Tag: conservation

Al Maha, an oasis in the Arabian Desert

Al Maha, an oasis in the Arabian Desert

Late summer in the desert is hot, very hot. So the luxury of my own private pool was something of a delight – it seemed rather surreal to be up to my shoulders in water yet overlooking the shimmering sands of the Arabian Desert. But this is what Al Maha is all about – a […]

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Samara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

Samara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

There’s something about spending time in the African bush… the sights, the sounds and the smells that get under your skin and into your heart ensuring that you want – no, need – to return, time and time again. And it’s no different with Samara Game Reserve either. Once will never be enough, especially once […]

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Chobe Game Lodge – elephants and eco-initiatives

Chobe Game Lodge – elephants and eco-initiatives

There is just SO much to love about Chobe Game Lodge… the luxurious rooms and comfy lounge areas, the coolness of the swimming pool and the scrumptious food – from delicious breakfasts, the yummiest cappuccinos and cocktails (served with paper straws), to the finest of dining and most decadent of desserts. Then there are the […]

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Maputo Special Reserve – Into the Wild

Maputo Special Reserve – Into the Wild

The Maputo Special Reserve is a place where wild elephants roam, where ocean giants frolic and where loggerhead turtles haul themselves onto the beach to lay their eggs. It’s also the place where, on a pristine stretch of beach, a barefoot luxury lodge lays nestled within the coastal forest… a place where community and conservation […]

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Thanda Safari and why you never miss a game drive

Thanda Safari and why you never miss a game drive

I was at Thanda Safari and it was freezing.  And the wind had howled all night… despite this my wake-up call at 5:15 am had me up and waiting to be escorted to the dining area for coffee in no time. I was the only one braving the cold that morning – sometimes you’ve just […]

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‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

Mine are the only footsteps to be seen along this stretch of beach. The sun warms my bare shoulders and my toes revel in the softness of the fine white sand. The words, ‘I dream of Africa’ fill my mind – words uttered by Italian writer Kuki Gallman, and immortalised in the movie ‘I dreamed […]

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Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge, situated near the upper lakes of the Kosi Lake system in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is set within a beautiful sand forest on the banks of Lake Shengeza.  In the heat of the day the shade of the huge Zulu podberry tree (Dialium schlechteri) is most welcome, as is the refreshing drink […]

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Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

When thinking of having a dream, Brett and Paige Gehren come to mind… they dreamed of sharing their passion for protecting the pristine and precious natural wonders of Africa. Through their fierce commitment to conservation and a deep desire to make a difference, Isibindi Africa Lodges was born. We recently had the opportunity of experiencing two […]

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Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

An easy road-trip from Durban found us heading towards the Zululand Coast. An area where the golden shores are gently caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offering idyllic beaches and crystal clear waters. Where further inland, are endless rolling hills, meandering valleys, and grassy plains teaming with wildlife. Forest sanctuaries and misty […]

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Amakhosi Safari Lodge – Sipho’s story

Amakhosi Safari Lodge – Sipho’s story

We’re on an open game viewing vehicle on our last day at Amakhosi Safari Lodge listening to game ranger Sipho Ntombela tell yet another wonderful story. “My grandfather was Magqubu Ntombela” he says… this alone speaks volumes, especially if you’re familiar with KwaZulu-Natal conservation history. Not only was Magqubu Ntombela ‘beloved friend, mentor and wilderness […]

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