Shamwari on the East Cape? Or Kruger National Park? And all in-between!

Here’s my invitation to help you make the choice… first  I spent a couple of nights at Shamwari, near Port Elizabeth. We slept in tents (quite luxurious!) and easily met all the Big Five (Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard) in just 2 days. Shamwari has been re-introducing the animals back to this area for 25 years, so it is easy to keep track of where the animals are roaming and have many successful sightings. Shamwari is also home to the Born Free Foundation. You can spend a very interesting afternoon learning how the Foundation has rescued lions and leopards from all over the world, and now provides protection and care for them for the rest of their lives.

After Shamwari, I travelled the Garden Route to Cape Town. But even the wildness of Cape Point, the buzz of Victoria and Albert Waterfront, and the view of Table Mountain could not match the safari experience and the intimacy of the private game reserve at Kruger where I spent my last few nights at Thornybush. I revelled in the early African sunlight, shared the dawn with a family of elephants at the waterhole, and spent lazy afternoons at the Camp’s pool. In the late afternoon we set off for an evening game drive with our tracker and guide. Sunsets are never redder than out on the African plain, and the bush comes alive at dusk!

The enchanting ambience of the lodge, a good red wine and a roaring log fire – the romance awaits you when you settle down under your mosquito net listening to the crickets’ song and the frogs’ chorus!

Africa has it all – the beaches, the mountains, the sunshine, and the animals. Why don’t you think of it for your next holiday?

Just let me know when and I’ll do the rest!