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soUtH AFRIcA 09 toURInG ItIneRARIes 10 sAFARI 18 cAPe toWn AnD tHe WIneLAnDs 32 tHe WesteRn cAPe AnD tHe GARDen RoUte 42 KWAZULU-nAtAL 50 JoHAnnesBURG AnD sUn cItY 52 soUtH AFRIcA AnD MAURItIUs 54 MoZAMBIQUe 57 ZAMBIA AnD VIctoRIA FALLs 63 BotsWAnA 73 nAMIBIA 87 KenYA 97 tAnZAnIA AnD ZAnZIBAR 113 DIRectoRY 125 cAR HIRe 131 AIRLIne InFoRMAtIon 132 GeneRAL InFoRMAtIon 134 BooKInG conDItIons 136


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ild, exotic and overwhelming, Africa is a place that enriches the soul. Each day heralds another colourful sunset, each night seeming more celestial than the last. A land where lions prowl amongst the bush, hippos wallow in rivers and elephants feed off the trees. Vast open spaces offer chance encounters with nature’s most wonderful beasts, the wilderness suiting every safari dream. Whether galloping across the open plains, drifting majestically over the savannah in a hot air balloon or tracking leopard, buffalo and giraffe, Africa promises extraordinary life-changing moments, umbrellared by one incredible sky. Glory in the panoramic valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests of the Garden Route, lingering in the Winelands with its purple mountains, white cottages and emerald vineyards. Move on to Hermanus to gaze at majestic whales as they bask off the rugged coastline. Unwind by the swimming pool of an opulent lodge, looking down on a watering hole teeming with animal and bird life or combine beach and bush with a glorious escape to the serenity of Mauritius. Hop from Kenya’s game-rich Masai Mara to the pristine white powder shores of exotic Zanzibar. The Serengeti and the Skeleton Coast, the thundering drama of the Victoria Falls, the far-from-it-all tranquillity of Mozambique. The African experience is both matchless and rare. From the moment that a travel adventure enters your mind, Carrier’s informed professionals – passionate travellers each and every one – are on hand to weigh up the options and devise the most imaginative itineraries, to seek out the most secluded lodges or exclusive beaches. No need to worry about finding the best private safari camps or guides. The world is Carrier’s playground. Travelling alone, in a couple or as a family, our holidays will stretch the imagination: a bush camp under the stars, a multi-centre journey of discovery, a beach escape or the quest for the most glamorous destinations. No detail is too small, no challenge too big for a team whose first-hand local insights assure Carrier guests the very best of everything. The destination is only the start. The experience is exclusive to Carrier.

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land that stirs the senses and the soul…a true ‘Rainbow Nation’…beautiful, vibrant and alive. Unmatched for its colourful diversity, it is a country that positively celebrates life in the great outdoors – a place for spotting the Big Five, followed by campfire sundowners in the bush or the luxurious comfort of a wilderness lodge. Magnificent mountains tumble down to the white sand beaches of the Garden Route, Southern Right whales bask offshore whilst anglers on the game fishing boats pit their strength against barracuda, sailfish and swordfish. Inland, in the fertile valleys of the Winelands, there are picnics to be enjoyed on the lawns of the Cape Dutch homesteads, finest wines to savour in Stellenbosch and gourmet cuisine to delight the palate in Franschhoek. Near Nelspruit huge stalactites grow in dripping caves; in the towering Drakensberg Mountains the Blyde River Canyon slices a path seven hundred metres deep. The views are spectacular, too, from the top of Table Mountain, high above Cape Town where lively modern malls vie for attention with the cobbled lanes and brightly coloured houses of the quaint Malay Quarter. Excitement rides high in South Africa’s exceptional game reserves, an early wake up call signalling prime viewing time. Lions on the prowl. A leopard lying outstretched on the limb of a tree. A rhino with an oxpecker perched on his back…each day ending with a kaleidoscope of sunset blues, pinks and purples. Intensely beautiful and intensely wild, South Africa is the most spiritual of adventures.


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classic South africa 15 NightS from £3615 Per PerSoN

a self drive itinerary that begins in cape town, continues through the varied landscapes of the Winelands, hermanus and the garden route and finishes with a safari in a private game reserve on the eastern cape. Day 1 | overnight flight from London heathrow to cape town. Days 2-4 | arrive in cape town and transfer to the Cape Grace hotel (page 33) for a three night stay. a colourful and culturally diverse city on the atlantic coast, cape town’s attractions are plentiful. take the cable car to the top of table mountain for breathtaking bay views or visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical gardens for a multi-coloured display of indigenous cape flora. at the water’s edge, the V&a Waterfront is a world class mall awash with designer labels and a range of dining establishments from gourmet to casual. cultural attractions include District Six museum, whilst the Bo-Kaap district, home of the cape malay community, is a collection of cobbled streets, brightly coloured houses and restaurants serving the distinctive cape malay cuisine. the beaches at clifton and camps Bay and any number of wineries are within easy reach. (B).

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CAPE TOWN

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

FRANSCHHOEK OUDTSHOORN HERMANUS

KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

PLETTENBERG BAY

PORT ELIZABETH

Days 5-6 | take delivery of your hire car and drive to the cape Winelands for a two night stay at Mont Rochelle (page 40) in franschhoek, an attractive village nestled between vineyard-clad hills and the franschhoek mountains with a well-earned reputation for gourmet cuisine. Sample the local wines at a historic wine estate or hire a mountain bike for some leisurely exploration. approximate driving time: 1 hour. (B). Days 7-8 | Drive south towards the coast for a two night stay at The Marine (page 44) in hermanus. Between the months of July and November the Southern right whales may be viewed from the shore. approximate driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes. (B). Days 9-10 | head inland and join route 62 for a scenic drive into the Klein Karoo. Stay two nights at Rosenhof Country House (page 45) in oudtshoorn, a town with a long history of ostrich farming. the nearby cango caves reveal incredible rock formations, and a drive through the spectacular Swartberg pass is highly recommended. approximate driving time: 5 hours. (B). Days 11-13 | Descend through beautiful mountain scenery towards the coast and continue along South africa’s famed garden route, with dramatic sea views around every bend. arrive at Plettenberg

Bay and stay for three nights at The Plettenberg (page 47). relax on Plettenberg’s beaches or go hiking in tsitsikamma National Park. approximate driving time: 2 hours 15 minutes. (B). Days 14-16 | Drive to Port elizabeth where a transfer is arranged to &Beyond Kwandwe Private Game Reserve (page 30), a malaria-free reserve in the eastern cape, for a three night stay. enjoy complimentary twice daily game drives through the game rich reserve where cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo and black and white rhino may be spotted or take an interpretive bush walk accompanied by an expert guide. approximate driving time: 3 hours followed by 1 hour 45 minutes transfer. (fi). Day 17 | return to Port elizabeth and fly to Johannesburg to connect with the overnight flight back to London.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, 10 days car hire, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, FI Fully Inclusive. Suggested activities are not included. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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South africa Supreme 10 NightS from £6679 Per PerSoN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SABI SAND MPUMALANGA

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Stay in some of South africa’s finest hotels, travel on the famous rovos rail ‘Pride of africa’ train through beautiful countryside and witness superlative game in the Sabi Sand reserve – with the option to fly onto the spectacular Victoria falls in Zambia.

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Day 1 | overnight flight from London heathrow to cape town. Days 2-5 | arrive in cape town and transfer to the One&Only Cape Town (page 33) for a four night stay. table mountain dominates the city Bowl and a cable car ride to the top to witness the sun setting across the bay is a must. a boat trip to robben island with a guided tour of the former prison can be a moving experience. cape town’s colourful Bo-Kaap district boasts restaurants specialising in the fragrant cape malay cuisine whilst the V&a Waterfront offers shopping opportunities that range from designer labels to souvenir gifts alongside a host of harbourside restaurants. the cape Wineland towns of franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch are within easy reach, the route punctuated with visits to wine estates to sample the local wines. or head to the coast at false Bay, visiting Simon’s town and the penguins at Boulder’s Beach. (B). Days 6-7 | transfer to cape town Station and board the Rovos Rail train bound for Pretoria. the route passes through the hex river Pass to matjiesfontein where there is time to stroll around the village before boarding again for dinner. the journey continues overnight through scenic passes, stopping in Kimberley for a city tour then on towards Pretoria. (fi). Day 8 | on arrival at the rovos rail capital Park Station in Pretoria, you will be met and transferred to Illyria House for an overnight stay. (BD). Days 9-11 | transfer to Johannesburg airport for the flight to Kruger mpumalanga international airport, followed by a short light aircraft transfer to singita sabi sand (page 19) for a three night stay in one of the finest lodges in africa – choose between the colonial splendour of ebony Lodge or the contemporary style of Boulders Lodge. With no fences between Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park, the animals are free to traverse a vast area of bush and savannah with exceptional game encounters almost guaranteed – home to the Big five, leopard sightings are particularly frequent. (fi). Day 12 | return by light aircraft to Johannesburg for the overnight flight back to London.

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Victoria faLLS, ZamBia extend your trip to visit Victoria falls, a world heritage Site. fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone and transfer to the royal Livingstone (page 66) for three nights. Set in a National Park on the banks of the Zambezi river, guests at the Royal Livingstone enjoy complimentary access through the hotel’s extensive grounds to the falls, a mesmerising sight when in full flow, the misty spray visible for miles. activities for the more adventurous include white-water rafting and micro-light flights.

roVoS raiL an opportunity to combine africa’s magnificent scenery with the romance of the golden age of rail travel and a return to the era of pioneers, hunters and gold prospectors. the world-renowned rovos rail ‘Pride of africa’ trains offer unique rail safaris combined with first class accommodation, cuisine and service. each train consists of a maximum of twenty coaches, all beautifully rebuilt in traditional edwardian style. gourmet chefs prepare outstanding meals enhanced by the finest South african wines, whilst hostesses are on duty around the clock to cater for any supplementary beverage or dining requirements. guests can choose between Pullman, Deluxe or royal Suites all with double/twin beds and en suite bathrooms. Various journeys are available, with a collection of unique departures to Namibia, tanzania and the epic cape town to cairo trip. Please call for dates and further information.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, onward flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, D Dinner, FI Fully Inclusive. Suggested activities and Victoria Falls extension are not included. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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KwaZulu-Natal Meander 9 NightS froM £4285 Per PerSoN

a self drive itinerary through the highlands and battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, including an indulgent spa break and a safari. Day 1 | overnight flight from London heathrow to Durban via Johannesburg. Days 2-3 | arrive in Durban, collect your rental car and drive towards Pietermaritzburg and the Natal Midlands. a truly indulgent two nights await at Karkloof spa (page 51), an exceptional destination spa at the foot of the Karkloof falls. in this beautiful setting, nature and nurture collaborate to give a feast of experiences, from private game drives, guided walks and mountain biking to unlimited spa treatments and gourmet cuisine. approximate driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes. (fi). Days 4-5 | Depart after breakfast and head towards the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains for a two night stay in the Kamberg Valley at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse (page 50), a restful refuge with an excellent reputation for gourmet dining. invigorating outdoor pursuits are plentiful, from walks in the giant’s castle and highmoor Nature reserves to horse riding or helicopter trips, a beautiful way to appreciate the mountain scenery. the area is rich in San rock paintings; visit the caves at Kamberg and the giant’s castle. approximate driving time: 2 hours. (BD). Days 6-7 | the mountains yield to vast open grasslands and rocky plains en route to KwaZulu Natal’s battlefields, scenes of fierce fighting between the Boers, Zulus and British during the nineteenth century. Spend two nights at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge (page 51) – situated at the headland overlooking Buffalo river valley, scene of the British soldiers’ retreat from isandlwana, the lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the battle sites. resident historians bring the battles of rorke’s Drift and isandlwana to life with their passion and unique story-telling style. approximate driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes. (BLD).

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JOHANNESBURG

PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESEVE

RORKE’S DRIFT/ ISANDLWANA

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DRAKENSBERG LESOTHO

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KARKLOOF DURBAN

Days 8-10 | Drive towards the coast and on to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve (page 30) for three nights on safari, a fitting end to any South african journey. the private reserve is ecologically diverse with seven distinct habitats, including a large portion of rare dry sand forest. a Big five reserve, the complimentary twice daily game drives offer the chance to spot cheetah, lion, leopard, white and black rhino. the Mzinene river flows through the reserve – coast along on a canoe or enjoy a sunrise or sunset cruise. approximate driving time: 6 hours. (fi). Day 11 | return to Durban and fly to Johannesburg to connect with the overnight flight back to London.

This KwaZulu-Natal itinerary can be easily extended to include a few nights in Cape Town at the start or end of the tour. Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, 10 days car hire, accommodation and meals as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, FI Fully Inclusive. Suggested activities are not included. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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off the Beaten track 13 NightS from £4725 Per PerSoN

Venture off the beaten track and discover some of South africa’s hidden delights – from boutique retreats in the cederberg and the winelands surrounding cape town to an award-winning private nature reserve in the Western cape and the Kalahari desert plains. Day 1 | overnight flight from London heathrow to cape town. Days 2-4 | arrive in cape town, collect your hire car and drive north to the cederberg, a rugged mountain range punctuated by striking rock formations, clusters of sandstone boulders and vast open landscapes. arrive at Bushmans Kloof (page 43) for a three night stay. explore by foot or by bike – the area boasts some of the best hiking trails in the Western cape, or enjoy a sunset nature drive with a guide on hand to introduce the local flora and fauna. an early morning walk to see some fine examples of San rock art may be followed by a bush breakfast before returning to the hotel for an afternoon’s indulgence at the spa. further activities include canoeing, fly fishing and excellent stargazing under the clear night skies. approximate driving time: 2 hours 45 minutes. (BLD). Days 5-7 | Drive to the verdant constantia Valley for three nights at steenberg (page 37). Surrounded by vineyards and a golf course, Steenberg is well placed for exploring the cape’s wine estates and excellent restaurants. one of the oldest farms in the area, wine has been produced here since the seventeenth century – Bistro Sixteen82, a state-of-the-art winery, offers cellar tours, wine tastings, lunches and early evening tapas in a contemporary environment. cape town’s lively city centre is just twenty minutes away and a complimentary shuttle operates daily to the V&a Waterfront. approximate driving time: 3 hours. (B). Days 8-10 | head towards the atlantic coast to gansbaai for a three night stay at Grootbos (page 43), a luxury lodge set amidst acres of award-winning, fynbos-clad private reserve inland from Walker Bay. guests have the opportunity to learn about the local environment, with complimentary guided walks through the pristine wilderness, nature drives, flower safaris, horse-riding and seasonal land-based whale watching with marine biologists (generally July – November). further activities available locally include scenic flights or shark cage diving in nearby gansbaai. active days are rounded off with gourmet

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SOUTH AFRICA BUSHMANS KLOOF CAPE TOWN

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five course meals; the cellar holds a collection of fine local wines. approximate driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes. (BLD). Days 11-14 | return to cape town airport for the two hour charter flight to Tswalu (page 29) and a four night desert safari in the Kalahari. tswalu reserve is South africa’s largest private game reserve and offers a very different safari experience. Look for dark-maned Kalahari lion, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena on the twice-daily game drives; night walks may reveal more elusive nocturnal wildlife. take an interpretive bush walk with an expert field guide, pausing to watch a colony of meerkats as they warm themselves in the morning sun. a particular highlight of a stay at tswalu is a horse-back safari across the desert dunes and savannahs. (BLD). Day 15 | return by charter flight to Johannesburg to connect with the overnight flight back to London.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, 10 days car hire, light aircraft transfer to and from Tswalu, accommodation and meals as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner. Additional activities are not included. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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South Africa Safari Possibly the most emotive of holiday experiences, safari escapes in South Africa bring an opportunity to view spectacular wildlife whilst enjoying sumptuous levels of comfort in superlative safari lodges and bush camps. The anticipation of rising before dawn to set off through the early morning mists in search of the day’s game is unforgettable – the landscape changing as the sun begins to rise. Following breakfast back at your lodge there is often a chance to join a guided bush walk or visit a local village before the evening game drive commences, with a stop for sundowners as night falls and the nocturnal animals emerge. The best Big Five viewing in South Africa is undoubtedly at the Kruger National Park, an unrivalled wilderness which shares an unfenced border with the Sabi Sand Reserve, providing a vast area in which wildlife can roam free. Within the private reserves, vehicles can drive off road and track animals, with expert local guides always on hand to share their skills. For a landscape with a dramatic difference, the Kalahari Reserve boasts vistas of thornveld and sweeping expanses of sand, the dry, hilly terrain populated by meerkats and many exotic species of bird. Importantly for families a number of reserves, including Madikwe and the reserves of the Eastern Cape, are malaria-free. We are pleased to recommend the lodges that offer special safaris for children, and those that offer exclusive use of villas or lodges complete with their own ranger and vehicle, allowing you to tailor-make your game viewing to suit your family’s individual needs. To enhance your visit, combine a wildlife adventure with a cultural stay in Cape Town, sample South Africa’s fine vintages in the Winelands or indulge in a spot of whale-watching along the Atlantic Coast.

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SABI SAND GAME RESERVE

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Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Singita Sabi Sand

Covering fifteen thousand hectares in the heart of the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve and world famous for its leopard viewing, Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service. Five award-winning bushveld camps all boast strategic locations overlooking the perennial Sand River. Family-run, each has its own distinct personality, from the classic safari style of Founders Camp to the chic interiors, private pools and contemporary elegance of the Tree Camp suites. The expansive Private Granite Suites offer an unrivalled experience, each with a unique swimming pool and outdoor living area, whilst the latest exciting enhancements at Pioneer Camp 1926 reflect the lodge’s long history and elevate luxurious bush living to new heights.

Due to its tranquil setting on the borders of the Kruger National Park and its luxury accommodation combined with personal, friendly service, we regard Singita Sabi Sand as one of the finest safari experiences. Two resplendent lodges are completely distinctive in style, yet share an unwavering standard of excellence. Singita Ebony Lodge is set amidst shady ebony trees and comprises atmospheric colonial-style suites with original period antiques, indoor and outdoor showers, private pools and expansive leisure decks. Singita Boulders Lodge offers lavish suites designed in avant-garde African style with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall to maximise the views and a sprawling teak deck incorporating a private flow pool. Each lodge has its own fully equipped gym and spa. Fine cuisine is matched by an exceptional wine cellar. A Relais & Châteaux lodge.

Tree Camp – 6 suites. Private Granite – 3 suites. Pioneer Camp 1926 – 3 suites. Varty Camp – 10 chalets. Founders Camp – 10 chalets. 1 hr 10 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Ebony Lodge – 12 suites. Boulders Lodge – 12 suites. 1 hr 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Prices from £478pppn on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £1032pppn on a full board basis including premium drinks (excluding Champagne) and game viewing activities.

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SABI SAND GAME RESERVE

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&Beyond Sabi Sand

Chitwa Chitwa

Three luxurious lodges offering an intimate and exclusive safari experience. At the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak rivers, &Beyond Leadwood features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, elevated dining areas and a plunge pool and blazing fireplace in each suite – crushed stone, rough granite, wood and glass contributing to the stylish design. &Beyond Dulini Safari Lodge, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests, boasts refined comforts including large sofas, generous private plunge pools and shady decks, whilst &Beyond Exeter River Lodge has pool suites shaded by ebony trees above a stretch of river where hippo and elephant roam. It’s a tranquil and secluded environment in which even the game is relaxed – thrilling night game drives providing an opportunity to glimpse seldom-encountered species such as white-tailed mongoose and African civet.

An owner-run private retreat, Chitwa Chitwa offers a fresh and original all-suite luxury experience. Accommodation comprises artistically styled suites, each with plunge pool, and a spacious private house with two en suite rooms, private pool, vehicle and the services of a butler. Natural colours and eclectic furnishings abound, whilst a large wooden lounging deck provides the ideal spot from which to observe the local watering hole. Meals are as much a social feast as a culinary one, offering an intriguing combination of African and Mediterranean dishes, with dinner served either in the open air boma or the elegant dining room. Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge, where eco-minded activities include basic bush skills and making spoor moulds of animal tracks. Participate in regular game drives, game walks and visits to nearby Shangaan villages.

Dulini Safari Lodge – 6 suites. Exeter River Lodge – 8 suites. Leadwood Lodge – 4 suites. 1 hr 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

8 suites and the Chitwa House. 1 hr 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Prices from £373pppn in low season, £535pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £380pppn in low season, £497pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Small, intimate and very exclusive, this is an elevated sanctuary offering the very highest levels of cuisine, accommodation and personal service. Game drives are conducted in state-of-the-art Land Rovers with bucket seats and fold-down armrests. With only eight beautifully appointed suites, privacy is assured – floorto-ceiling windows afford a superb view of the bushveld whilst air conditioning and overhead fans provide added comfort against the African heat. Romantic bathrooms include Victorian baths and indoor and outdoor showers. The private sundecks and rock plunge pools are the perfect venues for relaxing. Dine on the veranda or in the dining room overlooking a natural waterhole, or enjoy a traditional meal at the boma – all accompanied by wines from the extensive cellar. Further facilities include a swimming pool, massage sala, gym and library.

Sir Richard Branson’s stylish reserve offers not only a luxury safari experience but also an ideal place in which to relax and unwind. Each unique lodge prompts quite different safari experiences. Rock Lodge is carved into a natural rock face eight hundred feet above the reserve, all air-conditioned and richly appointed in warm woods and ethnic fabrics. The Cliff Lodge offers two suites, a private pool and the ultimate in safari luxury. Safari Lodge is hidden away in the heart of the African bush, swing bridges linking the exquisite tree house rooms, each with private deck and bathtub looking out over the bushveld. Facilities include the Aroma Boma Spa, freshwater pools, a wine cellar, gymnasium, tennis courts and bush observatory for excellent stargazing. Children are expertly cared for with a range of ‘Cub’s Club’ activities.

8 suites. 1 hr 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Rock Lodge – 10 rooms and suites. Safari Lodge – 11 rooms and suites. 1 hr 20 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Prices from £688pppn on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £600pppn on a full board basis including drinks and game viewing activities.

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SABI SAND GAME RESERVE

SABI SAND GAME RESERVE

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Savanna Private Game Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Sabi Sabi has provided visitors with a genuine safari experience for over thirty years. Choose between four individually-styled lodges, each offering personal service, wonderful African-fusion cuisine and an insight into Sabi Sabi’s conservation ethic. Visitors to Selati Camp will be captivated by its intimate and romantic ambience that is reminiscent of a bygone era, whilst Bush Lodge is the recommended choice for families. Little Bush Camp has a warm, contemporary feel and is an ideal retreat for guests seeking an idyllic hideaway. Earth Lodge is quite simply unique – sculpted deep into the earth, it is almost invisible in the landscape. Each suite features specially-commissioned furnishings, plunge pools and butlers. For further indulgence, the Amani Spa at Earth Lodge proposes a host of relaxing treatments.

Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Savanna encompasses the very essence of an ‘Out of Africa’ camp. Renowned for its excellent game viewing, game drives take place over ten thousand hectares of pristine bushveld. Guests are accommodated in just nine suites, seven of which combine the romance of a tented roof and draped ceiling with the sophistication of a permanent structure that ensures luxury and privacy. The air-conditioned interiors are well-appointed, featuring large beds and bathrooms with French baths. The executive suites also boast private plunge pools and an indigenous garden area. The thatched Savanna Suite has two bedrooms, each with its own pool and deck, and comes with a private Land Rover. Central facilities include a thatched area incorporating a dining room, lounge and bar overlooking a waterhole and a swimming pool.

Earth Lodge – 13 suites. Little Bush Camp – 6 suites. Selati Camp – 8 suites. Bush Lodge – 25 suites. 1 hr 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

9 suites. 1 hr 15 mins by road from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Prices from £460pppn in low season, £565pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £397pppn on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Above: Safari Lodge Sitting Area

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

&Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve

Singita Kruger National Park

The first private game reserve in the Kruger National Park, &Beyond Ngala – meaning ‘lion’ in Shangaan – has exclusive traversing rights over 14,700 game-rich hectares, renowned for some of the highest concentration of lion and breeding herds of elephants in Southern Africa. Guests can choose between two quite different safari experiences; the classic &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge in the north, with its cottages nestled under a canopy of tamboti trees, or the more contemporary &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp overlooking the seasonal Timbavati riverbed forty five minutes drive away in the south. Each camp has an outdoor pool for daytime relaxation. The luxurious Safari Suite features its own private swimming pool, personal ranger and exclusive safari vehicle. Specialist Tracking, Photographic and Walking Safaris offer a unique wildlife experience.

Experience Africa unfiltered and unadorned. Sited on the eastern boundary of Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo Lodge suites are set into a cliff top above the N’wanetsi River. Designed in the style of elevated lofts they feature an outdoor shower, private deck and extensive use of glass to enhance the spectacular views. Nestled in dappled shade on the banks of the Sweni River, Singita Sweni Lodge’s six exclusive suites herald a new era in safari. Constructed of glass, slatted wood and bleached branches, the modern look is blended with a classic safari feel through the use of African artefacts, leather and khaki. A gym, spa and swimming pools provide relaxation between game drives – the concession is known for having exceptionally large herds of zebra, wildebeest and the highest population of predators in the park.

Ngala Tented Camp – 6 safari tents. Ngala Safari Lodge – 20 thatched cottages and Safari Suite. 1 hr 10 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Lebombo Lodge – 15 suites. Sweni Lodge – 6 suites. 1 hr 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport followed by 40 mins by road.

Prices from £247pppn in low season, £367pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £1032pppn on a full board basis including premium drinks (excluding Champagne) and game viewing activities.

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MALAMALA GAME RESERVE

THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE

MalaMala Private Game Reserve

Royal Malewane

Strategically situated between the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park, with an open fence between them, MalaMala is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa. An award-winning destination renowned for the exceptional quality of its game viewing, the reserve covers thirty nine thousand acres of game-rich bushveld and river frontage. Three camps offer a choice of accommodation: MalaMala Main Camp welcomes children with family rooms available, Sable Camp’s thatched suites promise a more intimate experience but for the ultimate indulgence, choose Rattray’s on MalaMala. Eight magnificent Khayas, meaning ‘home’ in Zulu, are furnished in colonial safari style and feature outdoor showers and private heated plunge pools. Each camp has an appealing pool and safari deck overlooking the Sand River, a prime spot for animal viewing.

In the heart of a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Royal Malewane offers exquisite style surrounded by untamed African bush. Luxurious guest accommodations redefine the concepts of solitude and splendour – each of the walkway-linked suites featuring wooden decks with private rim flow pools and palatial bedroom/living areas with fourposter beds. The Royal and Malewane Suites include the complimentary services of a butler, private chef and daily massages. Celebrated chef John Jackson prepares world-class Pan-African cuisine that somehow manages to be both decadent and healthy, whilst activities include game drives and walks – Royal Malewane is privileged to have the only working Master Tracker in Southern Africa. The Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa offers treatments inspired by African rituals.

MalaMala Camp – 10 rooms and 8 suites. Sable Camp – 7 suites. Rattray’s on MalaMala – 8 Khayas. 1 hr light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

6 suites, 1 Royal Suite and 1 Malewane Suite. Africa House – 6 rooms. 30 mins by road from Hoedspruit Airport.

Prices from £414pppn on a full board basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £934pppn on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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KAPAMA GAME RESERVE – LIMPOPO PROVINCE

TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE

Camp Jabulani

Kings Camp

With a design that reflects the rich textures of Africa, the familyowned Camp Jabulani offers a unique bush experience. Adjacent to the Kruger National Park it is the only camp in South Africa offering the thrill of elephant-back safaris including night safaris under the stars – riders enjoying a magnificent vantage point from which to spot the Big Five. Close by is the renowned Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, one of the most eminent conservation centres in the country. Along the dry river bed, six opulently appointed suites feature a large free standing bath, lounge area with fireplace, outdoor deck and plunge pool. The Zindoga Villa, a recent addition, comes with two rooms, each with a private pool, a dedicated ranger, chef and butler, an ideal choice for families and those seeking ultimate privacy and exclusivity. A member of Relais & Châteaux.

An opportunity to experience the bushveld in true colonial style in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Every luxury awaits in the air-conditioned thatched suites, each with en suite bathroom, double outdoor shower, minibar and patio. Enjoy authentic South African cuisine, with spectacular boma dinners around the fire, complemented by an exceptional wine cellar. The warm intimate bar is lit by lamps and a glowing fire, a most hospitable place to swap stories of the best ‘big game’ moments. Thanks to the area’s remarkable biodiversity guests can expect to spot lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino as well as a wide range of general game and bird life. While away some of the day with a workout in the gym then enjoy an iced drink on the game viewing deck or take a refreshing dip in the sparkling pool. Body treatments are available at the massage Tsala.

6 suites and 1 villa. 15 mins by road from Hoedspruit Airport.

9 suites and 2 honeymoon suites. 30 mins by road from Hoedspruit Airport.

Prices from £445pppn in low season, £491pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £349pppn in low season, £401pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Above: Plunge Pool

Above: Suite

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Madikwe Hills

Makanyane Safari Lodge

Shaded by tamboti trees, this sister property to Leopard Hills (page 21) and Kings Camp (page 25) is set on a hill amongst huge boulders overlooking the endless bushveld of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Here black rhino roam freely amongst the Big Five and zebra call to each other in the dawn light, an experience enjoyed from the comfort of a bucket-seated open Land Rover on an exhilarating early morning game drive. The stylish lodge comprises ten luxurious air-conditioned suites, glassfronted to make the most of the views and each with its own veranda, private plunge pool, fireplace and heated floor. The subtle décor blends natural elements with hints of African colour. The two bedroom Little Madikwe Hills is especially suitable for families and comes with a private butler, Land Rover and ranger.

Escape to a secret place, a remote valley that is home to an exclusive safari lodge. Ideally situated on private ground within the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Makanyane caters for just sixteen guests ensuring flexibility and personal attention. Eight luxurious, thatched suites each have a spacious sundeck, fireplace and en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower. Wrap-around bedroom windows blur the lines between lodge and bush and offer uninterrupted views across the Marico River. Guests may opt to sleep out under the stars on the sleep out hide, a unique experience. Exquisite meals are prepared by an international five star chef and are accompanied by superb wines – the torch-lit boma offers an authentic bush dining experience. Relax by the pool and join thrilling day or night game drives.

11 suites. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

8 suites. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Prices from £370pppn in low season, £479pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £373pppn in low season, £454pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Above: Metsi Bedroom

Above: Owner’s House Pool

MAdIkwE GAME RESERVE

MAdIkwE GAME RESERVE

Molori Safari Lodge

Morukuru

Greeted by superlative reviews since its opening, this secluded lodge sits deep within the Madikwe Game Reserve. Its five sumptuous designer suites – each with an infinity edge pool, telescope, iPod dock and underfloor heating – are amongst the largest and most luxurious in the African bush. Enthralling game drives and bush walks are led by highly qualified rangers, one of which is South Africa’s guide of the year; evenings are when the lodge’s observatory retracts its roof for super-magnified viewing of the incredible night skies. Fine South African wines are included with the unparalleled gourmet cuisine, which is discussed with guests beforehand and served in a variety of enchanting indoor or alfresco locations. Enjoy a massage in the spa or in the outdoor treatment room surrounded by the African bush.

Three luxurious exclusive-use villas nestle on the banks of the Marico River in the malaria-free Madikwe reserve. Each villa boasts its own pool and sundeck and is staffed with a personal chef, private butler, ranger and nanny allowing guests total flexibility to enjoy game drives at their convenience and dine on exquisite cuisine prepared to their personal preferences. The Lodge and Owner’s House reflect an elegant yet contemporary African bush style whilst the newly renovated Farmhouse is bright, light and fresh. Activities include Big Five game drives, fishing and bush walks, followed by colonial-style dinners by candlelight or the catch of the day freshly barbequed by the river bank. Children of all ages are most welcome, with skilled rangers on hand to supervise their activities.

5 suites. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

10 suites. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport followed by 25 mins by road.

Prices from £1019pppn on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Etali Safari Lodge

Jaci’s Safari Lodge & Tree Lodge

As much a modern art gallery as an exclusive bush haven, Etali lies at the heart of malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Eight chic suites built of stone, thatch and wood offer blissful airconditioned comfort and contemporary design, the cool, earthy tones contrasting with the colours of the bush outside. Each is set apart for total privacy in its own bushveld domain. Beds are big, the linen crisp and there is an outdoor shower, sundeck and whirlpool to put you at one with nature. Cuisine is a delectable fusion of African and Asian – light and healthy with a plenitude of organically grown produce. In the Wellness Centre, relax in the hands of qualified therapists who specialise in healing, holistic treatments. Guests can enjoy bush walks and stargazing in addition to the daily game drives.

Jaci’s lodges are situated in the seventy five thousand hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, home to the ‘Top Ten’ including cheetah, hyena and renowned for excellent wild dog sightings. Personally designed by Jan and Jaci, the lodges reflect their obvious passion for the bush and their love of living in Africa. With only eight individual thatch rooms and a specialised children’s programme – including jungle drives and a nanny service – at Safari Lodge, families can be assured of a personal safari experience. The Nare and Safari Suites offer an exclusive ‘bush retreat’ each boasting a private pool. The adjacent Tree Lodge comprises eight Tree Houses constructed on stilts, up to six metres above the ground. Dine alfresco under the stars at a bush braai or enjoy fire-cooked food at the traditional boma.

8 suites. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport.

Safari Lodge – 8 rooms and 2 suites. Tree Lodge – 8 suites. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg Airport or 1 hr 30 mins drive from Sun City.

Prices from £358pppn in low season, £467pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £267pppn in low season, £356pppn in high season on a full board basis including game viewing activities.

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WATERBERG – LIMPOPO PROVINCE

KALAHARI RESERVE

Ant’s Hill & Ant’s Nest

Tswalu

Authentic bush camp experience meets home comforts in these two family run homes, each residing in its own private reserve where an abundance of game includes white rhino, giraffe, zebra and antelope. Accommodating up to twelve guests, each lodge has a heated pool and spacious veranda – Ant’s Hill offering captivating valley views from its gorge setting; Ant’s Nest nestling in a natural amphitheatre and available for exclusive use. With no set game drives or schedules, guests are free to do as they please, however a highlight of any stay here are the horse-back safaris. With horses suited to all levels of riding skill – and ponies for children too – this is a truly exhilarating way to move among the indigenous wildlife, tracking animals at close range deep into their natural habitat.

Exuding intimate style in the heart of the desert, Tswalu is the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa – a protected conservation area, free from malaria. The Motse’s suites face the open grasslands of the Kalahari, each with a spacious lounge, open fireplace and sun deck overlooking the waterhole. The Main Lodge houses comfortable lounges, elevated dining decks and an infinity pool. Tarkuni, set in its own private area of the reserve, is available for exclusive use and offers secluded luxury with a dedicated staff. Exciting dining options encompass bush dinners, boma gatherings and eating on high in the Lekgaba Lookout. Spot the Kalahari lions or observe meerkats at close range on a game drive. Horse-riding and ballooning are also available. A member of Relais & Châteaux.

Ant’s Hill – 6 rooms. Ant’s Nest – 6 rooms. 45 mins light aircraft transfer or 3 hrs by road from Johannesburg Airport.

The Motse – 8 suites. Tarkuni – 5 suites. 90 mins light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport or 2 hrs light aircraft transfer from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £269pppn in low season, £334pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £608pppn on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Above: The Homestead

Above: Ecca Lodge Pool

KWAZULU-NATAL

EASTERN CAPE

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

&Beyond Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

A unique game experience situated in one of Africa’s most ecologically diverse regions, bordering the iSimangaliso/ Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Seven different habitats contain a vast diversity of flora and fauna, offering exceptional Big Five game viewing. From intimate and elegant to dramatic and architecturally stunning, the six lodges offer luxurious air-conditioned suites with en suite bathrooms. Phinda Rock, Phinda Mountain and Phinda Vlei Lodge also boast private verandas and plunge pools. The intimate and exclusive-use Phinda Zuka Lodge and Phinda The Homestead are both perfect for families complete with a private chef, ranger and safari vehicle. Activities encompass twice daily game drives, canoeing, scuba diving in the nearby Indian Ocean and some unique Specialist Safaris which include Bush Skills, Leopard Research, Photography and Rhino Capture.

Managed by &Beyond, Kwandwe comprises 22,000 hectares of exclusive, malaria-free wilderness at the end of the popular Garden Route. Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is contoured to blend in with the magnificent landscape. Nine African-inspired suites feature indoor and outdoor showers, covered verandas and thatched observation decks, each with a private plunge pool. Kwandwe Uplands Homestead is a restored 1905 farmhouse for the sole use of up to six guests. Innovative and stylish, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is the epitome of retro chic and features just six intimate suites complete with fireplace, spacious living areas, wrap-around decks and private plunge pools. Kwandwe Melton Manor, the gracious exclusive-use safari villa boasts four large suites, a private butler, ranger and chef. Wildlife viewings may include cheetah and the endangered black rhino.

6 lodges with 4 to 25 suites and cottages. 30 mins light aircraft transfer or 2 hrs by road from Richards Bay Airport. 3 hrs by road from Durban Airport.

Ecca Lodge – 6 suites. Great Fish River Lodge – 9 suites. Uplands Homestead – 3 suites. Melton Manor – 4 suites. 1 hr 45 mins by road from Port Elizabeth Airport.

Prices from £385pppn in low season, £466pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £291pppn in low season, £557pppn in high season on a full board basis including game viewing activities.

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Above: The Manor House Pool

Above: Eagles Crag Suite

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EASTERn CAPE

Samara Private Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve

An entrancing retreat in an idyllic setting in the Great Karoo. Although at seventy thousand acres it is one of the largest reserves in South Africa, the ambience is intimate and relaxed, the spectacular mountains forming a scenic backdrop over the expansive plains. Karoo Lodge provides six luxury suites, three suites within the lodge and three situated separately. Bathrooms are spacious, verandas are wrap-around and the décor is exquisite. The Manor House accommodates up to eight guests on an exclusive basis. Tucked away in the mountains is the rustic Mountain Retreat, an exclusive farm for eight people. Guests will be treated to superlative game, including the endangered Cape Mountain zebra, and the possibility to track cheetah on foot. Learn about the restoration of this spectacular reserve on the twice daily game drives and guided walks with informed rangers.

Shamwari is an award-winning game reserve situated amidst twenty five thousand hectares of countryside along the Bushmans River with the added benefit of being malaria free. Seven lodges offer different safari experiences that range from exclusive African-chic suites with plunge pools at contemporary Eagles Crag to air-conditioned tents at Bayethe Lodge, also boasting plunge pools on decks that overlook the river. Riverdene and Sarili are particularly family-friendly with a ‘Kids on Safari’ programme that will excite younger guests. There are five eco systems within the reserve, assuring a rich variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. Morning and evening game drives are conducted in open game viewing vehicles, with Big Five spottings a distinct possibility. Guided walks with specially trained rangers can also be arranged.

Karoo Lodge – 6 rooms. The Manor House – 4 rooms. 2 hrs 30 mins by road from Port Elizabeth Airport.

6 lodges with 4 to 20 rooms and suites. 12 tented rooms. 50 mins by road from Port Elizabeth Airport.

Prices from £209pppn in low season, £330pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £363pppn in low season, £494pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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Cape Town And The Winelands Cosmopolitan and fashionable, Cape Town commands an enviable position on the Atlantic Coast, its Victoria & Alfred Waterfront a hub of designer shopping and alfresco harbourside dining. Visit the cultural, pedestrianised area of De Waterkant on the slopes of Signal Hill overlooking the colourful houses of the Bo-Kaap district with its multitude of Malay restaurants. Enjoy the displays of indigenous Cape flora at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, stop by at the emotive District Six museum or admire the art in the National Gallery. A trip by cable car to the summit of Table Mountain is almost obligatory…a wonderful place to watch the sun setting across the bay. Beach lovers head for Cape Town’s ‘riviera’, stretching from the V&A Waterfront to Hout Bay and taking in jet-set locations such as Clifton and Camp’s Bay with its backdrop of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles. The city is the perfect base for day visits to the Cape of Good Hope and the penguin colony at Simon’s Town whilst wine connoisseurs can explore the leafy suburb of Constantia Valley, the oldest wine growing area of southern Africa. Wine and fine food lies at the heart of the Winelands experience, encompassing several areas, each steeped in Huguenot history. Closest to Cape Town is Stellenbosch, a university town with an attractive old centre rich in restored early Cape Dutch buildings. Quaint and artistic, Franschhoek is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa, the wine estates encircling the village where visitors can wander the tree-lined streets to browse the galleries and artisan boutiques. Exploring the vineyards on horseback or touring cellars with a knowledgeable vintner are just two of the many activities available.

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V&A WATERFRONT – CAPE TOWN

V&A WATERFRONT – CAPE TOWN

Cape Grace

One&Only Cape Town

With a classically inspired exterior and refashioned interior, Cape Grace is set on its own private quay on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The sumptuous elegance begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to the comfort of the spacious harbour and mountain facing rooms, featuring exquisite furniture, rich fabric and intriguing detail. An African-influenced spa and a well equipped fitness studio are located on the top floor. The 56 foot yacht – Spirit of the Cape – is perfect for sunset cruises or excursions around the beautiful Cape Peninsula. With views towards Signal Hill, SIGNAL restaurant is a vibrant combination of friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and adventurous culinary flair. Bascule Whisky, Wine & Cocktail Bar has the largest collection of whiskies in the Southern Hemisphere and the finest of Cape wines.

An oasis of cosmopolitan style on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the resort commands stunning views to Signal Hill, Table Mountain and the harbour. Sumptuous suites, some of the largest in Cape Town, are split between the handsome Marina Rise and an exclusive island with its own pool area. Design throughout is clean and contemporary, with expansive glass doors leading to private balconies or terraces. Dining is exceptional – Nobuyuki Matsuhisa sparking the inspiration for the sensational Japanese fare at Nobu, Mediterranean cuisine featuring at Isola and an impressive selection of fine wines in the five thousand bottle Wine Loft. The tranquil One&Only Spa is set on a private island and a fitness centre offers consultations with qualified trainers. Children from four to eleven years will enjoy supervised entertainment in KidsOnly Club.

120 guest rooms and suites. 20 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

91 marina rooms and suites and 40 island suites. 25 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £185pppn in low season, £223pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £214pppn in low season, £249pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Above: Hotel Exterior

Above: Lobby

CAPE TOWN

CAPE TOWN

Mount Nelson Hotel

Taj Cape Town

Set in lush and tranquil gardens on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the Mount Nelson Hotel is Cape Town’s most iconic hotel, located just a short stroll from the historic city centre and close to the V&A Waterfront. Sumptuous rooms and suites offer garden, city or mountain views and leisure facilities include two heated swimming pools, floodlit tennis courts and private gym. The Librisa Spa offers luxurious treatments, saunas and plunge pools. Enjoy alfresco lunches in Oasis restaurant or elegant dinners in the Cape Colony restaurant. Indulge in the decadent afternoon tea served daily in the Lounge or sip Champagne in the stylish Planet bar which spills out onto a magnificent terrace. The Cape Winelands and beaches are easily accessible and complimentary transfers are offered within a ten kilometre radius. An Orient-Express Hotel.

A combination of bygone splendour and modern sophistication, this tastefully converted hotel lies in the historical heart of Cape Town, close to sites, shops and restaurants. Elegantly colonial and richly furnished, rooms in the Heritage buildings have been restored with period authenticity, whilst the contemporary Tower rooms make use of floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies to maximise the city vistas. A Club Floor features a range of complimentary benefits and use of a private lounge; occupying the fifteenth and sixteenth floors is the spectacular Presidential Suite with unobstructed views of Table Mountain from its rooftop terrace. Dining options encompass all-day fare at Mint and the finest Indian specialities at the Bombay Brasserie; The Twankey is the place to head for Champagne, oysters and jazz. For recreation, unwind in the sumptuous Jiva Grand Spa.

201 rooms and suites. 20 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

177 rooms and suites. 25 mins by road from Cape Town Airport

Prices from £147pppn in low season, £193pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £153pppn in low season, £228pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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BANTrY BAY – cAPE ToWN

V&A WATErfroNT – cAPE ToWN

Kensington Place

Ellerman house

The Table Bay

situated in an exclusive neighbourhood on the slopes of Table Mountain, Kensington Place exudes an innate sense of style. The luxurious rooms, adorned with exquisite fabrics and indigenous artefacts, feature air conditioning, skype phone, iPod dock, satellite TV, DVD player and individual laptop – the city, harbour and surrounding mountains being visible from each private terrace. Enjoy the pleasures of breakfast alfresco, lounging by the pool or socialising in the bar after a day’s sightseeing.

An exclusive and private retreat with magnificent views over Bantry Bay, this relais & châteaux property has a proud heritage of stylish entertaining. rooms in the cape Edwardian mansion are elegantly furnished, the walls graced with original south African artwork. Dine alfresco on gourmet cuisine complemented by a fine vintage from the wine cellar. further facilities include a contemporary villa and spa, a pool set in tranquil gardens and a unique art gallery showcasing young artists.

An award-winning hotel adjacent to the V&A shopping centre. its exteriors echo the Victorian ambience of the Waterfront, its interiors a warm reflection of the cape’s rich botanical heritage. All rooms and suites combine classical fabrics with oak furnishings and views of the harbour or Table Mountain. The signature restaurant, The Atlantic Grill room, specialises in fresh seafood with lighter fare available in The conservatory. recreational facilities include a camelot health club and spa and an outdoor pool.

8 rooms. 25 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

11 rooms and suites. Villa – 5 rooms. 20 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

329 rooms and suites. 20 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £85pppn in low season, £134pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £187pppn in low season, £217pppn in high season including breakfast and drinks.

Prices from £194pppn in low season, £248pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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CAMPS BAY – CAPE TOWN

CAMPS BAY – CAPE TOWN

The Bay Hotel

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Picturesquely situated between the majestic Twelve Apostles and the azure Atlantic Ocean, The Bay enjoys uninterrupted views of Camps Bay beach. Recently refreshed with light, muted colours, the hotel has an airy, Beach House look and feel to complement its friendly, personal service and warm hospitality. Guests can relax by one of four swimming pools, each with its own deck and views over the ocean. Enjoy a soothing massage in the beauty salon or complimentary access to the local tennis and squash courts. The Tides Restaurant presents innovative cuisine in a relaxed environment. Sandy B, the beach-style cocktail bar and Traders Cigar Bar offer the perfect setting for pre or post dinner drinks. An ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Cape and its most celebrated scenic attractions.

With the Twelve Apostles Mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, the location of this renowned hotel is quite simply breathtaking. The spacious rooms and suites are set in four wings that are linked to the public areas via airy walkways; each is airconditioned and features an entertainment centre. The Sanctuary Spa offers sublime treatment packages utilising the Elemis International Spa range, and includes a sauna, hydrotherapy bath and Cape Town’s only Rasul Chamber. Experience fine dining in the Azure restaurant, where a knowledgeable sommelier will give expert advice on wine pairings, casual dining in the alfrescostyled eaterie and as the sun sets, head to the chic Leopard Room bar. An infinity pool overlooks the ocean and scenic trails lead to picnic stations in the mountains.

78 rooms and suites. 30 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

55 rooms and 15 suites. 40 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £105pppn in low season, £148pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £140pppn in low season, £172pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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coNsTANTiA – cAPE ToWN

coNsTANTiA – cAPE ToWN

NEWLANDs – cAPE ToWN

steenberg

The cellars hohenort

The Vineyard hotel & spa

surrounded by pristine vineyards on the oldest farm in the constantia Valley, the five star steenberg has garnered many accolades. The elegant accommodation in the Manor house – designated a National historical Monument – has been joined by three heritage suites featuring superb bathrooms, complimentary Wi-fi and butler service. relax at the swimming pool and spa before savouring the fine cuisine and award-winning wines at catharina’s restaurant. The stylish Bistro sixteen82 offers a contemporary alternative for wine tastings and tapas.

one of the cape’s finest hotels, nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain and surrounded by award-winning gardens. Beautifully appointed rooms in the hohenort Manor house or the eighteenth century wine cellars, are furnished with antiques and original artworks that reveal the immaculate taste of owner Liz McGrath. Dining options encompass the airy conservatory, The Greenhouse restaurant or the unique cape Malay Experience. further recreational facilities include two heated pools, a tennis court, golf green and spa.

set amidst parkland and splendid gardens leading down to the Liesbeek river, an original classic country house has been extended and converted into a charming hotel boasting uninterrupted views of Table Mountain. The magnificent glassroofed square restaurant and sushi Bar is the main dining venue, whilst the contemporary Myoga restaurant specialises in global-fusion cuisine. The lifestyle-oriented Angsana spa is complemented by a health and fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools. cape Town’s city centre is just ten minutes away.

21 rooms and suites. 20 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

33 rooms, 19 suites and Madiba Villa. 20 mins by road from Cape Town Airport

207 rooms and suites. 20 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £86pppn in low season, £133pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £97pppn in low season, £178pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £100pppn in low season, £122pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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cape town – V&a waterfront

cape town – V&a waterfront

cape town – V&a waterfront

211 Kylemore

G05 Juliette

402 pembroke

a stylishly decorated superior apartment located in the prestigious waterfront development. air-conditioned throughout, the open plan lounge/diner and kitchen boast full length glass windows with views over the marina canal; a shaded balcony leads off the bedroom. the V&a waterfront shops and restaurants are within walking distance.

a superbly appointed ground floor apartment in the waterfront development, a short walk from shops and restaurants. carefully chosen contemporary furnishings and an open plan design reflect current trends for modern city living. the lounge leads onto a furnished terrace with an inviting plunge pool overlooking the marina canal.

a sleek, sophisticated loft-style apartment with designer touches. floor-to-ceiling windows and a creamy, contemporary colour palette give a bright and airy feel. Generously-proportioned terraces at the front and back make ideal venues for alfresco dining overlooking the yacht marina, table Mountain and the bustling harbour.

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1 en suite bedroom with balcony Lounge with TV Fully equipped kitchen Daily housekeeping included Gated community with 24 hour security Secure parking Use of a gym and pool (at a charge)

2 en suite bedrooms Lounge with TV & dining table Fully equipped kitchen Daily housekeeping included Gated community with 24 hour security Secure parking Use of a gym and pool (at a charge)

3 bedrooms, 2 with en suite bathrooms Lounge with DVD/TV Fully equipped kitchen Daily housekeeping included Gated community with 24 hour security and parking Use of a gym and pool (at a charge)

prices from £100pppn in low season, £126pppn in high season based on 2 people sharing on a room only basis.

prices from £72pppn in low season, £95pppn in high season based on 4 people sharing on a room only basis.

prices from £82pppn in low season, £110pppn in high season based on 6 people sharing on a room only basis.

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cApe Town – De wATerkAnT

cApe Town – cLifTon

cApe Town – cAmps BAy

46 Loader

clifton Beach Bungalow

Bali place

An award-winning apartment on the slopes of signal hill within the colourful De waterkant area. Glass and aluminium are used to great effect, with full length windows that flood the apartment with light and convey a sense of versatile indoor/outdoor living. relax in the outdoor pool and admire the city and ocean views.

with views across the white sands of clifton’s popular 4th beach on one side and Table mountain on the other, this beach house-style villa boasts an enviable location. elegant, open plan interiors create a warm and inviting space that flows through to the outdoor wooden deck and private pool. full length shutters open to reveal incredible sea views.

A stunning villa overlooking the ocean with the 12 Apostles mountain range as a backdrop. Taking inspiration from nature, the décor features calm, muted colours, marble, glass and natural furnishings throughout. panoramic feature windows make the most of the uninterrupted sea views. Lively camps Bay is a five minute walk away.

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2 bedrooms, 1 en suite 2 bathrooms Fully equipped kitchen Open plan lounge/dining area Outdoor pool and terrace Daily housekeeping included Off street parking

prices from £48pppn in low season, £65pppn in high season based on 4 people sharing on a room only basis.

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3 en suite bedrooms Open plan living area Outdoor pool Timber sundeck Fully equipped kitchen Daily housekeeping included

prices from £100pppn in low season, £194pppn in high season based on 6 people sharing on a room only basis.

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4 en suite bedrooms with sea views Open plan living, dining and kitchen area Outdoor pool & furnished verandas Steps down to a small beach Daily housekeeping included

prices from £90pppn in low season, £170pppn in high season based on 8 people sharing on a room only basis.

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fraNschhoEK – caPE WiNELaNDs

fraNschhoEK – caPE WiNELaNDs

Le Quartier français

Mont rochelle hotel & Mountain Vineyards

situated in the heart of the cape Winelands, the hotel combines the charms of a country retreat with award-winning cuisine. the rooms and suites give a ‘home from home’ feel whilst the two exclusive auberge suites tempt guests with private plunge pools and secluded gardens. the four Quarters features four extra spacious suites arranged around a courtyard with an exclusiveuse lounge, butler service and pool. Margot Janse revolutionises à la carte dining in the form of tasting menus in the tasting room, voted one of the Best fifty restaurants in the World for six consecutive years, whilst the common room offers a taste of south african produce in a contemporary setting. spend leisurely days relaxing by the pool, horse-riding, cycling or exploring the nearby shops, vineyards and wine cellars. a member of relais & châteaux.

a small and exclusive luxury hotel located on the vine-clad slopes of franschhoek’s beautiful mountain range. from the individually decorated and tastefully appointed rooms and suites, two of which have designer splash pools, a splendid panorama unfolds, the vineyards bathed in soft african sunlight. cuisine is of the highest order; fine dining is accompanied by equally fine wines at Mange tout in the Manor house. or enjoy the Mediterraneaninspired alfresco fare of country Kitchen at the winery overlooking the valley. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the fine selection of wines and champagnes, enjoyed in the comfort of the cosy, colonial style cigar bar. a wine excursion on horseback is just one of the many activities available – a wellness facility, swimming pool, cellar tours with the wine maker, walking, golf and mountain bike trails numbering amongst the others.

13 rooms and 8 suites. The Cottage – 2 rooms. 55 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

22 rooms and suites. 1 hr by road from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £127pppn in low season, £162pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £93pppn in low season, £154pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Below: Pinotage Suite Bedroom

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frANschhoEK – cAPE WiNELANDs

sTELLENBosch – cAPE WiNELANDs

La residence

Delaire Graff Estate

The tranquil vineyards and majestic mountains of the franschhoek Valley paint the stunning backdrop to the secluded retreat of La residence. set on a private thirty acre farm, the hotel bears all the hallmarks of Liz Biden and ralph Krall design – regal styling and luxurious suites displaying masses of creative flair. one is Tibetan in theme with oriental antiques, another has a marble four-poster bed which is heated in winter. All have chandeliers, a complimentary minibar, iPod dock, vast bathrooms and open onto a private balcony or terrace. The dining hall and living room resemble a manor hall with chequered marble flooring, oversized fireplaces and a four metre chandelier, leading onto terraces for alfresco summer evenings. cheese and wine tastings can be arranged at local estates or simply relax by the infinity pool.

owned by Laurence Graff and designed by David collins of Nobu and claridges repute, this estate in the Winelands showcases art, contemporary architecture and design in a breathtaking location on the helshoogte Mountain Pass. The ultra chic lodges, each hidden from its neighbour by curved hedges of camellia and jasmine, all feature wooden floors, a spacious living area, heated infinity pool and butler’s kitchen. Everywhere the owner’s passion for art is evident – a spectacular Deborah Bell water installation gracing the reception area; paintings and sculptures adorning walls and gardens. Dining is world class, with indochine restaurant focusing on Thaiinfluenced cuisine whilst wine connoisseurs can enjoy tastings in the acclaimed wine lounge. Luxurious personalised spa treatments are complemented by a heated outdoor infinity swimming pool.

11 suites. 45 mins by road from Cape Town Airport. Prices from £371pppn in low season, £389pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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10 lodges. 40 mins by road from Cape Town Airport. Prices from £306pppn in low season, £408pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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The Western Cape And The Garden Route The dramatic coastline of the Western Cape – much of it ravishingly wild and beautiful – is bordered to the south by the Indian Ocean and to the west by the Atlantic. Encompassing Blue Flag beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and bays pounded by crashing waves, it offers a multitude of opportunities. Visit between July and November and be rewarded with sightings of the Southern Right whales that calve, often close to the shore, in Walker Bay. Join a boat trip or simply stroll the spectacular cliff paths around Hermanus, Grotto Beach and Walker Bay. Set against this incomparable coastline, the Cederberg Mountains rise north of Cape Town – an arid wilderness of wide open spaces where sculptured rock formations lend the landscape a surreal air and the San Bushmen carved their historic rock art. The Garden Route, which runs along the Western Cape coast, is ideal for a self-drive tour. Lying between white sandy beaches and dramatic mountain ridges, the route stretches from Still Bay to the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, crossing flower-filled hills and lake-dotted passes to link charming towns such as Knysna – famed for its oysters and mussels – and Oudtshoorn with its ostrich farms. Here the semi-arid mountain scenery of the Klein Karoo provides a dramatic contrast to the lush greenery of the coastal plateau and the miles of indigenous forest. The Cango Caves outside the town are one of South Africa’s most visited attractions, whilst Plettenberg Bay provides a chance to combine safe swimming with dolphin viewing by sea kayak.

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souTh AfricA

Above: Koro Lodge

Above: Forest Lodge Bar & Restaurant

cEDErBErG MouNTAiNs – WEsTErN cAPE

GANsBAAi – WEsTErN cAPE

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness reserve & Wellness retreat

Grootbos Private Nature reserve

Blending harmoniously with its environs, Bushmans Kloof is an award-winning wilderness reserve and wellness retreat nestled deep into the cederberg Mountains. The lodge comprises sixteen elegantly furnished rooms and suites all with private terraces and Koro Lodge, a private villa available for exclusive use, with a pool, dedicated chef and experienced guide. seasonal dishes with a sprinkling of cape culinary heritage are the chef ’s speciality, using fresh ingredients from the reserve’s own vegetable, fruit and herb garden. A choice of enticing dining locations includes the elevated Embers, Manor house Deck under the gigantic fig tree and Makana with its glorious views across the dam and river. Explore the surrounding area on guided nature drives, hikes or canoe trips and afterwards indulge in a spot of languid pampering at The spa.

Nestling above Walker Bay, south Africa’s premier marine and botanical destination comprises two stone and timber lodges set amidst three thousand acres of fynbos-clad nature reserve. Garden Lodge makes the ideal family getaway, whilst forest Lodge will appeal to the traveller seeking more contemporary style. suites have their own balcony from which to admire the sunsets over the ocean. Natural textures and colours create a tranquil mood, finely appointed bathrooms bring a feeling of utter luxury. Exceptional cuisine features freshly caught fish and succulent meats flavoured with herbs from the lodge’s market garden. Activities include nature drives and walks, boat tours to experience the magic of the southern right whales from July to December, horse-riding, birding, beach excursions and, for the more adventurous, cage diving amongst the Great White sharks.

16 rooms and suites and Koro Lodge. 3 hrs by road from Cape Town Airport.

27 suites and 1 villa. 2 hrs by road from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £154pppn in low season, £235pppn in high season on a full board basis including nature drives.

Prices from £128pppn in low season, £242pppn in high season on a full board basis including land based activities.

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Above: Pool

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hErMaNus

hErMaNus

Birkenhead house

the Marine

set on the cliffs overlooking the two best swimming beaches in hermanus, this boutique hotel offers the perfect escape for the nature lover. With a high emphasis on personal service, guests are encouraged to feel very much at home, whether relaxing by a roaring fire or lounging by one of the two pools. the superb Birkenhead Villa, adjacent to Birkenhead house, welcomes families and can accommodate children of all ages. the cuisine, lavish in its presentation and renowned for its seafood delicacies, is simply world-class. Work out in the gym or enjoy a little spa pampering where specialist treatments include massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. however, little surpasses the daily activity of stretching out on a comfortable lounger overlooking Walker Bay – playground of the majestic southern right whale from July to November.

Blessed with one of the finest locations in africa and the creative talents of Liz McGrath, the Marine takes inspiration from its graceful architecture and wonderful cliff top setting. indeed, hermanus ranks as one of the world’s best places for whale watching on land, from the end of July until late November. on the doorstep is Walker Bay, with its cliff paths and outstanding coastal scenery. after a day sightseeing, relax in the heated swimming pool or pamper yourself in the hotel’s spa. Guest rooms and suites are beautifully furnished, most boasting stunning ocean views from their oversized windows. Enjoy afternoon tea or cocktails in the chic sun Lounge and sample fresh seafood served from the open kitchen at seafood at the Marine or contemporary african cuisine at the Pavilion. a member of relais & châteaux.

11 suites. Birkenhead Villa – 5 suites. 1 hr 30 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

42 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins by road from Cape Town Airport.

Prices from £221pppn in low season, £239pppn in high season on a full board basis.

Prices from £97pppn in low season, £178pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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souTh AfricA

GroTTo BEAch – hErMANus

ouDTshoorN – GArDEN rouTE

ouDTshoorN – GArDEN rouTE

Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

Thorntree country house

rosenhof country house

convivial and child friendly, this decidedly luxurious guesthouse lies just a short walk from blue-flag Grotto Beach. A central courtyard living area can be airily open all summer or cosily closed off in winter with full length glass doors. spacious suites are individually styled, their contemporary colour schemes reflecting the earthy hues of their attractive surroundings. full breakfast is included; lunch and dinner can be arranged on request. Activities include biking and hiking; from June to November the southern right whales can be spotted from the comfort of your suite.

family run with immense warmth and charm, this is a friendly guesthouse that is perfectly placed for exploring picturesque oudtshoorn and its environs – the cango caves being close by; schoemanshoek Valley providing a spectacular backdrop. A country-style ambience pervades the generously sized, air-conditioned rooms, which are grouped in threes within separate houses dotted throughout the peaceful gardens. feast on delicious Klein Karoo cuisine featuring ostrich, beef and game; swim in the two pools. children of all ages are welcome.

This exquisite Victorian homestead lies on the Garden route on the way to the famous cango caves. With an impressive collection of antiques, the comfortable, traditionally furnished rooms each have a private patio leading onto a charming courtyard – two executive suites also boasting their own swimming pool. following breakfast overlooking the manicured gardens, guests can lounge by the pool, visit one of the local ostrich show farms or even take to the skies in a hot air balloon. All with the anticipation of award-winning country cuisine to come.

5 suites. 1 hr 30 mins by road from Cape Town.

16 rooms. 1 hr by road from George Airport.

12 rooms and 2 suites. 1 hr by road from George Airport.

Prices from £96pppn in low season, £109pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £46pppn in low season, £50pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £104pppn in low season, £144pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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GEorGE – GarDEN routE

KNYsNa – GarDEN routE

hyatt regency oubaai Golf resort & spa

Kanonkop house

Pathways, shops and squares lend this newly opened resort a genteel village ambience, offset by clean, contemporary architectural design. Positioned between the indian ocean and the majestic outeniqua Mountains it comprises clusters of standard rooms with open plan bathrooms and sliding frosted doors; regency club level offering added luxuries that include designated check-in, a private lounge and evening cocktails. several dining options encompass cucina with its floor-to-ceiling windows and show kitchen, private dining in the impressively stocked Wine room and the Waterside Grill. Enjoy a round of golf on the Ernie Els-designed 18-hole championship course or retreat to the calming environment of the freesia spa. further recreations include a main swimming pool and a children’s pool, a kids club, hiking trails and daily shuttles to picturesque herold’s Bay.

a feeling of space and serenity pervades Kanonkop – set in an exclusive residential area on the summit of a hill with unsurpassed views over the Knysna Lagoon to the indian ocean. run with eco-friendly zeal by the conyers family, three luxuriously-appointed suites feature chic designer touches, whilst two further rooms lie in a separate cottage above the pool, ideal for families with older children or couples travelling together. the beautifully-styled Paradise suite comes highly recommended and was voted by frommers as the best suite in Knysna. the homely feeling continues into the relaxed breakfast area, and although evening meals are not offered, the restaurants of Knysna are just a short drive away. Watch the wildlife in the forested grounds and enjoy a round of local golf before gathering at the bar for complimentary drinks with your hosts.

100 rooms and suites. 10 mins by road from George Airport.

5 rooms. 30 mins by road from George Airport.

Prices from £69pppn in low season, £98pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £66pppn in low season, £111pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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souTh AfricA

KNYsNA – GArDEN rouTE

PLETTENBErG BAY – GArDEN rouTE

Pezula resort hotel & spa

The Plettenberg

Perched on cliffs alongside the indian ocean is a resort whose name in the shona language means ‘high up with the gods’. As such it affords sweeping views over the adjacent Pezula championship Golf course, the sea and tranquil Knysna Lagoon. Exuding comfort, its contemporary African-styled suites feature log fireplaces, marble floors, patios and balconies. inspired by the latest global trends, Zachary’s restaurant serves gourmet fare using the freshest local ingredients. in the awardwinning hilltop spa, nine therapy rooms, gym, sauna and heated pool guarantee blissful relaxation. for recreation there are two outdoor pools, horse-riding, tennis, archery and superb golfing. Guests have access to secluded Noetzie Beach and may enjoy nature trails with local guides. Down by the beach is Pezula castle, with five spacious suites, vast living areas and a pool.

Built on a rocky headland overlooking two magnificent bays, The Plettenberg was a nineteenth century mansion transformed into an exclusive retreat by its current owner, Liz McGrath. individually furnished rooms and suites are housed in the original building or in the Blue Wing. Decorated in soft creams and blues with bleached wood floors, the family-friendly Beach houses, each with its own private sundeck and swimming pool, consist of two or three en suite bedrooms, large sitting room, dining room and kitchen. Days begin with sumptuous breakfasts on the poolside terrace, followed perhaps by a leisurely swim in the sea or a treatment at the carchele spa. feast on modern south African cuisine at sand, followed by a cocktail in the chic sandbar. Private dining in the Wine cellar can be arranged. A member of relais & châteaux.

83 suites. Pezula Castle – 5 suites. 40 mins by road from George Airport.

37 rooms and suites and 2 villas. 1 hr by road from George Airport.

Prices from £210pppn in low season, £266pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £97pppn in low season, £179pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Above: Suite

PLEttENBErG BaY – GarDEN routE

PLEttENBErG BaY – GarDEN routE

hunter’s country house

hog hollow country Lodge

the luxuriant gardens of the hunter’s Estate create an idyllic setting for this peaceful retreat in the heart of the Garden route. hunter’s country house is a synthesis of gracious elegance, sheer comfort, impeccable service and warm hospitality. complementing the thatched manor house with its antique furnished lounges, candlelit dining rooms and sun-drenched conservatory are secluded garden cottages and suites set amidst the magnificent gardens, each individually designed and decorated. hunter’s caters for younger guests in a supervised recreational area, offering children and teenagers a wide variety of activities while parents relax or explore the Garden route’s many attractions. the ZiNZi restaurant offers abundant flavours from africa, Europe and asia. a hunter hotels property and member of relais & châteaux.

a private nature reserve on the Garden route near Plettenberg Bay with breathtaking views of the surrounding forests, valleys and tsitsikamma Mountains. sixteen african-styled suites situated in the gardens offer private wooden decks with hammocks and king size beds – most have cosy fireplaces. at the centre of the lodge is the famously large dining room table where guests can plan their daily activities over a farmhouse breakfast and gather in the evening for a gourmet candlelit dinner prepared from fresh local produce. swim in the fifteen metre long pool, relax in the sauna or find a quiet corner in one of the three lounges. More active pursuits nearby include whale and dolphin watching, a treetops canopy walk, boating, golf, gliding and nature walks. a primate sanctuary and elephant sanctuary are within walking distance.

18 suites. 20 mins by road from Knysna, 1 hr by road from George.

16 suites. 45 mins by road from Knysna, 1 hr 40 mins by road from George.

Prices from £86pppn in low season, £157pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £121pppn on a bed & breakfast basis.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Above: Suite Deck & Pool

Above: Hotel Exterior & Pool

PLETTENBERG BAY – GARDEN ROUTE

THE CRAGS – GARDEN ROUTE

Tsala Treetop Lodge and Villas

Kurland Hotel

A quite unforgettable experience, Tsala Treetop Lodge and Villas sits six metres high above the ground in the treetops of the Garden Route’s Tsitsikamma Forest. Inspired by ancient African ruins, the majestic stone-masonry of the entrance gives way to an extravagant structure of timber and glass looking down on age-old trees and out across rolling hills and valleys. Each luxurious hide-away suite comprises a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom with outdoor shower and private infinity pool that appears to flow over into the forest canopy. The villas have two bedrooms and a private pool and deck for up to four guests. Central facilities include a library, cosy lounge and dining room serving imaginative cuisine that reflects the unique blend of cultures found in South Africa. A Hunter Hotels property and member of Relais & Châteaux.

Lying at the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, awardwinning Kurland ranks as one of South Africa’s most luxurious country houses. Surrounded by seven hundred hectares of polo fields and emerald green pastures, it is a serene base from which to enjoy the area’s many attractions. The twelve guest rooms are overly spacious and individually decorated – their objets d’art, antique armoires and original oil paintings enhanced by contemporary amenities such as underfloor heating. Families are particularly welcome here, with ten of the rooms having loft bedrooms designed specifically for children. Gourmet meals in the Dining Room focus on the best of South Africa’s fine produce and wines. Recreational facilities include horse-riding, tennis or simply relaxing by the pool, in the manicured gardens or at the spa. Several excellent golf courses are a short drive away.

10 suites and 6 villas. 20 mins by road from Knysna, 1 hr by road from George.

12 rooms 50 mins by road from Knysna, 1 hr 30 mins by road from George.

Prices from £165pppn in low season, £314pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £101pppn in low season, £138pppn in high season on a bed & breakfast basis.

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KwaZulu-Natal South Africa’s Zulu kingdom combines a rich cultural heritage with innumerable scenic and wildlife attractions. Flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and overshadowed by the soaring peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, the country is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors and those interested in the continent’s Anglo-Boer history. Some of our chosen lodges overlook the Isandlwana battlefield and Rorke’s Drift – tours in the company of gifted story-tellers bring the historic battles to life. On the forested slopes of the Drakensberg, the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve boasts twelve species of antelope and fine examples of San rock art. KwaZulu-Natal’s game viewing is legendary, the Phinda Reserve being home to the elusive cheetah and the Big Five, with scuba-diving and turtle watching available on the Indian Ocean coast.

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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse KwaZulu-Natal’s leading gourmet getaway is tucked deep into the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains near Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve. With crystal clear rivers, towering mountains and magnificent scenery as a backdrop, this is a true ‘foodies’ paradise. Dinner is a sumptuous seven course affair with a menu that changes daily according to the seasons, accompanied by fine wines from the cellar. A small number of individually decorated rooms guarantees a serene, uncrowded experience in the warm heart of the Drakensberg. Stroll around the gardens, relax by a roaring log fire in the rustic lounge or read a book in the library. Activities available in the vicinity include horse-riding, mountain walks, trout fishing, scenic helicopter rides and guided visits to caves in the Kamberg Nature Reserve to view San Bushman rock art. 11 rooms. 2 hrs by road from Durban Airport. Prices from £148pppn on a half board basis.

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KWAZuLu-NATAL

KWAZuLu-NATAL

fugitives’ Drift Lodge

Karkloof spa

set in a five thousand acre private game reserve, this awardwinning destination is acclaimed for its battlefield tours to isandlwana and rorke’s Drift. The Lodge and Guest house both enjoy commanding views over these battlefields and the reserve’s twenty kilometres of river frontage which includes the site of the British retreat at fugitives’ Drift. Personal service and fine cuisine are hallmarks of the lodge, along with the impressive collection of Zulu War memorabilia. Thought-provoking tours of the battlefields are led by passionate and informed guides, a highlight of any visit to the region. further activities include horse-riding, game walks, mountain biking, bird watching and fishing. The legacy of David rattray lives on, Nicky and her team deliver a world-class experience setting the benchmark for heritage tourism in south Africa.

recipient of Tatler Magazine’s ‘Most Exciting New Discovery of 2009’ accolade, this immaculate boutique lodge and destination spa is a Wellness and Wildlife retreat set in over three thousand acres of beautiful terrain. individually decorated villas feature an ultra-spacious interior and a large deck from which to admire the incredible valley views. free from time constraints, guests are at liberty to plan their days as they choose – unlimited complimentary treatments are offered in the world-class spa, where facilities include a Moroccan rassoul, saunas, steam rooms, roman bath, flotation pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. savour freshly prepared organic cuisine, relax by the pool, discover spectacular Karkloof falls or join thrilling game drives to spot indigenous wildlife from white rhino and giraffe to zebra, wildebeest and warthogs. A member of relais & châteaux.

14 rooms and cottages. 4 hrs by road from Durban Airport.

16 villas. 1 hr 30 mins by road from Durban Airport.

Prices from £185pppn in low season, £269pppn in high season on a full board basis.

Prices from £695pppn on a full board basis including drinks (excluding champagne), game viewing activities and unlimited spa treatments.

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Johannesburg And Sun City With regular flights to and from London, Johannesburg serves as a convenient gateway to South Africa’s game reserves or further afield, to Botswana, Zambia, Namibia or the Indian Ocean beaches of Mozambique. However, spend a day or two here and explore two of South Africa’s most visited attractions – Soweto and the Apartheid Museum. For a change of pace, Sun City will surprise with its lavish gaming and entertainment. In addition to the excitement of the casino there are theatrical productions, water-park attractions and worldclass golfing. The setting, within the crater of an extinct volcano, is stunning, as are the imposing mountains of the Pilanesberg which surround it – a spectacular view from a hot air balloon as the sun rises. The adjacent malaria-free Pilanesberg National Game Park is home to the Big Five.

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The Westcliff

Created in the style of a Mediterranean hillside village, with spectacular views over the zoological gardens and the forested areas of Johannesburg, The Westcliff is an elevated luxurious oasis in the city. Set in three acres of lush gardens, sparkling fountains and cobbled pathways, the elegant, family-friendly hotel offers gracious and professional service combined with spacious rooms and suites boasting marble bathrooms – most also feature an outdoor terrace. Recreational facilities include two heated swimming pools, gymnasium, floodlit tennis court and the Botanica Spa. Enjoy tapas and cocktails at the vibrant Polo Bar, afternoon tea at the pool and exquisite meals with fine wines in La Belle Terrasse restaurant. A regular complimentary shuttle service is provided to nearby shopping malls and restaurants. This luxurious hotel is part of the prestigious Orient-Express Hotel Group. 115 rooms and suites. 30 mins by road from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport. Prices from £164pppn on a bed & breakfast basis.

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souTh AfricA

JohANNEsBurG

suN ciTY rEsorT

The saxon Boutique hotel, Villas & spa

The Palace of The Lost city

Distinguished and refined, this member of The small Leading hotels of the World is an award-winning boutique hotel. calming water features grace the breathtaking landscaped gardens, where huge Ali Baba urns stand like sentinels. Palatial bay-windowed suites overlook the grounds or pool areas, each decorated in light and contemporary African style and equipped with surround-sound music systems and the latest viewing technology. ultimate luxury beckons in the Mandela Platinum suite, so named because Nelson Mandela chose to edit his autobiography here. Three new villas boast a further collection of luxurious suites and are linked to the hotel by a garden walkway. Dine on innovative cuisine and relax in the spa where a range of treatments awaits along with a steam room, flotation pool, jet pool and outdoor hydro pool.

situated in the heart of the African bush in the crater of an extinct volcano lies one of the world’s most unique resorts, sun city. The Palace of the Lost city is an impressive sight, adorned with soaring columns, marble floors and intricate mosaic frescoes. hand painted ceilings and bronze statues are all incorporated to provide guests with a lavish five star experience. rooms and suites are enhanced with designer furnishings and objects reflecting the rich colour and shades of Africa. There is a choice of elegant dining venues in the crystal court or Villa del Palazzo. children will enjoy the Valley of the Waves Waterpark, whilst two Gary Player-designed golf courses and a luxury spa cater for adult relaxation. for those seeking the Big five, game drives are available in the adjacent malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park.

55 rooms and suites. 40 mins by road from Johannesburg Airport.

338 rooms and suites. 2 hrs by road from Johannesburg Airport.

Prices from £330pppn on a bed & breakfast basis.

Prices from £257pppn on a bed & breakfast basis.

Below: Egoli Suite

Below: Hotel Exterior & Pool

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054 SOUTH AFRICA And MAURITIUS

Safari and the Indian Ocean 13 nIGHTS FROM £4595 PER PERSOn

View the Big Five in their natural habitat and enjoy the hospitality of the Cape followed by an exceptional beach stay on an idyllic Indian Ocean island. Day 1 | Overnight flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg. DayS 2-4 | Arrive in Johannesburg and continue on by light aircraft to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve for a three night safari at Savanna Private Game Reserve (page 22). Overlooking the plains, seven of the nine suites at Savanna combine the romance of a tented roof and draped ceiling with comfortably furnished, air-conditioned interiors, whilst the two executive suites boast private pools. Adjacent to Kruger national Park, and with no fences between the reserves, the early morning and evening game drives through Sabi Sand offer exceptional viewing opportunities – with frequent sightings of the Big Five as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and a variety of antelope. (FI). DayS 5-7 | Return by road to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for the flight to Cape Town. Transfer to the Cape Grace (page 33) for a three night stay at Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront. Take time to explore the town’s historical centre and cultural museums, visit Robben Island or take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views over the city bowl and the Atlantic Ocean. Constantia’s wine estates are within easy reach, as are the beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay – or simply relax by the hotel’s outdoor pool. (B). DayS 8-14 | Fly directly from Cape Town to Mauritius for a seven night stay at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, a beautiful colonial style resort with access to one of the most pristine stretches of beach on the island. Part of the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre, the area now hosts a nature reserve and offers a variety of activities including rambling and mountain biking. Alternatively, relax in the spectacular Seven Colours Spa or by the magnificent swimming pool. (Bd). Day 15 | Transfer to Mauritius Airport for the overnight flight back to London.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes all flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, D Dinner, FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion, your South African tour can be combined with any of our Mauritius hotels – for a further collection, please see our Indian Ocean brochure or visit www.carrier.co.uk. Our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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SOUTH AFRICA And MAURITIUS

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Le Touessrok

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

The Oberoi

Commanding a beautiful location on Mauritius’ east coast overlooking the tranquil waters of Trou d’Eau douce bay, the resort is a superlative member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Contemporary rooms and suites incorporate the finest amenities with spacious bathrooms whilst three exclusive villas with private pool offer added seclusion. Two islands form part of the resort with Ile aux Cerfs hosting an 18-hole championship golf course. Other activities include watersports, a diving Centre, a kids’ club and a pampering Givenchy Spa.

A ravishing private escape that forms part of the prestigious Anahita Sanctuary development, the resort features spacious villas with private plunge pools and large bathrooms. Ocean and beach villas offer immediate access to the warm turquoise waters of the lagoon. dining options encompass three varied venues including Mauritian specialities at Bambou. Younger guests will appreciate the Kids For All Seasons programme and the Karokan Teens’ Club, whilst further activity is found at the 18-hole golf course and rejuvenating spa.

Located close to fashionable Grand Baie with an oceanfront position on the north-west coast, seventy one Luxury Villas and Pavilions – many with private swimming pools – nestle within luxuriant sub-tropical gardens. The Main Restaurant offers a fusion of Creole, Indian and French cuisine. A wide variety of activities include tennis courts, two swimming pools and watersports whilst the Touching Senses programme includes cookery classes and nature walks. The Oberoi Spa provides a sanctuary of relaxation with Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic therapies.

200 rooms and suites and 3 villas. 50 mins by road from Mauritius Airport.

99 villas and 32 residences. 45 mins by road from Mauritius Airport.

48 pavilions and 23 villas. 50 mins by road from Mauritius Airport.

Prices from £1495pp including 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis and private transfers. Flights are not included.

Prices from £1955pp including 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis and private transfers. Flights are not included.

Prices from £1715pp including 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Flights are not included.

Below: Frangipani Island Pool

Below: Beau Champ Restaurant

Below: Royal Villa with Private Pool

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Mozambique

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fter shaking the dust from safari boots, the unblemished beaches and deep blue sea of Mozambique’s coastline beckon. Its islands are the quintessential barefoot paradise; dolphins and whales bask in the warm ocean, turtles nest on tranquil sands and, beneath the azure waters, untouched reefs are home to a multitude of marine life and iridescent corals. Everywhere, a unique blend of African, Arabian and Portuguese influences pervade, most evident in the spicy cuisine and Latin beat of the local music. To the north, the thirty two coral islands of the remote Quirimbas Archipelago stretch from Pemba to the Rovuma River, forming a natural frontier between Tanzania and Mozambique. Untouched by time, this was once a trading destination for gold and ivory between Arabia, India and Africa; the silver palm-fringed shores now inhabited by fishermen who paddle the waters in search of the freshest catch, their nets cast in time-honoured fashion. Venture ashore to discover vast expanses of enchanted forest and mangrove or across to Ibo Island; here the colour has faded from a vibrant past but its rich legacy is a wonder to explore. In the sub-tropical south, the five dune islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago break the surface of the shimmering Indian Ocean with spectacularly beautiful lands of powder beaches, forested dunes and lush vegetation – home to samango monkeys and a kaleidoscope of butterflies. The warm waters host pristine reefs, paradise for snorkellers and divers alike. Fish for bluefin, kingfish, tuna and Dorado or sail the sultry coastline under the setting sun in an ancient dhow, spoiling in Mozambique’s secure seclusion. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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058 TANZANIA AND MOZAMBIQUE

Selous Safari and Vamizi Island 9 NIGHTS FROM £5180 PER PERSON

An idyllic beach and bush combination, the southern safari parks of Tanzania combine ideally with the northern Quirimbas Archipelago of Mozambique. Boutique accommodation in both places assures an exclusive experience, perfect for couples and honeymooners. Day 1 | Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Days 2-5 | Upon arrival connect with a flight to Kiba Airstrip and transfer to sand Rivers selous (page 121) for a four night stay. With over 45,000 square kilometres of plains and woodlands, this is the largest reserve in Africa and home to healthy populations of lion and elephant. There is a rich variety of birdlife and wild dog are often spotted. The wide Rufiji River crosses the reserve and is perfect for boat safaris, peacefully passing pods of hippo and crocodiles. Walking safaris are popular too and, for the adventurous, there is the option to spend nights in a fly camp (must be arranged in advance). (FI). Days 6-9 | An early transfer back to Kiba Airstrip for a flight to Vamizi, Mozambique via Dar es Salaam; stay four nights at Vamizi Island (page 61). With an idyllic location on the crescent shaped isle, stylish timber villas are set near the perfect white coral beach and are the only accommodation on the island, ensuring exclusivity and privacy. The sands are lapped by the most breathtaking turquoise waters, home to a myriad underwater life and some of the world’s best diving. Turtles nest on the island between December and May and the warm waters are home to dugong, humpback whales, dolphins, reef sharks and over three hundred fish species. Enjoy snorkelling and diving, deep sea fishing or exploring the ocean by dhow. Inland the verdant forest is ideal for monkey spotting and bird watching. (FI). Day 10 | A languid morning of relaxation; in the early afternoon return by air from Vamizi Airstrip to Dar es Salaam. Spend one night at The Oyster Bay Hotel in the eponymous area of the capital city. Reminiscent of a private home with just eight suites, African design influences pervade and each of the rooms has a balcony with spectacular ocean views. There is a swimming pool for relaxation. (FI). Day 11 | Return to Dar es Salaam Airport for an early morning flight back to London Heathrow.

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement and regional departures available on request. Meal basis: FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Sabi Sand Safari and Benguerra Island 9 NIGHTS FROM £5795 PER PERSON

The private game reserve of Londolozi in South Africa offers extensive game viewing in an exclusive wilderness environment. This tranquillity is complemented by a stay on Benguerra Island in Mozambique’s southern Bazaruto Archipelago. Convenient flights enhance this idyllic combination Day 1 | Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. Days 2-5 | Upon arrival connect with a flight to Londolozi Airstrip and transfer to Londolozi Private Game Reserve (page 19) for a four night stay at Varty Camp. With the ambience of a private home, ten spacious chalets each have a swimming pool and a timber deck overlooking riverine bush. Four other boutique camps offer alternative accommodation options within the Reserve. Londolozi is located within the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the renowned Kruger National Park. An absence of fences allows animals to roam freely between the two and a dense concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five and the elusive leopard, ensures that safaris are an exhilarating experience. (FI). Days 6-10 | Travel by road to Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for a flight to Mozambique’s Vilanculos Airport followed by a short helicopter transfer to azura (page 60) on Benguerra Island for a five night stay. Within the Bazaruto Marine National Park, deserted sugar white beaches are lapped by sparkling turquoise Indian Ocean waters, warmed by the Mozambique Stream and dotted with traditional dhows. Magnificent pristine reefs host a kaleidoscope of colour and are home to innumerable fish, ensuring fabulous diving and snorkelling, including the nearby Two Mile Reef with staghorn corals inundated with clownfish, moray eel and blacktipped reef sharks. A protected pool known as The Aquarium is ideal for snorkellers. Turtles nest on Benguerra’s outer shores, whilst migrating whales, dolphin and the elusive dugong are also spotted in the crystalline waters. Inland sand dunes are backed by verdant bush abundant with monkeys and 160 bird species; crocodiles inhabit the freshwater lakes. A Land Rover island drive and sunset dhow cruise are included ensuring that guests experience the varied landscapes. Azura has just fourteen villas, each hand built by members of the local community and with private infinity pool. (FI). Day 11 | Return to Johannesburg Airport via Vilanculos for an overnight flight back to London Heathrow.

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement and regional departures available on request. Meal basis: FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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060 MozaMbique

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benguerra Lodge

indigo bay island Resort & Spa

Chic modern amenities and traditional Mozambican design combine in this boutique retreat. Spacious thatched villas face the beach and boast private pool, alfresco double shower and outdoor sala. Feast on fresh seafood and fine wines in the main restaurant or The Gecko Deck offers informal feet-in-the-sand style dining. Dive, snorkel or fish in the bazaruto National Park or explore the surrounds in azura’s unique forty-foot dhow.

Hidden away in a milkwood forest on benguerra island and encircled by silver beaches, the lodge comprises a thatched main building flanked by secluded luxury Casitas, each infused with an east african ambience with views of the forest and beach. The two bedroom villa is ideal for families. Meals are relaxed affairs served in different settings, often featuring freshly caught fish and crab. The island is a paradise for snorkelling, fishing and diving.

Lying alongside a secluded stretch of sand on bazaruto island, this is a perfect spot from which to explore the archipelago’s unspoilt diversity. beach chalets and villas are imbued with a sense of sophistication, all made of natural materials that blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Culinary options encompass seafood specialities and beach barbecues. activities include a spa, swimming pools, horseriding and non-motorised watersports.

15 villas. 10 minutes by air from Vilanculos Airport.

2 cabañas, 10 casitas and 1 villa. 10 minutes by air from Vilanculos Airport.

44 chalets and villas. 10 minutes by air from Vilanculos Airport.

Prices from £350pppn in low season, £525pppn in high season including full board, local drinks and island drive.

Prices from £265pppn in low season, £340pppn in high season including full board, local drinks and selected activites.

Prices from £310pppn in low season, £415pppn in high season including full board and nonmotorised watersports.

Below: Villa Plunge Pool

Below: Villa Rooftop

Below: Bay View Villa

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Marlin Lodge

Londo Lodge

Vamizi island

Located along a stretch of beguiling Flamingo bay, seventeen elevated air-conditioned chalets and suites offer private patio and direct access to the sugar white beach. Dine privately on a fusion of Afro-Asian and Portuguese cuisine. Activities include windsurfing and dhow sunset cruises, whilst the Marine National Park offers some of the best scuba diving and deep-sea fishing in the world. Children of all ages are welcome.

A captivating bush and beach resort overlooking Pemba bay, where ocean View Villas blend African and indian styles with spacious living beneath ‘makuti’ thatched roofs. The baobab Tree Villa boasts a private plunge pool. Dine privately or in the eclectic restaurant on Asian-inspired dishes. Laze by the pool, indulge in rejuvenating treatments in the spectacular cliff-edge spa or enjoy a sunset cruise in quirimbas National Park.

Remote and abundant with tropical vegetation, the island is the focus of the largest eco-tourism project in northern Mozambique. Facing a gently shelving ten kilometre long beach lie thirteen capacious beach houses, each with private sitting area and sundeck. evenings bring the opportunity to savour local cuisine with the emphasis on fresh seafood. Plentiful activities include diving, sea kayaking and guided bird spotting walks.

17 chalets and suites. 25 minutes by boat from Vilanculos.

8 villas. 15 minutes by boat from Pemba.

13 villas. 55 minutes by air from Pemba Airport.

Prices from £360pppn including full board and non-motorised watersports.

Prices from £250pppn in low season, £310pppn in high season including full board, local drinks and non-motorised watersports.

Prices from £390pppn in low season, £540pppn in high season including full board, local drinks and non-motorised watersports.

Below: View of Marlin Lodge

Below: Ocean View Villa

Below: Beach

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Zambia and Victoria Falls

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ew natural wonders can match the awesome splendour of the Victoria Falls, a thundering mass of water that roars into the abyss. Venture across Knife Edge Bridge to gaze on the breathtaking panorama, or view the spectacle from the skies on an exhilarating helicopter ride, the sunlight creating colourful rainbows as it catches the misty spray, a photographer’s dream. A walking safari in the South Luangwa will stir the soul. Wake early to zip open the tent and breathe in the scent of wild sage, stepping out in the wilderness where hippos, elephants and crocodiles congregate in the river’s oxbow lagoons and open sandbanks. It is a thrill to spot the first lion out on the Busanga Plains, which stretch as far as the eye can see. Here, on this vast expanse of grasslands and giant fig trees, are herds of tsessebe, hartebeest, zebra and buffalo. Golden brown lechwe sprint across marshes; thousands of sandy puku antelope fill the horizon. After the game drive, head back to camp and star gaze on beanbags sipping Amarula, lost for words as you gaze at the incredible African sky. This is a land, too, of colourful traditional ceremonies signifying ancient times …the vivid displays of dancing and drumming lingering in the memory. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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zambian discovery 9 nights from £4495 Per Person

a perfect safari around zambia combining exceptional game viewing in the national Parks with a stay on the banks of the zambezi river near the magnificent victoria falls.

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Days 8-10 | transfer by light aircraft to livingstone then by road to sanctuary sussi & Chuma (page 67) for three nights. built on a bend on the zambezi river, the twelve tree houses are linked by stilted wooden walkways and nestled beneath giant ebony trees. the

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

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Days 5-7 | return to mfuwe for the light aircraft transfer to sausage Tree Camp (page 69), a stylish camp on the banks of the lower zambezi, for a three night stay. the lower zambezi national Park is zambia’s newest park and as such is relatively undeveloped, wild and beautiful. herds of elephants congregate at the river’s edge and the floodplain, fringed with mopane forest and acacia trees, is rich with game – the mid season from June to september is an excellent time to visit. day and night game drives are included, as well as walking safaris and the opportunity to take to the river by canoe or boat for an alternative viewing perspective; fishing and bird watching can also be enjoyed. (fi).

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Days 2-4 | on arrival, you are met and transferred by light aircraft to mfuwe from where it is a road transfer to sanctuary Puku Ridge (page 71) for a three night stay. game viewing may well begin en route to the lodge as you traverse the south luangwa national Park, one of zambia’s richest game areas. the vegetation ranges from dense woodland to grassy plains, the verdant summer months giving way to bare, dry bushveld during the winter season. cutting through the park is the luangwa river and during the dry months of may to october, concentrations of hippos and crocodiles may be spotted in the shallows or basking on the exposed sandbanks; elephants congregate around the oxbow lagoons, formed as the river changes its course. twice daily game drives are included, with the opportunity to spot lion, buffalo, the unique thorneycroft’s giraffe or one of the fourteen species of antelope including bushback, eland and puku; night drives may reward with the sighting of a leopard. (fi).

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Day 1 | overnight flight from london heathrow to lusaka.

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mosi-oa-tunya national Park surrounds the camp, with opportunities to spot elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo and possibly even a white rhino on the included game drives. a visit to the nearby victoria falls will leave a lasting impression – when the river is high, the mist from the falls can be seen for miles, rainbows forming as the sunlight catches the spray. soft adventure activities such as white-water rafting and canoeing can be arranged locally. as evening falls, take a cruise along the river and pause to sip a cocktail and watch the sun as it sets across the water. (fi). Day 11 | return to livingstone and fly to Johannesburg to connect with the overnight flight back to london.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: FI Fully Inclusive, including game drives. This itinerary operates from April to November and is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Victoria Falls Extending between Zambia and Zimbabwe, few natural wonders can match the splendour of the 108 metre-high falls. One of the seven natural wonders of the world they are particularly spectacular during the wet season months of March to May, although the dry season months present the opportunity to visit Livingstone Island or to swim in the pools that border the edge of the cataract and a walk across the footbridge to the Knife Edge is rewarded with fabulous views. Adventure activities include rafting, canoeing, helicopter and microlight trips; nightfall during a full moon brings the chance to witness the ‘moon bows’ caused by moonlight reflecting through the spray. Combine your visit with game viewing at Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, home to zebra, giraffe, hippo and Zambia’s only remaining white rhinos.

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The Royal Livingstone

With the Zambezi gliding majestically past the hotel lawns and the mist of the Victoria Falls rising just downriver, the effect is immediately entrancing. Set inside the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, zebra, giraffe and monkey roam freely through the grounds, the dramatic sunsets destined to be forever etched in the memory. Inside, the ambience is that of bygone Africa, the pleasantly furnished rooms all river facing, the service discreet and sophisticated. Indigenous ingredients pervade the excellent cuisine, the outdoor dining terrace serving up incomparable river vistas whilst a sumptuous afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the lounge. Spa treatment cabanas front the river bank; the gardens hide a good-sized swimming pool. Guests enjoy free entry to the Falls, particularly impressive when the river is in full flood and just a short stroll through the gardens. 173 rooms. 15 mins by road from Livingstone Airport. Prices from £218pppn on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Toka leya camp

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Tongabezi & sindabezi

Within view of islands and rapids on the mighty zambezi, this classic Wilderness camp offers safari-style, en suite tents. raised on stilts and connected by wooden walkways to the main lodge, each features a deck overlooking the river. The main lodge comprises a dining room, lounge and bar; a small spa and swimming pool are carefully positioned to make the most of the river views. lodge activities include a falls tour, river cruise, visits to local villages and game drives in the mosi-oa-Tunya national Park.

This beautiful sanctuary lodge is located on the banks of the zambezi river, just ten minutes from Victoria falls. Treehousestyle rondavels, raised on stilts, are connected by wooden walkways to a split-level lodge and dining area with wine cellar and stunning views. Two chuma houses come complete with plunge pools and the services of a private butler. The sundowner deck and pool overlook the river and activities include sunset cruises, fishing trips, game drives and tours of the impressive falls.

Tongabezi consists of three very different, privately owned camps reflecting the style and beauty of Africa set on the banks of the zambezi. choose from one of the river cottages or luxury houses at Tongabezi lodge, complete with four-poster bed and sunken bath. Tangala House is perfect for families, with four bedrooms and a private pool. romantic sindabezi island offers a unique experience – an exclusive camp on a private island, the five open-sided thatched cottages directly overlook the river. river and bush safaris are included.

12 tents. 20 mins by road from Livingstone.

12 rooms and 2 Chuma houses. 20 mins by road from Livingstone.

5 houses and 11 cottages. 30 mins by road from Livingstone.

Prices from £318pppn on a full board basis including local drinks and activities.

Prices from £240pppn in low season, £410pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and activities.

Prices from £292pppn in low season, £351pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and activities.

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Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa And Kafue National Parks Combine a stay at Victoria Falls with exceptional game viewing in Zambia’s National Parks, along the banks of the country’s mighty rivers. Due to the sheer abundance of wildlife, the experience can be exhilarating. Our chosen camps in Lower Zambezi National Park all command prime riverside positions, with motorboat trips, canoe adventures and night boat safaris equally as popular as land-based game drives. This is the newest of Zambia’s parks and as such is relatively under-developed, wild and beautiful. Herds of elephants congregate at the river’s edge, whilst the floodplain teems with game – June to September being an ideal time to visit. Day and night game drives are complemented by walking safaris, fishing and bird watching – lunch can be served in the shallows of the river. In South Luangwa National Park, a rich diversity of wildlife including lion, buffalo and the unique Thorneycroft’s giraffe roam the grassy plains. Elephants congregate around the oxbow lagoons; leopard can be spotted during night drives. Zambia’s walking safari originated here and remains an unforgettable way to explore the bushveld wilderness which is home to over sixty different species of animal. Kafue – the country’s oldest and largest National Park – ranges from lush wetland systems to forest and savanna plains, the latter home to an incredible variety of antelope and gazelle, with lion ever present. The wetlands are particularly rich in bird species with the prospect of excellent fishing for anglers. Game sightings are abundant during the dry months from April to October, though the park itself is particularly verdant during the first half of the year, after the rains.

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Chiawa Camp

Sausage Tree Camp

This privately owned camp, comprising just nine beautifully furnished safari tents, resides in a magical wilderness on the banks of the mighty zambezi. Shaded by mahogany trees, each tent is en suite with a freestanding bath, indoor and outdoor showers and a wooden deck facing the river for supreme views. being located between two channels it is renowned for canoeing, although the bush walks, game viewing by boat, fly fishing and game drives – conducted by award-winning guides – are equally unforgettable. Cool off in the plunge pool or take to the river for a sunset river cruise or breakfast on board whilst floating at anchor. Slip away for a secluded picnic lunch, dine on an island or at a table in a gently flowing part of the river. Chiawa Camp is open from April to November.

The banks of the Lower zambezi provide the setting for this chic camp with its bedouin style reed-walled tents, expansive wooden decks, open air bathrooms and personalised butler service. Surrounded by sausage trees it comprises eight tents, two being luxurious honeymoon suites with private pools, whilst Kigelia House is built for exclusive use. Sumptuous cuisine is served by candlelight or moonlight overlooking the river, or even in the river at tables set in the shallows. Guiding is personalised – guests deciding itineraries and schedules for exciting day and night game drives or bush walks – with good opportunities to view elephant, hippo and buffalo. There are leopards, lions and wild dogs in the vicinity, or for more casual pursuits take to the river for canoe trips, boat cruises or fishing expeditions.

9 tents. 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Lusaka Airport.

8 tented suites. 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Lusaka Airport.

Prices from £399pppn in low season, £600pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £345pppn in low season, £556pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

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Below: Honeymoon Suite with Pool

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KaFUE NaTiONaL PaRK

busanga Camp

Kapinga Camp

busanga Plains’ vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains forms the backdrop for this intimate and secluded camp. Set on a tree-island dominated by fig trees, this Classic Wilderness camp affords uninterrupted views over the landscape, its four well-appointed tents having a rustic feel with canvas roofs and shaded wooden decks. also under canvas are the lounge and bar, with meals served in the boma under the stars or by chandelier lantern light under the tree canopy. Game drives, night drives and walking safaris are enhanced by the fabulous sunrises and sunsets – the mist rising from the floodplains during the winter months. Lechwe and puku are commonly spotted, with rarer sightings of cheetah and wild dog, but it is the abundance of lions that makes busanga such a prime safari destination.

Set on raised platforms to enhance the views, this Premier Wilderness Camp lies in the busanga Plains – one of zambia’s most significant wetland resources. as yet unspoilt by human development, the terrain is wild and diverse, its wide plains punctuated by tree islands. built with natural indigenous materials the camp blends almost imperceptibly into its surroundings, accommodation being provided by four luxurious, colourfully decorated meru-style tents with indoor and outdoor showers. Communal areas comprise a lounge, dining area and small pool, with a campfire boma for convivial evenings. Specialist birding drives are a particular attraction, whilst walking safaris and game drives set off in search of antelope, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, puku and rarer species such as roan and oribi.

4 tents. 1 hr 50 mins light aircraft transfer from Lusaka followed by 7 mins by helicopter.

4 tents. 1 hr 50 mins light aircraft transfer from Lusaka followed by 7 mins by helicopter.

Prices from £414pppn on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £498pppn on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

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SOUTH LUANGWA NATiONAL PARK

mchenja bush Camp

Nkwali

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

This luxury bush camp is run by Norman Carr Safaris who have been operating photographic and walking safaris in the region since 1950. Nestling under a grove of ebony trees, four stylishly designed thatched-roof tents with indoor baths and outdoor showers feature a deck overlooking the river – a gathering point for a wide variety of wildlife. Activities centre around guided walks and exciting game drives – evening drives can be especially rewarding – whilst back at the camp facilities include a bar and small pool.

Superb game viewing surrounds this yearround camp overlooking the elephant-rich National Park. Owned by Robin Pope Safaris it features spacious bamboo chalets with stone floors and thatch roofs, openfronted during the day to make the most of the river views, the two bedroom chalet being particularly suitable for families. Savour moonlit dinners on the open deck, by the lagoon or in the bush, followed by drinks in the riverbank bar. Safaris on foot, by vehicle or by boat are accompanied by award-winning guides.

blending seamlessly with its surroundings on a remote escarpment in South Luangwa Valley, this is an authentic tented experience in one of zambia’s best game viewing areas. Standing above the floodplain, the spacious bush tents are furnished in contemporary style with indoor and outdoor showers, bath and private decked balcony with views of the waterhole. Activities include walking safaris with experienced guides and day and night game drives where leopard and lion may be spotted.

4 tents. 2 hrs by road from Mfuwe Airport.

6 chalets. 1 hr by road from Mfuwe Airport.

7 tents. 2 hrs by road from Mfuwe Airport.

Prices from £354pppn in low season, £401pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis (excluding premium drinks) including game viewing activities.

Prices from £243pppn in low season, £336pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £232pppn in low season, £397pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis (excluding premium drinks) including game viewing activities.

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unt silently along Botswana’s picturesque waterways in a dugout canoe, past swaying reeds and tall grasses. This placid wilderness of lagoons, grassland and flooded plains is home to huge numbers of birds and animals, including hippos wallowing in deep channels and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. On an island at the heart of the Okavango Delta lies the Moremi Game Reserve, boasting a range of eco-systems from grassland and woodland to waterside. In the Kalahari, vultures soar on the thermals, looking down on the Makgadikgadi with its mile upon mile of shimmering white salt pans stretching endlessly to the horizon, its sandy expanses holding only a peppering of thornbush and the odd sighting of meerkat, mongoose and hyena. This is the territory of the hunter-gatherer San people with their clicking tongues, wide grins and jovial spirits. Quad bikes provide an exciting way to discover the dusty pans. Venture into Chobe National Park where the wetlands and waterways are alive with hippos, crocodiles, waterbirds, buffalos, big cats and more. For more leisurely wildlife viewing, take a river cruise on board a luxurious houseboat on the Upper Zambezi, where the river is broad and languid. Botswana is wilderness as it should be, unspoilt and unsurpassed. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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Highlights of Botswana 9 nigHts From £5625 Per Person

a collection of unique and varied safari experiences, from the vast and watery floodplains of the okavango Delta to game-rich national Parks teeming with elephants – Botswana at its very best. Day 1 | overnight flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg. DayS 2-3 | on arrival connect with the onward flight to Livingstone airport, where you will take a transfer by road and by boat to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero (page 79) for a two night stay. the wildlife in Chobe national Park is amongst the most varied in Botswana, but the park is perhaps most famous for its vast numbers of elephants, the largest remaining elephant population in the world. a sundowner cruise along the Chobe river affords the opportunity to observe these majestic mammals at close range as they wade in the river. Large herds of buffalo too inhabit the teak forests and gather by the shores of the river, a prime source of water during the dry winter months of June to august. (Fi). DayS 4-5 | transfer by road to Kasane then continue by light aircraft and road to the Linyanti area for a two night stay at DumaTau Camp (page 81), a tented camp located near the Linyanti swamps. Close to the source of the now-flowing savute Channel, within the vast Linyanti Concession, the camp overlooks a wide lagoon frequented by hippos – the waterways of the Linyanti make for fascinating game drives or boat trips (water levels permitting). wildlife viewing here is the prime activity, a number of platforms and hides being located close to the camp – impala, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe may be spotted year round, with sightings of predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog a distinct possibility. (Fi). DayS 6-8 | the okavango Delta offers a truly unique safari experience – africa’s third largest river spills out in a fan shape over the dry Kalahari sandveld to create an inland delta laced with water channels, islands and papyrus-lined lagoons. a transfer by light aircraft and road (or boat, depending on water levels) will bring you to Kwetsani Camp (page 84) for a three night stay. Located on a heavily wooded island in the Jao Concession, Kwetsani is a small camp offering an intimate experience in one of the most remote regions of the delta. Land and water-based game drives are available (flood levels permitting), with lion, leopard, wild dog, tsessebe and cheetah amongst the major attractions. However for a completely different perspective on the delta’s wildlife, we recommend a

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safari by mokoro – a dug-out canoe that glides silently along the waterways, perhaps affording a glimpse of the rare sitatunga, an aquatic antelope, or the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the deeper lagoons. (Fi). DayS 9-10 | Fly by light aircraft to the south-eastern corner of the delta for a two night stay at Chitabe Camp (page 85). Bordering the moremi game reserve, the camp is located on an island within the Chitabe concession, an area of diverse habitats ranging from palmdotted floodplains to open savannah and acacia-fringed woodlands. this rich diversity ensures excellent birdlife and a good concentration of predators, including leopard, lion and occasionally wild dog. guests have the opportunity to enjoy a sleep-out under the stars. (Fi). Day 11 | transfer to the airstrip for the light aircraft transfer to maun, then on to Johannesburg to connect with the overnight flight back to London.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room/tent and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, connecting flights to Livingstone and Maun, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: FI Fully Inclusive, including game drives. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Rivers and Deltas 7 nights FRom £3895 PeR PeRson

a celebration of wildlife, rivers and wetlands – from the roar of Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi to a sophisticated cruise along the Chobe River and the unique experience of a stay in Botswana’s okavango Delta.

ZAMBIA NAMIBIA

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Day 1 | overnight flight from London heathrow to Johannesburg. Days 2-4 | on arrival connect with the onward flight to Livingstone airport in Zambia, then a short transfer by road to the Royal Livingstone hotel (page 66) for a three night stay. set in expansive gardens that form part of the mosi-oa-tunya national Park, the game viewing experience may commence from the terrace of your room, with zebra, giraffe and monkeys roaming freely through the grounds. straddling Zambia and Zimbabwe, the breathtaking Victoria Falls are just a short stroll through the gardens, the misty spray visible for miles when the water is high – when water levels are lower, boat trips may be arranged to Livingstone island. activities available locally (at a charge) include game drives, horseback or walking safaris, sunset river cruises and a host of adrenalin-charged recreations from white water rafting and canoeing to helicopter or microlight flights across the falls. (B). Days 5-6 | transfer by road and boat to Kasane for the border crossing into Botswana, then it’s a short ride along the Chobe River by tender boat to join the Zambezi Queen for an exclusive two night river safari. this elegant, contemporary floating hotel retains the essence of a gentle african river cruise, where guests may observe animals drinking at the water’s edge from the comfort of their cabin. all cruising is done by day, the Zambezi Queen mooring for night near a local village. Complimentary activities include a land-based safari into Chobe national Park, renowned for its vast herds of elephant, buffalo and over four hundred species of bird; a waterbased safari by tender boat; tiger and bream fishing in season and a cultural visit to a local village. meals are taken on board or it may be possible to enjoy a traditional boma dinner on shore. (FB). Days 7-8 | savour a leisurely breakfast on board as you cruise back along the river, then return by tender boat to Kasane for the light aircraft transfer to the okavango Delta, the largest inland delta system in the world and home to a diverse collection of flora and fauna. stay for two nights at Xigera Camp (page 83), a tented camp located on an island in the heart of the delta. Being within the moremi game Reserve, the big game viewing here is exceptional

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both in terms of numbers and variety: abundant concentrations of game including giraffe, elephant, buffalo, impala and predators such as lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyena. Land-based interpretive game drives are included, exploring the savannahs and floodplains when water levels permit – a river safari by mokoro is highly recommended. (Fi). Day 9 | transfer to the airstrip for the light aircraft transfer to maun, then on to Johannesburg to connect with the overnight flight back to London.

ZamBeZi QUeen a stylish and sophisticated floating boutique hotel boasting an unparalleled level of designer chic. Launched in 2009, the Zambezi Queen features an upper deck lounge, bar, sun deck with plunge pool and an elegant dining room that enjoys unobstructed views over the water and floodplains on three sides. Just fourteen cabins promise an exclusive experience, each furnished in modern african décor and arranged in such a way that no-one passes in front of the window. Four master Cabins are located at the front of the boat with balconies and views on two sides. meals are inclusive; game viewing is a mix of land based safaris and water excursions aboard small tender boats. two and three night cruises along the Chobe River are offered.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room/cabin/tent and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, connecting flights to Livingstone and Maun, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, FB Full Board (including wine and beer with meals on board the Zambezi Queen), FI Fully Inclusive, including game drives. The Zambezi Queen’s cruising itinerary is subject to weather conditions and water levels. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Chobe, Linyanti And The Kalahari Plains Besides being home to the world’s largest remaining population of elephant, Chobe National Park boasts a super-abundance of wildlife, including birds, buffalo, antelope and several predators. River safaris provide an excellent way to get up close to the elephant and buffalo as they drink at the water’s edge or wade in the river, with sundowner cruises a memorable way to end the day. In general, game viewing is best in the dry months from April to October, although birding is at its height in the marshlands from November to March. A safari in Chobe can be easily combined with a visit to Victoria Falls. Between Chobe and the Okavango Delta lie the Linyanti Swamps, again rich in game and known for inspiring walks along the Linyanti River and the now-flowing Savute Channel. Running through a gap in the sand ridge, the channel flows for 100 kilometres, best explored when water levels permit by mokoro canoe – crocodiles and hippos abound. In complete contrast, the Kalahari Plains comprise arid landscapes pitted with dry salt pans, a habitat famed for its herds of antelope and predators including the black-maned Kalahari lion. Sociable colonies of meerkat can often be viewed at close quarters; time your visit to coincide with the wet season and you may be fortunate to witness the spectacular zebra migration in the Makgadikgadi National Park – or from May to September, traverse the dry pans by quad bike. For an authentic taste of Botswana tribal life, join a walking safari with Zu’hoasi Bushmen trackers.

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sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

savute Elephant Camp

bordering an area within the heart of the bush which holds Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, and on the banks of the Chobe River, this captivating lodge comprises fifteen cottages and a host of facilities including a split-level swimming pool and an excellent full service spa. Each individually decorated room has a freestanding bath, indoor and outdoor showers and a private garden where guests can arrange for gourmet dinners to be served in silver service style. There are wonderful game sighting opportunities to be enjoyed in Chobe national Park, just a ten minute drive away, whilst the river cruises allow up-close encounters with buffalo and wading elephants. Day trips can be arranged to Victoria Falls, the river offering exceptional opportunities for white water rafting and incredible views of the falls.

sense the essence of Africa in savute, an orient-Express Camp set deep in the heart of Chobe national Park. Lavishly equipped en suite tents with air conditioning, minibar and four-poster beds are raised on platforms to capitalise on the stunning vistas. outside, each has private deck with easy chairs and a hammock overlooking the savute Channel – now flowing again after thirty dry years. The area is known for its high concentration of elephant and seasonal zebra migrations, whilst predator sightings of lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah and hyena are common. From December to March the bird watching is particularly rewarding. Dine under cover in the airy dining room or under the African night skies in the traditional campfire boma; talk over safari exploits in the intimate bar.

15 cottages. 10 mins by road from Kasane Airport.

12 tents. 50 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun.

Prices from £406pppn in low season, £617pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £332pppn in low season, £631pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game-viewing activities.

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selinda Camp

Kings Pool Camp

the selinda Reserve is characterised by game-rich floodplains – a setting chosen for many national Geographic wildlife films. It is here, on the selinda spillway which links the okavango Delta with the Linyanti swamps, that wilderness Camps have created the quintessential safari camp experience centred around eight Chobe-style thatched tents with open views, en suite bathrooms and verandas. In the cool and shady main area, guests can dine in relaxed style and enjoy drinks with a view in the bar. Lion, cheetah, leopard and other predators abound in the reserve – exhilarating game drives being accompanied by further activities such as boating, walking safaris and fly fishing. a plunge pool provides the opportunity for a cooling dip later.

overlooking an oxbow lagoon and the Linyanti River, this Premier wilderness Camp stands in a private concession famed for its elephant, lion, leopard and hippo. a superb base not only for game drives but for water game viewing by boat when water levels permit, it houses nine luxury tented dwellings built on raised decks. Each has a large en suite bathroom, plunge pool and a separate thatched sala – perfect for soaking up the wilderness ambience whilst enjoying a private massage. In addition to day and night drives and sundowner river cruises guests can view game from two strategically positioned hides, one at the edge of the camp, the other underground with the water at eye level. there is also a pool, a gym and a boma for alfresco dining.

8 tents. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 30 mins by road.

9 tents. 50 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 45 mins by road.

Prices from £577pppn in low season, £697pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £635pppn in low season, £945pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

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DumaTau Camp

savuti Camp

Jack’s Camp

nestling under a grove of mangosteen trees close to the hippo-filled Linyanti swamp, this Classic wilderness camp comprises ten well-appointed en suite tents on raised deck walkways. Each has a split bedroom and bathroom area, indoor/ outdoor shower and ceiling fan; one family unit offering two bedrooms, a honeymoon suite boasting a sala. A close to nature wildlife experience awaits – elephants trumpeting at night and the sound of hippos close by. Join the day and night game drives, take a river cruise or view game from the camp’s numerous hides and platforms.

An isolated part of the Linyanti Reserve on the savute Channel – now flowing again after three dry decades – is the setting for this enchanting Classic wilderness Camp. with two thirds of the channel within the camp’s concession, guests enjoy exclusive access to the abundant game, ranging from predators, hippo and water birds to antelope and aardvark. Comfortable accommodation is provided by channelfacing Meru-style tents on raised platforms; a thatched dining area is complemented by a fire pit and plunge pool. As well as game drives, wildlife can be observed up close from hides.

Award-winning Jack’s Camp is based in the Makgadikgadi Pans and offers a genuine desert experience. Located within a palm grove and furnished in traditional 1940’s safari style, the classic canvas tents provide atmospheric living graced by indoor/outdoor showers, Persian rugs and paraffin lamps. Learn about the Kalahari environment on walks guided by Zu/’hoasi bushmen, explore the saltpans on quad bikes during the dry season, witness the zebra migration during the wet season and participate in an interactive experience with meerkats. back at the camp a pool pavilion and decadent tea tent await.

10 suites. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 35 mins by road.

7 tents. 45 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 35 mins by road.

10 tents. 50 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun Airport.

Prices from £377pppn in low season, £577pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £377pppn in low season, £577pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £690pppn in low season, £863pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game-viewing activities.

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The Okavango Delta Few places on earth can match the almost mystical appeal of the Okavango Delta, where Africa’s third largest river spills out over the dry Kalahari sandveld to create a latticework of channels, islands and lagoons. The world’s largest inland delta and a place of incredible natural beauty, it offers a chance to combine wetland safaris with game drives on dry land, with lion, leopard, wild dog, tsessebe and cheetah amongst the prize sightings. Exploring the seasonally flooded swamps and lush floodplains by dug-out mokoro canoe brings the opportunity to spot the rare sitatunga, an aquatic antelope, whilst the deeper lagoons are the habitat of hippos and crocodiles. These safaris are, of course, dependent on water levels. The Moremi Game Reserve, hunted by bushmen as long as 10,000 years ago, lies on an island in the centre of the delta where the richly diverse terrain encompasses acacia-fringed woodlands and palm-dotted floodplains. Although just under 5,000 square kilometres, the reserve is surprisingly diverse in wildlife including buffalo, baboon, giraffe, lion, cheetah, hyena and red lechwe and is the only area within the delta where rhino can be seen. Due to the remarkable contrasts of the location we recommend splitting your stay in the delta between two camps – one dry and one wet. This way, you can combine land-based experiences such as bird watching from elevated hides or tracking predators by 4x4 with fly fishing from a mokoro or a picnic boat trip.

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sanctuary Chief ’s Camp

Mombo Camp

Xigera Camp

Chief ’s Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve, known as the predator capital of Africa, is the setting for this sumptuous bush camp. Twelve secluded bush pavilions boast every comfort, from en suite accommodation with indoor and outdoor showers to a seating area and game-viewing deck with hammock. spa relaxation follows exhilarating game drives; fine cuisine is enjoyed around the fire pit overlooking the flood plains.

This Premier wilderness camp is set on Mombo Island in the okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve where a proliferation of game can often be viewed directly from the veranda. Informative game drives explore the savannah and floodplain, this being the only home of black and white rhino within the delta. nine spacious raised tents maximise the views, a plunge pool provides cooling relaxation. Early booking at this popular camp is essential.

The utterly private Xigera stands on an island at the heart of the okavango Delta in the Moremi Game Reserve. Permanent year round water allows an unparalleled variety of activities such as guided walks and game viewing by mokoro or power boat – the area boasting exceptional birdlife. Raised tented rooms offer every comfort with views across the seasonal floodplains; meals and drinks can be served in the boma or overlooking flowing water. A Classic wilderness Camp.

12 pavilions. 25 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun Airport.

9 tents. 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 15 mins by road.

8 tents. 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 10 mins by road.

Prices from £617pppn in low season, £1030pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis (excluding premium drinks) including game viewing activities.

Prices from £910pppn in low season, £1156pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £377pppn low season, £577pppn high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

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&beyond sandibe okavango safari Lodge

Kwetsani Camp

Vumbura Plains

a remote, intimate lodge bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, offering exclusive traversing rights over 27,000 hectares of water and wilderness. set in a stunning location overlooking the grassy plains, eight thatched safari cottages feature open showers and elevated viewing decks. twice daily game drives, bush walks and mokoro excursions are enhanced by bush breakfasts, candlelit dinners, boma feasts and wines from a charcoal-cooled cellar. Hammocks and a cooling pool invite relaxation.

Located in the okavango’s Jao Concession, this Classic wilderness Camp consists of five luxury tree house chalets, each en suite and offering incredible floodplain views. a comfortable main area, dotted with large leather sofas, houses a dining room and bar under a thatched roof, with a communal pool nearby. boat safaris are available subject to water levels, game drives leave day and night to spot leopard, cheetah, lion and a host of fascinating nocturnal animals.

Part of an eco-tourism initiative that aims to benefit delta communities, this Premier wilderness Camp sits in a private concession in the extreme north of the Delta, encompassing a glorious variety of habitats. Rooms, which are split between two separate camp sections, are contemporary and spacious, each with a large bedroom, outdoor shower, sala and plunge pool. Each camp has a lounge, dining area and bar. Multiple land and water based activities are available.

8 cottages. 15 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 45 mins by road.

5 chalets. 35 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 35 mins by road.

14 rooms. 40 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 40 mins by road.

Prices from £260pppn in low season, £588pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game-viewing activities.

Prices from £377pppn in low season, £577pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £635pppn in low season, £945pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

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Chitabe Camp

Eagle Island Camp

&beyond Xudum okavango Delta Lodge

bordered by the Moremi Game Reserve, this private concession on a beautiful island of the okavango Delta provides spacious East African-style tented accommodation on decks raised up into the trees, each en suite with indoor and outdoor showers. For spectacular game and bird watching there are two elevated hides in the reserve, one within walking distance of the camp. Game drives are offered day or night and guests can experience a fully supervised sleep-out. A Classic wilderness Camp.

overlooking a lagoon on Xaxaba Island, this orient-Express Camp offers elevated tented luxury, with expansive private decks that overlook the lagoon, an ideal spot for observing wildlife. A secluded private suite features a splash pool and comes with a guide and vehicle. A helicopter flight is included for all guests, offering a bird’s eye view of the delta. Relax by the pool and enjoy a drink in the romantic Fish Eagle bar, followed by exceptional dining either on camp or in the surrounding bush.

Lying within an exclusive 25,000 hectare wildlife concession, with sweeping views over the vast floodplains, the camp combines a spectacular setting with stylish comfort. split-level safari suites are air-conditioned and en suite, with a large bathtub, alfresco shower, private plunge pool and a rooftop look-out with views across the delta. Explore the waterways by mokoro canoe, take an interpretive walk with a knowledgeable guide or game drives to spot the big Five.

8 tents. 20 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun followed by 20 mins by road.

11 tents and 1 suite. 20 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun Airport.

9 suites. 25 mins light aircraft transfer from Maun Airport.

Prices from £377pppn in low season, £577pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £669pppn in low season, £827pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

Prices from £360pppn in low season, £857pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and game viewing activities.

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amibia, not only a nature lover’s paradise but a photographer’s dream. Sunrise reveals a shoreline flanked by a mesmerising sea of sand dunes, reflecting glorious reds and oranges in the unsullied morning light. This is nature laid bare – the early morning mists drifting inland around the lunar landscape of Damaraland, where gemsbok and ostrich roam the rocky plains. There are pre-historic rock engravings and petrified forests here too, whilst further south the one hundred mile long Fish River Canyon invites exploration. Relax on Swakopmund’s beaches or venture north to the uninhabited desert plains of the Skeleton Coast – one of the most atmospheric places on earth. Desert-adapted elephant, lion and giraffe roam the dry river courses; driftwood, shipwrecks and whale skeletons sprinkle the shoreline. In world-class Etosha National Park – the ‘great white place’ of endless salt pans – delight in tracking black-faced impala and rhino beneath wide horizons and clear, unpolluted skies. For adventure amidst dramatic desert mountain scenery head for the Kunene River and the homelands of the Himba, semi-nomadic goat herders who paint themselves with red ochre. Take a wilderness journey to experience turn-of-the-century camping that recreates the sense of game viewing during the time of the great African explorers, or take to the skies in a hot air balloon, drifting silently over a sea of desert dunes. Colour is everywhere. Namibia awaits. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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Best of Namibia Safari 7 NIGHTS FROM £5295 PER PERSON

A country of contrasts, from the parched pans and game-filled savannahs of Etosha to the rugged mountains of Damaraland and the breathtakingly beautiful dunes of Sossusvlei. DAY 1 | Overnight flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg. KUNENE RIVER

DAY 2 | On arrival connect with the onward flight to Windhoek. Transfer to the Heinitzburg Hotel on arrival for an overnight stay. Located on a hill just a ten minute walk from the centre, this family run Relais & Châteaux hotel is housed in Heinitzburg Castle, one of three castles in Windhoek. Much of the original charm and character has been retained, the individually designed rooms featuring fourposter beds and every modern comfort. There is a strong focus on gourmet dining in the air-conditioned restaurant or on the terrace overlooking Windhoek, accompanied by fine South African wines from Namibia’s largest wine cellar. (B). DAYS 3-4 | A highlight of any trip to Namibia awaits – fly south by light aircraft to the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the famous dunes of Sossusvlei. Spend two nights at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (page 91) on the northern fringes of the reserve. A vast lunar landscape of breathtaking dunes unfolds, stretching for over three hundred kilometres along the coast and reaching heights of two hundred metres, the colours of the sand changing as the heat of the day intensifies – a photographer’s dream. Activities include desert adventures by quad bike, guided dune walks, scenic nature drives tracking desert-adapted wildlife and star-gazing in the clear night skies. Hot air balloon rides to witness the sun rising over the dunes can also be arranged. (FI). DAYS 5-6 | Transfer north by light aircraft to the Huab River Valley in Damaraland for a two night stay at Damaraland Camp (page 95). In the heart of the Torra Conservancy, this is a wild and pristine environment, characterised by stark plains, valleys and the rugged peaks of the Brandenberg Mountains. Activities at the camp focus around the Huab River with mountain bike rides, guided walks and nature drives where you may spot the smaller, desert-adapted elephant. A visit may also be arranged to see the six thousand year old petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein, one of Africa’s most extensive galleries of ancient rock art. (FI).

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DAYS 7-8 | Return to the airstrip for a light aircraft transfer to the Etosha area for a two night stay at Little Ongava (page 93). Etosha National Park, one of the largest in Africa, is dominated by the Etosha Pan, a vast, parched saltpan fringed by mopane forests and waterholes where the park’s many animals congregate during the dry winter months – May to September is a particularly good time to visit. With over a hundred different animal species and over three hundred types of birds, game viewing here is excellent – the blackfaced impala and the black rhino, both endangered species, may be spotted alongside elephants that are amongst the largest in Africa. (FI). DAY 9 | Transfer to the airstrip for the light aircraft transfer to Windhoek, then on to Johannesburg to connect with the overnight flight back to London.

Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, connecting flight to Windhoek, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, FI Fully Inclusive, including game/nature drives. This itinerary is based on a flying safari and is only a suggestion – self-drive tours are easily arranged and our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Sossusvlei And The Namibrand Nature Reserve Flying in by light aircraft to the NamibRand Nature Reserve and famous Sossusvlei sand dunes is akin to entering an alien world – a lunar landscape of breathtaking proportions. In fact, this is the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa – an area stretching for over 200 kilometres along the coast. A photographer’s dream, it is a landscape of ochres and reds that changes hue as the heat of the day intensifies and burns off the morning mists. The dunes of Sossusvlei rise 200 metres above the valleys of the Namib Desert – the highest in the world and continuously re-shaped by the wind into spectacular knife-edged peaks and escarpments. This is an environment that attracts a fascinating gamut of dune-adapted wildlife, with ostrich, zebra, springbok and ground squirrels at home in the barren gravel plains, alongside rarer animals such as the Cape Fox and the brown hyena. It is also a pleasure-seeker’s paradise…a place to participate in exhilarating activities such as quad biking across the dunes, guided dune walks or hot air ballooning at sunrise followed by a champagne breakfast on landing. Also popular are 4x4 drives into the dunes to test both driving skill and nerve. On the gentler side there are scenic desert drives to view wildlife and plants, whilst nightfall is a time to enjoy star gazing in the vast desert skies, free from light pollution.

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&beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Little Kulala

Wolwedans

Situated in the foothills of the private namibRand nature Reserve, this &beyond lodge has ten air-conditioned stone and glass villas – each with a shady veranda, split-level bedroom, a star-viewing window above the bed and large windows looking out over the plains. Activities include nature drives, guided quad bike rides and dune walks, with early morning balloon rides and picnic excursions to the Sossusvlei dunes available locally. A professional astronomer brings the unpolluted night skies alive.

The raised kulala thatched villas in this Premier Wilderness Camp are uniquely adapted to desert conditions, the climatecontrolled interiors being graced by exquisite fixtures including a rooftop skybed for romantic stargazing, indoor and outdoor showers, bleached decks and a private plunge pool. Join morning game drives to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, take a balloon safari or a camel ride into the desert and experience the sundowner tour – one of the namib’s most scenic adventures.

A collection of four stylish camps in a vast private desert reserve. Dune Camp is an intimate retreat with tents on raised wooden platforms, Dunes Lodge features spacious chalets and a pool, Private Camp offers excellent family accommodation whilst boulders Camp is the most exclusive. Enjoy guided drives, walks and picnics – scenic flights can be arranged at extra charge; combine with the Skeleton Coast or Sossusvlei for the complete namibia experience.

10 villas. 1 hr 15 mins light aircraft transfer from Windhoek.

11 villas. 1 hr 15 mins light aircraft transfer from Windhoek followed by 30 mins by road.

Prices from £260pppn in low season, £474pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including activities.

Prices from £527pppn in low season, £739pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including activities.

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Dune Camp – 6 tents. Dunes Lodge – 9 chalets. Boulders Camp – 4 tents. Private Camp – 2 rooms. 1 hr light aircraft transfer from Windhoek followed by 10-30 mins by road. Prices from £496pppn on an all-inclusive basis including activities.

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Etosha National Park And The Kunene Region Meaning ‘great white place’, Etosha National Park is dominated by the parched white earth of a huge mineral pan. Once a lake it is now largely a dusty depression with a sprinkling of waterholes at the edges which attract large concentrations of game and wading birds during the dry winter months – the impressive flocks of flamingos are an unforgettable sight. Over three hundred species of bird can be seen here, together with vast herds of plains game, the endangered black rhino and black-faced impala and larger mammals including lion and elephant. Fortunate visitors may even see leopard and cheetah. The flora is interesting, too, the mopane scrub interspersed with tall trees including the spectacular African moringa ‘ghost tree’. Kudu graze the leaves of the red bushwillows whilst rhino and elephant consume the branches and bark. Kunene, also known as Kaokoland, lies in the north-western corner of the region and has been described as Africa’s last wilderness. Bordered by the Hoanib and Kunene rivers, its rugged mountain terrain has a haunting, empty ambience, although closer inspection reveals populations of gemsbok, springbok, Hartmann’s zebra and Nile crocodiles that dwell in the Kunene’s waters. The local tribes are largely nomadic – the Himba goat herders being known for painting themselves with red ochre. Quad biking is popular, as are nature drives and valley walks or scenic boat trips along the river – water levels are at their highest between March and September.

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Little Ongava

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Serra Cafema Camp

bordering Etosha national Park – namibia’s premier wildlife destination – is this intimate and secluded hilltop camp, where three luxury suites come with en suite bathroom, alfresco shower, private sala and plunge pool. The dining and lounge areas give views over a waterhole and this is one of the few Southern African reserves offering a chance of seeing both black and white rhino – trackable on foot with an expert guide. A Premier Wilderness Camp.

Close to the Von Lindequist gate of Etosha national Park, this warm and friendly lodge comprises eight air-conditioned luxury tented suites. Raised on stilts and nestling on the banks of an ancient dry river bed, each offers en suite bathrooms and large sliding glass doors to optimise the views. The main lodge features a large wrap-around veranda and a stylish pool languishes amidst the manicured lawns. Activities include two game drives per day into the park.

Deep within the Hartmann Valley looking onto the Kunene River and surrounded by the lunar-like infinity of the namib Desert, this Premier Wilderness Camp is one of the most remote camps in Southern Africa. Thatched chalets, which stand on elevated decks, offer en suite bathrooms, retractable glass façades and shower decks. For recreation try environmentally-friendly quad biking, seasonal river boating or an excursion to visit the mysterious fairy circles. A relaxing pool overlooks the river.

3 suites. 90 mins light aircraft transfer from Windhoek.

8 suites. 90 mins light aircraft transfer from Windhoek.

8 chalets. 3 hr light aircraft transfer from Windhoek.

Prices from £579pppn in low season, £834pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £295pppn on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £527pppn in low season, £739pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

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The Skeleton Coast And Damaraland Evocative and desolate, the Skeleton Coast is famed for its roaring sand dunes and wildly beautiful but inhospitable moonscape terrain that stretches along Namibia’s Atlantic coastline. Deserted diamond mines and bleached whale skeletons add to the mysterious atmosphere, whilst along the shore lie occasional mournful shipwrecks. Seal colonies, such as the one at Cape Cross, are abundant; the fresh-water springs and fog from the ocean together sustain a surprising variety of wildlife that includes black-backed jackal, antelope, elephant, giraffe and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Hop in a Land Rover for a guided drive over a variety of terrains or take an extended walk. In the Hoarusib Valley it is possible to obtain an insight into the life of the nomadic people with a visit to a Himba settlement. The Skelton Coast is a place to explore, beach comb, fish and relax. Between the Skeleton Coast and the Central Plateau, Damaraland is wild and pristine, characterised by stark plains, valleys and the rugged peaks of the Brandenberg Mountains that take on a fiery red glow as the sun sets on the granite rock. At Twyfelfontein you can visit one of Africa’s most extensive galleries of 6,000 year old petroglyphs, whilst the local San people believe the Spitzkoppe peak to be a place of great significance. Our camps here on the dry Huab riverbed provide an excellent base from which to join guided walks and nature drives to spot a wealth of wildlife including black rhino, giraffe, ostrich, springbok and desert elephant that have adapted to the dry bush conditions.

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Doro nawas Camp

Damaraland Camp

Skeleton Coast Camp

Tucked away within a private conservancy famed for its desert elephant, this intimate camp commands unforgettable mountain views. Rooms harmonise with their surroundings, each with outdoor shower and veranda for sleep-outs under the stars, whilst in the main building a roof terrace beckons for sundowners and the lap pool invites leisurely relaxation. There is excellent birding to be enjoyed and a visit to the World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein is recommended.

Recipient of a string of eco-tourism awards, this Classic Wilderness Camp seeks to integrate the local community with sustainable tourism. nature drives and mountain biking tours give the opportunity to view desert-adapted elephant, cheetah and black rhino, whilst the area also boasts the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Ten en suite, adobe-style raised rooms feature desert views from the large wooden decks. Unwind by the pool and enjoy dinners alfresco under the stars.

Colossal sand dunes, windswept plains, canyons and salt pans dominate the wild landscape of the Skeleton Coast, where this eco award-winning tented camp sits on decks on an island in the dry Khumib riverbed. Explore a unique coastal ecology on full-day nature drives and walks complete with picnic lunch, view the Cape fur seal colonies and visit a working Himba village. Game viewings may include desert elephant, giraffe and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. A Classic Wilderness Camp.

16 rooms. 1 hr 40 mins light aircraft transfer from Windhoek.

10 rooms. 1 hr 40 mins light aircraft transfer from Windhoek followed by 25 mins by road.

6 tents. 2 hrs 30 mins light aircraft transfer from Windhoek.

Prices from £130pppn in low season, £166pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £317pppn in low season, £444pppn in high season on an all-inclusive basis including game viewing activities.

Prices from £2970pp for three nights on an all-inclusive basis including activities and return flights from Windhoek.

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ounteous wildlife and bead-clad tribespeople; gourmet bush dining under a canopy of trees, the silver cutlery and white linen gleaming in the moonlight. Kenya holds unforgettable sights and surprises at every turn. To the south, elephants traverse Amboseli National Park in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, a dry and dusty land dappled with swamplands to attract nature’s giants, the early light of dawn turning the mountains a dark tinge of purple and the snow on the peaks into an ethereal pink. Unspoilt tropical beaches stretch along a glorious coastline, with miles of coral reef that, when the tide is low enough, can be reached across the sand. Lush plantations of banana, sugarcane, coconut, sisal and cashew nut cover the verdant coastal strip, nurtured by equatorial rains. Inland lie the wondrous sights of the Great Rift Valley and the Masai Mara Game Reserve where wildebeest and zebra mass for the Great Migration. In turn, the predators gather – lion and hyena scenting their prey. The scene creates one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. More natural wonder awaits on nearby Lake Nakuru, the giraffe, rhino, waterbuck and tree-climbing lions taking second place to the pink explosion of over a million flamingos dotting the soda lake’s surface. To the country’s north, Mount Kenya rises majestically to the only peak where snow is found on the equator, brooding above an array of scenery from vast open savannah in Samburu to the dry plains and kopjes of Shaba National Reserve. Nature in the raw, viewed best from captivating wilderness camps topped by decadent Kenyan skies assure endless memories and authentic yesteryear experiences.


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Kenya Classic 9 NIGHTS FROM £2930 PER PERSON

A varied programme that explores the highlights of Kenya’s contrasting landscapes combining the arid scenery of the north, the classic safari plains of the Masai Mara and the exquisite Swahili Coast. Day 1 |Overnight flight from London Heathrow to Nairobi.

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MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

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TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

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Days 2-3 | On arrival, transfer to Nairobi Wilson Airport for the short flight to the Samburu National Reserve for a two night stay at samburu Intrepids (1). Comfortable tents overlook the Ewaso Ngiro river which attracts herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra to its waters. One of Kenya’s lesser visited reserves, Samburu is characterised by open savannah, arid scrub desert and the lush verdant foliage that follows the river’s path. This habitat ensures encounters with reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra – gerenuks are often seen foraging in the acacia trees. The three big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – are also found here. Two game drives are included daily in Samburu and the neighbouring Buffalo Springs Reserve; other activities include nature walks and camel safaris. (FI). Days 4-6 | Transfer by road back to the airstrip then continue by light aircraft to the Masai Mara Reserve with a flight to the Shikar Airstrip. Stay three nights at the Karen Blixen Camp (page 105), a tented camp set on the banks of the Mara River with the great Mara Plains behind. Kenya is the home of the classic safari and the Masai Mara National Reserve is the epitome of game viewing. Its vast sprawling yellow plains, fertile grasslands and open savannah are home to an astonishing array of animals including the famed Big Five. The plains are intersected by three rivers providing water to hippo pods and crocodiles. Prides of lion hunt in the open and it is never hard to spot Masai giraffe, elephant and antelope. Elusive rhino are here too whilst the plains are the scene of the Great Migration each year between July and September. For a different perspective, an unmissable experience is to drift through the African sky by hot air balloon, which can be arranged for an extra cost. (FI).

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Days 7-10 | Enjoy a morning game drive and lunch before flying to Moi International Airport. Transfer by road to the serena Beach Hotel & spa (page 111) for a four night stay. Resembling a thirteenth century Swahili town, the hotel is set beside Shanzu Beach, where sea turtles often lay their eggs. White beaches and coconut palms fringe the coastline creating a tropical idyll; the hotel is adjacent

The location of this luxury tented camp, deep inside the Samburu National Reserve, guarantees close encounters with the region’s abundant wildlife. Accommodation is in twenty seven spacious tents with four-poster beds and en suite bathrooms. Guests can relax on the terrace by the swimming pool after the day’s activities, which include game drives, camel and walking safaris and visits to local communities.

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to the Mombasa National Marine Park whose reefs are home to a myriad iridescent fish and a perfect spot for diving and snorkelling. (B, D). Day 11 | Spend the day at leisure before an afternoon flight to Nairobi to connect with an overnight flight back to London Heathrow.

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with Kenya Airways, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, D Dinner, FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.


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Northern Explorer 8 NIGHTS FROM £3770 PER PERSON

Surrounding the peak of Mount Kenya, the country’s north beholds a varied landscape including verdant Meru, the savannah of Samburu and the vast wilderness of Laikipia. This itinerary combines unique accommodation with a safari through the region’s highlights. Day 1 | Overnight flight from London Heathrow to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Days 2-3 | On arrival, transfer to Nairobi Wilson Airport for a flight to Meru National Park for a two night stay at Elsa’s Kopje (page 109). One of Kenya’s most geographically diverse parks, an abundance of water and rainfall create a luxuriant covering of jungle, bush and tall grasses. Game drives will uncover buffalos, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra whilst the rhino sanctuary is home to a healthy population of white rhino. Bush walks are included along with fishing on the Tana River. (FI). Days 4-5 | In the morning transfer back to the Airstrip for a short flight to Samburu Airstrip. Transfer through the National Park to the spectacular location of saruni samburu (page 108), high on the cliffs overlooking the unspoilt Kalama Conservation Area, for a two night stay. An arid landscape of red earth dotted with acacia and grassland, the area is one of true wilderness. (FI). Days 6-8 | Transfer by private charter to Loisaba (page 109) for a two night stay. In the heart of Laikipa, the lodge is set within a sixty one thousand acre private game conservancy with dramatic escarpments and wildlife plains. The area can be explored on horseback and other activities include kayaking, fishing and escorted bush walks. Spend the night under the African sky on one of the Star Beds, set in two tranquil locations. (FI). Days 9-10 | After breakfast transfer by camel to sabuk (page 109) for two nights. Located within private land, the lodge is set on a bluff overlooking the thundering Ewaso Ngiro River. Stretching from the foothills of Mount Kenya, Laikipia is a vast area through which professional safari guides and Maasai warriors lead walks exploring deserted tracts of wilderness. (FI). Day 11 | After breakfast return to the Airstrip for a flight to Nairobi Wilson. Transfer to a central hotel for time at leisure prior to an overnight flight to London Heathrow. (B).

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LAIKIPA NATIONAL RESERVE

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For the ultimate safari experience perhaps extend the itinerary with a few nights in the Masai Mara National Reserve. See pages 104-105 for our accommodation suggestions.

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with Kenya Airways, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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Masai Mara National Reserve The original Big Five safari destination, the vast Masai Mara National Reserve combines open grasslands, woodlands and riverine forest with an astonishing array of wildlife. Colourful birds dot acacia trees, the Mara and Talek rivers are home to pods of hippo, whilst elephant and buffalo languish in the Musiara swamps. Large prides of lion, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, Masai giraffe, impala, cheetah and leopard are often spotted on memorable game drives. The ultimate attraction however is the annual Great Migration, from July to October, when vast swathes of wildebeest and zebra pour over the Serengeti border, braving predators and crossing perilous crocodile-filled rivers in the hunt for pastures new. Take an aerial view from a hot air balloon, a distant observer to the life unfolding below.

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Little Governors’ Camp

An intimate character pervades the camp, with just seventeen en suite tents, each with a polished wooden deck and spacious veranda overlooking a large watering hole that teems with animal and bird life. Breakfast and lunches are taken alfresco whilst the dining tent has spectacular vistas of the Masai Mara plains and Oloololo Escarpment. In keeping with safari tradition, lighting is by gas and kerosene lantern or candlelight. As dusk falls, the flickering lights in the forest make the camp a uniquely romantic and atmospheric place. Three game drives with experienced guides are included daily. 17 tents. 45 minutes by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Musiara Airstrip followed by a 15 minute road transfer. Prices from £220pppn in low season, £355pppn in high season on a full board basis including park fees and game viewing activities.


Great Rift Valley And Amboseli National Park The Kenyan section of the Rift Valley which stretches from Ethiopia to Mozambique is one of the most attractive, with its grassy savannah, rugged escarpments and soda lakes. The caustic waters are home to pink flamingo in their thousands, with attendant predators such as Steppe and fish eagles. White rhino, leopard and buffalo are also abundant. Around freshwater Lake Naivasha, where Joy Adamson once lived, flowers bloom in farms and the peaceful surrounds are ideal for relaxation during a safari. With the brooding backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park provides some of Kenya’s most idyllic photographic opportunities. A variety of habitats and an open landscape ensures sightings of many species including herds of large elephants, giraffe, lion, cheetah, gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx in addition to colourful birdlife.

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Shompole

Located in a private conservancy overlooking the volcanic hills of the Great Rift Valley, Shompole is the product of a partnership with the local Maasai people. Spacious rooms combine a unique contemporary style with African bush influences; the colours and textures of the surrounding landscape are reflected in the use of white quartz stone, fig wood and thatch. Water dominates throughout with each room boasting a private cool pool, supplemented by breathtaking vistas. Nearby Little Shompole offers two private suites whilst Shompole House and Three Sixty offer secluded privacy for families and small groups. Activities include day and night game drives, guided walks with skilful Maasai trackers, cycling and local village visits. Main Shompole 6 suites, Little Shompole 2 suites, Shompole House 2 rooms, Three Sixty 4 suites. 30 minutes by private air charter from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Shompole South Airstrip followed by a 10 minute road transfer. Prices from £485pppn in low season, £630pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.


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Dramatically nestled into Mughwango Hill with spectacular views across the Meru plains, Elsa’s Kopje is located close to the original site of George Adamson’s first camp. Accommodation is dotted throughout the rocky outcrop and comprises eight unique cottages, one multi-level Honeymoon Suite and a two bedroom Private House with its own swimming pool. Dine in the panoramic dining room or alfresco, whilst an infinity pool provides relaxation after game drives, bush walks and fishing on the Tana River.

Set within the private Laikipia Conservancy, this working game ranch encompasses 60,000 acres of wilderness. At the Lodge, spectacular rooms open onto a cantilevered deck overlooking an escarpment with views to Mount Kenya in the distance. A secluded cottage and a private house are both ideal for families, in addition to the unique Star Beds. Recreations include horse-riding, seasonal river rafting, croquet, swimming, camel expeditions or simply relaxing at the Loisaba Spa.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Ngiro River, Sabuk offers spectacular scenery and access to a wilderness destination rich in natural and cultural diversity. Open-fronted rondavel-style thatched cottages are beautifully appointed with private veranda to maximise vistas of the river gorge below. Two Eagle Cottages offer extra seclusion and a shared plunge pool. Excellent for families, the camp offers camel-assisted walking safaris and is one of Kenya’s best locations for viewing wild dog.

Elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard and Kenya’s largest concentration of Black Rhino abound in the 90,000 acre wilderness of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy – the setting for this small hideaway camp. Six tents sleep up to twelve, each featuring a veranda overlooking a waterhole, the safari experience enhanced by animals wandering through the camp. Meals created from locally sourced ingredients are served in the dining tent or alfresco. Trips can be organised to a nearby sanctuary for orphaned chimps.

8 cottages, 1 honeymoon suite and 1 private house. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Kinna Airstrip followed by a 30 minute road transfer.

7 rooms at the Lodge, 6 Star Beds, 1 two bedroom house and 1 four bedroom cottage. 1 hr 10 mins by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Loisaba Airstrip followed by a 15 minute road transfer.

8 cottages. 1 hr 10 mins by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Loisaba Airstrip followed by a 1 hour road transfer.

6 tents. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Nanyuki Airstrip followed by a 40 minute road transfer.

Prices from £280pppn in low season, £410pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £305pppn in low season, £380pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £295pppn in low season, £440pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and activities.

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Prices from £295pppn in low season, £450pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and activities.

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LAMU ARCHIPELAGO

SHANZU BEACH

GALU BEACH – DIANI

The Majlis

Manda Bay

Serena Beach Hotel & Spa

Kinondo Kwetu

This small luxury beach hotel lies on exclusive Manda Island, facing Lamu and offering entrancing vistas over Ras Kitau Bay. Superbly appointed rooms are built with local materials such as white coral and hand carved timber. Panoramic sundowners are enjoyed at the ocean-facing bar, whilst The Majlis Restaurant serves fine cuisine. Dive, snorkel and fish or simply relax by the two shaded pools or on miles of beautiful beach. Younger guests will appreciate the kids’ club.

Shaded by acacia, coconut palm and tamarind trees, this boutique hotel overlooks pure sand and turquoise waters on the north western tip of Manda Island. Beachfront bandas, built in local style, incorporate driftwood and palms and reflect the ambience of barefoot luxury. Laze on the idyllic beaches, fish in the ocean, embark on a dhow safari or explore the forest behind the lodge for an authentic beach and bush experience.

Designed in the style of a thirteenth century Swahili village, the hotel features extensive gardens and winding pathways that lead down to a pristine beach. Rooms and suites each incorporate a Masai inspired wall fresco and all have balcony and views of the ocean or courtyard gardens. Varied cuisines are served in three restaurants. The Maisha Spa offers pampering treatments with African flair, whilst a variety of watersports are available at the beach.

A tranquil paradise on a stretch of private white sand beach, this small luxury resort is run in amiable style by Swedish owners Ida and Filip Andersson. Catering to couples and families alike, each suite and cottage is decorated in antique Swahili style, with access to the beach or gardens. Exquisite cuisine features fish fresh from the Indian Ocean. Activities include boat excursions, horse-riding and scuba diving in the nearby coral reefs, home to a multitude of marine life.

25 rooms and suites. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Manda Airstrip followed by a 15 minute boat transfer.

16 rooms. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Lamu Airstrip followed by a 20 minute boat transfer.

166 rooms and suites. 1 hour by road from Mombasa Airport.

6 suites and 5 cottages. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Ukunda Airstrip followed by a 10 minute road transfer.

Prices from £155pppn in low season, £240pppn in high season on a full board basis including activities.

Prices from £285pppn in low season, £420pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and activities.

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Prices from £55pppn in low season, £85pppn in high season on a half board basis.

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Prices from £230pppn in low season, £280pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and activities. Closed 01 May – 14 July.

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Classic Tanzania & Zanzibar 10 NIGHTS FROM £3205 PER PERSON

A bush and beach combination exploring the best of Tanzania and Zanzibar. Excellent game viewing is assured in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park, followed by the tropical pleasures of Zanzibar with a stay by the ocean and in historic Stone Town. Day 1 | Daytime flight from London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam. On arrival transfer to Serena Mountain Village for an overnight stay. Day 2 | After breakfast transfer by road to Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (1) for a one night stay. The lodge has a dramatic location overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the glittering soda lake of Manyara, its shores often abundant with pink flamingo. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smallest but hosts an incredible variety of terrain creating habitats for a superb array of birdlife, elephants and hippo. Night game drives are possible. (B, L, D). DayS 3-4 | A morning game drive in the Park will perhaps uncover buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and the elusive tree-climbing lion. Transfer by road in the afternoon to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, uniquely built into a dormant volcano, for a two night stay. Enjoy a full day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater floor, a compact area richly inhabited by game including the Big Five. (B, L, D). DayS 5-6 | After breakfast depart with a picnic lunch for the Serengeti, via Olduvai Gorge, for a two night stay at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (2). The endless rolling plains of the park are home to over five hundred bird species, including Kori bustard and

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (1)

On the edge of a dramatic escarpment, the lodge boasts breathtaking views overlooking the alkaline waters of Lake Manyara. Its rooms are located in authentic whitewashed rondavel-style buildings; the infinity-edge swimming pool maximises the views.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

(2) A central location next to the Western Corridor and Grumeti River ensures excellent game viewing potential. Inspired by traditional African villages, separate rondavel huts feature thatched roofs and natural stone bathrooms. A beautiful infinity pool overlooks the endless Serengeti plains.

Fischer’s lovebird, in addition to many animals, which can be spotted by game drive, bush walks or hot air balloon safari. (B, L, D). DayS 7-9 | Morning transfer to Seronera Airstrip for the scheduled flight to Zanzibar via Arusha. Transfer to Breezes Beach Club & Spa (page 124) for three nights of idyllic relaxation by the Indian Ocean. The crystalline waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving; the coastline can also be explored by dhow in search of dolphins or visit the Jozani Forest home to indigenous Red Colobus monkeys. (B, D). Day 10 | Morning transfer to the luxurious Zanzibar Serena Inn (3), situated on the waterfront of historic Stone Town. An ideal location to explore the meandering lanes, bazaars and historic buildings of the ancient town. (B). Day 11 | In the afternoon return by air to Dar es Salaam Airport; on arrival transfer to the Msasani Slipway for an evening at leisure before returning to the Airport for a late evening flight to London, via Amsterdam. MIGRaTION EXTENSION - 2 NIGHTS The Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park has resident game throughout the year, but during the dry season (June to October) the waters of the famous Grumeti River draw large migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and other game. Perhaps extend your safari on Day 7 and spend an extra two nights at Kirawira Camp, set in one the most beautiful and remote regions of the Park. Price from £530 per person.

Zanzibar Serena Inn

(3) Set on the seafront of ancient Stone Town with mesmerising vistas, this member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a haven of tranquillity. The hotel combines Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabian opulence. Fifty one rooms and suites boast four poster bed, private balcony and ocean views. Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with KLM via Amsterdam, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries. This tour also offers group departures based on a seven-seater minibus from £2695pp based on two sharing.


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MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

LAKE VICTORIA

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

NGORONGORO CRATER LAKE MANYARA

MOUNT KILIMANJARO

ARUSHA PEMBA

TANZANIA

ZANZIBAR

DAR ES SALAAM RUF

IJI RIVER


TANzANIA

NORTHERN SERENGETI

SINGITA GRUMETI RESERVE

&Beyond Grumeti Singita Faru Serengeti Tented Faru Lodge Camp

SINGITA GRUMETI RESERVE

SINGITA GRUMETI RESERVE

Singita Singita Sabora Sasakwa Lodge Tented Camp

Colourful African fabrics lend a flamboyant air to this intimate tented camp overlooking a bywater of the Grumeti River, set in the western corridor of the Serengeti. Ten tents sit under makuti canopies, each en suite with a deck and separate shower open to the stars. Feast on excellent food in the dramatic boma, glimpse the river’s famous giant crocodiles and watch for migrating animals.

Nestling on a hillside in northern Serengeti, this intimate lodge overlooks the Grumeti River and has been styled to maximise viewing opportunities of visiting game to the river. Nine suites feature panoramic picture windows and en suite bathrooms have alfresco showers. There is an infinity swimming pool and spa or enjoy game drives and bush walks.

Set within an enormous private concession, this elegant lodge surprises guests with its Edwardian manor house design. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the ten cottages all have four poster beds and private plunge pools. Exquisite cuisine is prepared by highly trained chefs. A multitude of activities include game drives, horse-riding and archery.

Echoes of bygone days distinguish this atmospheric 1920’s-themed camp. Nine tents draped in gauze and silk with Persian rugs and antique furniture feature a bedroom with outdoor shower and viewing deck. Cuisine incorporates locally grown organic produce, often served alfresco; sundowners can be taken on the veranda overlooking the waterhole.

10 tents. 2 hours by air from Arusha Airport to Grumeti Airstrip followed by a 10 minute road transfer.

9 suites. 2 hours by air from Arusha Airport to Sasakwa Airstrip followed by a 10 minute road transfer.

10 cottages 2 hours by air from Arusha Airport to Sasakwa Airstrip followed by a 20 minute road transfer.

9 tents. 2 hours by air from Arusha Airport to Sasakwa Airstrip followed by a 45 minute road transfer.

Prices from £530pppn in low season, £750pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £690pppn in low season, £795pppn in high season on a full board basis including drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £1095pppn in low season, £1195pppn in high season on a full board basis including drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £690pppn in low season, £795pppn in high season on a full board basis including drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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NORTHERN SERENGETI

NORTHERN SERENGETI

SERENGETI

NGORONGORO CRATER

Serengeti Bushtops

&Beyond Klein’s Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

With the Mara River just fifteen miles away, the camp lies directly on the path of the Great Migration between June and November. The twelve contemporary tents, including one Family Tent, are extremely spacious, opening on two sides to give panoramic views and each has a large private veranda with hot tub. A la carte dining is complemented by Serengeti views. In-tent dining and massages can be arranged.

In an enviable location, the camp is directly on the route for the Great Migration when wildebeest and zebra fill the valley below. Ten thatched cottages have stone interiors which open up to absorb the scintillating views. Unique in Tanzania, night game drives are offered along with bush walks. Maasai trackers share their skills; traditional community visits can be arranged.

This mobile camp follows the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti plains to offer the classic safari experience, changing its location every few weeks. Despite the tents’ light footprint they lack nothing in the way of comfort, offering restful beds, en suite bathroom and bucket showers. A convivial ambience pervades the communal dining and library tents. Game drives are included.

Perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, this architecturally splendid lodge is inspired by traditional Maasai manyatta, fused with contemporary African influences. Accommodation is in three camps where the butler-serviced suites brim with antiques, artworks and grand chandeliers. Picture windows provide breathtaking crater views, which also adorn the dining rooms.

12 tents. 1 hr 30 mins by air from Arusha Airstrip to Kogatende Airstrip followed by a 45 minute road transfer.

10 cottages. 1 hr 25 mins by air from Arusha Airport to Klein’s Camp Airstrip followed by a 1 hour road transfer.

6 tents. Transfer details vary dependent upon camp’s location.

30 suites. 25 minutes by air from Arusha Airport to Ngorongoro Crater Airstrip followed by a 1 hr 30 mins road transfer.

Prices from £330pppn in low season, £460pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £530pppn in low season, £750pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £460pppn in low season, £560pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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Prices from £595pppn in low season, £1040pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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TANzANIA

LAKE MANYARA PARK

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

&Beyond Sand Rivers Lake Manyara Selous Tree Lodge

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Selous Safari Camp

Jongomero Camp

The only lodge in Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions, this spectacular property is cradled in the boughs of a mahogany forest. It comprises ten stilted en suite tree houses with veranda and large picture windows to capture the views. With the Great Rift Valley escarpment as a backdrop, breakfast is served on the lakeshore; dinners of Pan-African cuisine can be taken in a forest boma.

Set on the banks of the Rufiji River in the shade of tamarind and mahogany trees, the lodge is within the Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest. Accommodation is in spacious open-fronted riverside cottages; suites each have their own plunge pool. The area is famous for walking safaris which uncover the diverse eco-system; other activities include game drives, fishing or relaxing by the swimming pool.

Dotted along the shores of Lake Nzerakera, the thirteen comfortable tents are divided into two camps to ensure an ambience of privacy and seclusion. Each camp has its own swimming pool, bar and dining area, whilst all tents boast two verandas and en suite facilities. With no fences, elephants and hippo often traverse the camp’s grounds. Activities include boat safaris, game drives and guided walks.

On the banks of a seasonal sand river, the camp nestles in riverine vegetation which attracts an array of animals. Reflecting classic safari luxury, Makuti thatched roofs cover the eight tented suites, each with en suite bathroom and private veranda. Dining is varied with a pervading East African flavour. Relax by the swimming pool; activities include game drives, bush walks and fly-camping.

10 cottages. 25 minutes by air from Arusha Airport to Lake Manyara Airstrip followed by a 2 hr 30 mins road transfer.

8 rooms and suites. 45 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam Airport to Kiba Airstrip followed by a 15 minute road transfer.

13 tents. 45 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam Airport to Siwandu Airstrip followed by a 10 minute road transfer.

8 suites. 3 hours by air from Dar es Salaam Airport to Jongomero Airstrip followed by a 10 minute road transfer.

Prices from £520pppn in low season, £735pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £495pppn in low season, £685pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities. Closed 25 March – 29 May.

Prices from £415pppn in low season, £545pppn in high season on a full board basis including park fees and game viewing activities. Closed 01 April – 31 May.

Prices from £325pppn in low season, £470pppn in high season on a full board basis including park fees and game viewing activities.

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Hemingway Safari 8 NIGHTS FROM £3260 PER PERSON

A classic safari route that takes in quintessential African icons such as Mount Kilimanjaro viewed from Amboseli, the savannah plains of the Masai Mara and the lakes of Naivasha and Nakuru, speckled with pink flamingo. A ‘close to nature’ experience combined with the finest accommodation. Day 1 | Daytime flight from London Heathrow to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Transfer on arrival to Palacina (1) for an overnight stay.

Days 4-5 | After an early breakfast, transfer to the Airstrip for a flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. Met on arrival and transfer to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage; set within the Nairobi National Park, elephants and rhino can be viewed at the orphanage where they are reared before being re-introduced to the wild. Lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden before a transfer back to Wilson Airport for an afternoon flight to Lake Naivasha. Two nights are spent at Loldia House (page 107) on the shores of the freshwater lake. Flower farms inundate the area, irrigated by the lake whilst many birds including fish eagle, as well as game and hippos are also found here. Activities include game drives, fishing and boat trips on the lake. A visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and Crescent Island are also included (park fees payable locally). (FI). Days 6-8 | After lunch return to the Airstrip for a flight to Musiara Airstrip in the Masai Mara National Reserve for a three night stay at Little Governors’ Camp (page 104). Spectacular views abound of the Oloololo escarpment and Masai Mara plains. The Big Five can be spotted in the Reserve and we recommend an early morning hot air balloon safari as an alternative way to view the game (additional cost). Three game drives per day are included. (B, L, D).

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LAKE VICTORIA

LAKE NAKURU MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

LAKE NAIVASHA

NAIROBI

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

TA N A R I V E R

Days 2-3 | An early transfer to Nairobi Wilson Airport followed by a light aircraft flight to Amboseli National Park for a two night stay at Tortilis Camp (page 107). The southern boundary of the park is dominated by the brooding mass of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the views from the Camp are spectacular. Amboseli is a relatively small park but is home to over three hundred species of bird as well as wildebeest, buffalo, lion, gazelle and cheetah. The highlight for many however is the herds of elephant, some of which are the largest in Africa. (FI).

MOUNT KILIMANJARO

MOMBASA

Day 9 | After a final morning game drive and lunch, transfer to the Airstrip for a flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport. On arrival transfer to the Talisman Restaurant for dinner (payable locally) before a transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in time for the overnight flight to London Heathrow. (B, L).

PaLaCINa, NaIROBI (1) A tranquil ambience pervades this boutique hotel located in central Nairobi. Surrounded by gardens the hotel has just fourteen rooms and suites, all furnished in calming neutral tones with teak woods and crisp cottons. The Moonflower Restaurant offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Swahili flavours, sometimes accompanied by live Jazz. Facilities include a fitness room, spa and massage room and an outdoor swimming pool.

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Kenya In Style 12 NIGHTS FROM £6315 PER PERSON

Explore Kenya in style staying at exclusive retreats in the visually spectacular Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara National Reserve before relaxing at a luxury island hideaway. Outstanding game viewing and superb cuisine combine for an exceptional safari. Day 1 | Depart London Heathrow on a day flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport. On arrival transfer to Ngong House for dinner and overnight. Secreted in ten acres of private land in the tranquil Karen area of Nairobi, Ngong House is family run with accommodation in luxurious treehouse style rooms, each uniquely designed with views extending to the Ngong Hills. (D). Days 2-4 | Transfer to Nairobi Wilson Airport for a private charter flight by light aircraft to Shompole Airstrip for a three night stay at shompole (page 106). Set in a private conservancy, this remote stretch of the Great Rift Valley is dominated by a landscape of dormant volcanoes, its expansive plains home to many species of birdlife and an array of game including lion, zebra, giraffe and elephant. Nearby is the soda lake of Natron which is a vibrant spectacle of pink as flamingos dot its surface. Activities include game drives and guided walks with Maasai tribespeople. (FI). Days 5-8 | Return to the Airstrip for a private charter flight to Kichwa Airstrip in the famed Masai Mara National Reserve. Transfer by camp vehicle to &Beyond Bateleur Camp (page 105) for four nights. Located on the western border of the Reserve, the camp boasts an unrivalled position in the path of the annual Great Migration between July and September. Game drives to explore the vast animal filled plains of the Mara are included along with guided bush walks. (FI).

Day 13 | Spend the morning at leisure until departure after lunch by light aircraft to Mombasa Airport before connecting to Nairobi and an onward overnight flight to London Heathrow.

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

KENYA NAIROBI SHOMPOLE

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

TA N A R I V E R

Days 9-12 | Enjoy a final morning game drive and lunch at Bateleur Camp prior to a transfer to the Airstrip and a light aircraft flight to Ukunda Airport followed by a private charter flight to Funzi Island. At the tip of Kenya’s south coast, Funzi is a tranquil retreat of icing sugar sands and crystalline waters home to coral reefs. The Funzi Keys (page 110) is the island’s most exclusive hideaway; spend four nights here and enjoy activities such as windsurfing, dhow sailing trips and sundowner cruises. (FI).

LAKE NATRON MOUNT KILIMANJARO

MOMBASA FUNZI ISLAND

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement available on request. Meal basis: D Dinner, FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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MASAI MARA

MASAI MARA

MASAI MARA

&Beyond Bateleur Camp

Karen Blixen Camp

Mara Bushtops

Boasting an exceptional location on the western border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the camp is set within a private concession and between July and September is directly on the route of the annual wildebeest migration. Two intimate nine suite camps are designed to relive the heyday of romantic colonial safaris. The fan-cooled tents reflect unique safari architecture with canvas, shingle and hardwood whilst interiors incorporate fine antiques. Views sweep across the Masai Mara and excellent cuisine is often served in the bush. Game drives and bush walks are included.

This eco-friendly camp of ‘Out of Africa’ fame blends an authentic yesteryear experience with every modern comfort. Bordering the Mara River, spacious tents are set upon mahogany platforms beneath thatched roofs and much of their furniture is an accurate reproduction of Blixen’s own. Large verandas have a cushioned daybed from which to absorb undisturbed views of the river with its resident hippo pod and to the abundant wildlife of the Oloololo Escarpment. Cosmopolitan cuisine is served in the restaurant or garden; romantic starlit bush dinners can also be arranged.

Located within the Bushtops private conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara, the camp nestles into the side of a scenic valley overlooking a waterhole and salt lick. It comprises twelve luxury tents which are some of the largest in East Africa; each boasts an expansive wooden deck with sunken hot tub and telescope, spacious beds and discreet butler service. Sumptuous à la carte dishes are served in the restaurant with an extensive selection of wines from the cellar. Activities include game drives and walking safaris; unwind by the infinity pool or relax with a complimentary massage.

18 tents. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo Airstrip followed by a 30 minute road transfer.

22 tents. 45 minutes by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Shikar Airstrip followed by a 40 minute road transfer.

12 tents. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Siana Airstrip followed by a 20 minute road transfer.

Prices from £395pppn in low season, £680pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £240pppn in low season, £340pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £270pppn in low season, £380pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

LAKE NAIVASHA

Tortilis Camp

Loldia House

Nestling on the side of Llimbarishi Hill with magnificent sweeping views across the plains to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tortilis Camp is located in Amboseli, best known for its immense elephant population. Named after the umbrella thorn tree, the Camp boasts spacious makuti-covered en suite tents with large veranda and a two bedroom Family House. A communal lounge, bar and dining area reflect the local style with natural materials and thatched rooms, all boasting breathtaking Kilimanjaro views. The Camp offers access to Amboseli National Park and its own private 30,000 acre game concession; guests may enjoy game drives, guided walks and bush breakfasts in addition to massages and swimming in the pool.

Set in over eight thousand acres of one of Kenya’s oldest farms, Loldia House nestles under ancient acacia trees on the shores of Lake Naivasha. With views to the dormant volcano of Mount Longonot, accommodation is divided between the original colonial-style main house and three cottages, one of which is set by the lake and ideal for honeymooners. Breakfast and lunch are served in the gardens under the fig tree, whilst delicious dinners are taken in the dining room. An ideal spot from which to explore the Great Rift Valley and nearby Lake Nakuru, guests can also enjoy bird-watching, nature walks, visits to the flower farms and boat trips on Lake Naivasha.

17 tents and 1 family house. 40 minutes by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Amboseli Airstrip followed by a 20 minute road transfer.

2 rooms in the main lodge, 1 three bedroom cottage and 2 two bedroom cottages. 25 minutes by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport or 2 hours by road from Nairobi.

Prices from £260pppn in low season, £380pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

Prices from £170pppn in low season, £285pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and activities.

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Northern Kenya Straddling the equator and in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the lesser visited parks of Kenya’s north are characterised by distinct landscapes. The backdrop to Joy Adamson’s story of Elsa the lioness, Meru National Park’s verdant mix of grassland, forest, bush and swamp is particularly attractive to rhino, leopard and cheetah. One of the best places to view wild dog, the Laikipia Plateau is largely savannah, divided into vast ranches which can be explored on horseback or by camel. Fishing and rafting are also popular on the Ewaso Ngiro River. The colourful seminomadic Samburu people make their home in the eponymous national reserve alongside Grevy’s zebra, elephant and reticulated giraffe. All areas offer unique safari experiences away from the crowds, combined with superlative lodges and comfortable tented camps.

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Saruni Samburu

Strung along a high rock face, this spectacular design lodge offers breathtaking vistas over the unspoilt Kalama conversation area. Open fronted bedrooms, an infinity pool and alfresco bathrooms all overlook the plains and a waterhole frequented by leopard, giraffe, zebra and elephant. An alfresco cabin also maximises the panorama and is the perfect place for a massage, cooled by gentle breezes. Game drives are led by local guides and trackers; visits to a Samburu village can be arranged. 2 one bedroom and 2 two bedroom houses. 1 hour by air from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Samburu Airstrip followed by a 1 hour road transfer. Prices from £295pppn in low season, £455pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks, park fees and game viewing activities.

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The Swahili Coast And Lamu Archipelago Miles of icing sugar sands, warm crystalline waters, offshore marine parks and colourful coral reefs ensure that Kenya’s coastline is an inviting playground for a stay of barefoot luxury following a safari or as a relaxing single centre retreat. In the Lamu Archipelago gloriously unspoilt beaches combine with a pervading Swahili culture, its main town a UNESCO World Heritage Site epitomised by meandering narrow streets and enchanting traditional houses, its fishing and farming culture virtually unchanged for centuries. Sail by traditional dhow through the mangroves perhaps spotting turtles and dolphins, stopping to fish or snorkel in the underwater world. Funzi Island is just a few miles off the mainland but an isolated paradise of its own, a ravishing hideaway with pristine sandbanks and exclusive accommodation.

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The Funzi Keys

At the tip of Kenya’s southern coast, this exclusive retreat on Funzi Island provides a luxurious getaway with idyllic white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Stone and thatch accommodation consists of beachfront and sea view cottages, each individually designed and lavishly furnished with hand carved four-poster bed. Relax by the spectacular freshwater pool or, for the more active, there is a wide variety of watersports. After a sundowner dhow cruise dine on local seafood in the panoramic restaurant. 17 cottages. 15 minutes by air from Mombasa Airport. Prices from £170pppn in low season, £295pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and sand bank trips. Closed 25 April – 30 June.

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ife in Tanzania moves with the seasons. As the Great Migration gets underway, take to the skies in a hot air balloon for a magical, slow moving view. Drift timelessly over the Serengeti plains in the crisp dawn air, watching the wildebeest spill over and swarm like ants across the Tanzanian savannah. A supporting cast of zebra and antelope joins the throng whilst the crocodiles wait patiently in rivers that have to be crossed in the push for pastures new. The astonishing Ngorongoro volcanic crater is home to more abundant wildlife including the rare black rhino. The largest intact caldera in the world, within its protective walls lies verdant vegetation that supports more than 25,000 animals – a safari destination without equal. Pink flamingos covering the alkaline waters of Lake Manyara and the tree-climbing lions, often seen resting languidly in the branches, lure visitors to Manyara National Park. In the country’s south, Africa’s largest game reserve, the Selous, is scarcely visited but filled with sparkling lagoons and riverine vegetation attracting endless animals, birds and butterflies. And everywhere, beautiful secluded camps and residences – colonial farmsteads, enchanting cottages, luxuriant treehouses and lodges – with every desired comfort. The archipelago of Zanzibar is the natural place to reflect, the lure of the legendary Spice Islands hard to resist. A bohemian ambience and mellow pace of life pervades Stone Town. Labyrinthine alleys invite gentle meandering, leading to bustling bazaars, shops and stalls brimming with exotic antiques and hand-carved furniture. Fascinating architecture creates a magnificent backdrop – extravagantly decorated grand Arab houses vie with one another, jagged minarets soar above sultans’ palaces. Hints of India and the East. Beyond the urban maze, powdery white palm-fringed beaches call, lapped by water imbued with ethereal shades of turquoise. Heart-stirring landscapes in every place.

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Tanzania Deluxe 8 NIGHTS FROM £5060 PER PERSON

Tanzania’s highlights – the quintessential safari experience of the Serengeti, the unique beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and the exclusivity of Manyara – are complemented by accommodation in &Beyond’s exceptional lodges and camps. Day 1 | Depart London Heathrow on a day flight to Kilimanjaro Airport with KLM via Amsterdam. Arrive late evening and transfer to arusha Hotel for an overnight stay. Days 2-3 | From Arusha Airport fly to Manyara Airstrip. The transfer to &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (page 121) is a first opportunity for game viewing; spend two nights here. The only lodge within Lake Manyara National Park, its treehouses are cradled within the mahogany forest. The Park itself is a small reserve but with a great diversity of terrain and richly inhabited with a variety of game and over four hundred bird species. Dramatically flanked by the Rift Valley’s western escarpment, Lake Manyara’s alkaline waters are often speckled with the vibrant colours of hundreds of flamingo and, in deeper sections, with hippo pods. The Park is most famous for its tree-climbing lions, found languidly draped in the branches. (FI). Days 4-6 | A game drive transfer to Manyara Airstrip followed by a flight to &Beyond Klein’s Camp (page 120) for a three night stay. On the edge of the Kuka Hills, the camp enjoys a spectacular location within a vast private concession in the northern Serengeti. The area is a vital corridor linking the Serengeti with the Masai Mara in Kenya and wildlife is abundant, particularly elephant, lion, cheetah and leopard. The absence of fences encourages game to move freely throughout the park, most dramatically during the Great Migration when over two million animals cross the plains. At certain times of the year, due to the position of the migration, we would recommend an alternative stay at &Beyond Grumeti serengeti Tented Camp (page 119). (FI). Days 7-8 | Return to the airstrip for a flight back to Manyara and onward road transfer to &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (page 120) for a two night stay. The lodge is perched on the edge of the Crater and offers breathtaking views in an area of immense natural beauty. Part of the Serengeti eco-system, abundant water and lush vegetation combine to create a super game viewing experience. (FI).

LAKE VICTORIA

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

KENYA

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

MOUNT KILIMANJARO

NGORONGORO CRATER LAKE MANYARA

ARUSHA TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

TANZANIA

Day 9 | Return to Manyara Airstrip for a flight to Arusha. Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch before transferring to Kilimanjaro Airport for the return flight to London Heathrow, via Amsterdam.

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with KLM via Amsterdam, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement and regional departures available on request. Meal basis: FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Southern Tanzania Safari 12 NIGHTS FROM £5775 PER PERSON

Tanzania’s most unspoilt corners are explored on this itinerary – game is abundant but the reserves are almost exclusive to visitors. Ideal safari exploration combined with the untouched beauty of Pemba Island and the spicy exoticism of Zanzibar. Day 1 | Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Dar es Salaam. Days 2-5 | Met on arrival and transferred to the domestic terminal for a flight to the Selous National Reserve for a four night stay at sand Rivers selous (page 121). With over 45,000 square kilometres of plains and woodlands, this is the largest reserve in Africa and home to healthy populations of lion and elephant. There is a rich variety of birdlife and wild dog are often spotted. The wide Rufiji River crosses the reserve and is perfect for boat safaris, peacefully passing pods of hippo and crocodiles. Walking safaris are popular too and there is the option to spend nights in a fly camp (must be arranged in advance). (FI). Days 6-8 | Transfer to the airstrip for a flight to Ruaha National Park for three nights at Jongomero Camp (page 121). Overlooking the Jongomero River, the camp is the only one in the remote south-western sector of the park, ensuring an exclusive experience. Dramatic landscapes characterise the park with undulating plateau dotted with rocky outcrops. Epitomising the true African wilderness experience, it is vastly untouched but game and birdlife are abundant and can be viewed by vehicle or on foot. (B, L, D). Days 9-12 | Return to the airstrip for a flight to Zanzibar and onward connecting flight to Pemba, followed by a road and boat transfer to Fundu Lagoon (page 123) for a four night stay. In contrast to Zanzibar, Pemba is hilly and verdant with a covering of lush vegetation; a heady scent of spices subtly perfumes the air near clove plantations. Fundu lies on a white sand beach and is one of the world’s top diving locations; other activities include snorkelling on Mesali Island, mangrove canoe safaris and dhow sunset cruises. (FI). Day 13 | Fly to Zanzibar for an overnight stay at Zanzibar serena Inn. Explore exotic Stone Town at leisure wandering the meandering alleys and bustling bazaars. (B).

TANZANIA

PEMBA ZANZIBAR

DAR ES SALAAM RUAHA NATIONAL PARK IJI RIVER RUF

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

INDIAN OCEAN

LAKE MALAWI

Day 14 | An early flight from Zanzibar Airport to Dar es Salaam to connect with the onward flight to London Heathrow.

Price based on two people sharing and includes flights from London Heathrow with British Airways, internal flights, accommodation, meals and transfers as specified. Single supplement and regional departures available on request. Meal basis: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, FI Fully Inclusive. This itinerary is only a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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Tanzania The north of Tanzania evokes images of quintessential Africa – the game filled plains of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro, the coffee plantations of Arusha and the flamingo speckled Lake Manyara. The Serengeti deserves its reputation as one of the world’s great game reserves, famed for the Great Migration when teeming herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and eland spill onto the plains on their way into Kenya in search of fresh pastures, returning again in October and November. Predators such as leopard and cheetah also roam the vast treeless plains, whilst elephant abound amongst the acacia scrubland. In the Crater Highlands, the collapsed volcanic caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater is exceptionally abundant in game. Within the twenty kilometre wide boundary of the crater an astonishing array of habitats include lakes, grassland and forest, creating a natural sanctuary for thousands of species including the endangered black rhino. Dramatically bordering the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park teems with birdlife and hippo, found on the shores of the soda lake along with hundreds of pink flamingo. More elusive are the famous tree-climbing lions, lazing in the branches of sausage trees. To the south, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park are lesser visited but vast in size creating exclusive safari experiences. Ruaha’s wilderness of rocky outcrops and undulating plateau is home for crocodiles, hippo, wild dog, over four hundred species of bird and some of Tanzania’s biggest herds of elephant. The wide Rufiji River crosses the Selous; unique boat safaris offer an alternative game viewing experience.

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Zanzibar And The Swahili Coast For the perfect end to a safari holiday, the Zanzibar Archipelago lies just off Tanzania’s coast. The eponymous main island of the legendary ‘spice islands’ hosts Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterised by labyrinthine streets and colourful markets. Fabulous beaches flanked by coconut palms are found along the eastern shores, protected by pristine coral reefs. Join a sensory spice tour around aromatic plantations, the scent of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg filling the air. A short boat journey separates Pemba Island, a smaller, quieter and more verdant land with mangrove swamps and small sandy coves. Not far from Dar es Salaam, the Swahili Coast’s idyllic beaches are often deserted and backed by languid fishing villages and tranquil towns. End tropical days with a sundowner cruise aboard a white-sailed dhow.

SWAHILI COAST Below: Outdoor Dining

Ras Kutani

Relax into this idyllic hideaway on Tanzania’s Swahili Coast, set on a white sand crescent lapped by Indian Ocean waters. Spacious cottages are individually crafted from natural materials; suites are located on the hillside with breathtaking ocean views, signature Sultan’s bed and private dipping pool on the veranda. Snorkel from the shore or explore the freshwater lagoon by kayak. The ideal combination with an exciting safari. 9 cottages, 4 suites and one family house. 10 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam Airport to Ras Kutani Airstrip or 1 hr 30 mins by road from Dar es Salaam. Prices from £170pppn in low season, £205pppn in high season on a full board basis. Closed 16 March - 30 May.

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ZANZIBAR & SwAhILI COAST

MNEMBA ISLAND

PEMBA ISLAND

&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Fundu Lagoon Matemwe & Matemwe Retreat

Ras Nungwi

North east of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is a tropical idyll offering privacy and relaxation. Ten palm-frond beach banda have en suite bathroom and private veranda overlooking the ocean. A library and bar are open sided, cooled by ocean breezes. Cuisine features fresh fish and seafood; dinner is served on the beach. The coral reefs and crystal waters are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Lying on Pemba Island opposite Zanzibar, and accessible only by boat, this is the epitome of barefoot beach relaxation. Thatched-roof tented bungalows feature wooden viewing decks – six suites also have a private plunge pool. Cuisine incorporates freshly caught fish and a fusion of flavours. Recreations include renowned scuba diving, sailing, a swimming pool and massage treatments.

Located opposite the Mnemba Atoll, paradise for diving and snorkelling, the boutique lodge perches on coral rock amidst beautiful beaches. Spacious suites made of local materials have a hammock and veranda overlooking the Indian Ocean. The alfresco restaurant serves fresh fish. Nearby the Matemwe Retreat offers three exclusive villas with butler service and private rooftop plunge pool.

Situated on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, thatched cottages dot the hotel’s lush tropical gardens. Each room is air-conditioned and furnished in Zanzibari style with handmade four poster beds. The spacious Ocean Suite offers exclusivity and a private plunge pool, ideal for honeymooners. An unspoilt beach lies in front of the hotel; activities include tennis, watersports and scuba diving.

10 bandas. 1 hour by road from Zanzibar Airport to Mnemba Crossing followed by a 20 minute boat transfer.

18 rooms and suites. 25 minutes by road from Pemba Airport to the port followed by a 45 minute boat journey.

12 suites and 3 villas. 50 minutes by road from Zanzibar Airport.

32 cottages. 1 hr 30 mins by road from Zanzibar Airport.

Prices from £185pppn in low season, £205pppn in high season on a full board basis. Closed 01 April – 31 May.

Prices from £115pppn in low season, £130pppn in high season on a half board basis. Closed 26 April – 01 June.

Below: Main Pool

Below: Ocean Suite

Prices from £820pppn in low season, £1060pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and selected watersports.

Prices from £205pppn in low season, £245pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks and selected activities. Closed 16 April – 14 June.

Below: Beach

Below: Superior Suite

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ZANZIBAR

Baraza

Breezes Beach The Palms Club & Spa

Kilindi

Set beside unspoilt Bwejuu beach, this exclusive boutique resort fuses Swahili, Arabian and Indian design. Thirty spacious one and two bedroom villas are embellished with hand-carved furniture, antiques and marble; all have a terrace and private plunge pool. Young guests will appreciate the kids’ club whilst adults will enjoy the Frangipani Spa, watersports and tennis. Fine cuisine showcases the island’s excellent produce and spices.

An intimate family run hotel situated on the island’s south east coast where the emphasis is very much on personal service in a relaxed, tranquil atmosphere. A popular honeymoon retreat, the seventy air-conditioned rooms are grouped in ‘villas’ set amidst palms with views across the gardens to the sea. Facilities include The Frangipani Spa, five star PADI diving centre, fitness centre and tennis courts.

On the most romantic of islands, the ultimate escape and ideal for honeymooners, the hotel lies on an award-winning beach lapped by turquoise seas. Generously sized villas offer two en suite bedrooms, living room, and large viewing terrace with outdoor plunge pool. Swim, relax and enjoy cuisine that employs the island’s exotic spices and flavours. Guests may also enjoy the neighbouring facilities of Breezes Beach Club & Spa.

On the north west coast of Zanzibar, an idyllic crescent of white sand lapped by turquoise waters is the setting for this stylish eco-aware boutique hotel. Nestling within fifty two acres of lush gardens, the spacious beachfront pavilions boast cascading rainwater pools and relaxing daybeds. Fine cuisine is served on the alfresco terrace. Scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing and spice tours can all be arranged.

30 villas. 1 hour by road from Zanzibar Airport.

70 rooms. 1 hour by road from Zanzibar Airport.

6 villas. 1 hour by road from Zanzibar Airport.

15 pavilions. 1 hr 30 mins by road from Zanzibar Airport.

Prices from £265pppn in low season, £330pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks.

Prices from £80pppn in low season, £120pppn in high season on a half board basis.

Prices from £285pppn in low season, £355pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks.

Prices from £310pppn in low season, £370pppn in high season on a full board basis including local drinks. Closed 01 April – 31 May.

Below: Swimming Pool

Below: Swimming Pool

Below: Beach

Below: Pavilion Pool

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Africa Directory 11 Your essential guide to Africa: general information on climate, currency, maps and more.

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Africa Directory 11

KENYA

ZANZIBAR TANZANIA

MOZAMBIQUE ZAMBIA

NAMIBIA BOTSWANA

SOUTH AFRICA

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Sabi Sand Game Reserve Singita Sabi Sand Londolozi &Beyond Sabi Sand Chitwa Chitwa Ulusaba Leopard Hills Sabi Sabi Savanna MalaMala

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Kruger National Park Singita Kruger &Beyond Ngala

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Thornybush Game Reserve Royal Malewane

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Kapama Game Reserve Camp Jabulani

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Timbavati Game Reserve Kings Camp

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Madikwe Game Reserve Madikwe Hills Makanyane Molori Morukuru Etali Jaci’s

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Waterberg Ant’s Hill & Ant’s Nest

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Kalahari Reserve Tswalu

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KwaZulu-Natal &Beyond Phinda

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Eastern Cape &Beyond Kwandwe Samara Shamwari

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SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA CLIMATE The best time for premium game viewing is during the winter months, April to September. During the wetter summer months between October and March animals can still be viewed but are more widely dispersed. HEALTH Anti-malaria precautions are recommended for Kruger and the Hluhluwe area of KwaZulu-Natal. CLOTHING HINTS Casual clothes in natural fibres and neutral colours are recommended. Also essential are insect repellent, sunscreen, camera and film, torch and batteries, binoculars, sunglasses, sturdy walking shoes, hats, gloves and jumpers as it can get very chilly in open safari vehicles both early morning and at night. HOW TO GET THERE Onward scheduled flights are available from Johannesburg to KMIA (for Sabi Sand/Kruger National Park) and to Hoedspruit (for Timbavati, Kapama and Thornybush reserves), followed by a road transfer from the airport. Alternatively, light aircraft flights from Johannesburg can be arranged to airstrips within most of our featured reserves in the Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and Northern Cape regions. Our featured reserve in KwaZulu-Natal can be reached by road or light aircraft from Durban or Richard’s Bay. Road transfers from Port Elizabeth can be arranged to our Eastern Cape reserves.

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Africa Directory 11 SOUTH AFRICA

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

MADIWKE GAME RESERVE

MPUMALANGA

SUN CITY PRETORIA JOHANNESBURG

SWAZILAND

KALAHARI RESERVE KWAZULUNATAL LESOTHO DRAKENSBERG

KIMBERLEY

DURBAN

BLOEMFONTEIN

WINELANDS HERMANUS

KNYSNA

GEORGE

TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +2 hours LANGUAGE There are 11 official languages – English is widely spoken

HOW TO GET THERE South African Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate daily services direct to Johannesburg and Cape Town

CEDERBERG MOUNTAINS

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

CAPITALS Cape Town – legislative / Pretoria – administrative / Bloemfontein – judicial

CURRENCY South African Rand

SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN

CLIMATE Visit year round but expect cooler weather in the Eastern and Western Capes during winter, between June and August. KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga stay warm year round with temperatures, humidity and rainfall all increasing in summer months between October and March.

PLETTENBERG BAY

FLYING TIME Cape Town 11 hours 50 mins / Johannesburg OR Tambo 10 hours 45 mins

PORT ELIZABETH

MOZAMBIqUE QUIRIMBAS ARCHIPELAGO

MOZAMBIQUE

PEMBA

CLIMATE Generally the dry season in Mozambique runs from April to September and the hot humid rainy season from December to March. CAPITAL Maputo TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +2 hours

BEIRA

BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO

VILANCULOS LIMPOPO NATIONAL PARK

MAPUTO

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CURRENCY Mozambique Metical, however US$ and South African Rand are widely accepted VISA REqUIREMENTS Available on arrival at a cost of US$30 FLYING TIME Johannesburg – Vilanculos: 2 hours 15 mins Johannesburg – Pemba: 3 hours 10 mins Nairobi – Pemba: 2 hours 10 mins Dar es Salaam – Pemba: 1 hour 45 mins

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ZAmbiA AND victoriA fAlls climAtE the best time to visit victoria falls is between April and october with warm days and cool nights. the falls are at their most dramatic march to may. visit Zambia’s game reserves in the dry winter months between may and october. some camps close during the wetter summer months of November to march.

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

ZAMBIA KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

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cAPitAl lusaka HEAltH Anti-malaria precautions are recommended timE DiffErENcE Gmt +2 hours lANGUAGE official language is English cUrrENcY Kwacha, although we recommend you take Us$ visA rEQUirEmENts Available on arrival, single entry Us$50 HoW to GEt tHErE fly direct to lusaka with british Airways or via Johannesburg’s or tambo Airport with south African Airways, british Airways or virgin Atlantic. onward flights are available to livingstone. flYiNG timE lusaka 10 hours 10 mins Johannesburg – lusaka 1 hour 55mins Johannesburg – livingstone 1 hour 50 mins

KASANE

OKAVANGO DELTA

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK LINYANTI MOREMI GAME RESERVE

MAUN

climAtE the best time to visit botswana for game viewing is during the dry winter season April to october. Days are warm and sunny although nights can drop below freezing. cAPitAl Gaborone

MAKGADIKGADI PANS

CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE

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BOTSWANA

KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER NATIONAL PARK

GABORONE

HEAltH Anti-malaria precautions are recommended timE DiffErENcE Gmt +2 hours lANGUAGE official language is English cUrrENcY Pula, although we recommend you take Us$ HoW to GEt tHErE Daily flights via Johannesburg’s or tambo Airport to Gaborone with south African Airways, british Airways or virgin Atlantic, with onward connections on Air botswana to maun flYiNG timE Johannesburg – Gaborone 1 hour Gaborone – maun 1 hour 30 mins

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Africa Directory 11 NAmibiA KUNENE RIVER CA PR

SKELETON COAST PARK

RI P IV I ST

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

DAMARALAND

HEALTH Anti-malaria precautions are recommended

SWAKOPMUND WINDHOEK

WALVIS BAY

CLimATE Namibia is generally pleasant all year round with heavier rains falling between January and April. Temperatures in the desert regions can soar during the day in summer and drop dramatically during the night.

NAMIBIA

TimE DiFFERENCE GmT +1 hour. Daylight saving time is observed from September to April.

NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

CURRENCY Namibian Dollar, however South African Rand is widely accepted

SOSSUSVLEI

LÜDERITZ

HOW TO GET THERE There are daily flights via Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport with british Airways, South African Airways or Virgin Atlantic

FISH RIVER CANYON

FLYiNG TimE Johannesburg – Windhoek 2 hours

KENYA

LAKE TURKANA

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

LAIKIPIA NATIONAL RESERVE

KENYA NANYUKI ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

HEALTH Anti-malaria and yellow fever precautions are recommended

MERU NATIONAL PARK

TimE DiFFERENCE GmT +3 hours

LAKE NAIVASHA

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

NAIROBI AMBOSELI NATIONAL TSAVO EAST PARK NATIONAL PARK

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

CURRENCY Kenyan Shilling, although we recommend you travel with US$

TA N A R I V E R

VICTORIA

SHABA NATIONAL RESERVE

MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK

LAKE NAKURU LAKE LAKE VICTORIA

CLimATE January to march is hot and dry with the long rains usually falling from April to early June. between June and October it is warm and dry during the day but cold at night.

ViSA REQUiREmENTS Available on arrival, US $25 per single entry

LAMU TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

MOUNT KILIMANJARO

MALINDI

HOW TO GET THERE Nairobi is served by daily flights with british Airways, Kenya Airways or Virgin Atlantic

MOMBASA

FLYiNG TimE Nairobi: 8 hours 25 mins

TANZANiA AND ZANZibAR MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

LAKE VICTORIA

CLimATE Rains traditionally occur in winter between march and may. between June and October it is warm and dry during the day but cold at night.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK MOUNT KILIMANJARO

NGORONGORO CRATER LAKE MANYARA LAKE TANGANYIKA

ARUSHA TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

PEMBA

TANZANIA

ZANZIBAR

KIZIGO GAME RESERVE RUNGWA GAME RESERVE

DAR ES SALAAM RUAHA NATIONAL PARK RUF

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

IJI RIVER

HEALTH Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required and anti-malaria precautions are recommended TimE DiFFERENCE GmT +3 hours CURRENCY Tanzanian Shilling, although we recommend you travel with US$ ViSA REQUiREmENTS Available on arrival however it is strongly recommended to obtain prior to travelling. The cost is US$50 per single entry.

LAKE MALAWI

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FLYiNG TimE Dar es Salaam: 9 hours 35 mins / Kilimanjaro: 9 hours 50 mins

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CAR HIRE

GREATGUIDE GPS

CAR HIRE

Greatguide is a pre-programmed GPS, personalised with your own tailor-made itinerary and ready for your arrival. As well as providing directions for each day of your trip, Greatguide will also provide useful audio information on places of interest that you might wish to visit en route, as well as restaurant recommendations, an invaluable tool for any self-drive holiday. We are pleased to offer this additional service to clients hiring cars from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and George; priced from £10 per day. Please call our reservations consultants for further information.

There is no doubt that hiring a car enhances most holidays to Southern Africa – more independence and the freedom to explore at your convenience, not to mention the delight of discovering out-of-the-way places. Europcar offers outstanding car hire services throughout South Africa and we would be delighted to make reservations on your behalf.

GROUP B C D F H O S W E

TYPE Toyota Yaris (5 seats) VW Polo Classic (5 seats) Chevrolet Aveo (5 seats) Hyundai Sonata (5 seats) BMW 320 (5 seats) Mercedes Benz C180 (5 seats) Hyundai Tucson (5 seats) Toyota HILUX 4x4 (5 seats) VW Mircobus/ Toyota Quantum (5 seats)

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*COST PER DAY £42 £46 £51 £57 £109 £112 £89 £107 £128

*The prices above are based on a 15 day hire during May – July 2011 in South Africa and include unlimited mileage, theft loss waiver and collision damage waiver, VAT and personal accident insurance. For details on car hire in other countries featured in the brochure, please contact our reservations department. Vehicle type as specified is subject to availability, Europcar reserves the right to offer additional models.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7610

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AIRLINES

BRITISH AIRWAYS Travelling in a premium class with British Airways assures a relaxing, pleasurable experience from beginning to end with dedicated check-in areas, luxurious lounges and the highest standards of comfort and service on board.

FIRST

CLUB WORLD

* A choice of check-in options including a dedicated check-in area at selected airports

* A choice of check-in options including a dedicated check-in area at selected airports

* Dedicated First Departure lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick

* Access to the Departures lounge

* Complimentary treatment at the Elemis Travel Spa at London Heathrow * Spacious personal suite

For added convenience, passengers may now commence their journey from home using Online Check-in, choosing their seat and printing their own boarding pass. Check-in kiosks at selected airports offer a self-service option to minimise waiting times.

* Enhanced seats which convert into a 6’ 6” horizontal bed * Anya Hindmarch designed wash bag with a luxury range of well-being products * Soft cotton pyjamas and slippers * Egyptian cotton duvet and pillowcase * Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system with over 200 film, TV, music and games options† * Formal gourmet dining or an informal side service option

* Complimentary treatment at the Elemis Travel Spa at London Heathrow * Armchair-style seat and footstool which convert into a 6’ fully flat bed * Privacy between seats at the touch of a button * Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system with over 200 film, TV, music and games options† * Local and international cuisine with a complimentary bar service * Snacks available from the Club Kitchen * Access to the Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Johannesburg WORLD TRAVELLER PLUS

* Complimentary bar service

* A separate, quieter, premium economy cabin

* Access to Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Johannesburg

* Larger seats and 7” more legroom than World Traveller

† Currently being introduced across longhaul routes, not available on all aircraft

* Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system with over 200 film, TV, music and games options† * Meals designed by leading chefs with complimentary bar service throughout

British Airways Club World

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soutH AfriCAn AirWAys PrEMiuM CLAss BEnEfits * Dedicated check-in and pre-boarding * Access to executive lounge prior to departure and on arrival * forward facing full flat-bed seats with seat pitch of 73” * Articulated armrest which flattens to widen the bed to 24” along its whole length * Adjustable headrest, lumbar support and reading light * full size cotton duvets and pillows * individual power supply for laptops (115v AC, 2 pin European plug required) * A la carte menu designed by top south African chefs complemented with the finest handpicked south African wines * Privacy shell separating seat rows with adjustable privacy screen between individual seats * Personal 10.4” wide screen video offering on-demand in-flight entertainment * internet check-in available within 24 hours before departure from the uK

KEnyA AirWAys PrEMiEr WorLD BEnEfits * new improved levels of comfort with a 76” pitch sleeper seat with 31” seat width which converts to a true flat bed * Mood lighting, a unique feature on the B777 which aids in minimising jet lag upon disembarkation * Dedicated check-in desk * four course, three choice menu * 6.4” personal independent video screen with AVoD (audio video on demand) in-flight entertainment system * Access to executive lounge prior to departure, including the dedicated Premier World simba lounge in nairobi and the new skyteam lounge at London Heathrow Kenya Airways has connections from 12 uK regional airports via Amsterdam, plus direct services from London Heathrow to nairobi and over 45 onward destinations within Africa

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Virgin AtLAntiC uPPEr CLAss BEnEfits * Complimentary chauffeur driven car service to and from the airport and Drive thru Check-in° * Dedicated upper Class check-in * Access to Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse facilities to enjoy a pre-departure meal, drink or massage°° * freedom Menu – eat and drink what you want, when you want * relax in the upper Class suite which converts to one of the longest fully flat beds in business class * full lumbar supported bed in soft leather which extends up to 82” in length and 33” in width to provide maximum sleeping comfort * Personal 10.4” wide tV screens ° Chauffeur service available at most destinations and with most upper Class fares – restrictions apply Drive thru available at selected destinations only °° Lounge facilities vary at each destination

PrEMiuM EConoMy BEnEfits * Dedicated Premium Economy check-in and priority boarding * Premium Economy leather seats with a pitch of 38” and a width of 21” with additional recline° * Delicious menu with complimentary drinks * Personal seatback tV ° Available on all London Heathrow aircraft

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General Information

tHe BroCHUre We take every reasonable step to ensure the accuracy of our brochure and are confident that all information is correct at the time of going to print. However, during the validity of the brochure certain hotel facilities or services may change and clients will be advised of these prior to departure, wherever possible. Should such an event occur during your holiday, however, our experienced local agents or the hotel will do their best to rectify the situation. If the problem is still not solved to your satisfaction, we suggest you telephone our offices in england on 0161 491 7610 and reverse the charges. We will do our very best to help you. PaSSPortS, VISaS & VaCCInatIonS a ten year British passport, valid for six months after your return, is required for all destinations featured in this brochure. It is now compulsory for children to have their own passport, unless already included on their parents’ passport. Children aged 16 years and over must have their own passport. If travelling to South africa or mozambique, it is important to ensure you have at least two clear pages spare in your passport for immigration authorities to issue your entry visa. this is also advisable for visitors to Kenya. Holders of British passports do not currently require visas to enter any featured destinations except Zambia, Kenya, tanzania and mozambique, but non-British passport holders should check with the embassy of the country they intend to visit. Please note that rules do change occasionally, so all clients are responsible for ensuring they conform to passport and visa requirements. VaCCInatIonS & HealtH Compulsory vaccination requirements and malarial precautions vary for each individual country. It is important to note that vaccination requirements do change from time to time and we would recommend that you seek professional advice. the International medical Centre advises all worldwide travellers to ensure that their tetanus, polio, typhoid and hepatitis ‘a’ jabs are upto-date. Contact the n.H.S. Direct Information Service, tel: 0845 4647 or maSta Health line on 09068 224100. If you have visited any country where serious disease is prevalent, such as the yellow fever zones of Central africa, contact the Consulate or national tourist office of the country you intend to visit and request advice.

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aCCommoDatIon our featured accommodation ranges from luxurious city hotels in South africa to tents lit by kerosene lamps in tanzania – with everything in between! Hopefully our hotel descriptions will help you to make the right accommodation choice, but if you require further advice, do not hesitate to contact our well-travelled reservations team. on safari, with the exception of South africa and Botswana, acceptance of a simple lifestyle is generally required. Whilst the word ‘luxury’ may be used to describe tented accommodation, this does not mean the five star standards of a city centre or resort hotel. Instead, expect a walk-in and spacious tent, with proper beds, toilet and shower, as well as a small veranda. Very few tents have their own baths and instead of 24-hour electricity, some are lit by lamps. Very romantic! Sometimes, particularly during the low season, a pool or restaurant may close down for refurbishment. and development of resorts and hotels still continues – sometimes rapidly and intensively. Whilst we have no control over such work, we will endeavour to advise you before your departure of any significant activity. However, please understand it is often very difficult to foresee the exact nature, extent and effect of work being carried out at any particular time. Please note that room and suite categories are set by the hotel and that rooms are generally not available for occupancy before 2 pm on the day of arrival and must be vacated no later than 11 am on the day of departure.

check in early if you have particular seat requests. Carrier has no control over the allocation of seats and even if they are pre-booked with the airline, no guarantee can be made that they will still be available on check-in. flight timings are advised in advance with your confirmation/invoice, but please note these are subject to change and will be confirmed with your travel itinerary. Baggage allowances also vary according to the destination, flight and class booked, but if your holiday includes travel by light aircraft, boat or 4WD vehicle, it is often necessary to travel light. In such circumstances luggage is normally restricted to between 10-15kgs per person in a soft bag. on internal flights, either by local carriers or by light aircraft, operators may occasionally have to change schedules at short notice. everything possible will be done to minimise the inconvenience. PaSSenGerS WItH reDUCeD moBIlItY Current legislation requires that you advise us at least 48 hours prior to departure if you will require assistance at the airport. SPeCIal reQUeStS We pride ourselves on offering our clients a personalised service and will make every effort to meet any of your special dietary, room or travel requests. However, if these are a particularly important factor in the choice of your holiday, it is essential they are put in writing at the time of booking. In the unlikely event there is noncompliance, please note we do not hold any legal liability to you whatsoever.

oUr PrICeS the prices quoted in this brochure are based, where applicable, on the high and low season of each destination. High and low season months can be determined by the weather patterns and the effect they have on each country’s main attractions. our experienced sales consultants will be happy to advise further on the best time to visit each destination. all prices quoted are based on two people sharing a room/tent, unless stated otherwise. Single supplements apply in most cases and are available on request.

CUrrenCY We recommend that you take your money in the form of travellers cheques, credit card or local currency. Whilst credit cards are generally accepted in most establishments in the main tourist centres, there may be restrictions in the more isolated areas or towns. We would advise clients to take U.S. dollars when travelling to Kenya and tanzania. Please note that petrol in South africa and namibia can only be paid for in cash.

oUr aIrlIneS all of our holidays are based upon the economy class services of scheduled airlines. Should you wish to upgrade to the airline’s equivalent of Business or first Class, we do offer some excellent savings – call 0161 491 7610 for an individual quotation. We strongly recommend that you

HealtH & SafetY Sensible precautions should always be taken, as with anywhere else in the world. Use safety deposit boxes whenever possible and ensure doors are locked when leaving your room. try not to carry too much cash, particularly in cities or on the beach. With regards to your health, we

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highly recommend you take out travel insurance. Always heed local advice and warnings when it comes to weather conditions. In very hot weather, ensure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and in deserts or wilderness areas, heed local advice about insects and larger wildlife. Great care should be taken when sunbathing, particularly during the first few days of your holiday and where children are concerned. The foreign office may have issued information about your holiday destination – our reservations staff will have access to the latest information and you can check online at www.fco.gov.uk AfrICAn fACTS of lIfe Africa is an incredible continent and if you travel with patience, tolerance and realistic expectations, you cannot help but have a memorable holiday. The following observations may help you avoid any disappointment. lifestyles in Africa are totally different from our own and speedy service may sometimes seem alien to local tradition! In some cases, water and electricity services struggle to keep up with the increase in demand and limited rainfall can add to the problem. Whilst hotels do

all they can to maintain full services, occasional power cuts and water restrictions are certainly not unknown. on safari, expect travel in the dry season to be arid and dusty and the roads during the wet season to be muddy and occasionally flooded. long distances, adverse weather conditions and a lack of technology can sometimes mean a shortage of supplies. If you choose to travel during the most popular times, such as Christmas and february, do not expect Africa all to yourself ! And remember that an unfortunate aspect of a country rich in wildlife, is a country rich in insects! Spiders in your hotel room do not reflect a lack of hygiene, simply life in the tropics. We are confident you’ll find that the positive aspects of a holiday to Africa far outweigh these inconveniences. regard them as part of the adventure! YoUr oPInIon Your individual comments are vital if we are to successfully monitor the hotels, tours and services we offer. After your holiday, we would be most grateful if you would return the questionnaire included with your travel documents.

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We guarantee that all views and opinions are read and acted upon where necessary. We want you to travel with Carrier the next time you are considering a holiday. DATA ProTeCTIon STATemenT We have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements and it will sometimes be necessary to pass your details to other organisations. We may also have to send your details to countries that may not have an equal level of data protection legislation. When you request these products and services, you give your consent that we can pass your details to other organisations. We may also use your details to provide you with features, services and offers available from us and other companies and organisations carefully selected by us. full details of our data protection policy are available on request.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Booking Conditions

This brochure was published in September 2010. The holidays featured are operated by Carrier Ltd (the Company) which is registered in England under company number 2671002. Carrier Ltd is a member of ABTA, membership number V0391. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. The following conditions, together with the information set out in the relevant brochure descriptions will form part of your contract with the Company. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts but not exclusively so if you are domiciled elsewhere in the UK then the Courts of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland also have jurisdiction. 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY To secure your booking you should forward to the Company the relevant payment (see Section 2 below). A contract will exist when we issue our confirmation invoice. The Company will try and arrange for special requests to be met but these cannot be guaranteed. The Company will not be liable if any special request is not met. If you arrange your holiday direct with the Company all correspondence will be forwarded to the lead passenger unless otherwise stipulated. If your booking is made through a travel agent all communications by the Company will be made to that address. 2. PAYMENTS A deposit of 10% of the holiday cost – subject to a minimum of £250 per person – is payable and payment of the balance is due no later than 8 weeks before departure. If the booking is made within 8 weeks of departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. If the holiday is made through a travel agent, all monies paid by the client to the travel agent, under or in contemplation of a contract with Carrier Ltd are held by the travel agent as an agent of Carrier Ltd. If payment is not received on the due date the holiday or travel arrangements will be liable to cancellation which will lead to loss of deposit. Tickets and other documents will normally be forwarded 10-14 days before date of departure. Any cancellations will be subject to the terms in clause 4. Cancellation by you. Additional deposits may be required for: (a) yachts, villas and certain lodges/safaris and ski holidays (b) departures over Christmas and other periods - as may be detailed (c) certain airfares which have to be ticketed at the time of booking and are non refundable. full details will be advised at the time of booking. 3. PRICE POLICY All prices quoted in this brochure are calculated on rates of exchange as known on 6 August and as published in the Financial Times of 6 August 2010 (£1 =US$1.591). Brochure prices can go up or down. Before you make a booking we will give you the up to date price of your chosen holiday, including the cost of any peak season supplements, fuel charges, upgrades or additional facilities which you have requested. The price of unsold holidays may be increased or decreased at any time. The price of your holiday will be confirmed on booking. When you have booked your holiday and paid your deposit (or the full amount if you book within eight weeks of departure), the price of your holiday as shown on your confirmation invoice is guaranteed and will not be subject to any changes or surcharges unless you elect to change the confirmed booking (see Clause 5). At no time is the Company liable to give a breakdown of costs due to the nature of the holiday bought by the client. Due to the financial commitments being made by Carrier we regret we are not able to make reductions in holiday prices should the £ strengthen. Those holidays which have not been completed within those date bands detailed within the relevant price panels will be subject to an applicable reduction or increase.

4. CANCELLATION BY YOU Any cancellation by the client must be advised in writing to the Company (signed by the same person who made the original booking). Cancellation will only come into effect on the day written advice is received by the Company. Recorded or Special Delivery is strongly recommended. Upon receipt the following charges (excluding amendments charges paid) will be payable by the client, depending upon the number of days prior to departure

with a refund of the difference in price; or (c) cancel your holiday with a full refund of all monies paid. In all 3 cases, minimum compensation will be paid as detailed below unless the change occurs as a result of circumstances beyond our control. Period before departure within which a major change is notified to you or your travel agent

Days prior to departure date when % of holiday written advice of cancellation received payable

More than 60 days: 60 – 42 days: 41 – 28 days: 27 – 15 days: 14 – 0 days:

Prior to 61 days: 60 – 42: 41 – 28: 27 – 7: Less than 7 days:

deposit forfeited; 30% of total holiday cost 60% of total holiday cost 90% of total holiday cost 100% of total holiday cost

Due to some airline, chalet and hotel requirements during peak periods various cancellation charges may apply - the rates above will not be applicable. The charges will be advised at the time of booking. We would strongly suggest that you take out full insurance, which will in most cases include cover, under certain circumstances, against loss of deposit or cancellation fees. 5. CHANGES MADE TO A CONFIRMED BOOKING This facility is available and an administration fee of £40.00 (plus communication charges) per alteration will be charged. Alteration of a booking within 8 weeks of departure date may incur additional costs. PLEASE NOTE: Most flight tickets cannot be changed without payment of cancellation charges and/or the cost of a replacement ticket. 6. ALTERATION TO A CONFIRMED BOOKING WHILST ABROAD We regret that no credit or refund is possible for any unused services provided in the cost of your holiday. If you decide to alter your travel arrangements whilst abroad this is your own responsibility and Carrier Ltd or the Company’s Agents are not responsible for any extras or difficulties that may arise with onward travel as a result of such alterations. No credit or refund is possible for any lost, mislaid, stolen or destroyed documents which could be the subject of a claim on your own insurance. 7. CANCELLATION OR ALTERATION BY US We hope and expect to be able to provide you with all the services we have confirmed to you at the time of booking. We plan arrangements a long time in advance of your holiday using independent suppliers such as airlines, hotels etc., over whom we have no direct control. On occasions changes do have to be made, and we reserve the right to make these. Most of these changes are minor. However, if we consider them a significant change we will endeavour to advise you or your Travel Agent as soon as reasonably possible. A significant change includes a change of accommodation to that of a lower category and/or price, a change of flight time of more than 12 hours, a change of UK departure airport, or a significant change of resort area. In accordance with EU regulations we are required to advise you of the actual air carrier operating your flight/connecting flight/transfer. We do this by listing carriers to be used or likely to be used on the relevant brochure pages and/ or your holiday confirmation invoice. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. In the case of a significant change before your departure we will provide you with three alternatives: (a) alternative travel arrangements of equivalent or of very closely similar standard and price, if available. (b) alternative travel arrangements of a lower standard together

Compensation Per Person NIL £20 £30 £40 £50

Circumstances amounting to “force majeure” include any event which we or the supplier of the services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid such as war or threat of war, civil strife, riot, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, sickness, bad weather, the acts of any Government or public authority and all similar events which are beyond our control. It is regretted that under such circumstances there will be no compensation payable. Please note, we are reliant on information provided by the Foreign Office. A significant change includes a change of accommodation to that of a lower category and/or price, a change of flight time of more than 12 hours, a change of UK departure airport (except between London airports) or a significant change of resort area. 8. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of two times your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to (a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and (b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. You can ask for copies of the transport companies’ contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices. No.1 Lakeside, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3GW. Tel 0161 491 7600. If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances. 9. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT Any passports, visas, health certificates, International Driving Licences and other travel documents required for the holiday must

Acknowledgement: We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Designer Holidays, Khimsar Fort and Taj Hotels for their assistance with our brand photography.


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be obtained by the client, whose responsibility it remains to ensure that these are all in order and to meet any additional costs incurred (whether by the client or by the Company on the clients behalf) as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. You are responsible to arrive at stated departure times and places and any loss or damage which you suffer through failure to do so lies with you. The Company has no liability whatsoever to you through your failure to do so. The Foreign & Commonwealth Advice Unit may have issued information about your holiday destination. You are advised to check this information on the Internet under the address http://www.fco.gov.uk/. Alternatively, you can contact the ABTA Consumer Affairs Information Department on 0901 2015050 (calls charged at 50p min). Under EU Regulation 261/2004 you have the rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be published at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in clause 7. If any payments are due to you from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted from this amount. 10. AIRlInE/AIRpoRT DElAYs We use the scheduled services of the world’s major international airlines. These are rarely subject to lengthy delays. In the unlikely event that this does happen, arrangements for meals, overnight accommodation, etc. should be met by your airline. Conditions of carriage are available on request. In the event of a flight being delayed, we will arrange for the following to be provided, whenever practical, and subject to the airport being able to cater for this:- over 4 hours, an appropriate meal, and for delays of at least 8 hours extending beyond midnight, overnight accommodation will be provided wherever possible. However, this will depend on such factors as the expected length of delay, local availability of accommodation, immigration rulings etc. Where long flight delays result in lost holiday time, no refunds are given by hotels for unused accommodation, as rooms are held for delayed arrivals, not re-let. Under EU law you may be entitled in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights may be published at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. However re-imbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a full refund of your holiday from us. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made by the airline will be deducted from this amount. If your airline does not comply, you should complain to the Air Transport users Council on 020 7240 6061 www.aug/org.uk 11. CoMplAInTs Most problems can be sorted out straight away if we know about them. If you have a complaint you must report it immediately and directly to the supplier (eg. Hotel Manager), or the emergency contact numbers provided with your travel documents. If you fail to follow this procedure, this may affect your rights under this contract, as we have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem. If the problem cannot be resolved locally and you wish to complain, full details must be received in writing to: Customer Relations Department, Carrier ltd, no.1 lakeside, Cheadle, Cheshire, sK8 3GW within 28 days of return. should we be unable to resolve your complaint amicably, the matter may (if the client so wishes) be referred to Arbitration under a special scheme which, though devised by arrangement with ABTA, is administered quite independently by the IDRs part of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The scheme provides a simple and inexpensive method of Arbitrations on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. The scheme applies to claims for an amount no greater than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking. 12. ConsUMER pRoTECTIon We provide full financial protection. When you buy an ATol protected air holiday package from us you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel organiser’s licence number 2968. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATol website at www.atol.org.uk. The price

of our air holiday packages includes the amount of £1 per person as part of the ATol protection Contribution (ApC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. 13. InsURAnCE We believe it is essential to take out travel insurance when you go on holiday. 14. oUT oF DATE RAnGE FlIGHTs our brochures are prepared well in advance and scheduled airlines will generally not have loaded their seats to sell until approximately 10 months before the departure. should this apply we will inform you at the time of booking and calculate the price in anticipation that seats will be available in the specific airline booking class to which our specially negotiated airfares apply. We will issue an invoice recording the arrangements reserved for you and will take a deposit, but a contract will not exist between us. When the airline seats become available to book we will tell you the price and give you 7 days to either accept the price or cancel the booking and receive a full refund. If you accept the price, we will issue an invoice and a contract exists between us. In the event that flight seats/accommodation does not become available, you will receive a full refund. 15. FRoM pRICEs Carrier offers you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation and services available. Because of the wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel and choice of accommodation. To help you in choosing a holiday which is tailor made by us to your requirements, please call our sales team, or visit your travel agent or our website for further information about services and prices. We will be happy to provide you with an up to date quote. 16. TRAvEl InFoRMATIon AnD DoCUMEnTs After booking you will receive an invoice with any important information relevant to the destination you are visiting. We strongly recommend that you check the details and read the information. Approximately 10-14 days before departure you will receive your flight/ e-ticket together with an itinerary. However, in the case of late payment and/or late bookings, tickets may be handed to you at the airport on departure. please ensure that you check the flight timings on your tickets carefully. The correct timings, using the 24hour clock system, may have been adjusted since we published the brochure and since you received your invoice.

flight timings, and days of operation are subject to change. We will advise you of any significant change as soon as we ourselves are informed by the airline. Minor timing changes will be shown on the flight tickets, which you should check carefully when received. should the changes involve a reduction of your duration, we will offer you a refund of any applicable costs. 20. WATER AnD ElECTRICITY sUpplIEs In many of the less sophisticated destinations we feature, the water and electricity services struggle to keep up with the increased demands from tourism. limited rainfall can put further pressure on their provision. Hotels do everything possible to maintain full services. However, occasional power cuts and/or water restrictions may be experienced. 21. ACCoMMoDATIon In THE TRopICs In many hotels, especially beach resorts ‘insects’ in the rooms (e.g.. cockroaches etc) are almost inevitable. It should by no means be taken as a sign of dirtiness, simply a fact of life in these destinations. views from some hotel rooms may be partly obscured by palm trees and other vegetation that can grow very quickly in tropical climates. 22. WATER spoRTs AnD oTHER ACTIvITIEs Many hotels offer water sports and other sporting activities, in some cases these may be free of charge. please note that in the interest of your personal safety, the operators of these activities may require that you demonstrate your competence (for example a swimming test) prior to commencement and reserve the right to refuse participation for any reason if they feel this may compromise your or another guest’s safety. 23. BEHAvIoUR Most people go on holiday for rest and relaxation, so if in our reasonable opinion or in the opinion of any airline pilot, hotel manager, tour leader or other person in authority, your behaviour is causing danger, damage to property or persistently affecting the enjoyment of others, we reserve the right to terminate your holiday. should this happen no refund or compensation would be paid.

18. BUIlDInG WoRK Many hotels and resorts are continuing to develop, sometimes rapidly and intensively and often with little or no advance warning. Whilst we have no control over such work, as a responsible tour operator, it is important to us that you are aware of any significant building/refurbishment work that may be going on during your stay. General refurbishment at hotels is necessary to maintain standards but if we are informed of such work, we will endeavour to notify you of any activity as soon as possible, however near to your departure this may be.

DATA pRoTECTIon polICY Information about you and members of your party, including your names, contact details and any special needs, disabilities or dietary requirements is collected by us when you request information or make a booking with us. You are responsible for ensuring that other members of your party are aware of our booking conditions and this privacy policy and that they consent to your acting on their behalf in your dealings with us. We may disclose this information to our service providers (who may be located outside the UK/EEA) for the purpose of providing you with your travel arrangements and insurance. only information necessary for this purpose will be disclosed to them. In the case of air travel, it may be mandatory for us to disclose information for security and anti-terrorism purposes and any other purpose imposed on us by governments or airlines. We may use your information for the purposes set out in our data protection registration with the office of the Information Commissioner. We may disclose the same to companies in the Kuoni Group for business purposes and to companies who act as data processors on our behalf. some information, for example relating to your religion or health, may be “sensitive personal data” within the meaning of the Data protection Act 1998. We need this information to cater for your needs, but it is collected on condition that we have your positive consent. If you do not agree to our use of your information, we cannot accept your booking. By making a booking with us, you agree to allow your insurers, their agents and medical staff to disclose relevant information to us in circumstances where we may need to act in the interests of everyone in the group with whom you are travelling. For example, if you contract an infectious illness whilst on holiday, we may need to make special arrangements for you and ensure that you do not return with the group immediately. From time to time we may contact you by post with information about special offers or holidays. If you do not wish to receive such information, please notify us. You have the right to ask us in writing for a data subject access request form to obtain a copy of the information which we hold about you. You will be charged a fee for this.

19. FlIGHT CHAnGEs Airlines occasionally may change the type of aircraft used on a particular flight without advance warning. scheduled and charter

Any request should be addressed to The Company secretary, Carrier ltd, no.1 lakeside, Cheadle, Cheshire sK8 3GW

17. BRoCHURE ACCURACY We rigorously check the information given in our brochure about accommodation, resorts, itineraries etc., to ensure it is correct at the time of going to press but in view of the fact that brochures are prepared in advance, advertised facilities may be changed. Therefore changes may be made to the particulars in this brochure at any time before the contract with you is made. In these circumstances we will notify you of changes before you book. However, please bear in mind that hoteliers, restaurateurs, night club owners etc., may wish to maintain or improve their facilities, or even take a break themselves. Flight times, carriers and routes in the brochure are given for guidance only as there may be changes. Final details will be shown on your tickets. Tour, excursion, cruise or safari itineraries may change as a result of local conditions. Circumstances such as these, or weather conditions, time of year etc., may cause some of the amenities we have described to be unavailable or different from those advertised in our brochure. When we are told of any significant or long term changes we will always endeavour to advise you prior to your departure.

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