Safari Offers for Botswana, Green Season

Botswana

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

MANA POOLS ZIMBABWE

Mana Pools, Zimbabwe’s northernmost National Park, is the wildest experience Zimbabwe has to offer. Renowned for its incredible game-viewing and adventures, this is every safari thrill seekers perfect destination.  This is a park where elephants rule followed by a thriving cat population.

Mana Pools National Park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE – chosen on its pristine wilderness and absolute breathtaking beauty.  It is home to a wide range of mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.  During the rains, most of the big game animals move away from the river and into the escarpment. They start returning to the riverine areas from around April, as the pans in the bush dry up. As the year progresses, increasingly large herds of elephants and buffalo are seen, as well as kudu, eland, waterbuck, zebra, impala and many other antelope. The game is very relaxed about people on foot, making Mana Pools one of Africa’s best national parks for walking safaris

Mana Pools is located in Mashonaland West Province. There are over 20 000 km² of wildlife protected land in the vicinity of Mana Pools. It is in the Middle Zambezi Valley covering an area of 2196 square kilometers  extending from the Zambezi River in the north to the escarpment in the south.  The park offers unique guided and self-guided walks amongst many wild animals, excellent canoeing and river fishing.  In the river, tiger fish, bream, tilapia, vundu, nkupi, chessa, electric fish, eel fish, cornish jack and lung fish sport and prey upon one another.

It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and phenomenal wildlife. Here the Zambezi River, flowing slowly eastwards for thousands of years, has left behind the remains of old river channels forming small seasonal ponds and pools spread over an area of several hundred square kilometers. These extend several kilometers back from the river where, on fertile terraces huge mahogany and acacia trees cast luxuriant shade.  Vultures, plovers, Nyasa lovebird, yellow-spotted nicator, white-collared pratincole, Livingstone’s flycatcher, banded snake-eagle, and the cliché symbol of Africa, the black and white fish eagle, haunt the riverine forest and mopane woods.

Mana Pools never fails to leave you in awe – to be able to walk freely amongst the wildlife in their natural surroundings is an unforgettable experience. Contact us so we can add this to your travel dreams.

 

ZAMBIA, THE CLASSIC SAFARI

Zambia over the last couple of years has become recognised as a significant safari destination – this is a result of an abundance of wildlife combined with top of the range safari guides and offering a wide variety of safari options and accommodation competing with its neighbours but not losing the reputation of a remote and traditional safari experience.

Named after the mighty Zambezi River that flows through the western and southern areas of Zambia, this adventurous country is home to a World Heritage Site, the renowned Victoria Falls, 17 waterfalls, a rich heritage, 4 great lakes (1 man-made) and most importantly 19 National Parks covering over 60 000sq km – all in all 32% of Zambia has been set aside for wildlife.  Zambia is a perfect destination for walking safaris, in particular North Luangwa.  The Zambezi River is fed by its Kafue and Luangwa tributaries, and forms the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe before flowing through Mozambique and ending off into the Indian Ocean.   The biggest tourist attractions to Zambia is of course the town of Livingstone and the 4 major parks, that being the South Luangwa National Park, North Luangwa National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park and Kafue National Park.
The capital of Zambia is Lusaka and is the main hub for all travel.  More and more International Airlines have now started flying directly into Lusaka which is a positive step for increasing tourism to Zambia.  Alternatively many travellers will fly into South Africa and connect through Livingstone Airport or through to Lusaka.

Check out this awesome package we have running for next year. Join a private guided tour with a photographic guide and expert and enjoy the gems of Zambia.  Contact us for a quote : janine@personalcollectionbyta.com

Final Zambia Classic

 

&BEYOND PHINDA

Discover iconic Phinda Private Game Reserve. Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities.

Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. &Beyond Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’ This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino.

We have chosen two lodges to highlight to you today :

THE PHINDA HOMESTEAD

An exclusive-use villa on a private big five reserve with a private ranger, host, butler and chef. The spirit of &Beyond Phinda Homestead

Tucked into the edge of a dappled forest, in the north of the reserve, &Beyond Phinda Homestead is a gracious sole-use safari villa. Blending seamlessly into the natural surroundings, blurring the boundaries between the guest and the bush, the lodge’s living areas consist of open spaces, flat-roofed walkways, and shaded areas opening out onto sun decks and a sparkling swimming pool.

Designed like a contemporary bush farmhouse, &Beyond Phinda Homestead is both elegant and homely. Inspired by the breathtaking landscape and the local Zulu culture, shaded, flat-roofed walkways flow into open decks, while basketwork, pottery, carpets and textiles are celebrated interior elements. Quirky design touches, like the pineapple motifs, pay homage to the history of the land, before being reclaimed and transformed into a renowned Big Five game reserve.

Private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms blend seamlessly into cool, expansive, and inviting guest spaces. An interactive kitchen brings the lodge’s private chef into the centre of the guest experience. This much-loved lodge comes with a dedicated ranger and tracker team, as well as a private safari vehicle. Game drives times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to the guests’ preference to create a fully personalised safari.

Why we love it

  • Sole-use safari villa for families or groups
  • Private open 4×4 safari vehicle with a dedicated ranger, tracker, butler and chef
  • Private fitness room, including state-of-the-art exercise equipment
  • Extra children’s room available with 2 bunk beds, accommodating an extra four kids
  • Completely customisable daily schedule
  • Day and night game drives, walking safaris
  • Phinda Adventures available – Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, an ocean safari, and black rhino tracking on foot
  • Wildlife includes Big Five plus cheetah, black rhino and nyala

&Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge. Zulu Zen in the heart of the sand forest, the spirit of &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge. They say that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones and that is certainly true at Phinda Forest Lodge!

Our designers have created a calming atmosphere of Zulu Zen. And there’s no need to worry about the privacy of your retreat – in spite of the floor to ceiling glass walls, the towering torchwood trees and fertile forest floor that surround your suite ensure a sense of seclusion.

Set in rare and beautiful sand forest, the glass walls of Phinda Forest Lodge offer a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Phinda Forest Lodge is one of the world’s first eco-designed luxury lodges. Floor to ceiling windows invite the forest in but the dense canopy provides privacy. The dainty forms of dwarf forest antelope dart among and below the suites, raised on stilts to float between the sandy forest floor and the leafy canopy above. Waking up to rustling forest sounds and bird song, surrounded by delicate leaf-filtered light, a pervading sense of peace and calm will set the tone for your entire day.

Why we love it

  • Day and night game drives, walking safaris
  • Secluded and romantic; light Asian inspired structures with warm African interiors
  • Phinda Adventures include Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, an ocean safari, and black rhino tracking on foot
  • Specialist Safaris – birding, photographic, rhino notching, tracking, walking, family and private safaris
  • Perfect for Couples, wildlife enthusiasts, keen birders
  • Situated between two habitats, the forest and the grasslands

THE FOREST LODGE

At the heart of &Beyond Phinda Forest lodge lies a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, as well as expansive decks in a spacious seating area, which look out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals frequently graze.

Daytime meals on the open air dining deck bring about their own distractions, as monkeys frolic in the branches and an ever-changing assortment of wildlife grazes on the open plain in the distance.

In the evenings, when warm firelight welcomes you to the traditional African boma, wide-eyed bush babies watch inquisitively from the dense foliage above as you in indulge in a mouth-watering, lantern-lit feast beneath a canvas of stars.

Adventures at &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge include twice-daily game drives, bush walks and seasonal river cruises. A host of additional activities can be enjoyed too. These include cultural excursions, scuba safaris and specialist safaris such as birding, photographic, tracking, family and luxury walking safaris.

Personal Collection by TA is based in

KwaZulu-Natal therefore always favour these beautiful lodges.. look out for more on &Beyond properties, on our top spot list.

Many thanks for &BeyondPhinda for providing us with all the information and gorgeous images.