlife you can see inside the campsite and out. There are lots of stunning birds to see on game drives around Kruger. There is a range from guinea fowls and spurfowls to small birds like sunbirds, weavers and bee …

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, …

Latest Update from Godfrey in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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Latest Update from Godfrey in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe The park has been under fire for the past 3 weeks and it was nearly completely  burnt out. First there was a fire which started near the Botswana border and it stretched out as far as Little Tom in Robins area and we had a second outbreak which started at the …

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 …

A 3 night self-drive safari in Kruger – how lucky can you be?

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It’s hard to know where to begin when describing the 3 amazing days we had recently in Kruger National Park, but with a bit of effort the following words come to mind – MIND-BLOWING, INSANE, SPOILT, INTENSE, PRIVILEGED, IN-THE-MOMENT. We only had 3 days and 3 nights in Kruger but we certainly made the most of it ensuring we were …

National Parks or private game reserve?

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In a recent edition of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Traveller section an article was published comparing a self-drive safari staying in the Kruger National Park’s national park accommodation and a private game lodge safari. Travel Africa feel that the argument the Herald put up against a self-drive safari staying in national parks accommodation was flawed and felt a response was …

There’s nothing like a walking safari

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There is nothing like a walking safari to set the heart racing and adrenalin pumping. You head out with your experienced ranger or guide in search of the Big 5, but really hoping you don’t get too close to them, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the bush. Walking safaris are a fantastic way to learn …

Godfrey’s Update from Hwange National Park

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  It seems that things have been a little quiet in Hwange lately with rains having fallen so animals have easier access to water and so are now more spread out. Plus it is getting very hot in Zimbabwe so tourist numbers are low. Happy New Year from Godfrey! Shumba Pan Rains are finally here, the dam is now three-quarters …