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We are safari consultants; travel agents who specialize in Africa – only Africa.
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Blended Movie Filmed in South Africa
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s latest romantic comedy was filmed during June and July of 2013 at South Africa’s Lost City at Sun City. Scenes were shot at the resort’s animal park, within the Palace of the Lost City hotel, on the hotel’s pool terrace and in the Crystal Court restaurant - read more...

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp Update,
We finally have an opening date for the new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia!

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What Not to Wear on Your African Safari
A November morning ten years ago, give or take a year, I was waiting in the Johannesburg Airport for the Air Botswana flight to Maun, Botswana. Now the Johannesburg Airport is Africa’s busiest airport and nicer than many American airports. It is massive and modern, filled with businessmen and woman… it is not a 3rd world kind of experience. I was people watching when a couple caught my eye. After all the years I remember it as if it were an hour ago… a small smile formed on my face as I stared...

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Photos taken by Ultimate Africa's Marketing Director +Tim Cossette  while on #AfricanSafari at #Zarafa , #Selinda , #Botswana . 
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Situated on its own private game reserve the Stanley and Livingstone is pretty close to a 30 minute drive from the town of Victoria Falls. It takes about 15 minutes via a paved road to a turn off, and another 15 minutes on a dirt road to the hotel itself. As we drove up to the entrance gate I noticed an armed guard and a second one patrolling the property. As I walked from the vehicle I couldn’t help but to notice how beautiful the hotel was, on the outside it looks like a modest, yet expansive, brick building with a thatched roof, but inside you will find a beautifully designed and decorated hotel. It breathes colonial luxury as if European royalty came here on safari and never left. After a short check in I toured the hotel, taking time to examine all the furnishings, antiques and such. The carpet had a 1980’s Las Vegas casino feel to it but if the carpet is the only thing I can find fault with then the hotel is pretty nice in my book. Being the late evening, servers stood waiting in the dining room. As I walked by they both said hello and asked if I was ready for dinner. As I wasn’t hungry I continued downstairs to the spacious, and elegant bar. The bartender was extremely friendly – a good quality to have when one is a bartender! He mixed me a drink and I proceeded to walk outside onto the patio. I sat for an hour or so, sipping my drink, and enjoying the beautifully serene nighttime setting. Back on my feet I went to check out my room. Each brick walled, thatched roof, bungalow is comprised of 2 separate, private suites. Outside each is a patio with table and chairs. You enter into your lounge with comfortable couch, desk, TV, minibar, and coffee/tea station with a jar of cookies. I grabbed a cookie – superb! I opened the door from the lounge and entered the spacious bedroom. To my left was a large, comfortably looking bed and my bags sat on the luggage rack. Walking into the bathroom I was pleased to find a large shower and standalone bathtub. There were two sinks and toilet. The room also offered free wifi. Filling the tub I enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing soak. The next morning I stepped out of my room and took in the sweeping lawns and beautiful fountains. The hotel sits within a private game reserve (the hotel itself and its manicured grounds are surrounded by fencing as is the entire private game reserve). I noticed some zebra near a watering hole beyond the fence and if I would have had more time I would have gone on a game drive to investigate the wildlife, but alas, not on this visit. I walked up to the dining area and sat down for breakfast. I sipped my coffee and marveled at how great my eggs tasted. The whole meal was spectacular and the service was stellar. After breakfast, I proceeded back to the reception desk to checkout. Overall I really enjoyed my stay at the Stanley and Livingstone. The hotel itself is impressive but could use a renovation in the next couple of years. The service is stellar and the food great. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the location works well for someone looking to get away from the town. However it feels just a little too far away from town – the driving back and forth is a bit much. I prefer the location of the Victoria Falls hotel – you can see the Falls and walk into town to shop for curios. However the suite (all the rooms are suites) at the Stanley and Livingstone was much larger and I like the fact that you have the opportunity to see wildlife - other than baboons. 

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A Few Photos From Cape Town, South Africa
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