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The Elephant Safari

Posted on January 28th, 2018 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Zimbabwe.

Nine days in Western Zimbabwe, including Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park. This cost effective safari is designed for the dry season months of June to October, when wildlife is concentrated near available waterholes. Hwange’s famous herds of elephant are best seen at this time of year, along with other species such as giraffe, zebra, buffalo  and of course lions. The safari camps included in the itinerary, are high on the guiding experience and activities include walking safaris.

Hwange is a huge park, the size of Wales, and traversing its length by road, gives you the ideal safari experience, without expensive flights between safari camps. The safari also includes the unique Elephant Express, a railcar journey along the railway line bordering the park. Click on this link to access all the details – The Elephant Safari

Dates are flexible and based on availability, with a minimum of two people . 


India

Posted on July 27th, 2017 by Mike Haines in .

Explore the wonders of India, with this tour that includes Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, plus six days of safaris in central India. This tour can also include the spectacular palaces of Rajasthan. Optional, and more adventurous tiger reserve activities can also be included,  such as canoeing and hiking in Satpura National Park, or biking the trails of the Pench Tiger Forest – India Wildlife & Taj Mahal

For big cat lovers, it’s possible to combine a tiger safari in India, with a safari in Kenya in search of lions and cheetah! Leopards, the most adaptable big cat on earth, can be spotted in both countries. We have come up with a unique itinerary that includes the incredible sights of India, a tiger safari plus a safari through Kenya. Mumbai and Nairobi are a six hour direct flight apart.

Have a look at out 18 day itinerary that provides an unmatched wildlife experience – Jungle Book Journey

We have also included in this unique trip, a special cycling experience through a protected forest in central India. Funds from this day cycle, are channeled back into the preservation of the forest, ensuring it remains a critical corridor for tigers moving between Pench and Kanha Nationals Parks. 

 


Incredible Tanzania

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by Mike Haines in Guest Comments.

The trip was absolutely, unbelievably amazing! It was so different than anything we have ever done. We have never booked any kind of a tour or package before, but this was such an amazing and rewarding experience! Tanzania is such a beautiful country and people that we met were so wonderful. Booking us with Nomad-Tanzania was such a fantastic experience! Both of our guides, Salvanous and Amos, were so knowledgeable – and patient – with all of our questions and excitement over things that were new to us (there are a lot of pictures to go through…). We saw so many wonderful animals, but also their knowledge of birds, mammals, insects, and reptiles was amazing. I have no idea how they spotted so many interesting things, but they did. They were also very respectful of the wildlife, which we really appreciated. We only saw a few examples of those who were not, but it would have made all of the difference in our experiences if we had been in a group like that. They really made the trip so special for us.

The Nomad camps were incredible!! The staff, the accommodations, the meals, everything was beyond what I ever imagined. And the cake for our anniversary on our last night on safari was quite a surprise and very touching!

Mike and Lisa, Jan 2017


Affordable Tanzania

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Tanzania.

6night/7day set departure small group safari.

Explore the highlights of northern Tanzania, including Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. This safari starts in Arusha every Saturday, with a minimum of two people. The first night is in Arusha, followed by 5 nights on safari, staying at very comfortable tented safaris camps, and lodges. The safari is lead by an experienced guide in a 4×4 safari vehicle.

This trip sets up nicely for add on to Zanzibar, Amboseli with it views of Mt Kilimanjaro,  or an extended safari in Kenya.. Here is the link to further details on this affordable and well received safari – Tanzania Trails


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Posted on July 28th, 2015 by Morgan in .

 


Mike Test Drives Namibia

Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Stephanie Hunt in Blog.
Climbing the dunes at Sossusvlei

Climbing the dunes at Sossusvlei

There’s a buzz developing around Namibia. Magazines and travel programs feature Namibia more often and I’m getting far more enquiries about trips to this once overlooked part of Africa.

In November I set out to rediscover Namibia: to explore the landscape, wildlife and accommodation so I could better advise my clients. And so Adventurlogers…here is my advice: Continue reading …


Okahirongo River Camp – Solitude and Crocodiles

Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Stephanie Hunt in Safaris: Namibia (camps).

View of River Camp and Kunene RiverThe Okahirongo River Camp is set in the far northwestern reaches of Namibia, near the Angolan border. Rough roads and lack of facilities have kept travelers away from the remote wilderness of the Marienfluxx region, so those who venture here discover a solitude and privacy lost to the rest of the world.

A tent with a viewThe camp offers surprising luxury considering the remote location. Set on a sweeping ridge, the camp offers breathtaking views of the Kunene River. Wooden cottages are cleverly built into the rocky terrain, each housing a luxury tent with private bathroom, king size bed, indoor-outdoor open-air shower, and private deck.

Local Himba villageScenic drives and walks exploring the rocky mountains and golden sand dunes can be combined with fishing in the Kunene River, or cruising to explore the region’s rich birdlife and spot the river’s many crocodiles. The turquoise waters of the swimming pool and shade of the comfortable lounge and library areas offer respite from the desert heart.

The area is the traditional home to the Himba people, one of the last semi-nomadic, desert-dwelling peoples. The Himba village near the camp remains unspoiled by tourism, thanks to the remoteness of the region, and a visit here is a unique opportunity to witness an ancient culture.

 

Okahirongo’s River Camp can be combined with its sister Elephant Camp in the Purros Conservancy, 200km south of the Kunene River.

 


Okahirongo Elephant Lodge – Luxury Oasis in the Desert

Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Stephanie Hunt in Safaris: Namibia (camps).

Looking Out from the Elephant LodgeThe Purros Conservancy lies 55km from the Skeleton Coast and 200km south of the Kunene River in northern Namibia on the Kaokoveld, desert home to the nomadic Himba tribe, desert-adapted elephants and lions.

elephant_lodge4-d237afc9f1Here in this remote landscape you will find the 5-star luxury of the Okahirongo Elephant Lodge. Offering 7 indulgent terracotta double chalets and one presidential suite, comtop4-b454eaf432Okahiringo is truly an unexpected oasis in an arid wilderness. It takes 2.5 hours in a small plane to reach the camp from Windhoek and much longer to drive in a 4×4 vehicle. But the isolation of the camp has not dinted the level of luxury, which includes King size beds, indoor-outdoor open-air showers and grand bathtubs overlooking the vast plains.   Fine wines and sumptuous Italian/Namibian fusion food are served in the elegant and airy dining rooms.

ELbottom4Days can be spent exploring on foot and on game drives through the lushly vegetated riverbeds. Desert adapted elephant can be spotted, plus, antelope and giraffe. Those seeking a rest and an opportunity to drink in the desert landscape can relax in the open-air lounges, or enjoy a sundowner by the infinity pool

Guests are also encouraged to visit the local Himba village. The camp maintains a strong and mutually supportive relationship with the Himba people. The only operator in the area, Okahiringo is involved in a number of local school projects and provides hospitality training.

Okahirongo’s Elephant Camp  can be combined with its sister River Camp on the Kunene River in the northern reaches of Namibia.

 


Etendeka Mountain Camp – Rustic Charm in Grand Isolation

Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Stephanie Hunt in Safaris: Namibia (camps).

Etendeka1etendeka-mountain-campThe small, rustic Etendeka Mountain Camp was one of the first “real” safari camps in Namibia, and has been operated by Dennis Liebenberg and his head guide Bonnie for over twenty years. Isolated, and relatively simple by the standards of modern safari camps, Etendeka still has plenty of charm and guests benefit from their hosts’ lifetime of knowledge.

The camp is set in a private concession area in the foothills of the Grootberg Massif. Each of the ten en-suite meru style tents looks out over the ancient lava flows of the northern Damaraland: boulder-strewn, flat-topped mountains and the gold and green of dry grasses and mopane trees.

Although simple the camp is comfortable with flush toilets, hot and cold running water, open-air “bucket” showers and a surprisingly good Wi-Fi connection in the common areas. Simple, but excellent, homemade meals are prepared on solar cooktops or an open fire Etendeka2and served under African skies.

Days are spent exploring on foot and in open game drive vehicles with Bonnie and Dennis, both exceptionally knowledgeable guides. The magic formula for this camp is the fact that Dennis and Bonnie have been here from the beginning but still retain their enthusiasm for this land and their guests.


Africa Solo

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Stephanie Hunt in Blog.

GiseleGisele had done her research before she came to Safari and Co. She knew she wanted to do a wildlife safari in Zambia and a photographic safari in Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Our role was to stitch everything together, because travelling solo in Africa you want to make sure all your i’s are dotted and t’s crossed. We talked to Gisele on her return about the joys of adventuring alone in the wilds of Africa. Continue reading …