No longer Cinderella – Introducing Zambezi National Park

Posted on May 31, 2019 by - Interesting Reads

Over the last few years there has been an explosion of activity in this once sleepy backwater with a raft of new game lodges opening up.

For years the Zambezi National Park was considered the small, somewhat inconsequential step-sister, to the bigger and brasher Chobe National Park.

Chobe had the brand name. Chobe was in Botswana which is far better known than Zimbabwe. I’ll correct that. Far better known in positive terms – for safaris and not questionable leaders.

Chobe offered both land and water activities which is attractive to people wanting to have a varied safari experience. Chobe had safari lodges to suit all pockets (within a Botswana safari context). But over the years Chobe has almost become a victim of its own success.

Perhaps the ugly step-sister analogy is too unfair. But people have been starting to look elsewhere. Meanwhile there is no denying that some fairy godmother has turned the Zambezi National Park into a princess. And not just for one night!

So why is that?

Zambezi Grande game drive

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Sabi Sands versus Timbavati – which game reserve to choose?

Posted on May 15, 2019 by - Interesting Reads

I’ve done what my English teacher always banged on about. I’ve written the article before this introduction.

And what have I realised? That I am in big trouble. Trouble with my friends in both the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. Understandably, both sides feel they are the outright winners.

But it is not clear-cut. I am a keen skier. So every time I ski, I like to re-evaluate where to go: between Val D’Isere or St Anton? Or between Verbier and Zermatt? They are all excellent choices. It is the same with Sabi Sands or Timbavati… But I am someone who likes to consider all the angles. So if you are THAT sort of person, this article was written for you.

Sabi Sands versus Timbavati - leopard

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Introducing our new Winter & Spring Offers

Posted on April 26, 2019 by - Honeymoon, Interesting Reads

Back in March we introduced our first ‘’Winter Offer’’, which was went down very well. So since then we have launched three more offers to entice you to think out of the box.

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Does South Africa have a winter?

Believe it or not, South Africa does have a ‘winter’ season. Though not like you may be used to. From May to September, the days are cooler and yes, there’s a small chance of rain down in the Cape.

But the temperatures aren’t really that bad. Down in the Cape the days are a pleasant 17 to 22 C. Whilst at night a warming fire-place just needs a good bottle of red wine to be cracked open. Plus the temperatures start to head upwards by late August and September. Not lying on the beach sort of weather. But wonderful for sight-seeing and being active all day without collapsing with heat exhaustion. You can get into that top Winelands restaurant without needing to book 3 months ahead. You won’t be jostling the crowds in the Waterfront. Or trying to avoid the endless selfie-snappers on Table Mountain.

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