Finger On The Pulse - May 2019

Finger On The Pulse - May 2019

Diving for diamonds with Ellerman House

Ellerman House Diamond Safari

If you are looking for a romantic experience like no other, look no further than Ellerman House. Not only does this magnificent property offer exclusivity and luxury with some of the best sweeping views over the Atlantic Ocean i have ever seen, but it is also home to a revered collection of South African art, an exceptional Wine Gallery and a concierge team who have outdone themselves with their innovative ‘Ellerman Experiences’.

When I say a ‘romantic experience like no other’, I mean an experience that could easily count as a trip of a lifetime… and that is going on a diamond safari.

What can you expect on this magical full day experience? Here is a little glimpse:

07:00     Departure from Ellerman House, pick-up by private driver and drive to Cape Town airport.
08:00     Check-in at private terminal at Cape Town airport for flight with Swiss-built Pilatus Aircraft PCL2 or King  Air to Port Nolloth. Flight time approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
09:30     Arrival in Port Nolloth and greeting by Benguela welcome team – drive to Benguela base camp & briefing for the day.
10:00     Diamond Diving experience on Benguela boats – dive with the divers (Open Water I) or watch from the boat.
12:00     Seafood lunch on the terrace of your villa overlooking the concession.
14:00     “Harvest of the day” & grading experience. Choose your diamond! Benguela will take you through the  process of choosing the carat, cut & clarity and then have your jewelry piece designed.
16:00     Return-flight to Cape Town.
17:30     Return to hotel by private shuttle.

Is this just the experience you have been looking for to ‘wow’ that special someone in your life?

Get in touch with us now to start planning a romantic experience like no other.

Safarilink Aviation makes history

Congratulations to Safarilink Aviation for making history in the airline safety world. Having recently completed the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) designed for commercial airlines, Safarilink is now on the ISSA registry.

The assessment covered the following disciplines:
* Organisation and management system which includes quality, safety and security systems
* Flight operations
* Operational control and flight dispatch
* Ground handling operations
* Aircraft engineering and maintenance.

It takes an extremely competent and safety-focused airline to be the first carrier in Africa and the Middle East to achieve this prestigious certification, and only the fourth in the world.

Every single flight we have flown with them has been on time, the staff have been friendly and the planes impeccable. We are proud to say that Safarilink Aviation is one of our preferred service providers in East Africa and we admire their commitment to the industry and to their clients.

Have you been dreaming of a trip to East Africa? Get in touch with us and we’ll start planning a magical holiday for you.

Klein Jan on Tswalu Kalahari

South Africa’s first Michelin-star chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, has announced an exciting partnership with the Oppenheimer family which will see the launch of two exciting projects in South Africa.

Jan Hendrik’s culinary passion started in the farmhouse kitchen of his childhood in Mpumalanga, South Africa. He further developed his skills in Cape Town completing an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts and a subsequent Masters in Pastry and eventually ended up in France. It is in Nice that his main focus lies. His restaurant JAN received a highly coveted Michelin star in 2016 and 2017 making him the first South-African to receive this accolade.

Now his journey leads him back to African soil and more specifically to one of Melanie’s favourite private reserves, Tswalu Kalahari. In Melanie’s words: “The topography is so unique, with deserts on one side and the and Korannaberg Mountains on the other, there is nothing like it.:

KLEIN JAN will soon be opening its doors on one of South Africa’s leading private game reserves, Tswalu Kalahari. In Jan’s words “KLEIN JAN will become the region’s culinary epicentre; a place where the Kalahari’s unique ingredients will be translated into world-class cuisine. I have long dreamt of discovering this unexplored culinary territory, which in my mind, has unlimited potential.”

Opening dates have not yet been released but we certainly look forward to the culinary treats that will be coming out of the KLEIN JAN kitchen.

Get in touch with us to find out more about the magnificently wild Tswalu Kalahari private reserve.

How do you get the perfect shot?

David Rogers Photographic Safaris

An African safari offers you arguably the most spectacular photographic opportunities you’ll ever get. With the wildlife, the scenery and the sunsets there is a jaw-dropping photograph waiting to be taken around every corner.

If only it was as easy as pointing the camera at the scene and pressing a button. As many of us know photography can be a bit tricky and getting the perfect shot is a rather involved process. So how do you set yourself up for success? Simple, you go on a safari with a professional wildlife and scenery photographer, teacher and guide – like David Rogers.

Photographic safaris offer enthusiasts the perfect opportunity and environment to learn and improve their skills amongst a group of like-minded people. With guidance on composition, lighting, angles and techniques you will undoubtedly come away with the extraordinary image you always hoped for.

Does this sound like a dream come true? Here are some scheduled safaris you might like to jump at the chance to join:

Luangwa Predators | 10-16 November 2019
A wonderful trip that combines two great camps known for wonderful guiding and excellent locations for wildlife action. The trip falls at the end of the dry season and the start of the first rains which, besides being great for dramatic scenery, is a peak time for predators and carmines.

Best of South Luangwa Emerald Season | 13-19 February 2020
Luangwa is particularly regarded for its wonderful riverine scenery, high leopard concentrations and excellent guiding.  This photographic expedition coincides with the summer green season and you can expect billowing clouds, migrant birds, flowers, butterflies, wonderful visibility and also great predators.

Best of Tanzania Migration | 5-13 March 2020
Photograph the Great Migration on  an unforgettable 9-night, 10-day fly-in trip to Tanzania’s short grass plains. This is an the best time to see the never-ending wildebeest herds on the plains. During the calving period  there is likely to be intense predator action.

Best of Botswanas Okavango Delta | 19-27 May 2020
Photograph the Okavango Delta in Botswana with David Rogers on an exceptional photographic tour through a World Heritage site and the finest wilderness in Africa. Explore by vehicle, mekoro, boat and canoe and seek out amazing photographic opportunities.

Get in touch with us to find out more about how you can join one of these fabulous photographic safaris.

Special sightings in Botswana

Working in travel has its advantages. One is the opportunities we get to visit the countries we sell. I have visited Botswana on a number of educational trips, each time exploring different areas and seeing amazing game.

On my last trip, I was yet again blessed with some wonderful game viewing.

Arriving at Pom Pom Camp my hopes were high of seeing rhino, despite the fact that in 1992 they were considered to be ‘locally extinct’.

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See you again in June.

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