Mozambique Ocean Experience at White Pearl Resorts

Posted on October 1, 2018 by - Trip Reports

Personal Mozambique Ocean Experience:

I am not a diver. (I keep meaning to learn to dive. But I never spend enough time at a beach resort to do a PADI course. ) But I do love to snorkel… Most of South Africa’s waters are too cold for brightly colored tropical fish species except for KwaZulu Natal. So this is an area I head to whenever I can. From Sodwana Bay and northwards, you have some stunning areas for diving and snorkeling. In a previous blog post, I mentioned two excellent coastal lodges. One in South Africa – Thonga Beach Lodge – and one just over the border in southern Mozambique – White Pearl Resorts.

At both lodges you can get a good quality snorkeling experience right from the beach, which I like. I don’t have to pay extra for a special snorkeling excursion, if I don’t want to. I can snorkel for as long as I want. And, when my kids were younger, I didn’t  have to ’um and ah’ as to whether my kids were old enough to be able to snorkel from a boat without getting scared.

White Pearl Resort has an epic, additional attraction – the Mozambique ocean experience where you can swim with the dolphins if you are lucky. Nothing is guaranteed! But there’s a pretty good chance of seeing them (70 %) and even if you don’t, you still have some excellent snorkeling to look forward to…

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A Botswana Safari with Ker & Downey

Posted on July 26, 2018 by - Trip Reports

Like any job, mine has its upsides and downsides. A Botswana safari in the Okavango Delta at the start of one of the best floods in recent years was definitely one of the upsides!

I was being hosted by Ker & Downey which is a well-established Botswana safari company focusing on the 4+/5 star market. I visited each of its four camps in the Okavango Delta – Shinde Camp and Footsteps Camp in the northern Okavango, Camp Okuti in the Moremi Game Reserve and the Kanana Camp in the watery southern Okavango Delta.

One of the things I liked about the Ker & Downey safari camps was that each was very different – no “cookie cutter safari” here (which is what we call it when you go from one tented camp to a very similar tented camp over and over again). Yet each demonstrated the same high service ethic with friendly and obliging staff and the standard of guiding was also uniformly good.

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Photo Blog of a recent safari to Victoria Falls and Hwange

Posted on July 22, 2018 by - Trip Reports

Here is a photo blog of a few of my amateur shots from a recent safari to Victoria Falls and Hwange in Zimbabwe. I think it’s useful to show how close you can get to the wildlife. And also the sort of shots that are possible by amateurs (I have included a couple of shots from Mark Butcher, our host on the trip).

I haven’t described the lodges as the camp links take you to our full description. Rather, I aim to give a sense of what it’s like on safari.

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