Anvil Bay Lodge

Posted on July 19, 2018 by -

Anvil Bay Lodge

Anvil Bay is a private and exclusive barefoot beach camp on a rare untouched stretch of coastal wilderness in Mozambique’s most southern national park. It’s a dream destination for nature lovers in search of the perfect get away from it all.

On this unspoiled stretch of beach guests get to experience life close to nature. But with all the comforts of home. The perfect beach holiday to just relax and recover from a strenuous overland safari. Or go on new adventures at sea on the beach. Or exploring the lakes forests and savannas of the park.

To give guests the best experience of life on a beach and preserve the raw natural beauty of this pristine piece of paradise they have built as little as possible at Anvil Bay. Canvas tents provide shade on the beach and a thatched retreat in the forest shelter from occasional storms.

The beach bar,  lounge and restaurant are centrally positioned on the bay. With the accommodations either side. So guests can book to be close to the action or enjoy even more isolation on the north and south ends.

Accommodation:

The accommodations, called Casinhas (a little home in Mozambique) are nestled in the canopy of the coastal forest. Just a few steps away from the secluded white sand beach. Created with the smallest possible footprint to preserve the wilderness their where build on stilted wooden decks.

Each of the 9 Casinhas with its own stretch of beachfront. Using only natural materials and local craftsmanship with simple functional furnishings and fine linen.

You will find a well stocked minibar and beverage station. Luxury indoor and outdoor showers and a private dining deck en-suite.

The thatch and canvas design takes advantage of the cooling ocean breezes. And the canvas sides can be rolled up to truly get in touch with the natural surrounds. Outdoor lighting has been kept to a minimum in order to better see the majestic African night sky. And not to disturb the turtles in nesting season…

Anvil Bay Lodge is child friendly and allows children of all ages.

Activities and Marine Life at Anvil Bay:

No 2 days are ever the same at Anvil Bay. After breakfast meet the marine guides and set for an Ocean Safari adventure. Where you could get to swim with wild dolphins, view migrating humpback whales or snorkel over pristine coral reefs. Spend the afternoons at your leisure. Or explore the in-land dune forest trails, take a stroll on the beach, a dip in the ocean or simply relax on a lounger soaking up the sun.

Marine Life:

The marine life at Anvil Bay is spectacular. The Indian Ocean off the coast of Southern Mozambique is home to 4 out of the 7 species of sea turtle that can be found worldwide. As part of the conservation efforts at Anvil Bay, Ponta Chemucane assists with the monitoring and protection of Mozambique’s southern turtle populations in association with the team from the Ponta Partial Marine Reserve.

The majestic Humpback Whale and occasionally the larger Southern Right Whale follow an annual migration pattern when they leave their summer feeding grounds. And this migration brings them to the warmer waters of Mozambique between the months of July and November during the breeding and calving season.

The Maputo Reserve:

Visit the Maputo Special Reserve, home to Southern Africa’s last remaining coastal herd of elephant. And was originally established to protect this elephant population in the 1930’s. At 1040 km², it is a spectacular area that combines lakes, wetlands, sand forests, grasslands and mangrove forests with a pristine coastline.

In 2010 the Mozambican government began a translocation program to Maputo Special Reserve in order to re-introduce species that were historically found in the area. Over a thousand animals have been reintroduced so far. The species found to be the most abundant are hippo, reedbuck, elephant, crocodile, red duiker, blue wildebeest and zebra. While the giraffe, nyala, kudu, bushbuck and waterbuck populations are growing.

(Please note: Game drives & excursions are not included.)

At Anvil Bay Lodge you can retire around the campfire and enjoy the light pollution free African skies where the stars shine down at the end of a perfect day.

 

Tuli Safari Lodge

Posted on June 11, 2018 by -

Tuli Safari Lodge

Highlights of Tuli Safari Lodge

  • Tuli Safari Lodge offers an excellent all-round safari experience
  • Choice of game drives & walking safaris
  • Just 10 elegant suites
  • Northern Tuli Game Reserve boasts stunning scenery
  • Two hides add an interesting dimension to game viewing and leisure time
  • Family friendly with very low risk of malaria

The 72,000 ha Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a hidden gem in the easternmost corner of Botswana, easily accessed from South Africa. This is a unique, timeless corner of Africa with spectacular wildlife, breath-taking landscapes and fascinating history. Tuli Safari Lodge is a small, luxurious and relaxing safari lodge close to the legendary Limpopo River. It has 10 elegant suites nestled in peaceful, spacious gardens shaded by ancient trees.

Accommodation at Tuli Safari Lodge

The eight tented suites with draped canvas over timber frames are spacious, airy and elevated. Large wrap-around decks are designed to provide a relaxing outdoor space with views over the Tuli grounds and surrounding bush. The interiors are a modern take on classic ‘out of Africa’ décor, with a flowing open plan design. All suites feature an island bed, lounge area, freestanding bath, separate wet room shower, double basin vanity area, toilet, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and safe. The two classic suites are furnished and designed to the same high standard, but have outdoor showers in a private patio area. They are thatched with solid walls, air conditioning and a shaded veranda area.

The central area features the lounge, bar and reception/curio shop. There’s a large swimming pool, beautifully positioned by a secluded rocky outcrop. The Lentswe Hide, located just past the boma, allows you to spot the wildlife visiting the pretty waterhole at the back of the lodge in comfort. Alternatively you can visit the swamp hide a short distance from the gates of the lodge if accompanied by a ranger. Enjoy panoramic views of the reserve overlooking a baobab-studded plain from the ‘star deck’ atop one of the sandstone kopjes. Excellent at any time of day, but especially for sundowners. Or sit by the banks of the Limpopo River to soak up the atmosphere and spot passing wildlife.

Wildlife at Tuli Safari Lodge

Northern Tuli Game Reserve is home to a diverse range of wildlife and is recognised as an Important Bird Area with over 350 species recorded. There are 48 large mammal species present in the reserve, totalling approximately twenty thousand animals, which include elephant, fifteen large herbivore species and multiple cat species including lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal and African wild cat. Excitingly, the rare honey badger and aardvark are sometimes spotted. Rhino and buffalo are not present however.

There is a small pack of wild dog in the area which arrived following a reintroduction a couple of years ago. More wild dog are being relocated from a private collection elsewhere in Botswana and will initially be held in two familiarisation bomas, one of which will be located on Tuli Safari Lodge’s property. Once fully acclimatised they will be released, with one or two animals being radio collared.

Varied safari adventures include game drives, bush walks, night drives, hides, meaningful community visits and an excursion to the meeting point of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe opposite Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.

Children at Tuli Safari Lodge

Tuli is fantastic for families; all children are welcome. Children under 12 may not participate in bush walks. If parents would like children under the age of 12 to participate in game drives, please advise us in advance as it may be necessary to arrange an exclusive vehicle for which there may be a charge, depending on how busy the lodge is. Babysitters are available at an additional charge and children’s meals can be made on request. All the suites can be made up as doubles or twins and are large enough to accommodate two children under 12 on single beds sharing with their parents if required.

Thorntree River Lodge

Posted on May 28, 2018 by -

Thorntree River Lodge lies in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. The Lodge has been completely rebuilt with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design. Tented roof structures maintain the feel of authentic Africa.

Accommodation at Thorntree River Lodge

The lodge boasts 8 twin rooms and 2 family units. Each bedroom has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area. Here the fine dining experience of African cuisine comes alive. The gym and spa overlook the mighty Zambezi River. Whilst there’s a small library with WiFi for your convenience.

The communal deck lies on the edge of the stunning riverside. Here, you’ll find a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river, and moves with the water level to create the illusion of sailing a boat. This helps to achieve a seamless feel between river and land.

Activities

Activities at Thorntree include visits to Victoria Falls World Heritage site, rhino trekking on foot & game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Cultural village visits, sunset river cruises, fishing, and visits to the Livingstone Museum are other activities.