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African Safari: The Trip to Take in Your 30s

African Safari: The Trip to Take in Your 30s

Travel is for everyone, both the young and old, but the Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards revealed an interesting trend: People in their thirties are heading to Africa to go on safari.

 ‘Why is an African safari the trip you should really take in your thirties rather than any other decade?’

Well, there are bucket loads of reasons, but here’s the top 9:

1. An African safari is one of life’s greatest adventures.

African Safari: The Trip to Take in Your 30s

© John’s Camp, Robin Pope Safaris

2. The glamping opportunities allow you to rough it without really roughing it.

The trip to take in your 30s

© Ngala Tented Camp

3. You can live your dream of driving a convertible and turn it up a notch.

The trip to take in your 30s

© Tortilis Camp

4. You’ve attended way too many indoor dinner parties.

The trip to take in your 30s

© Govenors’ Camp Collection

5. It’s a chance to spruce up your living room with original, handmade African souvenirs.

trips to take in your 30s

© Tongabezi Lodge

6. You now want your holiday experiences to be more meaningful.

trips to take in your 30s

© Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

7. Relaxation isn’t the only travel goal and discovering a new jig will only help you rock the dance floor at the next family wedding.

trips to take in your 30s

© Cottar’s 1920s Camp

8. You don’t mind staying up late and waking up early if it means tracking a pride of lions.

trips to take in your 30s

©Burrard-Lucas

9. BONUS: Most luxe safari lodges are all inclusive. Translation- You can have as many G&T’s as you’d like!

trips to take in your 30s

© Wolwedans

Ready to shake up your typical 9-5 for an adventurous, authentic and insta-worthy safari holiday in Africa? Botswana and South Africa were popular choices among thirtysomethings according to the Conde Naste Traveller awards, but the clear favourite was Kenya’s Masai Mara.

We’re big fans of the Masai Mara for its frequent predator and Big 5 sightings, as well as the Great Migration that crosses into Kenya from the Serengeti towards the end of June. A few of our favourite camps include Cottar’s 1920s Camp, Governor’s Camp and Rekero Camp.

Get in touch to plan your life-changing Kenya safari with Africa Odyssey.

 

Kruger vs. Sabi Sand: Everything you need to know

Kruger vs. Sabi Sand: Everything you need to know

Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve are two of South Africa’s most prized safari destinations. Due to their close proximity to one another, we often get questions like ‘is one better than the other?’ or ‘what is the difference between the two?’

Kruger is South Africa’s oldest, largest and best known National Park. It is claimed as a favourite safari destination by both locals and international visitors, some who return to its wilderness yearly. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is adjacent to Kruger and shares an unfenced border with the National Park. It is one of the most popular neighbouring private reserves and, together with a few others, forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. While this is valuable information for you to know, the animals are completely unphased and freely roam between the two.

When a planning a safari holiday to South Africa, the decision usually comes down to Kruger versus the Sabi Sand. Knowing that both are world-renowned and home to the Big 5 makes the decision that much harder.

Here is everything you need to know to make an informed safari decision:

1. Size
Kruger National Park is massive and covers over 2 million hectares of wilderness, which is approximately 30 times the size of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Because of its grandiose size and sheer numbers of animals, you could visit the park a hundred times and still discover new flora and fauna. With that being said, the Sabi Sand’s smaller size makes it easier to track wildlife, increasing your odds of ticking the Big 5 off your bucket list in a shorter time span.

2. Access
Day visitors and self-drives are allowed in Kruger National Park and not in the Sabi Sand. Only those staying at one of the private safari lodges are permitted access to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, limiting the number of tourists coming in and providing a more exclusive game-viewing experience. Kruger can become very crowded, especially during peak season, but if you’re an experienced safari goer, the flexibility of being in charge of your schedule, game drive routes and movement can be a real bonus.

3. Affordability
Accommodation in Kruger is extremely affordable compared to its counterpart. You can find public camping sites and self-catering options as well as some luxurious lodges, while the Sabi Sand is most commonly home to Africa’s premier safari lodges, including Londolozi, Singita and Richard Branson’s Ulusaba. A guided open vehicle safari in Kruger will generally cost much less than a similar safari at a luxury lodge in the Sabi Sand.

4. Game drives
While both Kruger camps and Sabi Sand lodges offer guided game drive activities, one of the advantages the Sabi Sand Game Reserve has over Kruger is that the guides have permission to drive off-road in order to track animals and get closer to wildlife. The guides and trackers are some of the best in the safari business, affording guests the rare opportunity to witness up-close sightings you wouldn’t normally get to see ‘on the road.’ The Sabi Sand is also known as one of the best places to see leopards in the wild. Night drives are possible here too.

Kruger vs. Sabi Sand: Everything you need to know

©Londolozi

While the Kruger National Park offers something for everyone, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve fills the luxury travel niche for safari goers looking to visit South Africa. Or better yet, if you simply can’t choose between the two, why not a combination of both? Let us help you plan your perfect South Africa safari holiday.

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How to make the most of your safari!

How to make the most of your safari!There’s no denying that going on Safari isn’t cheap, in fact, they’re pretty expensive.  You’ll have read many reviews and articles stating that despite the cost it truly is worth it, and we agree, but how do you make sure you’re going to get the biggest bang for your buck, the best experience possible?

The main reason we go on safari is to enjoy viewing incredible wildlife in its natural habitat.  Long after you’ve forgotten the meals you ate and the comfy beds you slept in, you’ll still be talking about the safari, the animals and your guide.

The quality of the guide is a vital ingredient for getting the very best experience.  While many lodges do have a fairly good standard of guiding finding exceptional guides who really bring you into the wild experience is rare.

Not only should a great guide draw you into the search, allow you to understand what to look for and spot the clues in what can sometimes seem like searching for a needle in thousands of hay stacks.

So what’s the difference between a Guide and a Private Guide?

Wherever you go on safari you will be allocated a Guide who works for the particular lodge you are staying in. In the more upmarket lodges you will be allocated the same Guide for the duration of the stay so that he can get to know you thereby ensuring that information is not repeated and that your game viewing is optimised according to your interests and previous sightings.

On an extended trip which incorporates more than one lodge or destination however, this seamless continuity can be lost as you spend time getting to know a new Guide and repeating information. This is where a Private Guide can really add value to your experience.

A Private Guide, or host guide as they’re sometimes known, is a guide that will accompany you, whether you’re a couple, family or group, for the duration of your holiday or safari experience. They facilitate your journey and add a continuous professional dimension to your trip.

This would include everything from meeting you at the airport and booking you into your hotel, to sitting with you around the campfire and pointing out the stars.

So what are the advantages of a private guide for you?

  • If you are visiting from overseas and are nervous about exploring new destinations, a Private Guide gives you complete reassurance. They’ll be with you every step of the way – an experienced host to guide you through your safari experience.
  • A Private Guide facilitates the safari experience and adds a feeling of continuity so that you avoid any unnecessary repetition between lodges, thereby optimising your game viewing and wilderness experience by working in conjunction with the lodge and Rangers.
  • Private Guides have diverse, specialist skills including photography, birding, astronomy, tracking and guided walking which they will share with you.
  • Private guides are often degree educated and able to relate to clients on a number of levels
  • You will always have a central person you can trust and go to with any problems or special needs.
  • Private Guides are superb with children – they will amuse and educate your kids from start to finish and will help ease the stress of keeping the children occupied on holiday.
  • Your Private Guide works in conjunction with the lodges to provide better service delivery.
  • You won’t have to wait until the game drive to ask your questions and your questions need not be restricted to nature. Our Private Guides have in-depth knowledge of all the African destinations, cultures and histories. They ensure you’ll gain an in-depth, spiritual understanding of the African wilderness.
  • You’ll always have a connection to Africa Odyssey to ensure your satisfaction and to monitor the quality of your experience. Even in areas where there is no telephonic contact, you’ll have a Africa Odyssey go-to guy.

VIDEO: 5 Rare Wildlife Sightings You Have to See to Believe

 

VIDEO: 5 Rare Wildlife Sightings You Have to See to Believe

If it’s not on YouTube it didn’t happen, right?

With so many safari enthusiasts heading into the bush with cell phones, go pros and video cameras, this isn’t too far from the truth! As a result, there is an exuberant amount of wildlife videos out there, from amateur to professional videographers alike, showing the world what happens in the unpredictable wilds of Africa.

From the downright terrifying to the adorably cute, here are 5 rare wildlife sightings you just have to see to believe:

1. Lions on honeymoon!

Lions get down to business for guests at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park. Male lions sleep on average 20 hours a day and females sleep up to 18, so the chances of seeing lions mate is extremely rare, exhilarating and well, aggressive!

2. Elephant shows rhino who’s boss!

A young elephant bull in musth shows a male white rhino who’s the real boss of the animal kingdom. The elephant’s impressive balancing skills of a tree branch with his sword-like trunk is quite the cheeky ending to the testosterone-filled tussle.

3. There’s 5 cheetahs on our jeep!

Not one, but five cheetahs (one adult and four cubs) hop onto a game vehicle in the Maasai Mara National Reserve to get a better view of potential prey. The crowning moment? When one cheetah bent right into the jeep and kissed the tourist’s camera lens!

4. You’re it! Young gorillas play tag

A family of gorillas at Odzala National Park take a break at a root site somewhere deep in the Congo. As the adults feed on the roots of the trees, the younger gorillas run around in circles playing a cheeky game of tag in the forest!

5. Lions lick water off tent!

A couple camping in Botswana woke up to find three nonchalant lions licking water off the outside of their tent, refreshing themselves with pools of rainwater that had fallen overnight. “What a privilege,” says the campers, when recounting the rather alarming wake up call!

Like what you see? Let us help you plan a life-changing safari created just for you!