Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Game viewing on horseback

GUESTS visiting any of the lodges in the Kapama, Thornybush and Timbavati reserves can now combine their stay with the experience of game viewing on horseback. Wildlife Encounters has launched River Horse Safaris, offering guests the opportunity to ride along side herds of impala, giraffe and other animals in the bush.

Guided outrides of one to two hours are available every morning and afternoon with arranged transfers from surrounding lodges. Guests can extend their visit in the bush with the overnight option, which includes an afternoon and morning outride, choosing to stay at the main camp or the specially constructed hideout with adjacent paddock.

Walking Safari's in Madikwe Game Reserve

TUNINGI Safari Lodge has finally announced the introduction of walking safaris in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
"After two years of dreadful, endless paperwork, we have finally received gun licenses for the lodge," says a spokesperson for the property, explaining that this means it can now offer walks in the bush.
The walks are not meant for guests to go chasing the biggest and most dangerous animals; the walks give guides a chance to showcase the smaller things in the wild.

"They will teach you how to track an animal and how to identify a poisonous plant and how to make a toothbrush in the veld. They will find birds' nests and eggs, rhino scrubbing posts and teach you about the termite mounds. The knowledge they have to share with you is endless!"

By law, children are not permitted to go on the walks because the reserve is a dangerous Big Five area. Instead they will be entertained back at the lodge with various activities such as t-shirt painting, treasure hunts and clay moulding among others.

A walk in the bush is the only way to really experince the African bush, to become "one" with the bush.

Definitive African Expreince

MALAMALA and Mashatu camps have launched a combination package called the Definitive African Experience. Guests will spend two nights at MalaMala followed by three nights at Mashatu Game Reserve. Included is the flight between the two reserves.
The package includes en-suite accommodation, all meals and snacks, game drives in open four wheel drive safari vehicles and a choice of one adventure or research activity at Mashatu which will be either a cycling or walking safari, a predator or ivory drive or a star gazing bush dinner. The itineraries will operate weekly, and are based on a minimum of two confirmed guests.

The two lodges compliment each other and it is a great mixture to allow guests to experience two different parts of Southern Africa. Malamala is situated in the world renowned Sabie Sands Reserve which borders on the Kruger National Park, Mashatu is in the Tuli block on the south eastern tip of Botswana and has a variety of biospheres from open plains, wetlands, forests and riverine areas.

Both lodges offer excellent game viewing opportunities. Contact Go Safari for more details