Connected Conservation

Last year South Africa-headquartered technology company, Dimension Data, and worldwide leader in networking, Cisco, announced an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa. The two companies have deployed some of the world’s most sophisticated technology in an unnamed private game reserve adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park to monitor and track individuals from the time they enter the reserve gates, until they exit. The goal is to proactively intervene and stop people entering the reserve illegally - whether it’s cutting fences, being dropped onto the ground by helicopters, or simply driving in through the entrance gates. Over

Safari Travel Apps & Guides

When I was a full time safari guide I used to have a box full of different books on my vehicle, books on birds, mammals, insects, snakes, trees and a few others to refer to and show my guests - quite a heavy box, and certainly not one to travel with! Now in the digital and technological age all of this information is covered in some fantastic e-guides and apps for smartphones and tablets. In addition to references for fauna & flora, there are some very useful apps to help with your daily itinerary and plans. Here are a few apps you may consider getting before your next trip! WETU Itinerary App The Wetu Personal Itinerary App allows you to take your full travel itinerary [which we create with

Safari & Travel Stuff

Here are a couple of things I love travelling with and you might find useful on your next trip... A head torch or flash light is compact, the batteries last a long time, and its more convenient than a traditional flash light because you don't need to hold it while you dig in your bag in the back of a safari vehicle on a night drive - who knows when the lights go out! From around $20 If you want to get the best out of your safari a pair of binoculars can reveal so much more than the eye can see; some animals in the distance, the eye-lashes of a giraffe, a flower in a tree, birds, bugs and more can be found. Don't rely on your safari guide having a decent pair, you don't want to wait to get an

500 Elephants - Malawi

Video progress of this amazing project is heart-warming and informative - amazing African Parks! #Conservation

Cape Town's Trendiest Bars

Camps Bay La Parada Del Mar The newest outpost of the La Parada chain is a stylish spot for cocktails and light tapas meals. Head to the mosaic-clad Bombay Sapphire Bar for a Gin & Tonic Del De Barra with mango, rosemary, grapefruit and orange zest. Plus there’s a DJ on Sunday nights. Café Caprice This vibey bar has been going since 1999 – and remains one of the hottest spots on the strip. Sip on a Monsoon Tea Party with Ron Zacapa rum, rooibos chai tea, fresh vanilla and fig jam – or an El Topo with Don Julio Reposado tequila, fresh pineapple, lime and vanilla bean. City Bowl The Stack Set in a 160-year-old building, this private member’s club has an exquisitely beautiful bar and restaura

Exploring Cape Town

Despite having been to Cape Town numerous times, I just never tire of visiting this city - there is so much to do. This time I visited with my family and kids and I saw it all again in a new light - its a really magical place with a bit of something for everyone...

NGALA REFURBISHED

Ngala Safari Lodge has always been one of our "go-to" lodges in the Timbavati region of the greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. It has always offered exceptional value and great game viewing and it now boasts an elegant new look, that I recently got to experience for myself. The lodge’s thatched cottages have been extended to offer a more spacious room layout while retaining their genteel and romantic safari feel. The ensuite bathrooms have been enlarged, with al fresco showers and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in the natural light. Discrete walls of natural stone and carefully contoured pathways between the rooms ensure plenty of privacy. The private verandas of each cottage ha

Another review we're proud of...

Richard & Denise travelled with us in Botswana briefly and then an extensive trip through northern Namibia, read his comments below... Our trip was wondrous, truly, thanks to Jamie Thom and Conservation Safari Company. He provided my wife and me with impeccable service, advice, and logistics. Most of all, he took the time to understand our interests and tailored an incredible journey for us. My wife and I had travelled and lived extensively in Africa. That included backpacking across the entire continent and visiting more than 20 African countries in 1980, living for four years in Kinshasa, Zaire, and for seven years in Rabat, Morocco. In 1998 we had also been on safari in Botswana and done

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