Stories from the African Wilderness

Easy ways you can help us support Nourish

These are the easy ways you can help Brett Horley Safaris support Nourish’s projects aimed at integrating people living in the Greater Kruger buffer zone communities with local tourism. This is integral to achieving the goals of ecotourism and filtering the economic benefits of tourism through to the less developed, impoverished areas of South Africa. Our guests automatically form part of this cycle just by booking their safari with us, but for those who wish to do more and make a personal contribution to Nourish, these are the budget-friendly ways to do so. 

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The World’s Largest Mammal Migration – Kasanka National Park

Years ago, our safari expert, Rosey Marx, and her husband, Anthony, travelled to Kasanka National Park in Zambia to see the famous and phenomenal bat migration. As natural adventurers, these two have traversed much of the African continent together, but this event – the world’s largest mammal migration – is one that stands out. A sensory overload, and something you really should see for yourself. Here, Rosey gives her account of the trip to see the bat migration of Kasanka, illustrated by images taken by Anthony. You can contact Rosey directly on res@bretthorley.com for any information regarding this bucket-list trip!

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Gonarezhou: True wilderness & solitude in one of Africa’s last great places

A Google search of Gonarezhou comes up with two immediate themes, both a little intimidating. 

“Gonarezhou is one of the wildest parks in Africa and the elephants are to be avoided!!”

This is exactly what we were looking for, and off we went.

Brett’s 2015 trip to Gonarezhou National Park revealed the true majesty of wild Africa, and it is a trip he has never forgotten. This blog, written when he returned at the time, has been unpublished on the website until now, but here it is along with candid snapshots of the journey, making for some great reading and destination research for the adventurers out there! 

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Greater Kruger Safari

Three Greater Kruger private reserves visited in one Big Five safari experience – the ultimate in close up wildlife encounters in exclusive, unfenced areas.

The highlights of a safari in the Greater Kruger private reserves include limited numbers of guests in the area, a less crowded safari experience and the true feel of Africa. Walking safaris, game-viewing in open safari vehicles and night drives with spotlights searching for nocturnal creatures, are offered with knowledgeable professional guides.

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BHS beaded bracelets for a good cause

Past guests of Brett Horley Safaris will know our safari packs have always included beautiful beaded bracelets, which were produced in collaboration with Relate. Those bracelets were in support of a variety of causes for wildlife, healthcare, education, and helped to generate employment and income opportunities in local communities – something we firmly believe is key to conservation and ecotourism. Now, we’re very excited to be able to offer our own BHS beaded bracelets for a good cause, which we have produced in partnership with Nourish nonprofit organisation – a local charity based on the outskirts of the Greater Kruger National Park.

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10 Days in Namibia with Repeat Guests, Gary & Gary

Gary Franklin is a third time repeat client of Brett Horley Safaris, and Gary Lisney is a second time repeat client, so it’s fair to say we thoroughly enjoy working with these two to create the safaris they love enough to keep coming back for! The Garys and their wives, Tania Franklin and Susan Lisney, recently went on a 10-day Namibian adventure to celebrate their wedding anniversaries and we believe they had the most spectacular time. Here, we are sharing their safari itinerary and the images and videos they took while enjoying the trip! You can read their feedback here.

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People of the Wilderness: Vincent Mathebula, entrepreneur in South African tourism

Brett met Vincent Mathebula many years ago while guiding at Singita Kruger National Park. At that stage, Vince was a part-time bar tender, which was a job he had taken as an opportunity to gain access into the tourism industry. Vince’s brother gave him the good news that this position had opened up and Vince took it in both hands, hopeful that he could learn and grow with his foot in the door. Today, Vincent Mathebula is a successful entrepreneur with his own business in tourism, and it is due to his hard work and determination to persevere in the industry that was waiting on his doorstep as he was growing up in Acornhoek. His message is one that highlights the importance of teaching youths in communities surrounding the Kruger Park that there are opportunities to work in tourism – a booming South African industry.

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Epic 2018 Team Safari at Djuma Private Game Reserve

Djuma Vuyatela is one of our all-time favourite safari accommodations in Djuma Private Game Reserve bordering the Sabi Sand and Manyeleti. It is prime Greater Kruger Park territory and an outstanding spot in Southern Africa. What makes it a cut above the rest is the exclusivity of the safari experience. Djuma only shares traverse with a handful of landowners and the legends behind safariLIVE, so sightings are private and unhurried. Recently, Brett Horley Safaris booked two nights at Djuma Vuyatela for the media and reservations team plus a few special guests to enjoy the epic safari experience that defines this place.

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People of the Wilderness: Steven Hearne, land owner and custodian of Greater Kruger wilderness

So far, our People of the Wilderness series has covered some of the people we respect and admire the most in the world of conservation and ecotourism. Sharon, a woman with an unrivalled passion for hyenas and leader in the Balule Private Nature Reserve; Sam and Nico, a unique guide and tracker team with an innate love for nature and belief in the importance of educating children about conservation; and Bruce, a wilderness trails guide with over 30 years of experience in the field and a long list of accolades to show for it. And now, we speak to Steven Hearne, who has watched the development of tourism unfold in the Greater Kruger Park and seen the extension of the Kruger Park boundaries from his piece of paradise in the Balule.

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People of the Wilderness: Bruce Lawson, Wilderness Trails Expert and South African Safari Legend

Bruce Lawson has defined the meaning and value of true wilderness for the many, many people who have had the opportunity to walk with him, be guided by him, and learn from him in the bush. His enthusiasm for the natural world, and to totally submerge himself and others in it, is not a passion; it is a belief. Brett met Bruce in 2005 when he was trained under Bruce and mentored by him, forming a steadfast relationship that has led to countless unforgettable experiences on safari. Bruce Lawson has a long list of accolades and achievements, including 17000 hours (and counting) spent on trail, walking 12 000 km, unassisted, from Cape to Cairo, and all after being told by doctors he would never walk again after a car accident in early childhood.

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