Extraordinary August Newsletter

Dear Travel Partner

It is truly heart-warming to see our industry so involved with conservation efforts and especially as we celebrate World Elephant day on 12 August which aims to bring the world together to help protect its elephant population.

It is really an honour to be part of an industry that makes conscious efforts to protect endangered species.

Yours in travel,
Cindy

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Raises Funds for Vulture Conservation

In Augusts 2017 a vulture icon was added to a selection of meals on the menus at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant and Buffalo Bar.  Every time a guest ordered a meal with the icon $1 was donated towards the Vulture Conservation Program. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has raised nearly $5 000 towards the conservation of these endangered sentinels of the skies.

Vultures are crucial to the ecosystem for their role as “janitors” – cleaning up carcasses and kills and removing disease, but sadly due to a variety of human created issues their populations are dwindling.

The challenges they face include electrocution by power lines, loss of available and safe food supply, direct and indirect poisoning and the use of their parts for traditional medicines.

Guest Can Now Enjoy Mokoro Trip Down The Chobe River

Ngoma Safari Lodge is situated within the Chobe Forest Reserve, with panoramic views overlooking the Chobe River and Floodplain. Offering 5 star bush lodge suites, incorporating rustic accents with natural materials and finishes throughout, constructed of local brick under thatch.

The Mokoro Trip is a first on the Chobe River. With the Chobe area forever changing in concert with the seasons and the river level, creating new, interesting and exciting activity options truly enhances the overall guest experience.

The relaxing mokoro activity offers a particularly rewarding birding experience, taking guests 3 to 4 kilometres along the Chobe River and back.

Pay 2 Stay 3 – Victoria Falls

Experience an unforgettable safari experience in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: This award-winning lodge is set on a plateau forming a natural boundary to the Zambezi National Park. The lodge is built on seven levels rising high above the bushveld giving the impression of an open-plan tree house.

Victoria Falls Safari Club: Situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, the luxurious accommodation with uninterrupted views of unspoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets.

Victoria Falls Safari Suites: Set in a natural bush environment adjacent to Zambezi National Park. The master bedroom affords superb vista over un-spoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunset.

Valid for travel during 15 November 2018 to 31 January 2019.

Excluding the period 20 December 2018 – 06 January 2019. The above pay stay offer is valid on the International 1 – 2 night rates only.
T&Cs apply.

Extraordinary Showcases in Johannesburg and Cape Town

Our annual Extraordinary Showcases took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town and had a record number of attendees at both centres.

We had the opportunity to showcase our very well-known properties in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, and made use of this opportunity to introduce our newest members from the Mont d’Or Group. We were joined by our trade partners namely Bill Harrops Original Balloon Safari, Rovos Rail, Royal Safaris and The Capital Group.

Attendees also had the opportunity to win amazing prizes from a Hot Air Balloon Safari, a two night stay at Victoria Falls, a two night stay at Imbali Safari lodge and hampers just to name a few.

We would like to thank all our travel partners that attended and we look forward to seeing you again in 2019!

Business In The Bush At Mabula Game Lodge

Immerse your team in a true safari experience just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg?

Mabula has gone all-out to offer unique touches to make your conference experience extraordinary. Conference guests can indulge in bush adventures outside of the board room such as the cheetah tracking experience; an evening spent star gazing; a day or night game drive; quad biking and horse riding in the bush; or a guided bush walk.

Dining options abound with five venue choices, including the casual Ko Bojelong restaurant that seats up to 200 guests, the vibey outdoor Lekgotla Bar and Terrace or Ndlovu Boma, and the off-the-grid Fig Tree al-fresco dining area in the bush. Or treat your team to a surprise movie night overlooking the dam, complete with popcorn, chocolate treats and comfy bean bags to lounge on.

Sleek New Look for the Glass Lounge and 2 On Milner Restaurant

One of Cape Town’s best kept secrets, The Glass Lounge at The Cape Milner Hotel, and its sister restaurant, 2 on Milner, have just been given a sensational facelift, which has streamlined and updated the spaces’ look and feel and added to the elegant city hotel’s allure.

Known for its sleek and contemporary-chic appeal, The Cape Milner Hotel combines an eclectic mixture of Cape Victorian heritage with splashes of urban African design, offering guests a fresh, modern vibe.

Soft furnishings such as upholstery, carpets, rugs and cushions, as well as light fittings in both The Glass Lounge and 2 on Milner have been recovered and updated. The result is a very different ambiance with more colour and zing in the dining-come-bistro restaurant, and a more pared back, sophisticated feel in The Glass Lounge.

The Cape Milner Hotel is cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof. This exquisite hotel offers a sophisticated and contemporary ambiance with the highest standards in style and luxury and is renowned for excellent service.

Enjoy a Walking Safari at Imbali Safari Lodge

A walking safari in South Africa is the ultimate wildlife experience. You will never forget the moment when, crouched low in the aromatic golden grass beside your guide, you watch elephants cross the river towards you!

You can enjoy this truly authentic “bush” experience while staying at Imbali Safari Lodge, an exclusive lodge within the Kruger National Park.

Lions Release on the Rietspruit Game Reserve

Free at last; three young male lions and two lionesses were released from the confines of the translocation boma on the Rietspruit Game Reserve in June.

From all reports, the newly formed pride are doing well and enjoying their recent freedom. With an abundance of prey species available to them on the reserve, there is little doubt they are in for quite an easy time of fine-dining and lazy days; enjoying the existence that lions excel at… and do best!

For a chance to see the lions in their new habitat visit Khaya Ndlovu Manour House, boasting magnificent colonial style gardens and unsurpassed views of the Drakensberg Mountains.