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  • SAND RIVER MASAI MARAINFINITE LUXURY CAMPING

    F O R L U X U R Y T R A V E L

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    S O U T H E R N A F R I C A

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    TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

    SOUTHERN AFRICAN LUXURY TENTED CAMPS DESTINATION DOWNTIME

    A PLETHORA OF WILDLIFE AND CULTURECULTURAL EXPERIENCE

    THE MAASAI PEOPLE OF KENYA

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    Travel ExperirenceSOUTHERN AFRICAN LUXURY

    TENTED CAMPS

    Feature DestinationCOUNTRY GETAWAYS

    Feature CoverSAND RIVER MASAI MARA

    Feature ExperirenceCITY OF FREEDOM

    Destination DowntimeA PLETHORA OF WILDLIFE AND

    CULTURE

    CULTURAL EXPERIENCETHE MAASAI PEOPLE OF KENYA

    38MADIBA'S MEMORIAL GARDEN 8 EDITORS LETTER 10 THIS & THAT

    DIRECTORY74 GUIDE - TOP PROPERTIES IN SOUTH AFRICA79 GUIDE - TRAVEL-RELATED SERVICES IN SOUTH AFRICA86 DIRECTORY - LUXURY PROPERTY LISTING IN SOUTH AFRICA104 IN THE KNOW- IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFO

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    42RHINO TRACKING IN NAMIBIA

    60 TARANGARIE TREETOPS SAFARI CAMP46CITY OF FREEDOMNELSON MANDELA BAY

    64NKOMAZI GAME RESERVE

    MORE FEATURES REGULARS

    CONTENTS

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    SAND RIVER MASAI MARA"All the members of the Big Five can be found in the Masai Mara National Reserve all year-round, but the Reserve is best known for its large concentrations of big cats, such as leopard, chee-

    tah and, of course, lion...."

    On July 1st 2013, the Elewana Collection was delighted to an-nounce the introduction of its first bush camp in Kenya Sand River Masai Mara.Located on the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara

    National Reserve, close to the Tanzanian border.

    Set in the legendary Masai Mara Na-tional Reserve beneath a grove of towering and shady trees, Sand Riv-er Masai Mara overlooks its name-sake, the Sand River. This pictur-esque location has been sensitively developed with a design aesthetic that reflects the glamorous heyday of the 1920s when safari was a dreamy Out of Africa experience but with a modern 'low impact' philosophy.

    An ideal destination, at any time of the year, for those wishing to enjoy exceptional game-viewing. The National Reserve is best known for its large concentrations of big cats, such as leopard, cheetah and, of course, lion. Even the dramatic arrival of the Annual Migration merely adds to an already abundant resident wildlife

    that awaits discovery.Sand River Masai Mara comprises of 16-tent-

    ed accommodations - including 1 family tent - each divided into two separate but adjoining campsites, with each area possessing its own designated dining and public areas, thereby creating an increased sense of exclusivity and privacy.

    Sand River Masai Mara will continue to demonstrate all the qualities that have made the Elewana Collection the premier choice in East Africa. With carefully crafted interior de-signs, exceptional standards of service, and a sublime and carefully chosen location provid-ing optimal access to the wildlife, Sand River Masai Mara will surely become the standard to surpass.

    COVER FEATURE

    A PICTURE PERFECT REPLICA OF LATE 1920S EXCLUSIVE PERMANENT

    TENTED CAMPS

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    WHO ARE THE MAASAI? WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? WHAT IS THEIR MODERN

    CONSERVATION ROLE?

    The Northern and Southern Maa speakers of East Africa have been the pre-eminent cattle keepers in terms of wealth, land control, and influence in both Kenya and Tanzania for a very long time. At the height of their as-cendancy in the mid 18th century the range lands that they owned included the Great Rift Valley and fertile volcanic lands on either side over an area of more than 350,000 km sq. ( 60% of the land mass of modern Ken-ya). Prior to Emutai, the decade of disaster between 1893 and 1903 that probably killed 60% of the pre-disaster population of Maasai (because in the first few years it killed over 95% of the cattle that they depended upon for their daily milk), the population of Ma-asai that controlled this vast area was likely

    less than 100,000. It is incredible that even with well-organized standing armies of bachelor wa-rriors the Maasai could have owned and con-trolled such a huge area of diverse terrain with only one fifth of a person per square kilometer.

    In the north they were close neighbours of pastoral Dasenech, Turkana, Gabbra, Rendille, Boran, and Pokot who were all confined to less productive rangelands on the periphery of the northern Maasai (Samburu and Chamus). The southern Maasai occupied a long broad tongue of semi arid land bounded by sixteen agricul-tural peoples: the Meru, Embu, Kikuyu, Kama, Taita, Usambaa, Parakuyo, Larush, Iraqw, Tato-ga, Kuria, Gusii, Luo, Kipsignis, Nandi, Maraquet and Elgeyo. The Maasai are the southernmost Nilotic speakers of Africa and their homeland includes the range lands of the Boma Plateau bounded in the south by the waters of the Sobat River which flows from the Ethiopian Highlands into the White Nile and the Sudd just south of Malakal.

    Modern genetics and traditional linguistics show information and genetic exchanges with their Afroasiatic (Cushitic) neighbours to the north and east over the past 3000 years. And yet authoritative treatments of Maasai history do not penetrate beyond the last 20 to 23 re-membered fourteen-year age sets. The oldest remembered north Maasai age set of warriors was probably initiated about 1690, but these Lkasurutia men ( of the brass coils) inherited the way they thought, acted, spoke, and prayed from people who walked the mountains of Sinai and the shores of the River Nkishon which flows into Galilee. The Maasai are named as being amongst the Hebrew priests in Chronicles and the Samburu are called the Korr, or Kore, and are listed in following verses of the same Bible Chapter as singers and gatekeepers. At times of great challenge modern Maasai pray Nkai ai Oi Pasinai = my god given at Sinai.

    Cattle keepers in Africa had fully specialized pastoral cultures along the Upper Nile in Egypt and Sudan for more than 6000 years at a time when the savannahs in what is now the Sahara had just begun their trend towards extreme desic-cation. The greatest survival tool and adaptation of all cattle keeping people is the high mobility of the human population and the cattle on which they depend. While they might lay claim to and defend rangelands with great ferocity against non allied pastoralists, successful pastoral people must also be masters at keeping the peace that their li-vestock needs to grow and prosper.

    THE MAASAI PEOPLE OF KENYA

    Cultural EXPERIENCE

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    Travel EXPERIENCE

    AN ULTIMATIME SAFARI EXPERIENCE

    EXPLORING SOUTHERN AFRICA'S LUXURY TENTED CAMPS

    Safari novices are sometimes surprised when they find that something called a "tented camp" has been booked for them, even though they are spending good money on their vacation. Don't be fooled. Tented camps are the ultimate safari luxury. They are similar to lodges in conception, except that sleeping is not in cabins or bungalows, but in full-fledged fixed wooden-poled, walk-in canvas tents recreating the luxury hunting safaris of the good old great white hunters.

    Tents have a bedroom, a full bathroom and sometimes even a lounge. Better than tents, they are actually canvas chalets. Most are permanent, but some are assembled only for the high season.

    Many of them offer full hotel service, while others are more on the rustic side with bucket showers and no electricity. Here you pay for exclusivity, privacy, and nearly for your (temporary) own piece of Africa. There is a range of categories and prices, but some of the most luxurious accommodations in Southern Africa are tented camps.

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    The early morning sun illumina-tes the table-top mountains of Damaraland, but the boulder-strewn valley floor, where we are driving, is still dark. It will take a while before the sun reaches us, but the two rhino trackers, Nicholas Naobeb and Lazarus Mbahee, are already scanning the ground for signs of disturbance. This area favoured by rhino is vast and ru-gged and rocky, so tracking in the normal way is not possible.

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