We will arrange exclusive charter flights from South Africa’s international airports to the airstrips of a range of private game reserves in Southern Africa. Guests enjoy the adventure and the privilege of setting down in the heart of the African wilderness with all the logistics, such as allowable luggage for lightweight aircrafts, seamlessly taken care of.
Famed for its warmth, vibrancy and legendary hospitality, this luxury safari lodge is the flagship of Sabi Sand and a firm favourite amongst travellers in search of luxury accommodation. With its stunning setting, in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain, the lodge offers uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention. Guests will enjoy the beautifully appointed, exquisitely decorated, spacious, en-suite and air-conditioned thatched suites. Huge viewing decks provide the ideal setting to relax, spot game, bird watch, or cool off in the filtered pools. Meals, including the wonderful dinners in the open air boma, are heralded by blasts on a kudu horn, a summoning to delicious food.
Let us know if it will enhance your group’s experience if they are involved in a community development project while on safari. We will guide you towards genuine opportunities that make a difference in improving people’s lives, while offering the enjoyment of making a difference to your guests. We arrange visits to worthwhile charities, facilitate meaningful donations and organise outstanding volunteer experiences that build team spirit and contribute to individual fulfilment.
A typical day on Safari – While the day’s programme may differ somewhat from lodge to lodge, there’s a general rhythm to being on safari in order to optimise guests’ game-viewing opportunities.
Mornings – Guests are encouraged to wake at dawn and be ready to get out early with their rangers when the animals and birds are most active. They may start the day with tea, coffee and traditional rusks, and enjoy a full breakfast or brunch later when the heat has started to set in.
Midday – Guests can enjoy relaxing around the pool, game-watching from the lodge’s decks or any other activities the lodge has to offer before and after a leisurely, delicious lunch. The midday heat in the bush provides the perfect excuse for a wonderful siesta.
Afternoons and evenings – Most lodges serve ‘high tea’ so that guests can refresh themselves before setting out for their next exhilarating game experience, which may be an open-vehicle game drive, a boat cruise or a guided walk. Sundowners may be served out in the bush at a spectacular viewpoint or back at the game-watching deck of the lodge. Dinners in the bush are always fine affairs with sumptuous food, excellent wine and stunning entertainment in stunning venues.
When to go on Safari – Visitors are often advised to go on a Southern African Safari during the Winter season when the bush is dry and game-viewing is easier. However, each season brings its own delights:
Hot, Wet Season – The summer rains bring swollen rivers, waterfalls and a green breath over the Southern African bushveld. Though exceptionally beautiful, game-viewing can be somewhat more challenging during these months because the vegetation is lusher and denser than in winter. The abundance of water means that the herds and predators also range more widely as they are not so dependant on waterholes. Some advantages of visiting during this season include memorable sightings of new-born mammals and opportunities to spot many of the summer migrant birds. Although you will be preparing for the African heat, it is important to also pack light-weight long-sleeved tops, trousers and socks for protection against mosquito bites. Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are all advisable, as well as a light-weight jacket for evenings and early mornings.
Cool, Dry Season – The winter months are invariably the best for game-watching and wildlife photography, as the veld is sparse, grass levels are low and animals tend to congregate around waterholes, dams and rivers. Another advantage of visiting over the winter months is less risk of malaria infection. Winter mornings and nights can get very chilly, with average lows around 6°C in June and July, so be sure to pack accordingly for your game drives. You will still need to pack sun hats, sunglasses and sun screen.
Visitors to South Africa’s Kruger National Park area, Bostwana’s Chobe National Park and Namibia’s Etosha National Park are advised to consult their doctors as to the latest malaria prevention. Your Grosvenor Tours Incentives Specialist can recommend malaria-free Safaris in South Africa if your guests don’t want to take any risk.
Understanding Malaria – Malaria is a serious parasitic infection. The female Anopheles mosquito is the only mosquito to carry the parasite that causes malaria. The parasite can be transferred to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. The Anopheles mosquito is a small, silent mosquito and its bite can go unnoticed as it does not cause a typical mosquito bite reaction. Malaria is curable with the correct drug treatment. Malaria can be prevented by the use of prophylactic drugs and by reducing the risks of being bitten by the Anopheles mosquito. In Africa, mosquitos are more common in the summer months and the risk of being bitten in most malaria areas is somewhat reduced during the winter.
Malaria Prevention – Consult a doctor well ahead of travelling to a malaria risk area. The use of anti-malarial medication is advised. It is essential to take the medicine exactly as prescribed by your medical practitioner. Mosquitos are most active in the early evening, through the night into the early morning. During these times, when you are in a malaria risk area, you need to wear clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible, such as long trousers, long-sleeved tops and socks. Avoid exposing your arms, legs, ankles and feet. Apply a good insect repellent to exposed skin every 4 to 6 hours. Where provided, make use of insect screens over windows and doors. Avoid leaving doors and windows open in the evenings and at night. Where provided, use mosquito nets over your bed when sleeping. Where provided, sleep with a fan on over your bed as the moving air makes it difficult for a mosquito to land on you.
Southern Africa offers the incentive traveler the very best authentic Safari experiences on the continent. Whether it is catching the golden gaze of a pride of lions fixed on a herd of graceful antelope; witnessing the stately, undulating lope of Giraffe across the acacia-studded plains or having the last chance to see wild-living Rhino and African Wild Dog, our safaris seamlessly combine prime game-viewing with unparalleled luxury.
Our customized safari experiences in outstanding wildlife sanctuaries such as South Africa’s Kruger National Park region; Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Namibia’s Etosha National Park offer our incentive travelers a dazzling array of inspired adventures, activities and events that they will never forget.