Wild Places

I have been blogging about the natural world and possibly you donate money to some sort of wild animal charity. However the best way of protecting the natural world is to visit and make sure the local people benefit.

My hope long-term is to build up a vast network of places to see wildlife, all around the world. A booking through this site not only benefit the natural ecosystem and the people around it, but also fund the work I am doing to simplify natural travel and fund protection of the wilderness.

Ecosystems

Increasingly, protected areas are grouped together, allowing whole ecosystems to be supported, with several countries splitting the cost between them. These give vast areas to explore, a range of places to stay and activities to undertake, and a large number of wild encounters to enjoy.

Click the picture or text to find out more  about the reserves and the selection of lodges you can book now or plan your wildlife trip for the future.

Limpopo Transfrontier park (Southern Africa)

This includes Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands,  and Pamashuna, among others- and is still growing. A huge area of land to explore with different biomes and different animals. This covers in total over 100,000 square km and hosts the majority of the continents white rhino.

Serengeti Ecosystem (East Africa)

This covers the serengeti, Massai mara and the Ngorogoro crater and conservation area. This also plays host to the wilderbeast migration, a wildlife specticle well worth seeing.

Kalahari Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier park

This transfrontier park is one of the most exciting new developments in conservation within Africa. Consisting of protected land within Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Namibia.

The area contains 36 formally proclaimed national parks, game reserves, forest reserves and game/wildlife management areas within its borders. There are also people who live within its borders, however the aim is to look at the more than 500,000 square km (more than 200,000 square miles), an area about the size of France as one ecosystem.There is a human population of 2.5 million, however by running the huge area as one reserve, wildlife migrations can return, infrastructure can improve and income for its host countries can allow protection for the future.

At this time, we only have a couple of places to stay within this vast landscape, however we hope this number will grow fast.

part of the Kalahari Zambezi transfrontier park from the air

Volcanoes and Virungas ecosystem (Central Africa – Rwanda)

Trekking to see mountain gorillas is often an item on someones bucket list! Volcanoes national park is a relatively small area is one of the last places to see Mountain Gorillas on earth. With varous other animals to spot though, this is more than just for Gorilla trekking.

Welgevonden game reserve within the Waterberg biosphere reserve

The Waterberg, a group of small mountains in the less visited Limpopo province, is home to one of UNESCOs conservation project: the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve.

Part of this is known as the Welgevonden game reserve.

As a private game reserve, you can expect it to be less crowded than a national park, with only those staying there having access.

We are listing a total of 2 places to stay within this fantastic ecosystem.

Waterberg Biosphere reserve

Sanbona nature reserve

This is one of South Africas cape premier safari destination. Lying just 3 hours drive from cape town, it is the perfect place to link with a visit to the cape

Seated at the foot of the Waterberg Mountain range in the heart of South Africas little Karoo. This strip of semi arid land borders South Africas Greater Karoo.

Hosting the big 5, and cheetah, there is plenty of wildlife to find. You will see things to remember for a lifetime.

 We have 4 places to stay within Sanbona Nature reserve.

 

 

Sanbona nature reserve

Hermanaus

Widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) location worldwide for watching Southern right whales, staying in Hermanaus is well worth some of your time in South Africa.

Our accommodation is set within a private sea shore reserve, allowing you to relax in this area. The reserve has many wild flowers and is a fantastic birding location, as well as including some of the lagoon within its land.

Breaching whale in Hermanaus bay

Madikwe game reserve

Madikwe game reserve is the 5th largest reserve (it covers 68000 hectares) in South Africa, but far less known than most other national parks.  

Lying in the North-west of the country it is only 40km from the Botswana border. It is a Malaria free reserve.

Places to stay

Alternatively you can look by where you will stay. The places on offer spread across these wilderness areas range from luxury camping, to fancy lodges or even to private houses – all with an incredible level of service, and knowledgeable guides to show you all the area has to offer. 

To visit each lodge simply click on its image below. You will also find lodges listed within their reserve pages.

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