King Charles’ Philanthropic Endeavours in Africa

Hear ye, hear ye! As we approach the coronation of King Charles III, let us take a moment to celebrate his unwavering love for our beloved continent of Africa. From the stunning landscapes of the Serengeti and the bustling streets of Cape Town, His Majesty has explored Africa with fascination, purpose and an unbridled sense of adventure.

King Charles III has a special relationship with East Africa and other parts of our continent

A truly soulful safari in East Africa

The King of Many Crowns

In his sojourns to lands like TanzaniaZimbabweZambia, Nigeria, Ghana, KenyaBotswana, and South Africa, King Charles has demonstrated a profound appreciation for the magic of Africa. He has danced with tribal chiefs, tasted local delicacies, and even mastered traditional West African instruments. Oh yes, His Majesty is no stranger to our magnificent continent. 

Hands plucking at the strings of a Kora, King Charles III is interested in African music instruments

The kora is a stringed instrument used extensively in West Africa

King Charles Sets Sights on South Africa

For decades, King Charles hath his eyes set upon the breathtaking land of South Africa! In a display of his unbreakable bond with the country, Buckingham Palace didst welcome South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa with open arms in November 2022, marking the commencement of the King’s first state visit since becoming British monarch.

King Charles III and Camilla meeting South Africa's president Ramaphosa in London

King Charles III greets President Ramaphosa, Image Credit: Leon Neal, Pool Photo via AP

The storied relationship between these two great nations is nothing short of legendary, and King Charles’s reverence for South Africa is no secret. And we don’t blame him! As our cherished homeland, South Africa’s rich culture, breathtaking scenery, wildlife, and strong sense of togetherness are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

King Charles has visited Africa on numerous occasions, from his most recent trip in 2018, wherein he turned his attention towards education, youth development, and conservation, to his 1997 pilgrimage alongside Prince Harry. And in 2013, when he paid his respects at the funeral of our beloved former president, Nelson Mandela.

King Charles III met Nelson Mandela in 1997

Nelson Mandela had a long standing relationship with the Royal Family, Image Credit: South African Tourism

Verily, King Charles’s love for South Africa is matched only by his fondness for its people, and his and Camilla’s visit in 2011 is a testament to this. During their visit, Charles and Camilla graced &Beyond’s Phinda Private Game Reserve – a stunning nature haven and a true beacon of eco-tourism. 

The royal couple’s presence was part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative, which showcased conservation projects in KwaZulu-Natal. They championed the cause of wildlife preservation, highlighting the pressing need to protect these magnificent creatures from harm’s way. 

People observing wildlife on a nature walk

Phinda Private Game Reserve runs a number of ground-breaking conservation projects, Image Credit: &Beyond

In addition to shedding light on noble causes, King Charles and his team visited the Mduku community. There, they were delighted to witness the astounding success of the Mduku Clinic, which serves the needs of three communities neighbouring Phinda Private Game Reserve.

His Majesty commended the community projects for their unwavering commitment to improving people’s lives and applauded them for not only making a meaningful difference in people’s lives but also for being an inspiration to people around the world.

A doctor at Mduku Clinic, one of the organisations that King Charles III supports in South Africa

The Mduku Clinic provides a 24-hour emergency service to the rural communities near Phinda, Image Credit: &Beyond

A Kenyan Adventure Fit for a King

Thy Royal Highness hath also ventured numerous times to Kenya, impelled by his fervour for wildlife preservation and sustainable tourism. Kenya dost possess a splendid array of iconic fauna, including the illustrious Big 5 and the annual Great Wildebeest Migration.

The Great Wildebeest Migration in East Africa, one place King Charles III and Camilla like to visit

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the annual Great Migration

On one particularly memorable excursion in 1971, the then-Prince and his sister, the esteemed Princess Anne, embarked upon an indelible safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Amidst the breathtaking landscapes, Charles and Anne gazed upon a regal lion from the comfort of their Jeep.

Lions rule Kenya’s animal kingdom

But let it not be said that Charles was present solely for his own amusement – nay, he took an active role in collaborating with gamekeepers and local communities to champion the cause of wildlife conservation and the fight against the heinous act of animal poaching.

This noble undertaking is no surprise, considering his late father, Prince Philip, who co-founded the WWF, and his son, Prince William (now the Prince of Wales), who are both deeply committed to the cause of global conservation. It’s clear that the pursuit of protecting our planet’s wildlife runs deep in the veins of this royal family.

WildlifeACT fights to protect our endangered species

Wildlife ACT fights to protect our endangered species like rhinos, Image Credit: Wildlife ACT

King Charles’ Tanzanian Tour of Duty

Behold the wondrous land of Tanzania, graced by none other than royalty itself in their quest to foster sustainable tourism and safeguard its splendid wildlife. Herein lies a treasure trove of Africa’s most renowned attractions, from the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater to the towering peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

An elephant with Kilimanjaro in the back, King Charles III adores East Africa

The looming mass of Mount Kilimanjaro commands respect

In 2011, Charles and his beloved wife ventured forth to Tanzania to celebrate the jubilant 50th anniversary of the country’s independence in a grand display of solidarity and camaraderie. The stately couple rallied behind the noble cause of promoting sustainable agriculture and extending a helping hand to the local farmers.

In fact, recently, King Charles has pledged nearly £2 million to aid African farmers and support crucial environmental causes through the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund. This remarkable act of generosity will make a significant impact in the lives of many and serves as an inspiring reminder of the power of philanthropy to drive positive change.

The royal couple also graced the Maasai people with their presence, partaking in the vibrant rhythm of their traditional dance and paying homage to the cultural heritage of these ancient people. Through their visit, they not only reinforced the importance of sustainable practices but also emphasised the crucial need to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the country, a legacy to be cherished by generations to come.

Massai people performing a traditional dance - something that King Charles III was also interested in during his stay

The Maasai people are an indigenous ethnic group found in Kenya and northern Tanzania, Image Credit: &Beyond

Zimbabwe & Zambia: Dependence to Development

In 1980, King Charles visited Zimbabwe during their momentous independence celebrations, representing the Queen with grace and honour. And in 1984, he returned to the country once more, this time as the director of the esteemed Commonwealth Development Corporation (C.D.C), after his visit to Zambia.

Established in 1948 with a noble vision to uplift the dependent territories of the Commonwealth, the C.D.C. has been at the forefront of spurring accelerated development throughout Africa. With a steadfast focus on the vital arena of economic development, spanning sectors such as agriculture, forestry, electricity, water supply, transport, housing, and more, the C.D.C. has been a beacon of hope for much-needed rural communities.

Even though his visit was brief in both countries (you know, pressing royal duties and all), there is no doubt he got a glimpse of the mighty and massive Victoria Falls. We mean, it’s hard to miss as this Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site straddles both Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Helicopter experience over Victoria Falls

Helicopter experience over Victoria Falls, Image Credit: Flight of the Angels

Botswana, the Land of Inspiration

Embarking on the final stretch of his incredible 1984 tour through Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, King Charles arrived in Botswana with a heart full of hope and a deep desire to inspire change. With a steadfast commitment to bettering the lives of those in need, His Majesty took the time to inspect the remarkable projects funded by the esteemed C.D.C.

After his royal duties, some downtime was well-deserved, so guided by his passion for nature and his love of exploration, King Charles made headlines when he piloted a twin-engine aircraft and flew to Chobe Game Lodge, the only permanent safari lodge in the elephant-rich Chobe National Park.

King Charles III flew to Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana himself

A bird’s eye view of the Chobe National Park

Fast forward a few decades later, and King Charles’s sons, Princes William and Harry, continue his legacy by visiting Botswana on behalf of Tusk Trust, a charity renowned for its highly efficient approach to funding wildlife conservation programmes.

Elephants drinking water - experience Africa like King Charles III

Botswana, the land of gentle giants

Embark on Your Royal African Adventure

And so, as we celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and his unwavering love for Africa, let us take inspiration from his bold sense of adventure and his deep appreciation for the unique beauty and diversity of our beloved continent. We invite you to follow in his footsteps and experience the magic of Africa first-hand.

Long live King Charles III, the King of Many Crowns and a true friend to the people and wildlife of Africa!

King Charles III has a special relationship with Africa

5 Things to Know When Travelling to Botswana

Travelling to Botswana is like diving headfirst into waves of wilderness – you never know what you’ll find! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few important tidbits to keep in mind before you venture into the wild heart of Africa.

Safari aquático via mokoro no Delta do Okavango

When travelling to Botswana, be sure to go on a mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta

1. What Month is Best for a Safari in Botswana?

Looking for a wild adventure that’ll make your heart sing? Then head over to Botswana during the dry months from June to October! Trust us, it’s a time like no other when the animals come out to play and put on a show that’ll leave you wanting more. This is also the perfect time to see the Okavango Delta in full flood.

But don’t count out the rainy season from January to April! While some wildlife may scatter, certain areas like Chobe‘s Savuti region and the Kalahari are perfect for summer game viewing. Plus, you’ll see other iconic animals on their migration path, including our striped zebra friends.

Zebras walking into the sunset

Watch the zebra migration in Botswana

2. What is the Cost of a Safari in Botswana?

Many variables can influence the cost of travelling to Botswana. Do you want to travel during peak season or enjoy a quieter, off-peak adventure? How much luxury do you desire, and where do you want to explore? It’s safe to say that the more you invest, the more exclusive your safari experience will be.

But don’t let the price discourage you – exclusivity is key to an unforgettable safari. Private reserves and lodges offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness without fending off crowds of tourists.

If Botswana is calling your name, be prepared to dish out anywhere from $550 to $3,000 per person per night. Whether you opt for a 4-star or lavish 5-star stay, the memories will be priceless.

Luxury safaris in Botswana at Kind's Pool in Okavango Delta

Travelling to Botswana does not mean you have to sacrifice luxury, Image Credit: King’s Pool

3. Are There Any Luggage Restrictions in Botswana?

When travelling to Botswana, many remote camps and lodges are only accessible by charter flight. These flights have limited luggage capacity, so remember to pack all your checked luggage in one soft-sided bag per person and keep your hand luggage in a small daypack or handbag.

The total weight of your luggage (checked and carry-on) should not exceed 20kg (44 lbs). But don’t worry about packing clean clothes for every day. Many lodges and properties offer laundry services at no extra cost. Keep it casual, too – Africa’s dress code is pretty relaxed!

Commercial flights are a little more laid back, but their allowance is still one checked suitcase of 20kg (44 lbs) per person, so we suggest sticking to that weight.

collecting luggage botswana airport

Make sure to bring your soft-sided bags when going on safari in Botswana

4. Connection Times for Charter Flights in Botswana

Most of Botswana’s remote camps have their own airstrips to accommodate charter flights. These light aircraft transfers do not work on a set schedule.

The operations team on the ground confirms the flight times a day or two in advance based on the number of passengers flying and the route they’ll take. So, the camp will notify you of your flight details 24 to 48 hours before your takeoff.

Charter aircraft on runway

Light aircraft transfers give you access to remote places in Botswana, Image Credit: Wilderness Air

5. What are The Child-Entry Requirements?

If you’re embarking on a journey through the stunning borders of Botswana with a mini-adventurer (a child under 18), bring a certified or notarised copy of their unabridged birth certificate, along with their trusty passport.

And hey, if one of the parents can’t join in on the fun, don’t fret! Just make sure to have an affidavit from the other parent granting permission for the travel shenanigans.

Start planning your next family holiday to Botswana

Are You Ready for Your Safari in Botswana?

So pack light, bring your little explorers, and prepare for a lifetime adventure. With the right planning, preparation and help from our Travel Experts, you’ll be ready to take on Botswana in full safari force!

Reach out to our Travel Experts today, and let’s start planning!

Wilderness air flight in Africa

Botswana in Pictures: A Land of Fascinating Contrasts

In a landlocked country in southern Africa, bordered by Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, lies a mysterious country packed with wildlife. Get a glimpse of this wonderland in our Botswana in pictures blog post…


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Birds eye view of the Okavango Delta - Botswana in pictures

Bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Little Sable

In Botswana, you’ll find the largest inland delta in the world. The Okavango Delta attracts many different species, including these lechwe antelopes. They are reliant on water, which is why they flock to the Delta’s floodplains.


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Game drives in the Okavango Delta

Game drives in the Okavango Delta promise exciting sightings, Image Credit: Wilderness Abu Camp

When you’re not exploring Botswana on water-based safaris, your classic game drives will be just as action-packed. The Okavango Delta is home to the Big 5, which includes the majestic lion, and seeing these big cats will undoubtedly be one of your most memorable sightings.


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Botswana in pictures: Mokoro rides in Moremi Game Reserve

Mokoro rides in Moremi Game Reserve, Image Credit: Delta Camp

A mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe, best compared to Venice’s gondolas. However, the difference is that you won’t be staring at buildings! Instead, you’ll glide silently along the water, all your senses on high alert, as you admire the landscapes and wildlife coming to the water for a drink or splash.


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Elephants crossing the Chobe River

Elephants crossing the Chobe River, Image Credit: Chobe Game Lodge

In Chobe National Park, you’ll find herds of elephants as far as the eye can see! This pocket of Botswana is world famous for having the highest concentration of our beloved gentle giants in the world. And if you want to see them swim, you should visit the Chobe River!


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Botswana in pictures - Scenic helicopter flips over the Okavango Delta

Scenic helicopter flips over Botswana’s wilderness, Image Credit: Camp Okavango

A helicopter ride is one of our favourite ways to admire Botswana because the country is so vast that it can be difficult to comprehend its full magnificence when you’re on land. However, when you take to the skies, you get a full bird’s-eye view that will take your breath away!


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Walking with Meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana

Walking with meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Image Credit: Camp Kalahari

How cute? We love Botswana’s meerkat colonies, and watching them go about their business is very entertaining! Your best bet to see them is in the Makgadikgadi Pans.


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The perfect horseback safari experience in Botswana

The perfect horseback safari experience in Botswana, Image Credit: Camp Kalahari

Another one of our favourite activities in Botswana is a horseback safari. Just imagine trotting along with wildlife, getting much closer when you join them at their eye level.


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Birds eye view of the Okavango Delta - a perfect example for Botswana in pictures

The magical Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Little Sable

Swap traffic commutes with fresh open air on a game drive through Botswana. The Okavango Delta is one of the country’s biggest attractions. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, it has puzzled many with its flood reaching its peak in the dry winter season.


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Leopard lazing under a tree in Botswana, Image Credit: Khwai River Lodge

Leopards are famously elusive, camouflaged well in the African plains and hiding in tree branches. Therefore, this big cat is a treat to see on safari and in Botswana, you will encounter your fair share.


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Botswana in pictures: Game drive sunset drinks stop

Game drive sunset drinks stop, Image Credit: African Bush Camps, Khwai Leadwood

How dreamy is this setting for sipping sundowners as the sun goes down? And in the Okavango Delta, your guide will set everything up in the water for magical reflections all around you. You’ll feel like you’re floating among the clouds.


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Birds eye view of the Okavango Delta

Wildebeest and Wellness Safari in Africa

Are you ready to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Great Wildebeest Migration? Of course, you could settle for the usual game drives and boma dinners, but why not take it up a notch and nourish your mind, body and soul with a wellness safari in Africa while you’re at it? 

Woman relaxing on a rocking chair on her viewing deck

Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul while on safari, Image Credit: Angama Mara

Wellness Safari in Africa

At Rhino Africa, we believe your safari experience should be about more than just seeing incredible wildlife. It’s about taking care of yourself too.

Imagine a tranquil spa and yoga session amidst the wild or sweating it out with a Maasai warrior as your running partner. And who says you can’t enjoy the scenic savannah and wildlife views while working out?

Trust us. These experiences will connect you with nature in a profound and transformative way. So, hop onboard as we explore the best wildebeest and wellness safaris in Africa!

Quoi de plus romantique qu'un safari en montgolfière ?

A truly tranquil wellness safari in Africa

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania

First up, we whisk you away to a magical land where wellness meets nature – the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania! Their bespoke treatments celebrate Africa’s natural beauty, nourishing your inner ecosystem and leaving you feeling renewed.

Take a break from chasing wildebeest and join a wise Maasai guide and a yoga guru on a scenic hike up to the sunset kopje. From here, you’ll soak in the views and clear your mind with a guided meditation session.

Meditating at sunset

Captivating views help clear your mind for a guided meditation session, Image Credit: Four Seasons

But wait, there’s more! They’ve got something for everyone, including mini well-being workshops for little explorers, invigorating fitness classes and a 24-hour Fitness Centre with stunning vistas. 

And for the cherry on top, you can also revel in an array of luxurious spa treatments inspired by the Serengeti’s enchanting ecosystem.

Infinity pool overlooking a river

Nourish your inner ecosystem with bespoke rituals and treatments, Image Credit: Four Seasons

Angama Mara, Kenya

Whoever said a safari is no place for a workout has clearly never visited Angama Mara’s fitness room. Here, you can sweat it out with the latest and greatest fitness equipment, Pilates balls, and even a ballet barre, all while taking in thrilling wildlife sightings through the floor-to-ceiling glass stacking doors.

Working out with a view, Image Credit: Angama Mara

For the ultimate relaxation, savour a full-body massage or dive into the refreshing infinity pool that promises to delight.

The more adventurous types can also venture out of the lodge on a leisurely hike and then picnic atop the legendary Out of Africa kopje. For those seeking an extra challenge, why not join Angama’s “Run with a Kenyan” experience? You’ll have the opportunity to test your stamina while taking in stunning scenery alongside some of the most impressive runners on the planet.

Run with some of the best long-distance runners in the world, Image Credit: Angama Mara

Finch Hattons Safari Lodge, Kenya

We love Finch Hattons Safari Lodge’s enticing activities, which include game drives, walks, and cultural adventures. However, Hattons is no ordinary safari spot – it’s also an ideal location for yoga, fitness, wellness and clean cuisine!

Feel the breeze on your face as you stretch on their elevated yoga deck with stunning views of the Chyulu Hills. Along with this, enjoy five-star dining with customised menus that cater to your dietary needs, including organic options!

Three people doing yoga on elevated deck

Elevated yoga deck with views of the Chyulu Hills, Image Credit: Finch Hattons

Need a little R&R? The Chyulu Spa is the ultimate escape to unwind. You can pamper yourself with their outdoor air-conditioned massage pavilions, an infinity pool, a fitness centre and even a hammam. Plus, their experienced therapists will make sure you feel amazing every step of the way!

Massage therapist giving a treatment

Experienced treatment therapists are on-hand to meet your every need, Image Credit: Finch Hattons

Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

Picture yourself in a heavenly haven named Mahali Mzuri – Swahili for “beautiful place” – nestled in the heart of Kenya’s enchanting Maasai Mara. This luxury safari camp, dreamt up by none other than Sir Richard Branson, promises a wellness safari in Africa like no other.

Safaris in Kenya are filled to the brim with exciting wildlife sightings, Image Credit: Mahali Mzuri

Get ready to snuggle up in the lavish lounge area of the main tent, complete with a cosy fireplace and a treasure trove of books to lose yourself in. And let’s not forget the pièce de résistance – an impressive 12-metre heated infinity pool that beckons you for a refreshing dip!

12-metre heated infinity pool

The 12-metre heated infinity pool, Image Credit: Mahali Mzuri

In addition, you can wallow in pure bliss at Nasaro spa, which fittingly means “refuge” or “relaxation” in Maa – the local language. This sanctuary offers a serene and intimate setting for you to be treated like royalty.

Spa room overlooking the wilderness

There’s no better way to relax than at Nasaro, Image Credit: Mahali Mzuri

Little Chem Chem, Tanzania

Say “see ya later” to your everyday jog, and howdy to traversing the open plains with a Maasai warrior! These nimble, graceful speedsters make for the ultimate workout buddy. 

At Little Chem Chem, a swanky eco-camp nestled in a sprawling 50,000-acre conservation zone beyond Tarangire National Park, you can link up with one of these running dynamos for an unforgettable sunrise sweat sesh.

Run with a Maasai warrior, Image Credit: Chem Chem

Plus, don’t forget to indulge in leisurely strolls through the wildebeest-speckled savannah as well as twilight rubdowns because it’s all about finding that sweet balance of kickin’ butt and chillin’ out.

Amazing wildebeest views, Image Credit: Chem Chem

Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Tanzania

Singita Faru Faru Lodge is one of our top picks for a wellness safari in Africa. With a relaxed yet luxurious vibe running through its veins, this modern African oasis lets guests soak up the awe-inspiring healing power of nature.

Wellness seekers can take advantage of a wide range of experiences, including revitalising massages in the spa, a hidden gym for getting your sweat on, or even some gentle yoga in the seclusion of your suite overlooking the Grumeti River.

A tranquil escape is a necessity when it comes to a wellness safari in Africa, Image Credit: Singita

Every aspect of the lodge is carefully curated to enhance your connection with nature. From its idyllic riverside location to the unforgettable thrill of being immersed in the wild on twice-daily game drives – this is where you’ll find the perfect balance of wellness and wildebeest!

Relax as you roam along with the Great Migration, Image Credit: Singita

The Highlands, Tanzania

One of our favourite aspects about The Highlands Lodge is their one-of-a-kind active experiences! Thanks to its location – set right on the edge of a mountain forest, snuggling up to the Olmoti volcano – it’s a treasure trove of enriching activities sure to get your heart racing. 

The Highlands is your one-stop shop for a wild and wondrous wellness safari in Africa. Don’t get us wrong, the Ngorongoro Crater descent is a must-do, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Picture this: climbing up the Olmoti mountain, starting right from the camp, and following a path once trodden by Maasai cattle. 

Directly from camp, follow an old Maasai cattle trail through mountain forests, Image Credit: The Highlands

As you journey through the mountain forest, grasslands and rocky outcrops, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. And that’s not all. Imagine descending into the Empakaai crater and strolling through the sparkling soda lake home to pink flamingos.

The Olmoti Crater climb, Image Credit: Tony Reumerman

Let’s Plan Your Wildebeest & Wellness Safari in Africa

Are you inspired? Feel like spicing up your wildebeest expedition? At Rhino Africa Safaris, we’re all about taking your adventure to the next level with a serious dose of wow! Plus, we’re big on boosting your well-being.

So, chat to our Travel Experts and get cracking on planning your unforgettable wildebeest and wellness safari in Africa today!

Wildebeest and Wellness Safari in Africa

Are you ready to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Great Wildebeest Migration? Of course, you could settle for the usual game drives and boma dinners, but why not take it up a notch and nourish your mind, body and soul with a wellness safari in Africa while you’re at it? 

Woman relaxing on a rocking chair on her viewing deck

Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul while on safari, Image Credit: Angama Mara

Wellness Safari in Africa

At Rhino Africa, we believe your safari experience should be about more than just seeing incredible wildlife. It’s about taking care of yourself too.

Imagine a tranquil spa and yoga session amidst the wild or sweating it out with a Maasai warrior as your running partner. And who says you can’t enjoy the scenic savannah and wildlife views while working out?

Trust us. These experiences will connect you with nature in a profound and transformative way. So, hop onboard as we explore the best wildebeest and wellness safaris in Africa!

Quoi de plus romantique qu'un safari en montgolfière ?

A truly tranquil wellness safari in Africa

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania

First up, we whisk you away to a magical land where wellness meets nature – the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania! Their bespoke treatments celebrate Africa’s natural beauty, nourishing your inner ecosystem and leaving you feeling renewed.

Take a break from chasing wildebeest and join a wise Maasai guide and a yoga guru on a scenic hike up to the sunset kopje. From here, you’ll soak in the views and clear your mind with a guided meditation session.

Meditating at sunset

Captivating views help clear your mind for a guided meditation session, Image Credit: Four Seasons

But wait, there’s more! They’ve got something for everyone, including mini well-being workshops for little explorers, invigorating fitness classes and a 24-hour Fitness Centre with stunning vistas. 

And for the cherry on top, you can also revel in an array of luxurious spa treatments inspired by the Serengeti’s enchanting ecosystem.

Infinity pool overlooking a river

Nourish your inner ecosystem with bespoke rituals and treatments, Image Credit: Four Seasons

Angama Mara, Kenya

Whoever said a safari is no place for a workout has clearly never visited Angama Mara’s fitness room. Here, you can sweat it out with the latest and greatest fitness equipment, Pilates balls, and even a ballet barre, all while taking in thrilling wildlife sightings through the floor-to-ceiling glass stacking doors.

Working out with a view, Image Credit: Angama Mara

For the ultimate relaxation, savour a full-body massage or dive into the refreshing infinity pool that promises to delight.

The more adventurous types can also venture out of the lodge on a leisurely hike and then picnic atop the legendary Out of Africa kopje. For those seeking an extra challenge, why not join Angama’s “Run with a Kenyan” experience? You’ll have the opportunity to test your stamina while taking in stunning scenery alongside some of the most impressive runners on the planet.

Run with some of the best long-distance runners in the world, Image Credit: Angama Mara

Finch Hattons Safari Lodge, Kenya

We love Finch Hattons Safari Lodge’s enticing activities, which include game drives, walks, and cultural adventures. However, Hattons is no ordinary safari spot – it’s also an ideal location for yoga, fitness, wellness and clean cuisine!

Feel the breeze on your face as you stretch on their elevated yoga deck with stunning views of the Chyulu Hills. Along with this, enjoy five-star dining with customised menus that cater to your dietary needs, including organic options!

Three people doing yoga on elevated deck

Elevated yoga deck with views of the Chyulu Hills, Image Credit: Finch Hattons

Need a little R&R? The Chyulu Spa is the ultimate escape to unwind. You can pamper yourself with their outdoor air-conditioned massage pavilions, an infinity pool, a fitness centre and even a hammam. Plus, their experienced therapists will make sure you feel amazing every step of the way!

Massage therapist giving a treatment

Experienced treatment therapists are on-hand to meet your every need, Image Credit: Finch Hattons

Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

Picture yourself in a heavenly haven named Mahali Mzuri – Swahili for “beautiful place” – nestled in the heart of Kenya’s enchanting Maasai Mara. This luxury safari camp, dreamt up by none other than Sir Richard Branson, promises a wellness safari in Africa like no other.

Safaris in Kenya are filled to the brim with exciting wildlife sightings, Image Credit: Mahali Mzuri

Get ready to snuggle up in the lavish lounge area of the main tent, complete with a cosy fireplace and a treasure trove of books to lose yourself in. And let’s not forget the pièce de résistance – an impressive 12-metre heated infinity pool that beckons you for a refreshing dip!

12-metre heated infinity pool

The 12-metre heated infinity pool, Image Credit: Mahali Mzuri

In addition, you can wallow in pure bliss at Nasaro spa, which fittingly means “refuge” or “relaxation” in Maa – the local language. This sanctuary offers a serene and intimate setting for you to be treated like royalty.

Spa room overlooking the wilderness

There’s no better way to relax than at Nasaro, Image Credit: Mahali Mzuri

Little Chem Chem, Tanzania

Say “see ya later” to your everyday jog, and howdy to traversing the open plains with a Maasai warrior! These nimble, graceful speedsters make for the ultimate workout buddy. 

At Little Chem Chem, a swanky eco-camp nestled in a sprawling 50,000-acre conservation zone beyond Tarangire National Park, you can link up with one of these running dynamos for an unforgettable sunrise sweat sesh.

Run with a Maasai warrior, Image Credit: Chem Chem

Plus, don’t forget to indulge in leisurely strolls through the wildebeest-speckled savannah as well as twilight rubdowns because it’s all about finding that sweet balance of kickin’ butt and chillin’ out.

Amazing wildebeest views, Image Credit: Chem Chem

Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Tanzania

Singita Faru Faru Lodge is one of our top picks for a wellness safari in Africa. With a relaxed yet luxurious vibe running through its veins, this modern African oasis lets guests soak up the awe-inspiring healing power of nature.

Wellness seekers can take advantage of a wide range of experiences, including revitalising massages in the spa, a hidden gym for getting your sweat on, or even some gentle yoga in the seclusion of your suite overlooking the Grumeti River.

A tranquil escape is a necessity when it comes to a wellness safari in Africa, Image Credit: Singita

Every aspect of the lodge is carefully curated to enhance your connection with nature. From its idyllic riverside location to the unforgettable thrill of being immersed in the wild on twice-daily game drives – this is where you’ll find the perfect balance of wellness and wildebeest!

Relax as you roam along with the Great Migration, Image Credit: Singita

The Highlands, Tanzania

One of our favourite aspects about The Highlands Lodge is their one-of-a-kind active experiences! Thanks to its location – set right on the edge of a mountain forest, snuggling up to the Olmoti volcano – it’s a treasure trove of enriching activities sure to get your heart racing. 

The Highlands is your one-stop shop for a wild and wondrous wellness safari in Africa. Don’t get us wrong, the Ngorongoro Crater descent is a must-do, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Picture this: climbing up the Olmoti mountain, starting right from the camp, and following a path once trodden by Maasai cattle. 

Directly from camp, follow an old Maasai cattle trail through mountain forests, Image Credit: The Highlands

As you journey through the mountain forest, grasslands and rocky outcrops, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. And that’s not all. Imagine descending into the Empakaai crater and strolling through the sparkling soda lake home to pink flamingos.

The Olmoti Crater climb, Image Credit: Tony Reumerman

Let’s Plan Your Wildebeest & Wellness Safari in Africa

Are you inspired? Feel like spicing up your wildebeest expedition? At Rhino Africa Safaris, we’re all about taking your adventure to the next level with a serious dose of wow! Plus, we’re big on boosting your well-being.

So, chat to our Travel Experts and get cracking on planning your unforgettable wildebeest and wellness safari in Africa today!

Big City Lights to Safari Sights: City and Safari Tours in Africa

Want to go on safari but also love shopping up a storm, dining out, and dancing the night away in glitzy clubs? Our continent offers a delicious and convenient menu of city and safari tours that will suit all palates. Plus, we’ve sampled them all ourselves, cherry-picking our favourite pairings to share with you…

Cape Town and Kruger National Park

From city to safari in two ticks

From Concrete Jungle to King of the Jungle

Many of our guests are surprised that they can enjoy city and safari in one go while visiting Africa. Whilst most people think of safaris when they think of our home continent and rightly so, its cities should not be overlooked. Here are our favourite combinations of city and safari to whet your travel appetite.

Combo 1: Cape Town and Garden Route, South Africa 

This duo is a delightful mix of scenery, safari and experiences that will leave you wanting more.

South Africa’s Mother City 

Cape Town is South Africa‘s oldest city, affectionately known as The Mother City, and lauded worldwide for its diversity. It also happens to be where our Rhino Africa HQ is! 

Think of Cape Town, and you’re likely picturing the iconic flat-topped Table Mountain. But wrapped around this impressive mountain is a lively city with inviting sights, sounds, smells, and smiles that will steal your heart. In fact, it frequently does, with people from across the country and world packing up their lives to move to the city once they’ve had their first taste.

V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

Shoppers walking through the bustling V&A Waterfront

Why We Love it

  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is an entertainment, dining and shopping mecca
  • Award-winning restaurants and wine farms 
  • Vibrant nightlife scene with trendy cocktail bars, nightclubs and late night restaurants  
  • Combination of mountains, vineyards, ocean and city 
  • Historical significance and lots of art galleries like Zeitz MOCAA

Cape Town city lit up at night, Image Credit: Mark Seath

Paired with…

South Africa’s Garden of Eden 

The Garden Route‘s name says it all. It’s lush, flourishing, and appetising, with landscapes offering plenty of adventure. You can easily combine Big 5 safaris at the many game reserves with your stay in Cape Town. 

Whether you decide to fly to George Airport and drive from there or take the road trip along this stunning route, you won’t regret spending as much time as possible in this neck of the woods. Plus, it’s malaria-free, so you can travel with the whole family, no matter how young or old they are.

A meandering road engulfed by lush forest

South Africa’s own “Garden of Eden”

Why We Love it

  • A malaria-free safari area, ideal for families with the elderly, pregnant women, or small children
  • Add an ocean safari to your Big 5 safari when the whales are in town (July to November)
  • So much to do, including hiking, biking, canoeing, boating, safari and bungee jumping
  • Golfing opportunities at award-winning courses 
  • Mediterranean-like weather, so pleasant year-round, with the “mildest climate” in South Africa 
City & Safari tours in South Africa: Stay at Kwandwe Game Reserve on the Garden Route

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a great safari option near the Garden Route

Combo 2: Joburg and Kruger, South Africa 

Combine South Africa’s largest city and most prominent safari destination, and you have a delightful concoction.

The City of Gold

The city that never sleeps, the city of gold, Jozi…it goes by many names, but one thing’s for sure – there’s nothing underwhelming about this city. It’s big, it’s bold, and it packs a punch 9a. 

Whether you’re travelling for work, play, or a little bit of both, Johannesburg is the epicentre of business and entertainment. It’s also a retail therapy mecca, with large-scale, high-end shops and all the glamour your heart could desire.

Mandela bridge and city of Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a huge city begging to be explored

Why We Love it

  • A very modern city with plenty of excellent shopping centres, in particular in the affluent neighbourhood of Sandton
  • Rich in history and culture, with the Apartheid Museum, Hector Pieterson Museum, and Nelson Mandela’s home on Vilakazi Street in Soweto all being must-see attractions
  • Very accessible, with the country’s biggest airport, O.R Tambo International Airport, found here
  • Award-winning restaurants, cocktail bars, and nightclubs
  • Sun City Resort is an entertainment hub for the whole family
Fine dining in Johannesburg

Distinctive fine dining in Johannesburg, Image Credit: Level Four

Paired with…

The Safari Mecca

Blending seamlessly with Joburg for your holiday, the nearby Kruger National Park is the king of all Big 5 game reserves in the country. Its vast bush attracts travellers from around the world to go on game drives and see how many famous wildlife stars they can spot. 

One of these includes the elusive leopard, a big cat that’s usually rare to see in the wild, but in the luxury private game reserves like Sabi Sand, you’re almost guaranteed to see not just one but a few! The accommodation options here are also top-tier, such as the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, Silvan Safari.

Game drive on city and safari tours in Kruger

Get up-close to Africa’s greatest wildlife

Why We Love it

  • The private game reserves offer more exclusive safari experiences and ultra-luxurious accommodation
  • Famous for its leopard sightings and overall high wildlife population density
  • Over 147 mammal, 517 bird and 1,982 plant species 
  • It’s the largest and most well-known safari region in South Africa
  • Activities in private reserves include game drives, night safaris, walking safaris an photo safaris
Silvan Safari city and safari tours

Views from Silvan Safari’s main deck

Combo 3: Nairobi and Maasai Mara, Kenya  

Mix one of Africa’s most prominent nature reserves with Kenya’s colourful capital, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect East African holiday.

Gateway to Kenya

Kenya’s capital and transport hub, Nairobi, is a must-visit if you’re looking for city and safari tours in Africa, with the added bonus of a picturesque setting and plenty of culture too.

In fact, it’s here that author Karen Blixen wrote her famous memoir “Out of Africa”, which was later made into a film. You’ll recognise some of the settings from the scenes if you’re familiar with the film. Not only is it a great shopping and entertainment city, but the closest national park is a mere 7km away! 

The modern Nairobi city centre

The modern Nairobi city centre

Why We Love it

  • Set against the backdrop of the two biggest mountains in Africa, namely Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya 
  • Close to the country’s best game reserves like Maasai Mara, and only 7km from Nairobi National Park
  • Get your dose of culture at Kenya’s National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum, or learn more about conservation at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Bustling restaurant and nightlife scenes to explore 
  • Shopping at the Maasai Market for gifts and souvenirs
Zebras in Nairobi National Park

In Kenya, it’s easy to combine city and safari

Paired with…

Setting of The Great Migration

Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve is the classic East African safari image often depicted on postcards. With vast savannah as far as the eye can see, peppered with flat-topped acacia trees, and sunsets that paint everything in a magical red-orange glow, it’s one of our favourite safari destinations.

It’s also host to part of the Great Migration, when over two million wildebeest followed by zebra and gazelle journey through Kenya and Tanzania in search of greener pastures.

 City and safari tours in Kenya

Maasai Mara is a wildlife paradise in Kenya, East Africa

Why We Love it

  • The Great Migration passes through here (seasonal)
  • One of our personal favourite activities is a hot air balloon safari followed by a bubbly breakfast 
  • The rich local Maasai culture will fascinate you 
  • Home to the Big 5, cheetah, plenty of birdlife, and more than 100 mammal species 
  • The luxury tented camps you can stay at are positioned to give you the best view of the wildlife 
Hot Air Balloon safari in Kenya

We love going on a hot air balloon safari in Kenya

Combo 4: Pretoria and Madikwe, South Africa

Another urban and wildlife medley, the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and suburban city of Pretoria, is perfect for more low-key city and safari tours.

Laid-back City Life

Pretoria is Johannesburg’s sister city, but they have their own unique charms. Whereas Joburg is all about big city lights and action, Pretoria takes a quieter approach. 

We love the jacaranda-lined streets flourishing with purple blossoms in spring, giving it a softer appearance than the Joburg concrete jungle. 

Jacaranda trees in Pretoria

Purple blossoms lining Pretoria’s streets in spring

Why We Love it

  • The Pretoria National Botanical Garden features some of South Africa’s best indigenous plant life to admire 
  • The Voortrekker Monument, a 40-metre-tall building, offers splendid views over the city
  • Perfect if you want to do some shopping but on a smaller scale 
  • Many restaurants and food markets to explore 
  • Freedom Park Heritage Site and Museum 
Greenery in Pretoria

Lush greenery in Pretoria

Paired with…

Magical Malaria-Free Madikwe 

Madikwe Game Reserve is a conservation success story. It started as a low-yielding cattle farm, but today it boasts healthy wildlife populations, including the Big 5, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, antelope, the endangered African wild dog, and more. 

Because it’s a private reserve, you can venture off-road to get up close to the wildlife and go on night drives and bush walks. We love Madikwe because it’s so family-friendly, making it ideal for a holiday with your little ones.

Madikwe offers the premier malaria-free safari experience in Africa

Malaria-free safaris in Africa

Why We Love it

  • A malaria-free region so perfect for families travelling with small children, the elderly or pregnant women
  • Plenty of wildlife species, including the Big 5 and more than 10,000 mammals
  • Over 350 bird species in the reserve 
  • Unique location set on the edges of the Kalahari 
  • Many luxury lodges to choose from, including excellent family-friendly options 
Jamala madikwe sofa safari

Admire the wildlife without even leaving the lodge, Image Credit: Jamala Madikwe

Ready to Start Planning Your City and Safari Tours? 

Let’s tailor the perfect city and safari tours for you! We’ll plan it according to your likes, dislikes, preferences, and who you’re travelling with. 

As the World’s Best Safari Company, we make it our business to know the ins and outs of our continent’s top destinations, accommodation options, and activities. Contact our Travel Experts today, and let’s start planning! 

City and Safari Tours in Africa

Big City Lights to Safari Sights: City and Safari Tours in Africa

Want to go on safari but also love shopping up a storm, dining out, and dancing the night away in glitzy clubs? Our continent offers a delicious and convenient menu of city and safari tours that will suit all palates. Plus, we’ve sampled them all ourselves, cherry-picking our favourite pairings to share with you…

Cape Town and Kruger National Park

From city to safari in two ticks

From Concrete Jungle to King of the Jungle

Many of our guests are surprised that they can enjoy city and safari in one go while visiting Africa. Whilst most people think of safaris when they think of our home continent and rightly so, its cities should not be overlooked. Here are our favourite combinations of city and safari to whet your travel appetite.

Combo 1: Cape Town and Garden Route, South Africa 

This duo is a delightful mix of scenery, safari and experiences that will leave you wanting more.

South Africa’s Mother City 

Cape Town is South Africa‘s oldest city, affectionately known as The Mother City, and lauded worldwide for its diversity. It also happens to be where our Rhino Africa HQ is! 

Think of Cape Town, and you’re likely picturing the iconic flat-topped Table Mountain. But wrapped around this impressive mountain is a lively city with inviting sights, sounds, smells, and smiles that will steal your heart. In fact, it frequently does, with people from across the country and world packing up their lives to move to the city once they’ve had their first taste.

V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

Shoppers walking through the bustling V&A Waterfront

Why We Love it

  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is an entertainment, dining and shopping mecca
  • Award-winning restaurants and wine farms 
  • Vibrant nightlife scene with trendy cocktail bars, nightclubs and late night restaurants  
  • Combination of mountains, vineyards, ocean and city 
  • Historical significance and lots of art galleries like Zeitz MOCAA

Cape Town city lit up at night, Image Credit: Mark Seath

Paired with…

South Africa’s Garden of Eden 

The Garden Route‘s name says it all. It’s lush, flourishing, and appetising, with landscapes offering plenty of adventure. You can easily combine Big 5 safaris at the many game reserves with your stay in Cape Town. 

Whether you decide to fly to George Airport and drive from there or take the road trip along this stunning route, you won’t regret spending as much time as possible in this neck of the woods. Plus, it’s malaria-free, so you can travel with the whole family, no matter how young or old they are.

A meandering road engulfed by lush forest

South Africa’s own “Garden of Eden”

Why We Love it

  • A malaria-free safari area, ideal for families with the elderly, pregnant women, or small children
  • Add an ocean safari to your Big 5 safari when the whales are in town (July to November)
  • So much to do, including hiking, biking, canoeing, boating, safari and bungee jumping
  • Golfing opportunities at award-winning courses 
  • Mediterranean-like weather, so pleasant year-round, with the “mildest climate” in South Africa 
City & Safari tours in South Africa: Stay at Kwandwe Game Reserve on the Garden Route

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a great safari option near the Garden Route

Combo 2: Joburg and Kruger, South Africa 

Combine South Africa’s largest city and most prominent safari destination, and you have a delightful concoction.

The City of Gold

The city that never sleeps, the city of gold, Jozi…it goes by many names, but one thing’s for sure – there’s nothing underwhelming about this city. It’s big, it’s bold, and it packs a punch 9a. 

Whether you’re travelling for work, play, or a little bit of both, Johannesburg is the epicentre of business and entertainment. It’s also a retail therapy mecca, with large-scale, high-end shops and all the glamour your heart could desire.

Mandela bridge and city of Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a huge city begging to be explored

Why We Love it

  • A very modern city with plenty of excellent shopping centres, in particular in the affluent neighbourhood of Sandton
  • Rich in history and culture, with the Apartheid Museum, Hector Pieterson Museum, and Nelson Mandela’s home on Vilakazi Street in Soweto all being must-see attractions
  • Very accessible, with the country’s biggest airport, O.R Tambo International Airport, found here
  • Award-winning restaurants, cocktail bars, and nightclubs
  • Sun City Resort is an entertainment hub for the whole family
Fine dining in Johannesburg

Distinctive fine dining in Johannesburg, Image Credit: Level Four

Paired with…

The Safari Mecca

Blending seamlessly with Joburg for your holiday, the nearby Kruger National Park is the king of all Big 5 game reserves in the country. Its vast bush attracts travellers from around the world to go on game drives and see how many famous wildlife stars they can spot. 

One of these includes the elusive leopard, a big cat that’s usually rare to see in the wild, but in the luxury private game reserves like Sabi Sand, you’re almost guaranteed to see not just one but a few! The accommodation options here are also top-tier, such as the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, Silvan Safari.

Game drive on city and safari tours in Kruger

Get up-close to Africa’s greatest wildlife

Why We Love it

  • The private game reserves offer more exclusive safari experiences and ultra-luxurious accommodation
  • Famous for its leopard sightings and overall high wildlife population density
  • Over 147 mammal, 517 bird and 1,982 plant species 
  • It’s the largest and most well-known safari region in South Africa
  • Activities in private reserves include game drives, night safaris, walking safaris an photo safaris
Silvan Safari city and safari tours

Views from Silvan Safari’s main deck

Combo 3: Nairobi and Maasai Mara, Kenya  

Mix one of Africa’s most prominent nature reserves with Kenya’s colourful capital, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect East African holiday.

Gateway to Kenya

Kenya’s capital and transport hub, Nairobi, is a must-visit if you’re looking for city and safari tours in Africa, with the added bonus of a picturesque setting and plenty of culture too.

In fact, it’s here that author Karen Blixen wrote her famous memoir “Out of Africa”, which was later made into a film. You’ll recognise some of the settings from the scenes if you’re familiar with the film. Not only is it a great shopping and entertainment city, but the closest national park is a mere 7km away! 

The modern Nairobi city centre

The modern Nairobi city centre

Why We Love it

  • Set against the backdrop of the two biggest mountains in Africa, namely Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya 
  • Close to the country’s best game reserves like Maasai Mara, and only 7km from Nairobi National Park
  • Get your dose of culture at Kenya’s National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum, or learn more about conservation at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Bustling restaurant and nightlife scenes to explore 
  • Shopping at the Maasai Market for gifts and souvenirs
Zebras in Nairobi National Park

In Kenya, it’s easy to combine city and safari

Paired with…

Setting of The Great Migration

Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve is the classic East African safari image often depicted on postcards. With vast savannah as far as the eye can see, peppered with flat-topped acacia trees, and sunsets that paint everything in a magical red-orange glow, it’s one of our favourite safari destinations.

It’s also host to part of the Great Migration, when over two million wildebeest followed by zebra and gazelle journey through Kenya and Tanzania in search of greener pastures.

 City and safari tours in Kenya

Maasai Mara is a wildlife paradise in Kenya, East Africa

Why We Love it

  • The Great Migration passes through here (seasonal)
  • One of our personal favourite activities is a hot air balloon safari followed by a bubbly breakfast 
  • The rich local Maasai culture will fascinate you 
  • Home to the Big 5, cheetah, plenty of birdlife, and more than 100 mammal species 
  • The luxury tented camps you can stay at are positioned to give you the best view of the wildlife 
Hot Air Balloon safari in Kenya

We love going on a hot air balloon safari in Kenya

Combo 4: Pretoria and Madikwe, South Africa

Another urban and wildlife medley, the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and suburban city of Pretoria, is perfect for more low-key city and safari tours.

Laid-back City Life

Pretoria is Johannesburg’s sister city, but they have their own unique charms. Whereas Joburg is all about big city lights and action, Pretoria takes a quieter approach. 

We love the jacaranda-lined streets flourishing with purple blossoms in spring, giving it a softer appearance than the Joburg concrete jungle. 

Jacaranda trees in Pretoria

Purple blossoms lining Pretoria’s streets in spring

Why We Love it

  • The Pretoria National Botanical Garden features some of South Africa’s best indigenous plant life to admire 
  • The Voortrekker Monument, a 40-metre-tall building, offers splendid views over the city
  • Perfect if you want to do some shopping but on a smaller scale 
  • Many restaurants and food markets to explore 
  • Freedom Park Heritage Site and Museum 
Greenery in Pretoria

Lush greenery in Pretoria

Paired with…

Magical Malaria-Free Madikwe 

Madikwe Game Reserve is a conservation success story. It started as a low-yielding cattle farm, but today it boasts healthy wildlife populations, including the Big 5, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, antelope, the endangered African wild dog, and more. 

Because it’s a private reserve, you can venture off-road to get up close to the wildlife and go on night drives and bush walks. We love Madikwe because it’s so family-friendly, making it ideal for a holiday with your little ones.

Madikwe offers the premier malaria-free safari experience in Africa

Malaria-free safaris in Africa

Why We Love it

  • A malaria-free region so perfect for families travelling with small children, the elderly or pregnant women
  • Plenty of wildlife species, including the Big 5 and more than 10,000 mammals
  • Over 350 bird species in the reserve 
  • Unique location set on the edges of the Kalahari 
  • Many luxury lodges to choose from, including excellent family-friendly options 
Jamala madikwe sofa safari

Admire the wildlife without even leaving the lodge, Image Credit: Jamala Madikwe

Ready to Start Planning Your City and Safari Tours? 

Let’s tailor the perfect city and safari tours for you! We’ll plan it according to your likes, dislikes, preferences, and who you’re travelling with. 

As the World’s Best Safari Company, we make it our business to know the ins and outs of our continent’s top destinations, accommodation options, and activities. Contact our Travel Experts today, and let’s start planning! 

City and Safari Tours in Africa

Jen and Scott’s Impromptu Proposal in Africa

Here at Rhino Africa, we absolutely LOVE hearing our traveller’s tales about their trips to Africa. And in the spirit of the month of love, one story really stands out. Here is the heartwarming tale of an impromptu proposal in Africa.

Proposal at sunset

Africa is a romantic rendezvous surrounded by Mother Nature

It Started with a Wedding

“The trip was originally to go to a wedding. Jen did her gap year in Botswana, and one of her housemates stayed on and was getting married. Thus Brycewana 2016 was born!” – Leslie Bryce.

Get ready to hear a tale of wild wanderlust and unexpected family undertakings…

Once upon a time, a band of intrepid explorers (aka the Bryce family) set off for Botswana, or as they called it, “Brycewana 2016” – an epic escapade with a seriously snazzy name. 

The gang’s main mission? To attend a wedding, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Among the merry travellers were the dynamic duo (and cutest couple), Jen and Scott, who brought their A-game to the adventure.

But wait, there’s more! Jen’s father, Richard, hailed from Zimbabwe, so the gang kicked off their journey in Zimbabwe and Zambia, taking in the stunning scenery of Victoria Falls!

Jen and Scott in Victoria Falls

The happy couple sporting “Brycewana” branded t-shirts, Image Credit: Leslie Bryce

Victoria Falls

So there they were, a clan of eight, soaking up the majestic sights of Victoria Falls – that wonder of wonders, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and all-around jaw-dropper. And boy, oh boy, there’s no shortage of shenanigans to be had here!

For the thrill-seekers among us, there’s Devil’s Pool – a heart-racing swim on the brink of the Falls – as well as bungee jumping, zip-lining, and micro lighting. But if you’re after something a little less wild, fear not! The region also offers sunset cruises, marvellous walking tours, and so much more.

Observe el bosque ribereño y las cataratas desde una variedad de puntos de vista diferentes

Check out the rainforest and Falls from a variety of different vantage points, Image Credit: Wild Horizons

Once our favourite family had their fill of wonder and waterfalls, the real magic materialised when making their way into the untamed wilderness of Botswana. With a little help from Rhino Africa’s travel gurus, it was a trip like no other; full of laughter, life-changing moments, and a whole lot of love!

Aerial view of Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the largest sheet of falling water in the world

Botswana

From lunar-like desert landscapes and open grasslands to riverine forests and papyrus-lined canals, Botswana delivers the very best in land and water safari experiences. 

There are some seriously stunning spots to explore – like the Chobe National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans – but nothing quite beats the fame (and fabulousness) of the Okavango Delta. It was an absolute no-brainer for the Bryce squad of eight to set up camp there.

Elephants in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Discover the untouched nature of Botswana

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

“The guides were all fantastic, food was superb, and accommodation was great.” – Leslie Bryce.

Boat safari in the Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Leslie Bryce

The fam’s first hideaway haven was none other than Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp – known for its elegant tented suites and sweeping vistas of the surrounding Okavango Delta. 

Packed with prime wildlife and bird-watching hotspots, Nxabega had all the makings of a close-up African safari encounter. And with plenty of privacy, the lovebirds, Jen and Scott, could easily cosy up and connect as a couple.

Romantic vistas of the surrounding landscape

Perfect for a romantic getaway, Image Credit: Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Little Machaba Camp

The family’s second sanctuary of solitude was that of Little Machaba Camp. This gem, nestled in the nooks of the Okavango Delta’s northeastern realm, is beyond compare – serving major retro vibes with its top-of-the-line living quarters that take you back to the 1950s safari era.

But the best part about this spot? You don’t even have to step outside your tent to catch sight of majestic creatures prowling the vast floodplains. Talk about spellbinding! And it’s perfect for intimate celebrations, too. So perfect that Scott got down on one knee and popped the question to Jen in this dreamy, fairytale setting.

Little Machaba inhabits an area highly populated with wildlife, Image Credit: Machaba

She Said Yes!

“We’d certainly use Rhino Africa again on future trips to Africa – our daughter got engaged on this trip, so maybe a wedding sometime soon!” – Leslie Bryce.

We are over the moon that Jen said yes to Scott’s proposal in such an enchanting setting. We wish you all the happiness in the world and hope you’ll return to Africa one day to celebrate where your love story began – we promise to make it just as special as Brycewana 2016!

Jen and Scott’s temporary engagement ring, Image Credit: Leslie Bryce

Plan Your Proposal in Africa

We hope this tale of adventure and romance inspired you to plan your unforgettable trip to Africa. We’re passionate about crafting tailor-made journeys that will exceed your wildest expectations. Contact our Travel Experts to start planning your dream vacation (or proposal) in Africa!

Private picnic in the Okavango Delta

Top 5 Destinations for African Safari and Culture Tours

There are plenty of pairings to enjoy on our continent, but one of our favourites are African safari and culture tours. As the world’s second-largest continent, Africa is massive, measuring around 11,724,000 square miles (30,365,000 square km). Furthermore, you’d be surprised by how much diversity there is throughout Africa, not only when it comes to landscapes but wildlife and cultural diversity too. As the World’s Best Safari Company, we’ve shared the multifaceted joys of our home continent with over 180,000 delighted guests. Here are our top destinations featuring sensational safaris and captivating cultures.

Maasai warrior leaning against a tree

Safari and culture? In Africa, you can!, Image Credit: Sanctuary Olonana

1. Big 5 Safaris in Zululand, South Africa

South Africa is often referred to as “a world in one country” due to its baffling diversity of all things. It’s also revered for its Big 5 safaris. Kruger National Park is, without a doubt, the most popular safari destination here, and rightly so. However, we personally love the duo of safari and culture that KwaZulu-Natal provides and often recommend this for guests who love both wildlife and culture.

A verdant terrain with dramatic mountain ranges and sub-tropical beaches licked by warm Indian Ocean waves, it’s the dream holiday destination not only for adrenaline junkies but also for those looking for a chance to kick back and relax. The province is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The former is where you’ll find Africa’s highest mountain range and plenty of ancient San paintings that give you a glimpse into the past.

The majestic Drakensberg Mountains are a must for South African travel in 2023

Our majestic Drakensberg Mountains

Coastline Safaris

There are many game reserves for you to choose from, most notably Phinda Private Game Reserve and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park. Phinda has seven distinct habitats,  which is why it’s often referred to as the “Seven Worlds of Wonder”, with an abundance of wildlife, including the Big 5 and over 380 bird species. On the other hand, Hluhluwe is best known for being the oldest nature reserve in South Africa, with the largest population of white rhinos on earth and celebrated for its many conservation efforts.

Because of its Indian Ocean coastline, it’s the perfect destination to add an ocean safari, as places like Sodwana Bay’s reefs have over 1,200 species of fish, as well as dolphins, flat-mouthed sharks, humpback whales, sea turtles and more to admire underwater.

Couple on safari at sunset in Phinda Private Game Reserve

Most romantic setting, Image Credit: Phinda Private Game Reserve

Zestful Zululand

As the largest ethnic group in South Africa, the Zulu culture is fascinatingly rich with colourful attire, customs and more. A cultural excursion to their traditional homesteads will open your eyes to their way of living, from sampling their cuisine, listening to their music, and learning more about their history and customs.

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve Zulu Dancers in KwaZulu-Natal

Zulu dancers at Phinda, Image Credit: &BeyondPhinda

2. Desert Safaris in Himbaland, Namibia

Namibia is one of our most requested destinations because it’s so unique in every way. Not only is it a land of contrasts where the ocean meets desert and wildlife seems to thrive even under the harshest conditions, but the local Himba culture is also enlightening. Double the size of Germany, Namibia might be big, but it’s sparsely populated, giving you plenty of untouched landscapes to marvel at and capture unbelievable photographs.

Lone oryx in the dunes, Namibia

A lone oryx roams the red dunes of Namibia

Desert-Adapted Wildlife Safaris

Namibia has plenty of safari destinations, of which Etosha National Park is the most famous. Home to four of the Big 5 (excluding the buffalo), as well as animals like cheetah, giraffe, two types of zebra, hyena, springbok and many more, it’s an excellent safari destination. Then there’s also Damaraland, where you can witness first-hand how the wildlife has not only managed to adapt to but thrive in the challenging desert environment.

Many different wildlife gathering in Etosha National Park

Etosha is a meeting place for all kinds of species, Image Credit: R.M. Nunes

Himba Homeland

Namibia has many fascinating cultures, one of which is the Himba. The first of their ancestors can be traced back to the early 16th century, and today you’ll find them in the northwest corner of the country, the Kunene Region. If you’ve seen images of this tribe’s women, you’ve likely noticed the red ochre cream they cover their bodies and hair with. Once they reach puberty, the women also wear a crown crafted from cow or goat leather. They have many other interesting customs you can experience and learn more about first-hand during your visit to Namibia.

Himba woman in Nambia

Himba woman covered in clay paint and wearing a leather crown

3. Water Safaris and Ancient San Tribes, Botswana

The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta in Botswana is world-famous for its puzzling flooding during the dry winter months and for being a gathering place for an unbelievable diversity of species. A mirage-inducing oasis found in the otherwise arid Kalahari, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Big 5 and many other (endangered) species.

Elephant in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is home to many different wildlife species in staggering numbers

Mokoro Safaris

Besides your usual game drives and bush walks, you can experience a mokoro safari while visiting the Okavango Delta. A mokoro is reminiscent of the gondola in Venice, a dugout canoe that gives you the best perspective of the wildlife coming to drink and play in the water channels. It’s also silent – no engines detracting from the safari sounds.

Other than the Big 5, you can look forward to seeing hippo, Nile crocodile, cheetah, plenty of different antelope, zebra, the endangered black and white rhino, African wild dog, and many more. There are over 500 different species of birds to admire too. But it’s not only about the birds and beasts, as flora and fauna are also out of this world, with the Okavango Delta having one of the most complex ecosystems globally.

Mokoro safari in Okavango Delta

A mokoro safari is one of our top activities in Botswana, Image Credit: Belmond Eagle Island

Meet One of the Oldest Cultures on Earth

The hunter-gatherer San culture, also called Bushmen, is listed among the oldest cultures in the world. Sometimes referred to as “living fossils”, they’re admired in particular for their rock art paintings and impressive hunting and survival skills. Botswana has the highest density of San people compared to the rest of Southern Africa. During your stay in Botswana, you can go on cultural tours where you spend some time with San people to learn more about their way of life.

Some of the bushmen of Botswana

Visit the San Bushmen in Botswana on one of our African safari and culture tours

4. Great Migration and Maasai Tribes, Kenya

The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, East Africa, is an extraordinary destination, not only because it’s host to part of the annual Great Wildebeest Migration and home to an impressive volume and variety of wildlife, but it’s also where you can meet the Maasai people known for their vibrant attire and fascinating customs.

Hot Air Balloon safari in Kenya

We love going on a hot air balloon safari in Kenya

Africa’s Greatest Show

The Great Migration is one of the main reasons our guests want to visit East Africa, and it’s entirely understandable! This spectacle is one of our personal favourites and still takes our breath away even after seeing it many, many times. It’s a natural phenomenon when about two million wildebeest, accompanied by zebras and other antelope, take on a pilgrimage through Kenya and Tanzania in search of food. Of course, this attracts plenty of attention from hungry predators – from lions to crocodiles, and the wildlife must fight for survival, promising drama-filled safari scenes. One of our preferred ways to watch this show unfold is from the sky on a hot air balloon safari.

Wildebeest crossing river during the Great Migration

The Great Migration in East Africa is an action and drama-packed experience

Meeting the Maasai

The Maasai culture is easily identifiable by the bright sheets wrapped around their bodies, most commonly red. They also have unique beadwork jewellery that you can buy from them. What they wear has meaning and indicates social status, for example, whether they’re married or not. They are also known for their music and dancing, most notably their traditional jumping dance. During your time in Kenya, you can go on cultural visits to their villages and even partake in unique activities such as running with Maasai through the wilderness.

African safari and culture tours include Kenya's Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara in their colourful traditional clothing, Image Credit: Angama Mara

5. Tantalising Tanzania and Zanzibar, East Africa

Tanzania is known for also being host to the Great Migration and is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, and some of the largest lakes in the world. It’s also one of our top destinations to recommend to guests if they want to combine a bush and beach holiday, as lounging on the Zanzibar coastline is the perfect ending to an adventure-filled safari.

Three local women walking on the beach in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is rich in culture and beaches

Ancient Volcanic Crater Filled with Wildlife

As the only intact caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is a conservation area and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s filled to the brim with wildlife, from the Big 5 to more than approximately 6,000 wildebeest, a wide range of fauna and flora, and bird species.

Wildebeest and flaming gather in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

Spice Island Tours

Made up of three main islands in the Indian Ocean, the Zanzibar Archipelago is located off the coast of Tanzania. It used to be an essential stop on the spice trade, whereafter Arab sultans claimed it and settled in with the local Swahili culture. As a result, you have an interesting mix of Indo-Arabian architecture, delicious cuisine, arts and crafts, and more. The cultural and historical capital, Stone Town, is the birthplace of famous singer Freddie Mercury and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stone Town in Zanzibar

The famous and culturally-rich Stone Town

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