Archive for the ‘South Africa’ Category

Most Romantic African Safari Lodges

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Our Director of Sales & Marketing (and Africa Safari expert!) Julia Nesbitt recently dished about the most romantic safari destinations with Foxnews, just in time for Valentines Day! Whether you’re planning your dream honeymoon, or just dreaming of an escape with that special someone, check out our top destinations to fall in love with Africa!


1. Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar

Fall under the spell of the spice trade. Your ocean view villa comes with its own private plunge pool where you can while away the sunny days watching dhows (the local fishing boats) sail by then step out to the bar to listen to local musicians amid the cool gold and white Arabic tiles. Definitely my top choice for romance on Zanzibar


2. Baines Camp, Botswana

What better than a bubble bath for two in the bush? A bath with champagne that’s ready and waiting for you after a full day of walking with elephants and stalking lions in the wild Okavango Delta.


3. Chinzombo Camp, Zambia

Opened in 2013, this place brings a new level of luxury and romance to Zambia‚ Äôs South Luangwa National Park. Set on private land in the wilderness, this intimate camp looks out over the river Äì — and you only have to open the canvas on the spacious suites to look out and spot wildlife from bed.


4. Delaire Graff Estate, South Africa

For the perfect wine-lover’s honeymoon, this is the place. Cape Town’s Winelands are as famous for their beauty as their world-class wine and cuisine. Delaire Graff Estate combines the best of everything with just 10 luxurious suites set on an award-winning wine estate with a spa and award-winning restaurant just a short stroll down the path.


5. Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

Kick back into some Tarzan and Jane romance at Greystoke Mahale’s beach bandas. In front are the white sand beaches of Lake Tanganyika with acres of unexplored jungle behind. Hang out with wild chimpanzees before breakfast and bath in a mountain pool after lunch.


6. Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

You may never leave your villa at Azura Benguerra, located on Benguerra Island within the Bazaruto Marine National Park along one of the last undiscovered stretches of pristine beach in the world! Lounge on your secluded veranda, bathe in your private plunge pool or curl up under your beach sala before taking a dip in the warm Indian Ocean.

ol Donyo

7. ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya

Fulfill your Meryl Streep Out of Africa fantasies on honeymoon in Kenya. ol Donyo Lodge has 275,000 acres of wilderness to explore with no more than 20 guests at a time. You may see elephants from your plunge pool, lions on game drives, cheetahs from horseback or take a mountain bike safari past herds of zebra and antelope.


8. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

This place may feel far removed from civilization but there is no luxury left wanting for in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The red dunes of Sossusvlei tempt exploration during the day while providing the perfect romantic backdrop for private candlelight dinners under the stars.


9. Motse, South Africa

Longing for that perfect secret hideaway in the African bush? Nestled at the foot of the Korannaberg Mountains, facing west across the grasslands of the Kalahari, Motse is a private collection of just eight spacious and secluded suites built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch. Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve allowing no more than 30 guests at any one time.

Lion Sands

10. Lion Sands, South Africa

Luxury linens, lantern lit private dinner and no one around at all – this tree house at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve gives a whole new meaning to “roughing it”. With the stars above, safely ensconced in a warm bed, the two of you will be “lost” in the wilderness for one unforgettable night.

The Rabbit in Madiba’s Ear

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Nelson Mandela and his legacy will continue to make headlines for many years to come but the latest news featuring South Africa’s great former leader is a bit unexpected. As NPR recently reported, it seems that someone left a rabbit in his statue’s ear!

Mandela Ear
Two sculptors who were refused permission to engrave their signatures onto their giant statue of Nelson Mandela came up with a novel solution: They hid a bronze rabbit in the statue’s ear.

Our story begins Dec. 16, a day after Mandela’s funeral, when President Jacob Zuma unveiled the statue by Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren at Pretoria’s Union Buildings, the government’s headquarters. The nearly 30-foot-tall bronze-plated work has Mandela standing with his hands reaching outward, as if embracing all of South Africa.

Prinsloo and van Vuuren then told the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper that they’d inserted a tiny rabbit in the ear as a “small trademark” after authorities refused to let them engrave their names on the statue’s trousers. They said they chose the rabbit because of the haste with which they had to complete the statue. The word for rabbit in Afrikaans is haas, which also translates to “haste.”

“You need a long lens or binoculars to see it,” Prinsloo told the paper. “During the molding process, a lot of people had seen the statue up close and nobody noticed it.”

They have now.

“It is unfortunate that the sculptors … chose to place an object in the statue without the knowledge of those who commissioned them,” Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said in a statement. He said the sculptors had apologized for the addition and that his department has ordered the rabbit removed without damaging the statue or compromising the sculpture’s integrity.

We wonder if they’ll be hopping to it.

New Nature Photography Adventures!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

African Safari Company Teams Up With Wildlife Photography Experts
To Help Guests Capture Safari Magic on Camera

SEATTLE, WA, Jan. 29, 2014 – Using cameras to capture wildlife in their natural habitat poses challenges even for the experts. To help budding and amateur photographers African Safari Company has teamed up with wildlife photography experts, Nature Photography Adventures, who lead in-the-wild immersion workshops for serious shutterbugs.

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The photo gurus are Bob Harvey and Diane Kelsey, who have built an excellent reputation using their cameras and teaching expertise to assist the development, management and promotion of nature-based tourism. They have been creating and leading photography trips to Africa since 2009.

For 2015, African Safari Company is now taking reservations for Nature Photography Adventures in:

Tanzania, an adventure that includes the following National Parks: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. This trip is timed to photograph the Great Migration in the Southern Serengeti.

Morocco, includes Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Erfoud, Merzouga Desert, Tinghir, Ouarzazate and Marrakech with particular attention to the diverse markets and the desert.

Botswana, includes Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve on the Okavango Delta as well as two camps in the private game reserves for the most exclusive photography opportunities.

We are also taking reservations for 2016 for Nature Photography Adventures in:

Namibia, which visits Windhoek, Sossusvlei, the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park.

South Africa, includes Johannesburg, Sabi Sands Private Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Maputuland and KwaZulu Natal.

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The photography duo work one-on-one with clients in the field and also assist through workshops so that photographers may learn, among others, how to:

Compose a shot
Pan with running animals to create a sense of motion
Take test exposures and test shots in advance of that perfect wildlife portrait
Shoot in difficult light
Work with the right shutter speed in a mixed light situation
Set up a soft background so that the animals stand out
Convey feeling and emotion in a photograph
Site yourself and the camera in such a way that the animal is oblivious to you
Each of the camps and lodges is handpicked for its location so the group can maximize their photography opportunities both in camp as well as out on game tracking activities.

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About Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Founders of Nature Photography Adventures, Diane and Bob lead photography adventures to special natural and cultural destinations around the planet. They have a long history, as professional photographers and as planners of sustainable tourism, in creating dramatic light images of natural and cultural destinations and using those images to help in the protection of fragile resources and the development and marketing of destination-sensitive tourism.

Through Nature Photography Adventures, Diane and Bob share special places with small groups of photographers. The adventures are carefully crafted to create opportunities to capture striking images by being in great places for great light and great natural events. Diane and Bob work with participating photographers to help each grow photographic abilities while also ensuring success in challenging photographic situations.

Please note that all photos are copyright to Nature Photography Adventures and may not be copied or used without explicit written permission.
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