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According to a survey conducted by online marketplace, safaribookings.com, Tanzania is the best country to choose for an African safari holiday! Closely following Tanzania were Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa. There’s a lot to be seen in Tanzania and the main reason for the country taking the top spot was its amount of superb wildlife destinations. Add to these Tanzania’s friendly locals and fascinating culture and you have an excellent safari destination! Two of the most popular destinations here are the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, however, Tanzania is also home to many other spectacular wildlife spots including the Selous Game Reserve, Lake Manyara National Park, Mahale National Park, Katavi National Park and more. The study was based on 2,305 reviews from safari travellers and almost 800 from industry experts, some of whom are guidebook writers. Many of the participants who were travellers have been to Africa multiple times, seeing lots of countries giving them a good idea of what’s offered across the continent.
Did you catch the final episode of the British series, Africa, this week? The last instalment showed David Atteborough considering Africa’s future and the relationship between Africa’s people and its wildlife. There are many places you could visit to learn more about the conservation efforts of this fantastic continent .One of our favourite places for conservation is Tswalu Kalahari. At 100,000 hectares, Tswalu is South Africa’s biggest private reserve and is devoted to conservation. There will be no more than thirty people there at a time making it a really private experience. The reserve is owned by the Oppenheimer family, keen supporters of wildlife and conservation who have even won the prestigious Lonmin Award from the WWF. Tswalu is driven by two goals: to restore the Kalahari to its pristine state and to create an inspirational experience for its guests. There are lots of unusual and rare species here that the reserve’s staff work hard to protect. On your African safari here you will be able to see black-maned Kalahari lion, meerkat, cheetah, rare antelope species and even desert black-rhino! On top of these there’s over 70 more species of mammal and 230 different kinds of bird. Decdicated butlers and guides will make sure you spend the day exactly as you choose. Perhaps some days you’d like to head out for an early game drive finished off with a tasty bush breakfast or on others you’d like to spend the morning sipping champagne in your room – the choice is yours. What’s more, Tswalu is a malaria free area, so you can explore and discover this fantastic wilderness with the entire family.
On January 17th 2013 the new Mara Toto camp opened its doors! It’s an exclusive, seasonal camp set just inside the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, on the forested bends of the Ntiakitiak River. The aim of the camp is to provide its guests with a really private and authentic safari experience with a minimal impact left behind on the Kenyan environment. No cement was used to create the camp and, if need be, it can be completely removed leaving no trace at all! The camp itself comprises five spacious canvas tents, each carefully placed to give guests the very best views. All tents have their own en-suite bathroom too. You’ll be able to explore the Mara plains in the camp’s special 4x4s. Each vehicle has its own stocked fridge and power invertors and is driven by your qualified guide. With open sides and panoramic views, the vehicles have been designed with photography in mind. There are two Canon cameras wide angle lenses available at the camp too! Delicious, healthy meals are cooked up by the staff so that guests can refuel after their day of safari. As always, any dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice. Why not combine the camp with some time on beach for the perfect Kenya safari getaway?
If you’re heading off on a safari holiday soon, take a look at the Pack for a Purpose website. If you don’t already know about them, Pack for a Purpose assists travellers who want to make a difference to the places they are visiting. On the site you’ll find lists of what camps and lodges (in several destinations, not just Africa) need to help their local communities. Items range from newborn baby clothes and bed linen to maps and pencils. Be sure to take a look and find out what you can take with you!
South African camp, Little Bush Camp, known well for its warm atmosphere, personable hospitality and luxurious design, is exclusive, secluded and very private – perfect for your African safari getaway. Set in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Little Bush Camp is a great place to choose if you want to see lots of wildlife, including the Big Five. It’s tucked away in a quiet bend of the Msuthlu River and has just six suites meaning your Little Bush Camp experience is tranquil, quiet and very exclusive. The suites have been laid out and carefully positioned along the river so that every guest has a spectacular view across the bush. Each suite has its own private viewing deck with an opulent outdoor spa bath too, a great spot for spotting the passing game and bird watching. Inside, the suites are decorated with a contemporary African theme in mind. There are luxury furnishings dotted throughout as well as comfortable beds, an en-suite bathroom and indoor and outdoor showers. To keep you cool, each suit is also fitted with superb air-conditioning. You’ll eat dinner outside amongst the gently lit trees for a wonderful African experience. Sabi Sabi describes the camp as a hidden gem – a fitting description!
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