Stretched out among a grove of palm trees on the edge of the Rufiji River and Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu combines the best of bush and river experiences, with just a select few “glamping” tented rooms providing pure luxury. Pathways cut through the bush, past a shaded pool to reveal wooden deck verandas on which sit spacious and well-appointed canvas tents. In the twilight hours, guards escort you to a raised lounge and dining area where you sit under a sky of stars around the bush fire, close enough to feel the grunt of the hippos reverberate through the grove of palm trees. From the comfort of your king-size bed, you can…
The African continent is bursting with unique cultures, food, history, architecture and people, and South African Airways crew members can testify to this. We’ve put together a list of some of their favourite African destinations and the reasons they are worth a visit.
Cabin Crew member Steven Peterson’s favourite holiday destination is right here on homesoil. “My favourite holiday destination is Cape Town, possibly because that’s where I come from and there’s no place like home! Coming in to land there and seeing the sea always takes my breath away. There’s a lot you can enjoy in the…
When you embark on a safari adventure, there are a few people who can make or break your experience. One of these is your safari guide.
South Africa’s wilderness offers many secrets that can go unnoticed to our untrained senses, which is why having a safari guide at your side can make all the difference between a good time and a truly exceptional time in the bush.
So, if you’re after more than what you can experience between the pages of a good book, or online, investing in expert-led game drives and walking safaris promises an interactive experience.
But don’t take our word…
Every year, millions of birds that having finished breeding in the northern hemisphere, migrate south to escape the northern winter. Many species even cross the equator to get to South Africa. From large eagles to little warblers, swallows and swifts, they all make this incredible annual pilgrimage to their overwintering grounds.
One of the most spectacular and charismatic is the Amur Falcon. These little birds of prey arrive in South Africa in their hundreds of thousands around December and stay until late March. The entire population of the species breeds in the Amur region of the Russian/Chinese border of eastern…
When you picture going on safari, you probably think about driving in an open vehicle through the wide open spaces of the African bush, or watching the sunset over the arid landscape from the deck of your bush camp. But for something completely different that makes for a truly unforgettable bush experience, you may want to consider going on a river safari. Here are nine reasons to do so:
1. Great game-viewing
Rivers are essential to sustaining life in the bush, and their oasis of greenery amid the dry bush attracts wildlife in search of water. This means incredible game-viewing up…
From the mainland, a surreal single-lane bridge crosses the Indian Ocean, leading onto Ilha de Moҫambique – a tiny little island whose powerful ancient soul makes you want to drop to your knees, clutch your heart and break into song.
Ilha is a spicy mix of Swahili, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, Indian and Chinese, with a torrid history of explorers and occupations, missionaries, slavery, colonialism and civil war. Yet it is utterly charming – the whole island is a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its unique coral rock buildings and architecture – and the people are even more charming.