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Explore our great continent with
a bold outlook, adventurous spirit
and romantic heart!

When we say “safari”, does it conjure up all the romance and adventure of a bygone era? Vintage maps, a glint of brass on binoculars, endless golden-grassed plains, a lone Maasai warrior standing proud on the horizon… faded khaki, worn leather and broad-brimmed hats, steamer trunks, walking sticks and handsome, brave safari guides… perhaps a small plane flying overhead, Robert Redford at the controls…

This newsletter introduces you to three boldly romantic and wonderfully audacious safari experiences. So get comfy and allow yourself to dream a little…

Cottar’s 1920’s safari camp in quintessential safari country, Kenya

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The Maasai Mara’s magic is enhanced by this legendary camp and its timelessly unspoiled setting; recalling an era of luxury and quality, here is where you return to the original spirit and essence of all you imagine when you think “safari”. That golden era of romance, adventure and elegance comes alive to provide an unparalleled safari experience. Since 1919, the Cottar family has provided guests with the highest standard of personalised and professional guiding. Calvin Cottar is a respected, well-liked and longtime friend and colleague of John’s and we’d love to put together a safari with these two greats! Mara to Mana… Imagine it!

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One of the most famous train journeys in the world

Rovos Rail celebrates 30 years of incredible train journeys on 29th April this year and we take great pleasure in celebrating with them! Here we introduce you to just one of their most wildly romantic and luxurious rail adventures, a fascinating “tour de force” that takes you from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Cape Town, South Africa or the other way round…

The Rovos Rail Dar es Salaam train journey is not only a wonderful itinerary for train enthusiasts, but it is also a unique safari experience, allowing you to experience the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion...
Sit back and enjoy the picture-perfect views!

This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. The sojourn begins in Cape Town, taking you to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, then on to the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria, followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve*.

Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests overnight at the gracious and historical Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, your train joins the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful bush walk. The train climbs to the Tanzanian border then descends into the Great Rift Valley, negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. Climbing again, it traverses the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa – before a colourful, bustling arrival in Dar es Salaam the following day.

*Or Kwa Maritane in Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Step off the train in Cape Town and take a little trip into the winelands!

We can recommend so many beautiful places in the Cape’s famous winelands regions, which date back 350 years, but somehow the history, beauty and all-round magnificence of Babylonstoren has completely captured our hearts.

Going back to 1692, this historic fruit and wine farm, with the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek mountains as backdrop, has a breathtaking 8-acre garden to gasp at. Its majestic layout and more than 300 varieties of edible or medicinal plants provide an irresistible excuse to work up an appetite for a splendid lunch at one of the two restaurants – the elegant Babel or more casual Greenhouse. You can stay at Babylonstoren, too and enjoy great activities - biking, wine-tasting, bread-baking, spa treatments, rowing, mountain drive, fishing and waking…

For everything else in the Cape – we have top knowledge of accommodations and activities – and a wonderful ground handler who will see to your every need, from privately guided peninsula tours to art galleries and museums, from any activity you can think of to one of our favourites – wine-tasting and gourmet cuisine.

It’s here! The official 2019 Platter’s selection of South Africa’s best wines.


We can arrange any of the above adventurous journeys for you – and there’s plenty more where these come from! We specialise in beautifully bespoke luxury safaris and excursions and take much pleasure in working with couples, families, groups and solo travellers to design the perfect, tailor-made, just-for-you vacations.

Get in touch soon to talk about your 2020 safari adventure!


As we go live with our newsletter, we think of the tens of thousands of people affected by the tragedy and destruction that the recent Cyclone Idai left in its wake these last couple of weeks; not least of these is our web development and digital designer, James Keegans, who is based in Chimanimani, (the beautiful eastern mountain region of Zimbabwe that was hit particularly badly).

His small community was cut off from help and supplies for days and now, finally, support is getting through, roads are being re-built and people are picking up the pieces. Zimbabweans have rallied, as always, to help where they can and it’s been amazing to witness. If you’d like to find out more or help in any way, please email Laura.


Best wishes from John, Nicci, Sarah and Laura


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