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5 ways to add magic to a safari in southern Africa

5 ways to add some extra magic to your tailor-made safari in southern Africa

Without doubt Africa's biggest drawn is its abundant wildlife – and rightly so! But for those wanting to add a little extra magic to their safari, A&K's Rob Mason has a few ideas.

For incredible views:

Climb Table Mountain, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain is instantly recognizable. It was recently named one of the new Seven Wonders of the Natural World. You'll see why when you get there. The views from Table Mountain are quite literally breathtaking. Looking over the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Cape Town from the bustling V&A Waterford to the city's more sparsely populated outskirts, you'll literally feel like you're on top of the world. Whether you choose to hike up one of the many trails or take the short cable car, when you get to the top you'll be glad you did!

Where to stay: One & Only, Cape Town

For the thrill seeker:

Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zambia

The world-famous Victoria Falls are located at the Zambia/Zimbabwe border. They were discovered by David Livingston in 1855 and named after the British Queen of the day. At its peak, over half a million gallons pass over it every minute. After a leisurely stroll around the walkways surrounding the falls, there's no better way to get your adrenaline pumping than to brave the 111m bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge directly over the Zambezi. One tip that worked for me; don't look down until you jump, it worked a treat!

Where to stay: Royal Livingston, Livingston

To meet the locals:

Take a walk around a township, South Africa

Township, South Africa

The thought of visiting a township in South Africa is met by most travellers with equal measures of fear and intrigue. We'd never recommend doing so alone. However if you visit with one of our expert local guides, it can be a truly fascinating experience. From sharing a locally brewed beer served in what looked like a paint pot with some locals, to eating vetkoek from a roadside cafe whilst visiting a community centre, my experience of a South African township is truly one that I will never forget!

Where to stay: Cape Grace, Cape Town

For the stargazer:

Have a star bath, Botswana

Sanctuary Baines Camp, Botswana

For a truly magical experience at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp in the Okovango Delta ask your housekeeper to prepare you a star bath. Arriving back from your afternoon game drive, you will step out on to your room’s private terrace to a candle-lit bubble bath in a vintage tub under a beautiful blanket of stars. As you relax the only noises you'll hear are the gentle symphony of frog croaking and the occasional grunt of a hippo grazing. After a busy day of game viewing there is truly no better way to unwind!

Where to stay: Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Okavango Delta

To see A&K Philanthropy in action:

Take a bike tour of Nakatindi Community, Zambia

A&K Philanthropy

Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy has projects around the world but I'm particularly taken by the work we have done to improve the lives of the residents of the small village of Nakatindi. It’s located just outside the Mosi-Ao-Tunya National Park, a short drive from Victoria Falls. AKP’s achievements to date include building a well to provide clean water, daily meals for school children, building a community health centre and, most recently, setting up a bike shop which now provides a living for five local ladies. A bike tour of the village is by far the best way to get an insight into the lives of the locals and how we can continue to help. A truly humbling experience!

Where to stay: Sussi & Chuma, Livingston

Rob's trip in numbers:

  • 9 flights
  • 8 lions
  • 7 nights
  • 6 different hotels and lodges
  • 5 out of 5 of the Big 5 spotted
  • 4 countries
  • 3 visits Johannesburg airport
  • 2 herds of elephant
  • 1 experience of a lifetime!