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With its rich cultural heritage, dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches and spectacular wildlife, Africa is the perfect honeymoon destination. With each country offering something unique, how do you choose which one to visit? For their honeymoon, Billy and Jenny Peat chose to combine the best Africa has to offer — South Africa, Kenya and Zanzibar — on an epic 35-day romantic getaway. We caught up with them after their return to the UK.
What an incredible start to the New Year! January 2022 pulled out all the stops for us, and guests on our Kruger Park safaris were treated to some wonderful wildlife sightings. Leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs, lion cubs, African wild cats and one of the best sightings we've ever had of Casper, the wild white lion of Kruger.
December is the height of summer in Kruger with daytime temperatures soaring to well over 30° C (up to 90° F). A lot of the wildlife we spotted on our game drives seemed unperturbed by the hot weather, though. Zebra stallions put on quite a display play fighting and we also spotted boisterous elephant bulls engaged in a wrestling match. December also sees the return of migrant birds to Kruger.
Before we say goodbye to 2021, we'd like to take the opportunity to look back at some of the incredible wildlife sightings we were privileged to share with our safari guests on our game drives and reflect on their experience of what it was like to escape lockdown and go on safari. And those who watched from the sidelines, unable to travel but following us on social media for their daily update from the African bush? We're also looking at what your favourite 2021 posts were.
The cat's out of the bag! November really could be the best time of year to go on safari in Kruger. We've always loved how the bush comes alive after the first rains in November. Flowers bloom, leaves turn green and baby animals abound. Everything smells fresh and new and there's a feeling of anticipation in the air.
If you were one of the lucky ones who managed to escape the onset of autumn in the northern hemisphere for an October safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year, you would have enjoyed a daily average of 8.8 hours of sunshine, temperatures well over 30°C and cheetah cubs, baby warthogs, rhino and elephant calves and leopard cubs sightings.
The Great Wildebeest Migration is the largest mass overland migration of wildlife on Earth and the sight of two million wildebeest, zebra and other species moving through Kenya's Masai Mara and Tanzania's Serengeti is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you're unlikely to forget. But how does the migration work and when is the best time to go on a migration safari?
September is a fantastic time to go on a Kruger safari. It's the end of the dry season and just before the rainy season. The days are beautifully sunny and warm with temperatures ranging between 22°C and 30°C and there are wonderful wildlife sightings to be had. This year, we found a hyena den we returned to time and again, spotted a honey badger, witnessed a leopard making a kill and saw lions mating.
Kenya is finally off the UK's red list. With very low case numbers, huge game reserves and endless wide open plains, Kenya is arguably one of the safest places to vacation right now. A safari in Kenya is the ideal way to relax, recharge and shake off your lockdown blues while immersing yourself in the beauty of nature.
August is the month African wild dog pups make their first appearance after the winter denning season, but the chances of spotting pups are slim. This year, we discovered a den site and were able to spend a great deal of time watching the wild dog pups explore their surroundings. And August had even more surprises for us in store ...
I learned a lot on my Kruger safari. I'm not talking about the obvious insights into wildlife and how important it is to preserve sanctuaries like the Kruger National Park for future generations. That's par for the course. I'm talking about rediscovering your inner child, meeting people who love what they do and why you'll be showered with love if you wear a German army parka to Kruger.
Is it safe out there? Should I travel this year or postpone my plans? What is happening in South Africa? Is it safe to travel right now? We've been getting these questions often during the pandemic. Let's unpack the risks and realities.