An e-book as a great result of social commitment!

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Imvelo Safari Lodges and Hwange’s school project team have put together an e-book for safari activities in Zimbabwe to raise money for community programs this year. The e-book has 32 pages and will be available as PDF in colour and with beautiful illustrations.  It is packed with puzzles, drawing activities, stories, interesting facts about animals and much more.  The first issue, aimed at 6 to 9 year olds, is ready. The second version for older children is in progress.

All proceeds from the book will go directly to the community projects of Imvelo Safari Lodges, in particular the nutrition program, which ensures that the communities on the front line are supported,  ensuring that thousands of children do not go hungry in this devastating time of drought and economic crisis. Imvelo Safari Lodges has already provided more than 2500 children with lunch for one month and aims to expand this program and continue feeding until the end of the year.

This e-learning book is to be made available to a broad public, therefore the costs are kept to an absolute minimum: Depending on the currency for which each e-book is available: $3, £2, €2, A$4, R50

A great project which we are happy to support!


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The lodges Nehimba, Camelthorn and Bomani from our partner Imvelo Safari Lodges, have been awarded with the Travelers’ Choice Award 2020!

Letaka Safaris also won this award in 2020!


News from Shamwari! New Camp has opened on 20th December 2019!

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Sindile Tented Camp

Sindile, Shamwari’s new luxury tented camp is a secluded, luxury getaway set deep in the African veld.

Named for the famous leopard of Shamwari, the camp mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary, blending with the surrounding bush while providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains.

Sindile is isiXhosa for “survivor”, testament to the celebrated leopardess that survived numerous lion maulings to raise five litters of cubs.


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Enjoy travelling with our Railway Sleeper Train STIMELA STAR starting from Victoria Falls over night to the Hwange National Park! The vintage railway carriages are classics from post WWII era and take you back in time. Enjoy a three course dinner in the dining coach followed by cocktails in the cigar bar, before heading off to bed at your leisure.
After a hearty breakfast on board the train before transferring to the Elephant Express to Ngamo. An unforgettable journey for sure!

Shamwari Private Game Reserve will be undergoing an intensive and exciting lodge upgrading process in 2019.

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Please note the following dates:

1. Long Lee Manor – closed from 01 November 2018 until 30. November 2019 (13 months)

2. Bayethe Tented Lodge-closed in May and June 2019


A new welcome lounge for all guests staying at our southern Lodges, Riverdene Family Lodge, Sarili Lodge as well as Explorer Camp, will be operational as from 01 October 2018.

2 new camps in the Okavango Delta

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Under One Botswana Sky opened in June 2017 a new camp Rra Dinare and in August 2018 camp Mma Dinare
– Setswana for Father/Mother 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, Mma Dinare, has opened in August 2018 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.

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!

Your nights around our properties:

  • 1 Night Gorges Lodge
  • 3 Nights Camelthorn Lodge
  • 3 Nights Nehimba Lodge
  • 3 Nights Zambezi Sands River Lodge


  • 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!

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

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.