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At Mike Ross Africa Travel we like to keep you updated on our latest news and movements around Africa and the Indian Ocean. Our Blogs below show we've personally covered it all. Check out our videos in the blogs too.


This Year


31st Jul 2014   Our eMagazine | The Safari Review
 

By Mike

 

We have published two editions of The Safari Review so far and a third is due in September. I thought to remind you here what is in issues 1 and 2.

 




29th Jul 2014   Safari Africa and the Indian Ocean in the Commonwealth Games | Halfway Report
 

By Hermione

 

We are very much enjoying the activities going on at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow currently and we thought it would be fun to share some of our highlights so far.

 




24th Jul 2014   Special Offers for Visiting Botswana | Okavango Offers
 

By Mike

 

Botswana, because of its exclusivity, can carry some very high prices. However there is an opportunity to visit this remarkable wilderness at a much reduced price.

 




22nd Jul 2014   Last Minute Offer I See the Wildebeest Migration | Kenya
 

By Georgina

 

It is crucial to make the most of the right offers available and we can’t help but tell you about this amazing offer in Kenya over the coming high season months.

 




17th Jul 2014   Books on Africa | The Sound of Thunder | Wilbur Smith
 

By Mike

 

I decided recently to read the Wilbur Smith books on Africa again. It has been decades ago since I last did this and having started I cannot put them down.

 




11th Jul 2014   The Price of Safari in Africa
 

By Mike

 

In recent years those seeking to go on safari in Africa have, at times, been taken aback by some of the costs, as have we. There is good value out there but you need to know where it is.

 




8th Jul 2014   Sleep-Outs Across Africa I Adventurous Holidays
 

By Georgina

 

For me nothing beats the feeling of adventure when sleeping in the open. Here I highlight some of my favourite sleep-out experiences that are available in Safari Africa.

 




3rd Jul 2014   Foreign Exchange Rates and their Impact on Safari Costs I Better Value Safari
 

By Mike

 

Safari is expensive but some of that cost is presently being alleviated by favourable foreign exchange rates.

 




1st Jul 2014   New Star Bed Revealed: Savuti Camp | Sleeping Out in Africa
 

By Georgina

 

Savuti Camp is introducing a unique, sleep-out option that opens this month. Adventurous guests have a chance to sleep on outdoor decks overlooking the wildlife-rich Savute Channel.

 




1st Jul 2014   Fundu Lagoon, Indian Ocean: Property of the Month
 

By Georgina

 

This month’s featured property is Fundu Lagoon: a remote and peaceful resort on a beautiful beach on Pemba Island, just off the coast of Tanzania.

 




26th Jun 2014   Heightened Senses | What Animals do Better than us
 

By Mike

 

I thought it might be interesting to make a few observations on one of the wild’s best sense mechanisms: smell - when on safari you get a real appreciation of this.

 




24th Jun 2014   New Beginning for Mont Rochelle | Winelands, South Africa
 

By Georgina

 

Mont Rochelle: an old favourite hotel of mine is entering a new era. Once the hotel has settled into its new management we look forward to taking a look.

 




19th Jun 2014   Great Waterholes in Africa | Game Viewing by Water
 

By Mike

 

I thought it would be fun to identify some of the great waterholes in Africa. Here are seven you can enjoy without moving from your accommodation.

 




17th Jun 2014   Liz Biden's Favourite Restaurants in and around Cape Town
 

By Georgina

 

One of my highlights when visiting the Cape is the huge selection of mouth-watering restaurants for you to choose between.

 




12th Jun 2014   Cape Town and The Cape | Activities in the Cape
 

By Mike     video camera

 

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and there is just so much to do and see there. We hope this video gives you a flavour of this amazing city.

 




10th Jun 2014   New Hide Launched at Chiawa Camp I Game Viewing from Hides in Africa
 

By Georgina

 

Hides are very much a part of safari tradition and we are very excited that Chiawa are launching a new hide. Here we share the location of our top three hides.

 




1st Jun 2014   Safari & Beach: Searching for the Perfect Combination
 

By Mike

 

For a lot of travellers a combination of safari and beach is ideal - but how do you split the time you have available?

 




1st Jun 2014   Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Uganda: Property of the Month
 

By Mike

 

This month’s featured property is Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge which is situated on a high ridge abutting the southern edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.

 




29th May 2014   Hwange National Park | Safari in Zimbabwe
 

By Mike

 

Hwange National Park is still one of the great parks of Africa, with a huge breadth and volume of animals. A safari here is simply outstanding but you need to plan it right.

 




27th May 2014   Experiences Galore I My Six Favourite Activities in Africa
 

By Georgina

 

People are always surprised by the variety of experiences available throughout Africa; here are my top six activities to date.

 




22nd May 2014   Safari Activities in Africa | Things to do
 

By Mike     video camera

 

We are often asked what sort of activities and types of experiences are possible in Africa, here is a short video to give you a flavour of the tapestry.

 




20th May 2014   Love is in the Air | Holidays for Two
 

By Georgina

 

Whatever your perfect trip is, be it basking on beach, sleeping under the stars or trekking to see gorillas, we can tailor make a holiday that is perfect for you and your partner.

 




15th May 2014   One of the Best Views in Africa | Saruni Samburu
 

By Georgina

 

We asked Riccardo Orizio to write about his lodge and in particular the extraordinary room that must be one of the Best Rooms in Africa (if not the best).

 




12th May 2014   Safari in Zimbabwe I Outstanding Sights and Properties at a Reasonable Price
 

By Mike

 

Zimbabwe has had its problems in recent decades but, despite that, taking a safari in this extraordinary country can match and often exceed most experiences elsewhere on the African continent.

 




6th May 2014   Interview with Georgina Sargent | Safari Review Excerpt
 

By Georgina

 

We were keen to share a snippet from an interview with Georgina Sargent (a director at Mike Ross Africa Travel) that came out in our latest eMagazine.

 




1st May 2014   Safari in the Karoo and Eastern Cape | Game Viewing in South Africa
 

By Georgina     video camera

 

Mike and I could not believe the level of game viewing we witnessed during recent visits to the Eastern Cape. Just watch this video to see what I mean!

 




1st May 2014   Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania: Property of the Month
 

By Georgina

 

This month’s featured property is Greystoke Mahale which lies on the shore of the stunning Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

 




29th Apr 2014   South Africa I The Eastern Cape | Non-malarial Safari Experience
 

By Georgina

 

The Eastern Cape is in close reach of Port Elizabeth airport and combines well with destinations such as Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay making it a stress-free inclusion to any Cape itinerary.

 




24th Apr 2014   Why do Zebras have Stripes? | Different Types of Zebra
 

By Mike

 

The whole stripe debate has rumbled on for a very long time and even Charles Darwin joined in. There are many theories but nobody knows for sure why zebras do have stripes.

 




17th Apr 2014   Cape Town Revisited: Part 6 & Final | The Weather
 

By Mike

 

Despite difficulties with providing weather patterns in these climate times our Cape Town series of blogs would not be complete without discussing the weather.

 




14th Apr 2014   Namibia Highlights | Sossusvlei | Skeleton Coast Flying Safari
 

By Georgina

 

Namibia is a jewel in Africa and if you have explored a few countries across the continent, it should be right at the top of your list to visit - here's why:

 




10th Apr 2014   Safari in Namibia | Video Highlights
 

By Mike     video camera

 

Namibia is a vast country with highly varies terrain and a massive range of activities. This video hopefully gives you a feel for the tapestry.

 




8th Apr 2014   Tracking Desert-Adapted Rhino in Namibia | Desert Rhino Camp
 

By Georgina

 

From Desert Rhino Camp you are offered the opportunity to track black rhino whose presence in the Palmwag concession is secured by the work of Save the Rhino Trust.

 




3rd Apr 2014   The Safari Review | Issue 2 | Free eMagazine for your iPad
 

By Georgina

 

After the huge success of The Safari Review: Issue 1, we are pleased to announce the release of Issue 2!

 




1st Apr 2014   Cape Town Revisited: Part 5 | The Winelands
 

By Mike

 

The Cape area is outstanding for great vistas, super wines and world-class dining - nowhere else in the world is it quite as good as this.

 




1st Apr 2014   Wolwedans Dune Camp, Namibia: Property of the Month
 

By Georgina

 

This month's featured property is Wolwedans Dune Camp which lies in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia.

 




27th Mar 2014   Cape Town Revisited: Part 4 | Incredible Scenic Helicopter Flight
 

By Mike     video camera

 

Here is a short video of the helicopter flight we took with Nac Makana a week or so ago. It was a stunning day and the vistas were extraordinary.

 




25th Mar 2014   Cape Town Revisited: Part 3 | A Great Weekend in the Cape
 

By Mike

 

There is so much to do in the Cape it is hard to decide what to leave out. If you just had three nights what would you do?

 




21st Mar 2014   Cape Town Revisited: Part 2 | Things to do in the Cape
 

By Mike

 

Now it is time to 'do' the Cape, the list of opportunities here is endless but here are a few that we think produce good results.

 




19th Mar 2014   Cape Town Revisited: Part 1 | The Cape, South Africa
 

By Mike

 

There are many areas to visit when staying in the Cape and where you base up makes a huge difference: Waterfront, City Bowl, Winelands or False Bay...

 




14th Mar 2014   Taking the Train in South Africa: Pretoria to Cape Town | Rovos Rail
 

By Mike

 

For the traditionalists taking an old-fashioned train trip through Africa is one of the great treats, recently I travelled with Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Cape Town.

 




11th Mar 2014   Skeleton Coast Safari | Flying through Namibia
 

By Georgina

 

Over three nights, you fly up the coast of Namibia staying in a different camp each night. The accommodation is simple but ideal for this experience.

 




6th Mar 2014   The Laikipia, Kenya | More Than Just Safari
 

By Mike

 

I would go as far as to say that no visit to Kenya would be complete without spending time in one or more of the many conservancies that dot the Laikipia region.

 




1st Mar 2014   Luangwa Safari House, Zambia: Property of the Month
 

By Georgina

 

This month's featured property is Luangwa Safari House which lies close by to the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

 




27th Feb 2014   A Rhino is Born! | Borana Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya
 

By Mike

 

The day before I arrived in Borana a black rhino had unexpectedly given birth. On my first morning I was taken out to see the what was happening.

 




24th Feb 2014   New Dhow Suites at Zarafa | Exclusive Accommodation in Selinda Reserve
 

By Hermione

 

The Zarafa Dhow Suites will be opening in May and will reflect Zarafa’s main camp in style but will offer the ultimate exclusivity.

 




18th Feb 2014   New Camp in Namibia | Hoanib Skeleton Coast
 

By Hermione

 

We are very much looking forward to the opening of Hoanib Skeleton Coast, a new camp in Namibia, in August this year.

 




17th Feb 2014   Where is Best to go When | Planning a Honeymoon
 

By Georgina

 

Planning a honeymoon is an important task and not one to get wrong. To assist with your planning here is a table to show 'where is best to go when'.

 




13th Feb 2014   How to Take Great Videos on Safari | What Gear to Take?
 

By Jon

 

Coming away from a safari with excellent video to be able to show friends and family is priceless, here are my top tips to help you achieve this.

 




11th Feb 2014   Safari in the Masai Mara | Luxury Safaris in Kenya
 

By Mike     video camera

 

We have created this video to highlight the best bits the Masai Mara in Kenya has to offer. From game viewing and the migration to hot air ballooning at dawn.

 




4th Feb 2014   Experimental Travel in Africa | Adventure Experiences
 

By Georgina

 

People are moving away from 'fly and flop' holidays towards more adventurous and perhaps more authentic experiences. Here are some of my favourite ones.

 




1st Feb 2014   The Hide, Zimbabwe: Property of the Month
 

By Georgina

 

This month's featured property is The Hide in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. At The Hide you will find excellent game viewing and luxury tented accommodation.

 




30th Jan 2014   Great Filmmakers of Wildlife in Africa
 

By Mike

 

It is always a wonder to see animals interacting in the wild. Getting those extraordinary shots takes longer than you think, and a huge measure of dedication.

 




28th Jan 2014   Miyala Camp: Watch this Space | New Camp in Liwonde National Park
 

By Georgina

 

Miyala Camp is set in the South of Liwonde National Park, Malawi. It has four guest tents and will cater for just ten guests.

 




24th Jan 2014   Hot Air Ballooning in Africa | Africa from Above
 

By Mike     video camera

 

One of the great experiences in Africa is to see it from above and there is no better way to do this than in a hot air balloon.

 




21st Jan 2014   Great Films about Safari Africa
 

By Mike

 

There have been so many great films about Africa over the decades and I thought it would be interesting to list and comment on some relating to the safari regions.

 




16th Jan 2014   One to Watch: The Elephant Diaries on BBC4
 

By Georgina

 

If you love elephants, this is one to watch! The series continues next week on Tuesday 21 January at 7.30pm on BBC4.

 




14th Jan 2014   Fugitives' Drift | South Africa Luxury Holiday Special Offer
 

By Georgina

 

At Fugitives' Drift there is currently an excellent deal offering a three night stay for the price of two between April and December this year.

 




9th Jan 2014   Night Game Drive | Safari in Africa
 

By Mike     video camera

 

The nocturnal activities of wildlife are quite different to what can be seen during the day. We have made a short video to give you an idea of what a night drive is like.

 




1st Jan 2014   Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge: Property of the Month
 

By Georgina

 

This month's featured property is Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Rwanda. This lodge is situated on the foothills of the Virungas close to the start point for gorilla trekking.

 




1st Jan 2014   Our 2013 Journey
 

By Mike & Georgina

 

As we percolate into 2014 we thought it might be fun to reflect on some happenings in 2013 and hand out some awards. So here goes…