PRIVATE DINING WITH CHEF MANNING

Food Experiences | Western Cape, Cape Town

BEFORE BECOMING A PRIVATE CHEF, MATT MANNING WORKED IN LONDON’S
FINEST MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS WHERE HE WAS MENTORED BY
RENOWNED CHEFS. HE ALSO SPENT TIME AT LA COLOMBE, AN ACCLAIMED
RESTAURANT IN CONSTANTIA, SOUTH AFRICA.

Matt cooks for bespoke events, corporate functions, intimate occasions and
clients abroad. He has created a number of unique dining experiences
including the pop-up ‘One Ingredient’ where a single ingredient is featured
across a number of courses. He also has his own series of all-inclusive
gastronomic getaways.

The Chef Studio is Chef Matt Manning's latest venture set in a loft in Bree Street,
Cape Town created for experiential dining events, cooking demos, corporateand
private functions.

SPECTACULAR MIGRATION OF ZEBRA

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK IS NOT ONLY HOME TO ONE OF THE LARGEST SALT PANS BUT ONE OF THE LARGEST ZEBRA MIGRATIONS IN THE WORLD AS WELL.

Between October and November, while it’s still hot and dry, the Zebras start travelling to the Boteti River in the west in anticipation of the rains.

It is certainly a wonderful parade to observe in this remote park.

LUXURY LODGE ON WATER

Matusadona National Park & Lake Kariba | Zimbabwe

EXPLORE ZIMBABWE’S LAKE KARIBA ABOARD THE MV MATUSADONA, A LUXURY LODGE ON WATER. THE MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK THAT SURROUNDS THE PRISTINE WATERS TREATS GUESTS TO AN ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE AND OVERWHELMING SUNSETS.

With its imported materials and exquisite finishes, this private safari cruiser offers the ultimate in style and comfort. An exclusive experience is guaranteed as there are only three air-conditioned, cabins with en-suite facilities that comfortably sleep 6 passengers each. Both romantic honeymoons and family holidays are popular. Guests can jacuzzi under the stars, sip on cocktails at the bar, or relax in the cosy saloon with a cognac or steaming mug of hot chocolate on cooler evenings.

Each day, a new secluded mooring is reached where you will awaken to the gentle lapping of waves and wildlife sounds. A speed boat, game viewing pontoon as well as a general tender boat facilitate safari activities.

A PILGRIMAGE TO RARE PRIMATES

Uganda | East Africa

UGANDA IS A COUNTRY WITH VARIED LANDSCAPES WHERE DENSE FORESTS NOT ONLY ENVELOP MOUNTAINS, WATERFALLS AND LAKES BUT REMARKABLE WILDLIFE AS WELL. IN FACT, IT HAS THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF PRIMATES ON EARTH, YET THE COUNTRY RECEIVES FAR LESS VISITORS THAN ITS NEIGHBOURS.

The very rare mountain gorilla is one of these primate species which makes gorilla tracking an extraordinary expedition. A secret the world should continue to keep…

Deep within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest there is a remote and atmospheric retreat by the name of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, the only accommodation located within the national park.

RHINO TRACKING ON FOOT

Livingstone | Zambia

THORNTREE RIVER LODGE IN MOSI-OA-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK IS LOCATED NOT FAR FROM THE FAMOUS FALLS.

This destination offers guests the rare opportunity to encounter and photograph the highly endangered white rhino during a short, guided wilderness walk. Buffalo, impala, zebra, giraffe and warthog may also be spotted. A series briefing about procedures and safety always precedes rhino tracking on foot which is facilitated by professional guides.

These special creatures are under 24-hour protection by the rangers.

THE VALLEY OF DESOLATION

Eastern Cape | South Africa

THE VALLEY OF DESOLATION IS A HUMBLING GEOLOGICAL PHENOMENON AND NATIONAL MONUMENT FOUND IN THE CAMDEBOO NATIONAL PARK.

Also known as The Cathedral of the Mountains, this premier tourist attraction with its piled dolerite columns promises breathtaking views across the seemingly endless Karoo plains.

WALK WITH THE SAN BUSHMEN

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

THE APPROXIMATELY 60 000 KHOISAN-SPEAKING SAN BUSHMEN IN BOTSWANA ARE INDIGENOUS HUNTER-GATHERERS WITH A STRONG HERITAGE AND EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF PLANTS, ANIMALS AND WATER SOURCING IN THE HARSH DESERT.

Some Bushmen in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park are employed by lodges such as Camp Kalahari, San Camp and Jack’s Camp and will often wear traditional dress.

A walk with these fascinating, gentle people will reveal their authentic settlement with grass huts as well as their unique survival and healing skills.

HIGH TEA AT VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe

WITH ITS RICH HISTORY, SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE VICTORIA FALLS BRIDGE AND MYSTICAL SPRAY FROM THE CURTAIN OF FALLING WATER, VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL IS TRULY A SPECIAL PLACE.

What makes it even more irresistible is the fabulous High Tea served on Stanley’s Terrace. An array of silverware, vintage cutlery and crockery as well as exceptional service from the friendly hotel staff perfectly complement all the delectable treats on display.

Plus, the occasion is not exclusive to hotel guests.

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF THE WILDERNESS

Kenya | East Africa

SOARING OVER THE SAVANNAH IN A HOT AIR BALLOON IS A SPLENDID WAY TO ELEVATE A SAFARI HOLIDAY. ONCE THE COLOURFUL CANOPY HAS BEEN INFLATED, THE BASKET BEGINS TO RISE ALONG WITH THE SUN. THE ABSOLUTE STILLNESS WHILE SEEMINGLY SUSPENDED IN THE AIR IS AS SURPRISING AS THE SCENERY IS CAPTIVATING.

The riverine forest that at first surrounds and follows the Mara River is later replaced by the Eluai Plains towards the Oloololo Escarpment on the Western boundary of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The trip promises ample opportunities for photography and video filming as amused creatures gaze up while others clearly announce themselves.

Champagne and a freshly prepared bush breakfast are served right after landing when choosing a reputable operator such as Governors' Balloon Safaris.

WATER TAXI

Livingstone | Zambia

THERE IS ONLY ONE TRULY THRILLING WAY TO ARRIVE IN THE SOUTHWESTERN TOWN OF LIVINGSTONE AND THAT IS BY WATER TAXI.

A transfer on the mighty Zambezi River is as exciting as it is unique and makes for a grand arrival followed by a warm welcome.

While your luggage safely travels to the hotel by road, guests are whisked away on water to the Royal Livingstone’s Sun Deck.

THE WINE TRAM

Western Cape, Winelands | South Africa

FAMOUS FOR ITS AWARD-WINNING WINE ESTATES AND EXQUISITE CUISINE, THE FRANSCHHOEK VALLEY IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE PLACES WORTH VISITING WHILE EXPLORING THE WESTERN CAPE.

A journey by tram is a splendid way to make the most of your stay.

This exclusive, full-day experience includes a wine lecture, 3-course lunch, cellar tour (subject to availability) and two premium wine tastings.

CLOSE MEERKAT EXPERIENCE

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

MEERKATS ARE SMALL YET TOUGH CARNIVORANS BELONGING
TO THE MONGOOSE FAMILY.

Habituated colonies near the charming Jack's Camp in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park provide a unique and rare opportunity for close encounters with these creatures. The mesmerising dawn sky forms the backdrop to Meerkat Manor, a burrow with a modest mound functioning as a lookout point.

One may even get the chance to join them on their morning walk and hunt.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT CAMPS

Duba Plains Camp, Duba Plains Reserve, Okavango Delta | Botswana

THE INSPIRING DUBA PLAINS CAMP SITS IN DUBA PLAINS RESERVE IN THE BELOVED OKAVANGO DELTA. IT IS A FULLY-INTEGRATED COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT ON LAND LEASED DIRECTLY FROM FIVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES WHO RECEIVE ALL OF THE LEASE REVENUE.

Many of the Duba Plains Camp staff members also come from these communities. The island the camp inhabits is blessed with large ebony, fig and garcinia trees that provide welcome shade. Each one of the five bespoke raised tents have a private veranda that overlooks vivid floodplains graced by a steady stream of wildlife. Accommodation is sumptuous, guest areas are grand, cuisine is divine and safari activities are thrilling.

Of course, by staying here one also makes a difference in the lives of local community members.

THE BEAUTY AND WONDER OF MATOBO HILLS

Matobo Hills | Zimbabwe

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK IN SOUTHWEST ZIMBABWE IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE BEST KNOWN FOR THE AWE-INSPIRING MATOBO HILLS.

Millions of years of erosion of the granite plateau has left majestic balancing rock formations that renders one speechless.

The hills are also home to gigantic caves including Bambata, Nswatugi and Silozwane that hide sacred rock art, not to mention Stone and Iron Age archaeological sites.

THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE EXPRESS

Livingstone | Zambia

BOARD THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE EXPRESS FOR A CULINARY JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.

Delectable dishes served with carefully curated South African wines are enhanced by the inspired setting embellished by polished brass, teak and leather. Once the beautifully restored steam locomotive has departed from Livingstone it meanders through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Zambezi River Valley before crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge.

As one would expect, flawless service accompanies the 5-course dinner during this iconic journey reminiscent of times past.

KAYAKING WITH WHALES IN HERMANUS

Western Cape, Overberg | South Africa

DISCOVERING THE ABUNDANCE OF MARINE LIFE IN WALKER BAY FROM A KAYAK IS BOTH THRILLING AND SOOTHING.

Between June and November your chances of spotting whales and dolphins are increased. However, the backdrop of majestic mountains and possibility of spotting birdlife, penguins and seals are reason enough to book.

Several companies offer guided tours, including Walker Bay Adventures, an eco-friendly operator.

QUAD BIKE ACROSS THE PANS

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

THE FAMOUSLY MASSIVE AND MAGNIFICENT SALT PAN SURROUNDED BY THE KALAHARI DESERT IS A QUAD BIKING PARADISE WHEN THE PANS ARE DRY.

Between April and October, this vast expanse of desert landscape in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is perfect for racing or cruising, especially before sunset.

THE BOMA – DINNER & DRUM SHOW

Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe

THE BOMA DINNER & DRUM SHOW IS A FOUR-COURSE FEAST FEATURING LOCAL DISHES AND CAPTIVATING ENTERTAINMENT.

After receiving a sarong and optional face paint there is a traditional hand washing ceremony, followed by a mug of local beer and a shared starter platter. Soup from the campfire is served next before the main course buffet with mouthwatering dishes and vegetarian options are presented.

Throughout the evening, exciting performances by traditional singers, dancers and drummers fill the night before an interactive drumming show invites you to discover your inner African rhythm.

ECO-FRIENDLY LODGE IN BOTSWANA

Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve | Botswana

THE EXQUISITE ZARAFA CAMP IN BOTSWANA’S SELINDA RESERVE IS DEEMED TO BE THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY INNOVATIVE CAMP.

This top wildlife sanctuary and the country’s first Relais & Chateaux property is part of the Great Plains conservation project. Incomparable amenities and exclusive tented villas await with incredible Zibadianja Lagoon views; the epitome of luxury, romance and adventure.

The reserve is graced by buffalos, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, leopards, lions, red lechwes and zebras. It is also a refuge for African wild dogs, roans and sables.

THE GREAT JOURNEY OF GIANT HERDS OF GRAZERS

Tanzania | East Africa

THE WORLD-FAMOUS, GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION IS A NATURAL, ANNUAL PHENOMENON THAT UNFOLDS IN AN UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

The animals typically move around in a clockwork motion from December to June in Tanzania before over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles cross the river into Kenya from July. The first rains in January trigger movement. In February, newborns start finding their feet and predators arrive. During June, the wildebeest herds are spread out and travelling at their peak pace. Preparation for mating as well as for the first Mara river crossings starts in July.

The never-ending journey of these giant herds of grazers in Northern Tanzania is nothing short of sensational.

CANOE SAFARI

Lower Zambezi National Park | Zambia

THE HEADWATERS OF THE LOWER ZAMBEZI IS A SPECTACULAR SETTING FOR STUNNING GAME VIEWING ACCESSIBLE THROUGH A LUXURIOUS YET THRILLING CANOE SAFARI.

During the day you will silently drift passed river banks that belong to the continent’s majestic creatures, including hippos and elephants. In the evenings, quaint and comfortable bush camps will warmly welcome you.

Led by highly qualified canoe guides, this 2 - 3 hour adventure will redefine your understanding of safari in Africa.

DOM PÉRIGNON EXPERIENCE

Western Cape, Cape Town | South Africa

THE IN-HOUSE SOMMELIER AND CHEF AT THE ELLERMAN HOUSE HAVE CRAFTED A TASTING EXPERIENCE WHERE DOM PÉRIGNON IS ELEVATED BY CAREFULLY SELECTED SOUTH AFRICAN DISHES.

Essentially the enriching Bento Box-style culinary journey highlights the different notes of the included bottle of Dom Pérignon.

TSODILO HILLS

Okavango Delta, Far North | Botswana

A GREAT TREASURE RESTS ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA; THE ESSENCE OF AN ANCIENT CULTURE.

This UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most historically significant rock art sites in the world, makes the list of unforgettable places. This place is Tsodilo Hills, a location sacred to the San people. Here massive quartzite rock formations in a small area form the highest point in Botswana. They are also a canvas for over 2 000 San Bushmen paintings.

Tsodilo Hills are easily accessible from Nxamaseri Island Lodge that arranges fully-catered and guided day-trips to this arid yet compelling part of the Kalahari.

TOUR OF THE FALLS

Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe

VICTORIA FALLS, A SPECTACULAR SIGHT DESCRIBED AS THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS, PROMISES BEAUTY AND GRANDEUR TO ITS BEHOLDERS.

The sensory phenomenon simply cannot be captured by a picture in the same way a tour on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River offers. Morning and afternoon tours can take visitors past the Big Tree and through the Rainforest. Qualified guides will explain the history along with detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife. They are also helpful when it comes to assisting with memorable photographs.

This natural wonder truly is a humbling masterpiece.

GORILLA TREKKING

Rwanda | East Africa

THE LANDLOCKED COUNTRY OF RWANDA MAY BE SMALL BUT THE PRIMATE TRACKING OPPORTUNITIES IT OFFERS ARE SOME OF THE BEST ON THE PLANET.

Soaring mountains and rolling green hills are home to highly endangered mountain gorillas as well as Sykes monkeys, Golden monkeys and chimpanzees. Hand-picked accommodation contributes greatly to a deeply enriching safari in this friendly destination.


Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, built and operated by Governors’ Camp Collection, is Rwanda’s first-ever community-owned lodge. It is adjacent to Volcanoes National Park from where clients start trekking on foot.

The renowned Virunga Lodge nearby is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Musanze valley as well as Lakes Burera and Ruhondo.

WALKING SAFARI & SLEEP-OUT

South Luangwa National Park | Zambia

IF CLOSER ENCOUNTERS AND EVENINGS AMONGST UNTAMED CREATURES ARE WHAT YOU DESIRE THEN THE SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK IS THE DESTINATION FOR YOU.

With its low footprint, this superb wildlife sanctuary is the ideal place for a Walking Safari & Sleep-out.

HOT-AIR BALLOON OVER THE CAPE WINELANDS

Western Cape, Winelands | South Africa

TRAVEL TO ABOVE TREETOP LEVEL AFTER A GENTLE ASCENT AT SUNRISE IN A HOT-AIR BALLOON TO DRIFT OVER THE FIELDS AND VINEYARDS OF THE CAPE WINELANDS.

Once you have touched ground, a retrieve vehicle will escort you back to the exquisite Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl for a 5-star breakfast.

UNPARALLELED SAFARI ON HORSEBACK

Okavango Delta | Botswana

A SAFARI ON HORSEBACK IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE AND EXCITING ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD.

This surreal opportunity was pioneered by African Horseback Safaris. There really is nothing else like it. While the annual flooding in the Okavango Delta limits vehicle access, horses allow adventurers to explore on water and land. Riders can gallop alongside game or stalk them from a safer distance and effortlessly take in the birdlife along the way.

Throughout the journey, wonderful guides tell stories and share insights when not pointing out camouflaged creatures many would miss.

RAFT FLOAT & ISLAND PICNIC

Victoria Falls – Zambezi River | Zimbabwe

EMBARK ON A RARE ADVENTURE THAT STARTS AT THE PURE AFRICA WATERFRONT.

Your destination is Princess Elisabeth Island and you are bound to pass pods of hippos on your way. A 30-minute raft float gets you there where a gourmet picnic awaits. Natural pathways surrounded by Ebony and Mahogany trees lead to intimate picnic pockets hiding luxurious ground sofas, rugs and cushions.

Here chefs serve gourmet picnic feasts before guests return to the mainland via raft and the hotel via vehicle.

NGORONGORO CRATER

Tanzania | East Africa

A VISIT TO TANZANIA IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT A NGORONGORO CRATER EXPERIENCE.

After all, it is the world’s only intact caldera and one that covers 260 square kilometers. On this exquisite safari and UNESCO world heritage site, visitors can seek the Big Five and interact with people from the Maasai tribe. There really is an abundance of natural wildlife in this breathtakingly beautiful setting. The Lerai Forest, which is rumoured to have the best leopard sightings, is not far away either.

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge boasts the perfect location and excursions that range from walks on the crater rim at an altitude of 2 400 metres to crater floor banquets.

STAY IN A HUGE SUITE IN A TOP CAMP

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta | Botswana

WHEN VISITING THE MAGICAL COUNTRY OF BOTSWANA, YOU COULD STAY IN THE REMARKABLE SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP WHICH BOASTS SOME OF THE LARGEST SUITES IN THE AREA.

This top-rated luxury camp exists on the largest island namely Chief’s Island found in the centre of the Okavango Delta. The camp’s strong environmental and philanthropic credentials, complemented by unique attention to detail and personal service, ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience. The setting is extraordinary; the safari experiences are exceptional; and the expert guides are terrific.

Whether you are after action or simply seeking relaxation, the abundant wildlife and level of refinement at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in Moremi Game Reserve will not disappoint.

JOURNEY OVER THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS

Livingstone | Zambia

VICTORIA FALLS FROM ABOVE IS A MAGNIFICENT SIGHT TO BEHOLD MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FLIGHT OF ANGELS.

Choose from several unforgettable helicopter trips to take in breathtakingly beautiful views of the Falls, Batoka Gorge, Zambezi River and the lush Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

DENSEST AFRICAN ELEPHANT POPULATIONS ON EARTH

Eastern Cape | South Africa

GORAH ELEPHANT CAMP IS THE FIRST AND ONLY PRIVATE CONCESSION IN A NATIONAL PARK.

This premier lodge is set in the heart of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, a malaria-free haven for more than 600 elephants.


SPECIALIST FAMILY CAMP

Seba Camp, Okavango Delta | Botswana

SEBA CAMP CAN BE FOUND IN THE PROLIFIC ABU CONCESSION AREA.


It is a specialist family camp, a rare option in the Okavango Delta, where children can learn the wonders of wildlife and enjoy activities such as bush cooking and photography lessons. Two of the eight luxury tents are designed for families and feature plunge pools. Overlooking the perennial lagoon, the camp provides a classic yet completely elevated Okavango Delta safari experience.

Bush drives, mokoro rides and guided walks are land and water game-viewing options. The majestic forest with its incredible birdlife deserves to be mentioned as well.

SURROUNDED BY THE MIGHTY ZAMBEZI RIVER

Victoria Falls River Lodge | Zimbabwe

DEEPLY CONNECT WITH NATURE AT VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE.

Here, on the private Kandahar Island enveloped by the iconic Zambezi river, personal butler services and fine dining enhance what can be described as an immersive bush getaway with an island feel. Each Island Treehouse that rises up from the waters below, boasts a plunge pool on a private deck as well as an en-suite bathroom with a freestanding tub and rain shower.


The double storey Starbed Treehouses on the other hand appear suspended above the river and boast unique rooftop sitting areas and breathtaking Starbeds.

THE GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION

Kenya | East Africa

DURING THE GREAT MIGRATION, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WILDEBEEST, GAZELLE AND ZEBRA CHARGE ACROSS THE PLAINS OF THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK IN SEARCH OF GREENER GRASS AND FRESHER WATER.

While July marks the start of the Mara River crossings as well as mating season, the precise movements of this spectacular spectacle are unpredictable. August is typically the best month to see the dramatic border and Mara River crossings in Masai Mara during which the wildebeest fight for survival against crocodiles.

The victors remain there until October before returning to the Serengeti.

SUNSET CRUISE

Livingstone | Zambia

BEFORE ITS RAGING TORRENTS TURN INTO THE INCREDIBLE VICTORIA FALLS, THE PALM-FRINGED ZAMBEZI RIVER IS A TRANQUIL WATERWAY THAT HOSTS SPLENDID SUNSET CRUISES.

Visitors can board the impressive African Queen or slightly smaller but equally luxurious African Princess a few kilometres above the Falls for a Livingstone’s Adventure Sunset Cruise.

The fabulous two-hour trip is the perfect way to toast the setting sun with traditional cocktails, complete with tasty snacks.

PRIVATE ART GUIDE

Western Cape, Cape Town | South Africa

THE SOUL OF ELLERMAN HOUSE IS ITS UNRIVALLED SOUTH AFRICAN ART COLLECTION.

It tells the diverse story of South Africa with meticulously collected and curated works spanning over two centuries.


Talita Swarts, the in-house art guide, is on hand to map out the history and escort you through the impressive collection.

A PERMANENT GAME LODGE IN CHOBE

Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park | Botswana

CHOBE GAME LODGE FOUND IN THE CHOBE NATIONAL PARK IS THE ONLY PERMANENT LODGE FOUND IN THIS FAMOUS PARK.

It is a premier, 5-star venue boasting a full eco-grading by Botswana Tourism Board. Guests will relish its position on the banks of the Chobe River which has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the continent. Views of the river, island and floodplains are remarkable.


Professional guides offer an array of services bound to satisfy eager explorers.

FLIGHT OF ANGELS

Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe

ON SEEING THE VICTORIA FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1855, DAVID LIVINGSTONE EXPRESSED THAT “SCENES SO LOVELY MUST HAVE BEEN GAZED UPON BY ANGELS IN THEIR FLIGHT”.

Hence the name for the famous helicopter flights over this natural marvel.


Not many can say they have viewed the falls from the air.

WILDEBEEST MIGRATION: ZAMBIA

Liuwa Plain National Park | Zambia

LIUWA PLAIN NATIONAL PARK IS HOME TO AFRICA'S SECOND BIGGEST WILDEBEEST MIGRATION, ONE OF NATURE'S GREATEST SPECTACLES.

During the rainy season which starts in November, massive herds of blue wildebeest arrive at the park. Here you will also discover the renowned Lady Liuwa lion pride, wild dogs and a growing cheetah population. Fantastic photographic opportunities await in this remote, untouched park enriched by stories and legends told by award-winning guides. The wonderful birdlife and wildflower season deserve praise as well.


Built and operated by Time + Tide, the exclusive King Lewanika Lodge is a magical place that retains its safari authenticity in terms of design while offering total immersion in the vast landscape.

LED BY AFRICA’S FIRST ALL-FEMALE GUIDING TEAM

Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park | Botswana

THE PROGRESSIVE CHOBE GAME LODGE IS LOCATED IN BOTSWANA’S FIRST NATIONAL PARK.

It is here that the first and only all-female guiding team in Africa push boundaries and break gender norms. These tough, hard-working trailblazers are successful in a challenging, often dangerous and always prestigious career that is a full-time commitment.


Then again, why would they not be? They also happen to be economical drivers.

THE ALBA RESTAURANT – CRUISE & DINE

Western Cape, Cape Town | South Africa

GUESTS ABOARD THE ALBA RESTAURANT ARE SURE TO AGREE THAT FEW THINGS COMPARE TO FINE DINING ON A FLOATING RESTAURANT.

This 72-seater that only operates in the V&A Waterfront harbour is a first in Cape Town. Top quality service can be expected on all delectable brunch, lunch, high tea and dinner cruises.


STAR BATH

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Sanctuary Retreats, Okavango Delta | Botswana

WITH ONLY FIVE LUXURIOUS SUITES AVAILABLE, BAINES’ IS THE SMALLEST OF THE SANCTUARY RETREATS’ CAMPS.

What makes it even more intimate are the star baths that adorn the private decks of suites on raised platforms, high above the Boro River.


Gazing up at the scintillating, celestial objects in the African sky during an indulgent soak is a rare treat.

SIGNATURE CRUISES ON THE ZAMBEZI RIVER

Victoria Falls – Zambezi River | Zimbabwe

A RELAXING, INDULGENT CRUISE IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO TAKE IN ALL THE NATURAL SPLENDOUR THE ZAMBEZI RIVER HAS TO SHARE.

Signature experiences such as a Luxury Sunset Cruise with snacks and drinks introduce guests to beautiful scenery and sightings as one sails upstream along the river. The wildlife, birdlife and magnificent sunsets make for amazing photographs.


With a Luxury Dinner Cruise, soaking up the sunset is followed by drinks and a freshly prepared four-course meal with the sounds of the African bush in the background.

GREATEST FALLING CURTAIN

Livingstone | Zambia

THE MYSTICAL SPRAY AND TREMENDOUS THUNDER OF THE SPECTACULAR VICTORIA FALLS AS IT CRASHES INTO THE ZAMBEZI RIVER IS CAPTIVATING AND AWE-INSPIRING.

A Zambian tour of the falls is an exceptional way to experience the Greatest Falling Curtain of Water on this planet. It also reveals how the falls were formed and explains some of the local customs that surround them.


Phenomenal vistas of the Eastern Cataract, Main Falls and the Boiling Pot are accessible from various vantage points such as bridges, the Lookout Tree and a path along the edge of the forest.

HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI

Okavango Delta, World Heritage Site | Botswana

THE WILDERNESS WONDERLAND THAT IS THE OKAVANGO DELTA IS A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES, ESPECIALLY WHEN WITNESSED FROM A HOT AIR BALLOON.

It literally and figuratively takes game viewing to new heights as one floats over complex natural channels and waterways, islands and woodland forests inhabited by the continent’s most beautiful creatures.


What better way to celebrate this World Heritage Site than to soak up unforgettable 360-degree views from the air?

ZAMBEZI TRAM LUNCH & HISTORICAL BRIDGE TOUR

Victoria Falls – Zambezi River | Zimbabwe

THE ZAMBEZI TRAM LUNCH & HISTORICAL BRIDGE TOUR IS ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY.

Guests will behold historic sights, snack on fine foods and sip on premium beverages all in two hours.


An easy outing to add to any itinerary.

LIVINGSTONE ISLAND & DEVIL'S POOL

Livingstone | Zambia

IF THE EDGE OF THE VICTORIA FALLS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, THEN A VISIT TO LIVINGSTONE ISLAND AND DEVIL’S POOL IS FOR YOU.

Pause for a surreal picnic on this epic waterfall’s brim or dare to swim in one of the world’s most fascinating natural infinity pools. This almost effortless, life-changing adventure that allows you to peer over the edge is completely safe during a guided tour.


It is worth noting that both excursions are only possible from the Zambian side of the Falls.

TURTLE TRACKING – NOCTURNAL EXPERIENCE

Kwazulu-Natal | South Africa

TURTLE TRACKING IS AN AMAZING COASTAL EXPERIENCE AND THE NORTH COAST OF KWAZULU-NATAL IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO ENJOY THIS BUCKET-LIST ADVENTURE.

Female turtles can be seen laying their eggs in summer between November and December. Hatchlings can be seen between January and February when they make their life-threatening dash for the ocean.


The Rocktail Beach Camp, Thonga Beach Lodge and Kosi Forest Lodge can all accommodate tracking. .

HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER THE DELTA

Okavango Delta | Botswana

DISCOVERING THE GRANDEUR OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA FROM A HELICOPTER CAN BE OVERWHELMING AS IT OFFERS AN INSTANT UNDERSTANDING OF ITS VASTNESS AND ASTONISHING BEAUTY.

The permanent and fleeting waterways interrupted by islands on an ever-changing landscape provide for splendid diversity and abundance of wildlife.


Photography reaches a new level as unrestricted views make way for unbelievable pictures.

MOKORO SAFARI

Okavango Delta | Botswana

A DESCRIPTION OR EVEN A PHOTOGRAPH PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE OF A MOKORO SAFARI IN BOTSWANA’S FAMED OKAVANGO DELTA.

Environmentally-friendly fibreglass Mokoro boats have replaced those traditionally carved out of ancient Delta trees. The essence of the journey, however, remains unchanged as one quietly glides through a maze of channels and opaque lagoons with an experienced expert. Separated from the water by a few centimetres, you may spot elephants and antelope grazing on nearby islands while all the time sharing the channels with hippos and crocodiles. It is awe-inspiring, thrilling and humbling.


Will you surprise unsuspecting wildlife or slip passed unnoticed? We cannot say; all we know is no trip is ever the same.

SUNSET COCKTAIL ‘SAFARI’ EXPERIENCE IN CAPE TOWN

Western Cape, Cape Town | South Africa

PICTURE A POP-UP BAR IN A SECRET LOCATION WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL VIEW WHERE YOU CAN SETTLE INTO SOPHISTICATED SAFARI FURNITURE OR SELECT A SPOT ON THE TURKISH CARPET DOTTED WITH SCATTER CUSHIONS.

Here you can celebrate the day and welcome dusk with magical sundowner moments facilitated by a private barman pouring craft gin and tonics or champagne. All that is left to do is to enjoy carefully sourced snacks as you soak up the beauty of the surrounds.


This and other curated experiences are offered by Travel Designer.

CANYON SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN PICNIC FLIGHT

Mpumalanga | South Africa

AN ADVENTURE WITH MPUMALANGA HELICOPTER COMPANY IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO EMBRACE AND CELEBRATE THE BEAUTY OF THIS MAGNIFICENT PROVINCE.

Dramatic views of sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls, grand gorges and raging rivers will take your breath away as you soar and survey the landscapes of the Kruger Lowveld before stopping for a picnic with surreal views. Highlights include the Panorama Gorge Waterfall, Blyde River Canyon which is the third largest Canyon in the world, God’s Window and the gigantic Three Rondavels.


These scenic flights either start at Hippo Hollow Country Estate or at hotels and game lodges in the Timbavati, Manyeleti and Sabi Sands area that have helipads.

VIEW THOUSANDS OF FLAMINGOS FROM THE AIR

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

AN EXTRAORDINARY TRANSFORMATION UNFOLDS IN THE MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK WHEN THE PANS FILL WITH WATER DURING THE WET SEASON.

Large flocks of birds, most significantly Greater and Lesser flamingoes, arrive to revel in an avian feast of tiny shrimp and other crustaceans brought to life by the rains. Some travel from as far as the Great Rift Valley in East Africa.


The resultant pink, cloud-like phenomenon is best observed from the air between November and April.

THE WILDEST & MOST REMOTE - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Limpopo | South Africa

THE BIG FIVE MAKULEKE CONTRACTUAL PARK IS A VAST AND REMOTE WILDERNESS THAT IS HOME TO INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE AND PROLIFIC BIRDLIFE.

Acacia thickets, Fever Tree forests and ancient Baobab specimens add to the mythical air imprinted by legends and history of early explorers and ancient civilisations. On a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River Valley is The Outpost.


It is a remarkable lodge to consider when visiting this unique and scenically wonderful part of the Kruger National Park located below Zimbabwe, next to Mozambique.

BALLOON SAFARI, MAGALIES RIVER VALLEY

Gauteng | South Africa

TAKE IN THE BEAUTIFUL MAGALIES RIVER VALLEY AS YOU HOVER ABOVE THE TREETOPS BEFORE ASCENDING TO GREATER HEIGHTS TO VIEW THE MAGALIESBERG RANGE IN THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

The north-western region of the Gauteng Province boasts some of the best ballooning weather in the world making this peaceful experience all the more magical.


Such a memorable excursion should be experienced in style with awarded providers such as Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SAFARI HAVEN

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Kasane Forest Reserve | Botswana

THE OPULENT SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO WITH ITS STUNNING SUITES IS SITUATED IN THE SEEMINGLY UNTOUCHED KASANE FOREST RESERVE.

Particularly, it is promoted as a family-friendly safari haven where brilliant game viewing is guaranteed. Relaxation areas include the split-level swimming pool and cosy sitting room, complete with a library. There is also a wine and cigar cellar, boutique store and communications centre. In-room spa and beauty treatments are ideal after a ride in an open 4×4 safari vehicle or before a safari and sundowner cruise on the Chobe River.


A fusion of Western and African ingredients culminate in delectable, gourmet meals at the restaurant which also serves vintage wine from the well-stocked cellar. For lunch, you have the option to create your own pizza on the terrace.

AN INTRODUCTION TO LOCAL WINES IN THE CAPE

Western Cape, Cape Town | South Africa

A FINE SELECTION OF LOCAL WINES ARE FEATURED AT THIS EXCLUSIVE, COMPLIMENTARY EVENT HOSTED DAILY BY SIGNAL RESTAURANT FOR GUESTS OF CAPE GRACE.

Regular whisky tastings are held in the Bascule Bar.


STAR BED

Sanctuary River Camp, Okavango Delta | Botswana

WITH ONLY FIVE LUXURIOUS SUITES AVAILABLE, BAINES’ IS THE SMALLEST OF THE SANCTUARY RETREATS’ CAMPS.

It is also one of only two camps where one can walk with elephants. At this intimate and romantic destination, lavish 4-poster beds are always ready to be wheeled out for a romantic evening on the private deck of one’s suite.


Seemingly suspended high above the Boro River, the shimmering jewels above appear even more vivid in the African night sky from a star bed.

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PRIVATE DINING
WITH A PRIVATE CHEF

Food Experiences | Western Cape, Cape Town

The Chef Studio is Chef Matt Manning’s latest venture set in a loft in Bree Street
Cape Town created for experiential dining events, cooking demos, corporateand
private functions.

BEFORE BECOMING A PRIVATE CHEF, MATT MANNING WORKED IN LONDON’S
FINEST MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS WHERE HE WAS MENTORED BY
RENOWNED CHEFS. HE ALSO SPENT TIME AT LA COLOMBE, AN ACCLAIMED
RESTAURANT IN CONSTANTIA, SOUTH AFRICA.

Matt cooks for bespoke events, corporate functions, intimate occasions and
clients abroad. He has created a number of unique dining experiences
including the pop-up ‘One Ingredient’ where a single ingredient is featured
across a number of courses. He also has his own series of all-inclusive
gastronomic getaways.

SPECTACULAR MIGRATION OF ZEBRA

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

It is certainly a wonderful parade to observe in this remote park.

MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK IS NOT ONLY HOME TO ONE OF THE LARGEST SALT PANS BUT ONE OF THE LARGEST ZEBRA MIGRATIONS IN THE WORLD AS WELL.

Between October and November, while it’s still hot and dry, the Zebras start travelling to the Boteti River in the west in anticipation of the rains.

LUXURY LODGE
ON WATER

Matusadona National Park & Lake Kariba | Zimbabwe

Each day, a new secluded mooring is reached where you will awaken to the gentle lapping of waves and wildlife sounds. A speed boat, game viewing pontoon as well as a general tender boat facilitate safari activities.

EXPLORE ZIMBABWE’S LAKE KARIBA ABOARD THE MV MATUSADONA, A LUXURY LODGE ON WATER. THE MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK THAT SURROUNDS THE PRISTINE WATERS TREATS GUESTS TO AN ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE AND OVERWHELMING SUNSETS.

With its imported materials and exquisite finishes, this private safari cruiser offers the ultimate in style and comfort. An exclusive experience is guaranteed as there are only three air-conditioned, cabins with en-suite facilities that comfortably sleep 6 passengers each. Both romantic honeymoons and family holidays are popular. Guests can jacuzzi under the stars, sip on cocktails at the bar, or relax in the cosy saloon with a cognac or steaming mug of hot chocolate on cooler evenings.

A PILGRIMAGE TO RARE PRIMATES

Uganda | East Africa

Deep within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest there is a remote and atmospheric retreat by the name of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, the only accommodation located within the national park.

UGANDA IS A COUNTRY WITH VARIED LANDSCAPES WHERE DENSE FORESTS NOT ONLY ENVELOP MOUNTAINS, WATERFALLS AND LAKES BUT REMARKABLE WILDLIFE AS WELL. IN FACT, IT HAS THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF PRIMATES ON EARTH, YET THE COUNTRY RECEIVES FAR LESS VISITORS THAN ITS NEIGHBOURS.

The very rare mountain gorilla is one of these primate species which makes gorilla tracking an extraordinary expedition. A secret the world should continue to keep…

RHINO TRACKING
ON FOOT

Livingstone | Zambia

These special creatures are under 24-hour protection by the rangers.

THORNTREE RIVER LODGE IN MOSI-OA-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK IS LOCATED NOT FAR FROM THE FAMOUS FALLS.

This destination offers guests the rare opportunity to encounter and photograph the highly endangered white rhino during a short, guided wilderness walk. Buffalo, impala, zebra, giraffe and warthog may also be spotted. A series briefing about procedures and safety always precedes rhino tracking on foot which is facilitated by professional guides.

THE VALLEY OF DESOLATION

Eastern Cape | South Africa

THE VALLEY OF DESOLATION IS A HUMBLING GEOLOGICAL PHENOMENON AND NATIONAL MONUMENT FOUND IN THE CAMDEBOO NATIONAL PARK.

Also known as The Cathedral of the Mountains, this premier tourist attraction with its piled dolerite columns promises breathtaking views across the seemingly endless Karoo plains.

WALK WITH
THE SAN BUSHMEN

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

A walk with these fascinating, gentle people will reveal their authentic settlement with grass huts as well as their unique survival and healing skills.

THE APPROXIMATELY 60 000 KHOISAN-SPEAKING SAN BUSHMEN IN BOTSWANA ARE INDIGENOUS HUNTER-GATHERERS WITH A STRONG HERITAGE AND EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF PLANTS, ANIMALS AND WATER SOURCING IN THE HARSH DESERT.

Some Bushmen in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park are employed by lodges such as Camp Kalahari, San Camp and Jack’s Camp and will often wear traditional dress.

HIGH TEA AT
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe

Plus, the occasion is not exclusive to hotel guests.

WITH ITS RICH HISTORY, SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE VICTORIA FALLS BRIDGE AND MYSTICAL SPRAY FROM THE CURTAIN OF FALLING WATER, VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL IS TRULY A SPECIAL PLACE.

What makes it even more irresistible is the fabulous High Tea served on Stanley’s Terrace. An array of silverware, vintage cutlery and crockery as well as exceptional service from the friendly hotel staff perfectly complement all the delectable treats on display.

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW
OF THE WILDERNESS

Kenya | East Africa

Champagne and a freshly prepared bush breakfast are served right after landing when choosing a reputable operator such as Governors' Balloon Safaris.

SOARING OVER THE SAVANNAH IN A HOT AIR BALLOON IS A SPLENDID WAY TO ELEVATE A SAFARI HOLIDAY. ONCE THE COLOURFUL CANOPY HAS BEEN INFLATED, THE BASKET BEGINS TO RISE ALONG WITH THE SUN. THE ABSOLUTE STILLNESS WHILE SEEMINGLY SUSPENDED IN THE AIR IS AS SURPRISING AS THE SCENERY IS CAPTIVATING.

The riverine forest that at first surrounds and follows the Mara River is later replaced by the Eluai Plains towards the Oloololo Escarpment on the Western boundary of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The trip promises ample opportunities for photography and video filming as amused creatures gaze up while others clearly announce themselves.

WATER TAXI

Livingstone | Zambia

While your luggage safely travels to the hotel by road, guests are whisked away on water to the Royal Livingstone’s Sun Deck.

THERE IS ONLY ONE TRULY THRILLING WAY TO ARRIVE IN THE SOUTHWESTERN TOWN OF LIVINGSTONE AND THAT IS BY WATER TAXI.

A transfer on the mighty Zambezi River is as exciting as it is unique and makes for a grand arrival followed by a warm welcome.

THE WINE TRAM

Food Experiences | Western Cape, Cape Town

This exclusive, full-day experience includes a wine lecture, 3-course lunch, cellar tour (subject to availability) and two premium wine tastings.

FAMOUS FOR ITS AWARD-WINNING WINE ESTATES AND EXQUISITE CUISINE, THE FRANSCHHOEK VALLEY IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE PLACES WORTH VISITING WHILE EXPLORING THE WESTERN CAPE.

A journey by tram is a splendid way to make the most of your stay.

CLOSE MEERKAT EXPERIENCE

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

One may even get the chance to join them on their morning walk and hunt.

MEERKATS ARE SMALL YET TOUGH CARNIVORANS BELONGING
TO THE MONGOOSE FAMILY.

Habituated colonies near the charming Jack's Camp in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park provide a unique and rare opportunity for close encounters with these creatures. The mesmerising dawn sky forms the backdrop to Meerkat Manor, a burrow with a modest mound functioning as a lookout point.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT CAMPS

Duba Plains Camp, Duba Plains Reserve, Okavango Delta | Botswana

Of course, by staying here one also makes a difference in the lives of local community members.

THE INSPIRING DUBA PLAINS CAMP SITS IN DUBA PLAINS RESERVE IN THE BELOVED OKAVANGO DELTA. IT IS A FULLY-INTEGRATED COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT ON LAND LEASED DIRECTLY FROM FIVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES WHO RECEIVE ALL OF THE LEASE REVENUE.

Many of the Duba Plains Camp staff members also come from these communities. The island the camp inhabits is blessed with large ebony, fig and garcinia trees that provide welcome shade. Each one of the five bespoke raised tents have a private veranda that overlooks vivid floodplains graced by a steady stream of wildlife. Accommodation is sumptuous, guest areas are grand, cuisine is divine and safari activities are thrilling.

THE BEAUTY AND WONDER OF MATOBO HILLS

Matobo Hills | Zimbabwe

The hills are also home to gigantic caves including Bambata, Nswatugi and Silozwane that hide sacred rock art, not to mention Stone and Iron Age archaeological sites.

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK IN SOUTHWEST ZIMBABWE IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE BEST KNOWN FOR THE AWE-INSPIRING MATOBO HILLS. .

Millions of years of erosion of the granite plateau has left majestic balancing rock formations that renders one speechless.

THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE EXPRESS

Livingstone | Zambia

As one would expect, flawless service accompanies the 5-course dinner during this iconic journey reminiscent of times past.

BOARD THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE EXPRESS FOR A CULINARY JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.

Delectable dishes served with carefully curated South African wines are enhanced by the inspired setting embellished by polished brass, teak and leather. Once the beautifully restored steam locomotive has departed from Livingstone it meanders through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Zambezi River Valley before crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge.

KAYAKING WITH WHALES
IN HERMANUS

Western Cape, Overberg | South Africa

Several companies offer guided tours, including Walker Bay Adventures, an eco-friendly operator.

DISCOVERING THE ABUNDANCE OF MARINE LIFE IN WALKER BAY FROM A KAYAK IS BOTH THRILLING AND SOOTHING.

Between June and November your chances of spotting whales and dolphins are increased. However, the backdrop of majestic mountains and possibility of spotting birdlife, penguins and seals are reason enough to book.

QUAD BIKE ACROSS THE PANS

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park | Botswana

THE FAMOUSLY MASSIVE AND MAGNIFICENT SALT PAN SURROUNDED BY THE KALAHARI DESERT IS A QUAD BIKING PARADISE WHEN THE PANS ARE DRY.

Between April and October, this vast expanse of desert landscape in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is perfect for racing or cruising, especially before sunset.