19 August 2017

ILTM review


Choppers over the Savannah
January 2003 9

Fifth Dimension Helicopter Safaris offered a unique experience in reliving the battles of the Anglo-Zulu war at the recently concluded International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes.

"Let your helicopter sweep you towards Drakensberg to spend a night or two at a country lodge. There be introduced to Zulu culture, including 'divining of the bones'," an official described.

"Then on to the lodge at Fugitives Drift, where on the Buffalo River, in 1879, events at Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana were about to unfold. Allow oneself to fall under the spell of a renowned historian, as he recounts the battles, the disasters and the final confrontation at Ulundi. Consider following the Fugitives Trail along which the survivors of Isandlwana fled, to where Lts. Coghill and Melville, who saved the Queen's colour, lie buried.

Additional stays at a variety of accommodation and sites can augment the Battlefields Helicopter Safari, for eg wildlife at Phinda, diving at Rocktail Bay, fly-fishing at Luneburg.

Southern Africa is justly proud of its outdoor heritage. Sunshine equates to a wonderful array of golf courses arranged the length and breadth of the sub-continent. These are courses renowned for their aesthetic value and for their African uniqueness.

Follow our Southern Golfing Safari, which proffers a number of exceptionally fine courses; from Royal Cape in the Mother City to the beauty of Fancourt and George Golf Club. Fly along a rugged coastline to where the Wild Coast Sun and Fish River Sun courses will test your skills on a windy day. Then to the undulations of the fairways of the Durban Country Club.

The Northern Golfing Safari offers a totally different experience. Relish visiting Sun City, where you will be faced by the challenge of the Gary Player Country Club and the newer Lost City course. For the adventurous, it's time to depart for wilder Africa and courses such as the Hans Merensky Country Club. Bordering the Kruger National Park, competitors need to be mindful of hitting their shots too close to water holes where hippo and the odd crocodile lurk.

There are more unique stops at courses a little off the beaten track, such as Sabie River Bungalows or Leopard Creek. These provide an opportunity to enjoy this country's attractions.

Northern or Southern Route - golfing aside - our helicopter safari can also provide you with time to view additional attractions such as magnificent game viewing, historic excursions or even take a little time off to do a touch of fly fishing.

Southern Africa is fast becoming a sought-after destination for flyfishers. It hosts a wonderful array of flytaking fish, and a wide variety of angling conditions.

After taking off in the helicopter enjoy a flight down the escarpment - and into battle with two of South Africa's indigenous fish species - the smallscale and largescale yellowfish. Explore the placid clear rivers of the Lowveld in search of these hard-fighting fish. Do battle with the popular Largemouth black bass, by visiting local rivers and inviting farm dams. There's also opportunity to tangle with the hard-fighting Mozambican tilapia.

Challenge one of Africa's finest freshwater demons - the awesome tiger fish. No quarter asked and none given. In lake fishing by boat tackle the magnificent "striped water-dog"- one of the hardest "takers" one is likely to experience. In the renowned Bazaruto Archipelago resides the luxurious Benguerra Lodge. Finally drop in for a touch of trout to conclude a wonderful African Flyfishing experience."




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