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Great Safaris Debuts New Safari In Style with Relais & Châteaux
July 14, 2014

Luxury African safari tour operator creates an itinerary with overnight stays at luxurious Relais & Châteaux properties in four southern Africa locations

Great Safaris, an award-winning luxury African safari outfitter, launches a new itinerary featuring South Africa and Victoria Falls, showcasing Relais & Châteaux properties in Cape Town, Kruger Park, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. This is the first time these Relais & Châteaux properties have combined their efforts with a North American tour operator.

The journey will commence in Cape Town, where guests can discover the Cape of Good Hope and tour vineyards in the Winelands. Once in Kruger National Park, guests will venture out on morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big Five. Safari-goers will make a brief stop in the vibrant capital of Johannesburg on their way to Victoria Falls and a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.

Each night, guests will rest and relax at one of four Relais & Châteaux accommodations: Ellerman House, the quintessential urban retreat in Cape Town; Camp Jabulani, merging classic and elegant interiors with the natural bush in Kruger National Park; Athoplace Boutique Hotel, contemporary-classic glamour and relaxed elegance in Johannesburg; and Royal Chundu River Lodge (pictured at top), a quiet and sophisticated lodge with world class service on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world's finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in the hospitality industry. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living.

  To find out more about Great Safaris’ new itinerary “Safari in Style with Relais & Châteaux”, please visit http://www.greatsafaris.com/relais-and-chateaux-south-africa-and-victoria-falls.html.

AQUILA CREATES BIG 5 RESERVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town, South Africa. The 4-star Aquila Private Game Reserve has relocated two bull elephants at a total cost of R2 million, in order to grow the reserve from Big 4 to Big 5 territory, therefore making Aquila the closest authentic Big 5 safari to Cape Town.

The elephants, aged between nine and eleven were purchased and relocated from Tzaneen in the Lowveld and transported in a specially designed game vehicle to the 4, 500 hectare private reserve accompanied by qualified and experienced elephant game capture specialists.

Owner Searl Derman has invested R1 million on the temporary one-hectare boma which took six months to build to ensure every comfort and requirement was met and approved in order to ensure a safe transition to their new home where they will be closely monitored on a 24 hour basis.

States Derman, "I'm proud to have finally created the closest authentic Big 5 African safari within a daytrip range of Cape Town. The benefit(s) to the Western Cape's tourism infrastructure, Touwsrivier's job creation and social upliftment as well as conservation of animals and habitat are unparalleled."

Once again, Aquila has practised job creation by training local staff by South Africa's leading trainers such as Vicky Broeker and Lisette Withers. Derman is the only person in the Western Cape that has done an elephant capture course and was also part of the ground breaking team which included Douw Grobbelaar - a world authority - and the Disney Land Vets, when they sterilised 2 female elephants in KZN.            

Aquila is very proud to be the only Reserve in the Western Cape to have reintroduced lion, rhino, buffalo, Cape mountain leopard and now finally the elephant to complete Cape Town's BIG 5 experience. Having the Big 5 in the Western Cape will ensure that visitors to our region spend more time in the area and are no longer forced to risk malaria, incur high travel costs and extra travelling time going north for their safari experience.

Aquila is already home to a large quantity and variety of game in the Western Cape which includes lion, buffalo, rhino, rare mountain leopard, giraffe, hippo and large herds of black wildebeest, burchell's zebra, springbok, gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest, steenbok, blesbok, ostriches, klip springer, duiker, greybuck, baboon, black backed jackal, caracal (lynx) and bat eared fox. Aquila is also home to a wide array of bird species that have made the wetlands their home and ancient Khoi San Rock Art can be visited on game drives.

Notes:

Big 5 territory, making Aquila the closest authentic Big 5 safari to Cape Town.

www.aquilasafari.com

This press release has been distributed on behalf of our client, Aquila Private Game Reserve.

 

Further media information and jpeg photos please contact:

The P.R Team, South Africa

Peter Unsworth

Tel: + 27 (0) 21 419 2390/1

E: enquiries@theprteam.com


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