Terry made a long-awaited first visit to South Africa, not only visiting Sabi Sands where private game reserves offer you every opportunity to see the Big Five at close range, but he was also able to experience the magnificent surrounding countryside.
The first night in South Africa was spent at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg. With unsurpassed luxury, the hotel is situated at the heart of Africa’s most exclusive shopping centre, and some rooms over look Nelson Mandela Square where you can find a good selection of restaurants and shops.
Travelling east they stayed at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, which is exclusively used by guests, giving you a personalised safari experience. The resort has three lodges, including the award winning Ivory Lodge, ideal for groups of family and friends. Terry stayed in the 1933 Lodge, nestled on the banks of the Sabie River, where comfort and relaxation are the order of the day.There are four spacious suites, each with their own private views of the River.
Nearby Nottens Bush Camp is a delightful private lodge. The family-run camp has eight individually styled chalets, each with balconies overlooking the bush. There is no electricity in the rooms, with hurricane lamps and candles providing a rustic, but romantic atmosphere. There are experienced rangers on hand to provide you with early morning and late afternoon game drives, as well as daily walks. In the past this hotel has proved a great favourite with our clients and it’s easy to see why.
World-famous and award-winning Mala Mala, spanning 33,000 acres, boasts some of the best unfenced game viewing in South Africa, offering one of your greatest chances to see the Big Five. Accommodation in the Main Camp provides a variety of rooms and suites, while the adjacent Sable Camp offers a more intimate atmosphere. There is also the opportunity to stay at Rattray’s, a ten-minute drive from Main Camp. This is a very exclusive and quiet camp, and no children under 16 are allowed. Mala Mala has its own airstrip, allowing quick connections from Johannesburg or Nelspruit.
Rissington Inn, close to the bustling ng village of Hazyview, west of the Kruger, is a stylish and informal, privately owned inn, providing an excellent base for those wishing to take part in adventure activities such as horse-riding, micro-lighting, canopy trails and hot air ballooning. But don’t discount the Inn if you prefer a more relaxed holiday, as it is also a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the peace and views over the surrounding countryside.
Cybele Forest Lodge & Spa, an oasis set in 300 acres of paradise, is a great option for families wanting to combine activity with relaxation. The accommodation is private and luxurious; all suites have a walled garden and some their own pool. The resort has its own helipad, and helicopter adventures and hot air balloon safaris are available. Horse-riding can also be arranged locally. From Cybele and Rissington guests can spend the day touring the spectacular Panama Route, visiting the historic village of Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Blyde River Canyon.
For those that are interested in bird-life, South Africa offers a tremendous variety with around 500 species of bird.
The flight to South Africa may be long, but with overnight flights available to Johannesburg daily and no danger of jet-lag, you can reach the camp and be out on safari the next day. Perfect for a easy getaway from the British winter. For more information call us on 01428 658 777.