Our big news this month is that after so many years of hard work we have finally ‘soft’-launched our new website www.africaodyssey.com. Our new site unites our specialist interests and knowledge of Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Mauritius and the Seychelles, and we believe it to be the very best of its kind!
As well as a wealth of information about the countries and parks, we have included video, slide-shows, our own frank reviews, paw ratings, prices, and Google maps of just about every top lodge in Africa – over 400 of them. This should provide a comprehensive information resource for anyone planning an African or Indian Ocean adventure.
Wherever possible, we have tried to highlight the best experiences and lodges in each country and area. We have also developed a top toolbar to guide those with specific interests or travel requirements; for example, honeymooners or families, fishing or diving, birdwatchers or those seeking adrenaline-inducing pursuits
The sections for Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are currently not as thorough as the other countries on the site; these are work in progress, and will be completed by the end of the 2011. We also aim to have Uganda and Rwanda covered for the gorilla extensions we often do with Tanzania or Kenya, as well as a section on Cape Town and the Kruger National Park.
There is one final stage we are planning which will take the site to a completely new level. However, we would not like to give ALL of our secrets away in one go (especially since so many of our competitors are signed-up to this newsletter) so stay tuned for the next installment.
We would like to invite you take a look around the site; all constructive criticism is gratefully received! If you are Facebook-minded please do become our fan at Facebook or use the ‘like’ and ‘tweet’ buttons throughout the site to spread the word.
Finally, please don’t forget our sister company – Latin Odyssey who are also developing their website in this new, user-friendly style. If your thoughts are turning to South or Central America, do give them a call.
In the past, our beloved video footage of every lodge and hotel has been described as ‘authentically awful’… So we have upped the ante by investing in HD video camera equipment. Over the course of the next few years we will be re-videoing all the lodges and parks, and this new video format is definitely a step in the right direction! Please see the following taken by Ted in Tanzania’s Mahale.
We believe strongly in supporting owner-run operations as much as possible, mainly because these tend to maintain superior quality and reliability. We would like to take this opportunity to showcase a few of our favourites:
Alex Walker’s Serian
We have had excellent feedback from clients staying in this gloriously unspoilt region of the northern Serengeti. Serian is providing some of the best guiding anywhere, and to further pique your interest, Alex is offering a stay for 4, pay for 3 deal for 2011.
Coppingers’ Remote Africa
John Coppingers’ Remote Africa in Zambia is probably our favorite owner-run safari company anywhere. Throughout 2011, John and his wife Carol are offering a number of deals on their camps. For those seeking adventurous safari experiences with brilliant guiding in Africa’s wildest parks, Remote Africa will fulfil your wildest dreams. During Julian’s last trip to the North Luangwa, he saw no other people, but did encounter lion and wild dog on foot… exceptional.
Safari with Jonathan Scott
Keeping the focus on Zambia, we are delighted to be able to offer a safari to South Luangwa led by the Big Cat Diary’s Jonathan Scott and the Bushcamp Company’s Phil Berry. If this interests you please contact us as soon as possible as the availability for this trip in 2011 is nearly gone!
Charles Dobie’s Selous
The Selous Safari Company are offering low season rates for the first rooms booked in their safari camps (except August). As a result, the value to be had at Jongomero and Selous Safari Camp is the best we have seen for the last few years. 2011 is definitely the year to travel to enjoy these superb camps!