We have been exploring Southern and East Africa’s Extraordinary Experiences and inspirational destinations for almost 10 years. As part of our Extraordinary Experiences in Africa bucket list, we would like to introduce you to 2 of our most favourite, awe inspiring and off the beaten track experiences.
From seeing Africa’s great apes and extinct volcanoes in Rwanda, to staying in an exclusive private villa in the Kruger, horse ride on the beautiful beaches of Mozambique, stay in a shipwreck style luxury lodge situated in the very remote Skeleton Coast National Park…. there is nowhere like it on earth!
Meet with meerkats in their own habitat, go turtle tracking off the beautiful Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Stay in a Zulu Zen glass house on safari in a Big 5 private game reserve in South Africa.
5. Spend time with a meerkat colony on a luxury safari in the Khalahari, South Africa
The meerkat colonies at Tswalu are totally accustomed to human beings in close proximity. A member of the Tswalu team spends time with the meerkats every morning, so they remain accustomed to humans and are not fearful in their presence. All guests have the opportunity to experience their daily routine of waking up and to follow part of the colony going out to forage for food. On average, guests spend about 45 minutes watching these hilarious creatures prepare for the day. It is a great activity for photographers as they do a bit of posing before they head out foraging for the day. Combine your meerkat experience with a safari at Tswalu Kalahari. Tswala Kalahari is South Africa's largest private game reserve.
"I remember sitting on the floor close to the burrow with my camera and one of them strolling passed me within a meter of me and not vaguely worried about my presence."
6. Turtle tracking on the Elephant Coast, South Africa
Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland Coast, KwaZulu-Natal which forms part of the 332 000 hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.This 24 bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches.
Thonga Beach lodge offers fascinating nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of egg-laying turtles available to you between November and February. There is a good chance of seeing hatchlings in March. The purpose of the project is to monitor and record nesting populations of loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles along the eastern seaboard and simultaneously provide protection of the females during this vulnerable stage on the shore. Due to the concession legislation the lodge has access to the beach at the low tide mark for 4 hours and permitted to drive the length of the beach looking for the females and the hatchlings.
What an incredible experience it was as we sat beside a large Leatherback turtle in absolute awe as she layed her eggs. There must have been a 100 soft shelled white eggs in the shape of a ping pong ball. After she layed her eggs she covered them up with beach sand and slowly moved back to the ocean where she disappeared into the waves under the bright moonlight. I knew that I had just witnessed one of Life’s miracles. (Gelle)