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 …

How a bad start became the best Kruger night drive ever

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A big thank you to 12 year old guest blogger Nicky for this fabulous blog – we are so happy that your last night drive in Kruger became the ‘best Kruger night drive ever’!! As we drove in silence slowly down a dirt stricken track each of our  eyes was ready to see something spectacular. Then, when my eyes  looked …

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 …

Addo Elephant National Park and its magnificent lions

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By guest blogger Garry We all know the story of Jack and Jill. But what happened once the events of the nursery rhyme were over has been a mystery, at least until now. Well, wonder no more – Travel Africa can now reveal that Jack and Jill are alive and well, and living in Addo Elephant National Park in southern …

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 …

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 …