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On Safari with John Stevens - Christmas in Africa

This year, some people have chosen to spend Christmas on safari in the warmth and mellow magic of Africa – enjoying the generous spirit and pure enchantment of Christmas, whilst an able and willing “someone else” mixes the cocktails, stuffs the turkey, cooks, cleans and tidies up – what a pleasure! All camps and lodges are open in Kenya, Northern Tanzania and South Africa in December right through into the New Year, while only a few remain open in Southern Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, as the rainy season has arrived in these parts of Africa. Camps and lodges that are open make extra special plans for their guests over this time – exotic meals in secret locations, carols sung to the deeply moving accompaniment of powerful African choirs, champagne bush brunches, wild evening dancing around a bonfire and more! Perhaps this tempts you for next year?

Over the last year, Nicci and John have sent many people to countless wonderful places in Africa. Sometimes, John has privately guided his guests; other times, drawing from his vast knowledge and experience, he has created their own private safari itinerary and they have travelled independently. Recently, Nicci attended the World Travel Market in London, meeting old friends and colleagues from the safari world and coming away with a host of fresh information, bright ideas and renewed enthusiasm for all that this truly remarkable continent has to offer.

Following is a selection of exciting photographs, many taken by John himself, portraying the extensive choice available when planning a safari. It’s not always easy to choose, but there will be a style that suits you down to the ground!



African Culture and Tradition



All the warmth and wonder of Ol Donya Wuas, Chyulu Hills, Kenya with Mt Kiimanjaro in background


African Sunsets



A magnificent end to a perfect day, sundowners in hand, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe



Get close in confidence with John’s wonderful approach to all things wild and wonderful!


Africa's Last Eden



Disover Gabon


African Hospitaity



Always a friendly welcome, impeccable service, interesting people – your hosts provide it all. Sue Allan (left) of Ol Seki Camp, Kenya with John and Nicci


African Style



Bona fide tented camp, Hwange, Zimbabwe


Africa Unexplored



The quiet and vast magnificence of Mozambique


Pretentious Style



Wimbeldon has come to the Serengeti



Colonial Africa



Grand old Dame of Hotels, the 100 Year Old Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe



Ethnic - tented camp with north African influence, Tarangire, Tanzania



Tree house - Chamilandu Bushcamp, Luangwa Valley, Zambia



Wilderness - Tana Delta Camp, North Kenya Coast



Light Mobile Tented – Serengeti National Park Tanzania


African Game Viewing



on foot, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe



on horseback - Okavango Horse Safaris, Botswana



by 4 Wheel drive - Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia "spot the leopard"



by camel train - Lewa Laikipiak, Northern Kenya



by elephant back – Okavango Delta, Botswana



from the air - Skeleton Coast, Namibia


Africa Location, Location, Location...



Rekero Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya



Sarara Camp, Mathews Range, Kenya



Beguerra, Mocambique Coast



Lap up the atmosphere, Luangwa Valley, Zambia


Peaceful and Powerful – this is the spirit of Africa.



Little Abu – born 2006, Elephant Back Safaris, Botswana


We wish you a merry Christmas and the year ahead filled with peace and joy.

John, Nicci and Sarah





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