Classic Travel is a weekly feature within Classic Living every Wednesday at 12h40.

Every week, The Safari Guys will introduce Classic 1027 listeners to Southern Africa’s Finest Lodges & Hotels.  The feature will also highlight the people who created these fabulous retreats & what drives them.

In addition, listeners will have the opportunity to win a getaway to one of these exquisite destinations or special discounted travel packages to exquisite destinations.

About The Safari Guys:

The Safari Guys have had the privilege of traveling to and experiencing Southern Africa’s finest destinations.

Founder and director, Ron Mackenzie, has been involved in the luxury travel market for 10 years and has worked directly with A-list Hollywood actors, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Princes, CEO’s, and sports personalities.

“A lot of our success is based on us having experienced the destinations first hand. We know what the coffees’ like, how far the beach is from your villa, the General Manager is on speed dial and what the best restaurant is as well as how far away it is from your room. Reason being – we’ve had the pleasure of being there and doing that!

At best, when people contact us with their travel requests, we are there to make their dreams come true.”

– Ron Mackenzie, Chief Wandering Officer

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Please fill out the form below to Win.

Exclusive Offers:

1.Lush Private Game Lodge


Value of the 2 night stay for the winner:

R19 600 (based on 2019 rates @ 4,900 pppn sharing)

Property description:

Lush Private Lodge is located in the Black Rhino Reserve, a private concession within the malaria-free greater Pilanesberg National Park, a mere 02h30 drive from Johannesburg. With the opportunity to explore the restricted Pilanesberg Wilderness Area, you are assured of a private safari experience with the rare opportunity to see Black Rhino. The park is a wilderness Eden where most of the animal species endemic to South Africa can be found, including the endangered African Wild Dog and all of the Big Five.

Tucked away into a wooded hillside, this contemporary lodge is shaped around the environment and brings a distinct nurturing sense to your African Safari. Its minimalistic décor and natural finishes put focus on the view, drawing you outside at once. The Lush experience is one of easy-going luxury with Italian family style hospitality and 5-star cuisine.

The five individual Suites are interspersed between the trees, affording privacy and the luxuries of home. The extended fold-away glass doors and the wilderness inspired interiors allow visitors to immerse in nature from the comfort of their suite. Emperor size beds, indoor and outdoor showers and a free standing bath with a bush view are complemented by a decked veranda with a splash pool.

Game drives are offered twice daily with either morning coffee or sundowner stops. The lodge’s guided morning bush walks bring you closer to nature whereas the lodge will gladly book a hot-air balloon flight to give you a birds eye view. For golf enthusiasts, transfers to either of the 18-hole Gary Player or Lost City golf courses can be arranged.

Special offer:

R 3 490 pppn sharing

R 4 190 pppn single

Fully inclusive stay at Lush Private Game Lodge:

  • Accommodation in one of Lush’s 5 luxury suites
  • 2 game viewing activities per day (game drive or bush walk)
  • All meals, soft drinks, tea, coffee local wines, beer, spirits
  • Value Add: Private guiding, availability permitting at the time of confirmation.


  • Park Entrance (R80 pppd)
  • Premium beverages
  • Any items of a personal nature.


To be booked between 22 Aug 2018 – 06 Feb 2019 (the running time of the campaign)

For travel before 01 Apr 2019

Reservations Contact number : + 27 66 479-5639

Reservations Email Address :

Website :

Promo Code :  Lush/Class24

2.Chobe Water Villas


Chobe Water Villas Description


In a special corner of the African wilderness, where two mighty rivers meet, a wetland paradise is haven for nature and wildlife. Discover the wonders of this magical destination at Chobe Water Villas. At the very tip of Namibia’s Zambezi Region, previously known as Caprivi Strip, Chobe Water Villas is nestled in the beautiful lap of nature on the bank of the Chobe River. The exclusivity and style of this boutique lodge in unparalleled.


Reservation email address:

Value of the 2 night stay for 2 people: is US 3388.00


R6028.00 per person, per night sharing

(Pay 2 nights, stay 3 nights)

Valid Until: 30 November 2018

The above rate is inclusive of:

  • 15% VAT + 1% Tourism levy
  • Stocked Mini-bars in in a luxury Villa
  • Breakfast, Lunch and 3 Course Dinner
  • Afternoon High Tea & Coffee
  • All day complimentary Tea & Coffee Butler Station
  • All beverages including selection of Beers, wines, soft drinks and bottled water
  • Stocked Mini-Bars in Villas
  • Return Road Transfers (5 minutes) to/from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Point
  • Return Boat Transfer (15 minutes) across Chobe River to/from Kasane Immigration (Botswana) and Kasika Immigration at Chobe Water Villas (Namibia)
  • IMPORTANT: Opening hours of Immigration Offices – Daily from 07:30 to 16:30
  • Free Wi-Fi access in all rooms and throughout Lodge’s public areas
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation. Guests should also ensure they have their own appropriate Medical Insurances in place.
  • Choice of two (am and/or pm) motorized activities including:
  • Morning 4 to 5 hour open 4×4 Game Drive Safari into Chobe National Park (08:00 – 12:00/13:00) including Park Fees, Tea, Coffee, Biscuits or Rusks and Bottled Water
  • Morning 3 to 4 hour Chobe River Safari along the banks of the Chobe National Park (08:00 to 11:00/12:00) including Park Fees, Tea, Coffee, Biscuits or Rusks and Bottled Water
  • Afternoon 3 hour Chobe River Safari along the banks of the Chobe National Park (15:30 to 18:30) including Park Fees, Snacks, Soft Drinks, Local Spirits, Beers, Wines and Bottled Water
  • Afternoon 3 hour Boat Cruise on both Chobe and Zambezi Rivers including the historic Kasai Channel and Impalila Island along the shores of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia (15:30 to 18:30). Includes Snacks, Soft Drinks, Local Spirits, Beers, Wines and Bottled Water

The above rate is exclusive of:

  • All extras


3.Sibani Lodge


Lodge Accommodation

1x Main Lodge Suite – R4 100.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests)

1x Main Lodge Deluxe Room – R 2 600.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive ( 2 guests)

Main Lodge Deluxe Room – R 3 600.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (3 to 4 guests)

2x Royal Cottages – R 3 500.00 Per Cottage Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests Per Cottage)

Tented Camp Accommodation

2x Small Tents – R 2 400.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests)

2x Large Tents – R 2 800.00 Per Night – Full Inclusive (2 guests)

We would be delighted to offer Classic FM Listeners a 20% discount on the above rates.

Tent Information: 

Kindly note the tents do not have electricity or Wi-Fi. However, camping lanterns are available which brings out the best bush experience.

Included in the Rates: 

  • Breakfast
  • Light Lunch
  • 3-Course Set Dinner
  • Safari Drive

Excluded in the Rate:

  • Beverages
  • Extras

Please see description below:

‘Sibani Lodge offers an authentic bush experience only 30 minutes’ drive from Sandton. Here, you’ll find paradise in the heart of Africa with our well-appointed lodge, royal cottages, and brand new luxury tents.

With a backdrop of the ancient Magaliesberg mountains, our lodge is surrounded by a deep quietness, perfect for those looking for a romantic getaway.

Home to giraffe, impala, kudu, red hartebeest, zebra, and a wealth of birdlife, the night time comes alive with the melodic notes of the African wildlife. Stir your senses with a morning or evening farm drive and experience the golden glow of the sunrise and sunset from the unspoilt bush.’



Contact number: 087 057 4520

The winner for two night’s stay at Sibani Lodge: Tshebo Lephoto

4.Cheetah Ridge Offers Guests the timeless appeal of Safari with all the trappings of modern comfort.



Together with delightful dining experiences and luxury suites boasting private viewing decks, this is the perfect place to relax. Couple this with morning and afternoon game drives over the pristine private Reserve and you have an exceptional wildlife experience at Cheetah Ridge Lodge.

Located just four hours from Johannesburg and three hours from Durban, Cheetah Ridge is a four-star, child-friendly lodge set amidst the extraordinarily diverse beauty of Nambiti Private Game Reserve.

Among just a few Big 5 reserves in South Africa falling into a malaria-free zone, the species-rich Nambiti Game Reserve offers regular sightings of elephant and buffalo herds, rhino, cheetah and lion. As always, nocturnal animals, such as leopards are a delight when seen, but numerous species of antelope, together with giraffe, zebra, hippo and abundant birdlife make for a rewarding sojourn into the bushveld.

Nestled alongside a 112-year old Natal Fig tree, the lovingly restored, yet still original, colonial grey-stone manor house at Cheetah Ridge holds a historical charm, matched by no other in the reserve.

Situated in lush, fenced-in gardens, the fully catered lodge has its own pool, tennis court, outdoor boma and on-site spa, making it the ideal destination for families, couples and solo travellers, as well as photo safari sightseers, game and bird watchers, battlefield tourists, or conference visitors. Nambiti House is also located on the grounds and is managed as a separate self-catering lodge, perfect for a relaxed family getaway, or retreat with friends – it even has its own private pool!

Delivering warm hospitality is our overriding concern and while you relax and unwind, our staff will ensure that your stay with us is as comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable as possible.


Rate: R2015.00 per person, sharing per night.

Inclusive: 3 Meals per day, 2 game drives with snacks per day, all hot beverages.

Exclusive: A

ll other drinks and beverages not specified, Nambithi Rhino conservation levy, gratuities, personal items, extra activities and extra’s.

Reservation Contact number: + 27 36 940-0129 / +27 73 628-7307

Reservations Email Address:

Code: Classic


The winner for two night’s stay at Cheetah Ridge is: Charley Burger.

5.Jaci’s Safari Lodge Tented Rooms & Jaci’s Tree Lodge:



Rate: R3690 per person per night sharing ex GCC & Gate Fees.

Includes: ccommodation, safaris, afternoon tea, dinner & brunch, local drinks but

Excludes: GCC, gate fees, transfer, gratuities, spa treatments and anything else not mentionedThe Promo Code that has to be present in the subject line for the special to apply is ClassicJaci

Valid: 18 December and subject to availability.

For more information go to the website: 

The winner for two night’s stay at Jaci’s Lodge is: Riaan Otto

6.Moledi Gorge:



Stay: 3 nights, pay per person sharing R9696

Valued at: R14544

Travellers in search of absolute privacy, luxury and relaxation will find it a retreat that offers personalised service, style and comfort.

Includes: All meals, in-suite bar and one nature activity per day.

Excludes: Drinks, spa treatments, items of a personal nature.

Terms & Conditions:

Book and pay in August 2018, travel between August and December 15, 2018. Stay in one of Moledi’s premier suites.

Contact reservations to check availability and confirm your booking.

Email: Mobile: + 27 63 697 1445For more information visit: Voucher code: ClassicMol001

7. Riboville Boutique Hotel:



One Nights stay at Riboville including breakfast for 2 people, get a 25% discount on our current rate until end September 2018.

Current Rate: R3850 – 25% discount = R 2887,50

Promo Code: ClassicFM01 or contact Riboville direct and quote Classic Living

Bookings are essential and it is subject to availability.

For more information go to the website: 

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