There are many facets to one’s African adventure. The call of the wild and untamed, the thrill of the unknown, stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. It all begins with the planning. Excitement builds while researching national parks, the culture of a destination and activities offered. Which season is best for wildlife, what to pack,
The arrival of spring is a welcomed time in Mana Pools National Park – for renewal, for transformation as well as an invitation for walking safaris. As winter mists and temperatures lift, curiosity awakens and the need for exploration rises. The landscapes of Africa warm with temptation, to rise with the sun and immerse in
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe resonates a timeless charm, one fringed in colonial architecture, wide roads and jacaranda trees. Being the second largest city in the country, it stands proud in its heritage; evident in its art galleries, museums, local markets and its people. One may explore the city on their own – however a day tour will
Wildlife has an innate and ancient knowledge of the African landscape, one which covers 1000’s of kilometres, across borders and deep into other countries. These pathways are part of their inner map, as well as their existence – necessary to access and traverse for survival and dispersal of the species, as well as the environment.
When one travels, one searches for different perspectives. We seek change. Of scenery, of mind, of conversation and stimulus. We also aim to change gear – to slow down, relax, reconnect. This is where a safari upon water holds its charm – in its invitation to unwind, floating alongside islands and national parks; its viewpoint
Located in northern Zimbabwe, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Mana Pools Safari Lodge provides a true ‘out of africa’ experience. It’s remote location deems the park largely untouched, the wild maintaining sovereignty. Being on the Eastern border of Mana Pools National Park, the area shares ancient wildlife corridors with Zambia, its grand
Elements of travel have shifted from outdoor exploration, to embracing discovery from within. Here we find our inspiration to plant the seeds for future journeys, nourishing our dreams and plans in our imaginations. Embodying the understanding of creating timeless links in an African journey, Hideaways offers experiences at properties which satiate the need for freedom.
As we move into the hotter months, activity is heating up around the waterhole at Camp Kuzuma. The water deposits throughout the bush are drying up as rainy season becomes a distant memory; our pan in front of the lodge transforming into a life-source. Botswana is renowned for its high summer temperatures – water an
Education is the currency of survival, however not an economy everyone has access to. This harsh truth pertains mostly to women and is exemplified for the local female residents in rural areas. One out of ten teenage girls throughout Africa’s most rural regions misses a considerable amount of school each year, as much as 25
Hideaways’ recently had the pleasure of hosting Gus le Breton, ‘African Plant Hunter’ at our Hwange National Parks property, Nantwich. Gus introduces us to the Lavender Croton – an aromatic as well as medicinal plant – great for dispelling odours and fevers alike! Nantwich is located in a remote part of Hwange, the flora and
Botswana is a country rich in both economy and culture. Its landscapes, people and tourism operations have much to offer, welcoming visitors with open arms, generally resulting in those who do visit leaving a piece of their heart behind to perhaps collect on a return journey. The wealth of the country draws people to its
Lake Kariba is a destination which holds a myriad of fascinations – from its wildlife, surrounding national parks and mountain ranges, the culture of the Tongan people, to its history. …the Kariba Dam Wall was built to harness the power of the mighty Zambezi River. An engineering feat, the lake was built in the 1950’s