See the Bushman Paintings at Bushman’s Kloof
There are more than 130 different sites at Bushman’s Kloof, which may make you think you’ll just stumble upon a piece of rock art. You will, in fact, have to try a little harder – but don’t worry, one of Bushmans Kloof’s excellent guides will take you on a scenic walk through the wilderness reserve stopping off at a number of the best sites, and you’re also likely to spot some of the resident antelope.
Sleep out under the stars at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Have you ever dream of sleeping under the starry African skies, with no sounds but the whistling of the wind and the cool shine of the moon looking down on you? Then the sleep out experience at Tswalu will make these dreams come true. Set high on a ridge overlooking the endless landscape, The Malori (meaning ‘dreamer’ in Tswana) sleep out combines a bit of luxury – a plush king size bed and ‘bush suite’ – with the wild expanse of 100,000 hectares of unspoilt landscape.
Take a helicopter tour over The Cape Peninsula
Cape Town is a very popular location for helicopter flips, unsurprising considering the dramatic combination of mountains and sea that the Mother City offers. There is a varied selection of trips you can choose from, but let’s face it – there’s no bad way to see the Cape Peninsula from the air. Take the opportunity to navigate like the locals, using Table Mountain as your guide.
Tour the beautiful Cape Winelands with your local guide
The Cape Winelands are home to around 200 different wine estates, so you’ll be forgiven for feeling slightly overwhelmed. Exploring this amazing part of the country with a local guide offers a great experience, as they will be able to select the best places to go depending on what you want to see – whether that is gorgeous estate grounds, private art collections or simply tasting the best regional wines.
Walk the stunning Laikipia Reserve from Enasoit and see the big game on foot
New property on the scene, Enasoit, offers some fantastic walking options. The property’s expert game rangers know every corner of the reserve, and can get guests much closer to big game when on foot. Why not combine a walking safari with a bush picnic for lunch, nothing can top sitting among the grasses spotting errant giraffes wandering past.
Track the Marsh Pride of Lions from Governors’ Camp
Close to Governors’ Camp you might be lucky enough to encounter the famed Marsh Pride of lions. Numbers are varying, but this is one of the largest you will find in Africa and often have playful young cubs with them, always a popular sight on safari. They can often be seen hunting on the plains near the camp, with waterbuck and buffalo providing some of their favourite food sources!
Take a balloon ride over the plains of the Masai Mara
Soaring silently over the plains of the Masai Mara has to be one of the most serene experiences on earth. Providing a completely different perspective for a safari, many camps now have their own launch sites – or can arrange a hot air balloon ride at the closest one. Don’t forget your camera, and more importantly – don’t drop it.
Enjoy the tropical marine life in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is always a great addition to any safari itinerary, providing some welcome relaxation time after the excitement of your safari. The tropical Indian Ocean is home to an array of colourful marine life making it ideal for underwater exploration. Scuba and snorkelling are readily available and promise to deliver an exciting new perspective to the serene tropical surroundings.
Walking safaris in the isolated Ruaha National Park from Jongomero
Considered the definitive wilderness experience, walking safaris from Jongomero (the only camp for about 70km) take you deep in to Ruaha, with one or two nights stay under the stars. Learn about the smaller animals you may overlook on a game drive, and enjoy being completely immersed in the African wilderness.
Dine under the stars in the heart of the Serengeti
The ultimate African dining experience, you won’t find a more romantic starlit setting anywhere else. This experience will take you back to the days of the first safari, where dining in the wilderness was part of everyday life on safari. Arrive at sunset just in time for sundowners overlooking the vast plains of the Serengeti.