Check out our Fall 2013 Newsletter Feating Ruaha – Tanzania Largest & Wildest Park

Fall 2013 Edition:

  • Africa News Reference
  • Tanzania Safari Guide – Ruaha National Park
  • Tanzania Beach Guide – Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge
  • Video Guide – Sabora Camp – Where Oprah stayed!
  • Recommended Tanzania Safari Itinerary
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
  • Newsletter Notes

Click here to view the AfricanMecca Fall 2013 Newsletter



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Featuring Conservation Pioneer Phinda Reserve & Hermanus Whales In South Africa – Fall 2012

In This Edition:

  • Africa News Reference
  • South Africa History & Culture
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting South Africa – Reason # 7
  • Phinda & Phinda Forest Lodge
  • Hermanus & Birkenhead House
  • South Africa Video Guide
  • African Safari Vacation 
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
  • Newsletter Notes

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Masai Mara Safari Wildebeest Migration Update From Governors Camp

In the last few days there have been some very good crossings on the Mara River. Yesterday many zebra and wildebeest crossed from east to the west at the main crossing points along the River. There are many wildebeest spread out across the plains surrounding Governors Camps. Huge lines of wildebeest were seen this morning filing over Rhino Ridge and towards Paradise Plains.

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The lions of the area are doing well, there are two cubs up on Paradise Plains which are the same age as the new Marsh Pride cubs and the two large males are back on Paradise Plains, no doubt attracted by the large herds of wildebeest and zebra. And the male lion Morani has been mating with one of the young Marsh Pride females. Yesterday evening Siena another of the Marsh Pride females managed to tree a young male leopard at Lake Nakuru and the leopard was kept high up in a Teclea tree for most of the day, it had moved out of the tree by this morning.
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People flying on the Governors’ Masai Mara Balloon safari have been enjoying spectacular views of the herds of the great migration. You have the option of staying at IL Moran Camp, Little Governors Camp, Governors Private Camp
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Governors Camp in Masai Mara still have some tents available for this year’s migration season, so if you would like to come on safari and see this incredible wildlife spectacle then contact AfricanMecca Kenya Safari department to book your Masai Mara migration safari.

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Kenya Tourist Board & AfricanMecca Safaris Partner To Offer Kenya Beach & Safari Holiday Competition Prize In Support Of Team Kenya At The 2012 Olympics Games In London.

AfricanMecca Safaris has teamed up with Kenya Tourist Board and Magical Kenya to offer a competition prize for a Kenya beach and safari holiday. Visit the Kenya House if you are in London until 12th August 2012 and pick up a competition booklet to fill in. See Facebook post for more details on the competition prize from AfricanMecca Safaris – Like Us Today. Good luck!!!

Did you know? Kenya holds over 50 percent of world athletics medals. Kenyan athletes are well known for their aptitude over long distances, but they won’t have far to run to visit the London 2012 Kenya House during the Olympic Games.

 

Excellent piece by NPR – How Kenya Builds The Fastest Humans On Earth

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Abu Camp Video Slide In Okavango Delta – Botswana Safaris

Abu Camp In Okavango Delta – Botswana Safaris

Abu Camp Okavango Delta

Abu Camp provides guests with the extraordinary privilege of interacting with African elephants, of being part of an elephant herd, meeting each individual and beginning to understand what makes the largest land mammal tick. This is possibly the ultimate elephant educational Botswana safari.

Watch Video Slidshow Below

Abu Camp in Okavango Delta With AfricanMecca Safaris  Slide# 1

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Abu Camp Safari in Okavango Delta With AfricanMecca Safaris Slide# 2

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Wild dogs puppies and more dens at Kwara & Kwando Reserve

Botswana Safari News From Kwara & Kwando Reserve

It all going a bit dog crazy here at Kwando!!

The Kwara puppies emerged last week with the alpha female proudly showing off her 10 tiny puppies. They are popping out for very short spells in the afternoons. The pack has 12 dogs and the den is about an hour’s drive from both Kwara and Little Kwara.

So grab a Botswana safari at Kwara in Okavango Delta with an Linyanti extension to Lebala!!

Coinciding almost to the day with the Kwara puppies emerging from their dark den, the Lagoon alpha female denned and now faces a dark few weeks waiting for her puppies to be big enough to bring out into the light. Us dog fans are estimating July 19th!!……….

The Lagoon female has been faithfully producing puppies for the last 10 years now and this year she has made it very easy on us by denning only 10 minutes from camp!!

This pack is seen at Lagoon year round, and is extremely comfortable around us and we like to think it’s due to the respect we give them.

Please note that den viewing is limited to 2 cars only so you will have to wait your turn!

Dogs often relocate a den site during the denning period, but because the pups are still so small and have to be carried by their mother, it won’t be far.

The Lagoon pack consists of a total of 18 dogs, (including the yearlings from last breeding season).

We are all very exited to have two packs in two concessions, and hope you will join us for a Botswana safari at Kwara & Kwando to watch this magnificent predator!

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Featuring Uninterrupted, Pristine Botswana & Okavango Delta Safaris – Summer 2012

In This Edition:

  • Africa News Reference
  • Botswana Location & Geography
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting Botswana – Reason # 2
  • Okavango Delta & Mombo
  • Botswana Video Guide
  • African Safari Vacation 
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
  • Newsletter Notes

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Featuring Adventurous Tanzania & Barefoot Mnemba Island – Winter 2012

In This Edition:

  • Africa News Reference
  • Tanzania History & Culture
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting Tanzania – Reason # 3
  • Selous Game Reserve & Beho Beho
  • Mnemba Near Zanzibar & Mnemba Island Lodge
  • Tanzania Video Guide
  • African Safari Vacation 
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience

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Featuring Spectacular Kafue Safari in Zambia & Upbeat Durban Beach In South Africa – Summer 2011

In This Edition:

  • Africa News Reference
  • Zambia History & Culture
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting Zambia – Reason # 6
  • Kafue National Park & Shumba Camp
  • Durban In South Africa & Fairmont Zimbali
  • Zambia Video Guide
  • African Safari Vacation 
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience

Featuring Spectacular Kafue Safari in Zambia & Upbeat Durban Beach In South Africa - Summer 2011

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Featuring Historical Kenya Safari & Cultural Experiences & Vacations – Spring 2011

AfricanMecca Newsletter – Spring 2011 – Update from Americas, European and Africa Offices 

In This Edition: 

  • Africa News Reference
  • Kenya – Flora & Fauna
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting Kenya – Reason # 7
  • Lewa Conservancy & Wilderness Trails
  • The Historic Mombasa Island & Celebrity Alfajiri Villas
  • Kenya Video Guide
  • African Safari Vacation
  • Africa Beach Holiday Programs From London Heathrow
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
  • Newsletter Notes

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Featuring Maasai Cultural Graduation & South Africa’s Cape Town & Madikwe Safari Experiences – Winter 2010

Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas & Happy/Prosperous New Year From The AfricanMecca Team!

AfricanMecca Newsletter – Winter 2010 – Update from Americas, European and Africa Offices

In This Edition: 

  • Africa News Reference
  • South Africa – History & Culture
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting South Africa – Reason # 2
  • Madikwe Game Reserve & Madikwe Hills Game Lodge
  • Cape Town & Tintswalo Atlantic
  • South Africa Video Guide
  • African Safari Program Proposal
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
  • Newsletter Notes

Africa News Reference
 

1. Masai warriors graduate (BBC Audio Slideshow)

2. British Royal proposal made in Kenya at remote Rutundu (CNN)

3. Zambia’s got game


Country Guide
 

South Africa – History & Culture

The earliest representatives of South Africa’s diversity – at least the earliest history can name – were the San and Khoekhoe peoples (otherwise known individually as the Bushmen and Hottentots or Khoikhoi; collectively called the Khoisan). Both were resident in the southern tip of the continent for thousands of years before its written history began with the arrival of European seafarers. And before that, modern human beings had lived here for more than 100 000 years – indeed, the country is an archaeological treasure chest….

Click here for a complete guide to South Africa


South Africa Travel Guide 

Top 10 Reason For Visiting South Africa – Reason # 2 As Experienced By AfricanMecca

Reason # 2 - Outdoors and Adventure Destination

Outdoors Activities and Active Adventure Experience From Shark Cage Diving To Trekking Up Table Mountain or Cycling In The Winelands During Your South Africa Vacations & Holidays

Click here to review all Top 10 Reasons For Visiting South Africa


South Africa Safari Guide 

Madikwe Game Reserve

The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated against the Botswana border, 90 km north of Zeerust, just 4-5 hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is now one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve covering some 75,000 hectare. Madikwe is testimony to a truly enlightened conservation plan which has created this exceptional wildlife reservation for the preservation of a unique wilderness area of Kalahari thornveld in one of the more remote regions of South Africa. Madikwe is host to almost every game species including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. About 250 species of birds have been recorded at Madikwe, which is a transition zone between the Kalahari thornveld and bushveld ecological regions of Southern Africa.

Click here for complete guide to Madikwe Game Reserve


South Africa Safari Accommodation Guide 

Madikwe Hills In Madikwe Game Reserve
AfricanMecca Tier 1 Accommodation. Click here for details on Safari Tier

Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality, where you will find yourself enchanted by a world of intrigue and majestic beauty. Madikwe Hills consists of a Main Lodge with ten suites, and a private camp, Little Madikwe Hills, accommodating twenty-four guests in total. At the Main Lodge, ten ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own deck and private plunge pools offer absolute privacy and majestic views. The unusual, yet subtle “Afrochic” decor integrates natural elements with colours highlighting Africa’s ambience, with each suite boasting soft sofas, voluptuous mosquito netting and cotton picot linen.

Click here for complete information on Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge


Africa Beach & Coastal Guide

Cape Town 

Cape Town attractions have made it a famed destination for many including world travelers, musicians, and artists. Take a trip to on the Cape Winelands and taste South Africa’s homegrown wines; see the world from your vantage point on the top of famed Table Mountain; dine like a king at any of South Africa’s fantastic restaurants and celebrate the great outdoors even during the winter months. For some great retail therapy why not head to the V&A Waterfront. It’s a super spot shopping and eating, and its attractions include the Two Oceans Aquarium, a craft market and an amphitheatre where local artists perform. From here you can take a harbour cruise or strike out for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent many years in imprisonment. The treacherous Cape Point promontory a witness to many a shipwreck enhances Cape Town’s reputation for dramatic scenery. It’s a trip well worth making, the last part up to a lighthouse completed by funicular.

Click here for complete complete guide to Cape Town


Africa Beach & Coastal Accommodation Guide

Tintswalo Atlantic in Cape Town
AfricanMecca Tier 1 Experience. Click here for details on Beach & City Hotel Tier Rating
 

Stylish yet understated, Tintswalo Atlantic offers home-away-from-home comforts, discreet service and mouthwatering culinary creations in the most beautiful setting. Nestled unobtrusively between the boulders of the Atlantic Ocean’s water’s edge and the slopes of the Cape Mountain Fynbos Reserve, known worldwide for its extraordinary rich and diverse fauna and flora – no trees were removed and not so much as a branch was cut from the Milkwood trees that grace the shoreline – Tintswalo Atlantic offers absolute seclusion and relaxation, with the ocean literally a stone’s throw away from the pebbled beach! Tintswalo Atlantic is the perfect destination for visitors wanting to relax right beside the ocean – either starting their holiday at the lodge or to recuperate after an exciting few days on safari.

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South Africa Video Guide
 

1.      South Africa Experiences – It’s Possible (Part 1) – Click Here To Watch Video

2.      South Africa Experiences – It’s Possible (Part 2) – Click Here To Watch Video

3.      Table Mountain – Cape Town – Click Here To Watch Video

Recommended African Safari Tour Program 

Best Of South Africa Safari & Tour – 8 Days

AfricanMecca’s Best Of South Africa Safari & Tour selects South Africa’s 3 key destinations – Kruger National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve & Cape Town by superbly delivers the best of the country in one awesome program.

AfricanMecca guests visit Kruger National Park for a safari experience where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights – this is real Africa within South Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. Your safari will be experienced in Sabi Sand on the South Western border to Kruger National Park, this immense and diverse tract of land is home to The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) and much much more.

After your safari in Kruger, you will visit Madikwe Game Reserve which is located against the Botswana border offering its stand at the very threshold of Africa’s wilderness. This is a near-perfect ecological environment where its flora and fauna forms an essential part of an intricate web of survival. Here, life and death are complementary for the continued existence of its natural system where humankind is reminded that its very existence through the ages has been rooted in such an intricate design. Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve covering some 75,000 hectare and a testimony to a truly enlightened conservation plan which has created this exceptional wildlife reservation for the preservation of a unique wilderness area of Kalahari thornveld in one of the more remote regions of South Africa. Madikwe is host to almost every game species including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. About 250 species of birds have been recorded at Madikwe, which is a transition zone between the Kalahari thornveld and bushveld ecological regions of Southern Africa.

Thereafter, your program is combined with a visit to Cape Town which many attractions have made it a famed destination for many Hollywood movies and global travelers alike. Guests can take a trip to the Cape Winelands and taste South Africa’s homegrown wines; see the world from your vantage point on the top of famed Table Mountain; dine like a king at any of South Africa’s fantastic restaurants and celebrate the great outdoors even during the winter months. You can visit the famed V&A Waterfront – a super spot shopping and eating, and its attractions include the Two Oceans Aquarium, a craft market and an amphitheatre where local artists perform. Additionally, AfricanMecca guests can also take a harbor cruise or strike out for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent many years in imprisonment. The treacherous Cape Point promontory a witness to many a shipwreck enhances Cape Town’s reputation for dramatic scenery. It’s a trip well worth making, the last part up to a lighthouse completed by funicular. Cape Town is an ideal vacation spot for those seeking adventure, relaxation and entertainment. Click here for Best Of South Africa Safari & Tour itinerary

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Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
 

Your attention to detail and excellent recommendations exceeded our expectations. It was a terrific trip one we will always remember. While we anticipated a one time visit to Africa – we are already anticipating doing it all over again…While we anticipated a one time visit to Africa – we are already anticipating doing it all over again… your people on the ground met us and took care of details making this a memorable – worry free vacation. thank you for everything.

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AfricanMecca Safaris Newsletter – Fall/Winter 2010 – Kruger & Knysna Coastal Experiences

AfricanMecca Newsletter – Fall/Winter 2010 – Update from Americas, European and Africa Offices

In This Edition: 

  • Africa News Reference
  • South Africa – Location & Geography
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting South Africa – Reason # 10
  • Kruger National Park & Singita Lebombo
  • Knysna & Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa
  • South Africa Video Guide
  • African Safari Program Proposal
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
  • Newsletter Notes
Africa News Reference 

1. Incredible Elephant Balance At Lower Zambezi

2. Zambia – the land where wildlife reigns

3. The Tiniest 17ft Convoy Experience In South Africa

4. Conservation Groups in Coastal Kenya Work to Save Endangered Turtles

Country Guide 

South Africa – Location & Geography

Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland. The low-lying coastal zone is narrow for much of that distance, soon giving way to a mountainous escarpment that separates it from the high inland plateau. In some places, notably the province of KwaZulu-Natal in the east, a greater distance separates the coast from the escarpment. South Africa has a total land area of slightly more than 1.2-million square kilometers, making it roughly the same size as Niger, Angola, Mali and Colombia. It is one-eighth the size of the US, twice the size of France and over three times the size of Germany. South Africa measures some 1600km from north to south, and roughly the same from east to west.

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South Africa Travel Guide 

Top 10 Reason For Visiting South Africa – Reason # 10 As Experienced By AfricanMecca

Reason # 10 - Family Destination

South Africa Offers Family Themed Destinations & Attractions In Places Such As Sun City, Cape Town, Durban, Kruger Etc – Perfect To Experience During Your South Africa Vacations & Holidays

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South Africa Safari Guide 

Kruger National Park

Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.

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South Africa Safari Guide 

Singita Lebombo Lodge in Kruger National Park
AfricanMecca Tier 1 Accommodation. Click here for details on Safari Tier™

Like the Lebombo Euphorbia tree after which it was named, the design of Singita Lebombo Lodge is one of a kind. From the sweeping wooden decks, you can watch the theatre that unfolds before you, while the lap pool beckons to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The fifteen suites feature contemporary finishes with beds dressed with Egyptian cotton and silky-soft throws.

Click here for complete information on Singita Lebombo Lodge & complete guide to Kruger National Park


Indian Ocean Beach & Africa Coastal Guide

Knysna 

If you’re looking for South Africans’ most popular small town, go to the end of the Garden Route in the Western Cape to Knysna the ‘elegant lagoon’. It’s easy to get the ‘Knysna Spirit’ as you drive in on the N2 Highway from Cape Town. The town is well developed these days, but you still feel you’re traveling in woodcutter country. Knysna has, for many, become the pot of gold at the end of the Garden Route. It’s famed attraction is the Eastern and Western Heads, a cavenous expanse where many a ship has met its doom. Today the Featherbed Nature Reserve pays homage to the richness of fauna and flora that Knysna has to offer. The Knysna Elephant Park is where you can interact with and feed the relocated jumbo families. It’s a favorite with the youngsters. If they’re still in the mood for a ‘creature feature’, then whip them down the N2 to Monkeyland for a visitation with some of the loveliest lemurs in southern Africa. But the real wildlife activities in these parts is to go out to sea and find the dolphins and the southern right whales that seasonally visit the shores of the Paradise Coast. To find yourself in the middle of a 4 000-strong pod of common dolphins leaping through the waves is a unique experience you will carry with you for years.

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Indian Ocean Beach & Africa Coastal Guide

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa in Knysna
AfricanMecca Tier 1 Experience. Click here for details on AfricanMecca Rating 

Africa’s first truly luxury resort, located on the Eastern Head of Knysna on the exquisite coastline of the Western Cape, is a sanctuary of privacy and indulgence created to reflect the natural beauty of its surrounds. Set on a stunning 1,000 ha estate, known for its secluded beach, sweeping fynbos landscapes and ancient indigenous forests, the Pezula Resort has breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains. Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa is the culmination of the vision of Pezula Group Chairman Keith Stewart whose dream was to create a luxury resort in one of the most exquisite locations in the world. The property is bordered by the rugged cliffs of the Southern Cape coast, the Sinclair Nature Reserve and the Eastern Head of Knysna. It has panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Knysna Lagoon

Click here for complete details on Pezula & complete guide to Knysna


South Africa Video Guide
 

  1. Proud to be an African – Click Her To Watch Video
  2. Cape Town Overview – Click Her To Watch Video
  3. Getting High in Soweto – Click Here To Watch Video
  4. Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg – Click Here To Watch Video
Recommended African Safari Tour Program 

7 Days – Showcasing South Africa Safari & Tour

AfricanMecca’s Showcasing South Africa Safari & Tour selects South Africa’s 3 key destinations – Kruger National Park, Cape Town & Franschhoek Winelands by superbly delivering a showcase of the country in one awesome program.

AfricanMecca guests visit Kruger National Park for a safari experience where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights – this is real Africa within South Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. Your safari will be experienced in Sabi Sand on the South Western border to Kruger National Park, this immense and diverse tract of land is home to The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) and much much more. Thereafter, your program is combined with a visit to Cape Town which many attractions have made it a famed destination for many Hollywood movies and global travelers alike. Guests can take a trip to the Cape Winelands and taste South Africa’s homegrown wines; see the world from your vantage point on the top of famed Table Mountain; dine like a king at any of South Africa’s fantastic restaurants and celebrate the great outdoors even during the winter months. You can visit the famed V&A Waterfront – a super spot shopping and eating, and its attractions include the Two Oceans Aquarium, a craft market and an amphitheatre where local artists perform. Additionally, AfricanMecca guests can also take a harbor cruise or strike out for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent many years in imprisonment. The treacherous Cape Point promontory a witness to many a shipwreck enhances Cape Town’s reputation for dramatic scenery. It’s a trip well worth making, the last part up to a lighthouse completed by funicular. Cape Town is an ideal vacation spot for those seeking adventure, relaxation and entertainment. After your Cape Town stay, AfricanMecca guests will experience Franschhoek Valley located in the heart of the Cape Winelands which nestles between towering mountains. Franschhoek is the food and wine heartland of the South Africa, where splendid wines are grown and its top chefs create international cuisine. Guests can experience breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines. Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history centered around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people. Click here for Showcasing South Africa Safari & Tour itinerary

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Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
 

HI Raza/Altaf and the rest of the AfricanMecca team,

We just returned from our trip to Africa.  The planning for this trip started over an year ago, however i got in touch with Africanmecca about 6 months prior to my time.  From day 1, i’ve received nothing but exceptional service from this group.  It was not an easy task, which at first I thought was never going to be planned perfectly.  We had a group of 10 people, going to 4 different countries (Livingston, Zambia/ cape town, south Africa/ Zanzibar, Tanzania/ and Masai Mara, Kenya).  Our trip to all those countries was to be completed in 2 weeks.  The amount of planning and more planning that went into this was unbelievable.  However, with the guidance and expertise of Raza  not one thing went wrong.  I had mentally prepared going into this trip that there would be things going wrong and we would just have to make the best of it.  After all, there was 10 individuals, with 20 different pieces of luggage, and 14 different flights we flew on through our journey.  This was definitely a very complex trip to plan which required someone who had great knowledge, experience and patience.  It was an absolutely perfect trip, not one thing went wrong.  Raza had put together the most time efficient trip for us taking into consideration every possible thing someone can.  These people know what they are doing!  Every single aspect of the planning was perfect.  All the transfer agencies were polite, friendly, timely and very helpful.  Being thousands of miles away from home in a completely foreign country, we never felt help was that far away.  All the transfer companies did an exceptional job of leaving you with more than enough information on anything and everything you need.  They were literally a phone call away, anytime of the day.  All the flights booked were well spaced with no delays/missed or cancel flights experienced through the whole trip.  We had picked our own hotels and had Raza make reservations for us. Everything that was said that was going to happen, happened!  The communication was very open and 2 sided from the beginning.  Everything was clearly explained and dealt with in a step by step manner.  I can go on and on about what an amazing job Raza and his team did to make this trip a trip of a life time for 10 individuals.  Thank you very much for all your hard work and amazing planning you had put together for us.  I am and will continue to highly recommend your services to anyone looking to travel.

Pappu Patel
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Tanzania Eco-Tourism & Zanzibar Beach Culture – AfricanMecca Safaris, Tours & Beach Vacation Newsletter – Spring 2009

In This Edition:

  • Tanzania – People & Language
  • Top 10 Reason For Visiting Tanzania – Reason # 5
  • Kikoti Camp In Tarangire National Park
  • Zanzibar Serena Inn in Stone Town, Zanzibar – Unguja Island
  • Tanzania Safari & Culture Video Guide
  • African Safari Program Prices & Proposal
  • Indian Ocean Beach & Cultural Program Prices & Proposals
  • 2009 & 2010 Safari Discount Specials Update
  • Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience
  • Newsletter Notes

Tanzania Country Guide

Tanzania – People & Language

In Tanzania, a land of superb landscapes and spectacular wildlife, another attraction stands equally tall: the people. Tanzania’s people are among the most welcoming and approachable on earth, with a range of fascinating cultures ready to be shared with visitors. From the Chagga of the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the now world-famous Maasai, a cultural excursion or a longer stay among local people is likely to become one of the most rewarding experiences of any holiday in Tanzania. In addition, many local areas run their own cultural programs for visitors, bringing income directly to the community and giving the people the chance to show their lifestyle to the outside world on their own terms. Cultural tourism programs are beneficial to everyone: the visiting guests get a unique and unforgettable experience, the local people generate income and improve their standard of living, and both parties gain a valuable understanding of another culture which will last long after the visitors have returned home.

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Tanzania Travel Guide

Top 10 Reason For Visiting Tanzania – Reason # 5

Number 5 – Eco-Tourism Experience: More increasingly our guests are asking us for a true genuine African experience vacation. An African experience that is run by indigenous people of Africa in a environment where your stay is at accommodations built by indigenous people of Africa, and where the revenue from your spending actually and directly assists the indigenous population be self sufficient and self reliant. Apart from visiting the Maasai homesteads, take for example the experience at Chumbe Island where the accommodation has been designed in natural material. Food served comes from the freshest produces. While guests staying there have the opportunity to enjoy the offerings such as snorkeling and also learning about the lodge’s effort in preserving and sustaining the islands ecosystem and its inhabitants.

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Tanzania Safari Accommodation Guide

Kikoti Camp In Tarangire National Park

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Kikoti is a Maa (language of the Maasai) word for “the place where life began”, the name bestowed by the local Maasai upon an ancient pre-Jurassic kopje in the Tarangire ecosystem in recognition of its enduring permanence and dominant status in the surrounding ecosystem. When owners of Kikoti Camp began working with local communities in the Tarangire Conservation Area, it seemed like the perfect name for the safari camp, showing respect for the Maasai community that have roamed the area for generations, and the owners reverence for the game-rich wilderness in which the camp is located.

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Indian Ocean Cultural Beach Accommodation Guide

Zanzibar Serena Inn in Stone Town, Zanzibar – Unguja Island


Idyllically situated on the sea front of ancient Stone Town, washed by the aquamarine waters of the Zanzibar channel, redolent of the scent of cloves and flanked by an exotic melange of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, dark slave markets, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of Zanzibar. Faithfully restored and lavishly embellished with a jackdaw collection of antique clocks, crystal chandeliers, fretwork screens, carved staircases, Persian rugs and brass-studded doors, the interior design concept is a fusion of authenticity and opulence that reflects the very essence of Zanzibar

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Tanzania Video Guide

Maasai Cultural & Tribal Dance

1. Authentic Maasai Entertainment At Kikoti Camp – Click Here To Watch Video I
2. Authentic Maasai Entertainment At Kikoti Camp – Click Here To Watch Video II
3. Authentic Maasai Entertainment At Kikoti Camp – Click Here To Watch Video III

Wildlife Diversity & Safari Experience At Tarangire

1. Tarangire National Park Birds – Click Here To Watch Video
2. Tarangire National Park Eagle – Click Here To Watch Video
3. Tarangire National Park Steinbok – Click Here To Watch Video
4. Tarangire National Park Scenic Views – Click Here To Watch Video I
5. Tarangire National Park Scenic Views – Click Here To Watch Video II
6. Tarangire National Park Wildlife – Click Here To Watch Video I
7. Tarangire National Park Wildlife – Click Here To Watch Video II

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Recommended African Safari Program – TIER 2 SAFARI

* 6 Days – Classic Tanzania Safari II (Includes Tarangire): From US $2190 or GBP 1623 per person sharing. Programs Inclusions: accommodation, meals, drinks, road and local air transfers, conservancy and park fees, game activities and all taxes. Click here for a complete itinerary. Tailor-make safari is available on request.

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Recommended Indian Ocean Beach Program From Heathrow – 15 May Departures

* 14 nights Bluebay Beach Resort in Zanzibar. £1395 per person including international flights from London Heathrow or tailor-make overnight price from US $90 or GBP 67 per person per night.
* 7 nights Pinewood Village in Mombasa Kenya. £866 per person including international flights from London Heathrow or tailor-make overnight price from US $90 or GBP 67 per person per night. 2009 Mombasa departures available with more specials. Click here
* Highlights Of Pinewood Village Beach & Kilimanjaro Tsavo Safari – 10 Nights Beach & 4 Nights Safari. US $1962 or £1401 per person – excludes international flights.

The above programs can be tailor-made for our guests from North America, UK and other worldwide regions. Click here for prices for Indian Ocean Beach Holidays to Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo etc.

Bush & Beach Safari - Combine with Mombasa Beach Holidays. Click here for prices and safari programs

GREAT NEWS – NEW DISCOUNTS ON SAFARIS FOR 2009 & 2010!

There are several discounts that are available to our clients on some of our safaris. Some as high as 25-50% off the overnight room rates at superb wildlife camps to free local flights between safari parks for select participating safari accommodations. As our rates for 2009 have already been published and distributed to our agents and clients, we would recommend to any client or travel agent to inquiry about on our specific itineraries they like and will reply back with the most updated discount available to us. All discounts are passed on to our client. If you have certain budget constraints, we will be happy to recommend the appropriate itinerary and program for your budget.

Another Perfect AfricanMecca Customer Experience


Hi, I thought I would drop you a quick email to let you know how much Luc & I enjoyed our trip to Tanzania. The Kili trek was awesome & we were supported by a great team of guides & porters. I very much doubt either of us would have made the summit without the help & encouragement of Augustine & William. The safari was amazing too. All 3 lodges were excellent & our guide Babu ensured we enjoyed great game viewing. Thank you for organising the trip for us. Please pass on our thanks to everyone concerned. Luc has already passed your details onto a colleague of his who I understand is also booking a trip. We would be happy to recommend your company to anyone else considering a trip to Africa.

Kind regards

Karen Loughrey
United Kingdom

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