Africa & Claudia
...a lifelong love
My name is Claudia Schnell and together with my team, we will be your hosts for extraordinary Safaris. I have worked as a professional field guide and coach for more than 12 years in the African bushveld - and still love it as if it was my very first day!
Join us for different Safaris on a private Big5 Game Reserve just a stone’s throw away from the well-known Kruger National Park and not far from the little town of Hoedspruit.
I have always been impressed by the African wild animals and the incredible beauty of South Africa and I have gained my experience as ranger in a wide variety of places.
I guide my guests with a special eye for details, great care and enthusiasm. While on Game Drives or Bush Walks I love to share my passion and knowledge of flora & fauna and information about this incredibly beautiful continent.
With me, you will discover the African bushveld with all its diversity and its wonderful sights, smells and sounds, especially noticing all the fascinating, often overlooked, smaller wonders of nature.
"Take on our invitation and join us on Safari -
a unique experience, you will surely never forget!"
...for the best moments in life
Our strength is our flexibility and we are happy to offer our safaris in two different privately run lodges, which are specially tailored to the needs of our guests.
Clive's Safari Lodge is located on the open planes of the game reserve and offers a unique view of Africa's countryside and its wildlife. Our five chalets are furnished with elegance and simplicity and blend into the surrounding trees, which build a shady roof of relaxation with their canopies. From the viewing deck and the pool at the main lodge, our guests enjoy fantastic views over the waterhole and the bypassing wildlife - during the day and at night.
Weavers Nest is the perfect place for families and small groups who want to enjoy the African animal and birdlife up close. Privacy & exclusivity have priority at this tranquil lodge, which is located on one of the large dams in the Private Game Reserve. Five guest chalets carry all the elements of authentic bushveld living and classic elegance. They repose at the shore of the dam with superb views of the surroundings and its wildlife.
All ideal conditions for thrilling Safaris and a relaxing and unforgettable stay in the African bush!
"You know you are truly alive,
when you are in Africa..."
Karin Blixen - Out of Africa
...quality and variety makes the difference
To be on SAFARI ... is an unforgettable adventure and you can not just describe it in simple words. We offer different Safaris for different people and make you feel and experience each of them "face to face" and with all your senses.
There are many ways to explore the African bush, but the greatest adventure remains - immersing yourself in the secrets of nature and getting close up to the big and small creatures - realising that we are part of something really special!!!
...and how we live with the 'new normal'
The year 2020 has had a colossal impact on individuals' lives and industries across the world. We have, however, come together in support and empathy to ensure we ALL get through this storm, together.
Traveling to our lodge and joining us on safari is during Covid 19 times safe due to the following reasons:
low people densities in a private game reserve
away from the big epi-centres and major cities
exclusive booking options for health and saftey
lodge capacity is 10 people max
private chalets with raised private patio and lot of open space
open architecture of public areas allows for fresh air flows
private staff for better ability to clean germs
open air gamedrive is spacious vehicles with seats inbetween
open air safari activities with your private guide
open air breakfast, lunching and dining
In line with Government and hospitality industry regulations, we have made sure to leave no stone unturned to ensure safety and impeccable cleanliness throughout the lodge and its facilities
At guests arrival we have the following procedures in place:
guests will be required to fill in a travel questionaire
further checks - conform to the governmental requirements
Our practices are in line with mandatory COVID-compliance measures, as regulated by Government and the hospitality industry and our team have been trained in accordance with these new protocols.
We fully understand that certain factors such as the different levels of lockdown may have an impact on your planned travel dates. Even after you’ve made your reservation, we will accommodate the postponement of your planned travel dates.
Get directly in contact with us for your questions, we are flexible and can always discuss a "plan B" for our guests.
All new bookings can be postponed at least for 12 month after travel date. Pls contact us for more details and exceptions.
PPE (personal protective equipment)
The use of Personal protective equipment (PPE) is mandatory at our premises. This may include the use of face masks, face shields and gloves.
staff training and official protocol
Our staff members have been briefed about the nature and severity of COVID-19 and related viruses to ensure the safety of themselves and our guests.
medical necessities for emergencies
We will ensure immediate medical attention if necessary – by calling an ambulance, bringing a doctor to site or assisting you to travel to the closest doctor or medical facility.
cleaning and desinfecting procedures
We use cleaning products and protocols which are effective against viruses accessible to staff and guests. This applies to all areas including guest rooms, public areas, dining areas and staff quarters.
+27 (0)76 - 80 20 480
Since our Safaris are very individually managed, we ask you to note your preferred dates and the lodge of your choice in your request. We will respond within a short time ... even while we are on Safari. ...and we are always excited to hear from you!