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.
It is rated as one of the world's most spectacular natural events - every year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem, taking in two different countries and making time for birthing, courting and mating on the way.
Say the 'Wildebeest Migration' and most travellers picture hundreds of thousands of grunting gnu and elegant zebra, braving predators and charging into croc-infested rivers in an ancient cycle, often literally covering the vast plains as far as the eye can see...
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.
Laikipia and Lewa may not have the same household name recognition as the Masai Mara or Amboseli but they are as rewarding for seasoned safari goers who are looking for something a little off the beaten track that doesn’t stint on wildlife or comfortable accommodation.Once home to massive livestock ranches, Laikipia and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are now Kenya’s premier places to see northern white rhino and black rhino, thanks in part to those same ranchers converting much of their land into successful conservation projects. Although the Mara and Amboseli are more well known, if you want sensational rhino sightings, you can’t beat Laikipia and Lewa. This is also a great place to learn more about chimpanzees, which find refuge and shelter at the Sweetwaters Sanctuary in Ol Pejeta.
Halfway through the year, Africa’s dry winter months arrive marking the start of safari peak season.
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.