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THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN SOUTHERN HWANGE!

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IMVELO LAUNCHES HORSE RIDING AS AN EXHILARATING NEW ACTIVITY TO ENJOY WHILE ON SAFARI AT BOMANI OR CAMELTHORN!

There has never been a better time to visit Zimbabwe and Imvelo Safari Lodges are thrilled to announce the launch of daily horse riding activities for guests enjoying a safari at Bomani and Camelthorn Lodges in the south of Hwange National Park!

7 magnificent and well trained horses are making their way to their new stables on the Camelthorn Concession ready for this fantastic new activity to kick off on the 1st March 2018.

NEW!! *** STIMELA STAR***

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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 2018 and 2019.

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Please note the following dates:

1. Eagles Crag – closed from 01 May until 31. August 2018. (4 months)
2. Riverdene – closed from 01 May until 31 August 2018. (4 months)
3. Long Lee Manor – closed from 01 November 2018 until 30. November 2019 (13 months)
4. Sarili – closed from 15 January 2019 until 15 December 2019 (11 months)

Following camps are not affected:

5. Lobengula Lodge und Bayethe Tented Lodge open
6. Explorer Camp – only bookable from October until the end of April

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.

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!

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.

an unforgettable tour through Botswana

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For those who fancy a tour through Botswana will meet their expectations with our partner Under Botswana Sky!

To get to know the different regions of Botswana you can ideally combine the following lodges and gain an extraordinary impression of Botswana`s unique landscape.

  • Chobe Safari Lodge oder Chobe Bush Lodge
  • Moremi Crossing oder Gunn`s Camp
  • Pom Pom Camp
  • Nata Lodge
  • Gunn`s Camp
  • NEW Camp ***Rra Dinare

Furthermore, camps like Lebala, Tau Pan and Nxai Pan will add to an unforgettable holiday!

One option would be the Green Desert Safaris package of 4-12nights, however the camps can also be booked individually.

Under One Botswana Sky also offers following popular packages:

Honeymoon & Romance Safari    6 nights (3 nights Pom Pom Camp + 3 nights Gunn`s Camp)

Photographic Package Chobe       2 nights (Chobe Safari Lodge or Chobe Bush Lodge)

Family Safaris                                    6 nights (3 nights Pom Pom Camp + 3 nights Chobe Bush Lodge)

Wilderness Camping from Gunn`s Camp / Moremi Crossing only possible between April/ Oktober

LETAKA Safaris-mobile camping

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We would like to introduce you to our partner Letaka Safaris who offers mobile safari tours at various campgrounds in different regions of Botswana. For example: Central Chobe in Chobe National Park, Khwai Concession, Xakanaxa Region or even the Central Kalahari are part of the mobile safari.

BUT: this is camping at a high level! A dedicated care-taker team from Letaka looks after the guests at all time. Spacious tents with ensuite shower and toilet are set up by the team and the camps` chef cooks daily meals. In the evenings,you can enjoy a freshly prepared 3-course menue. A bush guide will always accompany you at your bush rides. He will show you the most beautiful places of Botswana during the game drives and will pass on his knowledge of nature and wildlife to you.

Has this description drawn your attention? For more information please call or send us an email. We will happy to send you more details.

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/