Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

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.

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.

Tendai Moyo is a ranger and guide at Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Great Karoo, a reserve that boasts an extensive wildlife population whilst adhering to outstanding conservation credentials. This month we interviewed Tendai about his work, his aspirations and his inspiration.

Inspiration for your Easter Holidays

When it comes to holiday planning, it pays to think ahead. Many popular destinations are booking up fast for April and the Easter holidays in particular, so our travel experts have compiled some recommendations to ensure you don’t miss out – whether you are seeking action and adventure, peace and solitude, or a traditional family holiday in the sun. Here are just a few suggestions to inspire your plans this Easter:

A New Year to Remember…

As the dawn of a New Year beckons, we take a look at some of the best places in the world to see in the 1st of January. For those preferring to escape the festivities altogether, head for splendid isolation away from the crowds. For party animals and culture vultures, then take your pick from some buzzing, cosmopolitan cities. The destination specialists at Red Savannah have selected their recommendations for a truly memorable New Year’s Eve.

Weak rand good news for South African Safari Holidays

The struggling rand is welcome news for travellers contemplating a safari holiday to South Africa this year. The currency has plummeted following the fall in the value of significant exports such as platinum, gold and diamonds and whereas a year ago a pound would have bought 12.45 rand, today you’d receive 18, adding spending power to your holiday purse. In a country known for its fine wine and excellent cuisine, this means visitors can not only travel relatively inexpensively but dine out very comfortably indeed.

Whale Watching Holidays in South Africa

At the southern tip of Africa the Indian and Atlantic oceans converge, resulting in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. Not surprisingly this is one of the best places to watch whales, with annual visits from humpbacks and southern rights as well as huge pods of dolphins, sharks and seals. Each year whales commune around the sheltered bays of the Western Cape in South Africa to court and nurse newborns; the cliffs above affording amazing land-based viewing. To watch these giants is a rare privilege. Travel between June and December (with peak calving around July and August) to see these fascinating ocean giants.

Half Term Family Holidays

With children back at school it might be time to start thinking about your next adventure together as a family. The October half term can be a lovely time to travel – the summer heat gives way to gentler climes and shoulder season rates make travel all the more affordable.

Whether you are seeking some active adventure to let off steam or somewhere to relax after a hectic first term, see below for a few suggestions or call our experienced team of travel specialists on 01242 787800 for a tailor-made itinerary to suit your family’s holiday wishes.