Namibia’s Pride – Desert Lions Of The Skeleton Coast

“The image of a lion walking along an isolated beach has captured the imagination of many filmmakers, scientists, and wildlife enthusiasts, and over recent years the story of the desert lion population has unfolded. They have survived against all odds, and continue to strive to exist in one of the worlds harshest environments.

The elusive desert-adapted lions of Namibia can live without water for extended periods. The little moisture they do take in is obtained from the blood of their prey. To find their prey, they need to travel very long distances in search of food, and hunger will drive them to take risks when hunting larger prey. They will also sometimes use the little energy they do have to settle for smaller prey like mice – prey that other lions will see as a waste of time.

Walking over the hot desert sand, their legs tend to be a little bit longer than ‘regular’ lions, while to withstand the cold of the night, their coats are slightly thicker. To cool their bodies down they pant, and sweat through the pads of their paws.
These secretive cats roam the rugged mountains, majestic sand dunes, gravel plains, scrublands and beaches of the Skeleton Coast, in constant danger, everlasting hunger and thirst, and inevitable suffering.”

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Bush Bling – Luxury Game Lodge Accommodation

 

When you think of going to a game reserve to go spot your favourite animals, you automatically assume that having to share your rooms with bugs is the norm. WRONG!

We have found some amazing accommodation that will ensure you not only get to see all the wildlife that is on your wishlist, but that you’ll also be staying in the most beautiful, upmarket establishments.

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Raptor Retreat Game Lodge

Raptor Retreat Game Lodge is a little slice of luxury, situated on the Balule Parsons Nature Reserve in the Mopani region. Balule Parsons Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

At the heart of Raptor Retreat is the Main Lodge where guests can gather to either dine or catch up on their adventures. Relax with a drink on the deck or slump into one of the voluptuous leather couches. The Main Lodge features a huge deck that looks out over an open plain where herds come to graze or drink at the water hole and predators wait for an opportunity.

The accommodation at Raptor Retreat is some of the best the industry has to offer. There are two private lodges on offer: the Elephant Lodge and the Buffalo Lodge. Each air-conditioned room has high thatched ceilings and a huge, built-in king-size bed as well as a large sliding door that opens onto a private deck with double recliners. The deck is nestled in amongst the trees giving you the feeling of being right in the thick of the bush. One could expect an elephant or lion to stroll past any minute.

Slip into your own splash pool and cool off under the hot African sun whilst watching game graze nearby.

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Pezulu Tree House Lodge

Pezulu is a small, exclusive, one of a kind, Tree House Game Lodge situated in the game rich area of the Limpopo province of South Africa, only forty minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park.

The thatched main building is entwined around a large Marula tree. It consists of a lounge, dining area, curio shop and a charming treetop bar. The magnificent rock swimming pool is the perfect place to cool off during hot summer days. After dark, dinner is served under the stars in the beautiful outdoor boma. The delicious food is typically South-African.

The Lodge comprises of eight unique thatch and reed Tree Houses, accommodating a maximum of twenty two people. Every unit is en-suite and has a private balcony where you can view herds of animals passing below, or view a giraffe eye to eye. Blending in beautifully with the African bush, solid wooden walkways lead high into the private tree houses. Each unit has been built to blend with the environment whilst maintaining an element of luxury. No nails have been knocked into the trees; rather the units have been built around the trees, resulting in huge branches (which are still growing) passing through the Tree Houses.

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Soul of Africa Lodge

Soul of Africa is a luxurious privately owned game lodge nestled in the idyllic Bushveld surrounds of the Waterberg Mountains, just outside the town of Thabazimbi, in the Limpopo Province.

The lodge comprises 6 very exclusive chalets which are scattered on the mountain ridge, and offers privacy to all guests. Guests can watch the sun set in a golden display over the distant mountain peaks, from the chalet’s private viewing deck, or watch a sky of scattered clouds, suffused with shades of purple and pink as dawn approaches.

Game and ample bird-life can be viewed whilst sipping cocktails in the beautiful swimming pool, or whilst enjoying a braai with friends at the lodge’s braai-area, both overlooking the scenic bushveld environment and Waterberg Mountains.

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South Africa’s Top Birding Spots

If you’re one of those people who like to annoy the big cat watchers on a game drive, who will cluelessly peer in the direction your binoculars are pointing, and if your favourite accessories are your camera, a birding book, and a pair of binoculars, then make sure to add the following list of incredible birding spots to your bucket list!

Nylsvley Nature Reserve

Near the town of the Naboomspruit in the Limpopo province lies one of South Africa’s largest flood plains – the Nyl River flood plain. The grassland flood plain stretches over 70km and forms an area known as Nylsvley. Part of this flood plain is incorporated into the Nylsvley Nature Reserve.

The reserve is widely known for its amazing variety of bird species, claiming 370 species of which 102 are waterfowl, 58 species of which breed on the flood plain (23 of these 58 are on the Red List of threatened species). At any one time there are estimated to be approximately 80 000 birds in the area. During the flood season, the plains also become important in the breeding of large numbers of fish and frogs – the main food source of most of the bird life. The total number of bird species found on the entire flood plain is 412 which is almost 50% of the total bird species in the entire South Africa.

The reserve also plays an important role in the breeding of the Roan antelope and the Tsessebe (a rare breed of antelope). Apart from wildlife, the only plantations of wild rice in South Africa are also found here. The Nylsvley Nature Reserve also has a restaurant called the Spoonbill Restaurant which is open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just a refreshing drink.

The reserve is open 06h00 -18h00 every day of the year.

For more information on tariffs and reservations contact:

Tel: +27-15-2907336 or

Email: reservations@golimpopo.com

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African eagle by Clint Ralph

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Buzzard by John Vosloo

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Lark-like bunting by Daryl Dell

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