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BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCES IN AFRICA

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Dear Traveller,

bucket list
noun

  1. a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

Each new year presents a fresh opportunity to explore your bucket list. We have combined a list of our personal favourites and would like to share them with you. 

All of these can easily be included in your African safari itinerary. 

Wishing you and your family an adventure filled 2019.

Yours in travel,
Live 4 Africa Travel Team
“Passionate about Africa and service”

1. Spend a night under the stars on Safari

A luxurious treehouse beneath a canopy of stars is the ultimate bush suite built on stilts. This is an unique safari experience – one where you can feel immersed in the magic of romance in Africa. A starbed experience will be an unforgettable anniversary surprise or, for the wildlife adventurer wanting to disconnect form the day to day digital jungle.

2. Devil’s Pool in Zambia

Enjoy an exhilarating swim to the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls. The Devil’s Pool is usually open between mid August and mid January – depending on Zambezi water levels. The view from the edge is totally mesmerizing as you feel the force of the Zambezi flowing past you and crashing down over the precipice.

3. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda or Rwanda

Truly a once in a lifetime experience. The Mountain Gorilla is the world’s most endangered great ape and only found in protected forests in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. To see Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is every safari lover’s dream and a true bucket list experience. 

Coming face to face with a gorilla is an exhilarating feeling that is hard to describe.

Tip: Gorilla permits are very popular and not many permits are available and are sold out far in advance, especially in high season (June to September as well as from December up to February.). Pre-booked permits are essential. We recommend making arrangements to obtain permits long before your travel date. Let us know how we can assist. Permits in Uganda cost $600 and in Rwanda $1500. 
Have a chat with one of our African safari to assist with arrangements.

4. Float on a Mokoro in Botswana

The mokoro is a traditional canoe-like vessel commonly used as a mode of transport in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. To go on a mokoro safari is very popular activity among travellers seeking the opportunity to fully experience the sound and sights of nature without running the risk of scaring wildlife off with a motor. A mokoro experience is about 2 – 3 hours long and will end with sundowners on land admiring the beautiful African sunset. Guides are highly knowledgeable about the surroundings. Perfect experience for keen photographers. 

5. Luxury Mobile Camping Safari in Botswana

Comfortable mobile camping allowing to get even closer to the African wilderness. The entire journey will be hosted by an experienced guide offering an engaging experience throughout the ‘glamping’ adventure. 

6. Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti in Tanzania

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti National Park in a hot air balloon. Rise at dawn and float in whichever direction the wind steers you appreciating the magnificent panorama at bird’s eye-view over the Serengeti. End off with an incredible ‘champagne’ breakfast in the bush.

7. Giving Back – Cultural Tour in South Africa

Live 4 Africa Travel supports Uthando Social Development Projects in Cape, Town South Africa. Uthando (Love) offers authentic, uplifting, fun, inspirational, interactive and meaningful tours visiting the community projects with which Uthando is working and supporting.

The core focus of the tour however is visiting interesting, innovative and inspiring community development projects and the incredible people driving these projects.

These tours run as daily scheduled tours or private tours for groups of any size. On any given tour 3 or 4 diverse community projects are visited.

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IS AN INDELIBLE AFRICAN VACATION ON YOUR BUCKET LIST FOR 2019?

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Dear Traveller,

The year has almost come to an end and we trust 2018 has been kind to you. 

If visiting Africa is on your 2019 wish list, Live 4 Africa Travel would like to share three brand new & exciting travel ideas. 
Exclusive African luxury journeys that will allow you to experience Cape Town, the Kruger National Park, the Okavango Delta, Vic Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, Kafue National Park and the pristine Benguerra Island in Mozambique.

All of these journeys can be tailored to suit your unique travel needs. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful festive season. 

Yours in travel,
Live 4 Africa Travel Team
“Passionate about Africa and service” 

13 Day – Cape Town, Delta, Vic Falls, Hwange & Mana Pools Luxury Safari

Enjoy the many highlights that Cape Town has to offer; beautiful beaches, a foodies playground, vibrant nightlife and some of the best award-winning wines produced in the Cape Winelands
Start your safari at an intimate luxury safari camp in the remote and wild Okavango Delta; the Delta is a World Heritage Site and considered one of the most unbelievable wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.

Then journey to Vic Falls in Zambia to spend some time at a gorgeous lodge situated right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. There are plenty of wildlife to be seen particularly in the dry season and can be viewed while boating on the Zambezi River. Continue your safari in the memorable Hwange National Park. Hwange is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Here you will find one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, in particular large herds of elephant and buffalo especially in the dry winter months (from June to October).

End your adventure at one of the most remote and beautiful areas in Zimbabwe – Mana Pools. Mana Pools is currently very much in the spotlight due to the new David Attenborough series Dynasties on BBChighlighting the plight of the painted wolves. Be sure to give this series a watch.
Cost from USD 15,100 per person sharing
(price subject to rate of exchange)

11 Days – Luxury Private Island & Kruger Safari 

Stay at a brand new exclusive safari lodge in the Big 5 rich Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The Timbavati is adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park and is renowned for its excellent wildlife sightings. Spot wildlife from the comfort of your private suite. Experiences on offer are bush walks, game drives, bush breakfasts & dinners.
End your Africa vacation at Mozambique’s first luxury eco-boutique resort. Experience barefoot luxury on a pristine private island home to only three resorts. Benquerra Island is a snorkellers and diver’s paradise. This itinerary is suitable for families, honeymooners, adventure travellers & celebrating special occasions. 

Free night on us included at Azura Benquerra (valid for travel during 7 January – 15 December 2019)

Price from USD 8,010 per person sharing
(price subject to rate of exchange)

8 Day – Kafue National Park Safari

This itinerary offers three magnificent camps in Kafue National Park, one of the largest areas of unspoiled wilderness. Each camp has its own character and style in different areas of the National Park making them completely unique.

Kafue is home to fantastic concentrations of common antelope species such as Puku, Lechwe and Wildebeest, but also comparative rarities not easily seen in most other places in Africa: roan, oribi, secretive sitatunga and hartebeest. Kafue is also home to lion, cheetah and the painted dog (wild dogs). For the birding enthusiasts Ross’s turaco, grey crowned crane, Fülleborn’s longclaw and locust finches have been spotted in Busanga Plains. 

This safari allows for excellent game viewing with a rich diversity of wildlife, stunning landscapes and unspoiled wilderness. Photographers, nature lovers and adventure travellers… this one is for you!

Book & pay 50% before 31 March 2019 and get all road transfers, park fees and bed levies included. 

Price from USD 3,850 per person sharing

Luxury Tanzania Safari

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Gelle.

Had excellent flights home with a two day stop over in Paris. No delays or missed flights.!Just recovering from jet lag.Will complete the survey shortly. Thank you for organising this wonderful vacation.Val and i must say that with Titus as our driver and guide for the Safari we lucked out with what must have been one of best guides available. Truly a fantastic and dedicated person. He made the Safari portion of our vacation one to always remember.Thank you again  ( and Carrie) for the organisation of the vacation.

With Best Regards Ed and Val Godman Now renamed as Babu and Bibi.

P.S Thanks also for the several gifts that were waiting for us.Teas, Coffee, and gift basket etc

Everything has exceeded our expectations

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Hi Gelle, 

We want to thank you so much for organizing such an incredible experience for us. We are having a fantastic time!! Everything has exceeded our expectations.Thank you also for the lovely gifts. We love them and appreciate your thoughtfulness. I’ll send some photos later in the trip.I hope you had a nice Christmas

Best regards,The Godman family ( Dec 2018 Luxury Tanzania Safari )

Tanzania E – Visa

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It is now easier to travel to Tanzania with the launch of a new electronic e- visa service offering a streamlined way to secure a visa before travel . Visas on arrival are still available to passport holders who were previously eligible for this, however please note that the Tanzanian Government has stated they hope to phase these out in time, making the e-visa a requirement in future. https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa?utm_source=Agent+Partners+Newsletter&utm_campaign=317dc1d68f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_14_06_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f708d0c9f5-317dc1d68f-143068109

Applicants will be notified through their e-mails whether their applications have been accepted or rejected. You may also TRACK your application statuses through the online system. Applicants may be required to visit the nearest Tanzanian Embassies or Consular Offices for interviews.

No Day Zero for 2019 if appropriate water restrictions are maintained

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN

28 JUNE 2018

STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

No Day Zero for 2019 if appropriate water restrictions are maintained

Summary 

  • At this early stage of the winter season, our dam levels are already in a much stronger position than we were at the end of winter last year
  • Provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, the City is confident that there will be no prospect of reaching Day Zero in 2019
  • While we hope to reduce the current water restrictions in the near future, and the tariffs associated with them, this decision is dependent on National Government relaxing restrictions on releases from the water supply system 

The levels of the dams supplying water to Cape Town have been rising consistently and significantly over the past six weeks. As at today, total dam storage capacity is at just over 43%, and we still have more than two months of expected winter rainfall ahead of us. Over the last few months, our collective water usage has been around 520 million litres per day. 

This may be compared to the situation at the end of winter last year, when dam levels were at 38% and consumption was over 600 million litres a day. 

Having analysed this new data, we are now in a position to state that not only have we managed to avoid Day Zero this year, but we will also safely get through summer in 2019. This is due to the amount of water already in the dams, our intense water demand management programmes, our unrelenting communication, awareness and the behavioural change it has effected over the past two years, as well as the continued support and sacrifice of Team Cape Town. 

We have shown what we can achieve if we all pull together and work towards a common goal. I would again like to thank all Capetonians for their enormous water conservation effort this past summer. It was our combined effort that ensured that we got through the summer without running out of water.  

I know that it has been very difficult for both private residents and businesses to operate under the current stringent restrictions and that many sacrifices have been made by millions of residents. We hope that continued rains will enable a progressive reduction in the stress felt by all. 

While we hope to reduce the current restrictions in the near future, and the tariffs associated with them, that decision is dependent on National Government relaxing restrictions on releases from the water supply system. If the National Department of Water and Sanitation agrees to relax restrictions, we expect to be in a position to proceed with a stepped reduction of water restrictions and the associated tariffs. 

Until then, let us all please keep up the good work and keep saving water for a little while longer. We have to ensure that we make a permanent change to our approach to water usage. 

What has changed since January 2018

At the beginning of the year, we were in the extended stages of a devastating, deepening and unprecedented drought. For three years in a row, our rainfall had been significantly lower than in previous years. The 2017 rainfall was the lowest in recorded history at only 40% of the long-term average. This resulted in a substantial decline in the levels of the six large dams that supply water to Cape Town, the surrounding municipalities and agriculture. 

In January, projections of the rate at which the dam levels were falling indicated that we could reach a level where emergency measures would have to be implemented in April 2018. This became known as Day Zero. This projection was made despite the fact that the City had already halved its summer consumption rate, from 1 200 million litres per day to 600 million litres per day. 

We did, however, have three things in our favour to ensure a rapid drought response: our pre-existing water demand management programme; our highly skilled engineers and professional staff; and the residents of Cape Town. 

These combined elements allowed us to reach the start of our winter rainfall season without running out of water. The reason we never reached that projection of Day Zero was due to the enormous effort and sacrifice of both urban and agricultural consumers to cut consumption levels even further throughout the summer. 

Due to the incredible water conservation efforts of our residents, and the ground-breaking interventions instituted by the City to reduce consumption, our dam levels bottomed out at 20% by the end of the summer. This was just 7% above the level at which we would have had to start restricting consumption to 25 litres per person per day. We still had capacity to spare at that time should the winter rainfall come late and be inadequate. 

Fortunately, the rains started early in our winter (May) and fell at rates closer to the average than in the previous years. It was only then that we could see that circumstances had changed. After some six weeks of good rain, we are now in a more favourable position that enables us to recalibrate our future projections and to make a much more accurate forecast for 2019. 

In short, almost half-way through our winter, we are already in a much stronger position than we were at the end of winter last year. 

Based on this information, and provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, we are now confident that there will be no prospect of reaching Day Zero in 2019. 

How Cape Town did it

We are now in a much better position, not only due to the encouraging rainfall we have seen so far, but also because of the incredible cooperation of our residents and due to the various technological and human interventions initiated by this municipality to drive down consumption. 

These included: 

  • the success of an extensive and dedicated communication, awareness and behavioural change campaign to encourage a behavioural shift among residents
  • the continuing roll-out of pressure management across the City, which is currently achieving savings of more than 62 million litres of water a day and climbing, as more pressure zones are created across the metro
  • the installation of water demand management devices for those who contravene water restrictions
  • a leak repair programme to minimise water losses, especially among indigent residents
  • steep tariff hikes
  • the City also took a holistic approach to managing the crisis and attempted to maximise all alternative water resources in a very short period of time. Thus, for instance, we looked at temporary desalination and increased extraction from springs, among others 

Looking ahead

While we hope at some point in the next few months to be in a position to relax the current restrictions, and the tariffs associated with them, this decision will have to wait until National Government relaxes restrictions on releases from the water supply system. 

I have requested a meeting with the National Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti, to discuss this and other matters pertaining to our future water resilience as a matter of urgency. 

Urban water resilience implies the capacity to anticipate, absorb, adapt, respond to and learn from shocks and stresses, to protect public health and well-being and the natural environment, and to minimise economic disruption. 

The experience of the past three years and the reality of greater rainfall variability than in the past has meant that we have had to adjust our approach towards what needs to be done to ensure our future resilience. Now that we have navigated our way through the immediate drought crisis, it is necessary that we review our water supply strategy and augmentation plans to ensure that what was devised in a period of crisis is appropriate for longer-term sustainability and resilience. We are in the process of reassessing our New Water Programme; in particular, our future water mix and the role of permanent desalination in the supply mix. 

In this recalibration, we are working closely with a number of local and international partners like the World Bank, the Stockholm International Water Institute, and the 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, to ensure that our revised programme provides the best possible response to our reality. 

We need to think very carefully about our long-term capital programme, particularly regarding permanent desalination, groundwater and water reuse and how this will impact on our budget and our water tariffs. 

In partnership with the custodian of water resources, the National Department of Water and Sanitation, we also need to address critical issues such as resource allocation and inter-basin transfers to ensure the sustainability of our water resources. Many operational challenges and deficiencies came to light during this drought.   

The City and National Government will need to sit down and work through these issues thoroughly to ensure that future drought management is effective and has minimal impact on economic activity and public well-being.  

At the same time, we need to ensure that our focus on behavioural change and attitudes towards water and demand management does not let up. As demand for water grows, it is not only diversification of supply that is required to address future risk, but also a sustained campaign to entrench the behaviour changes we have seen over the past months. 

Until such time as we are able to reassess our situation, let us all therefore continue to implement these changes and keep saving water. 

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.

 

AIRLINK ENHANCES CAPE TOWN TO HOEDSPRUIT ROUTE

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In order to be able to address the concerns raised by the trade and lodges as to the late arrival in Hoedspruit, which has impacted guests’ afternoon game drives, Airlink’s revised schedule will depart Cape Town International at 10h50 (was 12h20) and arrive in Hoedspruit at 13h20 (was 14h50) and depart again from Hoedspruit at 14h00 (was 15h20) and arrive in Cape Town at 16h40 (was 18h00) Mondays to Sundays.

From September 2018, Airlink will introduce one of its 98 seat Embraer 190 E-Jet to the route which will provide customers with enhanced comfort by way of 92 economy class seats with a generous seat pitch, and 6 expansive business class seats. The E-Jet cabin layout features two plus two abreast seating, with large eye-level windows allowing in lots of natural light, and ample overhead bin space to accommodate carryon items. Every seat offers either a window or an aisle option.

Airlink looks forward to setting a new standard for guests using its services on the route.
Airlink apologizes for any inconvenience or disruption caused to customer itineraries due to these additional schedule changes, but we are confident that these enhancements will resolve all concerns raised in regard to the previous schedule.

(credits: www.flyairlink.com)

Airlink enhances Hoedspruit route (Kruger National Park)

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Airlink confirms that it will from 19 June 2018; introduce further enhancements to its Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and Cape Town to Hoedspruit services. Additionally, on 1 August 2018 Airlink will add a second flight between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit, in response to market requests, for additional capacity and convenience.

The revised flights will depart Johannesburg International at 13h00 (was 11h50) and arrive in Hoedspruit at 14h00 (was 12h50), and depart again from Hoedspruit at 14h30 (was 13h20) and arrive in Johannesburg at 15h30 (was 14h20), Mondays to Fridays. Flights from Cape Town International will depart at 12h20 (was 11h15) and arrive in Hoedspruit at 14h50 (was 13h45) and depart again from Hoedspruit at 15h20 (was 14h20) and arrive in Cape Town at 18h00 (was 17h00). The current flight schedule on Saturdays and Sundays will remain the same, due to Hoedspruit Airport operating hour constraints.

The supplementary morning flights commencing in August will depart Johannesburg International at 09h50 and arrive in Hoedspruit at 10h50 Mondays to Sundays. The flight will depart Hoedspruit at 11h20 and arrive in Johannesburg at 12h20.

Airlink apologizes for any inconvenience or disruption caused to customer itineraries due to these schedule changes, as we continue to enhance our schedule to match our customers’ requirements.

(credits: www.flyairlink.com)

When is the best time to visit South Africa?

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South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world showcasing breathtaking scenery, a rich wildlife population, many diverse cultures and a comfortable climate.

South Africa has two very different rainfall patterns. In the Western Cape the rainy season is during winter – June, July and August. The remainder of the country has summer rains.

So, when is the best time to visit South Africa? We rather recommend determining what you would like to see when deciding on a timeframe to come visit South Africa.

Seasons in South Africa:-
Spring: starts September to November
Summer: starts December to February
Autumn: starts March to May
Winter: starts June to August

June, July and August are the best months for game viewing on Safari as the dry weather attracts the animals to the waterholes. On the other hand, during September and October, the animals drop their young.

The best beach weather is late Spring to early Autumn. Mid-summer offers the hottest weather, but it is also a very busy time with inland holidaymakers visiting the beautiful coastline.

Namaqualand flowers in the Western and Northern Cape are best seen in spring – September to November.

Whale watching season is from June to the end of October.

The best seasons for hiking are spring and autumn when the weather is mildest.

Whether you are discovering the many gourmet restaurants; art & nightlife scenes, white beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines around the picturesque Cape Winelands – whichever time you come, South Africa will not disappoint in any way!

Wildebeest Migration

Kenya: One of Africa’s Finest Gems

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Why visit Kenya?

This country has many world famous national parks of which most boast the Big 5.

Kenya has a variety of ethnic groups of which the Masai with their intricate beadwork and striking red robes are probably the most well known.

The great migration is probably the most graphic example of Kenya’s fame when annually hundreds of thousands of Wildebeest, Zebra and other game migrate across the great the Serengeti.

Types of Safari you can experience in Kenya:

  • Fly-in Safari staying in luxurious accommodation tailored to the travelers specifications
  • Hot air balloon Safari
  • Private tour with an experienced & knowledgeable local guide
  • 4 x 4 Safari
  • Accommodated or camping overland (for the more budget conscious traveler)

When is a good time to visit Kenya?

There are two rainy seasons in Kenya – the long rains of March and April and the short rains of October through to December. During the rainy season the park roads can become challenging to pass and with the rains the mosquitoes are also more prevalent.

The dry season is the best for game viewing as the animals are forced to congregate at the waterholes ensuring sightings during certain times of day.

From June to October the annual Wildebeest migration takes place with thousands of animals coming from the Serengeti in July to October into the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Kenya Safari options: (please click on below links)

6 Days Amboseli, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Budget Safari

13 Day East Africa Luxury Lodge Safari

8 Day Kenya & Tanzania Luxury Tented Camp Safari 

13 day Kenya & Tanzania Overland Adventure