Hartley’s Safaris UK
+44 (0) 1673 861 600
Hartley’s South Africa
+27 (0) 11 467 4704
David Seaton Hartley, the founder of Hartley’s Safaris, passed away on the 15th July this year in hospital in Gaborone, Botswana.
David was a multi-talented man, always innovative, determined and passionate. He was a gregarious person who loved chatting and debating, particularly about Africa, her wildlife and wilderness but he was also just as comfortable and knowledgeable talking about stock markets, politics and any number of other subjects.
Always willing take an idea and run with it he was a pioneer of the safari tourism industry in Botswana and initiated many practices and ideas that are now followed throughout the industry. He was the first to introduce the use of VHF radios as the standard form of communication for tourism staff scattered across remote parts of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and was the first to keep his camps open during the end of year rainy season, something that no other safari operator had considered feasible.
David was born in the small South African town of Magaliesberg on 19 October, 1941. He married Tessa Barlowat the St Mary’s Church in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on the 20th April 1968, and they formed a strong team, in both life and business, until Tessa’s death in 1999. While David was the more flamboyant partner, Tessa always provided the quiet, solid support essential in effective teamwork. When Tessa became gravely ill David handed many of his business duties to colleagues so that he could nurse her through her final months.
David and Tessa are survived by their daughter Caroline, who inherited their love of animals and is devoted to her dogs, cats and horses.
In keeping with his broad array of interests David, with Tessa at his side, participated in many business projects and, at various times, was a farmer in the Cape Province, a sheep farmer, ran large irrigation schemes and ventured into many other projects as an entrepreneur.
One of their first forays into the tourism industry in Botswana was to form a partnership with Tim and June Liversedge in the building of a houseboat, dubbed the Sitatunga Houseboat, which was launched on the Okavango River near Shakawe in 1973. This was the only houseboat tourism operation on the Okavango at the time.
Although he was still busy with his projects in South Africa David also began building some of the first formal photographic-tourism safari camps in the Okavango Delta. Determined to fill his camps he did what came naturally to him – he rose to the challenge and started Hartley’s Safaris to ensure he attracted sufficient guests. Once Hartley’s started achieving this goal he then decided that best way of getting his visitors to some of the more remote spots was to fly them in – so he started anaircraft charter operation, one which is still in operation today. David himself, was a very competent flight having logged many hours flying for the South African Airforce and then later using his Beechcraft Baron as his main means of transport between his lodges in Botswana, South Africa and when exploring new destinations.
His love of Africa’s wilderness and wildlife was boundless and it was in wild places that he really felt at home. Although he and Tessa owned a beautiful homestead in Maun, Botswana, David preferred to live in a safari tent in the garden because it was closer to nature.
He never tired of finding new and remote places to visit and although he could have stayed with friends and colleagues at comfortable lodges all over Botswana he often chose to camp simply in small tents. On one memorable evening a lion decided to pop its head into David’s tent, an intrusion to which David responded by bashing the lion on the head with a heavy torch, sending the lion scurrying away.
His love of the wilderness is perhaps unsurprising because his great-great grandfather was the explorer and hunter Henry Hartley, who some historians believe visited the Victoria Falls before the famous David Livingstone. Livingstone is usually credited as being as the first European man to see the Falls and report on their existence to people in Europe and elsewhere.
Despite his gregarious nature David was also a maverick, and even his friends acknowledged that at times he could be difficult to deal with. This he countered through a fabulous sense of humour and strength of character, and a genuine love of entertaining guests from all walks of life and introducing them to the African bush.
Over the years he hosted many celebrities including Britain’s Prince Charles and Prince Bernard of the Netherlands.
David and Tessa ashes are buried together in the Hartley family cemetery on top of a hill in the Magaliesberg Mountains.
David Seaton Hartley - 19 Oct 1941 – 15 July, 2018. Tessa Hartley - 26 May 1945 – 24 August, 1999.
Jann Kingsley – friend, business partner and Director at Hartley’s Safaris.
The Jewel of Diani Continues to Shine
Some destinations are timeless; others are often well kept secrets. Lying south of Mombasa, Kenya, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Afrochic Diani is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveller who wants to simply ‘flop and drop’ and enjoy the spectacular views of exotic and ancient dhows in full sail.
Intimate and Singularly Personable This exclusively intimate hotel - with only 10 guest rooms each with their own en suite bathroom, balcony and sun-loungers - is singularly personable and highly individual.
In these days of large inventory beach hotels, Afrochic’s unique and eclectic style of interiors and designs makes a refreshing change from the standard alternatives.
Genuine Warmth - Attention to Detail From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be embraced by the understanding of what has made AfroChic the ‘sought-after’ destination for those seeking rest, relaxation and the personal touch.
Friendly and attentive staff is on hand to provide those little but special details that have become synonymous with an Elewana Collection property.
More Than Just an Incredibly Beautiful Beach Miles of expansive and near deserted beaches await discovery, and for those who wish a more active way to spend the day, an 18 hole Championship Golf Course is within three minutes’ drive from the hotel. Local boutiques, spas, and craft markets are a short ride away, and day trips to Shimba Hills Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary add to the Kenyan coastal experience.
The Perfect Romantic Retreat AfroChic is certainly one of Africa’s best kept secrets. It is a marriage of romance, African style and all that is best in East African hospitality. AfroChic is certainly a jewel in the Elewana Collection, and one that continues to shine brighter than ever.
Activities & Experiences
With the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Tortilis Camp is widely regarded as the prime location for witnessing the majesty of snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree that surrounds the camp, the Acacia Tortilis.
Amboseli is also known for its magnificent elephants – a population of over 1500 elephants, and some of Africa’s largest, reside in the park’s unique eco-system. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals all take place both inside the Amboseli National Park and within a private 30,000 acre game concession, offering fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.
Tortilis Camp guides are based in camp in Amboseli, and know their backyard intimately. More than half are Maasai, and have a combined Tortilis Camp guiding experience of 80 years- our head guide has been at Tortilis Camp since it opened! All the guides are Gold, Silver or Bronze level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified.
With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, each of Tortilis Camp’s 16 tents has a glorious view of the mountain. Each makuti-covered tent consists of a main bedroom with twin or double beds, en-suite bathroom and a spacious verandah. Let us know if you require twin beds or double bed.
[All tents can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16 yrs only]
With outstanding views of Mt Kilimanjaro, enjoyed from the comfort of your own private family verandah, Tortilis Camp’s new Family Tent is another great addition to this child-friendly safari camp in Amboseli.
The Family Tent consists of one double en suite bedroom, one twin en suite bedroom, and a spacious private verandah.
Featuring a brand new swimming pool shared with the Private House.
[Both bedrooms can fit one extra bed for children under the age of 16 years only]
With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, Tortilis Camp’s Private House has a glorious view of the mountain. The Private House consists of one en-suite double bedroom, one en-suite twin bedroom, and a spacious sitting / dining room with verandah. Featuring a brand new swimming pool shared with the Family Tent.
[Both bedrooms can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16 yrs]
A first in Kenya
Tortilis Camp has open game drive vehicles, the first camp to use open vehicles in a National Park. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. The vehicles are unrivalled with feature enhancements specifically designed for comfort and photography – open sided with 3 rows of seats, photographic equipment stands, and charging sockets. Clients will share game drives unless “exclusive use of vehicle” has been pre booked at an extra charge.
With only 10% of Amboseli National Park utilized by most safari vehicles, combined with Tortilis Camp’s unique location on the western edge of the park (most lodges are outside of the eastern gate of the park), guests can enjoy an almost private Amboseli. We also have private game driving within our own 30,000 acre Kitirua Conservancy, which is the western part of the Amboseli ecosystem.
Segera Retreat lies on the grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau, its six timber and thatch villas raised above a profusion of botanical life looking out to Mount Kenya. Each large, en-suite bedroom has a private sun deck with sun loungers and a swing bed and a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom.
The gracious Segera House and Villa Segera boast even greater privacy and luxury. The main area comprises the Paddock House, Wine Tower and renovated stables, complete with bar and dining room filled with contemporary African art from the Zeitz Collection.
Wildlife at Segera Retreat
Laikipia forms part of the 56 000-square-kilometre Ewaso ecosystem with a wildlife population density comparable only to that of the Maasai Mara. As well as supporting the Endangered patas monkey, African wild dog and 40% of the world's remaining Grevy's zebra, Segera has good densities of lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, elephant, buffalo, eland, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx. There is also a wealth of plains game. The number of bird species recorded in the area totals 365.
Things to do at Segera Retreat: All activities showcase their sustainability values.
This interactive experience allows you to learn about the activities on Segera and beyond. Part natural history museum, part art museum, part dreamer’s exhibition, a comprehensive tour will inspire you about the possibilities of holistic sustainability.
Wildlife can be viewed from 4x4 vehicles. Roaming freely through Laikipia, the area boasts the second highest density of wildlife in Kenya, including endangered species such as patas monkeys, Grevy’s zebra and wild dog.
Set out under the African sun on foot and take in the beauty of the landscape and all the wildlife and birdlife it has to offer.
Spend time at our hides or look-out points and watch as the natural rhythms of the savannah play out before you.
With such diverse and beautiful landscapes in the greater Segera area, it would be a shame to miss taking a picnic or sundowner out in the African bush.
Visit the local community, which offers a unique opportunity to learn from and about the people of Laikipia, their centuries-old traditions and ways of life.
Spend a magical and romantic evening out on your swing bed in the botanical garden or at the cattle ranch and soak up the African night.
Our culture of wellness is an experience that nourishes your entire being. The spa suites are complemented by the Rasul Tower with steam bath, saltwater swimming pool at the Retreat and a gym with state-of-the-art equipment.
Enjoy regular exhibitions of locally and internationally acclaimed artists which allow you the rare opportunity to view the private contemporary African art collection of Segera’s owner.
With many fantastic indoor and outdoor settings, dining is seen as an experience at Segera. What’s more, our internationally recognised chef delivers delicious healthy meals from home-grown, organic and free-range ingredients.
Scenic light aircraft or helicopter flights can be arranged, offering a bird’s-eye view of the incredible landscape and insights into the ecosystem. Flying is one of best ways of appreciating the scale and diversity of the Laikipia Plateau.
The jewel in the Governors’ Camp crown – this camp is for those who want an exclusive taste of the Governors’ experience. Private Camp can either be booked by one family or group at a time, so it’s yours to enjoy, as the name suggests, in private, or it can be booked on a tent by tent basis to share with others.
We’ve picked a spot where animals come to drink, hippo laze in the shallows, elephant bring their calves for a playful dip. The forest around the camp is home to many beautiful birds from rare Trogons and Turacos to nesting Hornbills. Personal attention is the hallmark of a stay here. Your manager is also your host and is on hand to see to all your desires and answer all your questions. You benefit from our very best guides and trackers, whose knowledge of the Reserve is unsurpassed. Backed by the vast resources of the Governors’ Family of Camps this is the ultimate safari.
We accept individual bookings at Governors Private Camp which means you can book a tent and share the camp with others. The camp will still be available for private groups too, in order to book the whole camp privately you must book and pay for 6 tents for a minimum of two nights or if your group will occupy more than 6 tents, you must book and pay for every tent occupied.
Property Location: Masai Mara
Only eight tents ensure peace and privacy at Governors’ Private Camp. Large comfortable tents are designed to offer guests the traditional safari experience of times gone by. The tents are luxurious with handmade furniture.
Private Camp bathrooms have hot and cold running water shower and basins and flush-toilets. The tents at the Private Camp are positioned on wooden platforms with extended verandahs. There is electric lighting in the tent and charging facilities and a new bar and dining tent overlooking the Mara River with wifi. The food is delicious; our desserts have been called "sinful", and the drinks all free, except for champagne. Meals are served on fine china and crystal. You can even tailor your own menus with our Executive Chef. Governors’ Private Camp is booked exclusively by one family or group; the minimum requirements are four pax to book the Private Camp for three nights.
Masai Mara Activities
Your journey at a glance:
Rediscover the spirit of adventure as you explore the magnificent Laikipia Plateau on foot, following in the footsteps of explorers of old and camping beneath open skies. Learn the finer details of the bush and experience the traditional lore of your local Samburu guide. Follow the tracks of kudu or zebra and listen to the ancient songs of the Samburu as they water their livestock.
Swim in the cool waters of Africa’s rivers and spend warm nights beneath unbelievably starry skies. Climb to the top of rocky outcrops to admire vast views of endless open spaces and feel your sense reawaken as your nostrils fill with the scent of Africa’s dust. Gain a feel for the land and the wildlife of Kenya before ending your adventure among the spectacular wildlife of the famous Masai Mara.
Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights Cost: From USD 5 443 per person sharing Region: Nairobi, Laikipia and the Masai Mara
What to expect …
SPEND LUXURIOUS NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS SLEEP OUTDOORS ON A STAR BED
The essence of sleeping outdoors on a Star Bed
Luxurious comforts and nature combine to offer a completely novel safari experience. The Loisaba Star Beds is a unique accommodation option in the remoteness of the Laikipia Conservancy. Here, thatched suites open onto raised platforms that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness. Each evening, guests can retire to romantic four-poster beds that have been rolled out onto the deck, and lulled to sleep by nature’s chorus, under a canopy of twinkling stars – truly memorable!
Perched on a rugged rocky kopje, the Loisaba Star Beds boast panoramic views over a lush rolling valley and a permanent waterhole that is always bustling with fascinating wildlife. Completing the natural surrounds the Star Beds are built with a rustic nature in mind and blend in seamlessly with the craggy landscape. Offering a sumptuously comfortable sitting area, and open plan bathroom with spectacular views, this is the ultimate extravagance.
Lounge mesmerised in your resplendent comforting bed as the first rays of the golden sun strike the rugged plains of the wild things. Be a witness to the heaving of the earth as she awakens and trembles, and the terrain abundant with creatures great and small rouse to a new dawn.
A myriad of activities awaits you and what a glorious thought, that at the end of your beautiful day you will rendezvous around the log fire in the delightful Star Beds lounge, and share your incredible stories of the enchanting African bush.
The spirit of Loisaba Bush Camp
Tucked away within a rocky outcrop of the renowned Laikipia Wildlife Conservancy is the charming Loisaba Bush Camp; a fantastic safari concept that allows guests to really immerse themselves in the splendour of the African wilderness. Here, comfort meets nature. Consisting of a thatch-roofed accommodation and a raised platform that commands exceptional views of the Laikipia valley, guests can retire to a novel star bed; a luxurious four poster bed that is rolled out onto the uncovered platform each evening. The room also features a comfortable sitting area and an open plan bathroom.
Your hosts, traditional Samburu warriors, will enchant you with their warm hospitality. Days are spent exploring the wonders of the conservancy on interpretive game drives, horseback safaris or nature walks with a Samburu guide. In the evenings, toast a successful day of adventures around a roaring fire before tucking into a mouth-watering menu with your fellow guests.
What we love about Loisaba Bush Camp
Where the Chyulu Hills stretch out and touch the plains of Kenya’s Amboseli lays a private wilderness for which time has no meaning…
It began with a conversation between friends and has evolved into one of East Africa’s premier wildlife destinations. When Richard and Tara Bonham got together with Great Plains Conservation’s co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert to discuss a partnership proposal for ol Donyo Lodge, talk revolved around the conservation of this incredible, forgotten paradise. Wedged between Kenyas Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of the Chyulu Hills, this is a place of timeless wild beauty presided over by the magnificent summit of Africa’s greatest icon – Mount Kilimanjaro. Set on the Mbirikani Group Ranch – 275,000 acres of immaculate, private wild Africa bordering the foothills of the Chyulu Hills National Park – ol Donyo Lodge blends contemporary design with the rich culture and history of the people of this area – the indomitable Maasai.
The group ranch is owned by 4,000 Maasai and is leased from them by Great Plains Conservation. The full lease fee as well as a per person conservancy fee goes directly to this community on the understanding that they will ensure the conservation of the ranch and the wild animals which call it home. The result is an area rich in wildlife, where some of Africa’s last giant elephant bulls roam freely, where the haunting calls of leopards interrupt the night and where lion are being pulled back from the brink of annihilation.
The lodge itself was rebuilt in 2008 and sits in thick woodland on a gently sloping hillside with views out over the plains to a distant Kilimanjaro. Designed to merge your outdoor and indoor living, a series of unique suites and villas (no two are the same) appears to emerge from the arid landscape on either side of a palatial lounge and dining area. Six pool suites plus 1 two-bedroom family unit offers a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic accommodation, merging the landscape into each suite. All of the rooms have their own plunge pool and enjoy roof terraces where intimate “star beds” can be set up, allowing guests the thrill of sleeping in style under a canopy of endless stars while connecting with their sense of place and self.
SO YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO EXPLORE THE BEST OF KENYA, THIS CIRCUIT DOES IT IN STYLE!!
DAYS 1- 2 THE EMAKOKO, NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place. Although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions, namely its café culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum and most notably, just 20 minutes from the city centre, wild lions and buffalo roam in the Nairobi National Park.
Overnight: The Emakoko
The Emakoko is a luxury lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, bordering the Nairobi National Park. Great care has been taken to incorporate the beautiful fig trees which grow on the cliff where the lodge is situated. All rooms look straight over the river and into the Park.
The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy. Within 20 minutes of clearing customs they can now be viewing game in the amazing Nairobi National Park. The only “transfer” delays likely to be encountered en route to or from The Emakoko are the natural pauses to watch a pride of lions or waiting for a rhino or journey of giraffe to cross the road.
Whether you are enjoying an Emakoko cocktail in the viewing area or simply a coffee by the pool overlooking the river, relaxation is assured. There is also the chance to see the resident hippo, who also likes to keep an eye on you. He can be seen grazing on the lawn outside the rooms in the early evening or the morning.
DAYS 2 - 5 OL DONYO LODGE, CHYULU HILLS NATIONAL PARK
The Chyulu Hills National Park was formed between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks to protect this unique habitat and because of its significance as a water catchment area. A magical land of open grass plains and tree covered rolling green with Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. The Park is surrounded by miles of Maasai land, dusty, dry and stalked by scarlet cloaked herders and dust plumed cattle.
Overnight: Ol Donyo Lodge
ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, this stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse, and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
ol Donyo Lodge is a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic, merging the landscape into each suite. Designed for a wide appeal, the lodge is a perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or multi-generational groups. What makes it a standout is its notable variety of activities – from cultural visits, good quality wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Add to this the lodge’s creature comforts of fine dining, massage, infinity pool, star beds and multiple lounges, and it is a place to relax and unwind for days. Each suite has a private plunge pool, and two are connected for a ‘villa’ concept, perfect for families or couples traveling together. Constructed of local thatch and gunnite, the suites blend with the environment despite their commanding design.
The lodge’s main lounge, complete with grand stone fireplace, a small library, inviting open bar and expansive veranda are the place to rendezvous with new friends, and the local staff. The attached dining area as well as the nearby pool lounge/dining is where sumptuous meals are served, and good times abound. The main infinity pool, curio shop and office provide other diversions should exploring the area not be enough.
DAYS 5 - 8 MARA PLAINS CAMP OLARE MOTOROGI CONSERVANCY, MAASAI MARA
The Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife parks. The image of acacia trees on endless wildlife filled grass plains epitomises Africa for many. Add Maasai warriors and the conversation need go no further. The greater Maasai Mara Reserve offers unparalleled game viewing opportunities; large rides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional open game drive vehicle safaris and guided walking safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.
Overnight: Mara Plains Camp
Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind, seven tent camps located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This intimate camp blends the finest wildlife viewing with outstanding hospitality and guiding.
No other camp offers the extensive traversing area of Mara Plains Camp, with access to a total of 100,000 acres of private conservancy land as well as the world-renowned Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration.
Each of the seven tents has deep canvas canopied ceilings, rough-hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. The well-appointed en-suite facilities (including a deep copper bath) plus the extensive private verandah complete what is genuinely a stunning concept. Each guest tent has a set of professional Canon camera and a lens available for guest’s to use on a complimentary basis. Add in a pair of Swarovski binoculars, and it is impossible not to see and capture the region’s incredible wildlife scenes.
Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. There is only one guest bed per 350 acres, leaving the land unadulterated for the wildlife to roam and thrive, as nature intended. By day and night, the camp is a sanctuary for resident animals, including many of the Maasai Mara’s 300 bird species.
After dark, larger mammals frequent the camp and Maasai warriors escort guests to and from their rooms. Hippos snorting and leopards barking often provide the night’s chorus.
Mara Plains offers walking safaris and day & night game drives. Hot air ballooning is available, but should be booked in advance and is subject to availability and additional cost. Departures are very early in the morning to allow time to transfer to the nearest launching point. Night drives are particularly prolific in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and while they take patience, sightings commonly include lesser known nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts.
DAY 8 SAFARI ENDS
Fully inclusive of: accommodation (including Deluxe Pool Room at ol Donyo), conservation levy, scheduled wildlife activities (horseback riding is included in the rate at ol Donyo but excluded at Mara Plains Camp and Mara Expedition where is available at $250 per ride), meals, laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding champagne), return airstrip road transfers, flights between the camps and based on the itinerary starting and ending in Nairobi.
The Madikwe Game Reserve is just three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, and is located along the Botswana border. At 75,000 hectares, this reserve is one of the largest in South Africa. This, coupled with it being in a non-malaria area, has made it a very popular destination for families.The immense diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of animal species, and the distinctive topography presents incredible game viewing opportunities.
Madikwe is home to 66 mammal species and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species.
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
Welcome to our home! Lelapa literally means ‘family’, and this is exactly how we want you to feel – there is no restriction in terms of age or generation. You can expect warm hospitality; sublime comfort and a compelling charm which will make you want to stay forever.
Each of the 12 Suites are spacious, comfortable and ever respectful of the natural environment beyond. Indoor and outdoor showers, private plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace are just some of the added creature comforts to enhance Mother Nature’s subtle signature.
Madikwe Dithaba Lodge
Dithaba (meaning ‘mountain’ in the local dialect) is located slightly higher up and has a spectacular view over the open plains.
With only 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool), this Lodge is well suited to a group of friends or family members making it their own while on safari.
Or for those who simply prefer the sound of nature and little else.
Madikwe Kopano Lodge
Kopano-LodgeKopano directly translated means ‘small gathering’. The Lodge comprises just 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool) which share a magnificent common area. Fine dining to the hoot of an owl, the roar of a lion or the crazed whoop of a hyena is the stuff that dreams are made of. Salut!
The Motshabaesi Primary School
At Madikwe Safari Lodge they support, a school which serves 234 children from the Obakeng Village. Most come from very poor families, and do not stay with parents but with guardians (grandparents, aunts and uncles or members of the community). Many of these parents/ guardians are unemployed, and the only meals the children eat are those they get at the school. The government supplies the school with food on a weekly basis for this purpose.
Motshabaesi Primary consists of 4 classrooms and a couple of temporary container classrooms that accommodate between 30 and 50 learners each. There is no administrative equipment (which they are in desperate need of), or library. Despite being subsidised by the government, the school battles to support the children that they “foster” during the week.
This lodge’s pack for a purpose allows travellers the opportunity to donate and contribute to these care centres by looking at the wish list for the corresponding property that they are travelling to and bringing along any donations they can. This organisation ensures that each of the care centres has enough food, stationery, clothes, toys and much more.
Needs: General School Supplies; Text/Reading Books; Art Supplies; Computer Hardware/Software; Educational Games/Toys; Music Instruments; Sports/Outdoor Activity; Clothing/Shoes; First Aid/Health
Rhino Conservation Experience
Madikwe Game Reserve is committed to wildlife conservation, particularly when it comes to its critically endangered rhino species. To this end, the reserve has established The Honorary Officers Counter Poaching Unit (HOCPU), headed up by Phillip Hattingh. Madikwe Safari Lodge’s guests have the unique opportunity to contribute to, and experience, critical conservation in action through The Rhino Conservation Experience.
After an early morning wakeup call, followed by coffee/ tea and light refreshment, guests are transferred to Madikwe’s Airstrip to meet up with Phillip, park representatives and a veterinary specialist. Following a brief introduction on rhino conservation and an overview of the plan of action, the vet will depart in a helicopter to find and dart a rhino in the vicinity. Safari vehicles are in continuous radio contact, and remain on standby until the location of the rhino is called in. Guests are then transferred to the scene where the rhino is sedated, to participate in the process of gathering DNA samples and notching. The rhino is soon on its feet (sedated for no more than 10-15 minutes to minimise stress), now part of the reference book of identifiable rhinos within Madikwe’s population.
It is through this process that Field Guides are able to identify and record rhino sightings for the purpose of monitoring the health of the population. In addition, the DNA samples are sent to Onderstepoort so that each animal’s unique ID can be added to the national database. The recording of DNA is vital in order to gain convictions against poachers.
Cost per Rhino Notching Experience: ZAR 44,000 (for a maximum of 16 participants in 2 safari vehicles)
Includes: Cost of helicopter, veterinary specialist and access to dedicated park officials; the exclusive encounter with a sedated rhino; tea/ coffee and refreshments during orientation
Connect with people and conservation projects on luxury journeys that give back to wildlife and communities
Your journey at a glance Embark on an unforgettable 12-day philanthropic journey through the heart of Africa. Explore Nairobi, offering an abundance of exciting, diverse conservation experiences including adopting an elephant from the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and observing or hand-feeding the elegant Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Centre.
Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights Rate: From USD11 386 Region: Nairobi / Chyulu Hills / Lewa Downs / Masai Mara
Meet individuals from the Community Leaders Education Fund bursary programme, who are developing natural leadership potential and improving their career opportunities by studying at a local college or university. Tread across vast plains at Chyulu Hills National Park accompanied by a Maasai warrior, with tribal knowledge that spans over centuries.
Learn the traditional Maasai way of life and discover how they live in harmony alongside Africa’s majestic wildlife. Cherish the sanctuary at Ol Pejeta and Lewa Downs conservancy, a safe haven for chimps and rhino, and delve into initiatives by the Africa Foundation and &Beyond, grounded in community participation and driven by local leadership.
What we love about this journey:
The spirit of Lewa Safari Camp
Nestled within the sprawling Laikipia plains, the charming Lewa Safari Camp is set on the privately-owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; home to a splendid array of wildlife, and some of Kenya’s most spectacular scenery. Spacious and luxurious, each of the camp’s thatch-covered tents boasts a comfortable bed, lovely ensuite bathroom and private veranda. The guest areas overlook a popular waterhole and include a dining room, library, bar and an inviting sitting area with a fireplace. In between game viewing adventures, guests can retreat to the coolness of a sparkling swimming or enjoy a spot of game viewing from the camp’s hide. Adventures include twice-daily game drives, guided walks, Ngare Ndare forest excursions, horseback safaris and camel rides, as well as enchanting cultural tours.
What we love about Lewa Safari Camp
Campi ya Kanzi
The superb Campi Ya Kanzi eco-lodge is tucked away in a pristine, Maasai-owned private game reserve. Tented cottages and suites offer fantastic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Tsavo Hills and the Chyulu Hills. Constructed from canvas, stone and wood, each tent has a distinct and decidedly authentic character. All have private verandas that open out onto vistas filled with wildlife.
Like the menu itself, the dining area at the heart of the camp is a tasteful combination of European and Kenyan. Hearty Italian food (think homemade pasta, risotto and gelato) is accompanied by a wonderful selection of South African and Italian wines and is served in a cosy dining area that is open to the incredible landscape. Guests can sip on a sundowner and spy on game from the sitting room, which overlooks a nearby waterhole. Adventures include Maasai-guided walking safaris, game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, day excursions to Tsavo National Park or afternoons spent at the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
What we love about Camp Ya Kanzi
The spirit of &Beyond Bateleur CampTucked away at the foot of the scenic Oloololo escarpment (the rim of the Great Rift Valley) in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, is the classic and elegant &Beyond Bateleur Camp.
Here, amidst the reserve’s astounding year-round concentration of animals, including the Great Wildebeest Migration, guests can experience an unsurpassed wildlife experience.
This romantic and totally private camp reflects the ambiance of Kenyan safaris of the ‘20s and ‘30s and is situated below the scenic location where the famous final scene of the movie Out of Africa was filmed.
Adventures at &Beyond Bateleur Camp include twice-daily game drives, including spot-lit night drives. The camp also offers a range of additional activities such as bush walks, hot air balloon safaris and community excursions that include soul-tickling interactions with the Maasai.
Why we love it
Please click here to contact one of our consultants to assist you with a comprehensive itinerary
Travel with purpose in South Africa and be captivated by a meaningful journey of heart and experience personalised travel that gives back.
Your journey at a glance
Embark on an unforgettable 10-day philanthropic adventure through magnificent South Africa. Starting in &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, experience a fascinating community excursion offering a humbling opportunity to learn more about the wonderfully diverse communities of KwaZulu-Natal. Gain first-hand knowledge of various projects, aimed at improving education, healthcare and access to water, as well as the development of local businesses in the area.
Duration: 10 Days, 9 NightsRate: From ZAR 80 190 per personRegions: Phinda, Cape Town, Hermanus
Participate in a rhino notching experience and play an active role in rhino conservation. In Cape Town, interact with the locals on an authentic day tour, angled at any particular philanthropic interests. Move up the whale coast to the gorgeous town of Hermanus, where you will have the opportunity to meet future conservation leaders positively contributing to the region’s unique biodiversity at the Green Futures College on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
Choose to delve into the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and splurge on a whale watching trip, where conservationists will have a chance to showcase their marine conservation initiatives along South Africa’s magnificent coastline.
What we love about this journey:
‘Riding with heart’ on the Nedbank Tour de Tuli - Africa’s ultimate wilderness mountain bike experience.
All funds raised from the event are directly channelled into Children in the Wilderness.
Date: 02– 07 August 2018 Region: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Riding to change lives – The Nedbank Tour de Tuli is Africa’s ultimate mountain bike experience and the main fundraiser for non-profit organisation Children in the Wilderness (CITW). Riding routes will take you along ancient elephant trails, offering the opportunity of experiencing the wonderful scenery, cultural interaction, and wildlife sightings of these areas.
The annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli brings together riders from all walks of life to experience a thrilling adventure with a purpose. Since 2005, the Tour has hosted over 3 700 riders and raised over R20 million; this continued success has enabled CITW to host over 6 900 children and 400 teachers on its camp programmes, to train over 600 Eco-Club Mentors and teachers, and to award more than 400 scholarships to dedicated students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Itinerary:Riders will average between 60 and 80 km per riding day.
Meet your Hosts
Grant Woodrow Grant joined Wilderness Safaris in 1996 and has held a number of positions over the years, from working on the development of the world-renowned Mombo Camp in its infancy in 1999 to managing camps in the Okavango and Linyanti. Today, Grant works as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wilderness Safaris, managing our southern Africa operations.
Grant has been involved in the Tour since its start, some 13 years ago, and loves the camaraderie and beautiful areas of the countries where we ride. The Tour remains a highlight of his year – four blissful days of riding in pristine and wildlife-rich areas, it doesn’t get much better than that!
With a BSc degree in Zoology and an Honours degree in Wildlife Management, riders can look forward to Grant’s expertise when it comes to identifying fauna and flora along the way.
Derek de la Harpe Derek de la Harpe has more than 35 years’ experience working in southern and East Africa, with brief work stints in south-east Asia and Central America, during most of which he has been focused on wildlife and environmental conservation and ecotourism.
Derek is Wilderness’ Chief Sustainability Officer and its Commercial Director, overseeing sustainability, risk management, legal affairs and the Group’s aviation businesses. When it comes to mountain biking, Derek has taken part in a number of events both in Zimbabwe and South Africa. While he no longer races, he manages to get plenty of time in the saddle on his commute to and from work.
“The thing I love about the Tour is the atmosphere. The fact that this isn’t a race and that we are contributing to a great cause seems to infuse the event with a special vibe. And, of course, it is completely unique with those border crossings...!” Derek de la Harpe
Francis Antrobus Francis Antrobus works as the Chief Technology Officer at Wilderness Safaris. Despite being a technology guru, Francis is by no means your stereotype tech guy... He loves working for Wilderness Safaris, doing what he does best, while knowing that he’s part of a company that is changing lives and making a difference throughout Africa.
Always up for an adventure, Francis took off time earlier in his career to explore Africa on an overland trip from Cape Town to Ethiopia. Mountain biking is another passion of his and he tries to ride as often as possible. He even has a specific ‘date night’ with his bike!
Although Francis will be taking part in a number of races during this year, he is most excited about being on the Tour (his second one to date). He is looking forward to meeting like-minded people (and enjoying a few beers in camp after the day’s ride). Mostly he’s excited to be part of a group committed to making a difference to both communities and conservation in Africa.
BeneficiaryChildren in the Wilderness
It is our vision to develop sustainable conservation through leadership development.By exposing children to their natural heritage, Children in the Wilderness aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts and cares for our children, creates leadership values amongst them, and conserves our planet. In this way, we hope to inspire the children to care for the environment so that they can become the custodians of these areas in the future.
All funds raised by the Tour are channelled directly into Children in the Wilderness. Since 2005, the Tour has hosted over 3 700 cyclists and raised over R20 million. This has allowed us to host over 6 900 children and 400 teachers on our camp programme since 2001.
We have trained over 600 Eco-Club Mentors and teachers since 2009, with over 3 300 children currently participating in our Eco-Club programme in their local rural schools.