Entries by Bianca Bunge

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Big5 Safari in Africa

Everyone has their own memories of Africa they take away with them, but the wildlife makes for some of the most magical to remember. The vast continent of Africa boasts the widest diversity of wildlife in the world and is home to the most extraordinary wildlife sightings, spectacles, and gatherings than anywhere on the planet. However, no safari to Africa is complete without witnessing incredible up-close sightings of its most elite grouping of wildlife residents, the renowned African Big5.

While Africa’s Big 5 is surely in need of no introduction, it makes sense for us to give credit where credit is due. As the most famous and celebrated collection of animals on the African continent, a Big 5 safari is an unbelievable experience that should be on everyone’s safari bucket list. What could be better than seeing a leopard lazily lounging in a tree soaking up the African sun, the mighty rhino browsing through the grasslands, elephants trudging their way through the African bushveld with their young, buffalos grazing in the distance with their oxpecker companions, and lions, the all-mighty king of the bushveld, wondering the vast plains in search of their prey? There truly is nothing quite like it!

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Top Reasons to visit Cape Town in Winter

The Mother City is filled with beauty, wonder, adventure, excitement, and a vibrant contagious energy, and this is no different during her stunning winter season. While the sun may set a little earlier, rise a little later, and the temperatures gradually start to cool down, Cape Town in winter is absolutely wonderful and not at all what you might expect. Boasting beautiful lush greenery, a stunning mild Mediterranean climate, thriving marine life and stunning landscapes, winter in Cape Town is everything you could imagine and so much more. Not to mention the variety of thrilling experiences, adventures and spectacular sights just waiting the be discovered. If you’re planning a winter Cape Town trip or getaway, you sure are in for a treat!

Here are some of the top reasons to visit Cape Town in winter, and why you won’t regret a single second of your Western Cape winter experience.

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10 Reasons why you should go on a South African Safari holiday

An African safari ticks all the right boxes if you are looking to venture off the beaten track, explore the great outdoors and experience the many thrills that only safari life can deliver. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelling seemed like a distant memory we weren’t sure we were ever going to experience again. But, through it all, avid travellers and keen adventurers kept their travel dreams alive in the hopes that we’ll all be able to explore all the beauty, wonder, adventure, and bucket-list worthy destinations the world has to offer once again. In the spirit of the #DreamNowTravelLater initiative, people were inspired to put together their travel destination bucket-list of where they would like to go when the time came that it was finally safe enough to do so. South Africa ranked right up there with the best of them as it was voted the number one preferred post-COVID-19 holiday destination among travellers and international tourists. In more exciting news, the Kruger National Park was named the 20th most popular travel destination in the world on Big 7 Travel’s list of ‘The 50 Most Popular Destinations For Post-Lockdown Travel’. Which only reinforced the world’s eager anticipation to see, encounter, and experience South Africa’s vast and magnificent wilderness wonders and wildlife in their natural habitat, specifically the Kruger National Park.

While South Africa has no shortage of beautiful destinations to explore, going on a safari getaway in the unspoiled African bushveld should undoubtedly be at the very top of your travel bucket-list! Here are 10 reasons why you should go on a South African Safari holiday and shouldn’t wait another second! South Africa’s pride and joy is her wildlife heritage after all.

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Top 10 Luxury Safari Lodges in Botswana 2023

Boasting ultra-luxurious accommodation, lavish facilities, and superb safari experiences – Botswana is any avid traveler’s dream come true. Accommodation in Botswana is set within the heart of the wilderness and positioned to provide true away-from-it-all indulgence. With panoramic views of its pristine wildlife and stunning savannah, the only ‘interruptions’ you’ll encounter are wandering elephants, curious giraffe or, if you’re lucky, a lion basking in the midday sun. When it comes to its spectacular array of exclusive and luxury accommodation options, Botswana offers guests a pristine level of privacy that is simply unparalleled and impossible to find in any other African safari destination. To ensure you experience the very best of what Botswana has to offer, here are some of the top 10 luxury safari lodges in Botswana that should undoubtedly be on your short-list when travelling to this incredible African wilderness destination.

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Moremi Game Reserve

Located in Botswana, Moremi Game Reserve is situated in one of the largest inland deltas and premier wilderness areas in the world, the vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland of the Okavango Delta. Covering most of its eastern sector, the reserve stretches across several thousand square kilometers.

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When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

So, you’re thinking about climbing the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro? That means you’ve officially been ‘bitten’ by the ‘Kili bug’ – good on you! In turn it also means that you most probably (yes, we’re totally stereotyping here) spend every waking hour researching everything there is to know about Tanzania’s most glorious natural wonder, daydreaming about what it would feel and be like to climb the highest mountain peak in Africa and largest free-standing mountain rise in the world, and even dreaming about embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure experience. It’s a yearning for the Roof of Africa. An unstoppable hunger for conquering Uhuru Peak (the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro), and a craving for the raw, real, rugged, and bucket-list adventure that ONLY a Mount Kilimanjaro climb can provide.

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Facts about Elephants

Elephants are one of the most iconic and incredible wildlife species found in Africa. They are known for their impressive size, with adult elephants standing up to 13 feet tall and weighing over 6,000 kilograms. Despite their size, elephants are also known for their intelligence, with the largest brain of any land animal. They exhibit complex social behaviors and have been observed showing empathy, grief, and even self-awareness. In addition, elephants are important ecosystem engineers, as they play a vital role in shaping their habitat by uprooting trees and creating waterholes that benefit other wildlife.

Despite their many impressive traits, elephants face numerous threats in Africa. Habitat loss due to human activity, poaching for their ivory tusks, and conflict with humans are all significant challenges facing elephant populations. Conservation efforts, such as protected areas and anti-poaching measures, have helped to stabilize some populations, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the long-term survival of these incredible creatures.

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Top Reasons to visit the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara National Reserve and its neighboring conservancies form Kenya’s flagship conservation area and is one of the finest wildlife and safari destinations in Africa. Located in south west Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is renowned for its vast scenic expanse of gently rolling African savannah plains, measuring approximately 1510 square kilometers in area, bordering the notorious Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the south. The Masai Mara’s sprawling wide-open plains provide a sanctuary for its abundant wildlife to freely roam the vast Masai Mara wilderness and beyond. Here are the top 10 reasons why people should visit the Masai Mara.

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Facts about Black Rhinos

According to the latest estimates from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there are around 18,000 white rhinos still living in the wild in Africa. The white rhino is classified as near threatened, which means that it is at high risk of extinction in the wild in the future if conservation measures are not taken to protect and manage their populations. Although their populations have increased over the years due to conservation efforts, white rhinos still face threats from habitat loss, poaching, and illegal wildlife trade.

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Interesting Facts about White Rhinos

According to the latest estimates from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there are around 18,000 white rhinos still living in the wild in Africa. The white rhino is classified as near threatened, which means that it is at high risk of extinction in the wild in the future if conservation measures are not taken to protect and manage their populations. Although their populations have increased over the years due to conservation efforts, white rhinos still face threats from habitat loss, poaching, and illegal wildlife trade.