A group of Australian travel advisors didn’t waste any time proving that travel to the ‘mother country’ is alive and well, having just visited South Africa and Zimbabwe on a rebound famil.
The advisors travelled as guests of African luxury lodge and reserve operator, Singita – a member of the Virtuoso Preferred network – and were hosted by local sales ambassador, Léa Seguier.
This famil was particularly special as it had been planned to operate two years ago but was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over nine days, the participants sampled two of Singita’s African safari icon destinations – Zimbabwe and South Africa. They experienced three Singita Lodges firsthand, including Singita Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe, Singita Lebombo Loge in Kruger National Park and Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sands.
Some of the educational’s highlights included double-daily game drives and sundowners; a sundowner boat cruise on Malilangwe Dam while in Zimbabwe; a community visit at Singita Pamushana; an interactive cooking class at the Singita Culinary School in Kruger; meeting the K9 Anti-Poaching in Singita Sabi Sand; Airstrip and Bush dinners; performances by the Singita choir; and numerous wildlife encounters, such as meeting ‘Schotia’ – a female leopard and her cub.
Singita sales ambassador based in Australia, Léa Seguier, said one of the wildlife experiences that Singita Kruger National Park is well known for is its lions, with the group spotting many including their cubs.
And if clients are intent on spotting black and white rhinos in the wild, Singita Pamushana Lodge should be an essential inclusion on their itinerary. Seguier shared the below photo she captured from the waterhole hide at this property.
In South Africa, the famil followed a proposed itinerary that Singita are considerings dubbed ‘The Best of Both’ which comprises two nights in Kruger National Park followed by two nights in Singita Sabi Sand.
Meanwhile, Singita’s General Manager of Business Development, Caroline Burke, is planning to head to Australia in June to reconnect with travel trade partners in the region.
Lead image, clearly having an amazing experience, from left are: Sonia Jones, Sonia Jones Travel; Aaron Ainsworth, Travel Associates; Michael West, Travelcall; Jacqui Keating, Smartflyer; Maddy Lehrer, Tribe Travel; Lea Seguier, Singita and Joanne Bailey, Travelcall, with tracker Vusy (right) and guide Nick (in front).