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As the seasons are changing in Africa we have some great news to share with you.

A new lodge in Botswana in the Machaba Portfolio, Onguma growing their own veggies through the Oshivelo project, South African students learn more about the wildlife on their door step at Garonga, plus the chance to win a box of wine … read more on some exctiting news from our partners.

Onguma Oshivelo Farming

Sustainability and caring for your community is top priority for the team of Onguma.

Through the vision and wisdom of the Founder and Chairman of the Onguma Group, strategic plans were made to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Onguma Nature Reserve. The main aim was to provide jobs and income and offer the local community the opportunity to have meaningful and productive lives.

Oshivelo Farming is a 500-hectare vegetable farm located on the borders of Etosha, Oshivelo township and Onguma. Currently, 94 hectares are under irrigation and Oshivelo Farming aims at developing another 150 hectares in the foreseeable future. Water is sourced from strong boreholes on the property.

Oshivelo Farming produces a variety of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, beetroot to name a few and papayas. Four hundred tons of vegetable is currently sold monthly into the Namibian market.

Oshivelo Farming currently employs 180 local people on a permanent basis of which 80% are women. Up to 100 additional people are employed seasonally. All of these individuals were previously unemployed.

To find out more about this initiative please visit the web page and watch this short video. Onguma is very proud to be part of this amazing project and knowing that both young and old are being positively affected.

The Ant Collection remains good value for money

Ant´s  Nest and Ant’s Hill have issued their 2020 rates and on close inspection, you will realize that the exchange rate remains in the consumer’s interest. Ant’s remain a very good value for money safari as they offer a fully inclusive rate and a very personalised and tailormade holiday. Reachability has also become effortless as guests can opt to fly into the reserve with a private charter alternatively the easy 3-hour drive from the airport to the lodge remains the most popular way to get to Ant’s.

Why not combine another area with Ant’s and extend your safari experience? Welgevonden offers a variety of safari lodges and this is a mere hour away from Ant’s Nest & Ant’s Hill, alternatively take a leisurely 3-hour drive towards Botswana and you reach Mashatu. These areas are great safari combinations with Ant’s as both offer wildlife that the other does not necessarily have.

Please visit the Ant´s  dropbox for updated video and other information and take a minute to look at the revamped riding website

Garonga’s schools initiative

Garonga safari camp recently hosted 8 kids from a local school to give them the opportunity to see and experience a safari lodge and what it entails to run it. The kids were accompanied by their teacher and spent the whole day listening to staff sharing their experience, and ending the day with a wonderful game drive. These are just one of many initiatives that Garonga is involved in. Please read the full blog here.

Just as a reminder in case you missed the new closure times for Garonga: Garonga safari camp will be closed March 2020 and March 2021, Little Garonga will be closed 25 May to 20 June 2020 and 1 June to 30 June 2021.

Win your personal Christmas wine hamper:

Make a booking at Little Garonga during the period 01- 30 March 2020 between now and until 15 December 2019 and you can enjoy your own personal box of South African wines. Please contact Hella with the reservation details and to claim your box of wine. This is only valid for new bookings.

Machaba safaris stay 3 pay 2 specials and a new member to the family

Machaba Safaris introduces Ngoma safari lodge to the portfolio

Ngoma Safari Lodge is owned by the Chobe Enclave Conservation Trust, and Machaba safaris took over the running of all facets of the lodge from African Albida Tourism, on the 1st of August.

This was a huge opportunity for Machaba to include Ngoma into the brand and the team is very excited to have a world-class facility like this as part of the group.

The dream is to create a unique Machaba circuit of world-class lodges and camps, in Botswana and Zimbabwe, whilst keeping the Machaba vision of authentic classic safaris.

Please remember that Machaba has a stay 3 and pay 2 special offer for Zimbabwe & Botswana which is valid until early next year

For more information on these packages or any other Machaba Safaris offers please contact or visit the Machaba website.

Robin Pope Safaris makes planning easier and the Emerald season is coming

Robin Pope Safaris offers their River Journeys package only for a limited time of the year. This safari covers one of Zambia’s premier parks – South Luangwa. The Luangwa Valley is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

“The Luangwa Valley is at its most dramatic in the Emerald Season, with the Luangwa River now flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these lagoons, flooded ebony groves and flowing channels give you a view of the Valley which is normally inaccessible during this season“.

To be in the heart of the park, at peak flood time, staying at the first camp built in Zambia (Nsefu) with the river being your only access, is quite an experience.

Next availalable dates are 22 January to 31 March 2020.

Robin Pope also now has most of their camps on a full listing on WETU which will make planning their itineraries a lot easier for you. Please make contact with them if you are not familiar with using this tool.

Exclusive Yoga experiences with African Monarch Lodges

African Monarch Lodges are now offering daily yoga sessions either in a group or private sessions.

Experience the peace and tranquillity of an African setting on the banks of the Kwando, the perfect setting for exploring your mind, body and soul through yoga.

Don’t miss out on the last Transformational Yoga Wildlife retreat  for 2019 at Nambwa Tented Lodge which will be from 25 November to 1 December 2019.

For the 2020 dates for these retreats please visit this link.


For any rates, images and information on our other partners please visit these links: Mowani & Kipwe, Okahirongo, Swakopmund Guesthouse and Makakatana Bay Lodge  and  Wolwedans

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Until next time!

Hella and the Sabela Team

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