Category Archives: General News

December Safari Deal: Mjejane River Lodge

Are you visiting South Africa in the next 8 months?  Book your arrangements to take advantage of the…


December Safari Deal – Mjejane River Lodge!

Mjejane River Lodge
is an exclusive lodge situated within the revered Mjejane Game Reserve. This private Big 5 Game Reserve is incorporated into the southern Kruger National Park.
Perched on the banks of the Crocodile River and surrounded by thousands of hectares of raw African wilderness, it is here that the paths of predators and prey cross…
It is here that you are assured of a breathtaking wildlife experience.

December Safari Deal: Mjejane River Lodge

From the first friendly welcome, to your journey of discovery through the African bush, to a starlit dinner around a dancing fire, Mjejane River Lodge is a truly unforgettable destination.

This is an experience that speaks to the soul and mind.  From the moment you breathe the fresh Bushveld air to the time you witness a pride of lions strolling past, or when an inquisitive elephant herd joins you for sundowners by the river – it’s magic!


*Morning game drives in the Kruger National Park and afternoon game drives on the Mjejane Reserve.
*A refreshing dip in the Swimming Pool.
*Dining under the stars with a roaring fire in the Mjejane Boma.
*Observing the most amazing wildlife from our viewing areas.

December Safari Deal: Mjejane River Lodge - Suite  

Experience the thrill of searching for the Big Five on a reserve with 11km of river frontage and a private bridge over the Crocodile River for direct access to the Kruger Park.   You will hear the sounds of the African bush and its deafening silence – a silence that may suddenly be broken by the whooping of hyaenas…  the reverberating roar of a lion…  the loud grunting of hippos…  the majestic trumpeting of elephants…   or the haunting cry of the fish eagle.  Your senses will awaken as never before to soak up a host of new experiences that will feed your soul.

There are 10 standard rooms and 7 luxury rooms overlooking the serene waters of the Crocodile River.   All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, hair dryers, tea & coffee stations, mini-bar fridges and private patios.

Attractions nearby include the beaches of Mozambique, the Kingdom of Swaziland, scenic Panorama route, fabulous golf courses, agricultural tours, elephant encounters and chimpanzee sanctuary.

Book during December to stay at Mjejane River Lodge anytime from now until the end of July 2018 and you will receive discounted rates:
from $275 per person per night sharing incl all meals and 2 game activities daily!

Just book and pay during the month of December.
Book either through your travel agent or directly with us on 1800 808 491 or email

Come and share this little piece of paradise on your South African adventure!

November Safari Deal: The Blue Train

*** Book an unforgettable journey on South Africa’s luxurious Blue Train ***


This rail trip takes you north- or southbound between Pretoria and Cape Town, rolling past the dramatic scenery unique to South Africa.  Enjoy sumptuous meals and beverages in the comfort of the observation car or in your private suite.  Read a book, sample the high tea, and make new friends in the lounge car.  Take an excursion off the train to learn more about the beautiful South Africa you are travelling across. Dress up for dinner and celebrate life!

Book & pay through Swagman this month for a Blue Train journey anytime from now until October 2018 and receive
* a free night’s accommodation in either Pretoria or Cape Town, before or after your journey, with a transfer
* a free upgrade from Deluxe to Luxury, subject to availability, &
* a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in your suite.
Travel like a rock star and enjoy the privileges of the November Safari Deal, exclusive to clients of Swagman!
Deluxe suite from $1490pp* twin share 

Click here for more info on the Blue Train itinerary

Enquire now!
Swagman Africa – November Safari Deal – Blue Train
*Seasonal fare – conditions apply



September Safari Deal – Dubai Desert Safari!

This month we feature a safari with a difference – four-wheel-driving in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates!   Packages from Australia into Dubai, flying Emirates Airlines, with suggestions on how best to explore this stunning region with optional extensions to stay longer…

Click through to our website to see a range of Middle East offers.  We’ll recommend appropriate accommodation and package your choice of activities with Emirates’ international airfares to create a complete holiday!

Call your friendly travel agent or call us direct, toll free in Australia 1800 808 491 for assistance and bookings





Set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation, Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa’s finest private game reserves.  Less than two hours north of Johannesburg, Mabula is where you can find an abundance of wildlife, including the ‘Big 5’.

for clients booking through Swagman Tours during August 2017

Receive your accommodation at a discounted rate^
includes 3 meals & 2 games drives daily, 
Adults receive one free African Massage Treatment per stay^
(30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage)
Pay for 3 nights and stay for 4^

The perfect malaria-free safari experience: drive yourself or we can offer road or flight transfers. Mabula Game Lodge features:
* Curio Shop          * Mabula Spa         * Stargazing
* Mvubu & Bojelong Restaurants, Ndlovu Boma, The Fig Tree, cocktail bar, The Whiskey Bar
* Safaris in open 4 x 4 vehicles           * Horse-back safaris
* Eco adventure safaris (Quad bikes)
* Swimming pools and tennis court
* Guided bush walks & bird walks           * Ground Hornbill Project
* Hot air balloon safaris
* Children’s programmes during school holidays
*Children’s games room & baby-sitting facilities

Your room is air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom, tv, telephone, hair dryer, safe, and tea/coffee making facility, with WiFi available at an additional charge.

^ Conditions:   Book & pay during August 2017 for travel now til 31Jan (excl 20/12-5/1).
Only $260 per night per adult sharing;  single supplement $130 per night.
Children 0 –5 years stay complimentary when sharing with parents;
Children 6 –11 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate;
Children 12 years & older pay full adult rate & occupy their own rooms.

Book through your local travel agent or call us direct: 1800 808 491


Meet the meerkats on a Sunway Safari

If you travel on a small-group Sunway Safari to the Delta, along the way you, too, might meet the meerkats!

Take a few moments to read this excerpt from ranger Carina’s diary on a recent expedition:

On the National Geographic Channel, there used to be an entertaining documentary about the lives and stories of Meerkats, called Meerkat Manor. On this tour, Carina felt like they had walked straight into Meerkat Manor when they went to meet the Meerkat families at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

“We awoke frighteningly early on that cold Kalahari morning and nearly froze to our seats on the way to the den sites. We wanted to reach their homes before they woke up, so that we could see them warming up (like us) and getting ready for another day’s foraging and entertaining tourists.   We arrived about 5 minutes before the first one emerged from his hole, shivering. He was the alpha male who had come out first to look around for predators, and decide if the sun was warm enough to warrant leaving the den. He quickly scurried back into the den and we could only wonder what he was telling the rest of the group, probably, ‘There are some very blue-looking Australians outside.’

“Not long after he had scurried back into the den the whole gang emerged. There were 11 of them, and they stood around in that famous Meerkat way, sizing us up. They quickly decided that we were not a threat, and allowed us to go sit next to them. But it became apparent that they only let us do this so that they could rifle through our pockets. Alas, they were disappointed to find that we had nothing worth taking. The 2nd gang of Meerkats allowed us to lay down next to them so that they could stand on our heads and have a higher vantage point to search for danger.

“After our enjoyable time at the Meerkat Manor and much laughter, we went for a necessary warm bush breakfast and visited the vast, white Makgadikgadi salt pans. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is the best place to play around with perspective and reflections in order to take some funny and creative photographs. We were sad to leave the lovely place behind, but excited to see what was waiting for us in the rest of Africa….”


June Safari Deal with Sunway Safaris

June Safari Deal

Book a 2017 Sunway Safari tour and
up to $200 per booking*

Swagman Tours and Sunway Safaris will take you to see the very best of Southern Africa, in a small group of like-minded adventurers, travelling in custom-designed 4WD vehicles.  Camping or accommodated, choose from tours in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and/or Malawi.  

Diversity of scenery, of cultures, of wildlife – experience the joy and delight of watching iconic animals such as giraffe, lion, elephants and many more animals and birds in their natural habitats while discovering the stories behind the warm and hospitable local peoples.

June Safari Deal - Dunes in Namibia June Safari Deal - Lioness with Cubs June Safari Deal - Victoria Falls

Focus on one country or explore further afield, there is sure to be a tour to suit you, with frequent departures all year.

Click here to choose your Sunway Safari Experience

*Based on 4 people travelling together.
One free arrival transfer per person for every new booking made and paid in full during June 2017 to travel on a Sunway Safari tour departing anytime in 2017.

Your Sunway Safaris reservation consultant can help you decide…

Book through your favourite travel agent or call us direct, toll free within Australia 1800 808 491 or email

Rwanda Gorilla Permit increases 100% to USD1500

Now more than the cost of an air ticket* to get there, the Rwanda Development Board announced over the weekend their Gorilla Permit cost has doubled in price from USD750pp to USD1500pp, which translates to approx A$2100pp, per trek to see these magnificent creatures in the wild.  Part of the increase goes straight back into the conservation fund to monitor and protect the gorilla families in the Volcanoes National Park, and the balance of the permit price goes towards sustaining the local communities.  The hefty increase will undoubtedly make tourists think twice about Rwanda – they may choose to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda instead, where the permits range seasonally from USD450 to USD630.  Unless, of course, Uganda follows Rwanda’s lead – but in the meantime, we think Uganda will be rubbing their hands with glee.

Rwanda can expect an initial drop in tourist numbers on their gorilla treks but the bucket-list experience will never lose its attraction, and the trekker numbers are sure to return back to their current levels over the next 12 months, after the initial shock has subsided.

*flying Qatar or Kenya Airways, incl taxes

Sitting with the silverback of the Mubare Gorilla family in Uganda, 2014

April Safari Deal – TRACKERS SAFARI LODGE, Bwindi, Uganda

April Safari Deal
Trackers Safari Lodge, Bwindi, Uganda

For your amazing gorilla-trekking experience, stay here, on the edge of the stunning
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in a beautiful detached cottage, its own terrace overlooking
the lush vegetation inhabited by wild gorilla families…

Safari Deal Gorilla
Mubare Silverback

This recently completed lodge has all the luxury you could wish for, and being fully inclusive means that once you arrive,
you don’t have to worry about a thing…  Warm & friendly service;  fine dining & drinks;  pool & spa relaxation;
intimate accommodations with WiFi, comfortable beds & private ensuites… all this, less than 2km from the gate to your gorilla experience.

Safari Deal – Trackers Safari Lodge, Bwindi
April Safari Deal
Swagman Tours is pleased to offer not just one free massage, but one free massage per day, per person,
for every stay at Trackers Safari Lodge that is booked & paid for during the month of April.

Low season – Mar/Apr/May/Oct/Nov: $450 per person per night twin/double
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  + $250 single supplement

High Season –  Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Dec: $740 per person per night twin/double
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  + $370 single supplement

Safari Deal – Trackers Safari Lodge – Double room

Triple and family rates available on request.
Prices include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner;  house wines, beers & gin, water & soft drinks;  WiFi & full use of spa facilities.

Low season holiday airfares & gorilla permits are available in April, May & November.
Call us on 1800 808 491 for bookings & expert advice.

March Safari Deal – Gorillas & Masai Mara Tours

Coming face-to-face with a mighty silverback & his gorilla family in the middle of a mountainous jungle is an experience like no other – challenging, wondrous, exhilarating…. Take advantage of our great holiday airfares, low-season gorilla permit prices, and/or the latest tour discounts to lock in this dream holiday for 2017!




Discounted package prices for departures from Australia  on 30 Mar, 10 Apr, 20 Apr, 01 May, 11 May, 06 Nov, 16 Nov

Tours start and finish in Nairobi and highlights include the world-famous Masai Mara National Park, Lake Nakuru, Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Central Forest to see the chimpanzees, Nyombi pygmy village, Bwindi Forest gorilla trek, Jinja

Flights, taxes, transfers,1 pre- and 1 post-tour night’s hotel accom, 13-night camping tour, most meals, activity package and gorilla permit
from only $5850pp twin share*

*Must be aged 16 years or over.  Price based on CURRENT & AVAILABLE fares to match tour departures – we will check the best fare that suits your needs which may reduce or increase the package price.  Excludes Kenya/Uganda combo visa AUD140, tips, drinks, extra meals & personal expenses. Yellow fever injection is required.

Extensions and variations can be arranged, just ask.





February Safari Deal


Masai Mara, Kenya

February Safari Deal  MARA BUSHTOPS, Masai Mara, Kenya.
Enjoy luxurious accommodation and your own private game vehicle on safari in East Africa

February Safari Deal - Mara Bushtops view

Mara Bushtops luxury camp is a destination in itself, with amazing views over the Mara Plains. It lies on a hill at the heart of its own private conservancy – a protected wildlife haven bordering the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.  This private camp assures you of the most flexible and intimate of safari experiences including walking and night safaris – something that can’t be done in the National Reserve. This unique experience is definitely something you should try – goosebumps are guaranteed!  During daylight hours, antelopes, gazelles, ostriches, zebras, buffalos, giraffes and elephants are the stars on stage in the Masai Mara. But after dark, the fauna changes completely. It is the time of hunting lions, leopards and hyaenas. And you’ll also meet a whole host of bizarre creatures like porcupine, springhare, owls aardvarks, the banded mongoose, bat-eared foxes and many more.

Mara Bushtops is blessed with having the only salt lick in the area – the focal point of the camp and the reason it was built in this particular location. The minerals and water hole attract regular visits from elephants, buffalos, and general game which, in turn, draw visits from a variety of predators – lions, leopards, hyaenas and jackals, providing a year-round spectacle.

Of course, there is no substitute for the excitement of greeting the dawn with a trip into the bush in one of Mara Bushtops’ superbly-equipped Land Cruisers. That’s when you are most likely to seek out the Big Five ­– lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephants. However, the ideal complement is to simply equip yourself with a camera, binoculars and a glass of wine or beer, sitting quietly on the lawn or restaurant terrace overlooking the salt lick, and listening to the sounds of the African bush…

As if you need another reason to visit, the recently-voted “best safari spa in Africa”, the Amani Spa, is a haven of beauty, relaxation and tranquillity. You could be pampered with natural Terre d’Afrique products as you luxuriate in rejuvenating massages, hydrotherapy and a range of holistic skin and body treatments.  The spa includes a fitness facility (complete with high-tech cardiovascular and weight training equipment), sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, and the infinity pool – well…!  Marvel at the use of fibre optics – we copied the Orion star constellation onto the bottom of Amani’s beautiful pool, giving a unique addition to a moonlight dip – the heavens above mirrored in the heated waters as you take a relaxing night-time swim after your day of exploring the best wildlife the Masai Mara has to offer.

 Mara Bushtops will exceed your expectations – book now for an experience to be forever cherished.
Rates are fully inclusive of luxury accommodation, game drives & walks, all meals and soft & selected alcoholic drinks, laundry, wi-fi (excludes MMNP entry fees at USD80pppd)
Private game vehicle guaranteed for all 2017 Mara Bushtops stays for bookings made during February 2017 (usually AUD500 per day).

Stay 4, pay 3 current offer also valid for stays until 31st May.
And/or combine your Mara Bushtops experience with Zanzibar – Stay at Baraza Resort and get 1 night free, also with complimentary Stone Town guide and Spice Farm visit.
Rates from AUD990 pp twin share per night at Mara Bushtops.
Families welcome, ask us for children’s rates.

Call your travel agent or book direct with Swagman Africa on 1800 808 491.