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15-Day Namibia Overland Safari

Namibia is famously titled “the land of contrasts”, and in an exploration of this country, one will discover the ever changing landscapes and diversity of species that are laid out in every corner. This is a 15-day overland safari explores every a selection of Namibia’s most supreme spots, and the dates and rates are in! This year’s tour kicks off on 22 September until 6 October, and in 2019 from 6-20 October. This is a privately guided tour with a group, using a combination of camping and lodge accommodation. Take a look at the rates and day-to-day details of this unforgettable itinerary here.

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2 Weeks in Botswana on an all-encompassing safari

Botswana, you beauty! This southern African country is recognised as one of the continent’s premier safari destinations, particularly for its abundance of wildlife, accessibility of game-rich regions, and the reputation of offering secluded, luxurious, accommodations. Of course, one can expect that the prices match Botswana’s prestigious status, and it can cost a fortune to spend time on safari here. This is true, but if you are in the budget for a luxury safari, you will not be disappointed with what this conservation-orientated country has to offer. On the other hand, Botswana is magnificent self-driving country, and it is ideally equipped for road travellers and overland safaris. There are pristine campsites within national parks, and there are roads and maps and services designed to cater for budget travellers, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty! This is a 2-week overland itinerary for US$3390 all inclusive.

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5 Top Tips for Safari Photography

Award-winning wildlife photography has depicted some of the greatest nature out there, and it has been used to promote tourism, conservation, appreciation, education, and passion for the outdoors. African safaris are a celebration of wildlife, and walking home with that image of a leopard relaxing in the bough of a tree, or a hippo’s wide open jaws in the middle of a dam, an elephant throwing a trunkful of water over its head, or a scrub-robin fluffed up in the morning chill, are #goals.

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Rosey’s Review of the Popular Bateleur Main Camp in the Timbavati

Safari Specialist and itinerary designer for Brett Horley Safaris, Rosemary Marx, recently visited a host of safari lodges in the Timbavati Nature Reserve to get familiar with the camp grounds, staff, safari experiences, facilities, and all the other notable factors she considers when choosing properties for safari itineraries. Rosey spent her nights at Bateleur Main Camp, which is where many of our walking trail safaris are based, and she had the following to say about her experience at this popular Timbavati camp.

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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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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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