Trip Diary

Chilling at Changa – Matusadona N.P – Zimbabwe

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in News, Trip Diary | 0 comments

Our Cessna 206 touches down on the dusty Fothergill Island airstrip, an island located in the middle of magnificent Lake Kariba. To welcome us is the camp manager, Andrew.  After loading our luggage we set off across the emerald green island towards Changa Safari Camp, a 20-minute drive away.   At this time of the year, when the lake is at its lowest, (end October through February) the island is high enough (or the water low enough) for us to reach the camp by 4 wheel drive.   When the water is at its highest, one would boat from Fothergill Island to the camps private jetty.   We set...

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A dip in the Devil’s Pool @ Victoria Falls

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Home-Feature, Trip Diary | 0 comments

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS!                                                                                                                                          “Don’t worry about the tiny fish pecking at your legs,” chimes Eustace our guide. “Relax, enjoy the view and look at the camera.” Easy to say when you’ve got 750 million litres of white water gushing past you and beyond! My afternoon begins with a boat ride to a tiny island in Zambia –...

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Sindabezi Island, Livingstone, Zambia

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Trip Diary | 0 comments

TONGABEZI LODGE is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream from Victoria Falls. Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines exclusive ambience with the warm hospitality of the Zambian people. Whilst at Tongabezi, I am staying on their exclusive private island, Sindabezi Island.  After check-in, formalities and a light lunch in the “Look Out” at the main lodge Tongabezi, it’s time to depart for the island.  My stay at  SINDABEZI ISLAND begins with a short speed boat ride (around 15-mimutes) down the Zambezi River to where the island is located. There is...

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South Luangwa Valley, Zambia – July 2013

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Latest News, Trip Diary | 0 comments

South Luangwa Valley, Zambia – July 2013

Nothing gets me as excited as flying the course of the meandering Luangwa River. As the amber horizon cuts bright, the drone of the turbo-prop’s engines subside. Soon I’ll be touching down in a one-horse village called Mfuwe, the access point to one of Africa’s finest national parks. I’ve been invited by my good friends and owners of Kaingo & Mwamba Camps, the Shentons, to spend some quality time with their family. Who wouldn’t escape the cold Cape winter for a place where wildlife abounds and a river runs through it? Marking the end of the Great Rift Valley is the South...

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Western Lowland Gorillas (CAR)

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in News, Trip Diary | 0 comments

Western Lowland Gorillas (CAR)

Western lowland gorilla tracking in the CAR offers unique, and exclusive, gorilla encounters. Lisa Marsden of XA African Safaris shares her recent experience. The air is dank; the Arrivals hall claustrophobic. We’re jostling for position at the front of the passport queue. The swell of people push forward and I’m finally standing in front of a small wooden counter smiling at a stern-looking face adorned with military-style cap and forlorn yellow tie. No smiles. My passport is examined until, finally, my authentic entry visa is located. To my relief, I hear the clank of the stamp and, in...

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Selinda’s Wild Dogs

Posted by on Nov 27, 2010 in Trip Diary | 0 comments

Selinda’s Wild Dogs

Day 3, the engine’s turned off as we listen for any sound that might give us hope. Eight hours, maybe even a day, and not a clue as to where they are! Yes, I’ve returned to Selinda Reserve located in the Linyanti region of northern Botswana for my annual wild dog pilgrimage. My vehicle sports some perplexed faces as I drive them almost over the edge with my persistency. “Who gives up after day three?” I ask as my partner in crime, Steve Kgwatalala, THE best wild dog guide in Africa, gives a grunt of frustration. We’re searching for the resident pack of 13 dogs and won’t be going...

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