Africa’s Elegant Side – 5 Tours that the Queen Would Take Should She Come to Africa

19 12 2014

When it comes to Africa, any relation that the continent may have with regards to British royalty may be confined to the past. Thoughts of luxury may be obscured by the wildlife which bursts from your screens as you view a riveting documentary from the safety of your living room chair. And any idea that Africa might actually harbour an array of rather elegant travel experiences may seem just that: an idea.

However, you will be happily surprised to learn that Jenman African Safaris does indeed offer a number of travel packages that not only explore Africa’s elegant side, but could easily entice the Queen herself into boarding a plane bound for the African experience of a lifetime. We take a look at five of the tours that we bet the Queen would love to take should she ever find herself lucky enough to embark upon an adventure into Africa.

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Are you in Cape Town over the festive season?

15 12 2014

If so, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A for short) will be hosting a couple of wonderful events for you to partake in:

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

5 South African Bucket List Destinations

10 12 2014

To say I love to explore and adventure around South Africa is an understatement. It should be a country on everyone’s bucket list as a destination one has to visit at least once in their lifetime just as it was on mine. This country is special and no amount of words can begin to describe the sheer beauty and abundance of amazing attractions one can expect to experience. South Africa has the perfect mix of affordable holidays, natural beauty, good weather, abundant wildlife and can rightly claim the title of being the adventure capital of the world.

Some of my favourite South African destinations that have made my bucket list include…

God's Window

God’s Window

Cultural Values to Take Note of Before Travelling to Africa

4 12 2014

Often a visit to Africa can be overwhelmingly full of exciting, wonderful and unique things. From its vast landscapes to its bustling metropolises and an array of fauna and flora to see between, a vacation to the African continent can feel like a whirlwind adventure. While there is already a lot to prepare when choosing to embark upon a journey to Africa, it’s important you also take the time to prepare yourself as best you can for the interactions you’re sure to have with the people who call Africa their home. With centuries of tradition behind them, you’ll make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime if you just pay attention to these signs of respect for African people and their cultures.

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The Man Who’s Mum to Gorillas in the DRC

2 12 2014

In one of the oldest National Parks in Africa, Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ranger Andre Bauma is taking his responsibilities a step further by caring for orphaned mountain gorillas as if they were his own. One gorilla named Ndakasi is particularly close to the ranger and believes him to be her mother – a role that he, despite his male human form, has adopted with love.

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Where Lion King Characters Got Their Names and What They Mean

25 11 2014

An animated movie from 1994, The Lion King is an integral part of many of our childhoods. There are arguably few adults today who can look back on the film and not recall their sense of loss as the scene of Mufasa falling from the cliff to his death, as well as the cries of sadness that escape from Simba as he pleads with his father not to leave him. Depicting the journey of Simba’s growth from a stubborn youth to a wise and beloved King of the Pride, The Lion King is truly a very special offering from the magical mind of Walt Disney.

Timon & Pumbaa

Timon & Pumbaa

My incredible Trans Kalahari Lodge Explorations

18 11 2014

By Martina Schacke

Here we are; after having explored the famous Moremi Game Reserve and the Greater Khwai our group of 6 (German, Swiss and Australian, what a lovely mix) are heading to the next highlight on our itinerary, the Central Kalahari.


Amazing Tanzania Experience – Part 2

5 11 2014

Continuing on from Part 1… The day after we headed to Lake Manyara National Park which is famous for its Lions, Trees and Flamingo. We saw a lion pride resting by the Riverbank but not within the trees, although they are known to in that park. It was a phenomenal experience to see them very close. They didn’t seem bothered to see us. It looked like they had a busy night because they all seemed sleepy. Lake Manyara National Park is also well known for its birds. We drove down to the bird sanctuary. There were thousands of different species of birds living together in harmony. I cannot describe how stunning it was. It was definitely better than a post card. Towards the end of the day, we headed to our next destination in Lake Eyasi which is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau. We had to wake up at 5 am the following day to be on time for the early hunt with the Bushmen, the Hadzabe Tribe. When we got there, they were still seating around the fire while sharpening their tools. They didn’t have a shelter. They were sleeping under the star. We went for 2 hours bird hunting with them. It was really phenomenal to see them running after their pride because it’s going to be their breakfast. The man who hunted the most is the chief in the tribe. We were lucky because we were hunting with the chief. He has proven his skills because he caught more birds than others and he was really fast. They taught us how use an arrow which was not easy at all.

We had picnic breakfast in the middle of the bush before heading to the Datoga tribe, called blacksmiths who have close relations with the Hadzabe Tribe. The blacksmiths have developed their trade over centuries and still practice it very much the same way today. We visited one blacksmiths family where the head of the family has his own forging workshop. It was great to see how he was forging. He made one bracelet for one of our clients in 10 minutes, which was impressive. From there we drove to one of the largest onion farms in Tanzania where they were busy harvesting and planting onions.

After spending 2 nights in Lake Eyasi we went back on road driving through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, towards Serengeti. We visited a Maasai Village for a cultural encounter of a lifetime. They welcomed us with a ceremonial song, while the women and the men took turns singing, dancing in a circle and jumping. They are the only tribe who is allowed to live within the national park because they can live in harmony with the wild animals without hunting them. We visited a Maasai primary school in the village where the students also sang for us and counted 1 to 50. From there we were invited to go inside one of their huts. It was pitch dark and hot inside because they cook inside and have no windows for ventilation.

On our way to the Camp we saw a pride of lions which had 2 adult males. It was unusual because usually one pride has only one male. They were seating next to each other which was priceless to see with naked eyes, only 2 meters away from our vehicle. I even took a selfie with lions as a background. We finally arrived to our Camp in Serengeti where we spent 3 nights. Every day we went for a full day safari in Serengeti National Park where we saw 30 lions in total. Every 15 minutes we could spot lions here and there. It was more than expected because they were supposed to follow the migration. I wasn’t complaining at all because that was one the reason I was in Tanzania. We also saw great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephants and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. On our way back to the tent after a fully day safari, a heard of hippo were hanging on top of a massive rock exposed to the sun which was really unusual because they are supposed to stay under water during the day to protect their skin against the sun.

We left Serengeti and visited the Olduvai Gorge en-route to the Ngorongoro Crater. Before descending the Crater’s floor we had a panoramic view of the crater from the top of the mountain, a very nice spot for taking pictures. We did some game viewing on the crater’s flood where we saw herd of wildebeest, zebra and elephant sanctuary. We even witness a gazelle giving birth which was exceptional to witness.

When I left Jenman, I thought I would encounter a holiday filled with a lot of fun, great game viewing and a lot of memories. I didn’t realise that my heart would be affected like it was. To get so close to so many cultures, to experience the beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and to see the wildlife of Africa unfold before you… it’s something that changes your spirit and is hard to put into words. I really had a great time. Thank you very much to our Jenman East African Safaris team who had organized everything for me and our clients.

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