Join me on this decadent safari where we visit South Africa’s best reserves, see unparalleled wildlife sightings and then fly on to the mystical Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe!
Hosts: Antoinette MacKenzie
We arrive in Johannesburg and walk across to the City Lodge where we spend our first night before the start of our safari.
After a good nights’ rest and a leisurely breakfast, we return to the airport for our short flight to Hoedspruit where we are met and transferred to Toro Yaka. Meaning “my dream” in Sotho, this beautiful bush lodge is expertly run by husband & wife team, Steve & Nicole.
Steve not only manages but does a lot of the guiding and bush walking as he has many years’ experience in the safari industry. Nicole, a gracious hostess, manages the camp, menus and the wonderful massage therapies she has on offer.
Small and intimate but with excellent food and service, Toro Yaka is a wonderful introduction to our wildlife experience. The Balule Reserve is known for its rare and endangered Black Rhino which is an animal we will not get to see anywhere else. We enjoy twice daily activities with bush walks on request and the middle of the day we relax at the pool overlooking the waterhole beyond.
After another great morning drive and wonderful buffet breakfast, we transfer a short distance by road to the beautiful Kuname lodge. Bordered by the towering Drakensburg escarpment on the west and set in lush, game rich riverine vegetation, the reserve offers fantastic big 5 opportunities.
Small and intimate and only accommodating 10 guests, Kuname is stylish and elegant and provides a wonderful level of comfort and luxury. The well-priced Spa is enjoyable during the quiet mid-day hours and the therapists are well trained and friendly.
We enjoy fabulous meals, attentive service and twice daily activities such as game drives and bush walks during our stay here.
From Kuname we drive back east through rural areas and enter the northern Sabi Sands Reserve. Arathusa is a wonderful lodge overlooking a large waterhole that attracts animals throughout the day.
Luxurious air-conditioned rooms are spacious and stylishly decorated. Arathusa’s cuisine is top class with chefs preparing delicious meals from local produce paired with some of South Africa’s top wines.
The guides are well qualified and knowledgeable and at Arathusa it is very easy to see most of the Big 5 animals up close and personal.
We spend one night at the contemporary Casterbridge hotel as we have an early flight to catch tomorrow morning to Victoria Falls.
Casterbridge is ideally situated amongst some of the areas best artisans and the shops are filled with fascinating art works, ceramics and uniquely South African gifts.
We dine at the indulgent Magnolia restaurant with its quirky but elegant décor.
We depart very early to catch our flight from Nelspruit airport to Livingstone in Zambia. Here we are met and transferred across the border into the quaint little town of Victoria Falls where we will stay at the ‘grand old lady of the falls’, the famous Victoria Falls Hotel.
Besides our tour of the falls and shopping at the local markets, we will indulge in a river cruise at sunset on the mighty Zambezi River enjoying cocktails and canapés while watching the sun dip below the water.
On our second evening we join an exciting traditional dinner at the Boma Restaurant that offers an astounding array of African meats as well as entertainment in the form of Ndebele dancers.
There is a little time available for the adventurous at heart to add one of the exciting activities on offer such as bungee jumping, a swim in the Devils Pool or a helicopter flight over the falls.
After a leisurely morning and sumptuous breakfast, we part ways today at the Victoria Falls airport where our sensational safari has come to an end.