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If only I had a penny for every time someone has told me that their trip to Africa was life-changing! It’s true; Africa gives back so much to those who visit. It’s not any single element; it’s the magic combination of Africa’s many unique charms that resets our life compass. The resilience and friendliness of the people; the incredible scenery, so diverse and compelling; the rich history of the oldest inhabited continent, and the awe-inspiring wildlife all work together to remind us of our values. Knowing what is in store for their clients, our Destination Specialists love crafting trips. Be it a honeymoon, an multi-generational trip, a volunteer experience or a long awaited life list journey, finding out what travelers’ goals are and turning a wish into the perfect itinerary is as rewarding for the travel planner as the traveler. Always wanted to see the Migration? We’ll put you in a mobile camp so close to the herds that you’ll feel the ground shake. Want to interact with elephants, or chimps, or gorillas? Not a problem, we know exactly where you can do that. Interested in visiting a Maasai village? We can arrange it, and remind you to practice jumping up and down before you go. Has it been your dream to spend the first nights of your married life in a tree house under the stars of the Southern Cross? We can make that one come true. For a journey that will rejuvenate and reground you, visit Africa. For travel ideas and stunning imagery, visit www.africanswers.com Kirk Demeter, President & Owner

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01 Contents

Welcome 02 04 05 06 07 08 10 11 12 13 14 15

Destination map Safari styles Using our brochure Touring & activities Weather Escorted touring - South Africa Escorted touring - Uganda Escorted touring - Botswana Escorted touring - Zimbabwe Escorted touring - Kenya & Tanzania Escorted touring - Africa Africa Answers - Give back

16/South Africa 17

Touring

18/Cape Town 19 20 24 25

Day Tours & Short Breaks Central Accommodation V&A Waterfront Accommodation Accommodation

27/Hermanus & Winelands 28

Accommodation

77 78

Kalahari Game Reserve Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

80/Namibia 81 82 83 84

Touring Caprivi Strip Windhoek & Beyond Accommodation

86/Mozambique 87

Accommodation

31/Garden Route & Route 62

89/Kenya

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90 91 92 93 95 98

Accommodation

35/Eastern Cape 36 37

Hotels, Parks & Reserves Parks & Reserves

38/Durban & KwaZulu-Natal 39 40 41

Touring & Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation & Reserves

42/Johannesburg 43 44 46 47 48

Day Tours & Short Breaks Accommodation Airport Accommodation Sun City & Beyond Accommodation Game Reserves

Touring Nairobi Accommodation Amboseli & Beyond Masai Mara National Parks & Lodges Mombasa & Beyond

99/Tanzania 100 101 102 103 105

Touring Arusha & Dar Es Salaam Accommodation Singita Grumeti Reserve Serengeti National Park Tarangire, Ngorongoro Conservation & Mt Kilimanjaro 106 Selous Game Reserve 107 Accommodation, Zanzibar

49/Kruger National Park & Beyond

108/Uganda

50 53 54 56

110/Rwanda

Game Reserves, Greater Kruger National Park Game Reserves & Lodges, Greater Kruger National Park Lodges, Greater Kruger National Park Lodges, Kruger National Park & Beyond

57/Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe 58 59 61 62 63 65 66

Touring, Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Accommodation, Zambia Victoria Falls Accommodation, Zambia & Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Accommodation, Zimbabwe Safari Lodges, Zambia Bush Camp Company, Zambia Safari Accommodation, Zimbabwe

67/Malawi 67

Accommodation

68/Botswana 69 71 74

Touring Chobe National Park & Beyond Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve

109 Accommodation & Touring

111 Accommodation & Touring

112/Egypt 113 Touring 114 Nile Cruising 115 Accommodation

116/United Arab Emirates & Oman 117 118 120 121

City Accommodation, Dubai Accommodation, Dubai Accommodation, Abu Dhabi Accommodation, Oman

122/Islands 123 Island Resorts, Maldives 127 Resorts, Mauritius 128 Resorts, Seychelles

129/Terms & Conditions


02

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Destination map

Lake Turkana

UGANDA

KENYA South Turkana NR Shaba NR Samburu NP

KAMPALA Kibale Forest NP

Meru NP MT KENYA Mt Kenya NP

Queen Elizabeth NP Lake Bwindi NP Mburo Lake Victoria NP

RWANDA

Siliboi NP

Masai Mara NR NAIROBI Amboseli NP Mt Kilimanjaro Serengeti NP NP Tsavo NP NGORONGORO CRATER Arusha MT Lake KILIMANJARO Manyara NP Tarangire NP

L Tanganyika Lake Mahale Mountain NP

Lamu Malindi Mombasa

TANZANIA Zanzibar DAR-ES-SALAAM

Katavi NP Ruaha NP Morogoro Selous GR

Lake Bangweulu North Luangwa NP Lake Malawi

Kasanka NP

Ndola

South Mfuwe Luangwa NP

ZAMBIA

Livingstone

Mana Pools NP Kariba Matusadona NP Lake Kariba

Linyanti VICTORIA Chobe NP FALLS Moremi Wildlife Hwange NP Reserve Maun Makgadikgadi Pans NP

Etosha National Park Okavango Delta

Skeleton Coast Park

Luderitz

Beira

Bulawayo

Vilanculos

BOTSWANA GABORONE

Kgalagadi Transfrontier NP

Marakele NP Madikwe GR

Kruger National Park Timbavati GR Sabi Sands GR

Pilanesberg NP PRETORIA Sun City Hlane Game MAPUTO Johannesburg Milwane NR Sanctuary Mkhaga NR Ndumo GR SWAZILAND TembeParkElephant Mkhuze GR Phinda GR HluhluweKimberley Imfolozi GR

Upington Augrabies Falls NP

Bloemfontein

LESOTHO Durban

SOUTH AFRICA Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Montagu NR CAPE TOWN

Gorongosa NP

ZIMBABWE Gonarezhou NP

Fish River Canyon Park

ATLANTIC OCEAN

MOZAMBIQUE

Central Kalahari GR

WINDHOEK

Namib Desert Sossusvlei Namib Naukluft NP

Nampula

HARARE

NAMIBIA Swakopmund Walvis Bay

INDIAN OCEAN George

Kwandwe GR Addo Elephant Park Kariega GR Shamwari GR

Knysna

Port Elizabeth

Pemba

MALAWI

LUSAKA

Etosha Pans

QUIRAMBAS ARCHIPELAGO

Lower Zambezi NP

Kafue NP

Kasane

Niassa NR

Mozambique Island


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Haa Alifu Atoll

Baa Atoll Ari Atoll

Male

MALDIVES Thaa Atoll Laamu Atoll Huvadhoo Atoll

Denis Private Island Praslin La Digue Victoria

SEYCHELLES

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Alexandria Port Said El Giza

Cairo MT SINAI

Western Desert

Asyut

Luxor

EGYPT

Eastern Desert

MAD

AGA

SCAR

Aswan

MAURITIUS Port Louis St.-Denis

REUNION

Dubai Abu Dhabi

UAE

Muscat Sur

OMAN

Salalah

AFRICA

ARABIAN SEA


04 Safari styles

Africa Answers Accommodation - Styles Hotel Chosen for their location and amenities the hotels have a full range of dining options either on the property or close by. Rooms are normally offered on a bed & breakfast basis and no kitchen facilities are available. Hotels are more often located in cities and small towns.

Boutique Hotel Chosen for their location and amenities Boutique hotels are smaller more intimate contemporary hotels usually with a strong focus on interiors and cuisine. Chosen for their style and location Boutique Hotels are located in cities and small towns.

Hotel Apartment Serviced Apartments comprise separate bedroom(s), kitchen & often a lounge. Chosen for their location and perfect for longer stays. Apartments are located in cities and small towns.

Lodge Permanent accommodation with the lodge as the base for your days activities - be that game viewing, boating, walking, fishing or swimming. You are normally hosted during meals, service is personal and the cuisine & guiding excellent. We prefer to use lodges with a maximum of 20 beds. Game viewing in a safari vehicle and hot air balloon

Resort Resorts located on idyllic islands.

Accommodation - Standards

Platinum No expense spared, the highest level of quality, flawless service, outstanding facilities & exceptional location.

Tented Camps Tented camps tend to be small and offer a more personal level of service. The rooms are indeed tents but do not sacrifice any creature comforts. All bathrooms are ensuite, however some camps, due to their location, may not offer mains power. The camp is the base for your days activities and you are normally hosted during meals. The service is personal and the cuisine & guiding excellent. We prefer to use camps with a maximum of 20 beds. Mobile Camping Safaris

Gold Tailored, top-of-the-line ‘bush luxury’. Excellent facilities, superior service & great location.

Silver Offering good value for money, comfortable, less exclusive location & with limited facilities & services.

A ‘mobile camping safari’ involves the entire camp - tents, showers etc moving either with you, or going ahead in separate vehicles. Safaris usually take 7-15 days camping in 3 or 4 different locations. Usually you will travel by 4x4, although some safaris include charter flights. Mobile safaris fall into three broad categories - non-participation Classic Camping (5paw), Authentic Camping Safaris (4paw), and limited-participation Expeditionary Safaris (3paw).

Cruise Explore great rivers & waterways with the boat as the base for onshore or water excursions.

Bronze Adventure or expeditionary in style with creature comforts but limited facilities & services

Big Five Game Safari


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05 Using our brochure

Cheetah, Masai Mara

After years working with travelers to design their ultimate African safari, we know that no two journeys are alike. So we have created this brochure as an introduction to the treasures that make each destination within Africa unique. We have included a taste of the accommodation available in each region and some suggested itineraries, however, these really are just ideas to get you started and a small sample of what is possible.

Planning your dream trip

There is so much to see and do in Africa that no visit should be contemplated without meticulous planning and research. Our brochure offers both inspiration and information, and once it has whet your appetite our team of dedicated professionals become an invaluable asset in the planning of your journey.

Step 2 - Make an air reservation. Our travel experts can provide airfares at competitive prices. In addition to booking international travel on Emirates and South African Airways. We also offer competitive airfares within Africa.

And no safari specialist can create bespoke travel experiences that excite and amaze like we can! The following pages will help you design your perfect, individual African adventure. As you look through this brochure there are five things you will ultimately need to determine: 1. What style of safari suits you? (see safari styles on page 4) 2. When do you have time to go? (see best time to travel on page 7) 3. How long can you go for? 4. What is your budget? 5. What are the must dos and sees on your list? Remember we can provide more detail on any of these safaris, we can design similar safaris in different regions and we can mix and match styles to suit your price tag. The challenge is creating a safari that will change your life forever!

Step 1 - Plan your day-by-day itinerary. Consult our planning maps on pages 2-3 to pin-point the areas you wish to visit, and then visit our destination pages to discover more about each region. Or, if you prefer to talk your ideas over with one of our knowledgeable travel experts, they’re happy to recount first hand experiences, provide suggestions and answers to your questions and help create the perfect day by day itinerary.

Step 3 - Choose accommodation and touring. Depending on your budget, we have a range of accommodation and touring that will maximize your enjoyment of all of our destinations. Whether you’re choosing a Nile river cruise or a Kenyan safari camp, we’ll have suitable recommendations. In this brochure, each accommodation option is coded to provide easily recognizable styles and standards. Step 4 - Book. Due to the boutique nature of many of our properties, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Step 5 - Activities. Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and UAE are home to a wealth of experiences that can be enjoyed in a day, or over a number of days. On page 6 is a guide to assist with identifying the range of touring options.


06 Touring & activities

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Icons Walking

Diving

With an emphasis on an educational experience walking in the wilderness allows you to immerse yourself in the surrounding eco-system. Game is not seen as close up as when traveling in vehicles but the rewards are often greater.

Horse Riding

From the idyllic Indian Ocean islands or extraordinary dives in the Red Sea, Africa offers a myriad of exceptional dive experiences whether you are a certified diver, are traveling to get certified or happy to snorkel.

Fishing

Horseback safaris allow you to experience African wildlife & scenery at close quarters. Become one with the African wilderness as you ride amongst Africa’s big game.

Wildlife / Game Viewing

Fishing is a way of life for many Africans and a spot of fishing is a most enjoyable part of a safari. The Lower Zambezi River offers some of the best tiger fishing opportunities in Africa.

Food

Experience the wildlife. Certain areas are home to endemic species and we can recommend where to go if you are particularly keen on seeing wildlife such as primates, painted hunting dog, rhino etc. Game viewing is predominantly undertaken in 4WDs.

Trekking Africa offers some stunning trekking from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.

Boating

Africa’s diversity is reflected in the many local culinary traditions in terms of ingredients, style of preparation and cooking techniques. Africa is home to some of the finest wine in the world.

Elephant Several camps and lodges in Southern Africa offer a unique platform for guest education and interaction with elephants. These close encounters are truly one of a kind.

Culture / People

Boating provides a wonderful opportunity to get close to nature. Big game, a myriad of bird species, crocodiles and hippos are all commonly seen.

Canoeing

A strong emphasis is placed on the culture of the local people with an opportunity to immerse yourself in their traditions.

Family Friendly Safaris

Zimbabwe & Zambia offer the best canoeing opportunities - with the pick of the bunch being the lower Zambezi River. Botswana offers ‘Mokoro-ing’ in the Okavango Delta, a variation of a canoe safari. Clients are ‘poled’ by a poler/guide in low, wooden, dug-out canoes - the gondoliers of Africa.

Golf

Africa is the world’s best classroom. Once your children have experienced the African bush they’ll talk about the adventure all their lives. Many safari lodges now specialise in catering for families, with child friendly guides & activities designed to educate and excite your children. We can also recommend properties that are Malaria Free.

Birding

Africa boasts some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, designed by top players and set against spectacular natural backdrops.

Spa

Africa is home to over 1481 bird species and 932 in Southern Africa alone. Considering there are roughly 9000 world-wide it is no wonder Africa is a birders paradise.

Honeymoon

Find balance and restore well being – African style. Innovative spa treatments integrate locally harvested products, as well as ancient techniques from Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean, to bring you a wholly unique experience.

Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands offer an imaginative and impeccable selection of honeymoon destinations.

The Migration One of Africa’s truly great spectacles is the migration of the wildebeest, as they move between pastures in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Don’t forget however, the migration is greatly influenced by the rains! You’ll also find these shaggy beasts on the move in Tarangire National Park from late June to early September.

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Weather

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Nairobi Amboseli Masai Mara

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Queen Elizabeth NP RWANDA

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Selous Game Reserve

UGANDA

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T 66/87 66/87 64/87 59/87 50/80 42/77 42/77 48/84 57/91 66/95 66/93 66/89 Makgadikgadi R 1.25 1.02 0.78 0.47 0.15 0 0 0 0.15 0.39 0.94 0.94

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South Africa

Johannesburg t Pilgrim’s Rest t Kruger National Park t Swaziland t Zululand t Durban t Port Elizabeth t Knysna t Oudtshoorn t Cape Town

A World in One Country Professionally Escorted Guided sightseeing and transfers Accommodation Thirteen nights’ accommodation with private facilities Transportation Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses with professional guide. Meals Breakfast 13, Lunch 3, Dinner 4 Plus Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included

Day 7: This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, or you may opt take an optional afternoon Durban City Tour (own expense). Day 8: Morning at leisure until your collection and transfer to the airport for your mid morning flight to Port Elizabeth (own expense). There you’ll be met by a new guide who’ll, upon everyone arriving, take you through the glorious, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest, before reaching Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.

Day 1: Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional Soweto Tour (own expense).

Day 9: Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy this lovely and special town.

Day 2: Leave Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline, and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg, passing over the famous Long Tom Pass on to the small town of Sabie. This afternoon explore living history in the form of Pilgrim’s Rest, the old mining village where gold was first discovered.

Day 10: This morning enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it’s the center of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. Head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders.

Day 3: This morning gasp at the glory that is God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and visit the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. Explore the quaint village of Graskop before arriving mid afternoon at our overnight hotel.

Day 11: A day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the everchanging passing canvas as you travel to Cape Town. During the whale season, travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season, return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’, South Africa’s version of America’s ‘Route 66’.

Day 4: Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savor the magic of this enormous wilderness. Day 5: Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory to see master craftsmen fashion collectable figures and functional art out of molten glass. Continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Day 6: Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and color imaginable. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid afternoon at the town of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and home to hippo, crocodile and no less than 367 bird species.

Day 12: A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard. Stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise (own expense) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach. Drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town on our way back to Cape Town. Day 13: Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. A visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective. Day 14: This brings you to the end of our ‘World in One Country’. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. From $3,025


South Africa

09 Escorted touring

Cape Town tOudtshoorn tKnynsa tAddo Elephant National Park

South Africa Family Adventure Professionally Escorted Professional guiding by highly qualified local guides Accommodation Ten nights’ accommodation with private facilities Meals Breakfast 10, Lunch 4, Dinner 2

Day 1: See superb views of Cape Town spread out before you from on top of Table Mountain, from mountain-top views to on-the-ground sightseeing; you’ll get a great overview of the beautiful South African city of Cape Town. Enjoy a tour of Seal Island where you can view the habitat and behaviors of these precious animals from just feet away. Hug the cliffs and snake along the legendary Chapmans’ Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch, (own expense) we visit Boulders Beach, where wooden walkways allow you to view the penguins in their natural habitat - the children will just love these curious and cute little creatures. Day 2: Kids, have oceans of fun at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Visit several interesting and diverse exhibits with over 3,000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins that can be seen in the spectacular underwater nature reserve. Afternoon at leisure at the V&A Waterfront. Day 3: Historical, glorious Stellenbosch is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by stunning wine estates. After a short exploration of this historical town, visit Spier, and the Cheetah Outreach facility where you have the opportunity (own expense) to experience the excitement of a personal encounter with hand raised ambassador cheetahs (Don’t forget to bring your camera). You can then tuck into your delicious Spier Deli picnic basket in a tranquil setting, whilst allowing the children to expend their boundless energy at the children’s playground. Next, experience a personal encounter with Eagle and Owls, as the experienced handlers await you to facilitate your introduction to Wally (Wahlberg’s Eagle), Fagan (Barn Owl) and Sykes (spotted Eagle Owl). Day 4: A day of leisure to either unwind by the pool, stroll along the nearby promenade, or take to the shopping malls for those last minute Cape Town souvenirs.

Day 6: Rise and shine, for an action-packed day ahead! From the intriguing facts and fiction of crocodiles, to the extreme beauty of the cheetahs at the Cango Wildlife Ranch, top that by an exploration of the famous Cango Caves. The majesty of these dripstone caverns opening into vast halls of towering stalagmite and stalactite formations will simply take your breath away. You’ve earned a hearty lunch by now - enjoy the authentic South African hospitality at the Safari Ostrich Farm. If you’ve been longing to ride that ostrich, well after lunch here’s your chance. At Safari Ostrich Farm, you’ll not only learn about the lives of these hardy, enigmatic creatures, but the brave can sit on one, and the adventurous can attempt to ride one! Day 7: After a hearty breakfast drive via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, then onto Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Knysna is synonymous with oysters and no visit is complete without savoring these succulent fruits of the sea. Visit the Elephant Sanctuary where you have the exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants. Next enjoy a tour at the Birds of Eden, a world class free flight bird sanctuary boasting the world’s largest dome – 2 hectares. Lastly, pop across next door to visit Monkeyland, a free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary, where one will see many cute and adorable species of monkeys and lemurs. Day 8: Your day is at leisure for you and your family to enjoy at your own pace. We recommend a number of optional extra activities from a serene and leisurely cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon, to an organized excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Day 9: We’re off on safari! Our journey continues eastwards through the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest to Lalibela Game Reserve. The Park boasts the Big Five - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard - and your hosts at Lalibela Lodge will undoubtedly endeavor to facilitate your viewing of as many of them as possible, as you enjoy a fully inclusive experience, including game drives, from the professional lodge staff and game rangers. Day 10: An early rise accompanied with tea & coffee before you will experience another day of exciting activities and game viewing. Day 11: After breakfast, you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth airport where your ‘family safari’ comes to an end with treasured memories of South Africa.

Day 5: This morning depart Cape Town and head for Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world. Travel via the town of Montagu on the scenic ‘Route 62’ to the pretty village of Barrydale. Stop for lunch (own expense) at the County Pumpkin where you can enjoy an array of South African dishes including traditional Karoo lamb curries, the famous Cape Malay Bobotie, Chicken, Pot Pie and Venison dishes. As you approach the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, pass a number of Ostrich farms where these large flightless birds start dotting the landscape. From $3,860


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Uganda

Entebbe t Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary t Lake Mburo National Park t Bwindi Impenetrable Forest t Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best of Uganda Professionally Escorted Professional guiding by highly qualified local guides Accommodation 7 nights’ accommodation with private facilities Meals Breakfast 8, Lunch 7, Dinner 7

Day 1: On arrival in Entebbe, you will be met at the transferred your hotel in Entebbe. Travel this afternoon from Entebbe pier by boat, across Lake Victoria to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and view a chimpanzee feeding session close-up from the visitor’s platform area. Listen to a talk by sanctuary staff, view a neighboring fishing village, enjoy some fantastic bird-watching and other wildlife encounters, with the option to swim on the equator, or just sunbathe and relax before returning to Entebbe. Day 2: After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive, a boat cruise on Lake Mburo, or a walk with a local guide. Day 3: Depart after breakfast and drive to the west of Uganda, along mountain roads, to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - where permits are held. Lunch will be en-route.

the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes, led by experienced trackers, will bring you amongst a family of Mountain Gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, with only approximately 650 remaining. You will get within feet of the family, and be privileged to spend time with them. Time permitting, return to the camp for a late lunch with the opportunity of forest walks with the guides, or just to relax. Day 5: Today, for those who have opted for a second Gorilla Trek, set off once again into the forest in search of one of the gorilla families. Those not trekking will be able to go on a forest walk in Bwindi looking for birds and primates with a local, knowledgeable guide; go on a local community village walk, or indulge in some curio shopping. After lunch at the camp, head in a northerly direction to the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park, approximately 3 hours drive from Bwindi. Day 6: Drive through to the Mweya region of Queen Elizabeth National Park and enjoy a game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Day 7: Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Day 8: Return to Entebbe, via the equator and Kampala, stopping en-route to shop for curios.

Day 4: You will be escorted to the National Parks headquarters after breakfast to meet your guides for the day for your gorilla trekking experience. An early morning trek into From $3,730

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Botswana

11 Escorted touring

Victoria Falls t Chobe t Linyanti t Okavango Delta t Moremi Game Reserve

Migration Routes Southbound Professionally Escorted Highly trained and knowledgeable guide throughout Accommodation Nine nights’ accommodation with private and semi private facilities Transportation Overland 4 x 4 safari vehicles and small light aircraft Meals Breakfast 9, Lunch 9, Dinner 9, as well as sodas, local wine and beer, and bottled water Plus Sightseeing as noted Day 1: After arrival in Livingstone you will be transferred to join a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 5,604 feet wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops 338 feet into the basalt depths of the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Day 2: After a full breakfast, leave Zambia and enter the Chobe National Park in Botswana by way of the Kazungula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe meet. Enjoy a leisurely shaded boat cruise along the Chobe River, with a light lunch. This boat cruise offers a unique opportunity to observe puku, large herds of elephant, numerous pods of hippo and large crocodiles, as well as enjoying fantastic views of other general game and diverse birdlife. Depart by road for the Linyanti region. This interesting drive exposes the group to the rural way of life along the northernmost tip of Botswana and also affords views across the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers into Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. The last part of the road journey is a game drive as we approach the Linyanti, where our pre-erected Camp is situated. This part of the Linyanti is famed for its myriad of changing landscapes, from riverine to savannah and from forest to plains. Day 3 & 4: Enjoy explore the Linyanti area. The Linyanti region’s life-giving perennial waters attract herds of wildlife that walk well-worn game paths to slake their thirst in the dry season. Predators follow in their footsteps and, coupled with the area’s diversity of habitat, make for exciting game viewing. Day 5: After breakfast, drive to the airstrip for light aircraft transfer to Khwai River region. Khwai Adventurer Camp is located in a private concession just north of the Khwai River above the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai Concession is one of the most

diverse areas in northern Botswana which seldom disappoints when it comes to producing extraordinary wildlife experiences. The life source for this area is the Khwai River – the northernmost “finger” of the Okavango Delta alluvial fan, which provides vital sustenance to numerous animals. Day 6 & 7: Spend two days exploring the Khwai region. Over time, the Khwai area has metamorphosed into a wide range of exciting wildlife habitats – some of the most varied to be found in the entire Okavango Delta: a blend of forests, floodplain, wetland and grasslands. The narrow Khwai Channel is home to large mammals such as hippo and crocodile with buffalo and red lechwe often seen grazing along the fringe. The beautiful gallery riverine woodland found along the river provides further sanctuary to birds, primates and leopard. Elusive roan antelope often come to the river to drink. Activities focus around day and night game drives, nature walks and seasonal mokoro excursions. Away from the river there is a wonderful mix of acacia and leadwood trees of varying sizes that abuts into mopane woodland. The latter, together with the permanent presence of water, attracts large numbers of elephant to the area. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyena, while birdlife found here is just as varied thanks to the colorful palette of habitats. Day 8: Fly by light aircraft to the water-filled paradise of the remote Xigera area, within the Moremi Game Reserve. Xigera is the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with serene waters flowing through innumerable channels around remote islands and a profusion of plant and animal birdlife. There is no better way to experience the Okavango than to travel through it by mokoro, walking and camping out on a vegetated island – all essential elements of the Xigera Mokoro Trails. The experience is aimed at highlighting the permanently flooded inner Delta, in the serene waterways and on the islands of trees and bush. Day 9: Enjoy a full day of activities at Xigera. Activities include mokoro and walking safaris on remote islands, which enable up-close encounters with an excellent diversity of birdlife (including Pel’s Fishing-Owl), frogs and some game species, some specially adapted to water, such as the familiar red lechwe. Walking activities vary in length and duration depending on the season, especially in the months when the Okavango is at peak flood (June, July and August) where walks become shorter as more islands are flooded. Day 10: Bid farewell to the adventure as you transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport.

From $4,940


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Zimbabwe

Harare t Nyanga t Great Zimbabwe t Matopos t Hwange t Victoria Falls

Great Zimbabwe Tour Professionally Escorted Commentary and professional guiding by highly qualified local guides Accommodation Ten nights’ accommodation with private facilities Transportation Transportation in air-conditioned sedan, mini or mid-buses (dependent on passenger numbers) Meals Breakfast 10, Lunch 3, Dinner 10 Plus Conservation Levy for Hwange National Park. Donation to the Painted Dog Conservation program

Day 1: On arrival at the Harare International Airport, you will be met by a tour representative and will proceed through Zimbabwe’s’ Capital City with its wide open thorough-fares, fascinating history and quaint mix of traditional and modern buildings before you reach your hotel. Relax at the hotel and spend the afternoon lazing in the sparkling pool, have a drink at the mirrored bar or book the optional Harare City afternoon tour with your guide (own expense). This tour exposes an impeccably clean city, bustling with busy shops, wide open streets and warm hospitable people. Day 2: After an early breakfast leave Harare and head through diverse scenery of farm lands, rocky outcrops and into the magnificent mountainous area of the Eastern highlands, also known as “The little England” of Zimbabwe. Mount Inyangani is the tallest mountain in Zimbabwe, deeply shrouded in local folklore; this mountain forms a stunning backdrop to the resort. Arrive in time for lunch (own expense) and settle into your room, see the fire lit in 1951 that has never been extinguished but continues to offer a warm welcome to each guest and take some time to soak in the beautiful calm views and serene settings. Optional activities are available - horse riding, golf, fishing, (own expense). Day 3: The day is yours to explore or relax. Curl up in the lounge with a book, and take in the panoramic view or stroll down to the dam to watch the rainbow trout diving through the waters. Optional activities are available at the resort as well as a full day Nyanga National Park tour (own expense). Here you will experience a village from the stone ages known as Pit Huts, a Rainbow Trout hatchery set in the natural pools of the sparkling river. Scramble down the mountain side to view exceptional views of the local falls. Day 4: This morning after breakfast, depart for Masvingo, The Ancient City, where you will be inspired by the Ruins of Great Zimbabwe built in 1200AD, which were first discovered by the Settlers in 1888. The Ruined City of Great Zimbabwe is the largest and most significant ancient monument south of the Sahara and only second to the Egyptian pyramids. Here your guide will take you through the Acropolis, the Great Enclosure and the Conical Tower.

Day 5: After a hearty breakfast depart Masvingo for Bulawayo, where you arrive around midday (lunch own expense). This is the second largest city in Zimbabwe with wide tree lined streets and is surrounded by beautiful parks, a legacy of Cecil John Rhodes. Within the city are many examples of early Victorian buildings which are maintained by the Bulawayo City council and landlords as heritage sites. Learn more about this beautiful country by visiting the Bulawayo National Museum before checking into our hotel. Day 6: The Matopo Hills has long been recognized as an area of exceptional beauty with a rich, colorful and mythical history. A full day will be spent exploring the area and some highlights include cave paintings, panoramas of the countryside at “View of the World”, where Cecil Rhodes is buried. Maybe catch a glimpse of black rhino and plains game, but this area is famous for its dense concentrations of birds of prey. Day 7: After breakfast depart for Hwange National Park. This is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to the herds of presidential elephants. It is also home to many predators and endangered species and seethes with varied birdlife. We transfer onto an open vehicle and proceed on a game drive transfer to our lodge. Once you have checked in we will enjoy lunch overlooking the beautiful plains, proceed on an afternoon game drive. After sundowners a sumptuous dinner will be enjoyed to the sounds of the night. Day 8: Dawn breaks with a morning game drive through the vast plains to experience the drama of the previous night. Opportunity to view more of the many species that live in the national park whilst exploring the magnificent landscape that includes desert sand to sparse woodland as well as grasslands and granite outcrops. Return to the lodge for an afternoon siesta and later proceed on an evening game drive to view the nocturnal inhabitants of the Hwange National Park. Day 9: An early rise accompanied with tea & coffee before you enjoy a last game drive transfer out of the National Park. Our first stop is at the Painted Dog Conservation Centre in Hwange, here you will learn more about Wild Dogs and the Centre’s efforts to protect these beautiful animals from extinction. After this, head for the town of Victoria Falls or as the Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” - the smoke that thunders. This quaint town offers a variety of activities and attractions both on land and water. Your afternoon can be spent at leisure, or you can book one of many activities available, such as a Sunset Cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Day 10: This morning visit a secluded and unexplored Zimbabwean Village where you will speak with a Traditional medicine healer and witness age old customs and way of life. Afterwards enjoy a tour of the Victoria Falls. These Falls constitute one of the most spectacular Natural Wonders of the World. You will stop at various vantage points to view the falls and walk through the rain forest whilst witnessing the rainbows and feeling the spray and thundering noise of water falling into the gorge. The rest of your afternoon will be spent at leisure, where you can book one of many activities with your guide. Day 11: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before checking out and being transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport. “Hamba kahle uphinde ubuye” – which means Go well and come back again soon! From $3,575

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Kenya & Tanzania

13 Escorted touring

Nairobi t Masai Mara t Lake Nakuru t Amboseli t Lake Manyara t Serengeti t Ngorongoro Crater t Tarangire

East Africa Explorer Professionally Escorted Professional guiding by highly qualified local guides Accommodation 12 nights’ accommodation with private facilities Transportation Safari buses in Kenya and 4x4 vehicles in Tanzania Meals Breakfast 12, Lunch 10, Dinner 11

Day 1: Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to the Safari Park Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Day 2: Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you’ll travel towards Kenya’s fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You’ll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Day 3: Early morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara. Day 4: Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you’ll travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Continue across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru lodge for lunch. The waters here are often colored shimmering flamingo pink, from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. After lunch you will take an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National park before continuing to Lake Nakuru for overnight. Day 5: After an early breakfast you will leave Rift Valley behind, continue towards Nairobi and collect picnic lunch from Nairobi and then head south towards Amboseli. Enjoy a picnic lunch with an afternoon game drive in the park en route to the Amboseli Sopa Lodge, arriving in the evening. Day 6: Depart the lodge after a sumptuous breakfast for a full day game drive, enjoy a hot picnic lunch on the drive before returning to the lodge. Day 7: After breakfast, continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, drive across the Masai Steppe to the Great Rift Valley. Here, your hotel is perched high on the rim overlooking the park below.

Day 8: After breakfast board your safari vehicle and spend the morning exploring and driving through Lake Manyara National Park. About midday return to the lodge for lunch and then depart for Serengeti National Park with some game viewing en-route arriving to your lodge as the sun begins to set. Day 9: Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park exploring this famous park and all that it has to offer. Day 10: After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, stopping off at Olduvai Gorge en route. The Gorge acquired its name from the Sansevieria bush that grows profusely in the area, named Olduvai by the Maasai. The Gorge is about 31 miles long and in some places around 295 feet deep and is found between the Crater and the Serengeti. It was first discovered by a German entomologist named Professor Kattwinkel, who instigated an expedition just before the First World War. Later, the exploration was continued by Dr Louis Leakey and his wife, who in 1959 found humanoid remains of Zinjanthropus, later renamed Australapithicus Boisei, an early form of man. Time to walk through the simple small museum at the gorge, where you can view copy displays of some of the finds as well as pictures of what life was like for the gorge’s earliest inhabitants. After a picnic lunch continue towards the crater with a short visit of a Masai Village. Late afternoon continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight. Day 11: A highlight awaits this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest natural wildlife zoo. After breakfast, descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Day 12: Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where we turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive. Day 13: Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch, before continuing the journey by road to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon. Enjoy dinner in Nairobi city center before drop off at JKIA airport or a city center hotel.

From $3,760


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Africa

11 Days to and from Antananarivo; this is an island waiting to be explored

1000 Views of Madagascar Discover the best of Madagascar in this fascinating eleven day tour with lemurs, colorful tribes, tropical beaches, bustling markets and ever-changing scenery. Begin your adventure in Tana and travel through unspoilt nature, the dense forests of Andasibe, the eroded hills of Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty and Tulear.

Day 5: Walks in the rain forested hills of Ranomafana National Park with abundant wildlife. Day 6: Fianarantsoa to Isalo National Park with stop at a wine making facility. Day 7: Walk in the eroded sandstone mountains of the Isalo National Park to the natural swimming pool. Day 8: Drive to Ifaty among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south.

Day 1: Drive from Antananarivo to Andasibe.

Day 9: Day at leisure at Ifaty beach. Enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and beach walks.

Day 2: See the largest lemurs (Indri Indri) at the Natural Reserve of Andasibe. Day 3: Andasibe to Antsirabe with stop in Ambatolampy, known as a source for aluminium.

Day 10: Drive back to Tulear to board your flight to Antananarivo. The afternoon is spent at your leisure.

Day 4: Drive from Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park with stop at a wood carving shop

Day 11: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. From $1,670 per person

21 Days from Victoria Falls to Victoria Falls

Great Trans Africa Lodge Safari This is the ultimate African safari. Over 3 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, experiencing wildlife, culture and scenery only Africa can deliver. From your first day marveling at Victoria Falls to the breathtaking magnitude of Namibia’s dunes and big game interaction, this tour combines the home comforts of lodge accommodation with an unforgettable safari experience. Day 1: Arrival at Victoria Falls Airport and airport transfer. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10: Today is spent exploring the barren, arid and sometimes rocky landscape of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Day 11: Marvel at the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. After breakfast travel to the capital city of Windhoek. Day 12: Drive North East to the Waterberg Plateau and enjoy a short hike in the reserve to view the wildlife on the plateau. Day 13: Departing from the Waterberg drive deep into Bushmanland. Day 14: Bushmanland – walking with the bushmen.

Day 2: Travel to Camp Kwando after crossing the Zambezi River and entering Namibia. An afternoon game drive in the Mudumo National Park is included.

Day 15: Travel in the 4x4 vehicles to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Day 3 & 4: Drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. The next day is a cultural experience.

Days 16 & 17: Enjoy a Mokoro excursion in the morning after heading to the Khwai River for game drives.

Day 5 & 6: Spend two nights in Etosha National Park, where the days are spent on game drives looking for the big five.

Day 18: Travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Day 7: Visit a Himba village, before heading to see the bushman paintings and etchings in the area. Day 8 & 9: Heading south west out of the dry interior of Namibia make your way to the German town of Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.

Day 19: Arrive at Chobe National Park. In the afternoon go on a cruise on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience. Day 20: Continuing the trip depart Botswana and drive back to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The guide will take you on a walk to The Victoria Falls. Day 21: After breakfast this morning this safari ends. From $4,755 per person

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Children in the Wilderness is an environmental and life skills educational program that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers. It is one of the programs that is aimed at bridging the divide that exists between communities and wildlife.

Here’s to a Brighter Future Through these programs we teach the children the importance of conservation and strive to instill a passion for the environment so they become the custodians of these wilderness areas in the future. Children in the Wilderness runs a network of learning sanctuaries that develop leadership values in Africa’s children, creating community leaders who are inspired to care for their natural heritage and can show others the way. Children in the Wilderness exposes children to their wildlife heritage, builds and strengthens their capabilities to cope with life’s challenges and educates them with the life skills necessary to actualise their greatest potential. Children in the Wilderness began with on-safari discussions between actor, the late Paul Newman and Wilderness Safaris in August 2001. Newman’s organisation, The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and Wilderness Safaris combined forces to create a new rural African children’s environmental and life skills program. In December 2001, Children in the Wilderness ran their first successful camp in Botswana and has not looked back since. For weeks at a time, Wilderness Safaris closes their safari camps to paying guests and hosts rural children across seven southern African countries. Groups of between 16-45 rural children are invited to spend five nights in camp and participate in a life skills and environmental educational program. The program covers topics such as wildlife & conservation, health & nutrition, life skills,

creativity and culture. All of the above topics and camp interactions are underpinned with sound leadership values that include awareness, creativity, integrity, perseverance, service, focus and empathy. We believe these values are the moral fibre of all good leaders. The outcome of the program is a win-win for all. The children are inspired to strive to achieve their utmost potential, their enthusiasm and new ideas rub off on their families and communities - and critically threatened environments are conserved. Over the years, Children in the Wilderness has gained momentum and grown in stature and we are very excited about the opportunities and possibilities that await us. Today Children in the Wilderness is operational in seven Southern African countries namely Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles. Zambia and Zimbabwe. Since inception we have hosted 3,502 children and 20,000 children-in-camp nights. As successful as the Children in the Wilderness program continues to be, there is an urgent need to grow and expand this program and the number of participants, so that it can have a greater impact and reach as many children in sub-Saharan Africa as possible. With the right sponsorship, the program has the potential to grow and make a huge contribution to the sustainability of Africa’s parks and wildlife.

Children in the Wilderness is seeking funding from like minded partner organization or individuals to assist in covering the day to day camp operation expenses. There are a number of ways to help: -

Make a Donation in kind Monetary Donation Sponsor a Child on a Camp Sponsor a Children in the Wilderness Camp Volunteer or participate in a Fundraising Event Become a Fundraising Ambassador

For further information log onto: www.childreninthewilderness.com


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South Africa

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n incredible destination - one that will touch all of your senses in a myriad of ways. The incredible diversity is a key attraction - from the excellent national parks, luxury private game reserves, great beaches and deserts, which are just waiting to be explored. Add to this the cultural diversity of this rainbow nation with its famous hospitality, and you have South Africa.

Cape Town and Winelands A city with great restaurants, beaches, funky shops and markets. Take the cable car up Table Mountain, a boat to Robben Island, browse around the busy Waterfront or just amble through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. In the winelands there are beautiful Cape-Dutch style homesteads, verdant valleys and luscious vineyards to tempt you.

Garden Route Rent a car and meander along the coastline of the Garden Route - running south from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth to the quaintly artistic village of Knysna. Visit fishing villages, coastal resorts, an ostrich farm and remnant tropical rainforests. Fabulous deluxe safari lodges dot the hinterland, where there is plenty of big game.

Helpful Information - South Africa Getting Around. Good roads and infrastructure, especially after

improvements were made for the 2010 World Cup Soccer. Pick up a rental car and drive the Garden Route, spoil yourself on one of the luxury train journeys from Pretoria to Cape Town, or join a small group tour and explore with new friends. Wildlife. The wildlife here is stunning, with elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino and cheetah sightings as well as a good variety of antelopes and bird life. The Cape is home to the Floral Kingdom with its glorious displays of seasonal wildflowers. Currency. The Rand is the local currency. ATMs are everywhere and credit cards are accepted throughout the country. Climate. Summer is from October through to March with rains from November to March. Cold in the central regions June to August. Cape Town is wet and windy in August. Language. There are 11 official languages including Afrikaans, Ndebele, Xhosa, Sotho and Zulu but the most widely spoken is English.

Limpopo

Kruger NP Timbavati GR Sabi Sands GR

Greater Kruger Amazing wildlife viewing with an extensive range of safari-style accommodation from standard tented camps to deluxe air-conditioned, private plungepool appointed villas. Game drives introduce you to giraffe, zebra, warthog (Pumba to the kids), elephant, kudu, leopard, lion, cheetah, painted dog and the spotted hyena.

South Africa

Free State Northern Cape

SOUTH AFRICA

KwaZulu Natal Well-known for its conservation of both white and black rhino, KwaZulu Natal’s National Parks and Private Reserves offer great wildlife Don’t miss the World Heritage St. Lucia Wetlands. Scuba dive, canoe, picnic at the beach, watch turtles lay their eggs, laze in the sun, or take a trip to the battlefields.

PRETORIA Gauteng SWAZILAND North West KwaZulu-Natal

Sun City Johannesburg

CAPE TOWN Hermanus

Mpumalanga Durban LESOTHO

Eastern Cape Western Cape Addo Elephant Park Shamwari GR Oudtshoorn George

Knysna

Phinda GR

Port Elizabeth Plettenberg Bay


South Africa

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Highlights of South Africa

You’ve waited your whole life to go on safari, and on this itinerary that’s what you’ll do first! After an overnight in Johannesburg you’ll head straight to the bush, and the wildlife therein. The Big Five are all regularly sighted in this private reserve. Between game drives you’ll enjoy the relaxed ambiance of Kapama with its pool, spa and spacious, well-appointed rooms. Who knows what you might see as you relax with a fine Pinotage on your balcony? Next you’ll head to Cape Town surely one of the world’s most scenic cities. It’s vibrant, exotic and fun. Capetonians don’t take life too seriously and their joie de vivre is infectious. You’ll tour Cape Peninsula and the Winelands, both stunning destinations in completely different ways. Day 1: On arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Day 2: This morning you will be transferred to Johannesburg airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation in the Kapama Private Game Reserve for the following 3 nights. Enjoy an afternoon game activity, followed by dinner. Day 3 & 4: Enjoy these two full days in the Kapama Private Game Reserve with morning and afternoon scheduled activities. All meals are included. Day 5: This morning after your last game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to Hoedspruit airport for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be transferred to your accommodation for the following 4 nights. You have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this cosmopolitan city.

Day 6: This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your half day tour of Cape Town including a trip up Table Mountain on the gondola. First up, it’s the cable car to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain – weather permitting – and from there, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views (own expense). Visit the country’s oldest building, The Castle and a short distance away, the Company Gardens. Your drive continues past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge. Day 7: This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your full day Peninsula Tour. Travel along the exquisite stretch of coastline – from Camps Bay to Hout Bay. Wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive. Visit the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. Day 8: This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your full day Winelands Tour. Experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Visit the towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Two wine tastings are included in the tour. Day 9: You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Our pick: Five paws = Melrose Arch, Camp Jabulani, Cape Grace Four paws = Melrose Arch, Kapama Buffalo Camp, Victoria & Alfred Three paws = Protea Fire & Ice, Kapama River Lodge, Cape Town Hollow

From $1,840 per person


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South Africa

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ape Town is a place where old and new blend together. Warmed by the African sun and dominated by flat-topped Table Mountain, the city is set on a peninsula of sandy beaches, rocky precipices and lush valleys. Firmly positioned on the international map, Cape Town offers the bright city lights of theaters, restaurants and a bustling working waterfront. Photograph the colorful, historic houses in the Malay Quarter. Take a walk amongst the Cape Floral Kingdom displayed in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or catch a boat to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for so many years. If you’re lucky you’ll be in the city when there is a carnival, where the local Cape-Malay people show their love of dance, music, comedy and theatrics.

Itinerary - 3 Night Cape Town City Package Visit the glorious Mother City, Cape Town with its exquisite coastal scenery, city sophistication, whale and dolphin spotting on the coastline, and a full day tasting and testing whites and reds on a sensational wine farm or two.

South Atlantic Ocean Eastern Cape

Cape Town

CAPE TOWN Route 62

Cape of Good Hope

Hermanus and Winelands

Day 1: On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the joys of Cape Town. A perfect opportunity to visit the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Day 2: Enjoy a full day sightseeing in the world’s hottest tourist destination. Much of the journey is along the beautiful coastline, with majestic views of mountain and ocean. Visit Cape Point, one of the best spots in Cape Town for spotting whales and dolphins. On your return to the city, drive through the quaint naval village of Simons Town. Day 3: Tour the Cape’s famous wine making country, visiting two well known estates for wine tastings. Day 4: Enjoy a leisurely morning before checking out of your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens From $699 per person


Cape Town Full Day Winelands Tour

19 Day Tours & Short Breaks

3 Day Hermanus Short Break

A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery. During the day you will experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek before enjoying lunch at one of the many gourmet restaurants. Following lunch, you'll wind your way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. Completing the tour with a wine tasting at two different wineries. From $95 per person

Full Day Walk To Freedom Tour Day 1: Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will collect your hire car. Depending on your choice of area, you could be introduced to the wonders of the fynbos at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Alternatively explore the immense open plains, deep ravines, spectacular waterfalls and prehistoric rock formations, which characterize the BushmansKloof region, nestled between the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and the vast plains of the Great Karoo.

Walk in the footsteps of the local communities seeing where and how both past and present generations lived during the dark days of apartheid, and experience how people of these townships live today. Explore the riveting District Six Museum then tour Langa, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape. Experience life in a township, with an informal visit to a spaza shop, a shebeen (pub), and a hostel. In the afternoon visit Robben Island, the prison home of Nelson Mandela for so many years.

Day 2: One of South Africa’s premier marine and floral destinations, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers some of the best land-based whale watching. The reserve is near to Hermanus on the east coast of Cape Town, hidden high above Walker Bay where southern right whales come to calve and loll around in the breakers just several feet off shore. Boat trips take you up close to huge sea bird colonies and Cape fur seals. Day 3: Return to Cape Town after breakfast and drop off your hired car at Cape Town International Airport.

From $95 per person

From $275 per person

4 Day Garden Route Wonderland

3 Day Cape Winelands Short Break

The Garden Route is the exquisite coastal green belt of South Africa. This tour takes you along the coast via Kynsna, Hermanus and Swellendam renowned for their land-based whale watching, feathers, oysters, whales and art. You will also venture inland to Oudtshoorn and underground at the Cango Caves.

This package takes in the spectacular Paarl and Franschhoek. Visit wine farms, including some of South Africa’s most respected, which produce many of the regions award winning wines.

Day 1: Depart early along ‘Route 62’ to the pretty village of Barrydale. Then on to Oudtshoorn, for a tour of it's large ostrich industry. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Day 2: Go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded, for good reason, as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. Then drive via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, then onto Knysna. Day 3: Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon, then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon. After lunch spend the rest of the day at leisure. Day 4: Transfer back to the ‘Mother City’, via Swellendam and Hermanus, which has earned international fame as a place from which to spot the magnificent southern right whale during its breeding season (July to November only). Arrive in Cape Town late afternoon.

From $720 per person

Day 1: On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met and assisted to your hire car. Depending on your choice of area, you are introduced to the beauty of the Cape Winelands. Day 2: Spend the day at leisure stopping at selected wine estates and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this lush area. Paarl is renowned for its beautiful country, excellent wines and some incredible architecture. Franschhoek, ‘French Quarter’ - is renowned as the food and wine capital of the Cape Winelands, and we recommend you sample some of the fine wines produced here. The green valleys and rolling vineyards are surrounded by mountain ranges, while the town itself boasts many historic homesteads and monuments, and most famous of which is the Huguenot Memorial. Day 3: Depart Cape Town. Spend the morning at leisure, before returning to Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey.

From $420 per person


20 Central Accommodation

Cape Town

The Cape Milner

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence

Cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof, lies The Cape Milner. This exquisite hotel offers a sophisticated and contemporary ambiance with the highest standards in style and luxury and is renowned for excellent service.

Set against the iconic outline of Table Mountain, with panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence provides an enclave of luxury and refinement right in the heart of South Africa's most beautiful metropolis.

The sweeping panorama of Table Mountain from the restaurant terrace, the hotel’s alluring interior and its close proximity to the city center, trendy Kloof Street and the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton makes it one of Cape Town’s hottest spots. This boutique style hotel comprises 57 rooms designed to offer complete comfort and relaxation in a modern minimalist style. Each room enjoys spectacular views of the beautiful Cape Mountains, including that of the renowned Table Mountain, features include en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, wireless internet connectivity and LCD flat screens.

From the grand façade and entrance to the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of the designer-furnished suites, the Cape Royale is the first choice for discerning travelers seeking the best in comfort and convenience. With ample living and entertainment areas in all suites there is also a choice of two restaurants, state-of-the-art conference facilities, spa and gymnasium as well as a rooftop pool and bar. Your arrival is celebrated through personalized service of staff trained to indulge your every whim with the utmost professionalism and the warmth of African hospitality. The concierge will delight in assisting you with information pertaining to the pleasures of Cape Town and its surroundings while the capable team of butlers are available 24 hours a day.

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

Kensington Place

Strategically located in the cultural hub of Cape Town, African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel offers an experience of sensual sophistication and style, combining distinctive architecture and exquisite luxury.

This contemporary private hotel combines cutting-edge design with a tranquil but prime location on the slopes of Table Mountain. Kensington Place has just eight bespoke guest rooms and a team of friendly staff.

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel is all about personal space. With 129 accentuated bedrooms and suites ranging between 430 square feet and 1,076 square feet, the world just got bigger. Throughout each of the exquisitely appointed rooms, a breathtaking fusion of cosmopolitan comfort and natural splendor is offered at every turn.

The immaculate styling of the hotel is enhanced by modern accessories of fine linens, flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations and personal laptops with Wi-Fi.

Coffee lovers can soak up the aromas of the finest coffees in the Cinnamon Coffee Shop or dine in style at the sophisticated Savour Restaurant and experience chef Michael Meyepa’s inspired global menu. Locals and international visitors meet at the opulent Murano Bar or relax with an end-of-the-day drink at the refined Judges Lounge.

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All day breakfast and 24 hour food menu make it hard to actually leave the premises, however with Kloof Street just around the corner, a great variety of shops and restaurants are an easy walk away. For the active the hotel has a beautiful plunge pool and deck plus gymnasium facilities, which are nearby.


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Four Rosmead

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Built in 1903, Four Rosmead is a classified monument that has been sensitively and stylishly remodelled. The result is a Cape contemporary classic with a rich history. Interiors are chic with a subtle, yet distinctive African spirit enhanced by original South African artwork.

The Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel offers a combination of historic exteriors with classic modern and bohemian interiors. This stately Georgian home which dates back to the early 19th century, was declared a National Monument in 1984. It is this charm and character, matched with its desirable location amongst the popular restaurants and street cafĂŠs on Kloof Street, which makes this hotel a flagship in Cape Town.

Accommodation consists of eight bespoke en-suite bedrooms with air-con, LCD HD ready satellite TV, DVD player, iPod base station and Wi-Fi internet connectivity. Landscaped gardens, a pamper spa offering a variety of massage treatments and a patio overlooking a pool deck all contribute to an urban sanctuary which allow guests to relax and unwind - an ideal venue for self indulgence and to use as a base to explore Cape Town and the surrounding area. Lunches and dinners are available on request.

For those seeking comfort and luxury, The Cape Cadogan Hotel is the perfect choice. The reception areas are individually decorated and designed for comfort and tranquility. Bohemian chic is the hallmark and all twelve en-suite bedrooms are decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture. The hotel is family owned and managed; ensuring personalized service from staff who share their local knowledge, enabling guests to enjoy an extraordinary vacation experience.

Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point), South Africa


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Cape Town

Southern Sun The Cullinan

More Quarters

This stylish hotel is located within walking distance of the exciting Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and with easy access to Cape Town’s popular beaches. The hotel has views of Table Mountain, the sea and the bustling harbor. It is within close proximity to Table Mountain, the winelands and historial tourist attractions and a short drive to the Cape Town International Airport.

More Quarters offers a rare combination of historic exteriors with classic modern bohemian interiors. The experience is genuine to Cape Town living, with stylish and secure apartments plus the added benefit of being supported by a family of professional and passionate staff who ensure that each guest's stay is individually tailored within this fully serviced environment.

This hotel, with its striking architecture compliments the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town, and the opulent décor creates a gracious environment. The 400 guestrooms, executive rooms and suites are elegant and spacious and offer every creature comfort.

As the sister property of Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, More Quarters offers guests a stay in Cape Town which combines the benefits of a hotel with the independence of a luxury apartment. Its charm and character is matched with its desirable location amongst popular restaurants, street cafés and stylish boutique shops of Kloof Street making this hotel a unique leader in Cape Town.

There is a breakfast room, an á la carte restaurant for lunch and dinner as well as an attractive cocktail bar. Other facilities include outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, concierge desk, speciality shops, conference rooms and business services.

Cable car to Table Mountain, Cape Town

The 17 luxury apartments as with all the other properties within the More Hotels portfolio is operated and managed by the More Family.

Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa

Perfectly located within the cultural quarter of the city, Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa offers premium accommodation in a lifestyle center where you can Meet, Shop, Taste, Explore and Stay. Modern, yet rooted in heritage, it is from here that you truly get a sense of Cape Town at its best. The luxury apartments offer modern travelers the option to 'in or out-source' services, due to the well appointed apartment kitchen and laundry facilities. The Hotel also offers outstanding room service meals and laundry services. Facilities include a swimming pool, high tech gymnasium, Imbizo Conference Rooms, various restaurants and a business center. Mandela Rhodes Place is a unique concept of modern living, with a subtle blend of old and new.

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town

Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! offers you a place to chill, a base from which to explore the Western Cape and a friendly haven to make your home away from home. The hotel is ideally located near popular beaches and just a stone’s throw from the vibrant nightlife, cafés, restaurants and entertainment the city has to offer.

Nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain, overlooking the Company Gardens, Cape Town Hollow is set in the warm heart of Cape Town’s historical city center. Cape Town Hollow offers stylish, serene accommodation in en-suite, air-conditioned rooms with the finest in modern amenities, as well as charming open-air balconies. The Wellness Center is superbly equipped with an energizing sauna, gymnasium and two treatment rooms where massages and beauty treatments are offered.

All 201 hip and happening luxury rooms boast a full complement of features including an extra-length king-size bed or two single beds, Bose alarm clock radio, a large executive desk with international electrical points, complimentary wireless internet, LCD flat screen television, tea & coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, telephone, laptop-friendly safe with charger and 24-hour room service. Attention to detail and personal service make Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! stand out from the crowd.

Southern Sun Waterfront

Southern Sun Waterfront is perfectly positioned between the majestic Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean and across the road from the exciting Victoria & Alfred Waterfront shopping and entertainment complex. It has easy access to the city center, the Cape’s popular beaches, Table Mountain and many historical attractions. It’s a short drive to the Cape Town International airport. Comfort and quality are paramount for every guest and the 546 guest rooms, including suites and executive rooms, offer all the modern amenities to make your stay really comfortable. Additional facilities and services include a delightful breakfast room and a stylish, cosmopolitan-style restaurant as well as a Continental Coffee & Cocktail Bar. There is a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, curio shop, meeting rooms, business center, and a shuttle service to the Waterfront. A dedicated concierge desk assist with all travel, tours and car hire requirements.

The congenial restaurant offers authentic African dining with a lively continental vibe; handpicked Cape wines complement your meal. The Patio prides itself on a Cape streetcafé dining experience. By day and night, the bar serves up unsurpassed views of Table Mountain. The ideal locality of Cape Town Hollow entices guests to explore the myriad sights in the city and surrounds.

Table Mountain, Cape Town


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Cape Town

Cape Grace

Cape Grace has one of the most enviable locations on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, with Table Mountain guarding the rear and the bustling harbor to the front. The hotel sits on its own private quay affording privacy along with a taste of Cape Town life and easy access to Waterfront activities. Cape Grace is a welcoming and gracious sanctuary of tradition, sophistication and contemporary comfort.

terrace, a romantic meal in your suite, or à la carte in Signal Restaurant. A favorite al-fresco spot is beside Bascule Bar, flanking the private marina. The hotel's 56-foot yacht ‘Spirit of the Cape’ is moored alongside and is available for charters, sunset cruises and even a whisky tasting, sampling from the Bascule Bar’s largest collection of whiskies south of the equator.

Each of the 120 luxurious rooms and suites with views of Table Mountain or the harbor are individual, but common features include fresh flowers, robes and slippers in the dressing room, separate bath & shower, private mini bar, flatscreen TV, iPod docking station, room safe and wireless connectivity.

The Spa at Cape Grace has its own menu of temptations, with innovative treatments incorporating African products and ancient methods.

Dine wherever the mood takes you at Cape Grace; oysters & champagne on the pool

With a genuine passion to champion distinctive standards in service, Cape Grace is dedicated to surpassing expectations and making your stay, whether work or pleasure, the most memorable ever.

The Table Bay Hotel

Occupying a prime position on Quay Six at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you’ll discover the famed Table Bay Hotel. During the day the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze eases the heat of Africa’s mother city: Cape Town. Cosmopolitan, gracious and relaxed The Table Bay is the sum of all that is good about its home town. And at dusk the hum of V&A Waterfront’s restaurants, bars and clubs beckon you from your luxurious room.

Each room is crafted to be spacious and luxurious. Crisp linen sheets, beautifully appointed en-suite bathrooms and the latest telephonic and broadband technology allow you to escape into serenity and simultaneously stay in touch with the outside world. And any whim, any fancy is only a phone call away. Discreet room service will attempt the impossible in order to attend to your needs.

The Table Bay Hotel has a total of 329 rooms which include single, double, luxury rooms and suites. The exclusively designed rooms are welcoming and inviting, representing the epitome of luxury and supreme comfort. From the stylishly appointed writing desks, to the large expansive windows, take in either a scene of the busy working harbor or the vast Atlantic Ocean.

The Table Bay is a sanctuary for people who enjoy their food and wine. Whether it’s elegant dining on authentic South African cuisine by acclaimed chefs, informal ‘al fresco’ meals, or high tea with freshly baked scones, cream and preserves, The Table Bay will add delight to any occasion.

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Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivaled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service. With 94 spacious well-appointed bedrooms on three floors - it’s the detail that gives the Victoria & Alfred Hotel its elegance, intimacy, romance and reputation. All the rooms have tea & coffee making facilities, a safe, interactive and satellite television, high speed and wireless internet connection. Rooms are either Mountain or Piazza facing. V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Queen Victoria Hotel

One&Only Cape Town

Queen Victoria Hotel is a luxuriously appointed hotel in the V&A Waterfront. The overall look does not only reflect the hotel’s unique location, but also encapsulates the luxurious style and attention to detail. The hotel has 35 rooms and suites, including a Presidential Suite with a generous terrace for al fresco entertaining. From the food and beverage offering at Dash, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, to the interior aesthetics, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies a sense of international flair fused with local flavor.

With its spectacular location in the V&A Waterfront and its stunning views of Table Mountain, the resort is a destination unto itself. Discerning travelers are extended a warm welcome to dine on the celebrated cuisines of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and South Africa’s own Reuben Riffel. Indulge in the high energy vibe of Vista Bar and sample rare and undiscovered vintages at the stunning Wine Loft. The sublime calm of the city’s most expansive and sophisticated spa offers an indulgent escape, while NEO boutique debuts an enviable collection of designer fashions.

Winchester Mansions

The Commodore Hotel

Facing the Atlantic Ocean on the Sea Point promenade this hotel is a true landmark where classical elegance abounds, Winchester Mansions has recently seen a total revamp of all its public areas. It offers a friendly atmosphere, smiling faces and personalized service. Imaginatively designed rooms are arranged around the charming courtyard, where Cape Town’s most popular Sunday Jazz Brunch is hosted every Sunday.

Escapism is not only a state of mind; it's a place at the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. That place is The Commodore Hotel, a Legacy hotel where stylish living, excellent service and a tranquil setting comes standard. Enjoy breathtaking views of the charming ‘Mother City' from the upper floors of the hotel's superior rooms or treat yourself to cocktails on the terrace.

Harveys bar, restaurant and terrace offer the best sundowner location and superb South African cuisine with a European twist. A culinary highlight are the monthly Wine & Food pairing evenings. The V&A Waterfront is just minutes by complimentary shuttle or a comfortable walk along the waters edge and the airport less than 30 minutes. The outdoor heated pool and the Ginkgo spa offer relaxation after a days sightseeing. The 51 luxurious rooms and 25 lavish suites all have air-conditioning, TV, electronic safes, mini bar, wifi and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Commodore offers 236 elegantly furnished standard rooms and suites. All rooms have individual air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, bathroom with toilet and separate bath and shower, direct dialling phones, electric razor plugs, hair-dryers, DStv and 24-hour room service. The Commodore Hotel's service ethic is one of utmost efficiency, allowing you to leave everything to us so that you can find time to enjoy the beautiful 'Mother City'.


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Cape Town & Beyond

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Nestled between the pristine Table Mountain National Park and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is part of the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection. This prestigious hotel is the perfect oasis to rejuvenate or celebrate in splendid luxury. Offering generous hospitality, exquisite cuisine, and living up to its ethos “No request too large, no detail too small”. A haven of sumptuous perfection, from sparkling wine and oysters at breakfast, to sun-filled afternoons at one of two pools or a massage in one of the mountain Spa gazebos. Enjoy “Tea by the Sea”, in the Leopard Bar or Conservatory, and a delectable dinner paired with the Cape’s finest wines in the Azure Restaurant. With its breath-taking location, the Twelve Apostles mountain range is a dreamy backdrop for engagements, weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries.

Coast of Cape Town, South Africa

Protea Hotel President

Premier Hotel Cape Manor

Bantry Bay introduces the Protea Hotel President, an affordable business and holiday accommodation in Cape Town's Bantry Bay suburb. Accommodation at the Protea Hotel President comprises of 349 well-appointed rooms and suites. All contain tea & coffee making facilities, satellite television, hair-dryer, telephone, sleeper couch (selected rooms), individual air-conditioning, electronic room safe and wireless internet, safety latches and electronic locking devices on all doors. Selected units have kitchenettes that are stocked on request.

Ambassador Hotel

Premier Hotel Cape Manor is situated in Sea Point’s tree-lined Marais Road, within a three minute walk to the Sea Point Promenade offering spectacular views of Table Mountain or the Atlantic Ocean.

Perfectly positioned on the slopes of Lions Head, the Ambassador Hotel & Executive Suites offer spectacular views and unforgettable sensory pleasures. With a choice of 68 elegantly appointed hotel rooms or 28 fully-equipped and fully-serviced executive suites, coupled with the calming sounds of the ocean, guests are always assured of a unique and relaxed stay. SALT restaurant has a breathtaking location with floor to ceiling glass windows that stretch the length of the restaurant. Salt Deli and Salt Vodka Bar are both enticing additions to the portfolio.

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The hotel features beautifully appointed rooms and suites as well as an array of selfcontained apartments, catering for groups of all sizes and budgets. Cool off with a plunge in the swimming pool, enjoy a refreshing sundowner at Promenade Cocktail Bar and dine on fresh African fare at the Promenade Restaurant. The hotel offers two conference rooms seating 40 – 120 delegates. Close to many of the Cape’s leading attractions including the world-famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain and many blue flag beaches, making the Premier Hotel Cape Manor the perfect place for business and leisure travelers.


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27 Hermanus & Winelands

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ermanus is a small coastal town set between mountains and the ocean and just an hours drive from Cape Town. Famous for its beach, mild climate and rich flora, it has the added bonus of the best shorebased whale watching in the world. From May to November the southern right whales use the shallow waters of the bay for breeding and mating, all in easy view from the cliff paths above. The Winelands are only a 60 minute drive from Cape Town and there is a fabulous range of accommodation and restaurants offering superb fresh, regional cuisine. Areas to visit include Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. With a selection of over 200 cellars to choose from, you can taste some of the finest wines in the world plus appreciate the Cape Dutch architecture at many of the vineyards. Indulge yourself for a day or two and experience the rich historical and cultural heritage while visiting quaint villages, antique shops, art galleries and craft workshops.

Itinerary - 9 Day Hermanus & Winelands Self-Drive Visit the beautiful and diverse Winelands at Franschhoek and Klein Karoo before continuing onto the coastal areas of Knysna and Hermanus where you can experience whale watching, shark cage diving and horse riding. Complete your journey in Cape Town, most famous for it’s harbor. Day 1: Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and collect your rental car. Drive to the Winelands. Day 2: Have the morning to enjoy the surrounding area of Franschhoek, well known for its award winning restaurants and wineries. Commence your journey to Klein Karoo.

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Day 3: Leave De Oudtshoorn to head for Knysna. Stop at the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch or experience an Ostrich Farm on the way to Knysna. Day 4: Continue your sightseeing with a whole day at visiting some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches, mountains and rivers

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Day 5: Commence your journey onto Hermanus, the town is considered by some to offer the best land-based whale watching in South Africa and the world. Day 6: Full day exploring Hermanus and the local area. Day 7: Drive onto Cape Town which is best known for its diverse range of attractions, sights and activities.

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De Hoop Nature Reserve Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Day 8: Full day exploring Cape Town and the local area. Day 9: Have the whole morning exploring Cape Town’s amazing sights before departing for your onward journey. From $610 per person


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Hermanus & Beyond De Hoop Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Grootbos, with its two deluxe lodges and luxury accommodation, is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Whether ones interests are birding, wild flowers, whale watching, diving with great white sharks or relaxing on unspoilt beaches, Grootbos has it all. The gourmet cuisine is crafted from the finest and freshest local ingredients including excellent South African wines. Accommodation is in spacious luxury suites, all with sweeping views across the dunes and ocean, private wooden decks, bathrooms and separate living rooms with cozy fireplaces. Central to the ethos of Grootbos is that guests discover the region’s natural wonders and directly contribute to its conservation and upliftment of the local communities.

Location: Grootbos is located along the Whale Coast just outside Hermanus. Getting There: Take the N2 from Cape Town and then turn onto the R43 and drive through Hermanus. Grootbos is situated eight miles past Stanford. Highlights: Best whale watching, nature at its best, guided activities, culinary delights, warm hospitality, excellent service.

Forest Lodge Forest Lodge consists of a main lodge with restaurant, bar, lounge area, gallery and infinity pool as well as 16 luxurious, freestanding suites built on the edge of the forest. Volumes of space under slate roofs are framed by glass, steel and natural brick to maximize the sweeping views across the ocean.

Garden Lodge Garden Lodge is surrounded by three hectares of indigenous fynbos and forest garden. Accommodation is in 11 luxurious, freestanding suites in a spectacular natural setting. In a manner that reflects stylish and contemporary inspirations, the charming main lodge consists of restaurant, bar, lounge area and swimming pool.

Situated just three hours drive from Cape Town, the 36,000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area forms part of a World Heritage Site characterized by rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that lead down to an unspoiled coastline. A 12 mile vlei stretches across the reserve and is home to rich birdlife, including pelicans that breed on its waters each year. The three nautical miles of De Hoop Marine Reserve beyond the shoreline offer some of the best whale viewing in the world, with some 40 per cent of the global Southern Right Whale population coming to the bay each year to breed. From affordable self-catering rondavels to more luxurious self-catering cottages and deluxe fully catered lodges, the De Hoop Collection has something to offer everyone in one of the most beautiful places the South African coastline has to offer.

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Auberge Burgundy

The Auberge Burgundy, which is set above the picturesque Old Harbor, in the historic heart of Hermanus (the hub of the famous Whale Route), is a charming Provençal style guesthouse with fragrant courtyards and stone terraces. The Auberge Burgundy offers comfortable accommodation and friendly service and is surrounded by restaurants, the craft market, boutiques, art galleries and quaint shopping malls. It has the salt sea air of one of the world's most magnificent eco-destinations with the cool blue sea of Walker Bay within 164 feet of the front door. Hermanus Walker Bay

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Winelands

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River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa

Spier Hotel

River Manor, a boutique hotel in Stellenbosch, is centrally located and close to Cape Town, the International Airport, Table Mountain, The Waterfront and Cape Point, all of which are a mere 40 minute drive. Franschhoek, the food and wine capital of the Winelands, is just 28 miles away.

The luxury Spier Hotel is situated on the award-winning Spier wine farm on the banks of the Eerste River, near the historic town of Stellenbosch and just 20 minutes drive from Cape Town International Airport.

Stylish rooms decorated in a colonial manner, offer the warmth of Africa together with understated luxury. Focusing on the importance of comfort, River Manor has two swimming pools, wrap around verandas and beautiful gardens providing the perfect backdrop for alfresco wine tasting and dining after a day of exploring the Winelands. An intimate Studio Spa offers guests a range of relaxing massage and beauty treatments.

The hotel offers sublime wineland getaways, and a variety of activities on the farm enable guests to explore contemporary South Africa through food, wine and art in beautiful surroundings. It was one of the first luxury hotels in South Africa to be Fair Trade in Tourism certified. It is the combination of old-world elegance and contemporary culture that makes Spier an interesting place to visit. The wine farm has an impressive collection of Cape Dutch gables with a recorded history dating back to 1692.

River Manor is a three minute walk to bars, bistros and superb dining in Stellenbosch, alongside curio shops and art galleries.

The hotel’s rooms are situated in village-style buildings grouped around six private courtyards – each with its own swimming pool – in a design reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages.

d'Ouwe Werf Hotel

Protea Hotel Franschhoek

Established in 1802, d’Ouwe Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel, and has been defining hospitality and fine dining for centuries. Located on tranquil Church Street, Stellenbosch, d’Ouwe Werf retains the graceful ambiance of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your explorations of Stellenbosch and surrounds.

Protea Hotel Franschhoek, which overlooks the majestic mountains and vineyards of the historic village of Franschhoek, some 50 miles east of Cape Town, prides itself on its charming ambiance, gracious style and attentive service.

The hotel consists of 32 rooms and six apartments – each en-suite, with high-speed wireless internet, and individually styled with antiques collected over the years. The “1802 Restaurant” is renowned for its traditional and international cuisine and boasts a wine list that will satisfy even the most sophisticated connoisseur. The staff pride themselves on their friendly, personal and professional service and strive to ensure each visit is memorable.

The hotel offers 30 spacious en-suite rooms, comprising 27 Standard Rooms, two Junior Suites and one Deluxe Room (Honeymoon Room). All rooms are equipped with a television, dual voltage sockets, bar fridge, telephone and air-conditioning. The Protea Hotel Franschhoek's central location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the town's many world famous restaurants, art galleries, cheese factories and more than 20 wine estates that forms part of the Winelands. Various outdoor activities, such as horse-riding, golf, backpacking and trout-fishing, can also be arranged from the hotel.


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Winelands

Le Quartier Français

Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Le Quartier Français is a 21-roomed exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, just 45 minutes out of Cape Town. Tucked away in secluded gardens, with beautiful mountain views. Here a complete culinary journey awaits you. Think sticky buns for breakfast, casual all-day meals on the terrace or a lazy lunch at the renowned Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on the family farm, Môreson; followed by a dinner of award-winning inspired cuisine - by Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef Margot Janse and her team. A stay at Le Quartier is a remarkable experience!

African Pride Rijks Country House

Positioned in the most romantic valley on earth, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of a village in Provence yet with an elegant Cape sensibility. It is set in gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines with fynbos draping the nearby mountains.

African Pride Rijk's Country House is situated on the eminent Rijk’s Wine farm, five minutes from the center of Tulbagh. 12 Luxury rooms and three two bedroomed family villas have their own private terrace overlooking a lake, river, swimming pool and barbecue area. Picnic on the banks of the river or enjoy a romantic walk through the vineyards and rose gardens. Explore the town with its quaint shops and restaurants or travel the surrounding wine routes.

The original, charming country maison includes 14 standard and luxury rooms as well as the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant where lunch can be enjoyed outside on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree and dinner in the elegant yet relaxed dining room. For the discerning traveler the 12 exclusive Villa Suites are havens of privacy & understated opulence. There is a range of activities to enjoy including the swimming pools, a relaxing massage, wine tasting tours and horseback rides, a stroll in the charming village or simply being pampered by the attentive and personal service - all a traveler needs to live la vie extraordinaire.

Grande Roche Hotel

Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa

Luxurious Grand Roche Hotel, is situated in the heart of the Paarl winelands, surrounded by historic vineyards and set against the backdrop of the towering Drakenstein Mountains.

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa was awarded the best hotel in Africa award in the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2010, acknowledged as the eighth best hotel in the world for food by TravelHub’s Hot Hotels and proudly featured on the Conde Nast Gold List 2011.

The immaculately restored 18th century hotel offers in total 29 luxury suites and five executive rooms with features representing the original Cape Dutch style of thatched roofs, bamboo and yellow wood ceilings. The magnificent Manor house forms the heart of the Hotel and houses the coveted Bosman’s Restaurant; a world-class award-winning restaurant. Surrounded by an elegant atmosphere, you will find the mood gracious and understated. An award-winning wine list will tempt every palate and an expert sommelier’s advice is part of the highly professional service.

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Located in the world famous Cape Winelands, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is one of the most exclusive getaways in its class with its magical setting amongst the Franschhoek Mountains. With 63 stylish rooms and suites, select Vineyard Suites nestled on a vineyard, River Suites, or chic Garden Suites. Le Franschhoek is a desirable base for exploring the Cape Wine Region whilst it offers plenty of on-site pastimes from an award-winning Camelot Spa to tennis, unwinding in the pool while the outdoor restaurant, Le Verger, is enchantingly set amidst lemon, apple, and pear trees.


South Africa

31 The Garden Route & Route 62

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oute 62 winds through mountain passes, wine estates, oak-lined villages and orchards to take you on the inland section of the Garden Route. From Cape Town head north to Tulbagh with its wealth of Cape Dutch architecture, through alpine scenery to Ceres and its luscious orchards. Don’t miss the KWV Brandy Cellar and Karoo Botanical Gardens in Worcester. Whilst at Robertson enjoy the vineyards. Drive to McGregor for pottery and crafts, over the winding pass at Cogman’s Kloof to Montagu to try the Muscadel wines. Continue into Calitzdorp for a drop of port and to Oudtshoorn for a ride on an ostrich. On the coastal section play on a Gary Player golf course at George or travel on the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train. Whilst in Wilderness discover beautiful beaches and local craft markets and at Knysna take a walk in the indigenous forest or sail on the lagoon. Plettenberg Bay offers golden beaches and great resorts and at Tsitsikamma Forest the canopy tour through ancient treetops is a must.

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Itinerary - 4 Day Magnificent Garden Route Between Cape Town in the south, and East London on the eastern Cape coast, runs an astoundingly beautiful stretch of coastline, the Garden Route. Day 1: Depart early along ‘Route 62’ to the pretty village of Barrydale. Then on to Oudtshoorn, for a tour of it's large ostrich industry. Continue to Oudtshoorn for overnight accommodation. Day 2: This morning go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded, for good reason, as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. Continue via the spectacular Outeniqua Passto the town of George, then onto Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Spend the rest of the day discovering the joys of the town’s many art galleries, craft shops and coffee bars. Day 3: Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon, then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. After lunch spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this lovely and special town. Day 4: This morning transfer to Port Elizabeth to arrive mid afternoon, ending the tour after a drive through the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. From $905 per person


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Garden Route & Route 62

Whalesong Hotel & Hydro

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Follow in the footsteps of the San people who roamed this area of the Little Karoo for thousands of years. Relax and absorb the grandeur here, just two and a half hours drive from Cape Town. Experience contrasting landscapes of towering mountains and open plains supporting a variety of wildlife including the Big Five, 650 plant species, an impressive collection of succulents, 160 bird species, inspiring rock formations and Rock Art paintings. Sanbona offers deluxe accommodation at three luxurious lodges. The beautifully restored Tilney Manor emulates the elegance of the colonial era. Situated in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and surrounded by rock formations, the luxurious & secluded Dwyka Tented Lodge exudes an atmosphere of pioneering adventure. Gondwana Lodge offers endless views and is the ideal lodge for families with children of all ages. Location: In the heart of South Africa’s Little Karoo, Cape Town. Getting There: An easy two and a half hours drive from Cape Town, approximately 167 miles. Highlights: The first authentic free roaming “Big Five’ wildlife reserve in the Western Cape, Rock Art sites, Stargazing is rated amonst the best in Southern Africa.

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Whalesong Hotel & Hydro is nestled on a hill in a lush, landscaped garden above Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of South Africa’s Garden Route, renowned for its unique scenery and moderate climate. From its vantage point, the Hotel offers breathtaking views of the Keurbooms coastline and Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Situated in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations. These luxurious and secluded tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape.

Each of the spacious, comfortable 24 bedrooms, set new standards for the discerning traveler and reflect the serene blues and whites of the ocean. To make the most of the truly spectacular scenery, each room features its own private wooden viewing deck. Whalesong Hotel & Hydro is a top first class hotel and offers very good value in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Gondwana Lodge Gondwana Lodge offers endless views over the plains of Bellair Dam and onto Anysberg-mountains.

Activities include various golf courses on the Garden Route, marine encounters with dolphins and whales, water sports, deep sea fishing & eco-adventures on horseback.

Children of all ages are entertained with its exciting “Kids on Safari” program.

La Plume Guest House

Mimosa Lodge

La Plume is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm. Set in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley it commands spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains. It is a place of rejuvenation. It is an unexpected oasis. It is a place of opulent indulgence.

Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountain range in the heart of Montagu on the popular Route 62 is Mimosa Lodge. Only a two hour drive from Cape Town, Montagu is the perfect stop between Cape Town and the Garden Route.

Rich fabrics blend with the aromas of polished wood and tanned leather. Selected pictures bridge the chivalric charm of carefully selected antique furniture lovingly collected over many years and modern amenities so effortlessly blended by Karin’s elegant hand. The attention to detail that marks every room defines the La Plume experience – sumptuousness. The rooms are not numbered; the rooms bare names – different types of ostrich feathers grace the doors to rooms, each with an individual unique signature of color and aroma and furnishing.

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Known for its fine hospitality and superb cuisine, Mimosa’s multiple award-winning restaurant is a culinary experience par excellence. Beautifully appointed en-suite rooms open onto a rambling garden where guests can enjoy a sparkling swimming pool and deck, croquet lawn and boules pitch. Come and explore the Robertson Valley for a more intimate wine route experience and visit neighboring towns and villages. Enjoy sites such as the local hot springs or meander along the numerous nature trails, or go rock climbing. With sweeping views of the majestic mountains, blue skies, excellent conference facilities, idyllic Wedding venue and innumerable culinary delights, Mimosa Lodge is an ideal spot to refresh, revive and rejuvenate.


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Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

Turbine Boutique Hotel

The exquisite Views Boutique Hotel & Spa invites the warm Indian Ocean right into its sumptuous deluxe suites. An idyllic paradise from which to explore the secrets of South Africa’s famed Garden Route with its unequalled seascapes and pristine beaches. Views is designed to echo the hues and beauty of the beachfront it crowns. Large glass windows frame spectacular views. Light is an integral feature of this contemporary classic – tall atriums bejeweled with hanging glass sculptures bathe the reception and lounge areas in natural light.

50 years ago, Knysna's power was derived from a wood fired turbine, and ironically this power station remains a part of arguably the finest location along the garden route. Several years ago an ambitious project to transform the power station into a luxury boutique hotel began. Given the heritage status of the power station, most of the primary components were left in position and now form an integral part of the theme of the hotel.

Views has 18 deluxe Suites; all spacious, light filled and splendid. This alone makes a stay special; when adding the Views Spa and Gymnasium, private Pool Deck, Seaview Lounge, Library Lounge and a Cocktail Deck overhanging the beach, it becomes exceptional. At Views nothing has been left to chance, every need anticipated and catered for, personalized service, unabashed luxury and indulgence, this Boutique Hotel offers everything possible to make a stay the highlight it deserves to be.

Belvidere Manor

The facilities of this luxurious hotel include three bar areas, two restaurants, lounge, library, wine cellar, curio shop, rim flow swimming pool, concierge facilities and the common areas double up to showcase local South African art. The hotel boasts 17 standard, six luxury and one honeymoon suites. These individually decorated, en-suite rooms, are complete with flat screen TV with DVD player, internet facilities, air-conditioning, mini bar fridge and tea & coffee stations.

The Graywood Hotel

In keeping with the character and spirit of the surrounding indigenous Knysna forest the hotel has incorporated beautiful woodwork throughout. The wood is complemented by lush landscaped gardens which also feature a sparkling swimming pool suspended in a wooden sundeck. Breakfast at the hotel may be enjoyed inside the “Blue Goose Restaurant” or on the sun deck. The hotel also depicts a fascinating steam train theme with many original railroad memorabilia and historic photographs.

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Garden Route

Basking in the tranquility of Knysna’s lagoon lies Belvidere Manor, South Africa’s most relaxed getaway. This historic estate dating from 1834 offers spacious accommodation in 28 colonial-style cottages, situated in colorful gardens, each fully serviced and offering a wide veranda, an airy living room with comfortable sofas, fireplace, TV and DVD player and wireless internet, a fully equipped kitchen and one, two or three en-suite double bedrooms. Enjoy lazy breakfasts on the terrace overlooking the lagoon, and light lunches by the pool. Dinner is served at Caroline’s bistro where country-style dishes are served with South African flair, whilst The Bell Tavern, Knysna’s favorite pub restaurant, serves snacks, hearty meals and locally brewed Mitchell’s beer. Belvidere Manor offers holistic therapies, lagoon boat trips, tennis, and preferred golf rates, and is the perfect base from which to explore the Garden Route’s many attractions.


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Garden Route & Route 62

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Premier Hotel Knysna - The Moorings

Defined by its exquisite location on the Eastern Head of Knysna, Pezula offers the ultimate combination of luxury in nature. Each of the 83 spacious suites, housed in detached villas, boasts a patio or balcony, sumptuous bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, pantry kitchen, comfortable seating area and fireplace.

The Premier Hotel Knysna – The Moorings welcomes you to Knysna. The idyllic natural surrounding and opulent luxury will be your “home from home”, where you and your family can simply relax and enjoy what Knysna has to offer. Situated on the banks of the tranquil Knysna Lagoon, the hotel offers guests a charming escape amid lush, forested gardens, with the attractions of Knysna just minutes away. All guest suites and villas are well appointed and comfortable. The hotel offers four conference rooms which accommodate groups from 10 – 200 guests.

Take a guided hike or horseback trail through the indigenous forests; canoe along the pristine Noetzie River to the beach where you can picnic in seclusion; play tennis, archery or pétanque; indulge in a spa treatment; laze at the heated indoor and outdoor pools; or play a round of golf on the Championship Course. The outstanding amenities include award winning Pezula Spa & Gymnasium, a boutique, library and games room, an elegant cigar lounge, champagne and whiskey bar and Zachary’s gourmet restaurant. The cosmopolitan town of Knysna offers waterfront shopping, quaint coffee bars, excellent restaurants, lagoon cruises and numerous excursions to explore the area.

Enjoy boating, bird watching, fishing or swimming; laze by the sparkling swimming pool; have fun with the little ones on the mini golf course and dine on fresh, tasty fare at the Salmon Restaurant. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, Premier Hotel Knysna – The Moorings will ensure that your stay is an unforgettable one.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Hunter's Country House

Exclusive, opulent and romantic, Tsala Treetop Lodge merges lavish luxury with a sense of adventure high up in the forest canopy. Inspired by ancient ruins, the magnificent lodge overlooking vast indigenous forests, celebrates the rich ornate heritage of Africa. Within the treetops the luxurious hide-away suites each have their own private deck and infinity pool. Superb gourmet cuisine and discreet personalized service complete the enthralling Tsala experience in the heart of the Garden Route.

Located in the heart of the Garden Route, Hunter’s Country House is an exclusive retreat, imbued with old-world charm and tranquility. Gourmet cuisine and impeccable service enhance gracious elegance and warm hospitality. Complementing the original thatched manor house with its antique-furnished lounges are the candle-lit dining room, sun drenched conservatory and secluded luxurious guest suites, set amidst lush gardens. Winner of numerous hospitality awards, Hunter’s is a member of Relais & Chateaux and Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

The Plettenberg

Situated on the bustling Knysna Quays Waterfront, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays introduces the discerning visitor to a world of comfort and luxury on the shores of the Knysna lagoon. Accommodation consists of 123 spacious rooms decorated in warm earthy tones with spectacular views of the Knysna lagoon, the historical train station or the Knysna Waterfront. All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower, air-conditioning, in room fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, electronic safes, telephone and satellite television.

The Plettenberg is located in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’, set on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea and mountains. Situated in one of the most spectacular resorts in South Africa at Plettenberg Bay, there are 37 individually decorated luxury rooms and suites, and two family friendly villas. Dine at the Sand restaurant in a relaxed contemporary environment and enjoy views over Formosa Bay or enjoy a cocktail at the Sandbar. Other facilities include an award winning wine cellar, Carchele Spa, two swimming pools, The Collection Boutique and travel desk.

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South Africa

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n area of South Africa really coming to the fore of tourism is the Eastern Cape. Traditional home of the Xhosa people and birthplace of Nelson Mandela, this is a great place to start or end your trip along the Garden Route. The area is Malaria-free which is an bonus for families. Visit Addo Elephant National Park which runs from inland to the coast and the Big Seven can be found. Inland find some private wildlife Reserves offering a range of accommodation and many involved in conservation projects. Grahamstown and surrounding areas were the site of many battles, where the Xhosa fought the British and the Trek Boers. Disputes were mostly over land and particularly the nearby Great Fish River and numerous wars were fought over the hundred year period from 1779-1881.

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Pumba Private Game Reserve Nestled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, this hidden gem offers the ultimate in African Safari luxury - combined with awe-inspiring bush, grasslands, and of course, the formidable Big Five. The Reserve offers visitors the chance to experience the wonders of Africa - from the graceful giraffe to the seldom seen leopard, and the very rare White Lions - 45 species of mammals and other small game. For the bird lovers over 300 species occur in the geographical region will never fail to delight you. African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve is the third largest privately owned Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, covering five of the seven South African Vegetation Biomes, resulting in amazing diversity of Flora and Fauna waiting to be discovered by you. Location: 65 miles from Port Elizabeth and 12 miles from Grahamstown. Getting There: Drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve by private car. Transfers are available at an additional cost. Highlights: Big Five game drives, star gazing, archery, birding safaris, spa treatments, guided bush walks, bass fishing and golf nearby.

Msenge Bush Lodge Kariega GR Emlanjeni PGR

Addo Elephant Park Hopewell GR

The Msenge Bush Lodge at Pumba offers 11 luxurious, glass enclosed thatched chalets, each in its own private bush setting, offering a private game viewing deck with plunge pool and outdoor shower and en-suite bathroom. Bedrooms offer twin or king-size beds, with percale cotton linen, seating area and roman blinds for additional privacy.

Pumba Water Lodge

Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape

Pumba Water Lodge comprises 12 stone-walled, thatched, waterfront cottages. Leading off meandering timber footpaths, the cottages open up onto private timber game-viewing decks with outside showers and plunge pools. The bedrooms and bathrooms offer underfloor heating, free-standing bathtubs, double basins and terry-towel bathrobes.


36 Hotels, Parks & Reserves

Eastern Cape

Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Premier Hotel EL ICC

Ten minutes from both airport and city center, and a stroll away from gorgeous, sandy, Blue Flag beaches, Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth could not be better situated for business or pleasure. With breathtaking ocean views from every one of the 173 beautifully appointed guest rooms, full-length windows open up to gorgeous sea views, making it tempting to stay in bed!

The Premier Hotel EL ICC is situated on East London’s Esplanade commanding spectacular views of the coastline, East London’s Port Harbour and the Indian Ocean.

There are eight multifunctional event rooms, spanning 6,813 square feet with excellent banqueting and conference facilities and spaces that are inspiring and flexible enough to host intimate, deal-clinching meetings or expansive product launches. The dedicated, expert events team is empowered to guarantee that business is a pleasure at Radisson Blu. Free high-speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

This contemporary designed hotel provides the ultimate in luxurious accommodation to the business executive. Located adjacent to the East London International Convention Centre, a mere ten minutes of the major shopping, entertainment and sporting facilities and only 15 minutes to the East London Airport. The hotel provides luxurious accommodation to the business executive. All rooms have spectacular views of the Indian Ocean coastline.

World-class lifestyle zones open to the public include chic urban Tabú Grill Bar and Lounge, indulgent pampering at Camelot Spa and the cutting edge Space Gymnasium.

The Premier Hotel EL ICC offers an Emerald Spa and Wellness Centre within the hotel and is the perfect place to unwind and be treated to various signature experiences. The Salmon Restaurant is sure to delight you with its superb menu. The Premier Hotel EL ICC is the perfect accommodation for business and pleasure.

The Kelway Hotel

Kuzuko Bush Lodge

The Kelway Hotel Port Elizabeth is perfectly positioned for business & leisure travelers seeking central accommodation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The hotel is situated just a few minutes from the airport, and within walking distance to popular tourist attractions and swimming beaches of Port Elizabeth. This timber structured hotel was built in 2004 and offers 63 en-suite rooms, conference facilities, secure parking & restaurant where breakfast, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed, making it one of the most popular hotels in South Africa.

Hacklewood Hill Country House

Also known as the "Place of Glory", Kuzuko Lodge is built high upon a hill in a private part of the northern section of the Addo Elephant National Park, two hours drive north of Port Elizabeth. It is here where breathtaking views from your private veranda are complemented by luxurious chalets and warm, attentive service.

Eight individually decorated en-suite bedrooms furnished with fascinating period pieces and sumptuous fabrics evoke a feeling of a bygone era. Perfectly situated in close proximity to the airport and city center, this Victorian Manor House is the perfect home away from home for the weary business man or leisure traveler. Guests are invited to enjoy exquisite cuisine in true turn of the century tradition in the charming restaurant. This deluxe boutique hotel exudes unsurpassed comfort and style.

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Spectacular star gazing, day and night game drives, trips to see khoisan cave paintings and bird-watching are but a few of the ways in which you can truly experience a place so untouched by man. All chalets have a private deck, en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower, color television, direct-dialling telephones, digital safe, data cable point with cables available, wireless connectivity, mini-bar and tea & coffee making facilities. The dining room and open air deck flaunt a spectacular view of the Big Five reserve below.


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37 Parks & Reserves

Shamwari Game Reserve Shamwari Game Reserve, is a 25,000 hectare, malaria-free private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Situated along the Bushmans River it is halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, forming a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. Shamwari has received numerous international awards, including the World Leading Safari and Game Reserve, and Conservation Company for many consecutive years. Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realization of one man’s dream and the success of many people’s passion. Steeped in Settler history, it is home to the Big Five and boasts five eco-systems thus enabling the support of many species of plant, animal and bird life. Five luxury lodges each offer a distinctive ambiance and an exclusive experience against the backdrop of untamed Africa. Shamwari includes a dedicated wildlife team, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Animal Hospital and Born Free Rescue Centres ensuring the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.

Location: Malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa. Getting There: Shamwari is situated a pleasant 45 minute drive from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Highlights: Game drives, Guided walks and stargazing, Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Animal Hospital, Born Free Foundation, Animal Rescue and Education Centres.

Long Lee Manor

Bayethe Tented Lodge

Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience. This splendidly restored Edwardian Manor House offers guests refined comfort, congenial service and enticing cuisine in the African bush. Long Lee Manor accommodates 30 guests in 15 elegant en-suite rooms.

Bayethe is a splendid stone-walled and thatch lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole. Tents are camouflaged under trees allowing for ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck.

Eagles Crag Lodge

Riverdene Lodge

Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travelers. Each of the nine junior suites has been built to maximize the privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings. All suites boast a private deck with pool, as well as, indoor and outdoor showers.

The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gymnasium facility ensures entertainment for the whole family. All en-suite rooms are fully air-conditioned with private patios leading onto the landscaped gardens and rim flow swimming pool.

Kariega Game Reserve This internationally renowned malaria-free "Big Five" private game reserve is set in 9,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers, just ten minutes from Kenton-on-sea and 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth. Situated in the heart of 1820 Settler Country, the reserve is a natural extension to a trip along South Africa’s famous Garden Route. Kariega offers a combination of “Big Five” game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and birdlife in a landscape that spans across five different eco systems offering the most dramatic views and vistas. The result is very powerful and truly unique to Kariega. In addition to unforgettable game viewing from open vehicles with qualified game rangers, the Kariega experience is unique in its offering of safe walking close to abundant game and birdlife and a diversity of activities which include river cruises on the popular “Kariega Queen”, canoeing, fishing, a spa and gymnasium and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea.

Location: Situated in the Eastern Cape, 87 miles from Port Elizabeth. Getting There: Travel along the N2 from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown or choose the coastal route on the R72 towards Port Alfred. Highlights: Luxury lodges, an unforgettable game viewing experience including the “Big Five” and a diversity of activities including hiking trails and river cruises.

Ukhozi Lodge

The Homestead

Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. Nestled in the bush are ten superbly appointed airconditioned luxury suites crafted from log panels, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley. The Lodge boasts unique African-style lounges, restaurant and boma.

The Homestead is a private lodge which offers guests secluded comfort, convenience and luxury. With five spacious bedrooms, all en-suite, a bar, swimming pool, satellite TV, playroom for children and spectacular views, it is perfect for the sole use of a group or family of up to ten persons.

Kariega Main Lodge

River Lodge

Main Lodge comprises spacious and comfortable airconditioned log chalets, all en-suite, with private viewing decks. The lodge has been expertly integrated with the surrounding bush where guests can enjoy traditional meals in the restaurant or boma, a drink at the bar or a quiet swim in the pool.

River Lodge is a deluxe quality lodge built on the banks of the Bushmans River and comprises ten superbly appointed spacious air-conditioned thatched suites and outdoor pool. The lodge overhangs the river and enjoys spectacular views. Special activities include daily boat trips to the Kenton beaches, excellent river fishing and crabbing.


38 Durban & KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa

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wazulu Natal is an area on South Africa’s East Coast. The main city is Durban. Travel north from Durban for about 174 miles, along the many beachside suburbs, and you will come to the UNESCO World Heritage site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, previously known as St. Lucia. A huge variety of fauna and flora is found in the parks’ diverse eco-systems; coral reefs, sandy beaches, subtropical dune forests, savannas and wetlands. There are elephants, buffalo and leopard in the land parks, a superb variety of birds everywhere, and whales, turtles and colorful coral in the marine parks. Head inland to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve for either a guided walk or game viewing on the dam, where your chances of spotting a white rhino are excellent. KwaZuluNatal is also home to the Drakensberg Mountains a place of icy cold streams, fly-fishing, hiking trails and hidden caves covered in San Bushman paintings.

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Itinerary - Hluhluwe, Culture and St. Lucia Safari Hlulhuwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest reserve in South Africa, one world-renowned for its historic conservation of the then nearly extinct white rhino. It’s home to the Big Five, as well as more rare sightings such as wild dog and the elusive cheetah. Day 1: Travel from Durban to Mtubatuba. Transfer to Veyane Cultural Village where you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the way of life of the local Zulu people. Following this cultural experience you’ll head into St Lucia before enjoying a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, with the opportunity of viewing hippos and crocodiles, African fish eagles and other birds. Following the boat cruise, continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 2: A full day game viewing awaits in an open-air vehicle in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Depart early morning for your game drive when the animals are most visible and active. Visit the reserves renowned Centenary Centre and Museum that depicts the history of live game capture and translocation of game, especially the white rhino that would no doubt be extinct without the creation of this reserve.

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Day 3: Early wake up for a final game drive within the unique and wonderful Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Return to your lodge in time to check out and connect onto the transfer shuttle back to Durban. From $770 per person


Durban & Surrounds Full Day Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift Tour

39 Touring & Accommodation

The Oyster Box

Historians will love it for sure, but if you enjoy a really great story, the Battlefields tour is for you too. KwaZulu-Natal is rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous, at times heart-wrenching battles fought between the Zulu and British Armies took place. Visit the eerie battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out here. The tour includes lunch before returning via some of most spectacular scenery in the province of Kwazulu Natal. From $90 per person

Full Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Tour

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, directly on the beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86 room Oyster Box, is South Africa’s best loved and most distinguished hotel. Renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine the newly re-built Oyster Box brings all the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities. This magnificent Big Five game park is not only home to 84 species of game, but it’s the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, world-renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation program. A day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park doesn’t stop at the thrill of searching for the Big Five, but the hilly terrain offers spectacular views of the Reserve and your camera is going to love it. Lunch at the lofty Hilltop Camp and it’ll give you a chance to check how close your bird count has come to the 425 listed birds in the Park.

Facilities include a magnificent Spa, offering the ultimate in wellness and beauty treatment options, two swimming pools, luscious and tropical gardens and an intimate, 24 seater movie theater. The family-run hotel is KZN’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination.

From $220 per person

Beverly Hills Hotel

This world-renowned luxury hotel is located at Umhlanga Rocks, one of South Africa’s premier coastal locations, a mere twenty minute drive from Durban. With miles of glorious golden beaches, this idyllic playground attracts sophisticated visitors from around the globe, seeking sun, sea and glamor.

With its outstanding position, overlooking the Indian Ocean and miles of golden beaches, guests can soak up the sun from the comfort of private loungers set up on the pool deck and enjoy pampering service accompanied by the sounds of the ocean. For the more energetic, the fully equipped gymnasium is perfect for more strenuous exercise.

Accommodation is spacious and luxurious, with uninterrupted sea views. Room options vary and include spectacular suites that are serviced by a private butler 24 hours a day. The Signature Restaurant, which enjoys membership of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, offers world class cuisine and guests can enjoy fine dining in an elegant setting with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean. The café bar is a chic, relaxed café offering a gourmet café menu, evening cocktails, fresh ocean air and the possibility of seeing dolphins as they swim by.

Beverly Hills is in a class of its own, and the Executive boardrooms are staffed by professional staff. The concierge desk can arrange sightseeing tours, as well as beauty and massage treatments at the nearby Suncoast spa. With such a perfect setting, every thoughtful touch is provided and guests are pampered throughout their stay.


40 Accommodation

Durban & Surrounds

Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Twice awarded South Africa's Leading Spa in 2009, Fordoun boasts an oasis of relaxation and sensory bliss. This deluxe Boutique Hotel offers a conveniently located destination, luxuriously appointed rooms, friendly service, with a superior fine dining restaurant. For those interested in a cultural tour, Director at Fordoun, Dr Elliot Ndlovu – herbalist, ethnobotanist and the country’s leading expert on Zulu traditional healing and indigenous plants – takes Tours from Fordoun to his Village in the Kamberg where guests will enjoy a genuine African experience.

Cathedral Peak Hotel

Overlooking the picturesque Chris Saunders Park and just minutes away from the main beachfront, the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge offers 205 bedrooms, with 50 semi selfcatering family rooms and 24 semi self-catering loft rooms. Each contemporary Colonial style room boasts laminate timber floors and a light, serene atmosphere perfectly suited to Durban’s climate. A 32’ wall-mounted LCD television and comfy lounge chair ensure that you remain relaxed and entertained at all times. Cathedral Peak Hotel offers unrivalled access to the Drakensberg Mountains within a World Heritage Site. The resort hotel offers an exceptional leisure experience where the mountain scenery is complemented by sumptuous buffet meals and warm hospitality. The extensive range of facilities and activities includes the Vitality Centre, heated outdoor pools, a round of golf, mini-adventure golf, tennis, squash, trout-fishing, archery, mountain bike trails, guided quad bike rides, and free daily guided walks (including to Bushman paintings). Exhilarating helicopter flights are available.

Other facilities include a roof-level swimming pool, conference facilities for 300 people, secure on-site parking and an upmarket 130-seater restaurant and bar, spilling out onto an outdoor deck and luscious garden. Only 20 minutes from Durban’s city center and only 15 minutes from the new King Shaka International Airport, it’s a stunning accommodation option along this popular coastline.

Protea Hotel Edward Durban

Southern Sun Elangeni

Situated on Durban's famous Golden Mile, The Protea Hotel Edward, is more gorgeous and stylish than ever after a months long refurbishment. Situated within five minutes of the city center, the Protea Hotel Edward harks back to a time of Victorian elegance. This world-famous hotel has played host to princes and presidents, field marshals, millionaires and movie stars since 1911.

Southern Sun Elangeni is more than a beachfront hotel, it is a landmark on Durban’s Golden Mile. With its magnificent location, stylish interiors and above all its commitment to providing guests with service that is efficient and friendly, it is uniquely placed to meet the exacting standards of both the business and leisure traveler.

This world–famous Hotel has played host to Princes and Presidents, Field Marshals, millionaires and movie stars since 1911. The Protea Hotel Edward Durban offers 101 comfortable and stylish rooms, sympathetic to the overall elegance of the hotel. Cool and calming colors in rich, sumptuous fabrics adorn graceful furnishings, but a nod to the modern era means rooms are equipped with LCD TVs, new carpeting has been replaced and graphics and wall finishes upgraded.

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The hotel has 449 well appointed, sea-facing rooms, which include a range of choices from family rooms, executive rooms to a magnificent Presidential Suite. This hotel offers an excellent choice of restaurants, from the superb Daruma Japanese restaurant, to the Jewel of India specializing in traditional Indian dishes and the popular Lingela restaurant which offers an extensive carvery buffet featuring Indian curries and local specialities. Two attractive bars provide a welcoming atmosphere.


Durban & KwaZulu-Natal

41 Accommodation & Reserves

Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

The Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is host to an impressive variety of wildlife. The unique ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld bushveld and montane grassland provide the diversity and large quantity of bird and animal species. The reserve is home to the African 'Big Five' as well as Cheetah, Hippo, Crocodile, spotted Hyena, Giraffe, Wildebeest and Zebra. Numerous species of antelope are also resident in the reserve and the elusive Nyala occurs in greater numbers here, than anywhere else in the world.

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences &Beyond Phinda features Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), endangered black rhino, and 415 bird species. Phinda is described as “Seven Worlds of Wonder”, with its seven distinct habitats – a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The Reserve sits in close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs of the Indian Ocean. Guests at Phinda experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, led by expert &Beyond trained rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as exciting optional adventures on the water, in the air and on the beach.

For ornithologists and bird-lovers, Mkuze Falls and its wetlands are a haven for sightings of some of the most beautiful and spectacular birds in Africa. There are more than 400 species of birds in the area. More specifically, the reserve is home to the Fish Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Narina Trogon and the spectacular Purple-crested Lourie to mention a few. Location: Northern Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Getting There: You can travel to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve by road or air.

Getting There: By road, just over five hours drive from Johannesburg, four hours from Durban, 2-3 hours from Richards Bay. Direct flights available from Johannesburg.

Highlights: Big Five, Black Rhino, Game Drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, adventures on the water, in the air and on the beach.

Highlights: Experience sunset cruises, fishing trips, Big Five game drives or walks and excellent birdlife.

Mkuze Falls Lodge

Rock Lodge

This deluxe lodge features nine luxuriously Thatched Chalets and one Safari Suite, all with breathtaking views of the river, bush and mountains. Plunge-pools and outside showers provide a wild touch alongside the luxury of air-conditioned bedrooms. Features include telephones, secure safe, overhead fan, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and mini-bar.

Six suites are seemingly suspended over the deep valley below, providing breathtaking views. Each suite, boasts solid wooden shutters and doors, opening onto a private plunge pool and viewing deck. Complete with ensuite bathrooms, three of these suites feature outdoor showers, providing some of the most al fresco bathing on the African continent.

Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge

Vlei Lodge

The Tented Lodge offers an adventurous experience in five “Hemingway” style East African Tents. Each tent is completely private and raised on wooden decks with commanding views and tucked into the bush providing an eco-friendly retreat. Each tent is air-conditioned with a private deck and freestanding Victorian bath.

This charming lodge comprises six thatched suites. Each complete with ensuite bathroom, dressing room, private plunge pool and game viewing deck. Relax in private plunge pools and watch the drama of the African wilderness unfold, or unwind in the comfortable sitting area in front of a warm and inviting open fireplace.

Rocktail Beach Camp

Ghost Mountain Inn

Rocktail Beach Camp, set back in the lush dune forest, has 17 en-suite rooms, seven of which are family suites each with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms. A honeymoon suite has wonderful views over the ocean and forest. There is a central dining and lounge area with large wrap-around veranda and a raised deck with wide views extending out to the ocean. A large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom complete the main area. World-class diving is conducted along coral reefs accessible only to Rocktail guests. Other adventures include birding, swimming, turtle nesting/monitoring drives, quad biking and walking in the forest.

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the intimate and beautiful Ghost Mountain Inn. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendors of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks and boat cruises in the company of knowledgeable rangers. Back at the hotel, unwind with a soothing Spa treatment or enjoy the warmth of the African sun within the glorious indigenous gardens. Ideally located for those traveling between Kruger Park, Swaziland, Durban and Mozambique. German spoken.

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Fairmont Zimbali Resort

On KwaZulu-Natal’s famous Dolphin Coast, under an abundant forest canopy, you will find Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. A sanctuary unlike any other in South Africa, this charming and unspoiled region is a nature lover’s wonderland. Revel in one of 76 elegant rooms and suites, enjoy the service of an on-call butler, who anticipates and attends to your every need. Savor a variety of culinary offerings, challenge yourself to a round of golf on the stunning, Tom Weiskopf–designed 18-hole championship golf course, or rediscover your energy at Willow Stream Spa.

South Africa’s magnificent eastern shoreline presents gently rolling hills and lush flora, pristine forest and glistening sea, which form the backdrop to a world of wondrous sights. Cosmopolitan flair and traditional Zulu accents permeate Fairmont Zimbali Resort’s 154 guest rooms and suites, each with scintillating views of the warm Indian Ocean. Adding to the superb offerings are nine exquisite food and beverage experiences; a 7,510-squareyard ballroom; and welcome recreation, including a renowned Willow Stream Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a fully supervised Y-Univers Kids’ Club.


42 Introduction

Johannesburg

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ohannesburg, or ‘Jo’burg’ as it is more commonly known has really grown into its big city skin. Here are found the headquarters of most of the country’s international companies and banking institutions, its gold and diamond corporations and the stock-exchange, it is the heart of big business. Surrounding the city are the wealthy suburbs of Rosebank and Sandton offering superb hotels and guesthouses, and spectacular shopping malls. Out further are the more affordable residential areas, and further still the SOuth WEst TOwnship of SOWETO, home to over 3 million people and the city that played such a pivotal role in the resistance against apartheid. Since the Soccer World Cup the Gautrain runs from the International Airport directly into Sandton with the line almost completed through to Pretoria. The Airport itself has a wonderful selection of hotels and is perfect for an overnight stop. It’s big and brash, but Jo’burg has really come of age and is a world-class destination for visitors.

Johannesburg is the cosmopolitan Afro-centric city of contrasts – visit Soweto for an insightful glimpse of township life and explore the many shopping malls that this vibrant city has to offer. Johannesburg is the economic power-house of South Africa, as well as the main gateway to the country and the rest of Africa.

Madikwe GR

Day 1: On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), you will be met and assisted to your transfer. The remainder of today will be at leisure, exploring the wonderful shopping experiences that this city has to offer.

Pilanesberg NP Sun City

PRETORIA

Johannesburg

Itinerary - 3 Day Johannesburg City Package

Sandton Rosebank JOHANNESBURG

Day 2: After breakfast depart on a tour of Soweto. Soweto is the largest informal settlement in South Africa and is synonymous with South Africa’s political history and the fight against apartheid. Visit Museum Africa which is Johannesburg’s premier cultural history museum, reminiscent of a 1950’s shebeen or pub, and it’s here you’ll really sense the soul of the inner city. A city of contrasts, that’s for certain. Day 3: The day is at leisure until you are taken to the airport for your onward flight. From $380 per person


Johannesburg Full Day Journey To Freedom Tour

43 Day Tours & Short Breaks

3 Day Sun City Stopover

Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. This full day tour which shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented. Your day begins at the Hector Pieterson Museum, where you start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before traveling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum. Your next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Lunch is in Soweto at a local restaurant (own expense), before visiting the legendary Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of ‘whites only’ privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release.

Choose from the endless activities on offer from the Valley of the Waves, an Extravaganza Show, to golfing at the Lost City Golf Course or Gary Player Country Club. Game viewing is also available in the nearby Pilanesberg Game Reserve or book a hot air balloon or elephant back excursion. Day 1: Today you will be picked up from your Johannesburg hotel and transferred to Sun City hotel. Day 2: Sun City offers entertainment for the whole family, from the exciting Sun City Casino & Entertainment Resort, to the Superbowl with outstanding rock concerts and lavish extravaganzas, two championship golf courses, numerous sporting facilities, as well as a man-made wave pool and so much more! Day 3: Today you will be met at your hotel and transferred back to Johannesburg for your onward bound arrangements.

From $115 per person

Full Day History of Humankind & Wildlife Tour

From $665 per person

7 Day Kruger & The Kingdoms

It’s a truly royal seven days, fully escorted, so you’re taken directly to some of South Africa’s finest scenic sights and most prolific Big Five game-viewing country. Day 1: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel on a B&B basis. Day 2: Depart Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria for a short orientation tour. Continue to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. This afternoon explore Pilgrim’s Rest.

This tour takes you right back to your beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Then, you’ll begin the tour above ground at the nearby Sterkfontein Caves where the famous Mrs Ples and Little Foot skull and skeleton were discovered… then go deep and deeper into the caves, so you feel the history and strong sense of identity. It’s a fascinating Centre with superb exhibits. And then there were lions. You’ll Visit a nearby lion park, home to lions and exquisite cheetah, take the opportunity not only to watch them, but to interact with lion cubs. You’ll love them. From the beginning of civilization, to the rawness of the wild – you’ll have experienced both ends of the spectrum.

From $185 per person

Day 3: This morning gasp at the glory that is God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and visit the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Explore the quaint village of Graskop before arriving mid afternoon at your overnight hotel. Day 4: Set off before breakfast in open safari vehicle in search of the Big Five. Day 5: Drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland to witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting the Swaziland National Museum. Continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets. Day 6: Visit the Swazi Candle Factory. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid afternoon in the Umfolozi area. Day 7: Take a morning cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline. From $1,515 per person


44 Accommodation

Johannesburg

The Peech Hotel

The Michelangelo Hotel

The Peech Hotel is Johannesburg’s eco-chic boutique hotel. Set in the suburb of Melrose, the hotel has sixteen bedrooms spread over a lush half-hectare garden, a sophisticated bistro restaurant and a boardroom. For our guests WiFi is complimentary, high speed & unlimited. The Peech Hotel received Tripadvisors 2011 Excellence Award for consistent high levels of service.

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Michelangelo Hotel guarantees visitors a deluxe stay whether spending the day to attend a conference, staying overnight or merely visiting for a breakfast, lunch or dinner meeting.

The hotel blends chic design with a sustainability policy that includes eco-friendly solutions like solar water heating and grey water recycling. Recently awarded a Fair Trade in Tourism certification, the hotel has been described as “Contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric” by Condé Nast Traveler and nominated as South Africa’s leading Boutique hotel at the World Travel Awards for the last four consecutive years. The nodes of Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch are all within ten minutes of the hotel.

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

The splendor of the hotel's Renaissance architecture in the heart of Sandton's business and leisure district, as well as the service excellence and world-class facilities on offer, sets The Michelangelo apart from its competitors. Built around a central atrium, guests enjoy the decadent use of space which gives the feeling of grandeur in an area where space is at a premium. Stay in the lap of luxury in any one of the exquisitely furnished rooms which range from one bedroom, en-suite Superior rooms to two bedroom Presidential suites. No matter which room you favor, service excellence and satisfaction are guaranteed at The Michelangelo.

The Palazzo Montecasino

The luxurious African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa is situated within the exclusive urban Melrose Arch lifestyle development, a "city within a city". Every one of the 118 rooms at the hotel offers flat screen TV with DVD and surround sound, mood enhancing lighting, air-conditioning and a mini-bar. Dine at the world class March Restaurant or enjoy the Pool Bar where tables can be found nestled comfortably in the shallow water, alongside oversized metal buckets planted with trees.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch

Inspired by Tuscany’s finest architects of old, this deluxe establishment offers a new standard in luxury for the discerning traveler. Set in picturesque Tuscan Gardens in the award-winning Montecasino Gaming and Entertainment complex, the hotel is a short drive to Sandton to board the Gautrain for the 12 minute journey to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s urban trend setting scene this hotel sizzles with urban chic. Evoking the spirit of old Hollywood glamor for the modern age, this luxurious hotel is an addition to the Melrose Arch precinct, one of the city’s fastest growing business and lifestyle destinations. The 197 stylish bedrooms offer LCD television, tea & coffee making facilities, complimentary Wi Fi, hair-dryer and a laptop size electronic safe. Old Hollywood glamor flows through to your dining experience in the trendy in-house restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily in an intimate and relaxed environment.

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The Palazzo has a variety of accommodation, from the simply luxurious to the supremely indulgent. There are 246 luxury rooms, which includes a Penthouse situated on the entire sixth floor, with two guestrooms, dining room, private bar, study and terrace with panoramic views. The restaurant is renowned for fine dining, outdoor terrace for al fresco meals, and the Bar and Lounge, outdoor pool and Executive Conference rooms ensure that this luxurious hotel offers an indulgent stay.


Johannesburg

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Sandton Sun

Emperors Palace As you land at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Africa’s gateway, start your trip at Emperors Palace – a mega hotel and casino resort. Conveniently located next to the airport, this glamorous neighbor offers more than just a city hotel experience, perfect for your first night in and last night out of Johannesburg or connection flights. With luxurious and comfortable accommodation in four unique hotels – Peermont D’oreale Grande, Peermont Mondior, Metcourt Suites and Metcourt Hotel, a glorious health and beauty spa, casino with unparalleled gaming enjoyment, dining options at a variety of delectable restaurants to compliment all tastes and preferences, spectacular entertainment venues featuring local and international artists, children’s entertainment facilities and a state-of-the-art cinema complex, versatile conference venues, complimentary airport transfers, impeccable service, and a safe and secure family resort. Location: Situated next to O.R. Tambo International Airport. Getting There: Complimentary airport transfers and private transfer at minimal cost upon request. Highlights: International cuisine, spectacular entertainment, the magnificent casino and entertainment emporium.

D’oreale Grande Hotel Discover untold luxury and regal comfort, the deluxe Peermont D’oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace features 196 elegant rooms and suites all lavishly furnished in superior style. The opulent surroundings are complimented with state-of-the-art facilities for added ease and comfort. This luxury hotel offers free internet access, Wi-Fi hotspots, restaurant and bar.

Metcourt Suites Hotel Affordable accommodation with friendly service, Metcourt Suites hotel features 80 spacious suites with contemporary furnishings. All the usual technology available in each room with Wi-Fi connectivity in public areas. Breakfast is served at the Primavera restaurant. Guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment and relaxation facilities at Emperors Palace.

The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites

This legendary hotel, in the heart of Sandton, overlooks the contemporary skyline of Johannesburg’s upmarket northern suburbs, and is an icon of sophistication and style. Linked to two of South Africa’s premier shopping complexes, Sandton City and Sandton Square. Only 12 minutes by Gautrain to OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg. The 206 guestrooms, suites and three magnificent Presidential suites offer every luxury. This hotel combines an emporium of contemporary restaurants and bars, with a magnificent outdoor dining area & outdoor pool, business services, fashionable shopping, and host of world-class services. At the heart of the hotel’s success is the passion of its staff to deliver top-class service, and it is this driving philosophy which has made the Sandton Sun one of the finest hotels in the southern hemisphere.

Garden Court Sandton City

Garden Court Sandton City is well located in the heart of Sandton and an excellent base for tourists and business travelers. Adjacent to Sandton City, Sandton Convention Centre, and only 12 minutes by Gautrain to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. There are 444 spacious rooms comprising of smoking and non-smoking, each offering every modern comfort, plus a 12-hour in-room dining service. Additional facilities include breakfast room, outdoor pool, contemporary terrace restaurant, wireless internet throughout hotel, self-service work station in lobby plus a host of business facilities.

Protea Hotel Wanderers

The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites is located adjacent to the prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. One could speak of the opulence of the rooms, the restaurant and lounge, pioneering fitness center and health spa but we would suggest you come and see for yourself. Guests can enjoy the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall, Michelangelo Towers Mall and Sandton City just a lift trip away. The DaVinci offers 166 en-suite rooms and 55 luxury suites. All rooms and suites are equipped with direct dial telephones, hair-dryer, tea & coffee facilities, DStv and internet facilities. Legacy Hotels recently launched its brand new eatery - Maximillien. Maximillien dishes up an exquisite epicurean experience in the comfort of a stylish yet welcoming ambiance. A convivial atmosphere, warm lighting and contemporary-meets-classic aesthetic welcomes diners at the door and is beautifully complemented by an ethic of providing a high-quality dining service to accompany fine quality food.

Situated on the green belt of Johannesburg, in the prestigious northern suburb of Illovo, Sandton and within the secure grounds of the historic Wanderers Club makes Protea Hotel Wanderers the ideal destination. The Protea Hotel Wanderers offers 229 rooms in a variety of room types designed to suit your individual needs. They are equipped with satellite television, electronic safes, full blackout curtains, air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, European adapters, a hair-dryer and a fresh red apple is placed in your room daily!


46 Airport Accommodation

Johannesburg

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport

The Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Centre

South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, has the perfect location, and is just a short walk to the International Arrivals at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport and a 12 minute journey by Gautrain to Sandton’s city center. This deluxe hotel has drawn its inspiration from the African continent and the décor and style capture the spirit of Africa. Designed to meet the needs of the modern traveler, there are 138 soundproofed guestrooms which offer the ultimate in comfort and quality, with luxurious bathrooms, and host of amenities which include a separate work area and in room safe. The hotel offers free Wi-fi, and a range of world-class services. The signature restaurant, Quills, takes it’s name from the three foot porcupine suspended from the ceiling and is open 24-hours a day and specializes in local foods such as springbok, warthog, crocodile etc, paired with outstanding South African wines. There is a 24-hour complimentary self-help business center, modern Techno-Gymnasium, steam rooms and an indoor heated swimming pool. Here guests will enjoy first-class service in a tranquil African environment.

In a world moving at an ever faster pace, isn't it comforting to know there is a place where you can simply switch off. The Airport Grand Hotel & Conference Centre is conveniently located ten minutes drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport and provides convenient access to the major business centers of Pretoria and Johannesburg.

African Rock Hotel

Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport

To ensure you feel completely at home, all of the 151 luxury rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, TVs, digital safes and direct-dialing telephones to help you feel completely at home. Standard features include en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower, tea & coffee making facilities and hair-dryer. Rooms are fully air-conditioned for cooling comfort in the summer heat. Infant cots are available on request. Conveniently situated for your dining pleasure, our range of dining options will meet your needs - whether for a full, satisfying meal, or a quick snack or delicious cup of java.

This superior hotel has an excellent position just 546 yards from the Johannesburg' Airport, South Africa’s busiest hub for international travelers. The modern and contemporary design and décor reflects the stylish atmosphere of this hotel which offers a range of services and facilities which includes spacious bedrooms, an excellent restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, fitness center as well as International Business Centre. Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport has been designed for travelers who seek a superior hotel.

Nelson Mandela Bridge

This exclusive boutique hotel is located seven miles from the Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes. It has quick and easy high way access to Johannesburg, the Sandton area as well as Pretoria. A well established lush tropical garden, a swimming pool and large patio ensures relaxing outdoor living. The interior “look and feel” boosts a successful fusion of African, Western and Oriental design trends and offers a warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The architecture is contemporary, includes all modern day technologies is practical and comfortable. The nine double rooms make up the this luxurious hotel with all the conveniences of a luxury property. Services include room service, 24 hour reception service, shuttle service to the airport and other destinations, city and country tours booking office and wellness and beauty treatments.

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Johannesburg

47 Sun City & Beyond Accommodation

Legend Golf and Safari Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

This unique, Big Five Resort is situated within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” in the malaria-free region of the Limpopo Province.

A mere two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and ten minutes from Sun City, lies a place of breathtaking beauty and serenity. A place called Bakubung Bush Lodge. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or "People of the Hippo", offers guests everything they need to get in touch with the bush.

Exceptional accommodation, comprising 120 Resort Suites, is complemented by Golf Courses, Golf Academy, the Extreme 19th Hole, Recreational Facilities, Field of Legends Sporting Facility as well as Conference and Banqueting Facilities. The Signature Course, designed by 18 of the world’s top golfers, is the longest golf course in South Africa providing one of Africa’s most spectacular game and golf experiences. The Extreme 19th is the world’s longest par three which provides every golfer with an unforgettable golfing experience. Accessible only by helicopter, the hole is situated on the top of Hanglip Mountain with a 395 yard shot to the green situated 437 breathtaking yards below the tee.

Bakubung offers 76 beautifully appointed air-conditioned, thatched roof studio rooms and 66 time-share chalets that curve in a horse-shoe around the Hippo pool. All rooms are decorated in an African theme with all the modern conveniences to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. The restaurant caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering different themes ranging from African, Indian and Asian. On Wednesday and Saturday nights an option is to book the bush braai at the boma in the park, or enjoy the Chef's carvery in the main restaurant.

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge lies hidden in the bush, an exclusive lodge offering a maximum of ten people in a bush experience which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. The lodge offers some of the best views in Madikwe as well as the feeling of tranquility given by the mature trees under which the main building and five luxury bush villas as well as one luxury family villa nestle.

The deluxe Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated in the north eastern region of the Pilanesberg National Park, the closest point of entry is through Bakgatla Gate.

The main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by elephant families and other big game. Enjoy the rim-flow pool overlooking the waterhole, have a cocktail under the shade of the Motswiri trees on the main deck or just while away the day in the outside lounge and bar area. Fine cuisine is served in the dining room, under the Leadwood or around a roaring fire in the boma. The twice daily game drives are conducted by our rangers whose bush knowledge is imparted in the manner best suited to the bush knowledge of the guests on the specially designed land cruiser game viewing vehicle.

Nestled in the basin of an ancient amphitheater divided by riverine woodlands and elephant trails lies an exclusive private game lodge. The images above depict several aspects of the lodge. The central facility includes, stunning feature pool, bar, conference room, dining room, boma, reception, award winning Amani Spa and curio shop. Decorated in a range of earthy tones ranging from terra cottas to deep blues, the rooms have been carefully co-ordinated to ensure comfortable seating both indoors and out. The standard configuration includes two twin beds and in a limited number of rooms it is possible to offer a king size bed. Ivory Tree Game Lodge boasts 56 suites and four executive suites. Ivory Tree uses custom built ten seater open game viewers which permit maximum all around visibility.


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Beyond Johannesburg

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, situated in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, is ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, and offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality. Madikwe Hills consists of a Main Lodge with ten suites and a private camp, Little Madikwe, accommodating 24 guests in total. At the Main Lodge, ten ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own deck and private plunge pools offer absolute privacy and majestic views. The unusual, yet subtle ‘Afrochic’ décor integrates natural elements with colors highlighting Africa’s ambiance.

Tuningi Safari Lodge

The deluxe Tuningi Safari Lodge is situated in the world renowned 75,000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and offers both local and international guests a superior product enhanced by an impressive Big Five safari experience.

Situated in one of South Africa’s largest and malaria-free sanctuaries with a rich biodiversity of mammals, such as Africa’s Big Five, wild dog, brown and spotted hyena, springbok and ostrich, excellent bird watching, exceptional field guides and sweeping views over the game-filled plains, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers visitors something unique and very special. Children of all ages are welcome at Madikwe Safari Lodge’s Lelapa Lodge. There are many activities available for children: Family safari drives, bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack, baking in the kitchen, making pizzas, star gazing, games night and more. The family safari drive (for families with children aged two to five) departs at 11am in winter and 10am in summer and lasts approximately two hours.

Tuningi Safari Lodge can accommodate 16 guests in their exclusive bush villas which have been architecturally designed in such a way that the lodge can be divided for families, intimate groups or VIP’s in search of utter privacy.

There is a daily one and a half hour flight to Madikwe Safari Lodge from Johannesburg. The driving time is four and a half hours and private transfers can be booked and arranged.

Impodimo Game Lodge

Entabeni Safari Conservancy Entabeni Safari Conservancy “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the renowned, malaria-free World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” in Limpopo. Approximately a threehour drive north of Johannesburg, boasting five eco-systems, spectacular scenery with terrain which varies from bushveld to unspoilt ravines. Guided game drives bring guests in close contact with a vast variety of game species, including the “Big Five”, while scenic helicopter flights provide a bird’s eye view beyond comparison. Entabeni comprises six uniquely different lodges from the luxurious tented chalets at Wildside Safari Camp to the tranquility of Lakeside, Eagle’s Nest and Ravineside and the exclusive five star Hanglip Mountain Lodge & Kingfisher Lodge. Each Lodge has its own individual style with specially designed furniture, inviting lounge, restaurant/bar, outside “boma”, curio shop, and a swimming pool. Location: Waterberg Region, Limpopo Province. Getting There: Three hour drive from Johannesburg. Entabeni has a private landing strip for charter flights. Highlights: Activities include game drives and walks, golf, Extreme 19th Hole, sunset cruises, bush dinners, marimba band, Wildlife & Cultural Centre.

This deluxe game lodge is set along a rocky ridge commanding stunning vistas of the reserve and located at the source of a natural spring, provides the lodge with elevated views as well as riverine serenity. Dawn & Dusk safaris are carefully timed to ensure optimal seasonal comfort with the best possible wildlife viewing with top quality Shangaan trackers. With a total of ten suites, each have been carefully positioned to ensure absolute privacy. Spacious in design, each includes a closed system fireplace, climate control air-conditioner, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and full en-suite bathroom and outside shower. Your private deck allows uninterrupted views of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Hanglip Mountain Lodge

The Deluxe safari option includes a private vehicle, ranger and tracker & unlimited safari activities. A service team including a private chef, waitron and butler are always on hand to make your stay truly unforgettable.

Nestled against the majestic cliffs of the Waterberg Mountains experience Africa at Wildside Safari Camp. Stay close to nature in tented chalets and enjoy traditional South African hospitality in the informal dining and bar area. Here, around the campfire in the Boma, you will experience an African night at its best.

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The exclusive Hanglip Mountain Lodge is located on the lower escarpment of the malaria-free Entabeni Safari Conservancy, surrounded by wetlands and plains. This secluded lodge offers a unique blend of luxury and African wilderness with views stretching over the lake and plains to the Hanglip Mountain and the Waterberg Mountains.

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South Africa

49 Kruger National Park & Beyond

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any years ago all the fences that ran along the western side of Kruger National Park were taken down and the wildlife was allowed to move freely into these border areas, which has created some exciting opportunities for game viewing. These border Reserves, which include the Sabi Sand and Timbavati, are privately owned and are part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Each Reserve has its own variety of accommodation ranging from family style to utterly luxurious. Most Reserves are home to an amazing array of wildlife including giraffe, zebra, many species of antelope, buffalo, elephant, lion, cheetah and leopard. Game viewing is with professional guides, and often an accompanying Tracker, in open 4WD vehicles with the opportunity to walk and learn about the smaller animals, birds, flora and different ecosystems of the area.

Itinerary - 3 Day Kruger Wildlife Ever heard the guttural sound of a lion’s roar as you lie safely in bed at night? It touches your very soul. It’s one reason you need to visit the magnificent Kruger National Park where you will also have the opportunity to climb into an open safari vehicle with registered, experienced field guides, and follow the spoor of the Big Five.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Limpopo NP Johannesburg

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Kruger National Park

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg early and head north towards the vast wilderness of the Kruger National Park. Arriving at Hazyview you’ll climb aboard open safari vehicles. Game sightings begin virtually as soon as you enter the reserve, which is home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as 147 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Enjoy spotting them during an afternoon open safari vehicle drive, before returning to the rest camp for dinner and your first nights sleep in this famous patch of bushveld. Day 2: A full day seeking out Kruger’s creatures, big and small. The best game spotting opportunities are in the early morning and late afternoon. You’ll follow the animals example by taking a midday siesta! Dinner and overnight at a rest camp. Day 3: Enjoy an early morning game drive then tuck into a hearty breakfast before returning to camp around mid morning. Leave the park and travel back to Johannesburg, arriving in the early evening. From $805 per person


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Greater Kruger National Park

Kapama Game Reserve

Kapama Private Game Reserve is in Limpopo Province, an area renowned for superb safari vacations. Stretching over 13,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, towards the renowned Kruger National Park, lies an abundant sanctuary of beauty and wildlife magnificence. Kapama Private Game Reserve, one of the most prestigious wildlife destinations in South Africa, is home to the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) and numerous other animal and bird species. Experienced guides and trackers guarantee up close and personal encounters with Africa’s best, imparting in depth knowledge of the bush. Game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands, riverine forests and sweetveld ecosystem that make up this appealing African reserve, offering guests the opportunity to have close encounters with all the African animals that traditionally roam this area. Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. It is the largest single-owner game reserve in the region, affording a true African experience Kapama offers a range of stylish accommodation in four sophisticated bush camps: Kapama Karula, Kapama Lodge, River Lodge and Buffalo Camp. Each camp is strategically positioned within the wildlife sanctuary to assure aesthetic living within a secluded and private space. These camps and lodges can accommodate a total of 208 people between them, offers the finest cuisine freshly prepared daily and each meal is a celebration of the senses, enjoyed in a restaurant or open air boma (private dinners or bush dinners can also be arranged for special occasions). The Reserve is perfectly situated to receive guests flying into Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit airport). This airport is just minutes from the reserve and Kapama include free road transfers in open safari vehicle direct to any of the four camps. Exquisitely nestled in the African bush is a piece of paradise designed to uplift your mind, body and soul: Kapama Wellness Centre. Reconnect with your inner beauty and strength, through indulgent and invigorating spa treatments as you loose yourself in an African panoramic vista, complete with state of the art gymnasium, equipped with cardio and weight training facilities, the centre energizes and uplifts in the healing presence of nature. Now, Kapama's portfolio of exclusive safari lodges offering the best range of safari accommodation in South Africa is complete.

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Location: Kapama spreads onto the R40 outside Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province. Getting There: Johannesburg, N4, Witbank, Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, R36 to Ohrigstad, Strijdom Tunnel, Hoedspruit, R40 to Klaserie, Kapama. Highlights: Luxurious Wellness center: Exquisitely designed to uplift mind, body and soul. Complete with state of the art gymnasium.

Kapama Karula Set on the banks of the Klaserie River which flows throughout the year, the seven luxury air-conditioned tents and five large exclusive suites which are the epitome of luxury and make up Kapama Karula. Each suite features his/hers basin, outside shower and tea & coffee facilities.

Kapama River Lodge Generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms: 42 standard suites, 16 Spa suites, Four Family Rooms situated with the Spa suites & Two Royal Suites. Each spacious room features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace. Rooms include all luxuries such as minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, hair-dryer, minisafe.

Kapama Buffalo Camp Eight luxury canvas tents: set on wooden decks built on stilts over a steep-sided riverbank. Wooden walkways interconnect the rooms, which are all in the upper reaches of riverine trees. Each tent has all the usual comforts of electricity, en-suite with shower, safe, wardrobe and tea & coffee making facilities.


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51 Game Reserves

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

Family owned and managed since Saturday the 25th of November 1933, this International Award Winning private game reserve is located in the finest territory of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It stretches for miles along the perennial Sabie River which forms its natural boundary with the Kruger National Park. The land, which has been owned and managed by the More Family for four generations, is a place of rarity and carries with it a passion which can only be instilled by a great family history which stems back to 1933.

Another unique experience at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is “Chalkley’s Tree House” The Tree House offers guests an opportunity to spend a night out under the African stars in the most romantic bedroom in Africa, this is a must for any couple on honeymoon or simply for the guest looking for a unique experience. Lion Sands Private Game Reserve as well as Tinga Private Game Lodge is Owned and Managed by the More Hotels Private Collection. Location: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Kruger National Park.

Lion Sands has three different Lodges, Lion Sands River Lodge; Lion Sands Ivory Lodge and Lion Sands 1933. In addition to this, Lion Sands manages and operates two lodges within the Kruger National Park namely, Tinga Legends and Tinga Narina. This in itself is very unique as it offers guests the opportunity to experience both aspects of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve as well as the Kruger National Park during their stay. Each of the lodges has their own unique style and experience. Lion Sands Private Game Reserve employs a full time ecologist based on the property to manage the land and to ensure that sound ecological principles are adhered to. All Lion Sands Ranger and Tracker teams have a minimum of five years experience in Big Five territory, coupled with their FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) qualifications, the Ranger and tracker teams ensure that a holistic approach is given to the guest on Safari by combining both the big game experience as well as the smaller aspects of the bush which make up this incredibly bio-diverse property.

Getting There: Our Preferred access is via Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National park or Via Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Whiteriver. Highlights: All the Lodges are situated on the perennial Sabie River which is one of the most Bio-Diverse River systems in Southern Africa.

1933 Nicholas and Robert More, brothers & fourth generation owners of Lion Sands, completed and opened their 3rd private lodge, 1933 at Lion Sands. The Lodge is about offering guests the ultimate hideaway or private family home. Enjoy complete privacy, combined with the finest location and some of Africa’s best safari territory.

River Lodge

Tinga Legends

River Lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature and relaxation. The experience is sincere with a genuine commitment by each member of staff to ensure that your time on safari will be the highlight of your visit to Southern Africa. Relax and enjoy some of Africa’s finest hospitality in Big Five country.

Tinga Legends exudes elegance and luxurious comfort of a classic safari lodge. The elegant thatched entrance leads through to the luxurious comfort of the lounge on the open terrace, which flows to the wooden deck below, embracing an ancient Jackalberry tree. The deck affords magnificent views of the Sabie River.

Ivory Lodge

Tinga Narina

Ivory Lodge is a leader in Southern Africa for its location, simple yet elegant interiors. The suites operate as private villa’s catering for guests who wish to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a River setting. Ivory Lodge is the jewel in the More Family collection of private lodges.

Narina has a distinctly more African feel. Built on stilts and nestled between the Leadwood trees on the banks of the Sabie River, the nine private wood and thatch suites make Narina unobtrusive, yet undeniably beautiful, blending perfectly with the riverine vegetation that always ensures exciting Big Five viewing.


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Greater Kruger National Park

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Over a span of 30 years, Sabi Sabi has evolved, protected and respected the wilderness in its care, and emerged to become the award winning icon it is today – a wildlife oasis in the heart of the African bushveld offering unparalled luxury at each of its four, deluxe lodges. Situated in Sabi Sand Wildtuin, Sabi Sabi is blessed with a variety of habitat and wildlife including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – as well as cheetah, wild dog. Exciting morning and evening open Land Rover safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and trackers. A tribute to the pioneers of the late 1800’s, the historically themed Selati Camp is the Sabi Sabi of Yesterday. Selati’s eight beautiful suites, including the Ivory Presidential Suite, are filled with authentic antiques and vintage décor - offering romance with a dash of nostalgic opulence. The Today experience is found at Bush Lodge with its traditional safari style made new and exciting with a vibrant and eclectic mix of furnishings and décor. Accommodating only 25 couples, the lodge has earned a reputation of warmth and service excellence. Little Bush Camp continues the Today experience of consummate African hospitality. The lodge is intimate – just six suites, making it an ideal retreat for an idyllic hideaway. Earth Lodge, the Sabi Sabi of Tomorrow, is a celebration of ecological responsibility, and stands as one of

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the world’s top ten destinations. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, the lodge merges so well into the surrounding bushveld that it is virtually invisible. Each of the 13 suites, including the famous Amber Suite, is individually decorated and gloriously luxurious. Earth Lodge continuously meets and exceeds the highest international standards of architectural design, innovative décor and superb facilities. Each lodge offers the comforts of air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with indoor & outdoor shower, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities and safes. The award winning Amani Spa offer a range of holistic treatments at Bush Lodge and Earth Lodge. While maintaining a deep respect and bond with the wilderness, Sabi Sabi continues to be voted one of the world’s premier safari destinations. Location: Situated in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, part of the greater Kruger National Park. Getting There: Daily flights from OR Tambo Johannesburg to the Sabi Sabi private airstrip with complimentary transfers to/from the airstrip. Highlights: Exciting morning and evening open vehicle safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and trackers.

Selati Camp

Earth Lodge

Visitors to Selati Camp will be captivated by the old world charm and intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era. Built alongside the original route of the long-abandoned Selati railway line, this jewel of the bushveld has eight romantic suites and exudes vintage opulence.

Earth Lodge, a place of renewal and rebirth, has 13 private suites each with own plunge pool. Offering guests the ultimate in luxury accommodation, excellent cuisine and life-changing wildlife experiences, this very special lodge is sculpted into the earth itself and includes a wine cellar, non-smoking lounge/library and the Earth Nature Spa.

Little Bush Camp

Bush Lodge

Nestling in the shade of indigenous riverine trees lies Little Bush Camp, with six thatched suites, each with a private deck and private spa bath overlooking the African bush. Little Bush Camp is intimate and warm, imparting an African spirit that is evident throughout.

Bush Lodge has 25 luxurious suites, and holds a special appeal for visitors and groups seeking the excitement of the Big Five. It is more traditional, featuring African textiles and salvaged woodcarvings. There are also panoramic views of the bushveld and a nearby waterhole where animals come regularly to drink.


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53 Game Reserves & Lodges

Singita Sabi Sand Singita Sabi Sand offers rare solitude and the ultimate in safari luxury on prime game viewing land recognized globally for its diversity and formidable concentration of big game and frequent leopard sightings. Guests can choose between three unfenced lodges, infused with the glamor and elegance of Singita.

Notten’s is an exclusive family-run lodge situated within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s most prized natural sanctuaries. Daily safaris are led by experienced rangers in open top Land Rovers offering adventurous, close-up encounters with the region’s prolific wildlife, including the Big Five. The sounds of the African night set the perfect mood for dining in the enchanting candlelit boma. Each purposefully lantern-lit private suite, with en-suite bathroom, is elegantly styled and romantic, with breathtaking views.

Singita Castleton Camp is a best-kept secret! It’s a sincerely inviting, comfortable hideaway that exudes timeless charm. The camp is booked as an exclusive exclusive villa and can accommodate up to twelve guests at a time. Guests enjoy fireside dinners in the boma and sundowners out in the bush, while children can have fun at the tennis court, swimming pool or trampoline.

Location: Within 18,000 hectares of private land in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Getting There: Scheduled flights are available from Johannesburg OR Tambo to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Driving from Johannesburg is also an option and takes approximately six hours. Highlights: Twice daily game drives, frequent leopard sightings, guided safari walks.

Leopard Hills Private Nature Reserve

Singita Ebony Lodge Ebony Lodge has a commanding presence and an essence that evokes an intense feeling of familiarity - as if visiting a congenial family home. Sumptuous coziness is simply the order of the day - tempting you into relaxation and reflection. Leopard Hills, built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole and close to the perennial Sand River, truly lives up to its name. This exclusive lodge traverses over 10,000 hectares in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and offers some of the best Big Five game viewing in Southern Africa. With only eight beautifully appointed suites, each feature luxurious glass-fronts with superb views of the bushveld beyond, while airconditioning and overhead fans provide added comfort against the African bush.

Singita Boulders Lodge Boulders Lodge has a contemporary air of tranquility that honors Africa in an authentic way. Guests can enjoy wraparound views from most parts of the natural stone lodge, and the lookout deck offers the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River.

Jackalberry Lodge

MalaMala Game Reserve MalaMala Game Reserve pioneered the Southern African private and exclusive safari experience. It is set apart from its’ peers by the quality of the game viewing as a result of its strategic positioning adjacent to the Kruger National Park and the vast river frontage which flows north to south through the reserve. A maximum of 66 guests (across three camps) on over 12,140 hectares of private land makes the safari experience unique whilst the game drives are exclusive and dramatic. No more than six guests per vehicle at MalaMala and Sable Camp, and only four guests per vehicle at Rattray’s on MalaMala, affords the traveler with an intimate view of pristine African bushveld and its’ inhabitants - including the Big Five, endangered and rare animal species, and a host of smaller birds and animals. Location: Between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Getting There: Daily one hour scheduled shuttle flights with Federal Air directly into the MalaMala airstrip from Johannesburg or an easy six hour drive. Highlights: An exclusive game viewing experience with a maximum of six guests and four guests per safari vehicle respectively at Main Camp and Rattray’s on MalaMala.

MalaMala Main Camp MalaMala Main Camp is the original safari camp, reflecting the ambiance of a time long past. Guests enter a world of warmth and hospitality, understated elegance and a genuine translation of the environment of which we are custodians. 18 thatched rooms include suites, family rooms and a disabled suite. Children of all ages are welcomed.

Rattray’s on MalaMala Rattray’s on MalaMala is the exclusive luxury safari camp built in the grand “Out of Africa” style. Eight luxury Khayas (meaning “home” in Zulu) are equipped with every comfort, including king sized beds, twin en-suite bathrooms, optional satellite television and internet connectivity and private heated plunge pools.

Jackalberry Lodge, situated within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, offers under-stated luxury creating a restful, ethnic ambiance in harmony with nature. Indulge every sense at this Big Five Reserve which offers comfort and sheer decadence with an African flair. The majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for this intimate camp. Magnificent views & sumptuous cuisine are complimented by game viewing in one of the world’s premier big five areas. Game drives in open safari vehicles with highly trained rangers and trackers offer the privilege of experiencing Africa’s “Big Five” at close quarters in a true bushveld environment. The bush around the lodge teems with game and more than sixty species of wildlife can be found in the immediate vicinity including lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant and cheetah. Jackalberry is also a paradise for birdwatchers, where more than 280 species have been recorded.


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Greater Kruger National Park

Savanna Lodge

Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

An exclusive five star lodge, Savanna is situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy. Savanna lies in an area where ‘Big 5’ sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive. Numerous nearby dams and a series of waterholes in front of the lodge attract many species, especially in the dry winter months when elephants are daily visitors.

Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is a private and intimate lodge situated in the prestigious Klaserie Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, with a common unfenced border.

Nine magnificent suites offer spacious and luxurious accommodation while nestled amongst indigenous bush and trees that provide privacy, quiet and a haven for birds. Three Executive and four Luxury Suites offer a unique ‘Out of Africa’ experience with canvas roofs above draped ceilings set on permanent structures. All have magnificent bathrooms and decks looking onto waterholes in the bush. In addition, the larger Executive Suites have plunge pools.

Guests are accommodated in fully furnished, brick and thatch chalets all with en-suite facilities, and air-conditioning. The dining room overlooks the waterhole with breakfast and lunch in front of the lodge, while dinner is served traditional African style around a log fire in our boma. During the day guests can relax on the deck in the shade of a century old Boer bean tree or cool down in the pool. At night the camp is lit by kerosene flares, which contribute to the true bush safari ambiance and experience.

Tinga Private Game Lodge

Kambaku Lodge

Set in the heart of the world famous Kruger National Park, on the banks of the Sabie River and managed by Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, the exclusive Tinga 5,000 hectare private concession makes it the perfect location from which to experience the best that the world famous National Park has to offer, whilst affording guests accessible luxury.

Kambaku Safari Lodge is deeply nestled in the center of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, home to The Big Five and the last place on earth to view the famous White Lions in the wild.

Tinga Legends and Narina were developed with luxury and exclusivity in mind, offering world class facilities at each lodge, including a river deck, wine cellar, a library with an array of African literature, traditional boma, lounge and bar. Safaris are conducted by experienced professional FGASA accredited Field Guides. Each of the 18 luxuriously spacious suites are complete with their own private plunge pool and deck, separate bath and shower facilities, mini bar, mosquito net, all provided to ensure total privacy and unspoiled views of the Sabie River and its resident wildlife.

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Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives are conducted in open 4x4 Land Rovers with well qualified and experienced field guides and trackers who will ensure an exciting and informative safari.

The intimate atmosphere created by this 16 bed owner-run camp, ensures a truly home away from home wildlife experience where personal service and attention to detail will leave you feeling relaxed and enriched. Game drives, bush walks, star gazing, dining in the bush as well as a host of other activities are on offer, and a lazy swim in the pool with a cocktail overlooking the water hole will while away the heat of the day. At Kambaku we pride ourselves in top quality service at affordable prices, with a few added extras. Our mission is to provide an unforgettable wildlife experience in a magical environment, so that the legends indeed will linger on.


Kruger National Park & Beyond

55 Lodges

Singita Kruger National Park Amid the dramatic landscape of Singita’s private concession within the far eastern reaches of the Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni offer solitude and unsurpassed luxury in the heart of a remote and pristine wilderness. With a spectacular setting overlooking the N’wanetsi River, Singita’s exclusive 15,000 hectare reserve is home to abundant flora and fauna, and has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Park, including a remarkable number of lions. The largest private concession in the Park, it is recognized as a workable model for eco-tourism. Bold and dramatic, Singita Lebombo offers 15 luxurious loft-style suites elevated on a sheer cliff top. Singita Sweni comprises six luxurious suites that embrace the romantic spirit of the Sweni River beneath. Conveniently located between the two Relais & Châteaux lodges, the Singita Shop, Spa, Gallery and Gymnasium provide modern convenience to complete an experience of uncompromising quality within a breathtaking wilderness setting.

Location: The exclusive 15,000 hectare N’wanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Getting There: Daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Satara and then a 45 minute road transfer. Guests can also self-drive through the park. Highlights: Exclusive concession, large prides of lion, Singita School of Cooking.

Singita Lebombo Lodge Breathtakingly elevated on a clifftop overlooking the N’wanetsi River, Singita Lebombo comprises 15 luxurious loft-style suites, with wooden decks affording exceptional game viewing. A spectacular cliff-side lap pool, Gymnasium, Spa and the Singita Shop augment other modern conveniences, with superb game viewing and riverside breakfasts as highlights.

Singita Sweni Lodge Built on dark timber decks, earthy and tranquil Singita Sweni is reminiscent of a lair in the African wilderness. Secluded within the game-rich Kruger National Park, it comprises an intimate lodge and six romantic suites, each with floor-toceiling glass walls, magical outdoor shower and private viewing deck overlooking the river.

Shishangeni Private Lodge

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge

Situated on a 15,000 hectare private concession of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, this legendary wildlife reserve has the deserved reputation for showcasing some of the finest game-viewing on the continent. Best known for the 'Big Five' - Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino - the Kruger Park is truly the flagship of Africa and South Africa's game reserves.

Set on the banks of the Mluwati River, on a private concession within the Kruger National Park, this unique lodge boasts a breath-taking blend of ethnic luxury, encompassing both warmth and style.

Shishangeni comprises of three camps to choose from Shishangeni Private Lodge, Camp Shonga and Camp Shawu. Each of the three adding a different experience to the visitor. The Lodge offers Big Five game viewing, superior service, excellent cuisine, and the best accommodation in Southern Africa. The emphasis of all three of our camps is on nature without losing the luxury and superior service our guests are accustomed to. We are striving to create the optimum balance between people and their environments, while having an absolute minimal impact on the neighboring habitat.

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge offers an intimate atmosphere with only six luxury air-conditioned suites, each with king sized bed, en-suite stone bathrooms, outdoor shower and private game viewing decks. The cozy main area is centered around a sunken fire pit, and circular timber decks which offer views of the waterhole and surrounding plains. The lounge and dining rooms echo the circular shapes of the suites and each boasts a blazing fireplace. The adjoining refreshing rim flow pool is a favorite spot to unwind during the hot summer days. The local Tsonga team offer superb hospitality and rare insight into the local culture and experienced guides accompany guests into this wilderness area on daily open vehicle safaris.


56 Lodges

Kruger National Park & Beyond

Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa

Jock Safari Lodge

A visit to Cybele feels like coming home. The six refurbished air-conditioned cottages and six suites (each with private heated pools), offer extreme luxury. Every night guests enjoy a new and inspired menu, created by the Executive Chef, with fresh ingredients from the organic herb garden. The sommelier will help you select your wine from the awarded winelist. Allow the Spa in the Forest to wow you with world class Clarins treatments or work away the stress in the well stocked “Gymnasium at Cybele”.

Situated in a private concession within the world-famous Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge reflects the elegance and grace of a bygone era. With the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers as a backdrop, it offers a bushveld setting famed for its Big Five sightings.

Relax at the pool, or experience the 121 hectare, forested garden along the well signposted forest walk, which is recommended you complete with a private picnic at the waterfall. If you still need some exercise there is a selection of mountain bikes at your disposal. Additional tours of the area can be booked at reception.

Old world charm and unsurpassed services merge at the 12 individual thatched suites, hidden amongst the African trees. Nearby stand-alone lodge ‘Little Jock’ offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere with three suites. The lodge is named after local legend, Jock of the Bushveld - a canine hero of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick’s famous story of courage and loyalty – it’s a tale that has stirred adventurous souls for a hundred years. Daily guided game drives and walks led by professional rangers offer close encounters with Africa’s wildlife.

True, inspiration for mind body and soul…

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Kings Camp Private Game Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is an affordable luxury getaway with resort facilities catering for the whole family. Accommodation consists of 96 luxury en-suite bedrooms and seven six-sleeper fully equipped self-catering units. All hotel rooms feature extras such as air-conditioning, television, mini-bar fridge, personal tea & coffee making facilities and a spacious working area for the conference delegate or business traveler. This upmarket lodge style hotel offers guests the best in affordable luxury bush experiences.

Royal Malewane

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a Colonial past in a pristine corner of the old unspoilt Africa. Abundant comfort and impeccably gracious hospitality are the hallmarks of this 22-bedded lodge. Generously spacious suites are luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private veranda. Dark tones of wood and thatch offset the natural colors of the bushveld. Royal Malewane is one of Africa’s most luxurious wildlife lodges, renowned for providing the pinnacle of luxury Big Five game viewing. Set amongst a canopy of indigenous acacia and lantern bush trees, the central library, shop and dining area are linked to walkways that thread to the six luxury suites, each with its own rich wooden deck, rim-flow pool and thatched gazebo. The Royal Malewane Suites, which comfortably accommodate up to four guests each, offers complimentary services of a butler, private chef and up to four complimentary massages per suite per day.

Camp facilities include an inviting bar and lounge, deck overlooking the spotlit waterhole, a gymnasium and sparkling pool. A library with satellite television and Internet facilities ensures that guests keep up to date with the latest news while relaxing in tranquility. Kings Camp offers a wealth of bio-diversity. With access to 38 square miles of traversing, Big Five game viewing is excellent in this region. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the greater Kruger National Park.


Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

57 Introduction

Helpful Information - Zambia Getting Around. There is a good road from Kasane (Botswana)

through to Livingstone but for the rest of the country the only way to travel, for the visitor, is to fly on scheduled charter flights. Wildlife. During peak months the rainforest at the Falls is literally dripping from the spray. Riverine vegetation follows the Zambezi but most of the country is woodland with some open savanna areas. There is amazing birdlife, great elephants, plenty of carnivores and along the rivers, pods of hippos and good fishing.

Zambia Less well known than its southern neighbors. From Victoria Falls fly downstream to the Lower Zambezi National Park for a stay in one of the excellent safari lodges where great wildlife is found between the region’s hills and Zambezi River. A short flight brings you to the Luangwa Valley where the accent is on walking safaris with truly knowledgeable guides. Slowly emerging are the game areas of Kafue, Liuwa Plains and Benguela.

Currency. The Zambian Kwacha is the local currency however at safari lodges and at Livingstone markets you can use US Dollars, Pounds or Euros.

Zimbabwe

Language. The main language is English but you might hear Lozi or Nyanja, two of the many local languages.

Head to Hwange National Park for good wildlife and to visit the Painted Dog Conservation and Research Centre. Further south is Matobo National Park, famous for rocky outcrops and the opportunity to see rhino. Lake Kariba offers good accommodation and plenty of game viewing on its floodplains. For superb wildlife in the Zambezi valley head to Mana Pools in the north east of the country.

Kafue NP South Luangwa NP Mana Pools NP Livingstone

Lake Kariba

Climate. Cold on winter mornings during June to August, very hot in October and November but often cooled by heavy showers from November through to March. Some safari lodges close for this rainy season.

Helpful Information - Zimbabwe Getting Around. The road from Victoria Falls to Hwange, Matobo,

Bulawayo and Great Zimbabwe is excellent but to get to Lake Kariba and into Mana Pools you will need to fly, the best way is a charter flight. Wildlife. In the west of the country the Kalahari sands are the base for mostly woodlands, in the north is the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba. Wildlife abounds in these areas, with Hwange well known for its elephant herds, lions and endangered painted dogs, whilst Kariba, Mana and Matobo offer a variety of species including both black and white rhino. Currency. The US Dollar is the currency of use.

Zambezi NP

Zambia & Zimbabwe

VICTORIA FALLS

ZIMBABWE

ZAMBIA

Victoria Falls NP Hwange NP

HARARE

Climate. Chilly winter mornings and evenings from June to August but dry and good for wildlife viewing. Very hot in October, and rainy from November through to March, however still good for wildlife, migratory birds and wildflowers. Language. English is used throughout the country as well as the local language of Ndebele in most of the west and Shona in the center and east of Zimbabwe.


58 Touring

Zimbabwe

11 Day Great Zimbabwe

Day 1: On arrival at the Harare International Airport, you will be met by our representative transferred to your hotel where you spend the night.

Day 7: Depart for Hwange National Park - one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to the herds of presidential elephants. Transfer onto an open vehicle and proceed on a game drive transfer to our lodge. After lunch proceed on an afternoon game drive. After sundowners a sumptuous dinner to the sounds of the night.

Day 2: After an early breakfast we leave Harare and head through diverse scenery of farm lands, rocky outcrops and into the magnificent mountainous area of the Eastern highlands , also known as “The little England” of Zimbabwe. Spend the next two nights here.

Day 8: Dawn breaks with a morning game drive. We will return to the lodge for an afternoon siesta and later proceed on an evening game drive to view the nocturnal inhabitants of the Hwange National Park.

Day 3: The day is yours to explore or relax.

Day 9: An early rise and tea & coffee before before a last game drive transfer out of the National Park. Stop is at the Painted Dog Conservation Centre in Hwange, and learn more about Wild Dogs and the Centre’s efforts to protect these beautiful animals from extinction. Continue to Victoria Falls.

Visiting Zimbabwe is way more than a tour. It’s another world, and you’ll be spellbound.

Day 4: This morning after breakfast, we depart for Masvingo, The Ancient City, where we will be inspired by the Ruins of Great Zimbabwe built in 1200AD, which were first discovered by the Settlers in 1888. Day 5: After breakfast we depart Masvingo for Bulawayo, where you arrive around midday. This is the second largest city in Zimbabwe. We learn more about this beautiful country by visiting the Bulawayo National Museum before checking into our hotel. Day 6: The Matopo Hills has long been recognized as an area of exceptional beauty with a rich, colorful and mythical history. A full day will be spent exploring the area and some highlights include cave paintings, panoramas of the countryside at “View of the World”, where Cecil Rhodes is buried.

Day 10: Enjoy a guided tour of the Victoria Falls. The rest of your afternoon will be spent at leisure, where you can book one of many activities with your guide. Day 11: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before checking out and being transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport. We bid you “Hamba kahle uphinde ubuye” – which means Go well and come back again soon!

From $2,675 per person

Tour of the Falls

Chobe Tour with Game Drive

No surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World! You’ll understand it instantly while touring the Zimbabwean side, for there are numerous spectacular vantage points along the width of the Falls, and the sight of this astounding gift of nature, simply takes your breath away.

An amazing land and water based tour starting on from The Chobe River, teaming with animals, you sitting securely on board, just off the riverbank, game viewing from the relaxing vantage point of a boat. You’re on the mighty Chobe River which flows through the renowned Chobe National Park providing a haven for herds of grazing animals and bird life.

Walk through the permanent, beautifully misty rain-forest which flanks the Falls, stopping to marvel at the principal sites as it cascades to the depths below: the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. You’ll stand and watch, feel and listen to the spray and thunderous noise, as millions of gallons of water tumble over the Falls into a series of narrow gorges below. The seventh Natural Wonder of the World puts on the most dramatic show for you, and you’ll be privileged to have watched it.

From $70 per person

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Watch this glorious scene unfolding itself – large herds of elephant, often with the tiniest frolicking calves, kicking up dust as they wait their turn at the water’s edge to drink. Frighteningly large crocodiles sun themselves on the banks of the river. Glorious birdlife, wonderful game, and the gentle rocking of the riverboat. When you disembark, join the open safari vehicle for a drive through the Chobe Game Reserve with the chance of seeing more wildlife and birdlife, and a gorgeous lunch at a lodge awaits you....overlooking the Chobe River.

From $215 per person


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Royal Chundu Luxury Zambezi Lodge

Royal Chundu is a new deluxe lodge situated 31 miles upstream from the famed Victoria Falls on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, overlooking the majestic river and expansive bushveld beyond. Royal Chundu is positioned on a piece of untamed Africa with rapids protecting it up and downstream thus granting guests nine miles of unspoilt and private river usage. Spacious suites and public areas masterfully blend colonial elegance and African charm, offering luxurious accommodation in 14 beautiful air-conditioned suites. Ten are perched on the banks of the Zambezi, while four private suites with their own lounge, dining and pool areas are located on the Katombora Island two miles upstream from the main lodge. Suites are exquisitely decorated, reflecting a bygone era of Colonial comfort in the wild. Start your day on Katombora Island where a walk brings you closer to nature, or enjoy the tranquility and awe of a river canoe followed by a pampering at the unique floating river spa. One can view and experience Africa’s magnificent wildlife including hundreds of elephant and

buffalo during a day trip to Chobe National Park in neighboring Botswana. The option of experiencing one of the natural wonders of the world, during a picnic outing to Victoria Falls is an absolute must! Other external activities can be arranged including all the areas-adrenalin sports, steam train dinners or high teas at many of the charming Victoria Falls hotels. Royal Chundu also offers exceptional fishing along its private waterways as well as tranquil and picturesque sunset river cruises. Choose to dine indoors in true ethnic elegance, or experience open air dining in the Chief’s boma, where you will be treated to an authentic African barbecue and traditional song and dance or simply enjoy a private picnic on the Island or a meal on your deck. Transfers to Victoria Falls to experience the mystifying monthly full moon lunar rainbow is another unique experience not to be missed when visiting Royal Chundu.


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Zambia

Stanley Safari Lodge

Sindabezi Island

Set on a hill overlooking unspoilt bush, only 2 miles birdsview from the river and the Victoria Falls, you can see the distant views of the spray of the Victoria Falls from every room at Stanley Safari Lodge. The Main House and rooms have a stunning romantic design and feel. At Stanley Safari Lodge most rooms are half open, which enables you to absorb the sights and sounds of the African bush fully.

Toka Leya Camp

Sindabezi Island is an idyllic bush camp hidden away on a very private isle in the Zambezi River. Sleeping only ten guests, five romantic chalets are draped in swathes of floaty material and raised over the water on wooden platforms.

Overlooking the Zambezi River and seven miles upstream from Victoria Falls is Toka Leya Camp, comprising 12 raised, spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Tent interiors boast wooden flooring, tasteful African décor, climate-control, and an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views. The camp’s dining and lounge areas offer ample space for relaxation. Meals are served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. Activities include a tour of Victoria Falls, river cruises, fishing, game drives and nature walks.

The unforgettable island is built from sustainable forests and utilizes only renewable energy resources – neither cost nor imagination was spared in decoration either and the African fusion treatment will surprise guests around every corner. Views include a National Wildlife Park across the waters, the rolling mists of vapor on the Zambezi early in the morning and simply unbelievable sunsets. The entire island can be booked privately - an option that has proven to be perfect for families, small groups traveling together or exclusive wedding parties. Sindabezi has been selected by the UK Sunday Times as one of the best remote places to stay in the world.

Tongabezi Lodge

Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma

Tongabezi Lodge is the ultimate retreat. The original Zambezi River property, the lodge offers laid back luxury integrated into a design that favors vast living spaces. It simply provides the perfect frame for the beauty of Zambia, with the mighty Zambezi River featuring as part of almost every viewpoint.

Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls lies Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, built on a dramatic bend on the banks of the Zambezi River. The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure.

Guests choose from a selection of river cottages, unique, open-fronted houses, an enclosed house or double bed-roomed garden cottage – both with a private plunge pool. Whether you slow down only for meals or plan to take some serious down time during your break Tongabezi has a series of unusual locations to choose from. The Sanpan drifts on the Zambezi (every course of your meal delivered by canoe) and the Lookout has several levels that can be enjoyed privately. This property is privately owned and run, with the emphasis on imagination, sustainable energy use, exclusivity and romance.

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The main lodge is built on two levels, perched in giant ebony trees overlooking the Zambezi. Guests can relax in the swimming pool or the treatment room, or enjoy a drink in the elevated bar. There are twelve air-conditioned open plan tree houses, connected by wooden walkways with each enjoying superb views over the river. In addition, there are two private houses available, each with two bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chefs and house staff. Guests at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma are also able to indulge in a range of spa treatments.


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The River Club

The Stanley and Livingstone

The River Club overlooks the Zambezi River, 11 miles upstream from Victoria Falls. Its main area is a well-appointed Edwardian house with lounge, dining room, library, shop and veranda on which breakfasts and teas are taken. Midday meals are often served on manicured lawns complete with croquet court. The gazebo and the Summer House (with snooker room) are both alternatives for private dining.

The Stanley & Livingstone is situated on a 2,428 hectare private reserve known as the ‘Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve’, just ten minutes' drive from the Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. This reserve also borders on the Zambezi National Park, offering a distinctly different African experience.

The pool seems part of the river itself, a secluded deck provides respite and beauty treatments are available in the Wellness Centre. For the energetic the gymnasium, pampering spa, running track and all-weather tennis court are perfect.

The hotel offers 16 exquisitely furnished suites, of which ten are double suites including the sumptuous honeymoon suite. Each suite consists of a spacious bedroom, en-suite Victorian style bathroom, gracious lounge and individual secluded patio. Guests can relax at their leisure on the raised patio, which overlooks verdant, tropical gardens and nearby waterholes.

Ten luxury en-suite chalets are screened, air-conditioned and have uninterrupted views of the Zambezi. Activities (on an inclusive rate) include a Victoria Falls Tour, sundowner cruises, tiger fishing, and visiting Simonga Village. Others (extra cost) include white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, canoeing, and flights over Victoria Falls.

Other facilities at The Stanley and Livingstone include a swimming pool, sundeck terrace (where guests can enjoy breakfast and lunch) and the sun lounge. Guests are encouraged to sample the fine wines direct from the hotel’s handsomely stocked wine cellar.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

Ilala Lodge

The colonial styled first class David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, a place of grandeur and royalty, is situated three miles from Livingstone and 4.5 miles from Victoria Falls known as Mosi-oa-Tunya - the Smoke that Thunders - one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world and Africa's adventure capital.

The warmest of welcomes and a gracefully distinguished ambiance await you at Ilala Lodge. Come to Ilala Lodge and reawaken your senses. Feel at ease in the elegant and spacious rooms. Relax in luxurious style whilst you listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep.

The lodge has a state of the art conference center and 72 well appointed en-suite rooms, five luxury loft suites with private jacuzzi, satellite TV, telephones, internet and airconditioning, all overlooking the mighty Zambezi from private balconies. The Spa offers a wide variety of treatments while guests relax and listen to the falls tumbling down from a short distance. Meals are served at Kalai restaurant - a culturally inspired setting situated in the main lodge with contemporary afro-Arabian meals, freshly flavored, aromatic and healthy - and at Gwembe Terrace around the pool by the river while watching the magnificent African sunset.

All rooms have en-suite facilities bathroom with separate shower, air-conditioning, over head fan, satellite TV, hair-dryer, tea & coffee making facilities and a safe. 34 rooms in total including two deluxe rooms (has a king size bed and ¾ bed in), two standard double rooms with a king-size bed in each and 30 other standard rooms that have two ¾ beds in each. Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavors and enjoy delectable dishes at The Palm Restaurant in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls.


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Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Hotel

The Elephant Hills Resort

The Victoria Falls Hotel, the address of choice for more than a century for royal families, statesmen, celebrities and the discerning traveler, occupies a fine location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa.

This world class resort provides a truly spectacular panorama combining the wilderness of the Zambezi River and its surroundings with the plush fairways of the famous 18-hole championship golf course.

From the thundering Victoria Falls at its threshold, to the Big Five that roam freely less than three miles away, this is one hotel that provides an experience like no other. Just a ten minute walk from the actual Falls, this is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique. The ambiance of the hotel is steeped in that history with all 161 rooms and suites decorated in the gracious Edwardian style of Zimbabwe’s colonial era. A large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, reading rooms and chapel are part of the complex. Golfers can enjoy 18-holes on the championship course of the nearby sister hotel, Elephant Hills Resort.

The hotel has extensive conferencing and sporting facilities along with boating, game viewing and other adrenalin activities on the Zambezi. A total of 276 rooms comprising: 263 Luxury rooms including two disabled rooms, 11 Executive suites, One Deluxe suite and One Presidential suite. Ramps and elevators provide easy access to public areas for guests in wheelchairs. After a morning, or day’s golf or sightseeing, guests have a choice of sustenance from traditional to Western style dishes from the Resort’s Samukele Restaurant, Mapopoma Restaurant or the relaxing and informal Kabisi Terrace Restaurant. The poolside bar is a big favorite during the day or in the evening as the climate is conducive to swimming all year round.

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is a modern tribute to Africa's ancient allure with its distinctive architectural design based on the Great Zimbabwe Monument.

The superb Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is the destination of choice at the Natural World Wonder of the Victoria Falls. Just 2.5 miles from the thundering splendor of Victoria Falls and the spectacular Zambezi River, the lodge sits high on a plateau bordering the Zambezi National Park. The lodge is created to give the impression of an open-plan treehouse, built on seven levels rising above the pristine gusu bushveld and offering guests views of brilliant sunsets. The resort’s focal feature is a central waterhole which attracts an endless parade of wildlife all year round.

The closest hotel to the mighty Victoria Falls, The Kingdom is a 294 room fun-filled resort, ideal for families, couples, groups or even individual travelers. It is ideally located at the center of the small resort town of Victoria Falls and offers other entertainment options such as the Makasa Sun Casino and Wild Thing Action bar all within the hotel's Great Enclosure. Complete with its own food court offering a wide choice of relaxing or quick meals, suiting all ages, The Kingdom at Victoria Falls also offers three swimming pools and a toddlers pool, a children’s play area and, for the ladies, planning a “night on the town” or a visit to the resort’s own casino, a spa and beauty parlor.

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Voted Zimbabwe’s Best Safari Lodge of the Year for 16 consecutive years by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA), and boasting two of the country’s top restaurants, The Boma – Place of Eating and the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is a proud Zimbabwean icon and is the flagship property of the regional hospitality group, Africa Albida Tourism.


Zambia

63 Safari Lodges

Busanga Bush Camp

Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains.

Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp is an authentic safari camp, gathered around an acacia tree -shaded Bedouin-style central tent. The Lower Zambezi, the park in which the camp is located, is dominated by the Zambezi River which channels game into a narrow floodplain, resulting in unparalleled viewing opportunities. Arriving at the camp by boat from the local airstrip is a thrill as there is usually plenty of game to see on the way, and traveling to camp becomes part of the safari adventure.

The camp can accommodate eight guests in four well-appointed tents. The lounge area is under canvas looking out over the plains; breakfast is often served here. The dining area lies under the shady canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner; most meals are served in the open air. Activities include game drives, walking safaris and night drives, led by qualified guides in one of the most diverse areas in Zambia. Thanks to the rising mist off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, guests can experience incredible sunrises and sunsets, with the sun a spectacular pink color, while the floodplains teem with wildlife and birds.

The seven spacious tents are set on teak platforms made from commercially grown forests and all have spectacular views over the river. Each tent has its own lounge area and viewing deck. Carved wooden tables and woven chairs complement the four-poster beds and canvas walls - this is camping taken to its most luxurious heights.

Shumba Camp

Shenton Safaris

Shumba Camp, situated in the center of the Busanga Plains, comprises six spacious luxury safari tents, all on raised platforms with spectacular views. Close to permanent water Shumba Camp is within easy access of the teeming floodplains. Shumba is named after a favorite species in the area. Prides of lions sometimes are up to 20 strong.

Shenton Safaris’ trademark is their ingenious network of photographic Hides. The Hides offer thrilling opportunities for close-up encounters with hippos, elephants, big cats ambushing prey, stunning birds and other wildlife. The Hippo Hide in particular is worldrenowned, and is frequently used by famous wildlife photographers and documentary filmmakers. The Carmine Bee-Eater Hide, set on a boat securely anchored just feet from a colony of these magnificently colored birds, is the only one of its kind in Africa. Visits to the hides are part of the three daily game viewing activities offered, alongside game drive and walking safaris.

The dining area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise; dinner takes place either here or in the cozy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture. Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains and water-based activities when the Plains are still inundated, while night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.

Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Bush Camp are the creations of the Shenton family, which has a proud history of three generations of wildlife conservation in Southern Africa. The camps are located deep within the most game-rich area of the park. Kaingo has been entirely refurbished for the 2012 season.


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Zambia

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

South Luangwa National Park - Robin Pope Safaris The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 5,600 square miles. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe and hippo. The birdlife is also excellent with around 450 species to be seen. South Luangwa is Zambia's premier park. The abundance of leopards in the Luangwa is famous and although not guaranteed it is usual for everyone coming through on a three or more night safari to see at least one leopard. The Luangwa has two endemic species - the Thorneycroft giraffe which is found mostly in the central area of the park and the Cookson's wildebeest which is more scattered and only in the north. Usually it is great number of game that impresses people. Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Getting There: Scheduled 1.5 hour flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe Airport then a one hour road transfer to camps along a scenic road. Highlights: Remote South Luangwa experience with exceptional game viewing and birdlife.

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge was originally built for Kenneth Kaunda, the former Zambian president, in the 1970s and the original colonial style has been retained in the furnishings. A long veranda stretches outside the dining room, from which guests are afforded views down the valley to the Luangwa itself. On cooler nights, roaring fires take the chill out of the air. The grunt of lions or the saw of leopards can often be heard from the wooded valleys that surround the lodge. Each of the ten luxurious suites at Sanctuary Chichele comes complete with a fourposter bed, air-conditioning, full bathroom and every other amenity guests could wish for - all in the middle of the African bush. In keeping with the rest of Chichele, the suites are also decorated in an understated Colonial style. French windows open onto private terraces, getting up early to watch the sun rise over the Luangwa Valley is a once in a lifetime experience.

Nkwali Camp Nkwali Camp is located on RPS private land, overlooking the National Park. Elephants often cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar. The chalets are cool and spacious, with river view. Six chalets, including a honeymoon suite/family suite. Throughout the year you have direct access to the park by boat or vehicle.

Nsefu Camp Nsefu Camp was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added. Each room has a clear view of the river. The bar overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night.

Sanctuary Zebra Plains Walking Safari Camp

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Sanctuary Retreats offers an authentic walking safari in Zambia like no other. Explore the pristine and unspoilt wilderness of the South Luangwa with one of the country's most experienced guides while staying in luxurious classic under canvas style tents this is the ultimate bush adventure by foot.

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp offers guests an authentic tented safari experience in South Luangwa, one of Zambia's best areas for game viewing and bird spotting. The region is home to 60 mammals - including elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and, of course, antelope - and over 400 bird species.

Sanctuary Zebra Plains is a luxury safari camp with just four traditional tents – two doubles and two twins. The camp accommodates a maximum of six guests, allowing for an intimate exploration of the South Luangwa. All tents have real beds, campaign furniture, mosquito nets, en-suite facilities and flush toilets. Water for al fresco showers is mixed to your preferred temperature by a tent attendant.

Guests can spend an afternoon relaxing in the camp's large living area in between thrilling game drives or walking safaris. The central dining area produces gourmet meals, despite being so far away from a city, let alone a road. The camp is designed to leave no trace on the environment and has embraced a very natural kind of African chic in its decor. The seven tents are spacious and comfortable; each with a soothing hot tub and an outdoor shower shaded by trees and stocked with luscious and environmentally friendly Africology products. Watch the sun rise from your double bed, or spot animals making their way across the plains to a waterhole from your private viewing deck.

The main mess tent has a dining area although most of the gourmet meals will be served in the open in carefully selected vantage points. There is also a small library and bar area. This is a seasonal camp which operates from June to October each year.

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South Luangwa National Park - The Bushcamp Company

For wildlife, and wildlife-lovers, it doesn’t get any better than the South Luangwa National Park. With its verdant floodplains rustling with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands and indigenous hardwood forests filled with over 470 species of birds, and a mighty river that attracts thirsty animals like a magnet, it’s a natural utopia and one of Africa’s truly great wildlife sanctuaries. Bordered on one side by the Muchinga Escarpment and the Luangwa River on the other, the park consists of 3,494 square miles of untouched wilderness supporting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.

game, especially as animals congregate at the waterholes and rivers. During the wet summer (November to April), the park is lush and green. Wildlife is harder to spot but the park is arguably at its most beautiful in this ‘emerald’ season. Unlike some other African national parks, in the South Luangwa the focus is always on the wildlife. Sprawling visitor centers and restaurant complexes are nowhere to be found here – just traditional safari lodges and intimate, rustic bushcamps that merge discreetly into the landscape, from where you can enjoy the true pleasure of being surrounded by an unspoilt African wilderness.

It was none other than explorer David Livingstone who first recognized the extraordinary allure and unique nature of the South Luangwa Valley. Crossing the Luangwa River in 1866, he declared, “I will make this land better known to men that it may become one of their haunts. It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.” It wasn’t until 1938 that the area was proclaimed a game reserve, and then given National Park status in 1971. In 1961 the legendary Norman Carr put the Luangwa on the map as a safari destination leading the first walking safari in the reserve.

Location: In the remote southern area of the national park.

Over 100 different species of mammal call the South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons and vervet monkeys swing through the trees. Down on the river, huge densities of elephant, hippo and crocodile enjoy the cool waters. There are two distinct seasons, during which the park completely changes its appearance. In the dry season (May to October) the bush is less dense, providing optimum conditions for viewing

Getting There: Scheduled flights from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe, then road transfer or private charter flight to Kapamba Airstrip. Highlights: Exclusive, intimate bushcamps with expert guiding. Walking safaris and both day and night drives in an unspoilt wilderness area.

Chamilandu Bushcamp Accommodating only six guests, there’s nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu. The rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky – especially when you’re lying in a four poster bed in a stilted tree-house.

Chindeni Bushcamp

Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Chindeni lies in an enviable location on the edge of a serene lagoon where hippo chortle and elephant wallow. With its four vaulted, canvas ‘rooms’, private verandas and views of the Chindeni Hills, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tented camps in the South Luangwa.

Newly rebuilt in 2011, with private waterholes and viewing decks, this is the perfect place to sit back and watch as a wealth of wildlife visits you. Constructed on raised platforms from natural materials, Bilmungwe blends an authentic bush experience with comfort and sophistication.

Kapamba Bushcamp

Zungulila Bushcamp

In a remote corner of the South Luangwa lies Kapamba, a camp that combines the isolation and superb game-viewing opportunities of a true bushcamp with a touch of luxury. Enjoy a sundowner on the riverside deck or sink into your own private plunge pool as the wildlife ambles past.

Peace reigns supreme at Zungulila, a charming camp that embodies the essence of old Africa and a bygone era. Set on the side of a raised knoll, the beautiful thatched tents look out over the sparkling Kapamba River and an expansive plain where natural springs attract huge herds of game.

Kuyenda Bushcamp

Mfuwe Lodge

Accommodating just eight guests and set beneath shady trees by the Manzi River, Kuyenda may be the simplest of the camps, but it embodies the authentic charm of old Africa with its cluster of traditional, thatched grass huts and back-tonature feel. This is where the wildlife comes to you!

Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck, take a dip in the swimming pool or pamper yourself in the Bush-Spa.


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Zimbabwe

Davison’s Camp

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Since re-opening in August 2009 following lavish refurbishments Bumi Hills continues to improve its commitment to the provision of a unique guest experience. Recent addition of the Mobiko Terrace and Gobelo Fire Pit below the pool have created more intimate spaces for guests to enjoy vistas of the lake foreshore and mystical horizon beyond. Activities have been diversified to maximize interaction with the area’s wildlife and cultural offerings. Outdoor dining and spa options remain special hallmarks for all.

Nestled under a grove of ancient false mopane trees, Davison’s Camp is situated on the remote southern boundary of Hwange National Park. Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, the camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators. This 18-bedded camp, with its nine twin units and separate main area, comprising a lounge and dining room, offers a wonderful bush experience. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, or guided walks in the early mornings and evenings, while during the siesta hours, guests can view game coming down to the waterhole to drink from their tent verandas.

Elephant, Zimbabwe

Little Makalolo

Ruckomechi Camp

Little Makalolo lies in one of Hwange National Park’s best wildlife viewing areas. It offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The area is ecologically diverse, ensuring great numbers of animals year-round.

Ruckomechi Camp, situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the wide Zambezi River. The camp is set amongst broad-canopied ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their rich nutritious seeds. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favorite amongst guests: its outdoor ‘bath-with-a-view’ in a secluded, scenic spot.

The camp’s six spacious en-suite tents, with both indoor and outdoor showers, are nestled in the tree line, with solar power for hot water and lighting ensuring a lighter ecological footprint. A false mopane tree in the centre of the camp shades a separate dining and living area as well as a raised platform for views of the much-frequented waterhole. During siesta hours, guests can enjoy outstanding wildlife viewing at the log pile hide that overlooks the waterhole in front of camp. Activities centre on game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers and guided walks. The area’s large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety, especially in the winter months.

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The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways. There is a separate deck with an infinity pool and hammocks for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorized pontoon boats or on canoes and on foot. Catch-and-release fishing is available by arrangement.


Malawi

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nown as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, this little land-locked country is famous for its beautiful freshwater lake and the huge, welcoming smiles of its people. Although the Lake with its great sandy beaches, clear water, colorful fish and wonderful resorts is the main attraction, there is much more to Malawi. Explore the cooler highlands of the Nyika Plateau or travel to the wildlife-rich area around the Shire River.

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Helpful Information - Malawi Getting Around. The main roads of Malawi are in good shape and

travel times between major destinations are reasonable. Traveling by boat is the most enjoyable mode of transport, and Air Malawi offers flights between all major towns. Wildlife. Best ‘wildlife’ are the thousands of colorful, freshwater cichlids in the Lake but there are herds of roan antelope up at Nyika and huge pods of hippos in the Shire River. Currency. Malawi’s unit of currency is the Kwacha. Travelers Checks and US Dollars, are widely accepted. Climate. The dry months from April to October are best with daytime temperatures mid 60’s Fahrenheit; cooler on the plateau and warmer around the south Shire Valley. Language. While English is the official language, and is widely understood, a number of indigenous languages are also spoken. The most common is Chichewa – the language of the Chewa.

South West of Blantyre, in Southern Malawi. It is one of Malawi’s largest protected areas and covers an area of over 70,000ha. Majete is within the Miombo woodland eco-region and much of the higher lying areas in the west are dominated by Miombo/Brachystegia woodland. Mixed Combretum woodlands and mosaics of riparian forest can be found in the East of Majete.

Karonga Chilumba

In 1955 the reserve was proclaimed and has been under the management of the African Parks Network since 2003. African Parks is a not-for-profit organization that takes on total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and other protected areas, in public and private partnerships with African Governments. A variety of game is found in Majete, both big and small. Birding is typical of the Miombo woodland region with 250 species.

Mzuzu

Lake Malawi

Niassa NR

Kasungu

Location: Majete Wildlife Reserve.

MALAWI

Getting There: Small aircraft Lilongwe/Blantyre to Nchalo airstrip then short drive to Mkulumadzi or enjoy a scenic drive from Lilongwe or Blantyre.

Lilongwe

Highlights: Majete is a true wilderness, where every trip into the bush with our experienced guides will feel like an adventure.

Zomba Blantyre Luchenza

Mkulumadzi Lodge Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of two rivers. Perfect combination of splendid isolation and first-class facilities! The eight luxury chalets are tucked beneath the surrounding riverine forest. Each is with beautiful sunk-in bath and private viewing deck onto the river.

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Botswana

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rom the sands of the Kalahari Desert to the waters of the Okavango Delta and all the wildlife in between, this is a top African country to visit. Wild enough for the adventurer in you, but with a good range of accommodation, great cuisine, ice for your drinks in most safari camps and superb wildlife viewing, this is definitely a country to be explored by the first-time visitor to Africa.

Kalahari Get out to Makgadikgadi or Nxai salt pans and the northern part of the Kalahari Desert for stunning scenery and walk with Bushmen. November to January expect odd storms and showers but migratory birds are excellent and wild flowers superb. June and July is great for game but take the thermal underwear for cold mornings.

Okavango Delta Relax as you’re paddled by mokoro (wooden dug-out canoe) through reeded channels with clear sandy bottoms, frothy papyrus, tiny jewelcolored frongs, while fish eagels call and hippos splash. Wildlife is often seen and the birdlife is prolific.

Helpful Information - Botswana Getting Around. Maun (sounds like ‘town’) is the hub for all safaris.

Light aircraft flights connect you with all the camps from Maun or Kasane. There are great overland safaris if you have the time. Wildlife. Flat treeless salt-pans, scrubby low-growing vegetation and sandy ridges are found in the southern and central part of the country and are great areas, depending on the season, for brown hyena, large herds of zebra and springbok, beautiful gemsbok, wildflowers, San (Bushman) experiences and the sound of silence. In the north the Delta, waterholes and rivers entice magnificent birds and plentiful wildlife; from egrets to elephants and lions. Currency. The ‘Pula’, meaning ‘rain’, is the local currency. Use Pula for fuel and food but US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are well accepted for most travel services and as tips in safari camps. Climate. The ‘Wet’ season is from November to March and the ‘Dry’ season is from April to October. Winter mornings are cold in June and July, and October is the hottest month of the year. Language. Local language is Tswana but English spoken in all tourist areas.

Kasane

Chobe NP

Linyanti

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Great mix of water and wildlife, unspoilt, with excellent small safari camps. Good opportunity to see the endangered painted hunting dogs. Visit at any time of the year, all months have some special bird, insect, flower, tree or animal that is at its best or most prevalent then.

Okavango Maun Makgadikgadi Delta Pans NP Makgadikgadi Basin Ghanzi

Central Kalahari GR

Savute and Chobe Chobe National Park is home of the Elephants and offers amazing game viewing by 4x4 veichles and by boat where game visit the banks of the Chobe River to drink. Savute, a remote and wild corner of the Chobe National Park offers the greatest concentration of Lion.

Botswana

Kgalagadi Transfrontier NP

BOTSWANA GABORONE Kanye


Botswana

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5 Day Best of Botswana Fly-In Safari

A five day fly-in and lodge safari adventure taking you from Maun to Kasane including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Fly-in with luxury as you explore Botswana with Jenman African Safaris. Day 1: On arrival at Maun Airport you will be met and assisted onto your onward lightaircraft charter flight to Camp within the Okavango Delta. Day 2: Today is spent with activities offered by the camp. Game drives, mokoro and fishing excursions, as well as bush walks are on offer. Day 3-4: After a last morning activity and a hearty breakfast, you board your light aircraft and fly to Maun. From here, you take a scheduled airline flight to Kasane and transferred to your lodge. You have two game drives and one boat cruise included in your package. Day 5: Enjoy the morning before departing for your onward journey.

From $2,385 per person

Fish Eagle, Botswana

Botswana Untouched Mobile Safari

Explore Botswana’s finest National Parks during this safari. Start your tour by experiencing the Tuli Block, Khama Rhino Sanctuary and the Makgadikgadi Pans. See giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion and wildebeest in the Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai area from an open 4x4 vehicle. Discover the Okavango Delta in traditional dug-out canoes and enjoy the Chobe National Park’s wildlife on a boat cruise on the Chobe River. Day 1: Depart from Johannesburg to the Tuli Block. A game drive is included either in the evening of day one or the next morning. Day 2: Travel to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary and explore the sanctuary on an afternoon game drive in search of white rhinos. Day 3: Head north to Planet Baobab and stop at the Magkadigkadi Pans to have a closer look.

Day 4: Drive to Maun the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The afternoon can be spent at leisure. Day 5: Enjoy a mokoro excursion before transferring to the Khwai River for game drives. Day 6 & 7: Spend two nights in the Khwai area where days are spent on game drives in Khwai and Moremi. Day 8 & 9: Continue the trip to Chobe National Park. A morning game drive and an afternoon sunset cruise are included the next day. Day 10 & 11: Leave Botswana and enter Zimbabwe. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure. The following day includes a guided tour of Victoria Falls. Day 12: The safari ends today after breakfast. From $2,165 per person


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Botswana Mobile Safaris

This luxurious mobile Botswana all inclusive safari package gives insight into areas and wildlife that may not otherwise be seen on a typical fly-in safari. Chobe, Savute, Moremi, Okavango and Makgadikgadi regions are explored in supreme comfort with Desert and Delta Safaris. Days 1 & 2: Upon arrival at Livingstone or Victoria Falls airport, you will be welcomed by a Desert & Delta representative and transferred by road to the renowned Chobe Game Lodge. You will spend the first 2 nights here of your Botswana all inclusive safari package. Days 3 & 4: After an early breakfast, you will depart Chobe Game Lodge in your specially equipped safari Landrover, and head for the Savute region. A day is spent traveling through the park to Savute Safari Lodge.

Game Reserve. You cross the famous Khwai River Bridge at North Gate. Your specially adapted safari vehicle carries director’s chairs, a table and hammocks for a relaxing lunch stop en-route. Moremi Game Reserve is acclaimed for its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife. During the journey you will experience an extended game drive on the way to Camp Moremi in the Xaxanaka area (pronounced Kakanaka). It is here that you will spend 2 nights as part of your thrilling all inclusive Okavango Delta safari. Days 7 & 8: Your safari vehicle remains in camp while you depart by boat into the heart of the magnificent Okavango Delta. This pristine eco-system is characterized by winding waterways and tranquil lagoons. Nxaragha Island deep in the Delta is the setting for Camp Okavango, your home for the next 2 nights.

Depending on the time of year, your guide may take another less travelled route via the Nogatsaa area. Lunch is enjoyed at a stop en-route in the shade of a large tree. For the journey a variety of refreshments like water, fruit juices, beer and wine also local brand spirits are kept chilled in a fridge on-board the safari vehicle. You will arrive at Savute Safari Lodge in the afternoon for 2 nights.

Days 9 & 10: Before leaving the Delta enjoy a morning activity, followed by your scheduled charter flight over the Okavango to Leroo La Tau. This desert location is situated along the banks of the Boteti River on the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. It is here you will spend the last 2 nights.

Days 5 & 6: After and early start and breakfast, you depart Savute Safari Lodge and travel in a south westerly direction journeying through the Mababe depression and into Moremi

Day 11: Enjoy a last morning activity and breakfast at Leroo La Tau, before bidding farewell and transferring to Maun airport for your onward arrangements. From $6,636 per person

Rhino Reintroduction Fund Fly In Safari

With less than 40 rhinos left in Botswana’s national parks, this is an exceptional opportunity to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most imposing wildlife. The rhino is critically endangered in Botswana, and this exclusive package has been designed to raise awareness – and funds – for the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project. The four or six night packages includes two nights at Leroo La Tau, a luxury photographic safari lodge located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi National Park, which is home to almost ten per cent of the country’s white rhino. Guests can then enjoy two or four further nights at their choice of Desert & Delta Safaris’ other lodges: Camp Moremi, Camp Okavango, Xugana Island Lodge, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Game Lodge and Chobe Savanna Lodge.

The Botswana Rhino Packages are flexible in the context that two or three additional camps can be combined with Leroo La Tau. This makes for the perfect combinations of adding both the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and or Chobe National Park and in doing so, ensuring that the traveler assists in contribution to an environmental need for the destination. These packages are fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, local brand drinks, activities, national park fees, laundry service, airport taxes, inter camp scheduled charter flights, medical evacuation insurance and provide for a contribution towards the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project. Experience a fully inclusive fly-in safari whilst contributing to the area.

From $1,930 per person

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Zambezi Queen - Luxury African River Safari

Elephant Valley Lodge

Experience the thrill of an African safari from your own private suite aboard a luxurious 147 foot boat on Botswana and Namibia’s great Chobe River. Of the vessel’s three levels, the first boasts an air-conditioned lounge, the first and second levels contain the Ten Suites and Four Master Suites. On the third level is an entertainment deck with dining facilities, an open-plan lounge and bar. All areas are protected by mosquito screens, which allow for a comfortable environment for relaxing and dining. Two outside areas on the top deck include a shaded area with seating and a pool and sun bathing area. The top deck is also air-conditioned.

The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. Elephant Valley Lodge is in Kasane Forest, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park. 20 ‘meru styled’ tents are situated around well manicured lawns or along the edge of the valley. Elephants move around the camp boundary, along their well worn paths to and from the Chobe River. Each of the tents feature twin beds, en-suite shower and toilet, mini-safe and fan.

Enjoy meals prepared by skilled chefs; water-based game viewing on smaller boats enabling close-up viewing; land-based 4x4 game viewing, tiger fishing in season; bird watching and land-based cultural tours of local villages. A dedicated team of experienced staff will ensure a memorable experience for all.

Open guest areas, a secluded hide, refreshing swimming pool and the tents complete the lodge which lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorns. Within these tree tops, the largest colony of white back vultures occur. The lodge is unique for several reasons namely being situated within a game rich reserve affording the guests wonderful sightings between the open landrover safaris into the Chobe and boat cruises along the Chobe River.

Camp Kuzuma

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Camp Kuzuma is situated about a 45 minute road transfer from Kasane Airport in a South Westerly direction in Kazuma Forest Reserve. All our activities are land based and include drives, night drives and guided walks. Also on offer are other excursions in the Chobe National Park, on the Chobe River and to Victoria Falls.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.

The lodge has five double/ten twin beds suites, equipped with Victorian style, high-back baths, double inside shower, outside shower and his & hers basins. The main area consists of a fine dining area, a luxury lounge/library and a well equipped bar. All this overlooks a watering hole that is frequented by an abundance of wild life and in the evenings is floodlit for the night activity. The whole camp is under canvas and is elevated to minimize the carbon footprint, and which creates security from the wildlife which is free to roam the camp in access to the watering hole.

The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north. Each cottage has its own private garden where guests can sip cocktails after a day of game viewing, and also features a freestanding bath and indoor and outdoor shower. While at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, a visit to the spa is an absolute must. The fullservice spa offers a range of treatments and rituals of the highest quality to relax, restore and revitalize guests. Authentic African design has been integrated with, and inspired by, the abundance of nature that surrounds the lodge.


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Botswana

Chobe Game Lodge

Enjoy an authentic African safari at Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana’s iconic Chobe National Park. Located on the banks of the Chobe River, Green plus certified and newly renovated Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent game lodge within the boundaries of the park. Open vehicle game drives are conducted by Chobe Game lodge’s team of expert guides. Chobe National Park is home to the world’s largest concentration of elephants – said to number more than 100,000. Further inland are riverine woodlands and grassy plains, the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. The plains also feature the rare roan, sable, red lechwe and bushbuck antelopes and are frequented by giraffes, buffalos, zebras, lions, leopards, and a healthy population of the endangered African wild dog.

Mowana Safari Lodge

River cruises provide a different wildlife perspective. Elephant in their thousands line the river front, drinking, bathing, swimming and playing while huge crocodiles bask in the sunshine and hundred of hippos lie submerged in the cool waters. Bird watching in the Chobe is unparalleled with over 450 species many of which are regional specials including the Rock Pratincole, African Skimmer and Schalows Turaco. The majestic African Fish Eagle abounds and flocks of brightly colored bee-eaters nest along the river banks during the summer. The lodge has landscaped gardens, a swimming pool and terrace, gymnasium and spa, two bars and a pool table room, a star gazing deck and a riverbank boma where a Marimba band entertain guests under a mahogany canopy. Guests can marvel at Chobe’s spectacular sunsets and wildlife along the 153 yard long newly built raised boardwalk with viewing decks overlooking the Chobe River across to Namibia.

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Cresta Mowana - Safari Lodge is the ultimate luxury resort offering a parallel world of ultimate adventure combined with complete luxury. It is the ideal place to completely unwind and free yourself from the stress of the real world. This magnificent resort boasts tranquility with personalized African hospitality to suit your every need. Whatever it is that you are planning, Cresta Mowana - Safari Lodge will accommodate your every need.

Located in the Chobe Forest Reserve just two miles from the Chobe National Park (a region renowned for its outstanding wildlife, in particular the famous Chobe Elephants, and home to more than 75 mammal and 450 bird species), Ngoma Safari Lodge commands awe-inspiring views over the Chobe River and Caprivi Floodplain. The Lodge’s central area includes a well-appointed sitting room, dining room and bar area as well as a plunge pool. Your own private river-facing suite offers quiet refuge and is one of only eight luxuriously styled and spacious lodges, each complete with bath, indoor and outdoor showers and a private outdoor living area. Due to it’s location in the Chobe Forest Reserve the Lodge is able to offer game walks with a professional guide as well as night drives. Ngoma Safari Lodge, a joint community and privately funded project, is committed to making a sustainable difference to the local communities and their environment. Exotic Reed Frog

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Savute Safari Lodge

Travelers looking for an exceptional Botswana safari experience will be delighted with Savute Safari Lodge. Situated in the south west of the world-famous Chobe National Park, Savute Safari Lodge overlooks the Savute Channel, a fascinating river which began flowing again in late 2009 after a curious 28 year absence.

endangered African wild dog, plus leopards, cheetah and large herds of zebra, tsessebe and wildebeest. Savute is also well known for its incredible concentration of lions and its elephant herds, and the lodge is unique in featuring an established waterhole next to its viewing deck which attracts elephants – sometimes in their hundreds – day and night.

Activities introduce guests to the varied ecosystems that Chobe National Park’s 1,930 square miles Savute area encompasses. Experienced guides point out different environments, from the Savute Marsh – which has also recently welcomed the waters of the Savute Channel – to the waterlogged Maribou Pans and the rocky outcrops of the Gubatsa Hills with its ancient San rock paintings.

Guests can relax by the swimming pool, watching the animals as they make their way down to the Savute Channel. Other facilities include a lounge and cocktail bar, dining room, wildlife reference library and a stunning al fresco viewing deck which affords a superb panorama over the Savute Channel and the waterhole.

Wildlife at Savute is phenomenal: the area is home to the rare roan antelope, the

Savuti Camp

Accommodating a maximum of 24 guests, the spacious thatch and timber rooms feature open plan bedroom and lounge areas, and private wooden viewing decks.

DumaTau Camp

Accommodation comprises of seven large en-suite canvas-and-thatch rooms that are raised off the ground and face onto the Savute Channel. From the thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks towards the new waters that flow past the camp. Activities on offer are day and night game drives and nature walks with a guide (on request). Several elevated hides can also be visited in the area.

Kings Pool Camp

DumaTau is built under a grove of mangosteen trees overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon.It is located closet to the source of the Savute Channel in the western part of the Linyanti, which makes drives along the Savute Channel one of the highlights of a stay here.

Nine well-appointed rooms of canvas and thatch each have a large en-suite bedroom and lounge. Folding doors lead to a veranda with private plunge pool, separate thatched sala to soak up the views and an outdoor shower. The lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks, and there is a pool and an open-air ‘kgotla’ (boma) for evening dining under the stars. Activities include day and night game drives and boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing). Two hides allow guests to spend their siesta watching game come down to drink.

Accommodation is in ten tented rooms under thatch, with en-suite facilities including outdoor showers. The main areas include a dining room, bar (known as “The Dung Beetle”), lounge, open dining deck and plunge pool with a swing-bed sala. Activities allow guests to view game during day and night game drives, on short nature walks, and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti Marsh (levels permitting). There are also a number of platforms and hides near camp from which to view and photograph wildlife.


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Botswana

Camp Okavango

Enjoy a unique safari experience at Camp Okavango. Situated on the fringes of Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Okavango is completely surrounded by the waters of the Okavango Delta. Due to Camp Okavango’s remote island location, the majority of activities are water based. Mokoro trips are popular; guides pole traditional dug-out canoes through the shallow channels of the Okavango Delta, a tranquil activity which allows guests to experience a virtually untouched Africa. Guests may see elephants, giraffe, the rare sitatunga or other game at the waters’ edge, but much of the beauty of a Mokoro activity is in the detail: brightly-colored frogs no bigger than a thumbnail, clinging to the swaying reeds; kingfishers which hover, transfixed, before plunging into the water to grab a tiny silver fish; water lilies opening and closing in the sun.

Other activities include seasonal fishing, sundowners, and for the more adventurous, a bushwalk. Highly-experienced guides lead the bushwalk, ensuring the guests’ safety at all times. This is an opportunity to see big game; lion, elephant, buffalo and hippo are just some of the sights that can be seen while on foot. Guests can unwind in the surroundings of Camp Okavango; enjoy the unobtrusive bird viewing hide, relax beside the water feature on the open patio, or take a refreshing dip in the secluded swimming pool. Accommodating just 24 guests in complete privacy, East African-style safari tents are individually positioned on a teak platform, while the idyllic Okavango Suite is a thatched wooden cottage, perfect for honeymooners.

Camp Moremi

For the classic African safari experience, look no further than Camp Moremi in Botswana’s world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. In the heart of the Okavango Delta, Camp Moremi is situated on the edge of Xakanaxa Lagoon in an area well-known for its spectacular game viewing opportunities. Guest activities include game drives throughout Moremi Game Reserve’s many different ecosystems. Allow your guide to introduce you to a new world of wildlife; leopards curled up in the branches of mopane trees, elephants grazing under a canopy of green, or lions camouflaged in the long grass. Moremi Game Reserve’s incredible wetlands support a myriad of antelopes including impala, kudu and waterbuck, and provide shelter for hippos and crocodiles. Guests may even see white and black rhino; recently reintroduced to Moremi Game Reserve, these magnificent animals are thriving once more.

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Further explore Moremi Game Reserve by boat: Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels provide a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta with its kaleidoscope of birdlife. The majestic Fish Eagle and vivid Malachite Kingfisher are frequently seen, and even the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl makes an occasional appearance to the delight of guides and guests alike. Guests can enjoy the luxurious seclusion of African-style safari tents on individual, elevated teak decks. Accommodating just 22 guests, Camp Moremi ensures exclusivity and privacy in a tranquil environment. Relax at the swimming pool, marvel at spectacular sunsets from the lagoon-side viewing deck, or enjoy the wildlife reference library, dining room, lounge and cocktail bar.


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Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Duba Plains Camp

This intimate camp is gathered around a large sitting and dining area which affords magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. From the swimming pool, watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000.

Duba Plains Camp lies in the most remote reaches of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, in an area renowned for the endless conflict between prides of lions and the herds of buffalo which sustain them.

Each canvas tent at Sanctuary Stanley's boasts a traditional ceiling fan and is individually designed, but all have a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Large wooden decks provide private areas for guests to relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dinner in the spectacular dining mess. Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant's perspective, walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature's great masterpiece.

The camp is built on a large island and has access to islands, floodplains and marshes offering a unique diversity of experiences. Duba's real treat is its exclusivity and it is particularly suited to those who want to be in a truly remote reserve. Accommodation is made up of six roomy tents with an en-suite bathroom, an outside shower, and a veranda overlooking the floodplain. The thatch-roofed lounge, dining room and bar areas are raised on platforms along with a swimming pool, all providing beautiful views. A variety of activities include day and night game safaris in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by highly skilled rangers.

Sanctuary Chiefs Camp

Khwai Bedouin Camp

Sanctuary Chief's Camp is located on Chief's Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango. There are vast numbers of animals that congregate here, offering a great game viewing experience.

The Khwai Bedouin Camp is situated right next to the Khwai River, just outside the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. This one-of its kind camp offers you a truly African experience in the bush. Listen to the amazing sounds of the bush at night or watch one of the many elephants strolling around the camp at daylight. This camp is a true gem in the bush and facilities include offers a dining tent, with a tea and coffee making area as well as a bar.

The guest pavilions are hidden away in a jackalberry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. All have their own private decks and indoor and outdoor showers. Generously draped mosquito nets and traditional ceiling fans also feature. There is a communal decked living room with stunning views over the floodplains, while the dining area surrounds a fire pit on the very edge of the Piajio plains so that guests can continue their game viewing while enjoying fine cuisine and wines. Sanctuary Chief's has been designed with consideration for the environment - all trash is taken outside the park for responsible disposal and the whole camp can be removed without anyone knowing it was ever there.

With seven comfortable tents all with en-suite bathrooms with a toilet, shower and hand basin positioned privately under big Acacia trees guests can relax in the privacy and the authenticity of the area while enjoying the astounding Botswana bush. Each tent is equipped with twin beds, soft pillows and duvets and mosquito netting. There is plenty of room to unpack your suitcase and store your most needed items on shelves and hangers. Guests are able to partake in a number of activities such as game drives, nature walks, night drives and bird watching.


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Sanctuary Baines Camp

Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains is a luxury camp situated in the northern Okavango Delta, comprising two separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees and with a vista across the floodplains. Each suite has a large, comfortable bedroom, sunken lounge with cushions, sala, en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower, private deck and plunge pool. Vumbura Plains offers both land and water activities, 4x4, mokoro and boats providing an all-round experience.

Jao Camp

The five tented suites at Sanctuary Baines' are opulent and luxurious, with adjoining bathrooms, and four-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippos can often be spotted. There is a communal swimming pool, and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here. See prowling lions looking for prey at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or watch one of the many elephants who live in the area. Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant's perspective, walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature's great masterpiece.

Jao Camp is located on a large, remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has nine individually handcrafted luxurious tents, all include a lounge, dressing area and main bedroom, en-suite facilities with old-style fittings and an outdoor shower. The main area consists of a lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a small library, curio shop and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. Mokoro, boating, fishing, and day and night game drives are usually on offer all year round in one of the most picturesque concessions in the Delta.

Xigera Camp

Kwetsani Camp

Nestled in riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera has ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms, a clever mix of wood and canvas, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. All are built on wooden decks, offering views of a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area overlooking the permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. The camp is finished off with a plunge pool and curio shop. Highlights are poling on a mokoro and motorboat outings.

Kwetsani, one of the most remote camps in the Okavango, is situated on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees. Five beautifully furnished ‘treehouse’ chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower provide guests with open, airy accommodation of thatch, wood, glass and canvas. All are elevated and connected with wooden walkways. The main area includes a dining room and lounge area situated under a cool thatched roof. Guests can view wildlife by traditional mokoro or experience outstanding game drives by day and night.

Chitabe Camp

Mombo Camp

Chitabe is situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime location in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tents are built on elevated wooden decks, each with indoor as well as an outdoor shower. The central part of camp is made up of a thatched dining area, bar and lounge leading onto open decking, all built on raised decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides a cool sanctuary in the heat of the day. Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks and spectacular birding.

Mombo Camp, on Mombo Island just off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, is built under large shady trees and overlooks a wonderful floodplain teeming with wildlife. Accommodation comprises nine spacious tents raised off the ground, all built to maximize the vistas over the plains. The tent interiors are elegantly furnished with polished parquet floors, complete with an outdoor thatched sala. Bathrooms are en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers. Informative game drives explore the savannah and floodplain mosaics of Chief’s Island with prolific wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Deception Valley Lodge

Deception Valley Lodge is a pristine oasis deep in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and not far from the famous Okavango Delta. Experience the vastness of the Kalahari whilst enjoying abundant bird life, game viewing or star gazing by night. Boasting pure comfort and vibrant, rustic interiors, Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to sixteen people on a sharing basis. Set amidst the arid and remote Kalahari bush, the lodge and each of its units are raised upon stilts and connected by wooden walkways. Every attention has been given to detail to ensure not only a completely novel guest experience but also an environmentally pleasing haven consistent with its natural surroundings. The main complex incorporates a dining room, lounge and bar area. Views from the deck include the nearby watering hole – perfect for lazy game viewing. A small library lies in wait for the booklover whilst the curio shop makes for some retail therapy –

if so desired. By daylight, the swimming pool provides a cool refuge from the warm African sun whilst by nightfall the boma offers a social fireplace to warm oneself over a drink. Overall this lodge is a nonstop experience upon arrival. It is both informative, educative and relaxing. The San Bushmen, the magnificent game viewing and the complete seclusion from the busyness of everyday life – give it a refreshing and unique flavor. For the more private we also offer the exclusive Kalahari Manor House, complete with its own private guide, private chef and accommodating up to a maximum of four people. Another option is to spend a night in the wild, at a traditional San village, where you will have supper the way the San prepare their food. Accommodation for the night will be in a San hut. Light snacks in the morning before walking back to the main lodge where you will have a full Brunch at 10h30.

Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a place famed for its outstanding wildlife with vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators – including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions. This region also offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa. The camp, situated on an immense pan, comprises ten en-suite canvas units each with a sleep-out area from which to enjoy the night skies. The lounge and dining area has a separate swimming pool and deck. The camp is raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, and the innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside comfortable. Guided game drives unlock the wildlife treasures found here and San Bushman experiences provide insights into their unique culture. Male Ground Agama, Kalahari Desert


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Botswana

Jack's Camp

Camp Kalahari

Jack’s Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. An authentic, 1940’s style tented safari camp, which houses a private museum, shop, drinks tent and pool pavilion.

This family-friendly camp accepts children of all ages. It’s the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way, ideal for those wanting fun and adventure as well as comfort and style. You’ll find Camp Kalahari’s ten tents amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi saltpans. It’s simple, yet comfortable, with a traditionally built thatch library, living/dining area and swimming pool for those hot Kalahari days.

Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different to any other. Activities vary, combining wildlife with culture, history, archaeology and geology. Activities on offer all year round include: interacting with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen Guides, game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, Chapman’s Baobab - one of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, birding and night drives. Dry season activities (16th April - 31st October) Quad bike on the Saltpans Wet season activities (1st November - 15th April) The zebra and wildebeest migration

Activities on offer year round: Interact with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen Guides, game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, Chapman’s Baobab - of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, birding & night drives. Dry season activities (16th April - 31st October) Quad bike on the Saltpans Wet season activities (1st November - 15th April) The zebra and wildebeest migration

San Camp

Planet Baobab

San Camp, deep in the Kalahari, is one of the most romantic and intimate camps in Africa. Completely rebuilt in 2010, the camp’s classic six white tents stand majestically on the edge of the endless Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – each sheltered by a cluster of desert palms. The central dining tent houses a small library and natural history museum filled with fascinating artefacts from the area. There is also a yoga and meditation tent for guests wanting to enjoy the space and serenity of the area.

Situated close to the village of Gweta, 180 miles from Francistown, and 124 miles from Maun, Planet Baobab combines style with comfort while remaining true to its African inspiration. Accommodation provides different options at all price levels.

Activities on offer at San Camp include: interacting with incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, walking with Bushmen Guides, game drives to experience unique desert wildlife, Chapman’s Baobab - one of the oldest and biggest trees in Africa, bird watching, night drives and quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans. San Camp operates during the dry season, from 16th April to 31st October.

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Beautifully painted, traditionally styled, Kalanga Huts with en-suite bathrooms or the shady campsite. All ages are welcome! The Africantastic ‘shebeen’ style central mess features a tasty bar menu, and when it heats up, cool off in the biggest coolest pool in the Kalahari. Activities on offer all year: Guided bush walks, traditional cattle post and village visits, incredibly friendly habituated meerkats and historical baobabs. Dry season (25th April - 31st October) Quad biking on the Saltpans and a sleep out under the magnificent Makgadikgadi night sky Wet season (1st November - 24th April) The zebra and wildebeest migration


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Leroo La Tau

Guests looking for a superb Botswana safari experience will be enthralled by the charms of Leroo La Tau. Situated on the border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Leroo La Tau sits on cliffs overlooking the Boteti River, a once-dry river which began flowing again in late 2009 after two decades of unexplained drought. Guest activities include game drives through the stunning environment of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, home to the second largest zebra migration in the world. This concentration of zebras attracts numerous predators including leopards and lions. The park is also home to three white rhinos – two females which trekked over 155 miles south from the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve – and a bull rhino which was relocated in 2008 in the hope that the rhinos would breed.

Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert

The newly flowing river has brought relief to the resident pod of hippos, and is expected to attract breeding herds of elephants to add to the park’s sizable bull population. After game drives, guests can enjoy the beautiful swimming pool, or make their way down to the covered viewing hide to watch the animals as they drink from the banks of the Boteti River. Other facilities include a dining room, lounge and cocktail bar, wildlife reference library and boma. Leroo La Tau accommodates 24 guests in spacious thatched rooms which dot the cliffs along the Boteti River. Each room features a private wooden viewing deck with a 270 degree panorama of the Boteti River and the park.


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Namibia

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his is a country of arid landscapes, stark coastlines and massive sand dunes, and within these are pockets of exceptional beauty. The ancient lake-bed of Etosha National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, the coast line has shipwrecks, diamond mines and thousands of seals. Visit the south where sand dunes harbor an amazing ecosystem of creatures, or travel north to the home of the traditional Himba tribes.

Etosha In its center lies a vast white saltpan surrounded by grass and bush savannah, and with good graded roads and waterholes, wildlife viewing is excellent. This is a huge National Park and is home to an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, more than 2,000 elephants and over 20,000 of the iconic springbok.

Skeleton Coast An enormous colony of 100,000 seals has established itself at Cape Cross. Further north the Ugab River marks the start of the Skeleton Coast which runs up to the Angolan border. You need a permit to travel in this area and it's best explored with a fly-in safari.

Helpful Information - Namibia Getting Around. Roads are mostly excellent but distances from north

to south of the country are great. Very good place to hire a car or 4WD depending on where you wish to travel. There are charter flight companies and highly recommended are the small group air safaris. Wildlife. Etosha is excellent for viewing elephants, lions and rhinos. Visit the seal colony on the Skeleton Coast and look for jackals and brown hyaenas. Search for the desert-adapted elephants in the Namib Desert or flocks of flamingos near Walvis Bay. Currency. The Namibian Dollar is the local currency but the South African Rand is also used. Credit cards are widely accepted at lodges. Climate. April to June have warm days and cool nights. July to September offers beautiful days but cold nights in the deserts. November to February are very hot but with refreshing rain. Language. Although English is the official language you will frequently hear German, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Herero and the Khoisan (San) languages.

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Kaokoland Located in the far north-west, Kaokoland is a relatively untouched region and the home of the nomadic Himba pastoralists, who have kept their culture and traditions virtually unchanged through generations. Traveling through this region should only be done with an experienced guide and in off-road vehicles.

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Namib Desert

Sossusvlei The Sossusvlei, a highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular sand dues are more than 984 feet high and are the tallest in the world. Best visited by air to one of the superb lodges in the area.

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Sossusvlei

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10 Day Namibia Lodge Safari

An exploratory ten day lodge safari starting and ending in Windhoek, Namibia. This comfortable lodge safari takes you on wildlife game drives in the Etosha National Park, lets you explore the seldom visited western part of Etosha, takes you to Bushman paintings and inspires you to climb up the red dunes in Sossusvlei. After exploring the warm desert areas and the diverse game parks, you will relax in the comforts of your lodgings in the evenings.

Day 4: Your day is spent on game drives through the Etosha National Park, hopefully spotting some of the Big Five. Day 5: An exciting drive takes you to Khorixas. Stop at Petrified Forest and a chance to view ancient rock paintings. Day 6: Heading through the dry part of Namibia drive from Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund.

Day 1: Arrive in Namibia’s capital Windhoek and transfer to your accommodation. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 7: On the way to Sossusvlei stop at Solitaire for the famous Apple Crumble.

Day 2: Drive from Windhoek to Outjo, set between low hills on the brink of the Ugab valley. There is an option to visit a Cheetah Farm in the area.

Day 9: You head back to where your adventure started – Windhoek.

Day 3: Arrival at the world famous Etosha National Park.

Day 8: Today’s highlights are the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Day 10: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. From $4,045 per person

7 Day Distinctive Namibia

7 Day Best of Namibia

The focus of this itinerary is the amazing contrast to be found in this wonderful country the red dunes and pale pans of the Namib Desert, to the rocky outcrops and elephants of Damaraland and the oasis of the Kunene River surrounded by mountains and plains. Add to this the solitude, the desert-adapted wildlife, visiting the Himba people – one of the last true nomads in Africa - and the wide open spaces.

The Best of Namibia Circuit is a seven day fly-in safari through the best areas of Namibia; the Sossusvlei’s iconic red dunes, the rugged topography of Damaraland and the wildlife-filed Etosha National Park.

Day 1 & 2: Depart from Windhoek to spend two nights exploring Sossusvlei, while taking-in the splendor of the towering red dunes of the Namib Desert.

Day 1 & 2: Travel by light aircraft from Windhoek to Sossusvlei. Your base for the next 2 nights. Activities include early morning excursions in 4x4’s to see Sossusvlei’s magnificent dunes and the vlei itself. And exploring the desert’s flora and fauna and some game.

Day 3 & 4: Scenic three-hour flight over the Namib Desert for a different view of the desert and the Skeleton Coast’s spectacular topography, before deviating inland to northern Damaraland for two nights.

Day 3 & 4: Fly over the dunes of the Namib and Sossusvlei to Meob Bay on the Atlantic coast, and up the Skeleton Coast. Stop at Walvis Bay for a boat trip. From there head for Pelican Point, home of a large seal colony. Overnight at Damaraland.

Day 5 & 6: Fly by light aircraft to the vast Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north-west of Namibia for a two-nights in one of the most remote and surreal destinations in Africa.

Day 5 & 6: Fly by light aircraft from Damaraland to Etosha National Park, boasting great concentrations of game, especially in the dry winter months. Activities include game drives, bush walks and game viewing. Day 7: Windhoek Depart Ongava for your flight back to Windhoek.

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Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

Impalila Island Lodge

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa is nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Okavango River a few hundred feet from Popa Falls, fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru (Little Paradise). Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The lodge offers comfortable chalets, a bush bar, restaurant, swimming pool and a viewing deck overlooking the Okavango River. Activities include boat cruises to view hippo and crocodiles and game viewing trips to the Mahango Game Reserve.

Nestled close to the junction of four countries - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe - and near the meeting place of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, Impalila Island Lodge is a water-bound wonderland. With over 62 miles of waterways to traverse, Impalila lies a mere 49 miles upriver from the Victoria Falls. The lodge lies protectively beneath the branches of a 700 year-old Baobab tree. Eight luxury en-suite chalets all with river views echo the colors of Africa. An attentive team produces culinary art, and mealtimes become a ritual of their own. Our seductive rivers invite you to explore further. Encounter Africa's big game and birdlife by boat or challenge the legendary tigerfish on fly. Follow the island's footpaths for an intriguing village visit and learn of the medicinal uses of the indigenous plant life.

Baobab tree, Namibia

Chobe Savanna Lodge

Experience a unique Chobe hideaway at Chobe Savanna Lodge, situated on the peaceful Namibian banks of the Chobe River. Adjacent to the Chobe National Park, Chobe Savanna Lodge is set on a peninsula of Namibia’s eastern Caprivi Strip and is only accessible by boat from Kasane in Botswana (approximately one hour). Chobe Savanna Lodge’s riverside location ensures guests have a host of water-based activities to enjoy. Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants on earth and guests can see these amazing animals bathing, swimming and frolicking in the river right before their eyes. Large numbers of hippos and crocodiles line the river banks, and the area is home to vast numbers of Cape buffalo. Other water activities include catchand-release fishing for bream or tiger fish. Chobe Savanna Lodge’s riverside location ensures guests have a host of water-based safari activities to enjoy. Chobe Savanna

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Lodge’s location on the remote Western stretch of the river makes for an ideal location for professional or budding photographers, bird watchers or catch-and-release fishing for bream and tiger fish. To experience the Namibian culture, guests are invited to visit the nearby Kasika Primary School supported by Chobe Savanna Lodge and enjoy a bush walk to witness traditional Namibian village activities along the way. A memorable experience. Guests can enjoy the refreshing swimming pool, deck and al fresco gazebo, while an open boma area on the river bank is a beautiful outdoor dining location. The large main thatch and timber building houses the lounge, library, dining room, and a game viewing bar which boasts stunning 270 degree panoramic views over the Chobe River to Botswana. The 12 thatch and brick chalets are fully air-conditioned and feature en-suite bathrooms and a private deck with beautiful views of the wildlife which frequents the area.


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Windhoek Country Club Resort

The Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino

Whether you are looking for a relaxing family getaway or to host a business conference, the Windhoek Country Club Resort combines the best of all worlds. The resort boasts a unique combination of exceptional service, luxury accommodation and tranquil setting, which has ensured that it remains the final word in comfort and entertainment in Namibia.

At the Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino, luxury comes as standard as the sand in the desert. The Wellness Spa will pamper you with a wide range of treatments and massages, and the rooftop swimming pool will bring you even closer to the Sun Gods.

Windhoek Country Club Resort offers 151 rooms including a wheelchair-accessible room. For stylish comfort, try one of the Hollywood Twin rooms, for a more pampered experience, one of the Executive Suites is a lovely treat. The Luxury Suites, for the more discerning traveler, will more than satisfy any expectations of lavish luxury. For those wishing to experience the final word in comfort, convenience and indulgence, the Presidential Suites offer the ultimate experience in sumptuous living.

Villa Verdi Guesthouse

The Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino has a total of 173 rooms which are decorated to blend into their earthy surroundings. The color scheme is taken from the golden hues of the dunes and combined with the reddish tones of bushman paintings. The Casino is at the core of the Hotel and offers players unlimited casino pleasure in a relaxed yet stimulating environment. The sophisticated casino has 152 slot machines with a smart card system and all the benefits of the MVG rewards customer loyalty program. It also features four American Roulette tables, four Blackjack tables and two Poker tables.

Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve The Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve is a 10,000 ha wildlife sanctuary located in the south-western region of the Kalahari, along the upper reaches of the Auob river system of Namibia. The expanse of the reserve is characterized by lofty ancient parallel red dunes sparsely covered by unique vegetation.

Villa Verdi Guesthouse sets the standards for boutique accommodation in Windhoek. Unique décor and personal service are the hallmarks of this city oasis that welcomes visitors with warm Namibian smiles. Surround yourself with the inspiring Auas Mountains, martini views and the incredible natural treasures that characterize this region. Contained within lush, tropical gardens, Villa Verdi is a tranquil haven just ten minutes walking distance from the center of Windhoek. The cool central lounge, styled with comfortable African décor, is a meeting point for guests.

Grassy plains peppered with centuries old camelthorn trees commonly known as “dune streets” or valleys separate the dunes providing refuge for diverse animal and bird life indigenous to the Kalahari. Learn about our predator re-introduction program or take a walk in the Kalahari with a bushman tracker and learn his desert survival secrets and hear the history of the ancient san people. The stark splendor of this Kalahari thirst land will find a special place in your heart. Location: Kalahari Desert. Getting There: District Road – D1268. Highlights: Intu Afrika Game Drive, Guided Quad Bike Tours & Bushman Walk.

Christ Church in Windhoek, Namibia

Suricate Tented Kalahari Lodge Suricate Tented Kalahari Lodge is situated on a red sand dune overlooking a pan system that forms part of the upper Auob wetlands. It is here that one can experience all the romance, all the adventure of the early safari expeditions but with style.

Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa Zebra Lodge is set in a panorama of open grassy plain, acacia woodlands and red sand dunes. A luxurious establishment, the cool interior reflects casual comfort. This unique lodge can accommodate 26 guests in twin bedded rooms connected to the main lodge building.


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Namibia

Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre

Kulala Desert Lodge

From the rugged, desolate beauty of the Namib Desert, to the historical grace of its buildings, a visit to the Skeleton Coast is a unique experience. The Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre is no exception. Built in and around the old German Station Building, this charming hotel strikes the perfect balance between architectural beauty and first-world class.

Hidden at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains makes it the most spectacular.

All 89 rooms are bright and spacious, decorated in a Victorian style, and most have a pleasant view of the pool terrace. All rooms have mini-bars, individual air-conditioning, TVs, tea & coffee making facilities, bathrooms with bath, shower and toilet, direct-dialling telephones, electric razor plugs (100/200V), and hair-dryers. Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre features the Mermaid Casino, which boasts a variety of games including American Roulette, Stud Poker, Blackjack, slot machines and the latest interactive video slot machines. The Mermaid Casino also has a tempting snack menu as well as a full bar service.

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

The camp comprises thatched and canvas “kulalas” with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the stars. The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking a waterhole. Activities impress guests with the overwhelming magnitude, solitude and tranquility of the desert and include private tours to Sossusvlei, horse riding, hot air ballooning, scenic nature walks, eco-sensitive guided quad-biking and drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna.

Little Kulala

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa is a harmonious blend of luxury and nature with each room offering a spectacular view of the Namib Desert. A highlight at the lodge is our wellness center which is specialized in massages, pedicures, manicures, aroma massages and de-stress treatments. In the large courtyard guests can retreat at the swimming pool sheltered from the desert in an oasis of palm trees. We offer quad bike tours, nature drives on our private domain and nature drives to Sossusvlei, scenic flights and hot-air ballooning.

Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia

This acclaimed desert retreat is situated amongst camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The 11 climate-controlled, thatched villas merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures and innovative bleached decks each with a private plunge pool. Each villa has a rooftop ‘skybed’ for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Varied activities aim at acquainting guests with the splendor, solitude and stark beauty of the Namib Desert, with excursions to Sossusvlei, and nature drives and walks providing awe-inspiring views of desert-adapted wildlife and plants. A balloon safari at extra cost offers a unique experience soaring silently above the desert, while quad biking takes place down below.

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Skeleton Coast Camp

Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Ten large en-suite, adobe-style thatched units are raised off the ground, each with a walk-in dressing area and a large deck on which to sit and contemplate the desert. Activities include nature drives and walks during which guests can see species such as desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, kudu and springbok, and black rhino as well as rare succulent plants.

Serra Cafema

Skeleton Coast Camp calls to the intrepid explorer seeking the most remote experiences nestled in one of the planet’s most inhospitable yet hauntingly beautiful places in Namibia. It is a wild, desolate environment, yet it supports a host of incredible adapted wildlife – from enormous colonies of Cape Sea fur seals, to the ancient welwitschia plant.

Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. The camp has eight unique canvas and thatched chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The dining room and pool look out over the Kunene River. Activities here are varied, including boating (seasonal), walking, viewing breathtaking landscapes, as well as carefully guided quad-bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes.

Activities at Skeleton Coast revolve around the exploration of this unique environment in 4x4 nature drives and walks as many parts of this pristine setting is accessible by foot only as well as Himba cultural excursions. Guests can see desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok, giraffe, ostrich, brown hyena and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. The terrain is rugged and harsh, hence this camp is enjoyed by those who are looking for a true wilderness experience in one of the most spectacular settings in Africa.

Doro Nawas Camp

Ongava Game Reserve Ongava is one of the largest private reserves in Namibia, covering over 125 square miles, yet taking great pride in keeping the experience ‘small and personal’. Visitor numbers are restricted, providing a level of service and a safari experience, which is unmatched. Ongava’s topography is beautiful - mopane woodland interspersed with dolomite outcrops and commands magnificent views of the African plains. At Ongava you quickly become part of a small yet closely-knit family thanks to the dedicated staff. Informative guides ensure a wonderful interpretative experience on the Reserve itself. Ongava’s proximity to Etosha National Park makes it ideal for exploring Namibia’s premier wildlife destination. Accommation offerings on the reserve vary from Little Ongava, arguably Namibia’s most exclusive and luxurious lodge to Andersson’s Camp, a more affordable option.

Location: Ongava Game Reserve, bordering Etosha National Park. Getting There: Access is either by air to our own private airstrip, or by sedan for self-drive tourists. Highlights: Ongava Research Centre, tracking white rhino on foot, good chance of seeing both black and white rhino, lion, black-faced impala and endemic birdlife.

Ongava Lodge Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock and thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day.

Ongava Tented Camp Eight large comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandas; the family unit sleeps four. The main area, built of stone, canvas and thatch, fronts onto a much-frequented waterhole. Relax in the swimming pool and watch the wildlife that comes to drink at the water below.

Doro Nawas rests on the slopes of a small hill on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area. Guests are housed in 16 natural walled units. Each unit consists of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom and veranda for stargazing or sleep-outs. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, a residential pool area and a small curio shop. The camp provides an excellent base for exploring the local area in game drive vehicles or on foot, combining a luxury safari experience with economic empowerment for the local community. Guests can also view prehistoric rock engravings at Twyfelfontien. This is a prime area to view unique desert-adapted elephant. Doro Nawas Camp is a joint venture between Wilderness, the Doro Nawas community and a Namibian empowerment company.


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Mozambique

M

aking its return on to the international scene, Mozambique has a tropical coastline and an archipelago of islands to explore. There are gorgeous white sandy beaches, azure warm waters, coral reefs with prolific marine life including whales, dolphins, the rare dugong and turtles, and friendly people. Excellent lodges provide accommodation, fresh seafood and facilities for diving and fishing. Inland Niassa National Reserve offers remote wildlife viewing.

Bazaruto Archipelago Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque and Santa Carolina are reached by flights from Johannesburg to Vilanculos then short island flights. White sandy beaches with palm trees and sunset dhow cruises are ideal for honeymooners. Activities include fishing, snorkeling and diving. Go cruising to look for dolphins, dugongs, humpback whales and turtles.

Niassa National Reserve A remote and undiscovered 16,216 square mile expanse of wilderness in the north of the country and accessible during the dry season from June to mid December. It is a birders’ paradise and wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and zebra abound. Best suited to adventurous visitors.

Helpful Information - Mozambique Getting Around. International flights arrive into Maputo and Beira

from South Africa, whilst domestic airlines service Pemba and Vilanculos, and charters are available. It is not recommended to hire a car. Wildlife. There is limited wildlife but along the coast it is the coral reefs with colorful fish, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugong that are the stars. Currency. Local currency is the Metical but Rand and US Dollars are accepted in tourist areas as are credit cards and travelers checks. Climate. The climate, influenced by monsoons from the Indian Ocean and the hot current from the Mozambique Channel, is generally tropical and humid. The rainy season is from October to April. Language. The official language is Portuguese and in tourist areas people speak some English. In rural areas you may hear one of the other 42 languages spoken.

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Pemba

Quirimba Archipelago

Maputo Formerly known as Lourenco Marques, Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and is a working port city. There is a great choice of hotels and excellent restaurants serving freshly caught seafood cuisine or the famous spicy Portuguese piri piri chicken. Take a day trip to Inhaca Island for diving and snorkeling.

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Bazaruto Archipelago

Quirimba Archipelago Fly into the port city of Pemba then it’s a short hop to the islands. The Archipelago is a necklace of 32 coral islands with a range of beachside accommodation and activities. This unspoilt marine sanctuary includes some of the richest coral reefs in the world with an array of colorful sealife.

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Dugong Beach Lodge

Azura on Benguerra Island

Discover the tranquility and unspoiled paradise of Dugong Beach Lodge situated within the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the spectacular San Sabastião peninsula in Mozambique.

Azura on Benguerra Island in Mozambique is the country’s first luxury eco-boutique retreat and operated in partnership with the local community. Guests can feel totally at ease with the deserted beaches of pure white sand, sparkling turquoise seas and swaying palm trees. The 16 villas are just footsteps from the beach and each has its own plunge pool and relaxation area. Guests can lounge around on their private day beds, dine on their very own deck and sip champagne in their beachside Sala.

This diverse eco-system of wilderness and wetland, with its power-white beaches and crystal clear water is host to a magnificent array of beautiful creatures such as the leatherback turtle, dolphin, flamingos, pelicans and most importantly, it is one of the few sites in the world where the near-extinct Dugong (which resembles a sea lion) is found. The Lodge offers 14 comfortable, air-conditioned chalets, with direct access to the beach via individual walkways. Each chalet has a private deck and access to a sala furnished with day beds for relaxation or where private dinners can be enjoyed.

The sea around Azura offers magnificent scuba diving or snorkeling and a chance to see the rare and protected dugong as well as dolphin, whales and turtles. Azura also provides some of the world’s best fishing for marlin, sailfish and tuna and provides fully equipped fishing boats with local guides. On land, deserted island picnics, village visits and land rover island tours can be organized.

Benguerra Lodge

Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa

A unique African, Island paradise washed by the warm, turquoise waters of the Moçambique channel. A small, intimate lodge offering personalized service and barefoot luxury. The beautiful Casitas, with wide wooden decks, breathtaking sea views and private plunge pools set the backdrop for a perfect holiday. Enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving on pristine coral reefs, experience world-class fishing, horse riding or picnic in seclusion. Benguerra works closely with the local community to conserve and protect the pristine marine environment.

Benguerra beach, Mozambique

Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite sub-tropical destination, offering visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday, as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding area. With its understated luxury, Indigo Bay’s elegant design makes the most of a superb location on the shores of Bazaruto. Surrounded by palm trees and a turquoise sea, the accommodation consists of 30 Beach Chalets and 14 Luxury Villas. All the chalets, villas and guest areas are made of natural materials that blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Restaurants specialising in seafood, and characterful bars with original walls dating back to the early Portuguese traders, provide the focus of Indigo Bay's living areas. A host of fun activities are available and, for those simply wanting to relax; one can laze around the beautiful swimming pools, drink cocktails at the ‘wet bar’ or experience a range of pampering treatments at the luxurious Sanctuary Spa, to revitalise the weariest of souls.


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Azura at Quilalea Private Island

Medjumbe Private Island

Azura at Quilalea is a hidden gem, a private, wholly uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. The island has statuesque age old baobab groves and stunning flora and fauna, with turtles nesting each year on one of the beaches.

True hedonistic pleasure awaits you at the romantic and exclusive island getaway of Medjumbe. Set like a jewel within the glittering Quirimbas Archipelago, Medjumbe is a small private island only half a mile long and 1,640 feet wide. The ultimate tropical island idyll, Medjumbe’s 13 beach chalets blend into the natural environment and front onto dazzlingly white sands and a translucent sea. Each thatched chalet offers air-conditioned luxury and a private plunge pool, whilst a hammock ensures essential respite. Guest facilities are exclusive and subtle, designed to provide the privacy that guests are seeking, whether lounging around the pool, sipping cocktails in the tropical bar area, or relaxing in the loft with mesmerizing views.

Azura at Quilalea is an Eco-Boutique Retreat and consists of only nine seafront villas, accommodating 18 guests. The villas are built from natural coral stone and makuti thatch, and have all been revamped to increase comfort with natural finishings, indoor/ outdoor showers, private decks stretching out to the beach, daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing. This is paradise for lovers of marine life and offers snorkeling and scuba diving straight off the beach in front of your villa. Kayaking, deep sea fishing, African spa experiences, exclusive picnics and beach dinners can be organized and all guests receive Azura’s trademark Mozambican Butler/Host service.

Medjumbe’s pristine marine environment offers some of the finest diving in the world with untouched coral reefs and an astounding diversity of marine species found in the crystal clear, warm waters. Guests can also delight in fishing, snorkeling, skiing, kayaking or simply exploring unspoilt beaches.

Lugenda Wilderness Camp

Matemo Island

Nestled along the eastern bank of the Lugenda River, lies an African bush haven Lugenda Wilderness Camp. Located in the Niassa Reserve, bordering Tanzania in northern Mozambique, the Reserve is an untouched and undiscovered 16,216 square miles expanse of wilderness. Intimate and understated, Lugenda offers eight luxury tents, situated 134 feet from the banks of the Lugenda River beneath towering fig trees - each with its own patio deck and panoramic views. The tents blend beautifully into the natural surrounds and offer every modern comfort.

A magical destination, with pristine beaches enveloped by an azure sea, offset by the distinctive silhouette of thousands of palm trees, Matemo Island offers an unhurried and carefree escape. Each of the thatched chalets is situated within feet of the beach; offering en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and a veranda complete with hammock for watching the world go by.

While our qualified and fascinating guides reveal the wonders of an undiscovered region and a birder’s paradise; the stylish tents, shady guest areas and views over the river, will keep you comfortably ensconced in camp for hours. A safari to this area is a journey of discovery to an emerging photographic safari destination. For those with a passion for exclusivity and the African bush, Lugenda offers a unique and remarkable wilderness experience.

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Fresh, seafood-oriented meals are served in the dining area, at the poolside or on the sand with the sea lapping gently nearby. Guests will find themselves unwinding at the swimming pool or bar with their sweeping views over the ocean. A range of spa treatments is also on offer for the ultimate in relaxation. A world of activity is open to those who wish to explore Matemo’s natural treasures with spectacular diving, snorkeling and fishing, as well as a visit to neighboring Ibo Island, which provides a cultural feast with its rich and, sometimes, dark Portuguese and Arab slave trading history.


Kenya

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enya is vibrant, colorful and bustling. Explore the regions of Samburu, Meru and Laikipia home of the Samburu tribes and wildlife like the gerenuk. Fly to the Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha, Nakuru or Bogoria for flamingos, pods of hippos and amazing birdlife. Amboseli offers elephant herds with snow-topped Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. End with the famous Masai Mara, home to the Maasai people, and a migration of over two million wildebeest and other animals.

Samburu, Laikipia The drier central area of the country known for the Samburu people and their culture, especially their colorful dances and clothing. This area has excellent safari lodges with wildlife, especially the species unique to the region such as Grevy’s zebra, the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and the Beissa oryx.

Rift Valley Lakes & The Coast Visit Lake Nakuru or Bogoria for the shimmer of pink around the edges that are thousands of flamingos. Lake Naivasha is wonderful for birds and wildlife. Visit the island of Lamu off the coast for sandy beaches, barefoot luxury accommodation, fresh seafood, diving and the Arabic influence on the history and architecture.

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Helpful Information - Kenya Getting Around. As the country is so diverse the best way to get

around is by scheduled light aircraft flights, or in our specially modified safari vehicles with a driver/guide on a private or escorted basis. Wildlife. Kenya is the land of 'Out of Africa' - scenes of sodaencrusted Rift Valley Lakes rimmed with pink flamingos, scrubby desert terrain with Samburu tribesmen and their camels, and for the epitome of those TV documentaries, don't miss the flat open grasslands of the Masai Mara, home to a huge variety of wildlife. Currency. The Kenyan Shilling is the local currency and is good for buying handicrafts. US Dollars and credit cards are accepted in lodges and some bigger souvenir shops. Climate. True Equatorial climate but it can be cool at higher altitudes. The rainy seasons are April and May and then November. Language. Swahili is the main language but English is spoken, to varying degrees, unless you really get off the beaten track.

Amboseli

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As the snows of Kilimanjaro melt they run down into a huge swamp which is the life-blood of Amboseli National Park. Here the elephants are well known by researchers and offer visitors the chance for spectacular photos with the mountain as a backdrop.

Laikipia

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Masai Mara Famous for its rolling savanna and the annual migration of millions and the predators that follow it. Outside this phenomenon there are many resident wildlife species that make the Mara their home all year-round. There is a wide range of accommodation here and often the chance to experience a visit into a Maasai village.

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Shompole Conservancy Amboseli NP Tsavo NP

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7 Day Kenya Escapes

Day 1: Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your Hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Day 2: After breakfast you depart Nairobi and head north. Soon you'll be at Nyeri, one of Kenya's major towns and provincial headquarters and then on to the Aberdare Country Club. Here you’ll enjoy a bounteous buffet lunch amidst the beautiful gardens before you are transferred to your night's destination tucked away in the Aberdares National Park. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 4: Full day at leisure, enjoy some of the activities available at the hotel. Day 5: After breakfast, you are transferred to Nanyuki Airport for your scheduled Air Kenya flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival you will be met by a guide from the camp for your first game drive, before arriving at camp for lunch. Following an afternoon siesta, there is another game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets. Enjoy the next two nights at the Mara Safari Club. Day 6: Early morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 3: After breakfast drive to Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club for lunch. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7: Following breakfast you return to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. From $2,620 per person

8 Day Kenya Horizons

Day 1: Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to The Sarova Stanley hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Day 2: Heading north after an early breakfast, you'll pass near Thika and continue north through some breath-taking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea & coffee. After Nanyuki town, you'll continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it's a fairly short hop to Shaba, arrival at the lodge in time for lunch and then depart for an afternoon game drive arriving back at the lodge as the sunsets. Day 3: Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Then for the remainder of the morning, one is able to relax by the pool or terrace, overlooking the river. After lunch there will be another game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Day 4: Leave after breakfast and drive south and into the forests of the Aberdare Mountain range arriving at Mountain Lodge for lunch. This is a tree lodge set in a forest glade with a waterhole that attracts all sorts of wildlife during the day and night. The waterhole is floodlit and there is an underground viewing platform. Day 5: An early morning start takes you North West as you head for Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237 foot cascade. Now travel in a southerly direction to

your next destination, the spectacular Lake Nakuru. This is often colored a shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. Once in the park, there will be a game drive en route to the lodge. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Day 6: After an early morning breakfast leave the flamingo fringed Lake Nakuru behind and head for Njoro town, where you begin your ascent up over the top of the Mau Escarpment. Then, heading due south, travel towards Narok, the gateway to the Maasai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. You'll travel across the "breadbasket" of Kenya, covered with hectares of wheat and barley, before you reach the Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Day 7: Early morning and afternoon game drives. Day 8: After breakfast you’ll depart the Masai Mara and head across hectares of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. From here cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley whilst keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle before heading up the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners during World War II. You’ll arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital around midday. From $2,130 per person

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Fairmont The Norfolk

Sarova Stanley

Nairobi, Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital, epitomizes urban Africa and is one of the fastest growing cities on the continent. Occupying a unique place in the history of both Kenya and Nairobi is Fairmont The Norfolk. A renowned landmark since opening its doors in 1904, this celebrated hotel has welcomed royalty, statesmen and stars alike.

As Kenya’s first Luxury Hotel, Sarova Stanley has always occupied a special place in Nairobi’s heart. From the day it opened its doors in 1902, it has been making history by hosting royal Safaris, groundbreaking business events and a long line of legendary personalities. From the grandeur of the presidential suite, the charm of the Lamu and Karen Blixen suites, to the chic and sophistication of the club rooms or the contemporary functionality of the deluxe rooms, Sarova Stanley has a fine range of accommodation to choose from.

Today, the hotel continues to provide a sophisticated respite from the bustle of the downtown business district and is Nairobi’s finest and most famous hotel. Whether passing through on business, or at the start or end of a Kenyan safari adventure, Fairmont The Norfolk is a peaceful haven for all guests. From the spacious rooms and suites set around tranquil courtyards, to relaxed terrace dining and the famed lobby bar—a permanent fixture on the Nairobi social scene—the hotel offers an elegant range of comforts and facilities. Fairmont The Norfolk is a secluded gem in the heart of Nairobi.

An eclectic mix of dining and entertainment options is on offer. One can enjoy the legendary Thorn Tree Café or the casual atmosphere at the Pool deck restaurant. Thai Chi restaurant is reputed to be the finest in Thai cuisine within the region. The Exchange Bar is an elegantly decadent, plush lounge bar. A heated swimming pool and state-of-the-art health club and gymnasium take pride of place in the hotel’s inventory.

House of Waine

House of Waine is an 11 bedroom property on over one hectare that blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern Africa in an exclusive and serene setting. House of Waines' aim is to provide guests with an experience that exceeds all their expectations of city hotels and is punctuated by personalized, friendly and excellent service and cuisine in beautiful surroundings. Located in the peace and quiet of Karen, House of Waine still retains much of the charm of a family home. Guests are assured of a relaxed and informal atmosphere where they can be free to do as much or as little as they like. Upon entering the gates you will be transported to another place, one with a gentler, quieter pace, a private retreat where the only noise you will usually hear will be the sound of the local bird life.

That is not to say though that the House is lacking in the amenities present in any city hotel. Guests can still find a complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar in each room as well as direct dial telephones, TVs with satellite and local channels, tea & coffee making facilities, fresh flowers and cookies that are delivered daily to the room. As a family home where no two rooms are alike, House of Waine rooms are individually styled and are named to reflect their central design theme or feature.


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Tortillis Camp

ol Donyo Lodge

Amboseli is best known for its unrivaled views of Mount Kilimanjaro and its large elephant population. There are over 1,000 elephants in the park’s ecosystem, featuring some of the largest in Africa. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli's precious areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland.

ol Donyo Lodge [previously Ol Donyo Wuas] is located on 111,288 hectares of private wilderness in the Chyulu Hills and bordering the Amboseli region of southern Kenya. With views across the wildlife dotted savannas toward snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, its location is unrivaled. Eight of the ten suites have private swimming pools in addition to the lodge’s main pool. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers. Guests may choose to sleep under the African star speckled night sky on a private rooftop terrace and “skybed”.

The Camp boasts the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, and the World’s highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the National Park, as well as within Tortilis Camp’s private 12,140 hectare game concession. Tortilis Camp tents are beautifully furnished, with spacious en-suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, and of course - magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.

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An abundance of activities are offered, including morning, late afternoon and evening game safaris in 4x4 Land-cruisers, guided wildlife walks, guided mountain bike safaris, morning and afternoon horse safaris, wildlife tracking with bloodhounds, bush breakfasts, sitting at the “log-pile” hide at the lodge’s waterhole, authentic Maasai village cultural visits, in-room massages and The Big Five without the crowds and mini-buses!


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Masai Mara The Masai Mara eco-system is divided into various regions that reflect different conservation areas and viewing fee jurisdictions. Much conservation work has been done in the whole area, with the creation of management plans to restrict development, and to standardize income distribution and eco-system management. Guests at Cottars have exclusive access to a 8,900 hectare concession area - Olderikesi - bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo Reserves. Elephant Pepper Camp is a small and exclusive camp located away from any other lodges, in the middle of the protected Mara North Conservancy. Guests at Elephant Pepper Camp enjoy the double benefit of having the sweeping Masai Mara National Reserve on their doorstep, but also the freedom of being in the MNC wilderness area (with fewer tourists, and more freedom to do alternative activities such as guided bush walks and evening game drives). Built on the edge of the last remaining forest in the Masai Mara, Saruni is an exceedingly intimate and sophisticated lodge. Its position, high up in the hills above the Mara plains affords guests an eagle-eye view of the Masai Mara and a taste of two distinct environments every day.

Location: The Mara is one of Kenya’s most well-known areas, bordering the Serengeti. Getting There: There are numerous daily scheduled flights to various parts of the Masai Mara. Private charters are also a popular option. Highlights: One of the Masai Mara’s most notorious highlights is the great migration, which takes place between July and November each year.

Elephant Pepper Camp Small and exclusive, Elephant Pepper Camp is located in the heart of the African bush. The eight spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring en-suite bathrooms with ecofriendly flush toilets and traditional safari showers. This camp brings people back to nature - no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of true Africa.

Cottars 1920 Safari Camp

Saruni

Extending an era of luxury and quality, Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp returns to the original spirit and essence of 'safari', reminiscent of a golden era - an era of romance, adventure and elegance. The camp accommodates up to 22 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished with original safari antiques from the 1920s.

Saruni offers an African adventure experienced in harmony with the Masai, coupled with style and comfort. Each of the six cottages features a large veranda, where one can enjoy a unique view of the Mara plains and watch wildlife drinking at the nearby waterhole. Saruni also features a spa.

Governors' Camps - Masai Mara Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 646 square miles of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and birdviewing not only in Kenya but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling and the sense of space overwhelming. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a Kaleidoscope of color and life. A highlight for some is the annual wildebeest migration, considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Staying at Governors’ Camps puts you right in the heart of the action, closer than anyone else to its incredible sights and sounds. Guests benefit from the strong bonds shared with the community neighbors over the last 40 years.

Location: In the heart of the Best Wildlife viewing areas of Kenya. Getting There: Governors’ Camp Kenya properties are accessible by scheduled services or private charters into their private airstrips, within a ten minute drive. Highlights: Clients benefit from the incredible location, style of properties and commitment to service excellence.

Governors' Camp

Governors' IL Moran Camp

Africa’s first luxury tented safari camp, created in 1972, nestling along the banks of the Mara River, a site that was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial Governors. A traditional atmosphere in which today’s traveler can share the same elemental landscape that inspired Hemingway and magnetised adventurers the world over.

For those who want that extra bit of luxury, with just ten tents hidden in the shadow of ancient trees along the banks of the Mara River. Tented suites with hand carved beds from specially selected wood from fallen, ancient olive trees, private verandas and Victorian baths.

Little Governors' Camp

Governors’ Balloon Safaris

Intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest and then Little Governors’ Camp casts its spell over all who visit from honeymooners to Presidents.

The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the balloon rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you’re on a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective - silence as you float above the plains and toasting your return to earth with a champagne breakfast.


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Richard's Camp

Sanctuary Olonana

Positioned on the edge of a forest overlooking the open plains of the Masai Mara, Richard’s Camp is a secluded and intimate tented camp. There are eight spacious tents furnished in a comfortable safari style with 24-hour solar lighting and en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilets. After a day of unrivaled game viewing with the camp’s exceptional guides, enjoy hot showers and cocktails around the open camp fire, followed by a delicious three course dinner under a canopy of stars.

An award-winning tented camp on a private stretch of the Mara River, at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment close to where the famous last scene from "Out of Africa" was filmed. This small and exclusive camp, the first of Sanctuary's luxury safari properties, was built along sustainable lines which, along with our innovative wetlands and tree-planting projects, have earned Sanctuary Olonana a silver award from Ecotourism Kenya.

The Masai Mara offers wonderful scenery and an amazing abundance of wildlife in a wilderness area of about 583 square miles that forms the northern tip of the 10,424 square miles Serengeti/Mara ecosystem, where wild animals still roam freely and can be seen in vast numbers. Every year it hosts what is recognized as the greatest wildlife show on earth, 'the migration', which takes place between July and October. Over a million wildebeest and two hundred thousand zebra pass through on their endless journey, following the rains in search of grass.

The fourteen canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious with four-poster beds and private verandas overlooking the river while the main dining room and veranda command views over a dramatic stretch of the Mara River. See, and hear, the family of noisy hippos who colonise the banks below the camp. Experience firsthand the sheer scale of the annual wildebeest migration across East Africa. The camp has a library, a pool and mini-spa where guests can experience traditional African remedies alongside French marine therapies from Thalgo.

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Mara Plains Camp

Sarova Mara Game camp, a luxurious tented accommodation offers the adventure of a legendary Kenyan Safari without compromising on comfort. The camp has 75 tents comprising 51 Standard Tents, 20 Club Tents and two family units. The tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms and a deck for outdoor seating. The expansive Club Tents offer luxury quality furnishings and fittings. Guests have a private balcony with views of the game reserve and a magnificent fish pond. The Isokon restaurant features international buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner with specialty live cooking daily. An amazing range of bush dining options are available and are a must at least once during your stay. Enjoy live guitar music, sundowners and post dinner entertainment at the Bar whilst sitting around a log fire. The tented lodge offers a range of animation and recreational facilities. Choose from swimming, Tulia Wellness massages, putting green, Kayaking, Catch and Release fishing, archery or a soccer or volleyball game with the hotel staff.

Mara Plains Camp, in the Masai Mara’s Olare Orok Conservancy is situated immediately north of and adjacent to the Masai Mara.

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This six-room luxury camp under canvas offers amazing views stretching over the savanna and is surrounded by the territories of a number of prides of lion. Leopard and cheetah have also established territories in the area. The Olare Orok Conservancy has become a magnet for big cats offering a premium wildlife experience, with a strict minimum density of at least 283 hectares per tent with a total absence of mini-buses. Nature walks and night game drives, activities which are not possible in the Masai Mara Reserve are additional activities offered at Mara Plains. Easy access to the Mara River to observe the great wildebeest and zebra migration allows guests to experience the best of both worlds; the magnificence of the Mara combined with the exclusivity of a private conservancy.


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Samburu and Shaba Samburu consists of Buffalo Springs, Samburu National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve. There are many remarkable hills and mountains in the long stretches north of Mount Kenya – the Samburu Hills are a feature of Shaba’s landscape, and sacred Ol Lolokwe is close to Saruni Samburu. These hills and mountains provide different vegetation so there is a rich mix of animals to see on their flanks and migrating between them – from caracal in the drylands to melanistic genet cats on the hillsides. Joy’s Camp is set in Shaba, one of Kenya’s most exclusive game reserves. Just to the east of the more famous Samburu this arid and exciting park is bisected by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which attracts game from all over the North to the area. Saruni Samburu is a groundbreaking lodge in the Northern Frontier District, bordering Samburu National Park. Set on a vast conservancy, the lodge works closely with the local people who own the land to conserve the area and its denizens. Saruni Samburu overlooks rolling forested hills towards Mount Kenya 62 miles away – it’s a view you will find hard to forget. Location: Kenya’s wild North, Samburu features arid landscapes and rare wildlife. Getting There: There are numerous daily scheduled flights to various parts of Samburu. Private charters and road transfers are also a popular option. Highlights: Dramatic landscapes, stylish properties, and unusual northern wildlife species combine to create this truly breathtaking part of Kenya.

Joys Camp An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu; Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s Shaba home. Uniquely decorated with handmade glass and vibrant tribal fabrics, Joy’s Camp is chic and stylish - perfect for those interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, an authentic wildlife experience, and the comfort of a luxury-tented camp.

Saruni Samburu Saruni Samburu is a ‘design’ lodge located north of Samburu National Reserve, amidst 95,000 hectares of private wildlife conservancy. Led by Samburu guides, Saruni guests enjoy a new dimension of this rightfully popular region: a feeling of exclusivity, of having an incredibly large area to themselves, and a high level of comfort and tailor-made service.

Borana Lodge

Laragai House

Borana is a fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodge located within the vast area of Laikipia. Snow-tipped peaks and the glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south; a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience.

Located on the edge of a plateau on Borana Ranch, this eight-bedroom extravagant country house offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

Organically constructed from local building materials and dead wood collected from the ranch, the result is a supremely comfortable and luxurious lodge, entirely in harmony with its surroundings. Eight secluded cottages with verandas and spacious en-suite bathrooms have their own private views down to the Samangua Valley. Open log fireplaces are lit in the rooms every night, filling them with warmth and ambient light. All areas of the Lodge overlook a lake that is a popular watering hole for the local animals. From the infinity pool guests can watch the elephants wandering their welltrodden path to drink from the lake, or simply relax, read and soak up the sun.

The house has opulent interiors created from fabrics imported from London, mirrors from Ireland, handmade furniture from Kenya and rugs from Rajasthan. Sitting in the midst of a rich and colorful garden, Laragai has a heated swimming pool with a deck overlooking a small dam that attracts herds of elephants, buffalo and often prides of lion. Laragai’s host, Amory Macleod, is on hand to cater to guests’ every need and ensure their stay is perfectly managed. Laragai is well suited to groups of friends or families seeking an exclusive and highly personalized stay.


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Laikipia Laikipia is a vast plateau that enjoys an interdependent relationship with the Ewaso Nyiro River, the Aberdare Mountain Range, and Mount Kenya. Made up of community-owned ranches, large private farms and game conservancies it offers a very diverse landscape, and some of the finest lodges and camps in East Africa. Loisaba is a thriving 24,280 hectare ranch which boasts river and forest, canyon and plain. It is a haven for the animals of the region. Elephant come to the rivers that cross the property, as do leopard, lion and rare African wild dog. A happy marriage between a working cattle ranch and a variety of tourism ventures, Loisaba is fascinating on many levels. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is Kenya’s most successful game sanctuary. 40% of the entire world’s population of Grevy’s zebra and 10% of Kenya’s rhinos live at Lewa. There are rare species like sitatunga and Beisa oryx as well as huge herds of elephant that migrate through the conservancy on route to Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 40,500 hectare game conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. East Africa’s biggest and most important rhino sanctuary, it has a thriving wildlife research department that is at the forefront of rhino conservation. Location: A vast plateau near Mount Kenya, with diverse and breathtaking landscapes. Getting There: There are numerous daily scheduled flights to various parts of Laikipia. Private charters, helicopter, and road transfers are also popular options. Highlights: Laikipia features many highlights, both in relation to wildlife and choice of accommodation, and it is steadily becoming one of Kenya’s most popular destinations.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is a traditional tented safari camp, set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The camp is owner-managed, and gives a unique safari experience, described by guests as ‘real Africa’. Offering a variety of interactive conservation activities, guests are able to experience modern wildlife conservation first-hand.

Loisaba

Lewa Safari Camp

Loisaba Wilderness offers incredible game viewing, a variety of different accommodation, and endless activities… including horse riding, game drives, camel trekking and quad biking. Loisaba Lodge, Loisaba’s private House and Cottage, and Loisaba’s two unique sets of ‘Star-beds’ provide luxurious accommodation and views that will take your breath away.

Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, with outstanding game viewing from camp and views of Mt. Kenya to the south. Each tent has a thatched roof, veranda and full en-suite bathroom. The central areas have exquisite gardens with a sunny veranda and swimming pool to enjoy during the day, and cozy log fires for chilly evenings.

Sirikoi

Lemarti's Camp

Sirikoi is a spectacular game lodge situated on private land surrounded by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Set in a shady acacia grove overlooking a natural waterhole, Sirikoi offers some of the best game viewing in East Africa.

Lemarti’s Camp offers the most exceptional and interesting cultural experience in Africa. Created by Lemarti Loyapan and his fashion designer wife Anna Trzebinski, Lemarti’s Camp is an unusual blend of luxurious comfort and complete immersion in the traditional and unchanged lives of the Laikipia Masai.

Sirikoi has four luxury tented rooms, all with views of the waterhole from the veranda, a living area with a fireplace and an elegant bathroom. For private groups or families, there is a two bedroom cottage or a three bedroom house, each with its own dining and sitting room, and a large deck area. The camp has an elegant thatched dining area with open log fires and an 18m pool is the perfect spot to watch wildlife coming to the waterhole in front of the camp. All of the bathrooms are en-suite with a free-standing Victorian bath and a separate shower, gravity fed by crystal clear water from the spring on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

The camp is run by Lemarti, his best friend Boni, and their age-set. This group of gentle warriors will take guests to their homes, walk with them in their lands pointing out an aged Ndorobo honey gatherer smoking bees up a tree and ending on the top of a hill where sumptuous sundowners await. Lemarti’s Camp has just five tents, each of which has an enormous bathroom attached. There is no running water and no electricity at Lemarti’s Camp, and also no phone signal. This is a true escape from life as you know it.

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Kitich Camp

The Mathews Mountains rise up out of the desert; a chain of peaks covered in dense dewy forest. In a remote valley, Kitich Camp overlooks a river glade within the lush indigenous forest. With only six guest tents, one can expect complete privacy. Walk along forest paths guided by the Samburu and Ndorobo guides, or swim in natural rock pools of the crystal mountain streams, Kitich Camp is an authentic ‘bush camp’ and offers a truly unique and private forest wildlife experience.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”. It remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, with one of the most spectacular settings. Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built above the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. Also offering a large spacious bedroom, with en-suite elegant bathrooms. There is an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains. Elsa’s Private House is a spacious, stylish, exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main lodge. It features two en-suite bedrooms, a large living area, and its own private garden with swimming pool. Elsa’s also features a Honeymoon Suite, spread over three levels.

Just two hour’s drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is situated within Lake Nakuru National Park. Each of the 67 recently refurbished chalets are equipped with modern conveniences and have an astounding view of the pink rimmed lake and the silhouetted hills beyond. Guests can enjoy country-style dining at the Flamingo Restaurant or under one of the beautiful acacia trees where one can enjoy lunch with an unobstructed view of the lake. The Rift Valley bar is just the right spot for that magical sundowner. An inviting swimming pool & Tulia Wellness Massage facilities are available.

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Straddling the equator at the heart of the country, Mount Kenya-the sacred peak of a long extinct volcano-gave Kenya its name. A humbling sight, its snow-crowned peaks give way to verdant forests full of wildlife. Nestled in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya, and with a history as rich and evocative as the surrounding landscape, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club offers a snapshot of Africa from a bygone era.

Situated in the Great Rift Valley, within Lake Nakuru National Park, (Bird Watcher’s Paradise) and Rhino sanctuary, two hours leisurely drive from Nairobi, through exciting scenery. The 97 mile drive gives the visitor an unrivaled view of the majestic Great Rift Valley, winding through a series of lakes and forested uplands to the bustling market town of Nakuru. The views are equally impressive for the visitor who uses a charter aircraft for the 25-minute flight to Lake Nakuru National Park airstrip, Naishi.

Spread over 40 hectares of manicured lawns, tranquil streams and landscaped gardens, and with spectacular views of Mount Kenya in the distance, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club provides peaceful respite after a day of adventure. The perfect place to host a meeting or event, our expert conference and catering team will ensure a unique and memorable experience. With nature’s bounty at your doorstep, no visit to Kenya is complete without a stay here, the country’s most famous retreat.

There are accommodations for 180 people, either in family rooms, deluxe or suites. The service is very friendly. There is excellent cuisine, which includes outside catering, Bush Barbecue, African night and Sundowners. After a days watching, relax at the spacious logged Mama Nikki bar, overlooking the lake and the enticing blue swimming pool. Evening entertainment is interesting and varied, just relax and enjoy your stay.


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AfroChic - Diani

Located on one of East Africa's finest beaches, AfroChic is an intimate boutique hotel of just ten rooms and suites that has the ambiance of staying in a private beach side villa rather than in a resort hotel. Each room has a balcony and is individually styled creating its own 'personality' and is well appointed and luxuriously furnished. The main areas of the villa are open and airy and spill out on to the pool and gardens which adjoin the white coral Diani beach of the Indian Ocean coast. Dining can be in the air-conditioned coolness of the inside space on the garden terraces or beachside. Perfectly suited for a peaceful equatorial holiday of relaxing, sunbathing and swimming, the hotel is also well located near to the facilities of Diani which include an 18-hole championship golf course, gymnasiums, casinos and a variety of high class shops.

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Locals buying fish on the beach, Mombasa

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wonderful destination offering great variety of animals, birds, scenery, islands and cultural experiences. Famous for the migration and its resident wildlife on the plains of the Serengeti; visit the nearby extinct caldera of Ngorongoro Crater - both surrounded by the Maasai with their colorful red clothing, herds of cattle and interesting villages. Include historic Zanzibar or undiscovered Mahale Mountains, Lake Tanganyika and Selous Game Reserve.

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater The Serengeti is home year-round to a myriad of wildlife and game viewing here is magnificent, not just over the migration periods. Visitors to the Crater are limited to enhance the experience; see rhinos, lions, elephants and everything except giraffe that can’t negotiate the steep paths to the Crater floor.

Mahale Mountains Located in unspoilt western Tanzania, the green mountains dip their toes in deep Lake Tanganyika and are home to chimpanzees, forest walks, and birds. Snorkel in the lake to watch shoals of colorful cichlid fish or go barefoot on the sandy beach.

Selous Game Reserve An enormous, little-known game reserve with World Heritage listing. The Rufiji River flows through the northern part of the reserve and it is here that the wildlife accumulates. There are great herds of elephants and pods of hippos plus, if you’re lucky, the beautiful sable antelope and endangered painted hunting dog.

Zanzibar Island A great place to relax after a busy safari. Book a couple of days at a villa on one of the beaches to swim, laze and watch dolphins. Then move to Stonetown for the Arabic architecture, spice markets, narrow alleyways, slave trading history, good food and last minute shopping.

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Helpful Information - Tanzania Getting Around. This is a huge country, from mountains and lakes in

the west, through the central savannah areas, to the coastline and island of Zanzibar, and the best way to get around is to fly. There are plenty of scheduled light aircraft flights and it is easy to charter. Wildlife. Impressive wildlife on the Serengeti grasslands and in Ngorongoro Crater at all times of the year. Consider the ‘Wild West’ of Mahale Mountains to see chimpanzees, and colorful cichlid fish in Lake Tanganyika. Currency. The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency however US Dollars cash are accepted at most lodges. Climate. The ‘Long Rains’ are from March – May with high humidity and temperatures in the low 80’s. The dry months are June – October, then the ‘Short Rains’ follow during November – into December, where light showers are the norm. Language. Swahili is the most common local language and English is spoken in the popular holiday areas.

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Serengeti NP Mt Kilimanjaro NP Ngorongoro Conservation Area Arusha MT Lake Manyara NP KILIMANJARO Tarangire NP

TANZANIA Mahale Mountain NP ake Tanganyika Lake Rukwa

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7 Day Simba Safari

This seven day tour explores some of the most impressive National Parks and game reserves in all of Africa. Day 1: Depart Arusha on the start of your safari tour, traveling first to Lake Manyara. You arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon Day 2: After breakfast there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch. Leaving Lake Manyara behind, continue to the Serengeti National Park. You arrive at the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight. Day 3: Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. All meals are served at the lodge, however; at the driver/guides’ discretion, a picnic lunch may be taken to maximize game viewing.

Day 4: After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro. You stop at Olduvai Gorge en-route. After a picnic lunch you continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Day 5: Enjoy the morning exploring the Crater. You return to the lodge for a late lunch and then enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Day 6: Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast you drive to Tarangire National Park. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive. Day 7: Depart after breakfast and head north east to Arusha. On arrival in Arusha you will be dropped in the town center. From $1,830 per person

Tanzania Wildlife and Cultural Explorer

Day 1: Transfer to your lodge in the forests surrounding Arusha.

Day 7: Enjoy a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration and large predator population

Day 2: Depart for the Tarangire National Park and embark on an afternoon game drive. Day 3: Head towards Lake Manyara National Park for an early morning game drive. After lunch and a short afternoon game drive, head towards the lodge at Karatu on the foothills of the Ngorongoro Crater. Day 4: A spectacular drive up the crater wall, leads to the entrance of this magnificent wildlife sanctuary, where time is spent exploring the floor of the crater.

Day 8: Make your way through to the northern section of the Serengeti, towards Klein’s Gate and enter the Masai region of Loliondo. Continue toward Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai. Day 9: Spend the day exploring this interesting area, activities include a visit to a traditional Masai village, a walk to a nearby waterfall, as well as a visit to Lake Natron to see the flamingos. Day 10: Return to Arusha where the tour ends.

Day 5: Travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, towards Lake Ndutu. Embark on an afternoon game drive around the Lake. Day 6: Todays drive will lead towards the Serengeti National Park. Enjoy an evening game drive. From $2,950 per person

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Arusha Coffee Lodge

andBeyond Lake Duluti

Situated in the foothills of Mount Meru in Arusha, the ‘safari capital’ of northern Tanzania, The Arusha Coffee Lodge is nestled amongst the verdant hectares of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation. Within easy reach – five minutes drive - of the domestic airport and located on the main route to the northern game parks of Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Lake Duluti is a fine countryside retreat that perfectly combined an authentic African rural setting with outstanding amenities and service. The lodge is made up of 18 spacious contemporary African styled romantic chalets ideally positioned for maximum privacy inside an active coffee farm on the outskirts of Arusha.

With the character of a comfortable plantation style home Arusha Coffee Lodge has tasteful sitting and dining areas with open log fires and a cozy bar, as well as an “alfresco” dining area in the garden, a swimming pool and a well-stocked curio shop. The eighteen plantation houses and twelve luxurious plantation suites are a haven of calm and composure and are the perfect place to stay at the beginning or at the end of a safari.

Dar Es Salaam

Enjoy delicious, hearty meals prepared with fresh produce from the lodge’s vegetable garden. Sunbeds dotted around the inviting infinity pool are perfect for a lazy afternoon. The Lakeshore Sundowner Lounge located at the edge of the shimmering lake is an idyllic spot for guests to savor refreshing drinks and light lunches. Guests in need of relaxation can head to the massage room for a bout of pampering. Tours to coffee plantations, vegetable farms and cultural villages, hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, nature walks and day trips to Mt Kilimanjaro are enough to keep the adventurous happy.

Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel

The Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Dar es Salaam’s business district and places its guests at the center of Dars exciting shopping, nightlife, culture and dining experiences. The hotel features 230 rooms and suites with views of either the gardens or the city as well as five different outlets sure to meet all tastes. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, fitness center, sauna and a nearby 18-hole golf course, squash and tennis courts and a Casino.

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Singita Grumeti Reserve

Spanning some 142,000 hectares across vast, open plains along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti, Singita’s exclusive Grumeti Reserves is one of four awardwinning Singita safari destinations in East and Southern Africa. Set within quintessential savannah landscape, Singita Grumeti Reserves comprises a trio of spectacular lodges: the flagship Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Faru Faru Lodge - each with its own unique charm. The elegant Singita Sasakwa Lodge enjoys a spectacular, elevated setting overlooking the expansive Serengeti plains. This Relais and Chateaux lodge conveys a quintessential ‘Out of Africa’ charm. Its turn-of-the-century charm emanates throughout a four bedroomed villa, and nine exquisitely styled, spacious cottages, all en-suite with private lounge and cliff-side infinity-edge pools. Equipped with every mod-con, with views across land which ‘stretches to forever’ it is the perfect exclusive-use retreat. Reminiscent of a romance-infused Africa of a bygone era, Singita Sabora Tented Camp rests amid the wild, expansive plains. An opulent oasis amid the scene of the legendary wildebeest migration, it serves up lavish doses of romance, intrigue and exploration. Nine luxurious 1920’s-styled tented suites, bedecked with European finery and ethnic artefacts offer luxury together with all mod-cons. Meticulously designed, each offers en-suite bath, with open-air shower and viewing decks evoking a sense of closeness to nature. Singita Faru Faru Lodge offers a matchless eco-safari on the epic migratory route in the Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania. Unconventional and quirky, Faru Faru epitomizes relaxed elegance in a laid-back setting, with eight open-style stone and canvas suites bedecked with comfortable, stylish furnishings, and a sumptuous two bedroomed Villa Suite. Each suite features spectacular indoor and outdoor bathrooms, with riveting game viewing afforded by Swarovski spotting scopes through floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Exhilarating activities on offer range from game drives and walks, to tennis and horseback game viewing. The mild and temperate climate lends itself to a workout at the fully equipped gymnasium or jogging track, or pampering at the Spa. Singita Grumeti embodies the Singita ethos of Responsible Wildlife Conservation, combining low impact tourism with extensive community and conservation programs that are both diverse and far-reaching. Funded by guest revenue, these projects underscore its status as an exemplary model for the new African eco-philanthropy.

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Location: A 142,000 hectare exclusive concession in the Serengeti, Tanzania. Getting There: Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi or Kilimanjaro. Airstrip on site. Private charters can be arranged. Highlights: Year round game viewing, wildebeest migration, horse riding across the Serengeti plains, exclusive concession, community projects.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge Infinitely luxurious and elegant, enjoy a spectacular, elevated setting offering breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains within Tanzania’s Singita Grumeti Reserves. With its turn-ofthe century charm and dignified air, it is reminiscent of a stately home with nine exquisitely styled, spacious one, two and three-bedroom cottages, and a four-bedroom villa.

Singita Faru Faru Lodge Singita Faru Faru is a refreshing, informal and unexpected safari experience in East Africa’s Singita Grumeti Reserve. Eight stylish stone and canvas suites and a sumptuous twobedroom villa suite with floor-to-ceiling picture windows reveal breathtaking wildlife, and a Swahili-inspired beach with two rim-flow swimming pools overlooking the Grumeti River.

Singita Sabora Tented Camp Singita Sabora Tented Camp dishes up lavish doses of romance, exploration and intrigue in the Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania. Proudly settled amongst the beauty of the grasslands, surrounded by plains and game, the 1920’s explorer’s camp is close to nature and reminiscent of a bygone era with nine 1920’s-styled tented suites with private bathrooms.


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Mbalageti Tented Camp

Sanctuary Kusini

Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, with a breathtaking panorama view of the Serengeti plain lands and the Mbalageti river, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.

Sanctuary Kusini offers a Serengeti safari like no other. Every year wildebeest congregate on the camp's "doorstep" in this unspoilt and remote part of the Serengeti during the calving season - what better way to experience the wildebeest migration than with a Tanzania safari holiday to Sanctuary Kusini.

Mbalageti Serengeti offers 24 Luxury Tented Chalets with canvas fitted bedrooms, full en-suite bathrooms and a private veranda functions as an extension to the bedroom. There are Two Luxury Tented Suites, encompassing a beautifully decorated dining room, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, an outdoor bath and a fully furnished terrace. The Chalets and suites have been built to make the visitor’s stay as comfortable and memorable as can be. Made from local rock and wood, and offering all the amenities and attention to detail of an upmarket camp, these canvas fitted chalets offer luxury in harmony with nature. The Lodge also offers standard Lodge Rooms as an option for budget travelers.

The communal tent has a library, sitting room, dining room and veranda. Sundowners are served on the giant boulders of the kopje overlooking the endless plains for which the Serengeti is so famed. The twelve tents at Sanctuary Kusini are shaded from the sun by acacia trees while each tent has its own personal attendant to look after guests during their stay. The private wooden veranda with comfortable furniture is the ideal spot to relax for a sundowner after a hot restorative shower. Like all Sanctuary properties, Sanctuary Kusini is designed to have minimal environmental impact, in fact the camp can be packed up and removed without leaving a trace.

Singita Explore

Spanning some 142,000 hectares along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti, Singita Grumeti Reserves was voted Number One on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards list of Top 100 Hotels Overall (2011). Life-changing safari experiences here are distinguished by outstanding game viewing, highly skilled guides, exceptional design and décor and world-class cuisine. Guest activities include tennis, game walks and horseback game viewing, or winding down at the Spa. Newly introduced Singita Explore offers an authentic, mobile safari experience. An exclusive, true ‘mobile’ camp, Singita Explore is a unique, modern safari experience that offers a journey of exploration into some of Africa’s most remote wilderness sites. Offered within the Singita Grumeti Reserves along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti, Singita Explore is presented on an exclusive-use basis for up to 12 guests.

The private mobile safari meets global trends and the demand from discerning travelers for ‘privacy, exclusivity and closeness to nature’. Custom designed by Cécile & Boyd’s around a theme that is modern, robust and stylish, Singita Explore touches the earth lightly. Itineraries are individually tailored according to guests’ personal interests and preferred safari activities. The Singita Explore camp is moved on demand to different locations in accordance to the cycles of nature, including the annual wildebeest migration - one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. Equestrian mobile safari options are also available. Singita Grumeti embodies the Singita ethos of Responsible Wildlife Conservation, combining low impact tourism with extensive community and conservation programs.


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Sayari Camp

Lamai Serengeti

Located in the remote and exclusive northern Serengeti, the award winning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned to witness what may be the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet: the Great Migration crossing the Mara River.

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration.

The camp overlooks vast plains, home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant and plains game and an increasing population of rhino. During the rich Migration season, millions of zebra and wildebeest arrive to share the fertile land with the permanent inhabitants that include rhino and a number of resident predators.

At Lamai Serengeti there are just 12 rooms in all, these are split between two entirely separate lodges, the Main Lodge of eight rooms and the smaller Private Lodge of four rooms.

Guests are able to explore this stunning region both on foot with an armed guide or by especially adapted open vehicles. The combination of a superb location, luxurious facilities and an incredible wildlife experience ensures that Sayari Camp will etch itself into your memory as the standard against which you will forever judge any other safari camp.

Throughout the year, not only can we use our 4x4s to explore the intricasies of the area, both south of the Mara River and (river state permitting) to the north, but we're able to offer walking safaris from here. The topography lends itself well to being on your feet; small valleys, river lines and rocky kopjes make for frequent changes of scenery... and great cover for approaching wild animals unseen.

Serengeti Bushtops

Serengeti Bushtops - A wonderful location, a great venue and a fantastic experience. Under Serengeti Bushtops canvas lies the finest in seductive luxury and twelve of the largest, most impressive tents imaginable. Each faces the sunset and is open on two sides, giving you an extraordinary panoramic view of nature’s living masterpiece. A massive 1,291 square feet open-sided living area creates an overwhelming sense of space. With Serengeti Bushtops welcoming anyone aged seven or over, two children’s beds can be added to any tent on request, complementing a substantial Comfort bed.

Nduara Loliondo

Nduara Loliondo, our 12-bed yurt camp, was designed to celebrate Nomadic cultures and with style, comfort and wilderness is the most amazing camp you will ever see. Nduara Loliondo seasonally moves its yurts across the Loliondo area, part of the great Serengeti eco-system, bordering the Serengeti National Park, allowing night drives and safari walks with Maasai guides. Be introduced to Maasai culture and experience something of this unique tribal life. Guests are encourage to get out of the safari vehicle and feel the African earth beneath their feet. The finer details of the bush are seen in close up. Hot balloon, Serengeti National Park

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Tanzania

105 Tarangire, Ngorongoro Conservation & Mt Kilimanjaro

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Sanctuary Swala

Up-country living in style and comfort is unsurpassed in this highlands estate on the slopes of what was once the mighty mountain of Ngorongoro. Influenced by the CapeDutch settlers the architecture of The Manor’s white painted gables contrasts with the surrounding coffee plantation, rolling green lawns and mature indigenous trees to provide a property perfectly at home in its situation. With stunning views to far flung African horizons each of the twenty luxury cottages epitomizes the style and comfort of days gone by. The main Manor House with its comfortable lounges, dining room, bar, billiards room and home cinema has extensive verandas, terraces and a conservatory. There is a swimming pool and massage therapy suite and activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding and estate walking – in fact everything to make the perfect stay – and only 30 minutes drive from Ngorongoro crater – the eighth wonder of the Natural world.

Sanctuary Swala is located in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park, arguably northern Tanzania's most interesting park, famous for the large herds of elephants and spectacular baobab trees. Twelve tents surround the main dining area, deck and library which are lifted on stilts around an enormous and ancient baobab tree. There is also a stunning infinity swimming pool overlooking the water hole. Each of the twelve luxurious canvas pavilions is shaded by tall acacia trees and all are within sight of the wellfrequented water hole which regularly draws lions, leopards and resident bull elephants for which Sanctuary Swala are famed. The tents feature a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas, as well as en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower. Each tent has its own personal attendant who will attend to guests' every need. Exquisitely furnished with traditional materials, the tents at Sanctuary Swala are unashamedly luxurious but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas.

Oliver's Camp

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro

Oliver's Camp is ideal for those who really want to experience nature in its purest form. Located in the remote south of Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp enjoys a privacy and exclusivity rarely found anywhere inside a national park. Remodelled in early 2011 the camp now boasts additional comforts that make this a tented camp with a difference. Hand crafted thatched roofs keep the luxury tents cool and large private open air bathrooms keep you close to this remarkable wilderness.

Kilimanjaro, at 5,985m or 19,340 ft above sea level, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world... and not to be taken lightly! With its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira - 'Kili' stands proudly above the African plains, on the edge of the Rift.

The rugged Tarangire terrain boasts ancient baobab trees, large herds of elephants and buffalo, plus a good population of big cats and arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa. All this can be experienced during the open vehicle game drives and private fly camping as well as the rare chance to stalk elephant and other wildlife on foot.

Adventurers can choose from a variety of routes to the summit Uhuru (which means Freedom), and the average length of hike is six to seven days. Although thousands of people make it to the top, the altitude and unpredictable weather gives Kili a level of respect amongst adventurers. Wild Frontiers has been sending guests to the summit for 18 years (on average 500-600 per year), and most of their staff have also been up to the top of Kili - at least once each! Proper preparation and training is required, and Wild Frontiers will assist guests in every aspect to ensure a safe, successful climb.

From $1,490 per person


106 Selous Game Reserve

Tanzania Lukula Selous

Selous Game Reserve Fed by the mighty Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa which drains most of South Western Tanzania’s water, this reserve is home to over 1,000,000 large animals and is home to over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Selous is unique among reserves in Tanzania as it encompasses an area exclusively devoted to tourism in its Northern part, making up for about 10% of the reserve’s total size. This sector North of the Rufiji River is mostly open wooded grassland and is dominated by Terminalia spinosa trees - ‘flat topped’ trees, in classic African fashion. However this section of the reserve is unusually diverse, comprising dense hardwood forests in the East, open plains in the center, and rocky arid hills and volcanic springs in the West.

Location: Only 124 miles west of Dar es Salaam. Getting There: 45 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, with Siwandu airstrip just ten minutes from camp. Transfers included from Siwandu airstrip to camp. Highlights: Game drives, boat safaris, game walks with experienced armed rangers. Fishing and one or two night bush walking safaris.

Selous Safari Camp The spacious tents are luxuriously appointed, with en-suite bathrooms and open air hot water showers. Ceiling fans are present in all the rooms situated above the king sizes beds where guests can rest away the exertions of the morning activity and cool down during the heat of the day before heading out again later.

Masai giraffe, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

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The Selous Game Reserve at over twice the size of the Kruger National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries anywhere in the world, renowned for its wild character and large populations of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dog. Deep in its southern reaches is Lukula, a private photographic sanctuary of over 121,405 hectares. Only a few privileged individuals will have the opportunity to explore this wilderness in complete privacy under expert guidance. The reserve features a diverse habitat, a landscape rich in wildlife and spectacular with nature; leopard walking through the camp each night and lion prides having staked their claim throughout the reserve. The camp has only four luxurious, spacious tents arranged along the river bank. En-suite facilities feature large open air bathrooms with bucket showers, flush toilets, and wash basins. Each tent room has large comfortable beds, luxurious linen and fans.


Zanzibar

107 Accommodation

Kilindi - Zanzibar

Matemwe Beach Village

Stunningly romantic, stunningly different and totally adorable. Fifteen white domed pavilions scattered on a remote hillside on the north west coast of the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Each pavilion is an architect designed inspiration of tropical beachside living set in its own private gardens, with two plunge pools, waterfalls, sundecks and shady day pavilions for relaxing. The ultimate in privacy, Kilindi is a total escape.

Matemwe Beach is a small and privately owned lodge situated along a palm-lined, white sand beach on the North East coast of Zanzibar Island. Just off-shore from the beach lodge is the world-famous Mnemba Atoll, whose circling reef has some of the best diving in East Africa.

For those who can break away from the privacy of their personal ‘Eden’ there is a 82 foot infinity pool, a massage therapy suite, a water-wall cocktail bar and naturally a white coral sand beach and the Indian Ocean for diving, sailing and snorkeling. Dining under the stars on locally caught sea fish and shellfish of which this island is rightly proud, the real world seems a long way away.

Jambiani beach, Zanzibar

Neighboring villages, where friendly locals live a traditional life dominated by fishing. Matemwe really is close to the classical notion of paradise while providing the perfect place to rest after a safari in the Serengeti, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or visiting Stone Town. From the Kijiji rooms to the Asali, thoughtful touches have been incorporated to make you feel at ease by providing basics like beach baskets, sunhats, sarongs and bottled water in all rooms. The aim is a simple one: to provide authentic, stylish and comfortable accommodation, in an atmosphere of relaxed hospitality and friendliness, while services are provided effectively and efficiently.

Azanzi Beach Hotel

Tembo House Hotel

The hotel is situated on the North Eastern coast of Zanzibar, and approximately 45 minutes from the airport in Stonetown. Azanzi is a luxury boutique beach hotel which boasts 35 rooms comprising of eight suites, twelve luxury suites, nine villas, and six deluxe villas. The central guest entertainment areas offer guests multi level viewing decks, well stocked curio shop, dive center, azure swimming pool, bar and dining area maximizing the sublime view of the majestic and tranquil Indian Ocean, and powder-white beaches scattered with palm trees. The Tembo House Hotel has on array of antique furniture and ornaments from all over the world. Sleeping on unique Swahili beds and enjoying the wood carved furniture which is rarely seen in many countries. Most of the rooms have balconies overlooking the beach or the swimming pool courtyard. Each bedroom is self contained, air-conditioned, equipped with fridge, telephone and satellite/Cable television.

The Zanzibar Dive Centre, One Ocean Ltd, is Zanzibar's first Five Star Dive Centre. Offering the most professional and organized operation on the island. Guests will receive the best and safest service available. Good, well-maintained equipment, comfortable and reliable boats, adherence to all safety procedures and friendly and professional staff ensure comfort and safety at all times.


108 Introduction

Uganda

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he land of smiling faces, Uganda is a hugely welcoming country. The countryside is undulating and verdant, growing every type of fruit and vegetable you can and can’t imagine. The scenery is superb with hills and mountains, lakes and rivers, plains and forests and the added bonus of interesting wildlife and birds including Mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the odd-looking Shoebill stork.

Bwindi Forest National Park

Helpful Information - Uganda Getting Around. You can get around the country by 4WD vehicle

and although the roads aren’t always good, there are very few flights. It is a 12 hour drive from Entebbe to Bwindi. Wildlife. Visit the gorillas plus other primates and spectacular rainforest birds at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, hike in Kibale Forest for wild chimps, cruise the Kazinga Channel to see birds and hippos in equal numbers and raft the Nile at Jinja.

Spend a privileged hour with the mountain gorillas – you must book your permit before you arrive due to heavy demand and only eight persons are allowed to view each group (no children under 15). There is a true rainforest with many other species of primates, plenty of birds and great walks to waterfalls.

Currency. Local currency is the Uganda Shilling. Although the tourist industry works in US Dollars you will need Shillings for bartering at markets.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Language. Both English and Swahili are the official languages, there are more than 30 different local languages.

The Park has some good wildlife but the highlight here is the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes Edward and George. There are huge pods of hippo, amazing birdlife on the shores, buffalo resting in the reeds and local fishermen throwing their nets out from wooden canoes.

Climate. Two wet seasons: heavy falls (up to 98 inches) are experienced from March to May, with lighter falls during November and December.

Kibale Forest National Park Just south of Fort Portal, Kibale is a tropical rainforest where excellent local guides, many from the University of Kampala, guide you along narrow paths through the dripping forest to look for the 11 different species of primates including chimpanzee, white, and red colobus, blue monkey and white cheeked mangabey.

Murchison Falls Famous for the waterfalls where the mighty Nile River divides the park and drops 131 feet through a narrow, rocky crevice. The River provides white water rafting for visitors and much needed water for the wildlife of the area. Take a boat trip to try fishing and to see some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.

UGANDA Murchison Falls Lake Albert

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Uganda Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds, an award-winning community conservation lodge, features eight stone cottages clinging to the mountainside, each with stunning views to the valley below and the volcanoes beyond. Every cottage has its own sitting room replete with overstuffed chairs and a fireplace to ward off the evening chill. With private butlers at your beck and call, in-house masseuses and wonderfully fresh food, this is far from roughing it. Tracking the rare Mountain Gorilla is one of those must-do experiences in Africa, and Clouds is the idyllic base from which to start this amazing trip.

Emin Pasha Hotel

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with a truly theatrical landscape - this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only camp to receive regular visits from the gorillas themselves, up to three-four visits per month. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp! The eight tents are just as impressive as the communal areas. Wooden floors and decks support comfortable warm beds, and each tent boasts a bathtub, ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas, that looks straight out into the jungle's canopy.

Buhoma Lodge

Set in a hectare of leafy landscaped gardens, Emin Pasha Hotel is Uganda’s first luxury boutique hotel nestled in a hectare of beautifully landscaped gardens, it is amazingly tranquil and peaceful. The Hotel is in a lovingly restored old colonial building and features 20 air-conditioned bedrooms, swimming pool, restaurant featuring Fusion Cuisine and a wine bar offering a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, a private meeting/conference room, library and two private lounges. Children of all ages are welcome.

8 Day Best of Uganda

This eight day safari highlights the best of Uganda including Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Day 1: Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met and transferred to your overnight accommodation. Day 2: Head south-west to Lake Mburo National park, approx 5-hours drive. Arrive around lunchtime at Lake Mburo for your overnight stay. Enjoy an afternoon game drive or boat trip on the lake. Day 3: After breakfast, continue west through an area often referred to the Little Switzerland of Africa, to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Spend the next three nights. Day 4: After breakfast you will meet your guides for your gorilla tracking experience. An early morning trek into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes, led by experienced trackers will bring you amongst a family of Mountain Gorillas. Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. This top quality, intimate lodge is situated within the National Park, less than five minutes walk from the start of the gorilla tracking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private veranda, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the spacious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, shower and some of the rooms have bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace. The lodge has been designed using sustainable local materials where possible. Supplies are obtained mainly from local sources, and staff are generally recruited locally and trained on site. Solar power is used for lighting with power points in a central area for recharging cameras.

Day 5: Today you may enjoy a community walk which will include some curio shopping, visiting the Batwa pygmy tribes, the local orphanage and school. Day 6: Take a short drive (2-3 hours) to the southern part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha sector. Enjoy the next two nights at here. Day 7: Today, apart from enjoy game drives, you will also be able to take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel – where you will often see hippos, buffalo and a large array of water birds. Nearby Chamburu Gorge offers chimpanzee tracking which is generally a morning’s activity. Day 8: Return to Entebbe, via the equator and the busy city of Kampala, stopping en route to shop for curios and at the Royal Drum makers at Mpigi. Arrive late this afternoon. From $3,730 per person


110 Introduction

Rwanda

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t might be small but Rwanda has a big heart. Gone are the days of civil strife, with rebuilding of cultural ties and of the cities well underway. The countryside is mountainous and green with the main attraction being both the Mountain gorillas in the Virungas, and chimpanzees in the newly opened Nyungwe National Park. Kigali offers good accommodation and a visit to the Genocide Memorial is a must.

Volcanoes National Park Great place to see the Mountain gorillas and just three hours drive from the capital Kigali. It’s a steep climb but worth every step to spend an hour with these gentle giants. We recommend a trek to also see the endangered Golden Monkeys and a permit is needed for both visits.

Nyungwe National Park Nyungwe is a high altitude rainforest with astonishing biodiversity. A newly-opened safari lodge offers visitors the chance to see nine species of monkeys, including large troops of colobus monkeys that often travel in groups of 300, plus chimpanzees, 280 species of birds and a great variety of butterflies and trees.

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reliable as it's just three hours from Kigali to the gorillas and five hours to Nyungwe. Hiring a vehicle, taking a bus or a local flight is not recommended. Wildlife. Trekking to see the gorillas in Rwanda is top of the list for visitors. Becoming more popular is Nyungwe National Park home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, plus a great variety of birds, trees and orchids. Currency. Local currency is the Rwanda Franc with US Dollars being accepted in most lodges and hotels. Climate. The major rains fall from February to May with a second shorter wet period in November and December. It can be misty and cool at high altitude but warm and humid on the plains. Language. Kinyarwanda is the local language and widely spoken along with English and French.

Akagera National Park A Park on the way up, Akagera is savanna, mountains and a complex system of lakes and papyrus swamps and is the largest protected wetland in central Africa. The marshes house dense concentrations of water-birds, the iconic Shoebill stork amongst them.

Volcanoes NP Ruhengeri

Akagera NP

Gisenyi

Lake Kivu

Kigali Kibuye

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Kigali Capital city of Rwanda where everyone should visit the Kigali Memorial Centre and Museum, documenting the Rwandan genocide. The center was opened in 2004, the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, as a permanent memorial to the more than one million who died and a constant reminder of the cost of ignorance.

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Rwanda 4 Day Gorillas Through the Mist

111 Accommodation & Touring

Volcanoes Virunga Safari Lodge

The magnificent Virunga Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge have a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Aside from gorilla tracking, guests can climb a volcano, track the golden monkey, visit Diane Fossey's grave or go for gentle strolls around the picturesque villages nearby. Three hours' drive from Kigali or a long day's drive from Kampala.

This safari goes to Parc National des Volcans in the misty Virunga volcanoes where about 350 mountain gorillas make their home. There are four habituated gorilla families here. You can track gorillas, climb a volcano, visit the Karisoke Research Centre, which Dian Fossey set up, or go for walks around the picturesque villages near the camp.

Family of gorillas, Rwanda

Day 1: You are met on arrival at Kigali airport and transferred into town for lunch. After lunch, set off to the north through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda's landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the Virunga volcanoes. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the lodge, or go for a short hike around the property. Day 2: Early morning gorilla tracking in the Parc National des Volcans. Enjoy lunch at the lodge and the afternoon at leisure, or visit the local communities. Day 3: Leave for Kigali. Time permitting, go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, the Franco-Rwandan cultural center and a genocide memorial. Spend the night in Kigali. Day 4: Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.

From $2,180 per person

Gorillas Nest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

An awe-inspiring experience awaits you in this part of Africa. Share the Mountain Gorilla’s family space, soak up the serenity found in nature and marvel at the abundance of primates in this magical spot.

In Rwanda’s South Western district of Gisakura a modern African experience awaits you at the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, situated in a working tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park, the largest tract of Montane Forest in Central Africa. The lodge offers 24 luxurious suites with dramatic views of natural forest, home to 13 primate species, including Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus monkeys and Grey Cheeked Mangabeys.

Positioned on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range this lodge provides breathtaking views of the Rwandan hills and the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park. Situated in Northern Rwanda’s Musanze district, Gorillas Nest Lodge is nestled in a forest of Eucalyptus trees and offers nine large rooms each with ensuite facilities, recently refurbished Jack Hanna cottage and a rustic nine hole golf course. There is a big restaurant with a bar and an African style reception area. Bringing guests in close proximity to the largest family group of Mountain Gorillas in the Virungas the lodge ensures a peaceful stay and an un-paralleled nature experience.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers unique nature experiences such as Chimpanzee & primate trekking, forest and marsh walks, long forest hikes or gently exploring the nearby tea plantations. Guests can enjoy pampering visits to the Relaxation Retreat, indulge in delicious cuisine, warm Rwandan hospitality or simply, take in the forest sounds from their suites private deck. Over 275 bird species with 24 endemic to the Central African Highlands (Albertine Rift) can be found in the surrounding Nyungwe Forest with over 140 Orchid species and 240 tree species.


112 Introduction

Egypt

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or decades, Egypt has been the destination of choice for a growing number of visitors, many of whom return to this exceptionally unique country, year after year, in their desire to seek an unspoiled, charming, and incredibly diverse travel experience. From iconic pyramids and medieval bazaars, to natural beauty and a vibrant contemporary culture, Egypt is a land packed with captivating treasures.

Cairo Cairo, Egypt's capital is a city rich in history and religion. The city is decorated with the remnants of ancient Egyptian civilizations, most prominently seen in the Pharaonic pyramids of Giza. The city’s skyline is studded with dazzling Mamluk and Ottoman mosques, Christian monasteries and churches, modern skyscrapers and hotels.

Sharm El Sheikh

Helpful Information - Egypt Getting Around. Traveling around Egypt is easy and comfortable.

Domestic flights, trains and bus services are the major means of conveyance in Egypt, and of course the Feluccas (wooden-sailing boats) ply the waterways. Must Sees. A trip to Egypt is incomplete without a Nile cruise, a camel ride and visits to the Sphinx, the Pyramids and the fabulous Egyptian Museum. Currency. The Egyptian Pound and its 100 piastres are the local currency, travelers checks and credit cards are widely accepted. Climate. Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. Language. The official language is Arabic, however, English and French are widely spoken.

Some 299 miles south of Cairo is the worldfamous summer and winter resort destination, Sharm El Sheikh. The main town in the Sinai peninsula, Sharm, as it is known locally, is a cosmopolitan resort offering visitors luxurious hotels, restaurants, entertainment options, water sports, and shopping.

Alexandria Port Said El Giza

Breathtaking and impressive monuments of ancient Egyptian civilization continue to draw visitors to Luxor, located 447 miles south of Cairo. The antique city of Thebes, capital of the New Kingdom, was the center of power for almost 1500 years. Modern Luxor has become one of Egypt's most enticing tourist destinations.

Aswan The sunny city of Aswan, located 553 miles south of Cairo, is the starting and ending point of Nile cruises today. In ancient times, Aswan was known as Syene, the southern border of Pharaonic Egypt. Syene was the center of trade between Egypt, adjoining Nubia and the rest of southern Africa.

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Sphinx The Nile Sakkara

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113 Touring

9 Day Discover Egypt

Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend and lore as you view the timeless wonders of Egypt. Discover the world of the ancient Egyptians as you visit the incomparable sites of the pharaohs – Memphis and Sakkara, the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor and Karnak temples, and the tombs on the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Dedicated Egyptologists provide insight throughout your journey. Cruise along the legendary Nile River, pass colonnaded temples and stop at the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, situated at the crossroads of ancient caravan routes. Fly to Abu Simbel to see the temples, which are among the most magnificent monuments in the world - they were built by the great pharaoh Ramses the second. They are perhaps the grandest and most complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture, more than three thousand years have elapsed since they were erected.

at Luxor Airport you will be met and transferred to the embarkation point of your ship. Enjoy an afternoon visit of Luxor and Karnak Temples.

Day 1: On arrival Cairo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your Cairo hotel.

Day 8: Full day Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara.

Day 2: Full day Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mosques & Khan Khalili Bazaars.

Day 9: This morning you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your onward journey.

Day 4: Early sail to Esna, join the ship at Esna after visit the West Bank, sail to Edfu. Day 5: Visit Edfu Temple, sail to Kom Ombo, visit Kom Ombo Temple , sail to Aswan. Day 6: In the morning visit the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisque and Philae. This afternoon you will visit the Botanical Garden by Felucca. Day 7: Disembark this morning and transfer to Aswan Airport. Fly to Abu Simbel, where you see the great temples built by Ramses the second. Fly back to Cairo via Aswan. On arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met and transferred to your Pyramids hotel.

Day 3: This morning you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival From $1,815 per person

Full Day Pyramids & Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara

Full Day Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mosques & Khan Khalili Bazaar

The Pyramids & Sphinx were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the seven wonders of the world. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tons. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren(2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body.

The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt’s king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.

Memphis served as the capital of Upper & Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the 1st Dynasty. Menes, the first pharaoh of this dynasty, built a great white-walled palace & the Temple of Ptah here. One of the most exciting historical & archaeological area's in all of Egypt is Sakkara, situated about 12 miles south west of Cairo. The site is dominated by the famous step pyramid of King Zoser. It was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt, preceding those at Giza by many centuries & is the work of the famous pharaonic architect, Imhotep. From $95 per person

The Citadel situated on the Mokattam Hills of Old Cairo, was the nerve center of Egypt for almost 700 years. Construction of the grand structure began in 1176 and was completed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt in the late 19th century. Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt. The Mosque of Al-Rifai was constructed in two phases over the period between 1869 and 1912, when it was finally completed. The tour also includes a visit to Khan El Khalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, until this day, the bazaar is a center of trade and communion in the city.

From $95 per person


114 Nile Cruising

Egypt

Ti Yi Nile Cruise

Moevenpick Nile Cruiser Radamis II

Welcome to Ti-Yi the luxury Nile cruiser ready to take you on board. Ti-Yi the Queen was the great wife of the late 18th dynasty Egyptian ruler Amenhotep III. Ti-Yi was also the mother of Akhenaten who was the first Egyptian king who called for belief in one God. This luxury ship has 59 cabins of 215 square feet each. Fully equipped with personal safes, soundproof windows, individually controlled air-conditioning, telephone with voice mail system, full mini bar, interactive TV, hair-dryer, 24-hour room service and in suite bathroom with walk-in shower.

TuYa Nile Cruise

Cruising on the world’s longest river, the Nile flows through a wealth of heritage in Upper Egypt. Mövenpick Nile Cruiser Radamis II sails between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa.

Step through the Royal Gate and you are at the presence of the Great TU-YA, Mother of Queen TI-YI and the Grand Mother of King Akhenaton who owned vast holdings in the delta, her husband YU-YA was a powerful military Leader. The floating hotel features 59 luxury, fully furnished deluxe rooms plus four Royal Suites. Three dining areas and bars, reading library, swimming pool with jacuzzi, kids club & pool, In-house spa, medical center, business center, boutique, gift shop and a hair salon are just some of the other great facilities aboard this elegant ship.

The hotel ship offers 69 deluxe cabins on a choice of decks and six deluxe suites on different levels. All the cabins offer air-conditioning with individual temperature controls and a panoramic wall-to-wall window. The spacious bathroom is complete with a bathtub, hair-dryer and shaving sockets for 220V power supply. Also featured, is a TV, Marine satellite, an in-house video channel and music channel, and a mini-bar that is stocked on request. After a day absorbing the wonder of Upper Egypt, Nile Cruiser Radamis II is the perfect place to relax. The stylishly furnished, spacious Sun Deck features a refreshing plunge pool with lounges for basking in the sun and areas shaded with canopies, comfortable seating and tables.

Dahabiyas

The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruiser

Emeco Dahabiyas offer a completely new concept of deluxe luxury. The four Dahabiyas names are Om Kolthoum (Egyptian Singer), Agatha Christie (British Author), Princess Grace (of Monaco) and Evita (Peron). Each boat offers eight spacious 172 square feet cabins, as well as a lounge, bar and library, creating a relaxing atmosphere. There is a barbecue area and Jacuzzi as well as comfortable lounge chairs on the sun deck, where guests can rest and watch the shores of the Nile pass by.

The Oberoi Philae – Nile Cruiser, offers guests a cruise on the Nile along the landmarks of an ancient civilization. The journey begins in Luxor or Aswan and courses through Pharaonic dynasties that span thousands of years. Elegant interiors with teak paneling, parquet floors, European antiques and Oriental carpets create an ambiance of luxury. Impeccable service and a beautiful setting come together to make this a voyage of discovery.

The tastefully furnished and decorated cabins with huge panoramic windows and luxurious bathrooms are equipped like first class hotel rooms. Twelve crew members offer the maximum sixteen guests a flexible travel and sightseeing program as well as a-lacarte meals and beverages of their choice.

All the cabins and suites are fully equipped with an electronic safe, personal bar, private bathrooms, temperature controls, remote control TV and radios, computerized telephone system and spacious wardrobes, keeping in mind the comfort and security of guests. Elegantly upholstered furniture, decorative ironwork on the balconies and rich fabrics and carpets lend an air of The British country house to the interiors. Each cabin has its own private balcony and sun loungers allowing peaceful contemplation of the ever changing views. Cabins come with a private bathroom with its own private shower cubicle.

To ensure absolute tranquility, each Dahabiya has its own tow boat ensuring that neither vibrations nor engine noise disturb the guests.

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Ramses Hilton

Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort

Located on the banks of the River Nile, the Ramses Hilton hotel is a stunning destination in the heart of Cairo. Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from this Egypt hotel's 36th-floor Windows on the World restaurant. Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy coffee and pastries at the Garden Court Café. The Ramses Hilton hotel boasts a British-style pub, an Indian restaurant, a shopping Galleria and Executive Lounge.

Occupying a prime location atop a tranquil plateau overlooking the ocean, the Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort is an exceptional luxury resort appreciated by discerning holidaymakers and golfing enthusiasts alike. The idyllic sandy coves of Marikha Bay can be easily reached by walking down the steps. Naama Bay - the pulsating heart of nearby Sharm El Sheikh - is a mere four miles away. The sought after holiday destination is serviced by the hotel's regular shuttle service that is complimentary for guests. The hotel has 418 rooms including 28 suites and six luxury villas.

Cairo Marriott Hotel

Pavillon Winter Luxor

The Cairo Marriott Hotel is 45 minutes from Cairo International Airport and has a worldclass casino, stunning gardens & views of the Nile River. 70 luxury hotel suites with kitchenettes are available for long-term stays and family vacations. The spacious, airconditioned rooms boast mini-bars, tea & coffee service and more than 60 TV channels. high-speed internet, spacious desks and feature-rich phones allow you to work productively. The 17 on-site dining options include regional specialties and cuisine from around the globe.

Located on the banks of the River Nile in the midst of a tropical garden in the city center, near the Luxor Temple and other attractions such as the Karnak Temple, the Luxor museum, the International Convention Centre and the Mummification Museum. The Pavillon Winter Luxor features 116 rooms, three restaurants, two bars and a swimming pool. The spacious bedrooms, marvelous view overlooking the garden and the swimming pool. All rooms and suites are equipped with LCD TV, safe box, hair-dryer, mini-bar and high-speed internet access.

Mena House Oberoi

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

Escape to the serenity of the lush banks of the Nile and receive Egypt’s most attentive, friendly service at this idyllic Hilton Worldwide Resort. With glorious, uninterrupted views from the unique, water’s edge location, the newly renovated Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore the region’s rich and ancient culture. Choose from seven stylish bars and restaurants, indulge in a luxury holistic treatment at the tranquil Nayara Spa, bathe in the resort’s two stunning infinity pools or simply relax in a shaded cabana hammock beside the Nile.

Movenpick Resort Aswan

The Mena House Oberoi is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colorful history. Surrounded by 16 hectares of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The royal history of the hotel is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original work of arts and magnificent antiques that are rarely found in luxury hotels. Mena House Oberoi has played host to kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. Mena House Oberoi has rooms and suites in the Palace and Garden wings. All guest accommodation at Mena House Oberoi is airconditioned with private bathroom. Rooms and Suites are lavishly appointed with traditionally inspired furnishings and rich carpets. All Suites in the old Palace section feature beautiful traditional detailing, murals, screens, panelling, gilding, fine upholstery, original wooden balustrades and arched windows. Guests in the Suites enjoy the privilege of private butler service and 24 hour in-room dining.

A perfect place to relax in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in Egypt. The Resort is set on an island in the middle of the River Nile in one of the most enchanting natural locations. The Resort offers three restaurants, as well as the Lounge Bar and Panorama Bar. It also offers massages and a therapeutic sandpit, table tennis and a pool billard table. Movenpick Resort Aswan has 226 rooms comprising of 141 Standard Rooms, 39 Superior Rooms, 38 luxurious Duplex Suites and eight two-bedroom Family Villas.


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United Arab Emirates & Oman

Helpful Information - United Arab Emirates & Oman Getting Around. Easily accessed by air and road.

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he United Arab Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment. With its man-made islands, opulent hotels and iconic buildings, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a show-stopping, headline-grabbing destination.

Dubai Dubai, located on the shore of the Arabian Gulf and backed by the desert, offers visitors yearround sunshine and luxurious accommodation. Dubai is a blend of modern city and timeless desert, with something for everyone, from the holiday-maker seeking a relaxing break to the active tourist looking for an exciting experience.

Must Sees. Dubai: Spend a night in the desert & visit the tallest building in the world, Burj Kalifa Abu Dhabi: Visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque & have tea at Emirates Palace. Oman: Visit a souk Barka & take a tour through the Eastern Hajar Mountains. Currency. In the United Arab Emirates the local currency is the Dirham and in Oman it is the Omani Rial. Climate. Daytime temperatures in the summer (from May to September) range from 86F to 110F and in winter from 77F to 82F. Language. Arabic is the official language, although English is widely spoken.

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Oman The Sultanate of Oman has a varied coastline of rugged mountains, towering cliffs, blue waters and sandy beaches. Just as varied are the cities and the capital Muscat; offering a blend of old and new architecture, attitude and customs. Luxury coastal and desert resorts sit next to traditional buildings, old souks next to modern malls.

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Abu Dhabi is best known for its oil reserves, majestic mosques, spectacular sand dunes, pristine beaches along the famous Corniche and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Legendary Arabic hospitality and world-class tourism facilities offer an inspiring destination for visitors looking for both a cultural and adventure-filled experience.

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The Address Downtown Dubai

Welcome to The Address Downtown Dubai, a new destination where cool meets warmth and style meets sophistication. This vibrant deluxe flagship hotel is the first of several properties that will redefine luxury, hospitality and business travel.

facilities and superlative attention to detail makes it the premier lifestyle destination for international travelers.

Located in the happening heart of Downtown Dubai, the hotel has the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa and the stunning Dubai Fountain on its doorstep and is flanked by The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment center.

Standing an impressive 63 storey high and featuring 196 lavish rooms and 626 serviced residences, The Address offers an extensive range of gourmet experiences, modern meeting and event venues, a signature Spa, a fully equipped fitness center, chilled pools and indulgent amenities and services.

The Address Downtown Dubai reveals a new art in offering service and comfort, where every guest's stay is treated as an individual experience. A combination of outstanding

The hotel is less than 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport and easily accessible to several of Dubai's landmarks and key destinations.

The Palace - The Old Town

Built on the edge of a lake, The Palace - The Old Town is a harmonious blend of Middle Eastern heritage and contemporary Dubai with 161 guest rooms and 81 magnificent suites. Located on the Old Town Island, The Palace is a resort within the city, at the heart of a traditional Arabian village, faced with a striking symbol of modernity.

noon - established in the hospitality industry around the world. In addition, 24-hour room service and concierge assistance are also available.

Guest services at the hotel are inimitable and meet every need with Palace Rooms and Suites.

The Palace - The Old Town has three outstanding restaurants that offer a world tour of gastronomy and are great venues for a successful business lunch or dinner. Thiptara offers the finest Thai cuisine and its prime location on the Burj Lake, offers spectacular views of Burj Khalifa.

Guests opting to stay in the Suites can also enjoy the convenient privilege of a total 24-hour stay. This path-breaking service has revolutionized the hospitality industry as guests arriving in the afternoon, evening, or even midnight have the option of keeping their room for up to 24-hour without having to follow the traditional check-out time - usually 12

Asado follows the Argentine Grill concept, offering premium meat cuts cooked ‘Asador Criollo’ style, on an open grill in the center of the restaurant. Ewaan is an all-day Oriental restaurant, offering a large selection of Mezzeh, Arabic Chef’s specialities and show cooking.


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Dubai

Southern Sun Qamardeen Hotel

Towers Rotana

Nestled in the heart of the Old Town district in Downtown Dubai, Qamardeen Hotel combines traditional Arabic hospitality with the luxurious comforts of contemporary living, making it the ideal home for guests traveling for business or pleasure.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, on Dubai’s prominent Sheikh Zayed Road, Towers Rotana Dubai boasts stunning views of the Arabian Sea as well as easy access to all major destinations in this thriving metropolis.

This 186-room deluxe property adorned with traditional Arabesque accents enjoys a prime location right next to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, with the sprawling Dubai Mall and spectacular Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest dancing fountain, just a short stroll away.

Offering 360 suites you will experience the height of luxurious comfort. Each room features a mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, daily housekeeping, high speed internet, in-room safe, IDD facilities and a multi-channel satellite television.

The hotel provides a choice of 13 Executive Suites, 123 Queen Rooms and 48 Twin Rooms, each inspired by the rich heritage of Arabia while providing every modern convenience. With four meeting rooms, two fully equipped boardrooms, a dedicated events team, complimentary high-speed internet access and 24-hour business center facilities, the hotel caters to every need of busy executives on the go.

Located on the 6th floor of the annex building you will find the recreational facilities which include a temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Bodylines health and fitness center with the latest equipment, sauna, steam and aerobic classes. Towers Rotana Dubai features two elegant restaurants, one bar, one coffee shop and a pool bar each offering a distinctive and themed dining experience.

Southern Sun Al Manzil Hotel

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

Ideally located within the upscale Downtown Dubai district, with the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and the world’s largest dancing fountain right at your doorstep, Southern Sun Al Manzil Hotel is the perfect place for doing business and enjoying the best of Dubai’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Each of the hotel’s 197 rooms is an individual expression of the ethos of the hip and happening Old Town district – combining a distinctive Arabian feel with a contemporary ambiance.

Setting a new benchmark for comfort and style in Dubai, soaring 1,092 feet and 72 storeys, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana located on Sheikh Zayed Road, is the flagship property of the alcohol-free brand, Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts, offering panoramic views of Dubai. Rose Rayhaan by Rotana offers 462 spacious connecting rooms and suites each with daily housekeeping services, fully stocked mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, high speed broadband internet, hair-dryer, bathrobes, in-room safe and a multi channel satellite television.

The deluxe hotel offers all the complimentary high-speed internet access, a fitness center, temperature-controlled pool and a host of superb dining destinations – including Conservatory, the all-day dining restaurant, The Courtyard, a place to experience authentic Arabian hospitality, Mokaroma, a trendy international coffee shop, Nezesaussi sports and entertainment grill, and the Parisian-inspired Boulevard Café – continuously entice guests to mix business with pleasure.

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Bodylines Leisure and Fitness Club offers a fully equipped gymnasium, outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool for both adults and children along with cardiovascular and free weight training area. Separate male and female sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and massage rooms are available. Offsite activities including sightseeing trips, desert trips, fishing trips and golf can be arranged via the Guest Services department.


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Burj Al Arab

The Royal Amwaj Resort & Spa

Rising from the sea, the billowing sail shape of the spectacular 1,053-ft. tower of Burj Al Arab stands as the world’s tallest all-suite hotel, resting on its own man-made island 920 ft. offshore.

The Royal Amwaj ("amwaj" means "wave" in Arabic) is nestled into the beautiful Crescent that surrounds The Palm Jumeirah. Set off from the major passageway of The Palm Jumeirah, the breakwater is the perfect secluded setting for resort living. The Swiss managed Movenpick luxury resort and spa Royal Amwaj will feature 293 hotel rooms and over 450 condominium apartments.

Each of the luxury suites have been lavishly decorated with materials drawn from the finest suppliers throughout the world and incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. At Burj Al Arab you will have access to discreet in suite check-in, private reception on each guest floor, complimentary 24-hour butler service and a full range of luxurious Hermes amenities for her and him. From the Al Muntaha restaurant suspended 650 feet above the sea, serving regional and contemporary Mediterranean fare, to the underground Al Mahara that offers fresh ocean delights complemented by the floor-to-ceiling aquarium of exotic fish, restaurants at Burj Al Arab are some of the finest and most unique in the world.

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach

The Royal Amwaj Resort and Spa feature a variety of culinary delights including Thai, seafood and Asian cuisine and additional beach front restaurant and bar. The resort also features three lagoons, a large swimming pool, tennis courts, Asian spa, water sports activities as well as business and banquet facilities. The Royal Amwaj is 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport, 15 minutes from the main areas of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach, and 20 minutes from Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach sits in the heart of one of Dubai’s newest dynamic & most lively urban locations, Jumeirah Beach Residence and is only 30 minutes drive away from Dubai International Airport. The hotel is ideally situated to the city’s thriving business hubs, major attractions and entertainment facilities as well as being a short stroll to the beaches of the Arabian Gulf. It is a modern, chic & contemporary understated upscale hotel with 294 well equipped modern and superbly comfortable rooms and suites with balconies.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dubai is best at creating luxury on a grand scale and Atlantis Dubai is no exception. Covering a massive 46 hectares, this unique resort hotel is located at the end of Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island created to look like a dazzling palm tree.

The resort’s sea-facing rooms, suites and villas are comfortably furnished with classic design complemented by exotic accoutrements. With a broad assortment of activities to choose from, the resort is a perfect fit for families on the go. Jumeirah Beach Resort offers five sizeable swimming pools, including a special kids pool with rock wall and slide situated next to Sinbad’s Kids Club, a choice of sporting facilities, as well as unlimited access to Wild Wadi Park (Water Park).

Reachable by tunnel or via the Palm Monorail, there’s virtually nothing that this resort does not have. With a private beach and a non-stop lineup of water-themed recreational activities – an extensive marine habitat, water park and spa – Atlantis Dubai is an aqualover’s paradise. Accommodations are split into 1,373 rooms and 166 suites, situated across the building's Royal Towers. Every room is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, and all offer spectacular balcony or terrace views of either the Arabian Gulf or the expanse of Palm Jumeirah. For a completely new resort experience, book one of the Neptune/Poseidon Suites, which welcome guests into sumptuous bed and bathroom areas with amazing underwater views.


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Abu Dhabi

InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Hala Arjaan

InterContinental Abu Dhabi offers 390 spacious, modern and stylish guest rooms and suites with breathtaking panoramic views over the city corniche and coastline. Dedicated Club InterContinental floors with first class personalized service, as well as access to the exclusive Club Lounge and the finest selection of meeting and conference facilities.

Hala Arjaan by Rotana offers first-class hotel apartments with charm and comfort and is located in the heart of the business district, close to the coast, shopping and all the city's attractions.

Vibrant selection of restaurants, the award winning Chamas a lively Brazilian Churrascaria with live Latin music, The Fishmarket restaurant offers fresh fish cooked Thai style. The Yacht Club is a trendy restaurant and bar that affords stunning marina view. Boccaccio offers traditional Italian cuisine. The latest addition is the cosmopolitan turn of the century style Belgian Beer Café. An exceptional location with 935 feet of private white sandy beaches and a private marina. The Health Club offers various choices of massage treatments, jacuzzi and sauna. A well equipped gymnasium also allows guests to work out whenever they wish as it is open 24-hours for hotel guests.

Being large, beautifully furnished and well-equipped, the apartments are designed with both long-term guests and families in mind. All makes a difference to your stay. Whatever comforts make you feel at home, a place for you to adapt to, just the way you like it. First-class hotel apartments with a personal touch, Arjaan properties have been developed with both long-term guests and families in mind. Some of the hotels facilities include a gift shop and news stand, a doctor on call, non-smoking rooms, valet parking and ample parking space, multilingual staff and laundry and dry-cleaning facilities.

Beach Rotana

Emirates Palace

The moment guests step into the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, they are embraced by the unique blend of traditional Arabian hospitality and the breathtaking opulence of modern luxury. This Rotana City Conference Resort offers luxury in a superb location right in the main business district of Abu Dhabi facing the sea.

Emirates Palace is the most expensive hotel ever built—an extravagance in gold, silver and mother of pearl where you can live like a Sheikh. Traditional palatial architecture— adorned with exquisite silk and Persian carpets and handpicked crystal chandeliers—is meshed with modern day technology; this includes the fastest Wi-fi connectivity in the UAE, which envelops the entire 100 hectares including the mile long private beach.

Over 450 rooms and suites are complemented by Abu Dhabi's finest dining outlets and extensive meeting and event facilities. The Beach Rotana also benefits by adjoining the popular Abu Dhabi Mall which features a variety of shopping outlets. At Beach Rotana your comfort comes first. The hotel facilities include babysitting upon request, car and limousine rental, covered car park, currency exchange, multilingual staff, same day laundry and fast dry-cleaning services, valet parking, hair and beauty salon, Eight Club Rotana Executive floors, ten world-class food & beverage venues and wireless internet in all rooms, suites and public areas.

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The Palace offers a wide range of both chic and intimate dining options of 16 different outlets and restaurants ready to suit all tastes including the first deluxe Emirati restaurant in the UAE, Mezlai, offering traditional and authentic Emirati cuisine with a modern twist, an amazing Anantara spa, an on-site bank, premium shopping boutiques, two beautiful main pool areas – one for lounging in secluded relaxation and one for family fun and adventure – as well as the sublime private beach.


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Desert Nights Camp

“Ahlan Wa Sahlan”, Awaken to Adventure. Welcome to the Desert Nights Camp at Al Wasil, Sultanate of Oman. Standing clearly above the rest, The Desert Nights Camp is a place that sells itself. Situated on the Wahiba Sands which is a two hour drive away from Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. 26 luxurious Bedouin styled tents are ready for those seeking the ultimate desert adventure vacation. The Camp is the epitome of what one could wish for and offers unparalleled comfort and pampering to the most discerning traveler.

Falaj Daris Hotel, Nizwa

Known as “The Jewel of the Sultanate”, Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat is set against a dramatic mountain backdrop on 81 hectares of private beach and lush green gardens. The business and commercial districts are close by, as are must-see sights including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bait Al Zubair Museum and Al Alam Palace. To explore the essence of Muscat, a visit to the Muttrah Souk (market) is a must. Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat offers 50 luxurious suites, each with an exclusive Butler Services so you can enjoy the luxury and personal attention you deserve.

Falaj Daris Hotel is ideally located just 2.5 miles away from Nizwa town, the perfect base to explore the interior and after a tiring day to relax! The hotel is situated 93 miles from Seeb International airport.

Al Maha Piano Bar is the destination where guests and locals gather to relax and unwind. An array of international cocktails and liqueurs are served, expertly accompanied by live jazz and blues.

Falaj Daris Hotel has recently undergone a complete renovation and refurbishment. The hotel now has 55 beautifully appointed international standard rooms including two suites.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Guests have a choice of arrival experiences: A scenic ten minute speed boat trip into the resort’s private marina, a dramatic drive down from the peak overlooking the bay, or even as a companion passenger with the resort’s professional paraglider! The innovative accommodations of Six Senses Zighy Bay are a blend of the surrounding Omani traditional style with modern amenities to provide luxury amidst local cultural themes. Each of the 82 spacious villas has a private infinity pool with cozy terrace, as well as 24-hour butler service to accommodate any need.

Salalah Marriott Resort

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat offers 153 guest rooms and suites ideally suited for business and leisure travelers. Designed to offer ultimate relaxation, each room and suite features stylish design and convenient amenities like mini bar and laptop-sized safe. Business Class rooms and Suites feature complimentary super buffet breakfast, access to the business class lounge, Nespresso® coffee machine, as well as upgraded bath amenities. Guests receive a unique login and password to stay connected with Free highspeed, wireless Internet access. Non-smoking rooms and handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request. Located near the city center, perfect for business or leisure travelers. Recharge at the exclusive Fontana health club, fitted with a gymnasium, sauna, steam rooms and swimming pool. All Hotel guests have access to the business center and free wi-fi internet access.

The Salalah Marriott Resort is set on the idyllic shores of the Arabian Sea on the white sandy beaches of Mirbat Cove and at the foot of Jebel Samhan, 50 miles from Salalah International Airport. The Dhofar region in Southern Oman is known as the land of gardens and historical treasures. Being the first Marriott Resort in the Sultanate, the Resort offers a unique holiday experience by blending Marriott's authentic hospitality with exceptional facilities in an unmatched natural landscape.


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Islands

Helpful Information - Indian Ocean Getting Around. The islands are easily accessible by air.

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he Indian Ocean is home to some of the most exotic islands on earth! From the beautiful white beaches and breathtaking underwater scenery of the Maldives and Seychelles, to the dazzling turquoise waters, luxury beach resorts, fabulous shopping and fascinating culture of Mauritius, you're sure to find the perfect island holiday or honeymoon in this romantic corner of the globe. Mauritius and Seychelles lie off the coast of Africa, and have a distinct French flavor.

Maldives The Maldives is a group of 1,190 islands south east of Sri Lanka. Only 200 are inhabited and 97 are exclusive island resorts with lush vegetation, ringed with coral reefs, turquoise lagoons full of marine life, and white sandy beaches. The overriding theme here is days of water activities and romantic, balmy nights.

Must Sees. Seychelles: Seek out the coco de mer Maldives: Go diving at banana reef or surf the amazing reef breaks Mauritius: Explore the colonial-era buildings, markets and colorful Chinatown of Port Louis. Currency. Maldives: Rufiyaa Mauritius: Mauritian Rupee Seychelles: Rupees Climate. The climate varies between 68F-90F. Winter is from May to October and Summer is between November and April. Language. Maldives: Dhivehi (local) & English Mauritius: English (official) & Creole (main) Seychelles: Creole, English & French

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Mauritius A tropical island getaway with accommodation ranging from ultra chic resorts to affordable selfcatering apartments. Great destination for families and honeymooners with a huge variety of both land and water-based activities to keep you as active or as relaxed as you wish to be. Great beaches, warm waters and good shopping.

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Huvadhoo Atoll

Seychelles Seychelles is made up of 115 island jewels with white sandy beaches, colorful marine life, luxurious private islands and resorts, and romantic hideaways. The Inner Islands of MahÊ, Praslin and La Digue, form the cultural and economic hub and are home to the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches.

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Reethi Beach Resort

Reethi Beach Resort is located in the north-east of Baa Atoll on tiny Fonimagoodhoo Island, a scenic 35-minute seaplane flight from Male’. The elegant and spacious detached and semi-detached villas are built from natural materials in typical Maldivian-style, providing first class comfort in a unique setting. Rooms are airconditioned and set amid tropical foliage fringing a long expanse of powder soft beach or on stilts over the clear blue lagoon. There are five restaurants and five bars, poolside and beachfront. Facilities include a PADI 5-star dive centre, a Spa and wellness retreat, water sports centre, sports complex and a wide variety of group and private excursions have been carefully selected to enable you to explore the untouched beauty of Baa Atoll and the rich culture of its inhabitants. The resort has a total of 110 rooms which consists of 30 Reethi Villas, 50 Deluxe Villas and 30 Water Villas. All rooms have one king size or twin beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, IDD

telephone, mini bar, safe, satellite TV, hair dryer, hot and cold water. They are serviced twice daily and bath towels, hand towels, beach towels, shampoo, shower gel, soap and body lotion are provided. The five restaurants include The Rehendhi, Moodhu Bar & Restaurant, Reethi Grill, Alifaan Restaurant and Saima Garden. They consist of buffet, gourmet and speciality restaurants to cater for the most discerning guests. Bars include Rasgefaanu Bar, Veyo Bar and the Beach Bars. The Rasgefaanu Bar is the main resort bar which offers a wide-range of cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is also an adjoining games room, offering table tennis, pool, darts, carom, many board games plus a wide selection of books. This is also the venue for most of the evening entertainment. Private dining is also available for guests wanting to celebrate a special occasion; enjoy a romantic evening, or a true ‘get-away’ dinner experience can, by arrangement and extra charge, be arranged on the beach, or on a nearby uninhabited island.


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Naladhu Maldives

On a tranquil palm-covered atoll surrounded by a coral lagoon, Naladhu offers a feeling of seclusion and serenity. A sense of luxury pervades the 19 stunning houses set within lush landscaped surroundings, each just foot steps away from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There are 13 private ocean pool pavilions with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, and six beach pool pavilions located under palm canopies on the powder white beach front. The spacious rooms have a decadently appointed al-fresco bathing pavilion with a unique bathtub, private swimming pool, waterfall shower and steam room all shaded by bougainvillea and frangipani. All rooms offer the services of a House Master, LCD TV, CD/DVD player, wifi, ipod, indoor and outdoor day beds and a dining sala. Beach Houses face the lagoon side of the island and are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation to provide a cocoon of privacy. Ocean Houses provide totally unobstructed views of the jewel-blue waters, and are the ultimate choice for privacy and tranquility. Each Ocean

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House has the additional pleasure of a private Cabana located on the beach, which can be used for lounging and massage during the day or for dining in the evening. A range of luxurious spa therapies drawing on the rich natural traditions of the islands and surrounding ocean. Relax the mind and spirit by being pampered in the sensuous pavilion or on the sun-bleached deck as twilight falls. Culinary experiences on Naladhu include the intimacy of in-house-dining, gourmet adventures on deserted sand banks, on remote islands or mingling with other guests in The Living Room, Naladhu’s relaxed all-day dining venue. Residents may choose to take advantage of the facilities on sister Anantara islands or enjoy the pampering and privacy of Naladhu alone. Every Naladhu moment is an experience to treasure. We offer expansive private spaces, unsurpassed luxury, a graceful elegance that never goes out of style for the perfect vacation experience in the Maldives. Come visit us, and create your own timeless moment.


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Anantara Dhigu

Land in a resort paradise, surrounded by sparkling blue waters. Anantara Dhigu is an idyllic island paradise that feels like your home away from home, and a dazzling, natural playground for you to indulge in, only a 35 minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport allowing 24 hour a day access. Ideal for families or couples, the resort offers 70 stylish beachfront villas and 40 superb overwater suites all on the fringe of a tranquil lagoon; some beach front villas and overwater suites feature private pools. Bask under the dazzling Indian Ocean sun from your beachfront villa or over water suite sundeck. Step onto a pure white beach and let soft sand sift between your toes. In all rooms, enjoy the comforts of home with your own espresso machine, iPod connection, flat screen TV, resident’s mini bar and 24-hour room service. The beachfront villas feature a bathroom garden with both an outdoor rain shower and signature Anantara terrazzo bathtub while the Over Water Suites offer stunning views from your own sundeck where you can gently slip into the turquoise blue waters below.

Discover the ultimate tropical island getaway with brilliant coral reefs and water sport adventures including a professionally run and fully equipped Padi dive center which operates year round or try your skills at the seasonal surf school (Apr – Oct) where you can ride one of the best waves in the Maldives. If you prefer experience a healing massage at Anantara Spa, with a variety of extraordinary and exquisite holistic treatments offered, you will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed. Guests are offered an array of culinary options with a range to tempt even the most discerning of palates from Fushi Café, Fuddan Fusion Grill, Terrazzo Italian Restaurant, Aqua Bar and then on sister island Anantara Veli, Dhigu guests may also enjoy Baan Huraa Thai, Geckos and 73 Degrees with amazing seafood nights. Resort facilities also include Dhoni Kid’s Club, Library, Boutique, Luxury yacht hire, activities desk and watersports center.


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Maldives

Anantara Veli

Anantara Veli sets the stage for an idyllic honeymoon or getaway with secluded over-water bungalows. Romance and enchantment are a way of life in a land of water, endless blue sky and powder white sands. Over-Water Bungalows. Enjoy all the comforts of home and then some, with your own espresso machine, resident’s minibar, surround-sound stereo with flat-screen TV, CD/DVD/ MP3 player and 24-hour room service, contemporary dÊcor of your 667 square feet over water bungalow, with hardwood floors and a coconut thatch roof. Maldivian fabrics stretch across your bed, inviting you to do the same. Tropical flowers and jasmine scents float through your spacious bathroom. Take to the sun terrace or step into the gentle waters of the lagoon Deluxe Over-Water Bungalows. 990 square feet of relaxation under the charming coconut thatch roof. Your bungalow is a sanctuary overlooking the seascapes. Settle into a terrazzo bathtub, unwind on a daybed on the sundeck. There is no place more idyllic than this spot of paradise to enjoy leisurely quality time. Whether you choose to work on your tan at the ocean front infinity pool, spend your days on the water with sailing excursions, waterskiing on the

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lagoon, seaplane flights, deep-sea fishing or sunset dhoni cruises alongside dolphins, the choice is yours. Anantara also features its own onsite PADI Dive Centre to guide you through one of the world's premier diving destinations. Freshen up for an evening of fine dining at one of the bars and restaurants where the world's flavors are brought to you. A highlight: the best of Thai cuisine, set on the edge of a reef. Just moments away, is Anantara Veli's sister resort, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa where you will also find a boutique and a range of other diversions. As guests of Anantara Veli, you enjoy full access to the facilities and amenities of both islands. The jungle spa at Anantara Veli is nestled in the island's abundant greenery. Treatments draw from the wisdom of the earth to enrich, detoxify, polish and rejuvenate. Escape the cares of everyday life with indigenouslyinspired luxury treatments for body and soul at Anantara Spa.


Mauritius

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Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Located on the island’s east coast, Constance Le Prince Maurice is situated on 24 hecctares of unblemished private land blessed with rare and luxuriant vegetation that ensures maximum privacy for its guests. The turquoise lagoon blends perfectly with the fresh, green surroundings and secluded beaches of brilliant white sand. The reserve accommodates the only over-water suites in Mauritius, sitting high on stilts, while the resort’s other generous suites are located along the beach or in a sub-tropical garden facing the sea.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, set on the most beautiful beach of the eastern coast of Mauritius, offers a wide range of leisure facilities and 92 prestige rooms besides being an ideal location for golf addicts – from beginners to professionals - with two 18-hole championship golf courses. The resort gently lies on a 1.2 miles long white sandy beach and is set in a 15 hectares tropical garden. Protected by a coral reef, the lagoon is ideal for all watersports from swimming to snorkeling.

Boutique Hotel 20°Sud

Anahita The Resort

Boutique Hotel 20°Sud has 28 rooms and six suites, some of which are less than 32 feet from the beach! They are divided into four categories: the “Charm” rooms, the “Beachfront” rooms, the “Suites” and the “Austral Suites”. All the rooms are airconditioned and have a beautiful terrace which looks onto the attractive coconut grove bordering the sea. The rooms are tastefully furnished and equipped with queen-size bed, safe, plasma television with satellite channels, PayTV movies, telephone and free, unlimited access to high speed wi-fi internet.

Anahita The Resort is set in a spectacular landscape of 213 hectares surrounded by an Ernie Els designed 18 hole championship golf course, a lively market village with shops, deli, café, gourmet restaurant, bar, wellness lounge & beauty center, swimming pool, beach, fitness center, tennis courts, golf clubhouse, and OurSpace children’s club. 28 Villas and 70 luxury suites in total, the one, two and three bedroom suites with private plunge pools, have either breathtaking views of the turquoise lagoon or views of the lush golf course with a stunning mountain backdrop.

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Shanti Maurice, a Nira Resort

Named after the legendary young couple immortalised by the French author Bernardin de St Pierre in his novel Paul & Virginie, the hotel is an invitation to a relaxing and romantic stay. The decor of colonial inspiration, a subtle combination of wood, stone and thatch roofs, reveals a peaceful haven for couples seeking an unforgettable getaway to paradise island. Accommodation consists of 81 rooms all of which feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, electronic room safe, mini bar, tea & coffee facilities, direct dial telephone, satellite television and a hair-dryer.

Shanti Maurice is a boutique, lifestyle resort located on the largely untouched south coast of Mauritius. The resort comprises 61 spacious suites and villas, spread across a 14 hectare landscape of tropical gardens, located on the beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean. The resort welcomes couples and families, and offers a Kids Club and Activities Program. Nira Spa is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean, 25 treatments rooms. Shanti Maurice offers extensive dining options, with an emphasis on locallysourced fresh fare.

The Grand Mauritian

Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort

Embraced by the gently swaying sugar cane fields and the warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, The Grand Mauritian, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, invites you to experience the magic of Mauritian hospitality in a truly luxurious setting. The resort boasts 193 guest rooms and suites, separated in 15 exquisite villas spread along the spectacular beach. Water sports and diving complement the two stunning swimming pools and a natural sandy beach.

Heritage Awali stands out for its exceptional range of services tailored for the enjoyment of young and old. Rooms are spacious and perfectly fitted out. An array of land and water-based sports are on offer including a simply spectacular 18-hole golf course! And an exclusive children’s club, where three to eleven year olds can have fun in a learning environment. Each of the rooms are spacious and comfortable and opens onto its own private and comfortable terrace, a stone’s throw away from the two swimming pools or on the edge of the beach.


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Seychelles

Desroches Island Resort

Denis Private Island

Situated 143 miles south-west of Mahé, Desroches Island is amongst the most pristine, untouched islands in the world blessed with the healthiest climate. The array of facilities include a superb yet relaxed restaurant, a specialist Creole restaurant, pizzeria and a delicatessen. The boutique shop, extensive watersport center, swimming pool, gymnasium, spa, library and business center all complement the full range of deluxe facilities. The 20 luxurious Beach Suites and 26 Beach Villas are surrounded by immaculate white soft sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.

Perched at the edge of the Seychelles bank, Denis is a coral island that lies 59 miles north of Mahé. Guarded in large part by coral reefs, the island has a natural lagoon and a steep drop-off where underwater inhabitants are both a draw and delight for visitors.

Constance Ephelia Resort

Paradise Sun

Constance Ephelia Resort is located over two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé and overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay – offers private seclusion with breathtaking views. Whether you choose one of the suites or a hillside, spa or beach villa, each of the residences is impeccably furnished with modern conveniences to make your stay as stress-free as possible. Some feature additional rooms and private pools, but all provide fantastic views of heavenly surrounds.

Paradise Sun is discretely tucked away on the North Eastern side of Praslin Island, which is the second largest island of the unspoiled Seychelles archipelago. The hotel nestles in the far corner of two miles of vast white sandy beach of the Cote d'Or, under the protective presence of an outcrop of enormous granite boulders – Nearby you will find some of the finest beaches not only in the Seychelles, but in the world, such as Anse Lazio– and you will also discover the Vallée de Mai which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Le Meridien Barbarons

Village du Pecheur

In the bay, overlooking the ocean, you are invited to relax in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Le Méridien Barbarons situated on Mahé, at the tip of the beautiful beach of Barbarons 30 minutes away from the airport. Le Meridien Barbarons boasts 124 completely refurbished guest rooms and suites open onto their own sea or garden facing terraces or balconies. Two restaurants offer refined and superior service. You will also find two bars and a conference center. The Penguin Club welcomes children, whilst adults may indulge themselves in the Cinq Mondes Health Spa.

Stay at The Village du Pecheur Situated on the east coast of Praslin on one of the most beautiful beach The "Cote D'or". This charming boutique hotel with white washed walls, thatched roof, blended with tropical wood and marble reflects a warm and relaxed atmosphere. "A Home away from Home". Accommodation consists of ten luxuriously furnished rooms, four junior suites, five standard rooms all equipped with safe, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, TV, hair-dryer, A/C, IDD telephone and terrace/balcony.

Sunset Beach Hotel Mahe

Constance Lemuria Resort of Praslin

The Sunset Beach Hotel is situated on a granitic presque d’ile with a pristine golden beach on the North West cost of Mahe.

Constance Lemuria Resort enjoys an idyllic location on the northwest coast of Praslin Island overlooking the beaches of Anse Kerlan and Petite Anse Kerlan. Anse Georgette, a third beach, is a hidden gem of the resort and considered one of the most beautiful in the Seychelles. The 96 thatched suites, eight villas and presidential villa are situated along the beaches and use natural materials of marble, limestone, wood and granite – a true celebration of the island’s gifts.

The accommodation consists of 28 tastefully furnished rooms in total which feature a patio or terrace, satellite TV, air-conditioning, in-room safe, tea & coffee facilities, stocked mini-bar, hair-dryer, IDD telephone, radio/alarm clock, nightly turn down service and room/laundry service.

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Denis Island’s elegant cottages nestle near the ocean shore amid lush tropical gardens where comfort and a natural Creole flair go hand in hand. Each natural cottage has its own private sea-facing veranda and courtyard.


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