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My Kenyan Sky Safari

In June 2019 I went to Kenya on an Elewana Sky Safari. It was my first ever trip to Kenya so I was extremely excited. ELEWANA noun. ‘harmony’ ~ Swahili Combining Southern and East Africa has been quite tricky in the past but with the recent Kenya Airways flight via Victoria Falls to Nairobi and […]

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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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Southern Mozambique

My Mozambique Trip

When I was called upon to have a little toddle off to Santorini for a bit of a look-see, I couldn’t help but subconsciously get my Shirley Valentine on. Granted, I’d like to think I’m not quite old enough to pull off a bored Liverpudlian housewife stuck in a matrimonial rut, especially seeing as I’m rather happily […]

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Daisy on river cruise

I’m Daisy, a new senior travel consultant at Southern Destinations

I’m thrilled to be the freshest (!) newest Travel Guru on the Southern Destinations team I’m certainly no stranger to the Africa Safari industry… I’ve been in this wonderful world of travel and making people’s dream trips come true for over 15 years!   There is never a dull moment and just like the itineraries that I […]

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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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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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