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1 new camp in Botswana

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Under One Botswana Sky opened in June a new camp Rra Dinare
– Setswana for Father of many Buffalo –

Under One Botswana Sky’s new private concession is frequented by lion, wild dog and is a favoured area for tenacious old buffalo “dagga” boys and bachelor buffalo herds which often make for exciting predator interaction. Known for its rich and diverse wildlife, the area borders the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve on the south eastern side of the Okavango Delta.

Two new tented camps will be set in this exclusive and game-rich area of 27,700 hectares (67,000 acres)  of mixed habitat comprising the Gomoti River and its channels, lush riverine forests, scenic big open flood plains interspersed with clusters of palm-treed islands and Acacia and Mopane woodlands. The two camp locations and views are spectacular, especially with the classic flooding of the Okavango across the seasonal floodplains.

The first camp, Rra Dinare (Setswana for Father of many Buffalo), opened in June, is a classic 8-tented camp overlooking the Gomoti River floodplains. The second camp is due to open in August/September and will be a 9-tented camp set on the banks of the Gomoti River. Both camps will have swimming pools, curio shops and family tents. A feature of the incredibly spacious tents is the private lounge area with a secluded veranda. The tent size is 60 square metres excluding outdoor veranda (varying in size but approx. 15 – 25 square metres).

Activities on offer are game drives, on and off road, night game drives with trackers, seasonal mokoro trips and game walks with armed guides. The nocturnal safaris will give guests the opportunity to look for the more elusive and rare nocturnal creatures such as aardvark, leopard, porcupine and pangolin. Although the area is most famous for its lion, wild dog and buffalo, the diverse habitat and life-giving waters of the Gomoti River system attracts a variety of animal and bird species providing good game viewing all year round.

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New: Family Itinerary – Kids on Safari in Zimbabwe

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Kids on Safari with Imvelo

We have come up with a sample 10 night family-friendly circuit among our properties to show that a safari need not be only a mom-and-dad affair! Some highlights include:

  • bush walks looking at animal tracks
  • working through fun and educational bush activities from our kids on safari booklets
  • learning how to cook the traditional Zimbabwean dish ‘sadza’ which is a staple based on maize flour
  • learning the art of the catapult from our younger guides
  • a soccer match with the local school children
  • walking to school with them (during school term)
  • a bush surprise treasure hunt.

It promises to be an unforgettable safari for the whole family and includes some excellent value deals too!

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Shamwari awarded Fair Trade Tourism certificate

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Shamwari awarded Fair Trade Tourism certificate

The Fair Trade label stands for best practice responsible tourism – defined by fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. It ensures that the people who contribute their land, resources, labour and knowledge to tourism are the ones who reap the benefits.

Adhering to the Fair Trade label means travellers can relax in the knowledge that their holiday is not just providing a lifetime of great memories but having a positive and lasting impact on local people and the environment.

The six principles of Fair Trade Tourism

  • Fair share
  • Fair say
  • Respect
  • Reliability
  • Transparency
  • Sustainability
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German speaking game ranger at Shamwari Game Reserve

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German speaking game ranger for our “Kid`s on Safari” program at Shamwari Game Reserve

For the last 2 years, Alexandra Budd has been working as a game ranger at Shamwari Game Reserve. With a  German mother and a South African father, Alexandra grew up bilingually and is ideally suited to guide our German speaking families on their safari adventure at Shamwari Game Reserve. Parents can now lean back, relax and enjoy the game drive without having to translate everything for their children.

Shamwari Game Reserve is a 25.000ha private game reserve and situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth. A highlight of each Garden Route tour.

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Rhino protection with a trained dog

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With the annual increase of rhino poaching not only in South Africa but in the Eastern Cape Province, the need arose to complement the Shamwari Game Reserve Rhino Protection Unit with K9 tracking capacity.

The Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) has facilitated and sponsored a dog as they successfully supplied trained dogs for rhino protection elsewhere in the Eastern Cape during 2014 and 2015

The Chipembere Rhino Foundation identified a young Belgian Shepherd at a well-known Port Elizabeth based Dog School, which would fit all the requirements for anti-poaching tracking.  The dog, Blade, 18 months old, was trained off site before it was introduced and trained by its handler, Cabous Pretorius, at Shamwari Game Reserve since the beginning of April.  Blade had to adapt to a Big Five environment which he has done perfectly.

Comments from Shamwari Group General Manager, Joe Cloete: “Blade will be a valuable asset in the fight against rhino poaching and will primarily be utilised to locate and apprehend rhino poachers.  We sincerely thank the Chipembere Rhino Foundation for arranging Blade to come and work at Shamwari Game Reserve.”

Blade will be officially introduced as a working dog after completion of his final exams. Sponsors for Chipembere Rhino Foundation include – The Rotary Kenton on Sea, The Port Alfred Rotary Club, The Interact Club PAHS & Joy Downie. http://www.chipembere.org/

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New: Little Gorges at the Victoria Falls

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Imvelo Safari lodges are excited to announce the opening of their new luxury tented addition at Gorges Lodge in February 2016

Perched on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, with awesome views of the Zambezi River 250 metres below, and across into Zambia, Little Gorges is the latest addition to Imvelo Safari Lodges’ portfolio of spectacular, remote and exclusive destinations.

Little Gorges overlooks the dramatic junction of the Dibu Dibu River and the Zambezi, where black eagles and lanner falcons nest in the sheer cliff faces.

Little Gorges has five tented bedrooms and a stone-under-thatch central dining and entertainment area where guests can relax with a cold drink from the bar.  Guests can also make use of the swimming pool and WiFi at the main Gorges Lodge.

The bedrooms are under canvas on platforms made from steel with a wooden deck.  Bedrooms are spacious with 60 square metres of living and veranda space.  Bathrooms are cut back into the terrain, constructed from brick under canvas.

Four rooms have twin double beds and the fifth a king bed, under mosquito nets, with mini bar fridge, fans, hairdryers and all the other amenities currently offered at Gorges Lodge.
The bathrooms have a spacious shower, twin basins and separate toilet.  Furnishings maximise use of local materials, including the splendid deep red wood of the indigenous Zambezi teak.

Little Gorges is a 30 minute transfer by road from Victoria Falls town, with all its attractions of shopping, restaurants and activities, as well as the Falls themselves – a walk through the rain forest is an essential experience for every visitor!

Little Gorges will be line priced with main Gorges Lodge in 2016 and guests will be able to partake in all the same activities too, ensuring all our guests leave having enjoyed the same excellent standards and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Gorges is famous for its spectacular views, described by some as the best in Southern Africa, and we look forward to continuing to share this with our guests from our fabulous new tented extension this year.

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Imvelo + Dentists Safari

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2015 DENTISTS SAFARI

The final stage of our 2015 Dentists’ Safari involved clinics at Lukosi and Lupote for the communities to the north of Hwange Park. We were based at Nehimba lodge, first time for the dentists, so a great deal of anticipation to enjoy the unique elephant experience there.

The first clinic at Lukosi was set up at St Marys Primary school, where our team treated 381 patients on a day that recorded temperatures in the shade well over 40 degrees C. But it was the next day at Lupote that our magnificent team of volunteers had their finest hour. On a day blessed with a cloudy sky the clinic was thronged with people desperate for the first class dental care they have come to expect from our team. Our buses shuttling in patients from the villages arrived full every time, and many more streamed in on foot.

To handle the numbers an extra marquee was set up for diagnosis, so our ‘waiting room’ was cleared and used only for administration of anaesthesia. And through what became a very long afternoon our doctors and their back up team dug deep – every single patient was treated, fed and then bused home too. A record 621 patients in a day.

546 received free dental care with literally thousands of treatments, 75 had their eyes tested and received spectacles and over 700 meals were served. But the highlight for many of us was as we drove out. A crowd of patients waiting for their bus ride home, stood clapping and waving as we departed.

Then of course Nehimba did not disappoint, providing a most extraordinary few days. The elephants and all the other wildlife including lion and wild dog congregated at the end of what has been a long dry season, providing us with a spectacle of wildlife unprecedented on any previous dentist safari. The cherry on the cake was the rains that finally started on the last day and provided huge relief to the parched earth and our thirsty herds.

To the whole team a very big and heartfelt thank you and of course… “See you next year!”

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Rescued lions successfully released into their new African home

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Jora and Black safely rehomed to South African sanctuary

Today saw the successful release of the two magnificent ex-circus lions that the Born Free Foundation rescued from Bulgaria.

Jora and Black’s epic journey took them more than 10,500 miles, via the UK, and concluded on Sunday with their arrival at their overnight camp before final release this morning into their large, naturalistic accommodation at the award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve.

The two eight-year-old lions started their journey ‘home’ from a halfway house in central Bulgaria to Bourgas Airport on the Black Sea coast, late on Friday, 25th September. From there they were flown by Thomson Airways to London’s Gatwick Airport where legendary actress and Born Free co-founder, Virginia McKenna OBE, was waiting to give them a warm welcome.

Virginia said: “Born Free has successfully moved many captive animals but each occasion is unique in its own way. I am really happy to have seen these two lions at Gatwick before they head to their African homeland. I hope their story will inspire people to treat wild animals with respect and understanding, and never subject them to totally inappropriate existences in captivity. Jora and Black are flagship animals for the ending of all wild animals in circuses. Let all countries follow Bulgaria’s example.”

Jora and Black then travelled by road, in approved quarantine vehicles operated by JCS Livestock, to London’s Heathrow Airport where they were carefully prepared for the longest leg of their journey – a flight to Johannesburg International Airport. Much-loved Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, who launched the successful appeal for Jora and Black’s rescue in July and has been closely following their progress, took the opportunity to wish the brothers a fond farewell as they left the UK.

Helen said: “It is so exciting to see Jora and Black on the move to their wonderful new home. They are absolutely stunning animals and I feel really privileged to have had a chance to see them close up and on their way. I love Shamwari Game Reserve and I know they will have a lovely home there.”

After landing in Johannesburg, Jora and Black were transported by road. A convoy of Land Rover Discovery vehicles and trailers completed the journey to Shamwari Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth. Born Free staff, friends and local media watched with delight as Jora and Black were released into their new enclosure, setting paws on Africa soil for the first time.

Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Experiential Marketing Director, said: “Our vehicles are designed with the power and ability to safely transport heavy and precious cargo. We were delighted to be able to support Born Free with the relocation and to ensure that Jora and Black had the most comfortable ride possible to their new home in Africa.”

Shamwari Group Head of Wildlife and Veterinarian, Dr Johan Joubert, and Born Free’s Big Cat Specialist, Tony Wiles, travelled with Jora and Black throughout their journey, making regular health checks.

Dr Joubert said: “I am delighted we have been able to take these animals and offer them a permanent home in the African bush. It is a stark contrast from the trucks in which they were first found. These animals have travelled well and show every sign of settling in and reestablishing some of their natural behaviour.”

Jora and Black’s new lives in their spacious, safe and enriching accommodation will be a world away from the circumstances in which they were rescued by Born Free, assisted by FOUR PAWS, earlier this year. Taken in as small cubs, the brothers were originally part of a circus act touring Eastern Europe and Turkey. Following the Bulgarian government’s much-welcomed ban on the use of wild mammals in circuses, the lions were left to languish in a stifling beast wagon since the summer of 2014, until the owners agreed to re-home them with Born Free.

They will now be given lifetime care by Born Free at Shamwari. To donate £3 to help Jora and Black, text LIONS to 70007. £10 will buy a health-enhancing vitamin boost for both lions. £20 will buy one day’s good food for both lions. £75 will buy one week’s loving care for one lion. £3,900 would provide one year’s expert care for one lion, good food and any medical treatment needed.

To find out more about Jora and Black’s new life, meet some of Born Free’s other rescued animals, or make a donation to enable the Foundation to continue its work with some of the world’s most vulnerable animals, visit www.bornfree.org.uk.

About Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big Five. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Shamwari Group presents guests with the very best that Africa has to offer whilst conserving a vanishing way of life. For more information about Shamwari, please visit: www.shamwari.com