Safari Offers for Botswana, Green Season

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Come June to October in Botswana,  we scramble at the last minute to find availability due to the high demand over this time.   As we roll into November availability gets a little easier to find and pricing drops. This period (November to March) has warmer temperatures, dramatic African afternoon storms and a new lease on life literally as flowers bloom,  migratory birds return and there is an abundance of young antelope all around. The Delta itself, becomes more spacious as the water recedes and dries up and the green lush new vegetation is revealed. To sum up the USP’s for travel in the Green season are

  • Explosion of new life
  • Summer birds migrate back
  • Excellent lighting for Photography
  • Beautiful colours all around
  • Increase of predator sightings due to all the newborns
  • Dramatic late afternoon African thunderstorms

The following Botswana partners offer some great deals in the Green Season

Machaba Safaris 

15 November 2019 – 31 March 2020

Applicable to Machaba Lodge, Little Machaba and Gomoti Plains

– Guests can stay three nights at any of their camps and receive COMPLIMENTARY INTER-CAMP TRANSFERS EX MAUN PLUS a surprise gift or

– Guests can stay three nights and received the third night complimentary 

NEW: Stay three nights Machaba Camp & three nights Gomoti Plains leading in at USD4333 per person including all inter-camp air transfer

Natural Selection

Validity 01 Nov 19 – 19 Dec 2019

We are able to offer the following INCREDIBLE offers:

– Stay two nights Hyena Pans and, two nights Jackal and Hide and get four nights FREE at Clarendon Fresnaye on a BB Basis.

– Stay two nights Meno A Kwena with three nights Sable Alley and get three nights FREE at Ilala Lodge on a BB Basis including 1 dinner at the Boma and Drum experience

Belmond Safaris offer

Book the best of Botswana

Botswana is one of Africa’s most popular and exclusive safari destinations

PACKAGES

Validity: 01 Nov 19 – 31 March 2020


– Two nights Pangolin Chobe Lodge
– Two nights Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
– Three nights Belmond Eagle Island 

01 Nov 19 – 23 Dec 19

Package price  = USD5158

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: USD3782 pp sharing

01 Jan – 31 March 2020

Package price – USD5754 pp sharing

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: USD3936 pp sharing

Package includes:

– Start Kasane Airport

– Return transfers Kasane Airport / Chobe Pangolin Lodge

– 2 nights Chobe Pangolin Lodge on a Fully inclusive basis

– Mack Air transfers

– 2 nights Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

– 3 nights Belmond Eagle Island Lodge    

Contact us for any further questions regarding the above offers

ALL RATES ABOVE ARE RACK RATES

Please contact us for your net rate  – janine@personalcollectionbyta.com

MEET THE TEAM

Who We Are 

Janine Southwood – Head of Personal Collection

Janine Southwood, who has been in the industry for more than 20 years, heads up the Personal Collection team.  Janine and her team customise exclusive, creative travel itineraries, all imbued with distinctive traces of Southern Africa.

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“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”, said Aristotle and that’s something we stick to here at Personal Collection. We love what we do, we’re doing what we love.    

‘Born in Africa, I am blessed to part of a continent like no other.  For so many arriving into Africa for the first time, you almost immediately feel like your soul belongs here, and during the course of your journey, she will steal your heart as you fall in love with her.  Our history is intriguing … from the mysterious rock churches of Lalibela, the ancient pyramids of Egypt, to the reshuffling of the earth’s plates to create Ngorongoro Crater, Great Rift Valley, the Okavango Delta, to name just a few.  All of this creates a natural oasis for wildlife and their migrations across terrains.

And then, of course, there are the colours and sounds of our many cultures, each with their own traditions that will leave you on the edge of your seat, eager for more of their captivating stories.  Combine this with breathtakingly beautiful landscapes that haven’t changed at all over centuries, and you will start to understand my love of Africa and why it is most definitely worth visiting, not just once, but over and over again.

Africa won’t let you forget her gentle sounds of tranquillity and serenity and her undeniable beauty. Africans won’t let you forget how friendly and accommodating we are. And our wildlife – there is simply nothing more beautiful than the sight of wild animals on the great plains roaming free where they should be.”

Tessa Robertson – Africa Specialist

Tessa has over 14 years of experience in inbound travel.  She is passionate about her job and pays special focus to the attention to detail in a tour, ensuring all the bells and whistles are taken care of.

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  “I was fortunate to grow up with parents who had a passion for travel which helped me realise what I wanted to do with my life.  I studied hotel management and then worked in 5-star hotels in Durban, Cape Town and London. It was during my three years in the United Kingdom that I travelled so much of the world and on return to South Africa, I knew I had to see more of my home country, and wow, what an incredible country we have! I had to share this with the rest of the world and so here I am, working with a small dynamic team of ladies, sharing our love of Africa with those fortunate enough to experience it.

“Once you hear the mighty roar of a lion or watch the sun set over the grasslands,  Africa will capture your heart forever. Africa is waiting for you!”

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Shannon Powell – Africa Specialist

Senior Tour Consultant, with over 15 years of travel experience, staring in a small retail chain in the UK. Shannon has a hunger for the industry. “It’s not just a job for me, it’s my life.”  

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Her son grew up in the Mara so Shannon is personally familiar with all of the deluxe secrets into making the magic moments of your personal itinerary including wedding planning on the Mighty Zambezi River. She thrives on the little special personal touches to make the WOW in someone’s day. Her career started with her being born into her family’s safari lodge in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. She then followed the family footsteps and worked and lived in 5-star properties all through Africa. Travel is now her speciality and she excels as a Travel Counsellor. Her vivaciousness and caring dedication to her clients are invaluable assets to our Personal Collection Brand.

Shannon has designed individual tours and arranged escorted tours to Southern Africa for many clients from all over the US to Europe, Israel, Australia/New Zealand and Africa. She is also passionate about “giving back” and works closely with local orphans in and around Southern Africa.

Our team is passionate about Africa and each Africa Specialist has a deep love for what we do, thus making your trip even more meaningful or memorable. Join us to create your African legacy, with your footprint on conservation (be it wildlife, community or habitat) and spread the word about how wonderful Africa and its people are.
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 Images courtesy of Time + Tide Africa, experts in Zambia, preferred partners of Personal Collection.  

 

Next time in Africa,
The Personal Collection Team    

 

GIBBS FARM Ngorongoro Crater, Karatu

Classic Portfolio has always had our attention as their properties are unique and exquisite. We would like to introduce you to Gibbs Farm, Ngorongoro Crater, Karatu.

A Sense of History and Community

“I am part of all that I have met.”
-Alfred Tennyson

Upon arrival, an intimate garden path beckons you to the authentic farmhouse, gently refurbished to offer a rustic, luxurious and welcoming sanctuary. One of the first guesthouses in northern Tanzania, Gibb’s Farm began as a coffee farm in the late 1920s. The sense of history is palpable as you stroll through the gardens or sit on your veranda overlooking the centuries-old Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest.

The main farmhouse and 17 cottages are cozy and enchanting, reflecting the heritage and architecture of another time and place. Original wood beams overhead, fireplaces and works by local artists throughout lend warmth and invite guests to pause and relax. Tokens of yesterday are found here and there—gifts from Zanzibar and the coast, books and needlepoint left behind by its maker.

There is a cadence to the rhythm of the farm—never fast, always nurturing. Neglected through the war years, the farm was bought in 1948 by James Gibb, a British war veteran. His wife Margaret started the farm’s wonderful vegetable and flower gardens, and she ran the farm until 2003. Today’s owners continue the rich legacy of Gibb’s Farm, refurbishing the house and farm to ensure a warm and welcoming luxury hotel experience for guests to enjoy for decades to come.

 

Integral to the contentment and peaceful energy of Gibb’s Farm is a deep and long-standing connection to the community. Generations of families have been a part of Gibb’s Farm, helping to create a truly authentic luxury hotel in Tanzania, based upon African traditions and hospitality.

As a friend, teacher and supporter of the community, Gibb’s Farm provides area residents with employment, training and education opportunities, and works to improve the surrounding infrastructure, maintaining roads and providing fresh well water. As a mentor, Gibb’s Farm founded Mazingira Bora Karatu, a local conservation organization, to promote environmental awareness, and the farm’s sustainable, renewable practices serve as a model for living harmoniously with nature.

A Sense of Nature

The natural beauty of Gibb’s Farm and the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area is unrivalled. The abundance of plants, birds and wildlife offer the opportunity to experience nature first-hand, from the privacy of your verandah or while on a nature hike or safari.

Gibb’s Farm’s team of naturalists helps guide your discovery of the more than 200 species of birds, dozens of native plants and trees, and an incredibly diverse array of wildlife. All around the farm, the landscape is alive with indigenous plant, shrub and tree life such as the Flamingo flower, African tulip tree, Lion’s Tail, Zebra plant and Cape Chestnut tree.

The farm’s historic herb and flower gardens—established by founder Margaret Gibb in 1959—attract a growing list of birds spotted by guests and naturalists. Enjoy the call of the Tropical Boubou during afternoon tea or watch the many colourful and enchanting birds, like the African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Moustached Tinkerbird, Golden-winged Sunbird and African Cuckoo, frolic among the profusion of flowering trees and shrub. Within the farm, you may see a bush baby, baboon or the occasional Savannah elephant who wanders in to snack on cabbage from the garden. On safari to nearby Lake Manyara National Park or Ngorongoro Crater, the wildlife is abundant. Ngorongoro Crater boasts more than 30,000 animals, in and around the crater, including lion, hippo, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, African buffalo and more. You will soon see why Ngorongoro Crater is considered to be among the world’s great wonders!

In Lake Manyara National Park, you can see giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, elephant, bushbuck, aardvarks and the occasional leopard, while the lake attracts over 380 species of birds, including flamingos, pelicans, storks, cormorants, Egyptian geese and spur-winged geese.

 

BEST PLACES TO SEE THE FELINE KIND

With their combination of feline grace and killer instinct, big cats are some of the most alluring animals on Earth. Watching a cheetah stalk its prey or experiencing the power of a lion’s roar are just some of the unforgettable moments you can hope for when seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

BEST PLACE TO SEE LIONS

Spotting a lion making a kill or surrounded by adorable cubs is a highlight of any African safari. These big cats are part of the famous Big Five, with the majority found in the East African country of Tanzania. Described as ‘ideal big cat country’, the Serengeti National Park is home to the oldest lion research project in Africa. It’s also the best place to see these iconic felines, with a population of around 3,000 inhabiting its vast savannahs.

Time your safari from July to October for the annual wildebeest migration. These months see hungry lions ambushing unsuspecting wildebeest along the Mara River. January to March is wildebeest calving season and also a great time to visit as vulnerable calves make for easier prey.

 

BEST PLACE TO SEE LEOPARDS

Despite occupying a wide range across Africa, leopards are the most elusive of all the big cats. As they are nocturnal, daytime sightings are most often of leopards resting in thick brush or along a tree branch – where you might glimpse the flick of a tail. South Luangwa is not as widely-known as the likes of Kruger or Etosha, nor is it as accessible (by road at least). Above all else, most people felt that it was the amount of spectacular leopard sightings in the park that set it apart. Hence the nickname: ‘The valley of the leopard.’ Another superb place to experience prolific leopard is Sabi Sands, Kruger Park.

BEST PLACE TO SEE CHEETAHS

Famed as the fastest mammal in the world, cheetahs’ sprints can reach up to 114 kilometres per hour. And this is all thanks to their many adaptations, with large lungs and nostrils, a streamlined body and special paw pads allowing for such incredible speeds.

Offering dense herds of game, the Masai Mara in Kenya is prime cheetah habitat and one of the world’s best safari destinations. Cheetahs are often sighted across the open plains eyeing up their next meal, alongside many other iconic African species. The Masai Mara is also home to the Mara Cheetah Project, which tracks the movements of local cheetahs.

 

 

10 QUOTES THAT WILL GET YOU TO AFRICA

Take a look at our top favourite quotes from travellers, special humans who love and adore Africa and love to escape and explore as much as we have passion for.  Africa has touched so many people, whether its own people or travellers alike for decades.

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“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”  John Hemingway 

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“Africa has her mysteries and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.”  Miriam Makeba 

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“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”  Jodi Picoult

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“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.”  Karen Blixen 

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“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”  Ernest Hemingway 

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“Everything in Africa bites but the safari bug is worst of all.” – Brian Jackman

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“Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just ‘home’.” – Beryl Markham

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“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” – Karen Blixen

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“I just wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored”  David Attenborough

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“The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.” ― Dian Fossey

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As we know you are packing your bags already, contact us so we can get you here to witness this pure beauty!