Kruger National Park – View experiences before experiencing it yourself.

Hi Folks

We recently added “KNP TV” to our Kruger National Park website. We wanted to let people view selected videos of Kruger National Park in one place. Some footage is also available in HD.

NB. If interested in Accommodation in the Kruger Park or experience an African Safari Tours. Visit our Kruger National Park website.

Click on the below link:

Kruger National Park Videos

I hope you all can benefit from this.

Comments are most welcome.

Thanks

The Island Safari Team.

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Fresh Coconut Milk Pana Cotta with a Strawberry Sorbet Cone

Hi Folks,

As promised I am back again today, to post another one of our classic recipes for you to try and enjoy.Please give us some feedback, by leaving a comment, thanks.

The Recipe:

Fresh Coconut Milk Pana Cotta with a Strawberry Sorbet Cone

1.)Making the Coconut Milk Pana Cotta

Ingredients Needed:

Pana Cotta
2 leaves gelatine
600ml fresh coconut milk
100g sugar

Instructions:

Bring coconut milk and sugar to simmering
point.

Melt gelatine over low heat and add to mixture.

Fill large moulds with the mixture 5mm from the top. Let set in fridge.

Makes 4.

The Result:

coconut-pinnacota

2.)Making the Strawberry Sorbet

Ingredients Needed:

Strawberry Sorbet
250ml strawberry juice
250g fresh strawberries
150g sugar
zest and juice of 1 lime

Instructions:

Let strawberries and sugar stand in fridge overnight.

Blend in food processor.

Heat the strawberry juice, lemon juice and zest.

Mix the warm juice and pureed strawberries and chill.

Churn in an ice cream maker till frozen and place in a container in the freezer.

The Result:

strawberry-sorbet

And Scoop into a cone like this one:

sugar_cone

So guys, I hope you enjoy this recipe and check back soon for another recipe.

Have a nice day.

The Island Safari Team.

The Zambezi, Hippos and British Airways

Hi Guys

Welcome to another Island Safari blog update.

Just a reminder, check back to this blog  on Monday, when we will post our next recipe.It will be worth it, as always.

Read and be informed.

The Zambezi River

The Zambezi River is reaching its annual high levels, which means that the White Water Rafting season is at and for the next few months. The Zambezi is known to have the best 1 day White Water Rafting in the world, but the seasonal high water levels make even this River too much to handle.

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Gorongosa National Park

Following the relocation of six elephants in September 2008, Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has received five hippos from iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. The five hippos represent the first shipment of 30 hippos that iSimangaliso Wetland Park offered to Gorongosa National Park. Hippo relocation is part of the Gorongosa National Park project’s goal to restore the Gorongosa ecosystem. They keep grasses short and palatable for other herbivores that cannot feed on long grass. Additionally, introducing more hippos with different characters will improve the genetic pool of future generations.

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Bristis Airways – Special Bag Charge

Effective April 1, British Airways will introduce a Special Bag Charge (SBC) for certain items of checked baggage, which, according to the carrier, will help to cover the additional cost of handling these items. In addition, BA will introduce consistent maximum dimensions for a standard checked bag of 90cm X 75cm X 43cm. Other key changes will include the introduction of a 25 handling fee for oversized bags between 90cm X 75cm X 43cm and 240cm X 65cm X 75cm and a 25 handling fee for all firearms.

Have a nice day.

The Island Safari Team

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Something Sweet And Sour – A Tasty Treat

Hi Guys

Some of you are probably sitting somewhere, thinking of something sweet to eat.Hmm sweet and eat even rhyme.Well this recipe I came across should satisfy those with a sweet tooth.Maybe you should try it out and give some feedback.It sure does look like a tasty treat.

The Recipe is for baking lemon and lime cheesecake.

Ingredients:

Base:
1Pkt tennis biscuits
1t cinnamon
6T butter melted

Filling:
1 tin condensed milk
230g smooth cottage cheese
250ml vanilla yoghurt
5T fresh lemon juice
8T fresh lime juice 1T gelatine powder 2T water Topping 250ml fresh cream 2,5ml gelatine powder 1T sugar pinch salt

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 180’C.

Crush the tennis biscuits, add the melted butter and mix in the cinnamon.

Firmly pack into individual foil lined timbales and bake at 180’C for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden in colour.

Sponge the gelatine and set aside.

Mix together in a medium size bowl: condensed milk, cottage cheese, yoghurt, vanilla essence, lemon and lime juice.

Melt the gelatine over a low heat, or in a double boiler.

Once melted and clear in colour, allow to cool slightly before adding to the cottage cheese and yoghurt mixture.

Pour filling into prepared base and refrigerate until firm. (best to leave over night)

For the topping, add the gelatine and the sugar to the cream with a pinch of salt.

Beat until stiff peaks form and spread over the top of the cheesecake.

Garnish with lemon/lime zest and a fresh lemon leaf.

The End Result:

Lemon and Lime Cheesecake

Lemon and Lime Cheesecake

Feel free to send us your feedback, and you can pass this recipe on to your friends or family.

The Island Safari Team

Openings, Rebuildings And Refurbishments – Nxai Pan Camp and St Anne Resort

Hi Guys

I just love it, when a new camp or lodge is opened, or when a resort is being rebuilt or refurbished.That feeling you get that you are going to expect something completely different than before, are so compelling.Which brings me to my post of today.The opening of Nxai Pan Camp in the Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana, and the St Anne Resort in the Seychelles, that has recently been rebuilt and refurbished completely.

Nxai Pan Camp – Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan Camp has just opened in Botswana’s Nxai Pan National Park. This is the first lodge in the Park, and is privately run. It is small, with only 8 units, and is well placed for those who wish to visit this unique and beautiful area.Please visit Nxai Pan Camp for more information.

Nxai Pan Camp Exterior

Nxai Pan Camp Exterior

Click on the images to view the Nxai Pan camp gallery, or click on the following link: Nxai Pan camp gallery

St Anne Island Resort – Seychelles

St Anne Resort in the Seychelles has recently finished a complete rebuild and refurbishment. All accommodation units are Villas – which vary from Beau Sejour with private terrace and gazebo to the Royal Villa, with 3 bedrooms, and private pool. Guests have an excellent choice in terms of restaurants – with four to choose from, including buffet and a la carte selections. Activities are many and varied, and there is lots to do, including the Bob Marlin kids club.Please visit: Saint Anne Island Resort for more information.

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Click on the images to view the St Anne resort gallery, or click on the following link: St Anne Island resort gallery

So please check out these 2 properties, and you never know.Maybe you will found yourself on a game drive in Botswana, or sipping a cocktail in the Seychelles, in the not to distant future.

The Island Safari Team

Mangos – Sweet, Succulent, Tasty

Hey Fellow Safari goers and travellers!

The mango is such a succulent and tasty fruit.So I tought today, I would post something completely different, but this looked so delicious that I had to share it with you guys.Maybe you could try this while on safari or wherever you are in the world.

The recipe is for making Mango Bread.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
¾ cup vegetable oil (not olive oil)
2 cups finely chopped mango
½ cup chopped pecan nuts or walnuts
1 Tablespoon lime juice
½ cup raisins (optional)

Method:

Combine flour, sugar and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl.

Make a well in centre of dry ingredients, combine eggs and oil, stirring until just moistened.

Stir in chopped mango, pecan nuts and lime juice.
Add raisins if desired.

Spoon batter into 2 greased / floured 8 ½ X 4 ½ inch loaf pans.

Bake at 375 F (medium-hot oven) for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in centre of each loaf comes out clean.

Cool loaves in pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes.

Remove from pans and let the loaves cool completely on wire racks.

The End Result:

Mango Bread

Mango Bread

Maybe you guys can try it out and post some comments, would be nice to see what other folks think about it.And please pass this recipe on to your friends, moms, daughters or anybody who you think might like it.

Enjoy.

Island Safari

Published in: on February 9, 2009 at 7:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Island Safari – A New Beginning 2009

Welcome to our new-look Blog!

We have been a little quiet recently, but have decided to start 2009 with a fresh look, and a plan to keep you up to date with news and ideas for your Safari to Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Even with the economic situation (or because of it!), there are still some excellent deals on International flights from Europe to South Africa. Exchange rates have also made  South Africa an attractive destination, and Cape Town, at this time of year is enjoying excellent weather, and great experiences – whether you just want to explore, or if you prefer a trip to the Winelands – where wine has been produced for 350 years!

This is also an excellent time of year to visit Botswana, with the Okavango Delta hosting the annual migrant birds in their thousands. From now until April rates are very competitive… you can also easily combine Botswana with a visit to Victoria Falls (with accommodation either in Zambia or Zimbabwe), where the Falls are at their peak flow – an incredible site (and sound!).

Now onto the lastest news straight from Island Safari.

In The News

Zambia

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls is happy to report the release of 4 white rhino. At present this is the only Park in Zambia where you can view Rhino. You can visit the Park as part of your stay at Tongabezi Lodge, or as an additional excursion from a number of other properties in Livingstone.

Mosi-oa Tunya National Park

Mosi-oa Tunya National Park

South Africa

Cape Town’s Winchester Mansions Hotel has launched Grapes Gourmet and Gallery Evenings at Harvey’s Restaurant for guests who enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and art. During the course of the evening guests can marvel at art pieces from the Patrice Boussekey Eclectic Art Gallery featuring the artist Cobus van Bosch while sipping on signature wines from Vriesenhof Vineyards, Garagiste, Morgenhof Estate, Luddite Wines, Dornier Wines, Flagstone, Deetlefs Estate, Seidelberg Estate, Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar, and Glen Carlou, Colmant Cap Classique and Champagne.

The evening comes to a close with an auctioning of items donated by Vriesenhof Vineyards. All proceedings from the auction are donated to StreetSmart, an organisation involved in the process of social normalisation and reintroducing children living on the streets back into society.The 2009 Grapes Gourmet and Gallery evenings will take place once a month.

Winchester Mansions

Winchester Mansions

New National ParkGarden Route National Park

The proposal for proclaiming the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has been gazetted and the proclamation of the park is now only months away.
Regional manager of South African National Parks (SANParks) Garden Route, Mvusy Songelwa, says it is an exciting challenge for the area. “The National Park will be made up of the currently proclaimed Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks, the Knysna National Lake Area, the Southern Cape Indigenous Forests and the associated fynbos Mountain Catchment Areas.”

Mozambique

Bazaruto Lodge has opened the doors of Bazaruto Spa, a spa and wellness facility with three treatment rooms as well as a deck area looking out to sea for open air treatments. A full range of spa treatments and therapies are now available, from foot massage focusing on reflex points, to the spa’s signature treatment, the Thalgo Ocean Memory Spa ritual. Thalgo treatment products are being used at the spa.

Snorkling At Bazaruto Lodge

Snorkling At Bazaruto Lodge

Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls Hotels – A New Look

Remember to check out our new look Chobe National Park site, located here: Chobe National Park

Also check out our Victoria Falls Hotels new look site as well: Victoria Falls Hotels

For feedback or any other query, don’t hesitate to email us at: info@island-safari.com