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  • Season 1
    • 1/1/04
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      You can almost hear the spirit voices of yesteryear telling tales of Livingstone's extraordinary exploits in Africa. You can almost hear the voices of old hunters discussing the marauding elephant that wouldn't go away. Here you will find every kind of tribute to African creative talent and imagination. An exhilarating game drive and sighting the magnificent buffalo is a sight to remember for ever. You hear it before you see it. A rumble that grows to a roar. There are no words to describe the awe-inspiring sight. The mighty Victoria Falls.moreless
    • Marlin Lodge
      Episode 12
      1/1/04
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      For longs years it was gripped by a bitter and cruel civil war. The scars still show but the people are happy, upbeat and industrious. Now peace is like a port after stormy seas. The African sun follows its own clock and once set you'd best hurry. Sailing in a dhow with lateen rigged sail and harnessing the wind as centuries of seafarers have before, the flat seas of the Mozambique Channel are entirely unique. An unforgettable experience! The Mozambican water is clear and the richly populated reefs swarm with green turtles, butterfly fish, angel fish, sea anemones' an underwater paradise and a fisherman's delight!moreless
    • Rovos Rail
      Episode 11
      1/1/04
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      From the gracious colonial style station which dates back to 1943 to the first hiss of steam, the huff and chuckle of the pistons and the slowly accelerating clackety-clack of the wheels over the tracks, you know you are in for an unforgettable adventure. The northern Transvaal of South Africa is utterly breathtaking. The sheer cliffs, the waterfalls and the noble expanse of sky and horizon all compete to entrance the eye. No visit to Africa is complete without a game drive and a Rovos adventure is no exception. Soon you are crossing over the Zambezi, that most romantic of Africa's rivers, and on the descent into Zambia. No matter how many times you see the Victoria Falls, it's such an awesome spectacle you never get over it. David Livingstone wrote; "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight" - He's right. They thundered before we were born and will thunder on after we are gone.moreless
    • 1/1/04
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      There's an old saying that goes something like this; "A man is afraid three times: when he first sees a lion spoor; when he first hears a lion call; and when he first sees a lion when he's on foot." At Makenyane situated in South Africa's north-west province, even the elephants - the real kings of the jungle - respect lions. At Makenyane there is an important lion research project on the go and there is nothing like waking in the night to the call of a lion or a hyena shrieking to remind you that you are in a place of primal beauty. You watch and wonder at the gifts of Africa. Just beyond the Magaliesberg Mountains, near the ancient extinct volcano of the Pilanesberg, you will find Boekenhout Lodge. Built on the site of the old homestead of Paul Kruger, once president of the Transvaal Republic during the Second World War of Independence with Britain in 1899. Gnarled by past hardships , transcended and mutated into strength - some of this strength is visible in the old house, home of a family that loved the land and reveled in nature. Twenty seven thousand Afrikaners died in the war against the British; of those twenty two thousand were women and children. Now the animals have come back to the land around the Kruger house. The past is another country, they do things differently there?!?moreless
    • Shumbalala
      Episode 9
      1/1/04
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      Game is plentiful here. Blue wildebeest, zebra and impala flourish on the vast grasslands. The sighting of three male cheetah at a kill leaves you spellbound. This is Africa. A cycle of life and death! The placid white rhino with their young graze peacefully in extended family groups. A breeding herd of elephant wallowing while their young engage in play play duals. Then face to face with one of evolution's marvels at home in her habitat, words fail you. The stately female leopard - Africa's ultimate killer! It's best just to be silent and watch.moreless
    • Cybele is spared the sweltering summer heat ofthe South African lowveld but there is still an air of subtropical lushness about the plants, indigenous trees and shrubs. It is a fascinating part of South Africa close to the exquisite Mac-Mac and other falls as well as Pilgrim's Rest, one of the historic old towns in the vicinity. At Cybele Forest Lodge, you leave your heart behind, so you have to come back to retrieve it again and again. At the Saxon, Here South Africa?s beloved first president, Nelson Mandela, or Madiba as he is lovingly known by his people, wrote his moving and compelling autobiography "A Long Walk to Freedom." Many aspects of Madiba's life are captured here. There's an inspiring set of artworks on display that pays tribute to the man from his early days as a political outcast, his capture and incarceration to his inauguration as President. A great sage once remarked that God is in the details and that's just one of the things that marks out The Saxon Hotel as one of the finest places that Africa has to offer.moreless
    • Singita Lebombo
      Episode 7
      1/1/04
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      The Lebombo range of mountains stretches from the Kruger right down into northern Zululand and the lion play and groom themselves in the heat like overgrown pussycats. Giraffe graze the succulent topmost stems of the acacia trees and the antediluvian relic; the white rhinoceros trots prudently into the bush. Night drives at Singita are standard. This is when secret Africa reveals itself. The prolific Africa artist, Keith Joubert, is represented here. Steeped in Africa; his soul is African. His art is intimate. In his landscapes the sun rises inside you; the baobab tree shelters you from the heat, the hyena looks back over his shoulder only at you! Yet another gift from Africa!moreless
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      This enormous wilderness is characterized by wide grassed plains that stretch from horizon to horizon. Mateya is home to the Big Five but its open plains are the perfect habitat for both the sprinting cheetah and the tireless hunting wild dogs. Legend has it that Queen Mateya traveled from her kingdom in Zimbabwe to consult with Queen Modjadji, the Rain Queen when her land was ravaged by drought and stopped over near the place where Mateya Lodge now stands. Ruins in the area resemble those of Great Zimbabwe and bear out the legend.moreless
    • Paperbark Lodge
      Episode 5
      1/1/04
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      The Waterberg was made famous by one of South Africa's favourite sons, the great poet Eugene Marais. The hillsides of this majestic safari area are adorned with the lovely ghost white Albizia tanganyicensis and it is from these exquisite trees that Paperbark gets its name. The Big Five and a wealth of Africa's other animals roam the vastness of the land. There is no end to the gorgeousness of Paperbark Lodge.moreless
    • Sabi Sabi
      Episode 4
      1/1/04
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      Here, whether you stay at Selati Camp, Bush Lodge or Earth Lodge, each of which is utterly unique, you soon learn that Africa is a state of mind that's timeless; enduring through yesterday, today and tomorrow. Africa is inside us all. Sharing space with the Big Five of Africa: elephant, lion, buffalo, white rhino and leopard is indeed a great privilege and witnessing a kill in the bush re-affirms Africa's way: death and rebirth in endless cycles. With the whole cycle of mothering, birth, decay and stalking - It's a primal experience without equal.moreless
    • Jabulani Kapama
      Episode 3
      1/1/04
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      On a visit to Camp Jabulani within the Kapama game reserve you discover the breathtaking beauty of the Mpumalanga bushveld. Here you will meet Lente Rhoode, an African angel of mercy for orphaned or endangered animals of all kinds; from the awesome King Cheetah, to the clumsy but gentle Rhino and including a small elephant herd rescued from certain death in Zimbabwe. Riding an elephant is a rare privilege - meeting and touching them, a precious experiencemoreless
    • Deception Valley
      Episode 2
      1/1/04
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      The Kalahari has been home to the Bushman for centuries and stretches for as far as the eye can see. Being with these supreme knowers of the bush is a real lesson in humility. These tireless little men know the bush in a way that most of us only know our credit cards. They have a mystical relationship with the animals and you are caught in a world gone by, side by side with every luxury the 21st century has to offer. An unforgettable experience!moreless
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      Its present owners are the descendents of Paul Kruger, President of the Transvaal Republic at the time of the Boer War with Great Britain and creator of the world famous Kruger National Park and President Steyn. These prominent families played central roles in the twists and turns of South Africa's turbulent past, and the house is filled with ephemera dating back over 200 years. The past and the present sit side by side in this exquisite boutique hotel, the result of complex intermingled visions and culture. It is here that the visitor can rediscover his place in nature. Feed his soul and become one with nature. A place of animals and trees, birds and Sediba Lodge! Your heart swells and your spirits rise and you know there is no other place like Africa. From a lost life you hear it: lions calling across the night, calling to the wildness inside your own heart - you have come home at last.moreless
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