Loisaba; the ultimate for peace and serenity to rejuvenate your soul. Loisaba is all about connecting with nature and relaxing in your surroundings. The game here is abundant and the scenery that provides the backdrop for a restful safari is breathtaking.
What draws one specifically to Loisaba? The remote location, the fabulous game viewing, or perhaps just the lodge itself and its renowned Star Beds? Sleep out and star gaze on a star bed and listen throughout your dreams to the sounds of Africa below and all around you.
Loisaba Lodge has two different types of star bed. The original beds are located amongst a rocky outcrop looking out over the Kiboko waterhole in one of the eastern valleys. The second more recently constructed beds are a few miles further south on the banks of the Ewaso N’giro River. The beds cantilever over the river beneath and they are approached by a bridge from the opposite bank. These new star beds are named after the Koija community of Laikipiak Maasai who together with Loisaba created and constructed them.
Even actually reaching your starbed is an adventure as you are guided through the African bush by Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors.
Imagine laying there in the African night on a handcrafted wooden raised platform with a comfortable mattresses plump pillows and soft blankets with a picnic and wine to tide you through until morning. A night under the stars has to be one of the most memorable on a safari along with the waking in the morning to hear an Elephant beneath you taking his morning wash in the pool below.
Loisaba is excellent in combination with the Masai Mara and the Amboseli National Parks.
There is a fabulous safari camp nestled deep inside the very heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in southwest Uganda. The camp has just eight tents and is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the big screen in the flesh with volcanoes sculpting the skyline and valleys cutting deeply into the landscape. The scenery if almost unfathomable to the virgin eye. But tucked away almost in a secret place on a flat ridge high in the forest, is Sanctuary’s Gorilla Forest Camp.
It’s difficult to understand how such luxury and sophistication can exist in such a harsh and remote location. The camp is the ideal place for the discerning safari traveler to head out to track the gorillas that live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
We have had recent reports that our primate relatives also recognize how nice this camp is too. A guest taken ill and unable to go out on the trek, was visited by a Gorilla who wandered into camp. Perhaps a surprise but one that was welcomed immensely as he would have missed out on this once in a lifetime encounter had the Gorilla not been so accommodating.
After a day trekking to see the gorillas guests relax around a roaring fire with a few nightcaps after dinner before retiring to one of eight comfortable tents with wooden floors, comfortable beds and most importantly large bathtubs in which to soak tired muscles.
Sometime during the months of August and September, almost overnight, the dry valleys of the West Coast and Namaqualand transform into a flower wonderland. The winter rainfall spurs a myriad of wild flowers into bud and Namaqualand becomes home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world.
The West Coast National Park is the closest to Cape Town. Here you can enjoy hundreds of spring flowers , with the Langebaan Lagoon being the most focal point. This is also home to thousands of seabirds, migrant waders, and golden beaches, a nature lovers heaven. The Postberg section of the park is only open to the public during this spring season and provides a unique setting to view antelope as well. After a few days in metropolitan Cape Town venture out of town a little and enjoy this park for a day or so before heading of to the Seychelles or off on safari.
Once again the Southern Right Whales are on their way to the southern coast of Africa. Just an hour and a half from Cape Town you can visit the coastal town of Hermanus, to witness these wonderful creatures at one of the twelve best land-based whale watching sites in the world. From May onwards Southern Right Whales can be found in these warm, shallow waters waiting to calf their young and to mate.
The absolute best time for whale watching in South Africa is between August and November, the coast is simply dotted with whales and you would have to be particularly busy or unlucky not to see them . These giant attractions can be spotted even from the cliff path walk which stretches for 12km from one end of the town to the other. The wales can be seen quite up close a mere 20 metres away frolicking in the sheltered bay or just beyond the breakers.
Opulent Africa put together some fantastic trips that cover all of Southern Africa, so combine a spot of whale watching with a jaunt up to Botswana to explore the Okavango Delta, or fly over the sand dunes and Skeleton Coast of Namibia. Whatever the combination it can seemlessly be achieved.
Were you to ask a thousand safari enthusiasts to name their favourite animal, some might be attracted by the sultry beauty of a giraffe’s eyes, or entertained by the snorts and comic aesthetic appeal of a hippopotamus, but many the world over would immediately say the elephant. Just like humans, they are clearly family creatures which tend carefully for their young and build complex relationships within the herd. Both strong in stature yet gentle with their footsteps these huge creatures can pick a small flower with the tip of their trunk, or approach so quietly that you don’t realise this immense six ton creature is behind you until you feel its warm breath dampening the back of your neck.
If you want to see big herds of elephant on your safari then the best place to head is to northern Botswana, and the best time to be there is from August to early December which is the long dry season which turns the land a marvellous ochre yellow and bakes the surface to dust causing the elephant herds to congregate around the age old perennial rivers and springs.
It’s fascinating to watch these creatures move slowly yet purposefully through the heat of the day iwith a cloud of dust swelling around their feet. Refreshment is found as they lower their trunks into the rivers quenching their enormous thirsts before wallowing and enjoying cooling mud baths whilst the young bulls played.
A mature male elephant can drink 60 gallons of water a day and if you are fortunate enough to stay at Savuti Camp, you’ll enjoy and enthralling hour or so in a hide built of fallen tree trunks. You’ll be within mud slinging distance so duck as the elephants flick water and mud across their backs in the heat of the day.
Opulent Africa would like to share a little secret with you…there is a fabulous safari lodge in the South Luangwa National Park ideal for your first couple of nights on safari allowing you to acclimatise to the African heat before heading out to the bushcamps. Mfuwe Lodge is an absolute must on the Zambian circuit. This unique lodge is situated in the South Luangwa National Park. With 18 luxury, en-suite thatched chalets each with private decked area overlooking a sparkeling lagoon that
attracts abundant wildlife, this is the perfect stop over for you first night or two. Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is home to some 60 large mammal species including wonderful numbers of leopard and subspecies of zebra (Crawshay’s), wildebeest (Cookson’s) and giraffe (Thornicroft’s) that occur nowhere else on Earth. Mfuwe Lodge has the added edge that it is one of the few places in this area that stays open during the summer, when the landscape in the valley transforms into a lush green environment that attracts wild dogs as well as a variety of migratory birds.
Mfuwe Lodge is the result of a partnership between The Bushcamp Company and Safari & Adventure Co. that combines the conservation effort of the two organisations. A major focus of both is to increase anti-poaching measures to protect the South Luangwa’s wildlife.
In addition to Mfuwe Lodge there are a good selection of bushcamps to choose from strung along the river where you’ll have the opportunity to walk from camp to camp with your belongs transferred for you. The camps compliment the Lodge perfectly and are ideal for a true African wilderness experience for those wanting to get close to nature.