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Dream Team JUNE 2018

BULLETIN

Self-Drive Adventures through

NAMIBIA Safari Feature:

BOTSWANA Bumi Hills through Sussi & Kathy's Eyes

AN ICON REBORN TO DO: Zeitz Mocca

NEW Kid on The Block: Luxury Eco Getaway

Foodie News Thali + Chef's Warehouse Beau Constantia


I feel it is high time that I write to you and share some of the amazing experiences my team and I were lucky to have had this year. I hope you will find inspiration in our stories and perhaps start dreaming of your own adventure in Africa. A quarter of a century ago, I started running Livingstone Safaris in Zimbabwe and this year is extra special for us as we celebrate 25 years of hand-crafted travels in Africa. When I started Livingstone Safaris, we communicated through telex and fax machines, and proposed itineraries were sent by air mail with glossy brochures included. The concept of time was different too – 24 hours were more than enough to do what needed to be done in a day. How the world has changed in the last two and a half decades. As I write this, I am in fact sitting at a lodge in Tanzania, where I am able to connect to the internet and send this to you. Today we send our clients website links to their itineraries that they can access from whichever device they prefer. So much has changed, but fortunately some things remain the same. The feeling one gets when heading out in an open vehicle in search of Africa’s wild animals, and the wondrous emotion as a massive elephant silently crosses the road in front of you will always continue to inspire awe. I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures. Warm Africa wishes,

x i s s u S e v o L

Livingstone Safaris | JUNE 2018


SELF-DRIVE ADVENTURES THROUGH

NAMIBIA


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Namibia with its vast open spaces, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts - ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts - stirs the spirit and moves the heart. Namibia is so large and sparsely populated that it is possible to discover enormous open spaces without roads, towns, trees or even stones, just the lonely desert wind passing through one of the most enchanting corners of the earth. Sam and Claire recently embarked on a selfdrive journey through this barren landscape to bring you their insights and first-hand experiences of Namibia’s many delights. This is what they had to say about their extraordinary and visually exciting adventure:

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“The Namib Desert and Sossusvlei exceeded all our expectations. Here, large stretches of wide open, red-sanded land lies canopied by piercing blue skies. I was fascinated to discover that the desert, which at first glance appears to be vast and lifeless, is in fact a large ecosystem adapting and surviving on the bare minimum. We took in all the sights and sounds by quad-biking through the dunes, hiking up “Big Daddy Dune”, visiting Dead Vlei, the petrified dunes and a canyon, and going on a bushman walk that introduced us to the region’s smaller species and plants. Sunrise- and sunset safari drives, accompanied by morning coffee or that thirst quenching G&T at the end of a hot day, become almost dreamlike in these most unique locations. The night skies over these vast, open spaces are also breathtaking. Taking a peek through a telescope in Sossusvlei, we were able to drink in the most incredible display of the Southern skies.

"With this vast open space, the night skies are breath-taking".


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A highlight of our trip was going on a search for the region’s famous desert-adapted elephants. We drove along wide, dried-up river beds, which is a favourite destination for these desert elephants because the water table is close to the surface. Spotting the herd and watching them from a distance was an amazing experience. So often on safari we see elephants playfully splashing water about to cool off and to drink, but these desertadapted herds have learnt to respect and conserve the small amount of water that is available to them. Watching oryx and springbok as they fed on the very few plants that grow in the Namib Desert, and watching a herd of elephants foraging for pods that have fallen from the trees, only taking what they need, we were amazed at how the animals in the Sossusvlei and Damaraland areas could survive on so little.

"These Desertadapted elephant have learnt to respect and conserve the small amount of water that is available to them".

In Damaraland, we were also able to explore unique rock formations that were created thousands of years ago. Lizards, birds and insects are partial to this special area, as are travellers who want to step back in time for a brief moment as they appreciate the many bushman rock paintings at Twyfelfontein and take in sight of the ancient trees of the Petrified Forest.

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We particularly enjoyed self-driving through Etosha National Park, which is situated in the north of the country. Here we experienced beautiful storms and, in contrast to our first Namibian destination, this area was green and thriving, offering spectacular wildlife sightings, unique birding and a diverse world of flora. The Etosha Pan is also a sight to behold - in the dry season it is vast, attracting plains game from far and wide, and in the rainy season is provides the illusion of a large lake. Namibia is a special place that offers plenty of unique experiences for visitors keen on self-driving. The roads, despite being almost exclusively gravel, are well sign-posted, and this way you can come across some real gems that you wouldn't see from the sky should you choose to fly around this beautiful country. That being said, for those who enjoy the comfort and luxury of flying, Namibia offers scheduled charters that operate daily, making hops between lodges or camps easy and quick, enabling visitors to spend more time at their lodge."

Livingstone Safaris | JUNE 2018


SAFARI FEATURE

UNCOVERED: BOTSWANA LODGES WITH EXCEPTIONAL WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Thinking of heading to Botswana’s Okavango Delta region, but slightly overwhelmed by choice when it comes to the country’s many fabulous-looking lodges? You are not alone! The Delta with its scenic labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels is also home to a great many lodges and tented camps. When doing research, sussing out whether a certain spot offers good wildlife viewing and what type of activities you can expect has the potential to become confusing. Happily, we have some inside info to share. I recently took a few days away from my desk to enjoy a quick trip to Botswana and had stellar first-hand experiences at two unique lodges. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect when you make your way to Sable Alley and Qorokwe Camp.


-EDUCATIONALSSable Alley - Luxurious big game haven Sable Alley is located in the Khwai floodplain region where hippos, elephant and buffalo hold sway on the banks of a verdant lagoon. If you're in it for the game-viewing, this is the place to be - the big game comes to find you at Sable. The lodge also happens to be built according to innovative sustainability principles, so visitors can rest assured that the impact to the environment has been carefully considered. I was very impressed with the exceptional wildlife encounters that seemed to be an everyday affair at Sable Alley. As tempting as it is to stay at the stunning camp, we did venture out and our very first sighting occurred ten minutes into our drive - a leopard with her five-week-old cub. I have never seen one so small! It was a very special moment. On the same drive, we came across three lionesses that had left their cubs to hunt. We managed to find the cubs hiding in the trees, balancing precariously on the tiny branches. Visiting the Okavango in March after unusually heavy rains saw the bush very thick and green, so we knew the game would be harder to find, but I was impressed with what we came across. Healthy herds of impala and zebra, many giraffe, lechwe, bushbuck and a tsessebe with a calf that was barely a day old. We also saw several different breeding herds of elephants, something we didn’t come across at some of the other camps we visited during the same trip, due to the thick vegetation. A big thank you to our amazing guide, KG! In short: A truly beautiful lodge in the vicinity of areas renowned for excellent game viewing - ideal for travellers who prefer to tread lightly on the earth while still enjoying a luxurious experience.

"our very first sighting some ten minutes from camp was a leopard with her 5 week old cub. I have never seen one so small - A very special moment."

Livingstone Safaris | JUNE 2018


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We were going to go on a mokoro excursion on our second day but right where the launch spot is located, the resident hippo bull decided to take up residence for the afternoon, so instead KG, our safari guide (and one of the best I have ever had in Botswana!) set up early sundowners. We didn’t complain!

Sable Alley - Light and bright and is as sustainable as it is sophisticated.

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-EDUCATIONALSSAnother special highlight was the new Wilderness Safaris’ Qorokwe Camp. Qorokwe Camp has eight elegant tented suites, as well as a very spacious family unit that has its own splash pool. The magnificent main area definitely is the focal point of the camp, not to mention the swimming pool and poolside fire put that overlooks a lagoon.

Qorokwe Camp – Premier camp with yearround water Qorokwe Camp in a beautifully elegant, intimate venue with 8 suites, including a family unit suitable for bigger groups. Visitors can also look forward to thoughtfully designed communal spaces overlooking the nearby lagoon. Qorokwe Concession is situated in an area renowned for its rich wildlife and offers exceptional encounters close to the well-known Moremi Game Reserve. I enjoyed a seamless game drive experience with a very knowledgeable guide - thank you, Mike!

Livingstone Livingstone Safaris Safaris | DECEMBER | JUNE 2018 2016


-EDUCATIONALSWe headed out on an afternoon game drive with Mike, and were the only ones in his safari vehicle, which was brand new and all the seats beautifully embossed with the attractive Qorokwe logo. Each row has two seats with a storage box between for ponchos, binoculars and cameras. The concession is very pretty, and we came across quite a lot of plains game including quite a few larger groups of kudus that allowed us to come very close. Thanks to Mike’s experience and knowledge of the area and the opportunity to go off-road we found the lion pride lying in the thick grass. The sundowner safaris were very enjoyable, and meals at camp were social affairs with a long communal table and a convivial atmosphere with guests, guides and staff all interacting.

"we found the lion pride lying in the thick grass. We stayed with them for a while before heading off to a beautiful open area where he set up our sundowners."

Livingstone Safaris | JUNE 2018


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In short: Qorokwe offers the look and feel of a premier camp, but with the more relaxed and intimate ambience of a smaller, classic camp – the perfect option for discerning travellers who prefer a hint of luxury, but also want to kick back and relax. These are just two of the many wonderful accommodation venues that await in the Okavango region of Botswana. Feel free to contact our travel consultants for more first-hand insight on what do see, do, enjoy and where to stay in beautiful Botswana.


AN ICON REBORN

BUMI HILLS


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Recognised as one of the most iconic safari lodges in Zimbabwe, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge has re-opened under the African Bush Camps banner. Widely revered as having the best panoramic view of Lake Kariba, it has been completely refurbished and upgraded to flaunt the breath-taking and enchanting vistas of the blue waters of the lake. The first time I stayed at Bumi Hills was in 1991 and it was then considered the lodge on the safari circuit. I have since stayed a couple of times and each time the views have taken my breath away. Returning a few months ago was no different. What was different this time though, was that the actual lodge and its transformation did that - it really took my breath away!

From its position on a range of remote hills, ten stylishly appointed lakeview rooms are nested in the mountains overlooking the endless blue waters of the lake and the gamerich shoreline below. Surrounding the iconic infinity pool is a main area that has been designed with both serenity and style in mind. The uninterrupted view from the bar and dining deck gazes out over paradise beyond and the brilliant pink-to-red-to-golden sunsets for which Lake Kariba is famous. Bumi Hills offers guests a multitude of ways to explore Lake Kariba and its surrounds. Spend your days cruising the lake in a private boat, taking in the gorgeous vistas and incredible shows of light, or try your hand a catching a tiger fish. Go on a scenic lakeside walking safari or a walking adventure deeper into the bush to search for fossilised dinosaur footprints or choose to join in on a game drive in search of the Matusadona lions.

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Kathy, our Product and Marketing Manager was also recently there, and had this to say: Waking up to open the sliding door and climbing back into bed to enjoy the view of Lake Kariba from the comfort of my bed was probably one of the most awesome experiences. Sipping that first morning coffee with that view of the vast water mass in front of you, with the accompaniment of the fish eagles’ calls from a little way off, is the stuff of goose bumps. I had never fished before (don’t judge me!), so after a little persuasion, instead of heading out on a safari drive, I hopped on a boat with the intention to just enjoy the scenery and catch a few rays. However, after baiting up and getting that first bite, I had to admit I began to understand the enthusiasm around fishing. It was a real treat to be out there on the water, watching fish eagles fly above, hippos alongside, with elephants on the banks, and just taking the time to be quiet, think, mediate on life, and enjoy the company of those around me. Arriving at the ironically named Starvation Island for a surprise lunch in the most comfortable setup was honestly quite breath-taking. Returning to the lodge to cool off in that rim-flow swimming pool for the remainder of the afternoon, was my version heaven. Take me back!

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is truly unique - a secret Riviera in the heart of Africa and a place of outstanding beauty. We absolutely love the lodge and would suggest including a few nights’ stay here on every Zimbabwean itinerary. It’s the perfect place to unwind and recharge either after a long arrival flight, break the journey between safaris in Hwange and Mana pools or to end off a busy safari schedule. Going on safari can be quite exhausting when your wakeup call is at five o’clock every morning, and you stay up until late in the evening listening to your guides’ tales of adventure. Many travellers often end their safari with some time at the beach, but there are just as many who don’t come to Africa to spend time with their toes in the sand, and for those visitors Bumi is the perfect place.

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-UP & COMING-

Morukuru Beach Lodge NEW LUXURY BOUTIQUE ECO LODGE, OPENING JULY 2018

The new Morukuru Beach Lodge is situated at Koppie Alleen, approximately 1 km west from Morukuru Ocean House along the same pristine coastline of the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Considered to be the ultimate place in South Africa to see Southern Right Whales, De Hoop Nature Reserve also boasts towering white sand dunes lapped by the Indian Ocean, limestone cliffs, rock pools and coastal fynbos. Morukuru Beach Lodge consists of four luxury Ocean View Suites and one Dune View Suite with views of the Indian Ocean and the surrounding sand dunes. Unlike its sister property, Ocean House, which is made available for exclusive use, rooms at this sanctuary of refined comfort and luxury may be booked individually, which makes it the ideal option for small families and travelling couples. The nightly rate includes all meals and two guided activities daily.

Tarryn took her mom and her beautiful baby girls to visit Morukuru Beach Lodge a little while ago to test out their offering ahead of their official opening, and had this to say about their experience:

It felt like home! This setting is just breath-taking. The reserve offers so much to see and do, or you can just relax and take in the beautiful views of the ocean of the scenic fynbos that surrounds you. The lodge offers you the flexibility to do whatever you want, and you feel spoiled every moment of your stay. I was privileged to travel with my mom and my girls, and was so delighted at how the staff took such great care of each one of us. The property is perfectly child-friendly and that really made us feel like we were on holiday!

Livingstone Safaris | JUNE 2018


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SPICING UP THE TOWN

Thali, Cape Town

When Chef's Warehouse & Canteen first opened, it offered something slightly new: outstanding, fine-dining quality food presented in a thoroughly laid-back way – no reservations; no fussy service. It turned out to work very well for Capetonians. Now maestro Liam Tomlin has recreated that experience with an Indian lilt in Gardens, at a restaurant called Thali. Thali takes you on a visual journey on which intricate postcard art, kaleidoscopic patterns, vibrant colour and Indian intrigue abound. The interiors (five different sections) and garden area make for an exotic and unique dining experience indeed! Exposed brickwork, wooden floors and tables built from parquet keep things tasteful. There are pops of jewel-coloured blue and green – in small details like beautiful lanterns and inlaid tables outside – and stunning menus etched with patterning add some Indian flavour in a tasteful way. When visiting Cape Town, be sure to pop in and try the tapas for two, which includes eight dishes, featuring the likes of tantalising tandoori chicken, as well as golden lamb and chicken curries. The restaurant’s crockery, from beautiful porcelain bowls to the array of gold trays (there’s even a little golden teapot for tap water), is a feature all of its own, really adding to the experience – and your Instagram photos.

THALI TAKES YOU ON A VISUAL JOURNEY WHERE INTRICATE POSTCARD ART, KALEIDOSCOPIC PATTERNS,VIBRANT COLOUR AND INDIAN INTRIGUE ABOUND.

Livingstone Safaris | JUNE 2018


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EAT AT CHEF'S WAREHOUSE BEAU CONSTANTIA A few or our team members had the opportunity to enjoy the brand-new Chef's Warehouse at Beau Constantia Wine Estate, and it is every bit as exceptional as you would imagine. A new addition to Liam Tomlin renowned stable of restaurants, the Beau Constantia kitchen is run by Ivor Jones (formerly of Test Kitchen) along with his team of chefs who work in an open-plan space that faces directly onto the restaurant floor. Service was seamless and a delight to experience. The menu runs along the same format as The Chef's Warehouse & Canteen, where eight tapas dishes for two are served as a set menu. You can add a bread service or oysters to start, and a few incredible desserts, cheese or chocolates to finish. While you don’t get to pick and choose what you will eat, they will take dietary requirements into consideration. They are also the only restaurant in the group that takes reservations, which is essential given the location. At the moment they are focusing on serving inside the restaurant, which is like a glass box with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Constantia Valley. However, as they have built to increase capacity, this space has been opened up and expanded with elegant, contemporary and comfortable seating both inside and out.


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THE ZEITZ MOCCA

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is fast becoming one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions since opening its doors in September last year. The museum can hold 1 200 people at any given time, with thousands of visitors taking the time explore the largest collection of contemporary African art on the continent. Zeitz MOCAA offers a range of activities, such as lectures, temporary exhibitions, and children’s readings, so visitors need a fair amount of time in order to explore fully. However, they do offer a Highlights Tour that visits two out of the museum’s nine floors. These floors are home to the Zeitz MOCAA’s permanent collection, and gives a wonderful introduction to contemporary African art and culture. Furthermore, there is also an architectural tour and an educational tour, averaging around 40 minutes each. This is definitely a feature to include on your visit to the mother City, especially if you are appreciative of art. As with all Cape Town’s big highlights, we will gladly include pre-purchased entry tickets for guests who wish to visit the museum on a visit to the Mother City.

Livingstone Safaris | JUNE 2018


29 Oakhurst Avenue, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700 Email: info@livsaf.com Tel: +27 21 686 3788 Fax: +27 21 687 9263

Dream Team Bulletin: June 2018  

Join the team from Livingstone Safaris for inspired journeys and timeless moments in this edition of the Dream Team Bulletin. Travel to Nami...

Dream Team Bulletin: June 2018  

Join the team from Livingstone Safaris for inspired journeys and timeless moments in this edition of the Dream Team Bulletin. Travel to Nami...

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