Don’t only leave footprints. Leave a Positive Impact…

As resilient as nature can be, an even though it seems to be flourishing in the midst of this global pandemic – in many instances, nature relies on man to give it their space and the support it needs to thrive.

Unfortunately, global travel bans have had a two-prong negative effect on the conservation tourism (lodges, reserves etc.) industry in Africa. These lodges play a key role in the protection of some of the world’s most endangered animal species and environments. They also support local, underprivileged communities and empower women. The overall loss of revenue from having no visitors has severely restricted their ability to carry out these critical roles.

GUEST – FUNDED CONSERVATION EXPERIENCES

There are three essential pillars of Impact Travel, namely:

  • Wildlife – We need to ensure that future generations can enjoy our world and the incredible animals that live within it.
  • Community Upliftment – Working towards poverty prevention, education, employment and more.
  • Environmental – Promoting sustainable tourism and attempting to make a positive impact on the environment.

African conservation is in jeopardy without revenue from tourism and there has never been a better reason to make your next adventure a safari.

Here are a few fantastic ideas whereby guests can give back and stay in amazing locations and viewing wildlife in their natural habitat.

PANGOLIN CONSERVATION

  • This is sadly the most trafficked animal in the world. Thousands are poached every year and they are killed for their scales, which is used for Chinese Traditional medicine and their meat is sold as a delicacy. To provide an idea of the numbers – for 1 ton of pangolin scales, an estimated 1 900 pangolins are killed.
  •  Participate in our one-of-its-kind Pangolin conservation experience at &Beyond Phinda, South Africa – Travel with your specialist conservation team as they locate the animal, replace the GSM/UHF tag and conduct general health checks, and gather crucial data.
  • To get further insight we suggest you watch this amazing movie about the African Pangolin called Eye of the Pangolin Film  

LION CONSERVATION

A Lion recover project at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, called KopeLion

  •  KopeLion main objective is to create a ‘corridors of tolerance” between the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, whereby the lions can move freely and to ensure long term survival. For many generations, lions and the Masaai have lived together in uneasy proximity
  • This project has selected warriors, known as “Ilchokuti” – lion warriors, from the local community. The warriors’ main focus is to prevent the hunting of lions, through various measures. They patrol and safeguard their allocated areas and alert their local communities of the presence of lions. They help search for lost livestock, assist with fortifying livestock enclosures, and assist with wounded livestock.
  •  While staying at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, guests have the opportunity to book an experience, in advance, to interact with the KopeLion conservation team. This is a half day tour where guests will get a deeper understanding of their day-to-day operations, like checking the Panthera camera traps, and also meet one of the KopeLion “Ilchokuti” who will give greater insight into the amazing work they carry out.
  • Watch this video called: Creating corridors of Tolerance

SINGITA COMMUNITY CULINARY SCHOOL (SCCS)

  • The main focus is to help young members of the local community forge a career in hospitality as well as empower the people around them.
  • This school opened in 2007 and it is situated at Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa. This Culinary school offers professional cooker course which sees people drawn from local communities graduating at commis chefs of the highest caliber. Ten students are sponsored by the Singita Lowveld Trust and guests generally fund additional scholarships through donations.
  • At Singita Lebombo guests can participate in a cooking class at the SCCS, which is a great option to connect and spend quality time with your partner, friends or family. The cost for the class is a set donation per person which goes directly back into the School.
  • Watch the following video:  Singita Community Culinary School

BISATE LODGE, Rwanda

This lodge incorporates, community, environmental and the Wildlife aspect.

At Bisate Lodge – every guest is a philanthropist

  • Bisate is Rwanda’s first truly lavish safari stop, focusing on Africa’s most vivid, wild primate experience. The property is situated adjacent to Volcanoes National Park and offers just 6 en-suite Forest Villas that maximise comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and offer a reflection of the rich culture of rural Rwanda.
  • Bisate’s vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest contributes to biodiversity conservation and local community upliftment – making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic endangered species: the mountain gorilla.
  • While visiting the lodge you can part take in the following activities that contribute to positive impact travel; 1) Nursery visit and tree planting –all guest can contribute to the reforestation by planting a tree. 2)Community visits – guest can walk down to the nearby village.. Here, they will be introduced to the various cultural rituals, little markets and have some time to hang out with locals and experience a typical village day in Rwanda. 3) Gorilla trekking, has a deep impact to both wildlife and communities – the majority of the cost goes back into Gorilla Conservation and 10% goes towards local communities, to build schools, health centres and roads. 4) Golden monkey trekking – creates employment for many locals, from rangers, trackers, porters, drivers and staff at tourist lodges.
  • Watch this video: Bisate – Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

MARATABA CONSERVATION CAMPS, South Africa

This property offers a fun and exciting way to experience wildlife by allowing guests to get involved in helping to protect and secure wildlife for future generations.

  • This is a unique conservation-based Safari, which is situated in a malaria free area in the Marataba Contractual National Park, a privately managed section of the Marakele National Park- a mere 3-hour drive from OR Tambo or Lanseria Airport.
  • They offer two types of accommodation: 1) Founders Camp (5*): This is an exclusive-use lodge which offers just 4 luxury tents. 2) Explores Camp (4*) – This is a semi- exclusive use lodge which offers 6 luxury tents (one being a family room) and can accommodate two group on an exclusive basis.
  • Both camps accept children of all ages and their focus is for guests to have fun while getting involved in the daily conservation activities. A few included activities that guests can get involved with are : telemetry tracking walks (tracking of wildlife through collars for scientific purposes) with cheetah and rhino (valid to guests 14 upwards), compilation of individual identikits for elephants, elephant impact assessments, transect walks for vegetation mapping and planting, snare patrols and game capture and census counts.
  • Other incredible wildlife experience on offer are: 1) The rhino conservation safari, over 3 days, which includes intervention with darting, notching and DNA collection (only available from 1 February to 31 October – available to all ages). 2) Contribute and set up new artificial intelligence camera traps (available to all ages or 14 years upwards, depending on location) – Please note these activities do incur a surcharge.
  • View this amazing video – you can be a part of this: Rhino Conservation in action

Written by Kay & Nwabisa

My Five Favourite Food Locations in Africa

Variety is the spice of life and nowhere is this more evident than in Africa, where there is a rich and vibrant food culture around the continent. With a fusion of tastes and flavours, as well as some of the most unique foods in the world, the continent is an absolute foodie heaven. Having been fortunate to have dined in some incredible spots, to me food always tastes better when it is enjoyed in a great location. Whether your trip leads you to the Serengeti plains, the oldest desert in the world or the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Africa’s incredible variety of destinations and culinary experiences are sure to make the meal a memory that will last a lifetime. Here are some of my favourite dining locations:

1. On Safari

Breakfast on the rim of an ancient volcano in Tanzania, with a view that will stay with you forever. Or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy the incredible density of wildlife before making your way to a private spot on the Crater floor. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal served against the backdrop of grazing wildebeest and zebras and in the shallow Crater Lake, flocks of bright pink flamingos.

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Picnic in the Serengeti or Masai Mara while you watch the Great Migration crossing. In what is one of the most quintessential wildlife experiences on the planet, the Great Migration is an event unlike any other. Picture millions of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, and other antelope species making this incredible journey across Tanzania and Kenya, with Big Cats following not far behind. Now picture yourself having front row seats as you enjoy a picnic on the riverside watching the spectacle unfold. And at sunset, it’s G&T time of course!

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Any South African will tell you, there’s nothing better than a Braai. Whilst on safari in one of South Africa’s iconic Wildlife Reserves, you will be treated to a wonderful Boma Dinner, around the fire, under the African sky. These are magical, but a truly memorable dinner is when your field guide ends your evening safari with a surprise braai (barbeque) in the bush.

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2. On the Beach

After I’ve been on a safari, I always feel it is time to shake off the safari dust and hit the beach for some surf, sun, cocktails and seafood! Beaches and islands in Africa are as varied as the enormous continent itself, each offering something unique. I am a fan of laid-back, toes in the sand type of beach holidays where you can have a Castaway picnic on a deserted island. You have the island all to yourself as you indulge in a decadent picnic set in one of the most secluded sites on the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique. Delight in fare that is sure to tantalise your taste buds with an assortment of local delicacies to feed each other. No wonder this is Honeymoon Heaven!

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3. In the Desert

Not too long ago, I spent some time amongst the Dunes in Namibia. This is a country with lunar and Mars-like landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see, where the adventurous can play to their hearts content.  Venture out into the Namib Naukluft National Park, knows as the Namib Sand Sea. Here you can walk in the Deadvlei, where some 70 camel thorn tree trunks, 900 years dead, remain standing on a bleached clay pan. Then climb a sand dune, and for the fit and adventurous, conquer the towering ‘Big Daddy’. Then in the evening, as you settle into the silence of the desert at dinner, take time to witness the vast night sky in this Dark Sky Reserve.

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Fireside with the San on a Salt Pan, Botswana. In the dry season the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is a desert covered in white salt crystals. After a day of adventurous quad-biking and meeting meerkats, lie out on the pan as the sun sets, and watch the planetarium of stars unfold. This is fireside cook-out at its best.

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4. On the Water

Sundowners on an Okavango Delta sandbank, Botswana. Gliding along the waterways in a mokoro (dugout canoe), passing elephants having a swim as the sun sets, you gently approach the sand bank, where refreshments await. Another tough day in Africa.

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River of Life, Zambia. The Sampan dining experience is the equivalent of floating on a liquid mirror with the African sunset reflected off the water. Cruise by boat to the middle of the Zambezi River where you have your evening meal with a night time chorus of frogs, hippos and birds. Each of the dinner courses are hand delivered to you by canoe. Now that is Luxury!

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5. Urban Eats

The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach and dining in Cities is where you get to the heart of a country. I’m not talking about just restaurants, but the markets, cooking with locals and really getting to know what makes a city tick by eating where the locals eat.

Kiss a giraffe at breakfast in Nairobi. Breakfast with the Giraffes is certain to tickle anyone’s fancy. Give me some sugar!

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Michelin man in Kigali. Before you head out to the forests for your gorilla trekking, how about a bit of fine dining at the Meza Malonga Lab. Chef Dieuveil Malonga, who has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants, calls it a culinary laboratory, where guests can learn whilst eating. His team are innovating African ingredients, but always respecting local produce.

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Rainbow Cuisine South Africa. South Africa offers a vibrant and eclectic cuisine influenced by the indigenous population as well as the Dutch, Indians, and French. What I love about South Africa is that there is such an incredible variety. From dining at The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale Roberts, a World’s 50 Best Restaurant, to a picnic amidst the spectacular Cape Vineyards, or learning to cook Cape Malay dishes in the Bo-Kaap, to joining a family in their home for Shisa Nyama in the townships- here you will find anything and everything a foodie desires.

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If you set foot in any of Africa’s foodie destinations, don’t leave without treating yourself to these magical culinary experiences. There is so much to discover, and I haven’t even mentioned the tea, coffee, artisanal gins and wines… but that’s for another time.

Bon Appetit or as we say in Afrikaans – smaaklike ete!

Belinda

Life beyond the screen – your guide to a digital detox in Africa

I don’t know about you, but the fatigue I have is real! Pandemic fatigue, news fatigue, election fatigue and especially social media fatigue – I am exhausted! We are constantly bombarded with negativity, opinions and statistics from the moment we wake up until we put out heads on our pillows before one last scroll – pair this with lockdown for the last seven months and we’ve literally had no escape from our phones, computers and devices.

With #workfromhome being the – dare I say it – ‘new normal’ and schools turning to online learning as a long term solution, it is no surprise that screen time has rocketed over the last few months. There is no denying that technology and the internet have greatly improved our circumstances during this pandemic by enabling us, the social human species that we are, to interact and see one another on virtual platforms whether it be for work or leisure. Facetime, Skype, Zoom, Instagram and the likes are all remarkable applications that allow for seamless connectivity, but now that lockdown regulations are starting to ease, are we making time for life beyond the screen?

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There is a great deal of research to support the fact that people are spending more time on their devices now than ever before, myself included, but at what point do we say enough is enough? The concept of a Digital Detox is not a new one but in the current climate of COVID-19, it’s more relevant than ever. Oxford Languages describes a Digital Detox as a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world. Simple, right?

For most of us, being immersed in the digital world is just part of everyday life but with the universe at our fingertips, it is so easy to accidentally fall down the rabbit hole. There is no one reason for a temporary break-up with your phone or device but ultimately it comes down to the longing of fewer distractions, less stress and gaining control over addictive behaviour. The technology that we love so much may also be causing us harm in the long run and alarm bells might be going off that a digital detox is indeed required. Can you relate to any of the below points?

·       Technology Can be Stressful – The ever-present digital connection and constant need to keep checking emails, texts, and social media can contribute to higher stress levels.

·       Digital Devices can Disrupt Sleep – Screen time can interfere with sleep quality & quantity and the use of social media in bed at night increases the likelihood of anxiety & insomnia.

·       Constant Connectivity Affects Work/Life Balance – The feeling of always being connected can make it difficult to create boundaries between your home and work life, especially when you are on vacation.

·       Constant Social Comparison Makes it Hard to Be Content – Was it Roosevelt who said comparison is the thief of joy? Scrolling through Instagram and Facebook and comparing your life to those tiny curated glimpses of family, friends, complete strangers and celebs is a recipe for disaster – nobody has a perfect life.

So, what do we do? There is no one size fits all solution but in our experience as a boutique luxury travel company, disconnecting is truly the key to reconnecting. It’s time for a digital detox in Africa, and believe it or not, there are still places in the world where modernity hasn’t quite reached, and which are governed only by the rising sun and the rains.

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Dedicate a few days of your itinerary to switch off completely

If the idea of a whole holiday without your device induces anxiety or panic, then allocate a few nights of your African itinerary to a remote tented safari camp deep within the vastness that is the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Located on a distant stretch of the Selinda Spillway, in the heart of the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve, Selinda Explorers is an intimate camp designed in the style of the early explorers. The camp’s magic lies in its expedition-style, with campaign furniture and vintage travelling trunks that lend an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp. Technology really does feel out of place here.

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The heart of the camp is the Bedouin-style main area consisting of a lounge and dining room. The atmosphere of the camp is one of bush elegance with a relaxed bohemian style complemented by attentive staff, outstanding guiding and fabulous food. Nestled under jackalberry tree canopies are the four canvas tents, rekindling the magic of safaris gone by.

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Wildlife viewing is focused on guided walks in addition to drives, allowing guests to take in the smaller things often missed from a vehicle. The area is also a wildlife hotspot home to herds of elephant and buffalo with lion, leopard, African wild dog and sable and roan antelope seen on a regular basis. After days spent walking, while away the heat of the afternoon in a hammock, the perfect respite from the ‘daily grind’ of a traditional safari.

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  • Destination: Selinda Explorers in Botswana
  • Recommended length: 3-4 Nights
  • Perfect for: Families, friends, couples seeking a few days off the grid

Design a safari itinerary around camps without Wi-Fi

You need a longer break from your device and an opportunity to reboot. If you know that you will most likely sneak a peek at your emails when your dearly beloved isn’t looking, a more drastic approach might be required and all temptation removed. Luckily, we have the perfect solution – a ten night East African escape.

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Serian ‘The Original’ was the first of Alex Walker’s camps, and it perfectly captures the essence of its name: meaning ‘peaceful, calm, serene’ in the Masai language, it was designed to be a retreat from the bustle of modern life, and an opportunity to experience untamed Africa in traditional tented splendour.

Located in the private and exclusive Mara North Conservancy in Kenya, it is an intimate camp of just five vast and spacious tents. After a day out in your private safari vehicle, enjoy the ancestral ritual of communal fireplace and dining. By sharing your experiences with other guests (that’s right, other human beings), you will strengthen your memories for many years to come. Did I mention no wi-fi?

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Leave the Mara behind, and experience the most southern tip of the Serengeti in a mobile safari camp, Serian’s Serengeti South.  This part of the world is remarkable for its sheer mind-boggling immensity: think unending savannah, massive vaulted skies – and 2 million wildebeest giving birth to 400,000 calves within a period of 3 to 4 weeks. It’s vastness and numbers on a scale that stretches the boundaries of the imagination. Enjoy a safari on foot and spend time with the local guides. Part of the beauty of this spot is the Masai way of life in its most natural state, a simple life where modern technology has not quite reached.

This 10-night digital detox should leave you calmer, more focused and with a full heart from real human connection.

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  • Destination: Mara North Conversancy in Kenya & Southern Serengeti in Tanzania
  • Recommended length: 10 Nights
  • Perfect for: Busy individuals needing an escape from the city, families and couples looking to reconnect with one another.

The Digital Detox Sabbatical

Many modern-day people struggle to know where work ends and life begins, as they spend the bulk of their time in their working environment, which in 2020 could be at home. Sabbaticals are essentially an extended break away from work that creates the space to reset, put health and family first, and reignite passions. A Digital Detox during your sabbatical is perfect since you don’t need to be constantly available anyway, and you won’t have many obligations in your work and private life.

Sabbaticals are on the rise as more and more people recognise how rewarding and beneficial time out can be – especially in the current climate. For many people, a sabbatical is the one time that they can do the things they have always dreamed of, unhindered by the constraints or circumstances of everyday life.

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The options for a sabbatical in Africa are endless with so many amazing experiences to be had and the overall intention can differ greatly from person to person. For some, it’s catching up on sleep, relaxing and a focus on self-nurturing whilst for others it’s action and adventure all the way. It can be an opportunity to get to know your family or to reawaken curiosity and learn a new skill. Here are some inspirational ideas to include in your digital detox sabbatical:

  • Immerse yourself in a different culture, such as the Masaai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania, and learn a completely new way of life.
  • Get back to nature through walking safaris and mobile fly camping expeditions in the South Luangwe National Park of Zambia.
  • Give back by getting involved in community initiatives in the rural communities of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
  • Participate in wildlife conservation projects such as rhino tagging at Marataba Conservation Camps in South Africa.
  • Seek out wellness and mindfulness in a remote retreat on an island off the coast of Mozambique.
  • Spend time as a family with activities that ground and broaden perspectives, such as gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
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Ultimately, any trip to Africa is a personal gift to reconnect to self, to loved ones, and to the natural world around you. It changes you as a person and ignites something inside you didn’t know existed. We are all guilty of being consumed by our jobs, social media and our hectic schedules that we forget about real connection and a way of life that is uncomplicated and slow. Africa teaches us to be mindful in the most gentle way possible and shows us that a magnificent world really does exist beyond the four corners of a screen.

Here are a few helpful tips for a successful digital detox on your African safari:

  1. Be clear about your goals for your digital detox and decide on a starting and end point.
  2. Make a plan for any work related emails or social media to be monitored/checked on your behalf – preparation is key.
  3. Print your itinerary, be sure to pack actual books or magazines and pack a few games like a pack of cards or backgammon.
  4. Bring along a non-digital watch so you can check the time without your checking phone.
  5. If you have to connect with work or family, schedule ten minutes at a specific time of day when you can check in.
  6. Share your itinerary with a family member who will always have a contact number for you in case of an emergency
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Sit less, play more…

I read a recent article published by the World Health Organization (WHO) that speaks about the effects of screen time, sedentary time, sitting time and how it affects the normal developmental milestones of children.

“Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.”

“What we really need to do is bring back play for children,” says Dr Juana Willumsen, WHO focal point for childhood obesity and physical activity. “This is about making the shift from sedentary time to playtime, while protecting sleep. “

Another article posted by ABC Science notes: “A paper published today in PLOS ONE has found that there’s a link between too much screen time and poor mental health outcomes for young people.

This might seem obvious, but research into the links between screens and mental health is far from cut and dried.

Authors of this latest review of 186 studies also found that spending time in nature or “green time” was associated with positive mental health outcomes

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We have all probably read similar articles and seen numerous reports about what is the ‘right’ thing to do when it comes to our family and technology, how much is too much? How do we counteract the effects? How do we fix it?

I think we can all admit that home has become our haven, and screen time has become a lifesaver, especially in the last 8 months with all the challenges 2020 had!

Being a mother of a young family it has been such a challenge keeping them not only entertained, but also stimulated while keeping them safely indoors or at home (and keeping the parents sane too!)

We also miss our adventures, travelling, nature, wide open skies, fresh air and just plain old childhood exploration!

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With lockdown restrictions being eased and most countries being allowed to start travelling again now is the time to step out and explore. A nature-based family adventure has never made more sense than now!

Family bonding time, getting exercise, resting and relaxing, playing, learning, and all of that – safely outdoors. Engage the whole family, with something-for-everyone, in a natural environment.

Nothing compares to spending time with family. Family holidays allow for hours and hours of quality time together; a chance to reconnect, talk and laugh; reuniting everyone from grandparents and grand kids to close friends and distant cousins. These precious journeys can be carefully planned so that the whole family is engaged and excited on every level, making for intensely meaningful lifelong memories. Custom-creating these multi-dimensional, multi-generational itineraries is one of my greatest passions.

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So where in Africa are my favourite family-friendly destinations that will engage the kids and where they will naturally want to spend more time away from their screens?

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Zambia – great for teens with the abundance of adventure sports from bungee jumping to white-water rafting, all in close proximity to one of the most remarkable natural wonders of our planet and an abundance of safari options.

Mauritius is another great young-family destination. The waters are warm and safe, and, beyond hours of entertainment swimming and snorkelling, most resorts offer activities and care centres for kids where they engage and promote mindful engaging with the environment.

Namibia is a thrill-seekers mecca and teens and adults alike cannot resist the sand boarding, skydiving, surfing and quad-biking of Sossusvlei and Swakopmund. You can have a more tranquil adventure, e.g. game watching from a hot air balloon over the endless desert or interacting with the Himba tribes in the north

Botswana offers lodges with unrivalled game viewing, luxurious accommodation, fine dining and world-class service. Memorable wildlife encounters with some lodges specializing in family travels. The rangers will engage the kids, teach them the “ways of the bush”, whilst the adults can go out on more traditional safaris.

Kenya is a multi-generational destination. From the Laikipia region, said to be the inspiration for the Lion King movie, that mixes horseback safaris and camel trekking with fantastic wildlife, to the Maasai Mara which is home to some of Africa’s most spectacular game viewing.

South Africa has it all. Every generation will be in their element: from big game safaris, to beaches, fine dining, winelands, walking, boating, and so much more. Modern infrastructure and a diverse range of attractions and accommodation make it easy to tailor a holiday to the varying activity levels of three generations. An opportunity to engage with previously disadvantaged communities offers an invaluable insight for the whole family. Whatever holiday you imagine, South Africa will provide.

Travelling in Africa has a way to transform you in more ways you ever thought possible … now imagine sharing this with your family.

Learning, exploring, meeting different cultures and creating memories with a lasting deep impact! A Family Safari is a true Bucket-list experience and we invite you to share this special moment with your loved ones.

Time spent with loved ones is never wasted!

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Resources:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-09-05/screen-time-mental-health-kids-adolescents/12612454

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/24-04-2019-to-grow-up-healthy-children-need-to-sit-less-and-play-more

Written by Luxury Travel Manager, Louise

Redefining Luxury Travel

As a Luxury Tour Operator, part of our job is to identify travel trends. Over the past few years, we have pinpointed certain essential elements that make up a luxury travel experience. While each clients’ needs are unique and requirements vary, there is always one or more common denominators, amongst others:

  • Gorgeous accommodation in far-flung places and exotic cities
  • Exceptional food and wine – the best cuisine available
  • A stylish and fashionable designer experience
  • Shopping opportunities
  • Experiences only money can buy, or ones only you can buy
  • Exclusive and private transfers via charter aircraft, helicopters and luxury vehicles

Then, 2020 happened! I am sure everyone will agree that the COVID pandemic has changed our world view. So how does this affect what the Luxury Traveler will be looking for going forward? The million-dollar question:

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At Timeless Africa Safaris we have made use of our forced downtime to reassess what luxury means to us and what we anticipate luxury travelers will be looking for going forward. While the aforementioned elements still apply, we feel additional requirements will now influence travelers. Our aim is to adjust our product offering to meet these changing needs.

  • The need for remote and wide-open spaces – choosing destinations that entail less interaction with other people and more with nature. Think of the Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Okavango Delta, South Luangwa, and many even more remote reserves to explore.
  • Time to design your own journey with more flexible and unstructured itineraries to set the pace of the day. While many safari experiences are very structured e.g. a set time for morning and afternoon game drives, now you will be able to set the pace of when and how long you want to be on safari. You will have an option to choose more conservation-based activities to go behind the scenes for a deeper understanding.
  • More family-orientated, exclusive-use accommodation – private villas or lodges. Many lodges now offer exclusive or partially exclusive use for small groups and families. These could be stand-alone or part of a larger lodge. Usually with a private chef, ranger, and game vehicle.
  • Ease of travel to get from A to B with the least impact on you and your environment. This entails chartering to avoid large airports and multiple stops. Direct flights from destination to destination.
  • While still luxurious, accommodation will ideally be in remote locations and offer a more natural element – glamping, treehouses, mobile camps etc.
  • Experiences that change you, the way you view a destination and provide you with the opportunity to give back. This could entail getting involved in rhino tagging, deep-diving into local cultures and underprivileged communities to make a difference or engaging local experts to get a more holistic understanding of on-the-ground issues.
  • The security of a partner that will “have your back” when you’re travelling. Being on the ground, in Africa, your personal Travel Manager at Timeless Africa Safaris will be there for you every step of the way.

No one has a crystal ball, but one thing is for certain, travel as we know it has and will change going forward. Our goal is to be there for our guests and to constantly adapt to the new!

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