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May 2019

Say 'safari' and most people instantly think 'game-drive'. Game-drives, in either open or closed (with pop-top) 4WD vehicles are pretty standard fare on all safaris – either as a shared experience with other camp guests or with your own driver/guide in a private vehicle. For a first-time safari there's little to beat it, but if you're spending more than 3 nights in the bush, or enjoying a second African adventure with older children, variety is key, so this month we blast away all those preconceptions about what a safari is and show you some alternative possibilities! 

In keeping with the safari theme, Amy and Sara are off to malaria-free Madikwe in early June, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages so you can follow their progress! 

In the meantime, enjoy the Bank Holiday and for anyone local to Farnham, pop over to Rowledge Village Fair on Monday 27th where we'll have a pop-up tent and look forward to talking about all things travel!
Which safari would you pick?
Greater Kruger offers some of the best game-viewing in South Africa, where animals, even the notoriously shy leopard, can be seen around every bend thanks to two perennial rivers. In fact the animals are so utterly unfazed by vehicles, they've been known to use them for shade or to hide behind when hunting! 

Stay at: Mala Mala - the grandfather of all safari camps
A long-standing favourite for riding safaris is Ant's Hill and Ant's Nest - they count amongst a select few properties that Abi has returned to several times with her own family. The unique horseback safari suits all ages and abilities, guaranteeing a safari experience like no other. With no elephant or lion on the reserve you can amble along at a pace that suits.

Stay at: Ant's Hill or Ant's Nest - children aged 5+ can ride out, whilst younger children will love the pony rides arranged closer to the Lodge.
For the ultimate river cruise, we love the elegant Chobe Princesses - thesee opulent houseboats take you to the fascinating convergence point between Namibia and Botswana. Perfect for viewing the extraordinary scenes that unfold on the river banks, spend a relaxing time aboard, cocooned in luxury and serenaded by the calls of the African wilderness. The elephants are almost within touching distance!

Stay at: Chobe Princesses - with just 4-5 large cabins, wide decks and a plunge pool, charter one for an unforgettable friends and family adventure.
Upping the excitement levels, the exquisite &Beyond lodges of the Okavango Delta in Botswana offer scenic helicopter safaris; soar above herds of elephant or marvel at red lechwe antelope as they leap through papyrus reeds. With many remote areas otherwise unreachable, it's the best way to gaze onto the vast Delta and its labyrinth of crystal-clear channels. Keen photographers can even have the doors removed, allowing for unrestricted views and photographs of the spectacular panorama below!

Stay at: &Beyond Sandibe, &Beyond Xaranna or &Beyond Xudum - we love their WILDchild  kids expeditions which include tracking, fishing, beading or bow and arrow making!
Deep into the Namib Desert in Namibia, where even 4WD daren't go, quad-bikes really come into their own; whiz through spectacular scenery, scale steep escarpments and descend down dizzying drops, looking for desert-adapted oryx and springbok. For a truly jaw-dropping experience, don't miss Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.

Stay at: &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for a beautiful setting, and desert villas complete with stunning skylights for late night stargazing.
Go native and opt for a walking safari in South Luangwa, Zambia. It's a whole other world when you're following in the steps of a giraffe, and that little frisson of adrenaline adds to the whole experience. Bush-trackers will delight in scrutinising paw-prints and droppings as you stroll along the tracks.

Stay at: Flat Dogs. From £35pppn sharing a standard tent, room-only. 
The Serengeti National Park is the most famous park in Tanzania, home to the renowned spectacle that is the Great Migration, best witnessed June - October. There is surely no better way to see it than from the air as you glide silently along in your beautiful balloon. We recommend a sunrise balloon safari with champagne breakfast - but then we would!

Stay at: KasKaz Mara Camp located in the Mara Triangle, synonymous with exciting Mara River game-viewing.
For a truly magical safari experience, look no further than Walking Wild, a camel safari outfit based out of Lewa Wilderness, Kenya. Explore the remote valleys, hills and plains of the Lewa and Maasai conservation areas as you gently lurch along in the company of your very own Maasai warriors, who'll set up camp for an unforgettable nights camping under star-lit skies. 

Stay at: Lewa House - favoured by Prince William no less, Lewa is part of a 62,000 acre conservancy and World Heritage Site, ensuring a fabulous Big 5 safari experience.
Heritage steam trains and game-viewing - what's not to love? Jump aboard Rovos Rail for an iconic sleeper train adventure that takes you from Pretoria to the mighty Vic Falls, 870 miles away! It combines African scenery and game-viewing with the glamour and excitement of rail's golden age. Your 3-night adventure traverses Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train, although you can also hop off and join a game-drive - the best of both worlds!
 
Stay at: Rovos Rail - the beautiful coaches have been painstakingly rebuilt and refurbished to mint condition. For a special occasion, the ultra-glam Royal Suites are just the ticket!
The floodplains of the Zambezi Valley are a haven for wildlife, especially elephants and wild dog. Active broods can canoe down-river, with a guide pointing out the wildlife as you paddle past hippo pods. For extra authenticity though there's little to beat gliding almost silently through the waters of the Okavango Delta in a wood-hewn 'mokoro'.

Stay at: Anabezi & Amanzi Camp offer a great range of activities, with two per day included for guests.
South Africa Safari Special

Nestled between the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Reserve, Mala Mala Game Reserve is the largest private game reserve in South Africa and renowned for its incredible game-viewing.

“Not even Tanzania’s famed Serengeti Game Reserve or the awesome Ngorongoro Crater fills your camera viewfinder faster with Africa’s legendary Big Five – at MalaMala, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant appear magically, as if on cue,” says acclaimed wildlife photojournalist Geoff Dalglish of the Sunday Times.

Make the most of this wonderful special offer and find out for yourself!  

 Stay 4 nights & only pay for 3 at Mala Mala Camp, Sable Camp and Rattrays Camp on stays 4 Jan-9 Apr 20
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