CONTENTS southern africa
MAPS AFRICA TRAVEL WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS GIVING BACK
4 6 8 12
22 36 44 56 64 70 84 90
WINE LANDS GARDEN ROUTE EASTERN CAPE KWAZULU NATAL THE KRUGER & MPUMALANGA SUN CITY & MADIKWE JOHANNESBURG & MARAKELE
ZAMBIA BOTSWANA NAMIBIA
96 106 114
MOZAMBIQUE MALAWI KENYA TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR RWANDA
124 132 138 156 168
MAURITIUS THE SEYCHELLES MADAGASCAR
174 182 190
MOROCCO BOOKING CONDITIONS
Algeria Western Sahara
Eritrea Chad Sudan
Sierra Leone Liberia
Ghana Central African Republic
Kenya Gabon Democratic Republic of Congo
Rwanda The Seychelles
A t l a n t i c O c e a n
I n d i a n O c e a n Angola
Botswana Madagascar Swaziland
AFRICATRAVEL Allow us to introduce ourselves - we are the experts, the specialists, and the people who know and love this amazing and exciting continent â€“ and we want to share it with you. So welcome to our world and let us explain how you can make the most of our expertise. Africa Travel is the acknowledged specialist to Africa, for not only do we have unrivalled experience of planning holidays but we also have specific expertise in arranging tailor-made travel. Our knowledge is unparalleled as all our staff have travelled extensively throughout the continent - indeed some of them were born and brought up there. What is more, we only ever give recommendations and suggestions based upon personal experience and we are committed to regular site inspections to keep us updated and to meet your needs.
Our holidays are designed specifically for you and your requirements. We understand the different demands of a holiday from couples to singletons and from groups of friends to families. We listen carefully and then work closely with you to ensure that your requirements are met, whether itâ€™s somewhere secluded, with safe beaches, malaria-free, or somewhere offering a host of activities we tailor-make the arrangements to suit your needs and budgets. And because of our knowledge and experience we negotiate the best rates, ensuring that you not only get your perfect holiday but also excellent value for money. Our exciting itineraries and our expertise extend throughout Africa - whether you wish to visit Zambia, Kenya, South Africa or Mozambique - we know exactly where to recommend, and we can advise on what you should do or see so that in every way your holiday will be the most memorable.
How to use us and the brochure Our brochure has been specifically designed to not only whet your appetite and entice you to Africa’s huge choice of destinations but also to give you ideas of when or where to visit or explore. It is simply the beginning of your journey. When you need help, extra information or guidance that is when to call us at Africa Travel and we will sift through all the information and options on offer to arrive at your perfect tailormade journey. Unlike some agents and experts we recommend what is right for you, not for us and we will continue to change, amend and make suggestions until you are happy. But above all we will be honest with you especially if you are being too ambitious and want to pack too much in to a break. Sometimes distances and transfers in this vast continent are much greater or less frequent than in others. It is our job to alert you to this and to explain exactly how far or how quickly you can travel and still enjoy it to the maximum.
…if you want to spa-out in the Seychelles, we know the man who can pamper you …if you have always wanted to experience a Migration river crossing, we know the riverbank to sit on …if you want a wine-tasting tour, we will organise it …if you want to enjoy an elephant back safari, we are the people to ask … if you want to go on safari with the last Master Tracker in South Africa, we know him and will book him for you …if you want to fish on the Chobe river as the sun comes up, we know the best spot …if you want to go cage diving with sharks, just leave it to us
The people who know people
…if you want to sleep out on an open bed in the bush, we know exactly the right place
Africa Travel is not just an office, not just a brochure, not just a website. Africa Travel is composed of a group of people whose passion and job it is to ensure that you have the best African experience anyone can offer you. And because of our enthusiasm and thorough knowledge of Africa we also know the right people on the ground to make your holiday that much more special
…if you want to walk with the man who knows the bush better than anybody, we will fix it
…if you want the best table, in the best location on the Cape coast, we know it and will book it for you …if you want tickets for the main sporting events, Africa Travel will get them for you …if you want to play golf on some of Africa’s best golf courses we will reserve you tee-off times …if you want to quad-bike for miles across the desert, we can take you there … if you want to track the awesome mountain gorillas of Rwanda, we will obtain the permits
…if you want to float over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon, we can arrange it … if you want to take your family on a holiday to remember, just ask Africa Travel We at Africa Travel know all of these and many more. Why? - because between us we have more than 250 years of experience and knowledge of the place. And if you think that is an exaggeration just remember that the three principal directors of the company have some 75 years experience alone! Add to that our local Cape Town office, the number of our staff who are African, and the rest of us who visit frequently and have grown to love the “dark continent” - all its mystery, magic and magnificence. We can guarantee you will have the best holiday of your life when you talk to us.
Weddings and Honeymoons As more and more people are now choosing to marry or renew their vows abroad, our wedding specialists at Africa Travel are adept and experienced at helping and advising couples and families on the places to wed and the requirements needed. They can organise everything from the registration to the reception and from witnesses to the flowers.
And then of course they will offer you a selection of the most romantic, exotic and glorious places for a honeymoon from heaven. We have also developed a flexible wedding gift concept by compiling a list containing elements of your honeymoon that your friends and family can contribute to - a romantic sunset cruise on the Zambezi or a balloon ride over the bush for example. For those romantic extras - just leave it to us at Africa Travel.
British Airwaysâ€™ extensive flight network means you can connect to hundreds of worldwide destinations.
All you have to choose is which cabin to fly in. We offer a range of four stylish cabins, including World Traveller Plus - featuring increased legroom, Club World complete with 6â€™ fully flat bed and First. A choice of check in options including Online Check-In from the comfort of your own home, office or hotel, dedicated desks or one or our Check-In kiosks* at the airport. *Available on selected routes.
WORLD TRAVELLER PLUS
First lounges* are elegant and calm, a perfect sanctuary away from the world to enjoy refreshments and spend your time as you wish. Enjoy waiter service dining in the First lounge* giving you maximum sleep time on board** Your demi-cabin is your sanctuary in the sky, a discreetly serviced and smartly equipped haven of calm where your wellbeing is catered for. Specially trained First crew will provide you with a discreet yet attentive service, ensuring that all your personal needs are taken care of. Choose from a renowned à la carte menu and your meal will be prepared to order. Delicious lighter options are offered and if you’re flying from London you could enjoy the ‘Catch of the Day’, a selection of wild fish supplied by Loch Fyne.
For an affordable premium, enjoy the luxury of 20% more personal space than World Traveller with an additional seven inches legroom and a wider seat. Make yourself comfortable in your armchair style seat that comes with adjustable head, foot and legrest and therefore arrive in good shape at your destination. Relax and take advantage of the quieter, stress-free surroundings of the smaller and more private cabin with a maximum of six rows. Enjoy an upgraded dining experience and other additional amenities that are designed with your comfort and wellbeing in mind.
* Dedicated lounges are available at selected airports. **Available on all flights departing after 8:00pm from London Heathrow and selected overnight flights from New York JFK and Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto, Chicago and Boston airports. Opening times may vary.
Choosing Club World means travelling in comfort and freedom. Dedicated departure Lounges and Elemis Travel Spa* are designed to give you choice before your flight, whether you wish to relax, dine or be pampered. The new Club World seats give you your own space and time to do what you want, when you want. Bigger, wider and more comfortable than ever, you can guarantee complete comfort in any position. The very best in local and international cuisine is served, along with a dedicated wine cellar. But if you are still peckish you are free to help yourself to healthy snacks and tasty treats from the new Club World kitchen.
When you fly World Traveller, you can relax in the knowledge that everything will be taken care of, allowing you to simply sit back and enjoy what’s on offer. Everything has been designed with your comfort in mind. Your ergonomically designed seat comes with lumbar support, headrest and recline. The friendly and professional crew are always on hand, providing a complimentary bar service throughout your flights as well as tasty meals.
*Available at London Heathrow and New York Terminal 7
GIVINGBACK We at Africa Travel are strong believers in ensuring that those who live in destinations visited by tourists benefit from such visits â€“ whether it be directly through employment in the travel industry, or indirectly via community programmes, outreach projects or educational schemes.
Whenever possible we try to feature and recommend those properties and suppliers â€˜who give something backâ€™ and who have policies of employing staff and utilizing resources from the local community. Here are some who receive our support and backing.
GROOTBOS NATURE RESERVE
INDIGO BAY ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Grootbos has always shown a serious commitment to conservation. However a major threat to this is high local unemployment and a lack of access for local communities to natural resources, which the Reserve has set out to redress and which has resulted in many accolades, including the prestigious Responsible Tourism Award for 2007. The Grootbos Foundation was set up in 2004 and has worked tirelessly in the conservation of the biodiversity of Grootbos and its surrounds, plus the development of sustainable nature based livelihoods through eco tourism, research, management and education projects.
This Mozambique beach retreat employs a community liaison officer who escorts guests to local villages where they can learn about the lives, history and culture of the place and its people.
One such project is the Green Futures Horticultural and Life Skills College which provides training programmes for local unemployed people in both horticulture and eco-tourism. In addition to the education curriculum the college provides transport, meals, uniform, equipment and a basic wage, while on completion an accreditation is awarded with the result that 90% of past students have secured full-time employment. Linked to the college is a plant nursery and landscaping business which generates income for the following school year. Guests on the reserve are always encouraged to visit the school, and of course to contribute. Another project is the Spaces for Sport Project where, with the encouragement and passion of Grootbos and its founder, the Gansbaai Communal Sport Centre for the use of the local community and townships was opened this year. Grootbos recognizes that sport is an easy and simple way of bringing people together and breaking down social barriers. It also provides pride and a determination to succeed and has already proved its popularity – sometimes more than 100 children turn up to the many coaching sessions.
The resort and its staff are dedicated to the natural environment and are in the forefront of promoting the sustainability of surrounding eco-systems, as well as working for the social and economic benefit of the local people. Hence they work actively to develop local skills, they employ and buy locally wherever possible and are involved in implementing health and educational programmes. They also try to ensure that the resort promotes energy-saving measures and sustainable building projects. On Bazaruto Island, Indigo Bay are involved with the World Wildlife Fund and the Mozambique Government with conserving the area’s rich flora, fauna and marine life – the latter includes the protection of game fish, seasonal whales, dolphin, dugong and several species of marine turtle, as well as the waters and reefs which support them. The local community are also educated on the importance of conservation and working with the authorities to counter any illegal fishing in the areas. The resort has also built a community centre and health clinic, has initiated an adult literacy programme and established a community market garden which supplies fresh produce to the property as well as providing employment. While in support of the local culture and faith, Indigo Bay has built a mosque to serve the needs of the local community and sponsors islanders to travel to Mecca each year.
Add to this a Future Trees Project and a number of greening initiatives within local communities and guests can easily see and understand Grootbos’s commitment to its locality, to conservation and eco-tourism.
ROBIN POPE SAFARIS
UTHANDO SOUTH AFRICA
Located in Zambiaâ€™s South Luangwa region, Robin Pope Safaris have pioneered local community relations via their support of the local educational facilities. For over 15 years the company has supported a school in the Nsefu Village area, and Kawaza Basic School now has the reputation in Zambia of being a great example of how help from tourism can improve a community.
Uthando is a non-profit organization and a truly unique Responsible Tourism initiative based in Cape Town. Its mission is to provide a platform and infrastructure to raise funds from individuals, groups and organizations who have an interest in the region.
Originally the Kawaza School Fund was concentrated on the one school, but recently it has expanded to work with four local schools. The main focus has been on building projects but recently an ambitious five year plan has been formalized, which will create a full school system in the area, allowing all the children of the locality the opportunity to receive a full education. To date Kawaza School has 750 pupils while Nsefu has 350, and to ensure that they get the best education available the Fund helps subsidise the teachersâ€™ salaries, which helps reduce the student-to-teacher ratio. Many safari guests have visited the schools and been so impressed with the work being done there that they have donated money whilst on holiday or made a tax-deductible pledge when they return. In fact because so many guests who visited the schools said they would be interested in learning more about the local way of life, Robin Pope Safaris now offer the opportunity to stay at Kawaza Village for a day or a night.
Money generated from such organizations as Africa Travel supports a broad range of local community-based, innovative empowerment projects with substantial and enduring value to the beneficiaries. In addition Uthando aims to provide tourists with an authentic introduction to the social problems confronting so many South Africans, and the innovative and truly inspirational ways in which these problems are being handled. The exposure of this programme to many people around the world facilitates a vital role of ongoing awareness, creation and education, which in turn helps to make a significant difference to the lives of the most destitute and marginalized communities living in Southern Africa. One of the many projects supported by Uthando is Nazareth House, an orphanage for children living with HIV/AIDS, where visitors to Cape Town can share in a truly moving and uplifting experience. Other projects supported by the fund include drug rehabilitation, housing and shelter support, human rights development and sustainable economic development.
Where are you going to go with this brochure? Where will these pages lead you? To fresh places of mind or undiscovered territory? Much more than a brochure, this is a testament - a testament to the as yet uncharted. To the secret spaces of Africa, to a continent that is awakening and ready to inspire. It serves as a call to return to humanityâ€™s roots, to complete the very large circle your ancestors began. And then, of course, to come full circle once more as you return to your home.
Indeed, journeys and circles share much in common. Perhaps this is why, since ancient times, the circle has informed so much of Africaâ€™s unique sense of beauty and design, evidenced in its abundance both in her spectacular natural beauty and her peoples accomplished artistic history. We hope this brochure inspires you to discover Africa for yourself as you indulge in its rich pages and imagine the road that lies ahead.
SOUTH AFRICA Whatever the traveller seeks – he can find in South Africa. Vast empty spaces, wilderness, glorious beaches, dramatic scenery and the warmest of welcomes. From the scorched plains of the Kalahari desert to the rich fynbos, and from the great game reserves teeming with lion and elephant, thousands of antelope, the elusive leopard and the endangered wild dog to the biggest night skies filled with millions of stars, South Africa offers abundance. It’s the country where two oceans meet and converge providing a spectacular coastline, much of it ringed with vast golden beaches enjoying the seductive warmth of the Indian Ocean and the great rollers of the Atlantic. It is also the ideal place to see the greatest creatures of the deep during the whale-watching season and is one of the few places on the planet where you can spy penguins on the sands. Add to this the gentleness of the Garden Route, the splendour of the Drakensberg mountains, and the riches of the Kruger National Park, which supports more species of wildlife than any other in Africa and affords the traveller views of the Big Five at close quarters. And then of course there are the sophisticated cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg with their world-class restaurants, cafés and bars and superb galleries and shops. All of this plus a near perfect climate - even out of season it can be warm and temperate - the friendliest of people and, with just an hour’s time difference, no jet-lag, is it any wonder that the traveller falls in love with South Africa.
FACT FILE Capital - Pretoria Currency - South African Rand Point of Entry - Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban Airlines - British Airways, South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic Flying Time - 11 hours Time Zone - GMT +1 Visa not required Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis recommended
HIGHLIGHTS - Enjoy the view from the top of Table Mountain - Spot the Big 5 on safari - Take a trip to Robben Island - Enjoy whale-watching
in Walker Bay - Sample a tasting tour
through the Winelands
ooAmazing journeys ooMeticulously renovated carriages ooTrains hauled on occasion by steam locomotives
ooTravel from two days to two weeks ooGlamour of a bygone era 20
Renowned as one of the most luxurious trains in the world, this is where five-star luxury meets constantly changing scenery. From the wood panelled uber-comfort of carriages and suites guests can marvel at the ever-changing and magnificent sights of Africa – barren wastes, vast lowlands, the highveld and great dramatic mountain vistas. The two trains carry 72 passengers in 36 beautifully and meticulously renovated suites – each has a proud history which is evident in its traditional furnishings and period décor. Exceptional food is on offer alongside exquisite service. There are a number of journeys on offer from the 48 hour classic between Pretoria and Cape Town, the run along the Garden Route and the three day Durban experience which includes game drives, to the three day trip to Victoria Falls, an awesome seven day route across the great deserts of Namibia, and a 14 day magnificent journey via Zambia to the plains of Tanzania. Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, this will excite and enthral any traveller.
Blue Train Capture the glamour and grace of a bygone age by enjoying a journey on one of the two Blue Trains which traverse the veld. Equipped with every possible luxury, a journey in this magnificent moving 5 star hotel is one of the most special ways to enjoy the spectacular and ever-changing scenery of South Africa. Little wonder that it has been the choice of kings and presidents, queens and oligarchs. Whether you choose the overnight trip from Pretoria to Cape Town or opt for the special golfing or bush experiences in KwaZulu Natal, the journey will be unforgettable. While the two trains follow the same routes, they accommodate different numbers â€“ one takes 74 guests while the other, slightly smaller takes 58 â€“ but neither compromises on comfort and luxury. Each suite has a specially-made bed and either an ensuite bath or shower room with gold fittings and marble tiles, while each compartment has its own specially designated butler. The greatest attention is paid to food and wine, so that each journey is a complete gourmet delight. Depending on the direction, the Pretoria - Cape Town route offers a stopover in either Kimberley, where guests can experience the excitement of the great diamond rush, or in Matjiesfontein, which is like stepping back in time.
ooElegant luxury travel ooGourmet food and fine wines ooThe trains can be chartered for special events
ooObservation car ooButler service 21
Kensington Place HIGHlights
ooPrivate garden & swimming pool ooIn-room massages ooWiFi and free internet access ooComplimentary gym membership ooBreakfast served until 13h00 22
Cape Town This award-winning chic boutique hotel is the ultimate urban hideaway â€“ close to the city and all its attractions, yet at the same time offering tranquillity and privacy. Located on the slopes of Table Mountain, it has glorious views of the bay, the city and the waterfront from each of its suites, which all have a private terrace or verandah. Each is individually designed in cool contemporary style in neutral shades and state-of-the-art accessories.
ooWalking distance to restaurants, cafés and nightlife
ooEasy access to Table Mountain and the Waterfront
ooWireless internet access in all rooms ooOriginal African artworks throughout ooCentrally located
ooHeated indoor pool ooFully equipped gym ooIn-room massages ooWalking distance to cafés and restaurants
ooExtensive DVD library
O on Kloof
Urban Chic Boutique Hotel
Sassy and stylish this boutique hotel offers the best of both worlds being close to the city centre and to the white sandy beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.
Located on the city’s hippest street, Long Street, which is renowned for its bars, clubs, restaurants and nightlife, this 20 roomed boutique hotel offers the best in contemporary cool and understated luxury.
Sporting just eight rooms, each individually styled in cool fabrics and great colours. Some have private balcony or sun deck, while others have their own Jacuzzi, but all have WiFi internet access and state of the art sound systems.
All rooms are air-conditioned with their own balconies, African mahogany furniture and original artworks, while guests can enjoy the amenities of the Gallery Café and the Cigar Lounge. Best of all, it is close to the city centre.
ooWalking distance to trendy Kloof Street ooSwimming pool & sundeck ooPampering spa treatments ooLarge cottage suite ooLocal art works displayed
ooSwimming pool and garden ooClose to the city’s restaurants, shopping and cafés
ooExclusive Owner’s Villa ooLibrary with computer for the use of guests
The Cape Cadogan Cape Town
A boutique hotel with all the refinements of a private house are epitomised by this exquisitely renovated old farmhouse, where huge sofas and open fireplaces are de rigeur. So beautifully has it been restored that it has been declared a national monument. Each of its 12 rooms is gloriously comfortable while the adjacent Owner’s Villa is a onebedroomed private house offering all the luxuries of the hotel with total privacy.
Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse Cape Town
A contemporary Cape classic within an historic building which has been classified as a provincial monument - each of its eight rooms offers magnificent views of Table Mountain, Table Bay or Signal Hill. On the slopes of Cape Town’s magnificent mountain the guesthouse is nestled in its own landscaped gardens, and provides an ideal retreat after a hard day’s sightseeing.
The Table Bay Hotel
This is everything a five star city hotel should be – glitzy and glamorous with great service and award-winning cuisine. It may be big – 329 rooms – but both the ambience and service are friendly and exceptional. Right in the best area of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, close enough to all its amenities, but sufficiently removed to be quiet and private, each room has spectacular views over the Atlantic and across to Robben Island or up to the sweeping slopes of the eponymous mountain.
ooHeated swimming pool ooState-of-the-art gym with personal trainers ooHealth spa with comprehensive treatment menu
ooFamily rooms and suites ooWheelchair access and specially designed rooms
Cape Grace HIGHlights
ooAdjacent to the shops, cafés and restaurants of the Waterfront
ooHeated outdoor swimming pool ooComplimentary transfers to beaches and the city
ooFamily suites & special children’s programme
ooComplimentary afternoon tea 26
Overlooking the international yacht marina on its own private quay at the Victoria and Alfred waterfront, this five-star property offers quiet elegance and an award-winning restaurant. Each of its 121 rooms are spacious and superbly comfortable while all have French doors which open onto the city’s great vistas – the mountain, the bay and the waterfront. The hotel also sports a renowned restaurant, cocktail bar, whisky bar, wine cellar and a top floor spa offering African-inspired treatments.
Gourmet heaven at this pretty boutique hotel surrounded by vineyards on a private wine estate. It has three restaurants, one of which, La Colombe, is consistently voted one of the best in the world. Guests stay in one of 16 cottage style rooms, set around the estate and gardens from which they can venture out to La Colombe, which offers southern French inspired cuisine, Constantia Uitsig restaurant which offers a fusion of Asian and Mediterranean or to the River CafĂŠ where contemporary local food is prepared. Add to this the hotelâ€™s own award-winning wine and an elegant spa and it is the ideal base to explore Cape Town, which lies just 20 minutes away.
oo3 award-winning restaurants ooCellar visits and wine tastings ooSuperb wines from its own vineyard ooFamily suites and baby sitting service ooSpa treatments including a vinotherapy signature massage
ooOutdoor swimming pool with sunken sun deck
ooClose to some of the finest restaurants
ooComplimentary mini-bars ooIn-suite spa treatments ooComplimentary mobile phone use
An elegant luxury boutique hotel, right in the heart of Cape Town’s oldest wine region, Constantia, which offers traditional comfort and style. There are seven suites, with private patios and all decorated in a classical country style, interspersed with African art works. It is an ideal size for a family or group of friends to take over for a special occasion or anniversary.
ooSwimming pool & sundeck ooClose to penguins of Boulders Beach ooLand based whale watching ooFamily-friendly ooRestaurants within walking distance
The St James
This rather grand classical Edwardian building overlooks the trendy fishing village of Kalk Bay, and offers luxury accommodation in six spacious and elegant rooms and suites. Located on what was once known as “millionaire’s mile” the area is becoming hip and fashionable again with its marvellous promenade, tidal pools, antique shops and art galleries. Ideal for swimmers and sun worshippers as it is completely protected from the summer winds and so has beautiful warms seas along the False Bay coastline.
ooFour swimming pools ooComplimentary membership of neighbouring gym
ooWellness centre and hairdressing salon
ooBeach location unique in Cape Town
ooSeconds from numerous HIGHlights
restaurants and bars
ooThree swimming pools ooFloodlit tennis court ooWalking distance to Camps Bay beach ooCigar lounge ooSkin and body centre
The Bay Hotel
Camps Bay Retreat
Five star luxury in the heart of the uber-chic suburb of Camps Bay, with its vast choice of cafés, bars, boutiques and restaurants, this hotel offers 78 rooms and suites of contemporary comfort.
Tucked away in the crook of a glen between the Lion’s Head and Table Mountain with magnificent views of the Atlantic, this luxury retreat offers all the amenities of Camps Bay and its golden beach with total seclusion.
Facing one of South Africa’s best beaches it also offers a great beach bar, casual beach club, a first class restaurant and a wellness centre offering an international range of therapies.
This boutique hotel offers just 15 rooms and suites in four acres of magnificent mountain scenery and cultivated garden, split between the wonderful Manor and the more modern Deck House & Villa, joined by a picturesque rope bridge.
Clifton beaches and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
ooSecure underground parking ooSuperb sea views ooPerfect for two couples or a family
ooWalking distance to Camps Bay ooPrivate splash pool, sundeck and barbecue area
ooMagnificent sea views ooUnderfloor heating ooState-of-the-art kitchen
Camps Bay Terrace Suite Cape Town
ooWalking distance of the beach ooEasy access to Camps Bay,
The ultimate one-bedroomed luxury apartment with large airy living, sitting, dining, sleeping and bathing areas, as well as a patio and sun deck.
A superbly appointed two bedroom modern apartment in Camps Bay with every amenity a discerning client could wish for.
Decorated throughout in chic contemporary colours it offers every comfort and luxury a couple might need. The bedroom opens out onto a sun deck and private splash pool while the lounge opens onto a patio with loungers and barbecue area.
As well as having a lavishly fitted kitchen it also has a large living area decorated in contemporary style, plus a terrace with great views along the peninsula and the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
kitchen and barbecue area
ooIndoor and outdoor lounge ooTwo private gardens & large terrace ooClose to attractions of Camps Bay
ooSwimming pool and sun deck ooSuperbly fitted modern
ooThree spacious ensuite bedrooms ooLiving and dining areas ooState-of-the-art kitchen ooStudy with internet access ooElevator access from street level
A super luxury three bedroom private villa with spacious garden, swimming pool and sun-deck with great seaviews â€“ one of the finest villas available for rent in South Africa.
This aptly named super luxurious private villa offers peace and calm yet is but a short walking distance from the beaches and bustle of Camps Bay and all its bars, restaurants and shops.
Each of the three bedrooms has an ensuite bath or shower room, internet access, TV and music system, while the master bedroom has a huge open bathroom with a freestanding stone bath. The house is decorated throughout in a cool contemporary style with bold African pictures and sculptures.
Designed by one of South Africaâ€™s leading architects this three bedroom property not only has its own sunny deck with swimming pool but also a sheltered courtyard with a Koi carp pool for when shade is required from the African sun. It also has huge sliding glass doors which turn inside into outside.
ooTwo swimming pools ooFloodlit tennis court ooComplimentary mobile phones ooClose to the centre of Cape Town ooDayroom for early arrivals and late departures
A gracious eight suite boutique hotel in the exclusive southern suburb of Bishopscourt, which overlooks the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens Just 10 minutes drive from the city centre, but a world away from it, each suite is luxuriously furnished with the hotel offering every modern comfort and amenity from WiFi broadband access and complimentary mini-bars, to complimentary pre-programmed mobile phones provided to guests during their stay.
oo70 rooms and suites ooChild-friendly ooHeated outdoor pool ooSanctuary Spa and fitness centre ooPrivate cinema
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa Cape Town
Facing the Atlantic and flanked by the magnificent Twelve Apostles mountain range, this is a truly dramatic setting for any hotel. And while it offers wilderness on land â€“ hiking trails, horse-riding, mountain-biking - and on sea â€“ whale and dolphin watching, it is close to the sophisticated delights of both Camps Bay and Cape Town. Plus it also has an award winning spa.
ooSwimming pool & sundeck ooWhale watching in season ooGreat marine bird watching ooSpa treatments ooFamily-friendly
The Long Beach
An idyllic location right on the pure white sands of Long Beach in the picturesque lobster fishing village of Kommetjie, this five star property is a short drive from Cape Town. Its six ultra luxurious suites all have ocean views and private patios. Days can be spent relaxing by the pool or on the beach or by taking one of the many excursions which the hotel can organise. There is even an in-house chauffeur service for transfers to local restaurants.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat HIGHlights
ooDaily game drives & guided rock art walks ooFly-fishing, mountain biking, hikes and canoeing
ooExclusive family villa ooSpa and fitness centre ooFour swimming pools and sauna 34
Western Cape A magical, award-winning luxury ecological reserve. With its stunning location among the sweeping landscape of the Great Karoo and the Cederberg Mountains, it is hardly surprising that it has been declared a South African Heritage Site. Surrounded by great plains, fantastic rock formations and thundering waterfalls, the reserve offers accommodation in cottages in the grounds and suites in the original manor house, as well as an exclusive family villa with its own hostess, chef and guide. While the surrounding game and range of activities are magnificent, so are the rock art sites â€“ of which there are over 130.
Private Places ITINERARY For those in search of their own little piece of paradise, this itinerary combines some of the Cape’s most desirable villas & private residences, from the city and the wine region to the beaches and fishing villages of the Peninsula. Day 1:
Overnight flight to Cape Town.
Collect hire and stay for four nights at The Constantia, an exquisite and elegant villa boasting just seven suites,
floodlit tennis court and a luxury swimming pool. (BB)
ooFifteen minutes from the
ooTwo swimming pools ooFree internet access in all rooms ooRiverside walks ooFamily rooms
Drive into the Cape Winelands and stay for three nights at The Franschhoek, a historic residence lying in the heart of the village and offering just six
centre of Cape Town
luxurious rooms, a small shaded garden and swimming pool. (BB) Days 9-11:
Continue to the Cape Peninsula to stay for three nights at The Long Beach. Tucked away on a magnificent beach in the picturesque lobster-fishing village of Kommetjie, this small chic property has six ultra-luxurious suites. (BB)
Days 12-13: Finish with two nights at The St James, a wonderful seaside home located overlooking the ocean in the vibrant village of Kalk Bay. (BB)
Vineyard Hotel & Spa Cape Town
A magnificent 175 room hotel set in six acres of landscaped parkland and gardens on the banks of the Liesbeeck River in the leafy suburb of Newlands.
Depart on the direct overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Tour Cost from: £1765.00 per person, based on two sharing, non-exclusive use.
With its spacious restaurants and bars and large grounds it is an ideal place to base yourself whilst touring the area. It also boasts a health and fitness centre as well as South Africa’s only Angsana Spa, a diffusion spa from the world renowned Banyan Tree group.
bed in the honeymoon suite
ooPrivate wine tastings by horse-back ooHelicopter trips and hot air balloon excursions
ooSwimming pool ooWine tastings and winery visits ooPerfect for family rentals ooShops and galleries on the doorstep ooPersonalised service
The ultimate in luxury, this boutique hotel with just eleven rooms is decorated with fine French antiques, sumptuous Persian rugs and chandeliers that would be the envy of Versailles.
Small and perfectly formed, this six bedroomed luxury hotel epitomises traditional Cape Huguenot style. Right in the heart of the village it is a short stroll from some of the best restaurants in the country.
Each room is individually designed and decorated with antiques and has a balcony or terrace with glorious views over mountains and vineyards, providing peace, calm and solitude. The food is exceptional, as is the service.
Each room is decorated in silks and velvets and has its own private garden or patio. The ideal base from which to explore the beautiful countryside and great wineries of the Franschhoek Valley.
ooInfinity swimming pool ooRose filled terraces ooHeated four poster marble
ooSwimming pool ooFamily rooms ooHiking trails ooHorse riding ooWine tasting tours
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa Franschhoek
Located in one of the most famous winelands in the world, this 5-star resort retains all the charm of its Cape Dutch traditions and is a glorious starting point for exploring all the nearby wine estates. Accommodation is in a selection of rooms, suites, villas and chalets, all with great views of the Franschhoek mountains and hillsides covered in vines. The Camelot Spa offers a full range of treatments and there is also a fully equipped fitness centre and tennis courts.
ooSwimming pool ooEquestrian centre ooPrivate cellar tours with the Cellar Master ooGourmet dining ooWellness centre and gymnasium
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards Franschhoek
A working wine estate which offers a luxury gourmet experience to its guests. Set high above the village of Franschhoek, it offers great views of the surrounding countryside and is a stylish country estate. Each of the 16 bedrooms and 6 suites, named after local wine varietals, is spacious and comfortable and has either a terrace or a balcony.
Klein Genot Wine & Country Estate HIGHlights
ooGlorious gardens to laze in ooWellness spa offering body and beauty treatments
oo One on one tastings from the estateâ€™s cellars
oo Complimentary afternoon tea oo Superb restaurant 38
Franschhoek This charming country boutique property lies between two silvery streams in the Franschhoek Valley and offers the best in home made food, exceptional service and pampering spa treatments. Its six elegant suites are all individually designed using the precepts of Feng Shui and accessorised with the work of local artists. Each has its own private outdoor space, huge bathrooms and comforting open fire. Famed for its food, all of which is organically grown, many of the cellarâ€™s 5000 bottles of wine are from its own vineyards.
Le Quartier Francais Franschhoek
ooClose to all the restaurants, shops and cafés
ooTwo award-winning restaurants ooBeauty and body therapies ooPrivate cinema screening room ooFamily suites with pools
Home to one of the world’s best restaurants, the Tasting Room, this exquisite little boutique hotel is located right in the heart of the village – a village renowned for its gourmet offerings. Accommodation is in a choice of rooms and suites all either overlooking the gardens, a secluded courtyard or the pool. Some have their own private pool, others have butler service but all are spacious and comfortable. The two restaurants offer different experiences - fine but casual dining, and gourmet menus of four, six or eight courses.
Grande Roche HIGHlights
ooThe only Relais & Chateaux gourmand property in Africa
ooTwo swimming pools ooAccess to local championship golf courses ooWine tastings at nearby estates ooFree bicycle hire 40
With a heritage that dates back to the early 18th century, this elegant property has been so beautifully and successfully renovated that it has been decreed a national monument. Located in Paarl, a charming wine-producing town, the property offers a selection of 34 rooms and suites, wellness centre, awardwinning restaurant, historic wedding chapel, two outdoor pools and floodlit tennis courts. It also has its own estate-produced wines and offers exclusive tastings for guests.
ooTwo swimming pools ooPampering Ginko spa ooHiking and mountain biking ooWalking distance to restaurants and shops
ooWine tours and tastings
River Manor Country House & Spa Stellenbosch
Comprising of two beautifully restored historic houses, now National Monuments, just minutes from the centre of this pretty town, the second oldest settlement in South Africa. Offering a selection of comfortable stylish rooms where colonial charm meets contemporary Africa, it’s the place to base yourself when touring historic Stellenbosch, its 100 or so wine estates, and the Western Cape.
ooHeated swimming pool ooGourmet restaurant and local wines ooAccess to local golf courses ooClose to museums and galleries ooCentre for touring winelands
In the heart of historic Stellenbosch, this graceful Georgian style building is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel. Each of its 32 rooms is individually styled with antiques which have been collected over the years. A short drive from the ocean and Cape Town it is ideally located for exploring the region, not to mention the museums and galleries of Stellenbosch and its myriad of wine estates.
â€œA man who pays respect to the greatness around him paves the way for greatness withinâ€? Ashanti proverb
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Gansbaai
ooDelicious cuisine ooSwimming pools ooWorld’s finest whale-watching ooFamily rooms and children’s programme ooMassages 44
An award winning reserve with two five star lodges, located high above Walker Bay and set amidst 2500 acres of indigenous fynbos, this is a nature lover’s paradise. The milkwood forest is the largest of its kind in the world, and the fynbos has been classified as one of the world’s six flora kingdoms. Offering eco-friendly luxury accommodation with each suite decorated in natural fabrics and colours, and with its own deck or patio as well as a free-standing fireplace. Outside the great wonders of nature await – guided walks through the fynbos, boat trips out to Walker Bay to spot whales, dolphin and a huge colony of Cape Fur Seals, cage diving amongst the sharks, horse riding on the beach as well as nature drives and a special educational programme for children.
ooHeated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi ooAccess to Swellendam Golf Course ooHiking, biking and kayaking nearby ooWellness therapies ooFunky design
ooHeated swimming pool ooGourmet dining ooFamilies welcome at the Villa ooCan be rented privately for weddings ooMetres from the beach
Birkenhead House & Villa Hermanus
It is opulent, sumptuous and offers the most luxurious accommodation along this coastline. It overlooks two of the best beaches in the area and Walker Bay where, in season, you can watch whales without stirring from your huge white sofa on the terrace. There are just 11 beautifully furnished and styled rooms as well as an adjacent six bedroom villa ideal for families or small groups. The town of Hermanus with its chic little shops and cafés is just a cliff top walk away, or there’s the gym for the active, the spa for the decadent, or the beach for the sunseeker.
Cool, contemporary and supremely comfortable are the seven deluxe garden rooms on offer at this retreat. Each room opens onto the landscaped gardens and offers everything from wireless internet to ipod docking. Located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains it offers beautiful vistas as well as proximity to Swellendam, one of the oldest settlements in South Africa with its museum, cafés and restaurants. The ideal place to relax or simply explore the area, and while breakfast is provided, staff can arrange lunch and dinner at nearby restaurants within walking distance.
ooGary Player-designed golf courses ooSpa and fitness centre ooTennis courts ooKids club ooIndoor and outdoor swimming pools
Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate
A traditional colonial manor house at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains which has been transformed into a luxury hotel and one of the foremost golfing destinations in the Southern hemisphere. Guests can stay either in the historic manor house or in a choice of cottages located throughout the landscaped grounds. This is a great family holiday resort as well as the place for sports enthusiasts of all kinds with tennis, golf, hiking and biking all available.
ooBeautiful rose gardens ooSpa and wellness centre ooArt gallery ooClose to the attractions of Oudtshoorn ooDelicious cuisine
Rosenhof Country House Oudtshoorn
A beautifully restored farmhouse with yellowwood beams and ceilings, antique furniture and original paintings, Rosenhof provides both comfort and class. Named after its exquisite rose garden, the retreat provides the perfect base from which to explore the area. There are 12 spacious rooms and two executive suites, both of which have their own private pool. It also has its own pub and a number of lounges where guests can relax and chill out.
Bay and Brenton-on-Sea
ooGreat self-catering facilities ooGuided historical walks in Knysna ooCruises on the lagoon ooQuaint Bell Tavern pub
ooNearby beaches at Buffalo
Belvidere Manor Hotel Knysna
Secluded and relaxed this manor estate on the west shore of Knysna Lagoon has 30 Cape-style cottages each with its own sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, and up to three bedrooms. Although the hotel has two restaurants, it is close to Knysna, one of the great South African foodie centres which has a plethora of great restaurants and cafés. With its own swimming pool and great gardens, which are home to over 270 species of bird, the hotel is a fantastic place to relax and to use as a base from which to explore the Garden Route.
ooCanoeing on the Knysna river ooMassage and therapies at Body Boma spa ooRelax in the Bubble Barrel – a hot tub like no other
ooBird watching & guided forest walks ooFreshwater natural pool
The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve Knysna
Enjoy an unforgettable experience in one of this lodge’s magical tree suites – there are only 14 in total – hidden in the Afromontane forest on the glorious Garden Route. Each suite is approached via a wooden walkway and is made of sustainable materials (this is an eco-joy and has won awards for it), while the bathrooms have walls of glass so that you can eyeball the fish eagle during the day and enjoy endless stargazing at night.
ooSwimming pool ooBird watching ooCanoe hire ooHonesty bar ooWheelchair friendly rooms
The St James of Knysna
A truly wonderful location right on the edge of the lagoon with stunning views across to the Knysna Heads make this guesthouse a really special place to stay.
An elegant and luxurious boutique hotel located on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon, it comprises of just 15 stylish rooms and suites, all with magnificent views either across the lagoon or the glorious three acre garden.
And while it is close to the plethora of restaurants, bars and galleries of Knysna its position guarantees peace and quiet. An owner-run property it provides the best of both worlds in its nine rooms â€“ home-from-home ambience and comfort with all the amenities of a beautifully run hotel.
ooSundowner lagoon cruises ooWaterskiing & canoeing ooTwo swimming pools ooVarious golf courses nearby ooCroquet & fishing
The hotel is proud of its dining room and its well stocked wine cellar, while a guestâ€™s every need is taken care of, quietly and with great charm - which is why many return year after year for a relaxing and spoiling holiday.
Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa HIGHlights
ooNature trails and horse-riding on
ooOne of South Africa’s best chefs ooHeated indoor swimming pool ooPezula Castle accommodation & restaurant
ooCanoeing on the lagoon
Knysna An award-winning hotel and an award-winning spa located on the eastern head of Knysna with stunning views along the rugged coastline. The resort has brought a whole new meaning of five star luxury to the area while acknowledging the indigenous wilderness of its surrounds – acres of fynbos and forest, and secluded private beaches. Alongside serious gourmet cuisine, one of the country’s best spas and a fantastic 18 hole championship golf course, the resort is also home to an amazing sporting complex known as the Field of Dreams which has tennis courts, driving range, cricket oval and a club house.
oo‘Chapel in the forest’ for weddings ooSome suites have private plunge pools ooLarge swimming pool and sundeck ooChildren’s pool and programme of activities
ooFamily suites and cottages ooFireplace in each suite ooClose to the beaches of Plettenberg Bay
ooMember of Relais&Chateaux ooIdeal honeymoon haven ooUnique treetop infinity pools
Tsala Treetop Lodge
Hunter’s Country House
An extraordinary architectural melange of stone, wood, glass and water high above an indigenous forest.
A member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux, a beautiful family-owned property which is located on the Garden Route and offers guests everything from mountain hikes to whale watching.
This is where guests almost become part of the landscape as they take residence in this chic tree-top hideaway. Each elevated suite, almost hidden in the trees, is approached by a wooden walkway, while the private infinity pools seem to be suspended in mid-air. A magical experience is promised, and delivered.
Guests can relax in any of 21 luxury cottages and suites, all of which are set in delightful landscaped gardens, or they can idle by the pool or be pampered by a menu of massages and beauty treatments. The more active can fish, sail, hike, play golf or horseride.
ooSeconds from the beach ooHeated pool & sundeck ooBeach loungers and umbrellas available
ooUnique marble bar ooAll day outdoor dining
The Bay Lodge
A luxury designer hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean, metres from the beach and housing just six large, contemporary suites which boast the very best in modern design. The epitome of cool chic the lodge also provides exquisite service, delicious breakfasts served until 11a.m, in-room massages, a rooftop Jacuzzi and DVD and book library.
ooTwo swimming pools ooCarchele beauty spa ooVillas perfect for families ooWalking distance to shops & restaurants ooGourmet cuisine
Overlooking Outlook Beach and yet right in the heart of the town this is a magnificent and luxurious 5-star Relais & Chateaux hotel, which houses a selection of rooms, suites and villas - the ultimate accommodation choice. The area is a holiday-maker and nature-lovers dream with its delicate eco-systems of wetlands and lagoon, great forests, pristine sand dunes and sun-bleached beaches, which all offer something for everyone. Add a super luxury hotel, great food and a relaxed style to make the perfect holiday.
& special menus
ooSwimming pool & sauna ooWalking and hiking trails ooFamily rooms and babysitting ooHorse riding & fishing
ooSwimming pool ooDolphin and whale-watching ooWellness centre & health spa ooGuided nature walks ooTidal rock pool
Sitting proudly on a cliff in a private nature reserve with outstanding views across the Indian Ocean, this charming boutique hotel is a wonderful coastal retreat. Just minutes from the glorious beaches of Plettenberg Bay, this chic retreat offers ten spacious rooms decorated in neutral shades and with natural materials in a contemporary Afro-colonial style, while it has its own Cove Beach just below the hotel.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge Plettenberg Bay
A holiday retreat for all the family, set in a private nature reserve located between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. All of its 16 large and comfortable suites have their own wooden decks complete with hammock, perfect for simply relaxing or marvelling at the wonderful views. A host of activities are available from the nearby Monkeyland primate sanctuary to the worldâ€™s highest bungee jump.
ooTwo swimming pools ooDirect beach access ooWhale watching and dolphin safaris ooBeauty treatments and therapies ooJacuzzi & steam room
ooChildren welcome & special menus ooSwimming pool & sauna ooMountain biking and hiking ooWinter lounge with open fire place ooFusion kitchen
Lily Pond Country Lodge
The Sands at St Francis
A chic retreat in the middle of a private nature reserve surrounded by indigenous forest and unique lily ponds. Just sixteen rooms share this hideaway, each of which is decorated in a cool contemporary style with an African twist.
A serious 5-star South African beach house which offers stunning ocean views and direct access to a pristine white beach at the end of the garden. Guests are lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves and woken by the African sun.
Guests can enjoy great views of the locality from their private decks, from the Zen-style swimming pool, or from the Jacuzzi sited on one of the pond’s islands. There is a host of activities to indulge in, both on the property, and nearby.
Just five large suites, all with private deck, some with outside shower, most with Jacuzzi and all decorated in a contemporary, chic style. The glass fronted restaurant offers gourmet cuisine and the Director’s Cellar a superb selection of estate wines.
St Francis Bay
Secret South Africa
One of the things which South Africa does best is the smaller, more personalised hotel, away from the crowds but close to the action, and this itinerary has been created to showcase a few such properties.
Overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Fly onward to Port Elizabeth and collect hire car. Drive to the Addo Elephant National Park to stay for two nights at Elephant House, a charming nine room lodge which is the perfect base from which to view the area’s wildlife. (BB)
Drive along the Garden Route for two nights at Lily Pond Country Lodge, a tranquil hideaway hidden on a private nature reserve, yet just minutes from the beach and the many attractions of the Garden Route. (BB)
ooCity, township and marine tours ooComplimentary shuttle to the Boardwalk Complex
ooHorse-riding, golf &
the edge of the lagoon, this intimate guesthouse offers a great South African welcome, and wonderful hospitality. (BB) Day 8:
Continue onward to Swellendam to stay overnight at Bloomestate, a sleek guesthouse offering spacious and stylish rooms with landscaped gardens,
ooComplimentary gym membership ooWalking distance to the beach
Knysna is the next stop with two nights at Point Lodge. Perfectly sited on
a tranquil dam, heated saltwater pool and outside Jacuzzi. (BB) Days 9-10:
Drive into the Cape Winelands and stay for two nights at the historic River Manor Country House & Spa. Set in the heart of Stellenbosch, River Manor has stylish guestrooms, spacious gardens, two swimming pools and a spa. (BB)
Days 11-13: Drive to Cape Town to stay for three nights at the historic Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse. Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, this national monument enjoys views of the city, and offers superior
A stylish hotel in the heart of the city next to King’s Beach and the McArthur pools, and yet just one hours drive to a range of game parks and reserves - it offers something for everyone. It offers eight large suites, all boasting power showers, TV, CD & DVD, and one with an interconnecting 2nd bedroom which is ideal for families.
accommodation, large decking area and swimming pool. (BB) Day 14:
Depart on the direct overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Tour Cost from: £1620.00 per person, based on two sharing.
ooTwice daily game drives & guided bushwalks
ooRiver game spotting ooBirdwatching ooVisits to nearby Addo and its mighty elephants
ooMalaria free ooTwice daily game drives & bushwalks ooEducational childrenâ€™s programme ooGame spotting from river
cruises & canoes
ooElephant back safaris in Addo Elephant National Park
ooCharming wedding chapel
Leeuwenbosch Country House Amakhala Game Reserve
Reed Valley Bush Lodge
Amakhala Game Reserve
An historic colonial house with all the grace and space that that offers, and still run by descendants of the original owners, who are happy to join guests in the charming stone pub.
A stunning family-run property and the newest addition to the Amakhala family, Bush Lodge is located on the open plains where game was once driven off to enable the family to farm, but is now a conservation project where the original game has been re-introduced.
This is the ideal family location with spacious family suites, a special childrenâ€™s programme, baby-sitting services, swimming pool and - of course - it is in a malaria free area.
The four beautiful tented rooms are all ensuite and boast superb amenities, including private plunge pools, fire places and outdoor showers, as well as superb views.
ooTwice daily game drives ooRiver cruises and canoeing ooSwimming pool ooMalaria free ooGuided bush walks
ooChild friendly camp ooTwice daily game drives & bushwalks ooBirdwatching ooRiver cruises & canoeing ooMalaria free
The Safari Lodge
Amakhala Game Reserve
A charming safari lodge tucked away in a valley of indigenous bush on the northern boundary of the Reserve, ideally located for some of the best game experiences in South Africa. As well as the original four luxury safari units there are seven new suites, each with their own private plunge pool and spacious sitting area. The lodge offers a 3 day package to include all game viewing and excursions to both Addo Elephant Park and the Born Free Foundation.
Amakhala Game Reserve
Its dramatic location - against a high cliff looking down over the Bushmanâ€™s River Valley - offers a perfect and tranquil bush experience. Accommodation is in five stone and thatch lodges, each with air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms as well as an outdoor relaxation area. At times, guests need not move from this area to see game, as elephant and antelope wander close by.
ooNatural rock swimming pool ooMalaria free ooMagnificent elephant sightings ooGuided walks & horseback safaris ooExcursions to walk with the elephants
Gorah Elephant Camp
Addo Elephant National Park
ooElephant-back safaris and walks ooHorse-back safaris ooHelicopter trips to the beach ooTwice daily game drives ooTreatment room
Addo Elephant National Park
A nineteenth century colonial house, now a national monument, Gorah was the first private concession in a National Park.
A magical place for children of all ages, the Elephant House is a nine room lodge close to the National Park, which boasts the highest concentration of elephants anywhere in the world.
And what a park - Addo Elephant National Park is home to the densest elephant population on earth, in addition to the rest of the Big 5 - and is malaria free. Better still, it offers a true safari experience with accommodation in 11 super luxury tents.
Super comfortable with every amenity a guest could require â€“ swimming pools, private courtyards, great game viewing and a special club room for children. There is also a baby-sitting service.
ooPlunge pools with each room ooMalaria free ooGame drives and horseback trails ooHistorical tours ooMassages
ooTwice daily game drives ooGourmet dining ooMalaria free ooSpa ooVisits to Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary
Pumba Water Lodge
Long Lee Manor
Five star luxury with spectacular game viewing and uber-comfortable thatched waterfront cottages â€“ all with views overlooking Lake Kariega.
An elegant colonial lifestyle is on offer at this beautifully renovated Edwardian manor house, which offers accommodation to just 38 guests.
All accommodation offers outdoor showers, private viewing and sunning decks and plunge pools while there is a plethora of activities to suit everyone from bush walks to golf at the nearby Gary Player designed course.
The Shamwari Game Reserve was one of the pioneers of wildlife conservation and has won numerous awards for its work. Here guests experience great game viewing and a true insight into conservation.
Pumba Private Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve
Big Cat Sanctuary
Eagles Crag Lodge
Shamwari Game Reserve
Contemporary chic in this beautifully designed lodge hidden deep in a valley which provides natureâ€™s own private idyll. Each of the nine luxury suites is large, airy and light with wall to wall glass doors on two sides which give stunning views of the surrounding cliffs. Each suite has an indoor and outdoor shower, a large sun deck and private pool.
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bushwalks ooMalaria free ooBush spa ooVisits to Born Free
ooMalaria free ooTwice daily game drives ooSuperb service ooIn-room treatments ooGuided bush walks
Shamwari Game Reserve
Five star luxury in Big 5 country, this stunning stone and thatched lodge overlooks a waterhole, so that guests can watch game from the large deck. Accommodation is in twelve large tents, all nestling under trees along a riverbank and each boasting its own viewing deck and private plunge pool.
ooBig 5 game drives ooMalaria free ooBush spa ooOn-site gym ooGuided bush walks
ooInterconnecting family rooms ooInfinity edge swimming pool ooJungle gym ooTwice daily game drives ooMalaria free
Shamwari Game Reserve
A colonial African experience in this meticulously restored frontier homestead which has every possible comfort and amenity from fine wines to internet access. Guests stay in one of nine luxury rooms, each with its own private patio and satellite TV. The lodge offers a great children’s programme with visits to the Shamwari Wildlife Hospital and to the Born Free Big Cat Rescue Centre and children over four years also allowed on game drives.
Shamwari Game Reserve
An elegant thatched lodge decorated with African style, artefacts and fabrics, it offers a true classical bush experience in great comfort. There are six large suites, three of which have their own private pool, while the others are close to the lodge’s large swimming pool – perfect for cooling off after an exciting game drive.
From sandy beaches and safaris, to water parks and whale-watching, South Africa is the ultimate family destination, and this itinerary includes hand-picked properties where the children are as welcome as the adults.
Overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Transfer to Sun City to stay for two nights at the Cascades Hotel, where a kaleidoscope of fun-filled activities are guaranteed to keep all the family amused. (BB)
Fly to Port Elizabeth and collect hire car. Continue to the Amakhala Game Reserve for two nights on safari at the Leeuwenbosch Country House, family-owned and run and catering for all ages of safari addicts. (FB)
Commence the drive along the Garden Route to stay for three nights in a private nature reserve at the Hog Hollow Country Lodge, a great family base from which to explore the surrounding beaches, forests &
ooSwimming pool ooMalaria free ooBush drives and walks ooCheetah tracking ooStar-gazing
Samara Private Game Reserve Eastern Cape
A family-owned property in a landscape that is as wild as it is romantic, with views that reach to infinity across the plains of Camdeboo. Accommodation is provided in a colonial style manor house, which can be booked exclusively, or in spacious cottages and suites. There is also a special childrenâ€™s programme and a newly opened spa to retire to after game drives and bush walks.
Drive to stay for two nights at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Accommodating guests in luxurious cottages, activities offered include walking trails, horse-riding and boat trips to view the seals, sharks & southern right whales. (FB)
Days 11-13: Continue to Cape Town for three nights at the Table Bay Hotel, a superb five-star hotel with the many attractions of the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront right on its doorstep. (BB) Day 14:
Depart on the direct overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Tour Cost from: ÂŁ7290.00 per family of four, based on two adults & two children under 12yrs sharing.
ooSwimming pool fashioned into the rocks ooCultural visits to Zulu settlements ooBattlefield tours escorted by the lodgeâ€™s own historian
ooEasy access to Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserves
ooChef available ooConcierge service ooEco cruises and deep sea fishing ooNearby golf ooWellness treatments
Etali Beach Villa
Isandlwana Lodge Isandlwana
On the south east coast of KwaZulu Natal sits this quiet and pretty village surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, fronted by 2 kilometres of sandy beach, and home to a wonderful hideaway villa.
On the site of one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Zulu kingdom, sits this stunning 12 suite luxury lodge. All the suites are decorated in a mix of traditional and modern and all offer views across the great Isandlwana plain from their private balconies.
The villa is cool and contemporary with four large sea-facing bedrooms, a swimming pool and huge sundeck, and great views of the shoreline which has been declared a Marine Reserve and offers some fantastic marine life.
Built into the strategic iNyoni rock formation, the lodge offers an unsurpassed battlefield and cultural experience, having easy access to both Rorkes Drift and Blood River. It has a substantial library as well as its own resident historian.
ooDive school ooCanoeing on Lake Sibiya ooTurtle tracking in season ooGuided wilderness walks ooBoat trips
ooSwimming and sea kayaking ooGuided game walks ooChampionship golf course ooLuxury spa ooSurfing and kite surfing
Thonga Beach Lodge
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
Cradled into a beautiful coastal dune forest with spectacular views of the ocean and the beach, the lodge is both secluded and luxurious and was constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
Meaning â€˜valley of flowersâ€™, this uber-luxury resort - on a huge stretch of the pristine Dolphin Coast - has something for everyone: luxury accommodation, fantastic flora, wildlife and great golf.
It accommodates just 24 guests and ensures that every luxury and amenity is available, as well as a host of activities. These include boating & fishing as well as snorkelling and scuba-diving - it is close to one of the best dive sites in South Africa.
A conglomeration of rooms, suites and villas are on offer, with a permutation to suit all groups, families or couples. There is a plethora of activities to enjoy, ranging from horseriding and mountain biking to simply relaxing at the spa.
Maputaland Marine Reserve
oo Direct flights available
oo Visits to the nearby waterfall oo Four distinct & unique ecosystems oo Swimming pool
Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve Northern Zululand
ooSafari suite perfect for
ooGame drives & guided bush walks, including night walks
ooStar-gazing ooCultural visits to Zulu homestead ooWellness centre ooBeach trips to St Lucia estuary
Thanda Private Game Reserve Northern Zululand
A luxury lodge situated in the heart of KwaZulu Natal, the reserve offers spectacular game viewing due to its unique ecosystems of riverine, montane, bushveld and wetlands – and boasts the Big 5 and over 400 species of bird.
Meaning love in Zulu, this is an award-winning safari destination which is just a short drive from the glorious beaches of the Indian Ocean – this is where those in the know come for one of the best beach and bush experiences.
The lodge is located along the northern bank of the Mkuze River and offers nine thatched chalets and one sumptuous safari suite, all with plunge pools and an outdoor shower. There are also five air-conditioned safari-style tents on the riverbank, each with its own private viewing deck – for those with a more adventurous spirit.
Guests are accommodated in either one of the four huge safari tents, designed and decorated in colonial style with four-poster beds and ensuite bathrooms, or in one of the nine luxury bush villas which boast private splash pools, viewing decks, outside shower and lounge.
Mondazur Resort Estate Hotel San Lameer
This four star property offers a large selection of rooms, suites and villas and has recently been refurbished to make it one of the best Indian Ocean holiday resorts for beach and golf. Edged by the glorious Marina Beach, which has an adjacent tidal pool, the estate offers lush gardens and vegetation and is home to more than 190 species of bird as well as abundant wildlife and flora.
oo18 hole championship golf course ooTwo swimming pools ooFloodlit tennis courts ooSquash courts ooWatersports 67
“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it” George Kimble
ooTwice daily game drives ooCultural tours to local communities ooFull moon walks ooOvernight sleep-outs ooYoga, massage and fitness
Londolozi Tree Camp
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
A conservation ethic is the foundation stone of this spectacular sanctuary, which is renowned as one of Africa’s finest. Indeed its very name, Londolozi, comes from the Zulu meaning “protector of all living things”. The Tree Camp houses six spacious and super luxury suites, each with its own outdoor sala, plunge pool and sun deck and is one of the most stylish and glamorous familyrun lodges, with its plaited leather beds, Ralph Lauren wallpaper and the finest linens. And then there is the game - especially the leopards of which there are some remarkable sightings.
ooTwice daily game drives ooAll day guided walking expeditions ooFishing on the Sand river ooFantastic leopard sightings ooEach suite has its own private pool
Londolozi Granite Private Suites
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
The bush does not come more exclusive, or more beautiful, than in these three extraordinary suites. Only six people can stay here at any one time which makes them ideal for a special celebration or family occasion. Designed to provide seamless integration with nature so that both inside and out seem as one, the colours used mirror the shades of the outdoors when shimmering in both sun and moonlight – charcoal, silver and elephant grey. Service is immaculate, food gourmet class and the wilderness experience second to none.
ooTwice daily game drives & guided bush walks
ooStargazing outings ooSecluded bird hide ooUnique treehouse sleepouts ooSpa and gym
ooGame drives & guided bush walks ooWildlife and astronomy lectures ooUnique romantic treehouse dinners and sleep-outs
ooBush breakfasts and dinners ooIn-suite spa and beauty treatments
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
The younger, smaller, sassier sister property offers just six suites, reckoned by many to be the most beautiful in the bush, which has resulted in the many awards it has received since its opening. Each suite is lavish in both size and dĂŠcor with a separate living area, open-plan bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, and huge viewing deck complete with day bed and heated swimming pool. Decorated simply in shades of ebony and ivory with modern African art and artefacts, it is the ultimate in Afro-chic, with guests hardly needing to move from their decks to see some fantastic game along the Sabi River.
Lion Sands River Lodge
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
This game reserve forms part of the Kruger National Park, so consequently the game roams free - some truly spectacular sightings are possible from the lodge. Stretched out along the banks of the Sabie River, on a site which sports trees almost 800 years old, are 18 thatched luxury rooms. Each one has its own private viewing deck and faces east to greet the magical morning sun and amazing African dawn. Access to the main areas of the lodge â€“ the dining room, bar, swimming pools and spa - are along raised wooden walkways sheltered under a canopy of the great trees. For four generations the lodge has been in the hands of the same family, all of whom are passionate about the wild and its conservation.
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooSwimming pool ooSpa and fitness centre ooInternet facilities
Singita Sweni Lodge
Kruger National Park
Built on stilts and flanking the Sweni River, this is the smallest of the Singita lodges and consists of just six luxury suites. However there is nothing small about each suite, which consists of an indoor living area, bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and sleeping area. The large wooden viewing deck is ideal for relaxing, game sighting and for a true bush experience, a night under the stars on the deckâ€™s large day bed! For special events or celebrations the lodge can be booked on an exclusive basis.
ooGame drives twice daily ooGuided bush walks ooMountain biking and archery ooSwimming pool ooSpa and fully equipped gymnasium
Singita Lebombo Lodge
Kruger National Park
Contemporary chic in the middle of the bush, the lodge is a funky celebration of concrete, glass and wood in a wilderness that has not changed since time began. There are 15 loft-style suites with masses of space offering a large and luxurious sleeping area, inside and outside shower, viewing deck from which to wonder at the game and a daybed on which to enjoy the sun during the day, or the stars of an African night. Like all members of the Singita family, Lebombo is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux.
ooGuided bush walks ooSpa ooFully equipped gymnasium
ooTwice daily game drives ooCultural tours to
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooCultural tours ooInternet access ooSpa treatments and gym
Singita Boulders Lodge Singita Ebony Lodge
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
On the banks of the Sabi River sit twelve thatched and secluded luxury suites all with spacious decks and private plunge pools. Paying homage to colonial style and ethnic eclecticism, the lodge sports antique furniture, fine English linens, exotic African throws & artefacts as well as every modern luxury that a discerning traveller could wish for. The suites are spacious and sumptuous with double-sided fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers and super-comfortable beds.
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
Built around the elements and the landscape, the lodge takes its name from the vast boulder which is its centrepiece, and around which twelve luxury suites are built. A spectacular setting alongside the Sand River and magnificent accommodation makes this one of the most desirable places to stay. Each suite is large and sumptuous with an expansive living area, indoor and outdoor showers, a large deck and private plunge pool. Two of the suites have two bedrooms and convert easily to family suites, while the main lodge has a traditional open boma, library, gym, swimming pool, health spa and an impressive wine cellar.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
This flagship lodge has been awarded many accolades for its uncompromising luxury and style, as well as an unforgettable bush experience. Accommodation is in a selection of 25 spacious suites, all decorated and accessorised in contemporary African style while at the same time offering every modern convenience including air-conditioning. Each has an al-fresco shower as well as an indoor glassfronted shower. The lodge overlooks a waterhole, so guests can often watch game from the comfort of the bar or dining room.
ooGame drives ooBush walks ooBoma area for outdoor eating ooSwimming pool ooSpa
ooGame drives & guided bush walks ooButler service ooSpa and exercise centre ooMeditation garden ooPrivate plunge pools
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
The eco-futuristic design blends with the landscape to such an extent that it is almost at one with it. Built around the curves of the earth in the colour of the earth, it is one of the most environmentally sensitive lodges in Africa. Just 13 suites provide an intimate safari experience, with each offering spacious living, sleeping and bathing accommodation as well as a large viewing deck and private plunge pool. The lodge also offers an art gallery showing local work and a fine wine cellar.
Little Bush Camp
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
An intimate luxury retreat on the banks of the Msuthlu River and shaded by indigenous riverine trees – this is the ideal camp for groups of friends or for celebrating a special occasion. Each of the six spacious suites is decorated in contemporary African style – using the colours, shapes and shades of the bush and the landscape. Alongside spectacular game viewing, the camp offers gourmet food and exceptional service.
ooSwimming pool ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooGourmet food ooIdeal for a family group
ooTwice daily game drives ooBirdwatching ooGuided bush walks ooSwimming pool and spa ooPerfect for honeymoons
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Offering the classic old-style safari experience, this eight suite lodge with its antiques, brass fittings, Persian style rugs, chaises longue and gracious service seems straight from “Out of Africa”. The lodge is set in one of the great private game reserves where animals - including the Big 5 - are unfenced and roam freely, giving guests an unprecedented feel of what the wilderness is about. The reserve is home to over 200 different species of game alongside 300 species of bird.
Savanna Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
ooTwice daily game drives ooWalking safaris ooMassages ooFloodlit waterhole ooOpen air dining boma 76
Exceptional game viewing, magnificent birdwatching, serious cultural exchanges with the local Shanagaan people and deep, deep comfort all add up to what this luxury lodge has to offer. Located in the Sabi Sands, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, it is little wonder that this is a great place to see the Big 5â€Ś and often you can see some of them from the first floor library or from the floodlit waterhole! Accommodation is in four luxury tented suites, or three larger executive suites, each of which has its own plunge pool, or in the two bedroom Savanna Suite, with its view of the waterhole as well as its own plunge pool.
ooGame drives at sunrise and sunset ooSwimming pool ooGuided walking safaris ooBush banquets ooArt gallery
ooPlunge pool ooSleep-outs in the treetops ooExcellent guides and trackers ooRhino walking safaris ooAuthentic bush experience
Motswari Private Game Reserve
A totally different experience in the only wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park, which offers over 12000 hectares of pristine bushveld.
A traditional safari experience awaits guests at this traditional familyowned lodge. It’s a place where guests arrive as visitors and leave as friends.
Accommodation at this walking camp is in one of just 4 traditional ‘Out of Africa’ style tents, raised on wooden decks above the earth below. Led by experienced guides and trackers, here you will get a real feel of Africa, feel the heat of it under your feet and the sun on your face and experience the different smells and fragrances of trees and flowers, streams and stones.
Personal attention and service are guaranteed as there are only 15 luxury ensuite bungalows which provide every comfort. Out on the reserve there is some magnificent game watching to enjoy, especially as the guides all live in the area and are steeped in the knowledge and tradition of the bush, from the habits of the African plains game to the flora and fauna.
Kruger National Park
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Royal Malewane Luxury Safari Lodge HIGHlights
ooRoyal and Malewane Suites
offer total privacy
ooTwice daily game drives ooAward winning cuisine ooHome to one of Africaâ€™s
last master trackers
ooBedouin tent dining 78
Thornybush Game Reserve A place of perfection for those who seek both attention to detail and an authentic bush experience. This award-winning super luxurious lodge sits on the western edge of the Kruger National Park. The eight palatial suites offer everything from antique furniture and rugs to Victorian baths and canopied king-size beds, while outside each has a private viewing deck and plunge pool. Although completely private, they are linked by wooden walkways which also lead to the main dining and relaxing area as well as to the most glamorous spa in the bush, the Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa. A new addition is Africa House, a superlative and private six-bedroom property, perfect for a family occasion.
Simbambili Game Lodge
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
Enjoy unparalleled luxury on the banks of the Manyeleti River in one of eight luxury suites decorated in Moroccan-style and sporting a private sala, deck and plunge pool. There is also an elevated viewing deck at the main area so that game can be enjoyed without leaving the property. The Sabi Sands not only boasts the Big 5 but also the highest concentration of leopard in the world, with Simbambili even home to its own leopard conservation project.
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooUnrivalled leopard viewing ooPrivate plunge pools ooHealth spa
ooMorning and evening game drives ooPrivate viewing decks & outdoor showers ooCarved rock swimming pool ooGuided bush walks ooEvening boma dinners
Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp Thornybush Game Reserve
Offering old world safari splendour and stylish luxury, this eight tented camp has everything from colonial comforts to air-conditioning, gourmet food and authentic bush experiences. Four poster beds with just a wall of canvas separating guests from the wild exemplifies what a true African holiday should offer. Sleep with the sound of the wilderness close at hand and wake to the ever-changing African skies in this intimate and luxurious camp.
Thornybush Game Lodge HIGHlights
ooTwice daily game drives
& guided bush walks
ooCandelit ‘runway’ dinners ooSpecial children’s bush experiences ooSpa ooFamily suites 80
Thornybush Game Reserve This private game reserve offers a spectacular African bush experience on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River. The 20 luxury suites all have views of the river from their own private decks, and have been carefully designed so that each one is totally secluded. An area rich in wildlife, the Thornybush Reserve boasts nearly 150 species of mammal & 34 species of amphibian, over 300 different types of tree and over 500 bird species, which ensures no guest is ever left without a memorable experience. The lodge is as ideal for groups and families as it is for honeymooners offering something for everyone.
Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve With just 24 guests and the run of 20,000 acres of bushveld, this is what is meant by a wilderness experience. Remote and wild, this is where the bush enters the soul and makes for one of the most memorable experiences ever. Tanda Tula means â€˜love of the quietâ€™ and this is what the camp offers. Each of the 12 spacious and luxuriously appointed tents has a Victorian-style bath and an outdoor shower, as well as a private wooden deck overlooking a dry river bed, where guests can relax and unwind. Guests looking for even more seclusion can opt for the thatched Tandala Suite which comes with its own pool, cook, game-viewing vehicle and ranger.
ooMorning and evening game drives ooGuided bush walks ooSleep-outs in a hide ooPrivate thatched suite ooSwimming pool 81
ooSleep-outs under the stars
ooTwice daily game drives ooSuperb family accommodation ooGuided bush walks ooAromatherapy and
ooElephant back safaris ooGame drives ooNight time elephant safaris ooVisit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Garonga Safari Camp Limpopo Province
An intimate and private safari camp in the Makalali Conservancy which offers a safari for the soul with its holistic approach to nature and the wilderness. Guests are encouraged to enjoy bush walks, outdoor bush baths and sleep-outs.
A camp that grew from rescued elephants â€“ first a baby, and then a further twelve endangered creatures. They were brought from Zimbabwe and given a new home and much love in the heart of the Limpopo.
Accommodation is either at the main camp, which has six separate suites or in its sister camp, Little Garonga, which has just three. Each lodge has a main eating, meeting and relaxing area, as well as a swimming pool and a massage sala, all of which overlook a waterhole.
Consequently an elephant experience is at the heart of this property, where guests can enjoy an unforgettable elephant back safari. Along the way they can enjoy the Big 5 on game drives or bush walks, and relax in one of the six luxurious tented suites, each of which has its own private deck and plunge pool.
Bush & Beach
Firmly back on the tourist map, Mozambique now provides the final ingredients for a perfect combination holiday â€“ a Big 5 safari in the renowned Kruger area followed by some relaxing time on golden, untouched sands.
ooDay trips to Kruger National Park ooIn-suite iPods, fine linen
Overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Fly onward to Kruger and stay for two nights at Simbambili Game Lodge. Decorated in Moroccan-style and offering private plunge pools and viewing decks, Simbambili
& coffee machines
ooHorse riding ooSuperb restaurant and farm shop ooEasy access to Panoramic
promises guests a world-class safari experience. (FB) Days 4-10:
Resort & Spa. A long sandy beach, superb water sports, unrivalled diving, great food and a breath-taking spa all combine to create the picture-postcard beach hideaway. (FB)
Route tourist sights
Summerfields River Lodge & Rose Spa Hazyview
Fly to Vilanculos to stay for seven nights at Indigo Bay Island
Fly to Johannesburg to connect with overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Tour Cost from: ÂŁ3590.00 per person, based on two sharing
A glorious property with twelve spacious tented suites under a canopy of jackalberry and tambotie trees in a secluded valley in Mpumalanga. Each suite is suspended above the Sabie River and sports a large private terrace and great views of the river as well as the occasional serenading hippo. In addition to the lodge there is the Rose Spa which offers a wide variety of treatments using natural products grown on the farm, particularly the hybrid tea roses which the farm exports throughout the world.
The Palace of the Lost City HIGHlights
ooSpa ooHuge waterpark â€“ the Valley of the Waves ooTwo 18 hole championship golf courses ooSix restaurants and bars ooExtensive childrenâ€™s programme ooFamily rooms 84
Sun City Acclaimed as the premier resort hotel in South Africa, the Palace is a feat of imagination as well as a monumental building. Fantastic architecture in a magical setting of such lush gardens and vegetation that the grounds are recognised as having Botanical Garden status. Each of its 338 rooms has every modern convenience and comfort while its four suites are spectacularly sumptuous. Throughout, the hotel is covered in frescos, mosaics, carvings and sculptures with pride of place going to the life-sized sculpture of the mighty elephant, Shawu.
ooFamily rooms ooGym and health spa ooChildrenâ€™s club ooOutdoor swimming pool ooSafaris to Pilanesberg Game Reserve
ooValley of the Waves waterpark oo11 tennis courts ooSquash courts and spinning studio ooBird aviary ooFamily rooms
A luxury resort hotel surrounded by landscaped gardens, cascading waterfalls, a calming lake and a great pool which comes complete with its own sun deck and sandy beach. Accommodation is in elegantly furnished and appointed rooms and suites, and there is a varied choice of bars and restaurants. Sports play a large part in any stay here, for as well as the two great 18 hole championship golf courses, there are squash and tennis courts as well as a comprehensive childrenâ€™s programme.
The Sun City Hotel Sun City
A great family-friendly hotel that has everything that any member of the family could want, from evening musical productions and golf to horse and elephant back outings. Guests can choose from 340 rooms and suites, all of which are air-conditioned and have great views over the grounds and the Gary Player golf course.
Jaci’s Tree Lodge HIGHlights
ooGame drives morning and afternoon ooSwimming pool ooGuided bush walks ooMalaria-free ooSpecial children’s programme 86
Madikwe Game Reserve A place to delight and enchant children of all ages – just eight tree houses each encompassing a giant Tambotie or Leadwood tree, and with a stone bath and jungle shower. To truly enjoy the forest surrounds each house has its own deck in front of the room, while the main lodge, accessed by raised wooden walkways, offers magical views of the forest and the Marico River. With its vibrant colours and local arts and artefacts it offers an authentic South African experience.
Jaciâ€™s Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve
ooMorning and afternoon game
drives & guided bush walks
ooMalaria-free ooOutdoor boma ooKiddieâ€™s play area
Built around an ancient termite mound, Safari Lodge is a magical and unforgettable experience for those looking for an authentic safari. In addition to the seven spacious rooms there is also a two bedroom suite and a cottage. Built from canvas and stone with a shaggy thatched roof, each has an open-plan bathroom with outdoor safari shower and a bath sculpted out of rock. The main lodge overlooks an established waterhole where guests can relax with a cool cocktail and watch the game come to drink and bathe.
ooFamily friendly 87
Mateya Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve
ooMalaria-free ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooFully equipped gym ooWellness spa 88
An exclusive property set high on a rocky outcrop in the heart of one of South Africa’s largest game reserves, where guests can find the Super 7 – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino and wild dog! Accommodation is in five ultra luxurious thatched suites – each of which has fine mahogany furniture, open fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers, large sun deck and private plunge pool as well as wireless internet access. The main areas of the lodge are decorated with one of the world’s finest African art collections.
Classic South Africa
This self-drive tour provides the traveller with the opportunity to view the wildlife of the Kruger, the beaches and scenery of the Garden Route, and the vibrant Cape Region, all at a relaxed pace. Day 1:
Overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Fly onward to Hoedspruit to stay for two nights at Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp. Accommodation is in luxurious ensuite tents, and activities include game drives and guided walks in search of the Big 5. (FB)
Fly via Johannesburg to George and collect hire car. Commence the drive along the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay for three nights at The Bay Lodge. Situated seconds from the beach, this chic six suite hotel combines cutting-edge design with traditional hospitality to offer a
superb beach stay. (BB)
ooMorning and evening game
ooStar-gazing nights ooWellness centre for beauty
Drive to Oudtshoorn for two nights in Rosenhof Country House, a magnificent restored Victorian homestead within easy reach of all of the town’s many
drives & guided bush walks
attractions. (BB) Days 9-10:
Drive into the wine region to stay for two nights in Franschhoek at the Klein Genot Wine and Country Estate. This stunning property boasts a riverside
and body therapies
swimming pool, luxurious air-conditioned suites with private terraces,
ooOpen thatched gym ooMalaria-free
extensive wine cellar & superb spa. (BB) Days 11-14: Finish in Cape Town with four nights at O on Kloof, a minimalist boutique hotel which overlooks the sea, and offers designer rooms, an indoor
Etali Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve
Built in harmony with nature in the great Madikwe Game Reserve, this five star lodge is a joint venture between conservation experts and the local indigenous community.
swimming pool and gym. (BB) Day 15:
Depart on the direct overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Tour Cost from: £2255.00 per person, based on two sharing.
There are just eight luxurious air-conditioned suites, each boasting its own large bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a private sun deck and an outdoor whirlpool – the ideal place to relax and refresh.
D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace Johannesburg HIGHlights
ooFive star luxury oo24 hour access to health centre and gym ooOctavia’s Sensorium Spa ooChoice of restaurants ooCasino 90
Super luxurious and oh-so-opulent, this five-star hotel is located just minutes from the O R Tambo International airport, and so is the ideal place to start or finish a South African holiday. Every modern facility and comfort is on offer in the 196 rooms and suites, from air-conditioning and satellite TV to WIFI connection, while there is a wide selection of restaurants and bars catering for everyone’s tastes and preferences.
ooLuxurious and spacious suites ooButler service on request ooLandscaped grounds ooSpectacular spa ooComplimentary transfers
within Sandton area
ooExtra large heated swimming
pool and lap pool
ooEasy access to Sandton ooState-of-the-art gym ooPiano lounge ooElegant indoor/outdoor cocktail bar
The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa
The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Possibly the most famous hotel in South Africa. An iconic building which plays host to presidents, superstars and captains of industry, and which became the home to Nelson Mandela after his release from prison, where he stayed to edit his autobiography.
Quietly elegant, this 19 suite hotel is set in truly beautiful landscaped gardens. The accommodation is both impressive and spacious while its Presidential Suite is memorable. The hotel is a favourite with locals as well as the discerning traveller.
Not only are his paintings displayed in the hotel, but so are some of the most important contemporary African works of art. Its 24 suites are spacious and elegant while its six acres of landscaped gardens provide an oasis of peace and calm in the centre of the city. It also has a magnificent, award-winning spa.
Located just four kilometres from downtown Sandton with its shops, cafĂŠs, galleries and restaurants, the hotel houses a gourmet a la carte restaurant and a relaxing bar area. There is also a large swimming pool and a luxury spa which is set in its own building in a pretty Balinese gardens and which boasts its own outdoor treatment salas.
The Very Best
An itinerary featuring the very best properties in South Africa, where the emphasis is on style & grandeur as the trip progresses via the excitement of the Kruger to the natural beauty and welcome of the Cape and itsâ€™ wine and whale-watching regions. Day 1:
Overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Fly onward to Hoedspruit to stay for two nights at Royal Malewane Luxury Safari Lodge. Accommodating guests in private suites and offering game drives and guided bush walks, Royal Malewane is an extraordinary property and ranks amongst the top three safari lodges in the world. (FB)
Fly to Johannesburg and stay overnight in The Saxon, a superb combination of ethnic African elegance and style where Nelson Mandela chose to reside when released from prison. (BB)
Board the famous Blue Train for the overnight journey to Cape Town, stopping en route at the fascinating mining town of Kimberley. Renowned
as one of the finest of its kind, the romantic atmosphere and first class
ooTwice daily game drives ooMalaria-free ooBush walks ooSwimming pool and sun deck ooGourmet cuisine
service will ensure that this is an unforgettable experience. (FB) Days 6-8:
set on the foothills of Table Mountain, with breathtaking views, elegant rooms and charming garden with terrace and pool. (BB) Days 9-10:
Dramatic scenery and a magical location make this tented camp one of the most desirable holiday destinations in South Africa. Located on one of the ancient trade routes across the dark continent, it sits at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains and overlooks the vast spaces of the Marakele National Park. Accommodation is in 12 tented suites of serious luxury, each with its own private deck, stone bathroom, outdoor shower and super comfortable beds.
Continue to the fishing village of Hermanus to stay for two nights in sophisticated surroundings at Birkenhead House, a small boutique hotel perched on a cliff above a stunning beach - a real find for the
Marakele National Park
Collect hire car and stay for three nights at Kensington Place, a chic hotel
connoisseur. (FB) Days 11-12: Drive into the gourmet & wine-producing village of Franschhoek to stay for two nights at La Residence, a temple to decadence, where chandeliers, vast mirrors, ornate furniture and exquisite touches combine to create a truly magnificent property. (BB) Day 13:
Depart on the direct overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Tour Cost from: ÂŁ3895.00 per person, based on two sharing
â€œA river that forgets its source will surely dry upâ€? Old Ibo Saying
ZAMBIA Zambia offers an unforgettable safari experience with a huge diversity of game. The country offers more than 750,000 km² of protected wilderness, spectacular waterfalls, massive lakes and rich wetlands. From the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the locals as “mosi-oa-tunya” or the smoke that thunders, and the great Zambezi River to two of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa – the Luangwa and the Kafue National Parks – the scenic splendour of Zambia has no rival in Africa. It was only in the mid-19th century that Western explorers found their way into Zambia – the most famous being David Livingstone, the first European to see the Falls and who named them Victoria after the English Queen. On the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, they are the most extraordinary spectacle and one of the main tourist draws. Zambia is achieving a growing popularity amongst discerning travellers, with its lodges and camps concentrating on catering for this market on a small, highly personalised scale which makes them some of the best on the continent.
FACT FILE Capital - Lusaka Currency - Zambian Kwacha Point of Entry - Lusaka, Livingstone Airlines - British Airways, South African Airways via Johannesburg Flying Time - 10 hours Time Zone - GMT +2 Visa on arrival Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis recommended.
HIGHLIGHTS - Join a walking safari in the South Luangwa - Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls - Hire a rain cape and walk the length of the Falls - Enjoy a canoe trip and catch tiger fish on the Zambezi - Plunge from the worldâ€™s highest bungee jump
ooHelicopter trips & elephant back safaris nearby
ooRiver cruises ooClosest hotel to the Falls ooFour restaurants ooOutdoor boma
ooAll rooms have private terrace or verandah
ooLarge outdoor pool ooDaily sunset cruises ooSpa with outdoor gazebos on the banks of the river
ooWalking distance to the Falls
The Royal Livingstone
An elegant colonial-style hotel, whose lawns sweep down to the Zambezi, provides comfort and sophistication just minutes from the Falls. In fact, guests can hear them from the verandahs and gardens.
On the edge of the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls this is a great family hotel allowing all ages to enjoy the magic of the Falls and the riches of the area.
The â€˜smoke that thundersâ€™ is the local name for the Falls and to see and hear them is one of the most exciting moments of any trip to Zambia. Coupled with the views and cruises on the river, it makes for a fitting beginning or end to any safari experience.
All of the rooms and suites are light and airy and decorated with Zambian artefacts, mosaics and artworks. There are also a number of family rooms as well as a kids club, babysitting services and a host of activities to suit all ages.
walks and river trips
ooVisits to the Falls ooIn-room massages ooPrivate dining platform on the river
ooVisits to Livingstone Island ooGame drives, bush
A romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi, the lodge is just a few minutes from the great Falls - and yet is private and secluded. Privately owned and run with excellent service, the spacious ensuite cottages and houses boast such features as open-air sunken baths and private dining terraces with magnificent views of the river. A wide range of activities is offered in this piece of paradise.
ooCampfire dining ooVisits to Victoria Falls ooCanoeing, fishing and game viewing ooCultural visits to local village and school ooIsland picnics and guided walks
Sindabezi Island Lodge Victoria Falls
Tongabezi’s little sister, this lodge is on its own private island in the middle of the Zambezi, just upstream from Victoria Falls. Isolated and wildly romantic, the island houses just ten guests in five thatched open front river cottages - each with its own viewing deck, outside heated shower, canopied bed and ‘loo with a view’. It also boasts its own friendly resident hippo – Horace.
cruises & fishing excursions
ooGame drives ooPerfect for families ooVisits to the Falls ooView the only white rhino in Zambia
Sussi & Chuma
Named after David Livingstoneâ€™s faithful companions, Sussi & Chuma offer an intimate lodge and two exclusive houses on the Zambezi. The former has twelve luxury secluded tree houses, while the latter are ideal for families as each has two ensuite bedrooms as well as a private chef, guide and vehicle.
ooEarly morning and sunset
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooPrivate viewing decks ooSuperb tented accommodation ooSmall and intimate
Puku Ridge Camp
South Luangwa National Park
Small and intimate, this tented camp overlooks the Kakumbi Dambo (the floodplain) of the National Park. From its viewpoint on the hillside it allows endless views of both the plain and the game that inhabit it. The six spacious tents have a large sitting area and bedroom, indoor and outdoor shower as well as a large private sun deck. The area offers prolific sightings of elephant, lion, buffalo, antelope and wild dog.
ooDay and night game drives ooWalking safaris ooStylish bush experience ooRemote and secluded ooBoating safaris in the emerald season
ooMaximum of 10 guests ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided walks ooTrue African bush experience ooWonderful night skies
South Luangwa National Park
A glorious, remote and private camp inside the National Park which lies on a great sweep of the river and is rated as one of the best safari camps in Africa. Mahogany trees shade the large airy tents, each with its own ensuite bathroom. Nearby is the spectacular Buca Buca lagoon where guests can spend a morning watching the game feed and graze.
South Luangwa National Park
The first photographic safari camp in Zambia, it is located on a bend of the Luangwa River and is another Robin Pope property. Each of its six rooms have private verandas and spectacular views of the river, ideal for game watching, while the bar overlooks a waterhole which is a favourite with leopard.
with experienced guides
ooFamous for leopard sightings ooDay and night drives ooGuided bush walks ooExclusive Robinâ€™s House sleeps five â€“ ideal for families
ooFantastic game viewing
ooAuthentic and unforgettable wilderness experience
ooLimited to just six guests ooSet departure dates between June and September
ooSome walks led by the legendary Robin Pope
ooRemote wilderness areas visited
South Luangwa National Park
The camp overlooks the National Park and is sited along a river where a proliferation of game comes to drink. There is also a waterhole near the dining area so guests can do some game viewing without moving from base. Owned by African legend Robin Pope - one of the most famous and revered of guides - and his wife Jo, it offers cool and spacious accommodation in six chalets, all with open-air bathrooms.
Robin Pope Walking Safaris
South Luangwa National Park
The best of all bush experiences is to take a walk on the wild side with an experienced guide and naturalist, and an armed game scout. Feel the heat of the sun-baked earth beneath your feet and the great wilderness before your eyes. Spend the first two nights at Nkwali and then head off to the bush for the next five nights which are spent in a fully serviced mobile camp. This includes spacious walk-in tents and showers under a tree. The walks are in the remote north of the park and guests cover about 10kms a day, while enjoying breathtaking game viewing. The final three nights are spent at Tena Tena.
ooLarge deck and plunge pool ooHouse manager, safari guide & cook ooPrivate game drives and walking safaris ooGreat for families or groups of friends ooAll activities, food and drink included
Luangwa Safari House
South Luangwa National Park
A glorious safari experience in pure luxury can be enjoyed at this four bedroom, architect-designed house. Made from 25 ancient and weathered leadwood trees, the house just melds into the landscape. Built on the edge of a seasonal lagoon, game including elephant, giraffe and antelope can be seen using the area to feed and water throughout the day. The main living and dining area is as huge as a cathedral with vast sofas, gigantic marble table and a 30-lamp metal chandelier.
ooDay and night game drives ooGuided safari walks ooSwimming pool ooExcellent leopard viewing ooChildren over 9 years welcome
Chichele Presidential Lodge South Luangwa National Park Formerly a private Presidential retreat, the lodge is located amid breathtaking scenery and has been converted into ten spacious and elegant Victorian-style suites. Built along the edge of a hillside, the location means that each suite has magical panoramic views of the park and the game.
ooPerfect for families or groups of friends
ooLarge swimming pool and sun deck ooPrivate game drives and walking safaris ooCanoeing and fishing on the Zambezi ooAll-inclusive with cook, guide and
ooSausage Tree bar ooFishing and fly-fishing ooBush spa ooGame drives, river safaris & canoe trips ooCandlelit dining on a private
Chongwe River House
Lower Zambezi National Park
On the banks of the Chongwe River, a tributary of the great Zambezi, this is a spectacular architectural gem which offers serious luxury and comfort and an unforgettable experience. Made from ferro walls and wildwood, there are no straight lines anywhere, while petrified branches double up as artwork. Four huge bedrooms house bathrooms with waterfall showers, all the furniture is made from one fallen winterthorn tree, while tiny lights set amidst river pebbles in the ceiling give a soft starry glow at night.
island in the river
Royal Zambezi Lodge
Lower Zambezi National Park
Great luxury in a magical location is offered at this stunning lodge of ten large canvas tents and four tented deluxe suites, which provide contemporary comfort and an unspoiled wilderness experience. Right on the banks of the Zambezi with a stunning mountain backdrop of the valley escarpment, the lodge is the ideal place to explore the river and the National Park on foot, by vehicle or by boat and canoe.
The best of Zambia is experienced on this superlative trip – exquisite lodges in the South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi National Parks, and an elegant base at the Victoria Falls. Day 1:
Overnight flight to Lusaka.
Fly onward to the South Luangwa National Park to stay for three nights at Puku Ridge Camp, a superb tented camp with game walks and drives arranged to suit the clients needs. (FB)
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided walking safaris ooFishing ooCanoeing and motorised
Zambezi Kulefu Camp. Located on the riverbank, this superb lodge offers a wide range of activities from bush walks and game drives, to river cruises, canoeing excursions and fishing trips. (FB) Days 8-9:
Fly to Livingstone to stay for two nights at Sussi & Chuma, where a combination of tree houses and exclusive villas offer an exceptional stay close to the mighty Falls. (FB)
ooRiverbank swimming pool
Fly via Lusaka to the Lower Zambezi National Park for three nights at
Fly to Johannesburg to connect with overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Zambezi Kulefu Camp Lower Zambezi National Park
Tour Cost from: £3485.00 per person, based on two sharing.
Peaceful and eco-friendly, this camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi, with each of the seven spacious tented chalets offering riverfront views. Kulefu means ‘the faraway place’ and that is exactly what guests feel as they gaze out onto the great river, or when they set out by vehicle, canoe or on foot to discover the magnificent wildlife of the surrounding area.
BOTSWANA Botswana’s natural wonders may be Africa’s best-kept secret. A true wilderness, where twenty percent of the country is a protected national park, it houses some spectacular areas like the Okavango Delta (the world’s largest inland delta), the Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve. There is no shortage of game either, which is free to roam this vast area. A land-locked country, it seems almost to be embraced and protected by South Africa to the south, Namibia to the west, and Zambia & Zimbabwe to the north and east, and is a place of forests, deserts, great plains and wetlands. Additionally Africa’s third largest river, the Okavango, flows down from Namibia into the Delta, which is a warren of lagoons, streams, channels and islands and is not just one of the finest game-viewing regions in the world, but also one of the best for birdlife. The best way to explore the Delta is by mokoro, a type of dug-out canoe, which is both a magical and near mystical journey, especially at sunset. One of the more astonishing elements of the Delta is that it eventually disappears into the vast drylands of the Kalahari Desert, where the original Bushmen still live. Botswana has purposely aimed for and achieved a policy of high-income, low-volume tourism with some of the safari camps and lodges rivalling the world’s finest.
FACT FILE Capital - Gaborone Currency - Botswanan Pula Point of Entry - Gaborone, Maun, Kasane Airlines - Air Botswana via Johannesburg Flying Time - 1 hour 40 mins from Johannesburg Time Zone - GMT +2 Visa not required Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis recommended
HIGHLIGHTS - Cruise the Chobe River - Take a sunset cruise in a mokoro - Track with the bushmen - Walk with the elephants at Stanleyâ€™s Camp - Quad-bike on the Makgadikgadi Pans
Moremi Game Reserve
Chobe National Park
Namibia Ghanzi Central Kalahari
Gaborone South Africa
Tshabong 100 km
ooGame drives ooMokoro cruises ooGuided bush walks ooSwimming pool ooExquisite tented accommodation
ooMorning and night game drives ooMokoro and powerboat excursions ooExclusive Enclave ooHoneymoon tent ooPlunge pool
This remote luxury camp is named after the Setswana word for paradise and is built on stilts to afford guests the best views of the floodplain. The ultimate in African hospitality and charm, the camp houses just eight tents in the spectacular shade of ebony, acacia and sausage trees.
Five star luxury on a palm dotted island, this is one of Botswana’s finest properties. It hosts sixteen guests at any one time with the unique Tree House offering excellent food and wines. Super exclusivity is available at the Enclave, a camp within a camp - three uber-luxury tents with their own guide, boma and staff.
It offers incredible game viewing either on game drives, mokoro cruises or bush walks – the latter two allowing a proximity to the animals that is as magical as it is heart-stopping, while splendid bird watching is available at various times throughout the year.
Shinde offers excellent game and abundant bird-life which can be viewed on day and night drives as well as on guided bushwalks, mokoro and powerboat excursions. The entire area is a photographer’s delight with marvellous fishing a popular distraction.
ooMemorable mokoro trips ooGuided island walks ooFishing ooFlexible and exclusive ooPerfect for a honeymoon
ooAuthentic tented camp safari experience
ooGuided bush walks ooTraditional mokoro excursions ooIdeal for a small group of friends or family
ooExcellent food and wine
Footsteps Across the Delta Okavango Delta
Kanana Mokoro Trail Okavango Delta
Small and exclusive (only six guests at any one time), this is about as authentic an African bush experience as guests are ever likely to enjoywhile never compromising on expert service and comfort: linens are fine, wines are excellent and food superb.
A true adventure, but still with a touch of luxury, this unique two night experience has been specially designed to allow guests to explore the Delta by mokoro.
Game, on the other hand, is plentiful and the location magical, the camp sitting right on the edge of a lagoon. Hippos, lions and wild dog are often seen as are a huge variety of plains game. Guided bush walks are a speciality as well as mokoro journeys through the maze of channels which make up the Delta.
At night, a maximum of just four guests stay in a tented bush camp on a secluded island where they enjoy the attentions of a personal chef, waiter and housekeeper. The days are spent gliding slowly and peacefully through the Deltaâ€™s channels viewing game at close quarters.
ooMorning and night game drives ooBush walks & rhino tracking on foot ooSpecialised family programme ooCultural visits to Bushmen village ooSwimming pool
ooGuided walks with Bushmen ooSwimming pool ooGame drives by day and night ooBird watching ooRare wild dog and cheetah sightings
Deception Valley Lodge Kalahari
Set around a rocky waterhole, Edoâ€™s offers a totally different Botswanan experience located, as it is, in a vast 120,000 acre private game reserve in the western Kalahari.
An exceptional and unique experience deep in the heart of the Kalahari where guests can be guided by Bushmen of the San people, who will share their knowledge and culture as well as their extraordinary understanding of the land and its game.
Alongside game drives and bush walks, guests can visit a local San Bushman village to experience their traditional lifestyle, and can even track rhino on foot with a Bushman guide. Accommodation is for 8 guests in luxury tents, all with private bathroom and verandah with views across to the waterhole.
There are only sixteen guests at any one time in chalets and bungalows built on stilts. All have Victorian-style bathrooms, outside shower and spacious sitting area, and are connected to the main lodge by wooden walkways. Game includes leopard and lion, jackal and giraffe, while there are more than 200 species of bird.
ooGame drives ooExcellent birdwatching ooOpen year round ooFamily friendly ooPowerboat excursions
Moremi Game Reserve
Recently renovated in true African village style this small, funky camp is located alongside the Maunachina river in the north-east of the Delta. It accommodates just 18 guests in state-of-the-art tents, each ensuite and with hot and cold running water. The game viewing is spectacular as Moremi is recognised as one of the most incredible wildlife reserves in the world, while the bird-life is also extraordinary. It offers game drives as well as powerboat excursions to the upper Delta and, best of all, the camp is open year-round and accepts children.
ooDay and night game drives ooGuided walking safaris ooInteraction with elephant herd ooMokoro excursions ooSwimming pool
Moremi Game Reserve
Stanley’s offers some of the best game viewing on this vast private concession at the southern section of the Moremi Reserve – hippo, wild dog, cheetah and leopard are just some of the game that can be seen. Additionally the property is home to an exclusive elephant interaction activity, where guests can accompany a semi-habituated herd on daily treks. Accommodation is in eight classic safari tents complete with antique furniture and oriental rugs, each with ensuite facilities and private balconies. The main building is raised high on decking offering extensive views over the floodplains.
ooSwimming pool ooGuided game drives ooMokoro excursions ooSpa treatments ooChildren over 9 allowed
Muchenje Safari Lodge
A luxury bush camp in the exclusive Mombo concession of the Moremi Game Reserve, where comfort and tradition meet. It houses 12 thatched bush pavilions each with four poster beds and a spacious viewing deck complete with hammock.
High on an escarpment bordering the national park, the lodge has been designed to make the most of the spectacular views over the Caprivi Strip. On Botswanaâ€™s northern border, Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo.
So bountiful is the game here that often everything from lion to leopard can be seen without moving from the private decks. Hidden amongst the trees, the camp offers luxury, privacy and spectacular game and star gazing. Not to be missed are mokoro excursions in traditional dug-out canoes.
The lodge can accommodate just 22 guests in traditional African style thatched chalets. Each has its own bathroom and balcony, while the swimming pool is built amongst natural rock formations. As the only lodge to be found in this location it offers a unique wilderness experience.
Moremi Game Reserve
ooTwice daily game drives ooRiver cruises on the Chobe River ooWalking safaris ooCultural experiences ooSwimming pool
Chobe National Park
NAMIBIA A magnificent, magical and mysterious land, Namibia is one of the oldest places on earth and one of the youngest nations (it gained independence only in 1990.) It is a land of two deserts â€“ the Namib and the Kalahari, searing plains, vast areas of nothingness and an extraordinary coastline where the icy waters of Antarctica meet the searing heat of the African desert. Penguins and wrecks abound here â€“ the remains of ships gone aground and whales which have lost their way give it its name of the Skeleton Coast. Like a different type of ocean, the desert defines Namibia with its constantly changing colours, from the palest silver to the deepest red as the light plays with the shifting sands. Sossusvlei, one of the oldest and driest eco-systems on the planet, also sports the worldâ€™s highest sand dunes - walking to the top is a must for visitors. Etosha National Park is one of the great nature reserves of southern Africa where game is in abundance, while in the far north west Kaokoveld is one of the emptiest places in the world - populated only by herds of wild elephant and a single tribe, the Himba, who have lived there, almost since the dawn of time. Damaraland is home to the endangered desert elephant and desert rhino and is also where a petrified forest and examples of the 1,000-year-old Welwitschia plant can be found. The wonders do not end there, with the Fish River Canyon providing spectacular views, (only surpassed in size by the Grand Canyon) and the Caprivi Strip boasting lush wetlands where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet.
FACT FILE Capital - Windhoek Currency - Namibian Dollar Point of Entry - Windhoek, Walvis Bay Airlines - Air Namibia, British Airways & South African Airways via Johannesburg Flying Time - 10 hours 15 mins Time Zone - GMT+1 Visa not required Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis recommended.
HIGHLIGHTS - Climb the worldâ€™s highest sand dune - Search for the elusive desert elephant - Take a dawn balloon ride over the desert - Spend a night under the stars - Trek Fish River Canyon
ooPrivate boat and mokoro cruises ooGame viewing by boat ooGame drives in the
ooExceptional bird watching ooGame viewing by boat ooMokoro trips in season ooFishing the Mambova Rapids ooCultural visits to local villages
Chobe National Park
ooSunset cruises to watch the sun set over four countries
ooFishing in both the Chobe and Zambezi rivers
Ntwala Island Lodge Caprivi Strip
Romantic and remote, this superb property boasts just four large ultra-luxurious suites and is set on three private islands linked by floating wooden walkways. Even though it is so secluded it lies just 90 minutes drive from Victoria Falls. The suites are as magnificent as they are remote with sumptuous bedrooms, vast bathrooms, a huge wooden deck with private plunge pool, outdoor shower and day bed. It is an archetypal honeymoon retreat - a backdrop to memories which will linger forever. Game viewing is excellent and each suit has its own guide and boat.
Impalila Island Lodge Caprivi Strip
This luxury lodge enjoys an extraordinary location where two rivers meet â€“ the Chobe and the mighty Zambezi, and four countries converge â€“ Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, ensuring that there is nowhere else on earth like this. Its eight luxury rooms, which sit right on the river bank, are cool and spacious. Materials used are natural, with the colours chic and calm to give a cool contemporary look. From here there is magnificent birding, great game viewing and wonderful fishing opportunities.
Bwabwata National Park
ooGreat bird watching ooFishing trips ooWonderful river cruises ooUnique tree-top dining platform
Susuwe Island Lodge Caprivi Strip
ooGame drives in the ooSwimming pool ooHiking ooCultural visits to the Himba people ooVisits to the Epupa Falls ooRafting and canoeing
Epupa Falls Lodge Kaokoveld
Hidden away in the north east of Namibia on its own private island is this secluded lodge which offers luxury and amazing game viewing, with herds of elephant and buffalo as well as lion, hippo and leopard all spotted frequently.
Located on the Kunene River and just a stoneâ€™s throw from the Epupa Falls is this luxury safari tented lodge. Each of the nine tents is set on a stone platform with its own private viewing balcony.
On a remote section of the Kwando River the six brick and thatch lodges sit under a canopy of trees of the riverine forest. Each one has large sleeping, bathing and sitting areas as well as its own private plunge pool.
A small suspension bridge connects the lodge to a private island where sun loungers and deckchairs are spread along the river bank for serious relaxing after hiking or rafting excursions. Bird-watching is fantastic in this area, particularly on the river.
ooSwimming pool ooDay and night game drives ooBush walks with experienced rangers ooFamily friendly ooBoma dinners
On the western border of the Etosha National Park the lodge is located on a vast concession of 32,000 hectares, home to a wide selection of game. Accommodation consists of 12 thatched rooms and chalets, all with access to a hide overlooking a waterhole which is often visited by elephant. There is also a unique tree house which overlooks another waterhole where guests can stay overnight to experience the real sounds of Africa.
ooVisit the Africat Foundation ooTrack cheetah by foot ooNocturnal game viewing ooTrack leopard by vehicle ooBushman trails
A stay here allows guests to witness conservation at close quarters as it is the home to the AfriCat Foundation, a project devoted to Namibiaâ€™s large carnivores, especially leopard and cheetah. The lodge offers a wide choice of accommodation from rooms in the main lodge and African-style chalets to a truly grand Villa, or a very chic Bush Suite.
0& guided walks
ooHot air balloon rides ooSpectacular sundowner spots ooChildren welcome ooExcursions to the dunes at Sossusvlei
Wolwedans Boulders Camp NamibRand Nature Reserve
Enjoy a classic safari experience in this secluded tented camp deep in the NamibRand Reserve, surrounded on one side by massive granite boulders, and on the other by the vast expanse of the Namib desert. There are just four elegant and supremely spacious tents, so never more than eight people are in camp at any one time â€“ a wonderfully exclusive retreat. Each tent offers every comfort and glorious views.
ooTwice daily scenic drives
ooGuided walks ooDesert wildlife game drives ooHot-air balloon excursions ooPhotographic safaris ooChildren welcome
Wolwedans Dune Camp
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Close to the very edge of a 250 metre high dune, the camp gives a spectacular insight into the vast Namib Desert and the amazing dunes of Sossusvlei. During the day the views are phenomenal, while at night the stars unforgettable. The camp is intimate and comfortable and sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in spacious traditional style tents â€“ each with its own large verandah and private bathroom.
ooDaily game drives ooGuided walks ooLarge swimming pool ooTwo luxury private villas ooSpecial family unit
Mushara Lodge & Villa Mushara Etosha National Park
ooDaily game drives ooGuided walks ooSpacious modern tents ooLarge private decks to relax after drives ooExcellent food and wine
The Mushara Outpost
Etosha National Park
The lodge lies close to the main gate on the eastern edge of the Etosha National Park, which provides some of the best game viewing in Namibia as it is home to over 100 mammal species and 340 bird species.
Close to the von Lindequist gate to the Etosha National Park, the Oupost provides a modern take on traditional tented safari camps. Each of the eight tents is light, bright and spacious with glass sliding doors and a large outdoor deck.
While most of the accommodation is in thatched chalets spread in a horseshoe shape around a large swimming pool, there are also two exclusive private villas nearby which come complete with their own pools and butler service.
The main lodge building has all the style and comfort of a classic farmhouse with dining and sitting area as well as a well-stocked bar. This is the place to relax after dinner and listen to the night sounds of Africa.
â€œA man who pays respect to the greatness around him paves the way for greatness withinâ€? Ashanti Proverb
MOZAMBIQUE A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique is renowned for the magnificence of its silky white sand and pristine beaches which border the Indian Ocean. A true Robinson Crusoe hideaway, it is the ideal holiday combination with a safari. Sybarites will prefer simply to stay soaking up the sun on the beaches while the more active will snorkel or dive - indeed head for the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park for some of the best snorkelling and diving. It is also the ideal place for big game fishing, whilst the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north of the country now boasts some of the world’s finest island hideaways. For a different perspective on the country head for the Lugenda Wildlife Reserve, a vast untouched expanse bursting with wildlife, while those looking for fun should explore Maputo and Pemba. Maputo is a wonderful mix of European architecture with all the vividness of Africa, with its wide boulevards, colourful markets, pavement cafés and vibrant nightlife, with Pemba a slightly raffish coastal town with some good cafés, bars and markets. The almost-deserted Ibo Island is also fascinating, conjuring images of Zanzibar’s Stone Town or Kenya’s Lamu.
FACT FILE Capital - Maputo Currency - Mozambique Metical Point of Entry - Maputo, Vilanculos, Pemba Airlines - via Johannesburg with South African Airways, Pelican Air, LAM Flying Time - 65 minutes from Johannesburg Time Zone - GMT +2 Visa on arrival Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis recommended HIGHLIGHTS - Island hop amongst the Bazaruto Archipelago - Spot the elusive dugong (sea elephant) - Enjoy a lobster supper in Maputo - Take a sunset cruise on a dhow - Marvel at world class dive sites North
Tanzania Mocimboa Quirimbas Lake Malawi
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Bazaruto Island Benguerra Island
South Africa Xai-Xai Swaziland
Maputo 200 km
ooGreat coral reefs and superb dive sites
ooHorse-riding, golf and tennis ooStar-gazing and island tours ooMagnificent spa ooDhow cruises
Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa Bazaruto Island
The archetypal island resort, Indigo Bay offers world class accommodation, amenities, spa and cuisine. On the islandâ€™s west coast, the resort is part of the archipelago which is located in a Marine National Park. Guests stay in a choice of either beach chalets or in a selection of villas, each with its own private plunge pool and perfect for families. Add to that a superb long white sandy beach, two glorious pools, a full range of water sports and a stunning cliff-top spa, and you have the ideal holiday hideaway.
ooDolphin, whale and dugong-spotting ooSunset dhow cruises ooMassages ooCandlelit beach dining ooTurtle nesting programme
A luxury eco-boutique retreat, with 14 spacious and private villas â€“ all with direct beach access, a plunge or infinity pool, indoor and outdoor showers as well as their own beach sala. While for those looking for extra luxury and privacy, the Presidential Villa has all of the above as well as two bedrooms, a Jacuzzi and an extra large infinity pool. A stylish restaurant, spa, funky beach bar and full range of water sports complete the paradise.
ooDiving and snorkelling ooSea kayaking and dhow cruises ooCastaway picnics ooTwo bedroom villa for families ooLandrover trips around the island
ooSnorkelling, diving and fishing ooTurtle and dugong spotting ooSunset cruises ooMassage in your own private sala ooDesert island picnics
Dugong Beach Lodge
Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary
An African island paradise on the north west of the island overlooking the magical Mozambique Channel and miles and miles of silvery sand.
Intimate and romantic, this hideaway luxury lodge is located within one of the most unique marine and wildlife sanctuaries. Right on a pristine beach it is the ideal resort for latter day Robinson Crusoes.
Guests stay in a choice of casitas, cabanas or a private two-bedroomed villa, all providing the ultimate in seclusion and luxury and decorated in a contemporary fusion of East African and Arabic styles. Some have private pools but all are just seconds from the beach, and the wide range of water sports on offer.
Accommodation is in luxury tented chalets or in one of the two two-bedroom villas. Each has its own private sala, as well as direct access to the beach by wooden walkways. A myriad of water activities are available as is fantastic birdwatching, as the sanctuary hosts more than 300 species.
Londo Lodge HIGHlights
ooScuba-diving and snorkelling ooSpa treatments ooMangrove river trips ooSunset dhow cruises ooBush walks 128
Located on a peninsula washed by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, this exclusive escape is hidden among magnificent baobobs and boasts its own private beach. There are just six traditional bamboo and thatch villas, built high on a cliff overlooking magnificent Pemba Bay. Each is light and super-spacious with a secluded sunset terrace, and decorated with artefacts ranging from Moroccan art to Victorian mirrors and traditional Mozambican woodwork.
ooSea kayaking ooGuided walks ooSpectacular diving and snorkelling ooCommunity-based turtle conservation programme
ooHoneymoon heaven ooSmall and unspoilt ooDiving and snorkelling ooDeep sea fishing ooSunset cruises & whale watching
Medjumbe Private Island
Vamizi Island Lodge
Island life doesnâ€™t get any better than this. A tiny jewel surrounded by white sands and warm turquoise seas, the island is just one kilometre long and is the perfect setting for a romantic retreat.
Perfect, pristine and private this is where a dream becomes a reality in the luxury of this lodge with its ten huge beach houses, all hidden from each other and set back from the beach so as not to disturb the nesting turtles.
There are just thirteen elegantly proportioned chalets strung out like pearls along the pure white beach. Each has its own large deck, outdoor shower and private plunge pool while the ocean is straight in front of you.
Come and completely chill out in this corner of paradise, enjoy the warmth of the sea and the privacy of the place. Otherwise explore the riches of the ocean and the surrounding area, cruising around the island in a traditional dhow.
Matemo Island Resort
Secluded, private and romantic and yet just a short 20 minute flight from Pemba brings guests to this tropical paradise. It provides the ideal beach experience to combine with a safari holiday. Accommodation is in 24 palm-thatched chalets along the beach. Each comes with its own private verandah, outdoor shower and hammock and is so seductive that guests find it difficult to leave. For those who want action, there are plenty of sea and water based activities to choose from.
ooFishing and sailing ooSnorkelling and scuba diving ooSunset cruises ooCultural visits to nearby Ibo Island ooWake and knee boarding
ooInfinity-edge salt water
ooIsland cruises and city excursions ooSnorkelling, wind-surfing and scuba diving
ooWhale-watching in season ooBig game fishing
Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa Pemba
The only deluxe hotel in Pemba - the gateway to the Quirimbas Island Archipelago, over 30 unspoilt islands and the worldâ€™s best game fishing and diving. A blend of African and Arabian influences, the hotel stretches out along a golden beach and offers rooms and suites as well as a selection of two-bedroomed villas. It provides great food, gracious staff, a host of activities, a pampering spa and delicious seafood.
ooLush landscaped gardens & swimming pool
ooTennis court, gym and spa ooPerfect for a stopover ooDelicious local cuisine ooOceanfront location
ooGame drives ooGuided walks ooBirdwatching ooExcursions to recently discovered pygmy paintings
ooTrue wilderness experience
Lugenda Wilderness Camp Lugenda Wildlife Reserve
A true wilderness experience in the remote and almost untouched Lugenda Wildlife Reserve. Located on a river bank in the furthest northern corner of the country, guests can truly experience the vastness of Africa. There are just eight luxury tents which offer everything from king-size beds to ensuite bathrooms, both the food and wine are of exceptional quality, and there are 42,000 square kilometres of wilderness and wildlife to explore.
Colonial charm mixed with African exuberance are the keynotes to this hotel, known as the Grande Dame of Maputo. Overlooking the Bay of Maputo, it offers the majestic grandeur of a bygone age with every modern amenity. Just minutes from the city centre in one of the most prestigious districts, it allows guest to explore the fascinating city, while retreating to the tranquillity of this private haven.
MALAWI Although most visitors head straight for the great Lake Malawi, the country has some magnificent scenery with lush forests, magical mountains, great plains and game. However it is the lake that draws people to it time and time again. Dubbed the lake of stars by Livingstone when he first saw it because of the clear and magical reflection of the stars at night, the lake, the worldâ€™s ninth largest, sits at the southern end of the Rift Valley and is a veritable playground for locals and visitors alike with its superb beaches and great fishing. It is also home to some 500 varieties of the tropical cichlid fish, while in December on its shores a myriad of different species of orchid grow. As well as the wonders of the natural world, Malawi is also home to a number of archaeological and anthropological sites where fossils, Iron Age workings and rock paintings can be seen.
FACT FILE Capital - Lilongwe Currency - Malawi Kwacha Point of Entry - Lilongwe, Blantyre Airlines - Lilongwe, Blantyre Airlines â€“ via Johannesburg with South African Airways, via Nairobi with Kenya Airways & via Mfuwe by charter Flying Time - 2hrs 20 mins from Johannesburg or Nairobi and 1 hr from Mfuwe Time Zone - GMT+2T Visa not required Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis recommended HIGHLIGHTS - Take a catamaran across Lake Malawi - Dive amongst the tropical fish - Visit St Peterâ€™s Cathedral on Likoma Island - Sample the tea estates - Spot elephant in the Liwonde National Park North
Zimbabwe 100 km
ooInfinity swimming pool ooCruises on a traditional dhow ooSwimming, snorkelling and kayaking ooScuba diving ooGuided village walks
ooWalks and hikes ooBirdwatching ooDhow or motorboat excursions on the lake ooSnorkelling, swimming and sailing ooOnly accessible by boat
The newest and most luxurious lodge in Malawi is a magnificent design statement hidden among the rocks and trees overlooking a golden beach and clear, clear waters of the lake.
On the Mozambique shoreline of one of the worldâ€™s largest freshwater lakes, this lodge is remote and wildly romantic.
Its ten individually designed villas are curved around the hillside with spacious living, sleeping and bathing areas and huge terraces, decks or verandahs with heart-stopping views.
There are just seven chalets hidden in trees which overlook the white sandy beach, and yet provide true privacy with their own verandah, sturdy four poster bed and spacious bathroom.
ooSnorkelling and scuba-diving ooSailing and windsurfing oo9-hole golf course ooTennis and squash ooBoating excursions
ooMorning, afternoon and evening game drives
ooGuided walks ooBirdwatching and game viewing by boat ooSwimming pool ooCycling to local villages
Mvuu Wilderness Lodge
Liwonde National Park
A lakeside paradise resort located on a palm-fringed beach on the southern shores of Lake Malawi.
Guests arrive by boat to the banks of the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s premier wildlife reserve, where five spacious tented suites are raised over a lagoon for glorious views.
Each of the 56 rooms and suites are designed in traditional thatched rondavel style and provide every comfort the discerning traveller needs, while there is a plethora of water and land based activities to enjoy.
Mvuu means ‘hippo’ and this is where you will see so many of them, along with crocodiles, elephant and leopard and hundreds of species of bird. Indeed so plentiful is the wildlife that guests can enjoy great game-viewing without moving from the lodge.
â€œIf we forget yesterday, how shall we remember tomorrow?â€? Nigerian Saying
KENYA Kenya is synonymous with safari, for it was the precursor of this type of adventure travel which offers this extraordinary and exciting experience in the wild, with the opportunity to see natureâ€™s Big Five: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard. And it still offers some of the best safaris anywhere - whether from a jeep, on foot or on horseback. A vast land which stretches from the Indian Ocean across the low plains to Lake Victoria on the border with Uganda, and to the central highlands which are bisected by the Great Rift Valley, right through to Mount Kenya, the countryâ€™s highest point. It is a land of explorers, farmers, adventurers and more than 70 indigenous tribal groups while offering the most magnificent national parks and nature reserves on the continent. Choose from the Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro or the Masai Mara at the northern end of the Serengeti, which is part of the whole migration experience where hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and antelope follow the rains. Alternatively the Samburu Reserve is almost desert, whilst the Rift Valley Lakes, both freshwater and salt, are famed for their profusion of birdlife, hippos and crocodiles. End your holiday on the coastline at one of the seductive Indian Ocean resorts or on the island of Lamu.
FACT FILE Capital - Nairobi Currency - Kenyan Shilling Point of Entry - Nairobi, Mombasa Airlines - British Airways, Kenya Airways & Virgin Atlantic Flying Time - 8 hours 20 mins Time Zone - GMT+3 Visa on arrival Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis & Yellow Fever vaccination recommended
HIGHLIGHTS - Take a balloon ride over the Masai Mara - Follow the migration - Breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor - Dive or fish off the coast of Mombasa - Visit a traditional Masai village North Ethiopia Sudan
Wajir Samburu Game Reserve
Lake Naivasha Lake Victoria Lake Nakuru Masai Mara Game Reserve
Meru National Park
Nairobi Amboseli National Park
Tsavo National Park
Indian Ocean 50 km
Built on the site of Joy Adamsonâ€™s original home in the Shaba National Reserve, it was also home to Penny the leopard, the heroine of her last book. Ten sumptuous tents overlook a natural spring where elephant, lion, giraffe and buffalo come to refresh. Each tent is the ultimate in African chic with local fabrics and materials, as well as a large, raised viewing deck.
ooGame drives ooGuided bush walks ooCultural excursions ooVisits to Magado Crater ooSwimming pool and massage area
ooGuided bush drives and treks ooHorse and camel rides ooMicrolight and helicopter excursions ooSpa treatments ooRiver rafting and rock climbing
Just a few miles from the Equator, this private game reserve is surrounded by over 60,000 acres of wild, dramatic landscape. The main lodge is set high on an escarpment with views that stretch to the peaks of Mount Kenya and the Loldaiga Hills. In addition to luxury rooms located in the main lodge, the accommodation includes a two bedroom house and four unique star beds which are built on raised platforms, partially covered by thatch, but which can be wheeled out onto a platform for magnificent open-air nights under the African stars.
ooDay and night game drives ooVisits to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
ooLion tracking with the resident research team
ooLargest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa ooEndangered animal adoption programme
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided walks ooSwimming pool ooVisits to nearby Tharaka tribal village ooSeparate private villa for families
One of the most famous lodges in Africa, this one is named after Elsa the lioness - made famous in the film “Born Free” - who was released into the wild here at Meru National Park. Nine stone and thatched cottages blend into the hillside and are barely visible as guests approach the kopje. As well as being spacious and luxurious, each one is individually designed. There is also one double cottage ideal for families, while Elsa’s Private House is set apart from the rest of the camp and has two double rooms and its own pool.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Tented accommodation meets uncompromising luxury – this is safari style for the discerning and discreet. It is one of only four private game reserves in Kenya and offers superb private game viewing. With just 39 tents and one private villa – Ol Pejeta House - the lodge prides itself on its service and gourmet food, not to mention the game viewing right on its doorstep.
ooTwice daily game drives ooRiver-rafting ooChildren’s Adventurers Club ooWalking safaris ooCamel rides
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge
A camp offering traditional safaris in luxury – this is what Samburu Intrepids is renowned for, with its large and spacious tents each with four-poster bed, ensuite bathroom and private verandah.
Endless skies, dust red plains, dry river beds and craggy boulders add to the drama of the location of this lodge alongside the lion-rich grasslands and elephant-studded plains. This is Africa raw and wild…and yet where guests can enjoy true rustic comfort.
Samburu National Reserve
The tents are located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, from where guests can watch the near-constant display of elephant, buffalo, antelope and zebra coming to drink and play. Add to this delicious food and fine service for an ideal break.
ooGame drives ooBush breakfasts ooNature treks and picnics ooCamel safaris ooMassage treatments
Samburu National Reserve
Soft local stone and traditional Samburu building motifs are used throughout the lodge and its cottage style rooms - all with their own deck overlooking the Uaso Nyiro River.
Samburu National Reserve
ooDay and night game drives ooGuided game walks ooCamel safaris ooMountain biking ooMassages and beauty treatments
ooSwimming pool ooGame drives ooGuided bush walks ooMassages ooCultural visits to local tribes people
Amboseli National Park
Guests can enjoy a real wilderness experience at this camp located in the semi-desert of Northern Kenyaâ€™s Frontier District, with its endless views across the Laikipia plateau towards the distant slopes of Mount Kenya.
In a location that dreams are made of, Tortilis sits in an acacia grove at the foot of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. The camp provides an awesome safari experience as it is one of the best places to see the magisterial African elephant.
Accommodation is in nine huge Moroccan-inspired tents with traditional North African design elements in textiles and artefacts. They have their own bathroom and sitting room as well as wireless internet connection.
An award winning eco-retreat, the camp offers spacious, rustic tents - all with king-size or generous twin beds and elegant ensuite bathrooms. Each is sited on a raised deck with a large verandah and is covered with a thatched roof.
ooGuided drives and bush walks ooBird watching ooBoat trips on Lake Naivasha ooHeated swimming pool ooVisits to the neighbouring flower farm â€“ Kenyaâ€™s largest
A hidden gem within the Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, the lodge offers luxury, privacy and a true bush experience, surrounded by Euphorbia trees and overlooking a waterhole.
Enjoy gracious living in the bush in this elegant five bedroom farmstead set among sweeping lawns and lush gardens, and overlooking Lake Oloidien and part of Lake Naivasha.
The eight guest cottages are well spaced and placed for privacy, and each comes with its own verandah, four-poster bed and fireplace. The textiles used within them are original batik made on site.
Although adjacent to the Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, which offers a magnificent wildlife experience with its vast numbers of game and bird life, the waterholes below the house often mean guests do not need to move from the verandah to see the animals.
ooDaily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooFishing and boat trips ooSwimming pool ooTennis court
ooGame viewing and bird viewing by boat on Lake Naivasha
ooHorse-riding on the farm ooVisit the flamingo lakes of Bogoria, Elementaita and Nakuru
oo18 hole golf course nearby ooSundowners and night game drives
ooWalking and horse-riding safaris oo18-hole championship golf course ooBoating and fishing on the lake ooSwimming pool ooDay trips to Hell’s Gate
Great Rift Valley Lodge Lake Naivasha
A dramatic setting high on the Eburu Escarpment, with unforgettable views across the world’s largest valley and the clear blue waters of Lake Naivasha, makes each of the lodge’s 30 rooms a room with a view. Lakeside luxury for the discerning traveller is what the lodge offers in abundance, with each room having a four-poster bed and ensuite bathroom - some interlinking to provide family accommodation. The 18 hole championship golf course is also one of the best in Africa.
Great Rift Valley
Experience what life was like for the early settlers in this carefully restored old ranch house, now welcoming modern day travellers. Guests can choose to stay either in the main house or in a choice of cottages in the grounds - one on a hill with great views is ideal for families, while down on the lakeside is a dreamy honeymoon retreat.
ooGuided walks and bike rides ooDay and night game drives ooExcursions to Lakes Magadi and Natron ooSwimming pool ooCultural talks and Masai visits
An unforgettable setting, overlooking the vast plains and the volcanic hills of the Great Rift Valley, is home to this spectacular six-roomed lodge, part-owned and run by the local community.
Within the Masai Mara Reserve, the camp and its large tents offer space and grace in one of the great game viewing areas of the world. Each of the nine tents has a large viewing deck which allows guests to enjoy the magical scenery as well as the game.
Great Rift Valley
Each room is beautifully designed in white quartz stone and local materials to give it a cool, contemporary African-chic feel. The food is delicious and the activities include canoeing and mountain-biking.
ooGreat game viewing ooBird watching ooHot air balloon excursions ooGuided bush walks ooMountain biking
A myriad of activities are on offer, while the guided game viewing is exceptional, especially during the annual wildebeest migration.
ooDay and night game drives ooGuided bush walks ooCultural visits ooBush meals and sundowners ooClassic bush camp experience
ooDay and night game drives ooGuided bush walks ooRiver swimming and fishing ooCultural visits ooMassages
Cottar’s Camp 1920’s Masai Mara
A place to conjure up a bygone era and all the romance of African safaris, it lies on the border of the Masai Mara with the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves. As if to ensure its authenticity, the same family have run it for over 80 years. There are just six spacious white canvas tents and four family tents with two bedrooms – so no more than 16 guests at any one time. Each tent houses safari antiques and has its own butler offering silver service.
Located on the edge of a beautiful forest, this eponymous camp is owned and operated by Richard Roberts in a conservation area his father created with the Masai people. Accommodation is in eight individually designed spacious tents with ensuite shower and toilet. Guests are invited to indulge in a bush bath tucked away in the forest, where a roll-top Victorian bath - surrounded by candles and the call of the wild - provides a truly unforgettable bush experience.
ooDay and night game drives ooCultural visits to the Masai ooGuided bush walks ooBush breakfasts ooEvenings by the campfire
Elephant Pepper Camp Masai Mara
Enjoy an authentic Masai Mara safari experience in this eight-tented bush camp on the northern edge of the reserve. A totally eco-friendly experience with no generators, no permanent structures and no passing vehicles - just the sights and sounds of the bush. The spacious tents offer en-suite dressing rooms and safari showers and are furnished with many original safari antiques. Game viewing is exceptional â€“ big cats, elephant, small game, great birdwatching and, of course, the migration of wildebeest and zebra.
ooOwner-managed property ooDaily game drives ooFantastic bird watching ooCultural visits with the Masai ooHot-air balloon trips
Right at the heart of the migration route, the camp enjoys a spectacular setting, straddling the Sand River and nestled in a shady forest. From here guests can enjoy some spectacular game viewing. Each of the seven spacious tents is luxuriously furnished, and boasts an ensuite bathroom with plenty of hot water. The food is delicious - traditional safari-style cuisine.
ooGame drives ooWalking safaris ooCultural visits ooHot air balloon excursions ooFlying day trips to Lake Victoria
ooGame drives & walking safaris ooHot air balloon excursions ooFlying excursions to Lake Victoria ooCultural visits ooSpa
Little Governors’ Camp Masai Mara
This is where Africa touches your soul – and your soles, for guests arrive on foot after a short boat ride across the Mara river for a truly authentic bush experience. The camp is built around a waterhole, which is awash with everything from elephant and gazelle to lion and wildebeest alongside giraffe, buffalo and every other type of antelope. The camp even has its own family of resident warthog who keep a careful watch over the 17 tents
Once for the exclusive use of Kenya’s colonial governors, it still offers one of the best classic safari experiences. Set along the Mara River, it provides an extraordinary fest of hippo, crocodile and birdwatching. Each of the 37 luxury tents has an en-suite bathroom, private verandah and every amenity guests could find in a five star luxury hotel – but with spectacular game all around.
ooThree game drives daily ooSwimming pool and sun terrace ooCultural visits to local Masai villages ooChildren’s Adventurers Club ooHot air balloon rides
An award-winning luxury camp which sits at the confluence of the Masai Mara’s four game-viewing areas. It offers magnificent game and is a short drive from the Mara River, where each year more than a million wildebeest and zebra begin their perilous migration. Just 30 elegant and airy tents provide accommodation – all with four poster bed and private viewing platform, and the camp also has a large game viewing platform, the ideal place for a sundowner.
ooDaily game drives ooWalking safaris ooVisits to local villages ooBush breakfasts ooHot air balloon rides
Lying in a Victorian-style deep bathtub, in an open air bathroom and watching elephants come to drink at the river just yards from you – this is the stuff that dreams are made of. And this is what is on offer at this ultra luxurious and secluded camp. Alongside a thickly forested river, deep in the middle of the Masai Mara Reserve, the ten large tents offer every luxury the traveller needs, including a personal attendant.
ooTwice daily game drives ooSwimming pool ooBalloon safaris ooNature walks ooBeauty therapy and massage facilities
Mara Serena Safari Lodge Masai Mara
Set high on a hill with spectacular views across the Masai Mara Reserve, the lodge offers a ringside seat at the time of the migration when tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra follow the rains and provide an awesome experience. Styled to mirror the traditional Masai manyatta, in a circle around a boma, the rooms all have a private verandah and are styled in bush chic colours and materials.
ooDay and night game drives ooGuided walking safaris ooBush picnics ooLifestyle tours with Masai hosts ooEducational safaris for children
Located in a lush indigenous forest, watered by the largest natural springs in the Mara, this tented lodge offers a marvellous wilderness experience at the base of the Ngama Hills. The camp offers every modern comfort and yet is run on strict eco-principles with water heating fuelled by coffee-husk briquettes, bio-degradable waste mulched for compost, and all waste water recycled through the campâ€™s own wetland system.
ooTwice daily game drives ooHot air balloon safaris ooGuided bush walks ooCultural visits ooIdeal for the migration
Governorsâ€™ Il Moran Camp
Mfangano Island Camp
Small, intimate and oh-so-luxurious, this is a wonderful recreation of a bygone age full of classic elegance and style, set along the banks of the Mara River.
Seclusion and serenity are the hallmarks of this magical island camp set in a secluded bay on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is so remote that it can only be reached first by light aircraft and then by speedboat.
There are just ten spacious tents - each with vast king size beds made from fallen olive trees and Victorian style bathrooms. All very private, so ideal for honeymooners or those who just want to get away from it all.
Once there, the hustle and stress of everyday life is instantly forgotten and guests settle into one of six cottages on the lakeside, each with its own private verandah and four poster bed. There is also a spectacular honeymoon suite with 360 degree views of the lake.
ooBirdwatching ooWatersports ooCultural visits to local fishing villages ooFishing ooSwimming pool and spa
ooTwo swimming pools ooSnorkelling and scuba diving ooDhow excursions ooHorse riding on the beach ooSpa treatments
ooLarge swimming pool with swim-up bar ooNature walks in the butterfly garden ooWide choice of water based activities ooComprehensive spa menu ooFamily rooms
Serena Beach Hotel & Spa Mombasa
A small luxury resort on the shores of the Indian Ocean on Kenyaâ€™s south coast. Itâ€™s the place to go when you want total relaxation, and all decisions can be made for you.
Designed to resemble a 13th century Swahili town with winding lanes, cobbled market squares, carved balconies and fountained courtyards, the hotel offers calm and tranquillity alongside great food and high action watersports.
There are a maximum of 38 guests at any one time, housed in a selection of rooms and cottages, all furnished with Swahili antiquities and handicrafts. Guests are offered a myriad of activities from yoga to kite-boarding, or the opportunity to do nothing at all.
Accommodation is in a mixture of suites and rooms all with traditional decorative elements such as Zanzibari carved doors and balconies, brass inlays and traditional furniture. Each has air conditioning and an ensuite bathroom.
An unspoilt and idyllic island in the Lamu archipelago, this retreat is surrounded by palm fringed white silky beaches and calm inshore waters. An exceptional honeymoon destination. There are just 16 light and airy cottages all made from local materials and locally crafted furniture. The resort also has its own dhow which can take guests on two and three day cruises to explore the archipelago.
ooDeep sea fishing ooDolphin and humpback whale sightings ooDhow excursions and cruises ooWindsurfing and snorkelling ooGreat seafood
ooDhow sailing trips ooSnorkelling, wind-surfing, deep-sea fishing ooDay trips to the ruined forts of Manda Island ooVisits to historic Lamu town ooTurtle nest visits
Kipungani Explorer Lamu
Kipungani is Swahili for “the place of fresh air” and this is exactly what guests expect on this beachside resort, just a 30 minute boat ride from the mainland. Boho luxury is what the resort projects with its 12 thatched chalets, all with space for privacy and seclusion and with their own verandah which faces the ocean. Each is made from local materials – mangrove poles and palm leaves – and is furnished with traditional furniture, again all locally made, including large king-size beds.
Kenya In Style
The very best of Kenya is experienced on this superlative trip – exquisite lodges in Amboseli, Samburu & the Masai Mara, and a barefoot luxury hideaway on the coast. Day 1:
Daytime flight to Nairobi. Transfer to stay overnight at the House of Waine. One of the finest properties in Nairobi, this luxury hotel is situated in the leafy suburb of Karen and offers a relaxing stay and gourmet cuisine. (BB)
Fly to the Amboseli National Park for two nights at the award–winning Tortilis Camp. Eco-tourism at its finest, this camp enjoys astonishing views of snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro and has luxurious tents raised on stilts. (FB)
Fly via Nairobi to the Samburu National Reserve to stay for two nights at Sasaab. Situated above the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River and offering game drives, bush walks and camel rides, this stylishly-decorated lodge accommodates guests in Moroccan tents, each with their own private
plunge pool. (FB)
ooHeated swimming pool ooClose to golf courses ooVisits to local galleries ooHand feed giraffes at the nearby giraffe centre
This tented property is located on the northern edge of the Masai Mara and combines rustic simplicity with unalloyed luxury, with the undoubted attraction being its proximity to wonderful game-viewing areas. (FB) Days 8-10:
ooDelicious home cooked food
House of Waine
A tranquil retreat within a throbbing city, the House of Waine is elegant and calming to the senses. In an easily accessible suburb it is cocooned within a two and a half acre landscaped garden.
Fly to the Masai Mara to stay for two nights at Elephant Pepper Camp.
Fly to Mombasa to stay three nights at Kinondo Kwetu. This magical retreat is the ultimate place to recharge after a safari and features a private beach, charming accommodation, spa, gym and a variety of watersports and activities, including yoga & horse-riding. (FB)
Fly to Nairobi to connect with overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.
Tour Cost from: £3790.00 per person, based on two sharing
All eleven rooms are light and airy with spacious bathrooms offering every comfort. Just a short drive from all of Nairobi’s attractions, this is the ideal place to base yourself when visiting the city.
TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR The vast plains of Tanzania provide some of the greatest game experiences in Africa with the wildlife here considered by many to be the best anywhere. It is particularly spectacular during the annual migration in which over a million wildebeest and more than 200,000 zebra head south every October and November, returning northwards after the long rains from April to June – an amazing experience to see and hear. This takes place through the Serengeti, the most famous of all East Africa’s safari parks, where the Masai have grazed their cattle for millennia and which they know as Siringitu, ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. For wide open spaces, great herds of game and over 350 species of bird it is difficult to beat Tanzania. Add to that the chance to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in the northeast; the remote Selous Game Reserve; Olduvai Gorge where the fossil remains of the two million year old Nutcracker Man were discovered; the Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcanic caldera which provides nature’s own theme park for game; and the silken beaches of the Indian Ocean – and here is a destination that cannot disappoint. Head across to Zanzibar for the spices and souks, deserted beaches and pristine coral reefs, and the bazaars and Arabic architecture of Stone Town for a totally different side to your holiday.
FACT FILE Capital - Dodoma Currency - Tanzanian Shilling Point of Entry - Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Airlines - British Airways, Kenya Airways via Nairobi Flying Time - 9 hours 40 minutes Time Zone - GMT+3 Visa on arrival Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis & Yellow Fever vaccination recommended
HIGHLIGHTS - Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Take an early morning balloon ride over the Serengeti - Explore Stone Townâ€™s alleyways - Visit Olduvai Gorge - Relax on the white beaches of Zanzibar
ooDay and night game drives ooBirdwatching ooBoating trips around the lake ooSwimming pool ooGuided nature and safari walks
ooCanoe excursions on Lake Duluti ooGuided birdwatching ooMountain biking and trekking ooSpa treatments ooCultural visits to local communities
Serena MountainVillage Arusha
A tranquil retreat in the heart of a coffee plantation, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Arusha - the town known as the gateway to safaris. The rooms are housed in a half moon of traditional circular dwellings, similar to a Masai village. Each has its own verandah and curved French windows which allow great views of the flower-filled garden and the lake beyond. It is the ideal place to relax before or after a safari or to prepare for a climb of the nearby Kilimanjaro, Africaâ€™s highest mountain.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge Lake Manyara National Park
A place which offers lakeside tranquillity, volcanic splendour and adventure-packed activities, the lodge is placed high above the lake with fantastic views across the Great Rift Valley. Accommodation is in circular thatched rooms based on traditional Masai bomas and each room has a verandah from which to watch the lake shimmering with flamingos.
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided bush walks ooBirdwatching ooHot-air balloon safaris ooMassage
ooTwice daily game drives ooCrocodile viewing safaris at the Grumeti river
ooSwimming pool and sundeck ooGuided safari walks ooSpa treatments
Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
This remote tented camp located in the parkâ€™s Western Corridor is the epitome of classic Edwardian safari luxury with its antique furniture, Persian rugs, rolltop baths and four poster beds.
Located on one of the main annual migration corridors, right in the heart of the park, this camp provides a ringside seat to one of the greatest shows on earth as well as daily sightings of the Big Five.
There are 25 spacious luxury tents with wide verandahs and the services of a personal valet. Dining is in a colonial-style room and there is a special sundowner terrace with amazing views across the bush.
Sixteen seriously luxurious tents are protected by granite towers which are three million years old â€“ guests cannot get any closer to the heart of Africa, while at the same time enjoying such facilities as internet access.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park
guided nature walks
ooBush breakfasts and barbecues ooHot air balloon safaris ooGreat migration location ooSpa treatments and hairdressing
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge Serengeti National Park
Based on the circular rondaval dwellings and winding paths of a typical Masai village, this lodge is where traditional Africa meets 21st century comfort and style. Each of 66 rooms is stone built with thatched roofs and boasts natural stone bathrooms, wildwood balconies, intricately carved furniture and animal print textiles. Dining is an experience in the magnificent two tiered dining hall which serves local specialities alongside international dishes.
ooDaily game drives &
ooDay and night game drives ooGuided walks ooSwimming pool ooCultural visits to local communities ooBirdwatching
Serengeti National Park
This is a small luxury safari lodge in the north-eastern Serengeti, set in 24,800 acres of private wildlife concession which is leased from the local Masai and which offers spectacular game experiences. There are just ten simple cottages made of rock and thatch, yet each boasts a private verandah for sundowners and superb vistas.
ooDaily game drives ooGuided nature walks ooBeauty treatments and massage ooCultural visits to Masai villages ooDay trips to Olduvai Gorge
ooSpectacular year round game viewing
ooUnique lodge design ooVisits to Olduvai Gorge ooGuided walks with the Masai ooCultural visits to local communities
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Ngorongoro Crater
An extraordinary piece of architecture sits on the rim of the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Both are magical. Nearly three million years old, the caldera is shelter to thousands of animals. The lodge is divided into three distinct camps, each of which comprises six to twelve suites, plus a dining and sitting area. The suites have their own private deck, sumptuous bathroom, fireplace and butler service.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro Crater
A fine example of ecological architecture, it is difficult to recognise this 75 roomed hotel, so camouflaged as it is in river-stone and covered with indigenous creepers, even though it is virtually on the rim of the crater. Each room is furnished in African style with Masai artefacts and has its own balcony so guests can watch the ever-changing game show deep on the floor of the crater below.
ooTwice daily game drives ooBush picnics ooSwimming pool ooWalking safaris ooBirdwatching
A traditional and magical African wilderness experience is offered to guests here in Tanzaniaâ€™s second largest National Park, with its plethora of game, flora and fauna.
This game reserve, the largest in Africa, is the perfect place to experience the Dark Continentâ€™s vast wilderness, which heads towards infinity on land and in the skies.
Shaded by magnificent acacia trees, this eight-tented suite lodge offers privacy and seclusion along the banks of the Jongomero Sand River. Each suite lies under a large thatched roof and has its own spacious verandah.
Here just eight open-fronted guest cottages are built on raised wooden platforms on a wide curve of the Rufiji River. They offer every comfort but, for those looking for greater adventure, the camp also offers a four day wilderness walking safari, camping out overnight.
Ruaha National Park
ooTwice daily game drives ooGuided walks ooBoating and fishing on the Rufiji ooFly camping ooSwimming pool
Selous Game Reserve
ooScuba diving and snorkelling ooExcursions to local spice farms ooDeep sea fishing ooDhow cruises ooHolistic therapies at the Peponi Spa
ooScuba diving including night dives ooFantastic snorkelling ooTurtle laying and hatching programme
ooDeep sea fishing ooSuperb cuisine
Mnemba Island Lodge Zanzibar Island
An exquisite private island off the north east tip of Zanzibar is home to just ten romantic beach side bandas. Regarded as one of the best beach destinations in the world, this is where guests can truly get away from it all. Perfect white coral sand beaches edge the warm blue sea under which the coral reefs teem with marine life â€“ almost 600 species of reef fish. Also on offer are seasonal sightings of humpback whales, whale sharks and three species of dolphin.
Barefoot luxury on the northern tip of the island is epitomised by this 32 roomed hotel which overlooks the beach and yet is surrounded by lush tropical gardens full of hibiscus, frangipani and bougainvillea. The rooms are furnished and decorated in a cool contemporary style using local materials and handicrafts, each with either a balcony or a verandah.
and body treatments
ooScuba diving and snorkelling ooFitness centre ooCanoeing and sailing ooYoga and meditation
ooSwimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi ooChildrenâ€™s club and pool ooChoice of watersports ooSailing and fishing ooBeauty and body treatments
at the spa
Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa Zanzibar Island
Located on a stunning 30 acre site overlooking one of the finest, white sandy beaches on the east coast of the island. Recently refurbished the resortsâ€™ rooms and suites are comfortably large with a separate dressing room, bathroom and either a balcony or verandah. Traditional Zanzibari furniture and artefacts decorate each room, while local remedies, spices and essences are used in many of the treatments at the Oasis spa.
ooFrangipani spa for beauty
Breezes Beach Club & Spa Zanzibar Island
An award-winning resort located on a seemingly endless white sandy beach which provides total relaxation in spectacular surroundings. Head here after a hot and dusty safari, for a honeymoon, or just as somewhere to enjoy with the family. Each of the rooms is decorated in shades of ivory and stone and all have traditional wood carvings and hand crafted furniture. The restaurants make full use of delicious fresh seafood and the medley of local spices.
ooWalking distance of Stone Town’s cafes, galleries and shops
ooExperience traditional Zanzibari lifestyle ooUnique rooms ooZanzibari restaurant ooCalm oasis in centre of town
ooSwimming pool ooWithin walking distance from restaurants and markets
ooRight in the heart of Stone Town ooSpa treatments ooExclusive beach club & restaurant
Zanzibar Serena Inn
Beyt al Chai
Right on the seafront overlooking the turquoise waters of the Zanzibar Channel, this charming hotel has been painstakingly restored and sits elegantly amongst landscaped gardens.
A piece of history which is now a boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. This traditional three-storey Zanzibari house was originally built as a home by a rich Arab merchant before becoming a tea house - it’s name means ‘The Stone Town Inn’.
Each guest room is cool and white, decorated and furnished in the traditional designs of a Swahili house. As well as intricately carved fretwork and floaty fabrics, each has a wrought iron balcony, satellite TV and air-conditioning.
Each of the six spacious suites is unique in design and detail with richly coloured silk and organza curtains and hangings, antique furniture and large ceiling fans.
Classic Tanzania & Zanzibar
This private itinerary combines the best of Tanzania and Zanzibar, and guarantees clients their own private 4-wheel drive vehicle and guide, enabling the best possible game viewing experience.
ooScuba-diving and snorkelling ooSailing, kayaking and fishing ooVisits to chimpanzees of Mahale ooMountain biking and hiking ooHolistic body and beauty
Overnight flight to Dar-Es-Salaam.
Fly onward to Kilimanjaro and stay overnight at the Serena Mountain Village. Set in the depths of a coffee plantation, guests are accommodated in ethnically-styled thatched rondavels. (HB)
Depart on safari to stay overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. This lodge’s spectacular setting is on the edge of the Mto-Wa-Mbu escarpment, and the circular shape of the buildings is a tribute to indigenous
treatments at the spa
architectural traditions. (FB) Days 4-5:
Tour Lake Manyara before driving to the Serengeti National Park for two night stay at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. Perched high on a hill overlooking the plains below, accommodation is in luxury rondavels, inspired in design by a traditional African village. (FB)
Transfer via the Olduvai Gorge for two night stay at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. The lodge is built into the rim of a dormant volcano and the rooms have private terraces offering views of the crater floor. (FB)
Return to Arusha and fly to Zanzibar, for two night stay at the Beyt al Chai. This small boutique hotel has just six unique, beautifully-furnished rooms, and
Lupita Island Resort & Spa
is situated right in the heart of Stone Town on famous Kelele Square. (BB) Days 10-14: Transfer to the coast for five nights at the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa.
A luxury lodge on a tiny island set on one of Africa’s most beautiful lakes, this 14 suite oasis overlooks crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and magical rock formations. The cottage suites, all with large sitting and bathing areas, including egg-shaped baths and waterfall showers, also have private plunge pools and spacious verandahs. Guests can choose to relax and do nothing or take advantage of the large choice of waterbased activities.
Located on a white sandy beach, this hotel is built to a traditional Zanzibari design, with facilities which include tennis, watersports and the island’s largest freshwater swimming pool. (HB) Day 15:
Fly from Zanzibar to Dar-Es-Salaam to connect with the direct daytime flight to the UK, arriving late evening.
Tour Cost from: £3895.00 per person, based on two sharing
RWANDA Rwanda, just a few degrees south of the equator, is the colour of emeralds from the forests and sapphires from the lakes. It is literally a jewel of a place. Known as the land of a thousand hills, for wherever you look you will find hills, mountains and volcanoes towering above. It is also the place where Dian Fossey fought off poachers and politicians to save the very rare African mountain gorilla. Now it is a country in recovery from the genocide which near devastated it, but its tourism and hospitality industry is fast getting back on track. Most visitors come to see the gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans, and with the number of permits to view these gentle giants strictly limited these need to be arranged well in advance. The gorillas are a magnificent sighting and one never forgotten, while the Parc itself is a dramatic chain of seven volcanoes which provide a border with both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
FACT FILE Capital - Kigali Currency - Rwandan Franc Point of Entry - Kigali Airlines - Kenya Airways via Nairobi Flying Time - 80 mins from Nairobi Time Zone - GMT+2 Visa on arrival Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis & Yellow Fever vaccination recommended
HIGHLIGHTS - Track the mountain gorilla - Visit the genocide memorials - Take a boat trip on Lake Kivu - Spot chimps in Nyungwe - Trek to Dian Fosseyâ€™s grave
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Parc National des Volcans
ooGorilla treks ooTreks to see the Golden Monkeys ooBirdwatching – Rwanda has 670 species ooVisits to Lakes Bulera & Ruhondo ooLava flow excursions
ooGorilla tracking ooVolcano climbing ooTracking the golden monkey ooVisits to the Dian Fossey
research centre and grave
Parc National des Volcans
One of the most dramatic settings for one of the most dramatic wildlife experiences ever. The setting is in the foothills of the Virungas, a chain of volcanoes stretching through Central Africa, while the experience is trekking to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla.
A stunning location on a hillside close to the Parc with views across to the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera, the lodge is one of the more remote and unique in Africa.
Just minutes from the gates of the Parc National from which the treks begin, the lodge is the ideal place to base yourself. Accommodation is in stone-built cottages and suites, each with its own shaded verandah and indoor fireplace as well as spacious sitting, sleeping and bathing areas.
Just eight eco-friendly bandas provide the finest comfort after a day’s gorilla trekking. Relax on your private verandah overlooking the lodge’s own sunken gardens with spectacular views of volcanos and lakes - here you really feel as if you are in the heart of Africa. Dian Fossey’s Karisoke research centre is also nearby.
ooBoat trips ooWonderful views ooSpa facility
ooWater sports on the lake ooWalks to visit the local
ooSwimming pool ooFully equipped fitness centre ooWifi access ooWalking distance to local bars & restaurants
ooJust 10km from the international airport
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel Gisenyi
A beach hotel in the heart of a landlocked country - this is it on the shore of Lake Kivu, Africaâ€™s sixth largest lake. In addition to the beach, the hotel sports a gym, swimming pool and tennis courts. Accommodation is in 66 rooms and suites all with every modern comfort from air conditioning to satellite TV, and there is a wide choice of activities to choose from which can be arranged by the hotel.
Kigali Serena Hotel Kigali
Right in the centre of the ambassadorial and commercial heart of the charming capital city, this first class hotel offers every creature comfort to the modern traveller. With a choice of luxury rooms & suites and leisure facilities, it is the ideal place to begin or finish a visit to this magical country of lakes, volcanoes and the glorious Mountain Gorilla.
“Thoughts and dreams: these are the foundations of being” West African Saying
MAURITIUS Exquisite and exotic, Mauritius is an island for all seasons, all moods and all tastes. The interior offers mountains and forests, waterfalls and sparkling rivers alongside the occasional dormant volcano. Its high rainfall has helped make the soil rich and luxuriant which is why the vegetation is dense with more than 1000 indigenous plants, it is also why the island once got so rich from its sugar crops and plantations. Of all the Indian Ocean islands, Mauritius is the most cosmopolitan. For centuries it provided a useful and strategic staging post for traders, wayfarers, pirates and conquerors and has absorbed what it needed from all of them – the French and English, the Indians and East Africans not to mention the Dutch and Chinese – in attitude, language, religion, food and joie de vivre. Its coastline is near perfect with acres of pristine beaches and bright blue seas – all fringed by coral reefs, which make the beaches not just desirable but also safe from the outer wildness of the ocean. As a result, Mauritius is a haven for both sun seekers and water sports aficionados – in short, the almost ideal holiday destination
FACT FILE Capital - Port Louis Currency - Mauritian Rupee Point of Entry - Mauritius Airport Airlines - British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Flying Time - 11 hours 40 mins Time Zone - GMT +4 Visa not required Medical requirements - none
HIGHLIGHTS - Learn to Scuba Dive - Explore the Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousse - Shop at the market in Port Louis - Journey into the forests and mountains - Enjoy Creole cuisine
North Ile Plate
Indian Ocean Grande Baie
Port Louis MAURITIUS
Quartier Militaire Phoenix Tamarin
Bel Ombre Souillac
Heritage Golf & Spa Resort HIGHlights
ooEverything from drinks & green fees to daily massage & motorised water sports is included
ooSpecial club for children and teens ooFitness centre and spa oo18 hole championship golf course ooKayaks, catamarans and glass bottom boats
Located on a magical beach on the southern coast of the island, this deluxe all-inclusive resort offers everything for the perfect holiday. Each of its 161 rooms has either a terrace or a balcony with sea views. The design and dĂŠcor are African-inspired with its authentic architecture using stone, wood and thatch. There is also a two bedroom villa with its own pool and butler service for those seeking extra privacy.
ooTwo freshwater swimming pools ooMini-club for children, activity club for teens
ooThalassotherapy spa ooEvening entertainment daily ooFitness centre
Grande Gaube Designed and built using the art of Feng Shui, this lovely property on the north coast of the island ensures peace and harmony for guests, incorporating the philosophy’s five elements of wood, water, fire, metal and earth. Guests can choose from a host of land and water based activities – everything from yoga to wind-surfing. There is also tennis, a golf driving range, snorkelling and water-skiing alongside scuba diving, power boat tours and deep-sea fishing. Otherwise they can simply laze on the beach or take advantage of the island’s only thalassotherapy spa.
ooMini club ooGuerlain spa ooThree restaurants, including a floating one
ooShiseido beauty pavillion ooSeven restaurants ooTwo 18 hole golf courses – free to residents ooSome villas with private pools and butler services
ooGreat children’s programme
ooPutting green ooFully equipped gym
Constance Belle Mare Plage Constance Le Prince Maurice Poste de Flacq
Uber-luxury located on an isolated peninsula, surrounded by white sandy beaches on one side and a tranquil lagoon on the other. It is an all-suite property with spacious sleeping and living areas as well as a balcony or terrace. A full menu of water sports is on offer including water-skiing, snorkelling and kayaking, while for landlubbers tennis and golf as well as squash are on the menu.
On a glorious two kilometre stretch of white coral beach on the island’s east coast is this luxury complex of rooms, suites, villas and golf. With its private villas and interconnecting rooms it is the ideal place for a family holiday. As well as offering both a kids and a teens’ club, the resort also has a separate dining area for younger guests with a children’s menu and baby-sitting services are also available. Every type of land and water sport is available from squash, tennis and golf to undersea walking, fishing and scuba diving.
Belle Mare Located on a superb beach on the islandâ€™s east coast, this five star property offers serious luxury and great comfort. Each of its suites and villas are airy and spacious with enchanting views of the ocean, the lagoon or glorious gardens. There is a plethora of water sports to choose from as well as tennis, mini-golf and petanque. For those seeking extra pampering, the large & luxurious spa offers therapies from Asia and beyond.
ooKids club and activity club for teens ooFour restaurants ooSpa and fitness centre ooScuba diving and deep sea fishing ooHuge swimming pool with separate area for children
sailing & diving
ooDeep-sea fishing ooTennis and golf HIGHlights
ooFour stunning beaches ooLarge swimming pool ooSnorkelling, windsurfing,
Trou d’Eau Douce Bay
Cool, chic and contemporary – this five star luxury resort offers great accommodation, good food and a championship golf course on its own private island. Add to that 24 hour butler service in each of its rooms and suites, all of which have balconies or terraces overlooking the sea, a myriad of sporting activities on land and sea, kids club, fitness centre, Givenchy spa and the above mentioned Bernhard Langerdesigned golf course.
ooHolistic spa and beauty salon ooFull menu of water sports ooFine dining ooFloodlit tennis courts ooFully equipped fitness centre
Pointe aux Piments
Nestling in some 20 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens are 76 spacious thatched pavilions and villas, some of which boast their own private pools and walled gardens. The resort - whose architecture reflects the island’s cultural fusion of Asia, Africa and Europe - offers every luxury a holidaymaker should want – great water sports, a stunning holistic spa, fine dining and charming staff.
The Mara & Mauritius
An itinerary combining the very best of East African game-viewing with the powder white sands of Mauritius, creating the ultimate bush & beach holiday
Overnight flight to Nairobi.
Fly to the Masai Mara to stay for four nights at Little Governorsâ€™ Camp. Nestling in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, this luxury tented camp allows guests to enjoy the wild splendours of Africa in the highest possible style, and boasts unrivalled game viewing. (FB)
Fly via Nairobi to Mauritius for seven nights at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort. Set in a tropical garden along one of the most fabulous beaches on the island, this five star haven offers superb levels of comfort, service and cuisine and a full range of water sports and facilities. (HB)
Depart on the direct daytime flight to the UK, arriving late evening.
Tour Cost from: ÂŁ2895.00 per person, based on two sharing.
THE SEYCHELLES If getting away from it all is what you truly desire then head for The Seychelles, just over 100 tiny islands scattered across 455 square kilometres of Indian Ocean. They are, as the locals say, a thousand miles from anywhere, the African mainland being that far away while the Indian sub-continent is twice the distance in the other direction. And while they may be a sunworshippers paradise they are also a nature lovers dream come true â€“ with giant turtles, some over 250 years old and giant fruit bats, one of the noisiest eaters on the planet - not to mention the birds. There are birds on The Seychelles that you can see nowhere else in the world - from the last flightless bird in the Indian Ocean, the whitethroated rail, (a younger version of the dodo), to the magpie robin, one of the most endangered species on earth with only 92 left. Add to that some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches, and clear seas miles away from anywhere, and you have true Robinson Crusoe territory.
FACT FILE Capital - Victoria Currency - Seychellen Rupee Point of Entry - Mahe Airlines - Air Seychelles, Kenya Airways via Nairobi Flying Time - 10 hours Time Zone - GMT +4 Visa not required Medical requirements - none
HIGHLIGHTS - Explore the charming capital of Victoria - Sail around the islands - Do absolutely nothing - Ride an oxcart on La Digue - Search for the Coco de Mer nut
ooThree restaurants ooEach villa has private infinity pool ooChoice of water sports ooOutstanding beach location ooTennis court
Overlooking Intendance Bay with its pure white powder sand is this stunning resort of pool villas â€“ sheltered by tropical vegetation yet with spectacular views across the Indian Ocean. All have spacious verandahs and are a mixture of contemporary and colonial plantation design. Some are located on the beach front, while others are hidden amongst the trees and great granite boulders which form the landscape. The award-winning spa has monumental views of the coast and the ocean with its indoor/outdoor treatment salas.
ooSpa treatments ooMeditation pavillion ooDeep sea fishing, kayaking and canoeing ooSnorkelling and scuba diving ooThree cascading swimming pools
One of the most luxurious properties on the main island of Mahe, this all-villa resort is a place of tranquillity and seclusion, a place to rest, relax and repair. Each of its 30 spacious villas come complete with outdoor gazebo, day bed, swimming pool, and a walled garden shower, as well as the services of a butler. A number of water based activities are on offer, as are island hopping cruises & helicopter rides.
ooPrivate beach ooSwimming pool ooScuba diving and snorkelling ooCandle-lit pool dinners ooFerryboat excursions to nearby islands
ooChildren’s club ooSpa and gymnasium oo18 hole championship golf course ooFloodlit tennis courts ooLarge choice of water sports
Constance Lemuria Resort of Praslin
A luxury beach eco resort on the north west of the island with not only state-of-the-art accommodation, but a turtle conservation programme and an 18 hole golf course, which is complimentary for guests.
Set in a scented tropical garden in the north-eastern edge of this, the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, L’Archipel offers just 30 rooms and suites overlooking a private beach.
The suites and villas (each of the villas has a private pool) are constructed from natural materials – wood, marble, stone and pink granite - and are set in 150 hectares of luxuriant landscaped grounds. A feeling of space and tranquillity is felt throughout.
While a host of water-based activities are on offer – from canoeing and island cruises to windsurfing and diving – so are nature trails into the nearby Vallee de Mai National Park, the only place on earth where the unique and exotic Coco de Mer can be found.
Denis Island HIGHlights
ooScuba diving and snorkelling ooTurtle, shark and manta ray sightings ooSailing, windsurfing and canoeing ooA choice of empty beaches ooFloodlit tennis courts 186
A magical retreat discovered by a French explorer in the late 18th century, and still almost as pristine and unspoilt with amazing bird and marine life. Accommodation is in 23 luxury cottages, a spacious twobedroomed family villa and an executive villa which is ideal for honeymooners â€“ each has an outdoor shower and private courtyard for extra privacy and seclusion. The lodge and the island offers a real Robinson Crusoe experience with holidays as removed from the stresses of daily life as it is possible to be â€“ a true sanctuary.
ooSuperb swimming and snorkelling ooGreen and hawksbill turtle sightings ooUnrivalled bird watching ooHome to Esmeralda, the largest tortoise in the world
ooFamily rooms ooScuba diving centre and snorkelling ooFree daily sailing excursions to neighbouring islands
ooSwimming pool ooBaby-sitting service ooComplimentary entrance to L’Union Estate
La Digue Island Lodge La Digue Island
A near perfect location close to one of the world’s best and most photographed beaches – Anse La Reunion with its white coral sand, hidden bays and huge pink granite rocks and caves.
An extraordinary eco-escape set in the brilliant blue of the Indian Ocean and laced with the whitest sands. This is indeed a true desert island experience - no TV, air-conditioning or telephone in the rooms.
The lodge is set in lush tropical gardens, a short walk from the small port and offers a wide range of accommodation in cottages, chalets, suites as well as in a plantation house. There is also a supermarket for those who wish to self-cater.
There are just 24 simple chalets spaced out along the brilliant white sands of what was once an old coconut plantation. Each chalet is simply decorated in neutral colours while nothing is allowed to disturb the eco-structure of this near perfect island.
Safari, Spa & Seychelles
The ideal opportunity for the jaded traveller to revitalise and renew, whilst simultaneously enjoying an exciting Big 5 safari and the natural wonders & beauty of The Seychelles archipelago.
Overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Fly onward to Phalaborwa to stay for four nights at Garonga Safari Camp. Designed to reflect the textures of the earth, in addition to game drives & bush walks the lodge boasts a resident aromatherapist and a bush spa. (FB)
Fly to Johannesburg to stay overnight at D’oreale Grande, a glamorous hotel situated close to the airport which boasts elegant rooms, a casino and
a luxurious spa. (BB)
ooConservation programme ooComplimentary scuba
Fly to The Seychelles to stay for three nights on Mahe Island at the Banyan Tree. A stunning resort which overlooks a beautiful powder-white beach
diving and snorkelling
and offers world-class villas with private infinity pools, a great choice of
ooSpa and gym ooMountain bikes ooTurtle monitoring
water sports and superb spa. (BB)
North Island A magnificent and magical resort on its own private island, this is a conservation-oriented luxury lodge built from sustainable materials and decorated in a cool contemporary style. There are just eleven huge two bedroom villas each overlooking the beach and with a vast sitting and living area, shaded sala, private pool, large sleeping and bathing areas with indoor and outdoor shower, and private buggy. The lodge has a no menu concept, which means that the chef will discuss with each guest what is available on a daily basis and what they would like to eat.
Days 10-14: Fly to Praslin Island to stay for five nights at Hotel L’Archipel. Set overlooking a private beach in tropical gardens, there are just 30 rooms and suites, but a wide range of facilities and activities are on offer. (BB) Day 15:
Fly to Mahe to connect with daytime flight to the UK, arriving early evening.
Tour Cost from: £3780.00 per person, based on two sharing
MADAGASCAR A magical island, the worldâ€™s 4th largest, Madagascar is a vast, mystical land just waiting to be discovered. A former colony of the French, it offers a beguiling array of things to see and do and areas to be explored. Rich in flora and fauna, much of which is found nowhere else on earth, a typical trip can include the lemurs of the Perinet Reserve, the baobabs of Morondava, the whales of Sainte Marie and the narrow streets and alleyways of charming Antananarivo and, whilst the infrastructure may be poor, the rewards are rich. The jewel in Madagascarâ€™s crown however is the offshore island of Nosy Be and its outlying neighbours. Largely undeveloped but boasting direct flights from Europe and some superb beach hideaways, this really is island paradise. With whiter sands, clearer seas and more dramatic settings and sunsets than any of its Indian Ocean rivals, the idyll is completed by virgin beaches with nesting turtles and playful dolphins
FACT FILE Capital - Antananarivo Currency - Ariary Point of EntryAntananarivo, Nosy Be Airlines - Air Madagascar via Paris & Milan, Kenya Airways via Nairobi, South African Airways via Johannesburg Flying Time - 3 hours 15 mins from Johannesburg Time Zone - GMT +3 Visa on arrival Medical requirements - Malaria prophylaxis recommended
HIGHLIGHTS - Spot many of the various species of lemur - Enjoy a baguette or croissant - Track the turtles as they come ashore - Marvel at the baobab tree landscape - Take a sunset cruise dolphin-spotting North
Mo z am biq u
Ch an ne l
ooTurtle tracking and nesting project ooFamily suites ooBeach dinners
ooBoat excursions to explore the archipelago
ooSnorkelling and canoeing ooTennis ooMagnificent seafood ooBeachside bar with sand floor
Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina Nosy Be
ooGuided trekking across the sandbank ooDolphin and whalewatching
Nosy Iranja Lodge Nosy Be
The ultimate in barefoot chic in this magical island hideaway with its three silver sand beaches and 21 beachside bungalows. This is where simplicity meets luxury with fine food, easy living and glorious warm blue seas.
This luxury lodge, sun-kissed beaches, natural coral reefs and a tropical climate all makes for genuine paradise.
Each of the spacious thatched bungalows has a large verandah complete with desert island must: a hammock and its own uninterrupted view of the sea. A host of water sports are on offer including scuba diving, while the idle can simply laze on the beach and enjoy a massage or a reflexology treatment.
The lodge has just 28 chalets, each with its own private terrace and garden as well as a sea view and hammocks from which to enjoy it. The island offers a full menu of water sports from sailing and snorkelling to windsurfing and diving and it is also home to a hawksbill turtle breeding reserve where guests are encouraged to participate in its work and research.
ooGuided beach walks ooCanoeing through mangroves ooDeep-sea fishing ooWindsurfing, waterskiing and catamaran sailing
ooOvernight stays on nearby islands ooChildrens’ mini-park ooDeep-sea fishing and scuba-diving ooTwo suites with private deck Jacuzzis ooBicycles for hire
Vanila Hotel Nosy Be
Anjajavy l’Hotel Majunga
Suffused in the heady scent of ylang ylang, Nosy Be is known as the ‘perfumed isle’, and located on one of its finest beaches, this hotel offers cool, calm and comfortable accommodation in a selection of rooms and suites overlooking either the gardens or the ocean.
A captivating and luxurious bolt-hole on a peninsula on the western side of Madagascar. Described as the peninsula at the end of the world it is remote and romantic and can only be accessed by light aircraft.
Guests need never leave the glories of the white sandy beach or the comfort of the hotel’s swimming pools. However, if they wish to, a daily programme of excursions is available to choose from - whether it is cycling to the local markets, sailing around the coastline or simply walking to the nearest village.
A Relais & Chateaux property, each of its 25 duplex villas have spacious living and sleeping accommodation as well as a large terrace and a relaxation area on the top floor. Adjacent to a nature reserve which is home to lemurs, chameleon, birds of paradise, baobabs and over 1800 flora species, it is the ideal beach retreat to get away from it all.
MOROCCO Morocco is as exotic as it is exciting, from the tip of its snow-capped mountains in the High Atlas to the edge of the great Sahara desert, taking in along the way towns, villages, settlements and oases - some as old as time, not to mention the majesty of the Atlantic coast and the hedonistic warmth of the Mediterranean. Itâ€™s a place of mystery and history with great food, amazing markets, seriously luxurious hotels and riads, hidden palaces and secret gardens. From the deep red earth of the north and the great swathes of ochre and russet that make up the buildings and walls of the old Imperial cities of Fes and Marrakech, to the bright green patches that dot the desert and the shimmering silver of the heat of the desert, it is a land of colour, scents, music and bells - a place that reawakens all your senses. Witness the silence of the desert and then the cacophony that is Djma El Fnaa, the magical main square of Marrakech with its snake charmers and story tellers, savour the scent of roses in the markets of Taroudant and Tangier and contrast that with the pungency of the tanneries in the ancient city of Fes. A place of contrasting emotions and experiences, Morocco is a country visitors return to again and again, even if it is just for a weekend.
FACT FILE Capital - Rabat Currency - Dirham Point of Entry - Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier Airlines - Royal Air Maroc Flying Time - 3hrs 30 minutes Time Zone - GMT + 1 Visa not required Medical requirements - none
HIGHLIGHTS - Explore the souks of Marrakech - Savour the ancient city of Fes - Visit a Berber mountain village - Hike in the Atlas - Surf the waves in Essaouira
ooPeace and tranquillity ooGym, hammam and beauty centre ooTreks in the High Atlas ooGolf nearby ooLarge swimming pool
ooIndoor and outdoor heated swimming pools
ooGym and sauna ooFloodlit tennis courts ooSpa and traditional hammam ooExcursions to local Berber villages
Kasbah Tamadot Asni
A lush and lavish hideaway just fifteen minutes from the teeming heartbeat of Marrakech, this luxury resort sports just 32 pavilions and maisons offering the opulence of the pashas.
In the foothills of the High Atlas and just one hourâ€™s drive from Marrakech lies Sir Richard Bransonâ€™s Moroccan retreat, a beautifully and sensitively restored old fort.
Water in pools, fountains and a central basin is key to the resort, which sits surrounded by desert and the glorious High Atlas mountains in the distance. Wearing the colours of the place - desert red, cool green, rose pink and midnight blue - this North African complex offers beauty as well as true luxury.
Accommodation is in 18 individually designed rooms or six Berber tented suites, all displaying a sensitive melange of contemporary style with traditional Moroccan colours, textures and patterns. Beyond the glorious gardens and grounds, there are a number of excursions to the nearby mountains which can be organised.
ooAmazing location ooHistoric riad ooTented rooftop restaurant ooSpa ooCool courtyard for relaxing
Angsana Riad Bad Firdaus Marrakech A beautifully restored riad in the heart of Marrakech’s fantastical medina, the property offers just seven rooms and suites making it an ideal place for a group occasion of family or friends. Each of the rooms and suites is decorated in traditional North African colours, fabrics and textures with a modern twist and with every amenity the discerning traveller requires. Guests can supplement time spent in the neighbouring bazaar by enjoying the tented restaurant on the roof and treatments at the internationally acclaimed Angsana spa.
ooSpa and traditional hammam ooMember of Relais & Chateaux ooBilliard room ooCultural visits to neighbouring villages ooSailing, wind-surfing, fishing
L’Heure Bleue Palais Essaouira
Located in the stylish Atlantic resort of Essaouira, this charmingly restored former palace offers a selection of 16 rooms and 19 suites, redesigned and decorated to take into account the area’s Portuguese, African and Oriental influences. The piece de resistance is the rooftop swimming pool which affords fabulous views across the port, the new town, the ramparts and the medina and, while it is difficult to leave, the sandy beach and the Atlantic waves are just a few minutes away.
â€œThe man who remembers others, remembers also his creatorâ€? Nigerian Wisdom
BOOKINGCONDITIONS All reservations are made with Cleveland Travel Limited trading as Africa Travel, a company registered in England under company number 2797491. In the following conditions the term company means Cleveland Travel Limited trading as Africa Travel, and the term customer means the person signing the booking form and all other persons on whose behalf he or she signs it. Consumer protection: All holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organisers Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL3384. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk 1 Booking your holiday To make a holiday booking the customer should complete, sign and send in a booking form with a deposit of 20% of the holiday cost requested or the full amount if the booking is made within eight weeks of departure. The booking is accepted and the contract made when the company issues a confirmation invoice, which is usually within twenty four hours of receiving the booking form. 2 Payments Payment of all confirmation invoices must reach the company not later than eight weeks prior to departure. 3 Amendments and cancellation (i)Amendments The company will make every effort to assist you if you wish to alter your arrangements. Requests for an amendment must be in writing, signed by the signatory of the booking form. If the Company is successful in making your requested amendment then you must pay an amendment charge of ÂŁ50.00 per booking. If the Company is not successful then there will be no charge. (ii) Cancellations All cancellations must be advised in writing, signed by the signatory of the booking form. Cancellations are effective on the day that they are received by the company. Recorded delivery is strongly recommended. The following cancellation charges (together with holiday insurance premium) will be payable, depending on the number of days prior to departure the company receives your notice of cancellation.
Days prior to departure date when written advice of cancellation
Received Percentage of total holiday cost
More than 57 days
Loss of deposit
56 to 42 days
30% of total holiday cost
41 to 29 days
75% of total holiday cost
28 to 15 days
90% of total holiday cost
100% of total holiday cost
(iii) Amendments by the company After the confirmation invoice has been issued, the company makes every effort to operate all holidays as confirmed. In very rare circumstances, the company may have to modify your holiday before you depart. If the modification is significant the company will notify you as soon as practically possible and you will be entitled to: (a) take a substitute package of equivalent or superior quality at no extra cost to you; or (b) take a substitute package of lower quality and recover from the company the difference in value between the original arrangements and the new ones; or (c) have repaid to you as soon as possible all monies paid by you under the contract, where upon your holiday arrangements will be cancelled. In addition, if the Company has to modify your holiday it will pay you compensation for nonperformance of the contract (see table below for levels of compensation), if this is for any reason other than â€˜force majeureâ€™ (see next page)
Days prior to departure date when notification of change is sent Minimum compensation per person More than 42 days 29 to 42 days prior 15 to 20 days prior 0 to 14 days prior
£10.00 £20.00 £25.00 £30.00
‘Force majeure’ means unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the company’s control, the consequence of which neither the company nor its suppliers could avoid even if all due care had been exercised. This may include, but is not limited to, war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity (actual or threatened), industrial dispute, technical problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, adverse weather conditions and level of water in rivers. If the company becomes unable to provide a significant proportion of your holiday after it has commenced, suitable alternative arrangements will be made for you at no extra charge to you or, alternatively, you will be returned to your point of departure and given a pro rata refund for ground arrangements not received. You may also in such circumstances be entitled to compensation by the company in accordance with the table above. (iv) Cancellation by the company If you fail to pay the balance of the holiday price at least eight weeks (fifty six days) before departure, the company will treat your booking as cancelled and levy the cancellation charge as set out in paragraph 3(ii) above. If the company is obliged to cancel your holiday in any other circumstances before departure, the company will use its best endeavours to offer alternative arrangements at no extra cost to you, or offer a substitute package of lower quality and you may recover from the company the difference in cost, or have repaid to you as soon as possible all monies paid by you. In addition, unless the cancellation has been caused by force majeure the company will pay you compensation as set out in paragraph 3(iii).
(v) The company liability (i) We accept responsibility for ensuring that your travel arrangements, which you booked with us are supplied as described in our printed material and the services offered reach a reasonable standard. If any part is not provided as promised, we will pay you the appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. (ii) We accept responsibility for death, injury or illness caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees, agents and suppliers, whilst acting within the scope of/or in the course of their employment in the provision of your travel arrangements. We will accordingly pay to you such damages as might have been awarded in such circumstances under English law. (iii) In respect of the services provided by air or sea carriers, our liability in all cases shall be limited in the manner provided by international conventions and conditions of carriage of our suppliers. Copies of these conventions and, conditions of carriage are available on request. Operational decisions may be taken by air or sea carriers and, airports and ferry terminals resulting in delays, diversions or re-scheduling, over which our company has no control. When such changes are made, our company will endeavour to minimise any inconvenience. (vi) If you have a problem If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g., hotel) and our local representative immediately, who will endeavour to put things right. Not only may prompt action enable you to enjoy your holiday, but it is also a legal requirement, the omission of which can substantially affect your rights against our company. If it is not possible to make the complaint to the appropriate organisation at the time, you should make contact with our company, so that our company can endeavour to resolve it. However, should a problem remain unresolved, a complaint should be made in writing to our company office manager within thirty days of your return. (vii) Our company price policy Our suggested itineraries are prepared many months before the start of your holiday and the prices quoted in them are for your guidance only. If at the time of booking the price has changed from that shown in our suggested itineraries, you will be told of the revised price applicable to the travel arrangements before you commit yourself.
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