Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Our Safari base "it's like going home"

Dining room set for breakfast
Most of our South African safaris start and at end at our luxurious safari base Black Leopard Camp. Set within 6,000 hectare private wilderness reserve, which is also home to our leopard research team who have a separate research camp tucked away within the reserve.
The old fireplace now primarily used to heat water for teas and coffees, although the pizza oven and open braai to the left are often in service, with guests enjoying watching master chef Alan cooking over hot coals.
Black Leopard Camp was once a small camp just used by the Watson family for holidays. Although they upgraded and expanded the camp into a luxurious eco friendly haven in 2009, Alan and Lynsey Watson still own and run the camp, which means they maintain the family atmosphere for which it has become rightly renowned.
Black Leopard welcomes you
Key to our success, has been the personal service each guests receives from the minute they arrive. As Lynsey says "guests are part of our family". And that is one of the main reasons On Track Safaris guests opt to return year after year. They're part of the family. We also visit other reserves and lodges in the middle section of each safari and our safari guests often say "it feels like we're going home" when we return to Black Leopard Camp towards the end of each tour. With the first evening normally being spent with staff and guests catching up on what has happened during their absence. Even if it was only six or seven days there is always a lot to share.
Stream that wends way alongside the camp
Each luxury tent at BLC has an individual outlook. Many look over the mountain stream that wends its way along the edge of the camp.
I chuckled to my self when a recent returning guest just arrived from the UK was met with a big hug and told "You are in your usual room and we're having your favourite for dinner".
View from the bar
From the bar/lounge the views of this magnificent reserve can be described as nothing less than stunning. This picture was taken trough one of the window openings with the reserve running away as far as the eye can see.

Written by Will Fox

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I agree, it seems almost impossible to have bush luxury with that feeling of being at home with family. It is because Black Leopard run by amazing people and it shows!