Archives for February 2012

Kapama Southern Camp – a brand new camp in the Kapama Private Game Reserve

Kapama has opened its brand new Southern Camp !! After the unfortunate closing of Kapama Karula due to flood damage, Southern Camp’s opening was auspicious timing and has seen excellent reviews and feedback.

With only 25 rooms, Kapama Southern Camp is a small, contempory boutique lodge located in the southern section of the game reserve. All game activities are operated in open top 4WD vehicles within the Kapama Private Game Reserve ensuring guests a quality safari experience.

The new lodge features fantastic leisure areas including a swimming pool, lounge area / library, as well as a outdoor dining experience in the evenings at the open air boma.

Watch Kapama’s video below to get an insight into the game you will see on the reserve, and the service and experience that Kapama provide to their guests through out all their lodges. It is slightly outdated now with new lodges Karula ( now closed ) and Southern Camp not featuring but it is a good showcase of the safari experience available.

Kapama feature their Buffalo Camp, River Lodge and Karula on a full page of our Africa brochure on page 8.

Kapama River Lodge 3 day/2 night | Deals start from $650 per person twin share in a standard suite including breakfast, lunch, dinner, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport and 2 game drives daily

Kapama Buffalo Camp 3 day/2 night | Deals start from $680 per person twin share in a standard tent including breakfast, lunch, dinner, return transfers from Hoedspruit airport and 2 game drives daily

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Pafuri Camp – A Wilderness Safaris Camp

Right up in the north of the Kruger, wedged between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers is Pafuri Camp, a Wilderness Safari’s lodge. Considered to be one of the most diverse for wildlife, the 24,000 hectare area known as the the Makuleke Concession is the ancestral home of the Makuleke people, as well as being home to some of the Kruger’s largest herds of elephant, big cats including leopard and prolific bird life.

This northen wetland area, also known as the Pafuri triangle should not be missed when visiting. A great contrast to the lower dryer areas of the southern Kruger, Pafuri camp is rich with game – over 100 mammal species and about 400 bird species populate the area.

To get a better understanding of Pafuri and what to expect – Watch the video below.

Pafuri Camp offers tented rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities and a private deck. Six tents have more bedding – for families or up to 4 people. Each tent has views of the Luvuvhu River where you can watch elephant, nyala, waterbuck and other large game coming for a drink

Morning and evening game drives are done in open top 4WD’s, while other great game viewing options include walks and set up hides, perfect for long waits to catch rare images.

The area Pafuri lies in is rich in palaeo-anthropological history, and areas around the camp have shown evidence of early human ancestor dating back 2 million years. Throughout the concession there is evidence of its historic human inhabitants: in the form of rock paintings and artefacts

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Pafuri Camp is featured on page 10 of our Africa brochure | 3 day / 2 night packages start from $650 per person in low season – and include all meals and 2 game drives daily

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Leopard Queen | Video Interview with Londolozi co founder John Varty

Londolozi has long been a pioneer for Private Game Reserves in South Africa. Located in the prestigious Sabi Sand, with a long history of conservation and eco tourism, Londolozi is world renowned as one of Africa’s best private game lodges.

Watch the video on Londolozi to learn more about the game lodge.

Recently on National Geographic Channel you may have seen the documentary Leopard Queen about Londolozi co owner John Varty’s breathtaking interaction with the Sabi Sand leopards dating back to the first few years of the lodges existence.

Watch part 1 of the amazing interview from Londolozi’s website showing unseen footage and talking about how became interested in leopards and started to make films. An amazing interview – well worth watching.

Read the blog on Londolozi’s website regarding the lineage of the of the leopard dynasty at the game lodge dating back to 1979. All the leopards guests can view on game drives and their family history is available also !

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Kruger Floods produce rare game viewing opportunities

The 18th of January saw a massive 380mm of rain dropped on the Kruger, Limpopo region of South Africa.

Rivers burst their banks, the Sand River reached its highest ever recorded level, higher than that of the 2000 floods and many lodges sustained damage, some quite extensively !

For a detailed list of damages to roads and infrastructure : click here – 2012 Kruger Floods

The course of the Sand River has changed dramatically, dislodging sand banks and creating new ones in different places, all the while uprooting large numbers of trees from the banks of the river.

A few days after the deluge finished and rivers subsided, game viewing started to return to normal. With such high levels of water in the ground and in the atmosphere, a whole host of insect activity is taking place, meaning Golden Orb spiders are frantically building webs to catch insects, and raptors like Wahlberg’s eagles are gorging themselves on increased termite activity. Bird viewing at the moment is fantastic !

A huge thanks to Savanna Private Game Reserve for the images from their blog

Full dams and waterholes means large mammals are enjoying the mud and water and make for great viewing.

Want to know what the viewing is like after such a massive amount of rain and intense flooding ?

Will guests on safari visiting the Kruger see animals ?

Check out this great amateur video from youtube user Jssiler – taken during a safari to the Kruger on the 17th of January – smack bang in the the raining, wet and windy weather !

Watch Rob the Ranger from Idube Lodge take guests through the first Sand River crossing after the floods !

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Kruger Park Floods 18 January 2012

Kruger Park Floods | Watch the video !

Please be advised that a tropical cyclone in Mozambique has caused heavy rainfall in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces affecting game lodges and the greater Kruger National Park.

Conditions are forecast to improve tomorrow but please note the following areas and roads are affected !Kruger National Park

Other footage of the rivers and park flooding !