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Rockfig Safari Lodge: Timbavati Self-catering Paradise

Our enthusiasm for self-catering safaris is evident. We find many of our guests are looking for an experience only a self-catering lodge can offer: personalised, intimate, flexible, exclusive. RockFig Safari Lodge a fantastic self-catering option in a great location that offers comfort and relaxation, ample amenities for bush living, expert guiding, housekeeping staff, and the option to hire a private chef. Families or groups of friends (up to 8 people) visit RockFig with a private guide and a chef to fine-tune the perfect safari vacation.

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Walkers River Camp: Self-catering Safari in the Timbavati

Walkers River Camp is at the top of our list for Kruger Park self-catering safari options. There is only a handful of fantastic lodges and camps in the private reserves of the Greater Kruger that offer the combination of luxury rooms, exclusive use, self-catering facilities, cleaning and maintenance staff, and superb private guides and chefs; and Walkers is one of the best.

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In the Field for Ground Hornbill Conservation

Recently we spent a morning out in the Timbavati and Klaserie Private Nature Reserves with our friends, Kyle and Carrie, from the APNR Ground Hornbill Project. We had been invited to join them on their routine nest checks, and to help them launch a new artificial nest for a group of 3 ground hornbills that had not found a place to nest in their area. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to get a glimpse into the secret world of these endangered large birds and to have a helping hand in the work being done to conserve them.

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Birding in Uganda, “The Pearl of Africa”

Uganda is one of Africa’s best birding destinations, so even if you’re not there for the Great Apes (of course you are), you’ll be quite at home with a pair of binoculars and a bird book in this tropical country. It falls within the Central African rainforest belt and features birds of the Albertine Rift, while the Nile River also houses the very rare shoebill on its banks.

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4-Night Wilderness Walking Trails in Kruger

Brett recently spoke to Tamara on Classic FM’s Classic Lifestyle Show in Hoedspruit, covering all bases when it comes to primitive walking trails in the Kruger. Brett has specialised in walking safaris throughout his 14-year career, and has immense experience and qualifications in the field. Plus – it’s truly the rawest and most rewarding form of safari, not to mention the most cost effective. Take a look at the 2018 details for our 4-night walking trails in Pafuri and Timbavati where dome tents and campfires dominate, and cell phones and electricity fade into the distance. This one is a favourite among South Africans and safari veterans looking for a deeper, more meaningful nature experience.

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16-Day Uganda Safari with Footsteps Through Africa

Uganda has been dubbed “The Pearl of Africa.” Not only is it home to the world-famous Big 5, and some of the world’s last remaining Great Apes; it also has an impressive list of natural features, making it a destination of supreme diversity. In the Bwindi Forest alone, there are over 10 species of primate (120 mammal species altogether), while the entire country is home to over 1000 species of bird. Yes, you read that right! From tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, to boat cruises on the Nile River, rhino and chimpanzee trekking, Rift Valley landscapes and lakes surrounded by vegetated hills. Take a look at this 16-Day Uganda overland safari on offer with Footsteps Through Africa

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Leopard with an Aardvark Kill at Walker’s River Camp

With the words “leopard” and “aardvark” in the same sentence, you know it’s got to be good. In this case, it might have been guests first time seeing an aardvark, or perhaps their first time seeing a leopard, but no one could have betted on finding a leopard feeding on an aardvark kill in a tree! Bittersweet feelings dominated this scene, as we watched nature at work in the most amazing way. This has quickly risen to the top of the safari list at Walker’s River Camp in the Timbavati.

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Nature Conservation Safari Experiences

Brett Horley Safaris is synonymous with ecotourism and conservation, and offers guided, interactive group safari experiences that fully involve participants in nature. This is where we learn to identify animal tracks and scat; how to recognise bird calls; how to find your way in the bush; find constellations in the night sky; and make fires without matches! Through these excursions into the wild, you will learn that termites run the world, and that sleeping out under the stars can be the best sleep or the worst sleep you’ll ever have. It is definitely an awakening experience for the adventurous nature-lovers out there.

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VIDEO: Brave Dwarf Mongoose Takes on a Black Mamba

The sighting of the year so far has to be this incredible encounter between a dwarf mongoose and a black mamba, which just goes to show that the most exciting safari sightings are not necessary the ones that involve the Big 5! Watch this one-of-a-kind video here…

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