Author Archives: Sandi Elkington

Uganda in brief

Uganda in brief

Uganda is not sophisticated; it is real, raw Africa and it is busy and hot… The traffic is crazy in the main cities but it  is lush, it is green and in many places, it is dirt poor. Before travelling, you need to put all your preconceptions of previous African countries aside (including and most…

Weight restrictions….Nope, they won’t weigh you naked!

Weight restrictions….Nope, they won’t weigh you naked!

Due to their location, many African safari camps are accessed by light aircraft. As these planes are small, there are size and weight restrictions (both for customers and their luggage). Just as passengers need to know in advance about the restrictions; it is even more important that we inform the airlines about any unusual shapes…

Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp

Luxurious safari tents, comfortable beds, a warm fire, hot chocolate, delicious afternoon teas, great fireside stories, wonderful sounds of the bush at night – Elephant Pepper Camp, in the Masai Mara, is without a doubt, one of the best camps I’ve been to in my nearly 22 years in this industry. It’s as if a…

Indaba; Sandi’s Experience

Indaba; Sandi’s Experience

This was my second Indaba only, even though I’ve been in this industry for over 21 years. Pulse Africa has the fabulous philosophy of growing their staff and keeping them in the sun and happy. Last year I hit the ground running after missing my evening flight (that bit about travel agents making the worst…

Three Trees at Spionkop

Three Trees at Spionkop

When I was younger we used to hurl insults to the Afrikaans kids and they to us. Insults of rooinek and soutpiel were vollied with cries of crunchie and dutchman. After that we used to settle down to the serious business of riding our bikes, trekking through the veld and playing in the drains –…