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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 History & Tigers

Posted on January 10th, 2018 by Mike Haines in Safaris: India.

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. Plus more adventurous tiger reserve activities,  such as canoeing and hiking in Satpura National Park, or biking the trails of the Pench Tiger Forest – India Wildlife & Taj Mahal


India

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

India Wildlife

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

India & Kenya combined

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 our 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. 

 


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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.

 


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 …


MIKE – RECONNECTING WITH AFRICA

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Stephanie Hunt in Blog.

Once you have the soil of Africa under your fingernails you will be forever drawn back to the continent.” It’s an old saying, but I believe it is true. After 14 years in Canada I still feel the pull of the African bush. I have to go back. I need to reconnect with what I do. I need to establish relationships with the owners of resorts, safari camps and tour operators. But most of all I need to go for my soul.

My latest trip to Africa was short and business focused, but it was still a salve for my African soul.  The primary purpose of the trip was to participate in a travel conference that brought together travel agents and designers with the best operators from throughout Africa.   But I started my one-week trip in the African bush. Continue reading …


Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp: Luxury amongst the sand dunes

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Stephanie Hunt in Safaris: Namibia (camps).

Desert walk at HoanibAccessible only by light aircraft, the brand new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp sits on an island in the dry Khumib riverbed. Straddling the private Palmwag Concession and the Skeleton Coast National Park, the camp is perfectly positioned for exploring this rugged and remote Skeleton Coast.

Eight Meru-style tents make up the living quarters. With sumptuous interior and full ensuite, each tent opens onto a canopied verandah with views straight down to the dunes. The large shared lounge area is filled with comfortable sofas and armchairs and leads into a separate bar and dining area. The large decked terrace has magnificent views, and is ideal for al fresco dining.

Gemsbok near HoanibFour-wheel drive excursions will explore the roaring sand dunes, windswept plains, canyons and saltpans of this unique landscape. As barren as it looks at first, there is plenty of game just around the corner. This area has one of the greatest concentrations of desert adapted elephant and lion, and home to some elusive and unusual predators like the shaggy brown hyena and the black-toed jackal.

Enjoy a scenic flight over the crumbling shipwrecks and craggy shores of the Skeleton Coast, or take an excursion to see the shipwrecks up close and visit a Cape fur seal colony.