MORE Private Travel was born from our need to create an exclusive travel desk to take care of the personal travel requirements of our friends and family. We soon realised that this service could distinctly benefit our clients too.
I’m happy to introduce you to our wonderful team of travel experts who are on hand to assist with the full-circle planning of your visit to Southern Africa. Our designers – Ashley, Andrea, Bella & Kaamilah – are experts on the region, and are on hand to assist with all the logistics of getting to and from each of our privately owned Hotels and Lodges.
I hope you will find More Private Travel of some assistance when planning your trip, and we look forward to your arrival.
Founder and Owner
Our travel experts spend a lot of time exploring, to find those hidden gems that they know will make for an exceptional itinerary. They’ve included a little more information on some of their favourite places to whet your appetite. Please get in touch with any of our team directly, and they’ll engage with you to craft you the perfect experience.
These are a few of our favourite things…
Lion Sands Game Reserve flanks the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve and world-renowned Kruger National Park. All four lodges – Ivory Lodge, Tinga Lodge, River Lodge and Narina Lodge – offer guests the pinnacle of African contemporary luxury.
The Lion Sands Treehouses are known as “The Ultimate Bush Bedrooms” where guests can appreciate the hours of dusk before slumbering in the open under the incredible night sky.
The vast landscape at Madikwe Safari Lodge presents expansive vistas of thornveld and undulating hills. Its three lodges, Lelapa, Dithaba and Kopano, appeal to groups, couples and families (the reserve is malaria-free). Our wish is that visitors feel utterly at home in this untainted and unaffected wilderness.
Marataba is a really special place, located at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains. This dramatic malaria-free reserve affords the wildlife enthusiast with a distinctive and unforgettable safari. At Marataba Safari Lode, 15 canvas-and-stone Tented Suites are exquisitely furnished, and decorated with a contemporary twist. Marataba Trails Lodge is for the walking enthusiast, and has 5 deluxe Eco Suites perched on the side of the mountain with 180 degree views into Waterfall Valley.
Other do’s include visits to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the mighty Delta in Botswana.
Feeling a bit drained after the big thrills and excitements of your African Safari? Why not take time out and recharge at any of our recommended beach destinations within the Indian Ocean. Favourite spots are Zanzibar, the rich spicy Island; or Mozambique which combines the wild with the peaceful; Seychelles with its soft powder white beaches and most friendly people or Mauritius, always a popular tropical Island.
Do not forget about the hub of our infrastructure, Egoli City! Johannesburg is the economic powerhouse of South Africa and southern Africa. Founded in 1886 with the discovery of gold on the Reef, Johannesburg has grown into a world-class city: the provincial capital of Gauteng.
There are a multitude of places to see and fun things to do in Johannesburg, so everyone is bound to find entertainment to suit their taste and their pocket – the reason why visitors keep returning to the City of Gold!
If you are looking for a cultural experience, there are more than 40 art galleries and a host of cultural institutions and studios in the city. Alternatively, take in a show at one of the many theatres in Johannesburg or learn more about the traditional African cultures in Johannesburg at the cultural villages or centres in the city.
MORE Private Travel unveils unique community experiences by showcasing authentic culture, history, food & people. Our local ambassadors proudly invite you into their homes and experience the entrepreneur style of survival within a community.
We passionately create memories and there are ample within this city, travellers usually would like to ignore.
VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width, Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls. The Zambezi river, upstream from the falls, experiences a rainy season from late November to early April, and a dry season the rest of the year. The river’s annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April, The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 48 km (30 mi) away. At full moon, a “moonbow” can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. During the flood season, however, it is impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face, and the walks along the cliff opposite it are in a constant shower and shrouded in mist. Close to the edge of the cliff, spray shoots upward like inverted rain, especially at Zambia’s Knife-Edge Bridge. As the dry season takes effect, the islets on the crest become wider and more numerous, and in September to January up to half of the rocky face of the falls may become dry and the bottom of the First Gorge can be seen along most of its length. At this time it becomes possible (though not necessarily safe) to walk across some stretches of the river at the crest. It is also possible to walk to the bottom of the First Gorge at the Zimbabwean side. The minimum flow, which occurs in November, is around a tenth of the April figure; this variation in flow is greater than that of other major falls and causes Victoria Falls’ annual average flow rate to be lower than might be expected based on the maximum flow.
LIMPOPO PROVINCE & THE WATERBERG
In recent times Limpopo has taken its rightful place as a sought-after tourist destination with big game, brilliant birding, untamed bush landscapes, a marvellous ancient African kingdom, places of myth and legend, and as the northern gateway to Kruger National Park.
It is South Africa’s northernmost province and one of its wildest – that is in terms of immense untamed landscapes. Because of its malaria-free game parks, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe (possibly Southern Africa’s first-ever kingdom), its cultural heritage steeped in myth and legend, and its fascinating mountain ranges, is now a draw card for travellers who are seeking roads less travelled.
Limpopo is home to one of South Africa’s most popular and malaria-free Big Five destinations – the Waterberg, a high plateau in the west of the province surrounded by bushveld that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Limpopo is also known for its rich cultural heritage. You’ll find woodcarvers, potters, intricate beadwork, legends and myths, and even a Rain Queen, the hereditary female ruler of the Modjadji people, who is held to have the power to make rain.
THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE AND MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
The North West province features premier wildlife destinations (the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and the Madikwe Game Reserve); parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Vredefort Dome and the Taung Fossil Site, which is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site); and the Sun City gaming and entertainment resort.
The North West is a prime game-viewing destination and home of the well-known Madikwe Game Reserve and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, as well as other smaller wildlife and nature reserves.
From the opulence of the five-star Palace of the Lost City hotel in Sun City to boutique hotels, quaint guest houses, self-catering establishments, holiday cottages and chalets, the North West is well equipped with accommodation options.
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