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Safari Book

dscn3337-small.JPGI’ve been workin g since March on a new 600-page safari book which covers South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania.

That’s why I haven’t been updating this website as often as I would like.


Tanzania still remains my favourite - fewer people, specatacular wildlife, plains of golden waving grass with limitless horizons, and of course - Zanzibar.But I’m hoping that Tanzania won’t go the same route as Kenya,

where, because of no quotas and not enough regulation, in high season you can have up to 40 vehicles around one lion pride. That’s no way to experience wildlife.


If you can afford it, a private lodge in any of these great destination countries,where everything is included, including your game drives and guided walks, is the best way to go, and guarantees you much more privacy when you glimpse that first leopard or rhino.


I know so many lodges so well, that it’s hard to recommend the ‘best’ one in each country, but here’s a list of some of my my favourites.

South Africa: Mala Mala Game Lodge (www.malamala.com); Londolozi (www.londolozi.com) Djuma (www.djuma.com) Selati Lodge (www.sabisabi.com) Hilltop Camp and Ntshondwe Camp (www.kznwildlife.com) Phinda (www.phinda.com) Tswalu (www.tswalu.com).


If you’d like my recommendations in the other countries I cover, post me a note. And of course, you still can’t beat the affordable, amazing Kruger Park, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi in Natal, and the spectacular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape (www.SANparks.com)

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Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, which came to an end in early 2013 was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows where she talks about the when, where, why, what and how of travel both locally and internationally from her vast personal experience. She also blogs for several travel websites.

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