Direct flights available to Johannesburg include:

Direct flights available to Johannesburg include:

USA
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GERMANY
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FRANCE
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CITIES & LODGES in SOUTHERN AFRICA
Nairobi
Vic Falls
Zanzibar

2BWild conducts a recce tour to the exquisite spice island - Zanzibar - in June 2016
2BWild conducts a recce tour to the exquisite spice island – Zanzibar – in June 2016

Dar es Salaam
Windhoek
Cairo
Ponta Malongane (Moz)
Chilo Gorge (Zimbabwe)

Late afternoon sun catches the timeless Chilojo Cliffs
Late afternoon sun catches the timeless Chilojo Cliffs

 
Sabi Sabi
Skukuza
Maun, Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana
Chief’s Island, Botswana
Phalaborwa
Nelspruit
Inhambane (Moz)
Kariba (Zimbabwe)
Duba Plains (Botswana Delta)


Savuti (Botswana)
Komati Springs (world class technical diving)

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Greater Karoo

Favourable exchange rates favour 2BWild Safaris into Africa

2BWild- big five safaris
2BWild- big five safaris

Favourable exchange rates favour 2BWild Safaris into Africa

Visitors from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australasia are currently enjoying significantly favourable exchange rates for the South African Rand (ZAR), enabling those planning “that safari trip of a lifetime” to become a reality.

Deena and family, on safari from Pennsylvania - June 2016. That's Viv at the back.
Deena and family, on a 2BWild safari from Pennsylvania – June 2016.
That’s Viv at the back.

Exchange rates at 07 September 2016:
US$ 1 = ZAR 13.7
€ 1 = ZAR 15.4

In recent months, 2BWild clients – usually comprising couples as well as family groups – from Germany, The Netherlands and the US have experienced the true wild of Africa, in Big Five country, with close-up sightings of elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard.

Many have also experienced the magnificence of the Victoria Falls “The smoke that thunders”, with associated activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting and air flips over the Falls.

Cost effective internal flights, luxury hotel accommodation and transfers also open up the whole southern African region to some serious and exciting exploration – of vibrant cities such as Cape Town, and the true wild of the world famous Kruger National Park, the spice island of Zanzibar, and the annual wildebeest migration in Kenya – through to the option of self-drive 4×4 for the more adventurous, visiting remote wilderness areas of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and more, should that take your fancy.

White-water rafting at Vic Falls

The renowned elephant-back safari – Vic Falls, Zimbabwe, southern Africa
Crossing the Limpopo 2015
2BWild safari crossing the Limpopo in 2015
2BWild conducts a recce tour to the exquisite spice island - Zanzibar - in June 2016
2BWild conducts a recce tour to the exquisite spice island – Zanzibar – in June 2016

North meets South – Andrés comes to Africa – Olé!

Andrés from Spain had this to say about his recent 2BWild Safari:  (June 2016)

Route: BOTSWANA: Okavango Delta; ZIMBABWE and ZAMBIA: Vic falls; BOTSWANA: Senyati and Kubu Island.

Me so excited in the Vic falls!
Me so excited in the Vic falls!

Hi Viv!

The trip was greeeeeeeat, absolutely amazing. We really enjoyed all different places where we stayed. I am sending you here some pics. Are the ones from my iphone but still I really love them! I have plenty but i am sending you a small selection of some of my favourites!

We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.

Regarding the car everything was PERFECT as well! We had NO problem with it so I really really appreciate your kind assistance with that!

Thanks Viv,

Andrés

This is one of my favourite places of the trip... Kubu Island. It is very very special...
This is one of my favourite places of the trip… Kubu Island. It is very very special…
Devil's pool in Zambia's side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!
Devil’s pool in Zambia’s side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!

 

Itchy feet – and a taste of Africa – Hakuna matata!

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29 June 2016

IMG_1912Here’s a snippet of just some of our 2BWild Safaris recently completed, some in progress, and some in the future that we’re all still looking forward to: Zimbabwe-Gonarezhou; South Africa-Pilanesberg; Namibia and Botswana; South Africa-Welgevonden Game Reserve; Zimbabwe- Mana Pools; Botswana-Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP)… Read on…
To discuss with us and plan your next personalised safari in Africa diving trip click here.
Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou:
Terry & Party

Late afternoon sun catches the timeless Chilojo Cliffs
Late afternoon sun catches the timeless Chilojo Cliffs

Terry and friends (a group of twelve in total) returned a week ago from their annual safari together, this time to Gonarezhou. Instead of Beit Bridge, they opted to go through the Kruger and enter Mozambique at Pafuri border post and then through the Sango border post into Zimbabwe. They stayed in the south, travelled straight up the middle and stayed at a number of camps in the northern section, including two nights at the luxurious Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. They returned along the same route, staying at a different camp in the south before crossing through Moz and back into SA.

South Africa, Pilanesberg – an international family reunion and 80th birthday celebration:
Colin and Family
3-IMG_6427Colin and his family (16 in total, some having travelled from the USA) are spending four days in Pilanesberg National Park this week, staying in chalets at Bakgatla Camp, where they will be celebrating his Dad’s 80th Birthday. They will have a sumptuous Champagne Bush Breakfast at the private Boma in the Park on his Dad’s special day. There will be many self-drive game drives as well as a Bush Walk for some members of the group.

Namibia and Botswana – Caprivi and the Okavango Delta:
Felix & Party

Chobe River waterfront (photo: JeT, 2Bwild)
Chobe River waterfront (photo: JeT, 2Bwild)

Felix and his party of nine will be on the road heading north from early tomorrow (30/6). They will be travelling through Botswana up to the Chobe waterfront, through the Caprivi to Mamili and Mudumu, and then around to the Okavango Panhandle for a few days’ fishing before heading back home via Maun, Gweta (to visit Nxai Pan) and Francistown.

 

 

South Africa, Welgevonden Game Reserve:
Graeme and Rowan
While in SA from the UK, Graeme and Rowan will spend three days next week in the malaria-free Big 5 Welgevonden Game Reserve at one of Rare Earth’s luxurious 5-star lodges, Ekhutuleni.

 

 

Zimbabwe, Mana Pools:
Frank and Party

The main destination for Frank and his group of six is Mana Pools (Nyamepi camp). They’ll be leaving SA in July and travelling via Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Elephant Sands and Kasane, with a visit to Vic Falls, before crossing into Zambia for an overnight stop and then entering Zimbabwe. Their return journey takes them through Livingstone, Zambia and Nata in Botswana before re-entering SA.

Mark and Party
Another group is headed for Mana Pools, this time in September, Mark and his group of six will be doing a very quick trip from SA via Elephant Sands to begin their safari in the Zambezi National Park. From there they will overnight in Zambia before entering Zimbabwe early the next day for their five-night stay at Nyamepi in Mana. Once again, they’ll do a lightning return from Mana, overnighting in Antelope Park and then back into SA the following day.

Bitterpan camp

 

Botswana, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP)
JJ & Susan – KTP
JJ and Susan are off to Kgalagadi in July. Initially they were going to do the Nossob 4×4 Trail but unfortunately their friends couldn’t make the trip and more than one vehicle is required for the Trail. They will be camping at Polentswa and Rooiputs on the Botswana side as well as camps on the South African side.

The 2BWild Team

Urikaruus Camp

Last but not least – we too/two, Viv and John, head off to KTP in December for a 10 day visit. A number of months ago our excellent personalised travel agency specialist, Viv of 2Bwild Safaris did a fantastic job in securing the best sites for us as booking opened for the year! On our return we’ll also visit the renowned and beautiful Augrabies falls. Can’t wait! Yeeehaaa!

 

To discuss and plan your next personalised African safari  trip click here.

 

Zimbabwe: Limpopo crossing at Pafuri – conditions 27-06-2016

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Zimbabwe: Limpopo crossing at Pafuri
2BWild’s recommended safari route from South Africa to Gonarezhou

2BWild crossing the mighty Limpopo Near Pafuri. 08-2015
2BWild crossing the mighty Limpopo Near Pafuri. 08-2015. Photo:2BWild

News from the Pafuri region today is that the Limpopo River water level is less than tyre height.

This route, via Punda Maria camp in the Kruger National Park, is highly recommend in the winter months (May to August) as the water level is low. 2BWild Safaris has first-hand experience having travelled this route twice in recent years (see our trip report here).

Not only is this route a true African adventure with two significant river/sand crossings, mildly testing roads, tribal villages along the way, interesting border posts and related indabas, and a test of driving skills along sections of the route – all with the goal of Gonarezhou beckoning – and Kruger beckoning on the way back – but it also avoids the notoriously busy Beit Bridge border post to Zimbabwe.

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The Nuanetsi River crossing, only a few kilos from the Limpopo. Here local are preparing a crossing section for high water in the rainy season. Photo: 2BWild

Even though you need to allow for 3-4 hours for border crossings on this route – at Pafuri and Chiqualaquala/Sango – it is certainly well worth the adventure.

Zanzibar beckons – the perfect “luxury beach safari” coming up

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  • Now Hear This ! Now Hear This ! …

Viv and I are all set for our visit to Africa’s idyllic beach haven, Zanzibar, next week!

Zanzibar – a new 2BWild African beach safari in the making

A year in the planning the objective of this visit is to map out the perfect 2BWild “luxury beach safari” for our fly-in clients.

We fly in to Dar es Salaam from Johannesburg on Thursday next week and spend the night at a small beach resort, before taking the ferry to the island of Zanzibar the following day.

There we take a taxi transfer to another beach resort in the east to soak up the sun and clear azure ocean for a few days, to explore the Jozini Forest, and to enjoy. The next few days we’ll spend in the north of the island, checking out the spice tour and the diving scene – which we are told is amongst the best in the world.

Then we go on to the legendary Stonetown to spend time in the marketplace seeking out spices, clothes and trinkets, and mingling with the locals – immersing ourselves in the vibe of the market.

All very exciting – and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for you !!!

Forthcoming luxury fly-in safaris – including surf ‘n turf!

2BWild welcomes our new safari adventurers – luxury travel in Africa at its best…

Victoria Falls, “the smoke that thunders”

Deena and her family arrive from the United States in August to visit Cape Town – to explore the highlights of the Mother City from the V&A Waterfront, before flying off to Vic Falls, “the smoke that thunders,” with its fabulous activities;  followed by the exclusive Sabi Sabi Game Reserve where they have their own game-tracker and Ranger at their disposal.

_MG_0115Graeme and his family touch down in September from the UK. First stop is a private lodge in Kruger Park; onward to Ponta Malongane in Moz to enjoy some warm Indian Ocean diving; then to Tembe Elephant Lodge and rounding off with true South African farmhouse hospitality in Wakkerstroom – all in a fully equipped hired 4×4 Toyota.

Mozambique: Excellent diving this weekend at Ponta do Ouro

Ponto do Ouro, Mozambique – divers’ paradise
Simon Thomé, a PADI qualified technical diver
Simon Thomé, a PADI qualified technical diver

Simon Thomé, a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) qualified technical diver (SSI extended range nitrox), reports excellent diving conditions at Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique this weekend.

Travelling with fellow PADI divers, the group spent this long weekend putting in two dives each day. Visibility was good all weekend and waters were calm – although on Saturday a 3m swell curtailed the afternoon’s diving.

On Easter Friday, Simon and the two other technical divers in the group, Adrian Smit – Scubalicious instructor, and Chris Serfontein, carried out a 25m dive, simulating accelerated decompression on the ascent.

During the weekend the group visited a number of reefs, amongst which were: Creche, Checkers, Atlantis and Pinnacles. Sightings included Honey Comb Moray Eels, Blue-Spotted Ribbontail Ray, Stingrays, Porcelain Crabs, Scorpion Fish, Potato Bass, Yellow Snappers, and the very colourful Gasflame Nudibranch.

The exquisite Gasflame Nudibranch

Water temperature throughout the weekend averaged 25C.

Botswana: restrictions on the transport and movement of meat has been lifted.

 

Botswana veterinary zoning
Botswana veterinary zoning

Movement restrictions on cloven hooved animals lifted in Zone 11 – Botswana

The Botswana Ministry of Agriculture informs the farming community and the general public that movement restriction in zone 11 (Kweneng, Kgatleng, Southern Ramotswa and Tlokweng) of the cloven hoofed animals and their products has been lifted with immediate effect.

Therefore, slaughter facilities are now allowed to resume ‘business as usual.’

The lifting of the ban follows completion of all tests on the buffalo which proved negative of Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD virus and the inspection of all cloven hoofed animals which proved free of the disease.

Furthermore, the public is informed that the search for the possibility of any buffalo has been called off following the extensive ground and aerial search that ruled out any presence of buffaloes in Zone 11.

The Ministry of Agriculture wishes to thank the public for their cooperation during the difficult and trying time.

For further information contact Boikhutso Rabasha at 3689115, 72339719 or Geoffrey Pheko at 3689116/77520819.

 

Zimbabwe: Kariba level continues to rise

Kariba Dam, in dire straits

29 April 2016

The level of Kariba Dam continues to rise steadily.

Presently the level is on 26%, up from below 12% a few weeks ago.

This follows good rains up country in the region in March and April.

Present inflow on the Zambezi is 1 180 m3/s and is now receding,  although flow at Vic Falls is still impressive.