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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Lose Track of Time Hopping Along Islands

23 10 2014

Sometimes the demands of everyday life can leave you feeling run down as you juggle a hundred “top priorities”. With the end of 2014 in sight, it’s the perfect time to take a moment and breathe, as you prepare for the final push towards the calm that 2015 will bring. Despite our best intentions and earnest resolutions, we end up right back where we are now – completely fried and barely keeping our heads above water.
In an effort to empower you to take the well-deserved break that you deserve, we’re taking a look at our latest offering when it comes to adventures on and around the island of Madagascar. So, grab a cup of tea and settle down to have your wanderlust tantalised with our 9-day Madagascar Luxury Island Hopping Package.

Take a break from everyday life and relax.

Take a break from everyday life and relax.

5 of the Most Romantic Places in Africa

17 10 2014

When it comes to wooing your sweetheart or planning a romantic experience, we believe that love should not be limited by geography. In fact, finding yourself on a trip somewhere exciting, away from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life, is even more reason to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and get romantic (obviously we don’t condone actually grabbing bulls by their horns nor getting romantic with them in any way, shape or form). Animals disclaimers stated, it’s time we focus on how you can sweep your significant other off their feet by presenting five of the most romantic places in Africa.


10 Myths about Travel in Africa

16 10 2014

Despite living in the 21st Century, there are many myths and misconceptions that remain about travel in Africa. Ranging from the absolutely silly (everyone has a pet lion in their backyard) to the downright bizarre (Africa is an entire country), these myths can create some confusion when those who believe them finally set foot on the continent. In an effort to better prepare you for your future travels to beautiful, mesmerizing Africa, we’re taking a look at 10 of the weirdest myths and misconceptions that people have.


Robinson: The Marooned Baboon

13 10 2014

On a non-descript island of mostly vetiveria grass in the middle of the Zambezi River, lives a marooned baboon. Having been there for three years, and in spite of rescue attempts by tourists or the calls of encouragement from his family on the bank sides, the baboon – lovingly referred to as Robinson by the locals – doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.


Robinson the marooned baboon

Robinson the marooned baboon

My One Night at the Stanley and Livingstone Lodge

3 10 2014

Perched atop a hill that borders the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zimbabwe, the Stanley and Livingstone Lodge offers splendid views of the mighty Zambezi River and the spray in the distance of Victoria Falls, which is situated only three kilometres away from the Lodge. Set deep within the beauty of unspoilt bush, the Lodge offers a diverse and unique African safari experience, surrounded by the natural wonders found in the 6 000-acre Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve.

Stanley & Livingstone Lodge

Stanley & Livingstone Lodge


Cape Town Travel – The haunted houses of Cape Town

3 10 2014

There are things to do in Cape Town that you’ll find in many places across the globe. Every now and then, however we like to highlight a little something special, something that is unique to Cape Town and something which others are bound to find exciting.
In this blog we’re looking at the top haunted houses in Cape Town. If you spend a few nights in the Mother City, you might want to check out a few of these places yourself.