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Africa Odyssey Blog

Welcome to the Africa Odyssey Blog

Welcome to the Africa Odyssey Blog

Our blog is a collection of our posts and articles written by ourselves as well as sourced externally relevant to the countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean that we specialise in. We hope you find this interesting – Happy reading

I missed the Great Migration because I forgot my binoculars

We think there is nothing more important than choosing a good pair of binoculars for your safari. Why?

So you have paid for your trip, you have your dream lodges in the bag and are all set for your holiday of a lifetime. You get on your first game drive, ecstatic to see wildlife, your guide points out a swish of a tail in the distance… A leopard. You squint your eyes, only to find that for all you can see, it could just be an animated branch. Dammit, don’t you wish you had just got some good binoculars?!

Choosing good quality binoculars is also important. There is nothing more irritating than missing our on wildlife action whilst fiddling with adjusting your hopelessly blurry lenses – for an African safari, a good pair of binos is so important…!

For help choosing some great quality friend-for-life binoculars, please see this article which gives you all you need to know about binos for an African Safari.

Tips for dealing with mosquitoes while on a safari

Whilst a hazard at the best of times, mosquitoes are particularly dangerous when encountered on an African safari. Malaria is one of the most deadly diseases in the world, and the mosquitoes inhabiting this region of our planet are one of the major carriers of it. When travelling through such at-risk areas of the world, be sure therefore to take anti-malarial medications before you go. To be on the extra safe side, there are also a number of things you can do to protect yourself from mosquitoes whilst on your holiday. Here are a few tips.

 

Use repellent

Number one rule when out on safari, is to be wearing a good mosquito repellent at all times. Which are the best mosquito repellents to use? The most powerful and effective repellents contain at least 20 per cent DEET as their active ingredient. However, according to some research, this substance is toxic to humans – and the environment – so if you don’t want to expose yourself or loved ones to DEET, there are also many natural, eco-friendly alternatives now on the market, containing active ingredients such as citronella and eucalyptus oil, picaridin, pyrethrins, etc. These formulae may not be as effective at warding off mosquitoes, however, so it is up to you to decide if the trade off in protection from bugs is truly worth it.

 

Use a mosquito net when you sleep

This one is self-explanatory. Protect yourself from insects when you are your most vulnerable by placing a mosquito net over your tent, hammock etc. For extra good results, you can spray the net itself with mosquito repellant

 

Wear the right clothing

To minimize your exposure to mosquitoes, be sure to wear thick long-sleeved shirts and pants, and tucks your pants into your socks. Also wear thick, sturdy shoes. Another tip is to wear light-colored clothes, as darker shades attract more insects.

 

Pay attention to your diet

You may not have realized, but mosquitoes have a real sweet tooth – sugar is a major energy booster for them. This means that the higher your intake of sugar, the more at risk you are of mosquito bites. Try therefore not to give in to your cravings for sugary treats whilst out on safari! Also avoid too many wheat products, as mosquitoes can pick up the smell of yeast from a mile away, and are drawn to it like moths to a flame.

 

Other tips

Mosquitoes are also drawn to light and flame, so avoid switching on unnecessary lighting during the evening hours. Use the bear minimum of lighting that you need!

 

Another means of repelling mosquitoes is to use mosquito coils. Place them underneath your bed, sleeping bag or other equipment in order to ward off the blood sucking pests. Despite their rather unwelcoming odour, these devices are highly effective at repelling bugs, and are quite long lasting as well – they can last as long as 8 hours in the best of cases.

 

If you are using deodorant, after-shave or perfume in order to attract a certain someone, then be aware that you will be attracting mosquitoes as well! Mosquitoes are heavily drawn to the sweet-smelling aroma of these accessories, so avoid laying them on too thick!

Honeymoon Safari in Africa

Honeymoon Safari in Africa

While places such as Paris and Greece might be the most popular choices for a romantic getaway, a honeymoon safari in Africa can be just as (if not more) dreamy than the more obvious honeymoon destinations.

In our opinion, planning your honeymoon is as important as preparing for your wedding day…just a lot more fun! Instead of organizing menus and table arrangements, you get to pick between romantic resorts and intimate itineraries. Forget family, friends and long-lost relatives – your honeymoon is just about you and your partner, and you’re entitled to enjoy it just the way you’d like to. And here’s a little secret: the key to a fairy-tale honeymoon is the location.

Honeymoon Safari in Africa

Here are 3 reasons why we think that a honeymoon safari in Africa is the best way to start your marriage:

Luxurious Accommodation

Robin Pope Safaris Mkulumadzi Lodge
When it comes to honeymoon safaris in Africa, luxury is the name of the game. Think plush king-sized beds, deep baths, fluffy towels, gourmet cuisine and private plunge pools. Creature comforts come standard at many safari lodges.

Private and Bespoke Experience

Tongabezi Sand Bar
Unlike most hotels which tend to paint all their guests with one brush, many safari lodges in Africa are famed for their brilliantly bespoke hospitality. Small, thoughtful touches, such as rose petals on your bed, hand-crafted chocolates, surprise bush picnics, or a private candle-lit dinner, can make all the difference when on honeymoon. Attentive and friendly lodge staff also ensure that you never feel like “just another couple”.

Bush and Beach Combos


Why choose between postcard-perfect beaches and world-class wilderness, when you can do them both? Combining a bush safari with a beach holiday provides the perfect balance between romance, excitement, relaxation, and pampering.

Planning a wedding can be a tedious and stressful task but planning your honeymoon shouldn’t be. Let us do all the legwork for you so that you can just arrive and enjoy! Get in touch with us to start planning your perfect honeymoon safari.

Surfing Safaris – Best Beaches for Surfers in Africa

Surfing Safaris – Best Beaches for Surfers in Africa

With a coastline of over 19,000 miles, Africa boasts some of the world’s best beaches and surf spots.
While the surfing industry is still relatively young on the continent, Africa’s beaches are an attractive option for surfers who enjoy a little bit of adventure with their waves.

Here are a few of the best places for a surfing safari in Africa:

Skeleton Coast, Namibia
With six long, perfect, left-hand pointbreaks, including one at Skeleton Bay, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is renowned for providing some of the best barrels in the world. Despite the remoteness of Namibia, and near-inaccessibility of some of the surf spots, if you get it right, this is one of the most rewarding places to surf in Africa. But be warned, the water is freezing, the current is fierce, and the tubes can be relentless – so if you’re not an experienced and confident surfer, rather give this one a miss.

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Jeffreys Bay in South Africa is one of the premier surf spots in the world, and arguably the most famous surfing destinations on the continent. Famous for having one of the world’s best right-hand point breaks, pro surfers from all over the world flock here during its surf season (June to August) for the Billabong Pro Surf Contest. While the wave can get a little crowded at times, there are plenty of other quieter spots just outside of town that offer excellent surfing opportunities for those who enjoy a less crowded wave experience.

Surfing Safaris – Best Beaches for Surfers in Africa

Tofinho Point, Mozambique
With its world-famous right-hand reef break, Tofinho Point in Praia do Tofo is considered the best surf spot in Mozambique. Boasting warm waters, friendly locals and swells suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers alike, Tofo is a charming surfing safari destination. The best time for surfing is in winter (June – August), which happens to coincide the annual humpback whale migration!

Madagascar
Situated just off the coast of South Africa, Madagascar is undoubtedly one of the best-kept surfing secrets in the world. With a coastline of 4,828 km, there are new surf discoveries being made all the time and it is rated as possibly one of the world’s last unspoiled surfing destinations. Some of the best surfing spots in Madagascar are found near Anakao, where the waves break several kilometers offshore on an outer reef. The best time for surfing in Madagascar is from March to September.

Surfing safari in Africa

Ready to start planning your surfing safari to one of these exciting destinations? Get in touch with us and we’ll help you.

 

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