DD Kingscote, Founder & Director of Outposts Travel Africa, was born and raised in her beloved Kenya.
She has travelled extensively throughout Africa most of her life and returns as often as possible to continue her search for unusual and special places, accommodation and activities to recommend to her Travel Africa clients.
Browse the blog below to see what we've been doing, and the adventures our clients have been having.
Founder & Director
t: +44 (0) 1823 451959 e: dd.Kingscote@outposts.co.uk
Most international visitors to Zimbabwe arrive at Victoria Falls Airport in the north-west of the country. From here, it’s an easy 3 hour road transfer to Hwange National Park, the biggest national park in Zimbabwe. Hwange is a year round destination and is the perfect starting point to visit other wildlife areas in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries.
Published: February 14 2018
Following extensive consultations between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Provincial Government and South African Tourism, a clearer and more positive picture has emerged of the drought situation and the impact on tourism.
Published: February 08 2018
Why are rhinos still so endangered? What are the 'seven saviours’ of rhino conservation? And what role can we all play in protecting this iconic species? To find out, join inspirational guest speakers on 15th March 2018 to explore the critical factors that can successfully sustain viable rhino populations in their natural habitat this year and beyond.
Published: February 07 2018
With the current water crisis in and around Cape Town, hotels have been in preparation for many months, implementing water-saving initiatives such as removing bath-plugs and reducing shower pressure. Some hotels have also taken additional steps by closing their swimming pools until the situation improves.
Published: February 05 2018
Zambia Tourism UK is showcasing Victoria Falls in London at 'Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show' from 01-04 Feb 2018. The 16 x 10ft 3D masterpiece brings the falls to life. Having taken almost a week to create, it features the defining characteristics of the falls including nature's ultimate infinity pool, the Devil’s Pool.
Published: January 31 2018
The talk will be focused on Lewa and Il Ngwesi and their shared interest in wildlife and community, along with the battles they both face. Welcome Chege, Kip and Mike Watson from Lewa and Il Ngwesi along with an exciting talk from Simon King!
Published: January 23 2018
Summer has waved its magical wand over the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province and 2018 has welcomed the guests and staff at Makakatana Bay Lodge with glorious days!
Published: January 22 2018
China has long been one of the world's biggest markets for ivory, but as of 2018 all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country is illegal.
Published: January 04 2018
Where has this busy year gone? First and foremost we would like to wish you all, new friends and old, the happiest Christmas and a very fun and adventurous New Year.
Published: December 24 2017
After being part of the largest elephant translocation project in history, Liwonde National Park in Malawi is now to see the return of lions thanks to funding through Leonardo DiCaprio’s charity foundation.
Published: December 20 2017
Nuarro is an unspoiled and breathtakingly beautiful place located in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean in Northern Mozambique. Winner of 'Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property in Mozambique,' we've got you covered if you're looking for a last minute getaway this winter!
Published: December 05 2017
In March 2017, DD Kingscote took a group of clients on a riding safari with Safaris Unlimited in Kenya. A horseback safari with Felicia & Gordie Church (owners and guides of Safaris Unlimited), is the ultimate safari adventure to witness Africa’s incredible wildlife.
Published: November 30 2017
As a new dawn greets the people of Zimbabwe, we share their enthusiasm and excitement for the future, fully aware that this is the start of a new chapter in their journey to a democratic and free future in which all Zimbabweans have a voice and a role to play.
Published: November 27 2017
The Selinda Spillway – one of the most untamed and alluring regions within Botswana’s northern territories and home to a diverse array of wildlife and birdlife species. This exquisite wildlife area lies between the Okavango Delta panhandle in the west, and the Linyanti Swamps in the east, and it is here, along the floodplains of the Selinda Spillway, that the Selinda Adventure Trails takes place.
Published: November 22 2017
Malawi’s Tongole Wilderness Lodge has recently been awarded Best in Africa in 3 categories in the 2018 Safari Awards held at the World Travel Market in London on 6th November 2017.
Published: November 16 2017
Huge congratulations to Lewis Mangaba, one of the professional guides at Somalisa Camp located in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, for winning the Unsung Hero Award at PURE Life Experiences, hosted in Marrakesh. The award recognises the passion of guides who go the extra mile to offer a truly memorable safari experience.
Published: November 08 2017
Karen Paolillo 'The Hippo Lady' has spent the last 25 years helping hippos. Come along to an entertaining and uplifting evening at the Ondaatje Theatre in London, UK and hear directly from Karen the inspiring story of how she lives with the Turgwe Hippos and has accumulated two and a half decades of intimate knowledge on their behaviour.
Published: October 31 2017
Outposts Travel Africa fully supports conservation initiatives to save the rhino. In the face of ever more devastating poaching statistics, we would like to share this story of hope and meet the people responsible for bringing black rhinos back to Zambia. Help tomorrow’s generation in Zambia to love their environment and become future rhino guardians - not poachers.
Published: October 26 2017
Mark Coreth's exhibition of new sculpture opens in November 2017 at the Bruton Place Gallery in London. "Aspects of Africa" contains over 30 new bronzes of African and other animals. Acknowledged the world over as a master of his craft Mark creates his pieces in the field. Read More to watch a wonderful short film following his latest sculpting Safari to Kenya.
Published: October 25 2017
Botswana's 'true wilderness' Northern Tuli Game Reserve is often missed off the Botswana itinerary because, in comparison to other national parks, it has been notoriously difficult to get to. But things are about to change...
Published: October 19 2017
This year on 1st September 2017, Rwanda hosted the 13th Kwita Izina, (gorilla naming ceremony) inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming babies soon after they are born.
Published: October 18 2017
On the 28th August 2017, Kenya introduced a countrywide ban on plastic bags as part of the government's commitment to control environmental pollution. This is a total ban on the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags for commercial and household packaging.
Published: October 17 2017
The Great Plains Foundation Ride for Lions is, quite simply, one of the most exceptional cycling experiences you will ever have. It is a 4-night exploration of Kenya’s priceless Amboseli-Tsavo region: a showcase of Nature’s grand-scale artistry. Ride for Lions is a donation with a difference, a gift to lions and conservation, but also one of the best gifts you can give yourself; convert your sweat and effort into saving lions, expanding corridors and helping people along the way.
Published: October 09 2017
Located on the shores of the warm and azure Indian Ocean in northern Mozambique, lies the remotely, but specifically chosen Nuarro Lodge. With direct access to the sea, the proximity of the continental shelf and pristine reefs, Nuarro is the perfect diving destination in Mozambique.
Published: September 27 2017
In the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya, the fate of elephants and people are intertwined. Habitat loss and poaching don’t just hurt elephants, they hurt the livelihoods of the local Samburu people and other tribes that call this landscape home. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary has recently opened its doors to guests staying at Sarara Camp. The Sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and a home for orphaned elephants affected by poaching and the ivory trade. A great reason, if you need one, to travel to Sarara.
Published: September 25 2017
Often heard long before they are sighted, over 5000 of man’s closest relatives are believed to live within Uganda’s forests. There are habituated communities in a number of parks and reserves, where clients are able to spend an hour in their company. Read more to find out the locations where chimpanzee encounters can be experienced in Uganda.
Published: September 13 2017
Don't get us wrong, we love our Land Cruisers as much as our clients do. And there is little that can surpass the adrenaline rush of clients on safari witnessing their first sighting of a male Lion standing proud in all his glory. But it gets better. Clients no longer have to remain within the confines of the safari cruiser for the entire duration of their safari. There are some great adventures that can be had by dedicating a few hours in the itinerary to exit the comfort of the vehicle... and go face to face with nature. Here are five ideas to consider for your safari holiday.
Published: September 05 2017
Zimbabwe is a wonderful touring country with a great road network. We understand visiting a new destination for the first time can be daunting so we would highly recommend choosing an escorted tour. You will be accompanied throughout by a professional and knowledgeable driver guide who will gladly share their knowledge and passion to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.
Published: August 22 2017
At the beginning of 2017, videographer & film maker, Goh Iromoto and his producer & photographer, Courtney Boyd visited Kenya for 4 weeks. During that time they stayed at various locations across the country including Lewa House in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and filmed countless hours of footage and took thousands of photos. Read More to watch the brand new Lewa House video here.
Published: August 21 2017
African Bush Camps has recently introduced a photographic safari vehicle at its Botswana camps. Visitors will have optimal opportunity to capture that memorable moment in the wild at Linyanti Bush Camp or Khwai Tented Camp. The specially adapted game viewers now feature an adjustable camera rest allowing photographers to raise their lens to a suitable height in order to achieve that perfect shot.
Published: August 17 2017
Originally famed as the source of the Nile, Jinja is where the world's longest river exits Africa's largest lake. More than 150 years after explorer John Speke identified Ripon Falls as the headwaters of the Nile, Jinja is now known as "the Source of Adventure." Located approximately 80kms east of Kampala (about a 2 hour-drive) Jinja is easily incorporated into a traditional Ugandan itinerary, and a major feature if you are looking to experience adrenalin-filled activities.
Published: August 10 2017
If you're planning to visit northern Tanzania, we would highly recommend a stay at Hatari Lodge in Arusha. Everyone tends to speed up and out of Arusha on arrival and time can be tight but if you do have a couple of days to relax and you love walking, Hatari is a great place to stay and is an excellent warm up if planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Published: August 03 2017
For the second year running, the famous Lewa-Borana Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya is inviting guests to actively participate in their invaluable wildlife conservation efforts. For one week commencing February 24th 2018, guests can be part of the ranger team helping to track, locate and count game species for the annual Big 5 wildlife census.
Published: August 02 2017
The Emakoko is a boutique, owner run lodge in Nairobi, Kenya. Hosts Emma and Anton Childs live on site with their children and entertain their guests giving a uniquely personal welcome to guests arriving in Kenya. Meet the lovely Emma in the new film about the Emakoko. Read More to watch and share!
Published: July 26 2017
Apart from packing the binoculars, airing out those comfortable walking shoes and reading all about the different kinds of wildlife you’re bound to encounter on your safari adventure, it’s also important that you arm yourself with the necessary knowledge with regards to malaria. It can be a life-threatening disease so it’s vital to take the necessary precautions if your safari is going to be taking you to a malaria area. Here’s everything you need to know about the disease and the safest way to approach it.
Published: July 20 2017
We saw this picture in the Daily telegraph and thought we'd share it with you! Can you spot the sneaky leopard hiding in the tree?
Published: July 13 2017
A safari is truly the stuff of which travel bucket lists are made, inviting you into a fascinating world that delights and excites again and again. A rewarding experience at the best of times, it becomes even more so when you share it with the whole family. The natural arena of the bush usually ends up being the best kind of classroom, instilling in kids a respect and love for the environment and its beautiful wildlife. Be prepared for your first safari adventure with the young ones with this easy-to-follow list of tips.
Published: July 12 2017
4 ladies, loyal clients of Outposts Travel Africa travelled to Botswana this June for a 2 week adventure. Their main proviso is great game viewing, excellent guiding, and preferably to see as few other people as possible, oh, and a good bottle of wine over camp fire dinner! We had to share some of their feedback because it made us happy.
Published: July 05 2017
One-Forty-Eight is a brand new boutique hotel located in the peaceful suburb of Langata in Nairobi. It launched in December 2016 and has seen huge success with guests. This beautiful little hotel with just 8 rooms provides the business or safari traveller with an ideal location to rest and relax in tranquil surroundings.
Published: July 04 2017
People often ask what makes Tassia special and it is very hard to explain, there is just something in the atmosphere which instantly makes you relax! Tassia lodge captures all elements of the Kenyan bush and is an ideal escape for those searching for a taste of unspoiled Africa. We hope this video captures some of the magic.
Published: June 20 2017
Tanzania's first and only Treetop Walkway has opened in Lake Manyara National Park in northern Tanzania. Manyara Treetop Walkway takes you on a sky-high adventure through the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara. Walk among the treetops, the experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective.
Published: June 16 2017
Why not swap 4 wheels for 2 legs and try a guided bush walk instead of a game drive. From ancient rock art to unexpected wildlife encounters, you never know what you'll find when you venture out into Botswana's vast and exclusive Northern Tuli Game Reserve.
Published: June 09 2017
What's it like to go on a horse safari in Kenya's Laikipia District? Travel Africa Magazine asked our very own DD Kingscote to recount her visit in March.
Published: May 31 2017
Come and discover the mystery of the Haina Kalahari Lodge in Botswana. The perfect place for couples to get away and enjoy the romance of the Central Kalahari. The Private Reserve offers you the opportunity to see the Kalahari lion, general Kalahari game and the option of taking a journey with the San People who will passionately share how they once survived in these harsh conditions.
Published: May 16 2017
Uganda commits to keeping the dream of encountering a mountain gorilla, a reality for most travellers. Following the news from neighbouring Rwanda that it is increasing its gorilla permits from an already high $750 to a jaw-dropping $1500, Uganda has responded positively. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) have today announced that their $600 permit fee will be maintained for a minimum of 12 months.
Published: May 10 2017
The Rwanda Development Board announced an increase in the price of gorilla permits on 6th May 2017, from US$750 to US$1,500 for all visitors effective immediately. The price increase will not affect visitors who had already purchased their tickets or made a deposit on their permits at the time of this announcement.
Published: May 08 2017
Shamwari Game Reserve is a successful private conservation initiative in Southern Africa. Situated in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve offers a malaria-free, luxury safari experience coupled with responsible tourism.
Published: May 05 2017
Don't miss the opportunity to see one of the last remaining true wilderness areas in Africa with a pioneering itinerary into Zambia's Kafue National Park.
Published: April 24 2017
Travel Africa Director, DD Kingscote, has recently returned from a successful Riding Safari in Kenya with a group of clients. Organised through Safaris (Un) Limited Africa, DD and her group spent a week traversing three of the greater Laikipia conservancies including Lolldaiga, Ole Naishu and Borana on horseback encountering fascinatingly diverse cultures, scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife.
Published: April 03 2017
Uthando South Africa is a unique non-profit organisation which aims to raise funds for life changing community development projects in South Africa. We thought you would enjoy this heartwarming story, amidst the sea of troubles besetting the world currently there are many beautiful stories that we should cherish...
Published: March 31 2017
African Parks is creating a safe harbour for elephants in Malawi. The results speak for the themselves, with signs of the first elephant calves born in the reserve from the elephants that were translocated in 2016.
Published: March 28 2017
Outposts Travel Africa fully support The AnTassia Bead Project. It was formed by a wonderful lady called Antonia Stogdale in partnership with the Mokogodo Maasai women of Tassia, Kenya. Initially Antonia started working with twenty women and due to the success of the project, there are now a hundred women from the community involved.
Published: March 21 2017
Muchenje Safari Lodge based in Chobe is understandably famous for its elephant herds - in the dry season clients can see hundreds of these magnificent animals on the flood plains at any one time, most of which are family groups, with a few generations represented.
Published: March 20 2017
BridgeWalkers is a documentary film by One River Productions directed by Kara Rhodes. The film brings forth ancient prophecies and indigenous wisdom for the healing of humanity and our Earth. BridgeWalkers takes you on a quest exploring ancient indigenous knowledge as a solution to our environmental, social and economic world crisis of today. 'Read More' to watch the official BridgeWalkers Trailer.
Published: March 17 2017
We have a fantastic special offer for 2017 in Tanzania using Lemala Camps & Lodges where you 'pay for 2 nights and get the 3rd night free!"
Published: March 13 2017
Today marks World Wildlife Day which is an opportunity for us to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of fauna and flora on our planet and to raise awareness of conservation’s benefits to mankind and the planet.
Published: March 03 2017
Uganda is a year-round destination, with many of its iconic attractions including gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, being available throughout the year. The country’s fairly consistent equatorial climate ensures that visitors will always be able to enjoy worthwhile experiences no matter when you travel.
Published: March 02 2017
We are delighted to share the news that Hatari Lodge in Tanzania has recently won the category for the Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel in Africa.
Published: February 28 2017
If you are looking for a wildlife conservation experience in Africa we have some great options available that will enable you to contribute to conservation using practical fieldwork that makes a difference.
Published: February 20 2017
Earlier this month Uganda was in the spotlight with Bakwate, the animatronic Mountain Gorilla, making his debut appearance on breakfast TV to audiences of over 2 million people!
Published: February 17 2017
Riz Boardshorts pride themselves in making beautiful shorts, tailored for both land and sea. We at Outposts Travel Africa love the fact that every pair of Riz shorts is crafted from 100% recycled and recyclable fabrics.
Published: February 16 2017
Durham University receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for ground-breaking research in global health and development.
Published: February 01 2017
Swap Brexit updates, new political leaders and miserable weather for stunning sunsets, elephant family interaction, bush campfire stories, exhilarating gallops and endless views with a holiday to Kenya, East Africa this year.
Published: January 27 2017
We’re proud to present a quirky, invigorating short film by the expressive talent Rufus Blackwell, focusing on the southern Serengeti during the wildebeest birthing season: a time of vitality when everything is fresh, new and bursting with life.
Published: January 20 2017
This is the closest you can get to flying around South Africa in your own jet, stopping at some of the country's top highlights along the way!
Published: January 19 2017
The emergence of Malawi as a fully-fledged wildlife destination is in full swing. With the help of HRH Prince Harry, the first phase of the '500 Elephants' Conservation initiative which plans to move 500 individuals into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and secure the long-term future of Malawi’s elephants.was completed!
Published: January 17 2017
If you're looking for a wildly private, luxury escape in East Africa we would highly recommend a stay at Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages, the newest addition to Kenya’s award wining Ol Pejeta Conservancy. With just four cottages tucked neatly away along a leafy river line in the conservancy’s wilderness area, you will have access to some of the best and most private wildlife area in Kenya.
Published: January 12 2017
Each year, Rough Guides authors and editors travel tens of thousands of miles, searching out the best destinations, sights and experiences, and just this week their annual Top Travel Destinations for 2017 were announced, and Uganda has come in at number 4 - the top Africa destination.
Published: January 09 2017
Outposts TA loves the Kicheche camps. They care for the land where their camps are and they put back into the conservancies and give benefit to the local communities. The experience they offer is high quality and real and is highly recommended.
Published: December 23 2016
We are happy to inform you that the long awaited KAZA Uni-Visa was officially re-launched today, Wednesday 21st December 2016 so visitors to both Zimbabwe and Zambia will require only one common Visa between the two countries.
Published: December 21 2016
Huge congratulations to Joel Santos, who has become the first Portuguese photographer to win Travel Photographer of the Year!
Published: December 16 2016
In respect of the MORE family who create some wonderful magic with their locations and service in South Africa and in memory of Britt More who lost her life too young. Watch the wonderful MORE video here.
Published: December 15 2016
Loyal, repeat Travel Africa clients returned from a successful trip to Zambia organised by Outposts Travel Africa earlier this year. Here is their feedback on what they describe as "the best safari we have ever been on."
Published: December 12 2016
Good news from the jungle; a new baby is born in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. The endangered Mountain Gorillas have gone on a wild baby boom as yet another mountain gorilla is born!
Published: December 05 2016
For one week only, the Great Plains Foundation has partnered with For Love of All Things (FLOAT) to raise funds for Rhinos Without Borders.
Published: November 18 2016
Step aside The Lion King, Jungle Book, and Tarzan, Disney has a new Africa-based film, Queen of Katwe, which premiered in the UK in October.
Published: November 14 2016
Since the beginning of this year, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been investigating the crisis facing Africa’s elephants for a documentary series for the BBC.
Published: November 10 2016
For the first time ever, the famous Lewa Borana Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya is inviting guests to actively participate in their invaluable wildlife conservation efforts. For 1 week only, commencing 02 March 2017, guests can be part of the ranger team helping to track, locate and count game species for the annual Big 5 wildlife census.
Published: October 27 2016
The following information is extremely important for all families travelling to and from Botswana. The Botswana Government has introduced similar requirements for children travelling in and out of the country as previously implemented by South Africa. As of the 1st October 2016 ALL minors travelling through any of the countries border posts are required to produce certain documents.
Published: October 25 2016
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa & Richard's River Camp in Kenya take the top spots at the Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2016.
Published: October 24 2016
Botswana is a wonderful destination for a Family Safari. Ker & Downey Botswana has set the bar high with their Young Explorers program on offer at Footsteps camp, adding a whole new dimension to your family holiday. The program is specially designed to offer you and your family the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness together; by giving your children the chance to understand Africa, the animals and the bush skills of the local people.
Published: October 21 2016
Lake Manyara National Park is located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania. Often visited for just half a day and famed for tree-climbing lions, many often forget the great array of mammals and birdlife that co-exist in this spectacular eco-system. In an effort to encourage guests to spend a little longer in this park, the authorities have inaugurated the Lake Manyara Boardwalk which will give visitors a unique view and wonderful photo opportunities at every turn of the trail.
Published: October 20 2016
As multi-generational travel becomes increasingly common, more families are looking for child-friendly safari options. Zimbabwe and Botswana offer an excellent selection of family-oriented camps and an array of child focused activities..
Published: October 18 2016
The ‘Green Season’ is the rainy season in Zimbabwe & it runs from mid-November to April. The arrival of the rains transform the landscape into a mosaic of greens, migrant birds arrive and animals have their babies. The green season tends to have warm, sunny days with afternoon/evening showers that end as quickly as they begin. Fewer people visit at this time of year so there are lower rates and great savings!
Published: October 14 2016
We are delighted to announce the addition of a new, exciting property called Saruni Rhino located in the spectacular Northern Kenya region which will offer guests the first ever opportunity in East Africa to track the majestic black rhinos on foot.
Published: October 12 2016
Kicheche Camps offer escorted walking safaris, with overnight stays in a fly-camp, from all of their Mara Camps. These walking excursions are led by one of Kicheche’s senior silver KPSGA guides and an armed ranger. It is an outstanding opportunity to see the Mara from a completely different perspective and also offers some welcome exercise whilst on safari.
Published: October 11 2016
Take full advantage of this 6 night Vintage Botswana Safari special, combining 3 independently owned properties, with 3 unique experiences, in 3 diverse areas of Botswana.
Published: October 04 2016
September 22nd 2016 is World Rhino Day and to celebrate this iconic species on this special day we want to send you an update on the Rhinos Without Borders project.
Published: September 22 2016
In a real life Noah’s Ark story, Prince Harry assists conservationists in trans-locating 250 elephants to their new home in Malawi. The first round of the translocation process of a total of 500 elephants was completed last month, seeing just over 250 elephants re-homed into a sanctuary at Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in central Malawi.
Published: September 20 2016
If you're looking for a luxury getaway for you & your family or group of friends to see in the New Year, we have the ideal solution! Due to a 'last minute' cancellation for the spectacular private 26 Sunset Villa in Llandudno, Cape Town the villa has now become available from 27th December 2016.
Published: September 14 2016
Limpopo Horse Safaris offer the experience of a lifetime in Africa. They operate in The Tuli Block area of Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve, an area with a great diversity of landscape, magnificent views and ancient geological formations perfectly suited to riding through. Read more to watch their new video.
Published: September 02 2016
Nxamaseri Island Lodge, located at the heart of the Delta panhandle in Botswana offers an intimate way to experience the peaceful beauty of the Okavango Delta and is a prime destination for fishing throughout the year. Tigerfish are indigenous to the area and as one of the world's most dramatic freshwater game fish it provides thrilling angling for both experienced and novice fisherman.
Published: August 24 2016
Saruni Samburu has always been at the forefront of experiential safaris since its opening in 2008 and today is proud to announce a new, exciting breakthrough: they can now offer guests access to an elephant-proof, open ground level, professional, photographic hide situated at a waterhole. It is a unique experience for Kenya: “hiding” inside it, novice and professional photographers can photograph birds, animals and elephants from ground level.
Published: August 23 2016
It has been brought to our attention that there are several unwarranted rumors going around with regards to the safety in Zimbabwe, particularly on the self-drive side of things. So we would just like to take this chance to re-assure you of the situation on the ground from our suppliers based in Zimbabwe.
Published: August 18 2016
We would like to invite you to a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience at Pafuri Camp in Northern Kruger, South Africa. Hosted by scholar guide, Johna Turner, you will enjoy 6 nights at the luxury camp, daily talks on evolution and migration, as well as walking trails and game drives, following in the paths of Pafuri's abundant birds.
Published: August 17 2016
AfriCat, founded in 1991 on Okonjima Farm in Central Namibia is committed to the long term conservation of Namibia's largest carnivores. Recently, the team at AfriCat received a phone call from the chairperson of the Okamatapati Conservancy (approx. 160 km east of Okonjima) regarding a local farmer who was in possession of nine orphaned wild dog pups. The concerned farmer had apparently suffered a loss of up to six cattle and in his misery, chased the adult pack off his property leaving nine abandoned pups behind. Instead of killing them, which is typically the case, the farmer contacted the conservancy, who assured him that the AfriCat Foundation would assist with the relocation of the pups.
Published: August 16 2016
Nuarro Lodge is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean in northern Mozambique stretching along a 2km-long, powdery-white beach. Built from natural materials by the local community with a focus on excellent service, top-class activities and fantastic food, Nuarro is the ideal venue in which to relax and unwind in these equally pristine surroundings.
Published: August 11 2016
Today marks World Lion Day 2016, a global campaign to celebrate and help protect lions worldwide. Founded in 2013 by Rae Kokeš and David Youldon from the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), World Lion Day encourages you to support several organisations that work towards preserving the future of the King of Beasts.
Published: August 10 2016
Borana Conservancy provides a sustainable ecosystem in partnership with their neighbours and community for critically endangered species. They have worked hard to create an exceptional and diverse experience, and tourism activities are essential.
Published: August 08 2016
Olepangi Farm is the home of GoWild Africa, a family-owned safari company situated at the foothills of Mt Kenya – the heart of wild Africa! Olepangi is perfect as a base to explore Laikipia with riding lessons on offer for beginners and longer outrides or polo lessons for experienced riders. Day trips include 4x4 safaris in Ol Pejeta, Samburu and Lolldaiga Ranch, walk and explore Ngare Ndare forest where there is a tree top walkway and beautiful blue pools to swim in, and for those who want a challenge hike up Mt Ololokwe!
Published: August 05 2016
Outposts Travel Africa works with African Bush Camps, a small and independently owned African-based company run by one of Africa's top Safari guides Beks Ndlovu and his wife Sophia. They pride themselves on their extraordinary guides. Each are hand-picked naturalists with exceptional experience, who know the African bush intimately and are trained to deliver the best in guest experiences.
Published: August 03 2016
Olakira Camp is highly recommended for a Serengeti safari in Tanzania. This excellent, small tented camp follows the massive herds of wildebeest to two spectacular locations in the north and south of the Serengeti National Park ensuring a fantastic safari experience.
Published: August 01 2016
Ethiopia follows an ancient Christian calendar which leaves it, date wise, at least seven years behind the rest of the planet. Em Southey from Outposts Travel Africa travelled to Ethiopia and discovered for herself what it was like to be seven years younger. Her her experience is featured in Condé Nast Traveler in an article written by Smita Pranav Kothari.
Published: August 01 2016
Great Plains Conservation and andBeyond, two leading conservation and tourism companies, have teamed up undertake a relocation of rhinos on a magnitude never done before – to relocate no less than 100 rhino from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana.
Published: July 29 2016
We are excited to announce the imminent opening of Zawadi, a brand new private, boutique, laid back retreat in Zanzibar with a focus on stunning views right from your bed, nature, gardens, the ocean and personalized service.
Published: July 26 2016
Join Harry for an unforgettable evening of extraordinary stories, and unique film footage as he tells the epic story of Africa’s people and their inspiring journey from the land to the city. In his talk he covers a vast span of places and people and shines fresh light on Africa past and present.
Published: July 22 2016
Big game (short) drive: The amazing luxury safari experience that's just minutes away from Nairobi's international airport. Please see this extensive article in The Daily Mail about The Emakoko with lots of great photos of the lodge and the park experience.
Published: July 19 2016
On the first of September this year the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligning in the Quirimbas Archipelago for a spectacular and rare annular solar eclipse. This will be a special event in that the moon doesn't completely cover the sun and a ring of fire will be observed around the shadow.
Published: July 11 2016
Uganda Immigration have implemented the use of Electronic Visas from 01 July 2016. All visitors who require an entry visa and do not yet have one, must apply through the online application system prior to arrival.
Published: July 01 2016
We are very excited to announce that Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape and Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, are proud winners in the Safari Index Tusker Ultimate Experience Awards 2016! If you're looking for a unique award winning safari experience in South Africa, read on.
Published: June 22 2016
The best Zimbabwe has to offer - the Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Lodge presents an unforgettable experience with African wildlife in an intimate and welcoming setting. A big game cinema experience, yet exclusive, luxurious & truly eco-friendly.
Published: June 09 2016
Machangulo Beach Lodge is an idyllic beach paradise in Mozambique. Just a 1-hour boat trip away from Maputo and with a 3 to 4 hour road transfer available from Kruger, it must be the most easy to reach Beach Lodge on the entire coastline!
Published: June 02 2016
Nsefu Camp has just reopened for the season until November with a pretty spectacular day 2 sighting!
Published: June 01 2016
If you are visiting Zambia, then the Lower Zambezi National Park is a must. We would highly recommend a stay at Sausage Tree Camp to show you the very best of what the park has to offer. This exclusive safari camp, voted number one on the BBC Holiday Programme's 'Ten Best Luxury Destinations', specializes in the very best game viewing with the highest international standards in luxury and service.
Published: May 27 2016
Borana Conservancy is a non-profit conservancy located in the wonderfully remote Laikipia District in Kenya. Borana self-funds its commitment to critically endangered wildlife species on the brink of extinction. Borana Lodge is perfect for both experienced and novice riders and a fabulous location for a family holiday to Kenya.
Published: May 26 2016
Following an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola and some cases reported in Kenya and Uganda by their respective Ministries of Health; Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya have now made it a mandatory requirement for all travelers to and from these countries to present updated Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate at all ports of entry.
Published: May 24 2016
May to October is the best time for game viewing in Zambia so why not take advantage of some of the fantastic offers available. Whether you're looking for an affordable or luxury adventure we have a range of offers perfect for families, single travellers and couples.
Published: May 20 2016
Finally a good news conservation story! The first lion cubs have emerged after an absence of nearly two decades at Akagera National Park in Rwanda! In June 2015 African Parks successfully relocated seven South African lions to Akagera, including five females and two males and now three more join the pride! Read all about the lions and the success story that is Akagera National Park.
Published: May 17 2016
The Easter holiday mayhem may be a hazy memory, but the summer holidays are not so far away.....it must be time to be planning your next adventure! Here are 10 reasons why you should take yourselves to Kenya and add Ol Malo to your itinerary.
Published: May 13 2016
Travel Africa client Reece Pacheco recently embarked on a round the world trip with his girlfriend. We had the pleasure of organising their safari in Kenya in March before they set out for Madagascar. He's written a fantastic blog about their adventure including a short video they made documenting their sail down the West coast of Madagascar in a pirogue.
Published: May 11 2016
Spring 2016 saw the completion of Primate Lodge Kibale's deluxe upgrade, a retreat in the middle of the wonderful Kibale Forest in Uganda. Only a 5 minute walk to the start of the trek, the lodge is perfectly located and allows you to enjoy a more leisurely start for chimp tracking.
Published: May 10 2016
Botswana is fast becoming a destination of choice for families who want their children to experience the pinnacle of that African adventure. The discovery of Africa is a profound and impactful experience in one’s life, which will be remembered for many years to come.
Published: May 05 2016
People talk of ivory and rhino horn fatigue, but this is the time for momentum. Within the space of a week, two of the most significant steps in decades have been taken towards eradicating illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn.
Published: April 29 2016
We are pleased to offer a unique safari experience in Zambia combining 3 iconic wildlife events - Elephants, Pittas & Bats! This safari cannot be replicated anywhere else in Africa & offers a truly iconic safari experience. Read on to find out more about set departure dates and prices and watch the video for a taste of what these incredible safaris have to offer.
Published: April 27 2016
Take some time out for yourself and disconnect from the busy technological world at a yoga retreat in Africa. Reconnect with yourself and the outdoors and experience the classic safari setting while you enjoy some poolside yoga practice and meditation.
Published: April 22 2016
At Outposts Travel Africa, we specialise in offering our guests an intense experience of Africa’s wildlife, landscapes and people. If you are looking for a holiday with a difference; an unforgettable journey – on horseback, in a vehicle, on foot or from the air to witness panoramic landscapes of unrivaled beauty, then read on.
Published: April 21 2016
Welcome to Basecamp Explorer’s NEW bespoke adventure. Introduced in Spring 2016, Basecamp’s signature Mara Walking Trails allow you to fully reconnect with nature and yourself, whilst being designed to share a new angle of the savannah every day.
Published: April 20 2016
Opening in June 2016, Batonka Guest Lodge is set to be a warm, charming and classic Guest Lodge situated in the quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Batonka offers the perfect base to experience the thunder and awesome majesty of Victoria Falls and the exhilaration of the abundance of adrenaline activities on offer.
Published: April 15 2016
Travel Africa client, Reece Pacheco is currently undertaking an epic journey through South America and Africa. We wanted to share this post about his shark diving experience in South Africa - A lengthy story of sharks, dreams, and reality, that I typed with my thumbs. Written by Reece Pacheco from his blog wavesgoodbye.com
Published: April 11 2016
Congratulations to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge for being voted Uganda's Leading Safari Lodge 2016 at The World Travel Awards™
Published: April 10 2016
Planet Baobab is a fun quirky camp in the Makgadikgadi area in north-central Botswana. It offers an extraordinary range of unusual desert safari experiences including quad-biking on the salt pans, walks with local Bushmen and visits to a habituated meerkat colony. Click Read More below to watch the NEW Planet Baobab movie.
Published: April 08 2016
Motswiri Camp is one of the wettest, wildest and most diverse places in Africa. Located in the beautiful region of the Selinda Spillway in Northern Botswana, Motswiri Camp is all about experiencing wildlife up close and personal in spectacular remote surroundings. The camp focuses on riding and walking safaris, although game drives, canoe and mokoro trips are available too.
Published: April 07 2016
Following the floods of 2013, this popular Kruger camp was left in ruins. But now, new owners, RETURNAfrica have not only restored the camp to its former glory but taken it even further! Their joint enterprise with the local community offers a blue-print for the tourism industry of the future.
Published: April 04 2016
San Camp is the perfect place to relax, unwind and retreat. Situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana, San Camp is renowned as one of the most romantic camps in Africa. Watch the brand new San Camp movie here.
Published: March 30 2016
Speke’s Camp is situated on the edge of the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. The camp is a traditional up-market camp that can serve as a base for exploring the Maasai Mara, with the option of utilizing a fly-camp to visit other areas of the Mara. A perfect addition to your safari circuit.
Published: March 24 2016
Horse riding across the Namibian desert to the dramatic skeleton coast is certainly an experience you will never forget. One cannot fail to be intrinsically affected by spending time in the desert. To be within something so vast, and to have that much space and nothingness around you, is a feeling we rarely get in today’s world. And to be there on a horse? This safari is for riders and horse lovers, for there is no greater feeling for a rider than miles and miles of wide-open space and perfect terrain to gallop across.
Published: March 02 2016
As a tour operator, we are very often asked this question by our clients before they embark on their holiday to Africa but it can be hard to give a definitive answer. We found a great article in Travel Africa Magazine recently discussing the issue of tipping which we thought we'd share with you. Read the article here.
Published: February 27 2016
Introducing the new Lodge to Lodge to Lodge riding safari in Kenya. Enjoy the majesty of the African bush from the back of a horse, but spend each night in the comfort of a lodge.
Published: February 23 2016
2016 is set to be a great year for tourism in Kenya with park fees and entry visas decreasing in cost so there's no better time to visit this spectacular country. We would highly recommend a stay at Tassia Lodge situated on the 60,000 acre Lekurruki Community Ranch, an unspoiled corner of Kenya so why not take advantage of this fantastic 'Stay 4 Pay 3' offer.
Published: February 08 2016
Cheetah licks photographer's FEET in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. You may have seen this photo of a cheetah nibbling the toes of wildlife photographer Kim Wolhunter which has gone viral including at least 4 UK newspapers!
Published: January 28 2016
Horse riding is a wonderful way to see the bush and Sosian is one of the best places in Kenya to experience this. Located in the world famous Laikipia plateau, the varied terrain makes it interesting riding, through rivers, along tracks and across more open country where you can canter, jump and gallop. WATCH NEW VIDEO HERE!
Published: January 26 2016
While Zanzibar has become a popular tourist resort, Mafia Island lying only 160 km south, remains virtually unknown. Renowned as an excellent world-class diving destination with some of the richest reefs in the world, Mafia Island has incredibly diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems with miles and miles of white beach & clear waters just waiting to be explored.
Published: January 20 2016
If you're looking for an active holiday to Africa this year, why not consider doing a charity marathon run and combine it with a safari or some relaxing time at the coast? Kenya and Tanzania have some of the best running events and races in Africa this year and there's still time to book your place!
Published: January 08 2016
Escape the dreary winter blues and take advantage of this spectacular Bush & Beach offer for 2016 combining Selous Riverside Safari Camp in Tanzania together with the Zanzibar Collection.
Published: January 07 2016
Wishing all our clients, friends and suppliers a very happy New Year!
Published: January 01 2016
Former National Geographic photographer, Bob Madden, is teaming up with the beautiful Chaka and Kiota Camps for an epic photo safari, capturing the Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania.
Published: December 28 2015
Wishing all our clients, suppliers and friends a very Merry Christmas!
Published: December 25 2015
We fully support the David Rattray Foundation which has been working with local schools since 2007 to raise the standard of education for over 8,880 children in the rural communities in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Published: December 15 2015
Once you have stood in the presence of a wild elephant, nothing is ever quite the same again. There is something about these gentle giants that brings out the child in all of us. Maybe it's their enormous size or their wise demeanor but whatever it is, no African safari is complete without encountering these magnificent beasts. Here is a list of our favourite elephant encounters for you to enjoy on your next African safari!
Published: December 09 2015
‘Footsteps Across the Delta’, Ker & Downey Botswana's premier walking safari has won top prize for ‘Best Safari Guiding Team.’ We are delighted by the recognition of their outstanding guides, and thrilled that the safari experience achieved runner-up position in the ‘Best Walking Safari’ category and third place in the coveted ‘Best Safari Experience.’
Published: December 04 2015
We are extremely thrilled to share Campi Ya Kanzi's upcoming Air Safari itineraries for 2016. Choose from a 16 day air safari from Kenya and Botswana or an epic 36 day (split in two parts) air safari from Kenya to Namibia and back!
Published: November 27 2015
We've always encouraged children to visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Walking the wilderness in the company of a dedicated, professional guide for whom the bush is home can be a transformative experience, especially at an impressionable age, and teaches lessons that endure and benefit us forever more.
Published: November 25 2015
Nimali Tarangire is a brand new lodge opened just a few months ago. With 6 stunning tents, it is situated in a private wildlife conservancy adjacent to Tarangire National Park and is the perfect starting point for a safari or a place to recuperate after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Published: November 23 2015
A picture says a thousand words and a video speaks millions. Located in the north of Zimbabwe, Changa Safari Camp is a little piece of heaven and this new promo video will describe all the beauties of Changa that we can't put into words.
Published: November 13 2015
Every year when the mangoes are ripe, a family of wild elephants visit Mfuwe Lodge, an award-winning safari lodge set in the most prolific game area of the South Luangwa in Zambia. Led by their matriarch Wonky Tusk they carefully make their way through the Lodge's reception area and onto the the grounds where the mango tree stands.
Published: November 05 2015
Tune in to BBC 1 on the 1st of November at 21:00 for the first episode of the seven-part series The Hunt. The series explores the enthralling relationship between predators and their prey and is narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Published: October 29 2015
The festive season is just around the corner and Kicheche Camps in Kenya have opened up their children travel free deal to include the school holidays. We can personally vouch for the Kicheche family experience and travelling in your private vehicle really makes the safari feel very special.
Published: October 26 2015
We are pleased to introduce one of Tarangire's newest properties - Nimali Tarangire - that opened in June 2015. Located only 2.5 hours from the city of Arusha, in northern Tanzania, Nimali Tarangire is the perfect starting point for your northern safari circuit.
Published: October 23 2015
Are you looking for an adventure in 2016? Do you want to join a fun group of like-minded people? Do you long to get off the beaten track and truly immerse yourself into the heart of Africa? Well, we think we may have just the thing for you...
Published: October 21 2015
The Hide Safari Camp in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park has recently hosted celebrity guest, American actress Shannon Elizabeth. The American Pie star stayed at The Hide with musician Charles Summerfield and Nicholas Duncan of Save Foundation during their visit to Zimbabwe.
Published: October 14 2015
Sibuya Game Reserve & Tented Camp is one of South Africa’s most unique Safari destinations. With more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa, this breathtakingly beautiful location is sanctuary to an abundance of diverse wildlife from elephants to otters, and almost everything in between, including the Big Five.
Published: October 12 2015
Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge located on the ledges of Ghoha Hills in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park aims to provide discerning travellers to Botswana with a unique, first class safari experience combined with culinary excellence. Each meal is a graceful culinary event, featuring African-inspired themes and locally sourced ingredients.
Published: October 10 2015
In a little over 2 months' time, the small, seasonal, intimate Ubuntu Camp will open its doors in an exciting new location in the Southern Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. Ubuntu Camp moves with the Great Wildebeest Migration across the Serengeti and consistently offers spectacular game viewing opportunities.
Published: October 08 2015
Don't just take our word for it... listen to what American actor Edward Norton has to say about Campi ya Kanzi, the beautiful award-winning boutique eco-lodge in the Chyulu Hills of southern Kenya.
Published: October 05 2015
The real reason to visit a safari camp is to go and explore the bush and see wildlife, right? We recently sent clients to the beautiful Changa Safari Camp situated on the shores of Lake Kariba, in the Matusadona National Park in the north of Zimbabwe and it certainly didn't disappoint!
Published: October 02 2015
If you happened to read the Daily Telegraph last Saturday, you may have read the superb article detailing Tom Bradby's self-drive adventure through Namibia with his family organised by Travel Africa.
Published: September 21 2015
We are very excited to announce that Amanzi Camp, the smaller sister to Anabezi Camp is now open! Amanzi camp is situated directly on the banks of the Zambezi's Ngwenya channel just two kilometres down stream from Anabezi.
Published: September 17 2015
If you are looking for an affordable family safari holiday destination, we have the perfect option. Kuzuko Lodge based in Addo Elephant National park in South Africa welcomes children of all ages and all under 12's stay for FREE!
Published: September 11 2015
Zanzibar White Sand have recently been voted one of the 23 best new hotels in the world! The privately owned 5-star resort is a project based on the personal pursuit of sustainable luxury in the paradise that is Paje, Zanzibar. White Sand is the perfect choice for a unique getaway offering luxury, comfort and seclusion.
Published: September 10 2015
The Malawian government has announced that it intends to introduce a visa regime for British visitors (and nationals of other countries that charge a visa fee for Malawian nationals) from 1st October 2015.
Published: September 07 2015
Why not embark on a perfect winter sun getaway before the Christmas holidays kick off at Vamizi Island in Mozambique. Take advantage of this last minute booking discount and get one FREE night on Vamizi!
Published: September 04 2015
At Outposts Travel Africa we are keen to support reputable, long-term conservation projects that focus on protecting endangered wildlife and their habitats across the African continent. We are very pleased to announce that Asilia Africa are now offering FREE conservation talks for guests across all Asilia Africa Camps in Kenya.
Published: September 02 2015
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the most magical places on this planet. As the 1000th site inscribed on the World Heritage List it is arguably Africa's greatest wetland area naturally famous for its water-based safari. This month, 'Inside Africa' on CNN is featuring some great videos on Botswana which are well worth a watch!
Published: August 31 2015
Since the implementation of South Africa's new immigration requirements for children there has been a large amount of confusion as to exactly what is needed for people travelling with children into South Africa.
Published: August 27 2015
When planning a visit to Kenya for the first time or a much-anticipated return trip, there are some important changes to the visa application process which will come into effect from 1st September 2015.
Published: August 24 2015
Horizon Horseback Safaris in the beautiful and non-malarial Waterberg, just a few hours north of Johannesburg is not only a really fun place to go riding but also one of the friendliest places you can visit.
Published: August 23 2015
When it comes to marine life, there are few places as exceptional as Praia do Tofo in Southern Mozambique. It was here that the term Marine Megafauna was coined and one of the only places in the world where you can experience the “Ocean Safari Big 5” in one beautiful bay. Turtles, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales and Dolphins are all residing in the small stretch of coastline covering Praia do Tofo, Tofinho and Barra in the Inhambane Province.
Published: August 21 2015
Micko and Blaze O'Byrne and Peter Rattray set off on the 1st August 2015 on a motorcycle trip from Fugitives' Drift in South Africa to Brecon in Wales. The trip will take approximately 3 to 4 months taking them through Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, through Europe to Ireland and then onto Wales. Follow their epic journey...
Published: August 18 2015
Are you looking for a last minute riding safari offer? Limpopo Horse Safaris have some great deals on September & October set departures. Operating in The Tuli Block area of Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve, Limpopo Horse Safaris are offering low season prices on their Tuli Safaris departing on 20th September & 11th October 2015.
Published: August 17 2015
Located at the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy in central Kenya, Saruni Samburu’s six luxury, eco-chic villas certainly have the WOW factor! With spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya, Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife to explore exclusively creating an intimate and truly exceptional safari experience.
Published: August 15 2015
At Outposts Travel Africa we love to receive feedback from our clients when they return from their holiday. We want to ensure they have enjoyed the richness of the country they have visited, not just scraping the surface but embracing the depth of what's special, be it culture, food, wine, birds, animals, safari...the list goes on! We recently sent two clients on a 2 week self drive holiday to South Africa which they thoroughly enjoyed. Here are their highlights...
Published: August 11 2015
I decided to finish my journey to Ethiopia with a trip to the remote Bale Mountains located 400km southeast of Addis Ababa. Renowned for its endemic wildlife, deep gorges, alpine lakes and rushing streams this soon-to-be World Heritage site was sure to be a very unique and beautiful place to explore.
Published: August 07 2015
I had heard that if you only visit one place in Ethiopia, this should be it. Lalibela is history & mystery frozen in stone. It is renowned for its breath taking rock churches of which I'd seen many pictures but nothing could compare to the real thing.
Published: August 06 2015
Axum (or Aksum) is considered to be the holiest city in Ethiopia. Located in the far north of the country its early history, like most Ethiopian history, is shrouded in such a fog of legend that the truth remains largely unknown. From mountaintop monasteries to underground tombs, there’s a fantastic mix of history and adventure.
Published: August 05 2015
The Simien Mountains located in the north of Ethiopia are one of Africa’s most beautiful ranges. Thanks to the combination of spectacular scenery and remarkable wildlife, the park is a worthy World Heritage Site. Whether you spend a rewarding 10 days trekking along the ridge that falls sheer to the plains below or simply fancy a day strolling through the mountains spotting Gelada Monkeys & Walia Ibex, this area is certainly not to be missed on a visit to the north of Ethiopia.
Published: August 04 2015
We made the 3 hour drive north from Bahir Dar skirting the eastern shores of Lake Tana to the legendary city of Gondar. The city lies in a bowl of hills where tall trees shelter tin-roofed stone houses and is home to impressive castles and palaces. I had arrived in the Camelot of Africa.
Published: August 02 2015
It's a short flight north from Addis to the lake side town of Bahir Dar. Ethiopian Airways offer a large selection of internal air taxis that operate throughout the country. Driving is an also option but flying seems to be the popular choice. Bahir Dar forms the major stop on the Historical Circuit in the north of Ethiopia and I was intrigued to discover its mystical monasteries.
Published: August 01 2015
Addis Ababa, the Capital City of Ethiopia, is massive and incoherent; a sprawling mass of international hotels, bustling markets and construction sites. Overloaded vehicles bellowing black smoke chunder through the streets and navigating the maze of the city can be a little daunting. I had half a day to explore the city before heading north to Bahir Dar so decided to see how much I could cram in!
Published: July 31 2015
The lower Omo Valley is home to many different tribes. The Hamar, who number around 46,500, are subsistence farmers cultivating a variety of crops and rearing cattle and goats. They are also particularly known for their remarkable hairstyles. Based near to the town of Turmi, home to many Hamar villages, I got a unique insight into their way of life.
Published: July 30 2015
I decided to go off the beaten track and travel to one of the most unique places on Earth, The Omo Valley, situated in the corner of southwest Ethiopia. I had an interesting journey from Arba Minch down to Turmi on a ridiculously overcrowded local bus. 3 chickens scrabbled about at my feet & with only flip flops for protection, managed to come away unpecked!
Published: July 28 2015
It's a short flight south from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch with sometimes a stop in Jimma. Located about 500km south of Addis, the city of Arba Minch (which translates to “forty springs” in Amharic) is found in the Gamo Gofa Zone. It is split into two distinct settlements of Shecha & Sikela separated by 3km of nothing!
Published: July 26 2015
Outposts Travel Africa's Em Southey is getting to the heart of the Horn of Africa in her current adventure to the landlocked country of Ethiopia. In this first blog post of the series, Em arrives in Addis Ababa before making the long journey south to visit the Hamar Tribe in the Omo Valley.
Published: July 25 2015
Mana Pools, a wildlife conservation area located in northern Zimbabwe, is a worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of Africa's beauty spots and is most definitely worth a visit. For some, it is a costly destination but we would like to offer this 6 night special to our clients to make it more affordable.
Published: July 17 2015
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in South Africa offers luxury, comfort and incredible wildlife encounters. Two of Sabi Sand Reserves finest lodges - Savanna and Dulini - are working together to offer their shared guests the opportunity to shun the traditional vehicle transfer, in favour of taking a wilder, more adventurous approach and walking through the game rich Sabi Sand, between the two lodges.
Published: July 15 2015
Namibia Horse Safaris are offering a fantastic offer for groups of two joining this unique ride in Namibia offering a saving of almost £2,000!
Published: July 13 2015
This week we started with a rather unpleasant surprise about the increased visa fees for Uganda. Although we have all been shocked by this sudden decision, we strongly hope that it will not stop our clients from travelling to Uganda. Now there is a very interesting alternative for the single entry visa fee: The East African Tourist Visa.
Published: July 09 2015
Kenya has recently launched eCitizen, an easy-to-use and efficient e-visa service, where all nationals requiring a visa can log onto the online portal and apply for their Kenya entry visa before travel. This process will become compulsory from 01 September 2015, however there will be a two month changeover process until the end of August 2015.
Published: July 08 2015
South African Airways announces new great value, year-round fares from London to Malawi. South African Airways, in association with Malawi Department of Tourism, is offering discounted fares from London to Malawi from £604 return*, saving up to £149 on the typical fare! (*Subject to availability)
Published: July 07 2015
We are delighted to announce that THREE Great Plains Conservation properties have joined National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of boutique hotels in remarkable destinations around the world. So if you're considering a holiday to Africa, why not incorporate a stay at one of these unique lodges.
Published: July 02 2015
Looking for a last minute Summer 2015 getaway? Why not consider a stay at 'The Tides' Villa & Lodge on the idyllic, palm fringed and secluded Ushongo beach on the northern coastline of Tanzania near to Pangani. Now you can stay for less until November 2015 with this special Stay 5, Pay 4 offer!
Published: June 29 2015
Kitich Camp is a truly remote and private location in a stunning forest glade on the upper slopes of the Mathews Mountains (also known as the Lenkiyio Hills) in northern Kenya. The camp reopened this month for the summer season and we're delighted to announce the arrival of a new manager, Emma Hedges.
Published: June 25 2015
Last minute special! There are only 4 saddles to fill on the fabulous 11 day Namib Desert Ride in Namibia leaving on the 1st August 2015.
Published: June 24 2015
Outposts Travel Africa cannot think of a better way of reaching and enjoying the wilder and more beautiful parts of Africa than on the back of a horse. Namibia is a superb riding safari destination boasting incredible panoramic views across vast open landscapes. If you're a keen rider looking for an adventure, The Great Fish River Canyon Ride still has a few spaces remaining for their September departure.
Published: June 23 2015
The Green season which runs from mid-November through to April is a wonderful time to visit the parks in Zimbabwe. Although the bush is thick you still get some brilliant sightings. All the young ones are out and you can also explore the magnificent Ngamo plains in Hwange National Park which are teaming with wildlife at this time of year. So why not take advantage of this 6 Countries Special and get up to 50% off the normal rates!
Published: June 22 2015
Effective from 1st July 2015, Lemala Camps in Tanzania will be introducing their 'Lemala Cubs' programme - a range of activities for children which will maintain their interest, be educational, and most importantly ensure that they have fun whilst on safari.
Published: June 21 2015
From affordable family holidays to long stay discounts on luxury honeymoon retreats, we have some outstanding offers and opportunities available for travel in 2015 & 2016 in our latest newsletter.
Published: June 18 2015
The great Wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara in Kenya takes place during July through to October. Watch lions stalk migrating wildebeest as huge herds traverse the plains during this annual event. We're delighted to announce that two of Kenya’s most enchanting camps, Sentinel Mara and Losokwan Camp now have a fantastic offer allowing you to capture The Great Migration for less!
Published: June 15 2015
Fugitives’ Drift is renowned for delivering awe-inspiring battlefield tours that bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life. This experience gives a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields. Fugitives’ Drift is expanding on these experiences with the addition of dedicated tours for children under 12 years of age.
Published: June 08 2015
Combine Kenya’s most exciting wildlife-rich wilderness and undiscovered beach at incredible year round value. Experience the elegant, luxurious Saruni Mara and/or Saruni Wild in its new location along with the newly-opened, Saruni Ocean at Kenya’s South coast.
Published: June 07 2015
Are you longing to take your children on a family holiday they will remember for years to come? At Outposts Travel Africa, we love arranging wonderful family holidays and understand that affordability is key.
Published: June 06 2015
Stay for 7 nights and only pay for 5 on this fabulous circuit special in Tanzania. Whether you're looking for a family holiday, a romantic escape or a special honeymoon, this deal offers incredible value for money.
Published: June 05 2015
FLASH DISCOUNT! If you're looking to book a last minute riding safari, we have some great set departure rides this wildebeest migration season in the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Published: June 04 2015
We really encourage our clients to take a guide when in South Africa, where applicable, to get the most out of a location. Good guides are so full of “inside knowledge”; they know unusual places to eat, the newest “in” wines and foods, they take you to places you might never find, introduce you to people you should meet if you wish to really enjoy and understand the country you are visiting. They enrich your experience and make the most of your day. Yes it’s an extra expense but worth every penny, even if you only choose to do a Cape Town or Wine lands orientation day, it can be the best decision you make when planning your holiday.
Published: June 03 2015
Don't miss out on this fantastic offer! Book 3 nights at the stylish & luxurious Chitwa Chitwa Safari Lodge in South Africa & get 3 FREE nights in Cape Town.
Published: June 01 2015
As a result of growing insecurity leading to the poaching of wildlife and over-extraction of declining natural resources in Kenya, the Milgis Trust was established in 2004. Founded and managed by Helen Douglas-Dufresne (pictured), the Trust's mission is to sustain the wildlife, habitat and the pastoral peoples’ way of life in Northern Kenya. Find out how you can help support the work of the Milgis Trust...
Published: May 28 2015
Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a unique destination often described as a "huge museum" that few have discovered and many are yet to see. So when Moritz and Margarete contacted Outposts Travel Africa to help them organise a 2 week holiday to the country, we were delighted to put together a programme for them exploring the historical wonders of the north.
Published: May 26 2015
We're not just saying it. Rwanda really is without a doubt firmly on the tourism map. A stunning country full of riches for the discerning traveller be it primates, birding, safari, culture or sheer scenic beauty - there is something for everyone!
Published: May 22 2015
After six months of hot dry weather and a drought on the way, the bizarrely late rains have reached Botswana. Animals have no ability to rush home and duck inside, so the rain doesn't mean that they disappear and you can’t see any of them. However, for guests travelling to Botswana, it's not exactly what they were expecting.
Published: May 21 2015
Travel Africa fully supports conservation initiatives to save the rhino and in the face of ever more devastating poaching statistics, we would like to share this story of hope from Great Plains Conservation. The largest airlift of rhinos ever undertaken has begun, as on the 28th April the first group of rhinos were released into Botswana. They will form part of a seed population which will have a chance to expand in number and gene diversity, whilst protected by the latest technology and a specialized anti-poaching unit.
Published: May 20 2015
Travel Africa is delighted to announce the opening of a brand new camp in the Serengeti located in northern Tanzania. Chaka's new sister property, Kiota Camp will be opening its doors to its first guests TOMORROW - May 19th 2015. Taking a fresh look at the Serengeti, this permanent camp located in Central Serengeti will be perfectly positioned to capture the migration taking advantage of the year-round wildlife viewing the Seronera Valley and nearby areas have to offer.
Published: May 18 2015
With just 17 days to go until the proposed implementation of the new South African immigration requirements for children, we want to make sure you are prepared for the changes if you're planning a family holiday to South Africa with your children.
Published: May 15 2015
Hamish Fulton has been on 15 trekking visits to Nepal and after the recent devastating quake, he wants to give something back. He has travelled to Nepal to set up a FREE Street Kitchen in Kathmandu for immediate relief to some of those homeless sleeping in the open. He has a small team of local people helping out but he needs funds to hire local cooks and to pay for the kitchen stall, equipment, on-going food ingredients and crucially FREE fresh WATER.
Published: May 14 2015
If you are looking for beach paradise with all the safari action, why not take a look at Kijongo Bay Beach Lodge - Tanzania's fabulous mainland beach property, where wilderness combines with tranquility...
Published: May 07 2015
We are excited to announce the Artist in Residency Programme launch at Segera Retreat, Laikipia Kenya – Starts August 2015!
Published: May 04 2015
There are a whole host of things to consider before you set off exploring the world's most exciting continent. DD Kingscote and other travel professionals share their tips in the latest edition of Travel Africa magazine including what to pack, hidden gems to look out for and how to make the most of your time on safari.
Published: April 28 2015
Outposts Travel Africa cannot think of a better way of reaching and enjoying the wilder and more beautiful parts of Africa than on the back of a horse. If you are looking for a last minute African riding safari getaway in May, we have just the thing! Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris, who operate riding safaris in the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block of south eastern Botswana, are offering some great deals on last minute bookings.
Published: April 27 2015
Owned by Sir Richard Branson, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa offers a superb high-end safari experience with a different perspective on the African bush. Each unique Safari Lodge aims to provide an exceptional experience so if you're looking for a child friendly, top-end safari adventure why not take advantage of these fantastic offers for 2015.
Published: April 23 2015
Whether you're looking for a new destination for the summer holidays with your children or a unique location for a corporate event, Outposts Travel Africa would highly recommend Leobo Private Reserve in South Africa. This incredible venue in a malaria-free private game reserve is fully staffed and can be rented out on an exclusive basis only making it ideal for families and small groups.
Published: April 22 2015
As it probably hasn't gone unnoticed, tourism to Africa has been hit hard in the past half year with first the fear for Ebola and now the weak Euro. Luckily, Outposts Travel Africa has a great network and works closely with lodge and camp owners and other suppliers, trying to ensure some great deals and special offers which we can pass on to you. In addition, we are always on the look out for newly opened properties or interesting activities that could add a special and unique touch to your African holiday.
Published: April 16 2015
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, the ONLY private lodge in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in South Africa, is now open! Situated on the western boundary in the first private concession within Africa’s oldest proclaimed Game Reserve in Northern KwaZulu Natal, Rhino Ridge enables guests to enjoy 4 star luxury at a private lodge for the first time within the park, offering spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities within the heart of Big 5 territory.
Published: April 13 2015
Enjoy the flexibility and personalized service of a small group guided tour with unforgettable primate and wildlife encounters, cultural interactions and overnights in traditional and adventurous safari lodges. Join one of the set departure dates throughout 2015 to begin your journey into the wild!
Published: April 09 2015
We would like to wish all our clients and friends a very Happy Easter!
Published: April 05 2015
For nearly 20 years a rail transfer option for safari guests to the south east of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe has been dreamt of, but in 2014 the Imvelo Safari Lodges team turned that vision into reality and re-invented their safari transfers into a unique activity, using the railway line that runs in an almost completely straight line along Hwange's northern boundary.
Published: April 01 2015
A sad morning; the last breakfast and mount up to ride back to main camp. We still had fun on the way back enjoying beautiful light on the water at the dam, with lovely bird sightings. Some of us did a bit more jumping and we had lots of "canterrrrrr", stepping up the speed for a good romp home. The horses knew they were due a week’s well deserved rest and pricked their ears, walking briskly home to their friends. We untacked them and watched as they rolled happily in the sand before finding their way to their paddock and full hay nets.
Published: March 15 2015
Charlotte felt a bit off today so stayed at camp relaxing. She had her massage and read a book and looked very much happier on our return. We had a lovely ride with more sightings and even partook in some jumping. West found a decent, suitable log for us but we were all a bit slow in coming forward. We made him go first and all our horses jumped it beautifully making us much braver and eager for more. My little horse and I were getting along really fine after my "dismount" at the start of the week; he loved his jumping and now he trusted me. There are loads of logs and little hedges to pop if the ground is right and the horses love it.
Published: March 14 2015
What a lovely ride today with some awesome elephant sightings. The ever changing vistas continue to enthral us. Today in particular, with lots of river crossings, rocky escarpments, shady Mopane groves and wide open plains to "canterrrrr" on, finding the odd bush and log to jump as we went was a delight. At one point, when stopping to let the horses drink West tried to forge a deep puddle and sank. His horse took action and launched up a steep bank VERY nearly leaving West in the puddle. If Di and General had attempted it I think they would have sunk out of site, being both of somewhat smaller stature.
Published: March 13 2015
We had a long ride today right across towards the other end on the conservancy, past Mashatu Main Lodge, one of the only Lodges in this area, to another private camp called Naledi. Early on in the ride we had another UR. Ed failed to see a small ditch we were all jumping and his horse, Lancelot, tripped and deposited him neatly on the floor. Poor West felt bad but Ed was fine and learnt not to ride on the heels of the one in front. He was very stoic saying he had received worse bumps playing rugby. We interspersed good long canters with walking, covering the ground, enjoying the scenery and finding lovely impalas, zebras, wildebeest, kudus, eland, black backed jackal and much more, to feast our eyes upon. We passed the place where the vultures had been eating the elephant to find only skin and bone left with one hyena and a few vultures still standing vigil. West gave us a most interesting lesson about elephant’s teeth and tusks.
Published: March 12 2015
We had a quiet morning’s ride, thoroughly enjoyable but not many exceptional viewings. Jenny and Edward decided to have a day off and went on a Mother/ son bonding game drive with Buti. Well, did they have fun or what? They saw wild cat, secretary birds, a Kori Bustard, an aardwolf poking his head up from a hole, 3 ostrich's with babies, loads of elephants and finally, 2 heavily pregnant lionesses. WOW.
Published: March 11 2015
We had a 5 plus hour ride to day to reach Limpopo House where we were staying that night so we were ready to ride at 6. What would we do without the morning cuppa, kindly brought by West to get us to rise and shine? Each day's ride has its many highlights and also the quiet, contemplative moments just walking along enjoying the surroundings, listening, smelling, seeing, at one with your horse. Suddenly West asks if you are ready to "canterrrrr" and off we all go, across flat plains, weaving around bushes, avoiding ditches...or jumping them, cantering past a herd of wildebeest, or a "dazzle" of zebra, who sometimes decide to join in the fun. It's like catching a wave, one has to laugh out loud as they wiz along beside you.
Published: March 10 2015
Every morning we were to be woken by a lovely cuppa at 5am. We ate a delicious breakfast and then on the horses just as the sun rose at 6.00 ready for our ride. This became our daily routine. Today’s ride was to be in the area within reach of the camp; we were staying here again tonight. It was the last chance to check we were all suited to our steeds and to change as necessary as we were going to a different camp tomorrow. Di and Jenny decided to swap for smaller horses, but Christa, despite her horse getting excited and bucking when others passed her, was determined to stick with it. We all felt he would settle with a bit of work. Monate was an angel, he didn't pull, had great manners, was comfortable and I was sincerely hoping I would not have to swap. He was totally content and amenable to go where I asked him. I even tried a few little bushes to check my steering and was getting on so well I decided to take my own line over a ditch.
Published: March 09 2015
I cannot believe, after all this planning, I am finally meeting all my friends and guests today at Ol Tambo International, Johannesberg and starting the journey to Botswana for a week’s riding Adventure with Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris. It was time to meet the team. Nicky and I, already in Johannesburg, met Jenny, Edward and Di, who had flown from the UK. They had already landed and were in domestic departures. We all checked our bags in, they went through and I darted off to meet Charlotte and Christa, arriving from Frankfurt. We were all together, ready for our short flight to Polokwane and the drive to our destination. A very slim line plane flew us to Polokwane where we met Alan for our road transfer to the Botswana border, about 2 hours north. Charlotte and Nicky have never been to Africa before so we got our spotting hats on and tried to explain about anything interesting we saw on the way, questioning Alan too for local information.
Published: March 08 2015
Nicky and I departed early for a flight to Johannesburg. It was hard to leave the lovely Cape Cadogan Hotel which we both thought was very special. I had arranged a tour with Rainer Becker of Afritours who has guided clients for me in the past with excellent feedback and I was keen to meet him and learn more about South African history. We had such an interesting day, also sobering as this country has a tumultuous history which in hindsight has not been balanced or fair. That's life and history throughout the world. It seemed bad being a voyeur in Soweto but interesting too. I have been to townships in Cape Town many years ago before they were more established and expected something similar, but it was much more organised in fact, with tar roads and infrastructure, big churches, a hospital and a combination of houses ranging from small and unkempt to fairly prosperous with heavy security.
Published: March 07 2015
So, from the sublime to the ridiculous, we stopped at Nando's for a quick "chicken" lunch. A far cry from the sophistication of Cape Town but actually delicious. On then to the Apartheid Museum, actually located several km’s away from Soweto, where I had assumed it was. It has been very well done and exudes a powerful message of life before and during Apartheid, which left us thoughtful. We had to be swift if we wanted to miss the afternoon, and football match traffic, but we got the picture. If you read every bit of copy you would be there for hours, if not days.
Published: March 07 2015
At Outposts Travel Africa we are really keen for our clients to enjoy the richness of the country they are visiting, not just scraping the surface but embracing the depth of what's special, be it culture, food, wine, birds, animals, even fishing, riding or walking. All add to the experience. Following the tourist trail is no bad thing, but with the right personable, knowledgeable guides guests can come away with so much more, getting to feel the real essence of the country. Inside knowledge is the key so we really encourage guided days if appropriate, such as in Cape Town and the surrounding wine lands.
Published: March 06 2015
Well, my last day in Cape Town was wonderful, and it's not over yet! After departing Glen Avon Lodge in Constantia, who so kindly hosted me last night, (I will do a separate blog on my days site of site visits as I have been to some wonderful locations, 10 in a day, so I have to get my thoughts around all their details before committing to cyber space.) I met Devin, my trusted friend, guide and driver at Cape Cadogan and, having booked in to my apartment in Four Quarters, a sister company to Cape Cadogan and really nice, we set off to walk up Table Mountain. I have not been up it before and today, the weather was perfect. Not TOO hot, no clouds and Devin, Mr Iron Man, to carry the water. I was excited and slightly nervous that the Hare, Devin, would skip up a lot faster than the Tortoise, me! He runs up it before breakfast several times a week and takes about 30 mins. Our target was 1 hr 45 mins.
Published: March 06 2015
To give you an idea of the beauty of this place, here is a photo of the dam with the evening light reflecting the mountains in the water. How special is that?
Published: March 05 2015
First on the agenda after the obligatory cup of tea was a game drive on the private 4,000 hectare reserve. Expertly led by Daniel, who seems to lend his hand to every job, showing this enterprise is very much a family affair, run by those that live here and have grown up on the farm. He was very informative and had clearly been personally involved with the many conservation projects that go on here. The first we encountered was the preservation of the geometric tortoise that is very rare. I have never seen one before but was lucky enough to catch a glimpse today.
Published: March 04 2015
We are sad to leave Babylonstoren but ready for the last chapter of our holiday. I know it will be different but very good also. On Pam’s recommendation we stop buy the Spice Route Wine Estate. It's become an Artisans playground with lots on offer for those interested in food and wine. There is a wonderful chocolate factory where they make chocolate from bean to bars and you can do a tasting and learn how it's done. Very interesting but 11.00 in the morning was quite early to eat lots of chocolate, however delicious. I enjoyed it.
Published: March 03 2015
After the garden tour came the wine tour; no peace for this dedicated tour operator, determined to try everything. We were shown around the olive oil making department and the wine production facilities. We were super impressed by the sparkling cleanliness and up to date machinery, with the whole process explained to us by an enthusiastic Steven. We tasted olive oil and a variety of wines, of this relatively young vineyard, looked into deep vats of wine, starting the process of mixing, inspected strong wooden barrels full of maturing wine. We saw rows of vines, finally finishing off back at the farm shop with some further tasting. It was a really good and interesting activity. Visit the farm shop too, designed with the same immaculate attention to detail and style, full of mouth-watering cheeses, charcuterie, home grown produce such as jams, pickles and cordials, and fabulous scented soaps and candles.
Published: March 02 2015
I knew this place would be magic and it really is. What attention to detail, style, service and not to forget to mention the freshest of food and home grown wine. The gardens are wonderful and Gina and I started our day, after a truly delicious breakfast, with the garden walk. This is a lie, as Gina had been out taking pictures since light, whilst I had lounged in my very comfortable bed, (the crispest of sheets and proper down pillows) until the last possible moment.
Published: March 01 2015
Ferdinand showed us the scenic route to Franschoek on the map which we so enjoyed. The colours of the heather and fynbos on the mountains were stupendous. We longed to see it after the rains. The hair bend turns down the pass opened up a wonderful view of the town as we dropped into the valley. You can see why it was established as a location for the food and wine capital of southern Africa. There are many good restaurants here, several 5 Star. These need booking well in advance but are well worth the effort. The hard thing is not to eat too much whilst staying here. The food and wine is so good here and fresh as a daisy.
Published: February 28 2015
We have had another day on the road driving through extraordinary huge, dry, mountainous countryside with towns nestled in areas where the water lies. You can see why these locations were chosen in days gone by. There is fruit and vineyards, some dairy, and a few ostriches. In between it looks like the Wild West with no sign of any habitation at all. We have arrived at Olive Garden Country Lodge, tucked up under a hill, well off the road. The cottage for 4 is simple, clean, with a beautiful view and peaceful aspect. There is a small pool and we are looking forward to trying a bottle of Hillock champagne and dinner cooked by our hosts, Gina and Ferdinand.
Published: February 27 2015
What a place of enterprise this is? Not satisfied with retirement, Andy Hillock and his wife Penny have created their own special empire. A visit to the Mymering Estate is a very good reason to visit Ladismith. They grow both table grapes and wine grapes; they have built beautiful cottages that one can stay in, in great comfort and offer delicious dinners with excellent home grown wine to accompany them. You can even come here for a light lunch and buy homemade chutneys and jams to take home. A lot of love, attention to detail and real professionalism has gone into this place and it shows.
Published: February 26 2015
We are off to Ladismith! Not the one in Kwa Zulu Natal, thank goodness, but the one in Ostrich country on the way to the Klein Karoo. This was a compromise, as Robert wanted to explore the Karoo and I did not want to spend 6 hours or more driving there so we went half way. Firstly we drove along the edge of De Hoop Nature Reserve, inspecting the coast and then inland, amazed by the huge expanse of parched farmland, with massive enclosures, many full of Ostriches.
Published: February 26 2015
Our departure from the lovely Whalesong was heralded by the magnificent sighting of over 100 dolphins making waves, swimming towards us in perfect harmony. I can only imagine what it's like when the whales are here too. What a lovely place to stay with delicious home grown everything for breakfast and a lovely atmosphere. Safe to say we would come back tomorrow. Our drive to De Hoop, pronounced De woop, was characterful. We took the coastal road via the lighthouse which commemorated the Birkenhead disaster, commemorated tomorrow, where a ship sank, but all women and children were saved. Then we drove along a rocky coastline through the main shark cage diving area. It's not my idea of fun but loads of people do it and love it, once their knees have stopped shaking. The coastline is full of week end holiday homes and seemed quiet at the moment, and the overcast weather made it seem a bit unloved, but I am sure when it's humming with people, it would seem more appealing. For shark cage diving it's the Biz!
Published: February 25 2015
After a short drive through Hermanus to have a quick inspection of this relaxed, well organised coastal town, renowned for its whale watching and white, wide beaches, we set off with excitement to go wine tasting. The valley to visit, for its perfect conditions for the grape was Hemel en Aarde, (Heaven on Earth) where several famous vineyards grow delicious wines. First we stopped at Hamilton Russel, a long established vineyard, where the wines are of top quality.
Published: February 24 2015
Whalesong Lodge is a very well appointed guesthouse located in De Kelders, near Gansbaai, on the pretty coastline famous for its whale watching when in season. The rooms are really comfortable, beautifully designed and decorated, with a seaside feel. From the raised balcony one can see the whales really close during the season, and even now, Dolphins and seals are often spotted as one sits and sips a cold glass of white enjoying the view.
Published: February 24 2015
We timed it well and got back to Le Lezard Bleu in time to say a fond farewell and thank you to our hosts, Chris and Nicky, who had gone out of their way to help us in every way possible, and set off along the coast road towards Gansbaii with a slightly more pain free Robert, to begin our holiday in earnest.
Published: February 23 2015
Our friends and travelling companions, the Gordon's, arrived last night from Botswana after a very hot week on a safari that I had arranged for them. They had stayed at 2 Wilderness camps taking advantage of their very good green season rates. They stayed at Kalahari Plains, a desert experience followed by Xigera, in the delta. They loved both camps, despite the heat; the rains are late and have not arrived yet. Robert is waiting a new hip and was in a lot of pain. Wilderness were excellent, even arranging for a Dr to visit them at Le Lezard Bleu in Cape Town this morning. 10/10 for service I say.
Published: February 23 2015
After an excellent breakfast with a continental flavour, lots of delicious fruit, very good muesli, meats and cheeses and eggs and bacon on request, Michael was really thrilled at the arrival of our very good friend Devin, who lives in Cape Town and is a great guide and leader of adventure activities.
Published: February 22 2015
We drove right along the coast through Sea Point and along to Camps Bay where the properties become more expensive and the restaurants more numerous. Then on up to the place one can catch the cable car up to the top of the Table Mountain and a little further on to where one can walk to the top.
Published: February 22 2015
There is a great vibe on the waterfront with so much going on. Music playing with swinging African rhythms; men performing showing astonishing football skills; arts and crafts large and small from all over Africa on display with visitors walking and taking in the scene. Boats come in and out; from beautiful ocean yachts to a mock up of a pirates ship, bedecked for children's parties.
Published: February 21 2015
It's so good to feel the African sun on my back and to return to Cape Town. The airport is fresh and efficient and I was soon speeding off to my first port of call - Le Lezard Bleu, a small family run guest house tucked under Table Mountain in Orangenzicht. I have sent guests here and wanted to renew my acquaintance. Personally I love intimate guest houses, especially in South Africa, because one gets to meet the locals and get a personal insight into the essence of where one is staying. They also do them very well.
Published: February 21 2015
DD Kingscote, founder of Outposts Travel Africa, is off to Africa again today to find a few more hidden gems for her Travel Africa Clients. Check this blog for updates of her travels to Cape Town and the winelands before she embarks on a Riding Safari with Limpopo Horse Safaris in Botswana.
Published: February 20 2015
You've read the books and watched the movie. So why not try a 'Shades of Grey Safari' in the beautiful East African Bush! From Elephant and Rhino to Wildebeest, Buffalo, Warthog and Hippo, there's certainly enough to give Jamie Dornan a run for his money!
Published: February 18 2015
Namibia is a country of unique and varied landscapes from the oldest desert in the world to rugged mountains and open savannahs teeming with African game. Bordered by the mystical dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and blanketed with the lush dusty plains of the Kalahari, this is a region of awesome contrasting scenery. Here's our top pick of where to go & what to see in Namibia.
Published: February 13 2015
April and May is a great time for travelling to Tanzania and Kenya. It offers exceptional exclusivity, beautiful lush green landscapes and all this at highly reduced rates.
Published: February 09 2015
Glamorous camping or 'glamping' offers a luxurious way to experience the great outdoors and true wilderness destinations. Think of camping, minus the baked beans, sleeping bags, having to battle with your tent poles or wonder off into the woods in the early hours with a shovel and toilet roll in hand! Botswana offers a unique destination in which to experience its unique wilderness from classical and luxurious camps ‘under canvas. Here are some of our favourite camps...
Published: February 02 2015
Giraffes for breakfast is a real delight and what a marvelous way to start your holiday in Kenya! Giraffe Manor, located in Karen near Nairobi in Kenya is a historical building, beautifully decorated in a very classically English way with a twist of chic Kenya. The latest refurbishment includes a new wing where the decor continues with the giraffe theme with the addition of beautiful new paintings and art work. There are now 12 rooms with family room options and a large room with wheelchair access. The staff go out of their way to accommodate your every wish, the food is delicious, including dietary requirements (freshly baked wheat free carrot muffins for breakfast for American clients who were staying) and there is the added USP of having giraffes to breakfast! Find out how you can enjoy a FREE NIGHT at Giraffe Manor!
Published: January 26 2015
We quite often receive enquiries from people who are thinking of bringing their children on safari. Those of us that have been lucky enough to enjoy an African childhood can testify that safaris are amongst the most exciting and enduring memories we have from those early years. There's all the new discovery, the freedom, the diversity of wild animals, all the attention from camp staff who seem to have an innate ability to win over children...what's not to love?
Published: January 23 2015
Whether you're looking for an exclusive, luxurious, romantic beach and safari honeymoon for just the two of you, or have chosen to share your celebrations and once in a lifetime holiday with close family and friends, no holiday is more important to get 'just right'. We particularly love Vamizi Island, located in one of the wildest places on earth, set among the Quirimbas Archipelago in the calm, cyclone free waters off the coast of northern Mozambique. The Vamizi Private Villa Collection is going from strength to strength as the sixth villa on Vamizi Island is being finalised now and will be ready for opening in May 2015. New Year on Vamizi heralded the naming of the new villa which is 'Papilio'.
Published: January 12 2015
If you didn't get the chance to read Richard Madden's final Bush Telegraph article last weekend, we'd highly recommend it. His superb article entitled 'Can tourism save Kenya's magnificent wildlife?' correctly claims that Lewa Wilderness is one of the most reliable places in Kenya to see the Big Five. We're offering a fantastic New Year Incentive with Lewa Wilderness for new bookings from now until 15 June 2015!
Published: January 09 2015
It's the start of another year and with 2014 a distant memory, you might be looking for somewhere to travel to this year. With so many options available it can be hard to decide which option is right for you. The safari is one of travel's greatest experiences, but what's the best way for you to do it? By foot? By boat? By hoof?
Published: January 05 2015
We know that in recent months there have been some concerns about the security situation in Kenya following various media reports, so it is good news that many travel advisories have now been softened so that visitors can once again feel confident about flying into Nairobi.
Published: November 10 2014
No trip to Zimbabwe is complete without a trip to the mighty Victoria Falls. Zambezi Sands River Lodge is a brand new addition to the Imvelo portfolio that offers the perfect place to discover the 'Thunder that Roars.'
Published: October 31 2014
We at Outposts Travel Africa are really keen for our clients to enjoy the richness of the country they are visiting, not just scraping the surface but embracing the depth of what's special, be it culture, food, wine, birds, animals, even fishing, riding or walking. All add to the experience.
Published: October 16 2014
Christmas is upon us! Where has this busy year gone? First and foremost we would like to wish you all, new friends and old, the happiest Christmas and a very fun and adventurous New Year.