In February Go2Africa Head of Marketing, Nadia Coombe, set out on a babymoon to the Seychelles with her husband. Having been to many African island destinations before, it was their first time to the Seychelles and this is what these well-travelled island hoppers had to say about their experience.
2016 at Go2Africa was a year full of exciting changes, new ventures and, of course, plenty of once-in-a-lifetime safari experiences enjoyed by clients and Go2Africans alike. In keeping with our personal motto - We know because we go - it was another year of sending our African Safari Experts out to rediscover best-selling destinations like the Okavango Delta, Serengeti and Masai Mara. We also visited new regions in countries like Rwanda and Mozambique for the first time and are excited to be able to share even more of Africa with all our travellers.
Near the end of 2016 we sent Go2Africa Safari Experts, Jessica Lassen, Madelein Norval and Megan Vanderwalt on a 16-day journey through Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar island. They did a comprehensive tour, following a popular route that started with safaris in Kenya and Tanzania before hopping over to the tropical African island of Zanzibar for the perfect full-stop on an East African adventure.
African Safari Expert, Anza Snyman, wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Zambia. Her previous safaris in Botswana and the Kruger National Park had set the bar high – how would Zambia compare? After all, it is a country that has only recently returned to the international safari scene and many people would struggle to find it on a map, let alone name its national parks and reserves.
We sent four of Go2Africa's most enthusiastic adventurers on a self-drive discovery of Mozambique. The objective? To find new and simple ways to combine a Southern African safari with an idyllic beach vacation.Mozambique ticks all the boxes of a dream beach escape including footprint-free beaches, pristine coastal forests, crystal-clear waters, colourful marine life and great hospitality. As this beautiful beach destination grows in popularity, gorgeous new luxury lodges and family-friendly resorts are making previously undiscovered regions much more accessible. To get to the Bazaruto or Quirimbas Archipelago from South Africa’s Kruger National Park, you’d usually first fly into Mozambique and then choose one of three options - boat, light aircraft or helicopter - to the island of your choice. But let’s say your budget doesn’t quite stretch to air transfers or perhaps you’re travelling with young children and would prefer to avoid airports. The exciting news is that now you can simply hop in a rental car and drive yourself up to Mozambique’s exquisite South Coast, which is just three hours from Kruger.Our team travelled from the Kosi Bay border between South Africa and Mozambique, exploring new destinations on the South Coast and then moving north to re-visit some of our tried-and-tested partners on the Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos. Here’s what they had to say about their trip.
The vast red sand expanses of the Kalahari Desert rise up to meet us as we touch down in our 7-seater plane in the heart of Tswalu Private Game Reserve – the largest privately owned reserve in South Africa. At over 100 000ha, Tswalu is an endless sea of undulating sand dunes, grassy knolls and rocky outcrops, and the location of The Motse camp, our home for the next 24 hours.
Rhinos Without Borders is a big, bold and ambitious project launched and managed by two of our most credible travel partners, Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond. Their goal is to move a hundred rhinos from poaching hotspots in South Africa to safer, military-protected reserves in Botswana giving the species a chance to recover and form a new breeding nucleus. Our former CEO Gary Lotter particpated in the first rhino capture for relocation: This is his remarkable story of a momentous, bittersweet rescue effort.
After three thrilling days exploring Odzala National Park's lush rainforests – and having one of the most authentic wild encounters with a family of western lowland gorillas – we journeyed to Odzala’s open savannah plains, meandering rivers and towering swamp forests. Our home for the next two nights was Lango Camp.
As Africa Safari Experts, we’ve had the privilege of meeting some of Africa’s most iconic people – the fiercely distinctive Maasai and Sambura in Kenya, the red-hued Himba of Namibia, and those consummate survivors, the San of the Kalahari.
As African Safari Experts , we spend every day doing what we love: helping our clients live out their dream African vacations in magical destinations. But it’s not all fun and games – to reach expert level we have to pass serious written examinations (just like college) and personally visit every destination we recommend. In fact, we’re can't advise our clients on a destination until we’ve passed the exams and actually been there. After mastering South Africa – which really is ‘a world in one country’ with every sort of attraction from whales and wine to the Big 5 and resorts like Sun City – we started working on our next destination, Botswana.