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  1. Click on the link below to view my travel blog about my research trip to Sri Lanka: https://robinmichaelcook5.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2017/10/20/Elephants-Bees-and-a-Taste-of-Sri-Lanka
  2. Hi all, I'm going on a Christmas safari trip to Tanzania and haven't really seen any solid plans on bringing power adapters from the US. I imagine as a photographer, I'll need to bring some combination of travel adapters for my camera batteries, laptop, phone, etc etc. I've heard of using an adaptor/converter to a power strip, but have heard of issues if the power strip would be an effective converter. Can anyone enlighten me on what they did traveling from the US? I'd really appreciate if you linked specific products that anyone has used (without being insanely expensive). Thanks!
  3. Panamwe Tours and Safari is a very well experienced safari and tours operator located in the Island of Zanzibar, in beautiful Tanzania. We offer variety of touring opportunities for tourist and take care of them throughout their experience in Zanzibar. Our staffs are well informed and are well spoken in English, Italian, Swahili and French. Our transport busses from either the airport or ferry port are well equipped with air condition and WiFi for you to relax and connect with friends and family. tour excursion price.pdf
  4. Hi folks, When going away i prefer to get a coach to the airport, rather than a train, the coaches take longer but are far less hassle than changing at liverpool street and dealing with cases on the underground. I have been scoping out flights for my (hopefully) trip to India. The one I want to get is at 1335. But that would mean either getting a 0355 coach or the 0610. The 0610 is due in at 1100 at Heathrow terminal 4. So that gives me 2.5 hrs to get checked in for my flight and get through security. As I know that the advice is to arrive 3 hour before the flight, this is later than I would normally aim for. But I wondered, for those of you who are seasoned travellers, would you be comfortable leaving only 2.5 hrs to check in at heathrow or other major hub? Or do you always aim to get there 3hours ahead at least?
  5. Travelling to Zimbabwe/Botswana What better way to get to know you than to spend some time together at our camps? We want to make sure you get the most of your stay. We have plenty of camps to experience, but we want to help you find which one best suits you. You might want to look at our Seasonal Calendar in regards to finding the best time of year for you to visit one of our camps! This is a helpful tool provided by us to make your stay personal and unique. http://www.africanbushcamps.com/seasonal-information/ There are plenty of specials being offered right now that could be specific to you and your stay depending on who you are going with and when you would like to safari. http://www.africanbushcamps.com/safari-specials/ safari× specials× African Bush Camps× Africa× Zimbabwe× Botswana× season× travel×
  6. Hi everyone, Something a little special came to our team at Captured In Africa recently, namely a gentleman by the name of Herbert Brauer. Of course many of you will have heard of Herbert, having filmed Lady Liuwa for the acclaimed documentary The Last Lioness in Liuwa Plain. Herbert is running his own private safari tour to Liuwa, not only to spend time with Lady Liuwa (who is getting on in age now) and her new resident pride, but to spend time with ourselves, to spend time with nature and in appreciation of what special lands we are fortunately enough to travel and what precious wildlife we are privileged to see. My colleague Drew Abrahamson and I feel privileged and honoured to work with Herbert on this tour. Equally so, a pleasure to listen to his words of wisdom from his experience in filming, but also his philosophy on our self, nature and wildlife. The safari to Liuwa plans to be truly special.... personally, I'd love to join this one The below was a quick Q&A I did with Herbert recently, so I hope you enjoy reading Herbert; Lady Liuwa Filmmaker Herbert Brauer Takes You on Safari Every so often, a film comes along which we connect with. A documentary which uncovers and explores not just a story, but a moment in time that is so emotionally driven, that we cannot help but fall in love with nature & wildlife - The Last Lioness, the story of a single lone lioness in Zambia’s Liuwa Plain - is one of those defining moments in wildlife film. Herbert Brauer filmed the Last Lioness on Liuwa Plain when Lady Liuwa was the sole remnant of lions in this area. Wildlife cameraman Herbert Brauer, who filmed THE LAST LIONESS in Liuwa National Park, now offers a unique, fully serviced 7 night safari program in Liuwa National Park in November 2016. He guides participants to authentically expand their awareness, and consciously connect deeply with Nature. This remote wilderness area in western Zambia truly captures one's heart and supports personal growth to those who seek it. Captured In Africa spoke with Herbert in the build up to announcing this one-off itinerary; Q: How did you first become aware of Lady Liuwa and what made you want to film her and the situation in Liuwa? “We were told by the parks manager at the time, Tom Turner, that there was one single lioness in Liuwa National Park who had survived the poaching massacre and that IF we'd see her, could try our luck filming her. The manager preceding Tom has only seen her the first time two days before his two year contract ended.... So it was unexpected that we not only found her on my first day of my very first assignment as professional cameraman, but also filmed her for an extended period which forms part of an important sequence in ‘THE LAST LIONESS’.” Q: Were you ever in serious doubt of Lady Liuwa's (and future lion inhabitants) survival in Liuwa Plain? “African Park Networks' approach, commitment and tenacity has ensured that I never doubted Lady Liuwa's survival on the plains. They are supported by much forward thinking donors and local people who recognise their work. I was and am concerned about lion's future survival, especially in large unfenced wilderness areas. It is in these areas where lions should be able to manifest everything that makes them a truly wild species on every level. This counts for all species that we do not consciously habituate. We as humans became the single largest force on our planet. Most of us don't know that. I guess it's difficult to quantify but it can certainly be experienced consciously. That doesn't mean we have developed into a species that can function disconnected from the natural flow of the forces on our planet, and of the universe. We are in a situation where a critical mass of twenty first century humans needs to consciously recognise that the fundamental building blocks and elements of Nature outside of us are also inside of us, and what we do to Nature we do physically and energetically to ourselves. The stress we put on our environment is the stress we feel inside ourselves. So my view is that as humans we collectively need to once again recognise that BECAUSE we are human, we have a relationship with Nature. We absolutely have to take individual responsibility for that if we don't want to learn lessons much harder than our imaginations can create!!! We cannot leave the wellbeing and conservation of everything we call "wild nature" in the hands of a few concerned citizens acting as conservationists, filmmakers, educators etc. We cannot dump our responsibilities with regards to our environment in the hands of our minister of environmental affairs as little as we'd relinquish our relationships with family and friends in the hands of the minister of social affairs.” The new generation of lions in Liuwa Plain © Will Burrard-Lucas Q: Captured In Africa are deeply involved in conservation efforts and responsible tourism, so respecting boundaries between man and wildlife is important to us when on safari. You yourself showed this in the film when Lady Liuwa seemed to court your attention, yet you kept a respectful distance and didn't cross that boundary - how important is this for you and for responsible safaris/travel in general? “Often our love for nature can overwhelm us. We are feeling the freedom and good energy in the wild to the point that we need to make sure we still recognise and respect everything, including wild nature and her species for WHO THEY REALLY are. I never came across any other lion to whom I felt intuitively connected as deeply as Lady Liuwa. My interaction with her was unique and yet I had to make sure I respect her wild instincts. After all, that's what we wanted for her: To live life as a completely wild predator in Africa. It is really important to allow wild animals their space. How much that distance is, is is a matter of being educated and trained, and one's intuition if well developed.” Q: What has been the highlight for you, following your years in Liuwa and what is your hope for Lions in the wild? “My understanding of what has happened in Liuwa keeps deepening. Right now I must admit that one of my highlights happened when I was interviewed for THE LAST LIONESS. I became emotionally overwhelmed and recognised in that moment how Lady Liuwa is not merely the amazing individual she is. She humbly, strongly and convincingly reveals the essence of our Mother Earth's intelligence. Although much harm was done to her when her pride was killed barbarically by our human species who regard ourselves as the apex of intelligence on this planet, she never retaliated. We witnessed her lying in high grass, never attacking the local children walking past her a few metres away. Instead she followed me around camp at night, like our Mother Earth does each and every moment: forgiving, wanting to reconnect with a human, and to be respected for who she really is if I wanted to fully embrace, if not merely survive our special, profound relationship. That changed my understanding of what we call "Life" or "Nature" and my Vision forever.” Herbert filming Lady Liuwa, careful to not cross that invisible ethical boundary of becoming too close to wild animals Herbert, in partnership with Captured In Africa and Norman Carr Safaris, are offering an amazing opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime safari and journey of self-discovery to Liuwa Plain. In Herbert's own words: "My fundamental intention for this safari is that we expand our awareness to develop a deeper connection to our natural environment and at the same time, with our true selves. We create a better understanding of who we essentially are. The process is never ending. What is important for me is that our experiences and growth are authentic. We'll search for Lady and her new pride and spend quality time with them. We won't recreate the physical companionship I've had with Lady as documented in THE LAST LIONESS, but connect with her and different kinds of life forms and manifestations in Nature.” View this limited safari and enquire, by clicking below; THE LAST LIONESS SAFARI WITH CAPTURED IN AFRICA Captured In Africa give thanks to Herbert Brauer, Norman Carr Safaris and Will Burrard-Lucas. Any questions, you can drop me an email: paul@capturedinafrica.co.za
  7. In my quest to see the world's exotic cats my next choice was the largest feline found in the America's, the Jaguar. After doing some research it seemed the easiest location to spot them was the Pantanal in Brazil since during the hot season they come by the rivers. After looking into various companies (Brazil trips are not cheap even though our US dollar is about 4 times more than the Brazilian Real) and for the best viewing chance and something with in my budget, I learned staying on the houseboats and being on the river makes it all easier. There were several companies, but after contacting some it seemed Pantanal Nature Wildlife Tours 6 day, 5 nights trip would be my best option as I only had about 9 days off of work. All the companies seem to hang out in the same areas on the rivers as well as just like Africa, they radio each other to let each little boat know what is out there. So I left Chicago in early October and arrived in Cuiaba, Brazil day later. The video will take you through this experience. What I did not mention in the video was that the tour group consisted of myself, Eddie the guide and 2 nice people from Australia and a friendly teacher from New Zealand. Both parties had way more vacation/holiday time to spend traveling than me and I was jealous. The U.S. lacks in the vacation category for sure. Well, I hope you like the video and if anyone has any questions, please ask. https://youtu.be/a5jm7X-jRAs
  8. Good morning! Feeling those Tuesday blues #BackToWork? Have no fear! Travel with us in and feel good; 10% sales goes straight to Tusk Trust to help preserve the wildlife and landscape for your family to see for generations to come. ORYX offer first class birding & wildlife holidays to East and Southern Africa. Run by former producer of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC series, we have great conservation partnerships and offer the most immersive wildlife experience possible. Travel to the stunning destinations the BBC The Hunt crew film their epic wildlife documentaries- Kruger is one of the largest national parks in Africa and probably the most famous. Making up the South African portion of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, that spans South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, it is a vitally important conservation area for the whole of southern Africa. Also visit the southernmost point of South Africa- Cape Town and go in search of the great animals of the ocean- cage dive with great Whites and spot humback whales breaching. Tours up now (limited spaces): Leave a legacy when you travel with us. http://www.oryxwildlifesafaris.com/ Images ©Tania Rose Esteban.
  9. http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-africa-animals-main-20150830-story.html in the travel section.
  10. Common kingfisher Green bee eater Oriental pied hornbill Indian peafowl Spotted owlet Black necked crane whistling teal Ruddy shelduck Indian skimmer Sarus crane Egret
  11. For the months of April and May the gorilla permits have been subsidized. Come experience these endagered great apes in their habitat - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  12. News bit from my time at WTM London last week with the newly announced merger of Cheli & Peacock into the Elewana Collection. Beautiful camp/lodge collection already individually, but this will see Elewana take a stronger hold in Kenya with Cheli & Peacock camps adding to their portfolio and other operations. http://apta.biz/blog/2014/11/05/elewana-and-cheli-peacock-create-a-new-east-african-union/
  13. No two safaris are the same and this unpredictability is the essence of a safari & no less the one I just completed with my brother Soren. On this occasion my brother and I were co-guides and our guests, The Pitt’s family from New York, were on their 5th safari with Soren, their first with me, their second in Tanzania. Their previous safari in Tanzania was in 1975, when things were very different in the “socialist paradise”, with State Travel being the only Tour Operator and the lodges owned and managed by the Government. Standards were very low, guiding was in the hands of poorly trained guides and tourists were treated with suspicion. The experience left a bitter taste. Nearly 40 years later the contrast came home to them very quickly although a rude, thuggish security guard manning the scanner at the entry to the domestic departure lounge at KIA did his best to whisk us back in time, being gruff and rude and insisting all cameras be emptied from their cases, much to the embarrassment of the staff trying to get us quickly through to our charter flight. Thankfully from that bad moment on & throughout our safari smiles and helpfulness was the order of the day, more akin to our expectations. Singita & Grumeti Reserves offer a much pampered experience and the style of mobile camping we enjoyed was luxurious, not too over the top, with very good staff and excellent food and wildlife aplenty. The camp was all ours. With Privacy extended to game drives there is much to be said for only allowing a maximum of three cars around predators and we would only ever see one or two other cars in the area in a whole day. Grumeti was alive with migrating Wildebeest and Zebra, mostly seen to the East in The Ikorongo game Reserve on the annual move north. This was surely the icing on the cake. Thousand of Wildebeest and Zebra on the move, The Wildebeest running helter skelter sometimes this way, sometimes that, as they wanted to cross a water course supporting trees and dense shrubbery that could offer Lion cover to ambush them. Zebra were more nonchalant pushing through tall grass nodding heads held high, moving a little nervously until clear of the crossing & danger and followed by the noisy Wildebeest. Late rains produced a green flush over the Ikorongo area and it became lusher as we moved east sufficient to support much game and a spectacle of over 150 elephants, feeding peacefully, moving slowly over a broad front. The several clans made up of distinct family groups had attracted small bands of roaming bull elephants, in with a mating chance and saved their more usual dry season wanderings over a larger area, checking out the ladies in fragmented small family groups. The day was pent without another car in sight…..doesn’t get much better than this. Picnic lunch was taken on the edge of an open plain and surrounded by wildebeest and Zebra taking shade on the woodland margins nearby and keeping a safe distance from our group of “two legs”. Later we saw small groups of vulture greedily dispatching the remains of wildebeest calves that had fallen by the migration wayside, victims of predators or of sickness or injury. Elephant sightings were frequent throughout our stay and the families we observed were reasonably relaxed and seem to have escaped the heavy poaching in other Northern areas. Next we moved to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, “Maasai Versailles.” The lodge was a hit, with its eclectic architecture and decoration and superb location on the crater rim, in my opinion the best. Tribute to the builder, architect and interior decorator. “They must have been on something” I heard but whatever “that” was , surely it must have been the heady mix of the cold air and the magnificent tapestry of the crater highlands, mountains, the crater with its teaming wildlife and the red robed Maasai and their numerous livestock punctuating the highland landscape. Thankfully the crater floor was not too busy and we saw Rhino a few times in the middle distance completing the tally of the big five on the trip to date and an unusual sighting of a Greater Bustard with chicks. Then for something completely different, The Selous and Beho Beho Lodge no less. What better start than seeing Wild dog on arrival, straight off the plane & conveniently close to the airstrip and to the lodge. This event signaled an outstanding stay with sightings of the pack three days in a row. While their behavior was difficult to interpret it was fascinating to watch them and patience paid off and it was remarkable how quickly the dozing dogs could suddenly become active and psyche themselves up for a hunt and one occasion suddenly respond to other pack members that came onto the scene from afar prompting a meeting greeting ceremony and much excitement. Every time the photo opportunities and light improved, with a hunt in full cry the crowning moment. Like Grumeti we had the area pretty much to ourselves , the tsetse were not too fierce, the beer was wonderfully cold, red wine slightly chilled an innovation I found to be most agreeable. The lodge was my favourite of the whole safari. My last visit to Beho Beho was in 1977 and there in hangs a tale, but another time. The lodge guides were excellent and the game drives superb with sightings of Lion up closed on a kill, Angolan Colobus Monkeys and those wonderful painted dogs. The Game Reserve takes its name from a famous and iconic individual, professional hunter and an early conservationist. Selous would be proud of the low key development in the area that was fought over and where he met his end. He died in this far away theatre of the Great War, victim of a German Schustruppe sniper. German forces were lead by another famous man, the great German commander Von Lettow Vorbeck. We visited the grave of Selous. He lies buried where he fell, near the Beho Beho lodge and where in 1977 I saw a Lioness, seemingly protecting the grave. She quickly moved away from us, looking back a few times and staring, threatening & tense. This part of Selous had only just been created as a Photographic area and Lion were suspicious & hard to see. That has all changed now and we watched a pride on a kill at very close quarters. While wildlife is not as abundant as in the north the wilderness experience is very special. Elephant in small family groups and a few bulls were seen in the area surrounding the lodge and they clearly enjoy some safety thanks to the Game Scout posts and the tourism presence in the area whereas a greater part of Selous game reserve has seen a devastating decline in Elephant. Birdlife especially on the nearby lake offered us birdwatchers (Soren and I) an entertaining half day on the boat trip and I photographed a rare visitor, the Madagascar Heron on Lake Tagatala.
  14. 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of a very special project that took place in the remote and unspoilt South Luangwa Valley; arguably one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. In April 1994 two one-year old leopards were released by a young game ranger called Graham Cooke, who had been living with and raising the leopard cubs in the South African lowveld. Boycat and his smaller sister Poepface had spent every day of their lives with Graham since they were small cubs, depending on his parental wisdom and guidance until they were ready to face a life in the wild. Once in Zambia, a small and very secluded tented camp was pitched on a remote island in the Luangwa River to oversee the last stages of the cubs' rehabilitation, and it was here that Boycat and Poepface tentatively ventured into the wilderness of their new home over the next weeks. Joining them on daily walks to ensure the cubs were prepared to deal with the new environment, Graham traipsed through some of the area's wildest places which teemed with dangerous animals. Although Boycat and Poepface were initially nervous of their new environment they soon learnt to adjust to the magnificent wilderness where they perfected their ability to live wild. The only thing separating them from the remote wilderness of the national park were the flood rivers that were soon due to dry up with the approach of the dry season. After about a month on the island, before the river had had a chance to subside and formed a natural land bridge to the park, the cubs urgings to leave the safety the small camp provided drove them to cross the Luangwa River and start their life in the wild. With his heart throbbing Graham watched as his beloved charges swam the distance across the crocodile-infested water, heaving a sigh of relief as they arrived safely on the other side of the bank. For Graham it was now time to let go …. Author Fransje van Riel chronicled Graham's story in the book My Life with Leopards, Graham Cooke’s Story in September 2012 (Penguin Books SA and Penguin Global) and since that time the story has met with great interest from people around the world. This year, 2014, is the 20th anniversary of the release of Boycat and Poepface in the South Luangwa Valley and to commemorate this event Fransje van Riel and Graham Cooke will return to the area to follow in the footsteps of the two leopard cubs. Collaborating with Kafunta and Norman Carr Safaris, the very first My Life with Leopards Safari will go underway in October 2014, with others following in 2015. The trip is an exclusive, tailor-made 8-night safari that can accommodate a maximum of six guests. Spending the main part of the safari in the southern side of the park and in close vicinity of the island, guests are then invite to explore the South Luangwa Valley further upstream, enjoying a combination of exciting walking safaris and game drives in comfortable open 4x4 vehicles. Hosted by Graham Cooke, professional safari guide and Fransje van Riel, author of the book My Life with Leopards, published by Penguin Books, 2012. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Safarious My Life with Leopards: BBC Wildlife Magazine Book of the Month April 2013 This compelling story is a “must read” for anyone who loves nature and the challenges of helping two young leopards get back to their wild world. Well written, entertaining and emotional; to be enjoyed. Dr. Richard Leakey No other book I know takes you so deeply into the secret world of the leopard. Brian Jackman BBC Wildlife Magazine 14-My Life with Leopards Safaris.pdf
  15. Hi all! After the huge success of The Safari Review: Issue 1 (launched in December 2013), we are pleased to announce the release of Issue 2! Issue 2 is stuffed full of even more pictures, videos and interesting guest articles. We hope it gives you inspiration for your next trip! There is also a competition inside to win a safari themed prize! Click here to go to our website where The Safari Review can be downloaded as an iPad app or PDF: http://www.mikerossafricatravel.com/emagazine
  16. Hello, I Work as a tour leader with Prayaan India Overland. It is the first Overland company which is based in India. This October we are going to explore 25 different destinations of India in 2 months. The trip starts from Delhi and ends in Gangtok. Out of all the destinations that we explore about 80% will be wildlife areas and 20% will historical and cultural. Follow this link to get more information about the trip http://prayaanindiaoverland.com/61days_camping_tour.html According to the link trip date is 15th Jan but due to its popularity we are doing in again. Date is 12th October (departure) till 15th dec. If you guys are Interested then mail me on dgdeepti13@gmail.com. Group bookings can get very good discounts. Google map of itinerary Thanks Deepti Goswami
  17. Why choose Breakdown Safaris? We are a one-of-a-kind tour operator made up of people who intend to explore and identify the resources of the Tanzania. Our goal is to provide a memorable travel experience, while enhancing the understanding of the connectedness of all things living. We include people and culture, animals, insects and birds, plants of every size, as well as the creatures of the sea in our tours. Services: We at Breakdown Safaris are prepared to customize the journey of a lifetime – just for you! We are aware that every individual’s interests, passions, and comfort level vary – not to mention the depth of your pocket book! We have every customer fill out a Questionnaire that will help us get to know you. This detailed input from you, in collaboration with our own knowledge and experience, is utilized to tailor an experience that you will treasure. “Customer Service” is our passion Interested? It doesnt hurt to inquire. Email us at info@breakdownsafaris.com with any questions, we'd love to hear from you! www.breakdownsafaris.com www.facebook.com/breakdownsafaris www.twitter.com/breakdownsafari
  18. Hi all at Safari Talk I have a 5 hour layover (6;15am to 11:15am) at ORT in May before connecting to a domestic flight to Polokwane. Has anyone had experience using the Bidvest Lounge (pay for use) in the domestic terminal. Just need a clean shower room and a decent cup of coffee after my flight from Australia. Thank you Elaine
  19. Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris and Tim Vollmer Photo Excursions have teamed up to offer a 9 day tour in Uganda to track and photograph Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and other rarely seen primates. We have limited this expedition to 6 photographers and 2 spots are already taken. Please message me for details. dtatooles@southerncrossgalleries.com. Dates are May 10, 2014 through May 18, 2014. All inclusive cost (including all primate permits) is $5,889.00.
  20. African Wanderlust I'm curious my friends. Has anybody on this forum sold their home in order to finance travel through Africa and beyond - And take their chances ? I guess its a rare scenario these days, as there are not many who follow the paths of the likes of Tony Fitzjohn - a hero of mine. Any comments would be gratefully received. Thank you so much. Adam.
  21. Hi folks, I am thinking of upgrading my tripod & head. I currently have a velbon victory 350 tripod with a 3 way, rather wobbly head. I tried out a new manfrotto 128 rc head, but unfortunately the thread on my existing tripod is so old and knackered that the adapter screw doesn't sit flush. So now I am looking at the prospect of upgrading the whole legs and head rather than just the head. It needs to be multi purpose, to happily carry a small <1kg scope, or my Olympus with the 1.4 and 50-200 on it as well as being smooth enough to shoot video with my little Panny camcorder. It needs to be lightweight enough to travel with, in so much as lightweight as my existing tripod, doesn't need to be ultra compact. But needs to be durable enough to replace my main tripod for birding in the uk as well, in all conditions. The manfrotto head would fit the bill I think, but what about the legs? I also need a solution that I can detach the head for use on a monopod. Any thoughts most welcome Jo
  22. Botswana’s uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and diversity it holds offer a safari experience of a lifetime. The true African nature of the country from the dry Kalahari shrub to the wet Okavango delta and the salt pans inbetween guarantee you’ll leave with amazing memories and beautiful photographs. We’re based on the ground in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango delta and we’ve personally visited each lodge and camp we book and are in constant contact with them during your safari to make sure you’re safe and enjoying your time with us. We know the seasons, the state of the annual Okavango Delta flood, the lodge staff themselves and the ever-changing regulations for travelling the protected wildlife areas of Botswana. The logistics of planning a safari are something we can do for you. Tell us where you’d like to travel and when and we’ll do all the rest, leaving you to relax and enjoy your time with us in Africa. Safaris, quad biking, elephant riding, boating, mokoro riding, fishing, birding, hunting, walking, photography, horse riding and scenic flights - we can book them all for you. From a luxurious safari retreat in the wilderness sipping cocktails under a dreamy sunset, to a self drive camping trip with the bush surrounding you while you listen to the calls of the wild, we’re here to make sure you experience a trip of a lifetime. The warmth, smell of rhythm of Africa will touch you forever... www.botswanafootprints.com
  23. I have been going to southern Africa for years, each time taking along 3 to 5 friends, all coming from the U.S.. Historically, we went up to Chobe, but recently have started going once a year to Timbavati. From my last trip, I got a little feedback that the first and last night stay feels a little like 'wasted nights/days' on the one week safari plan. As an alternative, I am considering driving toward Hoedspruit directly from O.R. Tambo and then stopping after a few hours driving. That would put me ahead of schedule the next morning going into the lodge, allowing for some casual time near the Drakensberg Escarpment area. So here is my request: Do you know of a nice lodge, B&B or Inn a few hours east of Jo'berg that is reasonably priced (less than $100/night/person)? One friend suggested finding something near Dullstrom. Considering we'll be pretty jet lagged, does that seem like a good idea? Again, specific places to stay would be a great help.
  24. It has all been going on at our Self Drive Safari Experience in Malawi. The reserve is a up and coming conservation area. They have recently seen the arrival of two leopards and completed a vulture count. There has also been excitment with the resident hyeana clan chasing and making an impala kill next to the tented chalets at the lodge! Book your trip today to get in on this action! http://www.bluelizar...experience.html Help to protect and conserve Malawi’s wildlife resource and local communities by visiting and staying at Malawi’s only protected area operated by African Parks! This wildlife reserve is situated in the lower Shire valley in the South West of Malawi, approximately 70kms (one and a half hour’s drive) from Blantyre’s Chileka international airport and three hours from Lake Malawi. The Malawi wildlife reserve is a unique conservation and tourist destination for all visitors. The amazing success story of recovery and restoration and the continued protection of endangered species has led this wildlife reserve in Malawi to become one of the most popular reserves in Malawi. The wildlife reserve was once a prolific wildlife refuge, however, by the late 1990’s most species of large game, including elephant, had been eradicated. The restoration of this wildlife reserve in Malawi has been a long and hard process. Restoration has included; significant infrastructure development wildlife restocking and a complete overhaul of the law enforcement and scientific monitoring function. The Malawi wildlife reserve now boosts many of the African bush species and is fast becoming a balanced ecosystem, but there is still a long way to go. The Malawi wildlife reserve offers a fantastic self-drive conservation safari experience. Blue Lizard Adventures is proud to offer clients this wonderful opportunity to visit and stay on a stunning area of conservation importance in Malawi. There are two self-drive conservation safari experiences: 1) The self-drive lodge experience: The lodge accommodation is situated within the wildlife reserve around a serene floodlit waterhole that attracts a variety of wildlife; Thawale Lodge is a peaceful haven from which to experience the majestic wildlife reserve. Completely unfenced, the camp is regularly visited by wildlife. Thawale Lodge offers six double and twin tented chalets all en-suite and each with its own private veranda overlooking the waterhole. The more luxurious chalet has a unique open air bathroom built among the rocks with a shower and a sunken bath and views of the floodlit waterhole. The chalets are spaced out to offer visitors privacy and an individual bush experience. A communal lapa (traditional lounge area) with a fully staffed kitchen is available in the centre of the camp. Fresh meals are served in the beautiful thatched bamboo restaurant and bar and there is a birding veranda looking out over the combretum forest and waterhole. Thawale is fully electrified. 2) The self-drive camping experience: This self-drive experience caters for the more budget of traveler or back to nature adventure seeker. By staying at the community campsite you are directly contributing to the improvement of livelihoods of the surrounding communities. Close to the entrance of the wildlife reserve there is a self-catering campsite which was built in 2007. It is fully equipped with a thatched bar providing cold drinks, meal and snacks, barbeque area, tent hire, toilets and hot showers. Power is provided through a solar system and two beautifully thatched hideouts offer a comfortable place to spend the night. The campsite is owned and managed by a Committee of local people from villages surrounding wildlife reserve, with assistance from the extension team of African Parks and the profits go directly to them. This experience is a self-drive conservation safari and therefore you are able to drive around the reserve in your own vehicle on your own safari. However, you must abide by the reserve rules at all times. However, there are also a number of activities which are available for clients to pre-book before they embark on the self-drive conservation safari experience: Bush and bird walk (No children less than 12 years old allowed. Minimum of 2 people required) Game Drive (Children under 5 years are free. Minimum of 2 people required) Night Drive (Minimum of 2 people required) Community Visit Hike Majete Hill (No children under 12 years old allowed) Bush Breakfast Boat Ride on the River (No children under 12 years old allowed. Minimum of 2 people required) Your own scout in your car! Please see the Blue Lizard Adventures price guide for more details.
  25. LION ECOLOGY AND MONITORING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME - SALE In the past few months, we’ve had a lot of interesting developments on the reserve at our Lion Ecology and Monitoring Volunteer Programme. In July, five lions were introduced into the reserve and are exploring their new surroundings and integrating well with the resident lion pride. We’ve also been busy with our leopards. After many months of hard work, we finally managed to collar a new male leopard, Matlala, and in August we re-collared Cleo (our female leopard). Such a great accomplishment and wonderful experience for the volunteers and the project Team! In the next few months we plan on re-collaring Selati and Mica and will continue our regular adventures into the bush along with many other exciting on-going activities. HOLIDAY PROMOTION! We are writing to inform you of Blue Lizard Adventures’ current promotional discount and invite you and your friends to see out 2012 in style - in the bush! 10% Holiday Discount: This 10% discount applies to you and any of your friends that would like to join us. The holiday discount is valid for bookings made between October until the end of December 2012. HOLIDAY PROMOTION PRICE LIST: Remember to check exchange rates regularly and pay even less for your truly amazing African experience! Prices in South African Rand 2 weeks - R7200 3 weeks- R10350 4 weeks - R13500 5 weeks - R16650 6 weeks - R19800 7 weeks - R22500 8 weeks - R25200 9 weeks - R27900 10 weeks - R30600 What are you waiting for? Come and join us!!! Please feel free to forward this e-mail to all your friends that might be interested in our programme! http://www.bluelizar...-programme.html

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