THE INSIDERS BEST OF AFRICA
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: South Africa’s Perfect Hideaways is a collection of owner-run, selfcatering properties dotted in and around the Cape. These homes display personality and quintessential South African style, from Cape Dutch heritage residences and private farmhouses, such as Karoo Cottage in Sneeuberg Nature Reserve, to quirky beach escapes such as Seagull Cottage on the west coast and Lookout House at Plettenberg Bay; perfecthideaways.co.za.
BAREFOOT BEAUTY: Mozambique’s communityfocused Ibo Island Lodge offers the ultimate in relaxed luxury with sugar-white beaches, dhow sailing on turquoise waters and lazy beach picnics on call. Freshly caught fish, spicy hot chilli prawns and green papaya salad get the tastebuds tingling and the crumbling beauty of historic island buildings adds a touch of romance; iboisland.com.
GO BUSH: Tanzania has so much more to offer than its world-famous Serengeti. The Selous, Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale Mountains national parks are all still very remote, wild and untouched. Hundreds-strong herds of buffalo wander through giant baobab forests, the scent of wild jasmine fills the air and the chimpanzee encounters are some of the best in the world. On Lake Tanganyika you can laze on white sandy beaches and snorkel with shoals of freshwater tropical fish; nomad-tanzania.com.
LIVINGSTONE WAS HERE: Zambia’s Luangwa and Zambezi are among the world’s great rivers — long, meandering and teeming with life. Their network of channels and oxbow lagoons sustain elephants, leopards, herds of buffalo, scores of crocodiles and giant hippo pods, plus a stunning array of birdlife. Intense wildlife encounters are the norm; remoteafrica.com.
ACTIVE ADVENTURE: Paddle and Saddle is no armchair safari. In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, keen horse riders and novices alike can combine saddle time riding through clear waters with adrenalinepumped canoeing and a walking safari along the Selinda Channel. A helicopter flip over this inland water oasis is a must; ridebotswana.com.
South African-born Julie McIntosh founded the Sydneybased Classic Safari Company 25 years ago, specialising in African wildlife and wilderness encounters. The company also operates on the Indian subcontinent and in South America. More: classicsafaricompany.com.au.
Graham Erbacher Graham.Erbacher@news.com.au