Experience Nature Like Never Before
Wildlife safaris are undoubtedly the activities, which you most look forward to when you visit a private game park and lodge like Limpopo’s Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa. For many, the Waterberg region of Limpopo has become their preferred wildlife safari destination, particularly because our area is malaria free.
Besides the peace of mind in visiting a malaria free sector of the bushveld, your anticipation and enthusiasm for wildlife safaris in Limpopo is perfectly understandable because you’ll have a wildlife experience unlike any other, but do you ever wonder how, where and when wildlife safaris originated?
Undertaking a Journey
Long ago, much of the hinterland of the Africa was largely unknown to most people of European origin. Entrepreneurial peoples, such as the Arabs and other traders, undertook journeys focussed on trading. “Safari” is the Swahili word for “journey”, which is derived from the Arab “safar” (undertake a journey), so semantically, we know what a safari is.
Influence of Hunting and Hunters
Early European explorers of this then so-called Dark Continent also traded, but not with trade goods comprising of beads, metal goods, knives, cloth, or, tragically, slaves. Wildlife and game animals were plentiful, there for the taking. Many early Europeans in Africa became hunters of wildlife, their brand of trade goods, which included skins and pelts, tusks and complete animals, the latter to be sold or traded for use as specimens for museums or trophies for wildlife trophy collectors.
Soon enough, hunters from abroad sought to bag their own record-breaking specimens and trophy animals. They needed to go on safari to do so. Instead of hunting solely for their own pockets, various local African hunters became professional guides who managed their own safari operations, for the benefit of foreign hunters and visitors. One of these hunters, who popularised the safari, was an American ex-president, who undertook an enormous hunting safari in 1909.
Other Modern Zwahili Safaris
Nowadays, there are numerous types of modern safaris that have absolutely nothing to do with hunting. Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa focuses on conservation.
At this remarkable lodge in Limpopo, our list of favourite guest safari activities includes all those journeys mentioned in this list of four. Although the photographic safari is not specifically mentioned in our literature, most visitors have a camera ready during their guided game drives, which take place twice daily, in the early morning and in the early evening/night.
Our culinary safari takes guests on a culinary journey of exploration, discovery and sheer enjoyment of Zwahili’s cuisine. Our resident chef’s delicious fare incorporates European tradition with distinct, yet subtle African influences.
A variety of dining options is on offer too, It’s your choice – in Zwahili’s beautifully set restaurant, in our welcoming open air boma, around a blazing fire in winter, or a private, romantic dinner on your own secluded deck that’s attached to your luxuriously appointed private suite. You can also enjoy the same in another secluded spot, or a specially prepared indulgent Limpopo bushveld picnic at a select location of which there are many at Zwahili.
Pre- and Post- Safari
Rest and relaxation are integral to one’s safaris in Limpopo, just as it was in the early 1900s, when the safari guests relaxed with drinks before dinner while the camp chef put the finishing touches to dinner. It was a leisurely fireside affair, with one’s every need seen to by camp assistants.
You don’t need a travelling entourage on your wildlife safari in Zwahili. We even have a luxurious spa on site, ready to pamper you, pre- and post- the safari of your choice. Our helpful game lodge personnel are trained to ensure that we take care of all your comforts, leaving you free to rest, relax and do as you please at your leisure in Limpopo.