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The New Elephant Experience at Camp Jabulani

We have always supported the elephant-back safaris at Camp Jabulani, because we know from our own experience how well the elephants are treated, how much a part of the family they are considered – not only Jabulani (the original, the namesake, the elder), but the whole herd. Jabulani’s ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, a herd connected not […]

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Safaris and the Things That Really Matter in Life

We have been inspired this week by a simple sentence. One shared by the Great Plains Conservation, the organisation encompassing a few of our favourite safari lodges and camps in Botswana and Kenya. The image accompanying the sentence, posted on Facebook, showed an elephant in the Selinda area, where Zarafa Camp can be found, lifting its […]

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For the Love of the Otter at Londolozi

Above: The fantastic view Chris had of the otter from the Granite Camp deck. This photograph was actually taken by a guest staying in the camp at the time. Otters are known for their elusive behaviour and can have you in a tizz trying to glimpse and photograph them. It can take a lifetime or one […]

In Photography, Safaris, Wild Things

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10 Questions with Mara Plains Camp’s Henry Ramsden

I have never been to the wild spaces of Kenya, but I have seen the peace on the face of Annie-Claude, our Relais & Châteaux Africa Director after returning from her travels to this part of East Africa. I have read the words of Great Plains Conservation co-founder, Dereck Joubert, about the country, in his article, […]

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The Route du Bonheur Diaries | Bushmans Kloof Part 2

When you find yourself in an unfamiliar place that speaks to you in a familiar way – as though it had been expecting you and you had been expecting it… and you only have a handful of hours in which to enjoy it, the only sane thing to do is, as the French say, Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez […]

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The Route du Bonheur Diaries | Bushmans Kloof Part 1

A group of travellers head into a wilderness at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. 270 km from Cape Town, from home, they are on a road trip from coast (Ellerman House), to vineyard (Delaire Graff Estate), to mountain (Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat), to secret garden (The Cellars-Hohenort) and have just reached their third destination. […]

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How to Collect Wild Elephants

There is a joke that goes, Five people — an Englishman, Russian, American, Frenchman and Irishman were each asked to write a book on elephants. Some amount of time later they had all completed their respective books. The Englishman’s book was entitled “The Elephant — How to Collect Them.” The Russian’s book titled “The Elephant […]

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20 Seconds of Insane Courage

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” – Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo I remember hearing these words for the first time, watching as Matt Damon, playing Benjamin Mee in the film, […]

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