Sydney Alexander received mountaineering training, which entails skills like night navigation, how to work with the ropes in case of emergency and emergency management training in case someone gets lost on the mountain. That entails knowing what you need to do, what equipment you need you need to have and general mountain safety.
If I were a rich man….. goes the song as I lazily stroll down the alleys of the Marché l’Artisan … Lire la suite A whirlwind tour of the best shopping market in Antananarivo – Madagascar!
We (Elana from the Sales Department and Wiebke from the Product Department) were very privileged to recently embark on an educational journey highlighting the Caprivi Strip in Namibie, the Western Delta d'Okavango in Le Botswana, as well as Livingstone in La Zambie. Together with our trusted tour guide, Thomas Dhilwayo, this proved to be an awesome and eventful experience…
Bright and early on Friday morning (21 Nov) we met up at Le Cap, Afrique du Sud Airport (well, one of us was a little late due to oversleeping) for our flight to Johannesburg. We then boarded the aircraft to Livingstone, where we arrived just after lunchtime. Thomas and our trusted vehicle, Endesha (and we will get back to this later), met us at the airport and off we went for our first three site inspection of this trip.
Not so long ago a few Jenman African Safari Staff members went on the ‘Day 2’ part of our exclusive Hoerikwaggo Trail. Unfortunately, I was not able to go as I was working on the ever-popular and demanded Jenman Safaris Newsletter! However, when the group came back bursting with stories and fun-filled tales it felt as if I was there too… This week’s hike included Garth, Wayne, Patti, Nomsi and Hilka – and by the sounds of it they ALL had a wonderful time! Due to time constraints, this Hoerikwaggo Hike started at Constantia Nek (usually it starts at Orange Kloof Camp) and ended at the Silvermine Dam.
Table Mountain National Park and provincial Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism have forged a three-year partnership that will enable tourists and South Africans to hire personal guides to take them hiking on the mountain.
The programme , launched yesterday, is aimed at increasing the safety of visitors on the mountain and broadening the base of black economic empowerment in tourism.
As the Madagascar product manager for Jenman African Safaris, I regularly find myself on a plane to Madagascar (as it happens, I’m 32,000 m above the Indian ocean right now). So far I’ve seen the north, south, east & central highlands of Madagascar in my quest for knowledge, good hotels & interesting things for our clients to do. I’ve built wonderful relationships with hotel owners around Madagascar, & have lost my heart to this vast & varied country.
I’m incredibly fortunate to have travelled independently around Africa, passing through 24 of the continents 53 countries. Many of these destinations stick out as memorable or incredibly beautiful, but for some strange reason, none hold my heart captive like the enchantment of Madagascar.
Jenman Safaris has updated the Real Zambian Adventure, simply put the Real Zambian Adventure includes another day in the Kafue National Park… Our real Zambian Adventure Safari is 14 days from Livingstone to Livingstone… Vast tracts of wilderness and sensational wildlife: these are the hallmarks of La Zambie and what you’ll experience on this 14-day camping safari in the heart of Southern Africa. Spot magnificent game and birdlife in the North Kafue et South Kafue National Parks, witness the unbridled power of Victoria Falls, relax at Kariba and canoe the Zambezi River in the company of hippos….
Bright and early on Wednesday morning a few of us set off to test out the Hoerikwaggo Trail that we are running in conjunction with SANParks. Garth, Patti, Wayne, Debbi, Nomsi, Hilka et myself (Lisa) set off early to start this adventure. We were all equipped with water (which weighed way too much!), food, hats, sunblock, cameras etc… We looked like a group of serious hikers. Patti even had a pair of proper hiking boots that were about 20 years old… I will come back to these hiking boots a bit later on. Our route was Table Mountain to Orange Kloof – which works out to be about 13kms… a very LONG way for some of us!!!
A couple of months ago I was approached by my boss, Garth Jenman who gave me the opportunity to help … Lire la suite Charity Challenge… Raising money for breast cancer with Jenman African Safaris!!!!
As most of us have heard yoga is great for the body, mind and soul… Sounds like a Red-Bull Advert! But as the year is near the end… and the stress levels are calming down… A few of us at the Jenman African Safaris office have taken up Yoga – courtesy of our boss! Somewhere upstairs (where HR and our boss work…) they decided to offer us (downstairs people) the chance to relax and stretch out our bodies by doing yoga in the boardroom once a week during our lunch break! As you can imagine the whole office was ‘buzzing’ with excitement. Everyone wanted to do yoga – well all the girls that is! But with limited space in the boardroom only a few of us where selected….
The second part of the review is here! This is by the same client (Marden Phelps) as our prior blog and was also featured on African Safari Journals! This part contains all the reviews about the accommodation, the meals and their disappointments AND highlights of the tour with Jenman Safaris. Read the unedited review below…
Pioneer Camp near Lusaka, La Zambie. Nice chalet with well kept grounds. A variety of fruit trees and flowers…..
During the evening boat ride at Chobe we saw over two hundred elephants at one time. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. They would come down the hill and into the river in herds of twenty to fifty and just frolic and play.
There was one young calf that kept plopping down in the mud and getting stuck. The older elephants would help him out and he would run right back in and get stuck again. We watched the sun go down and took some amazing photos of elephants against the setting sun.
Having moved to Le Cap, Afrique du Sud fairly recently, I’ve not seen much of the Western Cape and of course was delighted when an opportunity presented itself to join a ‘recce’ trip up the West Coast to have a look at a privately-owned game reserve up there. The trip was planned for the 5th of November, and four of us were lucky enough to escape the office; Garth Jenman, Patti Brockmann from the Jenman Safaris Marketing Department, Hilka Voges from Sales and myself from Operations.
Very early in the morning, on October 22nd, I made my way to the Jenman African Safaris office to meet up with Garth (the boss!), Patti et Wayne. At 6am we were already on our way to explore the greater Cedarberg region – also known as South Africa’s best kept secret – an area featured in our Cape Town Wildlife Safari, and a region that was up until that day completely unknown to me… This area and tour can be found on most of our websites, including CapeTownSafaris.com!
After a long and picturesque drive we stopped (en-route of course) to have some breakfast… At that time I was already quite fascinated by the gradual but also drastic change in the surroundings.
Patti – our Local Sales and Marketing representative went on this hoerikwaggo hike a awhile ago! This is what she has to say about the experience….
ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!
… fancy a hike to “the top of the world?” Yep, it can be done – ask me, and it’s definitely one of the things to add to your “bucket list”!!! Hiking up Table Mountain on the famous hoerikwaggo trails has always been something that I have wanted to do, and when the opportunity presented itself I grabbed it with both feet, literally :~) …
I recently joined Lynne Madgin and her team at Travel People for a series of workshops in East London and Port Elizabeth. Lynne, congratulations on a job well done. The workshops were professionally coordinated and organized and well attended – approx. 50 attendees per session. I was representing Jenman African Safaris and our Madagascar Product!
In total, we were 18 presenters ranging from Rovos Rail, to various types of accommodation, tourism associations and tour operators. Each one of us was assigned a table with a number. The attendees had to move from table to table on a rotational basis and we had a total of 8 minutes to strut our stuff, sweat sweat!! Attendees comprised travel agents, tour operators, corporate’s, car hire, government etc.
Finally… here is part 2 of the Great Trans African Safari (that Laurina took a group of safari travellers around … Lire la suite Skinnymarinky dinky doo – Memories of the Great-Trans African Safari with Laurina and her safari group! PART 2…
Almost 1 year ago to the day, Laurina (one of our sales consultants/tour guide) took a fabulous group of travellers on safari – on the Great-Trans African Safari … which took them all around Namibia, Botswana and Zambia on a 22 day adventure. Down the line, this group decided to email Laurina day-by-day accounts of their safari – exactly one year ago to the day it turned out to be! You may be asking why the title has ‘Skinnymarinky dinky doo’ in it…. Well you will read about some of it in this blog – but read Part 2 to find out why this song is so special to Laurina!
Read their email snippets of their holiay safari with Laurina!
On Wednesday 13 August a whole bunch of guides (which included Chantal – one of our treasured Jenman African Safari … Lire la suite Our Jenman Guide Goes Swimming with Hippos
Only 4 weeks into our Jenman team thing, we continue to astound ourselves by thrashing our opponents. Last week we … Lire la suite Jenman Tigers Rooooaaaar themselves to victory!
Two Clients of ours went on our Botswana Breakaway Safari which they enjoyed to the fullest – you may have read their blog last month about their holiday. However, on their return through OR Tambo International Airport they had an unpleasant situation. Read about what they wrote to the Getaway Magazine which was published in the October issue.
My wife Irene and I arrived home after a splendid safari holiday in Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. The tour operator was Jenmans, a company I cannot praise highly enough. They took care of us and, even after our tour, continued to treat us as clients. The safari was great, but the four extra nights in Zambia and Johannesburg were another experience.
We couldn’t resist showing you this picture of one of our clients hugging our safari vehicle! Why is he hugging it you may ask…? Well, it’s because all our vehicles are brilliantly designed and maintained with our own exceptionally high standards – meaning that you are guaranteed to have a ‘true’ safari experience in one of our 4×4 land cruisers! And judging from this picture our client was having the time of his life!
We have many clients sign up on a African Safari tour and ‘pray’ that the tour that they signed up for uses one of our 4×4’s… Clearly there is more to our vehicles then meets the eye. We have a variety of Vehicles that we use – but, our 4×4 Land Cruisers are the ones on demand!
A while back we celebrated my stepson’s 13th birthday and my hubby and I were racking our brains on what … Lire la suite Sea-Kayaking in Hermanus with the Whales!
Not so long ago my boyfriend and I decided to go to the Cape Point Nature Reserve… We had such an awesome time that I decided that I must share it with all of you!
Firstly, let me start by pointing out the fact that we normally end up spending our time in shopping malls buying clothes and eating at restaurants … so for us to decide to go to there… is clearly something out of the ordinary! And what a wonderful day we had – was the perfect place to feel like we were on holiday (even if it was just for one day only)…
Just a note before the excitement wears down. We had an incredible adventure on the trip through L'Afrique du Sud. We covered a lot of kilometres but we experienced so much variety. Just when we had a very long hot day in the vehicle, the lodge at the end of the day was delightful.
The lodge staff was always very accommodating. The trip crisscrossing the countries gave us a lot of insight to how people live, what the countryside looks like, wild animals on the side of the road as we see cattle at home. The vehicle was comfortable.
Jenman African Safaris has extensive knowledge and experience in most African Countries… And throughout the many years we have learnt … Lire la suite Our Africa Safari Do’s and Don’ts!
De superbes plages vides, des villages isolés et des lémuriens dansants - c'est ce que j'ai entendu parler de la région de Fort Dauphin et Berentry Reserve - et c'est ce que je voulais vraiment aller voir !!!!! Jenman Safaris nous a permis, mon collègue et moi, de nous aventurer dans cette partie de Madagascar pendant 5 jours. Notre aventure a commencé à Tana où nous avons commencé à faire notre chemin vers Fort Dauphin. L'aéroport de Fort Dauphin est aussi chaotique que n'importe quel autre aéroport de Madagascar - ici, vous devez apprendre votre numéro d'étiquette de bagage en français comme ils l'appellent aux masses et vous devez courir à l'avant pour prendre votre sac - ou juste le faire comme nous - repérer votre sac et le prendre du gars qui crie en français.
Basically, WE LOVED IT! The climb up Kilimanjaro was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We all made the summit and even on Matthew’s 27th birthday – how special – so we sang Happy Birthday to him on the rooftop of Africa. Our guides – Bruno and Christopher – were excellent and really encouraging when we needed it most. I cannot say enough nice things about them. However, the team of porters was also wonderful – very supportive, very nice. As we were a small group, we got to know them fairly well and had a couple of really nice sessions of singing and dancing together, especially on the last morning. The porters and cook, etc. also sang to Matthew. Seeing their smiling faces every day, even when carrying the heavy loads, was amazing.
This is the fourth largest island in the world (after Greenland, Papua New Guinea and Borneo for those quiz fans amongst us) and truly is a unique destination. While it is only 250 miles from the coast of Africa but might as well be ten times that distance if you are looking for comparisons.
Madagascar has some of the highest endemicity on the planet with nearly 80% of its flora and fauna being endemic. There are 30 species of lemurs that are only found on the island and another 100 mammals that are endemic to Madagascar.
We arrived in Namibia on a scorching hot day at Hosea Kutako Airport, Windhoek, Namibie. I had been unsure of what to expect as I knew very little about Namibie, other than it is famed for its red sand dunes… but I was soon to learn that Namibia has so much more to offer then the dunes!
On arrival we were met by our guide and driver who took us on a very brief tour of Windhoek…We then began our long trek down south to the Kalahari region – after this long drive, it was such a relief to arrive at this Bagatelle Kalahari Ranch ‘oasis’ where we were greeted with ice cold beverages! Nothing better then an ice cold drink after a long hot drive!