Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

Safari Season Specials

 

There has NEVER been a better time to visit the bush. Some lodges are even offering ‘whisper rates’ – ‘Shhhh – they seem to be saying – don’t tell anyone, but now is the best time to travel to the bush with the most affordable rates.’

Whether it is to rekindle a romance with your partner, reconnect with nature and the family, do that bucket list safari – Covid has forced the question if not now, then when?

We have just returned from a recent visit to the bush to reconnect with lodges and bring our clients the most up-to-date information. Each lodge we stayed in was different and yet superb.

We visited Timbavati, Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands and at each distinctive property were impressed with their up-to-date Covid protocols, the guest experience, and the sheer delight of the staff to welcome clients.

Highlights were too many, but picture a day where on a walking safari you get to track a white rhino on foot with a superb guide and local tracker, relax next to an azure swimming pool overlooking the mountains and then have the chef personally deliver a scoop of artisanal praline ice-cream to your day bed.

Seriously next level.

Or you are watching a leopard devour the bloody remains of an antelope kill up a tree in the spotlight when a pack of hyenas, followed by a pride of lions brush past your open safari vehicle.

Seriously goose-bump stuff.

It is always a treat to dine outdoors. A traditional boma, is a wonderful round reed enclosure, lit by paraffin lamps with a glowing fire in the centre and the opportunity for perfect star gazing after your meal. Add to that, the distinctive sounds of a jackal or lion in the dark…

Seriously off-grid and connected to nature.

Our value proposition as inbound luxury tour operators is to share our insider, on the ground, up-to-date product knowledge and match every client to the best property – for them.

During COVID, South African clients who book through Vindigo Travel will pay no more than lodge rates and get the benefit of our professional service.

With safari season fast approaching please contact us today for a quote. See www.vindigotravel.com.

My Octopus Learner – aka Craig Foster of My Octopus Teacher fame which is shortlisted to win an Oscar for Best Documentary, just happened to be staying at De Hoop when we recently visited. He regularly goes out with the field guides who conduct the fascinating and enlightening marine walks.

The pinnacle of luxury is Morukuru Beach Lodge and Ocean House – perfect for a treat weekend away with good friends. In fact Morukuru’s slogan is ‘Sharing our passion in creating memorable moments for you!’. There is plenty to do from sand boarding to snorkelling in hippo pools to just enjoying the delicious food, Dutch bath (The owners are from Holland) and a special romantic surprise candlelit bubble bath.

Talking of wine, the southernmost vineyards on the African continent are to be found a short drive away and number some absolute winners.

Hidden Gems:

A safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most and we are so fortunate to have such a vast variety of offerings in South Africa. With that being said it can become quite a challenge to handpick your favourite lodges out of so many amazing properties. That is why we always have our hidden gems to give our clients an inside guide to the very best experience.

Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park  – Set on the banks of a riverbed, this luxurious tented camp is shaded by majestic trees and overlooks a watering hole that attracts wildlife from dawn until dusk. Here you will experience ultimate luxury, award-winning cuisine, incredible wildlife sightings, and an authentic bush camp experience complete with local Shangaan trackers and guides. This truly is a life-changing experience that we highly recommend you tick off your bucket list.

Luxury Lodge in Private Concession, Kruger National Park  – This lodge is an architectural icon in the safari world. The interiors are as spectacular as the lodge’s dramatic situation serving panoramic vistas across the river and climbing hills beyond. However, it is not only its looks that could kill… Extraordinary food and wine with exceptional attention to detail meet the next level luxury only to offer the best of the best in South African Safari.

All our tours and experiences are private, ensuring optimal health and safety for our valued clients.

Vindigo Travel only partners with suppliers that have strict Covid protocols to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

Please contact welcome@vindigotravel.com to help curate your next memorable journey.

Yours in travel,

Melissa

Melissa Sutherland
Chief Travel Curator, Vindigo Travel