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It’s been a busy summer season for TEA. 

Firstly we are launching our new website this month.  We have taken a lot of time and effort in conjunction with our web designer, Roland, to make sure our clients have the best information at their fingertips and we have tried to make the site as easy to navigate as possible.

We hope that the site is interesting, and if you have reached this page, we haven’t made too bad a job of it!



Every year, before the summer season gets underway Ian, Bev & Kirsty try to take some time out to sample the accommodation offered to their clients.

Last year just prior to December the team visited 4 game reserves – 3 in the Eastern Cape and 1 in Mpumalanga

The great thing about going on safari is that you really get the chance to switch off from the hustle and bustle of life, and just kick back and enjoy nature.  The location of all the lodges are in exactly the right setting, out in the bush with every luxury convenience, but just a step away from Africa in the raw.



The first of the reserve visits was at Kariega Private Game Reserve, in the malaria free Eastern Cape, at their stunning 5* River Lodge.  The team enjoy this reserve immensely and the service and friendliness of all the staff and rangers is truly noteworthy!

This is the 5* offering from the reserve (other options are 4.5* Ukhozi Lodge and the 4* Kareiga Lodge) and is just a wonderful and unique experience. 

The deck over the Bushman’s River, where you can sit and have lunch on your arrival (and from where you can cast a line and maybe catch a fish!) is just bliss on a sunny day.  

The accommodation is in free standing thatched chalets, which are extremely spacious and seem to have the largest beds in Africa!!

As always, the game viewing was excellent at this reserve and the lion viewing here was stunning.  Speeding down the river on the safari launch is also an exhilarating way to start a game drive!

To add to the fun was enjoying the game experience with Ashley Taylor Dawson, who was enjoying a break in filming from Hollyoaks with his girlfriend Karen.  (Ashley was the only one to catch a fish on this visit!)



Moving on the team then stayed at the world famous Shamwari Private Game, also in the malaria free Eastern Cape.  We stayed at Riverdene and Lobengula Lodges 

This time we had Kristy’s daughter Lea in the party who we had recruited to try out the children’s facilities at Riverdene!

The stay was awesome, the children’s play facility and children’s staff were a big hit, in fact it was difficult to get Lea to take any notice of us at all as she was having such a ball!

Lobengula was wonderful – great rooms, lovely pool and dining area, and lunch was accompanied by the locals, the naughty Vervet Monkies and a few passing warthogs nibbling the grass!

We were lucky enough to visit the animal hospital at Shamwari where we fed a baby giraffe and Temba the baby elephant who was featured in the 15 Shamwari Episodes on Animal Planet!

We visited one of the 2 Born Free Centres and saw the rescued animals and heard the heartbreaking, but inspiring stories of their rescue and rehabilitation.  The Foundation does much needed excellent work and the centres are great places to visit in between your game drives.

Again, the game viewing, as ever at Shamwari, was excellent - especially the herd of elephants with a whole clutch of tiny babies!



Bev & Kirsty were then thrilled to be invited to visit the new Nkomazi Game Lodge situated on the banks of the Komati River located in the Mpumalanga.

They were both taken by the extreme beauty and diversity of the game reserve and loved the fact that it is malaria-free – so no worrying about precaution!  They also agreed that this would be the very perfect place to celebrate your wedding or renew your vows.

The truly five star tented lodge overlooks the Komati River, and the reserve is known as “the place of water”.  The reserve offers rolling savannahs & spectacular rock formations – a totally unique landscape & one that leaves you longing to return.

Each tent has an extra large king size bed, air-con, en-suite shower and outdoor bath & private plunge pool.   The décor is extremely tasteful with the perfect African flair, and much thought and care has been taken with every detail.

Come and visit this enticing reserve located in a valley where first life began …

Definitely worth a visit!



During December Ian and Bev visited Kwandwe Private Reserve as guests at Melton Manor and had a wonderful time at this stunning lodge.

Melton Manor is ideal for friends and families travelling together, being available for exclusive use for groups of up to 8 adults.  The whole lodge is just brimming with the most beautiful and eclectic décor.  The rooms are huge, the bathrooms stunning and the food and wine flows!  The staff at Melton Manor live up to the 5* standards and anything you need gets delivered very quickly.

A very cool way of being woken up in the morning for the early morning drives is the lovely tray of tea/coffee and rusks delivered to your room through a serving hatch by your ranger!

The game viewing was awesome – sighted on the first game drive were a pride of lions,  two beautiful cheetah, giraffe, rhino and lots of the usual smaller game.  On the second drive we got up close and personal with lions (just after a kill) and a large group of buffalo.  Absolutely amazing.

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