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  • Mashatu Tented Camp
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    Mashatu Tented Camp
    Not to be outdone, the Mashatu Tented is a very different refuge. For the ultimate in one- on -one intimate bush experiences, look no further than this! Eight twin tents, each with private en-suite facilities. Each Concrete platform-mounted tent is tucked under the branches of enormous trees, and is accessible via meandering pathways.

    The tents themselves are spacious and comfortable has its own private outdoor en-suite facilities, including W.C. and shower - a room with a real view! Meal times are enjoyed either in the open-air thatched gazebo or in the boma (enclosure) overlooking the floodlit, well-populated waterhole. The camp's plunge pool invites guests to cool off and escape the relentless heat typical of the summer months. The shaded hide also overlooks the waterhole, and here bush enthusiasts can sit quietly and witness animals going about their day, completely unaware that they are being watched.

    The bush is a humble place….

    (Available for children over the age of 12 years).
  • Northern Tuli Predator Project
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    Northern Tuli Predator Project
    The Northern Tuli Predator Project was started in 2007 and focuses mainly on the study of lions and leopards. Additional large carnivore species have also since been selected for further studies, as part of the greater carnivore assemblage in the reserve. These include spotted hyenas and cheetah. The leopard component of the project has been running since 2005.

    Leopards are notoriously difficult to study due to their secretive nature, the habitats they frequent, and their low densities. Although leopards have been studied across a wide range of habitats, there is still a need for further study particularly with respect to management and human conflict. In the Northern Tuli Game Reserve a long-term leopard project has been initiated. Aspects investigated include behavioural ecology, population dynamics, movement patterns, population density estimation, habitat preference, prey selection and human conflict. Thus far 29 leopards have been monitored by means of VHF and GPS radio collars.

    BACKGROUND TO LION STUDY IN THE NORTHERN TULI

    Populations of large carnivores are becoming increasingly threatened throughout Africa, especially when not afforded protection by large conservation areas. Humans frequently limit carnivore numbers living outside protected areas and legal and illegal hunting, road accidents, and snaring are the cause of most fatalities that occur outside of reserve borders. Lions are highly social animals that live in fission-fusion groups, and are thus susceptible to population disturbances from humans. Infanticide also plays an important role in the level of disturbances within a lion population.

    This project aims to investigate the spatial-and temporal movements of lions from the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. Lions moved across international boundaries and through local farmland regardless of fences and land use type, but spent most of their time inside their home ranges located within protected areas. When lions are moved out of these protected areas the probability of them being killed was high. In at least two instances this included males responding to the placement of baits set to lure lions out.

    Edge effects had a severe impact on the Notugre lion population, with 82% of adult mortality found outside the borders of the reserve. There were various reasons why males left their normal home ranges and went on excursions that took them outside protected areas, one of the reasons being females. Each radio-collared lion had a unique set of characteristics that characterized the size and location of their home ranges, resulting in wide variability in size and shape. Average 90% KDE for males were 69.0 km2 for females it was 41 km2.

    There was much less variability in the 50% KDE of both males and females the presence of human activities, in the form of cattle-posts, agricultural lands and villages also appeared to influence home range selection with lions tending to avoid these areas. With increasing human populations and the destruction of natural habitat, human-wildlife conflict will continue and requires urgent attention in order to mitigate the issue.

    THE AIMS OF THE NORTHERN TULI PREDATOR PROJECT
    * Determine lion numbers and population structures of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve
    * Compare current population status with that of historical records
    * Determine lion movements - especially male lions via GPS-radio collars
    * Identify factors influencing the lion population
  • Jewel of the Kalahari
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    Jewel of the Kalahari
    Described as the “Jewel of the Kalahari”, the Okavango Delta is where the floodplains have created a beautiful labyrinth of waterways, lagoons and islands and travellers are treated to unsurpassed game viewing activity in the humble Mokoro.

    The people of Botswana, who lived in and around the waterways of the Delta before the advent of tourism, used a wooden canoe carved from the stems of trees found in the Delta, namely the mokoro. It was used for hunting, fishing and transportation of goods through the maze like channels and shallow lagoons of the Delta. Today this is still in practice; however the trait is slowly giving away to the march of westernization into the area and most makoros are used in the tourism industry, opening up employment opportunities with many of the hunters and fishermen employed as 'polers' by the safari companies.

    Described as one of the most peaceful ways to experience Africa in its entire splendour, mokoro safaris provide an opportunity to observe the sights and sounds of nature at water level, without running the risk of scaring off animals and birds with the noise of a motor.

    For the modern traveller, the mokoro safari usually entails a guide standing at the back (stern) of the boat using the Ngashe Pole to steer and propel the boat forward, whilst one or two guests sit at the front of the boat relaxing and enjoying the view. The advantage of a mokoro is that it can be ‘poled’ across deep lakes and rivers as well as the scenic papyrus and reed filled channels and waterways, allowing one to traverse shallower waters, getting closer to the wildlife and birds frequenting the edge of the riverbanks.

    The photographic opportunities provided on a makoro safari are immeasurable as one glides past the herds of animals on the banks of the Delta river system. As tourism to Botswana has increased, the mokoro has since become an iconic symbol of the Delta. Be sure to take part in a mokoro experience during your next Botswana Safari!
  • Come Travel with Hartley’s Unashamed Wild Luxury Safari
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    Come Travel with Hartley’s Unashamed Wild Luxury Safari
    Selected for their unique habitats and extraordinary experiences, Wilderness Safaris Camps in Botswana combine perfectly to create a luxurious and thrilling safari, where land meets water. This luxury offer includes a visit to either Jao Camp or Vumbura Plains, both which celebrate the true spirit of the Delta as well as the classic African safari experience.

    Jao Camp is the ultimate in relaxation and its exceptional island setting sees its opulent tents overlooking surrounding waters, while Vumbura Plains is a sumptuous retreat of contemporary design that boasts open and expansive rooms with a broad vista over a magnificent floodplain.

    Your second destination is the ultimate wildlife destination – Mombo Camp. This quintessential luxury safari camp looks out on the almost-continuous presence of wildlife, from large herds of plains game to lurking predators. Celebrated for its longstanding and important elephant conservation, the majestic Abu Camp is an inspiring finale. This extraordinary sanctuary transports you into the serene, sensory world of the African elephant.
  • Pumulani on Lake Malawi
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    Pumulani on Lake Malawi
    David Livingstone famously named Lake Malawi “The Lake Of Stars” and for good reason, during the day the light dances across the deep blue water and once the sun has set the stars twinkle brightly both in the sky but also on the lake as the fishermen light up their hurricane lamps for their night on the lake.

    Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you find Pumulani subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas with their grass roofs to help reflect the heat provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. Guests can relax on the white sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool.

    For those seeking some activity, on offer is water-skiing, sailing, kayaking, walks in the hills, sunset cruises on a hand built dhow along with snorkelling and diving. Under water activities never fail to amaze as the diversity of fish life is surprising and experts say that this lake is home to more native fish species than any other in the world.

    After dark you may revel in the joys of the night sky with the incredible star gazer, it will revolutionise the way you look at the stars!!
  • Scaling up on Pangolin Conservation
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    Scaling up on Pangolin Conservation
    Scaling up on Pangolin Conservation, By Wendy Panaino, University of the Witwatersrand.

    Few people have ever heard of a pangolin, and very few have seen one in the wild. As part of my MSc degree, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to track and observe ground pangolins (Smutsia temminckii) for the past year in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, situated in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

    Little is known about how pangolins might cope with the direct (heat) and indirect (prey availability) effects of a changing climate, so I am currently investigating the body temperature, diet and activity patterns of free-living ground pangolins in a semi-arid environment. Tswalu lies on the south-western edge of the species’ distribution range, a part of Africa that is predicted to become hotter and drier with climate change.

    During my time following pangolins at Tswalu, I have had the enormous pleasure of witnessing many interesting behaviours exhibited by these extraordinary creatures. In September 2015, two female pangolins gave birth to a single pup each.

    Since then, I have been able to observe the growth and development of the pangolin pups through the use of camera traps placed outside the burrow. On one occasion, a female pangolin brought her pup out of the burrow while I was conducting behavioural observations. This was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had. With pup on her back, the female pangolin came to investigate my presence, sticking her long, sticky tongue out to get a real sense of the foreign creature that was me.

    After a few months, that pup left its mother to go on its own solo adventure to investigate the world.
    My experiences throughout this study have been nothing short of phenomenal, and I hope that the results that come from it can ultimately contribute to the conservation efforts of ground pangolins.
  • Tswalu Conservation
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    Tswalu Conservation
    The Tswalu Foundation was founded by Jonathan Oppenheimer in 2008 with a single purpose; for visitors to involve themselves in Tswalu Kalahari’s ambitious research programme. Through the Foundation, benefactors may contribute to existing projects or even suggest and fund new research on a subject of their choice.

    The Tswalu Foundation’s research programmes create a precious understanding of the Kalahari’s unique and under-examined flora and fauna. New knowledge is fundamental for the management and conservation of this unique part of Africa, as well as the development of a greater public appreciation for the elemental beauty of the Kalahari and the life it supports.

    And such knowledge is shared here at Tswalu, just as it is being uncovered. Over the years we have learned that the success of a project is usually determined by how interactive it is; so researchers are encouraged to share their progress with our many guests who often then contribute to further work.

    Researchers are invited to provide research material for each project to be displayed at the Motse. Our own conservationists and guides are fully inducted into the objectives of each study.

    Tswalu Kalahari is driven by conservation and their ambition to “restore the Kalahari to itself”. Each guest contributes directly to the future of the reserve in a true model of eco-tourism.
  • Born Free
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    Born Free
    George and Joy Adamson pioneered the practice of releasing animals born or raised in captivity back into the wild in the late 1950s and early 1960 which resulted in Kenya's first wildlife reserves being funded in part by the profits from their initial book "Born Free." Further books and subsequent films brought conservation issues to the world's attention and for this, we are eternally grateful to these spirited pioneers of animal conservation.

    The Born Free Foundation is not only a symbol for lion conservation but for the protection of endangered species the world over. Emergency teams rescue vulnerable animals from their miserable and terrifying lives confined to tiny cages, suffering the cruelty of circuses and the appalling conditions of zoos. With the funds from Born Free, elephants, big cats, apes, dolphins, polar bears and many more species are moved to safety, living in spacious, open cages, whilst conservation efforts take place within the wild populations to ensure the future of these magnificent species.
  • Best of Uganda - 11 Days | 10 Nights
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    Best of Uganda - 11 Days | 10 Nights
    ENTEBBE | BWINDI | QUEEN ELIZABETH | KIBALE | SEMLIKI | KIDEPO

    Uganda is a land of contrasts. In half a day you can drive from mist-shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts:

    The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapour behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. There’s the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert and scattered about with rocky kopjes.

    The Snow-capped peaks; the tropical, freshwater beaches and smiling faces everywhere, it’s all here, a feast for all the senses.

    Let us show you the Uganda we know and love, this is Africa the way it should be!

    Day 1: Guests arrive at Entebbe Airport to be met by your driver and guide for your transfer to Entebbe – the overnight accommodation is at the Boma Guest House.

    Day 2: The early morning pick up at from your Hotel will transfer you to Entebbe Airport for a scheduled flight to Kisoro. From Kisoro you will have 2 hour road transfer to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Southern Bwindi National Park. During the afternoon a high tea and visit to the Community in Nkuringo village is planned. Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.

    Day 3: Today is a full day Gorilla tracking in Nkuringo area and overnight once more at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.

    Day 4: After breakfast hike from Clouds through the Forest to Buhoma. Pick up by guide and transfer through to lunch at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp, followed by a journey to the northern sector of the park. An evening game drive and dinner with overnight accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge in a Deluxe Safari Tent.

    Day 5: Early morning predator walk with Dr Ludwig in search of lions, then lunch at the lodge followed by an afternoon boat trip on Kazinga channel. Accommodation once again at the Mweya Safari Lodge.

    Day 6: Today’s scenic routes to Kasese are an hour by road with a stop at the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains. Guests then hike at the foothills with lunch served at the Equator Snow Lodge followed by the drive towards Kibale National park for afternoon Chimpanzee tracking. The accommodation overnights is at the Kyaninga Lodge in Fort Portal.

    Day 7: After breakfast depart towards Semliki Wildlife Reserve, for the afternoon primate/birding walk activity at Semliki followed by sundowners. Accommodation for the following three nights is at Semliki Safari Lodge.

    Day 8: The morning boat ride on Lake Albert will be in search of the Shoebill, returning to the lodge for lunch and evening game drive with a sundowner.

    Day 9: Today you are transferred to the airstrip for scheduled flight to Entebbe to connect to Kidepo. On arrival there will be a pick up from Kidepo airstrip by the Lodge vehicle with transfer to Apoka. Guests will enjoy an afternoon game activity followed by two nights at Apoka Safari Lodge.

    Day 10: The daily at the lodges offers game activities in the morning and afternoon with a visit to the Lorukul village.

    Day 11: This morning after a relaxing breakfast and morning at leisure, your guide will transfer you to Entebbe Airport for your international flight out.

    When to travel:
    The best game viewing months in Uganda are during the dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can't avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.

    Priced from:
    USD 10 866 per person sharing in a twin/double room, land quotation

    Please contact us for the full itinerary, inclusive costs and terms & conditions.

  • South African Bush and Beach Fly In Safari - 8 days | 7 nights
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    South African Bush and Beach Fly In Safari - 8 days | 7 nights
    South Africa is often described as a ‘World in One Country’! It’s a large land of spectacular beauty which has something for everyone from gourmets to wildlife enthusiasts, beach-lovers to adventure seekers, and anyone looking for authentic African cultural experiences. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in the world and offers excellent viewing of all of the “Big 5” as well as more than 140 other species of mammal and more than 500 species of birds.

    Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated in a 12000-hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park and lies approximately 10km northeast of Skukuza Rest Camp. The concession shares a 15km boundary with Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with game moving freely between the two reserves and comprises of environmentally sensitive areas previously unexplored, with huge diversity of both fauna and flora. This beautiful concession offers 3 different types of accommodation at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Plains Camp and Sleep Outs - all totally different and unique experiences.

    The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the only place in the world where visitors can see the” Big 5” and watch dolphins and whales all within the same Park and on the same day. The Park, which is a World Heritage Site, protects three freshwater lake systems as well as eight ecosystems. The park covers some 3,320 km2 (1,281 mi2) and also protects a range of high, vegetation covered sand dunes which run along the coast.

    The dunes are estimated to be about 25,000 years old and are amongst the highest in the world. The coral reefs along the shoreline of the Park are very popular amongst divers. Whale sharks are also often seen in these waters. Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, with direct access onto the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast. Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. The clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and fantastic offshore SCUBA diving.

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    2 nights Rhino Post Safari Lodge and 2 nights Plains Camp

    The safaris begin with your departure from OR Tambo International, Johannesburg to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park for 2 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge.

    Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch and canvas. Stilts raise the 8 spaciously appointed suites along the riverbank, allowing views of the riverbed from your bedroom, bathroom and private deck.

    Game-drive safaris at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in specially adapted open 4x4 Land Cruisers, with professional guides. In addition to our private wilderness concession, they make use of the Kruger public roads and also have exclusive use of some of the Kruger Park public roads at night. Rhino Walking Safaris are allowed to utilise certain public roads for night / evening drives well after gate closing times.

    For the third and fourth night, guests are transferred to Plains Camp is situated in the heart of the wilderness concession overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole. Built in authentic pioneer tradition, it has the serenity of a 19th century naturalists rest, nestled in an Acacia Knob thorn thicket. The Camp has 4 comfortably furnished African explorer style tents, en suite with hot running water and the African Wilderness right on your doorstep. The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored, with a huge diversity of both fauna and flora – an ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris in an internationally renowned Big 5 area.

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    3 nights Thonga Beach Lodge

    The safari winds down as you fly out on the fifth day from Skukuza on a charter flight to Mazengwenya Airstrip in northern Kwa Zulu Natal. This is a beautiful scenic flight over Kruger, Swaziland and northern Zululand on to Thonga Beach Lodge, situated along the coastline.

    Thonga’s 12 en-suite rooms have been carefully constructed in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment and maximum guest privacy. The lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the deck in the shade of the forest and sundowners can be enjoyed in the bar lounge or the cool deck under the Coastal Milkwood trees.

    Activities at Thonga Beach Lodge include CUBA diving, Open Ocean experiences, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided snorkelling, seasonal turtle drives/walks (Nov to Feb), Tsonga Cultural tours and forest walks. Whether a walker or a diver, there are a wealth of activities to explore this beautiful hideaway, or maybe simply relax with a Spa treatment or on the beach deck.

    On the eighth day, completely sun drenched and relaxed, guests are transferred back to Richards Bay Airport for the return flight back to OR Tambo International in Johannesburg.

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    Priced from:
    R 44 179.00 per person sharing and includes flights and transfers.

    Includes:
    Rhino Post Safari Lodge 2 nights’ accommodation; brunch, high tea and dinner, teas and coffees, morning and afternoon/night game drives
    Plains Camp: 2 nights’ accommodation – with optional 1 night Sleep Out, brunch, high tea and dinner, teas and coffees, morning walks and afternoon walk/drive combination, soft drinks, house wine and local beers.

    Thonga Beach Lodge:
    3 nights’ Forest View room (upgradable to Ocean View or Deluxe Ocean View), meals, teas and coffees, use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks, cultural tours, kayaking and sundowners on Lake Sibaya and nightly turtle walks (Nov to Feb). 4x4 transfer from airstrip to lodge; regional flights and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.

    Please contact us for the full itinerary, inclusive costs and terms & conditions.

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