Author Archive | Vanessa Ratcliffe

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The New Safari Bag: Designed for Adventure

Now that we’ve got your safari planning under control, you may be wondering what kind of bag you should buy…   Just like you, we’ve all had our first safari – or perhaps your first safari was a packing disaster, with a bag that was too heavy, made rummaging amongst your clothes for your binoculars […]

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Our stay at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop

  Safari companies, lodge owners and guests alike are beginning to identify a new definition of what ‘luxury’ has come to mean in this hyper-digitized, constantly accelerating world. However, for as long as we’ve been involved with Natural Selection, their emphasis has always been on experiences – as opposed to the cliché of mega-luxury. Nestled in the most […]

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Camp Okavango

Update on water levels in the Okavango Delta

This summer, Botswana was hot and dry. The 2019 summer rains were not as plentiful as previous years, and unfortunately the rainfall in the Angolan highlands was below average too.  As a result the annual flow of water into the Okavango Delta has been late. Word on the ground  in Botswana is that the famous flood water […]

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Cheetah Plains

Brand New Year, Brand New Properties!

With this superb selection of brand new builds and some of the most exciting lodge renovations we’ve ever seen, 2019 promises to be a year filled with ‘next level’ safari experiences! &BEYOND TENGILE RIVER CAMP (NEW) Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa Opened: December 2018 Accommodation: 9 secluded, thatched and air-conditioned suites, elevated above the […]

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Photo of Kwitonda, a silverback gorilla from Rwanda

Revealing Rwanda’s New Lodges: Opening 2019

With the brand new year unfolded before us like a just-bought map – crisp, unmarked and beckoning with possibility – we’ve pinned down Rwanda as 2019’s most exciting new  ‘sustainable and versatile safari destination’!  With Wilderness Safari’s Bisate Lodge leading the way, others in the conservation and hospitality industry are following suit.  2019 will see the opening of three […]

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Southern Destinations - Blog - Bucketlist 2018

Convince me to go to Africa!

Need convincing why you should plan an Africa trip? 1. VALUE FOR MONEY South Africa, in particular, is where your $ travels as far as you will, especially when dining at world-class restaurants, enjoying the finest of wines and exquisitely authentic retail experiences at the vibrant markets and hip boutiques. 2. IT’S THE LATEST ‘HOTTEST DESTINATION’ Look around you and […]

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Busanga Plains – Zambia’s best kept secret

Zambia’s remote Busanga Plains are one of the best places to visit in Southern Africa if you want to see lions. Find out more about what to see and where to stay in the Kafue National Park, one of Africa’s lesser known top wildlife destinations. Secluded and special, the Busanga Plains can be found in the […]

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Black-maned Kalahari lion

21 Top Africa Travel Experiences

Need convincing why you should plan an Africa trip? Looking for ideas to add to your bucket list?  Here are our Top 21 Things To Do In Africa  1. Climb Table Mountain 2. Get up close to the Big Five in the Kruger National Park 3. Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in East Africa 4. Drive […]

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UPDATE : Cape Town’s Water Crisis

IT’S BEEN RAINING! We are please to report that due to sustained and heavy rains over the last few months, Cape Town’s dams have collectively increased by over 20 percentage points. ​ With several months left in the winter rainfall calendar, it is now clear that Cape Town will continue to have enough water for its […]

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