Learning about Baobabs with Chantal!

Baobab tree

Baobab trees have always caught the imagination of people. From the early San hunter gatherers to the British explorers, even royalty has travelled to Africa to paint these magnificent giants. Adansoni Digitata is the Latin name. Mr Adanson was one of the first to describe this tree and Digitata refers to the compound leaves which resembles the digits of a hand as there is 5.We find it in Africa and Asia.

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Olivia’s Luxurious Trans African Lodge Safari

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Great Trans African Lodge Safaris with Olivia

During the month of April this year , I ventured out on a Trans African Safaris with Jenman Safaris.

It was a soul “finding” experience and I have kept some very special memories from the trip.

We began our journey in Vic Falls -Zimbabwe, and slowly made our way to Windhoek Namibia over the duration of 11 days with many stops that involved heart-warming cultural experiences.

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Africa Fever; part 1 with Katja

Katja in Zimbabwe

Africa Fever – the first time I had heard of that expression was when my mom told me, a couple of years ago, that I am infected with exactly that. What sounds like a serious illness for which one requires some heavy medication, is nothing else but a travel bug.

Travel bug – an insect that travels?  Both, Africa fever & a travel bug I believe, are not the most suitable ways of describing the changes that take place in you once you set foot on the African continent.

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Discovering more about leopards with Chantal (a Jenman Guide!)…

Leopard on Safari

Leopards (Pantera Pardus) are by nature elusive and shy creatures. They have evolved over time to blend in.

They are powerful cats that stalk their prey. Therefore camouflage is very important. This is of course why it is so difficult to spot these beautiful large cats. Anyone who sees them is extremely lucky. I was pleasantly surprised in April of this year while doing a Trans African lodge safari.

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Garth and Johan explore East Africa, days 6.7,8 and 9

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east africa
Johann enjoying breakfast in Amboseli National Park
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Kilimanjaro in the background – Garth and Johann in East Africa

Garth and Johan are currently in Amboseli National Park in Kenya and are still having a great time! Every day they send us some pictures and updates of their latest finds… its not all fun and games – they are in East Africa busy organizing Jenman Safaris latest East African venture which is mid-range safaris (a first for us and a first for East Africa!). The above pictures are of them in Amboseli – look at the background… its Mount Kilimanjaro!

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In Kenya with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background
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Lions on a game drive

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Garth and Johan explore East Africa, day 4 and 5

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east africa
Lunch in Tanzania

What a day yesterday was… after leaving the Serengeti behind we headed north to try and find a road that would take us to Kenya. We inspected some nice lodges along the way and then made our final push over the Mara River. At a T-junction we took a right turn and after awhile we came across a road block run by local villages who wanted money from us to go further… When we ask one of the guys if this was the road to Kenya, he said its goes to wherever you want it to go. We then worked out that we were heading in the wrong direction anyway.

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Head to Head, Serengeti vs Kruger – Travel

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serengeti vs kruger
Kruger National Park

Source; Travel Africa- Spring 2011, Edition 54
Africa’s most iconic safari destination? It’s a tough call, but the Serengeti and Kruger National Parks can both stake a strong claim to the title.

Here, Philip Briggs pits the two safari heavyweights against each other.. Kruger National Park versus the Serengeti National Park – which is better and why?
(Final part)

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Elephant’s block our path in a tug-of-war

Elephants in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.

In October 2010 I was guiding a private tour (put together by Jenman African Safaris) for the Schnor family from Germany.

We started in Jo’burg and worked our way through the Kruger, Swaziland and into Kwazulu Natal. We spent two days in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. During a game drive on day two, we met these two elephant, (twice on the same day).

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Botswana Wildlife Breakaway Important Change

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Botswana Wildlife Breakaway
Botswana Wildlife Breakaway

We have decided, in light of the success of Riaan Manser (cycled around Africa & kayaked around Madagascar) as well as our commitment to responsible tourism, to change our ever popular Botswana Wildlife Breakaway 14-day safari to a cycle tour. This means that we will no longer be using our popular Landcruiser; instead we will be providing all clients with a comfortable and durable mountain bike.

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Well done to Chantal van der Linde, who won the guide of the year award!


Each year we host a Jenman Guide of the Year awards event where all of our hardworking and dedicated Jenman Safaris guides are awarded points for their guiding, skills and feedback…

It’s a highly competitive event with top guides all ranking closely and, naturally, with the chance to win a trip for 2 to Madagascar – it becomes a very intense competition. This year the winner (by 0.7 points only) was Chantal! Well Done!

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Paternoster – The ultimate fisherman’s dorpie (town)!

Paternoster a fisherman’s dorpie

My boyfriend and I decided that we needed to do something special for this Valentine’s Day. The answer came in the form of a small town on the West Coast of South Africa – Paternoster! Situated 15 km from Vredenburg, Paternoster is the ideal place for some relaxation and some rest… which is exactly what we were looking for.

Paternoster: The local community of Paternoster predominately survives on fishing which they sell daily… yum!

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Meet Todd; one of our Guides!

Todd – Jenman guide

“Its 1993 and apartheid South Africa is in a phase of change. At the age of 26 I realise I had no clue of the continent I lived in- Africa!”

How it all began:
After completing 2 years of compulsory National Service in the military and 2 years of college studying Hotel & Catering Management I found myself pursuing a career as an Industrial Catering manager… And so begins my story!

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The elephant way of saying “I love you”


If you think of wildlife, you think of lions hunting antelopes, crocodiles lurking in the water waiting to attack their prey and rhinos charging at each other in a fight over a female. But there is also another maybe more human side to wildlife.

Animals are known to share the same emotions as we do. But what would an elephant do to say “I love you” and show its affection to another elephant?

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A long & not so winding road (part 3)

Petrified Forest

Continue reading for the third and final part of Liz’ Adventures in Namibia! Enjoy!

Day 9: Khorixas Lodge to Etosha National Park – Okaukuejo
After breakfast, we drove about 50kms to the Petrified Forest. On paying an entrance fee, we followed a track through the space vegetation coming across a number of petrified tree trunk like objects lying randomly around the place.

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A long & not so winding road (part 2)

Tropic of Capricorn

Enjoy the second part of Liz’ adventures in Namibia!

Day 5:
Hammerstein to Solitaire

The theme today was to be sand and lots of it! After a 5am breakfast we drove to Sesreim and on paying the conservation fee drove (on a tarred road – joy of joys!) to the dunes of Sossusvlei – a remarkable phenomenon – the highest sand dunes in the world!

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Travel Tips – for flights!

Travel Tips

Travelling is so exciting… but, sometimes it can become quite stressful if you realise that you have forgotten something or even worse – forgot to book something!  A friend of Garth Jenman (managing director) – David Friel – wrote some great articles that we think you might enjoy, below are some tips from him;

Flight Tips & Advice……… Have a look below to find some great helpful hints for planning your flights and your holiday!

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First wild lions in the Karoo

Lion Cub

We found this article on the internet and it is absolutely amazing, so we had to share it with you! Four lions and four cubs were released in the Karoo National Park (KNP) on Wednesday becoming the first wild, free-ranging lions in the Great Karoo, SANParks said.
This was after an absence of lions in the area for almost 170 years. Continue reading for more insight into this amazing story!

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Driving over the Sani Pass

Sani Pass
Sani Pass
Sani Pass

I had the privilege this year to drive over the Drakensberg mountains via Sani Pass into Lesotho. Amazing! It is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking roads in our beautiful country. The Pass itself is about 20 km long and only after the first 12km do you reach the South African border post… This is where the fun begins! The next 8km of no-mans land needs a four wheel drive…. Where anything can happen and everything can be seen!

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Dinner overlooking the Fish River Canyon…

Fish River Canyon
fish river canyon

Nothing is better then downloading all your emails and seeing one from a guide with the subject line ‘Our dinner at Fish River Canyon‘! Naturally it’s the first one we opened! Blessed, one of our treasured guides, was on our Northern Experience safari when they stopped off at the majestic Fish River Canyon (Namibia) to enjoy a sunset dinner …


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Adventures in Swaziland – The Rhino Encounter

Rhino fight

Rhinos are extremely feared animals and for that reason they are on the Big 5 list! The Big 5 comprises of the 5 most dangerous and magnificent African animals to hunt… Therefore even though rhinos are poached, they are also feared and are extremely aggressive towards humans… which is what happens if you get too close… which, well sort of happened not too long ago!

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Going deeper

Baby crocodile

Tiara Walters chats to a documentarian who took a dip on the wild side to get to understand the Nile crocodile

ENVIRONMENTAL documentarian Roger Horrocks has a beef with airbags. „The modern world has sanitised our lives,“ he yawps as we manoeuvre our way through De Waal Drive’s Saturday-afternoon traffic towards his Kenilworth home to watch the documentary on crocodiles he has co-produced.


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Okavango Magic


IT’S very late. The Milky Way cuts a brilliant swathe through a dark sky ablaze with stars. Hippos are on the move chortling, swishing, splashing round the camp. A Pel’s fishing owl – one of the world’s most sought-after birds – screeches from a low branch, its call like that of a soul in torment. A lion roars softly in the distance, as closer, a hyena whoops. Painted reed frogs supply a backing chorus of piping chirps.



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Mating Lions in the Kruger National Park

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kruger national park
Lions in the Kruger National Park

We spotted these two lions on the road in Kruger National Park. They were in the process of mating. With lions this can be quite the operation… Female lions need to mate every 15 or 20 minutes to ovulate, this is called induced ovulation. They do this for 3 – 4 days. It is necessary to ensure fertilisation.

As female lions are not picky when it comes to males, this delayed mating process will often give the dominant male the chance to reach the female. He will depose any inferior males and take over…


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Tobias from Germany – explored Cape Town and Jenman African Safaris… the LAST blog!

Jenman Safaris

Only when my plane was about to touch down in Frankfurt did I finally realise that my time in South Africa was over…  Since then it has been two weeks… I’ve almost settled down in Germany again (even if I still walk on the “wrong”, left side of the pavement). The first few days were quite exciting – it was great to see my family and my friends and I continued doing what I did on my last days in Cape Town


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Jenman African Safaris Collection