January 28, 2007

Waterberg Elegance

Waterberg Elegance


Since it's awakening as a favoured area of the early San inhabitants, the Waterberg has traditionally been celebrated as a land of abundant wildlife and water. The Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is internationally recognised for it's pioneering role in Southern African conservation and is sanctuary to a myriad of wildlife from the rare Sable, Oryx and Eland to Africa's 'Big Five'. The terrain varies from open plains, to riverine marshlands, to towering crags and the prolific bird life is a "Birder's Paradise ". A variety of game visits the lodge on a regular basis, and sightings from the deck are commonplace. In addition, for those interested, the Reserve boasts two Bushman painting sites, which are reached by a short walk from the road.
Nestled in the shadow of the mystical Waterberg, an ancient tapestry comes to life in a sanctuary, unrivalled for its diversity and natural abundance....Waken your senses. Surrender to the luxury and texture of another era as you experience the drama and mystery of Africa's wild heart. Be indulged in the finest care, comfort, and cuisine and let the haunting call of the wild replenish your inner peace. Live the experience, for there is no place like this...this is not a dream. Our Game drives and walks are led by professional, armed rangers and the wellness centre has 17-metre lap pool (heated), fully-equipped gym and steam room (with chiropractor and masseuse). You can expect six-star comfort, care and cuisine!

Day 1 - 8: Paperbark Lodge (B & L & D)
You will be flown to Welgevonden Nature Reserve by private charter, collected at the air strip and transferred to Paperbark Lodge, where you will book into your luxury suite. Your days will be spent enjoying morning and afternoon Game Drives to view the impressive Big 5 in the reserve, taking informative Bush Walks or just relaxing at the Wellness Centre enjoying pamper sessions.

January 24, 2007

Eastern Cape Surf & Sunsets

Eastern Cape Surf & Sunset Honeymoon with Lathita Expeditions.

Super Tubes Guest House breaths a relaxed, informal and homely atmosphere. All rooms are en-suite with balconies.. The rooms boast twin or king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, a private balcony with a magnificent sea view. The house consists of three floors. On the ground floor you will find a fully equipped kitchen, braai area, outside patio and lounge area. Especially for our guests who love to surf we also have a small sauna, wetsuit dryer and outside shower. On the second floor there’s a wave watch lounge with a stunning view. An exclusive Tuscan Style House offers 5 suites each luxurious, stylish bedroom offers quality linen, air-conditioning. A 3-course dinner is served on request, in the evening.

Day-1to3: Jeffreys Bay
You will arrive in Port Elizabeth and collect your car from the airport and drive yourself to Super Tubes Guest Lodge, in Jeffreys Bay. The first few days of your holiday will be spent doing leisurely beach walks or sitting on your private patio listing to the rhythmic roar of the ocean. You can explore the beautiful Garden Route and drive yourself to Tsitsikamma where a helicopter awaits you, to sweep you away on a scenic flight over the majestic Storms River Mouth.

A natural extension to the Garden Route, just 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth, this malaria-free “Big-5” game reserve is set in the pristine wilderness of the Kariega River Valley. Kariega Lodge - spacious and comfortably appointed chalets, all en-suite, with private pools. Here you can enjoy complete privacy, spectacular views and intimate contact with nature. Ukhozi Lodge, “the place of Eagles”, An unique African-style lodge together with 10 superbly appointed luxury suites crafted from log with panoramic views from private decks has taken Kariega to a new level of exclusivity and comfort. The lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, restaurant and boma, with an outdoor heated pool. Here guests can unwind, enjoy sumptuous cuisine or simply share experiences of the African bush.

Day-4&5 Kariega Game Reserve
Your days will be spent doing game drives, bird watching and relaxing by the pool. On one of the mornings will be go on the Kariega Queen for a leisurely cruise on the Kariega River.

January 15, 2007

Bukela Game Lodge - Honeymoon Experience

Bukela Lodge is situated in the malaria free, 6000 hectare Bushmans River Conservancy just 40 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth. The Owners, Deon & Elsa Truter, have for many years dreamed and envisioned such a place, where one could relax and partake of the splendor of the African bush whilst still enjoying quality service and comfort. Having both explored most of the South African reserves extensively, they chose “this place of great admiration” in order to realize their dream, not only for its magnificence but also because it would offer their guests an opportunity of discovering the Eastern Cape which is of significant cultural and historical importance.

In addition, the proximity of the coast to Bukela Lodge offers guests the opportunity of enjoying the bush and discovering the pristine beaches of the Eastern Cape. In creating the Lodge, Elsa Truter has drawn on Africa itself for her inspiration in designing and decorating the lodge where ever possible. This theme extends as well to the cuisine offered which is both traditional and contemporary African cuisine.. The lodge therefore offers the guest a true African experience encompassing all of ones senses, and not tempered by Western or European influences except where comfort and service are concerned. In this regard, guests can expect every service they would expect of an exclusive 5 star international establishment.

The Bukela Honeymoon Experience offers:
2 nights accommodation for the newlyweds in the exclusive Honeymoon Suite known as the “Uthando Suite”. The Xhosa name means “love” and this suite boasts a four poster bed, en suite bathroom with spa bath, private outdoor shower and private viewing deck. It is situated further from the main lodge than the other suites to afford maximum privacy for the Honeymoon couple. Welcome cocktails on arrival for Honeymooners
In the Ubuntu Suite, honeymooners will be welcomed with:
- A bottle of sparkling wine
- Chocolates and fruit basket
- Freshly cut flowers
- A traditional Xhosa wedding gift

Honeymooners will furthermore enjoy :
- All meals, teas, snacks
- A romantic dinner for two overlooking a waterhole (weather permitting) or in the suite on the day of your arrival.
- A celebratory Xhosa dance on the second night of your arrival by traditional dancers in the boma.
- A romantic cruise on the Bushmans River on day three, complete with sparkling wine and snacks or a game drive daily with sundowners and snacks provided – not obligatory if you just want to relax by the pool after a hectic wedding!

Experience a romantic getaway at Bukela with Lathita Expeditions.

South Africa AccommodationNamibia AccommodationBotswana AccommodationZambia Accommodation
Cape Town AccommodationGarden Route AccommodationEastern Cape Accommodation

January 10, 2007

North West Love Affair

North West – Love Affair


The Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the kalahari sandveld and the northern bushveld. The reserve consists of vast plains, open woodlands and thickets. The area is also dotted with huge rocky hills and the Dwarsberg Mountain range forms the southern boundary of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Guests staying at the Impodimo Game Lodge enjoy spectacular vistas extending as far as the eye can see, your choice may be to visit in summer and laze on the pool deck with a chilled chardonnay. Or maybe a winter safari – relax in the library with a cognac or stoke the fire in your suite, gaze out at the stars before falling asleep with memories of unrestricted close encounters with Africa’s big game experience on the safa.

Day-1to5: Madikwe Game Reserve

You will collect you vehicle from Europe Car at Johannesburg International Airport and drive yourself to Impodimo Private Game Reserve in the beautiful Madikwe Game Reserve, where you will book into your luxury suite at Impodimo Private Game Lodge. Your days will be spent enjoying dusk and dawn Game Drives to view the impressive Big 5 in the reserve, taking informative Bush Walks or just relaxing on the deck, shaded by trees. After dark you go on a Night Game Drive in search to nocturnal animals like the elusive leopard.

Experience this Luxury Romantic Safari with Lathita Expeditions.

January 03, 2007

Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge, the ideal Ramantic destination;

Set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, this luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent.

Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer unparalleled snorkeling and fantastic offshore scuba diving.Set in a secluded bay, Mabibi, on the Maputaland coast. Thonga Beach Lodge is situated in the heart of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site.

It is the first private concession to have been granted by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Authority. 25 km North of Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Contact Lathita Expeditions for more information.

South Africa AccommodationNamibia AccommodationBotswana AccommodationZambia Accommodation
Cape Town AccommodationGarden Route AccommodationEastern Cape Accommodation

January 01, 2007

Welcome to 2007

Welcome to 2007, we at Lathita Expeditions wish you all a great year filled with joy and prosperity. We will be launching a number of new projects and new destinations in the coming year and wish to invite everyone to join us in exploring and rediscovering the African Continent. Some of the new destinations include Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and Reunion. We are currently not promoting our full range of products on our website, but early in 2007 this will change. We are in the process of updating the site and will start adding all our products to the site soon.

Products will include;
- Luxury Accommodation
- 4x4 Jeep Hire (New Product)
- 4x4 Jeep Tours (New Product)
- Luxury Tours
- Mobile Safaris
- Motorcycle Tours
- Active Adventures
- Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tours (New Product)
- Romantic and Exclusive Destinations
- “Mma Ramotswa” cultural tours (New Product)
After the famous Ladies Detective Series based in Botswana.

Together with the product listing and launching we have started a number of promotional blog’s where we are promoting destinations in Africa. This includes Private and Public Game Reserves, Indian Ocean Island destinations, Private and group packages and general information on all the different destinations we offer.

The Blog’s include;
We focus on Private and Public Game Reserves through this blog and list activities and general information on African countries alternately.
This blog focus on Safari products and includes products that we tailor made for clients and some scheduled packages.
As the name states this blog will focus on Gorilla viewing and will include destinations in Uganda and Rwanda.
This blog features exclusive and romantic African Destinations
Included in our product range we have approximately 600 places of accommodation in Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, which will be featured here.

Lathita Expeditions will do a number of marketing projects through 2007. The first appearance will be at the “Expo4Brides” in Pretoria, South Africa. We will primarily focus on Luxury Destinations for this Expo. Not too long after that in will be “Valentines” and more exotic destinations and we will include a number of short breakaway packages. After Valentines we will focus on Easter and will be promoting a number of family orientated products, specifically in the Eastern Cape Region of South Africa. Some of the other promotional activities you can look out for includes;
- Indaba 2007
- SCG Conference 2007
- Mma Ramotswa Cultural Experience
- Winter Kalahari Experience

Just a last word before I say goodbye. At the SCG Conference we will be running scheduled trips to great sites and activities around Port Elizabeth, which will include, Addo Elephant National Park, Addo Elephant Back Safaris, Baviaans Nature Reserve and Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. On this note I would like wish you all a great year in 2007 and hope to see you on Safari with Lathita Expeditions.

Best Regards,

Johan Gerber.