Safari Etiquette: My top tips on how to behave

There’s nothing quite like an African Safari to create memories that will last a lifetime. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush, getting up close and personal with Africa’s wildlife is high on most people’s bucket list, so how can you make sure your experience is all you’ve imagined it to be? Many…

Kariega Private Game Reserve

Kariega Private Game Reserve was the 7th stop on our Eastern Cape family road trip. The reserve is family owned and managed and has been since 1989. It is located 80 minutes north-west of Port Elizabeth and just 10 minutes away from the beautiful seaside town of Kenton-on-Sea. As it’s in the Eastern Cape region…

Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve

Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve was the 6th stop on our Eastern Cape road trip; we stayed at a total of 9 different properties. Initially we had only booked 2 nights at Oceana, however we decided to extend by 1 night so were fortunate enough to spend 3 very relaxing nights here. Oceana Beach & Wildlife…

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve was the 2nd safari stop on our road trip around the Eastern Cape. Personally, this was my most favourite stay on our trip, unfortunately we were only able to spend 1 night due to them being fully booked, but we will definitely be heading back there soon! This absolute gem of…

Samara Private Game Reserve

Samara Private Game Reserve was the first safari stop on our 2,5 week family holiday around the Eastern Cape. I want to start off with some basic information about the reserve before I launch into my pros/cons as well as top tips! Samara Private Game Reserve will be 20 years old this November and has…

Children on safari

“We’ll have to skip the safari as it’s not child friendly,” my client said to me during one of our first telecoms about their family trip to South Africa. They were beyond excited when I explained to them that, in fact, that was totally incorrect and they could still enjoy a Big Five safari experience…

Why winter is a great time to visit South Africa

Winter in South Africa varies depending on the province you’re traveling to. Let’s look at the main tourist hotspots and their typical winter weather. Cape Town is typically characterised by cold and wet weather. We are in the throws of a drought at the moment so there’s always an exception to the rule. Temperatures generally…

Best family safari in South Africa

Having had a son myself just over 19 months ago, I have started to pay a lot more attention to lodges that offer a more family friendly experience. Items such as fences around pools, adjoining / interleading suites, kids club, kid friendly game drives, etc are all now on my radar. So here is my…

Best African honeymoon safari

Africa is home to the Big Five as well as the Small Five! From lion to leopard, ant to ardvard and hyena to hippopotamus when it comes to selecting the best African honeymoon safari you’re spoilt for choice. Below you will find our choice of the best African honeymoon safari options in South Africa, Botswana,…

7 reasons to honeymoon in South Africa

South Africa, the rainbow nation, as it’s often referred has it all from vibrant cities and sexy beaches to untamed wilderness and rural beauty. No matter what you are looking for, South Africa is an idyllic setting for a honeymoon. Experience sunrise in the bush, “Sundowners” (South Africa’s version of Happy Hour) in wine country…

Safari lodges with private plunge pools

We know important it is, especially in the South African summers, to have your own private plunge pool to cool off in, so we’ve put together a list of a few of our favourite safari lodges with private plunge pools. Enjoy!   Kruger National Park Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sands One of the most exclusive…

Safari time at Phinda!

A weekend at Phinda with lions, cheetahs, leopards and monkeys! My bags were packed and I was ready to go; just had to wait for Mr to get back from gym! We headed to the airport and flew to Durban to spend a night with friends before heading to Phinda the next morning. It took…

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