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We had the great pleasure of chatting to Johan, a vet at The Wildlife Centre Shamwari Game Reserve in the East Cape of South Africa. Shamwari, which first opened in 1992, is one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Due to hunting and over-farming, wildlife numbers in the Eastern Cape had been dramatically reduced, but Shamwari’s relentless conservation and rehabilitation efforts over the last 25 years is going a long way to rectify that. Shamwari also has six separate 5-star lodges, an Explorer Camp, three different education and rehabilitation facilities – the ideal environment for discerning guests to enjoy a sublime pocket of South Africa, flourishing with free-roaming wildlife.

9 of the Most Unusual African Safari Experiences

An African safari is on most people’s bucket list – who doesn’t want to see the great migration of wildebeest in Tanzania or Kenya, come face-to-face with a gigantic mountain gorilla, or traverse the inland wetlands of the Okavango Delta? These are tantalisingly evocative experiences that live with you forever. However, for the safari lodges and camps competition is healthily competitive and keeping guests engaged outside of the typical daily 4×4 game drives and game walks is currently the focus for many safaris operators; appealing to the niche traveller in ever-more detail is the name of the game. Here are some of the more unusual activities you can enjoy alongside traditional safari activities.

Match-making your Seychelles Holiday

Despite their diminutive size there’s a surprisingly large array of activities on the islands of the Seychelles. Red Savannah’s regional expert Chris Evans explains that the key to a successful Seychelles holiday is matching the island and resort to your personal preferences, whether you’re simply after a beautiful beach to relax on or a culturally enriching experience. The Seychelles consist of the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ islands; broadly speaking the inner islands are verdant, hilly and more populated, whereas the outer islands are flatter, untouched hideaways. However, with 115 islands the choice can soon become overwhelming. Chris is also eagerly awaiting the opening of Six Senses Zil Pasyon, this coming October.

The Best African Safari Camps for Exclusive Use

Watching an elephant family cross a river a few yards from the seclusion of your private terrace is unforgettable, but imagine doing so exclusively in the company of family and friends? Hiring a camp or lodge exclusively to mark a special occasion is an epiphanous experience, with dining and activities all designed around your party’s interests. Below is a pick of the best lodges and camps for exclusive rental by Red Savannah’s African safaris expert, Chris Evans.