Part of the charm of travelling on Africa’s most luxurious train is that guests are required to look the part. Forget your yoga pants and flip-flops – it’s time to whip out those sparkly cocktail numbers, flowy dresses and sports jackets.
It's moments like these when you realise you're no longer at the top of the figurative food chain. On a recent experience that was both humbling and exhilarating, I had the privilege of being part of a rhino ear-notching exercise.Sun City has partnered with the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust to help conserve rhino by offering guests the chance to help a vet and work with park management officials to individually notch, implant an ID tag as well as collect DNA from the selected rhino. These procedures assist park management to monitor and manage their rhino populations by helping to conserve and identify them.Rhino populations in Africa are dwindling as continued poaching, as well as habitat loss, putting their survival under extremely serious threat. This unique experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity aimed at assisting the park with its conservation efforts by cataloging and monitoring individual rhino in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park that borders Sun City, Africa's biggest resort.
Here’s what you might already know: The Great Wildebeest Migration involves millions of wildebeest, zebra and antelope moving around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem in search of fresh grazing. The animals cover vast distances and are never in one place for too long. All of nature’s momentous events happen en route, including rutting, mating and calving.
Seeing all members of the Big 5 is undeniably thrilling but Africa’s abundance does not stop there. Get your bucket list ready because these are our top most incredible wildlife experiences and phenomena on the continent.
Namibia is a land of endless blue skies, vast horizons and crisp mornings: pure joy for photography enthusiasts. It is also safe, clean and organized with an excellent infrastructure, making it a favourite destination for family vacations, especially self-drive safaris (that’s travel lingo for independant road tripping - an ideal way to vacation with teenagers).
There is something special about long-distance train travel. The gentle clackety-clack of the passing train track, the soft rocking that lulls you to sleep, and the ability to read, nap and lounge about in perfect comfort while glorious scenery passes you by all make for a very relaxing journey. Trips on Rovos Rail may be as short as 2-day jaunt from Cape Town to Pretoria in South Africa or an epic sojourn from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam but they all have one thing in common: the feeling that you’ve returned to a less harried age, to a time of good manners and graciousness.To create this atmosphere, Rovos Rail has a set of guidelines in place for passengers. Please use our expert infographic before you board the train or to decide if a Rovos Rail trip is right for you.
If you’re an experienced or regular hiker, you’ll probably have most of the kit you need for a walking safari in Africa. But even if you are a frequent walker or are a first-timer, use our handy infographic as a checklist to ensure you don’t leave anything behind when you’re packing – you can’t just drop past an outdoor store or camping outlet in the heart of the African bush when you realise you forgot your gaiters!
Since having kids, you can probably pack for yourself blindfolded! You may still need help when it comes to your children and, of course, you want them to have the best time possible on your family beach vacation in Africa. We know that you want to relax and not worry about the details during your special time away, so here is a handy infographic to give you a head start on packing for your kids, as well as our top tips and suggestions on what to bring along.
A treehouse makes for the ultimate safari lodge - there’s nothing quite like a giant fig tree spiralling through your suite to make you feel totally immersed in the wonder and romance of Africa. And the best part: many of these camps are semi-permanent, meaning that everything can be totally removed to leave the landscape exactly as it was before. Aesthetically, the results of this eco-friendly approach can be simply astounding – here’s our top 12 selection of the most luxurious treehouse lodges, forest suites and sleep-outs in Africa.
If you and your family are waterbabies, then Africa’s magnificent lakes and sultry Indian Ocean should be on your all-time bucket list. Offering exciting destinations that are somewhat off the beaten track, the sheer diversity of both the topography and creatures of these underwater worlds has to be experienced to be believed.