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Contents Giltedge Africa Giltedge DMC Giltedge Golf & Safari Giltedge International Giltedge Incentives Travel with a Purpose Travel Experiences South Africa Cape Peninsula Cape Winelands Cape Breakaways Garden Route & Eastern Cape
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Giltedge Africa Change your life with an African vacation
ign up for a life-changing travel experience with award-winning Giltedge Africa, by choosing from our superlative array of luxury destinations. Our carefully selected properties are located in exotic and exciting destinations throughout Africa including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Uganda, Madagascar, and the beautiful Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Seychelles. Our exceptionally experienced team ensures that clients enjoy seamless, memorable, and unique vacation experiences. These experiences are tailored by this dedicated team to individual client budgets, interests, and aspirations. We aspire to accommodate guestsâ€™ special needs, including catering for disabled guests. All of our itineraries are prepared with integrity, creativity, flexibility, and more importantly, with great attention paid to detail throughout the planning process and execution of the itinerary. Everything will be taken care of from car hire, private air and boat charters, sporting and adventure activities, meet and greet services, private day tours
in the major cities, fully guided tours, special interest tours, international and domestic air tickets, as well as all other travel-related services. Our consultants use their personal experience, passion for Africa, and our extensive network of quality providers to craft the perfect African vacation experience for you. We invite you to explore the wealth of superb destinations within this guide all with their own distinguishing features and luxury offerings, and all located in Africaâ€™s most scenic surrounds. The properties highlighted within have all been carefully chosen and are sure to tempt you to visit time and time again.
Enquiries & Reservations: telephone South Africa +27 21 713 0296, USA & Canada toll free 1 877 511 6860, UK toll free 0 800 680 0423, Australia toll free 1 800 737 403 | facsimile +27 21 713 0506 | email email@example.com | website www.giltedgeafrica.com 02
Giltedge DMC Exceeding your expectations
njoy outstanding service, unique programs and itineraries, and superlative destinations with Giltedge DMC, catering for meetings, conferences, special interest and incentive groups wanting to explore Southern Africa. The luxury destinations are diverse from cosmopolitan and sophisticated African cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg to remote bushveld locations in award-winning game reserves and conservancies or the exotic appeal of Indian Ocean islands.
Enquiries & Reservations: telephone South Africa +27 21 713 0296, USA & Canada toll free 1 877 511 6860, UK toll free 0 800 680 0423, Australia toll free 1 800 737 403 | facsimile +27 21 713 0506 | email firstname.lastname@example.org | website www.giltedgedmc.com
Using preferred suppliers and products that have been carefully chosen for their quality and affordability, our dedicated team goes out of their way to ensure outstanding service for unique and creative DMC solutions that are tailored to budgets, preferences, and desired outcomes. Allow us to craft memorable meetings, conferences, special interest tours, and incentive travel itineraries for your clients by combining sophisticated facilities, luxury amenities, and exciting African experiences. We develop programs that are both inspiring and meaningful using our extensive local product knowledge to best express your brand message and conferencing objectives. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Giltedge DMC boasts a reputation for providing quality tailor made experiences in unforgettable locations from the mysterious East and North African countries to the outstanding options available in Southern Africa and the romantic Indian Ocean islands. Whether you choose to host your event in the context of the African bush with a Big 5 experience, alongside stunning Victoria Falls, the serenity of the Namib Desert, or the sensual beach locations on offer, rest assured that you and your team will enjoy a unique and memorable experience. Ensure an unforgettable experience for yourself, your staff, or clients when choosing Giltedge DMC as your service provider. 03
Giltedge Golf & Safari South Africa’s leading luxury golf tour operator
iltedge Golf & Safari offers its clients the ultimate in luxury travel combined with the best wine, golf, and safari experiences in Southern Africa. All the hotels, game lodges, and golf courses are specifically chosen by our golf and travel professionals as representative of the best South Africa has to offer. Close relationships and ‘preferred partner’ status has been developed with these properties to ensure excellent service with attention paid to detail. Giltedge Golf & Safari is owned and managed by avid golfers, who know exactly how golfers travel, and how to create the perfect golfing safari. Giltedge Golf & Safari also have vast experience in tailor making programs for any non-golfers, with an array of sights and experiences to choose from in Southern Africa. A visit to a private game reserve is a unique experience, combining first world opulence and comfort with the sometimes harsh, barren landscape of the African bush. The growth in the spa and wellness industry has been phenomenal and many of the 5-Star properties we offer have superb wellness centre facilities for those who wish to unwind and be pampered,
while their partners tackle our worldclass golf courses. As the official travel partner for the PGA of South Africa, Giltedge Golf & Safari also focusses on providing accredited PGA professionals with the very best golf tours to and from South Africa via a unique ProPlus program. Our sports division offers sports fanatics the opportunity to step
backstage and enjoy some of the world’s most legendary sporting events from premier viewing locations. From major golf events such as The Masters, Ryder Cup and British Open, to bucketlist sporting events such as Wimbledon, Hong Kong Sevens, and the Monaco Grand Prix. Giltedge Golf & Safari is ready to create your perfect golf or sports getaway.
Enquiries & Reservations: telephone South Africa +27 21 713 0296, USA & Canada toll free 1 877 511 6860, UK toll free 0 800 680 0423, Australia toll free 1 800 737 403 | facsimile +27 21 713 0506 | email email@example.com | website www.giltedgegolf.com 04
Giltedge International Corporate, customized and personal travel solutions
iltedge International is a fully accredited travel agency and Travel Management Company (TMC) operating within the Sure Travel brand with our own IATA licences. Our core services include corporate travel management for our 70+ corporate clients nationally and internationally, as well as a VIP leisure solution to handle all requests including honeymoons, luxury safaris, adventure, and group travel. We take the time to get to know you. We look at the variety and complexity of your travel and consider your routes. We weigh up your hotel needs with our knowledge of pressure points and events in different locations. Sure Travel, formed in 1979, is Southern Africaâ€™s largest independent travel agency brand with over 100 offices in South Africa and Namibia; this group is particularly strong in the SME market. Membership requires adherence to specialist business travel criteria, including Management Information provision, 24/7 afterhours and emergency service, Travel Policy creation expertize, Duty of Care provision, Service Level Agreement development capability, and full spectrum technology inclusive of leading-edge automated Travel
Management tools (Self-Booking). At Giltedge International, we offer a powerful fusion of superior personal service and top technology. Our highly trained, motivated, experienced staff, professional managers, and consultants maintain continual contact with travelers and travel arrangers. Our global partnership with ATPI, which has over 60 offices in key cities around the world and use the same reservation system, guarantees seamless service and access to global fares markets for intelligent pricing. ATPI is recognised as the international leader in providing travel solutions to the energy and shipping industry,
putting 24/7 service, flexibility, cost effectiveness and safety at the heart of this sectorâ€™s mission critical travel management. Our global buying power means that we bring you the best deals and by briefing our own talented innovators to develop technology and tools in-house, we can respond to your specific challenges more effectively than outsourcing this function.
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Giltedge Incentives Bespoke & aspirational meetings, incentives & group travel
iltedge Incentives is the partner of choice for meetings, incentives, conferences, or events for the South African MICE market. With a trusted network of preferred partners on all continents, the Giltedge Incentives Team specializes in conceptualizing, planning, and managing professional and bespoke MICE experiences. Our global reach, knowledge, buying power, and dedication to excellence ensure the best return on investment possible. All of our tailored programs honor the integrity, vision and mission of the host company, while taking into consideration budget parameters. We pride ourselves on our creative and bespoke programs, our outstanding service and hands-on program management, and extensive local and international product knowledge. Drawing on a world-wide network of proven suppliers, decades of combined experience from staff that pride themselves on their creativity, passion and professionalism, and our emphasis on providing quality experiences ensure that the Giltedge Incentive Team is the premier partner of choice when it comes to planning and managing incentive travel programs and conferencing events in Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australasia. Our team of passionate professionals are backed by more than 75 years of combined experience in the group travel, incentive, conferencing, and event industry. Our
promise of an exceptional experience rests on our ability to deliver innovative and flexible programs and events, competitive pricing, and outstanding results. Giltedge Incentives has its roots in the highly successful Giltedge, which has been honored with the 2015 World Travel Award for South Africa's Leading Luxury Tour Operator. Access to other companies within the Giltedge group ensures that Giltedge Incentives is encouraged to draw on their combined knowledge, expertize and networks for the benefit of their clients.
Enquiries & Reservations: telephone +27 21 713 0296 | email email@example.com | website www.giltedge-incentives.com
Travel with a Purpose
Choose from three ‘travel with a purpose’ experiences: volun-tourism, eco-tourism and edu-tourism. Programs last between a day, week or several weeks. Volun-tourism This form of social engagement offers an opportunity to interact with a local community, its children and caretakers. The result is a deep and rewarding experience and presents the opportunity to develop sustainable friendships. Programs include: orphanage visits, youth projects, cross-cultural exchange, donation of school supplies and other valuable resources, as well as lending support for extra-mural activities. Eco-tourism These projects aim to support conservation and wildlife projects in southern Africa. They provide you with the opportunity to gain conservation skills, experience both culture and wildlife, and have a life-changing adventure at the same time. Programs include bushwalks, camping and education seminars, hands-on animal care and conservation management, anti-poaching and game reintroduction initiatives, as well as rehabilitation and research projects.
promote mutual understanding, diversity and respect. Programs encompass engaging with organizations such as the Girl Scouts of South Africa, orphanages and youth educational programs, as well as interaction with universities.
We practice responsible tourism by: Consulting with local communities to ensure that projects match their needs. Embedding ethical standards, safety, authenticity, and sustainability into program design and operations.
Take the opportunity to: Make a difference while on holiday in southern Africa. Be of service to communities and the environment. Elevate your safari experience into something transformative. Create memories and build long lasting friendships. Support worthy initiatives through donations and, in return, receive a charitable travel tax deduction.
The Giltedge Promise: To help make Nelson Mandela’s dream come true by giving back to the next generation. To provide our clients with insight into the world of others. To offer life-changing experiences, long-lasting memories and friendships.
Edu-tourism Edu-tourism focusses on cross-cultural exchange in the sharing of personal work experiences, skills and talents with those who have similar interests. The initiatives, which bring together people from different cultural, ethnic and socio-economic contexts,
Reservations for Two
Starlit nights, evocative landscapes and luxurious venues wait in Africa
frica’s expansive plains, evocative deserts, lush savannas and forests, mountain peaks, and deep canyon floors provide the wild landscapes needed for the penultimate romantic safari experience. Balmy African days and sparkling starlit nights interspersed with the echoing trumpet of the elephant’s call and the chilling cries of the predators stalking their prey at night provide the soundtrack. Those seeking for that perfect wedding or honeymoon venue to celebrate their love or those looking to reignite old flames or stir new ones can find no better destination than Africa with its white-sand beaches, romantic resorts, mighty rivers and serene lakes, and game-rich bush. Days are whiled away on bush walks or customized safari drives, sunning
oneself alongside sparkling rim-flow swimming pools, out and about on the water in search of game fish, whales and dolphins, or chasing the sunset on a champagne cruise. Each perfect moment is complemented by gourmet food and fine wines, excellent and unobtrusive service, and charming hospitality. Whether inland in a remote safari setting or right on the Indian Ocean coastline, luxurious lodges, boutique hotels, and private estates ensure that the romance lasts throughout the stay. The variety of destinations appeals to all temperaments with sophisticated South Africa, Botswana’s mysterious Okavango Delta, Zambia’s aweinspiring Victoria Falls, sunny Seychelles and alluring Mauritius, and oh-so decadent Mozambique all awaiting your visit.
Kids on Safari
Create unforgettable family memories by bringing your kids on safari
njoy complete peace of mind when booking a luxury, childfriendly safari experience in Africa. Besides being able to choose from varied game-rich, but malariafree destinations, these upmarket operators cater for children in the same manner that they cater for adults. This means that your children will also enjoy an unforgettable African experience learning new things, making new friends and creating those special memories that last well into adulthood. Many safari lodges and accommodation venues go out of their way to ensure that children are entertained and provided with age-appropriate experiences, ranging from recreational facilities to specially designed safari experiences. Options often include guided bush walks and ranger programs where they learn to
identify spoor and to track animals, to horse rides and outdoor games. Activities are normally structured to keep children entertained while raising their awareness of the beauty of nature and the many animals it supports in efforts to instil a life-long love of the environment. Facilities at the accommodation venues normally include babysitting services with professional childminders so that adults can have a night off indulging in romantic spa visits or candlelit dinners in fine dining restaurants. Kiddie’s menus are geared to simpler tastes for younger palates ensuring that both parents and children have a fantastic dining experience. Bringing your children on safari is a sure way to generate fabulous family memories that will bring members together for decades to come.
Exotic combinations and diverse venues equate to culinary bliss in Africa
ith dramatic landscapes and luxurious venues to enjoy it in, culinary experiences in Africa cannot be topped. Dive into the rich world of exotic spices, fresh ingredients, and eclectic culinary styles when opting to go on a gourmet safari. The variety on offer reflects the diversity of cultures and rich history of the continent. The favourable climate enables every possible type of food to be grown in Africa, which is known for its fresh fruit and vegetables, coffee, cocoa, fantastic seafood, and flavorful meat. And of course, it is all accompanied by fine wines, brandies and South Africa’s famous port- and sherry-styled wines. As diverse as the menu is the range of dining venues. Whether you are drawn to
5-Star formal dining in outstanding settings overlooking the ocean or silver-service offered in a luxurious and remote safari lodge, looking for artisanal produce served on wine estates on vine-clad verandas, or wanting bush meals served around a roaring fire after a day spent in search of Africa’s Big 5, it is on offer. Farmers’ markets, delis, and bakeries abound, all with their own particular twist in using fabulous produce. The choices are endless; all that must be decided is where you want to enjoy your African gourmet culinary experience. You might be so intrigued that you sign up for hands-on cooking classes! What is for sure is that the combination of fine flavours and world-class wines will complement any African experience you have.
Private Guided Safaris
Sign up for an exclusive African safari experience with a private guide
et the best possible wildlife experience by opting for an exclusive, privately guided safari tour. You will be signing up for a bespoke African wildlife experience led by professional guides happy to share their experience of the bush with you and to tailor the excursions to suit your interests and schedule. Those looking for an intimate experience or groups looking for an exclusive one can do no better that choosing the option of a private guided safari. Their knowledge of local plant and bird life is extensive enabling rich insights into the local ecology and migratory patterns of the animals. Skilled guides ensure that wildlife sightings are a common and exhilarating experience. Whether the excursions are on foot into Africa’s majestic plains and evocative deserts,
in customized vehicles for exciting game viewing, in the air from hot-air balloons, or private charter, on the river in a canoe, or from the luxurious decks of a river cruiser, a bespoke experience is guaranteed. Track predators at night, search for game fish in deep waters, immerse yourself in the intricate landscapes of Africa, and rediscover the soul connection between man and nature. Choosing a private guided safari experience ensures that not a moment is wasted, that your expectations are met, and that you are hosted in luxurious and dedicated style. We especially recommend this option in countries such as Namibia and Botswana, and those in East Africa. You can expect outstanding service, luxurious venues, great food and fabulous African wildlife experiences.
Special Interest Tours
Authentic, diverse, and bespoke specialist experiences await you in Africa
e have searched for and discovered the most original, bespoke, and authentic special-interest experiences on offer from historical immersion to nature exploration. Archeo- & Palaeontological – Step into the oldest known footprints of man and follow the historical trail left by Middle and Late Stone Age inhabitants, as well as the indigenous Khoisan in South Africa. Further north explore ancient Roman ruins in North Africa and the famous medieval cities of Fez in Morocco and Carthage in Tunisia, which can trace its history back to 814BC. Birding Safaris – Myriad bird species traverse the plains, valleys, deltas, and deserts of Africa. Sign up for a bespoke birding experience on an intensive tour of a diversity of habitats, which is customized to suit your particular birding interests.
Botanical – Discover the wilderness on tours of Cape Town’s Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve set overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and immerse yourself in the rich botanical wonders found at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Horticulturalists provide the inside track on guided tours of prestigious private estates accompanied by a prominent botanist. Craft Art – Spend time with specialist artists and crafters whose work reflects their extensive knowledge of the environment in its whimsical and evocative rendering. The experience and products providing an unforgettable memento of your stay. Cultural & Heritage – A rich and very varied cultural landscape waits in Africa from exotic desert cultures with ancient cities and Roman ruins to exciting contemporary nations with preserved heritage sites, community tours, and battlefield reconstructions.
Photographic – Join an exclusive photographic African safari guided by professional rangers dedicated to ensuring you get that perfect wildlife or landscape shot. Walking – Set off on an epic climb up majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, an exciting safari bush walk, or take a more leisurely walking tour up Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain and descend by cable car. Spa and Wellness – Indulge in holistic pampering treatments in exotic locations from the Namibian wilderness to ancient cities in mysterious Morocco. Choose from classic European-style therapies or traditional African treatments.
Journey to the Cape’s most popular wine regions
ndulge in the best combination of safari and wine travel accompanied by qualified guides passionate about wine and the places it is made. CONSTANTIA – On the southern slopes of the Table Mountain range lies the historic Constantia valley, the cradle of winemaking in the Cape since 1685. There are only a handful of cellars in this premier ward, where the cool climate favors the production of remarkable wines.
The Very Finest
Utter decadence and authentic experiences await the discerning traveler
nything you can dream of can happen in Africa whether you are longing for a 5-Star stay in an exquisite bush lodge or sophisticated upmarket city-based hotel, luxury living on a sun, sea, and sand paradise island, or a classic and elegant tented safari experience. Those discerning guests seeking for an exclusive and bespoke African safari experience will find the luxurious, the unusual, the superlative, and the meaningful when staying at any of Africa’s finest accommodation venues. Guests staying at one of these venues will realize their every safari dream as luxury accommodation encompasses superlative service in the form of private butlers and chefs, professional and experienced guides and rangers, and top-class concierges. These
options provide the very best base from which to explore the attractions of tropical islands, Big 5 game reserves, Africa’s mighty rivers, and majestic mountains, desolate and evocative deserts, and the myriad species that inhabit these mysterious and magical places. Whether it is a leisurely cruise down a stately river, a bush walk in search of the elusive leopards, a night in a luxury hide listening to Africa’s most feared predators stalk their prey, a train trip across the plains, snorkeling around pristine coral reefs, or the idea of soaring above it all in a hot-air balloon that appeals, everything is possible in Africa. That is not forgetting the sophisticated urban vibe experienced in the continent’s leading cities with their expansive markets, upmarket shops, and entertainment options.
FRANSCHHOEK – The district of Franschhoek has retained its distinct French Huguenot character and is regarded as the 'culinary capital' of the Cape. Franschhoek offers some of the very best accommodation in the Cape, ranging from quaint B&Bs to luxurious boutique hotels. STELLENBOSCH – Stellenbosch, which features some of the finest
examples of Cape Dutch architecture, boasts a winemaking tradition stretching back to the late 17th century. Some 150 wine estates and producers in this district produce excellent examples of almost all the noble grape varieties and blended reds. PAARL – The Paarl wine district lies to the north of Stellenbosch and is bordered by Franschhoek. A large variety of grapes are grown here, of which Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc have the best potential. WALKER BAY This district, surrounding the seaside town of Hermanus, is reputed for the Chardonnay and Pinot noir wines that emanate from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The mostly weathered shale soils and terroir are also ideal for coolclimate loving varieties.
WINELANDS ARTS & CRAFTS
the “rainbow nation” of South Africa is not only diverse in terms of its myriad cultures, but also in its varied landscapes ranging from lush natural forests to semi-desert interiors, high mountains, deep canyons, and large lakes; food and wine; and outdoor and entertainment options. The dilemma when visiting the exciting tip of Africa is how to choose what to do and where to go! The Cape Peninsula, known for its iconic Table Mountain, trendy shops and eateries, famous botanical gardens, and city wine route, is the gateway to the renowned Cape Winelands that serve up world-class wines, gourmet and artisanal cuisine, along with a host of exciting outdoor options. A bit further down the coastline, the beautiful and lush Garden Route entices the senses with its pristine beaches lapped by balmy Indian Ocean waters, lagoons and lakes, and natural forests, while both the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape boast malaria-free and Big 5 game reserves, and the Northern Cape promises a set of luxurious destinations set within a mysterious desert landscape. Both Limpopo and Mpumalanga offer their forested valleys, crashing waterfalls and deep canyons up for exploration. Heading up the east coast towards Gauteng, South Africa’s “city of gold” and economic capital, one passes through the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, home to the iconic iSimangaliso Wetland Park, award-winning game reserves and the popular Midlands Meander arts and crafts route.
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cape town’s peninsula stretches from the vibrant city center with its eclectic array of markets, eateries, and shops set in the shadow of iconic Table
Mountain along the coastline. The city bowl, fringed by the beautiful Company Gardens close to Parliament and the impressive Castle of Good Hope, is linked to the city’s working harbor by the dynamic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, home to the Two Oceans Aquarium, myriad upmarket shopping destinations, and entertainment options. The pristine beaches set along the Atlantic Seaboard amid the stylish suburbs of Camps Bay and Llandudno will appeal to those looking to soak up some sun and enjoy leisurely lunches, or cocktails on sidewalk bistros. The road winds its way to the suburb of Hout Bay, also centered on a working harbor, and around the scenic Chapman’s Peak to enter the lush suburb of Noordhoek with its farm village and herds of horses. A bit further on the coastal hamlets of Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, and Scarborough precede the windswept cliffs of the famous Cape Point Nature Reserve. The road bends around this furthest edge of the peninsula to make its way back past the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach and through the eclectic village of Kalk Bay – famous for its bespoke and artisanal shops, restaurants, and atmosphere – before reaching beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the city’s famous Constantia wine farms. There is something for everyone in Cape Town! 15
One&Only Cape Town
Boasts the largest heated infinity swimming pool in Africa, most spacious rooms, extensive on-site amenities, famous restaurants, and more
ne&Only Cape Town is a destination unto itself – an urban chic waterfront resort providing an unprecedented level of luxury in Cape Town, South Africa. Set in the heart of the picturesque Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with captivating views of iconic Table Mountain, this contemporary resort features the largest accommodation in all of Cape Town, with its stylish island design and African flair accentuating the 131 spacious guest rooms and suites. Within the lobby of the Marina Rise, guests can experience the continent’s only restaurant by legendary chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa. Nobu’s innovative blend of classically styled Japanese cuisine incorporates South African seafood with Peruvian influences. The upper level Nobu bar
features a selection of Sakes, plum wines, Japanese beer and Sake and Shochu-based cocktails. Guests are further spoilt by the presence of renowned local celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel with his first urban restaurant. Welcoming both couples and families, Reuben’s is known for its acclaimed local flair and wholesome bistro fare. Amid the energy of a bustling city, One&Only Spa occupies its own private island offering many signature treatments. Guests looking for a relaxed, poolside setting can enjoy Isola, an outdoor restaurant. The KidsOnly Club offers complimentary, fully supervised programs and facilities for children aged 4–11 years, including arts and crafts, a garden, a movie and video games lounge, and a computer lounge equipped with the latest technology. capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com
Cape Grace C
ape Grace Hotel is set on its own private quay on the vibrant V&A Waterfront. The elegance begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to the comfort of the spacious harbor and mountain-facing rooms, featuring exquisite furniture, rich fabrics, and intriguing detail. While each of the 120 luxurious rooms are decorated differently, they all offer 5-Star luxuries including a dressing room with robes and slippers, marble bathroom with bath and shower, flat screen TV with satellite channels, iPod docking station, WiFi, international plug points, air-conditioning, mini-bar, and iconic Cape Town panoramas. Creative Cape cuisine in Signal
restaurant encompasses classic dishes while indulging in Afternoon Tea in the library is a firm favourite among guests and locals alike. Downstairs below deck, Bascule Whisky, Wine & Cocktail Bar has one of the largest collections of whisky in the southern hemisphere, and the finest Cape wines. Pamper the body and soul at the Spa, with the special Kalahari Signature Massages, QMS Medicosmetics Anti-ageing Treatments, and a fully equipped fitness studio. Guests can enjoy a unique in-house shopping experience at Africa’s leading luxury brand, Platandia. Located on the ground floor, guests can purchase the finest platinum, tanzanite, and rare diamonds, as well as curios and travel necessities in the gift shop. www.capegrace.com
Guests at Cape Grace can expect a relaxed ambience, a unique sense of place, and bespoke experiences
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Perfectly located in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, luxury rooms, speciality restuarants, and easy access to the city’s prime attractions
he Victoria & Alfred Hotel is situated in one of the country’s top destinations, Cape Town’s beautifully restored V&A Waterfront, just 25 kilometers from Cape Town International Airport. Framed by the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the hotel is rivaled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, it is named in honor of the Queen of England and her son, who visited the Cape in 1870, when Prince Alfred officially opened the Breakwater basin, today’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It is situated right in the middle of one of the country’s
top destinations and guests can walk in the utmost safety to some of the finest retail outlets, from designer stores to restaurants, craft markets, cinemas, and entertainment in the amphitheater. OYO Restaurant and Cocktail Bar offers both a visual and culinary delight specializing in seafood, with each table overlooking a working harbor and the majestic Table Mountain. 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, safes, interactive and satellite television, and WiFi. Rooms face the mountain or onto the piazza. www.newmarkhotels.com
Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa T
he prime location of Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront ensures that guests have safe and convenient access to the vibrant harbor, upmarket shopping malls, excellent restaurants, and entertainment on offer – all of which are within walking distance. Originally built as the harbor master’s private residence in the 1800s, this grand architectural gem has been transformed into one of Cape Town’s most exclusive and elegant boutique hotels. Dock House is a unique and opulent jewel in the crown of the glamorous, world-famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offering guests exclusive accommodation and personalized, yet unobtrusive butler-style service.
From the very first moment of arrival, guests staying at Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa can expect the utmost attention to detail and exclusivity. For added convenience and privacy, guests are checked-in in the comfort of their luxurious rooms. The glamorous suite and each of the five chic rooms at Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa have been individually decorated and imbued with a unique and understated Victorian elegance, juxtaposed with lush contemporary style and comfort. The Newmark Hotels fitness centre offers guests sophisticated cutting-edge gym facilities with panoramic harbor and mountain vistas. Urban Beauty spa offers the ultimate treatment options by combining expertise and experience of an international standard. www.newmarkhotels.com
5-Star comforts, a prime location in the V&A Waterfront, and superlative facilities are found at Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa
Queen Victoria Hotel
5-Star luxury, a unique location, stylish dining, and more await guests at the Queen Victoria Hotel
hat sets the Queen Victoria Hotel apart from other hotels at the worldrenowned V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is undoubtedly its position. Located within a precinct of heritage buildings in the Portsword Ridge on Portswood Road – a main artery leading to and from the Waterfront – the Queen Victoria Hotel gives one a sense of being within the Waterfront’s vicinity, but removed from the frenetic pace of it. The advantage of this is that guests have easy access to the Waterfront – the shops, restaurants, the harbour, and other must-see attractions – while being away from the hustle and bustle. The hotel sits in a relaxed, secluded enclave with magnificent views of Table Mountain,
the City Bowl, the Cape Town harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel encapsulates the luxurious style and attention to detail that defines small, luxury retreats around the world. It has 35 luxurious 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 cocktail bar, to the interior aesthetics, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies exquisite international flair that is fused with local flavor. With a management team and staff dedicated to making every guest feel like royalty, a stay at the Queen Victoria Hotel will certainly exceed your expectation of what 5-Star luxury is all about. www.newmarkhotels.com
The Commodore L
ocated in the V&A Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town’s harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, The Commodore Hotel offers a truly unique experience to discerning guests looking for a luxury stay. Stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting have ensured that business and leisure guests return year after year. The Commodore Hotel is perfectly located to allow exploration; not only of the waterfront, but everything else that Cape Town has to offer, including Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the Constantia wine farms. With 234 elegantly refurbished rooms and suites, guests can relax in comfortable spaces in rooms
boasting air-conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower, as well as satellite TV, telephones, and 24-hour room service. Guests can dine in the Clipper restaurant, or enjoy a relaxing drink at the cocktail bar and lounge. The nautical theme of the hotel extends to the menu, which specializes in seafood delicacies. The Casuarina Spa offers unique experiences along with the latest treatments: advanced spa facials, massages and spa therapies. Life really doesn’t get better than staying at The Commodore, a luxury hotel set within arm’s reach of world-class retail therapy and a vibrant nightlife scene – not to mention the beauty of nature nearby in the mountains and Atlantic Ocean. www.legacyhotels.com
The Commodore boasts an enviable location in the V&A Waterfront, fine dining and luxurious rooms, supported by outstanding service
Lawhill Luxury Apartments
Lawhill Luxury Apartments offer private, secure, and well-located bases from which to explore Cape Town’s myriad attractions
awhill Luxury Apartments offers a luxurious 'home-awayfrom-home' experience to the discerning traveler. Located at the V&A Waterfront, in the heart of Cape Town’s historic harbor district, the apartments offer privacy and are completely secure. They are also set within walking distance from a myriad shopping malls, cinemas, the Aquarium and the Cape Wheel, museums, and other tourist attractions, including some of Cape Town’s finest nightspots and restaurants. Lawhill comprises of 28 spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, and two three-bedroom penthouses, each of which are elegantly furnished, offering worldclass hospitality and upmarket
services. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and open-plan lounge, with complimentary tea and coffee facilities, air-conditioning, and WiFi access. A 24hour concierge service is available. Large private balconies and patios afford breathtaking views of the marina, the canal and the adjacent One & Only Hotel where Lawhill guests have direct access to the hotel and its award-winning spa and restaurants. Whether guests choose to dine in the comfort of the apartment or out, choosing from a variety of venues, they will be satisfied. A fantastic choice of accommodation venue for those traveling on their own, or in groups, Lawhill Luxury Apartments offers easy access to everything that the leisure or business traveler might desire. www.lawhillluxuryapartments.com
The Table Bay Hotel L
ocated on the historic waters of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Table Bay hotel is magnificent, an architectural masterpiece that captures the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, and the contemporary design of today. The hotel is set straddling the antique breakwater with a style that is both innovative and entirely in keeping with its surroundings. The Table Bay hotel offers its guests absolute 5-Star luxury, superb gourmet food, and spectacular views. Each of the 329 designer-decorated rooms and suites offer magnificent views across the bay to Robben Island or the majestic Table Mountain.
The plush décor, elegant finishes and in-room facilities provide luxurious comfort, while being complemented with quality amenities. Enjoy the ‘best breakfast in Cape Town’ at The Atlantic, overlooking Table Mountain and the inner harbor. Try one of the creative cocktails in The Union Bar and then head over to Camissa, the hotels’ newest brasserie and wine room. Relax, unwind around the pool or rejuvenate yourself at the Table Bay Health Spa. The tranquility of this harbor spa soothes with a variety of advanced therapies. The Table Bay hotel is a premier conference centre and has a stellar record as an event venue for international and local corporations. The Table Bay hotel is a journey like no other. www.suninternational.com
The Table Bay hotel boasts a perfect location, outstanding culinary experiences, and affords guests sumptuous luxury
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
Boasting a brilliant location within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront, Radisson Blu offers outstanding rooms, food, and service
adisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is a stone’s throw from the ocean and within walking distance / complimentary shuttle distance of the V&A Waterfront. Its unique location, on the Atlantic Ocean with Table Mountain as a backdrop, luxury accommodation, and reputation for charming hospitality make this a popular destination for both local and international visitors. All 177 elegant rooms, ranging from standard to business-class suites have spectacular views and are equipped with complimentary, high-speed broadband wireless internet, directdial telephones, and satellite TV. The hotel recently launched ‘Experience Meetings’, taking business meetings to another level. Conveniently situated close to Cape Town’s central
business district and the popular V&A Waterfront, the hotel’s state-of-theart facilities include meeting rooms, high-speed internet, and high-tech, audio-visual and technical equipment. A well-trained team ensures all conference requirements are met, whether it is for small, medium, or large functions. The hotel also boasts a state-of-the-art gymnasium, outdoor heated rim-flow swimming pool, and Amani Spa that offers extraordinary and indulgent spa treatments. And remember the celebrated Tobago’s Restaurant and Tobago’s Bar & Terrace, awarded Best Seaside Bar by Condé Nast. It is renowned for its cuisine and offers exceptional Cape Town dining as close to the Atlantic Ocean as one can get, without getting wet! www.radissonblu.com
Cape Cadogan C
ape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is authentic Cape Town at its loveliest – beauty, sophisticated charm, and quirky personality in equal measure. Set just off the buzzing Kloof Street in a scenic suburb of Cape Town, guests can live like locals and still be treated as guests. The 15 bedrooms are individually decorated combining the elegance of the past with contemporary chic influences. In respect of facilities, guests have at their disposal the lounge and breakfast room that have been carefully considered to provide every creature comfort without sparing on the fine detail. Whatever appeals – a game of chess or cards, a book from the library, or perhaps
lounging at the poolside on a hot, summery day. Guests may want to get in touch with the world from time to time, and are welcome to use the WiFi from the comfort of the luxurious rooms or in any of the public areas. Dining is an absolute pleasure here from the continental breakfast or a la carte option to the gourmet teas served in the library or on the elegant veranda and the stylish canapes, port- and sherry-styled drinks served at the evening social. There are plenty of upmarket dining options, including markets and interactive cooking experiences, in the vicinity. Guests also enjoy access to a nearby health club and a complimentary shuttle service to the V&A Waterfront. www.capecadogan.co.za
Cape Cadogan offers an unbeatable city location, easy access to Cape Town’s attractions, and upmarket accommodation
Southern Sun The Cullinan
A landmark hotel in Cape Town offering superb facilities and easy access to the city’s main attractions
well-known and impressive landmark in Cape Town’s central business district, Southern Sun The Cullinan provides its guests with all the luxury that is expected of an award-winning Tsogo Sun hotel. The hotel is situated within one of the most sought-after areas in the city – within easy reach of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Long Street, a host of eclectic shopping and dining experiences, along with entertainment options, and cultural destinations. But while its location is without a doubt envious, it is only the start of what makes this hotel an iconic place to stay. Classic style with an opulent twist ensures that every need
is met, while a variety of world-class facilities add even more to the sense of indulgence. Whether guests are travelling on business or pleasure, they may not ever wish to leave this sumptuous home-from-home. Each of the 394 rooms is outfitted for a luxurious and comfortable stay with upmarket facilities and amenities, including complimentary WiFi. On-site offerings include a large outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre, and outstanding dining options, such as Stella Café & Bar and The Peach Tree Restaurant. Conferencing facilities, loyalty specials, and many other perks await at this award-winning hotel located in South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town. www.tsogosun.com
Taj Cape Town T
aj Cape Town welcomes guests to the vibrant heart of the one of the world’s most scenic and desirable cities, Cape Town. The hotel is a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architectures. Originally the home of the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers and later the Board of Executors, this luxury hotel is perfectly located in the centre of historic Cape Town at the entrance of the famous pedestrian precinct, St George’s Mall. It is within walking distance to most tourist attractions, monuments, museums, shopping, restaurants, markets and nightlife. Adding to this grand, yet welcoming atmosphere are the two dining experiences, the Indian fine dine specialty restaurant, Bombay
Brasserie and Mint, a relaxed all-day dining restaurant. Alongside this you’ll find the wonderful Champagne and tapas bar The Twankey Bar. Rooms are located in both the heritage buildings and the contemporary tower wing. Luxury rooms have spectacular city or breathtaking mountain views overlooking the famous Table Mountain and the Taj Club Rooms and suites offer all the benefits of the executive Club Lounge, including butler service, evening canapés, cocktails and private breakfast. One and two-bedroom suites are also available, perfect for the discerning traveler or for families. The awardwinning Jiva Grande Spa is one of its kind in Africa with unique and authentic wellness treatments and experiences. www.tajhotels.com
The award-winning Taj Cape Town promises a luxurious stay, an unbeatable location, and range of upmarket facilities
Ellerman House offers 5-Star luxury accommodation, exceptional wine experiences and a sensational art collection
llerman House is the quintessential exclusive urban retreat for discerning luxury travelers. Located in Bantry Bay, the small, privately owned hotel offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. Clifton’s sheltered beaches are within walking distance, while the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and V&A Waterfront are 10 minutes away by car. Originally a private residence, the historic Cape Edwardian-style mansion has 13 individually decorated rooms and suites, terraced indigenous gardens overlooking the ocean, and two ultra-modern villas. Compared to the old-world elegance of the main house, Villa One and Two are sleek and glamorous with en-suite bedrooms, spacious
entertainment areas, private infinity pools and ocean views. Villa One incorporates the tranquil Ellerman House Spa, which specializes in cutting-edge treatments. Villa Two is built above the Ellerman House Wine Gallery, which houses the hotel’s 7500-bottle wine collection. The hotel’s unique location is matched by generous-hearted hospitality – guest experiences are tailormade, the modern cuisine reflects the best of local and seasonal flavours, accompanied by a vast collection of South African vintage wines and enhanced by an extensive collection of original South African art. From local design and art to wine and food, Ellerman House strives to offer a world-class authentically South African guest experience. www.ellerman.co.za
Tintswalo Atlantic P
erched above a pebbled beach at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, and overlooking the Cape’s iconic Sentinel mountain, Tintswalo Atlantic sits sheltered by the Table Mountain National Park. As the only hotel permitted to operate within the boundaries of the word-renowned heritage site, the lodge enjoys magnificent, panoramic ocean views, as well as access to the natural beauty found along the mountainside’s winding hiking trails. With 10 beautifully appointed suites and 1 regal presidential suite – all of which have been freshly refurbished – Tintswalo Atlantic offers the luxuries of a world-class hotel, with personalized service. Managed by a host of dedicated staff, Tintswalo Atlantic offers guests nothing less
than true Tintswalo hospitality, from the moment that they arrive at this seaside paradise. Guest can enjoy sundowners on the deck beside the heated pool and share cooking tips with the charming executive chef, venture out to the quaint Hout Bay village, or take a drive to the nearby Cape Winelands. Located just a short, scenic drive from the vibrant city of Cape Town, guests can also embark on a suburban adventure into the heart of one of South Africa’s most eclectic cultural destinations. Having been described as the most dramatic and romantic destination in southern Africa, Tintswalo Atlantic is an idyllic choice for those looking to escape the stress and distractions of modern living. www.tintswalo.com
Tintswalo Atlantic boasts a unique location in a heritage site, magnificent ocean and mountain views, along with luxury accommodation
The Last Word Long Beach
An award-winning boutique hotel that is one of the few Cape Town hotels set right on the beach
he Last Word Long Beach, with its uninterrupted, panoramic views of the ocean, is as close as you can get to the water’s edge in Kommetjie and is just a short 30-minute drive from Cape Town city. It has been the judges’ favourite for the last six consecutive years in the World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel. All six ultra-luxurious rooms are sea and mountain facing. Consistent with the relaxed, laid-back glamour and beachside ambience, the décor is a desired modern, luxurious feel and understated elegance in the upstairs suites. Apart from the pictureperfect scenery presented along Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman’s Peak Drive, the 5-Star intimate hotel offers unsurpassed, uninterrupted vistas over
the ocean to Hout Bay. Leisurely walks or horse riding along the expansive stretch of beach sand, and nature trails in the mountains, are among the activities on offer. Other interesting pursuits include premier surfing, lobster fishing (in season), township tours, baboon walks, lighthouse tour, walking trails, marine bird watching, and easy access to Noordhoek Farm Village, Chapman’s Peak drive, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Point Vineyards, and whale watching. All drinks and premier spirits are included in the room rate, as are WiFi, romantic turndowns, and speciality breakfasts. Dinners and lunches are available by prior arrangement. The in-house chauffeur service offers restaurant transfers or tailored tours, at an additional charge. www.thelastword.co.za
The Last Word Constantia V
ibrant indigenous flora and vivid exotic plant life create a tranquil and serene ambience at The Last Word Constantia, an intimate hotel in Cape Town’s oldest wine valley, about 10 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. This 5-Star intimate hotel offers magical charm in a garden that shouts abundance with its crystal pool water and heady scent of fragrant blossoms. Accommodation comprises nine spacious en-suite bedrooms, one of which is a family suite; two of the suites have semi-private plunge pools. Constantia Valley is renowned for being the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere and wines at Constantia Wine Route’s nine farms are fine examples of the Cape’s matchless, international, awardwinning product.
A meal next door at Peddlars and Co is a must – South African celebrity chef Brad Ball offers superior cuisine from four choices, Volare – a fine dining Italian experience, Graciales, serving European-style artisanal tapas, and The Local and Oak Terrace where light meals and pub food are available. Championship golf courses and pristine beaches are nearby. Other activities include boutique shopping, walking trails, wine tasting, and city, Cape Point, and township tours. Drinks and premier spirits are included in the room rate, as are WiFi, romantic turndowns, and speciality breakfasts. Dinners and lunches are available by prior arrangement. There’s an in-house chauffeur service for restaurant transfers or tailored tours, at an additional charge. www.thelastword.co.za
The Last Word Constantia is located within a wine route offering 5-Star accommodation, fine dining, and easy access to activity options
The Cellars-Hohenort is located in “Cape Town’s Vineyard” in the historical Constantia Valley on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain
he Cellars-Hohenort is located in “Cape Town’s Vineyard”, the historical Constantia Valley on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain. All 52 rooms and suites boast panoramic views of the iconic mountain or over the 9,5 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city, famous for its diverse cultures, natural beauty, cuisine and wine. The Cellars-Hohenort is ideally situated as a central point from which to experience the diversity of activities, including Cape Point, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Constantia Valley Wine Route, the famous beaches of Boulders and Camps Bay. A mere 15-minute drive away is the center of the city
and the V&A Waterfront. Back at the hotel there are two award-winning dining experiences overseen by Cape Town’s only Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff. These include The Greenhouse, South Africa’s No. 1 rated restaurant (EatOut 2011) where cuisine focuses on South African ingredients with modern interpretations, and The Conservatory, serving simple, beautiful fare and a selection of Liz McGrath’s favourite dishes. The relaxing Fresh Wellness Spa, a Gary Player-designed golf putting and chipping green, intimate conference rooms, tennis court, and much more ensure that The Cellars-Hohenort is the bequest of Liz McGrath’s more than 20 years of hard work, love and endless inspiration. www.collectionmcgrath.com
ust a 20-minute drive from the bustling heart of Cape Town, Steenberg Farm feels miles from the world. Steenberg boasts the 5-Star Steenberg Hotel that rests in the Constantiaberg amphitheater of the Table Mountain range. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation and amenities, personalized service and understated elegance. The selection of luxurious accommodation includes striking heritage suites, contemporary premier rooms, family rooms, and the charm of sunny barn rooms, as well as those in the original Manor House. Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg pays homage to the woman who started it all, the fascinating Catharina Ras. This restaurant serves up contemporary comfort food, allowing guests to revel
in the abundance of fresh produce, cooked simply, and presented beautifully. Bistro Sixteen82, an innovative food destination, sits adjacent to Steenberg’s winery. It spills into the surrounding indigenous gardens with a terraced dining area leading to reflective water features. The menu is a constant evolution, featuring inventive dishes that complement the finest locally sourced ingredients. The 18-hole Steenberg Golf Course was designed to make full use of natural features and hazards. Steenberg’s wines provide experience that evokes the unique terroir of the estate. The winery offers guests a selection of winetasting experiences, with a Wine Tasting Bar, Tasting Lounge and Outdoor Terrace. www.steenbergfarm.com
Steenberg boasts a beautiful location, fine wine and dining experiences, a golf course, winery, and luxury accommodation
The Vineyard Hotel is referred to as the "Cape’s best kept secret" with its sophisticated offerings and ideal location
he Vineyard Hotel was once the country home of Lady Anne Barnard, before being converted into the luxury 207-roomed urban oasis it is known as today. Located in the leafy suburb of Newlands, the Vineyard Hotel is within easy walking distance of the upmarket Cavendish Shopping Centre and a 10-minute drive from the city centre and the popular V&A Waterfront. Set along the banks of the Liesbeek River, under the shadow of the slopes of Table Mountain, the Vineyard Hotel strives to embrace the rich history of the property, while still offering guests all the convenience of modern travel. With an on-site spa and privatelyowned fitness center, guests will be
forgiven for not wanting to leave the lush embrace of the property. Two unique restaurants ensure that every taste is catered for, while the rich wine history of the area is celebrated through popular annual events, and a comprehensive local wine list. The hotel also boasts an awardwinning conference centre – catering for up to 280 guests. The Vineyard Hotel has made a commitment to "living green" and has embedded sustainable development principles into its operations. This has culminated in the hotel being awarded their Fair Trade Tourism certification. This family-owned hotel is able to offer guests a selection of tranquil locations in the rooms and on the property. The hotel is one of the Cape's best-kept secret. www.vineyard.co.za
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just beyond cape town, which has its very own city wine route comprizing the famous Constantia wine farms, the country’s varied and distinctly
different wine routes stretch in all directions; vineyards are grown on coastal cliffs buffeted by the cold winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean, and in the "golden triangle" for winemaking found inland towards Stellenbosch, the oldest town in the country, and even further into the drier landscapes of the interior Karoo region, famous for their brandy and port-styled wines. Each region promises a distinctively difference experience from the centuries-old cellars in Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek – world-famous for its collection of top chefs and award-winning eateries – to modern tasting rooms set in stunning locations on the hills of Durbanville, and the Swartland and Cederberg mountains. What makes the South Africa’s winelands so uniquely appealing is the combination of worldclass wines, made by passionate vintners, with local and fresh artisanal and gourmet food. To round off the unforgettable offering, most wine farms provide additional facilities ranging from game drives and wine-pairing experiences to golf and horse-riding, fly-fishing, hot-air ballooning, hiking, canyoning, and more. Regardless of the time of year, there is always something going on in the Cape Winelands, whether it is a soup and wine event in deepest winter to music festivals in the spring and summer, as well as regular food and wine events. Many farms are child-friendly. 37
The luxurious Majeka House, offering easy access to wine route attractions, boasts the celebrated Makaron Restaurant and a sumptuous spa
wner-managed and blissfully private, Majeka House is an ideal base from which to explore the historical town of Stellenbosch with its shops, galleries, museums and café culture. Numerous famous vineyards and award-winning restaurants, dotted along the Stellenbosch wine route, are within striking distance. This prime location combines luxurious accommodation, thoughtful service, a sophisticated bar and restaurant, a professionally run spa, and spacious grounds to create what is undoubtedly one of the most stylish boltholes in the Cape Winelands. All rooms and suites have been recently redecorated. Characterized by eye-catching wallpaper, sexy leather chairs in bold accent
colours, warm wood and unpolished granite, the rooms exude dramatic, contemporary style and comfort. The celebrated Makaron Restaurant overlooks lush gardens and leads onto a sheltered terrace for al fresco dining. It is in this stimulating setting that the kitchen team presents its menu of fresh, modern cuisine grounded in the French classics. The in-house Majeka Spa is the perfect foil to all these gourmet pleasures. Anti-ageing facials and deeply relaxing massages are the order of the day. A delightful choice of accommodation that combines creature comforts, sensory treats, and easy access to the region’s attractions, Majeka House will appeal to discerning guests looking for an extraordinary stay in the Cape Winelands. www.majekahouse.co.za
Oude Werf Hotel A
landmark in the heart of Stellenbosch – wine capital and university town – Oude Werf blends Georgian origins, with 4-Star luxury and 21st century comforts. The hotel boasts 58 styled rooms and an enclosed garden. Rooms range from en-suite classic, superior and superior plus rooms, to signature deluxe rooms centered on a 200 year-old inn, with enclosed garden and pool. The Oude Werf Restaurant, with its vine-covered courtyard, offers gourmet dining with a traditional Cape flavor and selection of local wines. Dining history began with the hearty 19th century country dishes of legendary hotel owner, Tant Betje Wium. Today, the chef explores the region’s many flavors and vintages
at a splendid new restaurant with in-situ kitchen, fireside interior and vine-covered courtyard – just off the poolside bar/coffee lounge and famous "voorstoep" on Church Street. Breakfast, dinner, lunch, or high tea: Lekker eet! Guten appetit. The region offers leisure, sightseeing, shopping, sporting, and adventure experiences of every kind. No matter how short the stay in Stellenbosch, there’s always plenty to see and do in the vicinity and further afield. The hotel is ideally set amid the town’s many heritage sights, museums, galleries and vibrant café and boutique culture, with the 200 wine estates of the area easily accessible via the convenient Vine Hopper Wine Route shuttle service.
Oude Werf offers its guests comfortable rooms, on-site dining, and easy access to attractions
A luxury 4-Star base from which to explore the Cape Winelands, Spier Hotel combines modern comforts, fine dining, and on-site attractions
pier’s iconic location in the heart of the famous Stellenbosch Winelands combined with its 4-Star accommodation and extensive range of on-site amenities makes this a destination of choice for travelers to the region. Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the Spier Hotel. Situated just a 20-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport, the hotel provides the perfect base for exploring the Cape Winelands. The 153 rooms are clustered around six courtyards, each with its own communal swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages
where pedestrians have right of way ensuring a relaxing stay. There is plenty to do on the wider Spier Wine Farm with something for all ages and inclinations. The hotel is a pioneer in responsible tourism and was one of the first in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism SA accreditation in 2004. In 2015, Spier was given the prestigious Reader's Choice award. The Spier Hotel has also recently won Gold at the Virgin Holidays Partners in Sustainability Award. It also boasts 12 different meeting venues. The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier Wine Farm providing the perfect base from which to explore the myriad experiences for which the Winelands is famous! www.spier.co.za
Le Quartier Français L
ocated in the heart of Franschhoek village, just 45-minutes’ drive from Cape Town, is Le Quartier Français, an exclusive 21-room boutique hotel and a member of the Leeu Collection. The charming Le Quartier Français is the ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Cape Winelands. Tucked away in beautiful and peaceful scented gardens, guests can easily wander out from this authentic auberge onto the main street to explore the village’s quaint charms. All of the rooms and suites available at this luxury destination are beautifully appointed, offering beds big enough to play in, decadent fabrics, and luxurious modern amenities. The Living Room, where guests can enjoy breakfast
looking out over the garden with views of the mountains, the b.gorgeous spa, a 30-seater private cinema, and abundant herb garden add a dash of unforgettable charm to your stay. Le Quartier Français specializes in gastronomy. The world-renowned restaurant, The Tasting Room, offers a surprise, African-inspired tasting menu, which can be paired with classic wines. In the bar, guests can indulge in artisanal cocktails with a twist, craft beers, local wines, and innovative, fun snacks to tempt the taste buds. It is the extraordinary staff, the opulently comfortable rooms and the attention to detail that ensure that Le Quartier Français is the ultimate destination when visiting the Cape Winelands.
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Le Quartier Français offers gourmet delights, sumptuous comforts, and easy access to the beautiful village of Franschhoek
Leeu House offers an exclusive hideaway combined with exciting cuisine and easy access to Franschhoek village in the Cape Winelands
outh Africa’s scenic Cape Winelands, renowned for being among the world’s most exciting wine and food destinations, is home to an exclusive new 5-Star destination, Leeu House, within the Leeu Collection portfolio. This 12-room boutique hotel is less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Located in the heart of Franschhoek village, Leeu House provides a private oasis of comfort and luxury, set in serene and secluded gardens, from which to explore the village and the surrounding valley. Guests can also relax at the 15-meter heated swimming pool. Franschhoek village with its award-winning restaurants, art galleries ,and boutiques is just a stroll away. The beautiful interiors are a contemporary take on Franschhoek’s
traditional Cape Dutch style with its strong French influences. The seamless finishes are neutral, calm, and multi-textured, with sisal on the floors, oak and bronze furniture, and high-end soft furnishings. Rooms are equipped with the latest technology and luxurious amenities. Leeu House also showcases contemporary artworks and sculptures. Guests can enjoy leisurely meals in The Conservatory or al fresco on the terrace. Breakfast is served until 11am. Lunch and dinner menus offer innovative cuisine, prepared by the talented culinary team. Passionate about sourcing organic and ethically farmed ingredients, Executive Chef Oliver Cattermole’s globally influenced cuisine features fresh seasonal produce in creative fusion dishes. www.leeucollection.com
Leeu Estates F
amous for its breathtaking natural beauty and reputation as one of the world’s great wine and food destinations, the Cape Winelands is home to Leeu Estates (opening 2016), an exclusive new 21room and suite 5-Star hideaway and boutique winery. Just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Leeu Estates is ensconced in the Franschhoek valley. Three historic farms – Dieu Donné, Klein Dassenberg and Von Ortloff – were joined to create this exclusive getaway. The exceptional interiors of the restored 19th-century Manor House, the heart of this working wine farm, are matched by the equally spectacular mountain panoramas. Rooms are equipped with the latest technology and luxurious amenities. Leisurely meals and top South
African vintages can be enjoyed in The Dining Room, beside the crackling fire, or on the terrace, surrounded by exquisite nature and art. Lunch and dinner menus showcase the finest locally sourced organic and ethically farmed produce in creative fusion dishes. Leeu Spa, a contemporary wellness sanctuary designed by celebrated Spanish architect Tomeu Esteva, offers authentic massages and holistic treatments inspired by centuries-old Asian traditions. There’s also a 15-meter heated infinity swimming pool, TechnoGymequipped gym, and extensive network of trails crisscrossing the property. Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines The Wine Studio is just a short stroll from The Manor House. www.leeucollection.com
Leeu Estates set in the Franschhoek Valley boasts an outstanding location plus the on-site Wine Studio, Leeu Spa, and restaurant
Franschhoek Country House & Villas
Charming 5-Star boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek with one of South Africa’s best restaurants and an array of luxurious facilities
ranschhoek County House is situated on the outskirts of the village of Franschhoek surrounded by enchanting vineyards and majestic mountains. An hour’s drive from Cape Town makes it the perfect getaway for anyone visiting the Western Cape. This restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890 offers 14 standard and luxury rooms in addition to 12 Villa Suites. All en-suite rooms offer features and facilities expected of a first-class hotel including LED TV’s, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, and air-conditioning. Almost all rooms lead out onto private balconies or private patios boasting magnificent views. The opulent Villa Suites are expansive havens of style and luxury with
separate lounges, fireplaces, DVD players, two balconies, and more! During summer, guests can laze at one of the two pools (one heated) with beautiful mountain vistas, enjoy a massage, visit the boutique wine farms in Franschhoek, or stroll the charming town of Franschhoek. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the village center. The in-house Monneaux restaurant, voted as one of South Africa’s best, has become known for its modern and tasteful cuisine. A-la-carte lunches are served on the magnificent fountain terrace while dinner is served in the understated, yet elegant, dining room or enclosed veranda. Attention to detail and friendly personal service complete the experience at this fine country retreat. www.fch.co.za
The Last Word Franschhoek T
he drive from Cape Town past acclaimed vineyards to The Last Word Franschhoek takes less than an hour. This exclusive historic residence in the heart of Franschhoek village, South Africa’s gourmet capital, is only a minute’s walk from many award-winning restaurants and character-filled, boutique-style shops, and art galleries. The majestic Franschhoek valley offers world-class wine estates, tastings and cellar tours, while the picturesque village boasts some of the best cuisine from internationally recognized chefs. The village was named after the so-called Huguenots who fled homeland France in l685 after the prohibition of Protestantism. Other activities in the area include walking and hiking, mountain biking, chocolate tasting,
historic buildings and museum, championship golf courses, bicycle hire, and wine tasting on horseback. This 5-Star, intimate hotel offers sumptuous home comforts creating an elegant, sophisticated interior with a handsome mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings. There are ten luxurious rooms, all with large en-suite bathrooms – eight superior doubles (four upstairs that have a deck area with magnificent mountain views, and four downstairs with private patios) and two suites with access to semi-private pools. Drinks and premier spirits are included in the room rate, as are WiFi, romantic turndowns, and specialty breakfasts. The in-house chauffeur service caters for restaurant transfers or tailored Cape tours, at an additional charge.
Located in the heart of South Africa’s Gourmet Capital The Last Word Franschhoek is right in the hub of activities
Grande Provence offers a sensory wine, art, and gourmet experience in the vineyards of Franschhoek
ucked away among the vineyards of Franschhoek, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate offers an exceptional hospitality experience for the world’s most discerning travelers. With untold activities and exclusive travel packages, guests can relax, recuperate, and find tranquillity here without straying too far from the madding crowd. Welcoming, attentive staff, and meticulous attention to detail make both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale a home away from home in one of the cultural hubs of the Western Cape. Just a stone’s throw away, awaits The Restaurant where guests can enjoy fine dining. The Restaurant at Grande Provence continues to woo guests one plate at a time with creative menus and
unforgettable culinary experiences. By making use of the best seasonal produce, the Executive Chef is set on creating perfection on every plate, down to the last micro herb. At The Gallery a visual feast awaits. This superb space is home to pieces from some of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists and flows into the Sculpture Garden. Regular exhibitions are held throughout the year. Other on-site attractions include The Sculpture Garden, The Shop and the Winery. Grande Provence offers various seasonal accommodation packages, catering for every need. It is the ideal choice for romantic getaways and has everything the leisure or business traveller could desire for a country escape. www.grandeprovence.co.za
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard M
ont Rochelle, opened in September 2014, is the latest addition to Virgin Limited Edition’s luxury hotel collection. In an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard in the heart of Franschhoek and just an hour's drive from downtown Cape Town. The 22 rooms, including 6 suites, are all arranged around the main building. There are four Shiraz Rooms with king-size beds and courtyard or valley views. The six Merlot Rooms are slightly larger and boast king-size beds with stunning valley views. The six Cabernet Rooms include a private terrace overlooking the valley. There are also four even
more spacious Pinotage Suites with separate lounges. Finally, guests staying in the two Cap Classique Suites will enjoy a lounge, a private terrace and plunge pool. Children of all ages are welcome at Mont Rochelle. The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover about 100 acres and guests are welcome to go exploring. A favourite activity for many of the guests is picnicking on the estate – the kitchen can arrange a wellstocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!). There are two restaurants, a cosy bar, a spa, a gym, and a heated outdoor pool. That’s not forgetting a 91-acre vineyard and wine cellar of course. Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard promises the best of everything from location to service to pampering and more... www.montrochelle.virgin.com
Mont Rochelle guests look forward to spa treatments, private cellar tours, horseback riding, wine tasting, and more...
In the Cape Winelands, close to gourmet food and wine destinations,Avonrood promises a peaceful and luxurious retreat
his picturesque guest house is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town and located in peaceful Winelands country known for its gourmet wine and food offerings – the Western Cape’s Franschhoek valley. Avondrood’s original Victorian-styled Cape Dutch homestead promises guests a beautiful and indulgent stay with a rich historical feel of French Huguenot culture combined with all of the modern luxuries and amenities one could possibly desire. Just a short stroll down the road is the vibrant village center of Franschhoek with world-renowned restaurants, charming gift shops, cafes, and magnificent historical buildings and museums to explore. If rest and relaxation is what is desired, guests can stay in and
enjoy the tranquil gardens at Avondrood. The expansive gardens are private and scenic surrounding a large pool, heated Jacuzzi, and outdoor breakfast veranda that boasts views of the mountains. Inside the main house guests will relish the spacious lounge with its grand fireplace or settle into a favourite cocktail at the fully stocked bar complete with satellite TV. There are eight large suites to choose from, all lavishly decorated with individual themes and character. Mornings begin with full breakfasts accompanied by locally roasted coffee. The emphasis at this familyowned and run business is on personalized service and attention paid to every detail required to ensure a comfortable and unforgettable stay. www.avondrood.com
ith a glorious historical heritage dating back to 1692, no-one could have predicted Babylonstoren’s exuberant rebirth after its restoration or the fact that the experiential traveler would respond so emotively to its holistic ethos, which has very little to do with wine tasting, and more to do with feeding the senses. It’s this intelligent vision that has redefined and rebranded the Cape wine estate experience forever, by celebrating the simple pleasures of farm life, but with designer cred that is layered throughout. The interiors of the 13 rooms were conceptualized by Karen Roos, former editor of South Africa’s ELLE Decoration magazine, featuring an elegant mix of antiques and designer
pieces. Six of these have glass-walled kitchens leading into the kitchen gardens, designed by French architect Patrice Taravella, and featuring traditional hanging gardens, a walled bee garden, surprise stepping-stone fountains, and even outsize bird nests to retreat to. The luxurious Farmer's House with its nine suites opens in 2015. Guests and visitors mingle, exploring the estate’s many delights, whether it’s a meal in the old cow shed – now the award-winning Babel restaurant with its farm-to-table menu, or a taste of charcuterie, cheese, and wine in the gabled farm shop. Here, tea is as much a ritual as the ancient cleansing treatment in the marble hammam or a refreshing swim in the reservoir-style pool.
Unique, historical and cutting-edge, Babylonstoren delivers an unforgettable sensory experience in an extraordinary setting
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step into a distinctly different experience when exploring the Cape from the Overberg’s dramatic coastline to the vast wilderness surrounding the ancient
Cederberg Mountains and the evocative landscapes of the Klein Karoo. Each part of the Cape offers a different experience in terms of its natural beauty, exhilarating activity options, and culinary experiences. The only common element is the sense of hospitality found throughout. Sensory experiences abound from the thrilling sight of Cederberg’s famous floral spring carpet that springs into life with the first rains, the awe felt when standing in front of ancient San art, and the exhilaration of jumping into action on hiking and biking tours, mountain climbing, and fly-fishing. A bit further down the coast you will enter farming (and wine) country in the Overberg region, also known for its fantastic location to view Southern right whales in the winter months, particularly at Hermanus. This is the place to go shark-cage diving for an up-close encounter with a Great White shark! Indulge even further in the gastronomic offering of artisanal food and wine in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Just a few hour’s drive away is the lush Southern Coast and the gateway to the Garden Route with its popular outdoor options, white sand beaches and indigenous forests. Whichever route you take – along the coast or a meander down the R62 passing smaller towns in the interior – the Cape has something for everyone. 51
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Set on the world’s longest wine route, Sanbona provides a luxurious and malaria-free safari experience like no other
xplore the grandeur of the Little Karoo at the malariafree, 54,000-hectare Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, considered to be the Cape’s premier wildlife destination close to Cape Town. Sanbona is located between the towns of Barrydale and Montagu, on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. Enjoy 5-Star accommodation at three beautifully appointed lodges. Dwyka Lodge – a luxury safari tented experience set on a horseshoe bend in the river and hidden away between breathtaking rock formations. Gondwana Lodge is ideal for families boasting a large swimming pool and children’s entertainment room with views overlooking the Bellair Dam. The third option is the original Tilney Manor,
which is steeped in settler history with an old-world charm and designed in true Karoo-Cape Georgian manor style, plus the seasonal Sanbona Explorer Camp. Sanbona is enveloped by towering mountains and open plains that boast an impressive collection of succulents and wildlife. Guests are left invigorated as walking trails lead to spectacular San art surrounded by dramatic rock formations. This wildlife reserve is home to over 650 plant and 216 bird species. Elephant, rhino, hippo, cheetah, lion, and white lions roam freely as do several species of endemic antelope. Sanbona is the perfect retreat from a busy lifestyle, offering guests a peaceful and luxurious haven in a simply stunning natural setting. www.sanbona.com
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve N
estled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a 5-Star eco-paradise. Home to the “Marine Big 5” (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins) and boasting the unparalleled biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind experience. Situated 2 hours from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus, Grootbos is perfectly situated between the magnificent attractions of the Cape and is most certainly a highlight on any itinerary. The name Grootbos, an Afrikaans word meaning Big Forest, is derived from the presence of the ancient Milkwood Forests. Milkwood trees are known to grow for more than 1,000 years and their gnarled
branches and mossy beards create an enchanting atmosphere. It is among these ancient forests that Grootbos has artfully laid out its exquisite 5-Star accommodation options, with breathtaking views across the fynbos plains towards the sparkling whale sanctuary of Walker Bay. Grootbos is about more than just luxury accommodation and eco adventures. A guest’s visit directly contributes to the conservation efforts of the Grootbos Foundation and the development of sustainable nature-based livelihoods among local communities. It is this core philosophy of conservation linked with social development that has made Grootbos an award-winning pioneer in sustainable tourism worldwide. www.grootbos.com
5-Star luxury accommodation in an ecological paradise, an awardwinning pioneer in terms of sustainable tourism and conservation
One of the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular seaside properties perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus’ Walker Bay
he Marine is one of the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular seaside Relais & Châteaux properties. Perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus’ Walker Bay, The Marine boasts 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites. All are outfitted for supreme luxurious comfort with stunning views and upmarket in-room amenities and facilities. This unforgettable property overlooks South Africa’s most pristine whale sanctuary, and it is just a stone’s throw from one of the greatest densities of the endangered Great white shark, and selection of fynbos species in the Cape. The Marine offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From June to September
guests are able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their beautiful sea-view room. The attention to detail is apparent in every aspect of this remarkable owner-managed property – from the personal service to the exceptional cuisine, which is overseen by The Collection by Liz McGrath’s Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, and served in a variety of locations from The Pavilion to the SeaFood at The Marine restaurant and in the perfect-forsundowners Sun Lounge. Guests can relax in or around the swimming pool, shop up a storm in The Collection Boutique or indulge in soothing treatments at the in-house Carchele Beauty Spa. Each piece of The Marine story adds another element to an unforgettable stay. www.collectionmcgrath.com
Arabella Hotel & Spa N
estled deep in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a breathtaking 1 hour and 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, is the unique Arabella Hotel & Spa. Located nearby to the world-renowned whale watching haven of Hermanus, the region enjoys pure champagne air and quite possibly the most stunning scenery the picturesque Western Cape has to offer. The hotel itself offers the ultimate in luxury and has 145 spacious guest rooms and 10 conference venues with multi-functional rooms equally appropriate for any type of occasion, presentation or conference. The hotel staff will go out of their way to help guests create a memorable and unique event whether it is a team building exercise, the launch
of a new product, or a conference. The fabled 18-hole, par-72 championship Arabella Golf Course has once again been ranked number 1 in the Western Cape and in the Top 5 in South Africa. Guests can reclaim their sense of self at the award-winning spa or indulge in the heated indoor hydropool and outdoor lap pool, sauna, steam room, and the crystalline waters of the swimming pool. Beyond the walls of this retreat, guests are spoilt for choice with activities, such as shark cage diving, whale watching, or visiting the Hemel en Aarde Wine Valley, the Harold Porter Botanical Garden in nearby Betty’s Bay, and the Cape Winelands, as well as the cliff paths and Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
Arabella Hotel & Spa enjoys a brilliant location and is home to a championship golf course and outstanding spa
Rosenhof Country House
Guests at Rosenhof enjoy award-winning cuisine, use of the on-site wellness center, and access to the art gallery
osenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and ostrich farms. The carefully renovated homestead (circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. The lovely rose garden, which gave Rosenhof its name, leads to stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished. All rooms provide air-conditioning, underfloor heating, satellite television, mini-bar and tea trays, and digital safes. The two executive suites have their own pool, lounge and patio, with tranquil views of the Swartberg Mountain. Rosenhof has a cosy pub and several luxury lounges with fireplaces where visitors can relax and admire
works from well-known South African artists. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Guests can cool down in the pool, enjoy al fresco lunch under the gazebo or visit the Wellness Centre with a fully equipped gym, sauna and a beauty clinic. Traditional country cuisine with a cordon bleu touch and an extensive wine collection will make dining at Rosenhof an unforgettable experience. Breakfast is equally memorable, served in the sunny breakfast room overlooking the manicured gardens surrounding the homestead. The old Wagon House, now an art gallery, features artworks from local artist Lisl Barry. With its luxurious facilities and excellent service, Rosenhof is recognized as one of the finest establishments in the region. www.rosenhof.co.za
Morukuru Ocean House C
ocooned in utmost luxury, Morukuru Ocean House is situated in one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves: the 36,000 hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape region. Ocean House offers a bird’s eye view of the continent’s greatest whale nursery, as Southern right whales migrate to the shallow coastal basins off the Overberg coast for the calving and nursing season from midJuly to November each year. This ocean-front home can accommodate eight adults and four children (all ages are welcome). The four double suites all have their own en-suite bathrooms and glass doors that overlook the ocean affording guests the most amazing views.
A wide range of activities are included in this coastal experience such as guided marine walks, fynbos hikes, mountain-biking and sand boarding. Morukuru Ocean House makes for the ideal family escape with a strong emphasis on excellent cuisine, gracious service, and privacy. Thanks to innovative ecological design, including the use of solar power and double glazed windows, Morukuru Ocean House is completely off the grid. This affords guests the opportunity to indulge in a premier, but sustainable tourism experience; 5-Star luxury that imposes minimal damage on the environment. This is truly an escape to paradise from the presence of whales to the beauty of the natural surrounds, including the fynbos and the pristine beaches.
A luxurious, eco-villa set in a nature reserve on the ocean overlooking Africa’s greatest whale nursery!
GARDEN ROUTE &
EASTERN CAPE TREETOP
CANGO LAKES CAVES & LUSH FORESTS
stretching from mossel bay through to the bustling port city of Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route region is a treat for the senses. Stretches of natural and
cultivated forests fringe this coastal route interspersed with lagoons, lakes, and estuaries, as well as stunning mountain passes and steep cliff roads. Set on a large lagoon, Knysna deserves its accolade as the “jewel” of the region with its offerings of watersports, the famous Featherbed Nature Reserve and Elephant Park, bespoke shopping destinations, and world-famous oysters. A little bit further on is exclusive Knoetzie with its beautiful castle and private beach and the beach-lover’s paradise of Plettenberg Bay. Long stretches of white sand and warm Indian Ocean waters await travellers to this iconic destination, which is the perfect base from which to explore a variety of destinations and experiences, from whale- and dolphin watching to watersports, treetop canopy tours in the Tsitsikamma Forest, and bungee jumping off the world’s highest venue at the 216-meter Bloukrans Bridge. Heading over the mountain range to the drier Klein (“little”) Karoo will bring one to Oudtshoorn, once famous as the “Ostrich Capital” of South Africa, and still famous for the Cango Caves, a natural labyrinth of caverns. Back on the coastal road, the sleepy, white-washed village of St Francis is located just before Port Elizabeth, which is the gateway to the famous malaria-free game reserves of the Eastern Cape. 59
Top ranked golf courses, restaurants, children’s facilities, a host of outdoor activities, and the opportunity to indulge at the spa
ancourt, South Africa’s premier leisure resort is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, seven kilometers from the George Airport. The resort is superbly landscaped on 613 hectares of lush countryside backed by the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. Offering guests extraordinary leisure experiences, the resort is well suited to discerning travellers, avid golfers, and families. World-renowned for its golf experience, Fancourt has three 18-hole golf courses situated on the resort and all are ranked in South Africa’s Top 20. The Links was ranked 1stt in South Africa and 34th in the world in 2014. Fancourt also has an exceptional golf academy with stateof-the-art teaching facilities, backed up by the expertise of PGA professionals.
Leisure options include a spa with an indoor heated Roman bath, Kids Club, teen lounge, gym, a heated indoor, and outdoor swimming pool. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy running/walking/cycling trails, tennis and fishing, or venture out to the nearby Witfontein Nature Reserve for hiking, mountain biking or trail running. Several restaurants and dining venues are available on-site to suit a variety of tastes and appetites. Glorious swimming beaches are easily accessible and mountain biking, horse riding, picnics, and hikes can be arranged on request. Sightseeing excursions to the picturesque coastal towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay, or Klein Karoo towns of Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert ,or Calitzdorp can be arranged. www.fancourt.co.za
Lake Pleasant Living L
ake Pleasant Living is set in the natural beauty of the Garden Route between the scenic holiday towns of Sedgefield and Knysna. The luxury self-catering establishment provides travelers with comfort and choice in a relaxed environment. Meals can be enjoyed at Bistro on the Lake with its expansive terrace overlooking the lake, comfortable lounge, and bar area. There are plenty of other dining options in the vicinity. Whether guests are looking for a stunning nature experience, culture and heritage, outdoor adventure and sports, gourmet delights, or spirit, mind and soul experiences, Lake Pleasant Living is the ideal haven from which to explore all that the Garden Route has to offer.
Set on the edge of Groenvlei Lake and next to a nature and marine reserve, Lake Pleasant offers accommodation in spacious suites and villas all with spectacular views from private patios and/or balconies. All rooms are well-equipped for a comfortable stay. On-site amenities include a health spa with steam room, sauna, heating pool and gym; swimming pool; children’s play area; conference facilities; and easy access to the region’s other amenities. Guests can look forward to idling the day away in the sun or getting out on the water for some exceptional bass-fishing. Lake Pleasant Living will appeal to those wanting to get away from it all and families looking for a safe, but exciting place to vacation. www.lakepleasantliving.com
Luxury accommodation with self-catering facilities, on-site amenities, prolific birdlife, exceptional fishing, and access to local attractions
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa
Luxury resort, Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa boasts upmarket suites, an award-winning spa, and stunning location
onrad Pezula Resort & Spa is located in Knysna on the Western Cape coast, conveniently positioned on South Africa’s famous Garden Route, between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. With views of the Pezula Golf Course, Indian Ocean, and Knysna Lagoon, it is a haven of peace, privacy and luxury. The hotel offers 76 Junior Suites, 5 private villas and 2 Grand Suites. Standard features include air-conditioning, fireplace, DVD player, 72cm TV, private bar, and complimentary WiFi. All have patios or balconies with lagoon, golf course, or distant sea views. The hotel also offers five large two-bedroom villas, each with a heated plunge pool. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in Café Z,
an all-day bistro. Zachary’s offers fine dining with seasonal tasting menus and unique wine pairings, with wine from one of the area’s largest wine cellars. Noah’s Champagne & Cocktail Lounge is perfect for pre-dinner drinks. This is the ideal destination for a family holiday and the hotel caters for younger guests with a variety of activities including a Young Travellers Club. The outdoor pool overlooks the Lagoon. Pezula Spa & Gym provides a superior wellness experience with nine treatment rooms, heated indoor pool, gym, sauna, steamroom, rainforest shower, nail bar, hair salon, Medi-Spa, and post-treatment room. Activities on the resort include beaching, golf, horse riding, cycling, hiking, canoeing, nature trails, and a golf practice range. www.conradpezula.com
The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa T
he 5-Star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is situated in Thesen Island’s Harbour Town in the picturesque seaside town of Knysna within South Africa’s famous Garden Route. The hotel’s site was originally a wood-fired power station that provided the entire town with electricity, as well as the wood milling operations that took place on the island. The site has since undergone a dramatic transformation to result in a hip 5-Star boutique hotel and spa. The original boiler apparatus, turbine generators and other large machinery have been carefully restored and form an integral part of the décor, seamlessly blending in with the individually appointed rooms. The hotel
offers 24 rooms and guests dine at The Island Café, Tapas Bar, which serves light bites or at the in-house and trendy Italian eatery, Col’Cacchio Pizzeria. Guests soak up the best of the summer sun in or around the swimming pool and the on-site Amani Spa,offers a variety of soothing treatments, as well as a Rasul or Arabian steam room. Turbine Water Club offers a variety of activities such as lagoon boat cruises, as well as a full spread of outdoor and adventure activities. Knysna has twice been voted South Africa’s favourite town and is a true holiday paradise. The tranquil Thesen Island is a canal marina on the Knysna lagoon with vibrant bars, restaurants and eclectic shops. www.turbinehotel.co.za
Island location close to vibrant bars, trendy restaurants, and eclectic shops, enjoy 5-Star boutique accommodation with a twist
Hunter’s Country House
Offering childfriendly, luxury rooms, gourmet dining and easy access to everything on offer in the beautiful Garden Route
ragrant and colourful, Hunter’s flourishing gardens create an idyllic setting for this luxury retreat in the heart of the Garden Route. This beautiful property combines a gracious elegance with sheer comfort and impeccable service with warm hospitality. Far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of leisure activities, Hunter’s is ideally situated as a base for a fantastic holiday adventure. Each of the 19 luxurious suites are individually designed and decorated with its own distinctive atmosphere. All have private patios and gardens. Certain suites have their own plunge pools. The individual thatched cottage suites are plush and peaceful, decorated in a pale green and oyster
palette, accented with a romantic sparkle of crystal trimmed canopies and dainty chandeliers. A privately positioned patio and garden makes for tranquil relaxation, reflection and reconnecting. Hunter’s Country House and Zinzi Restaurant offer delicious relaxed dining fare for everyone. For a-la-carte, our award-winning Zinzi Restaurant is just a stroll from Hunter’s Country House or guests can enjoy country style fare at the main house or in beautiful seating areas around the estate. Hunter’s was built out of love for family and a passion for creating wonderful experiences for the guests. Young or old, it is a place that fills your heart with fond memories and remains with you for a lifetime. www.hunterhotels.com
Tsala Treetop Lodge A
mid the treetops of an ageold indigenous forest in the heart of the lush Garden Route region, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa, its diversity of landscapes, abundance of wildlife and bird species, and welcoming atmosphere. Like the monumental ruins of an ancient African civilisation, Tsala’s impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water leads to a magnificent foyer. The elaborate afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings is inspired by the diverse cultures of Africa, combined with the sophistication of the western world. The views are breathtaking, whether from the exotic dining room, intimate glassed-in lounge,
or large open decks set high above the forest floor. Tsala is, in every sense, a magical place – encircled by lush forests and panoramic views, superb unobtrusive service and dining to match, whether at the renowned Zinzi Restaurant (SA’s Top 100), the Tsala dining room or in the intimacy of the suites. Think gourmet food accompanied by fine wines enjoyed in a romantic setting. Staying in a private elevated hideaway is romantic and adventurous and along with its perfect location in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique Hunter Hotels property is an ideal base for an unforgettable holiday adventure. Children over eight years of age are welcome in the villas and those over ten years of age in the suites.
A magical forest setting in the Garden Route, utter comfort, superb service and gourmet dining are what await at Tsala
Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa
Imagine a place of immaculate beauty and everlasting oceans, secluded beaches and a natural wonderland; that place is Plettenberg Park Hotel
lettenberg Park Hotel and Spa is an exclusive and unique hotel found in the heart of the South African Garden Route only minutes away from the holiday Mecca of Plettenberg Bay. Set within a private nature reserve encompassing 200 hectares of land and nestled on a cliff’s edge, guests enjoy the dramatically sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. The emphasis at Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa is on unique experiences, time-honoured values, excellent personalized service, and superb cuisine. Open spaces and the symmetry of both natural and man-made structures play many roles at Plettenberg Park, not only in terms of the panoramic views across the ocean and savannah behind, but also
within the architecture of the hotel itself. Clinton Friedmen’s artwork portrays the flora in a very distinct way, completing the public spaces. Tamsin Relly’s artwork can be found in all our 10 luxurious suites and complements the contemporary décor with a dash of sophistication. It is an all-weather hotel, brilliant in summer sunshine, guests relax on the private cove beach situated below the hotel, or unwind next to the infinity swimming pool, while in winter, they experience the wild, blustery and enveloping days saturated with warmth from log fires or indulge in rejuvenating treatments at our health spa. This destination will appeal to the discerning traveler seeking something both benefitting and inspiring to one’s inner wellbeing. www.plettenbergpark.co.za
The Plettenberg T
he Plettenberg – situated on a rocky headland in Africa's most spectacular beach town Plettenberg Bay – is the ultimate escape for those seeking a sun, sea and sand vacation. This owner-managed property offers 37 individually decorated rooms and suites and boasts the most breathtaking vistas in southern Africa. The Plettenberg affords its guests views of the ocean, mountains, and endless stretches of white-sand beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This destination is truly in a league of its own. Set in the heart of South Africa’s favourite and exclusive seaside vacation town of Plettenberg Bay, it offers guests easy access to the famous Garden
Route. This region is world-renowned for its adventure offerings ranging from bungee jumping, hiking, walking, sailing, and swimming to treetop canopy tours, and much, much more. A nature lover’s paradise, forests abound and dolphins and whales, in season, are regularly spotted. The Plettenberg is the ideal place to relax and unwind or to recharge and reinvigorate body, mind and soul. The hospitable service and charming setting combine to create a seaside South African experience unlike any other. From the beautiful and luxurious rooms to the fine dining matched with exquisite wines and easy access to the Fresh Wellness Spa, guests will lack for nothing and leave wanting to return as soon as possible. www.collectionmcgrath.com
The Plettenberg – situated on a rocky headland in Africa's most spectacular beach town – is the ultimate escape
Known for its award-winning cuisine, boutique spa treatments, authentic charm, style, and beautiful gardens, the Kurland is unforgettable
he beautiful Kurland Hotel is set on an expansive 700-hectare private estate located between the majestic mountains and pristine beaches of Natures Valley in the Garden Route region. Embodying the essence of a perfect union between old-world charm and modern sophistication, the hotel offers a spectacular setting complemented by luxurious and modern amenities. Guests can expect breathtaking beaches, award-winning cuisine and indulgent service. This boutique, luxury 5-Star Hotel offers gracious country living with just 12 suites that afford utter privacy. This exclusive hideaway is ideal for romantic honeymoons or getaways, intimate weddings, and all celebratory occasions. It can be booked for exclusive groups. The
charm of Kurland Hotel rests on its authenticity, which is why it is consistently rated as one of the best hotels in the world as well as regarded as the most desirable destination along the Garden Route. Whether it is the easy access to the spectacular and diverse surroundings, the pristine state of the beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters, the multitude of adventure options available in the vicinity, or the opportunity to indulge in a gourmet meal at the unique Chef’s Table, guests do not leave disappointed. Wherever the mood may take you – to the library, the veranda, the swimming pool, the courtyard, or private room terrace, the heart of the kitchen, or the rose garden, an elegant setting complemented by discreet service awaits. www.kurland.co.za
No5 Boutique Art Hotel T
he No5 Boutique Art Hotel in Port Elizabeth sets new standards for discreet and lavish boutique accommodation. Nestled in the posh beachfront suburb of Summerstrand in South Africa’s friendliest city, No5 Boutique Art Hotel is less than ten-minute’s drive from a national airport and within close walking distance from the Indian Ocean. With only 10 suites, the secluded and secure environment is the ideal retreat to satisfy the leisure or business needs of guests. The art deco facade of the double-storey building is reflected in the elegant, functional and contemporary interiors. The landscaped feature garden completes the picture of sheltered serenity. The private 15-seat cinema is modelled on the cinema in Clarence
House, Prince Charles’ private residence in London. The underground dining cellar houses a variety of rare local and imported wines and provides the perfect location for intimate and private dining. Salon Privé offers an impressive range of single malt whiskeys and cigars to savor at sunset or to conclude a perfect evening. Indulge in the intimate and personalized offerings of the top-floor spa with its specialized body and beauty treatments. The well-equipped gymnasium is available for invigorating workouts and offers a view of the blue surf and whitetipped waves of the ocean. No stone was left unturned to ensure that the exquisite suites are masterpieces of comfort and opulence.
A boutique hotel providing lavish rooms, gourmet delights, a private cinema and a whole lot more...
The Boardwalk Hotel
Guests here can expect a unique experience in a fabulous location with exciting attractions and thrilling entertainment
he 5-Star Boardwalk Hotel, Convention Centre and Spa charmingly captures the grace and detail of Victorian architecture while incorporating every modern convenience. The result is a refreshing blend of refinement and urban vogue set against the azure backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Boasting 140 sea-facing guestrooms, the hotel’s unique variety of accommodation options satisfy every requirement and offer modern conveniences such as plasma screen TVs, luxurious beds, mini-bars, and bijou balconies. Guests can try their luck at the latest slots games and tables at the Casino or indulge themselves at The Boardwalk Spa by Africology with its heated pool and fitness centre. The multi-media lake spectacular musical
fountain positioned in the centre of the existing lake reaches a height of 60 meters at its peak; the fountain is choreographed to music, lighting and a water curtain. There are numerous restaurants as well as the on-site Kipling’s Brasserie. The Boardwalk Convention Centre is able to handle conferences for up to 1,600 delegates with modern facilities and amenities. The complex is situated in the thriving Boardwalk precinct, the hub of Port Elizabeth, and is within easy walking distance of Hobie Beach, over 16 eateries ranging from intimate sidewalk cafés to Mediterranean restaurants and a multitude of retail outlets. With its unique combination of adult and children's entertainment, The Boardwalk offers a world of entertainment. www.suninternational.com
Gorah Elephant Camp T
he thrill of quietly watching a herd of elephants stroll by the veranda of a stately colonial manor is unforgettable. The exclusive safari lodge of Gorah Elephant Camp in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past. Experience the breathtaking natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication to deliver an unforgettably unique 5-Star adventure. Offering a Big 5 game-viewing experience, Gorah is a malaria-free destination and the only private concession and camp situated in the heart of the famous Addo Elephant National Park. The park, home to the densest population of elephants on
earth, is just an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth and provides the ideal start or end destination to a Garden Route adventure. The 1900s was an era where the elite indulged in the extravagance of crystal, polished silver, white linen, and G&T’s in the afternoon. At Gorah, guests are transported back to this era through the day-to-day luxuries offered at the camp. Eleven stylish tented suites entice guests to stay sheltered under thatched canopies with private decks and in spacious and luxurious interiors, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s. Gorah Elephant Camp is a member of Relais & Chateaux, as well as a Hunters’ Hotel property. Children over the age of 10 years are welcome here.
Experience Big 5 game viewing at this malaria-free destination in the famous Addo Elephant National Park
Bush Lodge – Amakhala Game Reserve
Bush Lodge offers personalized Big 5 game viewing, rustic 5-Star accommodation in tented suites, and indulgent dining experiences
ush Lodge is discreetly positioned in the bush at the top end of an open valley in the malaria-free Greater Addo and frontier region in the beautiful Eastern Cape on the Amakhala Game Reserve. Located just 45 minutes away from Port Elizabeth, each of the superlative en-suite, tented and thatched suites with big sky views overlooks a water hole. Each suite has a secluded private viewing deck with intimate plunge pool. Within the spacious interior hot and cold air-conditioning, an atmospheric fireplace, large oval bath and romantic al fresco double showers make this the perfect bush retreat. The main lodge of this 5-Star safari establishment offers authentic African dining, splendid lounge areas
and magnificent views of game-filled plains. Evenings are spent around the outdoor fireplace admiring the unspoilt African starscape. Bush Lodge offers twice-daily game viewing safari trips by open 4×4 safari vehicles in search of the Big 5 and many other species. The once-in-alifetime professionally guided safari trips offer riveting game viewing experiences. Sunset river cruises are also an option providing a unique opportunity to view wildlife as they come down to the river to drink. The guest reception is at the colonial Reed Valley Inn, from where guests are transferred into the reserve to enjoy the comfort and elegance of the tented safaristyle accommodation. www.amakhala.co.za
HillsNek – Amakhala Game Reserve A
t the heart of the picturesque Amakhala Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, lies HillsNek Safari Camp, an intimate, family-run lodge. Known for its warm hospitality and personalized service, HillsNek boasts beautiful accommodation that synchronizes seamlessly with the surrounding bush, displaying a commitment to conservation and conscientious safari living. Amakhala Game Reserve is home to five of South Africa’s seven biomes and with more than 60 species of mammals and over 250 bird species in the reserve, it is the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. Resting high above the plains, the main lodge and four safari tents offer sweeping views of the picturesque
African landscape. The tents ensure total privacy for couples and families, while the central lodge provides inspired cuisine, lounging areas, and a pool. Designed to emphasize space, light and privacy, our tents harmonize perfectly with the indoors and outdoors, and embody South Africa’s unfettered spirit through its intimate connection with the natural landscape. The main lodge sets the stage for viewing those spectacular African sunsets followed by pleasant evenings sitting around a fireplace appreciating starry nights and the Milky Way almost at one’s fingertips. Whether signing up as an adventurous family, a thrill-seeking group of explorers, or an enamored couple, HillsNek is the destination for a truly unique and utterly unforgettable safari experience. www.hillsneksafaris.com
Perfectly positioned in a malaria-free game reserve, this intimate and family-run lodge promises an unforgettable wildlife experience
Magical Kichaka promises a luxurious Big 5 safari experience in the malaria-free and beautiful Eastern Cape
ituated in a private game reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Kichaka is the perfect place to enjoy a Big 5 safari experience in quiet luxury. Guests will feel instantly at home – the lounge and dining areas are positioned to offer uninterrupted views across unspoilt bush landscapes. Large terraces at the stone and thatch main lodge provide guests with a magnificent viewing deck to witness the passage of game to the nearby large waterhole. The terrace extends into a small island, perfect for romantic outdoor dining. When on vacation at this beautiful destination, it is easy to just relax and enjoy the scents and sounds of the African bush in 10 beautifully appointed and spacious suites, each with private
deck, plunge pool and WiFi. This, of course, between exciting gameviewing excursions with experienced guides ensuring fascinating gameviewing from open vehicles or on guided walks. After all the excitement guests can enjoy a relaxing massage in the safari-styled wellness-suite, find something to read in the library, or head to the rim-flow swimming pool adjacent to the waterhole. Meals are definitely something to look forward to here with outstanding cuisine complemented by premium wines and served in evocative locations. The friendly staff, who are key to Kichaka’s commitment to service excellence and a 5-Star experience, tailor each guest’s stay to suit individual tastes, interests and moods. www.kichaka.co.za
Shamwari Game Reserve S
hamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest malaria-free private game reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is situated along the Bushman’s River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, forming a natural extension of the Garden Route. Shamwari, which means "friend" in the local Shona language, is one of Africa’s leading Big 5 safari destinations spanning some 25,000 hectares. This private game reserve boasts five ecosystems supporting many plant, bird ,and animal species. Six uniquely styled lodges and the Shamwari Explorer Camp offer a distinctive ambiance in untamed Africa. Home to one of South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams with a working wildlife rehabilitation
center, guests have the opportunity to learn more about Africa’s magnificent wildlife. Shamwari boasts the only Born Free Foundation Rescue Centres in the country. Guest activities include the unique Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Born Free Foundation Centres, Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, and Kids on Safari program that educates and entertains at the same time. Bush walks, spa treatments, stargazing, and guided walks are available on request. For years, Shamwari has been the destination of choice for many international celebrities and is internationally renowned for its accolades and awards, including Africa’s Leading Conservation Company and Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge Award. www.shamwari.com
Shamwari offers a premier family-friendly and malaria-free safari experience in Big 5 game territory in the Eastern Cape
Pumba Private Game Reserve
Pumba Private Game Reserve offers a magnificent African safari experience in the wild beauty of the malaria-free Eastern Cape
estled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, where luxury meets the wild African bushveld, Pumba Private Game Reserve and Spa offers world class, luxury accommodation, exceptional close-up wildlife encounters, personal attention, and delectable cuisine. Pumba Private Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 including a pride of rare, free-roaming white lion, cheetah, hippo, antelope, along with more than 300 bird species. The highly trained and experienced rangers ensure that guests have a safari experience that ranks among the best in the world. Experience the essence of African luxury in one of two unique 5-Star lodges: Water Lodge, overlooking
Lake Cariega, offers 12 stone-walled, thatched chalets, while Bush Lodge offers 11 luxury glass-enclosed, thatched chalets. Air-conditioning, earthenware fireplaces, and fine linen ensure absolute comfort, while dreamy bathrooms, luxury bedrooms opening onto private timber, game-viewing decks complete with plunge pools, and outdoor showers, provide guests with no reason to leave the chalets, except for game drives and spa visits. Whether dining indoors or under the starlit sky, meals at Pumba are simply sublime: African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair complemented by a superb selection of local wines from the Director’s Cellar. Guests of Pumba Private Game Reserve will experience the ultimate in African safari experiences! www.pumbagamereserve.co.za
Kariega Game Reserve T
he internationally renowned Big 5 malaria-free private Kariega Game Reserve is situated near Port Elizabeth, thus forming a natural extension to excursions from Cape Town along the Garden Route. Family-owned and managed, it would be accurate to say that the gradual growth and development of the now expansive 10,000 hectare reserve is one of the most accomplished conservation projects in the Eastern Cape. Kariega’s landscape spans five different ecosystems, resulting in extremely high game-carrying capacity resulting in unsurpassed game-viewing and birding experiences. The Kariega and Bushmans rivers are included in the reserve adding enormous beauty and value to a stay here. Guests enjoy stunning river cruises, canoeing and
fishing excursions, as well as taking part in the twice-daily game drives and bush walks, accompanied by experienced rangers. Guests can choose from three superb luxury 4-Star and 5-Star lodges. Settlers Drift is the latest 5-Star addition offering luxurious tented accommodation in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness. The lodge comprises nine luxury tented suites, each with stunning views overlooking the upper reaches of the Bushmans River. River Lodge comprises 10 luxury thatched suites and is situated on the banks of the Bushmans River. Special activities include daily boat trips to the beach. Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa with its 10 superbly appointed luxury suites, each with a private plunge pool. www.kariega.co.za
An expansive private reserve encompassing two rivers, Kariega offers the best of game-viewing, birding, and river safari experiences in the Eastern Cape
Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve
Oceana offers unique stay in the African bush within striking distance of the beautiful white sand beaches of the Eastern Cape
ceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve has been called by many the most beautiful place on earth. What began as a personal sanctuary for the owners in a natural paradise along the vast expanse of world-famous Eastern Cape beachfront is now an ultra-luxurious haven for the discerning world travellers. Oceana is one of the few places in Africa to be able to offer its guests beach, bush, and game all in one superlative safari experience. With Ocean Suites, Lodge Suites and the Private Ocean House, Oceana offers a unique variety of luxury accommodation all set facing though the bush backed by an expanse of blue and white waves. Combined with 5-Star dining, oneof-a-kind signature amenities,
an in-house spa and endless decadent pampering, Oceana is a destination unlike any other. Abundant varieties of exotic wildlife call Oceana home. Expert guides introduce guests to the abundance of exotic wildlife that call this region home on photographic safaris. Every member of the Oceana staff is dedicated to the highest quality possible guest experience and satisfaction. From land to ocean adventures, spa treatments to special excursions, Oceana wants each guest to be so impressed by their stay that they are already looking forward to their next visit before they even leave. Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve is a 5-Star decadent experience where everything is laid on for the discerning traveler. www.oceanareserve.com
Royal St. Andrews Hotel T
he Royal St. Andrews Hotel is just minutes from the bustling Port Alfred town center, right opposite the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club and a mere kilometer away from a blue flag beach. Port Alfred is known as a premier holiday destination with miles of unspoilt beaches and high golden sand dunes, as well as the magical Kowie River… all the elements needed for an unforgettable vacation. The hotel offers an array of modern, luxury accommodation including a superior Honeymoon Suite and nine Heritage Rooms – all set in the original 1924 building – as well as 50 recently built contemporary rooms. Room amenities and facilities include complimentary WiFi, climate control,
flat-screen TV with select satellite channels, tea/coffee-making stations, laptop safes, and more. Conference facilities are available. Catering to every culinary need, Royal St. Andrews Hotel offers guests a choice of three fantastic restaurants. Indulge in a leisurely breakfast at the Paper Nautilus Deli, or a gourmet dinner served in the upmarket al-la-carte Thistle Restaurant, the only fine dining restaurant in the town. For guests seeking a more laidback, social experience the Highlander Pub is the place to be, famous for its gastro pub meals and Highlander Lager. Promising a comfortable and utterly charming stay, the Royal St. Andrews Hotel is a fantastic base from which to explore this popular area. www.royalstandrewshotel.co.za
A brilliant location, charming and very comfortable accommodation, fine-dining, and easy access to the beach and town is what awaits guests
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KWAZULU-NATAL LEADING DIVE BATTLEFIELD
AFRICA’S BIG 5 LARGEST GAME RESERVES ESTUARINE
DUNES ZULU NATION
ECLECTIC CULTURE; MIDLANDS MEANDER
offering it all, KwaZulu-Natal on South Africa’s east coast is the home of the powerful Zulu nation. It has also over the centuries absorbed a large Indian
population originally brought to the country as indentured labourers. The result is an eclectic blend of rich culture that is expressed through music, dance, and the region’s famous cuisine – spicy and innovative. From the lush coastline that winds its way through upmarket suburbs and villages to the interior with its dramatic history etched on the battlefields that have now become major tourism attractions KwaZulu-Natal has something for everyone. The subtropical climate ensures the region is a year-round favourite destination and it is known for its protected natural areas, particularly the World Heritage site of iSimangaliso (meaning “miracle”) Wetland Park along the Elephant Coast. This extensive reserve has eight interlinked ecosystems, three lake systems, swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes. Surrounded by Big 5 game reserves, the park is also close to Sodwana Bay where it is possible to dive with ragged-tooth sharks, and Aliwal Shoal, a world-famous diving destination. Heading inland will bring you to spectacular mountains, valleys, and village and hamlets linked on the Midlands Meander route celebrating the artists and crafters of the region. Anything is possible from vivid battlefield tours to mountain hikes, game viewing, fishing, and more. 81
The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box boasts an award-winning spa, outstanding dining options, luxury accommodation, and an enviable romantic beachfront location
tanding majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, Leading Hotel of the World and a member of Red Carnation Hotel Collection, The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. Accommodation includes 86 individually decorated rooms, suites and exquisite villas, each offering state-of-the-art facilities and thoughtful amenities. A Presidential Suite offers the ultimate in luxury. Renowned for passionate service and excellent cuisine, guests can choose from a range of wining, dining, and relaxing options. From the casual Ocean Terrace, serving pizza from a wood-fire oven, the finest seafood, and an incredible curry buffet to the legendary, fine-dining Grill Room.
A lavish, traditional High Tea with piano accompaniment is served daily in The Palm Court. The Oyster and Lighthouse Bars are the hottest spots in town for sundowners and fresh oysters. The Oyster Box is a premiere wedding and honeymoon destination. The Spa at The Oyster Box ensures the highest levels of spa therapy and pampering by dedicated staff. Facilities include six treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy bath, grooming lounge, plunge pool, well-equipped private gym, garden-facing infinity pool, and a post-treatment tranquility lounge. In addition, the awardwinning spa houses an authentic eastern hammam. There is also an in-house cinema, a business centre with complimentary WiFi, and high-speed Internet. www.oysterboxhotel.com
andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge S
et deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the spectacular andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge fuses spectacular architectural design with the ultimate in conservation principles. The 16 suites are built on stilts and appear to float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees. Inventively designed in a style affectionately known as Zulu Zen, each handcrafted, glassencased suite boasts a minimalist flair that incorporates high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics, and brightly accented Zulu artefacts. The suites feature luxurious en-suite bathrooms with slate hand basins and viewing decks where guests can drink in the sight of graceful nyala and duiker. The lodge’s sparkling
rimflow swimming pool, as well as the expansive decks in its seating area, look out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals frequently graze. A traditional African boma is enclosed with a wooden fence and offers lantern-lit open-air dining beneath a canvas of stars. Activities include twice-daily game drives, including afternoon/evening drives, bush walks, and river cruises (seasonal). Activities at an additional charge: Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives, scuba safaris, black rhino tracking on foot, visits to endangered wild cats project, and swimming with whale sharks. Specialist safaris include birding, photographic, rhino capture and research, tracking, luxury walking, family, and private safaris. www.andbeyond.com
Guests of Phinda Forest can expect a spectacular location, superb game viewing, open-air dining, and a luxury stay
Thanda Private Game Reserve
Thanda offers a uniquely African and incomparable experience in Zululand offering exclusive Big 5 game-viewing
inner at the prestigious 2014 World Travel Awards in two categories,Thanda Private Game Reserve is situated 23 kilometers north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand, South Africa and is set on a 14,000 hectare reserve. The exclusive reserve is home to the Big 5 among other species. Thanda, meaning "love" in isiZulu, unites romantic opulence and exclusivity with Zulu culture, wildlife and conservation. The nine luxury suites at the Thanda Safari Lodge have private plunge pools, viewing decks, private salas, lounges, fireplaces, and full bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers. The public facilities include a lounge, library, dining room, boma, dining deck, wine cellar, cigar bar, business area, and viewing decks.
The exclusive-use Villa iZulu can accommodate ten guests, offering accommodation in five suites. The Thanda Tented Camp is built in colonial safari style, offering an authentic bush experience. The tents have wooden decks, comfortable rooms, and en-suite bathrooms, as well as outdoor showers. Public facilities include an attractive reception area, a curio shop, a lounge area for guests to relax in, an enhanced dining tent, a rim-flow swimming pool, and a new boma. The honeymoon Jabula Tent features a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom, lounge, boma, outdoor shower, and plunge pool. Thanda’s spa offers a wide range of treatments, inspired by ancient Zulu holistic practices, learnt from traditional Zulu women. www.thanda.com
#1 FOR BUSINESS
“egoli” (the "city of gold” as Johannesburg is locally known), Gauteng is the economic and a historic heart of South Africa. It is also the gateway for business into the rest of Africa. The prosperity of the region stems from and still rests on the discovery of gold in the late 1800s. Johannesburg sets a sophisticated pace for the region with its modern, funky “Afropolitan” vibe and upper-class suburbs, shopping destinations – such as the famous Sandton Centre – and business centers. The bespoke visitor experience is enhanced with the celebration of the region’s rich history and culture discovered on tours to Nelson Mandela’s former home, the Newtown Cultural District, and Hector Pieterse Museum, as well as excursions a bit further afield to the dramatic Wonder Caves and Sterkfontein Caves in the world heritage site of the “Cradle of Humankind” with fossils dating back more than 3 million years. To the south of the city is vibrant Soweto, which reflects the shift in South Africa’s society since 1994 with its intriguing mix of luxury lifestyle developments and informal settlements and markets. About 50 kilometers away, the administrative capital of the country, Pretoria, beckons with its colonial-style buildings and jacaranda tree-lined streets. Rich in culture and experiential offerings, the Gauteng region is a springboard into the rest of the country’s offerings as well as those in the rest of Africa, including Indian Ocean island getaways.
Saxon Hotel, Villa and Spa
The world’s leading boutique hotel, the Saxon appeals to those looking for luxurious accommodation, a refined setting, and exceptional experience
he Saxon has a story to tell, a story that is luxurious, refined and exceptional. It is an intrinsic part of the history of South Africa. The hotel was originally a private home and hosted many esteemed guests. Merging the finest culinary experiences with the most luxurious accommodation, either within the main hotel or the more private villas in an exclusive garden setting, the Saxon takes guests on an unforgettable journey. This is truly the one ultimate destination. The Saxon epitomizes every aspect of luxurious living. Luxurious travel is defined by the freedom to embrace the moment and discover remarkable experiences; the Saxon brings you all of this and
more. The hotel is renowned for going above and beyond, with minute attention to detail paid to ensure guests’ absolute privacy and comfort. From the quality of the food to the finer points of warm hospitality, guests can expect only the best. Guests are warmly greeted on arrival by dedicated staff. Every day at the Saxon is different and brings a moment that is unique. It is this African hospitality that beckons guests who return time and time again. Voted the World’s Leading Boutique Hotel since 2001, the Saxon takes pride in offering impeccable quality and service at every level, leaving guests with a lasting impression of outstanding excellence and a longing to return. www.saxon.co.za
Monarch Hotel T
he Monarch Hotel, located in Johannesburg’s prestigious suburb of Rosebank, is a sophisticated and lavishly styled hotel that was once the iconic 1930s Saxonwold Post Office. The hotel’s décor reflects an affluent ambience of old-world elegance with refined period-like interiors, enriched with classical and contemporary furnishings, and complemented by an extensive art collection of established and emerging South African artists. The Monarch prides itself on being part of the rich cultural history of Johannesburg and welcomes its guests in modern style and with traditional charm. A prominent heritage landmark on Oxford Road, the Monarch Hotel is a glamorous yet eclectic
collection of wrought-iron entrances, rich fabrics, muted marble, brass banisters, paneled walls, and bespoke contemporary finishes, providing the ultimate discreet “urban” sanctuary for business travellers and tourists. The 12 exquisite suites are masterpieces of comfort and opulence. All are immaculately furnished and equipped with luxurious amenities including WiFi, satellite TV, safes, and tea/coffee stations. The suites provide a serene refuge from Johannesburg's vibrant day and nightlife. Facilities at the hotel include a cigar lounge, a chic dining room offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a small 10-seater boardroom. The Mall of Rosebank, Planet Fitness and the Gautrain station are within walking distance of the hotel.
Step into a world of fine dining, luxury furnishings, and historical charm at the Monarch in Johannesburg
54 On Bath
Guests can expect distinctive dining, comfort, superlative service, and easy access to shopping and entertainment options
n addition to its sought-after location in the leafy suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg, 54 on Bath offers its guests a signature blend of luxury, style, and intuitive service, ensuring the highest levels of comfort for business and leisure travellers alike. Guests enjoy easy access to the nearby Rosebank Gautrain Station and a number of upmarket retail and entertainment centres. 54 on Bath offers a choice of 74 elegantly appointed rooms, including 12 Executive Rooms and 3 Luxury Suites. The Luxury Suites feature spacious en-suite bathrooms and private lounges, and all rooms are equipped with an Espresso machine. This hotel is renowned for its warm hospitality and professional service.
Amenities include complimentary WiFi, a sparkling swimming pool, boardrooms, meeting rooms, a 24hour business centre, complimentary access to the ultra-modern Planet Fitness Gym, and use of the hotel’s iPads. For those seeking a stylish conference venue, 54 on Bath offers a range of options catering for up to 120 guests backed by a dedicated conference team. The distinguished Level Four restaurant offers a tantalising array of classic cuisine and sumptuous high teas. The signature Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar – the only one of its kind in South Africa – offers a variety of Champagnes, wines and cocktails. The award-winning 54 on Bath is the epitome of hospitality, exclusivity, and truly attentive service. www.tsogosun.com
AtholPlace Hotel & Villa A
tholPlace Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in a garden oasis in the cosmopolitan suburb of Atholl in Johannesburg. Contemporary-classic glamor and understated elegance meet at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, from the nine spacious and luxurious suites to the comfortably furnished library with built-in fireplace. All nine suites have been individually designed for comfort; each boasts a private balcony, en-suite bathroom with underfloor heating, beds covered in imported Italian linen, air-conditioning, and upmarket facilities and amenities, including complimentary WiFi. AtholPlace Restaurant has been termed as the new "foodie gem of Jozi". The restaurant is open to the
public offering casual dining during the day and an epicurean four-course dining experience in the evening, an absolute must for any food lover visiting the city. AtholPlace Villa has been created to provide guests with a temporary home of their own, in the amazing and vibrant city of Johannesburg. The homely space, booked solely on an exclusive use basis can accommodate six adults and two children. AtholPlace Villa comes with its own charming and caring complement of staff ready to attend to guests’ every whim. This is the ideal base from which to explore the day and night-time charms of the city, including its rich cultural heritage, wealth of shopping destinations, and diversity of entertainment venues. www.morukuru.com
A nine bedroom boutique hotel and private villa, nestled in a palmed oasis, offering an unforgettable epicurean experience
DAVINCI Hotel and Suites
The eco-friendly DAVINCI Hotel and Suites will appeal to discerning travelers looking for a luxury base in Sandton
ocated adjacent to Sandton’s prestigious Nelson Mandela Square, the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites offers guests all the luxuries and comforts they have come to expect from Legacy’s extraordinary portfolio of hotels and resorts. Boasting 166 en-suite hotel rooms, 50 one- two- and threebedroom suites and 4 penthouses – the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites has something for every taste for business and leisure travelers. Guests can take time to relax in the gymnasium, infinity edge swimming pool or simply let the hotel’s therapists pamper one in the wellness spa. Indulge in Euro-Asian fusion cuisine at Maximillien Restaurant located in Legacy Corner Mall, or simply enjoy a light meal and drink in the
elegant DAVINCI Lounge, situated in a spectacular setting overlooking the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites pool deck. With natural lighting, WiFi, and laptop facilities, it is hard for satisfied guests not to enjoy the surrounding contemporary style while meeting for business, or simply just relaxing at any time of the day or evening. Situated in the heart of the Sandton business and shopping district, the hotel offers direct access to Legacy Corner Mall, Sandton City Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square, as well as easy access to the Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton Gautrain Station. This beautiful hotel is contemporary, yet classic – offering all guests a truly unforgettable experience. www.legacyhotels.com
The Michelangelo T
he Michelangelo, situated on Nelson Mandela Square is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and Legacy Hotels & Resorts' flagship hotel in Sandton. Discernment has always been a way of life at The Michelangelo, which boasts 242 luxurious rooms and suites that have been tastefully decorated to reflect the hotel’s Renaissance-style architecture. All rooms and suites feature a private bathroom with separate bath and shower, as well as individually controlled air-conditioning, while the Presidential Suite also offers an 18hour butler service. No matter which room is chosen, service excellence and satisfaction is guaranteed. Guests can dine in style at the prestigious Piccolo Mondo
Restaurant, renowned for its classic Italian dishes and impressive wine list that offers both local and international wines. The recently refurbished Il Ritrovo Lounge is open to all guests 24 hours a day, serving light meals, tapas, snacks, teas and coffees, as well as cocktails and drinks. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure. The Michelangelo’s Business Centre will put you in touch with the world. The hotel can also comfortably host up to 160 guests in style and comfort in the exquisitely outfitted conference rooms. Unwinding has never been more satisfying than at the hotel’s spa with its indulgent signature treatments, executive lifestyle centre, sun-deck, indoor heated pool, sauna, or steam bath. www.legacyhotels.com
The Michelangelo epitomizes discernment, indulgent luxury, fine dining, and classic hospitality for both business and leisure travelers
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel offers a luxurious haven for serenity, wellness and restoration with its exclusive Balinese Spa and Garden
airlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a 5-Star boutique hotel that will appeal to the discerning global and local visitor: superb accommodation, Bali-styled spa, gourmet restaurant, signature conference and events facilities, and an ideal location in Morningside, Johannesburg. Fairlawns offers 41 suites, of which 20 are newly completed in the Grande Chateau, offering the trade-mark Fairlawns warmth and individually decorated splendor. The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel now proudly introduces The Champagne Terrace and The Gallery, ideal for private dining events for up to 10 diners. The Terrace Dining room seats 46 for all meals. Signature banqueting and special events for 10 to 60 are professionally catered for with great attention to detail.
Amenities include laundry, valet service, room safes and mini-bars, satellite TV, free WiFi, and free gym access. Transfers to and from airports by arrangement and complimentary transfers within the Sandton area are just some of the amenities on offer. The exclusive Balinese Spa and Garden provides a feeling of peace and tranquillity that one enjoys after only a few minutes listening to the sound of running water and bird twitters in the bamboo grove or relax on the terrace overlooking the rolling lawns and beautiful swimming pool. This wellkept secret is an exquisite haven of serenity with its park-like ambiance with huge mature trees and prolific bird life, right in the heart of Africa’s vibrant business capital. www.fairlawns.co.za
The Residence N
estled in the leafy suburb of Houghton, a mere stone’s throw from former President Nelson Mandela’s home, The Residence exudes an air of quiet dignity and discretion. No effort is spared in ensuring that each guest’s experience is personalized. The 18 suites are individually designed and decorated with the sole purpose of surpassing expectations. In addition to a full en-suite bathroom, every suite has its own outdoor rain shower and outdoor bath, or Jacuzzi overlooking terraced gardens and forest-like surroundings. Should the need arise, one wing of the hotel can be privatized to create a villa for families or groups wishing for a more intimate stay.
Facilities include a tennis court, heated outdoor pools, fitness room, world-class spa, and a conference room. The signature restaurant, The Dining Room serves a seasonal menu throughout the day and also caters for those with specific dietary requirements. Situated a mere 30-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, a transport service offers quick access to nearby commercial centers. Should guests be in the mood for a tad more luxury, the 24-hour chauffeur service will gladly show them around in a Rolls Royce Silver Spur Park Ward – one of only a handful in the world. Business professionals, leisure travelers and those just passing through will all attest to the exclusive experience offered by The Residence.
Expect a boutique experience, unique in every way at the exclusive and super-luxurious The Residence
D’oreale Grande Hotel
Untold luxury, a mega-casino, state-ofthe-art facilities, luxurious accommodation, and more await at the D’oreale Grande Hotel
iscover untold luxury and regal comfort ... the 5-Star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace is conveniently located next to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. This stately hotel features 182 beautifully designed and impeccably appointed rooms and suites. The hotel’s comfort levels are enhanced by superior levels of service and guest relations, as well as international language and culture proficiencies, and the exclusive Club Floor and Lounge offers a full bouquet of personal and concierge services dedicated to the elite business traveler. All rooms incorporate airconditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, and the
convenience of 24-hour room service. Guests can dine at the elegant Aurelia’s Restaurant, relax in private conclaves of the reception area, or sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset from a lounger in the manicured and terraced gardens of the hotel. This 5-Star hotel offers a variety of rooms from Presidential Suites to Classic. Guests can indulge in personalized service, luxurious comfort, elegant furnishing, classic décor and peerless quality. A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport is available. The Emperors Palace resort offers guests a magnificent casino, dining to suit every palate, a cinema complex, exhilarating entertainment and theatre venues, and a state-of-the-art convention centre. www.emperorspalace.com
It's sunrise. The silence is only punctuated by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable. Picture yourselves sipping champagne as you hover gently above the tree tops, or soar high above the mountain peaks. After landing savour a delectable breakfast at our beautiful well-appointed Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant.
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Castello di Monte
Castello di Monte is the ideal luxury stopover in Pretoria with its panoramic views, outstanding amenities, and superlative service
he Castello di Monte is a 5-Star boutique guesthouse, situated in the ambassadorial suburb of Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria. It provides the perfect base and gateway for those wanting to explore the rich natural landscapes of Mpumalanga and the game-rich Kruger National Park. The Tuscan-style estate with its beautiful landscaped gardens offers guests 360° spectacular views of the hills in and around South Africa’s capital city. There are nine luxury suites. Whether it be the Presidential Suite complete with a grand fireplace and a four-poster bed or the Honeymoon Suite decorated with hand-painted murals, or the freshly made classic rooms fit for royalty, a sumptuous night
is ensured. Castello di Monte’s 16thcentury splendor is complemented by every modern amenity from fully stocked mini-bars and DSTV, right down to underfloor heating, airconditioning and the creature comforts of tea, coffee and local papers. The hotel is within close proximity to the Gautrain terminal and the Pretoria train station for clients travelling on Rovos and The Blue Train. This is an incredibly romantic setting with Juliet balconies, art adorning the wall, and silk curtains floating in the breeze while you dine in one of our seven intimate dining areas. Castello offers a sauna, steam shower, and outdoor swimming pool and for the more active person, there are two golf courses and a Virgin Active gym close by. www.castello-hotel.co.za
131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel L
ocated close to Pretoria’s city center near business, commercial and shopping districts, the luxury 131 on Herbert Baker reflects tasteful elegance, combined with exceptional attention to detail. Originally built as a private residence, the boutique hotel was later transformed into a luxurious accommodation venue. Exquisite interiors, impeccable service and fine cuisine combine to make this the city’s most graceful and elegant hotel. 131 on Herbert Baker is nestled on the hilltops of Groenkloof with panoramic views over Pretoria and surrounds. It offers nine elegantly designed suites, allocated into four different room categories: four viewfacing rooms that face over the city and surroundings, three rooms that
lead out onto the private and secluded pool, one luxury suite with a view over the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, and one Presidential Suite that has a lounge, dining room, two bathrooms, and a large bedroom; this room boasts the best views over the city due to its upstairs location. Each is luxuriously appointed with modern amenities. 131 on Herbert Baker can be hired exclusively and is ideal for corporate groups and diplomatic parties, and suitable for any celebratory occasions! The boardroom is ideal for small meetings and conferences and can accommodate up to 20 delegates. The private dining facilities seat between 20 and 40 people in Restaurant Grissini, which serves up delicious combinations of fresh ingredients, good wine and great service. www.131.co.za
Reflects tasteful elegance and exceptional attention to detail while affording easy access to business, cultural, and shopping destinations
The Blue Train
South Africa’s Blue Train promises the ultimate in luxury train travel and a unique experience of indulgence
he Blue Train has been the ultimate in luxury rail travel since 1946. It offers a unique way of experiencing some of southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks. Kings and presidents have graced this “5 star hotel on wheels”… where everyone is treated like royalty! On this train luxury assumes a new dimension. You will feel it from the moment you step into the suites. The De Luxe suite offers a choice between twin beds (with shower) or double beds (with bath). Luxury suites are more spacious and offer twin or double beds with bath facilities. Each suite is a world on its own, with a private entertainment center, underfloor heating, a universal telephone
system, an individually controlled air-conditioning system, GPS, and a driver’s eye-view camera. Guests enjoy the use of complimentary WiFi from the comfort of their private suites. The Blue Train aims to be the desired African leisure experience, encompassing the best in hospitality and tourism. This it achieves by delivering a phenomenal, memorable service to its guests and clients alike. Guests indulge in fine cuisine, accompanied by the finest awardwinning South African wines, with personal butlers at their beck-and-call. So take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance, and romance, where spectacular scenery will stir your imagination and luxurious comfort will soothe your mind, body and soul. www.bluetrain.co.za
Rovos Rail E
xperience the elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world on one of Rovos Rail’s exceptional journeys through the heart of Africa. Combining magnificent scenery with the glamor and excitement of the golden age of rail travel, Rovos Rail will delight the most discerning traveler. With discreet and friendly service, 5-Star cuisine, and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era – encompassing the timeless grace and romance of decadent African exploration. The train accommodates 72 passengers in some of the world’s most spacious train cabins. The Royal, Deluxe, and Pullman suites are of the highest standard, all with
en-suite bathrooms, combining the grandeur of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. There is no better way to enjoy the rolling vistas and dramatic sunsets of the African wilds than from the open-air balcony at the back of each observation car and with windows that open and close, guests’ senses are stirred by the diverse landscapes. Trains depart regularly from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Cape Town, Durban, and Victoria Falls with longer journeys operated on an annual basis. These include two nine-day golf itineraries, each with programs for non-golfers and a nine-day safari to Swakopmund in Namibia, as well as the world-famous two-week adventure from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. www.rovos.com
Fully inclusive luxurious train journeys ranging from two nights to two weeks traversing spectacular southern African landscapes in 5-Star comfort
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superlative experiences await those who venture to the southern Kalahari and the North West Province, located conveniently closely to Johannesburg.
Anything goes here from upmarket gambling at Sun City Resort – known as South Africa’s “Las Vegas” to game-viewing at a range of quality reserves – daily game drives are conducted from customized vehicles or take to the skies in hot-air balloons or sign up for guided game walks. Those looking to spice things up a bit can head to Sun City’s Waterworld, indulge in fine wine and food, or while away their time being entertained by top-class performers. Those wanting to get into nature can expect an unsurpassed experience at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, home to the world’s third-largest rhino population, along with lion, elephant, buffalo, and leopard. The celebrated wild dog programme run here is a major drawcard. Madikwe Game Reserve is an exclusive safari destination set on the border with Botswana and guests at one of the on-site luxury lodges can look forward to a magical game experience. Southern Kalahari destinations are known for their walking safaris, the opportunity to participate in a rhino monitoring programme and sleep indoors or out. Tswalu Kalahari offers a malaria-free safari destination where it is possible to get out into the wilderness to track Africa’s famed and feared wildlife on foot. Lose yourself in the magic of Africa in this region. 103
The Palace of the Lost City promises an extravagant experience, opulent dining, and exciting entertainment
rom its inception in 1992, The Palace, Sun City, has enthralled and amazed visitors from all over the world. The Palace of the Lost City links Sun City to Sun International’s golden triangle where its 5-Star establishments complement these scenic wonders of the world. Guests at The Palace of the Lost City will discover an oasis of abundance in the rugged African landscape. Each of the 335 luxurious rooms and magnificent suites offer wonderful views over the water and are furnished in contemporary African style with minute attention paid to detail. The Palace is a celebration of the African experience, an opulent creation of carvings, mosaics, textures and views, in a world as
rich in drama and grandeur as the continent itself. This addition to the Pilanesberg landscape is dwarfed in years by the 1,300 million year-old extinct volcanic site on which it is built. The 55,000 hectare, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park borders the complex and is home to the ‘Super 7’ – elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and cheetah and the African wild dog. The diverse vegetation supports a wealth of other mammal, bird, reptile, and tree species. Danie de Jager’s bronze wildlife sculptures in the grounds of The Palace of the Lost City pay powerful homage to these living treasures. Guests can expect an extravagant experience, opulent dining, and exciting entertainment. www.suninternational.com
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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge S
anctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge features just eight glassfronted suites and is tucked away in green woodland. Designed to have minimal environmental impact, the lodge was constructed from local stone, wood and thatch allowing guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. The luxurious, secluded suites overlook the Marico River offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river. The suites all have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The entire front of each en-suite bathroom can be opened to the bush. The stylish main lodge is on the edge of a
ravine overlooking a waterhole frequently visited by game and has a spacious lounge and dining area that opens out onto a wide wooden outdoor deck, with spectacular views. The boma, an open-air dining area enclosed by trees and a perfect place to enjoy dinner next to a blazing fire, is situated conveniently close to the main lodge. Fine wines from the awardwinning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. There is also a spa offering massage and aromatherapy, an air-conditioned gym and heated infinity swimming pool. The main lodge provides complimentary WiFi, as well as a curio shop, a library area, and upstairs den. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Experience exclusive Big 5 game viewing, uninterrupted views, and a host of luxury amenities at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Tuningi Safari Lodge
Guests at Tuningi can expect excellent Big 5 game viewing, family friendly 5-Star accommodation, outstanding cuisine, and more…
uningi Safari Lodge is set in the heart of the worldrenowned Madikwe Game Reserve, a 75,000 hectare malariafree Big 5 reserve bordering Botswana. Understated elegance in the form of colonial-African chic greets visitors to this private and exclusive lodge. The main lodge is spacious and luxurious with a rim-flow pool overlooking a water hole and a tent setup in the garden for children to play in. Wooden walkways lead to the spacious and stylish air-conditioned thatched chalets, each with fine percale linen, bathroom, fireplace, private deck and al fresco shower. Two adjoining family rooms are perfect for those looking for extra space. Little Tuningi sleeps six and
can be booked exclusively, offering a private boma, pool and vehicle. The boma is the perfect place to have dinner, accompanied by fine wines, next to the blazing fire or enjoy the marvels of the night sky. Highly qualified game rangers offer a unique opportunity to be educated on many aspects of wildlife and bush etiquette, either on foot or in 4x4 open-air vehicles while in search of the Big 5. Lion, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, leopard and the rare and endangered wild dog are only some of the unique sightings to experience. The world-renowned BBC and National Graphic wild dog sightings of Madikwe have been well recorded. Tuningi Safari Lodge has it all for the discerning traveler looking for the ultimate safari experience. www.seasonsinafrica.com
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Madikwe Hills S
et within 75,000 hectares of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is ingeniously set among boulders and age-old Tamboti trees. The private game lodge is situated in the middle of Madikwe, giving visitors a huge advantage over other lodges situated on the borders of the reserve as regards game viewing and offers visitors the most amazing South African safari adventure. Madikwe Game Reserve is home not only to the Big 5 of Africa, but also to a wealth of over 66 mammal species, including the rare African wild dog and a range of more than 300 resident and migratory species of birds. The lodge accommodates up to 24 guests in vast, well-spaced
and utterly private glass-fronted suites scattered across the hillside, camouflaged by Tamboti-beamed thatch roofs. Wooden walkways lit by hurricane lamps criss-cross the grounds and connect the secluded suites to the central open-plan lounge, bar, wine cellar, library and dining area up the slope, where cooling fans make slow rotations and the giant twisted trunks of Leadwood trees hold up the vaulted ceiling. The total dedication and passion of the team at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge ensures that every guest departs with a memory of an African safari never to be forgotten. From outstanding wildlife holidays to unforgettable safari weddings and honeymoons – Madikwe offers the complete safari adventure. www.seasonsinafrica.com
Madikwe Hills offers a family friendly luxury safari camp for those looking for wildlife, some wellness pampering, and outstanding food
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Sign up for an exhilarating and malaria-free African safariexperience when visiting Madikwe Safari Lodge
adikwe Game Reserve is a 75,000 hectare malaria-free reserve located northwest of Johannesburg (an easy four-hour drive) along the border with Botswana. It didn’t take much to be enamored with Madikwe. Everything about this place is vast – its landscapes, its heavens, its wildlife. This is rugged Africa, and then some! The rich and undulating landscape is punctuated by enormous volcanic intrusions (known as Inselbergs) and the unique topography reveals astonishing wildlife sightings. Madikwe’s animal population includes lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, spotted hyena, giraffe, antelope, and the endangered Cape hunting dog. In excess of 300 resident and migrant bird species tint the ample skies.
Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three luxury lodges, each with its own appeal for those seeking a communal experience with family or close groups of friends, or those wanting a private immersion in this beautiful landscape. Whether guests are looking for privacy or a social celebration of Africa’s best – location, wildlife, hospitality, Madikwe Safari Lodge has it on tap. Guests can look forward to exciting game drives and walks, sipping bubbly while the African sun sets, indulging in body treatments, shopping up a storm in the on-site shop, and stepping into culinary heaven with delicious meals served in a variety of exotic locations. This is a favored choice of wedding and honeymoon destination, as well as being a brilliant familyfriendly choice. www.madikwesafarilodge.co.za
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Molori Safari T
his five suited, ultra-chic luxury retreat is located in the heart of the 75,000-hectare, malaria-free and game-rich Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers breathtaking views from its secluded hillside location. All of the suites, situated for maximum privacy, have floor-toceiling retractable glass walls. Each has a spacious wooden deck, private infinity pool, outdoor shower, en-suite bathroom, a lounge with a fireplace, underfloor heating, and an iPod docking station. Game drives and bush walks are led by awardwinning professional rangers and the size and exclusivity of Molori Safari’s concession allows flexibility. Private vehicles can be booked. The lodge’s spa and fitness center
sets the relaxation stage for various treatments. A steam room and sauna overlook a chiller pool. Spa services are available in either the serene treatment room, outdoors on daybeds, or on the bush massage deck. The gourmet chefs, inspired by local and international influences, create mouthwatering cuisine, paired with an impressive wine list. Meals are served on the Star Deck, which overlooks the water hole frequented by elephants, the traditional Boma and al fresco dining areas in the main lodge. Those seeking privacy and romance can always choose to dine on their private deck. Molori’s intimate lodge with its warm, personal service is the perfect choice for a family or group of friends looking to share a luxury safari experience in Africa. www.molorisafari.com
The family-friendly destination of Molori is known for excellent game viewing, ultra-chic luxury suites, and mouthwatering cuisine
Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe
Enjoy superlative safaris outdoor dining, luxury tree houses and more at this childfriendly, malaria-free safari destination
aci's Lodges promise personal attention to detail, outstanding service and a superb African safari experience that results in memories to be cherished. Situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve boasting the ‘Top 10’ you can expect to see wild dog, both Black and White rhino, lion, spotted and Brown hyena, giraffe, buffalo, elephant, as well as extensive plains game and over 340 species of birds. Jaci’s Safari Lodge features only eight ‘tents’ and two exclusive-use family suites – the Nare and Safari suites – all suites offer an eclectic combination of vibrant color, earthy canvas, stone and thatched roofs. Jaci's Tree Lodge boasts only eight tree houses, located within the ancient riverine forest. Constructed
on stilts, these spacious trees houses were built utilizing a combination of rosewood decking, thatch and stacking doors. all allowing guests to enjoy the idyllic forest surrounds… ensuring the ultimate, luxurious forest hideaway. Jaci’s lodges are complemented by daily game drives in the expansive Madikwe Game Reserve, conducted by knowledgeable, experienced and attentive guides; ther wildlife sightings and memories created will be unforgettable. Guests enjoy fire-cooked and starlit meals - heaven indeed! This is the perfect destination for romantic safaris, weddings, families and photographic safaris, including the Terrapin hide, which is accessed at any time of day or night via underground tunnel. www.madikwe.com
Tswalu Kalahari S
afari travel takes on a whole new meaning at Tswalu Kalahari, a magnificent malariafree 100,000 hectare private game reserve. Design your own itinerary and indulge in boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings, and dune picnics. Track wildlife on foot, on horseback, or in a 4x4 Land Rover. Experience the thrill of walking safaris, rhino monitoring, or simple things like sleeping under the night sky. Indulge in a champagne breakfast or take an early morning game drive with a gourmet picnic. Bond with the meerkats or spend the morning tracking the desert black rhino and the Kalahari black-maned lion. In the heat of the day, retreat to the luxury of the air-conditioned suites at The Motse or
Tarkuni, relax at the pool, or book a spa treatment. The Motse with its nine spacious and secluded “legae” or suites, including three family suites, is an oasis of shaded decks built around a rim-flow pool with views onto a busy waterhole. The recently refurbished Tarkuni, which can be booked for exclusive use, has just five individual suites, an expansive veranda, doublevolume sitting room, dining room and cellar, and mezzanine-level library, and games room. Each has an outdoor star-bed for guests who would like to experience the thrill of sleeping under the Kalahari night sky. This is an unforgettable safari experience in a unique wilderness area where luxury is a given. www.tswalu.com
A dedicated team, game rangers, executive chefs, and beauty therapists, are committed to exceeding guests’ expectations
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a magical experience awaits visitors to the lush and game-rich regions of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Both regions boast unspoilt landscapes that are as diverse as the wildlife and experiences on offer from forested valleys and deep ravines, to crystal streams, and crashing waterfalls. Natural wonders are interspersed with prestigious Big 5 game reserves, historical sites and cultural destinations. The massive gorge of Blyde River Canyon is a must-see with its sheer and ochre-coloured cliffs, while God’s Window and the Three Rondavels have attracted visitors for centuries. Water crashes over cliffs at Bridal Veil, Lone Creek, and the famous Mac Mac Falls providing great vantage points to stop and picnic when hiking or walking in this region. Besides the scenic splendour that can be explored in a myriad ways, the history of the region displayed in the architecture and culture is also of interest. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the town of Pilgrim’s Rest, which stands as testament to the discovery of gold here in the late 19th century. Perhaps these regions are best known as gateways to South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park and the surrounding private game reserves, which provide among the best game-viewing experiences on the continent, enjoyed on game drives and guided bush walks. Limpopo and Mpumalanga are both about stunning natural landscapes, Big 5 game experiences, outdoor adventure, and exclusive escapes.
Bush living in elegant Afro-French-styled chalets, personal butlers, exceptional game viewing, exquisite surroundings, and great hospitality
hambala is a Tibetan word that means paradise on earth. Shambala Private Game Reserve covers almost 10,000 hectares under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg Mountain, and is surrounded by the magnificent African bushveld, home to a wide variety of remarkable flora and fauna. Combining the best experiences of a private safari lodge with the charm of the traditional camp, this experience will be unique and unforgettable. Zulu Camp is built in the traditional style with streams from the nearby river running through the camp. Guests relax on private decks listening to the sound of birdcalls and the plaintive cry of the fish eagle as
the hippos return in the late afternoon to wallow in the river. Exceptional comfort and the passion of the staff, always happy to share their customs and heritage, along with tales of bush adventures and unforgettable animal encounters, ensure an unforgettable hospitable experience. Days are spent as guests wish and the camp offers a holistic experience, ideal for those looking for space for quiet contemplation and wanting to reconnect with nature. This is truly a place with heart and soul that inspires guests to take home a lasting memory of the world they have visited. At Zulu Camp the unhurried atmosphere, combined with the natural beauty of the surroundings, creates a romantic backdrop for an idyllic bush retreat. www.zulucamp.co.za
Marataba Safari Lodge M
arataba is a malaria-free 23,000 hectare private concession within the Big 5 Marakele National Park (Limpopo, South Africa). Just four hours from Johannesburg, the dramatic Waterberg mountains, vast plains, rich animal diversity and winding rivers cutting through the landscape of the Marakele National Park are just breathtaking. All of the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds (including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world, with more than 800 breeding pairs) have settled here. Marataba Safari Lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment beyond its walls – rich, bold, organic
and patently magnificent. Whether guests prefer their own company or that of new-found friends, there are a number of spots from which to soak up the view and a smorgasbord of activities from which to choose. Whether game drive, walking trail, sunset river excursion on Miss Mara, or a private dinner for two, there is never enough time to exhaust the many ways there are to love this place. For avid and experienced trail walkers, there is Marataba Trails Lodge. Tucked into its own private valley in a remote spot on the reserve, a number of different walking trails wind through the wilderness. Never more than eight people at a time experience this very unique perspective of Africa. www.marataba.co.za
Marataba Safari Lodge boasts a malariafree location within Big 5 territory offering a luxurious stay and myriad activities
Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Makanyi Private Game Lodge offers luxury suites, exclusive game viewing and an unforgettable experience
akanyi is located in the southern sector of the Timbavati, an area dubbed as “The place where something sacred came down to earth”.The lodge has traversing rights to 6,000 hectares and is directly adjacent and open to the 2.4 million hectares of the Kruger National Park, enabling guests to enjoy a truly vast game-viewing area. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is not only home to an abundant variety of wildlife and birdlife, but also to the famous Big 5, and the extremely rare and world-renowned white lion. The architecture of Makanyi is clean and contemporary, cleverly blending seamlessly into its bush surroundings. There are a total of seven open-plan and, at 140 square meters, spacious suites:five classic
and two honeymoon. All suites have an extra-large bed, sitting area with fireplace and a spacious bathroom with a shower and separate freestanding bath. Outside, a private deck overlooks the bush, with an outdoor shower and inviting sun loungers. The two honeymoon suites are situated at the far reaches of the camp offering total privacy. Four-poster beds, private plunge pools, secluded candle-lit dinners, and flower petal-strewn picnics make Makanyi the perfect romantic hideaway. Guests are spoilt for choice at Makanyi with activities including exhilarating game drives, guided bush walks with experienced ranger,s fishing in one of the many dams accompanied by wallowing hippos and mesmerizing night-time stargazing. www.makanyilodge.com
Motswari Private Game Reserve S
et deep in the Timbavati, within the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy, Motswari Private Game Reserve has delivered the traditional safari lodge experience for three decades. Offering seemingly unlimited bush vistas and river views, the 15 thatched en-suite bungalows at the main camp and four rooms at Geiger’s Camp echo the landscape with stylish, understated décor. Equipped with air-conditioning and mosquito nets, each offers the perfect balance of unobtrusive luxury and natural wonder. The expanse of untamed wilderness, which shares an open boundary with the Kruger National Park, guarantees prolific Big 5 game viewing, along with sightings of Africa’s ‘Little 5’. Professional rangers and skilled local trackers share their
intimate knowledge of the location and indigenous wildlife during day and night game drives. The walking safari adventure begins the night before with an overnight stay at a luxury tented camp and one-hour walking tours are offered daily after brunch. The conservation legacy is proudly upheld here and a responsible ethos is entrenched in operations from inception – practices which have awarded Motswari certification with both Green Globe and Fair Trade in Tourism. The family-owned reserve merges luxurious accommodation with quality cuisine, yet it is the sincere passion and soul of the staff that nurture a stay here into an extraordinary experience. At Motswari, “arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend.”
An abundance of game, authentic hospitality, gourmet dining, and the Big 5 await at Motswari
Kings Camp promises an authentic safari-style experience with its elegant accommodation offering, exciting Big 5 game viewing, and more…
ituated in the beautiful and prestigious Timbavati Private Nature Reserve located in the Greater Kruger National Park, Kings Camp is situated to look onto an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife by day and night. Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of the colonial past. A thatched viewing deck is set overlooking the active waterhole providing the opportunity to view game even when not out on game drives! And guests can soak up the serenity of the African bush even when relaxing in the open-plan lounge and bar. Meals are sumptuous and served in style in the spacious dining room, which also
boasts spectacular views of the surrounding bushveld. The nine expansive Colonial Suites and two exquisitely decorated Honeymoon Suites are lavish with room facilities and amenities ranging from a Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, and fully stocked mini-bar to private verandas, air-conditioning, and upmarket toiletries. The Honeymoon Suites boast their own private plunge pools. For the ultimate in safari privacy, Waterbuck Private Villa comprises a four-bedroom villa with dedicated butler, chef and ranger. Kings Camp is known for its gracious hospitality, luxurious accommodation, Big 5 game viewing, and the chance to perhaps spot the famous white lions of the Timbavati! www.seasonsinafrica.com
Tintswalo Safari Lodge S
ettled on the unfenced western boundary of the Kruger National Park lies the private Manyeleti Game Reserve. Sharing this vast wilderness with only two other commercial lodges, Tintswalo Safari Lodge is perfectly located to experience the raw, natural beauty of Africa, without the usual tourist crowds. This 23 000-hectare reserve provides guests with the opportunity to experience the continent’s best wildlife sightings on guided drives and walks, including of the Big 5, rare birds, big cats and wild dogs, and colossal herds of general game. Connected by raised wooden walkways, the sumptuous suites are staggered along the banks of a seasonal river. Each spacious suite evokes a sense of the early European
exploration of Africa. With indulgent finishes and lavish air-conditioned and en-suite bathrooms, each suite has a private and spacious deck, complete with private plunge pool. Guests are taken on a culinary adventure when dining at Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Whether enjoying a crisp bush breakfast, or a fresh lunch on the hotel decks, or starlit dinner around a blazing boma fire, under the magnificent Manyeleti sky, imaginative dishes are served with style and panache. Whether in search of a safari expedition or sublime wilderness retreat, Tintswalo Safari Lodge transports guests to a place where indulgence is the norm and expectations are met with effortless discretion and grace. www.tintswalo.com
Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers an exclusive safari experience in Big 5 country complete with luxury accommodation and unbeatable landscape
An extraordinary game-viewing experience combined with 5-Star luxurious accommodation and fine dining on a Big 5 game reserve
amp Jabulani is a 5-Star Relais & Chateaux-accredited luxury lodge that will appeal to the discerning traveler seeking an extraordinary African experience. The camp has its origins in the rescue of a herd of tamed Zimbabwean elephants under threat from poachers. Today visitors have the exclusive opportunity of enjoying a safari walk with the elephants, watching them swim, and grazing in the bush as they roam free during the day. Situated on a Big 5 private game reserve in the Greater Kruger area, this is one of the finest places on earth for viewing and photographing wildlife. Experienced rangers host guests on game drives and bush walks for close sightings of predators and other iconic species.
Activities include hot-air ballooning, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, canyon helicopter tours, and golf. Camp Jabulani offers a tailor made experience. It has an authentic African feel with colonial-style décor. The six private suites are luxurious and comfortable, each with a deck and plunge pool. Families or groups will appreciate the stand-alone Zindoga Villa. There is an on-site gym as well as outdoor spa. Camp Jabulani prides itself on exceptional cuisine, combined with fine wines and a variety of dining venues, both indoor and out. This extraordinary property is renowned for service excellence, and every traveler to grace its door will instantly feel at home. www.campjabulani.com
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Kapama Private Game Reserve O
ffering an authentic African safari experience and stretching across 13,000 hectares, towards the Kruger National Park region, Kapama encompasses a range of stylish accommodation options with four sophisticated bush camps and lodges. Kapama Karula, with its luxury superior suites and family suites positioned along the Klaserie River or tucked into the surrounding riverine bushveld, offers a private paradise with a heated plunge pool and viewing deck. Kapama Buffalo Camp offers an authentic bush safari experience. The camp’s exclusive tents are positioned on elevated platforms and surrounded by forest canopy. Located in the extreme south of the reserve, the spectacular Kapama Southern
Camp offers luxury-thatched suites. All suites are discreetly hidden in the surrounding indigenous forest. Families are also catered for at Southern Camp in three luxury suites. Kapama River Lodge boasts opulently furnished public spaces and an expansive wooden deck leading to a rim-flow swimming pool. Beyond is an expanse of soft river sand, where atmospheric, lamp-lit dinners are enjoyed under the stars. Guests may choose between luxury suites, spa suites or executive suites. The Spa is also located at River Lodge, so pampering for body and mind is close at hand. Kapama, home to the Big 5, is known for its diverse wildlife experiences and offers two daily game drives and fascinating encounters with the abundance of game on site.
Home to the Big 5, Kapama Private Game Reserve offers a range of luxury accommodation options
Jock Safari Lodge
Jock Safari Lodge promises an exclusive and exciting Big 5 experience accompanied by worldclass service, facilities, and amenities
et in some of Africa’s most scenic and untamed wilderness, Jock Safari Lodge boasts spectacular topography and two pristine rivers that during season support a vast array of wildlife. This is a Big 5 destination promising an authentic safari experience in the African bush. It is situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers, halfway between Skukuza and Malelane. It is approximately 36 kilometers to the Skukuza airstrip and 150 kilometers to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit. The lodge is easily accessible by road, just over fivehour’s drive from Johannesburg, one hour from Skukuza or two hours from
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. There are private airstrips close to the lodge. Steeped in settler history, the two luxury lodges reflect a bygone era. Daily activities include game drives and guided walking safaris with professional guides offering close encounters with Africa’s wildlife using exclusive traversing rights in what is regarded as the best Big 5 gameviewing in the area. Old-world charm and unsurpassed services merge in the 12 individual, thatched suites hidden among the African Jackalberry trees. Nearby stand-alone Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is ideal for travelling families. Jock Safari Lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of a past colonial era with an authentic Africa bushveld experience. www.jocksafarilodge.com
Lukimbi Safari Lodge L
ukimbi Safari Lodge is located in the game-rich southern section of the Kruger National Park. Built along the Lwakahle River, a favourite drinking place of elephants and buffalo, this luxury destination offers accommodation in 14 classic suites, each with en-suite bathroom, private lounge and deck, telephone, minibar, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Two premier suites offer a private swimming pool, dining area, and two bathrooms in addition to the above. Business travellers can combine business with pleasure as there is a fully equipped conference and business center on site. Other facilities include a library, swimming pool, gym, curio shop, boma, and private chapel – this is a popular choice of wedding venue.
Game drives with professional and experienced rangers and trackers are offered twice daily in open vehicles. Lukimbi is home to both white and black rhino. Off-road game viewing is permitted under strictly controlled circumstances. The lodge has exclusive use of 15,000 hectares. Tailored and guided bush walks are offered and full-day walking safaris can be booked between May and September. Private vehicles can be booked at an extra cost, availability permitting. Children from the age of two years are welcome and the staff provide entertainment and education for young visitors. Guests staying at Lukimbi can play golf at the prestigious Leopard Creek Country Club. Lukimbi is easily accessible by road and air. www.lukimbi.com
Exclusive game viewing awaits guests of the Lukimbi Safari Lodge along with luxury accommodation, great food and wine, and more
Lion Sands Kruger National Park
Lion Sands Kruger National Park offers private suites with plunge pools, expansive living areas, and upmarket amenities
visit to Lion Sands Kruger National Park can completely restore much-needed energy. Within this 12,000-acre private concession along the banks of the Sabie River, guests are treated to a personal experience of one of the world’s natural treasures. Complete privacy is guaranteed, and regardless of which of the two lodges is chosen, guests are not cheated of the breathtaking panorama. Tinga Lodge, with just nine luxury suites, offers an exclusive and personalized experience. Each suite boasts its own deck with plunge pool and has been designed to enable maximum appreciation of the wildlife that gather along the banks of the Sabie River. The 1,344 square feet suites comprize a lounge area,
bedroom with double bed (convertible to twins), and en-suite bathroom (the shower affords spectacular river views). Upmarket amenities and facilities are included. Narina Lodge is set under a canopy of 100-year old trees that look onto the Sabie River. Each of its nine luxury suites is completely private, complete with plunge pool, comfortable lounge with upmarket couches, a luxurious bedroom with double bed (convertible to twins) and en-suite bathroom with bath and indoor and outdoor showers. Guests at Narina Lodge won’t miss a minute of the breathtaking panorama on offer from the spacious suites. The expansive 1,344 square feet suites are outfitted for maximum comfort with luxurious facilities and amenities. www.lionsands.com
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lanking the Sabie River and sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Sabi Sand is a place of staggering natural beauty. Guests can choose from the larger River Lodge, which has 20 rooms, or Ivory Lodge, with its exclusive six villa-style suites. The River Lodge offers 12 luxury rooms overlooking both river and bush with private wooden viewing decks, spacious bedrooms with double beds (convertible to twins), air-conditioning, ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms, mini-bars, safes, and a range of deluxe amenities. Its six superior luxury rooms are even more spacious with open-plan bathrooms and outdoor showers. As four of these suites are interleading they are ideal for families. Those looking for utter privacy can
select from the two expansive river suites set further away from the public areas and boasting incredible river views, best enjoyed from the deck. Ivory Lodge with its six luxury suites offers guests a private villa experience in rooms exquisitely decorated in simple, yet sophisticated style. Guests here can look forward to enjoying the use of a private rimflow swimming pool, wooden deck, standalone lounges with fireplace, and voluminous bedroom, and openplan bathrooms. The suites are set along the river banks and provide exclusive privacy. The suites are equipped with all the facilities needed for a luxurious stay, including en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers, airconditioning, direct-dial telephones, and deluxe amenities. www.lionsands.com
Exciting game viewing, a luxury stay, and a stunning natural setting awaits guests at Lion Sands Sabi Sands
Dulini Private Game Reserve
A quintessential safari experience complemented by fine dining, private butlers, an on-site gym, and elegant atmosphere
et in a peaceful riverine grove and embraced in a leafy canopy of giant Ebony trees, Dulini’s six exquisite thatched suites all offer private views of the Mabrak riverbed. Dulini speaks of a deeply personal wildlife adventure: the quintessential safari experience for the sophisticated traveler. Guests will instantly feel at home in this quiet retreat where classic interiors enfold guests in romance and elegance. The six spacious suites boast heated plunge pools, outdoor showers and shady decks. Interiors epitomise romance with canopies of billowing mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. From the privacy of the suites, guests can enjoy views of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance
of décor. Guests can enjoy a brisk work out in the well-equipped gym, or simply relax in the lounge on a welcoming sofa. They can enjoy birdwatching from the lounge patio or the magnificent deck overlooking the Mabrak River and in the evening dine under the ancient jackalberry tree or steal away for a romantic private dinner in the suites. Fine wine and dining, enhanced by the culinary tradition of African flavours, complements the luxurious accommodation. Personal butlers attend to guests every delight. The intimacy of the boutique lodge is ideally suited to indulging the safari dreams of individual adventurers, as well as exclusive parties of guests celebrating special occasions or honeymoon couples. www.dulini.com
Savanna Private Game Reserve S
avanna traverses over 10,000 hectares of pristine African bushveld promising an exceptional safari experience, with the emphasis on game viewing, supported by luxurious surrounds and superlative service. Savanna has nine beautifully appointed suites. The thatched Savanna Suite consists of two separate en-suite bedrooms, each with their own deck and plunge pools. These rooms lead into a central elegantly furnished lounge, ideal for families or a small group wanting privacy and exclusivity. Seven of the nine suites offer a unique blend of “Out of Africa” romance with the convenience of every modern facility. All suites are the epitome of elegance and comfort, the décor combines a
colonial and classic mix of colours, fabrics and textures. All suites have airconditioning, fans, en-suite bathrooms, inside and outdoor showers, mini-bars, and tea/coffee stations and covered patios. The three executive suites each boast a lounge area, covered patio, wooden deck and private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a bar, wine cellar, dining area, loft library, and a spacious patio looking over the pool and indigenous gardens to one of five waterholes that surround the lodge and offer fantastic views of game drinking and bathing. Gourmet dining is an essential part of the Savanna experience; dynamic menus are complemented with award-winning wines from our well-stocked cellar! This exclusive 5-Star lodge promises to deliver an exceptional experience. www.savannalodge.com
Savanna promises an exceptional experience in tented-style luxury accommodation complemented by gourmet food and outstanding service
andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp
Ngala Tented Camp promises a sophisticated African tented safari experience, unforgettable dining, and fantastic gameviewing
hic and contemporary, andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation in tranquil bush surrounds. It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, swirling overhead fans, air-conditioning, electric blankets for winter and private wooden decks. The overall essence is African, with warm, earthy tones used throughout. Built on platforms, each tented suite is cleverly designed to blend into the riverside trees, which minimizes the impact on the environment. Mature indigenous shade trees form a luxuriantly cool canopy overhead and elegant guest areas overlook the seasonal Timbavati River. The camp’s
lap pool, which follows the contours of the riverbank, is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing, while a massage sala adds a touch of pure indulgence for those looking to relax. The food at Ngala is as individual and inventive as the camp itself. Private lunch platters are savored on the viewing decks, at the poolside or on the lush lawn. The theatrical al fresco dinners served in the dry riverbed are unforgettable. Activities include early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall, as well as interpretive bush walks. Activities at an additional charge: luxury walking safaris with open air sleep-out option, photographic and private safaris, and the five-day Ngala Experience Specialist Safari. www.andbeyond.com
Londolozi Private Game Reserve H
armony, kinship and the untamed are synonymous with the Londolozi safari journey. In this wild expanse of land at the heart of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve four successive generations of stewardship find perfect expression in a world-class ecotourism operation. It is clear that here it is understood that a transcendental safari calls for a symphony of luxury, adventure and experience. To safari at Londolozi is to find oneself immersed in a world where leopards are symbols for the elusive mystery of the African bush. To safari at Londolozi is to find oneself welcomed into a family committed to a world where they dwell in earthcentered harmony. At Londolozi, quite simply, they live safari.
Set among some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the region are five exclusive camps; Tree Camp, Pioneer Camp, Varty Camp, Founders Camp, and the Private Granite Suites. Elegance and simplicity are the hallmarks of Londolozi Private Game Reserve. In every detail and feature, from private swimming pools and contemplation decks (salas), to the chandeliers and exquisite décor, and phenomenal game drives, these exclusive camps provide a matchless showcase of African excellence. No two days are the same at Londolozi, and every experience is tailored to suit guests’ inclinations. Discover wholeness, harmony and passion when choosing Londolozi Private Game Reserve. www.londolozi.com
Live safari at Londolozi with its freeranging leopards among an abundance of wildlife, unique accommodation, and exclusive hospitality
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Ulusaba promises an exclusive getaway and exciting experiences from bush walks, to photographic safaris, moonlit picnics, and spa treatments
ir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Taste the spoils of Africa by booking individual rooms or exclusively hiring lodges or the entire hotel. Ulusaba, meaning ‘Place of Little Fear’ strikes the perfect balance between nature and nurture redefining the rules of a safari lodge by offering twice-daily game drives and bush walks, swimming pools, gymnasiums, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spas with panoramic views, a bush observatory perfect for stargazing, and tennis courts. With all of these facilities, you really need to plan your days. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will cross the swing bridges between
exquisite treehouse rooms while elephants, lion and other local wildlife pass by. Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie providing panoramic views and includes the luxurious Cliff Lodge with its two magnificent suites. When booked exclusively, Cliff Lodge includes a private chef and game drive vehicle. Facilities include a pool, Jacuzzi, gym, and mini-spa. Children are welcome at the Rock Lodge, but must be 12 or above to stay at the Safari Lodge. The Cub’s Club caters specifically for younger guests. With the unique sights, sounds and smells of Africa delivered in 5-Star boutique style and luxury, Ulusaba is the perfect safari destination with its exclusive location and host of exciting experiences on offer. www.ulusaba.virgin.com
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Leopard Hills boasts a spectacular setting, exclusive wildlife encounters, and luxury accommodation – in combination, a truly excellent experience
he award-winning 5-Star luxury lodge of Leopard Hills in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve boarding the gamerich Kruger National Park overlooks an active waterhole and features eight glass-fronted, air-conditioned sophisticated suites. Each suite has its own private plunge pool and affords spectacular views over the African bush from private decks. Leopard Hills offers a grand mix of modern comforts, yet is bursting with African authenticity. Guests will enjoy intimate encounters in the wild from the safety of state-of-the-art safari vehicles with dawn and dusk game drives and bush walks conducted by highly trained rangers and trackers. Silver service dining is offered in the lodge or meals can be enjoyed
in the privacy of private decks or at outdoor feasts in the boma and on the upper deck. Wine connoisseurs will find just what they want in the on-site wine cellar. The treatment sala and gym are popular choices as are the array of pampering massage treatments offered in the glassfronted sala, which is a spectacular vantage point. The reserve comprises over 10,000 hectares of incredibly diverse ecosystems making Leopard Hills the ideal destination to view plentiful game in its natural habitat. Here the Big 5 – elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard – abound and viewing them at close proximity is a speciality offering of Leopard Hills. Guests of Leopard Hills indulge in a luxurious safari experience in a spectacular setting. www.seasonsinafrica.com
Sabi Sabi S
ituated in Sabi Sand Wildtuin, a recognised hotspot of biodiversity within the greater Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi is blessed with a diversity of habitats and wildlife. For more than 35 years, Sabi Sabi has evolved, protected and respected the wilderness in its care, resulting in its iconic status today. Guests have an excellent chance of Big 5 encounters when on exciting morning and evening game drives, or on exhilarating walking safaris led by experienced rangers and trackers. Within this natural paradise are Sabi Sabi’s four 5-Star lodges representing ‘yesterday’, ‘today’, and ‘tomorrow’. The historically themed Selati Camp is the Sabi Sabi of yesteryear with eight beautifully appointed suites, including the Ivory Presidential Suite.
This intimate and romantic camp comes complete with a dash of nostalgic opulence. Today’s experience is found at Bush Lodge, with its reputation for excellence, 25 luxurious suites including the newly refurbished Mandleve Presidential Suite, and the magnificent Luxury Villas. The intimate Little Bush Camp boasts six suites and is an idyllic hideaway. Earth Lodge symbolizes ‘tomorrow’ reflecting Africa’s mineral wealth in tones of platinum, bronze, silver, gold and copper and blending beautifully into the landscape. All of the 13 suites, including the Amber Presidential Suite, are gloriously luxurious. Sabi Sabi, with its obvious respect for the wilderness, continues to be voted one of world’s premier safari destinations. www.sabisabi.com
A premier safari destination, Sabi Sabi combines Big 5 game viewing, luxury accommodation, and outstanding service
Idube Private Game Reserve
Best animal sightings in the world, excellent service, and experienced rangers combine to promise an unforgettable safari experience
dube Private Game Reserve is one of the longest existing game lodges in the exclusive and game-rich Sabi Sand region and it is a small, family-owned destination. The secret of its success has been offering some of the best animal sightings in the world combined with excellent service and knowledgeable rangers. The extensive lawns are home to a variety of animals – there are at times as many as 23 nyala (antelope) on the lawn. Warthogs are regular visitors as are the vervet monkeys. The eight individual suites are built at some distance from each other among the Knobthorn and Jackalberry trees. The suites are all individually decorated in a modern African
theme. All the suites have high ceilings and the windows and doors have extra screens. Each suite is air conditioned and there are overhead fans for comfort. En-suite bathrooms boast indoor and outdoor showers, while private decks complete with comfortable Morris-type chairs ensure complete relaxation. In addition to the classic suites, the Makubela Suites offer the ultimate in luxury, comfort and privacy. Named after a female leopard that made the lodge grounds part of her territory, these two new suites are built at the end of a raised walkway. The bathrooms are huge – with indoor and outdoor showers, as well as his and hers basins. Each suite has its own private splash pool. www.idube.com
Arathusa Safari Lodge T
he upmarket Arathusa Safari Lodge is an enchanting safari lodge situated in the northern section of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s prestigious, unfenced Kruger National Park. Guests enjoy an exceptional wildlife experience, including the prized Big 5. One need not leave the comfort of the camp to see the massive herds of buffalo, antelope, and elephant families that gather at the camp’s waterhole. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, and elephants during game drives, visitors never lack for exciting photographic content. There is so much more to the African safari as the smaller creatures add color to the safari experience and the variety
of bird life in the region is astounding. Four of Arathusa’s luxury rooms are remotely tucked away in the untamed African bush, while five standard rooms and four additional luxury rooms are located within the lodge’s perimeter facing the waterhole. The communal infinity swimming pool overlooking the waterhole is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Guests will dine in style in the traditional open-air boma, which in the evening is further illuminated by the beautiful African stars. Guests can look forward to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce, and homebaked confectionary. Arathusa’s luxury spa indulges guests with a range of choice beauty and relaxation treatments.
Arathusa Safari Lodge provides an exceptional wildlife experience, deluxe accommodation, and exceptional service
WATERSPORTS: DIVING, FISHING, SAILING
MOZAMBIQUE 1,200 TROPICAL FISH
NORTH AFRICAN TRIBES TO ARAB
PORTUGUESE MASSAGE & SPA COLONIZERS TREATMENTS
mozambique is a sensory experience of note from the beautiful islands just off the coastline with pristine coral reefs to the sounds of the African city in the urban areas to the exotic cuisine on offer. The combination of a diverse group of cultures from descendents of North African tribes to Arab traders and Portuguese colonizers along with indigenous groupings (there are about 17 ethnic languages spoken in the country) has resulted in an eclectic and exciting destination. Magical, mysterious, and memorable, Mozambique is particularly famous for prawns, served with peri-peri sauce and accompanied by a local beer. The coastline is the most popular choice of destination for its lengthy white-sand beaches and relaxed culture, along with the islands of the stunning Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos. This is the place to head for swimming in warm Indian Ocean waters, snorkeling, sailing, fishing – more than 1,200 species call this region home, diving – one of the world’s most renowned diving destination, getting up close to the tropical fish that abound around the pristine coral reefs, and just relaxing on the beach, in the spa, or on the deck of a luxury lodge, restoring balance to body, mind and soul. Temperatures tend to increase as one ventures north up the coast and rains falls mainly between November and April each year. A sultry and evocative destination, Mozambique never fails to please.
Azura Quilalea Private Island
A protected island paradise for lovers of marine life and those looking for a luxurious sea, sand, and sun holiday
zura Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated “Robinson Crusoe” castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer. This is a wholly uninhabited island paradise, ensuring total privacy and exclusivity for guests, and surrounded by the magnificent pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. There are just nine seafront villas on this private island, accommodating a maximum of 18 people in absolute privacy. These are the four Kaskazi Villas and four Kusi Villas with exclusive locations and the private cliff-top Villa Quilalea, which offers the most astounding couple accommodation in the whole archipelago with its magnificent views over the turquoise
seas with dhows sailing by. The surrounding waters are world-renowned for superb fishing, be it for Giant Trevally, or deep-sea fishing for tuna or king mackerel. Other activities includes visiting the Ibo Island, kayaking through the mangroves on nearby Sencar Island, or taking a nature walk. Lots of fresh fish and seafood dominate the fabulous menu and dining is an indulgent and relaxed affair. Azura Quilalea’s hosts will delight in surprising guests with a range of different dining locations and set-ups in the way that Azura has become known for, beneath the towering ancient baobabs, picnics on a remote beach, or served candle-lit on the beach beneath the stars.
Azura Benguerra Island I
magine an unspoilt island and miles of deserted white-sand beaches shaded by swaying palms set within a pristine Marine National Park. Sparkling turquoise seas are crisscrossed by local dhow boats plying their trade. Welcome to Azura Benguerra Island. Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, Azura Benguerra has just 18 spacious “beach-chic” designer villas; each with its own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean, and located a few steps from the beach. The villas offer guests every comfort, with handcrafted king-size beds, feature bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning, daybeds, lounging decks, and salas right on the beach.
Villa Amizade is perfect for families, friends, or those requiring a little more relaxation space, with the benefit of its own lounge and dining areas, “wine bar”, and larger swimming pool. The Presidential Villa has its own beachfront location for complete seclusion and privacy accommodating up to six guests. There is a vast range of guided activities and experiences on offer, including world-class snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving from the Padi 5-Star dive center. Other activities include island drives, island hopping by boat or helicopter, and spa massages. Dining is all part of the experience, from breakfast at the water’s edge, to a full-service picnic on a sandy island, and romantic dining on a candle-lit beach beneath the stars.
A perfect island escape offering luxury accommodation, outstanding cuisine, and outdoor activities within a pristine Marine National Park
andBeyond Benguerra Island
Benguerra Island is a tropical island offering its guests myriad outdoor activity options, fantastic accommodation, and generous hospitality
tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, andBeyond Benguerra Island has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment to become the quintessential luxury island retreat. The lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond. Set amid a lush island forest, 10 casinhas and 2 cabanas offer an airy colour scheme that combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. This is an ideal choice for families or groups because the Casa Familia boasts three bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, as well as a private swimming pool set on
the sheltered wooden veranda. Large windows with dark wooden shutters gaze out towards the Indian Ocean, while private timber decks and cool rim-flow pools offer a secluded alternative to beach sands and ocean waters. Bathrooms feature generous tubs, while outdoor showers are decorated with hand-painted tiles. Activities include dhow cruises, scheduled snorkelling trips, birdwatching, sea kayaking, island expeditions, cast away picnics, and local community tours. There is a beach shop on site. Activities at an additional charge: scuba diving, deep-sea fishing or saltwater fly-fishing (catch and release), catamaran cruises, horse riding and swimming with horses, and scenic helicopter tours. www.andbeyond.com
White Pearl Resorts W
hite Pearl Resorts offers the ultimate in beach luxury in Africa. Experience elegant simplicity at this exclusive resort set in the dunes of the untouched shores of southern Mozambique. Nestled in a sheltered bay on Mozambique’s Lagoon Coast, 21 luxurious suites have been sensitively designed to take advantage of their beautiful natural setting, while protecting the fragile ecosystems beneath them. Inspired by the rich coastal biodiversity of the area and beautiful Indian Ocean reefs, the guest areas epitomize laidback beachside chic, with spaces designed specifically to enable guests to relax and enjoy themselves. Guests will experience the taste of Mozambique through the authentic
cuisine served with a signature White Pearl touch. They will also relax, recharge and unwind with a variety of spa treatments and discover a world of adventure with Pinnacle Reef diving, exclusive ocean safaris, horse riding, and more. The sheltered bay is home to a myriad of sea creatures from the resident dolphins and migrating humpback whales to the endangered turtles who return each year to lay their eggs on these protected shores. Memorable moments paired with exceptional service guarantees a getaway like none other. With various access options, guests can easily combine White Pearl Resorts with a safari at any of the renowned bush properties within the Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal.
Experience the ultimate in beach luxury at the elegant and exclusive White Pearl Resorts in Mozambique
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
Guests can look forward to a romantic island lifestyle, spa pampering, outdoor adventures, and idyllic location
nantara Bazaruto Island Resort is an exquisite sub-tropical destination on Bazaruto Island, 30k kilometers east of mainland Mozambique. The protected national park islands lie scattered like emerald jewels across the turquoise Indian Ocean. Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort brings to life escapist dreams offering unforgettable experiences for couples and families. The resort’s elegant design makes the most of its superb location, while the tropical climate provides the perfect playground. The accommodation consists of 30 Beach Villas (including a dedicated honeymoon Beach Pool Villa) and a Seaview Pool Villa. The 12 Deluxe Seaview Pool Villas, and the Anantara Pool Villa are all magnificent, spacious
and luxuriously opulent with many offering two bedrooms, and stylish lounge and deck, complete with private plunge pool and Jacuzzi. Days here can be lazy and relaxing or refreshingly adventurous with a variety of activities to cater to all discerning leisure seekers. Guests can tour the island by 4x4 or explore on horseback to discover other pristine bays; other adventures include boarding escapades. Renowned as one of the world’s top snorkeling, diving and fishing destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago boasts year-round warm waters perfect for water sports, sunset sails aboard a traditional dhow, and cruising in search of dolphins, whales, turtles, and the rare dugong. It is also home to one of Africa’s most luxurious spas. www.anantara.com/mozambique
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32 NATIONAL PARKS
& ZAMBIA MIGHTY
victoria falls, the mighty Zambezi River, game-filled reserves, and unbeatable adventure options are a few of the things that await one on a visit to
Zimbabwe and Zambia. The 100-metre cascading "smoke that thunders", as Victoria Falls is known locally, flowing for 1.7 kilometers is an unforgettable sight and sound! Bordered on either side of the Zambezi River by national parks, this World Heritage Site also bridges the famous adventure destinations of Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Activities on offer will appeal to all ages and temperaments from bungee-jumping off the bridge, whitewater rafting down the Zambezi to parachuting or flying over the Falls in a helicopter or light aircraft. The charming town of Victoria Falls with its outdoor market is the place to pick up mementoes of the stay, while Livingstone is the springboard into a multitude of safari adventures into the country’s remote, game-rich Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks, as well as the iconic destination of South Luangwa National park. Botswana’s Chobe National Park is also just a short flight away with its unique mix of land- and water-based game viewing. Combine it all – a diversity of safari options, water adventures, romance, and luxurious accommodation – when choosing to visit Zambia and Zimbabwe. The rains fall between December and May making some of the parks inaccessible; however, there is plenty to do in the region year round. 145
The Royal Livingstone
Within walking distance of the mighty Victoria Falls, the Royal Livingstone offers 5-Star living in Africa’s adventure capital
n extraordinary and utterly unforgettable sight, Victoria Falls in Zambia is called Mosi-Oa-Tunya or the "the smoke that thunders" by local tribespeople. The fine spray of the mighty Victoria Falls appears as a cloud across the bushveld, throwing rainbows hundreds of feet in the air. On the forested banks of the great Zambezi River, upstream of the mighty cataract where it thunders into the Batoka Gorge, is The Royal Livingstone, the pride of Zambian hospitality. In its cool lounges and shaded veranda guests will encounter the elegance and luxury of an earlier bygone era. The Royal Livingstone is a serene and gracious refuge from the heat of the African sun. The 173 luxurious
rooms with their comfortable furnishings are tastefully decorated in the soft earthy tones of the bushveld, with spreading views of the river and the acacia forest. Guests may pass lazy days on one of the two magnificent sundecks overlooking the great Zambezi as it flows relentlessly towards and over the Falls and enjoy fine dining in the restaurant, or on the long veranda overlooking the gardens. In the warm smile of the personal butler, or the simple luxury of a cane chair, guests will find an Africa that has all but vanished at the Royal Livingstone, Zambia. Guests can expect utter comfort, stylish service, an unforgettable setting combined with fine dining, and unbeatable experiences at The Royal Livingstone. www.suninternational.com
Royal Chundu M
eaning "Meeting Place of the Chief "– Royal Chundu is a haven of quiet solitude and untouched beauty. The two luxurious lodges on offer are situated on a 15 kilometer stretch of private waterway protected by two sets of rapids along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The magnificent Victoria Falls is only a short distance further upstream. The spacious suites blend colonial elegance and African charm, offering thatched accommodation in 14 beautiful villas. Of these, 10 are on the banks of the Zambezi and 4 on Katombora Island. The villas are exquisitely decorated, reflecting a bygone era of comfort in the wild. An up-close and personal experience with nature at its best is completed by a private deck facing the magnificent
Zambezi River. As well as luxurious accommodation, world-class service and sumptuous pan-African cuisine, guests can look forward to visiting the famous falls; enjoying a game drive in the nearby Chobe National Park in Botswana; bird-watching safaris; fly-fishing; river-rafting; and visits to neighbouring villages for authentic cultural experiences. Royal Chundu offers the perfect getaway whether it is for a romantic escape, a fun-filled family holiday or just a break from everyday life. At Royal Chundu guests can enjoy an extraordinary experience in spectacular surroundings breathtakingly close to nature. Royal Chundu is the first ever Relais & Chateaux accredited accommodation in Zambia. www.royalchundu.com
At Royal Chundu guests enjoy luxurious accommodation, a range of outdoor activities, and easy access to Victoria Falls
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge
ust a short drive away from the world-famous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi River within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The main lodge includes 12 tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways, perfect for individuals, couples and families. The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of the 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. 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. Activities available at the lodge include game drives in the national park, a tour of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, walking safaris, canoeing, and sundowner cruises on the Zambezi River. This is the only lodge in the area able to offer guided walking safaris.
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp
anctuary 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. Set on the edge of an escarpment in a private location, guests can enjoy game viewing even from the comforts of the lodge. The region is home to 60 mammals – including elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo, hippo, and, of course, antelope. 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 décor. The seven, over-sized tents are spacious and comfortable, each with a soothing hot tub and an outdoor shower shaded by trees. This area is known for its leopard sightings. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
anctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, originally built for former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, is set in Zambia’s beautiful South Luangwa region. A long veranda stretches outside the dining room, from which guests have views down the valley to the Luangwa River itself. On cooler nights, roaring fires take the chill out of the air. The grunt of lions or the saw of leopards is often heard from the wooded valleys that surround the lodge. Each of the 10 luxurious suites at Sanctuary Chichele comes complete with a four-poster bed, air-conditioning, full bathroom. The lodge also
features an interconnecting room making it perfect for families. In keeping with the rest of Chichele, the suites are decorated in an understated colonial style. Getting up early to watch the sun rise over the Luangwa Valley is a once in a lifetime experience. Activities include morning and evening game drives and informative walking safaris.
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Elephant Camp S
ituated on a private concession within The Victoria Falls National Park and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp and The Elephant Camp West have breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, and the spectacular gorges that separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury lodge with 12 suites under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities. The Elephant Camp West is an extension of The Elephant Camp, offering just four luxury suites and is ideally suited for small groups looking for exclusive use. All suites at both camps face the gorge and boast private viewing decks and plunge pools, lounge
areas, air-conditioning and fans, baths (with views), and inside and outside showers. The lounge, bar and dining area lead out to a sun-kissed pool from where the roar of the rushing water over distant rapids provides a constant background beat. It is calming and therapeutic to sit back, watch and listen to "the smoke that thunders", the incomparable sight and sound of Victoria Falls. A range of activities are on offer, including, but not limited to, meeting the and interacting with the orphaned elephants in the care of Wild Horizons, meeting and interacting with Sylvester the orphaned cheetah, nature walks, sundowners on the edge of the spectacular Zambezi gorge, and a tour of a local village to gain insight into the rich culture of the region. www.wildhorizons.co.za
Set close to Victoria Falls, Elephant Camp provides a luxurious base for a range of exciting wildlife adventures
The Zambezi Explorer offers its guests an ecofriendly and utterly luxurious cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
he Zambezi Explorer Cruise Company has a fleet of four vessels offering a variety of experiences and cruises in Victoria Falls. The flagship vessel is the luxurious Zambezi Explorer, which offers eco-friendly cruises with solar-powered facilities. The boat is accessible by wheelchair and boasts a range of upmarket facilities and amenities, including WiFi. The Zambezi Explorer boasts three decks with a total capacity of 150 guests. The two lower decks provide a luxury service where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks. The Signature Deck is the uppermost level and provides pure extravagance with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and premium
beverages served from a private bar. VIP guests can relax in the comfort of the deep set couches and enjoy the pleasure of luxury service. The Zambezi Explorer Cruise Company vessels are available for sunrise, breakfast, lunch, sunset, and dinner cruises in Victoria Falls, as well as for corporate conferences, weddings and specialized functions. Once The Zambezi Explorer has docked after the sunset cruise, the Signature Deck transforms into a unique restaurant with spectacular and unspoilt views of the Zambezi River. Walk-in guests and passengers on the sunset cruise enjoy a gourmet dinner and drinks at this sophisticated, yet affordable venue watching the sun slowly sink over the horizon. www.zambeziexplorer.com
Victoria Falls River Lodge S
et on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River on the Zimbabwean side, the Zambezi Crescent’s luxury tented Victoria Falls River Lodge is a pioneer in many ways. As the first privately owned lodge to be situated in the Zambezi National Park (on the Zimbabwean side of the river), Victoria Falls River Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore the immediate attractions and surrounds as it combines the African safari experience with easy access to one of the seven natural wonders of the world – Mosi-oa-Tunya (the "smoke that thunders"), the iconic Victoria Falls. The sumptuous tents nestle snuggly among the river bank’s verdant trees, each boasting breathtaking views of the Zambezi
River from extensive private decks, and offer guests a welcome break from life’s hustle and bustle and the rare opportunity to genuinely relax and unwind. Catering to a wide variety of tastes and necessities – from highenergy adventure seekers to those wanting to soak up some peace and tranquillity to corporate groups and travellers, families, those in search of romance or honeymooners and retirees embracing their golden years – Victoria Falls River Lodge literally offers something for everyone. The combination of personal service, exceptional wildlife viewing, fine dining, and luxurious accommodation ensure an unforgettable experience that will leave guests wanting to return before they have even left this magical setting.
The lodge offers a prime location close to Victoria Falls, excellent game-viewing, and a luxury stay
The Victoria Falls Hotel
The luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel is located within earshot of the world-famous Victoria Falls
or more than 110 years The Victoria Falls Hotel has hosted discerning travelers from across the world when visiting the world-famous Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Situated close by with commanding views of the towers of spray rising above the gorge below the Falls, the hotel has 161 rooms offering superior accommodation and a range of services and facilities to suit the needs of the most demanding of travelers. The style of the hotel is a mix of Edwardian elegance and modern convenience, reflected in bedrooms and suites, as well as in the public areas, including landmarks such as an historic chapel or The Livingstone
Room, the acclaimed dining venue created in the 1920s and focusing on haute cuisine and fine wines. In contrast are facilities such as Jungle Junction, the al fresco dining venue for breakfast and dinner, the latter accompanied by a dance show called Africa Spectacular, featuring the dance styles of indigenous peoples of southern Africa. The hotel offers easy access to the Falls and many activities of the surrounding town and national park – from game viewing, river cruises, tours of the crocodile ranch, and helicopter flips to bungee jumping, white water rafting, walks with lions and elephant-back rides, and from shopping for curios to golf on the nearby championshiprated course. www.victoriafallshotel.com
Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve T
he 6,000-acre Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve is situated just a 10-minute drive from iconic Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. This Big 5 reserve also borders the Zambezi National Park. Featuring two lodges, the 5-Star Stanley & Livingstone Safari Lodge caters for the discerning guest, while the intimate Ursula’s Camp will appeal to guests looking for tranquillity. The Safari Lodge offers 16 exquisitely furnished suites, of which 10 are double suites including the sumptuous honeymoon suite. Each suite comprises a spacious bedroom, ensuite 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 busy
waterholes. Other facilities include a swimming pool, sundeck terrace (where guest can enjoy breakfast and lunch), and the sun lounge. Guests are encouraged to sample the fine wines direct from the wine cellar, which boasts a selection of connoisseur’s favourites, as well as fragrant locally produced Chardonnay. The conference facilities comfortably accommodate 12 delegates with state-of-the-art equipment. Ursula’s Camp offers a private retreat with three classic African-style chalets and one master chalet, ideal for small groups and families. It is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounds. The Stanley & Livingstone consistently deserves its accolades of the best hotel, restaurant, hospitality, and service in Victoria Falls.
Luxury accommodation, rhino encounters, adventure activities, day trips, easy access to Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River
Toka Leya Camp
verlooking the Zambezi River and its islands is Toka Leya Camp, comprising 12 elevated, spacious en-suite safaristyle tents. Tent interiors boast wooden flooring, tasteful African décor, climate-control, and an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views. Family units are positioned to offer quiet seclusion. The camp’s dining and lounge areas offer ample space for relaxation. Meals are served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room. There is a novel pizza oven
and a curio shop. The spa rounds off the experience. Activities (on fully inclusive rate) include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, back-of-house tours, fishing and guided nature walks. Tours of Livingstone town and museum and visits to Mkuni Market and a nearby village add cultural diversity. Other activities on offer at additional charge include helicopter flights, microlighting, canoeing, jet boating, and white water rafting. www.wilderness-safaris.com
humba Camp is situated in the centre of the Busanga Plains close to permanent water courses and within easy access of the teeming floodplains. It is named after the large prides of lion that are often seen right next to camp – or even, unusually, in trees. Game-viewing is possible from the comfort of the tent or main deck, while the camp’s fig trees in this region ensure both shade and constant bird activity. Shumba Camp comprizes six spacious luxury elevated safari
tents with spectacular views. Meals are served in the elevated dining area or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local culture through dance and music performances. Guests have the option of game drives and water-based activities. Night drives provide added excitement and floating in a hot air balloon (August–October) high over the plains is an unforgettable experience. Shumba Camp is open seasonally between 01 June and 31 October each year.
ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA
inkwasha Camp is situated on a private concession in the best location in Hwange National Park. The camp is situated near the famed Ngamo Plains, which offers fantastic summer game viewing – to add to the already excellent winter viewing from the camp itself; Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for game in the dry season. The fresh, open and airy design of the camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary and exceptionally comfortable
interiors. The nine luxurious en-suite tents (eight twin and one family) all offer uninterrupted views of the waterhole, while the main area includes various multi-level decks and a cosy winter lounge complete with fireplace and library. Shaded salas surround an inviting pool, which is a popular destination for guests between game drives to escape the heat of the African sun. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks and local village visits. www.wilderness-safaris.com
uckomechi Camp, situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park, accommodates guests in 10 spacious en-suite tented units, including a family unit, all of which overlook the mighty Zambezi River. The camp is set among broadcanopied ana trees, much loved by the elephants or their leaves. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts the guests’ favourite outdoor "bath-with-a-view” in a secluded, scenic spot.
The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the evocative and dramatic escarpment across the river in Zambia, and are connected to the rest of camp by low-level walkways. There is a separate deck with a pool and hammocks for swimming and sunbathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star-gazing deck. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorised pontoon boats or from canoes, on foot, and from hides. Ruckomechi is open seasonally between April and mid/late November each year. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Changa Safari Camp
Changa – a discreetly luxurious camp immersed in the wilderness, capturing the raw beauty and unspoiled nature of Zimbabwe
hanga Safari Camp is located on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe and provides the unique experience of combined game and fishing safaris. Situated on a private concession in the famed Matusadona National Park, and with its own 4.5 kilometers of lake shore, guests can realize the total raw African experience from tastefully furnished, fan-cooled, spacious deluxe East African-style tented suites, each with its own private deck and stunning views of the mysterious Matusadona Mountains across the inland sea of Lake Kariba. This rich wilderness area affords guests the opportunity for exceptional game drives as well as walking and fishing safaris, all in the company of highly trained professional guides. With
breathtaking scenery and nestled beneath shady trees, the camp lends itself to total relaxation. If guests listen carefully, they will hear the strident call of the iconic African fish eagle and enjoy the unequalled beauty of a Lake Kariba sunset. Meals are relaxed and laid back, set around a large table in the dining room, around a campfire on the private beach or under a canopy of trees on the vast wooden deck overlooking the lake. Scrumptious food is freshly prepared in camp everyday by the chef, always with an imaginative and friendly approach. Changa is a bright and beautiful spot on life’s demanding horizon, a place of romance and luxury that promises peace and seclusion in an unusual blend of landscapes. www.changasafaricamp.com
The Hide Safari Camp W
ell known and much loved, The Hide Safari Camp is situated within Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest game reserve, known for its abundant and diverse wildlife. Family-owned and run, The Hide has justly earned its reputation as a great wildlife experience wrapped in warm, welcoming hospitality. This awardwinning camp accommodates up to 20 guests in well-appointed deluxe tents under thatch, all overlooking a productive waterhole. All tents have en-suite facilities that include outdoor showers with some having either indoor or outdoor bath tubs. The Hide prides itself on having knowledgeable enthusiastic guides to help guests explore the wilderness on up to four game activities per day
– bush walks, day and night drives, ‘hide’ sits including a new underground tunnel to one hide; there is much to see with over 100 mammals and 400 bird species. Adventurous guests enjoy spending a "sleep-out" in the romantic Dove’s Nest. The Private Hide, using two of The Hide’s tents, is composed of a private dining, lounge and plunge pool facility. This is the perfect exclusive-use mini safari camp for up to eight guests. Children are welcome. Tom’s Little Hide is also perfect for exclusive or family safaris accommodating up to six adults in three beautiful en-suite safari chic rooms overlooking the waterhole. Guests enjoy a private dining room, lounge and plunge pool, as well as a private professional guide and vehicle. Children are welcome. www.thehide.com
The Hide, an award-winning camp, offers a range of exciting ways to experience the gamerich wilderness of Hwange National Park
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EXPERIENCE STUNNING SALTPANS
game-rich botswana promises an extraordinary wildlife experience with its vast herds of elephants among a myriad other species and impressive
landscapes ranging from soulful (and the longest on the planet) stretches of the Kalahari Desert, to the lush, live-giving expanse of the Okavango Delta with its floodplains, waterways, lagoons, and pools. From the endless expanse of the planetâ€™s most impressive saltpan, the Makgadikgadi, to the famous Chobe and Moremi game reserves that teem with wildlife, no sense goes unsated. The summer sun is out in full strength from October to April, encompassing the rainy season between December and February, which is characterized by brief, but impressive thunderstorms. From March, as the delta waterways begin to fill, bird and animals flock to the sanctuary of the Okavango Delta. A mokoro (canoe) trip into this lush watery expanse enables extraordinary wildlife viewing; the bush is explored on game drives and bush walks in drier areas. Besides the mighty elephant (an estimated 35 000 elephants live in the Chobe National Park), lion, leopard, and buffalo found in the country, Moremi is home to both black and white rhinoceros, and the Makgadikgadi provides a safe habitat for the meerkat and brown hyena. It is possible to experience the wilderness as the first explorers did through immersion in this rich and dynamic setting. Fly-in or drive to remote Botswanan settings for an exclusive African safari adventure. 159
Game viewing by boat, birding excursions, fishing expeditions, cultural experiences, and more await on these exclusive African safari boats
collection of luxury safari houseboats operating on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, the CHOBE PRINCESSES, provide the perfect platform to experience all that the Chobe has to offer with the added benefits of being on the Namibian side of the river. Quieter, more secluded and personalized, they are ideal for families, couples, or groups looking for an exciting African river safari. Guests can cruise over 70 kilometers of the river and overnight in the most scenic areas. CHOBE PRINCESS 1 has five double/twin air-conditioned, en-suite cabins and CHOBE PRINCESSES 2 and 3 have four suites each (tastefully fitted with a modern shower, toilet and hand basin) with large, sliding and mosquito-screened windows opening onto the water.
The elevated entertainment deck boasts an open dining/lounge, socializing and game-viewing area, as well as a fully stocked kitchen, serving outstanding meals, and bar. Guests can enjoy elevated views of the surrounds from the deck and refreshing plunge pool. Activities include game viewing by tender boat into the Chobe National Park and Caprivi wetland areas, birding with over 400 species recorded, photographic safaris on a customized boat, and fishing for Tiger fish and bream among others. Guided walks illustrating the stark beauty of the landscape with its enormous baobab trees are a must on Impalila Island. Guests can even climb one for a memorable view of all four surrounding countries. www.zambeziqueencollection.com
Zambezi Queen T
he Zambezi Queen is unique in its sophisticated, elegant offering that has not lost the essence of all that is uniquely African. There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as the great Chobe National Park, and its banks boast some of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. The National Park sprawls across some 11,000 square kilometers, and is home to the largest population of elephants in the world – about 120,000. Along with elephants, prides of leopard and lion, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, and, if you are lucky, one of the rare Puku, can also been seen. In the river, watch out
for hippo and crocodile, and keep your binoculars at the ready for spotting bird life. Why join the crowds on land-based game drives when you can experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a luxury 45-meter boat? The Zambezi Queen is all about superior comfort and indulgence. Whether you are dining on board watching the animals gather at the water’s edge, game viewing from one of our private boats, or attempting to land your first Tiger fish, the professional team will be on hand to assist. The Zambezi Queen experience combines the indulgent luxuries of yesteryears safaris with modern conveniences to provide an unforgettable African experience. www.zambeziqueen.com
Southern Africa’s first luxury river safari experience promising unique game viewing and one that you will want to repeatedly enjoy
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andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
ndBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is located in a 25,000 hectare (61,775 acre) exclusive wildlife concession on the edge of Botswanaâ€™s Okavango Delta, bordering the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve. Nine exclusive tented suites are set on raised
wooden platforms and each features an en-suite bathroom and a private veranda overlooking the floodplain. The guest areas include indoor and outdoor dining areas, a safari shop and a swimming pool. Fantastic breakfasts, private bush dinners preceded by lamplit cocktails served on a river island or a walking safari with al fresco picnic are all on offer. Activities at this unique African safari destination include game drives, bush walks, mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions, and motorized boat cruises.
andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
ndBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp enjoys luxurious solitude on its own island within a 272,000 hectare (672,125 acre) exclusive wildlife concession in the Okavango Delta. Taking its inspiration from the water lily, Xaranna has just nine luxury tented suites; each boasts a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub, and al fresco shower. The intimate guest sitting area with its sweeping views boasts a spacious reading area. The elevated dining area features shady verandas leading out onto an open-air boma, where exotic
andBeyond Savute Under Canvas
he semi-mobile tented camps of andBeyond Savute Under Canvas are carefully positioned at exclusive wilderness campsites in the expansive Savute corner of Chobe National Park. Booked on a nightly basis, each of the five comfortable tents has a double bed, as well as an en-suite bathroom, separate water closet, and steaming hot bucket shower. The guest areas at Savute Under Canvas comprize comfortable tents for dining and for meeting up for a pre-dinner drink, or just whiling the time away between game drives.
candlelit dinners are served. A fully-stocked safari shop offers chic outdoor gear, African art and jewellery. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, birdwatching, and seasonal fishing trips. Seasonal water-based experiences include motorized boat, mokoro and fishing excursions.
Welcoming camp staff serve delicious meals cooked over the glowing coals. Activities include game drives and birdwatching. Savute Under Canvas offers an authentic African safari experience where guests are immersed in the beautiful and wild landscape surrounded by the sights and smells of the African bush. www.andbeyond.com
Xugana Island Lodge
amp Moremi is situated on the beautiful Xakanaxa Lagoon on the eastern edge of the permanent Okavango Delta at the point where the lifegiving waters of the delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, creating a sanctuary of forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains, and riverine habitats within the Moremi Game Reserve. This is one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in Africa.
Shaded by giant ebony trees, the magnificent main area is an elegant elevated thatch and timber structure, consisting of the lounge, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar. Camp Moremi accommodates only 24 guests in East African-style safari tents, individually situated on raised teak platforms with private adjacent facilities and viewing decks. Activities center around tracking big game on morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Exploring the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat afford guests exceptional birdwatching opportunities.
Savute Safari Lodge
n the banks of Botswanaâ€™s fabled Stolen River, guests will find Savute Safari Lodge in a setting of singular beauty. The lodge accommodates only 24 guests in local timber and glass thatched chalets. All chalets have private decks, a combined bedroom/lounge area, and ensuite facilities. The lounge library and cocktail bar are situated in the exquisite thatch and timber main building, while Savuti, overlooking the channel, boasts a viewing deck, al fresco dining area, and swimming pool â€“ ideal for watching game at the waterhole.
Activities center on game drives in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles. The Savuti Channel, completely dry for over 30 years, has once again started flowing into the Savuti marsh. The impact of this makes Savuti a soughtafter safari destination in Africa. The area is renowned for its bull elephant population and the unique interaction of the resident predator species. www.desertdelta.com
ugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta affording guests the opportunity to take full advantage of this magnificent site. An open lounge and al fresco dining area overlook the expanse of pristine water that makes up the permanent delta. The lounge, bar and dining areas are set back under the ebony and African mangosteen tree canopy in open-sided thatched structures. The swimming pool, located within the mature gardens in the center of the island, is the perfect place to relax. The lodge accommodates just 16 guests in large raised
reed and thatch lagoonfacing chalets, with en-suite facilities and private viewing decks. Exploring the delta by motorboat or mokoro (dugout canoe) combined with walking on surrounding islands in the concession, gives guests the change to experience a classic delta safari. Bird watching opportunities are outstanding and the prospect to fish for bream and tiger fish is also on offer.
Chobe Game Lodge T
he famous Chobe Game Lodge, just a 90-minute transfer from Victoria Falls, was the first and only lodge to be built along Botswana’s world-renowned Chobe National Park riverfront. It is considered the premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base to enjoy top-class safaris in a game-rich region. The park is one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations and home to breeding herds of African elephant in excess of 40,000. Activities focus on the water-based and land-based safari experiences. Cruises are on small skimmer boats that seat a maximum of 12 guests. Open-vehicle game drives are conducted by Chobe Game Lodge’s team of expert guides. Early morning or evening game
drives provide the best chance to observe the activities of predators such as wild dog, lion, and leopard. Or guests can simply relax and watch the wildlife unfold before them from the comfort of the luxury boardwalk and deck; an extensive, elevated boardwalk hugging the shoreline of the ChobeRiver, culminating at the famous ‘Far Deck’. The 43 newly refurbished riverfacing luxury rooms and four luxury suites with private plunge pools are all beautifully furnished. In 2012, Chobe Game Lodge achieved Botswana Tourism Organisation’s Top Level Ecotourism certification and began converting all the vehicles and safari boats to silent-electric game-viewers; the future of safaris in Africa! www.desertdelta.com
Chobe Game Lodge boasts an exclusive location on the Chobe riverfront and offers an incredible safari experience
Vumbura Plains Camp
umbura Plains is a luxury camp situated in the northern Okavango Delta, comprising two separate satellite camps, each with a raised dining, lounge and bar area with a vista across the floodplains. The main area emphasises relaxation, furnished as it is with soft sofas and objets d’art. The 14 elevated and contemporary rooms; the dimensions are square, with
extensive use of light, wood and space. Each suite has a large, comfortable bedroom, sunken lounge with cushions, sala, en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower, private deck and plunge pool. Two family suites are also on offer with private decks linking the two separate rooms. Vumbura Plains offers both land and water activities, principally gameviewing in varied habitats on open vehicles, mokoro and boats, providing an excellent all-round experience. The concession is leased from five villages through the Okavango Community Trust in a partnership that ensures that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stakeholders.
hitabe 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 tented rooms are built on elevated wooden decks, each tastefully styled with unique décor. The spacious en-suite bathrooms include double vanity basins together with an indoor as well as outdoor shower. Elevated walkways connect the rooms to the main area. The central part of camp is made up of a thatched dining area and lounge leading onto open decking, all built on raised
umaTau Camp lies on an exquisite site on the banks of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon. It is located close to the source of the Savute Channel in the western part of the Linyanti, between two elephant corridors, thus offering an exclusive combination of land and river experience. The 10 en-suite tented units (8 twin and 2 family) are elevated to overlook the lagoon. The architecture and interiors evoke the age of the explorers, and the window-wide netting provides a sense of space with dramatic views of the river. The main areas include a floating fire deck, with expansive dining and lounge areas.
decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks (depending on qualified guide availability), and spectacular birding. Owing to its location on the periphery of the Delta, Chitabe offers exciting year-round game viewing. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Activities allow guests to view game during day and night game drives, on short nature walks (depending on qualified guide availability), and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti River (levels permitting). DumaTau Camp operates completely on solar energy for hot water, lighting and other energy needs.
bu Camp provides guests with the extraordinary privilege of interacting with African elephants and beginning to understand what makes the largest land mammal tick. Set in age-old riverine forest, Abu Camp consists of six en-suite tents designed in a unique style: wide, airy and blending in well with the natural surroundings. Each
Mombo Camp tent has its own tree-shaded deck overlooking the lagoon, teeming with bird and animal life. The lounge and dining tent offers breathtaking views over the lagoon and features a well-stocked library and a study. There is also a gym. Sundowners around a traditional campfire are followed by 5-Star meals complemented by award-winning wines. Guests can end the evening curling up above the elephants in the star-bed. The elephant encounters include riding and walking with the herd, complemented by game drives, night drives, walks (on request), and mokoro trips to view the area's diversity of game.
ombo 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 comprizes 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 – an ideal vantage from which to watch passing game. Bathrooms are en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers. The main living and dining area is under thatch and there is a boma for traditional dinners,
ao Camp is located on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has nine luxurious and handcrafted tents. The openplan design includes a lounge, dressing area and bedroom, en-suite facilities with old-style fittings and an outdoor shower. A private sala for afternoon siestas has magnificent views of the nearby channel. The main area is an elaborate two-storey building with 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.
small library and a plunge pool to relax in the heat of the day. Large concentrations of plains game often gather in front of this unique camp and guests may view a variety of animals without even leaving the veranda. Informative game drives explore the savannah and floodplain mosaics of Chief’s Island with prolific wildlifeviewing opportunities.
Jao’s spa offers a wide range of massage therapies, and a gym. With habitats that vary from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands, Jao offers both land and water experiences, depending on annual inundation levels. Mokoro excursions, boating, seasonal fishing, and game drives are usually on offer all year round in this delta concession. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Sanctuary Chief's Camp
anctuary Chief's Camp is located on Chief's Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango and home to a diversity of wildlife promising superlative game viewing. The guest pavilions are tucked away and all have private decks and indoor and outdoor showers. 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 where guests will enjoy fine cuisine and wines.
Sanctuary Chief's has been designed with consideration for the environment as the whole camp can be removed without anyone knowing it was ever there. The expert guides take guests deep into the bush on morning and afternoon awe-inspiring game drives to find roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, elephant, zebra and buffalo. With the finest cuisine and wines, the camp is also consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by CondĂŠ Nast and Travel & Leisure. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
anctuary 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 swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa, or enjoy gourmet food. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River that borders Chobe National Park. Each cottage has a private garden and bathrooms featuring a freestanding bath and indoor and outdoor shower.
While at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, a visit to the spa is an absolute must. Authentic African design has been integrated with, and inspired by, the abundance of nature surrounding the lodge. Activities include exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives in the Chobe National Park and relaxing sundowner cruises on the mighty Chobe River. The Chobe National Park also boasts the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp
his intimate camp, gathered around a large sitting and dining area, affords magnificent views over the Okavango Delta floodplains. 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 extremely large herds of buffalo. Each canvas tent boasts a classic and understated elegance.
Large wooden decks provide private areas for relaxing in hammocks or enjoying cocktails before dinner in the spectacular dining mess. Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant's perspective, by walking in the gigantic and silent footsteps of nature's great masterpiece. (Additional cost). Activities at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp include mokoro excursions, walking safaris, and exciting day and night game drives. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp
aised above the Boro River and connected by wooden walkways, the main areas and rooms are uniquely made from wood and 150,000 recycled aluminum cans for insulation. The five tented suites at Sanctuary Baines' are opulently luxurious, with adjoining outdoor bathrooms and four-poster beds. Should guests wish, the bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River. 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. See prowling lions looking for prey at the edge of the lagoon, or watch one of the many elephants living in the area. Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants invite you to explore Africa with us from an elephant's perspective. Game-viewing activities include morning and evening game drives and informative walking safaris. A great way to see wildlife is by floating around the waterways in a locally made dugout canoe. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
NAMIBIA 100 FISH
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KAYAKING DRAMATIC SKELETON QUIVERTREE
RED DUNES OF SOSSUSVLEI
evocative namibia enchants with its ancient deserts, towering sand dunes, exotic wildlife, and hospitable people. Travelling here encapsulates
explorations of small seaside towns, modern cities, and desolate landscapes, sure to stir the soul. The capital city of Windhoek provides a gateway to your Namibian adventure with its international airport and host of facilities for both business and leisure travelers. From there the choice is yours – a desert sojourn in the ancient Namib Desert in search of desert-adapted elephant and more unusual wildlife species, a sun and sand vacation in Swakopmund on the northwest coastline, a favourite destination for both local and international travellers, or an exciting detour to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon. Let your sense of adventure determine your destination. There is something for everyone from adrenaline activities such as paragliding, kayaking and sandboarding to more sedate outdoor experiences such as sailing, suntanning, and strolling along the expansive beaches. Those in search of Africa’s feared predators won’t miss out with a wealth of game-rich reserves in the country, including the legendary Etosha National Park home to large herds of elephant, prides of lion, and more. From the enigmatic mountain ranges of the Richtersveld to the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei, the saltpan of Etosha, the dramatic Skeleton Coast and the fascinating quivertree forest, Namibia promises a captivating and utterly unforgettable stay. 171
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Strand Hotel Swakopmund W
ith its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining restaurants, bars, deli, lobby-lounge, sea-facing terraces, beach kiosk, and state-of-the-art conference and banqueting center, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund. It is set on the historic Mole site and surrounded by ocean on three sides. The contemporary hotel is very comfortable, and as they say in German: "gemütlich" providing an authentic atmosphere. There are a total of 125 rooms of which 90 percent have beach and sea views and the balance garden and park views. The Atlantic Spa offerings include individual crystal steam rooms, rain showers, and an exclusive relaxation lounge.
Guests are also invited to enjoy the spa’s spacious garden terrace with its reflexology pathway and couples’ therapy suite. Beauty treatments are offered at the Grooming Lounge. A gym is located on the hotel’s second floor and features a 73 square meter studio with endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility equipment with a his and her bathroom and changing facilities complete with sauna. The Strand Hotel Activity & Adventure Travel Office, staffed by local professional travel consultants, will help guests plan their sojourn in Swakopmund ensuring they experience and enjoy all on offer in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and along this exciting and very unique Southern Atlantic coastline and neighboring Namib Desert. www.strandhotelswakopmund.com
Strand Hotel in Swakopmund offers its guests contemporary comforts, a seaside setting, and extensive range of facilities
Kulala Desert Lodge
ituated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes and the closest entry point to Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge boasts magnificent views of the famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains. The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" (including three family units) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on
a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and a flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed so that guests can sleep under the stars. The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, dining area, pool, and wraparound veranda overlooking a waterhole. Activities impress guests with the overwhelming magnitude, solitude and tranquillity of the desert and include private tours to Sossusvlei, scenic nature walks, and drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna. At extra cost, it is also possible to experience the area on a hot-air balloon safari and eco-sensitive guided quadbiking excursions.
Serra Cafema Camp
Hoanib Skeleton Camp
n a remote area of the Kaokoveld, in a land of bare mountains, gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. The eight large en-suite tents (including one family unit) and shaded outdoor lounges and swimming pool look over rugged scenery sloping to the almost always dry Hoanib River. Explorations of this isolated, yet diverse area take place via game drives along the riverbed where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted wildlife can be found: elephant, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, with glimpses
et amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa, its Portuguese name originating from the mountains dominating the northern skyline. By day guests explore one of the driest deserts in the world and at night, fall asleep to the sound of rushing water. The camp’s eight unique canvas and thatched chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom, elevated decks and simple structures of wood, canvas and thatch create a camp at one with its surroundings. The dining room and pool look over the Kunene River. of lion and brown hyena. The Skeleton Coast with its desolate rocky coastline and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals is accessed by car or scenic flight. Hoanib is a research hub and guests can visit the research centre. The camp is fully solar powered and is a joint venture with the neighbouring conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Activities here are varied, including boating (water levels permitting), walking, and carefully guided quadbike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes. In this isolated region, the Himba people continue their nomadic, traditional way of life and when they are in the area, offer guests the opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and traditions.
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge O
ne of the most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, dramatic landscapes and jagged mountain heights. Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its location overlooking the desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, just 10 stone and glass suites are spread out along the escarpment. Each air-conditioned suite is furnished to complement the desert hues and features a private veranda, splitlevel bedroom and living room with fireplace, en-suite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. The suites are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discrete music system and personal bar. The guest area,
where walls have become fold-away windows, has unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, sitting room, wraparound veranda and safari shop. A fine selection of wines complements the delicious meals. Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalising dip in the spring-fed pool. A stateof-the-art observatory and resident astronomer provide insight into the magnificent constellations of Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Activities include nature drives, excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Vlei, guided nature walks, hiking trails, quad bike excursions, visits to ancient San rock paintings, stargazing at a state-ofthe-art observatory, and trips to view petrified dunes. www.andbeyond.com
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers sumptuous accommodation set overlooking the awe-inspiring Namib Desert, fine dining, and exciting outdoor options
EAST AFRICA 18 HIGHEST
GORILLAS MIGRATION ZANZIBAR DRAMATIC
TENTED GREAT CHIMPANZEE TREKKING SAFARI
kenya, rwanda, and tanzania in East Africa promise offer superb African wildlife safaris as well as sun, sea, and sand destinations. Going on safari here is not just about the amazing abundance of wildlife – including elephants, tree-climbing lions, flamingos, gorillas, and chimpanzees – it is also about adventuring into soul-stirring destinations and, if the timing is right, viewing the annual migration of more than 2 million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles across the Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara region. The best way to experience the “greatest show on earth” is to follow the migration staying in tented camps along the route. Dramatic landscapes stretch from the Masai Mara encompassing the Tsavao, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru national parks, to Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, the volcanic bowl of the Ngorongoro Crater, and Mount Kilimanjaro, and beyond to the stunning beaches of Zanzibar, with its pristine off-shore coral reefs. Rwanda and Uganda are destinations of choice for those wanting to go chimpanzee trekking or spot elusive gorillas. All of these awe-inspiring destinations are steeped in rich culture; the most exotic exhibition of which is found on the spice island of Zanzibar – an ancient trading gateway. Extreme heat and short rainfalls occurs between December and March and the main rainy season between March and May in Tanzania. In higher-altitude Kenya, rain falls mainly between March and May and then October and December with warm days and cool nights throughout the year.
anctuary Kusini is the only permanent tented camp in the southern Serengeti, one of Tanzania’s most iconic destinations, and provides extraordinary views of the plains below. Set on a rocky outcrop, or kopje, the tented bush camp is so remote that it needs its own airstrip. The 12 tents at Sanctuary Kusini are shaded from the sun by acacia trees, and are all positioned
carefully with thought-out views of the surrounding landscape. Each tent has its own personal attendant to attend to the every need of 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. Sanctuary Kusini is designed to have minimal environmental impact; in fact, the camp can be packed up and removed without leaving a trace of ever having been there. Activities include game drives, bush picnics, sundowners on the Kopjie, and a spectacular cosmic safari of the African night sky.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
anctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the beautiful south-west region of Uganda. The setting encompasses jagged valleys, lakes, waterfalls, dramatic mountain ranges, and volcanoes. This eight-tented camp is one of the most remote in Africa. The spacious "tents" each boast comfortable beds and huge bathtubs that look straight into the jungle canopy, as well as private viewing decks. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the
anctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented camp on a private stretch of the Mara River in Kenya. This small and exclusive camp was the first of Sanctuary’s luxury safari properties. The 14 canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. All have four-poster beds and private verandas overlooking the river. Sanctuary Olonana’s main dining room and veranda command views over a dramatic stretch of the Mara River. See, and hear, the family of noisy hippos who colonize the banks below the camp. The camp has a library, a pool, and even an organic garden where much of the food served in camp ideal base for a gorilla-tracking adventure, offering guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. Gorillas also visit the camp two to four times a month. This is the only camp in the region where people with walking difficulties can track gorillas in customized sedan chairs. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
is grown. And, who could forget the mini-spa where guests can experience traditional African remedies alongside French marine therapies. From around July through to October, grunting herds of wildebeest and zebra cover the plains, often crossing the river between Tanzania and Kenya. Activities include game drives, cultural visits, sundowners, scenic flights, and balloon rides.
Sanctuary Saadani River Lodge
Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge
anctuary Saadani River Lodge, built for rest and relaxation on the Wami riverbank with its resident hippos, epitomizes ‘Luxury, naturally’. The main lounge and dining area are housed under a large thatched sala with great river views. The open kitchen means guests can chat to the chef while watching their
gourmet meals being prepared. Sanctuary Saadani River lodge has 17 individual stilted suites and a private villa, the Wami Suite. Set in the trees on the river bank all suites have balconies and en-suite bathrooms. Sanctuary Saadani River Lodge’s Wami Suite is a private villa ideal for families, with its own infinity pool, two ensuite bedrooms, living room and dining room. Complimentary WiFi is available in the main areas. The lodge’s in-house spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Alternatively guests can unwind by the swimming pool or enjoy a sundowner at nearby viewpoints.
anctuary Saadani Safari Lodge is located on the southern border of Saadani National Park where guests can experience untamed East Africa. The unique location makes the lodge an ideal place for guests looking for a traditional safari combined with a relaxing beach trip. The lodge is set right on the beach, and boasts a private waterhole where wildlife gather. The lodge has an infinity swimming pool set overlooking the ocean and is easily accessible from all suites. Enjoy the relaxing sitting area overlooking the ocean, library, and the thatched restaurant located on the beach
anctuary Swala is located in an exceptionally private section of the Tarangire National Park, offering visitors a luxurious and exclusive safari experience. Elephants, in particular, love to come to the camp to drink at the waterhole and big cats are often seen among the massive baobab trees. Sanctuary Swala has been built according to the highest eco-friendly standards and offers 12 luxurious openplan and spacious canvas tents; all shaded by acacia trees and within sight of the waterhole frequented by elephants and
serves up a delicious array of meals. All of the suites open directly on to sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean and feature ensuite facilities, a lockable pirate box, overhead fan, and mosquito netting. There are five Maridadi suites, nine Banda suites and one secluded Siri suite. Complimentary WiFi is available in the main areas.
big cats. Each tent has an ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and features a spacious open-plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs, and plush sofas. Complimentary WiFi is available. The main dining area, deck and library are lifted on stilts around an enormous and ancient baobab tree. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
erched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sumptuous safari suites at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer guests breathtaking views. This is one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa. Three separate and intimate camps totalling 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era.
Each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with antiques and elegant African treasures. Personal butlers discretely cater for the requirements of each guest. Frequently described as "Maasai meets Versailles", each camp has a guest sitting area and the domed dining room turns every meal into a special occasion. Activities include game drives on the crater floor and walks within the grounds. Activities at an additional charge: crater floor banquets, day trips to Olduvai Gorge and the Shifting Sands, and three walking safaris.
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
teeped in the aura of classical safari, the recently refurbished andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in the Masai Mara boasts 12 classic tents, 20 superior tents and 8 superior view tents. The superior view tents feature beautiful Maasai-inspired interiors. Oversized beds are perfectly positioned to make the most of the views, while stained cypress wood furniture combines with tribal decorative elements. The guest areas, including a double-storey bar and lounge area, feature cozy split-level spaces. The split-level
dining area has been designed around an interactive kitchen and vegetable garden. Activities include twice-daily game drives. Activities at an additional charge: bush walks, night drives, hot air ballooning available nearby, community visits, Maasai dance and talks, and a popular WILDChild programme. www.andbeyond.com
ndBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is set in the remote Western Serengeti. The camp is situated on a by-water of the Grumeti River, known for its dramatic wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles. Rustic yet sophisticated, the tented suites have whimsical and quirky interiors. All 10 feature shaded private decks overlooking the river. Stone shower towers are open to the sun and stars. Two of the tents cater for families and are connected by an enclosed walkway that allows easy access between the tents. Guests will
enjoy exclusive game viewing at other times of the year. This is the only area in the Serengeti that one can see black and white colobus monkeys. Activities include twice-daily game drives. Activities at an additional charge: balloon safaris available nearby, community visits, and day trips to Lake Victoria.
ward-winning Sayari Camp is set on the unspoilt plains of the northern Serengeti, close to the famous Lamai Wedge and the spectacular Mara River. The camp offers guests unparalleled access to the high concentrations of resident game and from July to November, an exclusive window to one of the greatest wonders of the natural world, the Great Migration.
The 15 elegant hillside suites all feature a safari-chic dĂŠcor to offset the wilderness just beyond the canvas walls and showcase the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Each has a king-size bed with fine linens and en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub. The rim-flow swimming pool at the main area offers the perfect spot to while away an afternoon gazing over the game-filled plains. Fresh, contemporary and stylish, it is no surprise that Sayari is regularly voted as one of the top safari escapes on the planet.
n the northeast coast of Zanzibar Island is the remote and peaceful Matemwe Beach. In an elevated position with views of the sparkling ocean through the palm trees are the four secluded villas of Matemwe Retreat, the perfect base for an exclusive island experience. Combining the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of luxury, the Retreats were designed for guests looking for pure escapism and total privacy. Each villa offers in-house dining with personal butler service and a spacious roof terrace and plunge pool. The breezy bedrooms and the ensuite bathrooms feature double basins and sunken bathtubs with
or 20 years, the grasslands of the Eastern Serengeti were closed to visitors to create a safe haven for cheetah. In 2014 the area reopened with Asilia as its custodian. Today, the area is big cat territory and guests can experience this pristine slice of wilderness from the remote and exclusive Namiri Plains Camp. The eight tented suites characterize contemporary safari elegance and are filled with crisp black and white linens and snug beds. The en-suite bathrooms offer indoor and outdoor rain showers and the private
impressive views of the Indian Ocean. When the sun dips below the horizon, guests can enjoy dinner cooked by the private chef under the stars on the terrace or visit the main Matemwe Lodge for an exquisite seafood buffet in the open-air restaurant. Activities include diving, snorkeling and boat trips to the coral reef of Mnemba Island where dolphins play in the waves and colourful fish in the underwater coral.
verandas showcase stunning 360 degree views of the sweeping savannah ahead. Activities focus on game drives and walking safaris and sightings of the lion, leopard and cheetah in the area are frequent and unrivalled. With the closest camp 45 minutes away, guests may be excused for thinking that the Namiri Plains belongs to themâ€Ś www.asiliafrica.com
Cottar’s 1920's Safari Camp and Private Bush Villa offer the most complete safari experience available on the African continent
ottar’s 1920's Safari Camp and Cottar’s Private Bush Villa are located in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, the birthplace of safari. Winners of numerous accolades, including "Best Tented Camp in World", "Best Small to Medium Enterprise in Africa" and designated a Long Run Global Ecosphere Retreat, Cottars offer discerning travelers authentic safari experiences while also pioneering ways in which to make tourism work better for local people and wildlife conservation. The Camp has its own 7,000acre conservancy and is located 1 kilometer outside the Maasai Mara Game Reserve bordering the Serengeti National Park, thus providing easy access to the reserve’s only true wilderness area. This is exceptional
terrain for walking safaris and experiencing deep cultural interactions with the proud Maasai tribe. The camp is set high on a hill to ensure that the elegant, private white tents offer stunning views across a game-rich savannah. The camp has two dining tents, swimming pool and spa. All tents have en-suite bathrooms and the family tents even have dedicated fire rooms! Guests enjoy exciting game drives, unique and romantic "canvas safari baths", private bush dining under the stars, rides in an antique safari car, and learning bushcraft in the 'Maasai Warrior School'. Its deep safari heritage and exceptional, long-serving staff ensure that Cottars camp and villa stand out from the crowd. www.cottars.com
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ngama Mara is a remarkable new safari lodge balanced on the rim of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, overlooking what many deem the loveliest game reserve on the continent, Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The sky melts into the endless plains in a vista so wide it takes your breath away. It’s a place where the romance of canvas combines with dramatic guest areas in a fresh approach to safari lodge design. Inspired by the Swahili word for "suspended in mid air", Angama Mara seems to float 300 meters above the Maasai Mara. Every morning hot-air balloons sail past the 10-meter-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of the tented suites.
The lodge, just a five-minute drive from the private airstrip comprises two totally separate and intimate camps and each of the 15 tented guest suites is situated right where all the romantic ‘Ngong Hills’ scenes were filmed for the movie Out of Africa. There are numerous ways to spend the day from sunrise hot-air balloon safaris, photographing wildlife, walking on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, or visiting a Maasai family. It almost goes without saying that the game viewing in the Mara Triangle is among the most outstanding in Africa. All Angama Mara guests have to do is descend a private track and 20 minutes later witness one of the continent’s most dramatic events: a Mara River crossing. www.angama.com
Angama Mara hovers 300 meters above Kenya’s Mara Triangle offering exclusive game viewing opportunities and a luxurious stay
Mantis Mutara Tented Camp
Mantis Mutara Tented Camp promises exclusive game viewing opportunities, luxurious tents, and many exciting on-site activities
orth of the ancient Aberdares Forest, and west of the snow-capped Mount Kenya, the exclusive Mantis Mutara Tented Camp sits above the tropical equator in one of the most unique places on earth. The world-famous Laikipia plateau in Kenya has rich grasslands, basalt hills and dense forests that support the greatest diversity of wildlife in this part of the continent. Mantis Mutara Tented Camp is the only accommodation in the 20,000acre Mutara Conservancy, with just 15 tents. It borders the famous Ol Pejeta Conservancy and guests have unlimited access to this wilderness property. Together, these properties comprize the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa.
The luxury, tailor-made canvas tents boast top-class interior furnishings and en-suite bathrooms; it is very easy to forget you are in a tent! The entire front side can be folded open, allowing light to pour into the room and the afternoon breeze to float through. Each tent has a deluxe king-sized bed and a cozy reading area. With a fully stocked mini-bar, guests can enjoy sundowners on their own private deck, looking out onto endless Africa, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush. On-site activities include day and night game drives, visits to the chimpanzee sanctuary and endangered Northern White rhinos, as well as bush dinners and sundowner experiences. www.jambochesterhotels.com
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antis Impala Lodge, situated within the Impala Sanctuary on Lake Victoria, Kisumu, remains hidden from civilization and the trappings of the modern world. The sights and sounds of the surrounding forest serve to invigorate the senses and enhance a blissful solitude about 3 kilometer from Kisumu City Centre. This unspoilt destination is home to hyenas, olive baboons and vervet monkeys, as well as lion, hippos, leopard, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and rhino. The endangered Sitatunga and a variety of bird and reptile species also find refuge here. The 12 luxurious cottages offer affordable 5-Star comfort and amenities. While not game viewing or participating in the numerous
recreational activities on offer, guests can soak in the sun next to the scenic pool, relax in the comfort of the ‘Lake View’ lounge or enjoy the ‘Bubbly’ Champagne breakfast, breezy lunch or a sundowner at the specially designed jetty, an idyllic over-water structure from which to explore the deep secrets of Lake Victoria with its unequalled lakescapes. What a way to witness the sunset!! Over 115 species of birds have been sighted and recorded and there are myriad activities to keep all ages occupied, from game viewing to canoeing, teambuilding activities, birding, kayaking, picnicking, fishing, cycling and tours of Lake Victoria. Mantis Impala Lodge is truly a haven for body, mind and soul in a simply stunning setting on Lake Victoria. www.impalaecolodge.com
Mantis Impala Lodge offers a sanctuary to not only guests, but a wide diversity of wildlife in its idylic forest setting
An unforgettable wildlife experience, culinary decadence, and spa indulgence in the midst of the African bush
ocated in the Tsavo West National Park, Finch Hattons Luxury Camp is set around natural fresh water springs within 9,065 square kilometers of pure untouched wilderness, surrounded by views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the magnificient Chyulu Hills. Designed to be minimally intrusive, the camp offers guests stunning views from the 17 luxury suites, fusing modern design with rustic charm to provide an experience that seamlessly combines the thrill of a safari adventure with the opulence afforded by contemporary comforts. The open plan design of the tents invites the cooling breeze closer over the water, transporting in all the authentic African sounds, tastes and smells.
Inspired by the life of Denys Finch Hatton, the camp is proud of setting the standards in luxury safaris for over two decades with a dedication to elegance and style, coupled with a passionate love of the Kenyan wilderness and a long forgotten way of life. The dining experience at Finch Hatton is reminiscent of the bygone era, from a 3 to 7-course dinner served with silverware, cut crystal and porcelain. Magical and luxurious bush dinners are also available. A Wellness Centre has been integrated to give a holistic experience, using all the natural elements found in the surrounds. This includes two treatment pavilions with terrace for al-fresco massages, gym, and an exclusive spa pool. www.finchhattons.com
Mahali Mzuri V
irgin Limited Edition’s Mahali Mzuri, meaning "beautiful place" is Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the northern region of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara ecosystem. The camp is perched on the side of a lush valley with views over the rolling plains that together with the neighbouring conservancy, Olare Orok, cover about 33,000 acres with strict limits on the number of guests that can stay at any one time. The camp is well placed to observe the area’s abundant game and to take advantage of the annual great migration. The 12 tented suites, two designed specifically for families, are perched upon raised decks, overlooking the wildlife roaming
the valley. Suites are rich in African design and blend in with the local climate and terrain. Guests won’t go hungry! From early morning snacks before game drives to multiple-course menus in the evening, the food served at Mahali Mzuri will be one of the highlights of a stay. When guests are not out enjoying a game drive or other local excursions they can take a refreshing dip in the 12-meter infinity pool or indulge in a spa treatment from Nasaro, our local Africology spa. Mahali Mzuri welcomes children aged six years and older and there are plenty of activities to keep them entertained during their stay. This beautiful place promises an unforgettable safari experience. www.mahalimzuri.virgin.com
Mahali Mzuri: indulgent spa treatments, an ultra-luxurious stay, best view of the great migration, and superb cuisine
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expect sun-filled days, balmy tropical evenings, palm-fringed beaches and an indulgent stay when heading to beautiful Mauritius. This island destination
is all about relaxing from the luxury accommodation options on offer to the sensual spa treatments available, the host of outdoor recreational activities – something for everyone – and the exotic cuisine – accompanied, of course, with a cocktail or two. The Indian Ocean waters are warm and there are plenty of ways to explore from sailing, swimming and diving, to fishing. The white-sand beaches are hard to leave even for some upmarket shopping at local boutiques and markets. An all-year destination, the rains fall between December and April, but there is plenty to do even on a rainy day as Mauritius has a wealth of culture to share with visitors. This is a magical place with its tropical forests, abundance of natural beauty, world-class amenities for business (including superb conferencing facilities) and leisure travelers and not forgetting the unique cuisine. Dip into an eclectic mix of Indian, Chinese, Creole and French-inspired food brought by the diverse cultures that have made Mauritius home. No wonder this is a favourite wedding and honeymoon choice of destination, it oozes romance and accommodation venues are dedicated to ensuring an unforgettable experience. Looking for some time out and an experience that will not only relax, but also rejuvenate you? There is no better choice than a Mauritian vacation. 189
Paradis Hotel & Golf Club
et on Mauritiusâ€™ beautiful Le Morne Peninsula, this upmarket hotel provides guests with a range of superb accommodation options, besides the superlative location and views. Guests can choose from a range of rooms and suites, or book for a luxurious and exclusive villa stay, with the option of a private chef and waiting service for in-villa dining, a dedicated club car and access to a secluded beach. This is the place to indulge in watersports of every kind as the
hotel fronts several kilometers of pristine beach and the Indian Ocean. Those looking for a different kind of indulgence can book for pampering treatments at the luxury Spa by Clarins. Dining is a main attraction at this destination and what better way to work up an appetite than by booking for a round of golf at the nearby championship courses, getting out onto the water or taking a walk through the beautiful surrounds. Meals are served in a variety of locations, including on the oceanâ€™s edge. Truly a paradise at Paradis Hotel & Golf Club. www.beachcomber.co.za
Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa
he discerning guests at Trou aux Biches will enjoy the style of this upmarket destination designed as it is like a Mauritian village. The resort is set on a prime beachfront site on the west coast of beautiful Mauritius and is renowned for its contemporary offering. The suites are immaculate and those looking to elevate even this experience can sign on for a stay in the luxurious villas, each boasting a private swimming pool. Rooms
are set in lush tropical gardens and surrounded by exotic plants and shrubs. Guests stay on or a short stroll from the beach and Grand Bay with its luxury shops and trendy eateries is within quick driving distance. There are six restaurants on site, each serving delicious cuisine. A host of other attractions also keep guests active, indulged and entertained. These include pampering treatments from the Spa by Clarins and a modern fitness center. www.beachcomber.co.za
Shandrani Resort & Spa
handrani, situated in Blue Bay on the south-east coast, is one of the largest hotels in the Beachcomber portfolio. It is set in lush, tropical grounds bordered by three separate beaches creating an air of peaceful seclusion. Accommodation is superb, spanning a range of suites, family apartments and sea-facing rooms. Shandrani offers something for everyone – a superb array of facilities, land, and water sports plus the option of upgrading to a premium all-inclusive package, Serenity Plus. With two large pool areas and four restaurants,
Shandrani is the perfect getaway for couples and honeymooners and all those looking for a romantic and utterly idyllic escape from the world.. Families will enjoy the lively side of the resort, a sport and nature programme, sailing lessons, health and beauty facilities, and accommodation specially tailored to the family market. La Source is a beautiful al fresco spa and professional therapists offer a range of soothing treatments in the open-air cabins surrounding a large pool. Guests at Shandrani Resort & Spa can expect a relaxed 5-Star experience. www.beachcomber.co.za
Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa
inarobin’s Hotel Golf & Spa boasts luxurious suite and villa accommodation set at the foot of the majestic Le Morne Mountain, on Mauritius’ most spectacular peninsula. In addition, there are three luxurious villas set on an isolated stretch of beach, each with its own swimming pool and outdoor living area. A dedicated chef and waiting service is available, as is the use of a private club car for villa guests. This 5-Star destination has unusual architecture and a host of on-site amenities and facilities,
including a swimming pool, four restaurants including one adults-only restaurant, elegant bar, boutiques and tour desks. Dining options range from more casual to gourmet, all of them delicious, and there is even a fourth restaurant set under the palms fringing the beach for those who can’t bear to leave the beach. Guests are spoilt for option in terms of things to fill the days, with access to a myriad watersports, which are available at Paradis next door, spa treatments, upmarket shopping and tours of the island. www.beachcomber.co.za
BEAUTIFUL RARE BEACHES; BIRDS ISLAND HOPPING;
SEYCHELLES EXOTIC CUISINE
16 TOP ATTRACTIONS
sunny seychelles is often compared to paradise on earth because of its white-sand and very beautiful beaches, balmy weather and ocean water, fantastic cuisine, and the friendly welcome accorded to visitors to this archipelago of 115 tropical islands. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and set more than a thousand miles off the African coastline, Seychelles is much, much more than a sun and sea indulgence. The beautiful islands are also home to rare and exotic plant and animal species, including the coco de mer palm and the jellyfish tree. Days are whiled away on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, shopping, or exploring the mysteries of some of the uninhabited islands, which are spread out over hundreds of miles. Some, such as Denis Island and Silhouette, are exclusive and some easily accessible by boat on an island-hopping adventure. Evenings are spent indulging in fine wine and cuisine watching the sun go down and enjoying the tropical nights. The weather is pleasant all year round as it falls outside of the cyclone belt; although there are short tropical downpours of rain throughout the year. The hotter northwest trade wind blows between October and May and the cooler southeast trade wind between May and September. A truly romantic destination, the Seychelles will appeal to all those looking to experience the beauty and magic of the tropics while staying in utter luxury.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Six Senses Zil Pasyon offers an exclusive stay in an ideal location where guests are spoilt for choice
ix Senses Zil Pasyon is located on Félicité, a private island where massive granite rocks and white sand beaches create an air of drama and beauty. With perpetual summer, the island is ideally located outside the cyclone belt just 55 kilometers north-east of Mahe, and close to the well-known and popular islands of Praslin and La Digue. Created with the renowned Six Senses flair and sense of style, the resort is a very personal destination that embraces nature while offering every creature comfort. Its 30 pool villas offer an oasis of serenity encircled by the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean. The villas have spectacular views all carefully positioned on the granite
cliffs offering a great deal of privacy, with superb terraces and plunge pools looking out to the Indian Ocean. The forested centre of the island rises up to a peak of 231 meters and a range of walking trails are open to guests. An exploration of the island will uncover a range of plants growing, such as wild vanilla orchids, coconut palms, wild mangos, bananas, and oranges. There are two restaurants, two bars and the renowned Six Senses Spa with its five double-treatment rooms along with a main swimming pool. Guests are free to indulge in the luxurious amenities on offer. Snorkeling and diving in this part of the Seychelles is exceptional, and the resort is ideally located to organize island hopping excursions. www.sixsenses.com
North Island N
orth Island is a place of barefoot luxury for those seeking an unspoilt, spectacular tropical retreat. There are only 11 individually handcrafted guest villas on the entire island set directly on the beach, each constructed to create a sensory experience in surroundings of understated elegance and providing a unique atmosphere and distinct flavour of the Seychelles. All of the luxury villas have a study or second bedroom, forming the perfect space for children, while the Villa North Island is an ideal getaway for a couple. A lounge, dining room ,and library, scenically located health spa and gym, world-class dive centre, and a rim-flow swimming pool are all built into a granite outcrop. A sunset bar
and restaurant are tucked away on the western beach of the island. Activities include biking, gym, guided walks, snorkeling, fishing, boating, sea kayaking, and scuba diving. North Island has created a signature style that combines natural beauty with sheer luxury. The North Island team is dedicated to giving guests the best possible experience. Whether guests come here in search of rest or play, recuperation, or exhilaration, they experience a holistic sense of wellbeing in an idyllic setting supported by genuine and professional hospitality. Guests set their own pace during this private island experience that combines sheer luxury with exclusivity and natural beauty. www.wilderness-safaris.com
North Island promises barefoot luxury on an exclusive private island setting combined with outstanding service and amenities
MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa
Guests at MAIA can expect gourmet experiences, butler service, pampering spa treatments, and a whole lot more
AIA Luxury Resort & Spa, set on a secluded white-sand beach, promises an idyllic and completely indulgent Seychelles experience. Guests at this exclusive destination can look forward to discreet and intuitive service, utter luxury, and an unbeatable and certainly unforgettable landscape. This is a place of physical, mental and spiritual awakening, a place of discovery. Guests can choose from the 11 secluded Signature Villas, most suitable for families, or the 19 Ocean Panoramic Villas set overlooking the beach. Each is tended by a personal butler ready to arrange a private dinner on the beach, a romantic rose-petal bath at twilight and to cater to guests’ every whim. Guests
can expect sumptuous bedrooms adorned with exotic woods, bathrooms with views and outdoor sunken baths, and lounges equipped with iPods, air-conditioning, minibars, ice machines and more. A large private infinity swimming pool is set out front of each. Days are spent out or in the water swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and more, relaxing on the pristine beach, private decks or in the award-winning gardens, indulging in a world-class pampering experience at the on-site spa, with its peaceful meditation spaces, or setting off on a range of adventures, including deep-sea fishing, island hopping excursions and scuba diving. Meals are sublime made from only the freshest ingredients and accompanied by fine vintage wines. www.maia.com.sc
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Published on Oct 15, 2012
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