As most of you are aware, I had the privilege of spending a week in the Masai Mara along with gerry van Der Walt of Photo-Africa . In this weeks final chat under the Photo-Africa & Moya Wa Tenga brands, we feature a short video clip of a river crossing in the Masai Mara and an informal interview with Paul McDougall, Isaac Kinyanjui. In case you are wondering, that is the mighty Mara River running in the background!
Check out the second installment of my weekly travel feature in the Photo-Africa Weekly Chats! This week we look at some of the more affordable accommodation options which do not compromise on your game viewing experience, as well as a short feature on the Morukuru Family of Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve, our featured destination of the week.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa and the South African Department of Health has issued information regarding the requirements for travellers from and to South Africa. We would like to highlight that our investigations into the date of inception of the above recommendations suggest that the effective date has been set as 1 July 2011. Travellers immunized against Yellow Fever are issued with an internationally recognized vaccination certificate for inspection by immigration officials.
Check out these fantastic last minute special offers on safari accommodation at a number of lodges throughout South Africa including Madikwe, Kapama, Pilanesberg National Park, Welgevonden, the Timbavati, and Mkuze Falls!
First time travellers to South Africa often find themselves having to make the tough choice of choosing a wildlife conservation area to visit during their stay. In this post I look at some of the key differences in a number of fields between Kruger National Park’s APNR and the Madikwe Game Reserve.
This past weekend we were able to spend a night at the Finfoot Lake Reserve and Lodge just outside of Pilanesberg National Park. After years of travelling through this area and seeing the turn off to the Finfoot Reserve, you can imagine how surprised we were to discover what proved to be an absolute gem of a destination! This review will provide you with all you need to know about this fantastic reserve.
Africa is vast with many national parks and game reserves located in remote wilderness areas. Often as with Botswana, the only way to reach them is with a small aircraft.
This guest post provides some tips and guidelines on what to expect when flying in these light aircraft, as well as how to plan and pack for these trips.
The Biggest tip: Shoes are bulkiest – always wear the biggest / heaviest items of clothing / shoes on the plane.
Thinking of travelling to Botswana? Check out this post for some of the more common and frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about Botswana and the Okavango Delta.
Please feel free to use this as a platform for asking questions which you may not have found the answer to by leaving a comment at the bottom of the post.
Moya Wa Tenga Safaris in conjunction with Wilderness Safaris is proud to offer all South African residents the opportunity to experience the wonders of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Check out these fantastic special offers which are valid for travel until the 15th of June 2011!
Take a break with that someone special this valentines day with these fantastic specials at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in Knysna, and the Selous Tented Camp outside of Pilanesberg National Park.
What better way to enjoy the South African summer than to visit these spectacular destinations at special rates!
From a boutique hotel in Knysna, to the Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve, the magical Welgeveonden Game Reserve and the quiet town of Dullstroom, we’ve got you covered with these fantastic special offers!
Tucked away between miles of untamed bushveld lies an oasis of lush green lawn, flowing water and all the luxuries of a private and gracious lifestyle. Built on the banks of the Sabie River, Kruger Park Lodge offers guests luxury accommodation ten minutes drive from the Phabeni Gate into the Kruger National Park.
A luxurious 6 sleeper unit is up for rent in the much sought after Kruger Park Lodge from the 29th of December 2010 – 5 January 2011. This is the ideal spot to usher in the new year, and at a fantastic rate of R 1 750.00 per night, this week is sure to be snapped up quickly!
Travellers to safari lodges will soon realise that there is more to experience than merely observing the local wildlife. There is a saying at game lodges “Guests go on game drive, and when they’re not on game drive, they are eating”. Food is served from the moment you open your eyes until you feel too full to breathe!
This guest post will shed some light on what you can expect whilst dining out in some of South africa’s luxury safari lodges.
These summer specials at Walkersons Hotel & Spa are not to be missed!
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Mpumalanga highveld, outside the hamlet of Dullstroom, Walkersons presents endless vistas and unrivalled serenity. The hotel awaits discerning guests who have selected Walkersons as their destination of choice for a variety of personal interests.
Visitors to South Africa often ask where they should go for their safari. It is (possibly) a once in a lifetime experience and you want to be certain that you get the best out of your trip to Africa. Kruger National Park is well known across the world, but does this mean that this is where you should go when you visit South Africa?
In a unique conservation initiative, lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve will be hosting a 6 piece classical musical ensemble for a live performance under the african skies.
This event will form part of a fund raising initiative aimed at addressing the current levels of poaching being experienced in anumber of conservation areas throughout South Africa.
First time travellers to South Africa often find themselves having to make the tough task of choosing a wildlife conservation area to visit during their stay. Pilanesberg & Madikwe are very close to one-another and often end up being two of the options that visitors are faced with. This post will hopefully help highlight the pro’s and cons of each of the parks, making your decision an informed and easy one to make!
Warm away the winter chills with our unbeatable “Beach & Bush Special”. Spend two nights at the 5 Star Motswiri Private Safari Lodge in the renowned Madikwe Game Reserve and get two free nights in the Aquarius Luxury Suites in Blouberg, Cape Town. All this for only R 5 995.00 per person sharing, thats a saving of more than R 2 000.00 per person!
Umlani Bush Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is the focus of this month’s destination review. I was lucky enough spend 2 nights there with a group of guests form the USA and found that this is beautiful bushcamp which offers value for money and some incredible game viewing opportunities in one of South Africa’s premier wildlife viewing areas.
When people think of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, they think of red sand dunes and massive black-manes lions, but it’s the small things that make this extenisive conservation area such and extraordinary place. Ground squirrels, surricates, and even Cape cobras are all regularly seen and even photographed! So next time your body is craving the African bush, and you know it’s time for somewhere other than the Kruger National Park, head for the Northern Cape…and explore the Kgalagadi.
Selous Camp in the Mankwe Game Reserve near Pilanesberg offers safari accommodation in the form of a classic canvas tented camp in the old explorer’s style!
The camp is situated a mere 150km from Johannesburg (2 hours by road), 6km from the Manyane Gate (Pilanesburg National Park), 20km from Sun City, 10km from Pilanesburg International Airport, and is ideal for family getaways & corporate groups.
Morukuru is situated in the Madikwe Game reserve which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. Morukuru currently offers three seperate villas. Owner’s House, Lodge and Farm House are all part of the unique Morukuru Family experience. The Villas operate on an exclusive basis, so there are never any other guests besides you and those you choose to accompany you. In addition to this, Morukuru owns their own land as well as having traversing rights onto the Greater Madikwe Game Reserve so you’ll not only have the entire property to yourself, but personal staff to attend to your every whim.
There are no set schedules at Morukuru, you are the masters of your stay with them and have complete freedom to do as you wish, when you wish!
Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated in the north eastern region of the Pilanesberg National Park, a mere two hours by road transfer from Johannesburg. Ivory Tree Game Lodge is ideal for small groups, families and couples looking to maximise their time in SA by heading out on a one or two night safari.
Moya Wa Tenga Safaris packages include return road transfers.
Join our guest blogger Hugo Soeiro on a magical photographic journey as he guides us through the beauty and magic of Pemba in Northern Mozambique. With its calm, crystalline white beaches and untouched coral reefs, Pemba has the third largest natural bay in the world.
This post shows how great a destination Mozambique is for the passionate travel photographer in you!
Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s premier wildlife safari destinations and is perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike. Villiers Steyn gives us his tips on what to take and where to look for those perfect photographic opportunities!
Moya Wa Tenga Safaris and Shangani Trails have secured a six night walking trail in the 24 000ha Makuleke Concession of the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
This incredible trip will take place from 23-29 June 2010 at less than R 1 250.00pp/day and includes accommodation, safari activities, return transfers from JHB, as well as meals!
Much of the time spent walking is often used to discuss ecology, spoor and sign identification and just appreciating the beauty of nature. One of the highlights of this area is the massive Fever Tree (Acacia xanthophloea) forests situated between the flood plains and the Limpopo River. The Makuleke region is truly a spectacular area for walking safaris.
Availability is limited so Book NOW!
Thinking of heading to Kapama Private Game Reserve? Be sure to read this comprehensive destination review. Moya Wa Tenga Safaris has secured preferential rates with all of the Kapama Lodges and will gladly assist you in arranging your accommodation as well providing you with road transfers from Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport.
Having a Private Guide to accompany you on your safari has many benefits and is more affordable than most realise! Brad Leontsinis touches on some of the benefits of private guided safaris.
This weekend saw the first of many collaborative efforts head to the Makuleke Concession of the Kruger National park for a five day walking safari. Tailor made walking safari packages can now be booked directly through Moya Wa Tenga Safaris!
When one starts to look at South Africa as a travel destination it very quickly becomes apparent just how much there is to see and do. This post looks at how to ensure that you as an individual, get the most out of your trip to South Africa.