Author Archive | Debbi Wynne


Why Shamwari is the best Big 5 reserve in the Eastern Cape

If you want to see the Big Five (plus a wide variety of other animals and birds) in a malaria-free environment within easy access to Cape Town and the Garden Route then Shamwari is your best option.  Honeymooners will love the more exclusive tented Bayethe Camp or Eagles Cragg and families are superbly taken care of […]

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Two elephants greeting each other

Can You Guarantee That We’ll See Elephants In Addo National Park?

The Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa, and lies roughly one hour’s drive from the small port city of Port Elizabeth, in the coastal province of the Eastern Cape of the country.  It is malaria-free and therefore a great safari destination for  families. Gorah Elephant Camp is the only […]

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TSWALU – Tarkuni

Tswalu: Family Friendly In The Red Sands Of The Kalahari

Tswalu Private Game Reserve sits in the heart of the Northern Cape province of South Africa, within easy driving distance of both the southern border of Botswana, as well as of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Covering an area of over 1000 square kilometres (100,000 hectares), Tswalu, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa’s largest […]

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Why Are The Lodges In The Sabi Sand So Expensive?

Pioneers of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and the oldest of all the private game reserves in South Africa, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve dates back to 1948, and is undoubtedly, the most famous of the private game reserve in the country. The 650 square kilometre (65,000 hectare) of Savannah thornveld is part of […]

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Why Is Kruger The Best Safari Destination In South Africa?

For travelers embarking on a safari holiday to South Africa, selecting a game reserve or national park can be a daunting task.  Here is a deep dive into what makes the Kruger National Park  such a famous safari destination.  I’ll also touch on the private concessions within the park and the private game reserves bordering […]

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Is Phinda The Best Game Reserve In KwaZulu Natal?

In the east of South Africa, in the northern reaches of the coastal province of KwaZulu Natal, lies the award-winning Phinda Private Game Reserve. The reserve, covering 230 square kilometres (23,000 hectares), boasting seven distinct ecosystems (including the rare Sand forest), and offering a diverse landscape and varied vegetation, is home to the Big Five. […]

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Why Is The Madikwe Such A Success Story?

Although previously farmland, the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve has become the 5th largest game reserve in South Africa. Madikwe is a three-way collaboration between government, local communities and the private sector; the reserve provides a sustainable environment for the local people, and is considered a national leader in private-public partnerships. Covering 750 square kilometres (75,000 […]

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Rhino family at Kruger National Park

Who’s moving the Rhinos?

Sitting at my desk researching ‘the rhino story’ I couldn’t check the tears blurring my vision. No matter how many times I’m confronted by the stories, no matter how often I’m greeted by the headlines, no matter the frequent exposure to the gruesome images and the horrendous brutality, the truth never ceases to thoroughly rattle […]

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ngorongoro crowds

Why it’s Smart to Travel in Shoulder Season

I strongly dislike crowds. Any crowds. Concert crowds, crowds at a sale, food stall crowds, crowds on a beach, holiday crowds. All crowds really! Crowds and I are not happy bed fellows. Crowds, or to be more specific, the general lack thereof, are my ‘main’ and particular reason for planning my holidays in shoulder season. I […]

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