Author Archive | Vanessa Ratcliffe

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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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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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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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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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Sharing Life Changing Skills – Hoops 4 Hope & The International School of Brussels

We recently hosted a group of students from the  International School of Brussels. Their Service Learning trip to Cape Town included a healthy dose of community outreach which was facilitated by our friends at Hoops 4 Hope. The programme we designed was a good balance of general sight seeing in the Mother City and surrounds […]

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A Refreshingly Authentic Encounter in Namibia’s Damaraland Desert

Neil recently arranged a trip to Wilderness Safari’s Damaraland Camp and Hoanib Camp for his mother in law.  Lynn is a seasoned traveller who loves meeting interesting people and experiencing out-there places. Read this delightful account of her impressions and especially her description of her meeting the inimitable Lena. “What caught my eye on arriving at […]

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Photo diary of a multi-generational family safari

Ken & Barbara, past clients on whose heart Africa left a big sandy imprint, decided to bring the whole family (including children AND grandchildren) on a African adventure this time around. Super star consultant, Lise Kargaard, designed a trip that was the perfect combination of action packed activities for the youngsters and downtime with a […]

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Go On A Wine Safari!

When you think of the Cape of Good Hope, besides shipwrecks, impressive coastlines and great white sharks, it’s also the delicious wines from this Southern tip of the African continent that come to mind. Say the word ‘safari’ and it conjures up dusty aromas, khaki, 4×4 jeeps and of course the Big Five. But is […]

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