Africa News – January 2015

January 11, 2015  By: Gretchen

New Star Bed at Little Makalolo

AAC Jan news 2014We’re excited to let you know about a new Star Bed option for guests staying at Little Makalolo Camp in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Situated on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan, the Star Bed is just a 20-minute drive away from camp and offers a truly secluded, up-close-and-personal wilderness experience and the opportunity of sleeping under the stars.

The Star Bed is set up complete with a comfortable bed roll and mosquito netting, sitting area, and basic ablution facilities. A highly-qualified guide will be on standby to ensure guests’ safety at all times and in case they need any assistance during the night.

Madison Pan attracts a wide variety of wildlife, many of which can be seen from the platform, including herds of elephant, buffalo, various antelope and occasionally even predators such as hyena and lion. It is also known for its incredible sunsets, and with a novel pizza oven on site, it is a favorite spot for sundowners. Guests enjoying the sleep-out experience will be treated to a range of night sounds as they drift off to sleep, as well as an array of sightings as they wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the waterhole.

New Marataba Walking Trails Safari – South AfricaAAC Marataba-Walking-Trails-Photo

We are pleased to announce the opening of Marataba Walking Trails Lodge in South Africa. Nothing compares to seeing Africa on foot, and our new South Africa Marataba Walking Trails safari is the perfect getaway for guests looking for an active safari experience. The Marataba Reserve is located in South Africa’s Marakele National Park which is blessed with a great diversity of ecosystems and landscapes. On our 2- or 3-night walking safari, you’ll have the chance to see Africa’s Big 5 and many other species, all in a malaria-free environment.

Four trails are available for walking, and the daily schedule depends on the season.

Riverine Trail: This trail follows the natural river course, and are great for ‘bumping’ into general game. Walkers will traverse to some of the bigger waterholes which attracts a number of animal species, including hippo.

Gorge Trails: These trails descend into the gorges of the Waterberg Mountains. Here walkers will pass through unchartered areas of the reserve only accessible by foot. There may even be an opportunity to have a swim in one of the fresh water pools.

Mountain Trails: A few of the longer trails move up and over the reserve’s mountains into neighboring valleys. The vistas from these trails are second-to-none, presenting Africa in all of its vastiness.

Interest Trails: There is significant history to this reserve, and these trails will offer walkers the opportunity to see cave paintings, iron age ruins and other relics of The Stone Age.

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Namibia Ultimate
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Our Namibia Ultimate Safari made the Top%2012 Fitness And Food Vacations For 2015 in Epicure & Culture. The safari gives adventurers the chance to be super active during the day and to indulge in Namibia’s incredible safari cuisine at night, allowing for a nice balance during a safari holiday. The trip also provides incredible opportunities for landscape photography, big game viewing, and unique wildlife experiences at AfriCat’s Big Cat Research Centre.

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It’s that time of year again – time to vote in Travel + Leisure’s 2015 ‘World’s Best’ awards. Complete their survey and you’ll be entered into a giveaway for a chance to win a $10,000 dream trip to the destination of your choice!

Additional prizes include:

Two First Prizes: A $5,000 dream trip
One Second Prize: A $2,500 dream trip
Two Third Prizes: $1,000 cash
A $1,000 Trunk Club Gift Card
A Mephisto Gift Certificate
A Flight 001 Ultimate Carry-On
A Jawbone Big Jambox and Mini Jambox

New Lake Manyara BoardwalkAAC Lake Manyara by LMNP

Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania has launched the Lake Manyara Boardwalk. The boardwalk creates a 330-yard-long trail that is 3 feet above the ground and winds up to a 45-foot-long observation platform. The trail moves through hot springs and the lake shore around a marsh and finally on to the lake. Access to the facility is free and educational signage with entertaining themes has been placed in key locations to offer information about the nature and resources found in the area.

You can visit Lake Manyara on a customized safari, or on our Tanzania Sky Safari. We have an incredible spring break departure special on our Sky Safari, making it especially affordable for families!