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- Seychelles

Seychelles Introduction

Introduction to the beautiful islands of The Seychelles

The Seychelles are made up of 115 islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean, north-east of Madagascar and due east from mainland East Africa. The main ‘inner’ islands are largest and are ‘granitic’ in origin, with high boulder-strewn mountains and dense tumbling forest creating a wild and beautiful scene. The ‘outer’ islands are mostly flat ‘coral’ islands, often small enough to walk around in an hour or two, and offer a more exclusive desert island experience.

Mahé, Praslin and La Digue islands are the three largest in the Seychelles, and the only ones that offer multiple accommodation options and ‘sight-seeing’ excursions. Golf is available on Praslin, and general touring by self-drive is possible on Mahé and Praslin only. Birding and scuba diving are available throughout. Smaller ‘granitic’ islands include Silhouette, Round, Cousin, Cousine, Fregate and the reputed North Island. Although the Seychelles is not universally known for ‘superb service’, there are a number of top quality five star hotels located on these ‘inner islands’.

The best known outer islands include Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse, all of which are large enough to support an airstrip and offer reasonably good accommodation. As well as being very exclusive and escapist with empty beaches, most of these islands offer superb scuba-diving and fishing. Alphonse, in particular, is said to offering some of the best salt water fly-fishing in the world.

Island hopping is certainly possible in the Seychelles, with travel between most islands by scheduled flight or private helicopter charter. Moving between some of the main inner islands can also be undertaken by boat/ferry.

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Seychelles Introduction

- Mauritius

Mauritius Introduction

Introduction to the resort island of Mauritius

Mauritius is a single ‘volcanic’ island located in the heart of the Indian Ocean to the east of northern Madagascar and to the south of The Seychelles. It is a classic island destination with one major airport, a good network of roads and a large number of beach resorts and hotels dotted around the coastline and clustered around accessible beaches. No hotel is more than about 1h15 minutes from the airport.

The central part of the island is mountainous and whilst some sight-seeing excursions are possible, the island is really known as a classic beach resort destination. Accommodation is generally of high standard, with plenty of five star options and service levels to match.

As well as offering beautiful beaches, Mauritius has several exceptional golf courses and most resort hotels offer a wide range of watersports and spa facilities. Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling are all possible, whilst the south-west of the island is major destination for kite-surfing and wind-surfing.

Mauritius is the perfect beach destination if you are looking for sophistication, great service, wide ranging hotel facilities and watersports. Families with children will find Mauritius offers a great balance between an ‘exotic island paradise’ and a sophisticated level of service and facilities. However, exclusivity is hard to come by as properties tend to be large and ‘resort style’, and beaches are rarely ‘empty’.

Please contact us to find out much more and talk through options that might suit what you are looking for.

Mauritius Introduction

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- Madagascar

Madagascar Introduction

Introduction to the unique island of Madagascar

Madagascar, home to the dancing lemur, is a vast country, covering the same area as France and the Benelux put together, and just a little smaller than Texas. The island split from the main African continent at least 150 million years ago and, like the Galapagos, has evolved entirely on its own – over half the species of birds found on the island are regionally endemic, and of the indigenous mammal species, only two (bats) are found elsewhere in the world. And that’s not all, the list continues with 90% of the reptiles and 80% of the plant species also endemic.

Our expertise lies in southern and central Madagascar, covering a diverse range of habitats including spiny forests, tropical rainforest, open plains and sandstone ridges, and of course the coast and associated wetlands. Travelling through these areas will give you a great opportunity to see many different species of wildlife including a wide variety of lemur species, chameleons, insects and of course, the spectacular birds. Culturally, the island is an interesting mix of Afro/Asian influences, and the Malagasy people have their own form of ancestral worship with a complex structure of ‘fady’ which varies considerably throughout the island – even from person to person.

The north of the island is where the best beach destinations are found, some of which are quite spectacular, so it is easy to combine a few days of relaxation with more general exploration of the island.

Being one of the poorest countries in the world, it is important not to over-estimate the sophistication of the tourist industry but that said, Madagascar is unique and a holiday here can certainly never be repeated elsewhere.

For further information on Madagascar wildlife holidays please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

Madagascar Introduction

- Malawi

Malawi Introduction

Introduction to the friendly land of Malawi

Malawi is a land-locked country dominated by Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake. The lake is a huge attraction, being both culturally interesting as well as a fantastic beach destination. The crystal clear waters are home to a vast number of cichlid fish, and the lake offers excellent swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing opportunities. Whilst there are a number of good spots and beach properties along the length of the western and southern lakeshore, Cape Maclear in the south is arguably the best known and most developed. It is here that some of the best kayaking and sailing takes place from some of the better lakeside lodges. Further north, Likoma Island offers a more remote experience.

Malawi is not especially known for its big game safaris, but Liwonde National Park on the Shire River is particularly good for bird-watching and has good concentrations of big game, especially elephants. Other regions such as Vwaza and the Nyika Plateau are well established and strongholds for particular species of interest, such as roan antelope, whilst lesser known regions such as Nkhotakota and Majete are beginning to develop into reasonable game-viewing destinations. In the south of the country, the Zomba Plateau and the highlands around Mount Mulanje are extremely scenic and pleasant regions to tour by road, with opportunities to explore on foot.

Malawi combines very well with a big game safari in Zambia, especially the South Luangwa National Park which is just 45 minutes flying from the capital, Lilongwe. The other key access routes are from South Africa and Kenya. Internal travel around Malawi is mostly by road or by light aircraft transfer.

For further information on Malawi safari holidays please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our friendly safari specialists.

Malawi Introduction

- Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Introduction

Introduction to the wonderful country of Zimbabwe

For the latter part of the 20th century, Zimbabwe was the ‘place to go’ on safari in Africa. Wonderful and varied scenery, fantastic hospitality, great game-viewing, varied safari activities and a reputation for having the best safari guides in Africa, all added up to make Zimbabwe pretty irresistible to the safari connoisseur. Unfortunately, the political situation from 2000 onwards had a deep impact on the country as a holiday destination. Since around 2011/2012 the country has been getting seriously ‘back in business’ and we now feel Zimbabwe is nearly back to its best.

The best big game areas are Hwange National Park (which is perhaps one of the very best places in Africa to view elephants and sable antelope) and Mana Pools National Park (which is especially good for leopards and wild dogs). Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba has suffered in the past 15 years in terms of big game (sadly there are few black rhino remaining) but it is still a magical destination with fantastic scenery, excellent birding and reasonable general game including lions and plenty of elephant.

However while general game-viewing is excellent in a number of parks, the country is especially known for offering fantastic walking safaris, led by the continents best professional guides who will take you in search of big game, as well as teaching you about the smaller details of the bush. In addition, Mana Pools, The Upper Zambezi and Matusadona offer some of the best water-based game-viewing and fishing available in Africa.

Victoria Falls, the world’s widest waterfall, is a major attraction and to see the falls from the air during full flood is one of Africa’s great sights.

In addition to Hwange, Matusadona, Mana Pools and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe’s other highlights include the Eastern Highlands, a mountainous area of stunning beauty, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins near Masvingo, the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo, the wilderness of Gonarezhou in the south-east, including nearby private reserve Pamushana, Kazuma Pan bordering Hwange and the Upper Zambezi (Zambezi National Park and Matetsi safari region) to the west of Victoria Falls.

Zimbabwe is back as a major safari destination but is still slightly better suited to more adventurous travellers who are keen to explore on foot, and/or more experienced safari goers who understand that in genuine wilderness regions game-viewing cannot always be guaranteed.

For further information and advice on Zimbabwe safari options please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our experienced safari specialists.

Zimbabwe Introduction

- Zambia

Zambia Introduction

Introduction to the magical and beautiful country of Zambia

Zambia today is still a traditional safari destination, offering a wide range of safari activities and experiences within an intimate and professional tourism industry. Most Zambia safari lodges and camps are small, many are still owner run, and you tend to leave as a friend rather than a paying client. Traditional values of personal service still exist, as do high standards of wildlife guiding.

Zambia is definitely a destination to consider for outdoor enthusiasts, and those who wish to really immerse themselves in wild Africa. While general game-viewing is excellent in a number of parks, the country is best known for offering fantastic walking safaris, incredible water-based activities (canoeing, boating and fishing on the Zambezi River), superb guiding and the wonderful hospitality mentioned above. The range of activities on offer makes Zambia an excellent destination for active visitors and families with older children.

Zambia is also an exclusive safari destination, with vast areas of pristine wilderness and relatively little evidence of mass tourism. Zambia’s premier safari region is the South Luangwa National Park, backed up by the beautiful Lower Zambezi and wild Kafue national parks. Between them, these parks offer a wonderful diversity of habitat and safari experience. More specialist destinations can include North Luangwa, Kasanka, Bangweulu, Lochinvar and Liuwa Plains. Victoria Falls, the world’s widest waterfall, are a major attraction and to see them in full flood from the air is one of Africa’s greatest sights.

If you are looking to immerse yourself in the natural world and enjoy some of the best guiding and hospitality that Africa offers, then Zambia is the ideal destination.

To find out more about Zambia safaris please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

Zambia Introduction

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- Botswana

Botswana Introduction

Welcome to the spectacular wilderness of Botswana.


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The wilderness and wildlife areas of Botswana are some of the most expansive and untamed lands in Africa. There may be few hills or mountains to speak of, and limited cultural opportunities, but what a Botswana safari offers in utter abundance is miles and miles of pristine, unspoilt African wilderness. It is a destination best suited to those seeking an in-depth experience of nature, from the smallest insects and most colourful birds to the largest herbivores and most elusive predators.

Botswana’s premier safari region is the famous Okavango Delta, an incredibly beautiful and game-rich region of waterways, lagoons, floodplains and open woodland. It is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas, and a truly magical wilderness to explore, whether by vehicle, horse-back, elephant-back, mokoro, motor-boat or on foot. The north of the country also boasts the Moremi Game Reserve (part of the Okavango), Linyanti region and Chobe National Park, all of which offer superb game-viewing and are sustained by the impressive Okavango, Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe rivers. To the south, where these waters rarely reach, the habitat changes into typical Kalahari scrub grassland, a vegetated desert that stretches for eternity, punctuated only by the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans and the occasional village or farming settlement.

Botswana is known as an exclusive and expensive safari destination, which on the whole is true. Unless you are prepared to self-drive and camp (only recommended for experienced Africa travellers), or join a group and camp, it is hard to visit Botswana on a ‘budget’. However, if you are looking to immerse yourself in the natural world, there are few places that can compete.

For further information on our luxury Botswana safari ideas please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

Botswana Introduction

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- Namibia

Namibia Introduction

Introduction to the incredible space and beauty of Namibia

Namibia is a country totally dominated by spectacular desert wilderness, from rocky mountains and dramatic canyons to gravel plains and soaring sand dunes, and your main reason for visiting the country should be to experience these awesome landscapes. It is unusual for such extreme physical terrain to be so accessible and, in Namibia, they are relatively easy to explore. You can travel by road (self-drive or guided) or make use of a good network of internal air transfers.

Namibia safaris also offer fantastic wildlife viewing. Etosha National Park and the Caprivi region hold the greatest quantities of game. However wildlife exists throughout the country, including in some of the harshest regions such as the Namib Desert and along the Skeleton Coast. Damaraland, in particular, is famous for its desert rhino and desert elephant populations.

In addition to the incredible natural scenery and game-viewing options, Namibia offers some amazing cultural experiences, particularly the Herero clan with the traditional Himba people of Kaokoland, a wide variety of outdoor activities, and some of the most tranquil and inspiring places in which to relax.

For more information on Namibia safari options please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our friendly safari specialists.

Namibia Introduction

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- South Africa

South Africa Introduction

Introduction to the wonderfully diverse South Africa

South Africa, often referred to as ‘the World in one country’, is steeped in natural beauty and culture. The country is considerably more ‘developed’ than the rest of the Africa, and the significant road network and variety of accommodation make it an ideal self-drive destination for many visitors.

In terms of wildlife viewing, South Africa safaris offer some fantastic big game experiences in both malarial and non-malarial areas. This can be on a self-drive basis or on a fully ‘hosted and guided’ basis. South Africa is also a major birding destination, and the extensive coastline offers some incredible marine wildlife experiences. However, the country offers so much more than just wildlife – gourmet retreats, wine-growing regions, the fynbos flower kingdom, colonial history, luxury rail journeys, adventure sports, cultural experiences and stunning natural scenery with harsh deserts, endless golden beaches and ragged mountains are just a few of the other attractions.

The sophisticated infrastructure and diversity of experience that South Africa offers makes it an ideal destination for anyone with a wide range of interests. Honeymooners are incredibly well looked after and families have a fantastic array of activities and options to choose from.

Whatever you think will work best for you, we strongly advise that you will gain much more from your holiday if you speak to a specialist who knows the country intimately, and allow them to help you plan, and arrange, your holiday.

For further information on South Africa safari options please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our experienced safari specialists.

South Africa Introduction

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- Mozambique

Mozambique Introduction

Introduction to the spectacular islands of Mozambique

Mozambique is a large, under-developed country which is currently best known for its remote and beautiful beach destinations. Whilst there are a number of incredible beach locations on the mainland, it is arguably the stunning islands of the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos which attract the most attention. Island properties such as Benguerra and Vamizi offer the ultimate in luxury beach retreats, with stunning empty beaches and wonderful marine nature. If you are looking for an exclusive natural paradise along the East Africa coast, Mozambique is likely to provide the most amazing options.

In safari terms Mozambique is still recovering from years of civil conflict, but Gorongosa National Park in the central region is making real progress and already provides a wonderfully exclusive bush experience for the more seasoned traveller. It is a beautiful park with a wide variety of game and some excellent walking options.

Access to all regions of Mozambique is usually best by air from South Africa, but the northern coastline can also be accessed by air from Tanzania and Kenya. It is also possible to fly in on private charter flights from other southern African countries such as Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Accordingly, a beach holiday in Mozambique can easily be combined with a wildlife safari in any of the major safari destinations.

For more information on Mozambique safari and holiday options please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

Mozambique Introduction