Agents Discover the Magnificence and Otherworldliness of the Makgadikgadi Pans

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In December Jenman African Safaris was invited to take part in the Botswana Travel & Tourism Expo (BTTE). We had a wonderful time connecting with industry partners and arranged a specially curated Fam trip to showcase the beauty of Botswana to some of our lucky agents. Our marketing specialist, Alessa, travelled through Botswana with 5 … Read moreAgents Discover the Magnificence and Otherworldliness of the Makgadikgadi Pans

Our Best Guided Group Tours

Our Best Guided Group Tour

Jenman African Safaris offers a range of Guided Group Safaris throughout Southern Africa, East Africa, and Madagascar. These tours with set departures are expertly designed for travellers who want to see the highlights of a country, or in some cases even more than one country, whilst having an exceptional guide provide valuable insight along the way. These … Read moreOur Best Guided Group Tours

Discover our Brilliant Botswana Guided Group Tours

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Botswana is an unspoiled land of breathtaking beauty and varied attractions. Not only is the country known for its impressive wildlife, captivating deserts, and vibrant green grasslands but it is also home to one of the oldest cultures in the world – the San Bushmen. Plus, this African country has a dedicated focus on sustainable … Read moreDiscover our Brilliant Botswana Guided Group Tours

The Amazing Highlights of our Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter

Get to know the magnificent attractions and offerings of Botswana and Zimbabwe, intimately. The two countries are excellent partners for providing a full scope of wildlife activities and diverse landscapes in Southern Africa. From the mighty Vic Falls and the massive Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe to the lush Okavango Delta and other worldly Makgadikgadi Pans … Read moreThe Amazing Highlights of our Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter

Reasons Why the Southern Experience is a Terrible No Good Very Bad Idea

Jenman African Safaris’ Northern / Southern Experience tour showcases the best of southern Africa, sandwiching all the highlights of Namibia and Botswana between the top tourist destinations of Cape Town and Victoria Falls. Travellers can choose whether they would like to start in Cape Town and end in Victoria Falls, this is the Northern Experience. Or … Read moreReasons Why the Southern Experience is a Terrible No Good Very Bad Idea

Experience Zimbabwe and Namibia with Jenman African Safaris

Victoria Falls Experience

In May our marketing specialist Pierce Synnott went on an agent familiarization trip to Zimbabwe and Namibia to explore the exciting wildlife and activities on offer in the region, below he tells us about his incredible trip: We arrived into Vic Falls airport with slight queues going through customs and immigration but all went well. … Read moreExperience Zimbabwe and Namibia with Jenman African Safaris

Safari guests give back to a Zimbabwean school

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Retired Diana and Cliff Cunningham are visiting South Africa as part of their bucket list. After 9 months of planning, we were surprised when they contacted us to tell us they handmade 155 pencil cases for the Dingani Primary School  students in Zimbabwe. As part of our responsible tourism initiative Grow Africa, all our guests … Read moreSafari guests give back to a Zimbabwean school

9 1/2 Reasons to Visit Botswana in 2016

Botswana recently scooped the title of Lonely Planet’s best place to visit in 2016. The land-locked country, which also celebrates 50 years of independence from colonial rule, remains a place of wonder and mystery for travellers. We at Jenman decided to find out what exactly makes Botswana just so special! Here are our 9 1/2 … Read more9 1/2 Reasons to Visit Botswana in 2016

My Top 10 Highlights of Botswana and Zimbabwe

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Just before my trip while I was packing my bags, I got this familiar feeling of butterflies in my tummy. I was preparing for my long journey ahead through Botswana to Zimbabwe for the next 16 days.

So off I went and joined the Jenman tour called the Botswana Untouched, as I waited in anticipation for that highlight of my trip that I knew would make my whole trip worth it.

Little did I know I would enjoy so many things on my trip. I just have to share this with everyone.

Highlight 1: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
As we made our way from Johannesburg to Serowe within 3 days, we visited the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. I truly found peace in my heart for the Rhino’s. I didn’t realize how strong I felt about the rhinos and the protection of rhinos until I came here and saw them healthy, and in their own space. Our group sat in that vehicle in awe to witness the peace and the protected environment the rhino’s are in.

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Rhino’s grazing

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The Lesser Known Botswana

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When people think of Botswana, there are a number of things that come to mind. These things include the countries wide open plains that stretch seemingly unending into the distance; or its range of wildlife that hunt, live and breed in the beauty and safety of its national parks; or even the unique opportunity offered to all who visit Botswana to immerse themselves into its culture, wildness and diversity.

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Hippo popping it’s head out of the water

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3 Botswana meals you have to try

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One of the best experiences during travelling is to get to know other cultures, customs and traditions. A good way to start with these experiences is through trying the cuisine of the different countries. Botswana is renown for their rich range of wildlife. But only a minority of people know that the cuisine is exceptionally good and must most certainly be tried. Despite beans and maize, Botswana is also “famous” for the high quality of its local beef. Many tourists only eat the upmarket cuisine at the lodges. So why don’t you go beyond the average traveller and try the traditional dishes of Botswana?

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Botswana dishes


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Trees so big you can live inside them!

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The idea of living on the inside of a tree is something that many of us will only ever hear about in fairy tales or fantasy novels. But in Southern Africa and Madagascar there is a tree that grows so large it enables people to do just that. The Boabab tree can grow to 11m in diameter, the length of an average truck, and has been known to reach heights greater than a 10 story building. Definitely big enough to live in!

 

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Malagasy child in Baobab Alley

It’s the tree of life because…

To many African people, it is capable of looking after basic needs. It is hollow on the inside like a cave, allowing people to build rooms within it, the bark is fire resistant, the fruit is rich in Vitamin C and the trunk can store up to 30 000 gallons of water. In recent years, people have been known to host shops and bars in these trees as seen below

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Bench International Fam Trip

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Bench International Fam Trip

Exploring Victoria Falls, Hwange and Chobe was the recent objective of a Family put together by Jenman Safaris, for Bench International of Australia… and what an adventure it turned out to be! Eager agents were invited by Bench to join them in experiencing the hospitality of the Peermont Metcourt Suites Hotel, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Ilala Lodge, the Victoria Falls Safari Club, Jenman African Safaris, Wild Horizons, Elephant’s Eye, Hwange and Ngoma Lodge in Botswana. The weather came to the party too, and what initially looked a bit dicey, turned out to be 8 glorious days of sunshine and fun…

 

 

Day one saw everyone arriving with an overnight in Johannesburg, before heading off to a grand new adventure the next morning. Activities in Vic Falls included a sunset cruise, tour of the mighty falls, a Canopy Tour, Helicopter Flight, Devil’s Pool excursion, elephant interaction and not to forget a Lion Walk! Each day offered a taste of what Vic Falls, Hwange and Chobe can provide, from spectacular sunsets, stroking lions, feeding enormous African elephants, game viewing by boat on the magnificent Chobe River, and viewing huge herds of elephants making their way to the Hwange waterholes (There are no natural rivers here, so the waterholes are the lifeblood of Hwange).

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Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park – Liza explored it all!

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Elephant’s at the water hole

I knew that it was going be a hot and humid stay in Zimbabwe, but “oh my word”…. nothing could prepare me for the heat! Despite the humid conditions we had so many amazing game viewing opportunities that with all of the excitement, I forgot about the heat! On our first 3 nights in Zimbabwe, we stayed at “Elephant’s Eye, Hwange”- this was such an amazing experience for me… the lodge is in the middle of the bush making me feel very close to nature… especially watching the elephants come down to the waterhole every evening to cool down and have a drink.

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Introducing our Trans-Kalahari Lodge Explorer – A safari in the Kalahari has a nice ring to it!

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The Kalahari Desert is one of those beautiful and majestic areas that is often featured in travel documentaries, discovery programs and documentaries about Africa…. a lovely place that is less often visited compared to other areas in Botswana due to its rough terrain, but worth a journey in every way. This year we (Jenman African … Read moreIntroducing our Trans-Kalahari Lodge Explorer – A safari in the Kalahari has a nice ring to it!

More leopards than humans?! On safari in Botswana with Jenman Safaris.

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A cruise on the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park

It was with much excitement that my wife and I decided that the time had come for us to do a three week trip to Botswana.  I had been to the Kgalagadi (KTP) as a child and have always wanted to visit the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park (CNP).  Unfortunately, after having made the decision to go, was the same time my frustrations (blood pressure) started to skyrocket.

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Fantastic Feedback on our Northern Experience Safari – great guides, vehicles and more…

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A mokoro excursion on the Okavango Delta

I took part in a Jenman Safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls commencing April 7 & concluding on April 28. It was the trip of a lifetime for me, made more special by the intelligence, professionalism and friendliness of the two guides – Charles & Sam.

We were a small group of 7 at the beginning of the safari, comprised of 5 Australians and 2 Germans…

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Northern Experience Safari: heart-warming feedback all the way from Canada!

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Indulge in a Northern Experience Safari

To all of you,

I can honestly say that my Jenman Safaris Northern Experience overland tour has been for me a once in a lifetime dream come true! It made me see and discover amazing countries, explore so many breath-taking sites and experience beautiful cultures!

By travelling on a safari 4×4 truck, it allowed me to go to incredible remote places that I wouldn’t have been able to see any other way. Every day was a new adventure which developed in me a sense of curiosity as I looked forward to the daily activities.

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Garth always finds a way

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Garth Jenman

Garth Jenman, founder of Jenman Safaris, used to travel into Africa during varsity breaks and return with loads of curios which he traded for pocket money.

He never tired of travel and after completion of his studies continued his journeys further afield to Europe and beyond. Upon his return he started a diving school and while this enterprise proved successful during the summer month, his clientele disappeared with the summer sun during the winter. “This was in the early nineties,” remembers Garth, “and before the influx of foreign tourists we have now.” So, in order to supplement his income, Garth would travel to Zimbabwe where he stayed in a friend’s lodge and collected jerseys to peddle back in South Africa.

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One Spectacular day on Jenman’s Botswana Lodge Explorer

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Hippo sighting in Botswana
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Amazing game drive sightings

Working as a guide for Jenman African Safaris for many years now, it is always one of my goals on each trip that my guests see a good amount of wildlife on safari.

Sometimes we are lucky and see many species in one day… other times we only see one or two, and occasionally it’s so quiet that we see nothing, and just have to try again the following day. And then there are those occasions that you see everything and more – those days only come once in a while.

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Leopard on a game drive with Jenman Safaris

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More fantastic feedback – well done Blessed and Owen!

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Dear Blessed, I sincerely hope when this reaches you that both you and your extended family are all in the best of health and you have now returned safely to Southern Africa from your holiday in Europe. I would like to thank you for a job well done and as an extension of these thanks … Read moreMore fantastic feedback – well done Blessed and Owen!

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