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Art Safari is for all those inspired to paint by travel. Your travel sketchbooks become visual diaries, full of the wonders of the world.
Mary-Anne’s Art Safari’s holidays are for creative explorers: artists, writers, photographers and non-painters. Whether travelling on your own or not, you are welcomed into a like-minded group. Be assured of inspiration, good food, comfort and style. Photographers and non-painting partners will experience new ways of seeing as well as enjoying all the benefits of relaxed wildlife viewing and personal safari guiding – brilliant for photography, bird watching and learning more about nature.
In September this year there’s a 2-week tour in Malawi & Zambia and a one week residential trip to a lodge in South Luangwa in Zambia
ZAMBIA AND MALAWI – BIG GAME IN LARGE OPEN SPACESTour: 14 nights in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Lake Malawi & Liwonde National Park in Malawi - with Mary-Anne BartlettDates: 06 – 20 September 2018
A stunning two country Art Safari led by Mary-Anne Bartlett. You will see a great diversity of landscape, wildlife and local living as we visit two of Africa’s most beautiful national parks.
Be ready for wonder, peacefulness and charm. Liwonde National Park, Lake Malawi and South Luangwa National Park provide a thoroughly outstanding wildlife experience.
It’s the end of the dry season (winter), so early September is still cool, (not too hot!) and its ideal painting weather. South Luangwa National Park is often quoted as one of the very best wildlife destinations in the world, not just Africa. The great Luangwa River meanders slowly to create great sand bars laced with crocodiles, pools filled with hippo, oxbow lakes full of storks and elephants, and dry lagoons for herds of zebra, impala, puku – always watching out predators…
In particular, South Luangwa is a first-class park for leopard and because it is one of Africa’s few national parks to allow spotlit night drives, when leopards are most active, the chances of spotting one of these stunning cats are very good!
Lake Malawi, brilliantly dubbed the ‘Lake of Stars’ by Dr David Livingstone when he first saw it with Mary-Anne’s 3x great grandfather in the 1860s, is an inland sea, with fresh water to dive into, snorkel or kayak on. Golden beaches, idyllic rocky islands and secluded coves offer a lovely contrast in scenery and a relaxing few days before our next safari.
Liwonde National Park in Malawi is a little gem. The scenery along the wide, slow flowing Shire River is lush and almost tropical. The river banks are lined with emerald reed beds, yellow fever trees and towering borassus palm trees, and in the dry season the water is a magnet for elephant and antelope who visit it for a daily drink.
A boat safari here is a truly wonderful game viewing experience and a must for birders. There are many special bird species to be found In Liwonde including Bohm’s Bee-eater, the Palmnut Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl and White-backed Night Heron. The interior of the park is much drier and dominated by mopane forest where it’s possible to spot rarer species such as the magnificent sable antelope. Liwonde is not known for its predator population, however recent conservation efforts have seen spotted hyena and cheetah re-introduced to the park. We find that the spectacular setting, combined with the friendliness of your Malawian hosts and the comfort of your accommodation makes this a hard place to leave.
The tour ends in Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe with a chance to unwind in comfortable surroundings and a whole day to continue working on your sketches.
We explore, paint and enjoy the wonderful settings. Be prepared for huge concentrations of elephant and buffalo in Zambia, as well as regular sightings of lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra and a multitude of other species. Activities include day and night game drives, visits to villages and local projects including paper-making and textiles and lots of fun and freedom.
There’s a chance to visit one of Art Safari’s projects – set up with one of the guides Danger Chipino – the Mtendere Orphan Feeding Centre in Ulongwe, near to Liwonde National Park.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE:
Tour cost: From £4125 per person sharingSingle supplement: £600Prices include: All accommodation, all meals (except 2 lunches and 2 dinners in Lilongwe), safari guide and art safari tutor, all game activities as indicated, all park entrance fees in Malawi, and all ground transport from Lilongwe Airport.Prices exclude: International flights, visas fees, Zambia Park Entrance Fees, drinks, optional activities, art materials and personal expenses.
Brent Dodd was born and raised in Zimbabwe; growing up on a farm in the Eastern Highlands and attending one of Zimbabwe’s premier boarding schools, Peterhouse Boys. His subject matter is uniquely reflective of his own experience and his affection for this world of adventure and fascination. Committing his thoughts and findings to canvas, he portrays humans, landscapes, and wildlife with equal precision and empathy.
It was this upbringing that provided him with the foundation from which he launched his venture into the international art world. Having exhibited in New York, Las Vegas, Dallas, London and across the African subcontinent, he enjoys a strict schedule of international travel, building a footprint to satisfy his love of art.
Zebra Hills Safari Lodge is a Big 5 destination set in the heart of South Africa’s East Coast. The Zululand Rhino Reserve is a 23 000 hectare sanctuary to a plethora of wildlife and bird species, covering landscapes of rocky outcrop to riverine forest – the perfect destination for your art safari!
The early morning game drives afford one the ideal opportunity to stop and sketch under the expert guidance of internationally represented artist, Brent Dodd. Back at the lodge, the studio environment allows each individual the chance to develop their sketches into paintings. Over the course of the five-day safari, guests can build up their portfolio while being introduced to new creative techniques suited to the outdoor environment.
Whether you’ve never picked up a brush or are a seasoned exhibitor – this is the art experience you’re looking for.
Date: 16 - 19 December 2018
Day 2, 3 and 4
Evening – in order to record quick moments in time
Set in the heart of Laikipia, one of Kenya’s most exciting safari locations, conservationist Jochen Zeitz has created an exclusive destination for fun, adventure, spiritual reflection and peace, where absolute luxury, bespoke service and generous all-inclusive offerings combine to give you exceptional privacy in your wild Kenyan home away from home.
Segera is a treasured haven for Kenya’s most celebrated wildlife species, where a holistic approach to wellness ensures a revitalizing and authentic safari experience from the moment you arrive.Nestled between glorious Mount Kenya to the east and the Great Rift Valley to the west, a stunningly diverse and seemingly magical environment, Segera’s golden savannah plains, rocky waterfalls and tropical botanical gardens offer a peerless and exquisite venue for the perfect romantic escape or family holiday.
As a Satellite of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, Segera Retreat liberally displays the striking, relevant and at times culturally and socially challenging artworks of the Zeitz Collection, an extraordinary representation of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.
With its evocative Sculpture Garden, Segera Retreat offers a cultural safari, bringing together monumental bronze, stone and steel works, land and earth art, outdoor projections, site-specific interventions and strives to represent a broad spectrum of indoor and outdoor projects.
Artists in Residence
Visiting Segera when an artist is in residence offers guests an extraordinary opportunity to directly engage with the leading artistic talent of our time. Through experiencing this inspiring environment together, including the option of dining together, studio visits, attending artist’s talks and other social activities, guests are able to learn first-hand about an artist’s work, their research at Segera, their studio practice and the current issues they are engaging with. It is a rare opportunity to be in the presence of individuals who are creating the history of art of our time.
Segera Retreat in Laikipia, Kenya, recently hosted acclaimed conceptual artist, Hank Willis Thomas, as part of its ongoing Artist in Residence programme.
Thomas was at the camp from June 20 to July 5. He works with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has exhibited at various international galleries, such as the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Guggenheim and the Whitney, to name a few.
Art safaris are still considered a novelty and niche experience and the experience of igniting and fulfilling cultural curiosity off of the beaten track allows for a real immersion in a culture.
Whether choosing oils, watercolours, sketches, beading or finger painting, the art safari allows participants to take a piece of Africa home in the form of their art. Creativity is found in everyone, and the immersive experience encourages freedom of expression.
Elephant Art Safari
The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage was founded on the principle of conservation, and one of the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to show what stands to be lost.
Guests will have an opportunity to talk to guides that have journeyed - physically and metaphorically, incredible distances with these elephant, and learn more about the complexities of the individuals and the herd structures. Guests will learn about the elephant as well as their history and how they came to be in our care as well as the threats facing elephant populations today, in an interesting and informative talk.
Guests then venture down to a waterhole and mud wallow where, under the shade of an enormous Mopane tree, they will find a chair and easel - each set up with a fresh sheet of paper. Brightly coloured aprons and palettes with bright splotches of paint will also be handed out.
A private tutor is provided to guide guests through a painting workshop, using their sketch pads and brush to capture the moment. Soon guests’ white sheets of paper will be transformed into a canvas with a glorious blue sky, sunshine, yellow, brown or green grass and of course elephants. Once finished, guests will go back to “The Wallow” for a delicious two course buffet lunch accompanied by a cold beverage rounding off a perfect morning’s experience. After lunch guests will be transferred back to their lodgings in Victoria Falls Town. Village Art Safari and Workshop
On the outskirts of Victoria Falls, lies an African homestead which goes by the name of Mpisi’s Village. This Zimbabwean village is steeped in local Ndebele culture, and home to the Mpisi family. Their traditional huts and communal living area truly depict the culturally rich lifestyle of Africa.
Our interactive workshops ignite and fulfil cultural curiosity. A private tutor, one of the chief’s sons, will be on site to guide the workshop – a truly hidden talent on the Zimbabwean art scene. Spend time immersed in local culture, along with a traditional meal to conclude the workshop. Catching memories through oils, watercolours, beading or finger painting, a piece of Africa will be taken home – in one’s own shade of expression.
Workshops are set up and prepared for guest arrival. All materials are included, and each finished piece taken home by the client.
Fine art is the soul of Ellerman House and the collections that line the walls is what sets them apart from other boutique hotels in South Africa. The works span over two centuries, from the works of the famous Thomas Bowler showcasing Cape Town in the 1800s to contemporary works from artists such as Lionel Smith and William Kentridge. Ellerman House invites guests to join their art guide, Talita, for a private tour through the Ellerman House art collection starting with the oldest works and ending in the Contemporary Art Gallery, created in 2009.
If guests are interested in viewing galleries in Cape Town, our Art Guide will accompany them for an insider’s tour of Cape Town’s top art galleries. Talita is an artist and curator herself, so guests will gain behind-the-scenes access and knowledge of some of Cape Town’s most important art and art galleries. Whilst staying at Ellerman House, they offer a few tours – each tailor made to the guests’ interest in art, design and antiques.
ART IN THE WINELANDS TOUR
The gallery at GRANDE PROVENCE has established itself as a leading location for contemporary art. The gallery features all the visual art forms. The exhibition usually changes every 6 weeks. At The Shop a diverse variety of high quality South African art and craft can be seen in the context of an interior environment. The Shop offers opportunity to purchase works by artists and craft people. Grande Provence specialises in sculpture, making the sculpture garden and indoor sculptures a special attraction.
Still in the Franschhoek Valley and only a short distance away, we visit LA MOTTE. The museum there offers a stimulating cultural- historical experience with displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family and Cape Dutch architecture. The large gallery is dedicated to the life of one of South Arica’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (as seen in the Ellerman House lounge). The work of several leading contemporary artists can also be seen at La Motte.
*Guests can choose to add a winelands tea to their La Motte visit.
The next stop is DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE nestled between the majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch. The striking Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and styling representing some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists such as William Kentridge, Lionel Smit, Dylan Lewis and Deborah Bell.
The last vineyard, TOKARA, is the embodiment of GT Ferreira’s philosophy that good wine, good food and good art go together to make a good life. Some of the finest artworks by contemporary artists such as the wood carving by Egon Tanya and Marco Cianfanelli’s laser cut sculpture ‘Mine Vine’ which stands at the winery entrance area is a must-see experience. Works by diverse artists such as: Conrad Botes, Brett Murray and William Kentridge form part of the visual experience at Tokara.
Guests will also be taken to the magnificent DYLAN LEWIS SCULPTURE GARDEN where they will be taken on a tour through his studio and workshop. The gardens are a beautifully landscaped area, surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains and include larger-than-life sculptures of the artist
Price: ZAR9, 300.00 for 2 guests, full day and includes a driver and private art guide
The Great Rift Valley, a dormant volcano, vital water tower, and a Critically Endangered forest antelope.
Date: Kenya’s Great Rift Valley 11 – 15 June 2018
Species and Range: The bongo is split into two subspecies. While the lowland bongo (T. e. eurycerus) is fairly widespread across the Congo Basin and further into West Africa, the mountain bongo (T. e. isaaci) occurs only in the mountains of Kenya’s Rift Valley. It is Critically Endangered with only around 100 mature animals remaining in fragmented forests that also happen to shelter the most important watersheds in the country making their conservation a double priority.
Chris Roche – Wilderness SafarisChris has spent more than 20 years working in the ecotourism industry and over the past 10 years in particular has been intimately involved in the evolution of Wilderness Safaris out of the savannahs and deserts of southern Africa into more specialised habitat niches in the rainforests of central and east Africa. He is convinced that ecotourism can do more in helping conserve these ecosystems (and the services they provide to humanity – such as provision of water) and believes that mountain bongo and flagship species will be the mechanisms through which this will take place. Armed with a Master’s degree in springbok ecology in South Africa’s Karoo and a background in biological research and guiding, Chris is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Wilderness Safaris but does his best to spend time in the field exploring new opportunities for the company.
Dominic Grammaticas – Governors’ Camp CollectionDominic, a native of Kenya, grew up spending time in the pristine Masai Mara; first on long summer holidays, then later working and growing up alongside Governors’ Camp and its Masai community neighbours. Governors’ Camp, the first permanent tented camp inside the Masai Mara, was the brainchild of Dominic’s father Aris. Before ecotourism was even really defined, Aris understood the important role responsible tourism played in the conservation of wildlife areas, beliefs he passed on to his children.
For Dominic this, and a formative life in the wilderness, led to studying a degree in Biological Science at the University of Edinburgh. Armed with this base he later moved into a successful career in finance in both the UK and Hong Kong. By 1999 though, the inescapable call of Africa became too loud, and Dom returned home, taking over the reins of the family business as Managing Director. Under Dominic’s leadership, involvement in wildlife conservation and community support initiatives has been integrated even deeper into the fabric of Governors’ Camp. Amongst its achievements, some 4 000 students in Kenya and Rwanda are being taught in classrooms built and equipped by Governors’ Camp, its community trust partners, and with the key support of its guests. The opportunity to play a pivotal role in the future of Kenya’s bongo population speaks to the very core of what Governors’ Camp is all about.
Donna Sheppard – Rhino Ark / Calgary ZooDonna has been with the Conservation and Research Department of the Calgary Zoo, Canada, since 1999. After some years seconded to projects in Guyana, South America, her time has mostly been spent in Africa. From 2004 for 2014, for example, she was based in Ghana developing community-based conservation projects on hippo, western sitatunga and West African manatee. At the same time, she was able to contribute to community forestry programmes in Liberia.
For the last three years Donna has been based in Kenya, seconded to Rhino Ark and its work on water towers and endangered species. It is a return of sorts, since Donna’s Master’s degree looked at red-tailed monkey ecology in neighbouring Kenya.
Solomon Muriithi – Bongo Surveillance ProjectBorn just outside the Eburu Forest in Ndabibi village, Solomon has known the dormant volcano his entire life. He started with the Bongo Surveillance Project in 2004 and since then has worked on tracking and camera trapping this threatened population. Before that however, he was a poacher and charcoal maker....
Today, he estimates there to be between 10 and 13 animals only, with the reasons for their decline being human encroachment and resultant poaching and deforestation for charcoal production. Like Solomon, things have changed though. Fencing has reduced illegal utilisation of the forest, and community awareness projects (in which Solomon himself is involved) have changed local perceptions about the importance of the bongo and its forest habitat. According to Solomon, tourism is the last piece of the puzzle and will help substantially with the inevitable financial hurdles to conservation.
Bongo Surveillance ProjectThe objective of the Bongo Surveillance Project is to protect and conserve the Critically Endangered eastern or mountain bongo and its habitat, by working with local communities and stakeholders worldwide. The project was founded in 2004 by Mike Prettejohn, with an initial focus on the Aberdares National Park, the last known stronghold of the mountain bongo.
For the past 15 years, Mike has led a team of experienced trackers in gathering scientific data on the presence and distribution of the remaining mountain bongo, first in the Aberdares and then later on Mount Kenya, before moving further afield to confirm the species’ continued perilous existence in Eburu and the Mau Forests. He and his team have discovered previously-unknown populations and have championed the continued survival of this species in the wild in Kenya.
It is no exaggeration to say that this small group of committed Kenyans (and their supporters such as the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forestry Service) can consider themselves responsible for bringing the plight of the mountain bongo into the public consciousness.
Founded in 1988 with the explicit aim of staunching the rampant poaching of black rhino in the Aberdares ecosystem, Rhino Ark immediately identified that ‘good fences make good neighbours’ and that separating rural people from the inhabitants of the national park was an urgent priority. Its initial fundraising therefore focused on building an electrified fence around the Aberdares, thus preventing human-wildlife conflict like crop raiding by elephants, while simultaneously making illegal incursions into the park more challenging.
This success and the strong partnerships that resulted with the neighbouring communities helped form the Rhino Ark philosophy of “humans in harmony with habitat and wildlife.” This is an approach that has subsequently been extended to Kenya’s other montane forest ecosystems and ‘water towers’ like Mount Kenya and Eburu. Eburu – vulnerable to deforestation through illegal charcoal production – was encircled with fencing in November 2014 and this has allowed Rhino Ark to fully engage with the rural communities here, beginning the formation of effective partnerships around education and awareness as well as livelihood diversification
Rhino Ark – Eburu programmesAside from the obvious commercial and awareness benefits of visiting a largely unknown destination (Eburu is hardly known, even in Kenya, and receives only a handful of visitors a year) and paying for access and services rendered, the beneficiary of proceeds generated by this trip is Rhino Ark and its local Eburu programmes – all targeted at the protection of the ecosystem and species like its flagship, the mountain bongo.
None of the organisations involved – Governors’ Camp Collection or Wilderness Safaris – will receive payment or mark-up on this journey. Instead, any and all proceeds will be channelled to Rhino Ark for use in the urgent priorities of fence patrolling and maintenance, community engagement and education (e.g. Eburu Rafiki) and livelihood diversification (e.g. the Hifadhi Farmers’ Cooperative).
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‘Riding with heart’ on the Nedbank Tour de Tuli - Africa’s ultimate wilderness mountain bike experience.
All funds raised from the event are directly channelled into Children in the Wilderness.
Date: 02– 07 August 2018 Region: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Riding to change lives – The Nedbank Tour de Tuli is Africa’s ultimate mountain bike experience and the main fundraiser for non-profit organisation Children in the Wilderness (CITW). Riding routes will take you along ancient elephant trails, offering the opportunity of experiencing the wonderful scenery, cultural interaction, and wildlife sightings of these areas.
The annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli brings together riders from all walks of life to experience a thrilling adventure with a purpose. Since 2005, the Tour has hosted over 3 700 riders and raised over R20 million; this continued success has enabled CITW to host over 6 900 children and 400 teachers on its camp programmes, to train over 600 Eco-Club Mentors and teachers, and to award more than 400 scholarships to dedicated students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Itinerary:Riders will average between 60 and 80 km per riding day.
Meet your Hosts
Grant Woodrow Grant joined Wilderness Safaris in 1996 and has held a number of positions over the years, from working on the development of the world-renowned Mombo Camp in its infancy in 1999 to managing camps in the Okavango and Linyanti. Today, Grant works as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wilderness Safaris, managing our southern Africa operations.
Grant has been involved in the Tour since its start, some 13 years ago, and loves the camaraderie and beautiful areas of the countries where we ride. The Tour remains a highlight of his year – four blissful days of riding in pristine and wildlife-rich areas, it doesn’t get much better than that!
With a BSc degree in Zoology and an Honours degree in Wildlife Management, riders can look forward to Grant’s expertise when it comes to identifying fauna and flora along the way.
Derek de la Harpe Derek de la Harpe has more than 35 years’ experience working in southern and East Africa, with brief work stints in south-east Asia and Central America, during most of which he has been focused on wildlife and environmental conservation and ecotourism.
Derek is Wilderness’ Chief Sustainability Officer and its Commercial Director, overseeing sustainability, risk management, legal affairs and the Group’s aviation businesses. When it comes to mountain biking, Derek has taken part in a number of events both in Zimbabwe and South Africa. While he no longer races, he manages to get plenty of time in the saddle on his commute to and from work.
“The thing I love about the Tour is the atmosphere. The fact that this isn’t a race and that we are contributing to a great cause seems to infuse the event with a special vibe. And, of course, it is completely unique with those border crossings...!” Derek de la Harpe
Francis Antrobus Francis Antrobus works as the Chief Technology Officer at Wilderness Safaris. Despite being a technology guru, Francis is by no means your stereotype tech guy... He loves working for Wilderness Safaris, doing what he does best, while knowing that he’s part of a company that is changing lives and making a difference throughout Africa.
Always up for an adventure, Francis took off time earlier in his career to explore Africa on an overland trip from Cape Town to Ethiopia. Mountain biking is another passion of his and he tries to ride as often as possible. He even has a specific ‘date night’ with his bike!
Although Francis will be taking part in a number of races during this year, he is most excited about being on the Tour (his second one to date). He is looking forward to meeting like-minded people (and enjoying a few beers in camp after the day’s ride). Mostly he’s excited to be part of a group committed to making a difference to both communities and conservation in Africa.
BeneficiaryChildren in the Wilderness
It is our vision to develop sustainable conservation through leadership development.By exposing children to their natural heritage, Children in the Wilderness aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts and cares for our children, creates leadership values amongst them, and conserves our planet. In this way, we hope to inspire the children to care for the environment so that they can become the custodians of these areas in the future.
All funds raised by the Tour are channelled directly into Children in the Wilderness. Since 2005, the Tour has hosted over 3 700 cyclists and raised over R20 million. This has allowed us to host over 6 900 children and 400 teachers on our camp programme since 2001.
We have trained over 600 Eco-Club Mentors and teachers since 2009, with over 3 300 children currently participating in our Eco-Club programme in their local rural schools.
Travel with purpose in South Africa and be captivated by a meaningful journey of heart and experience personalised travel that gives back.
Your journey at a glance
Embark on an unforgettable 10-day philanthropic adventure through magnificent South Africa. Starting in &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, experience a fascinating community excursion offering a humbling opportunity to learn more about the wonderfully diverse communities of KwaZulu-Natal. Gain first-hand knowledge of various projects, aimed at improving education, healthcare and access to water, as well as the development of local businesses in the area.
Duration: 10 Days, 9 NightsRate: From ZAR 80 190 per personRegions: Phinda, Cape Town, Hermanus
Participate in a rhino notching experience and play an active role in rhino conservation. In Cape Town, interact with the locals on an authentic day tour, angled at any particular philanthropic interests. Move up the whale coast to the gorgeous town of Hermanus, where you will have the opportunity to meet future conservation leaders positively contributing to the region’s unique biodiversity at the Green Futures College on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
Choose to delve into the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and splurge on a whale watching trip, where conservationists will have a chance to showcase their marine conservation initiatives along South Africa’s magnificent coastline.
What we love about this journey:
Connect with people and conservation projects on luxury journeys that give back to wildlife and communities
Your journey at a glance Embark on an unforgettable 12-day philanthropic journey through the heart of Africa. Explore Nairobi, offering an abundance of exciting, diverse conservation experiences including adopting an elephant from the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and observing or hand-feeding the elegant Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Centre.
Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights Rate: From USD11 386 Region: Nairobi / Chyulu Hills / Lewa Downs / Masai Mara
Meet individuals from the Community Leaders Education Fund bursary programme, who are developing natural leadership potential and improving their career opportunities by studying at a local college or university. Tread across vast plains at Chyulu Hills National Park accompanied by a Maasai warrior, with tribal knowledge that spans over centuries.
Learn the traditional Maasai way of life and discover how they live in harmony alongside Africa’s majestic wildlife. Cherish the sanctuary at Ol Pejeta and Lewa Downs conservancy, a safe haven for chimps and rhino, and delve into initiatives by the Africa Foundation and &Beyond, grounded in community participation and driven by local leadership.
What we love about this journey:
The spirit of Lewa Safari Camp
Nestled within the sprawling Laikipia plains, the charming Lewa Safari Camp is set on the privately-owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; home to a splendid array of wildlife, and some of Kenya’s most spectacular scenery. Spacious and luxurious, each of the camp’s thatch-covered tents boasts a comfortable bed, lovely ensuite bathroom and private veranda. The guest areas overlook a popular waterhole and include a dining room, library, bar and an inviting sitting area with a fireplace. In between game viewing adventures, guests can retreat to the coolness of a sparkling swimming or enjoy a spot of game viewing from the camp’s hide. Adventures include twice-daily game drives, guided walks, Ngare Ndare forest excursions, horseback safaris and camel rides, as well as enchanting cultural tours.
What we love about Lewa Safari Camp
Campi ya Kanzi
The superb Campi Ya Kanzi eco-lodge is tucked away in a pristine, Maasai-owned private game reserve. Tented cottages and suites offer fantastic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Tsavo Hills and the Chyulu Hills. Constructed from canvas, stone and wood, each tent has a distinct and decidedly authentic character. All have private verandas that open out onto vistas filled with wildlife.
Like the menu itself, the dining area at the heart of the camp is a tasteful combination of European and Kenyan. Hearty Italian food (think homemade pasta, risotto and gelato) is accompanied by a wonderful selection of South African and Italian wines and is served in a cosy dining area that is open to the incredible landscape. Guests can sip on a sundowner and spy on game from the sitting room, which overlooks a nearby waterhole. Adventures include Maasai-guided walking safaris, game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, day excursions to Tsavo National Park or afternoons spent at the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
What we love about Camp Ya Kanzi
The spirit of &Beyond Bateleur CampTucked away at the foot of the scenic Oloololo escarpment (the rim of the Great Rift Valley) in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, is the classic and elegant &Beyond Bateleur Camp.
Here, amidst the reserve’s astounding year-round concentration of animals, including the Great Wildebeest Migration, guests can experience an unsurpassed wildlife experience.
This romantic and totally private camp reflects the ambiance of Kenyan safaris of the ‘20s and ‘30s and is situated below the scenic location where the famous final scene of the movie Out of Africa was filmed.
Adventures at &Beyond Bateleur Camp include twice-daily game drives, including spot-lit night drives. The camp also offers a range of additional activities such as bush walks, hot air balloon safaris and community excursions that include soul-tickling interactions with the Maasai.
Why we love it
The Madikwe Game Reserve is just three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, and is located along the Botswana border. At 75,000 hectares, this reserve is one of the largest in South Africa. This, coupled with it being in a non-malaria area, has made it a very popular destination for families.The immense diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of animal species, and the distinctive topography presents incredible game viewing opportunities.
Madikwe is home to 66 mammal species and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species.
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
Welcome to our home! Lelapa literally means ‘family’, and this is exactly how we want you to feel – there is no restriction in terms of age or generation. You can expect warm hospitality; sublime comfort and a compelling charm which will make you want to stay forever.
Each of the 12 Suites are spacious, comfortable and ever respectful of the natural environment beyond. Indoor and outdoor showers, private plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace are just some of the added creature comforts to enhance Mother Nature’s subtle signature.
Madikwe Dithaba Lodge
Dithaba (meaning ‘mountain’ in the local dialect) is located slightly higher up and has a spectacular view over the open plains.
With only 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool), this Lodge is well suited to a group of friends or family members making it their own while on safari.
Or for those who simply prefer the sound of nature and little else.
Madikwe Kopano Lodge
Kopano-LodgeKopano directly translated means ‘small gathering’. The Lodge comprises just 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool) which share a magnificent common area. Fine dining to the hoot of an owl, the roar of a lion or the crazed whoop of a hyena is the stuff that dreams are made of. Salut!
The Motshabaesi Primary School
At Madikwe Safari Lodge they support, a school which serves 234 children from the Obakeng Village. Most come from very poor families, and do not stay with parents but with guardians (grandparents, aunts and uncles or members of the community). Many of these parents/ guardians are unemployed, and the only meals the children eat are those they get at the school. The government supplies the school with food on a weekly basis for this purpose.
Motshabaesi Primary consists of 4 classrooms and a couple of temporary container classrooms that accommodate between 30 and 50 learners each. There is no administrative equipment (which they are in desperate need of), or library. Despite being subsidised by the government, the school battles to support the children that they “foster” during the week.
This lodge’s pack for a purpose allows travellers the opportunity to donate and contribute to these care centres by looking at the wish list for the corresponding property that they are travelling to and bringing along any donations they can. This organisation ensures that each of the care centres has enough food, stationery, clothes, toys and much more.
Needs: General School Supplies; Text/Reading Books; Art Supplies; Computer Hardware/Software; Educational Games/Toys; Music Instruments; Sports/Outdoor Activity; Clothing/Shoes; First Aid/Health
Rhino Conservation Experience
Madikwe Game Reserve is committed to wildlife conservation, particularly when it comes to its critically endangered rhino species. To this end, the reserve has established The Honorary Officers Counter Poaching Unit (HOCPU), headed up by Phillip Hattingh. Madikwe Safari Lodge’s guests have the unique opportunity to contribute to, and experience, critical conservation in action through The Rhino Conservation Experience.
After an early morning wakeup call, followed by coffee/ tea and light refreshment, guests are transferred to Madikwe’s Airstrip to meet up with Phillip, park representatives and a veterinary specialist. Following a brief introduction on rhino conservation and an overview of the plan of action, the vet will depart in a helicopter to find and dart a rhino in the vicinity. Safari vehicles are in continuous radio contact, and remain on standby until the location of the rhino is called in. Guests are then transferred to the scene where the rhino is sedated, to participate in the process of gathering DNA samples and notching. The rhino is soon on its feet (sedated for no more than 10-15 minutes to minimise stress), now part of the reference book of identifiable rhinos within Madikwe’s population.
It is through this process that Field Guides are able to identify and record rhino sightings for the purpose of monitoring the health of the population. In addition, the DNA samples are sent to Onderstepoort so that each animal’s unique ID can be added to the national database. The recording of DNA is vital in order to gain convictions against poachers.
Cost per Rhino Notching Experience: ZAR 44,000 (for a maximum of 16 participants in 2 safari vehicles)
Includes: Cost of helicopter, veterinary specialist and access to dedicated park officials; the exclusive encounter with a sedated rhino; tea/ coffee and refreshments during orientation