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Our mission is creating and delivering unique, life-changing travel experiences to our culturally diverse clientele around the world


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Executive Chairman Sean Kritzinger sean@gilt-edge.com CEO Murray Gardiner murray@gilt-edge.com

37 Giltedge Africa....................................................................................................................................... 2 GILTEDGE OCEAN ISLANDS................................................................................................................. 3 Giltedge DMC............................................................................................................................................. 4 Giltedge International.................................................................................................................. 5 Giltedge Incentives............................................................................................................................. 6 TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE..................................................................................................................... 7 Travel Experiences............................................................................................................................... 8

General Manager (Giltedge Africa) Sandra Devoti sandra@gilt-edge.com International Marketing Manager (Giltedge Africa) Jenny Diamond jenny@gilt-edge.com Managing Director (Giltedge Ocean Islands) Lylie Moolman lylie@gilt-edge.com Conferences, Incentives & Events Manager (Giltedge DMC) Charlotte Smith charlotte@gilt-edge.com

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General Manager (Giltedge Incentives) Jenna De Allende jenna@gilt-edge.com General Manager (Giltedge International) Mandy Jordaan mandy@suregiltedge.com Group Head of Digital & Online Julien Perreard julien@gilt-edge.com

Cape Peninsula........................................................................................................................................14

Cape Winelands.....................................................................................................................................32

Cape Breakaways................................................................................................................................. 48

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Garden Route & Eastern Cape........................................................................................................ 54

ART DIRECTOR Tamlin Lockhart

KwaZulu-Natal....................................................................................................................................... 66 Gauteng..................................................................................................................................................... 74

Kalahari & North West Province.................................................................................................... 86

Limpopo & Mpumalanga.....................................................................................................................96

Mozambique......................................................................................................................................... 124 Zimbabwe & Zambia.........................................................................................................................130 Botswana................................................................................................................................................. 148 Namibia........................................................................................................................................................164 East Africa.............................................................................................................................................. 170 Ocean Islands ....................................................................................................................................188

Group Financial Executive Janine Marks janine@gilt-edge.com

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GILTEDGE AFRICA Giltedge Africa are the experts in tailormade holidays to Southern Africa, East Africa, and the Indian Ocean Islands. We are passionate about sharing the best of this beautiful continent; and pride ourselves on our professionalism and outstanding levels of service. This has sealed our reputation as an authority in African travel, and we have been voted “South Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” no less than nine times at the prestigious World Travel Awards! We have built up excellent relationships with a hand-picked selection of luxury lodges, boutique hotels, and trusted travel services. We only work with the best in the business, to ensure that

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you (or your clients) experience the ultimate African safari! Our team of senior Africa Travel Experts regularly visits these incredible properties and can offer invaluable tips and first-hand travel advice. Each unique itinerary is crafted with integrity and flair and can include VIP meet and greet services at major airports, private tours, car hire, and foreign language guides. Thrilling game drives in Big 5 territory, hot-air ballooning over dramatic landscapes, gourmet wine pairings on century-old estates, the very best in golfing safaris … the possibilities are endless! www.giltedgeafrica.com


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GILTEDGE OCEAN ISLANDS At Giltedge Ocean Islands, we create life-changing experiences for discerning travelers. Our team of well-traveled experts knows just how to tailor each detail to match your vision of the perfect island escape. Our favorite resorts and villas not only tick all the tropical island boxes, but also offer that something extra. Do you love the idea of starting your day with an aerial yoga session followed by breakfast with your toes in the sand? Or does your vision of holiday bliss include a Willy Wonka-style chocolate room filled with truffles and pralines? Whether your idea of paradise includes snorkeling trips with a marine biologist, cocktails at a

cinema under the stars, or a castaway island picnic for two – we can make it happen. We are part of the award-winning Giltedge Group and have an excellent reputation within the travel industry based on trusted relationships. Our team regularly visits the properties that we recommend, and can give invaluable, firsthand advice. We are always seeking out that “wow” factor. We have the most amazing destinations in our portfolio, namely the Seychelles, the Maldives, Mauritius, Zanzibar, Reunion, St Helena Island, Madagascar, and Mozambique. www.giltedgeoceanislands.com

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GILTEDGE DMC Giltedge DMC is a premier inbound Destination Management Company (DMC) for meetings, conferences, special interest, and incentive groups exploring Southern and East Africa. Our dedicated team provides outstanding levels of service, working with preferred suppliers to craft unique and creative DMC solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations. We use our extensive experience, relationships with trusted suppliers, and local knowledge to best express your brand message and business goals. Each conference, campaign, and travel program is prepared with integrity and flexibility. Most importantly, we pay

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attention to every detail throughout the planning and execution process. We have worked with clients across multiple industry sectors, crafting itineraries in carefully selected destinations that range from cosmopolitan cities to luxurious safari hideaways and the exotic Indian Ocean islands. Whether hosting your event in the vibrant city of Cape Town, the serenity of the Namib Desert or a lush island setting, rest assured of an unforgettable experience. We are experts at creating meaningful programs designed to motivate, unite, and inspire. www.giltedgedmc.com


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GILTEDGE INTERNATIONAL Giltedge International is an owner-managed, medium-sized and fully accredited Travel Management Company. Operating within Sure Travel with our own IATA licenses, we offer highly skilled people, leading-edge technology, powerful supplier relationships, and proven solutions for corporate travel portfolios. Core services include corporate travel management for national and international corporate clients, as well as a VIP leisure solution for honeymoons, luxury safaris, adventure and group travel. We supply management information, duty of care, and 24/7 after-hours and emergency services. We are also experts in creating travel

policies and service level agreements. Established in 2001, our longevity within the industry is testament to our superior service. Sure Travel, formed in 1979, is Southern Africa’s largest independent travel agency brand in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. We develop technology and tools in-house to respond to specific needs rather than outsourcing. Giltedge International is a 100% service-driven company focused on customizing solutions for our clients. Our global buying power ensures the best deals and that our customers always have choices. www.giltedgeinternational.com

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GILTEDGE INCENTIVES Giltedge Incentives is a leader in conceptualizing and planning corporate incentive travel, specialized conferences, and unforgettable events for the South African meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (MICE) market. We are highly experienced at putting together dynamic programs that will motivate and inspire your team, clients, or trade partners; and at tailoring each unique experience to suit your audience and specific business needs. Our highly esteemed and well-traveled team has a wealth of experience. We use our extensive product knowledge and global network of proven suppliers to craft remarkable MICE

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experiences that are creative, flexible, and supply excellent value for money. Above all, we bring a touch of flair to everything that we do, from local conferences and events to global travel programs on far-flung shores and in cosmopolitan cities to major sporting events. Our expertise is backed by that of the of award-winning Giltedge Group to the benefit of our clients. We love what we do and continually strive to deliver an exceptional MICE experience that will inspire, encourage collaboration, boost performance, and exceed client expectations. www.giltedge-incentives.com


GILTEDGE & TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE

TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE Giving back is important. Our programs offer the opportunity to make a difference while on vacation, be of service to communities and the environment, and elevate a safari experience into something transformative, all while building long-lasting friendships. We offer immersion in purposeful activities, such as voluntourism, which enables interaction with local communities. Programs include visits to orphanages, care homes, and youth projects; cross-cultural exchanges; donations of resources; and support for extra-mural activities. We offer eco-tourism adventures that give the opportunity to experience African culture and wildlife

through bushwalks, camping, education seminars, hands-on animal care and conservation management, anti-poaching and game reintroduction initiatives, as well as rehabilitation and research projects. Our edu-tourism offering focusses on the sharing of personal work experiences and skills to promote mutual crosscultural understanding and respect. We consult with local communities to ensure that our offerings match their needs. Standards of safety, sustainability, and ethics are embedded in our programs. We want to realize Nelson Mandela’s dream by paying it forward to the next generation.

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RESERVATIONS FOR TWO Enigmatic landscapes, luxurious suites, balmy weather…

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raveling to Africa with your family is an enriching and life-changing experience. There is nothing quite like seeing your child spot their favorite Big 5 animal or the myriad mysterious smaller animals for the first time! Or sharing a sundowner drink and African sunset with your partner, while your children are safely occupied and cared for. A family safari is a time to bond, reconnect, explore a new destination, have authentic experiences, learn about local cultures, and see unique wildlife. We use family-friendly lodges that offer fun activities tailored for all ages, also ensuring that transfers – whether by charter flight or road – are short to keep the youngest family members happy. Activities tailored to children include guided nature walks, learning how to track spoor, fun games in well-equipped play spaces, and more. For peace of mind, we recommend choosing from the selection of malaria-free reserves and national parks in Southern Africa. Multi-generational travel is a big trend in Africa with more families realizing the special bonds that are created through joint holidays. We love creating moments of happiness for all age groups from toddlers to grandparents. 8

FAMILY SAFARIS Create amazing memories with your entire family

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othing embodies romance more than a combination of exotic landscapes, luxurious accommodation, personalized service, starlit nights, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and customized experiences. Africa excels in providing the ultimate in romantic experiences in a diversity of unforgettable spaces and places; whether it is the desolate mysteries of enigmatic deserts; the lushness of indigenous forests, deep canyons, and thundering waterfalls; or the balmy island atmosphere that beckons the romantic soul. Nothing stirs the spirit as much as the call of the lion or the trumpet of elephant in the wild, the rush of adventure when sliding down some of the world’s largest sand dunes or flying over a Natural Wonder of the World, or dozing off in the soothing oasis of a world-class spa or on a palm tree-lined white-sand beach. There is no lack of wedding and honeymoon destinations, each with a professional team on hand to ensure the perfect experience. Couples can look forward to magnificent beaches and game-rich reserves, mighty rivers and serene lakes, or exciting urban experiences and tranquil country retreats. These magical moments are made possible by teams of dedicated staff. Their only purpose is to ensure the most romantic vacation.


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ooking for a truly local and authentic vacation? Southern and East Africa’s travel industry is perfectly adapted to experiential travellers. We tailor-make day tours catering to clients’ preference, sportiness, adventurous spirit, and weather on the day. Personalizing itineraries is what we love to do – like organizing jazz evenings, beach picnics, Cape Malay cooking classes, or Harley Davidson tours. Stretch the imagination and we can find an activity for you! Picnic on the beach rather than in a restaurant, mountain bike along the slopes of Table Mountain or surf ski in Fish Hoek bay – it can all be arranged. After all, Africa is full of possibilities. For ocean lovers, Africa boasts experiential travel like diving, snorkeling, conservation and nature learning, behind-the-scenes tours, as well as catch-andrelease fly fishing like nowhere else on earth. There are also plenty of boutique hotels, rooftop bars and new restaurants to explore with hip décor, refreshing branding, and great atmosphere in standout locations. Or try sleeping in a sky bed – a bespoke treehouse in the bush – in Botswana or South Africa. Clients can also book seasonal highlights – especially in South Africa – like land-based whale watching in Hermanus or flower season along the West Coast.

experiential travel Step way out of the box and adventure with us

ADVENTURE SAFARIS For the bold at heart and wild of spirit

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hot travel trend, adventure safaris in Africa are for those travelers who want epic adventures and over-the-top experiences visiting destinations where few have gone before. Southern and East Africa offers wild animals, big cities, remote towns, wide expanses, and the best safaris in the world. Here you can go on water or land-based safaris, choose luxury houseboat holidays, and experience remote and off-the-beaten-track experiences, gorilla trekking or the Big 5. Safaris take you to vast tracts of untamed African wilderness where you set off on thrilling early morning game drives, dine al fresco while elephant drink at a nearby waterhole and – for a true sense of being out in the wild – spend a night under the stars. Imagine just you and your partner under the brilliant blaze of the Milky Way! Cozied up in bed your ears tune in to the grunts of hippos or distant whoop of a hyena. Your morning alarm call is the twittering of birds, and your day begins by watching the sunrise as the colours bleed into the landscape below you. A well-established tour operator like Giltedge Africa, located on the ground, in the heart of South Africa, offers you detailed and in-depth advice about what country will best suit. 9


GOLFING SAFARIS Unbeatable combination of golfing, luxury travel and adventure

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luxurious African safari is a fantastic way to disconnect from your daily routines, unplug from digital screens and find yourself again. Our diverse portfolio of stunning destinations allow you to relax and unwind, surrounded by Africa’s wild landscapes and fascinating animals, while bathed in warm sunshine. There are different wellness experiences in southern Africa to suit every type of traveler. It is up to you to choose what would suit your needs! Of course, we can also advise you. For those who need a little pampering while on vacation – there are spa treatments to be enjoyed at a modern city hotel or at a bespoke spa in the Cape Winelands. Remote safari lodges also offer rejuvenating spa treatments for restoring your body and soul. If you are looking for something more immersive, improve your fitness or diet at a health-focused resort or go on a walking safari in Botswana or Zimbabwe or do yoga in the Makgadikgadi salt pan in a Bedouin-style tent. Whichever wellness experience you choose, Africa is fast becoming one of the world’s most famous destinations to reconnect with yourself – while either enjoying the coastline’s beaches, a stay on a luxury private island, or an exhilarating safari on a big game reserve. 10

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ur award-winning team specializes in luxury travel combined with the very best in golf, wine, and Big 5 safaris. As avid golfers, we have played and stayed at the top golf courses and resorts across South Africa, and understand the experiences you are looking for and the best seasons to come visit. Some of our top courses were designed by the legendary Ernie Els, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus and are surrounded by mountains, on top of cliffs, next to vineyards and wild reserves, under blue skies or overlooking a vast ocean. It is here that you can play golf and watch Africa’s golden sunsets! But there is also so much the country has to offer on days when Mother Nature isn’t keeping her end of the bargain! Enjoy incredible homegrown wines; bustling markets; hipster restaurants or trendy bars; adventure experiences like kayaking, bungeejumping, or surfing; and see the Big 5 on game drives. Planning a golf journey with your best buddies? Or a family trip with a bit of golfing and sightseeing? See Cape Town, the Winelands, the famous Garden Route, Gauteng, the Kruger, or KwaZulu-Natal on a tailored itinerary. South Africa is a top golfing destination. Just come explore!

Wellness in Africa Wilderness retreats, spa treatments, and Mother Nature


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SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS We love discovering, exploring, and sharing signature experiences

Archeo- & paleontological: View rock art from the indigenous Khoisan in Southern Africa, explore Roman ruins in North Africa, or visit the unforgettable medieval cities of Carthage in Tunisia, and Fez in Morocco. Art experiences: Experience the best of local art and craft in South Africa with those passionate about these forms of cultural expression, whether it is fine art or rustic craft works. Birding safaris: There are plenty of options to indulge your passion on exclusive tours through a diversity of habitats led by knowledgeable guides through Africa’s plains, valleys, deltas, and deserts. Botanical tours: Experience biodiversity conservation in style through tours of the Cape’s nature reserves, the famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, and more, led by experienced horticulturalists and botanists. Biking trips: Set out on one of many mountain biking trails that wind their way through beautiful vineyards, up steep mountain passes, through semi-desert areas, and more. Cultural & heritage destinations: Historical places and practices co-exist with the modern in Africa providing an intriguing blend of old and new. Visit its ancient cities and ruins; and meet its indigenous Khoisan people in Southern Africa, the Himba in Namibia, and the Maasai in East Africa. Photographic tours: The game-rich wilderness is a dream for wildlife photographers. Sign up for a photographic safari with guides dedicated to ensuring that you get that perfect shot. Spa & wellness experiences: Choose to indulge in an African wellness experience, whether you are deep in the African bush or nestled in a luxury city apartment. Walking & hiking trails: Choose to walk, whether in Big 5 country, up mountains, traversing nature reserves, or strolling through the historical areas of Africa’s cities. 11


Musina LIMPOPO Polokwane Hoedspruit

GAUTENG PRETORIA Witbank JOHANNESBURG

Mbombela

Mafikeng NORTH WEST PROVINCE

MAPUTO

MPUMALANGA

Vryburg

Kuruman Newcastle

FREE STATE Upington

Sodwana Bay

SO U T H A F RI CA

Richards Bay

BLOEMFONTEIN LESOTHO MASERU

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Middelburg Clanwilliam Beaufort West WESTERN CAPE Montagu Oudtshoorn Paarl Franschhoek George Swellendam Knysna Stellenbosch Hermanus

Cradock Graaff-Reinet

Tulbagh

CAPE TOWN

Kosi Bay

Harrismith

Kimberley Springbok

MBABANE SWAZILAND

Queenstown

Pietermaritzburg KWAZULUNATAL

Umtata

Port St Johns

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EASTERN CAPE Grahamstown

EAST LONDON

Port Alfred Plettenberg Bay

PORT ELIZABETH

Cape Agulhas

SOUTH AFRICA South Africa has it all – scenic landscapes ranging from rugged mountains, lush forests, and pristine beaches to semideserts, bushveld, and saltpans. The diversity of the landscapes echoes the diversity of cultures that call the “Rainbow Nation” home. The dilemma is where to go and what to do! Options range from sophisticated and vibrant urban escapes in the country’s capital cities for shopping and entertainment to retreats in the interior for Big 5 game viewing or seaside destinations to laze on the beach, fish, watch whales, or go shark-cage diving. Whatever the choice, there are accommodation options to impress and culinary delights complemented by fine South African wines.

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Franschhoek V&A Waterfront Stellenbosch

Sea Point

Camps Bay

Table Mountain

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Llandudno

Hout Bay

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City & City Bowl

Clifton

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Constantia Tokai

Chapman’s Peak Noordhoek

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CA P E PENINSULA Sunrise Beach Muizenburg St James

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Fish Hoek

Simon’s Bay Simon’s Town Scarborough Miller’s Point Olifantsbos Bay

ATL ANTI C O C E AN Maclear Beach Cape of Good Hope

Rooikrans Cape Point

CAPE PENINSULA Cape Town’s beautiful peninsula stretches from the vibrant city center with its markets and eclectic eateries, and shops along the coastline through small, characterful suburbs and villages. Whether it is a nature experience, shopping for the unusual or bespoke; indulging in fresh cuisine and sublime wines; or dipping into local history, this route has it all. An easy drive that takes one through a diversity of settings, including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia’s famous wine farms, and the famous resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The road bends around the peninsula to reach Cape Point with its beautiful beaches before returning to the city.

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One&Only Cape Town One&Only Cape Town is renowned for its unique blend of location and luxury, an urban chic resort within the vibrant V&A Waterfront. The 131 spacious rooms and suites are the largest in Cape Town, each with a private terrace or balcony, offering panoramic views to gaze upon iconic Table Mountain. Forty of the resort’s spacious guest rooms and suites are set on an adjacent inner-city island sanctuary. These rooms have a distinctive resort feel and offer convenient access to the infinity pool and separate Spa Island. Cuisine spans world-class dining from the only Nobu in Africa to

the resort’s signature Restaurant and Wine Loft where guests can sample from the more than 5,000 wine references, or there is Isola, an alfresco spot by the pool. Days can be spent by the city’s largest infinity pool or in the spa to recharge or beautify. The KidsOnly Club delivers daily supervised programs and excursions, including offering a high-tech movie and games entertainment hub. Guests here become the ultimate curators of discovery, from active adventures to mindful moments and tailored experiences. www.oneandonlyresorts.com

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Offers the largest rooms in the city with awe-inspiring views of iconic Table Mountain.

The resort boasts the only Nobu in Africa to other signature restaurants.

Spa Island features the most comprehensive spa in the city with tailored treatments.

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Cape Grace Situated on a private quay uniquely poised between Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, Cape Grace’s location is unrivaled. Near to the cosmopolitan city center and crowned by Table Mountain, there is no better place from where to soak in the natural splendor of South Africa’s “Mother City” and enjoy the very essence of Cape Town living at its best. Elegance and warmth are the hallmarks of this destination, evident in every fine detail, from the welcoming reception to the luxurious harbor and mountain-facing rooms. Each of the 120 rooms, including two luxury

penthouse suites, vary in size but are immaculately appointed. Guests can indulge in sumptuous tasting menus paired with the Cape’s very best wines in Signal restaurant. Rare whiskies await enthusiasts in the world-class Bascule Bar, while indulgent Afternoon Teas are served each day in the cozy library. The restorative spa treatments are curated to ensure relaxation. Guests enjoy complimentary access to a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, and value-added services like a concierge and chauffeurs. www.capegrace.com

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Fantastic menus paired with the best of the Cape’s wines are offered at Signal restaurant.

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THE TABLE BAY HOTEL Located in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Table Bay Hotel, part of the SunLux Collection, is an architectural masterpiece that captures the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, and the contemporary design of today. Positioned against the backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, it is a gateway to Cape Town’s most popular allures. Opened in 1997 by former president Nelson Mandela, the hotel offers absolute 5-star luxury in 329 designer-decorated rooms and suites with views onto Robben Island or Table Mountain. Guests

enjoy the “best breakfast in Cape Town” at The Atlantic Restaurant, overlooking Table Mountain and the inner harbor. They can try creative cocktails in The Union Bar before heading to Camissa, the Hotel’s Brasserie and wine room; or unwind around the pool; or rejuvenate at the Table Bay Health Spa. A stay here is graced by the synergy of two oceans, trips to an island symbolic of resistance and to a natural wonder of the world, breathtaking scenery and majestic mammals. The hotel is a premier conference center. www.suninternational.com/table-bay

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Every room and suite boasts views of Table Mountain or Robben Island.

A fabulous choice of dining options from breakfast to sumptuous dinners.

A great base from which to explore the city. Swimming pool and spa on site.

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THE SILO HOTEL The Silo Hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture, and design. It is a tribute to timeless glamor and contemporary luxury. This magical hotel towers above Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and is surrounded by the natural wonders and attractions of South Africa’s Mother City. The 28 rooms, including a spectacular one-bedroom penthouse, are individually designed with colorful and eclectic pieces. The Silo has been built in the grain elevator part of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s

largest collection of contemporary African art. The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the founder and principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted windows bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbor. www.theroyalportfolio.com

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Beautiful rooms with stylish décor contrasting with industrial-style architecture.

The Granary Café, The Willaston Bar, and The Silo Rooftop.

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THE COMMODORE HOTEL There are many reasons why Cape Town is regularly selected as one of the top tourist destinations in the world for location, sight-seeing, and dining. Guest can easily experience everything special that Cape Town has to offer while staying in the stylish and elegant setting of The Commodore Hotel. Located in the V&A Waterfront, the hotel provides sweeping views of Table Mountain, Cape Town harbor, and Robben Island. Dining is a treat at the Clipper Restaurant, strongly influenced by a nautical theme, scale models of ships and related artwork remind patrons of these

glorious vessels that once sailed the oceans. By using the finest and freshest ingredients, the restaurant proudly creates unique dishes with a global influence that will exceed guest expectations. There is also an on-site spa and gym to work off any indulgences. The hotel provides easy access to Cape Town’s premier attractions. With all the services required, The Commodore is the perfect hotel, in the perfect city, set just where Table Mountain meets the V&A Waterfront. www.legacyhotels.co.za

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Guests in the Imperial Suite enjoy awe-inspiring views of iconic Table Mountain.

Superb meals and wines served at the on-site, nautically themed Clipper Restaurant.

There is a spa, gym, and swimming pool on site, and easy access to the V&A Waterfront.

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Victoria & Alfred Hotel History and modern luxury merge to create ageless beauty at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, which was built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse. This iconic establishment was named after Queen Victoria and her son Prince Alfred who played an intrinsic role in the establishment of the Breakwater Basin, now the V&A Waterfront. The hotel is in the very heart of this internationally acclaimed destination and is a sophisticated retreat amid the vibrant and upmarket buzz. It offers some of the most enviable views of Cape Town harbor, Table Mountain and the slick city that

stretches out at the foot of this Natural Wonder. Timeless elegance and personalized luxury are found at the award-winning Victoria & Alfred Hotel. Attention to detail, its elegance and an outstanding reputation have set this hotel apart as one of Cape Town’s finest establishments. A luxurious stay awaits at each of the 94 wellappointed, contemporary rooms, with views of the Alfred Basin, Table Mountain, or the piazza. Warm personal service makes guests feel at home instantly. www.newmarkhotels.com

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Contemporary rooms with fabulous amenities and stunning views.

Ginja Restaurant serves craft beers and coffee with fantastic views.

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TAJ CAPE TOWN Located in the center of the old city, Taj Cape Town boasts a powerful sense of place and is within walking distance of some of South Africa’s foremost attractions. Spread across two heritage buildings, all 176 rooms fuse history with elegant modernism offering either spectacular city vistas or overlooking iconic Table Mountain. The Taj Club Rooms and Suites offer all the benefits of the executive Club Lounge like butler service, evening canapÊs and private breakfast, while the one- and two-bedroom suites are perfect for the discerning traveler or for families. The hotel offers

an array of dining experiences, from Afternoon Tea in The Lobby Lounge to Bombay Brasserie, the newly renovated and expanded Indian fine dining specialty restaurant, and Mint Restaurant and Terrace for relaxed all-day dining. The award-winning Jiva Spa is the first of its kind in Africa and brings together the ancient wisdom and heritage of the Indian philosophy of wellness. Steeped in tradition, Taj Cape Town is a place where service, sincerity, and expertise combine to give guests an experience unlike any other. www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-cape-town

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Elegant and modern rooms and suites, including those with butler service.

Lots of dining choices from sublime Afternoon Tea to classic Indian fine dining.

The perfect base from which to explore Cape Town and its myriad of attractions.

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SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN Southern Sun The Cullinan offers grand accommodation in the heart of Cape Town, just a stroll from the city’s renowned V&A Waterfront. There is easy access to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the city center, and its trendy Long Street. It is just a short drive away from the famous beaches of Clifton and Llandudno, and the iconic Table Mountain, and conveniently close to the MyCiTi bus route. Guests can choose from 394 superbly appointed en-suite rooms, each one tastefully furnished for comfort. Southern Sun The Cullinan is beautifully designed and classically

styled with contemporary facilities. The classic architecture is reflected throughout in the lofty ceilings, balconied mezzanine level, and the soaring columns protecting the swimming pool area. Guests have access to a host of services and amenities, including the large outdoor heated swimming pool with its spacious deck, a fully equipped fitness center and conferencing facilities. Guests can enjoy a great dining experience at The Peach Tree Restaurant or light meals and delicious cocktails at Stella Café & Bar. www.tsogosun.com

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Beautifully appointed rooms with views of Signal Hill, V&A Waterfront, and the harbor.

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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Winston Churchill called it “a most excellent establishment”, John Lennon meditated in its lush grounds, and modern-day celebrities from Leonardo di Caprio to Charlize Theron have breakfasted on its balconies. The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is an iconic resort that has welcomed guests for more than a century. Table Mountain acts as its backdrop and Cape Town’s famed attractions are just minutes away. The 198 fabulous suites are individually appointed. Couples will find secluded bliss in the garden cottage suites with their oversized couches, fireplaces, and Venetian mirrors. Families will

feel at home in the spacious suites, some with interconnecting rooms. There are activities to suit all ages from the heated pools to painting classes, yoga sessions, tennis coaching, and a children’s club. Guests can indulge in pampering treatments at the Librisa Spa and will definitely indulge in the out-of-this-world cuisine at Chef Rudi Liebenberg’s Lord Nelson Restaurant or the coveted Chef’s Table. This destination knows how to throw a party in sensational style – anything from birthday parties to spectacular weddings. www.belmond.com

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The luxurious rooms are beautifully and individually appointed.

A seat at the Chef’s Table promises an immersive culinary journey.

There is plenty to do on site and the city’s attractions are nearby, including Table Mountain.

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PRESIDENT HOTEL Located on the beachfront in Bantry Bay between the vibrant city and the Atlantic Ocean, the President Hotel welcomes its guests to Cape Town and all its breathtaking sights, thrilling activities, and inspiring moments. Approachable luxury and personal service come standard, while local style, authentic artwork, and innovative design set the hotel apart as the most-loved destination hotel in the Mother City. Guests can relax in the light, bright, and spacious rooms and apartments, there is plenty of room to make oneself at home. Add to that an array of luxury facilities, smart technology, and stylish design

and it might be difficult to leave. Visitors here can spend sunkissed days without a breath of wind beside the infinity pool and savor delicious locally inspired cuisine, gourmet pizzas, and more at the on-site restaurant, cafés, and bars – all accompanied by friendly service. The beaches, mountain, shopping destinations and outdoor adventures are just moments away. This iconic hotel is celebrating more than 250 years of hospitality and over 21 years since the late Nelson Mandela opened the rebuilt hotel in 1998. www.presidenthotel.co.za

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Stylish rooms and apartments with luxury facilities and smart technologies.

Delicious cuisine and more at the on-site restaurant, cafés, and bars.

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Ellerman House Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for discerning luxury travelers wanting complete exclusivity. 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 attractions such as Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront are 10 minutes by car. The historic Cape Edwardian-style mansion has 13 individually decorated rooms and suites, terraced indigenous gardens, and two ultra-modern villas. Compared to the old-world elegance of the main house, Villa One

and Two are sleek with spacious entertainment areas and private infinity pools. Villa One incorporates the Ellerman House Spa, which specializes in leading massage techniques, anti-ageing beauty treatments and hydrotherapy. Villa Two is above the Ellerman House Wine Gallery with its spectacular 7,500-bottle wine collection. The natural splendor of the location is matched by tailored experiences, including modern cuisine that reflects seasonal flavors. A world-class experience that is still authentically South African. www.ellerman.co.za

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A choice of old-world elegance in the suites or ultra-modern villas.

Meals are a treat reflecting the best of local flavors and served with vintage wines.

Close to beaches and attractions, this is the perfect base from which to explore.

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The Clarendon Bantry Bay Nestled in the most magnificent part of the Cape, where Table Mountain meets the Atlantic Ocean, stands The Clarendon Bantry Bay. This destination is internationally known for its breathtaking ocean views. The beautifully appointed rooms and suites, plus one private apartment, are outfitted for luxurious comfort. The atmosphere is friendly, and the staff provide personalized service to ensure every need is catered for, including helping arrange excursions and experiences. From the full English breakfast, light lunches, and dinners on offer to the spacious terraces and garden

with swimming pool, the focus is on relaxation. A variety of massage therapies can be enjoyed at the Juliet Spa or in privacy of the room. The beach is a short walk away and the city’s main attractions just a short drive, including the V&A Waterfront. Guests can expect sublime comforts, sensational technicolor sunsets, dedicated service, and more when staying at this premier boutique hotel. All the ingredients necessary for a memorable holiday or honeymoon of a lifetime are here at the 5-star The Clarendon Bantry Bay. www.clarendon.co.za

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Luxurious rooms and suites, plus a private apartment, overlooking the ocean.

Fabulous full English breakfasts, light lunches, and dinner on offer.

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TINTSWALO ATLANTIC LODGE Cape Town’s iconic hotel on Chapman’s Peak Drive boasts a breathtaking location surrounded by the ocean and fragrant fynbos. Offering world-class service, Tintswalo Atlantic, known as Cape Town’s “most romantic hotel”, welcomes couples and families. Ten individually decorated and spacious Islands Suites and a majestic two-bedroom Villa offer glorious ocean views, private decks, and lounge areas with wood-burning fireplaces. The hotel boasts stylish and inviting lounge areas set around cozy fireplaces. Lauded as one of Cape Town’s best sunset spots, guests are invited to toast the

special moment with a complimentary signature cocktail and canapés. Breakfast, included in the rack rate, is an extravagant affair. Dining is a highlight with fresh, seasonal cuisine and an award-winning wine list enjoyed on the wooden deck. The elegant dining room with its open kitchen encourages an exciting interactive dining experience. There is a private pebbled beach with hammocks and temperaturecontrolled plunge pool with sundeck. In-room massages are available, as well as sightseeing excursions, including nature walks. www.tintswalo.com

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Luxurious island-themed suites with sea views and private terraces.

Shoreline dining featuring fresh, seasonal South African cuisine.

The lodge is within easy reach of all Cape Town’s iconic attractions.

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TINTSWALO AT BOULDERS BOUTIQUE VILLA Perched above Boulders Beach overlooking the world-renowned colony of endangered African penguins and the Atlantic Ocean, Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa offers luxurious accommodation in the seaside village of Simon’s Town. With nine spacious guest suites, guests van view penguins from the villa, walk to swimming beaches, and easily drive to Cape Point. Children of all ages are welcome and may be accommodated in the Penguin children’s suite and playroom. The villa offers open-plan lounges, dining areas with fireplaces, a TV-lounge, heated plunge pool with views across the

bay, and wind-protected courtyard with fire pit. Some suites have private balconies. In homage to Simon’s Town’s maritime history, rooms are named after famous ships, from the Mayflower and Cutty Sark to Jan van Riebeeck’s Drommedaris. Rates include a delicious breakfast and afternoon snacks. A concierge service can make restaurant and activity bookings, including for snorkeling safaris and guided sea kayaking. The villa may also be exclusively booked for up to 18 adults and four children. www.tintswalo.com

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Luxurious seaside villa neighboring the Boulders penguin colony in Cape Town.

Bed and breakfast offered, with many excellent dining options within the area.

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The Last Word Long Beach Welcome to The Last Word Long Beach, a hidden gem in a quaint fishing village behind Table Mountain and Cape Town’s only 5-star hotel right on the beach. From the doorstep, eight kilometers of pristine beach stretch out towards the picture-perfect mountains. Six sea-facing rooms are styled to complement the ocean; each boasting ocean views, even from the bed. All drinks, select wines, and premium spirits are included in the rate, along with WiFi and spectacular breakfasts. The complimentary dinner is a three-course meal inspired by local cuisine and seasonal seafood. Located in the

surfer’s paradise town of Kommetjie, and just a short 35 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, this exclusive hideaway is untouched by the commotion of life. Leisure options include walks and horse rides along the beach, seasonal whale watching, hiking trails along the surrounding mountain trails, or cycling to a nearby lighthouse to watch the sunset, premier surfing, township tours, lighthouse tours, marine bird watching, and easy access to the Noordhoek Farm Village. The in-house chauffeur offers transfers and tours. www.thelastword.co.za

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A hidden gem with lavishly large rooms and exquisite views.

A three-course sublime seafood dinner is included in the rate.

Close to many outdoor destinations, as well as the city’s attractions.

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The Last Word Constantia The Last Word Constantia is an exclusive sanctuary, an oasis of sheer comfort and leafy tranquility with lush gardens enclosing a sunken pool with sensational indigenous flora and exotic plant life creating a serene ambience. This 5-star intimate hotel offers understated elegance in nine bespoke rooms. Two of the rooms have semi-private plunge pools and one is a family suite. The famous Peddlars Restaurant and Bar, a local classic that serves delicious pub-style food, is next door. Championship golf courses and immaculate beaches are nearby. Other activities include boutique shopping,

walking trails, wine tasting, and Cape Point, city, and township tours. All drinks, select wines, and premium spirits are included in the room rate, as is WiFi, and specialty breakfasts. Constantia Valley is renowned for being the oldest winemaking region in the southern hemisphere; its wines are bright examples of the Cape’s outstanding, international, award-winning products. There is an in-house chauffeur service for restaurant transfers or tailored tours, at an added charge. See how locals enjoy life. Simply beyond boutique. www.thelastword.co.za

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Indulge in 5-star accommodation in inordinately large rooms.

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Citrusdal

Piketberg

CA P E W I NE LA NDS

Saldanha

SWARTLAND

Tulbagh Darling

Ceres Malmesbury Worcester

Wellington Paarl

Philadelphia Durbanville TYGERBERG

Rawsonville

Montagu

Franschhoek CAPE TOWN

KLEIN KAROO

Stellenbosch

Robertson Villiersdorp

Constantia Elgin

ATL ANTI C O C E AN

CAPE POINT

OVERBERG Caledon

Bot River Hermanus WALKER BAY

Stanford Elim

Cape Agulhas

CAPE WINELANDS Visitors to the Cape Winelands can indulge all their senses along more than 20 wine routes, each with its unique sense of place and style. South Africa specializes in wine tourism experiences – food and wine pairings, upmarket accommodation options, brandy (cognac) and port-styled wine tastings, wine and art, winemaking festivals, and events, as well as plenty of outdoor activity options on wine farms. Combine a tour of the wine routes with flyfishing, horse riding, hiking, canyoning, hot-air ballooning, and more. Cellars range from the rustic and artisanal to the ultra-modern, all set within beautiful natural landscapes complemented by a hospitable welcome.

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LANZERAC HOTEL & SPA Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the 327-year-old Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Experience the finest hospitality the Cape Winelands has to offer at this destination, which indulges guests with warm and passionate service, the finest wine and cuisine, and exquisitely styled rooms. The 53 en-suite bedrooms and suites invite complete relaxation amid welcoming interiors, which blend both period grandeur and contemporary style. Each room is

individually decorated with elegant finishes and a unique choice of timeless pieces, offering revered guests spacious interiors that honor their desire for privacy. Set on a working wine farm, guests are spoiled with easy access to the cellar and the Tasting Room at which they can embark on a sensory experience with innovative wine and chocolate pairings. In addition, guests can enjoy the use of four swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), two restaurants, deli offerings, or unwind and rejuvenate at the Lanzerac Spa. www.lanzerac.co.za

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The 53 elegant room and suites are beautifully designed for indulgent comfort and privacy.

Two restaurants, a bar, and a deli offer delicious cuisine, and food and wine experiences.

Guests can relax on the grounds, in the on-site spa, or around the swimming pools.

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MAJEKA HOUSE Blissfully private, Majeka House is an ideal base from which to explore the historical town of Stellenbosch with its interesting shops, galleries, museums, and al fresco cafĂŠ culture. Numerous famous vineyards and award-winning restaurants, dotted along the Stellenbosch wine route, are within striking distance. Majeka House combines luxurious accommodation, a sophisticated bar and restaurant, an indulgent spa, and spacious grounds to create one of the most stylish bolt holes in the Cape Winelands. Characterized by eye-catching wallpaper, warm wood, and unpolished granite, the

rooms exude contemporary style and comfort. Majeka Kitchen Restaurant overlooks gardens and leads onto a sheltered terrace for al fresco dining. The in-house Majeka Spa offers anti-ageing facials, deeply relaxing massages, and many other treatments designed to restore and rejuvenate body and soul. A delightful choice of accommodation that combines comfort and sensory treats, Majeka House will appeal to discerning guests looking for an extra-ordinary stay in the Cape Winelands. www.majekahouse.co.za

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Contemporary rooms outfitted for luxurious comfort and modern convenience.

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SPIER HOTEL & WINE FARM Spier is the place to treat the family to a Cape Winelands experience on one of the oldest wine farms in Stellenbosch. This village-style, 4-star hotel features art-filled rooms along with swimming pools for summer and blazing fires for winter. Visitors enjoy some of South Africa’s most renowned wines, as well as tasty treats from the Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery and the Spier Farm Café. This is the place to sprawl with a picnic under ancient oaks and explore pastures and vineyards on foot, bike, or Segway. The little ones can be let loose in the bamboo forest or on the

granite boulders and can meet birds of prey at Eagle Encounters. Art is everywhere: ranging from soaring sculptures to contemporary canvases. Spier is renowned for its responsible tourism approach and is recognized by Fair Trade in Tourism and the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association. In 2011, Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award recognized Spier as the top international destination for “Doing it All”; it is also one of only 39 WWF Conservation Champions. www.spier.co.za

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This historic farm offers 153 beautifully appointed rooms in scenic settings.

Several unique dining options on the farm, all offering something special.

Plenty to do on the farm; wine tasting, art viewing, vineyard tours to Segway and hikes.

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DELAIRE GRAFF LODGES & SPA Between the historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Delaire Graff Estate is an unparalleled destination celebrating wine, art, food, and escape from the everyday. Backed by mountains and surrounded by vineyards, Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa offers luxurious accommodation and a tranquil spa with access to the estate’s two restaurants, exceptional wines, and landmark boutiques. Each of the 16 lodges, the newly unveiled 4-bedroomed Owner’s Villa, as well as the guest areas and gardens serve as a gallery for founder Laurence Graff’s personal art collection, including works by Vladimir Tretchikoff,

Lionel Smit, Cyrus Kabiru, Yves Dana, Dylan Lewis, and William Kentridge. Claiming sweeping vistas from False Bay to Table Mountain, this destination also commands mesmerizing views of the Banghoek Valley. Waking up to this winelands setting is to be immersed in life’s finer pleasures. The lodges are positioned to maximize views, exquisite comfort, sumptuous design, and privacy. The elegance of the Cape Winelands is apparent in each meal, glass of wine, spa treatment, garden stroll, and interaction. www.delaire.co.za

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Refined décor and modern amenities including private, heated plunge pools.

Two award-winning culinary experiences at Indochine or Delaire Graff Restaurant.

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LA RESIDENCE Located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a private 30-acre estate, La Residence is a tranquil haven of comfort and relaxation. Franschhoek is known as South Africa’s culinary capital with over 60 restaurants in the quaint, historic town including three of South Africa’s top 10. There are fabulous museums and an array of contemporary art galleries as well as many wine estates producing South Africa’s finest varietal expressions. La Residence is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breathtaking views of the undulating

countryside, and an atmosphere of tranquility. Guests step into the Great Hall and are transported to a world of exquisite beauty and grandeur. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling, original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls, while the furnishings of Liz Biden are colorful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create an atmosphere of sophistication. The 11 Suites at the hotel are ideal for couples while the 5 Vineyard Suites offer privacy and space for families and groups of friends. www.theroyalportfolio.com

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The range of suites are beautifully and elaborately appointed for utter comfort.

La Residence makes its own wine. Meals incorporate many ingredients grown on the estate.

A pool, spa treatment room, and restaurant are on site, and wine country on the doorstep.

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LE QUARTIER FRANÇAIS Le Quartier Français, a romantic 32-room boutique hotel with two independent villas, is set in the heart of Franschhoek. This is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding winelands, or to simply walk into the village to discover its quaint charms. The extraordinary staff and luxuriously comfortable rooms ensure that this auberge is the ultimate destination. All the rooms and suites have been refurbished to reflect a sophisticated and fresh colorful palette. A fine dining restaurant, La Petite Colombe, has been established at Le Quartier Français. Tasting menus focus on the finest local and

seasonal produce, accompanied by wines from a rare and fine selection. An exciting casual-style eatery, Protégé, recognizes talented young chefs and provides them with an opportunity to put themselves on the map. The fresh, seasonal menu offers small plates and the eatery welcomes resident guests to enjoy breakfast as part of their room rate. Complementing the Leeu Collection on the main street of vibrant Franschhoek village is Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in collaboration with the Cape Brewing Company. www.leeucollection.com

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LEEU HOUSE Leeu House is an exclusive 12-room, 5-star destination in the scenic Franschhoek Valley. An oasis of comfort and luxury, Leeu House’s appeal is in its country guesthouse feel on the main street of vibrant Franschhoek village, within easy strolling distance of award-winning restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and many other attractions. Guests can also relax around the 15-meter swimming pool. The beautiful interiors are a contemporary take on Franschhoek’s traditional Cape Dutch heritage. The seamlessly integrated finishes are calm, and multi-textured. Leeu House also displays several

important contemporary artworks and sculptures from various countries. A light snack menu is available at The Conservatory and meals can be enjoyed al fresco on the terrace. The Lounge, with views of the garden and oak trees, comfortable seating, and a wood-burning fireplace, is where guests can mingle and relax. Complementing the Leeu Collection on the main street of vibrant Franschhoek village is Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in collaboration with the Cape Brewing Company. www.leeucollection.com

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The 5-star stylish rooms are so comfortable it is difficult to leave them.

Snacks at The Conservatory, al fresco meals on the terrace, and tea in The Lounge.

Wine tasting, craft beer tours, outdoor activities, fine and fun dining options await.

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LEEU ESTATES Leeu Estates, an exclusive 5-star boutique hotel with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, is set amid 100 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens, and indigenous vegetation. Located between the mountainside and river, just minutes away from Franschhoek village, it is the ideal setting for an elegant and sophisticated private hideaway. The meticulously refurbished 19th-century Manor House offers six rooms and suites with a further two rooms set next to it. The remaining rooms and suites are found among the gardens, oak trees, and vineyards. Delicious, innovative cuisine can be enjoyed in

La chêne where the finest produce is used to create fusion dishes with vibrant world flavors. Leeu Spa set in the vineyards, offers expert massage and holistic treatments and a 49-foot infinity pool and TechnoGym-equipped gym cater to the most fitness-orientated guests. Guests can also sample handcrafted premium wines from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines on site. Complementing the Leeu Collection on Franschhoek’s main street is Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in collaboration with the Cape Brewing Company. www.leeucollection.com

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The rooms and suites are superbly comfortable and stylishly decorated.

Sumptuous dining on local, ethically sourced, and organic ingredients.

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FRANSCHHOEK COUNTRY HOUSE & Villas Franschhoek Country House & Villas is on the outskirts of Franschhoek village surrounded by vineyards and majestic mountains. An hour’s drive from Cape Town, this restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890 offers 14 standard and luxury rooms and 12 villa suites. All en-suite rooms offer first-class facilities, including complimentary WiFi, espresso machines, and airconditioning. Almost all rooms lead onto private balconies or patios. The villa suites are havens of style with separate lounges, fireplaces, a DVD library, and two balconies. The in-house Monneaux restaurant

has been voted one of South Africa’s best. A-la-carte lunches are served on the fountain terrace and dinner enjoyed in the elegant dining room or on the enclosed veranda. Guests can laze at one of two swimming pools (one heated), enjoy a massage, make use of the on-site bicycles, visit boutique wine farms, or stroll through the charming town. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the village center. Attention to detail and friendly personal service complete the experience. www.fch.co.za

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The rooms and suites are appointed with world-class facilities and fabulous views.

The on-site, award-winning Monneaux Restaurant is known for its modern cuisine.

Swimming pools, spa treatments, wine tasting, and bespoke shopping experiences.

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The Last Word Franschhoek Just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, The Last Word Franschhoek is a secretive sanctuary in the heart of a famous French heritage village, which is also South Africa’s gourmet capital. This distinct historic residence is only a minute’s walk from many award-winning restaurants run by internationally renowned chefs and boutique-style shops, and art galleries. It is also close to world-class wine estates. The valley is known for walking and hiking, mountain biking, incredible chocolate tasting, fishing, wine tasting on horseback or on the Wine Tram, and championship golf courses. This 5-star, intimate

hotel offers extravagant home comforts boasting an elegant interior with a generous mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings. There are 10 luxurious en-suite rooms: eight superior doubles (four upstairs rooms with decks looking onto the mountains and four downstairs with private patios) and two suites with access to semi-private pools. All drinks, select wines, and premium spirits are included in the room rate, as is WiFi. The in-house chauffeur service caters for transfers or tailored tours, at an added charge. www.thelastword.co.za

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BABYLONSTOREN With a glorious heritage dating back to 1692, no-one could have predicted Babylonstoren’s exuberant rebirth or the fact that the experiential traveler would respond so emotively to its holistic ethos, which has everything to do with feeding the senses. This vision has redefined the Cape wine farm experience. Karen Roos, former editor of South Africa’s ELLE Decoration magazine, conceptualized the 28 room interiors with their mix of antiques and designer pieces. Some lead into the kitchen garden, designed by French architect Patrice Taravella, and feature hanging gardens, a

walled bee garden, surprise stepping-stone fountains, and outsize relaxation bird nests. Others are surrounded by natural fynbos and rock pools. The 1777 Cape Dutch Manor House with its five bedrooms is also available. Guests and visitors mingle, exploring the estate’s many delights – a meal in the old cow shed – now the award-winning Babel restaurant, a taste of charcuterie, cheese, and wine in the farm shop, ancient cleansing treatments in the marble hammam, or a refreshing swim in the reservoir-style pool.  www.babylonstoren.com

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Designer-conceptualized rooms surrounded by extraordinary features and destinations.

Guests can indulge in gourmet food and wine at the awardwinning Babel restaurant.

Lots to do on site including cheese and wine tasting, swimming and relaxing.

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Mont Rochelle Mont Rochelle is Sir Richard Branson’s spectacular 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard, just less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. At the foot of the Klein Dassenberg Mountain Range, it sits within the traditional vineyard town of Franschhoek in the Western Cape Province – also referred to as the “food and wine capital” of South Africa. A foodie’s haven, Mont Rochelle has two restaurants that combine superb culinary experiences with some outstanding award-winning wines made in the on-site winery. Guests are free to explore the 39-hectare (about 100 acres) estate with a freshly

prepared picnic basket and get comfortable with a glass in hand on the terrace, where the impeccable 180-degree views over the Franschhoek valley as the sun begins to set over the mountains can be enjoyed. Mont Rochelle is the place to relax with its outdoor heated swimming pool and sumptuous spa treatments. There is plenty to do in the surrounds besides wine tasting, the iconic Franschhoek Wine Tram meanders through beautiful vineyards and there is an abundance of activities on offer. www.virginlimitededition.com

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Stunning hotel and vineyard in South Africa’s food and wine capital.

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AVONDROOD GUEST HOUSE This picturesque Avondrood guesthouse is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. This original Victorian Cape-Dutch home promises guests a beautiful and peaceful stay with a rich historical feel of French Huguenot culture combined with modern luxuries and amenities. Just a short stroll down the road is the main village of Franschhoek with worldrenowned restaurants, charming gift shops, cafes, and magnificent historical buildings and museums to explore. If rest is what is desired, the tranquil and scenic 2,000-square meter gardens surround a large

pool, heated jacuzzi, and outdoor breakfast veranda with mountain views. The spacious lounge in the main house boasts a grand fireplace and is a beautiful place to enjoy cocktails from the fully stocked bar. There are eight large suites to choose from, all lavishly decorated with individual themes and character. Guests wake to a full breakfast, served with locally roasted coffee. The hosts take personal care of guests as Avondrood is a family-owned and run business – rest assured that every detail will be taken care of. www.avondrood.com

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Individually designed lavish suites are outfitted with all the necessary modern amenities.

The world-renowned restaurants, cafes and bistros are just a short stroll away.

There is plenty to do on site with the scenic gardens, swimming pool, and jacuzzi.

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LA FONTAINE Boutique Hotel This newly refurbished 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town and as close as one can get to the town’s award-winning restaurants, charming gift shops, cafes, magnificent historical buildings, and museums. This is the perfect choice for exploring the Cape Winelands with a fleet of luxury tour vehicles available. The tranquil gardens stretch over two properties, home to swimming pools and space to relax. The breakfast patio and front veranda boast views of the surrounding mountains. There are 17 large suites, all lavishly decorated with

individual themes and character. Guests wake to a full breakfast served with locally roasted coffee. This is a family-owned and run business known for its personalized service. La Fontaine’s experienced staff takes pride in every aspect of La Fontaine and provides superior service. La Fontaine is steeped in rich history, recognized as a heritage building right in the heart of Franschhoek. It recently underwent a refurbishment in 2018 and is fast becoming one of Franschhoek’s favorite accommodation destinations. www.lafontaineguesthouse.co.za

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Niewoudtville

Bitterfontein

Vanrhynsdorp

Lambert’s Bay Clanwilliam

Elands Bay

Beaufort West

Karoo National Park

Citrusdal Saldanha

Langebaan

West Coast National Park

W E ST E R N CA P E Wellington Paarl

CAPE TOWN

AT LA N T IC OCEA N

Laingsburg

Ceres

Malmesbury

Calitzdorp

Worcester

Stellenbosch Somerset West

Robertson

Oudtshoorn

Monatgu Swellendam

George

Wilderness Knysna

Nature’s Valley Plettenberg Bay

Mossel Bay

Hermanus Bredasdorp Arniston

De Hoop Nature Reserve

IN DIAN OCE AN

Agulhas

CAPE BREAKAWAYS There is a diversity of incredible experiences awaiting in the regions to the north, south, and east of Cape Town. Each is unique in its landscape, but all are renowned for their hospitality, adventure options, and culinary experiences. From unforgettable sightings of Southern Right whales in the Overberg, the soulful Cederberg Mountains with their historic rock paintings, and the abundance of wine and great food to be found along the R62, to the forests and warm ocean waters of the Garden Route, there is something for everyone. These are outdoor routes known for their hiking and biking trails, fishing spots, sailing, swimming, and natural beauty.

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SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE Sanbona Wildlife Reserve promises immersion in a captivating natural landscape. Set along the beautiful Route 62 in the heart of the Little Karoo, just a three-hour drive from Cape Town, Sanbona is incomparable in size, surrounded by towering mountains and open plains. This is a place where time stands still, and nature takes center stage. Sanbona boasts an impressive collection of succulents and wildlife, including elephant, white rhino, lion, cheetah, buffalo, and many antelope species, which all roam freely within this privately owned 58,000-hectare reserve. Guests will experience

5-star accommodation in a choice of three luxurious lodges. Dwyka Tented Lodge is ideal for those in search of a tranquil yet luxurious tented experience. Tilney Manor, steeped in history and designed in authentic Karoo-Cape Georgian style, is perfect for guests looking for an exclusive Karoo experience. Gondwana Family Lodge is the perfect choice for families with its tailor-made Kids on Safari program. The seasonal Explorer Camp, a dedicated walking safari experience, is suited for the adventurous traveler. www.sanbona.com

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Three luxurious accommodation options to suit individuals, couples, and families.

Upmarket dining enjoyed with good wines in a variety of beautiful settings.

Nature immersion on game drives, walking safaris, or relaxing in nature.

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THE MARINE The Marine, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking breathtaking Walker Bay, the hotel with 40 spacious rooms offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year. Guests are even able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their own sea view room. The Overberg region is a must visit destination for adventure sport seekers, offering a host of activities – including

hiking, mountain biking, and marine sports. Back at the hotel, guests can indulge in exceptional culinary delights, overseen by Head Chef Tronette Dippenaar, from breakfast at the 1920s-style Pavilion restaurant, to lunch and dinner at Origins at The Marine, as well as High Tea and sundowners in the Sun Lounge & Bar. The swimming pool is in the hotel’s tranquil courtyard, or guests can take a dip in the tidal pool, accessible via the cliffs. This is the perfect choice for a special celebration, romantic honeymoon, or family vacation. www.themarinehotel.co.za

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An award-winning familyowned boutique hotel with 40 exceptional rooms.

Exceptional meals using fresh produce await from sumptuous breakfasts to relaxed dining.

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GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE Nestled between mountain and sea, just two hours’ drive from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus, is Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a 5-star eco-paradise. Grootbos is home to the “Marine Big 5” (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins) and offers easy access to the unparalleled biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Grootbos (“big forest”) is named for the ancient Milkwood trees on the reserve, known to grow for more than 1,000 years. The exquisite 5-star free-standing, luxury suites are set amid the Milkwood forest with views across the fynbos plains toward the sparkling whale

sanctuary of Walker Bay. There is much to indulge in here from outstanding cuisine to easy access to ocean, including shark cage diving, and water activities, bird watching, and hiking or relaxing in nature. A wine and food pairing experience is a must, and there are world-class wine routes close to the reserve. Two on-site spas offer pampering treatments. Their core philosophy of conservation linked with social development has resulted in Grootbos becoming an award-winning global pioneer in sustainable tourism. www.grootbos.com

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Five-star suites set in a forest with breathtaking views towards Walker Bay.

Outstanding and creative cuisine served in stunning settings.

Whale watching, scenic flights, wine tasting, hiking, and spa treatments.

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Lekkerwater Beach Lodge A mere three hours’ drive from Cape Town, in the eastern, most exclusive sector of De Hoop Nature Reserve, is Lekkerwater Beach Lodge. Undoubtedly one of the most glorious coastal reserves in Africa, the area’s extraordinary beauty and blissful seclusion led ex-President FW de Klerk to choose this location for his “Camp David”. The reserve is also famous for some of the best whale watching on the planet when, from July to November, Southern Right whales and their offspring flock here in their hundreds from Antarctica. But it’s not simply the whales that

are the highlight of a stay here, it is also possible to spot sizeable pods of dolphin and all sorts of marine life in this, the ultimate, land-based marine safari destination. The lodge itself offers a homely and comfortable beach experience in a magical setting. The seven rooms are located right on a six-kilometre stretch of pristine beach and each has an open-plan, en-suite bathroom and private veranda from which to gaze at the ocean stretching out into the distance. www.naturalselection.travel

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Seven extremely comfortable beach-side rooms, each with a private veranda.

There is a restaurant on site catering for all meals.

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Graaff-Reinet

Beaufort West

E AST E R N CA P E Addo Elephant National Park EAST LONDON

Grahamstown

GARD EN RO U T E Oudtshoorn

Port Alfred

Tsitsikamma National Park George Knysna Plettenberg Bay

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GARDEN ROUTE & EASTERN CAPE The famous Garden Route of South Africa stretches from Mossel Bay, about four hours’ drive from Cape Town, along the coastline to the start of the Eastern Cape Province. The region is known for its abundance of natural landscapes encompassing forests, lagoons, lakes, mountains, and stunning beaches. It is also a prime activity destination for everything from hiking and biking to bungee jumping and treetop canopy tours. The Eastern Cape, with its capital in Port Elizabeth, boasts malaria-free and game-rich reserves across seven ecological zones.The Garden Route and the Eastern Cape promise immersive nature experiences and a myriad of ways to enjoy them.

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ROSENHOF COUNTRY HOUSE Rosenhof Country House is in Oudtshoorn, en-route to the world-famous Cango Caves and ostrich farms. The carefully renovated homestead (circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes authenticity. Set around the courtyard are 12 luxury, individually furnished rooms with private patios. The two executive suites, situated further away, boast private pools with lovely unspoiled views of the Swartberg Mountain. A new addition is Bird’s Cottage, a double-story, three-bedroom villa ideal for family or friends traveling

together with a study, large living area, patio, and private pool. The villa is surrounded by trees with many bird species nesting close by. Traditional country cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine list, is offered in the restaurant and a full English breakfast is served under the gazebo or in the breakfast room overlooking the beautiful gardens. Guests can cool down in the swimming pool, visit the wellness center with its fully equipped gym, sauna, and beauty clinic, or explore the town on a Rosenhof bicycle. www.rosenhof.co.za

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Each spacious room is situated in the garden and uniquely furnished.

Rosenhof offers upmarket fine dining catering for all dietary requirements.

Visit the on-site spa Bliss at Rosenhof for a variety of relaxing treatments.

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FANCOURT The premier leisure resort of Fancourt is in the heart of the Garden Route, seven kilometers from George Airport. The 5-star Fancourt hotel offers 115 rooms and The Manor House 18 suites, which offer classic opulence and the indulgent sophistication of a 21st century boutique hotel. On-site experiences include The Spa with its indoor, heated Roman bath and the Leisure Centre, home to the Kidz Club, teen lounge, gym, cinema, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy tennis, running/ walking trails, bird watching, and fishing. A variety of restaurants

are available on site. Fancourt’s three golf courses rank among Golf Digest’s top 20 courses in the country. The Links, a privatelyowned club, is No. 1 in South Africa (Golf Digest Rankings 2018) and ranked 38th in the world in 2018 by Golf Digest USA. Swimming beaches are nearby and mountain biking, horse riding, and hikes can be arranged on request. As can sightseeing excursions to the picturesque coastal towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, and Mossel Bay, as well as the historic town of Oudtshoorn. www.fancourt.co.za

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Fancourt offers a choice of luxurious hotel rooms and sumptuous suites.

A variety of restaurants on site to cater to all tastes.

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TURBINE BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA One of South Africa’s most unusual hotels, the 5-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa – a transformed old power station set on Knysna’s Thesen Island – offers luxurious accommodation options, exceptional cuisine, and stunning panoramas. The 26 individually themed rooms are of the highest standard with a honeymoon suite and two self-contained suites next to the hotel. All offer luxurious amenities such as a flat-screen TV, WiFi, and original artworks by local South African artists for sale on the walls. The 90-seater Island Café set overlooking the canal is perfect for al fresco dining, while

the vibey Gastro Pub offers classic pub meals, on-tap draught beer, a well-stocked cellar and lagoon sunset views. Excellent conference facilities can host from 20 to 40 delegates or wedding parties. The Turbine Spa offers a wide range of pampering body and beauty treatments. The Water Club offers and arranges a variety of activities, including fishing charters, whale watching, kayaking, sunset cruises, and guided tours into the ancient Knysna Forest. The Turbine is a disabled-friendly hotel. www.turbinehotel.co.za

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Luxurious individually themed rooms, honeymoon, and two expansive self-catering suites.

Al fresco dining at Island Café and pub grub and craft beer at the Gastro Pub.

Spa on site and the Water Club offers lagoon cruises, forest tours, and more.

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Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel Mantis No5 is a boutique art hotel that celebrates all that is beautiful about life. Nestled within the beachfront suburb of Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth, No 5 is less than ten-minute’s drive from the airport and enables easy access to some of the best attractions in Nelson Mandela Bay. This intimate hotel has only 10 suites – perfectly suited for the well-heeled guest that appreciates the finer things in life, including privacy. The exquisite suites are masterpieces of comfort and opulence. The art deco facade reflects the elegant, functional, and contemporary interiors. The landscaped

indigenous feature garden completes the picture of stylish serenity. No 5 boasts a private 15-seater cinema modeled on the cinema in Prince Charles’ private London residence. The best vintages are stored in an underground cellar, where food lovers can experience artistic food journeys paired with the finest wines. Salon Privé, a secluded cigar lounge, is the venue for sophisticated fun. The best of the good life experience is made complete by the indulgent spa and a well-equipped gym. www.mantiscollection.com

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Ten opulent suites equipped with business units, luxurious lounges, and double bathrooms.

Guests can expect fine dining at the Jazz Room Restaurant and 16-seater Private Cellar.

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MANTIS FOUNDER’S LODGE Mantis Founder’s Lodge is the fruit of Adrian Gardiner’s conservation dream. It started more than 20 years ago with the founding of the legendary malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve. Shamwari’s success inspired Adrian to create the Mantis Collection. He sold the game reserve but kept 400 hectares and it is here that Mantis Founder’s Lodge is located. Used as the Gardiner family’s personal holiday home for 20 years, it has been renovated to accommodate guests in exquisite 5-star comfort in six private suites. The Lodge is geared towards tailored experiences – many of which are based on the

activities enjoyed by the Gardiner family and their friends over the years. Dining is a highlight with the focus on using seasonal ingredients to make meals served in a range of outdoor venues. A country villa that is set in a reserve filled with plains animals only, Mantis Founder’s Lodge is the ideal destination for those wanting to explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape on foot. Mantis Founder’s Lodge is next to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve and guests enjoy full access to Big 5 game viewing on its 20,000 hectares. www.mantiscollection.com

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The six suites boast private balconies with fabulous views of the surrounds.

The cuisine is a delicious and traditional South African feast with a gourmet twist.

Big 5 game drives, an on-site gym, steam room, and swimming pools.

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Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve Set in a spectacular and unique environment, Oceana offers a truly special luxury boutique experience. The property is positioned within a wildlife sanctuary, bordered by a pristine seven-kilometer stretch of private beach on the Indian Ocean. The luxury accommodation offers captivating views of the beach and ocean, framed by indigenous trees. There are seven double suites, all with private decks and full bathrooms. Guests can also book the double-story Private House, with its three en-suite double rooms. Those who stay here enjoy use of a spacious lounge with fireplace,

plunge pool on the deck, and a fully equipped kitchen, bar, and dining area. The reserve is home to more than 220 bird and 30 animal species, including buffalo, giraffe, and many others that can often be viewed from the suites. On-site attractions include safari drives, spa treatments, fine dining, swimming, and beach activities. From golf to fishing and birdwatching, there are many other activities to be enjoyed around the charming town of Port Alfred, close to Port Elizabeth and Big 5 game reserves. www.oceanareserve.com

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The emphasis is on luxurious comfort in a stunning setting.

Beautifully crafted meals are on offer, including private beach picnics.

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Kariega Game Reserve The internationally renowned Big 5, malaria-free and family-owned Kariega Game reserve is close to Port Elizabeth, the perfect end destination to a trip down the coast from Cape Town and through the Garden Route. Guests have the choice of three luxury lodges. Settlers Drift is a 5-star tented lodge with nine tented suites set in a remote part of the Kariega wilderness. Each has stunning views over the upper reaches of the Bushmans river. River Lodge comprises 10 luxury thatched suites built on the banks of the river. Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa with its 10

superbly appointed luxury suites, each with a private plunge pool. This is one of the most accomplished conservation projects in the Eastern Cape. Kariega’s landscape spans five different eco-systems promising exceptional game viewing and birding experiences. Guests enjoy twice-daily game drives led by experienced guides, and guided bush walks. The beautiful Kariega and Bushmans rivers run through the reserve, offering the opportunity to enjoy river cruises, canoeing, and fishing. Children are welcome. www.kariega.co.za

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A choice of three superb 4- and 5-star lodges set in pristine wilderness.

The dining experiences on offer match the beauty of the surrounds.

Game viewing, guided walking, river cruises, canoeing, fishing, and spa treatments.

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SHAMWARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Shamwari Private 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. Shamwari, meaning “friend” in the local Shona language, is one of Africa’s leading Big 5 safari destinations spanning some 25,000 hectares. This private reserve boasts five ecosystems supporting many plant, bird, and animal species. It is also home to one of South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams. Seven uniquely styled lodges and the Shamwari

Explorer Camp offer a distinctive ambience in untamed Africa. Guest activities include visits to the unique Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres, and Riverdene and Long Lee Manor Shamwari offers a Kids on Safari program that educates and entertains. Guided bush walks, spa treatments, and stargazing are available on request. Shamwari’s conservation initiatives draw attention to the plight of wild cats and abandoned, orphaned, and injured wild animals. www.shamwari.com

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Several lodges from a family-friendly haven to a tented paradise.

A bespoke food and wine experience with new culinary offerings.

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PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Nestled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, where luxury meets the African bushveld, is Pumba Private Game Reserve and Spa with two unique 5-star lodges. This destination offers worldclass accommodation, exceptional wildlife encounters and delectable rustic cuisine. The reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 including a pride of rare free-roaming white lion, cheetah, hippo, antelope, and more than 300 bird species. The experienced rangers ensure a world-class wildlife experience. Water Lodge with 12 stone-walled, thatched chalets overlooks Lake Cariega and Bush Lodge offers 11 luxury

glass-enclosed, thatched chalets. Air conditioning, earthenware fireplaces, and fine linen ensure absolute comfort, while dreamy bathrooms and bedrooms open onto private wooden game-viewing decks. Each chalet has private plunge pools and outdoor showers, giving one no reason to leave, except to visit the spa or go on a game drive. Dining indoors or under the starlit sky, guests will enjoy African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair complemented by a superb selection of wines from the Director’s Cellar. www.pumbagamereserve.co.za

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Two unique 5-star lodges with beautiful chalets designed to offer absolute privacy.

Creative menus showcase African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair.

Game drives, bass fishing, swimming, archery, guided bush walks, and spa visits.

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LALIBELA GAME RESERVE Lalibela is a privately-owned game reserve in the game-rich, malaria-free Eastern Cape. Comprising more than 26,000 acres of pristine nature, Lalibela boasts five different biomes, each distinct in terms of plants, animals, and birds. It is unique in the Eastern Cape because the savanna grassland biome, with its high carrying capacity, makes up about half of its land area. Because Lalibela can sustain vast herds of antelope and other plains game, it is home to what is believed to be the densest population of free-roaming lions in South Africa. The average qualification level of field guides at

Lalibela is one of the highest in the country; this, together with prolific game numbers, ensures truly spectacular game viewing. Lalibela has five lodges, including the child-friendly Mark’s Camp. Tree Tops is a small tented camp with five luxury double tents. Lentaba Lodge has 10 stone-and-thatch chalets (sleeping 20) set in a lush valley. The 5-star Kichaka offers 10 chalets, all with private plunge pools. Mills Manor is a 5-star exclusive-use villa with five double rooms. www.lalibela.net

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Five safari lodges offering 4- and 5-star accommodation options.

Award-winning authentic safari cuisine emphasising local specialities.

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Nduma Tembe Game Elephant Reserve Park Volksrust

Itala Game Reserve

Newcastle

Pongola Sodwana Bay

Mkuzi Game Reserve

Vryheid

Dundee

Kozi Bay Nature Reserve Kozi Bay

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park

Nqutu Ulundi

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

St Lucia

Royal Natal Ladysmith National Bergville Park Winterton

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Cathedral Peak

Weenen

Empangeni

Escort Greytown

Champagne Castle

Giant’s Castle

Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Eschowe

Mooi River

Richards Bay

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Zinkwazi beach

KwaDukuza

Ballito Pietermaritzberg

Umhlanga

Underberg

DURBAN Amanzimtoti

Swartberg

Umkomaas Scottburgh

Kokstad Port Shepstone Margate Port Edward

KWAZULU-NATAL KwaZulu-Natal, home of the Zulu nation and a large Indian population originally brought to South Africa as indentured labor, boasts an eclectic mix of cultures, adventure options, and beautiful natural destinations. These include the iSimangaliso (“miracle”) Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site on the Elephant Coast boasting eight interlinked ecosystems, three lake systems, swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, and 25,000-year-old coastal dunes. Big 5 game reserves abound. This is a favored choice of destination for divers, surfers, sailors, and sun worshippers. It is known for its spicy and innovative cuisine, rich history, including world-renowned battle fields, and hospitality.

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FAIRMONT ZIMBALI RESORT Fairmont Zimbali Resort is a tranquil retreat offering the utmost in stylish comfort and unrivalled service. Cosmopolitan flair and traditional Zulu accents permeate the hotel’s 154 guest rooms and suites, each with scintillating views of the warm Indian Ocean. There are also 18 Fairmont Heritage Place Villas on offer. There is something for everyone, from treatments offered at the Willow Stream Spa to the fully equipped gym, and easy access to a golf course, tennis courts, and hiking trails. Fairmont Zimbali Resort is also the ultimate destination for clients looking to close their next

business deal. Venues include an executive boardroom and four conference venues, capable of hosting up to 600 guests, that are joined by concertina doors, allowing the flexibility to choose the size of the venue. Located just 5 minutes from the bustling holiday town of Ballito, 20 minutes from Umhlanga and 30 minutes from Durban, this beachfront North Coast hotel provides easy access to the province’s attractions. Situated 16 kilometers from King Shaka International Airport, Fairmont Zimbali Resort is easily accessible. www.zimbaliresort.com

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Stylish room, suite, and villa accommodation on offer, all sea-facing.

Plenty of dining options from poolside lunches to Indian fusion and fine dining.

Lots for the whole family to do, including an on-site spa and golf nearby.

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ANDBEYOND PHINDA MOUNTAIN LODGE Perched on a dramatic hilltop overlooking the Lebombo foothills, andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge offers beautiful mountain-view suites and cottages with panoramic views and easy access to unique safari adventures. The 23 rooms are adorned in intricate Zulu artefacts, basket ware, and beadwork set against a sophisticated interior and furnishings. Each boasts a sunken lounge and deck with private plunge pool. Dining is a treat with a new interactive kitchen and a menu that focuses on seasonal products. There is plenty to do here from taking a dip in the sparkling rim flow pool with impressive

views of the Lebombo foothills to getting active in the ultra-modern gym or enjoying a relaxing treatment in the massage sala. The Safari Shop displays the best of regional basket and beadwork. This is a family-friendly destination with a dedicated WILDChild program offering a host of exciting and age-appropriate activities. Guests can look forward to twice-daily game drives and nature walks, as well as rhino and elephant conservation experiences, village tours, scuba diving, tracking rhino on foot and horse riding. www.andBeyond.com

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Luxurious rooms and suites, including a family suite, with private decks and plunge pools.

Superb culinary options served in the interactive kitchen or sophisticated dining room.

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MANTIS BIYELA LODGE Where the rolling hills of Zululand stretch into a misty forever, a new 5-star travel experience has been born. Mantis Biyela Lodge is located in tribal lands that are adjoined to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, the oldest protected game reserve area in South Africa. This esteemed park was once the royal hunting grounds for Zulu kings and the birthplace of Operation Rhino, established by the renowned conservationist Dr. Ian Player nearly seven decades ago. Mantis Biyela Lodge is nestled on the White Imfolozi River opposite dramatic cliffs from which vultures launch to the skies each morning. African

wild dogs are often spotted coming to drink from the river. The lodge houses 24 guests in luxurious one-bedroom suites linked to the central lodge with its swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and spa facilities. Guests enjoy exceptional sights of free-roaming animal species. The reserve is home to the Big 5, including black and white rhino, and 86 other wildlife species, such as cheetah and spotted hyena. The lodge has traversing rights to the entire game reserve enabling visitors to walk in the footsteps of giants, past and present. www.mantiscollection.com

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Luxuriously appointed one-bedroom suites outfitted for utter comfort.

Great food and wines enjoyed in the dining room and decks of the main lodge.

Game drives and bush walks are the primary attraction to this Big 5 reserve.

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MANTIS MTHEMBU LODGE Mantis Mthembu Lodge is in a protected wilderness area within the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, renowned for its game, including the Big 5 and the black rhino. It is the former base of renowned conservationist Dr. Ian Player’s stables for the horses that were first used on patrols and later wilderness leadership school excursions. A stay here is, therefore, also an immersion in the history of what would grow into a global initiative to save the rhino from extinction. Mantis Mthembu Lodge, catering for just 22 guests, is set along the White Umfolozi with private suite

decks at eye-level with the riverbank. Its one- and two-bedroom suites (perfect for families) are luxuriously appointed for comfort. Bathrooms boast both indoor and outdoor showers. There is a swimming pool at the main lodge, where great meals are served, and stories shared of the day’s adventures. Guests here enjoy access to the entire reserve in search of the Big 5, among the many other species that live here, including the Cape buffalo, cheetah, and spotted hyena. www.mantiscollection.com

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Comfortably luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites with private decks.

Fantastic cuisine on offer in the main lodge, matched with South African wines.

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THANDA SAFARI A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, Thanda Safari is just north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand. Set on an exclusive 14,000-hectare Big 5 reserve, Thanda (which means “love” in isiZulu) unites opulence and exclusivity with Zulu culture, wildlife, and conservation. The nine luxury suites at Thanda Safari Lodge have private plunge pools, viewing decks, private salas, lounges, fireplaces, and full bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The public facilities include a dining deck, wine cellar, cigar bar, business area,

and viewing decks. The exclusive-use Villa iZulu with its five extravagant suites is ideal for families and those seeking privacy. The Thanda Tented Camp is built in colonial safari style. Each tent has a private wooden sundeck, en-suite bathroom, and outdoor shower. The honeymoon Jabula Tent features a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom and private splash pool. Public facilities include a Hemingway-style lounge, dining tent, rim-flow swimming pool, and boma. The spa offers treatments inspired by ancient Zulu practices. www.thandasafari.co.za

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Upmarket suite accommodation and a tented camp choice, as well as the exclusive Villa iZulu.

An excellent selection of culinary styles to reflect the varied local cultures.

Big 5 viewing, rhino tracking, cultural tours, bush walks, and wildlife photography lessons.

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Fugitives’ Drift Lodge In 1879, the British invaded Zululand. Within days, part of the central invading column was annihilated at Isandlwana in a battle rated as one of the greatest military disasters in British history. Part of the Zulu army went on to attack the British garrison at Rorke’s Drift; these warriors were beaten off in a battle that lasted all night, for which 11 VCs and 5 DCMs were awarded. Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and Guest House overlook both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The 5-star lodge houses luxurious en-suite cottages, each with private verandas and spectacular views. The Lodge is also home to the

Harford Library and Fugitives’ Drift Museum. Half a kilometer up the hill is the old colonial farmhouse and the cottages of the Guest House; a further kilometer still sits the stylish self-catering farmhouse, Umzinyathi. Both the Lodge and Guest House have swimming pools. Daily tours to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift leave one with a better understanding of the valor, courage, and discipline of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors, and a more profound appreciation of modern-day South Africa. www.fugitivesdrift.com

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5-star accommodation set in the heart of Zululand.

Excellent food served in a picturesque setting.

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Pretoria (Tshwane) Bronkhorstspruit Centurion

Magaliesburg

Midrand

Muldersdrift

Sandton

GAU T E N G Kempton Park

Krugersdorp JOHANNESBURG Germiston

Benoni Springs

Alberton

Heidelberg

Vereeniging

Suikerbosrand

Vanderbijlpark

GAUTENG Centered around “the city of gold” (Johannesburg), the Gauteng province offers visitors both sophisticated urban pleasures and unforgettable cultural experiences. Johannesburg is known for its “Afropolitan” atmosphere, great shopping outlets, and fast-paced entertainment destinations. The broader region is home to the dramatic Wonder Caves and Sterkfontein Caves in the world heritage site of the “Cradle of Humankind”, home to fossils dating back more than 3 million years. The old and new juxtapose sharply in Gauteng but capture South Africa’s history and evolving culture. Contemporary museums illustrate the path taken towards democracy in 1994.

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SAXON HOTEL, VILLAS AND SPA Tucked in the secure, leafy suburb of Sandhurst, in the heart of Sandton, the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa is perfectly placed for exploring the many gems of Africa’s financial capital, Johannesburg. This vibrant city boasts a fascinating mix of expressive art, eclectic culture, awe-inspiring landscapes, and intriguing history. Set within 10 acres of land, this luxury hotel offers an exclusive escape for discerning guests. A 24-hour butler and the highly attentive, expert staff will anticipate every need. The Saxon experience is one of unrivaled hospitality, including the conveniences of complimentary

WiFi, minibar, a private terrace, and access to all hotel facilities. Each elegant suite offers fine linens on king-sized beds, fresh flowers, a newspaper, and delectable full breakfast. For a more personal experience, there are three villas with individual suites, nestled within lush indigenous gardens. Guests can retreat from the fast pace of the city by visiting the Saxon Spa, a sanctuary for the senses set in surroundings of cascading water features, a signature fireplace, and influences of copper and Himalayan salts. www.saxon.co.za

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Fifty-three beautifully appointed suites with extensive amenities and a private terrace.

Guests can indulge in fine cuisine at two award-winning restaurants, Grei and Qunu.

An award-winning and stunning spa featuring an array of signature treatments.

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THE RESIDENCE The Residence is an 18-room extraordinary boutique hotel that is truly one of a kind with no effort spared to ensure a sublime experience – for both business professionals and leisure travelers. There is an immediate awareness of the sophisticated splendor of the interior and an all-pervading atmosphere of total tranquility. Guests can stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in one of the three outdoor pools. They can also work out in the fitness room, and arrangements can be made to play a round of golf at one of many nearby golf

courses. A cozy log fire is lit in the fireplace on chilly days, while doors opening onto the long, spacious veranda offer a cool respite from the warm African sun. The Residence is the perfect equilibrium of sophisticated style, exquisitely thought out design, and warm hospitality. The Residence exudes passion, which is clear in every nuance, from the courteous and attentive staff to every refined detail. The suites and luxury rooms are the embodiment of that passion. www.theresidenceportfolio.co.za

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Classy rooms with luxurious facilities, including Jacuzzis on private balconies.

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54 ON BATH In addition to its sought-after location in the leafy suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg, 54 on Bath offers guests a signature blend of luxury, style, and intuitive service, ensuring the highest levels of comfort for business and leisure travelers. Guests enjoy easy access to the nearby Rosebank Gautrain Station and upmarket retail and entertainment centres. 54 on Bath offers a choice of 74 elegantly appointed rooms, including 12 Executive Rooms and 3 Luxury Suites with spacious en-suite bathrooms and private lounges. Amenities include complimentary WiFi, a swimming pool,

boardrooms, meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, complimentary access to the ultra-modern Planet Fitness Gym, and use of the hotel’s iPads. Conferencing options cater for up to 120 guests backed by a dedicated team. The distinguished Level Four restaurant offers a tantalizing array of classic cuisine and sumptuous afternoon teas. The Maison Perrier-Jouët Champagne Bar and Garden offers champagnes, wines, and cocktails. The award-winning 54 on Bath is the epitome of hospitality and exclusivity. www.tsogosun.com

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Beautifully appointed rooms and luxurious suites, each with an Espresso machine.

The Level Four restaurant serves classic cuisine and spectacular afternoon teas.

There is plenty to do on site, including swimming and working out in the gym.

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THE MICHELANGELO HOTEL Adjoining Nelson Mandela Square, in the heart of Sandton, the Michelangelo Hotel is an iconic property, which epitomizes the very essence of class, elegance, and sophistication. The Michelangelo Hotel is proud to be one of the very best 5-star hotels in Sandton, Johannesburg. When a day spent exploring the nearby attractions is over, the Michelangelo Towers Mall is the place to head to for shopping and a fine dining experience in the world-famous Piccolo Mondo restaurant. This upmarket destination puts flair, adventure, and culinary delight at the heart

of the menu. The menu, combining a range of traditional dishes under the watchful eye of the Executive Chef and his team, has received a modern twist. The Il Ritrovo bar and lounge is the perfect place for a cocktail or to meet up with friends. The hotel boasts a sparkling swimming pool, exclusive spa with sumptuous treatments, and a gym to work off any indulgences. The Michelangelo Hotel is a proud member of the “Leading Hotels of the World� and is Legacy Hotels & Resorts flagship hotel. www.legacyhotels.co.za

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Great attention to detail paid to comfort in the rooms and range of luxurious suites.

Celebrated dining at Piccolo Mondo restaurant with its modern take on food.

A spa, gym and swimming pool are on site to relax and rejuvenate. 79


Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg is known for its intimate atmosphere, exceptional service, and chic, upmarket accommodation options. Some of the world’s most vibrant personalities have chosen to stay at this destination. The 41 upmarket suites are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern influenced to French provincial, with every modern amenity. The hotel also caters to a variety of culinary tastes with an array of elegant dining experiences to choose from. Fairlawns is located just six kilometers from central Sandton, and twenty from

Johannesburg’s vibrant city center. It offers upmarket travelers a great mix of luxury and convenience, particularly for those wishing something out of the ordinary. Guests can relax in the bamboo forest gardens of the award-winning Balinese-style spa, indulge in a romantic dinner in the poolside gazebo, splash out with a sumptuous high tea, or partake in a bespoke cocktail hour. The Spa at Fairlawns offers five indoor treatment rooms and five outdoor treatment salas. This is a bespoke urban experience. www.fairlawns.co.za

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The suites’ opulence is matched by outstanding service and luxury amenities.

Fairlawns offers fine dining, a bistro experience, and afternoon high teas.

Guests will enjoy the parklike ambience, on-site spa, swimming pool, and cuisine.

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The Peech Hotel Set amid two acres of lush, landscaped gardens, The Peech Hotel is a purposefully designed boutique hotel found in the desirable suburb of Melrose, Johannesburg. Originally built as a private home in the 1950s, the property was transformed into a small hotel in 2004. In 2018, it expanded from 16 to 32 rooms, with major enhancements to the main house, and the addition of a second swimming pool and restaurant. The Peech Hotel offers both the exclusive guest-only bistro serving light meals throughout the day and the intimate and sophisticated 40-seater Basalt, offering casual

fine dining at night. The central location enables easy access to the nearby shopping hubs of Sandton, Rosebank, and Melrose Arch. The style is understated “Afri-chic�, infused with locally inspired design and craftsmanship. Guest rooms offer contemporary, functional luxury, combined with discreet, personal service. The new Luxury interleading rooms and Villa are ideal for families or friends traveling together. The Peech Hotel champions responsible tourism and has been Fair Trade in Tourism certified since 2010. www.thepeech.co.za

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Contemporary interiors offer functional luxury and comfort, including family options.

In-house guest Bistro or Basalt for casual fine-dining in the evenings.

Outdoor pools with idyllic garden settings and close to popular shopping centers. 81


PEERMONT D’OREALE GRANDE HOTEL Guests will discover untold luxury and regal comfort at the 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace. This upmarket destination is located next to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, with free airport transfers. The 182 rooms and suites are fitted with state-of-the-art indulgences. All rooms incorporate air conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, and the convenience of 24-hour room service. The hotel offers superior levels of guest relations, and international language and culture skills. The Club Floor and Lounge offers a full personal and concierge

services for discerning business travelers. Guests can drink cocktails while watching the sunset at Neptune’s Pool Bar on the pool terrace with its Roman water fountain. They can dine at the elegant Aurelia’s Restaurant, relax in private conclaves in the reception area, or watch the sunset from a lounger in the terraced gardens. The Emperors Palace mega-resort offers three additional hotels, 16 restaurant and bar options, a magnificent casino, a cinema complex, entertainment and theatre venues, and convention center. www.emperorspalace.com

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Upmarket rooms outfitted for comfort with every modern amenity required.

Plenty of exciting dining options in the hotel, and 16 other restaurants in Emperors Palace.

Everything from pools to a casino and entertainment and theatre venues nearby.

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Castello Di Monte Discover untold luxury and timeless romance at the 5-star Castello Di Monte in Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria. Set on a hillside, its tall walls and massive rustic copper gates open into a taste of Tuscany. The sixteenth century splendor is enhanced with every modern amenity. There are nine beautifully appointed luxury suites and rooms on offer. The Presidential Suite is complete with a grand fireplace and four-poster bed and the Honeymoon Suite is finished with handpainted murals. Even the classic rooms are fit for royalty. Guests are spoiled for choice with seven intimate dining areas offering

mouthwatering international cuisine. There are a range of on-site entertainment and activity options from wellness treatments, a Roman-style swimming pool, sauna, and steam shower to a rooftop giant chess board. Castello Di Monte is conveniently close to the Gautrain terminal and Pretoria train station, which is ideal for those travelling on the Blue Train or Rovos Rail, and for those wanting easy access to Pretoria and Johannesburg attractions. Castello di Monte offers the perfect balance of luxury, privacy, and location. www.castello.co.za

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All the rooms and suites are outfitted for comfort, including underfloor heating.

International cuisine and wines are enjoyed on terraces, patios and in the main dining room.

A great base for exploring Pretoria’s history, with a sauna and steamroom on site. 83


The Blue Train The Blue Train has hosted kings, queens, internationally acclaimed celebrities, and other well-known personalities for more than 70 years. However, everyone who comes on board this “five-star resort-on-wheels” is treated like royalty and experiences what has been voted “Africa’s Leading Luxury Train” for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years by the World Travel Awards. Its opulence and elegance continue to not only stand the test of time, but also to challenge and stretch the definition of luxury. The luxurious suites are outfitted for elegant comfort with every amenity desired,

including stunning bathrooms and bespoke linens on the beds. Gourmet dining options abound from the dining and club cars to the privacy of the suites. The emphasis is on seamless service, including a dedicated butler for each coach. Guests on The Blue Train take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance, and romance, and surrender to the luxury of slow. The Blue Train promises a window to the soul of Africa as it traverses through the diverse and magnificent landscapes of the sub-continent. www.bluetrain.co.za

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The suites are stunning, appointed with modern amenities.

The dining experience matches the ethos of The Blue Train with gourmet dishes and fine wines.

Slow down and enjoy the view as the train rolls through Africa’s stunning landscapes.

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Rovos Rail Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its world-class travel experiences. With discreet and friendly service, excellent cuisine, and luxury accommodation, Rovos Rail offers eight journeys that link some of Southern Africa’s greatest destinations. The Royal, Deluxe, and Pullman suites house 72 passengers at most, offering an experience that combines the grandeur of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. Meals on the train are an event and, at dinner, gentlemen are asked to wear jacket and tie with ladies dressing for the occasion. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes

cooked to order, while lunch and dinner are set menus. Trains leave regularly from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Cape Town, Durban, and Victoria Falls with longer journeys run throughout the year. These include two golf itineraries, each with delightful programs for non-golfers. There is a nine-day safari to Walvis Bay in Namibia, the world-famous two-week adventure to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the latest route, Trail of Two Oceans, a 15-day adventure from Dar es Salaam to Lobito in Angola. www.rovos.com

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All the suites are beautifully appointed with their own bathrooms.

Guests can expect lavish breakfasts, delicious lunches, and stellar dinners.

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Madikwe Game Reserve

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KALAHARI DESERT Mafikeng

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Sun City Brits Phokeng Rustenberg Hartbeespoort Swartruggens Marikana Magaliesberg

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KALAHARI & NORTH WEST PROVINCE This region, encompassing the southern Kalahari, is known for its enigmatic desert landscapes, star-filled skies, and large saltpans. It stretches through South Africa’s Northern Cape and North West provinces to the Okavango Delta in Botswana and west into Namibia. This is the place to track Africa’s wildlife on foot, sleep outdoors in elevated tents, indulge in gourmet country cuisine, and simply breathe in the fresh air and luxuriate in the vastness of the landscapes. It also, however, offers access to sophisticated resorts known for their casinos and entertainment options, and is close enough to Johannesburg with its urban attractions. The region is simply a magical African experience.

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Tswalu Tswalu offers a vision of hope that brings together conservation, research, and an unrivaled safari experience. This is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The two luxurious camps – the Motse and Tarkuni – accommodating a maximum of 28 guests provide exclusivity, privacy, and unfettered access to one of southern Africa’s last true wildernesses. This is primarily a conservation area, which has developed into a vast area of unique biodiversity that offers safe haven to a number of rare and endangered species. While Tswalu

is home to most of the “charismatic” African big game species such as lion, cheetah, wild dog, desert black rhino, and buffalo, the arid habitat also supports a surprising array of iconic species such as aardwolf and brown hyena sharing the savannah with pangolin, aardvark and endearing meerkat. Guests can experience the wilderness on game drive, walks, on horseback, or by helicopter – all led by experienced and passionate guides. Activities are tailored to guest preferences – there are no fixed schedules or time limits. www.tswalu.com

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Accommodation is in two luxury camps, each superbly appointed with magnificent views.

Every moment of every meal at Tswalu reflects the culinary heritage of South Africa.

Tailored game drives are the main attraction. There is an award-winning spa on site.

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MOLORI SAFARI Situated in the 75,000-hectare, malaria-free and game-rich Madikwe Game Reserve, Molori Safari is recognized globally as one of South Africa’s most luxurious and exclusive game lodges. The destination offers five exquisite suites that boast breathtaking views over a valley and onto a mountain range. This is the place to experience out of the ordinary wildlife encounters, including the famous Big 5 plus wild dog, hippo, cheetah, hyena, and giraffe. Molori is known for its intuitive service, stunning suites, mouthwatering cuisine, and luxury spa treatments – all of which

are personalized to suit guests’ preferences. Game viewing does not get more up close and personal than in the new Hide and Gin & Whisky Bar! This is the perfect destination for honeymooners, families, and friends looking for an exclusive getaway. It is a favored destination for well-heeled, multi-generational families wanting that extraordinary experience, and is consistently chosen by international celebrities, presidents, and royal families looking for exclusivity in a bespoke safari setting. www.molorisafari.com

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Molori Safari offers stellar accommodation with magnificent views.

Local and international cuisine using fresh local produce paired with exceptional local wines.

Thrilling game drives and bush walks led by award-winning guides. 89


MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, bordering Botswana, is one of South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries. Its wooded hills give way to bushveld and Kalahari plains, roamed by the Big 5, a flourishing population of African wild dog, and 60 other mammal species. Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three luxury camps: Lelapa, Kopano, and Dithaba. Lelapa Lodge welcomes guests of all ages. Each of its 12 luxury suites has a private lounge, viewing deck, and plunge pool, with the four family suites incorporating a second children’s bedroom, stocked with toys and games. Kopano Lodge,

with its modern African design, comprises just four luxury suites. It can be booked out on an exclusive basis and is well suited for families or small groups. Each suite has a private lounge, viewing deck, and plunge pool. Dithaba Lodge also has four luxury suites; each a couple or solo traveler’s retreat or an exclusive home base for small groups. Each suite – with its own lounge, plunge pool, and viewing deck – provides space to unwind and watch the animals out on the plains. www.madikwegamereserve.co.za

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A choice of three lodge options in one of South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries.

Creative cuisine served in stunning indoor and outdoor settings.

Excellent choice for families as a malaria-free reserve with tailored children’s activities.

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Mateya Safari Lodge Mateya Safari Lodge, in the spectacular, malaria-free 75,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, is one of the most prestigious game lodges of its kind and certainly one of the most exclusive in Southern Africa. The reserve is home to the Super 7 – lion, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black and white rhino, and wild dog – as well as plains game and more than 350 species of birds. Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers, guests can venture on game drives in custom-built 4X4 vehicles, or on walking safaris through the reserve. The lodge accommodates 10 guests in five individually

designed and air-conditioned luxury suites, each with a pool deck and open-air shower. Mateya also offers a bush boardroom with internet facilities, a curio boutique, gym, and health spa. Guests can relax in the lounge, on the elevated decks, or in the library with its superb collection of African art. They can soak up the afternoon haze from the private rim-flow pools and indulge in an evening of fine cuisine, accompanied by wines selected from the magnificent cellar, at the spectacular Fire Core. www.mateyasafari.com

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Luxurious thatched suites, complete with private decks and plunge pools.

Fine dining accompanied by wines from the cellar housing 8,000 bottles.

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Jaci’s Lodges From romantic Starbed Suites, luxury tented-style rooms, familyfriendly Nare and Safari Suites at Jaci’s Safari Lodge, to the custombuilt designer Treehouse Suites at Jaci’s Tree Lodge, Jaci’s boasts accommodation to suit every preference. The two Starbed Suites set over two levels epitomize a private, romantic safari experience perfect for honeymooners and special occasions. Striking bursts of color, authentic décor touches, bold furniture pieces, and luxurious finishes reflect sophistication with Jaci’s bushveld twist. The submerged Terrapin Photographic Hide is a popular vantage point to

capture priceless images of wildlife from the center of the waterhole. Guests have access to quality photographic equipment. Jaci’s Staff Trust aims to make a tangible difference in the lives of their staff and to empower, uplift and inspire the local community. Those who have worked here for more than five years can become shareholders – staff currently owns 27 percent of the business. Jaci’s Lodges are committed to sustainable tourism and are involved in several conservation and eco-friendly community projects. www.jacislodges.co.za

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The two Starbed Suites epitomize the ultimate private, romantic safari experience.

Great bush cuisine served outdoors as often as possible, including firelit dining.

Terrapin Photographic Hide, game drives, and bush and conservation walks.

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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge Set within the malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is tucked away in green woodland overlooking the Marico River. The lodge, constructed from local stone, wood and thatch, caters for just 16 guests in eight glass-fronted suites. These offer uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and river. 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 with its spacious

lounge and dining area open onto a wide deck overlooking a waterhole. The boma, an open-air dining area enclosed by trees, is the perfect place to enjoy dinner next to a blazing fire. Wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. There is also a spa offering massage and aromatherapy, a gym, and heated infinity swimming pool. The main lodge supplies complimentary WiFi, as well as a curio shop, library area, and upstairs den. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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The suites boast private game-viewing sundecks with spectacular river views.

Fine wines complement the cuisine, an exciting fusion of local and international dishes.

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Set on a hilltop among huge boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, Madikwe Hills overlooks the endless bushveld of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, where the plains teem with game. Nine ultra-luxurious, glass-fronted suites complete with their own patio and private plunge pool are ingeniously placed among the boulders. The unusual yet subtle décor integrates natural elements with colors reflecting Africa’s ambience. Along with a warm and friendly atmosphere, Madikwe Hills offers guests the highest standards of service and fine cuisine accompanied by a superb selection of wines.

The unique boma offers a traditional and elegant atmosphere of dining under African stars. Encompassing more than 75,000 hectares of vast plains, Madikwe Game Reserve offers spectacular game viewing, not only of the Big 5, but a wealth of other fascinating creatures, including the rare wild dog. The enthusiastic team looks forward to sharing Africa’s wonderful wildlife with its guests and ensuring an exceptional safari experience. The spa offers unique and ancient healing traditions and African rituals. www.madikwehills.com

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Bespoke accommodation boasting private decks and plunge pools.

Elegant dining whether indoors or out under the African night sky, accompanied by fine wines.

The wildlife is legendary with lots to do between game drives, including a visit to the spa.

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Tuningi Safari Lodge Set in the rolling hills of the 75,000-hectare, malaria-free Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, Tuningi offers a 5-star African safari enhanced by personalized service in a hospitable environment. Tuningi accommodates 16 guests in four luxury and two family suites. En-suite bedrooms boast gas fireplaces and air conditioning, along with luxurious amenities. The family suites comprise two suites with adjoining lounge, kitchenette, dining area, and wraparound decks. This is the perfect family destination catering for children of all ages with exciting activities. The main thatched

lodge features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounges, an elegant dining room, and magnificent rim-flow pool overlooking a waterhole where guests can indulge in game viewing from just a few feet away. Or they can retreat to the hide to experience amazing close-up views of the animals drinking at the waterhole. A sweeping wooden deck links areas and leads to a boma under an ancient fig tree – perfect for outdoor dining around a log fire. Guests at Tuningi enjoy fine cuisine and a choice of top wines. www.tuningi.com

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Stunning suited accommodation, including double suite family options.

Every meal is an indulgence – whether served in the dining room or in the boma.

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Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Hoedspruit Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Blyde River Canyon

Limpopo River

Marakele National Park

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Sabi Sand Game Reserve Mbombela (Nelspruit)

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LIMPOPO & MPUMALANGA Visitors to Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces can expect diverse and expansive landscapes, an abundance of wildlife in Big 5 game reserves, birding adventures, horse-back safaris, gorge swings, and more. This is a very popular destination for hikers wanting to explore forested valleys, deep ravines and canyons, and ancient caves. The crashing waterfalls of Bridal Veil and Mac Mac Falls, the Sudwana Caves, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, and the Three Rondavels are favored landmarks. This region is a gateway to the famous Kruger National Park, which encompasses almost 2 million hectares of pristine wilderness and is home to an abundance of iconic African wildlife.

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Makanyi Private Game Lodge Makanyi is set in a place known as “where something sacred came down to Earth” in the stunning Timbavati, part of the Greater Kruger National Park’s 2.4 million hectares. Home to the Big 5, wild dogs and a myriad of other species, this destination is known for its superlative wildlife sightings. Game drives can be enjoyed on the Timbavati’s first electric safari vehicle, ensuring a silent bush excursion. There are no restrictions on the length of game drives – everything is personalized to guest preferences. The seven luxury suites are set overlooking the dam and each boasts an extra-large

bed, sitting area with fireplace, beautiful bathroom with spacious bath and shower, and a private deck and outdoor shower. Two of the suites have private plunge pools. The two-bedroomed Marula Suite is perfect for friends and family and comes with its own vehicle and guide. This is an adults-only destination. Activities do not stop at game drives, there is a spa and gym on site and guests can opt to go fishing, on bush walks, or photographic safaris. Meals are enjoyed in the bush, under the stars, or in the privacy of the suites. www.makanyilodge.com

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The suites are beautifully appointed with attention paid to ensuring utter comfort.

The focus is on serving nutritious and superb cuisine at every meal.

The remote location of Makanyi ensures an exclusive game-viewing experience.

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Simbavati HillTop Lodge Set amid the African bush and looking onto the Nhlaralumi River and Mbali Dam, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge offers a unique game-viewing experience. The lodge, with its eight luxurious safari tents, also looks onto the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. The luxury tents have king-size or twin-bed options with the bathroom tent connected to the main tent via a short passage. Each luxury tent boasts a game-viewing deck complete with day bed and either looks onto the river or into the bush. The main lodge is perfect for relaxing afternoons with its lounge, choice of books, board games,

complimentary WiFi and a safari shop that invites the temptation to shop for bespoke local artefacts. The infinity swimming pool has panoramic views of the surrounds. Days are spent viewing an abundance of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives led by experienced guides and trackers, swimming, or indulging in in-room spa treatments. Meals are enjoyed on the main deck or, at night, around the fire in the open-air boma. The 360° Bar is on hand for pre- and post-dinner drinks. www.simbavati.com

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En-suite safari tents have their own decks and private outdoor showers.

Great safari meals are served on the main deck or around the fire at night.

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Kings Camp Kings Camp reflects the nostalgic romance of a colonial past set within 100 square kilometers in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Big game abounds and each day brings something different on game drives in open Land Rovers – a leopard on the hunt, a lion roaring at twilight, a hippo wallowing in the river, or a crocodile basking on a sandy bank. Back at the camp, a thatched viewing lounge overlooks an active waterhole, and an open plan lounge and bar are ideal places to relax. This is the place to drink in stunning views while indulging in delicious cuisine in the dining

room, under the stars, around the pool, or on the suites’ private patios. A scrumptious breakfast or elegant dinner enjoyed while nestled in the bush under the canopy of an aged tree is the perfect end to a spectacular game experience. Alternatively, an African feast can be enjoyed around a crackling fire at night. Guests can escape to the tranquil spa or retreat to the comfort the suite to enjoy pampering treatments. There is also a wellequipped gym on site. www.kingscamp.com

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Stunning suites with private patios await at Kings Camp with its focus on detail.

Delicious meals are enjoyed indoors, in the bush or around a fire in the traditional boma.

Besides exhilarating game drives, guests can visit the curio shop or spa.

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TINTSWALO SAFARI LODGE The Manyeleti Game Reserve is a slice of private wilderness with low vehicle density within the Greater Kruger National Park. Tintswalo Safari Lodge is set amid 56,000 acres of bushveld that offers exceptional game viewing. Tintswalo offers six Explorer Suites, the expansive Baines Presidential Suite, and the two-bedroom Grant Family Suite. Themed after 19th-century African explorers, the air-conditioned suites boast private plunge pools, four-poster king-sized beds, and opulent bathrooms. Within the same reserve, Tintswalo Manor House, a five-bedroom villa with a private chef and

guide, accommodates up to 10 guests making it ideal for families or small groups. Experienced guide and tracker duos take guests on adventures deep into the bush, home to the Big 5 and some 300 bird species. Guests may be treated to surprise breakfasts, romantic sundowners, and bush picnics in secret wilderness locations. The spoils continue with spa treatments, High Teas, and atmospheric boma dinners. Tintswalo is a short drive from Hoedspruit airport, or a leisurely six-hour drive or shuttle service from Johannesburg. www.tintswalo.com

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Classic, luxury safari lodge delivering warm South African hospitality and service.

Five-star cuisine and top wines enjoyed in beautiful locations.

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Jabulani Located within a Big 5 private game reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park region, Jabulani offers an unbeatable safari experience combined with 5-star luxury living. Its six superior suites and the exclusive Zindoga Villa are beautifully appointed boasting private decks and plunge pools. Children are welcome here – from six years at Jabulani and all ages at Zindoga Villa. This is the place to indulge every sense from reconnecting with nature on exhilarating game drives and soulful elephant experiences to the superb cuisine. The creative menus are created daily and served up in a diversity of

amazing locations – from bush breakfasts to romantic candle-lit dining venues. The indulgence does not end there. The on-site spa promises relaxation and rejuvenation through its superb treatments. Safari experiences are tailored to personal preferences. A highlight of a stay here is the interaction with a special herd of elephants that were rescued almost 20 years ago. Guests can learn their stories from devoted elephant caretakers while seeing them in the wild. Jabulani is a proud member of Relais and Châteaux. www.jabulanisafari.com

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Furnishings are lavish from the stone baths to the generous decks and private plunge pools.

Dedication to serving exceptional cuisine is a hallmark of Jabulani’s culinary experience.

Jabulani is home to South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage.

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Kapama Private Game Reserve Kapama Private Game Reserve stretches across 13,000 hectares towards the Greater Kruger National Park. It is known for its luxurious bush lodge and camp experiences, as well as its diversity of wildlife, including the Big 5. Kapama Karula with its 10 luxury superior villas and 2 family villas is set on the banks of the Klaserie River – each villa with its own heated plunge pool. Kapama Buffalo Camp’s 10 exclusive tents are set on elevated platforms surrounded by forest canopy. To the south, the family-friendly Kapama Southern Camp boasts 25 thatched luxury suites hidden

in the indigenous forest. Kapama River Lodge is known for its opulently furnished public spaces and its superb luxury, spa, and executive suites. The diversity of wildlife is the main attraction, but there is plenty to do between game drives. There are numerous pampering options to indulge in at the award-winning wellness centres at Kapama Karula and River Lodge, including a fullyequipped gym. Guests can fly directly in to Kapama on a new Pilatus PC-12 plane. www.kapama.com

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Guests can choose from stylish accommodation options across four sophisticated lodges.

The cuisine on offer complements the game-rich experience at Kapama.

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ROYAL MALEWANE Royal Malewane is an exclusive safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park. The most qualified guiding team in Africa (with three of only seven living Master Trackers) delivers an unrivaled wildlife experience providing fascinating insights into the complex ecosystems of the South African bushveld. There are two accommodation options at Royal Malewane – Main Lodge, which is classic and grand in style, and The Farmstead, which is more intimate and contemporary. Whichever style one chooses, the expert guides will bring one thrillingly close to the Big 5 on game

drives and bush walks while sharing their passion for conservation. Guests here enjoy time out in the beautiful suites complete with private pools or at the award-winning bush spa and the team of chefs will delight with nightly feasts under the African stars. Royal Malewane is easily accessible by air and road and has its own private airstrip. Wildlife is the focus of the safari experience but there is something to delight every taste at Royal Malewane from the award-winning spa to the sumptuous cuisine. www.theroyalportfolio.com

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Classic Main Lodge, The Farmstead and the exclusiveuse Africa House.

Dining is an indulgent affair enjoyed in a variety of beautiful settings. Rates are all inclusive.

Unrivalled game viewing led by the most qualified guides in Africa. Spa on site.

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Singita Kruger National Park Singita’s concession in the Kruger National Park was granted in 2001, partly because of Singita’s outstanding record and steadfast commitment to conservation, and its minimal environmental footprint. Singita Kruger National Park’s mission is to create and keep a balance between conservation, community development, and ecotourism. Located in the southeastern reaches of the Park, on South Africa’s border with Mozambique, Singita Lebombo Lodge, the exclusive-use Lebombo Villa, and Sweni Lodge all integrate the philosophy of touching the earth lightly into their day-to-day

operations. Lebombo Lodge’s light-filled suites enjoy a dramatic cliffside setting, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, while Sweni Lodge’s tree-lined riverine location provides intimate connections with nature. Situated on 33,000 acres, Singita’s concession is an isolated piece of iconic wilderness where a unique wildlife population thrives across four distinct ecological zones. This area is especially well known for its remarkable concentration of the Big 5 and four particularly formidable prides of lions. www.singita.com

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Luxurious suites in breathtaking settings.

Outstanding cuisine combined with the inimitable atmosphere of each lodge’s unique location.

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JOCK SAFARI LODGE Jock Safari Lodge is perfectly positioned in the southern area of the Kruger National Park, at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers. This 6,000-hectare concession is halfway between Skukuza and the Malelane gates, a mere 40-minute drive from the Skukuza airport. The legendary wildlife experiences are enhanced by exclusive dry riverbed traversing that only Jock guests can enjoy in renowned Big 5 territory. It is Jock’s unique location within the park that sets it apart, the wildlife in this region have been left mostly undisturbed by people. Main Jock, recently refurbished, has the timeless style and

elegance of a classic safari lodge, with the addition of the modern conveniences expected by today’s discerning traveler. Twelve secluded thatched suites offer privacy and uninterrupted views of the riverbed, reimagined with a private sala area offering sleep-out options. The private and intimate Fitzpatrick’s Lodge is perfectly suited for friends or families and welcomes children of all ages. The lodge now includes an enclosed two-bedroom family unit and separate private suite, the perfect home-away-from home. www.jocksafarilodge.com

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Classic safari-style rooms or a more exclusive lodge perfect for groups of friends and family.

Great dining on offer with seasonal and creative menu options.

An elite golf packaging is on offer through Leopard Creek Golf Course.

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LUKIMBI SAFARI LODGE Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a luxury lodge set on a private 37,000-acre concession in the southern section of the Kruger National Park. The elevated lodge is built along the banks of the Lwakahle River. The 14 classic suites and 2 premier suites all have en-suite bathrooms, private lounges and decks, telephones, minibars, and tea/coffee facilities. Guests enjoy the use of private outdoor showers. The premier suites boast private pools, separate dining areas, and an extra bathroom. On-site facilities include a library, swimming pool, gym, curio shop, and outdoor boma. Game drives

with experienced guides and trackers are offered twice daily in open vehicles and off-road game viewing is allowed under controlled circumstances. There is a maximum of five game viewing vehicles ensuring an exciting wildlife experience as the guides are in constant radio contact about game sightings. Private vehicles can be booked at an extra cost. Children are welcome here, with a dedicated play area set aside for them. Guests staying at Lukimbi can also access the Leopard Creek Country Club’s golf course. www.lukimbi.com

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Classic safari dĂŠcor in the classic and premier suites built for luxurious comfort.

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SINGITA SABI SAND Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The combined area makes up some of South Africa’s most pristine wilderness. Singita Sabi Sand is owned by the Bailes family, who have been custodians of this precious part of South Africa’s natural heritage since 1926. Singita opened its first lodge, Ebony, in 1993 and the brand has been committed to protecting large areas of wilderness for future generations ever since. Prior to its construction, this area was inaccessible, except for Singita’s team and the owner’s family. Today, Singita Sabi Sand includes Ebony Lodge,

the exclusive-use Ebony Villa, Boulders Lodge, and the exclusive-use Singita Castleton, allowing guests the privilege of experiencing this carefully protected part of South Africa. Ebony Lodge’s décor and atmosphere is inspired by old-world explorers’ camps, while Boulders Lodge features expansive decks and walkways that invite continuous engagement with nature. Castleton exudes the warmth of an elegant, yet refined family home. Singita Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings. www.singita.com

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Luxurious suites, complete with private decks and plunge pools.

World-class cuisine, premium wines, excellent service, and inimitable locations.

Outstanding game viewing, including unforgettable leopard sightings.

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LION SANDS RIVER LODGE Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is the only one rooted in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Four waterside lodges provide the ultimate in luxury safari bases. Ivory Lodge and River Lodge are on the Sabi side and Narina Lodge and Tinga Lodge on the Kruger side. This destination is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife, including the Big 5, in the southern hemisphere. The reserve is also renowned for the quality of its leopard viewing. River Lodge offers a chic design interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with

contemporary dĂŠcor and limited walls allowing a flow between interior and exterior. There are eight Luxury Rooms, six Superior Luxury Rooms, and four River Suites including a Family Suite. Wooden walkways lead to a spa, gym, and pool, and back to the main lodge deck where connected water features give the impression of floating on the river. Whether socializing or sitting quietly in the bar, restaurant, Gallery or firepit lounge, the running theme is luxury living. www.lionsands.com

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Eighteen renovated luxury rooms that provide the ultimate in comforts.

From fabulous pop-up bush breakfasts to lunch feasts and riverbed dinners.

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ANDBEYOND NGALA SAFARI LODGE Tucked under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge boasts 20 classic thatched cottages, including three family cottages with interleading rooms, and the spacious Family Suite. Each spacious en-suite cottage exudes a romantic colonial ambiance with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. The gracious Family Suite accommodates four guests and includes a private swimming pool and the use of a private vehicle. The lodge’s swimming pool and sundeck overlook a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid birdwatchers, and massage treatments and a well-equipped fitness sala can be enjoyed

in between game-viewing adventures. Hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches are served in the dappled shade of an enormous weeping boerbean tree. Upon their return from exhilarating evening drives, guests are welcomed by Ngala’s warm, hospitable staff and a banquet that is set in the elegant candlelit courtyard or an African feast in the open-air traditional boma. The Lodge’s spacious thatched bar, dining and sitting areas are open to the warm breezes of the inviting African bushveld and they overlook a private waterhole. www.andBeyond.com

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Spacious en-suite cottage accommodation, including three family cottages.

Great safari fare enjoyed in the outdoor boma around the fire or in the elegant dining area.

Fabulous game-viewing, including on exciting evening drives.

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ANDBEYOND TENGILE RIVER LODGE Meaning “tranquil� in the local Tsonga language, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge holds an idyllic private position on a bend of the Sand River, with serene river views from every vantage point. Space and flow are the heroes of this inspired lodge design, while the unrivaled game viewing area traverses more than 10,500 hectares. The lodge features nine secluded suites nestled in the dappled shade of the cool riverine forest. In addition to a master bedroom, bathroom and outdoor shower, there is a lounge, dining area, and bar, together with a private deck, swimming pool, and outdoor seating and dining

area. The guest area offers a mixed selection of interactive and private spaces. The design of this common area ensures a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, with the viewing deck a highlight. The massage and gym area offers guests yet another haven of wellbeing and tranquillity. Strict vehicle limits at game sightings ensure the exclusivity of the wildlife experiences. With twice-daily game drives, interpretive bush walks, and birdwatching, guests are guaranteed a feast of undiluted and unforgettable wild-magic moments. www.andBeyond.com

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Each spacious lodge has been designed to ensure magnificent river views.

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MALAMALA GAME RESERVE MalaMala’s 33,000 acres are set between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. Protecting the environmental integrity of this special piece of Africa has always been at the core of MalaMala’s existence. MalaMala Rattrays Camp is the epitome of classic style and good taste. Each luxurious, freestanding, and spacious suite offers an atmosphere of lush seclusion and boasts spectacular views of the Sand River where wildlife of all shapes and sizes can be viewed while taking a dip in the private plunge pool, cooling off in the outdoor shower, or enjoying a massage on the

deck. MalaMala Sable Camp is a contemporary luxury safari lodge and a more intimate version of the “Afro-chic” MalaMala Camp. This camp is ideal for those seeking a secluded safari experience. MalaMala Sable Camp is situated in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld. MalaMala Camp is a haven of understated luxury combining warm comfort and superb service with unrivalled views of the Sand River. This camp is an unfenced oasis in the middle of the wilderness. www.malamala.com

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A diversity of luxurious lodge options, each with their own unique selling points.

Guests can expect outstanding food and wines served in surreal settings.

Exclusive traversing on 70 percent of the reserve ensuring unparalleled game viewing.

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Ulusaba Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve located in the Sabi Sand Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. Guests can choose between Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge. Rock Lodge is set high on a summit of a koppie where eagles soar, and Safari Lodge is found on banks of the dry riverbed offering up-close views of wildlife ambling past. Sometimes elephants will even stop over to drink from the plunge pools on the private decks. The twice-daily games and safari walks with the incredible team of rangers and trackers are the highlight of any stay, but it would not be a vacation

without some relaxation options. In between game drives, guests can relax with a spa treatment or by the pool. There is a gym and two tennis courts on site to help work off any indulgences. Ulusaba’s charitable arm Pride ‘n Purpose arranges visits to the local villages for an authentic Shangaan experience. The fantastic dinners are enjoyed at the lodge or in the heart of the bush under the African skies around a blazing log fire, accompanied by the sights and sounds of tribal dancers and singers. www.virginlimitededition.com

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Luxurious accommodation with spectacular views and modern comforts.

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Dulini Lodge Set in the heart of the Sabi Sands, adjoining the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Dulini Lodge is one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservancies and the luxury safari destination of choice. Set in the shade of ancient Ebony trees, the six luxurious, thatched suites offer guests panoramic views of game exploring the dry riverbed just meters away. The spacious accommodation with private, heated plunge pools and luxurious interiors, encapsulate romance, with canopies of mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. Each suite seamlessly integrates the grandeur of nature and an elegance

of dĂŠcor. A welcoming ambience of laid-back luxury epitomizes the main lounge, resplendent with its contemporary African accents spilling onto the cool veranda. Meals are enjoyed in the outdoor boma. Facilities at Dulini include a gym, gift shop, boma, library lounge, viewing deck, and bespoke wine cellar. Dulini guests are exhilarated by daily wildlife encounters, including the Big 5. In the comfort of open, custom designed land rovers, experienced rangers unravel the mysteries of the African wilderness. www.dulini.com

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The luxurious suites are completed by a private plunge pool.

Meals are enjoyed outdoors in the African boma lit by candles, firelight, and stars.

Pampering treatments are offered in the privacy of the suites.

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Dulini Leadwood Dulini Leadwood is set in one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservancies adjoining the famous Kruger National Park. It is a luxury safari destination of choice. The intimacy of this boutique lodge is ideally suited to indulging the safari dreams of individual adventurers, exclusive parties of up to eight guests celebrating special occasions together, and honeymooners seeking romance. Dulini Leadwood captivates its guests by taking deep root in their hearts, much like the ancient trees after which the Lodge is named. Tucked secretively into the lush elbow where the Mabrak and Sand Rivers confluence, four

suites whisper of lavish luxury in the breathtaking setting. It is the ideal choice for those who want an unparalleled safari experience, including daily, up-close wildlife encounters with the Big 5. In the comfort of open Land rovers, seating no more than six guests, experienced rangers unravel the mysteries of the African wilderness. Lodge facilities include a bespoke wine cellar, boma, gym, viewing decks and each suite offers its guests a private heated pool, indoor and outdoor shower, fireplace, mini bar, and lounge area. www.dulini.com

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A very intimate and sophisticated private lodge experience.

Meals are served in the iconic African outdoor boma and are served with fine wines.

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Dulini River Dulini River promises a deeply personal wildlife adventure in the world-renowned Sabi Sands, which adjoins the Kruger National Park. This is the classic safari experience for the sophisticated traveler. Set in the riverine grandeur of the languid Sand River, Dulini River offers inspirational views and an awe-inspiring atmosphere. The serenity of the setting is reflected in the elemental tones and textures of six magnificent suites, which hang on the riverbank offering inspiring views over the regal river to the savannah beyond. From the comfort of private decks and heated plunge pools, guests are enthralled by

the passage of game and rich birdlife that meander along the river. The open dining deck and sumptuous lounge reflect the natural hues of the surrounds, and the lodge offers a bespoke walk-in wine cellar, gym, gift shop and extensive viewing decks. Dulini guests are exhilarated by daily, intimate wildlife encounters, including the Big 5, led by experienced rangers in open, custom-designed land rovers. Dulini River’s exclusivity, hospitality and sincerity accommodates the safari dreams of discerning travelers looking for bespoke adventures. www.dulini.com

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Six suites elevated with decks and plunge pools promise extraordinary game viewing.

Guests enjoy exquisite riverfront views from each luxurious suite.

Guests can relax on spacious decks between exhilarating game drives.

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Savanna Private Game Reserve Savanna Private Game Reserve prides itself on delivering exceptional safaris and a luxurious stay in its nine beautifully appointed suites. The thatched Savanna Suite boasts two separate en-suite bedrooms, each with a deck and heated plunge pool, leading onto a central lounge. The other seven suites offer a unique blend of “Out of Africa� romance and the convenience of modern facilities. They have Bedouin-styled draped ceilings below tented roofs and are set on permanent structures. All suites epitomize elegance and comfort, including WiFi, air-conditioning, fans, en-suite bathrooms, inside and

outdoor showers, mini bars, and tea/coffee-making stations, covered patios, and private plunge pools. The main lodge offers a gym, safari shop, bar, wine cellar, dining area, loft library, and a spacious patio looking over the pool and indigenous gardens. This looks onto one of five waterholes surrounding the lodge. Gourmet dining is an essential part of the Savanna experience with traditional local dishes adding spice to the best international fare and complemented by award-winning wines. www.savannalodge.com

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Stylish suites are complete with private decks and plunge pools, as well as WiFi.

This is a gourmet dining destination with innovative menus and wines.

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Cheetah Plains Cheetah Plains leads the eco-luxe sustainable safari set in South Africa. The exclusive-use Plains Houses are within the protected borders of the famed Sabi Sand Game Reserve, sharing fenceless borders with the Kruger National Park and Mala Mala Private Game Reserve. Owner Japie van Niekerk’s dedication to architectural excellence and environmental restoration have transformed this humble game farm into a beacon of off-grid opulence. The Plains Houses, hosting a minimum of four and a maximum of eight people, are replete with private lap pools, a rare

South African art collection, a fine wine gallery and hand-crafted objet. A dedicated team of staff, including private host and chef, wellness therapist, and game ranger, is on hand. The prototype electric Land Cruisers glide silently through an undisturbed wilderness. While no expense has been spared, Cheetah Plains has upheld an unparalleled attitude of care for nature through continued conservation efforts, community empowerment programs, and the sustainable use of energy and water. www.cheetahplains.com

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Exclusive-use private Plains Houses. Total Luxury and privacy for 4-8 guests.

The fine South African wine gallery is curated for the most discerning palate.

Silent, electric game viewers for the ultimate silent safari experience.

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Londolozi Game Reserve Situated within 6 million acres of pristine wilderness, Londolozi has been owned and run by the Varty family for more than 90 years. Nelson Mandela described Londolozi as “a dream I cherish for a model of nature preservation in our country”. Wild animals move freely, offering spectacular game viewing and a true wilderness experience. Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo roam throughout Londolozi, while white rhino and lion concentrations are among the highest recorded on the African continent. A unique relationship has developed between rangers and trackers and

generations of wild leopards. This is one of the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild. The Varty family believe in safari as a journey that immerses the senses and awakens the spirit. Some of Londolozi’s most popular features are its state-of-the-art photographic studio, where it offers professional-grade gear rentals, photo editing tuition and the facility to print one’s own safari moments on canvas and its first-of-its-kind safari Healing House where wellness has been returned to wilderness. www.londolozi.com

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The five camps cater to individual and family travelers in great style.

Guests can expect outstanding, locally sourced cuisine accompanied by fine wines.

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Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve traverses over 10,000 hectares of the world-renowned Big 5 Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park region. Here Africa’s big game abounds and each day is different, as guests explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open game viewing vehicle: leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, hippos wallowing in the river, and crocodiles basking on a sandy bank. Thrilling bush walks also enable up-close encounters with captivating, smaller creatures. This exclusive lodge is built on a hill

overlooking a natural waterhole offering spectacular game viewing. There are only eight private luxury glass-fronted suites, each with their own deck and rock plunge pool. The suites are complete with all the comforts one could want, including a romantic bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. The personalities of the chef and her team ensure decadent dining and creative settings with every meal. This is the place to indulge in “soul food” full of flavor from around the world, finished with a touch of Africa. www.leopardhills.com

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Exclusive suite accommodation with private deck, outdoor shower, and plunge pool.

Fantastic, creative flavors complemented with exceptional wines.

This is Big 5 country and game drives and bush walks are the highlight of a stay.

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Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Over the past four decades, Sabi Sabi has protected the wilderness in its care, offering an incomparable experience at each of its lodges. These are designed in the styles of “Yesterday”, “Today” and “Tomorrow”. The Sabi Sabi of “Yesterday” is the classically vintage Selati Camp, with seven beautifully appointed suites and two main decks offering endless views of the plains. This destination offers intimacy with a dash of nostalgic opulence and is a tribute to the grand steam train era of the late 1800s. The “Today” experience is found at Bush Lodge, with its contemporary safari style bringing in

an eclectic mix of décor from all corners of the continent. This family-friendly lodge features 25 luxury suites and has earned a reputation for personalized service. Little Bush Camp is intimate with only six suites. Earth Lodge represents “Tomorrow” and is a celebration of ecological responsibility as it blends seamlessly into the environment through its unique architectural design and innovative décor. Each of its 13 suites – with private plunge pools – are gloriously luxurious. www.sabisabi.com

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Expect superb cuisine served in exotic and stunning locations.

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IDUBE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Idube Private Game Reserve is one of the longest existing game lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Even the extensive lawns are home to a variety of animals, which tolerate the presence of people, but remain wild and free. The eight suites, each individually decorated in a modern African theme, are built at some distance from each other among the indigenous Knobthorn and Jackalberry trees. All have high ceilings, air conditioning and overhead fans, and are particularly suitable for anyone suffering from respiratory problems. Besides en-suite bathrooms, the suites also boast

private outdoor showers and decks complete with comfortable Morris-type chairs. Taking it up a notch, the Makubela and Leadwood Suites offer even more luxury, comfort, and privacy, and have their own splash pools. Meals are enjoyed at a variety of venues – including bush breakfasts and evening barbecues – sometimes the venue has to be shifted due to leopards lazing on the boma roof. There is great game viewing here, enjoyed on game drives led by experts and on bush walks. www.idube.com

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Spacious rooms furnished in a modern African theme, complete with private decks.

Delicious cuisine served at bush breakfasts, fabulous lunches and barbecues around the fire.

Fantastic game viewing on game drives and walks with knowledgeable guides.

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Arathusa Safari Lodge Arathusa Safari Lodge is a unique destination highly sought after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, next to the unfenced Kruger National Park. These reserves make up one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristinely preserved wilderness sanctuaries. There are 13 suites, nine of which face the open plain in front of the lodge, and four remotely located in the bush a short distance away. The remote suites have the added luxury of private plunge pools, often frequented by wildlife to quench their thirst. Arathusa’s open-plan

design and natural décor mean that it blends seamlessly with the African bush surroundings. The main living area is intended for comfort. The infinity swimming pool overlooks the open plains and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off. Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience with a high concentration of an assortment of game, including the Big 5, and frequent leopard sightings. The lodge is set in front of an open plain ensuring game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp. www.arathusa.co.za

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MOZAMBIQUE Mozambique is a magical destination that combines African and Portuguese influences reflected in its architecture, trademark spicy cuisine, and laidback culture. The extensive white sand beaches, warm ocean waters, and stunning islands of the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos are its trademark attractions, beloved by divers, snorkelers, sailors, sun worshippers, and anglers, including big game fishers, from around the world. There are more than 1,200 fish species in these waters. Upmarket lodges are set in unbeatable natural surroundings and offer outstanding cuisine, luxurious comforts, spa treatments, and easy access to the many attractions of this year-round destination.

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ANDBEYOND BENGUERRA An exquisite piece of paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, andBeyond Benguerra Island is a luxury beach holiday destination where time stands still, and legends come to life. The lodge is within a protected marine conservation area with pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs. Looking out onto a sandy beach and calm lagoon, this exclusive beach getaway is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The lodge is the gateway to an underwater wonderland for divers, with a rich variety of tropical fish species complemented by Africa’s only population of the rare dugong. Benguerra Island also

offers some of the world’s best catch-and-release deep sea fishing and fly-fishing opportunities. The lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean. It offers an airy color 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 with 10 casinhas, two cabanas, and the three-bedroom Casa Familia, with its private swimming pool set on the sheltered wooden veranda. www.andBeyond.com

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Stylish rooms boasting private timber decks, rim-flow pools, baths, and outdoor showers.

Delicious food, served in a variety of settings, matches the superb landscape and service.

Dhow cruises, snorkeling trips, sea kayaking, island expeditions, horse riding, and more.

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AZURA BENGUERRA ISLAND Imagine an unspoiled island within a marine national park, deserted beaches of pure white sand that extend for miles, sparkling turquoise seas, sunny days, and star-studded nights. Azura Benguerra is the first eco-friendly resort in Mozambique, and was hand built by the local community. With just 20 villas nestled along one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world, guest will find all the creature comforts, including sparkling private pools, Mozambican butler-hosts, fish and seafood fresh from the ocean, a fantastic range of activities and experiences, and an African spa to

relax in. Azura Benguerra Island’s public areas are right on the beach and open to the sea. There are several zones for guests to enjoy and relax, from the comfortable lounge area, to the Star Bar, and the wine cellar offering a choice of the owner’s wines flown in from in France. The Jellyfish Restaurant offers a more formal dining experience. This is the place to feast on fabulous local seafood, which is prepared by the hotel’s expert chefs. There is also a media room, a boutique, and a 5-star PADI dive center. www.azura-retreats.com

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ANANTARA BAZARUTO ISLAND RESORT Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort set on a private island is an escapist’s dream. The resort offers 44 spacious villas complete with soothing gardens and shoreline panoramas. Crafted from indigenous reed, fringed thatch roofs, and wood, villas are complemented by understated luxury and modern amenities. Golfinho serves breakfast and themed dinners or guests can eat outdoors on the terrace overlooking the pool and bay. Club Naval serves an a la carte lunch – and the latest Sea, Fire, Salt Anantara dining experience in the evenings. The Beach Deck offers sublime seafood and grilled meat

buffets. Or guests can also dine in the privacy of the villa. To elevate the experience, Dining by Design tailors dining menus to match dream settings complemented by a private chef and butler. This destination is renowned for its snorkeling, diving, fishing, and water sport activities, and for those that just want to relax, white sand beaches, warm waters populated with thousands of tropical fish, and the award-winning Anantara spa await. Youngsters are welcome with plenty of activities and venues catering for them. www.bazaruto.anantara.com

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Luxurious, spacious villas set in soothing tropical gardens and overlooking the ocean.

Scrumptious dining experiences offered in signature venues, all with great views.

Snorkeling, fishing, wake boarding, diving, dune boarding, and spa treatments.

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WHITE PEARL RESORTS The upmarket White Pearl Resorts is set on Mozambique’s southeast coast within a cool sheltered bay. Its 22 luxurious suites sit among the dunes on timber stilts boasting sublime ocean frontage and easy access to a tranquil beach. Clean lines, contemporary furniture, and a palette inspired by the surrounding coastal landscape make for a getaway out of this world. The guest areas have been designed for relaxation and beachside romance. Guests can stretch out on luxurious day beds, cool off in their sparkling private plunge pools, or experience the exhilaration of an

outdoor shower or a bubble bath with magnificent views of the ocean. The on-site spa offers a variety of sublime treatments accompanied by soothing sounds and calming scents. This is a great base for exploring the beauty of the region from marine adventures in the Indian Ocean to the Maputo Elephant Reserve to the west of the resort. But with so much on one’s doorstep it may be difficult to drag oneself away from the stunning views, best enjoyed with cocktails and sumptuous Mozambican cuisine. www.whitepearlresorts.com

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Twenty-two sea-facing suites complete with private plunge pools and outdoor showers.

Expect sublime Mozambican cuisine with its trademark focus on fresh ingredients.

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Mwera Wantipa Sumbu National Park National Park Lake Mweru Lusenga Plains National Park

Lake Bangweulu

West Lunga National Park

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Liuwa Plain National Park

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Bangweulu Swamps Lavushi Mandla National Park Lukusuzi Kasanka National Park National Park Mfuwe Kasungu South Luangwa National Park National Park

Kabwe Lower Zambezi National Park Zambezi River

Lochinvar National Park

Sioma Ngwezi National Park Zambe

Nyika North Luangwa National Park National Park Vwaza Marsh Mpika Game Reserve

Chipata

LUSAKA Kafue River

Barotse Floodplain

Mana Pools National Park

Lake Matusadona Kariba National Park Livingstone Victoria Falls Chizarira

HARARE Nyanga National Park

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Hwange National Park

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Z i m b a bw e BULAWAYO Matobo Hills National Park

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Masvingo Buffalo Range Gonarezhou National Park

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ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA The region’s most famous natural landmark is the “smoke that thunders” – the spectacular Victoria Falls, which joins Zimbabwe and Zambia, known for its game-rich reserves and unbeatable adventure options. Adrenaline junkies return repeatedly for white water rafting down the Zambezi, bungee-jumping and parachuting or flying in a helicopter over the crashing water of the Falls. Livingstone in Zambia is a gateway to the exploring the Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks and the South Luangwa National Park, renowned for the richness of its wildlife offering. Accommodation options in this region range from sophisticated hotels to colonial-style bush camps.

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The Royal Livingstone by Anantara The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara is on the forested banks of the great Zambezi River in the Mosi-oaTunya National Park, in full view of Victoria Falls. This iconic waterfall is a 10-minute walk away and guests enjoy unlimited, complimentary access. Luxury rooms and spacious suites feature a balcony or veranda facing gardens frequented by zebras, impalas, giraffes, and monkeys. Guests can rest in hammocks, cool off in the pool, or bask on a lounger while enjoying views of Zambezi river life and the Falls. Coffees, high tea, and light meals are served in

The Royal Livingstone Lounge, with paintings, maps, and books of David Livingstone’s travel inspiring exploration. Stories are shared at The Travellers Bar over cocktails, fine wine, or whisky. Gin and tonics are enjoyed on The Kubu Deck against the backdrop of the thundering Victoria Falls. The historic ambience of The Old Drift Restaurant is complemented by an infusion of a global fine dining experience. This is an extraordinary African location, an indulgence in colonial luxury and Victorian elegance. www.royal-livingstone.anantara.com

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Colonial-style, modern and bespoke amenities, and outstanding service.

Outstanding dining options wait at the Royal Livingstone in a diversity of settings.

Walking the rainforest, flying over Victoria Falls, white water rafting, and just relaxing.

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AVANI VICTORIA FALLS RESORT Avani Victoria Falls Resort connects the wild side of travelers to Zambia’s wondrous landscapes and big game thrills. It is a five-minute stroll from the Victoria Falls, with guests enjoying free, unlimited access to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The 46-hectare grounds attract zebras, giraffes, impalas, and monkeys. Guests enjoy fabulous views of landscaped gardens and lush bush from the 212 rooms and suites. A central restaurant pavilion makes dining fun. The main restaurant is a showcase of buffet surprises to start and end the day. Familiar international

cuisines and bold African specials change each night. The Pool Terrace bustles at lunchtime with snacks, wood-fired pizzas, and Marimba band rhythms. The Mukuni boma, designed in traditional Zambian style, serves themed dinners three times a week, along with local brews. AvaniKids invites the cubs to run wild at The Kids’ Club and enjoy the safe jungle playground, pack walks out in nature, and interesting adventures, all under the care of trained child minders, who also offer babysitting services. www.avanihotels.com/en/victoria-falls

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Royal Chundu Royal Chundu, a haven of untouched beauty, is set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River just upstream from magnificent Victoria Falls on a 15-kilometer stretch of private waterway, protected by two sets of rapids. Accommodation is in spacious suites found in two luxurious lodges that blend colonial elegance and Zambian charm. The private decks of River Lodge’s 10 thatched chalets offer uninterrupted views of the river. River Lodge welcomes children and offers a Kid’s Club. The four villas at Island Lodge are located for privacy on Katombora Island, offering guests a tranquil, luxurious,

and exclusive getaway complete with incredibly spacious rooms and private decks. Royal Chundu is the only Relais & Châteaux property in Zambia and is perfect for romantic escape or a unique fun-filled family holiday. Activities are tailored for guests’ preferences, whether couples or groups, and are focused on family, romance, adventure, wildlife, birding, culture, and fishing. Royal Chundu is 100% Zambian staffed and 70% of income generated goes back to the local communities, making it a community-focused lodge. www.royalchundu.com

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Stunning options in thatched chalets or villas on Katombora Island.

Most of the food is sourced from nearby ensuring delicious, seasonal cuisine.

Everything is on offer from birding, wildlife viewing and adventure to fishing.

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Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 12 kilometers upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls. Named after Dr. David Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is set amid Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms, overlooking the river. Guests stay in 12 luxurious, air-conditioned treehouses built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees with private viewing decks. The two private Chuma houses have two en-suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge, and private plunge pool. The main lodge offers intimate spaces for

drinking and dining with an outdoor bar overlooking the river and a re-modeled boma and dining area. Cocktails and nightcaps are served in the Livingstone bar while the exciting explorer lounge gives guests the chance to learn about the area. Activities include game drives in the national park, a tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, walking safaris, canoeing, and sundowner cruises. Guests can also visit Nakatindi village and other philanthropy projects, including the Chipego Bike Shop, Nakatindi School, and Sishemo Bead Studio. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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Lion Camp BY MANTIS Lion Camp is an intimate 10-suite luxurious lodge in one of the most exclusive, remote, and abundant game-viewing areas of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Game viewing between May and October (the dry season) is spectacular, including sightings of lions, leopard, wild dog, large herds of elephant and buffalo, a myriad of bird species, the unique Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Cookson’s Wildebeest, and Crawshay’s Zebra. Lion Camp offers guided walking safaris or game drives led by well-trained and enthusiastic guides. The camp is built on raised walkways and set at the water’s edge among

woodlands. The main lodge offers a swimming pool, expansive decks and lounges, affording spectacular views of the plains. The viewing hide at water level affords amazing photographic opportunities. Every detail has been thought of to ensure an unforgettable safari experience from the solar-generated electricity to boutique amenities, sumptuous linen, and an evening breeze cooling system for those balmy nights. Selected estate wines are paired daily with the exceptionally prepared and presented cuisine. www.lioncamp.com

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Luxurious canvas and thatch suites on raised decks offering great game viewing.

Great dining from bush breakfasts to boma dinners of African fusion cuisine.

This is the place for guided safari walks, game drives, and birdwatching.

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ZAMBEZI GRANDE Zambezi Grande Private Game Experience is a luxurious, privatelyowned game lodge in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Reflecting the serenity of its surrounds, the lodge has a seamless open-plan design offering majestic views of the river. Guests can relax by the infinity pool, enjoy a sundowner cruise on the river, or unwind on the terrace watching the wildlife pass by. With 10 rooms and suites, this boutique property offers an unforgettable getaway, where luxury is as essential as living on the edge. The incredibly spacious, free-standing Superior Suites feature prime riverfront settings,

expansive verandas, and outdoor showers. The five Luxury Rooms offer tranquil comfort and contemporary finishes, providing ample space and river views. Activities on offer include game drives, walking and river safaris, sport angling, and cultural village visits. Each day is hand-crafted between the guests and the guides to create a bespoke experience. Flights from Lusaka International Airport to the Royal Zambezi Airstrip take about 30 minutes in a light plane. Note that children under 12 year of age not allowed. www.zambezigrande.com

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Thorntree River Lodge Thorntree River Lodge is one of African Bush Camps’ flagship properties and situated in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, along the banks of the renowned Zambezi River. Thorntree River Lodge is ultra-luxurious and the perfect mid-break between safaris. Guests can spend their afternoon siestas lounging by the infinity pool overlooking the river, reading a good book in the library, or burning a few calories in the gym. Each villa is beautifully appointed with elegant African-inspired artworks and furnishings. Thorntree River Lodge offers a variety of activities that include a rhino experience, a visit to the breathtaking Victoria Falls on the Zambian side (Zimbabwean side in the dry season), and sunset river cruises along the Zambezi River. A visit to the African Bush Camps Foundation projects in the area or a visit to the Livingstone Museum can also be arranged in advance. www.africanbushcamps.com

Somalisa Camp

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Somalisa Camp is situated in Hwange National Park, known as the land of the giants. It offers seven classically designed sail tents equipped to accommodate every season. Highlights include winding down in a slipper-style copper bath, relaxing by the pool and capturing sights of Hwange’s magnificent giants at the waterhole. Guests can anticipate seeing the most amazing wildlife including lion, cheetah, wild dog, roan antelope, more than 450 bird species, and elephant. In addition, Somalisa Camp’s open land cruisers allow for almost panoramic views, perfect for amateur and professional photographers. www.africanbushcamps.com

Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake in the world; it is also the prime location of one of African Bush Camps’ idyllic properties, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, a leading accommodation venue in Zimbabwe. The lodge consists of 10 lake-facing rooms perfectly perched atop of a hill that enables great views. Guests can take in the calls of the wild and relax while enjoying the incredible views from the infinity pool. With soft earth hues and African-inspired pieces adorning walls, the lodge in all its elegance is an experience in itself. Along with morning and evening game drives there are many added activities on offer that include walking safaris, sunset cruises, community visits, and recreational fishing opportunities with the professional guides of Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. The rich experience on offer has guests returning year after year. www.africanbushcamps.com

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Nyamatusi Camp Nyamatusi is situated in the Nyamatusi Wilderness area. The park itself exudes a startling beauty, an untouched wilderness waiting to be explored. Mana Pools offers a diversity of wildlife and bird species including the endangered and rare wild dog. The camp comprises six spacious and well-appointed tents each with its own private deck and plunge pool and offers remote views of the Zambezi River. The focus at Nyamatusi Camp is walking to honor the integrity of the surroundings as 80% of the park is only accessible by foot. Led by an experienced professional guide, guests discover the animals and flora that inhabit the land and learn about the rich history of Mana Pools. Alternatively, guests can canoe down the tranquil Zambezi River and experience the park from a different perspective. A stay here is something out of the ordinary. www.africanbushcamps.com

Zambezi Expeditions

Kanga Camp

Zambezi Expeditions is a semi-mobile camp situated along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park. This is an area renowned for its unmissable wildlife sightings, which include lion, leopard, elephant, hippos, and wild dog. Six traditional meru-style tents are set along the riverside on the open floodplains and it is common to have wildlife wandering through camp. Each tent is skilfully furnished with basic amenities, which include hot bucket showers. In the evenings guests are joined by their gracious hosts and guides to enjoy a sociable three-course meal. Walking safaris, fishing for the sharp-toothed tiger fish, canoeing along the Zambezi River, and morning and afternoon game drives are some of the daily activities on offer at this remote safari destination. Zambezi Expeditions will appeal to those looking for adventure, excitement, and an immersion in the natural landscape. www.africanbushcamps.com

Kanga Camp is situated in a private concession within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mana Pools National Park. The pan is the only water source within a 10 kilometer radius during the dry season, resulting in the surrounding wildlife frequently visiting the pans. Six elegantly designed, traditional canvas tents are elevated on wooden decks with exclusive views overlooking the pan. Each tent boasts traditional wooden furnishings and floor-to-ceiling mosquito nets. Guests can expect great wildlife viewing, fabulous meals enjoyed in a diversity of settings, and excellent service at Kanga Camp. www.africanbushcamps.com

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THE ELEPHANT CAMP The Elephant Camp, nestled on a ridge between the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, affords uninterrupted views of the breathtaking spray that swells above the Victoria Falls rainforest. Set against a backdrop of indigenous teak woodland, the eco-friendly canvas tents live in harmony with the surrounding environment. The Elephant Camp Main comprises 12 luxury suites and The Elephant Camp West only 4 suites, making it ideal for smaller groups and families. The elegant suites boast spacious decks, private plunge pools, and outside showers. The rooms have been deliberately

sculpted to celebrate the openness of the African bush with a natural flow from the bathroom to bedroom to private lounging area that spreads onto the spacious deck through French glass doors. The stylish furnishing and dĂŠcor have been specially selected to capture the beauty of the natural environment. The camp is just a 20-minute drive from Victoria Falls enabling guests to fully appreciate the tranquility of the African bush but be close to the variety of attractions and activities that the town has to offer. www.theelephantcamp.com

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The luxurious suites have splendid views, private decks, and plunge pools.

Fine dining, great wines, and exceptional service await at The Elephant Camp.

Eight all-inclusive activities showcasing the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

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VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE Victoria Falls River Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore iconic Victoria Falls and experience fantastic game viewing. Perched on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River within the Zambezi National Park, the Lodge offers a choice of sophisticated accommodation options: 13 Luxury Tented Suites (including five family options) and 6 Island Treehouse Suites (including two double-story Treehouses with rooftop sitting area and signature Starbeds). With extensive private decks, the luxurious canvas-underthatch rooms offer guests of all ages the ultimate antidote to the

chaos of civilization. Set on a private island in the river, the exclusive Island Treehouse Suites offer secluded luxury accommodation experience. Each suite boasts a California king-size bed, comfortable sitting area, en-suite bathroom, and private deck with plunge pool. The combination of sublime accommodation options, warm and friendly personal service, fine dining, bird and wildlife viewing, access to a spa and fitness center and a host of on and off-site leisure and adventure activity options ensure a truly memorable stay. www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com

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Creative and delicious cuisine on offer and enjoyed in a variety of stunning locations.

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Victoria Falls Hotel The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as the “Grande Dame” is one of the world’s classic 5-star hotels. It commands a prime location in the Victoria Falls National Park amid lush tropical gardens complete with serene lily ponds. The hotel epitomizes the romance of grand travel in its 161 luxurious appointed rooms and suites, Edwardian style dining room, lounges and verandas boasting dramatic and uninterrupted views of the Victoria Falls Bridge, gorges, and impressive spray from the “smoke that thunders”. The rooms and suites are beautifully appointed for

comfort, including modern amenities. The hotel offers its guests spa and gym facilities, a gift shop, and hair salon. All the restaurants on site offer sublime menus to tempt any palate and are set in a diversity of spectacular locations. Meals can also be enjoyed in the privacy of the suites. The Stanley Terrace is known for its high tea offering and is a fantastic location to enjoy gin and tonics with a view. The staff are happy to arrange experiences and excursions. www.victoriafallshotel.com

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Style and sophistication are the trademarks of the well-appointed rooms.

Delightful cuisine in spectacular settings; the high tea is a signature experience.

More than 50 activities and destinations to be enjoyed close by, including Victoria Falls.

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VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI SUITES Ideal for families and small groups seeking privacy, the six luxurious two- and three-bedroom, double-story and sunset-facing Safari Suites are set in a bush environment on the edge of the Zambezi National Park, just four kilometers from the Victoria Falls. Each features a spacious lounge with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors opening onto a patio overlooking a small waterhole. The open-plan lounge includes a kitchenette with courtesy counter and mini-bar,

microwave, and tea/coffee facilities, including a Nespresso machine. An adjoining television lounge has a sofa bed to accommodate an extra person (recommended for children 12 years and under). Each Safari Suite boasts an upstairs master bedroom with sliding doors opening onto a private balcony. The bedrooms have two threequarter beds that can be converted into a king-sized bed, with either a walk-in rainfall shower or a bath and separate shower.

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Spacious suites with all the amenities required for a comfortable stay.

Buffalo Bar and MaKuwa Restaurant with stunning views of a waterhole.

A highlight is the dinner and drumming show at The Boma restaurant.

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI CLUB Built on a plateau that overlooks the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Club offers luxurious and spacious accommodation with uninterrupted views of the unspoiled bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. This exclusive facility, which offers personalized butler-style concierge service, is on the doorstep of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The 20-room Victoria Falls Safari Club has a central guest area

featuring a lounge, restaurant, bar and viewing deck. Guests may stay in one of 16 luxury Club Rooms or one of four spacious Club Suites, which include a lounge area. Safari Club guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, laundry service, afternoon teas, cocktails and canapĂŠs, and mini-bar stocked with local beer, soft drinks, house wine, and bottled water. www.africaalbidatourism.com

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Fine dining, great wines, and superlative service await.

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MATETSI VICTORIA FALLS Matetsi Victoria Falls, located on a private 15 kilometer stretch of the spectacular Zambezi River, is one of Africa’s most stylish luxury lodges. Just 40 kilometers upriver from the rush and spray of the world-famous Victoria Falls, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers a superb combination experience – exceptional safaris, river activities, and the Falls all wrapped up in warm Zimbabwean hospitality. Guests experience stellar 5-star service rivalled only by spectacular natural wonders surrounding the lodge. Accompanied by conservationminded guides, guests explore Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s

55,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness on foot, by vehicle and by boat, while great herds of elephant, buffalo, and plains game amaze. The spacious River Lodge suites feature local, repurposed materials with design references to time-tested riverside living with fishing and weaving traditions of the region. River House, a private villa, offers a private safari vehicle and dedicated team, ensuring a tailor-made safari experience unlike any other. Matetsi Victoria Falls leaves guests with treasured memories, and a longing for more Matetsi magic. www.matetsivictoriafalls.com

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Expect distinctly African, exquisite interiors that flow into stunning exterior living spaces.

A team of creative culinary artisans combine local and regional ingredients.

Everything from sunrise safaris to sunset boat cruises, and easy access to Victoria Falls.

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Singita Pamushana Singita Pamushana Lodge is the ecotourism arm of the 130,000acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and features Singita Pamushana Lodge and the private-use villa Malilangwe House. Its role is to help foster the sustainability of the area, while giving guests the unique opportunity to share in the magic of this remote part of Zimbabwe’s natural wilderness. Singita manages the lodge on behalf of a Trust and revenue from the lodge helps to sustain conservation and community work in the area. The Zimbabwean-based and managed Trust was set up to develop a blueprint for creating harmony

between conservation initiatives and community development in villages neighboring wildlife areas. Its initiatives in the area have been extremely successful and every guest at Singita Pamushana is part of the positive impact on this beautiful land and its dynamic communities. Drawing inspiration from the region’s rich tribal history, the organic-shaped buildings feature detailed stonework, carefully curated interiors, and picturesque views of the surrounds and Malilangwe Dam below. www.singita.com

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LINKWASHA CAMP Linkwasha Camp is situated in a private concession in the best possible location in Hwange. It is found near the famed Ngamo Plains, where wildlife gathers in numbers during summer – to add to the year-round excellent viewing from the camp itself on game drives and guided walks. This region is also a birding hotspot. Linkwasha overlooks a pan that acts as a magnet for game looking to quench their thirst. The camp is an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors and Ndebele culture, its nine luxurious tents (eight twin and one family) overlook the scenic plain. The main area includes various multi-level decks, among them, a cozy library, fireplace, and shaded salas that surround an inviting swimming pool. An unbeatable, and romantic, experience is sleeping out in the bush on the elevated Star Bed, which looks onto a busy waterhole. www.wilderness-safaris.com

CHIKWENYA CAMP

RUCKOMECHI CAMP

Situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya Camp is a photographer’s paradise as it looks out over an open floodplain and the mighty waters of the Zambezi River. The mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment provide a dramatic backdrop. The newly built seven-tented camp (including two family units) is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. This is the place to experience the African wilderness in authentic bush style – whether in camp or out exploring the surrounds. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Ruckomechi Camp, set in a large private concession in the heart of the Mana Pools National Park, rises along the banks of the Zambezi River, gazing out towards Zambia’s evocative escarpment. Its broad-canopied albida trees create glorious shade throughout the camp and are much loved by the elephants for their rich, nutritious seeds. The concession is explored by vehicle or on foot, while boating and canoeing allow for a unique perspective of the area. Ten spacious tents (including two family units), along with a generous main space, boast fantastic views of the river, the adjacent woodland, and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. The main area is home to an inviting firepit and swimming pool. Two distinctive features are the outdoor “bath with a view” and romantic Star Bed overlooking a busy waterhole. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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LITTLE MAKALOLO Little Makalolo lies in one of Hwange’s most ecologically diverse areas, ensuring both variety and numbers of game all year round. Many waterholes attract game from far and wide, and with one in front of camp, wildlife activity can even be enjoyed from the pool, breakfast table or, more intimately, from the camp’s log-pile hide. Exciting game drives, guided walks and cultural activities sometimes end with a “pizza stop” at Madison Pan. A romantic

Star Bed is also available for a sleepout under the stars. Little Makalolo’s six stylish tents (including a family unit), comfortably appointed with both indoor and outdoor showers, are connected to the main area by teak walkways, where a towering false mopane tree shades a separate dining and living area with views of the much-frequented waterhole. Guests here enjoy great safari fare served in the elegant dining room, or in the wildness of the bush.

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Six stylish and comfortable tented suites complete with indoor and outdoor showers.

Hearty meals served in the classic dining area with views of the waterhole.

Game drives, guided walks, cultural activities, and a Star Bed experience.

SHUMBA CAMP The vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains extending to the horizon, mist rising at sunrise, and the evocative sense of space epitomizes the wild, remote Busanga Plains. Shumba Camp is set on a wooded island in the middle of the million-hectare Busanga Plains. Its diversity can be discovered on game drives as well as boating early in the season or hot-air ballooning later in the season. The region is home to an abundance of plains game and predators. The

stylish camp is built on raised decks on a verdant tree island, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding floodplains. Shumba’s six luxurious and elevated tented units, with indoor and outdoor showers, offer spacious living with a cushion-strewn veranda for outdoor contemplations. Meals are enjoyed in the main area, which is also home to a swimming pool. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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BOTSWANA The landlocked country of Botswana promises an extraordinary experience to those who travel here. Destinations range from Makgadikgadi – the world’s most impressive saltpan, the world-famous and game-rich Chobe and Moremi game reserves, and the soulful beauty of the Kalahari Desert, to the world’s largest inland delta – the enigmatic Okavango Delta with its floodplains, lagoons, and waterways. A wildlife paradise, Botswana’s extensive wildlife reserves are home to lions, elephants, leopards, black and white rhinos, buffalo, and many more species. Game drives, mokoro (kayak) trips, and walking safaris are popular ways to experience Botswana.

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CHOBE PRINCESS As the Chobe Princess drifts down the Chobe River, guests will be able to spot incredible wildlife scenes, and can completely relax into an intimate river safari experience. With only a small number of guests per boat, staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on one’s very own houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively – one’s own private villa on the water. Guests will find it difficult to leave the comfort of air-conditioned cabins with their tasteful décor that cleverly combines local flavor with contemporary design. The overall focal point is the large

sliding window that frames the changing African landscapes perfectly. Two of the 18-metre Chobe Princesses have four cabin suites, while the third is slightly larger with five suites. The Chobe Princess boasts a range of activities on offer and a flexible itinerary. Guests can enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river; a spot of bird watching, or exhilarating tiger fishing excursions. One may even decide to simply remain on board and soak up the spectacular views. www.zqcollection.com

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Tastefully decorated spacious cabins with air conditioning and deluxe amenities.

Memorable meals that will satisfy and surprise with locally inspired culinary delights.

Spot wildlife and gaze at the changing African landscape from the comfort of the bed.

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ZAMBEZI QUEEN A stay on board the Zambezi Queen is a different kind of safari – where guests decide if they want to be up with the birds or laze all morning watching game from the comfort of their king-size bed. Zambezi Queen offers luxury houseboat accommodation in the form of 10 standard suites and 4 spacious master suites, all with outer decks so guests can soak up the revitalizing Chobe River breeze and appreciate uninterrupted views of the landscape. The master suites offer larger balconies that house two deckchairs and a table, and feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly

panoramic view. With a flexible itinerary and a range of activities on offer, one can choose just how much to pack into the vacation or how relaxed to be. As with all the offerings of the Zambezi Queen, meals are an indulgent affair. Guests can hop on a tender river safari boat to get up close to some of the stunning wildlife, take a morning birding cruise, go on land and explore an authentic African village with curio shopping opportunities, or try their luck at catching a legendary Tiger Fish. www.zqcollection.com

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Luxurious suites with private balconies, air conditioning, and first-class service.

An indulgent culinary experience combining seasonal ingredients and local flavors.

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ICHINGO CHOBE RIVER LODGE Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is the ideal location to experience all that the Chobe region has to offer with the added benefit of being on the Namibian side of the river. Quieter, more secluded, and personalized, the lodge is ideal for families, couples, or groups. The lounge, bar and open-air dining room are set above the flowing waters of the Chobe River. The eight large Meru safari tents provide guests with all the excitement of an African safari adventure, coupled with absolute comfort. The safari tents are all air conditioned to provide welcome respite from the African heat.

If guests are traveling with children there is a family tent available, which consists of one main tent connected to a smaller children’s tent. There are a range of unforgettable activities on offer, with a flexible itinerary. Guests can enjoy a river safari viewing wildlife and birdlife along the banks of the Chobe National Park, try their hand at landing a world-renowned Tiger Fish, or experience an authentic cultural village tour on Impalila Island, including a visit to the island’s historical landmark – a 2,000-year-old Baobab tree. www.zqcollection.com

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Spacious and comfortable Meru safari tents, including a family option.

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ANDBEYOND NXABEGA OKAVANGO TENTED CAMP The andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is in a 61,775-acre exclusive wildlife concession set on the edge the Okavango Delta, bordering the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve. Nine exclusive tented suites are set on raised wooden platforms and each suite features an en-suite bathroom and a private sala overlooking the floodplain. The guest areas include indoor and outdoor dining areas, a safari shop, spa, boma, interactive food and coffee station, 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 some of the dining options. Activities at this unique African safari destination include game drives, bush walks, mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions, and motorized boat cruises. The camp offers an incredible land- and water-based safari experience. www.andBeyond.com

ANDBEYOND SAVUTE UNDER CANVAS

ANDBEYOND XARANNA OKAVANGO DELTA CAMP

The semi-mobile tented camps of andBeyond Savute Under Canvas are carefully positioned at exclusive wilderness campsites in the expansive Savute corner of the 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 include comfortable tents for dining and pre-dinner drinks and exchanging stories of the day’s game-viewing excursions, or for just whiling the time away between game drives. Welcoming camp staff serve delicious meals cooked over glowing coals accompanied by good wines. 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 and surrounded by the sights and smells of the African bush. www.andBeyond.com

The andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is set on an island within a 672,125-acre exclusive wildlife concession in the Okavango Delta. Xaranna has just nine luxury tented suites, each with a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub, and al fresco shower. The intimate guest sitting area offers splendid views. The elevated dining area features shady verandas leading out onto an open-air boma, where exotic candlelit dinners are served. A safari shop offers chic outdoor gear, African art, and jewelry. Activities include game drives, guided walks, and birdwatching. Seasonal experiences include motorized boat, mokoro, and fishing excursions. www.andBeyond.com

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SKYBEDS The innovative and most fabulous Skybeds offer a truly unique way to spend time in the bush. Located deep within the Khwai Private Reserve, Skybeds is no ordinary safari camp. Instead, each “room” is a three-story elevated platform that overlooks the wildlife-spotted plains of the stunning Khwai Private Reserve. Charmingly rustic, yet perfectly stylish, each room has a bathroom on the first floor (with flushing toilet), a dressing area on the middle, and an enormous double bed draped in white linens and a feather duvet, completely open to the stars, on the top floor. With such spectacular skies overhead, one could be forgiven for forgetting what is happening on the ground – but with African wild dog, elephant, and hyena just some of the species that visit the waterhole, it is a game-viewing experience too! www.naturalselection.travel

SABLE ALLEY

HYENA PAN

Sable Alley epitomizes luxuriousness amid the game-rich floodplains of Botswana’s Khwai Private Reserve, just a stone’s throw from the Khwai River and the Moremi Game Reserve. The 12 en-suite tents with private verandas overlook a lilycovered lagoon, a favorite wildlife drinking spot. There is a swimming pool and large deck from which to watch wildlife in the main area. Khwai offers an exclusive safari experience, enjoyed on game drives, mokoro trips, and walking safaris. Expert guides help to interpret the sights, smells, and sounds of the bush. This is an unbeatable wildlife experience. www.naturalselection.travel

Quirky, fun, and definitely very cool, Hyena Pan offers an affordable base in Khwai, a private reserve that borders some of Botswana’s finest game viewing areas, including Moremi and Chobe National Park. At Hyena Pan, the eight comfortable tents sit within a cathedral of shady mopane trees and look out over a watery lagoon. Guests wake to elephant ambling past, spend their siestas watching herds splash and snort, and fall asleep to antelope grazing outside the canvas walls. There are game drives and walking safaris within the reserve, as well as the chance to visit the camp’s spectacular underground hide and come nose-to-tusk with the wildlife that frequents the waterhole. This isn’t a place for those looking for opulence and extravagance; it is a piece of big-game Africa, where the wildlife encounters are authentic, intimate, and always wild. www.naturalselection.travel

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JACK’S CAMP One of the most legendary camps in southern Africa, Jack’s Camp was founded by explorer Jack Bousfield in the 1960s. The camp gazes onto the glittering Makgadikgadi Pans and shimmering expanses of sun-scorched earth. It is an oasis of old-world glamour in a landscape of savage beauty and is more enchanting than one could imagine. After a rebuild in 2019, the brand-new Jack’s will open in May 2020. The new camp will pay homage to the much-loved 1940s campaign style. The iconic interiors will remain, with the addition of intricate fabrics sourced from around the world. The rooms will be more spacious and include air-conditioning and private plunge pools. The swimming pool pavilion will boast a new sun deck and guests will now be able to indulge in spa treatments. The decadent tea tent stays. www.naturalselection.travel

CAMP KALAHARI

MENO A KWENA

The laid-back little sister of Jack’s Camp, Camp Kalahari is an understated and adventurous base in the heart of the great Kalahari. Set among the palm and acacia trees of Brown Hyena Island, the 12 trendy Meru tents are perfect for couples, families and small groups wanting a unique experience. This is the ideal base for discovering the charms of the desert and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in budget-conscious style. The main areas include a living and dining area with an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles and a thatched swimming pool. Unique activities include getting up close and personal with meerkats, quadbiking across the pans, game drives to view desert-adapted species, and walking safaris with the Khoisan. This is an extraordinary and magical experience in a surreal and mysterious landscape. www.naturalselection.travel

The safari never stops at Meno a Kwena with its en-suite tents set on a clifftop above the Boteti River. Originally used by legendary southern African explorers, the camp is still refreshingly simple. Guests can choose game drives to the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans national parks, Khoisan-guided walking excursions, game-viewing boat cruises (green season), visits to the floating hide, and sleepouts on the pans (dry season). From April to November, the zebra of Africa’s second largest migration congregate on the riverbanks in a riot of hooves. The real treat, however, is the connection with nature. www.naturalselection.travel

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Khwai Tented Camp Khwai Concession has become one of Botswana’s most noteworthy conservation areas with the local community managing the concession. A unique feature to the area is the Khwai River that attracts a variety of water-adapted animals, and increases the opportunity to encounter predators such as leopard and wild dog. African Bush Camps’ Khwai Tented Camp is perfect for those looking for a luxurious safari experience and comprises six elegant tents each exuding a sense of charm. Khwai Tented Camp is designed in an environmentally conscious way so the camp can be taken down with no impact on the environment. Activities include spending one’s days on walking safaris and game drives with professional guides. Khwai Tented Camp promises a unique wilderness experience that combines luxurious safari living with exceptional game viewing in an iconic setting. www.africanbushcamps.com

Khwai Bush Camp

Migration Expeditions

Khwai Bush Camp is located on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta, bordering the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, known for its year-round sightings and predator activity. It is surrounded by ancient Leadwood and Sycamore trees and set on the Khwai River, frequented by lechwe, warthog, and impala. Ideal for small groups and families with children of all ages, Khwai Bush Camp comprises two family and four standard chalets. Guests fall asleep to the wild calls of Africa and wake up to a day of game drives, mokoro excursions, and walking safaris led by expert guides. This is the African safari experience at its most authentic. www.africanbushcamps.com

Migration Expeditions is a semi-mobile camp on the vast moonscapes of Nxai Pan National Park. The area itself is known for its breathtaking landscapes and is a perfect base from which to experience the zebra migration that arrives during the green season. This natural phenomenon brings an influx of herbivores and predators that includes lion and wild dog. Migration Expeditions gives guests an authentic African safari experience with six Meru-style tents each with an en-suite bathroom and bucket shower. The main dining area is a special experience as it features an open kitchen where guests can watch the chef in action. The camp is open from December till the end of March and is accessible by road or helicopter from Maun. Daily activities include Baines Baobabs excursion, game drives, and fantastic photographic opportunities. www.africanbushcamps.com

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Linyanti Ebony Situated between the enigmatic Okavango Delta and stunning Chobe National Park, Linyanti Ebony is set in a private wilderness concession. The area is renowned for exciting game viewing as the Linyanti channel provides a permanent water source for a multitude of different wildlife species. Linyanti Ebony is one of African Bush Camps’ family-focused camps. Each Meru-style tent is designed to blend in with its surroundings and is built on raised wooden decks that overlook the Linyanti wetlands. The family tent comprises two interleading rooms, which makes African Bush Camps’ Linyanti Ebony perfect for families with children of all ages. The Linyanti region provides for an unforgettable safari experience. Ngwana Club is a dedicated children’s program that includes accompanied nature walks around the camp. www.africanbushcamps.com

Linyanti Expeditions

Linyanti Bush Camp

Linyanti Expeditions is ideal for the adventurous at heart and is an expeditions camp situated in a private concession that borders the game-rich Chobe National Park. With only six tents, Linyanti Expeditions ensures that guests receive an exclusive and personalized experience. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with bucket showers and basic amenities. Linyanti Expeditions’ “star suite” allows guests to sleep out under a blanket of African stars. In the morning, one awakes to an African dawn and looks out across the vast Linyanti wetlands. Safari activities include game drives, walking safaris, and mokoro safaris when water levels allow. The Linyanti concession is renowned for its large herds of elephants, giraffe, lions, kudu, and the endangered wild dog. This is safari at its very best and will suit those who want an authentic and moving wilderness experience. www.africanbushcamps.com

The Linyanti wetlands is a permanent water source situated between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park that provides year-round wildlife sightings especially during the drier seasons. Linyanti Bush Camps offers an intimate safari experience with six luxurious tents nestled along the banks of the Linyanti wetlands. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom. Rooms come with all the basic amenities needed for a comfortable stay. As the camp is in a private concession, guests can spend more time on sightings, off-road 4x4 game drives, and excellent walking safaris. When water levels permit, the Linyanti Marsh offers traditional canoe safaris. www.africanbushcamps.com

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CAMP XAKANAXA Camp Xakanaxa on the banks of the Khwai River near the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve is the perfect base from which to explore the Okavango Delta. The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels, and seasonal floodplains surrounding the camp ensure that guests experience a diversity of landscapes and prolific sightings of elephant, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, lion, leopard, and wild dog. The birdwatching is spectacular, especially in spring and summer. The 12 spacious all-canvas, classic Meru-style luxury safari tents have private viewing decks with comfortable loungers. The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River, as does the fire deck. The elegant lounge and dining rooms, built of local timber, reed, and thatch, feature a small library, expansive sundeck, and plunge pool with comfortable day bed. www.desertdelta.com

LEROO LA TAU Leroo La Tau is on the Boteti River banks, the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. During the dry winter months, thousands of zebras migrate to the river’s edge, providing guests with an opportunity to see the second largest migration in Africa. There is an abundance of wildlife within the reserve. The 12 luxurious and elevated thatched and glass-fronted suites overlook the river. The main lounge and dining area invite relaxation. Leroo La Tau offers a wide variety of activities, including daily game drives inside the national park, seasonal river safaris, night drives within a private concession, and tours to nearby Khumaga Village. www.desertdelta.com

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XUGANA ISLAND LODGE Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta. An open lounge and al fresco dining area overlook the expansive, deep-water Xugana Lagoon. Set within permanent delta channels, Xugana Island Lodge offers a year-round water-based Okavango Delta safari with a range of activities including mokoro excursions, motorized boat safaris, and walking safaris with experienced guides. Daily game drives and optional night drives are offered from Xugana Island Lodge to complete the Delta experience. The lounge, bar, and dining areas are set back under an extensive tree canopy, offering magnificent views over the permanent Xugana Lagoon. Accommodating only 16 guests in eight elevated and traditional reed and thatch lagoon-facing chalets, Xugana Island Lodge offers an exclusive Okavango Delta safari in one of the most spectacular delta settings. www.desertdelta.com


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CHOBE GAME LODGE Chobe Game Lodge is an elegant, 5-star, fully ecotourism-certified safari lodge and the only property located inside the world-renowned Chobe National Park and set on the banks of the famous Chobe River. The park has the highest concentration of elephants in Africa with numbers peaking in the dry season as the herds gather on the river’s edge in search of water. Guests can expect regular sightings of lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, kudu, leopard, wild dog, as well as general plains game such as zebra, impala, wildebeest, and the rare puku antelope on twice-daily game drives. River safaris are done on

small skimmer boats with flat decks for better game viewing. Alternatively, guests can simply relax and watch the wildlife unfold before them from the comfort of the elevated boardwalk and deck. Each of the newly refurbished 44 elegant rooms are air conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms, and a large terrace facing the river. In 2014, the first electric-powered 4WD game viewer and river boat in Botswana was introduced offering silent, CO2 emission-free safaris; the future of safaris in Africa! www.desertdelta.com

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The only permanent lodge in the Chobe National Park and on the riverfront.

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CHITABE CAMP Situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime wilderness location in the southeast of the enigmatic Okavango Delta, Chitabe Camp is built on raised decks to provide superb views across an expansive floodplain. Thanks to its mosaic of habitats, a plethora of plains game can be seen on day and night game drives, as well as on exhilarating guided walks. Eight spacious and comfortable tents, finished off with fine-art wildlife photographs, are set on elevated wooden decks. The walkways and main area have been rebuilt, and a 12-metre lap pool and gym added for guests’ comfort and convenience. In keeping with the camp’s ethos of having a light ecological footprint, much of the decking and poles were salvaged and re-used for the new structures. Chitabe Camp promises an authentic wilderness experience. www.wilderness-safaris.com

VUMBURA PLAINS

MOMBO CAMP

Luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area characterized by an abundance of water and dry land. The wildlife is diverse ensuring that land and water activities on vehicles, mokoro, and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience. The two satellite camps each have a main area, furnished with idiosyncratic objets d’art, with expansive views across the floodplains. The 14 elevated rooms are unique and contemporary in design, with extensive use of light, wood, and space. Each includes a sunken lounge, sala, and plunge pool. Two family suites have private decks linking the two separate rooms. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Located just off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango, Mombo Camp is considered the most fertile area in the Okavango Delta. The rich mix of habitats attracts large herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffes, and all the big cats. Cheetah and wild dogs are also often spotted here. The recently rebuilt flagship camp keeps the integrity of its pristine environment through the use of natural materials and by ensuring minimal human impact on the environment. The camp is completely powered by solar energy. Elevated on wooden decks beneath towering shade trees, Mombo Camp overlooks a floodplain teeming with game. Elegant, expansive guest tents celebrate Mombo’s traditions while a large deck and plunge pool are ideal vantage points from which guests can see the passing wildlife. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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JAO CAMP Jao Camp is found on a remote island in one of the most picturesque concessions in the Okavango Delta. Close to waterways, lagoons, and dry Kalahari grasslands, Jao can offer both land and water experiences, depending on water levels. Mokoro, boating, and fishing take place seasonally, with day and night game drives usually offered year-round. Jao Camp offers comfortable accommodation in five luxurious tents and two ultra-luxurious villas, each individually handcrafted with an open-plan design, vintage-style fittings, and a sala for afternoon siestas. A romantic Star Bed is a seasonal choice when water levels allow. The elaborate two-story main area includes a plunge pool, library, gym, and boma, perfect for dining under the stars. Meals are complemented by a selection from the excellent wine cellar. The on-site spa has a wide range of massage therapies. www.wilderness-safaris.com

KINGS POOL

QOROKWE CAMP

Named for Scandinavian royalty, this stylish camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped King’s Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River system. Activities on site include day and night game drives, guided, exhilirating walks, and viewing from nearby hides, ideal for photographing birds and wildlife. In the dry season, guests can spend their siesta watching game come down to drink at the unique underground hide, where the water is at eye level. Seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside the hide is an experience that transcends that of an ordinary safari. Eight well-appointed twin rooms and one suite, all of canvas, wood, and thatch, are positioned for views of the lagoon. The main area, deck, and bar offer uninterrupted views, with closer proximity to the water, while parts of the roof extend down to ensure private spots for relaxation. www.wilderness-safaris.com

The name Qorokwe means “the place where the buffalo broke through the bush into the water” illustrating the high-density of game found here. It owes this abundance to the mix of habitat types that lie between the Santantadibe and Gomoti channels. Qorokwe Camp combines contemporary style with classic bush feel. Its eight tented suites (as well as a spacious family unit with own splash pool) are well shaded and positioned to catch the prevailing breeze. The whole camp, including the magnificent main area, overlooks a lagoon. The infinity pool is a focal point for the expansive views. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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SANCTUARY BAINES’ CAMP Perched above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp and its six stilted, stand-alone suites now have larger spaces, extended decking, and bold artistic interiors. The airy bedrooms open onto curved terraces overlooking the river. Nothing is more tranquil than an indulgent soak in the Star Bath, freestanding bathtubs on each private terrace, after a day spent on exhilarating game drives. The suites’ four-poster beds

roll out for guests to sleep under the starry Delta night skies, another unique feature of the camp. The delicious culinary offerings are also enjoyed on secluded bush brunches and romantic dinners served in locations boasting spectacular views. From the pool, guests can see prowling lions in search of prey at the edge of the lagoon. Guests here can walk with orphaned elephants through the bush on the Living with Elephants experience.

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Stylish elevated suite accommodation with private terraces.

Exceptional cuisine enjoyed in camp, on bush brunches, or starlit private dinners.

An intimate safari experience with game drives, walking safaris, star baths, and sky beds.

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Set on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp offers a varied game-viewing experience as well as the unique Living with Elephants activity. This safari camp has spacious lounge and dining areas with incredible views over the floodplains. From the infinity pool, guests can spot giraffe and elephants stroll across the savannah, and often into the camp. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing large buffalo herds.

The 10 safari canvas tents with their decks overlook the floodplains, allowing prime game viewing. The Living with Elephants experience gives guests the chance to explore Africa from an elephant’s perspective. Activities include mokoro excursions, helicopter flights (added cost), and thrilling game drives. During higher water levels, game drives can be combined with motorized boating excursions. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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Classically elegant tented accommodation complete with African antique furniture.

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SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO Dramatically perched on a hill above the Chobe River and on the edge of the Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest population of elephants, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero offers unparalleled views across the floodplains. This refined retreat has 15 stunning suites scattered across green lawns; each with a large terrace, the perfect spot to sip cocktails or enjoy a romantic private dinner. Three suites feature an extra bedroom. An exquisite culinary

experience of gourmet cuisine and fine wines awaits in the dining room or out on the veranda. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the spa. Activities include exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives in the Chobe National Park, relaxing sundowner cruises on the Chobe River, and an unmissable tour of Victoria Falls – one of the most stunning Natural Wonders of the World.

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Spacious and elegant suite accommodation with modern amenities and large terraces.

Creative and inspiring cuisine on offer, matched with fine wines.

Swimming pool and spa on site; plenty to do in the surrounds.

SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP Sanctuary Chief’s Camp boasts 10 luxury bush pavilions placed on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Highly credited by Condé Nast Traveler and awarded gold in the World Travel Awards as Botswana’s Leading Safari Camp, each pavilion has a deck with private plunge pool and bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. A stay in the Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite includes a dedicated vehicle, guide, staff, and personal chef. Guests

can sample the delicious cuisine in the dining room, the privacy of their pavilion or next to the fire pit on the edge of the Piajio plains. Expert guides take guests on exciting morning and afternoon game drives, which could include sightings of the endangered African wild dog. Mokoro rides are available during flood season. Guests can expect personalized service and exceptional wildlife viewing. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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NAMIBIA Enigmatic Namibia seduces with its contrasting landscapes encompassing desert destinations home to the world’s biggest sand dunes, rugged mountain ranges, predator-rich game reserves, and lush oases. An adventure destination of choice, visitors can choose from ocean excursions – sailing, fishing, kayaking, and more – while staying in charming coastal towns to dreamy desert experiences, including sandboarding and viewing of desert-adapted elephants. The awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon, ancient quiver tree forest, Etosha National Park, and the mysterious mountains of the Richtersveld wait to be explored. Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast are both popular destinations.

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ETOSHA MOUNTAIN LODGE Traditional yet relaxed, Etosha Mountain Lodge provides an affordable base in the heart of the Etosha Heights Private Reserve on the southern border of Etosha National Park. The nine chalets are classically Namibian in style and have en-suite bathrooms and enormous bathtubs. A breezy, thatched “lapa” is a main feature, home to a restaurant and bar, as well of plenty of seating. There is a well-stocked wine cellar, curio shop, and swimming pool. No matter where one chooses to relax, the surrounding panoramas are magnificent, with dramatic skies, vast plains, and wandering wildlife. The experiences on offer do not disappoint – morning and afternoon game drives in the private reserve, the action at the waterhole in front of the lodge, night drives with expert guides, and, of course, tracking endangered rhino, the icons of the area. www.naturalselection.travel

SAFARIHOEK LODGE

HOANIB VALLEY CAMP

Safarihoek Lodge is set in an epic wilderness of savanna on an expansive 60,000-hectare private reserve close to Etosha National Park. Set on a hill overlooking the plains, it offers 11 thatched chalets with private decks and en-suite bathrooms (eight with outdoor showers). The main lodge houses a spacious lounge, dining area and bar, wine cellar, and small curio shop. The outdoor swimming pool boasts 180-degree views of the savanna. Access to the reserve is restricted, ensuring exclusive wildlife experiences. Guests here enjoy day and night game drives, rhino tracking, and access to the double-tiered photography hide. www.naturalselection.travel

In a country packed with spectacularly beautiful landscapes, Kaokoland may just be the most incredible of them all. It is found deep in north-western Namibia and characterized by towering mountains, sand dunes, and expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. Hoanib Valley Camp is in the middle of this remote and wild environment. This camp is a joint venture between local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation. The camp is an elegant, intimate affair with six rooms that blend seamlessly with the environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape down to a tee. Rooms have private verandas for indulging in the spectacular views while sipping gin and tonics. Days are spent tracking endangered rhino and desert-adapted elephant and giraffe. www.naturalselection.travel

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SHIPWRECK LODGE Shipwreck Lodge, the only lodge in the famous Namibian Skeleton Coast, is perfect for those longing for tranquility and an immersion in nature. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the dunes of the Namib Desert, guests experience a unique luxury setting while also exploring the untouched nature of the Skeleton Coast National Park. Each wooden cabin is shaped like a shipwreck with the 10 cabins forming a dramatic silhouette against the dunes surrounding the lodge.  Guests experience luxurious details like fresh-baked goods, wood-burning stoves in each room and the fresh breeze of

the Atlantic Ocean.  Visitors can look forward to appreciating the harsh beauty of the desert and solitary landscapes with plenty of geological history. The desert-adapted animals and the ocean shore can be viewed from the comfortable deck of the restaurant area. For the more adventurous at heart, guided exhibitions lead to the roaring dunes, clay castles, a seal colony, as well as exploration of the dunes on a quad bike. The lodge partners with local conservancies to host guests, ensuring a focus on eco-tourism. www.shipwrecklodge.com.na

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DESERT RHINO CAMP In a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, Desert Rhino Camp lies in the midst of the enormous Palmwag Concession. Here, trackers patrol and protect one of the largest free-ranging populations of the endangered desert-adapted rhino in Africa. Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle with these dedicated men is an original and exclusive wilderness experience. Other activity options include exploring the area on full-day outings, game and nature drives, and guided walks. The Palmwag Concession also supports healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, plains game, and predators. Birdlife is prolific. The camp has eight comfortable Meru-style tents and a main area that overlooks a sweeping plain that is dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the Welwitschia. At night, guests gather around the campfire to swap stories of the day under Namibia’s star-studded skies. www.wilderness-safaris.com

HOANIB CAMP

SERRA CAFEMA CAMP

The name “Skeleton Coast” conjures up romantic images of desolate beauty and the enigmatic and remote Hoanib region in Namibia’s Kaokoveld does not disappoint. The dry bed of the Hoanib River supports a thin green ribbon of vegetation and the wild beaches of the Atlantic coast are within reach, with their noisy seal colonies and shipwreck remnants. Eight large en-suite tents (including a family unit) and the main area provide shady viewing points, while nature drives into the surrounding area expose a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife, including desert-adapted lion and brown hyaena. www.wilderness-safaris.com

Set under trees on the lush banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwind, and relax to the sound of rushing waters of the river, while also having the opportunity to explore one of the driest deserts in the world. Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions through the landscape complete the soul-stirring experience on offer at Serra Cafema. The eight well-appointed chalets are set on elevated decks and crafted in wood, canvas, and thatch to create a unique camp that is at one with its surroundings and celebrates the culture of the Himba people. The main area boasts spectacular views of the river. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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ANDBEYOND SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE Emerging from the landscape is andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, a masterpiece of glass, rock, and steel pavilions with a bold geometric structure at the center. Overlooking the Namib Desert, the 10 exquisite suites reflect chic desert-inspired minimalism. The twobedroomed Star Dune Suite is ideal for families or groups of friends. Sustainable design solutions allow for ultramodern water saving mechanisms, recycling systems and photovoltaic power generation in every room. The guest area features floor-to-ceiling, frameless glass panels that fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas. An

inviting island bar and sitting room allows for convivial conversation while the interactive kitchen allows guests to create their own dishes and menus. The Safari Shop is an Aladdin’s cave of craft offerings. Other signature features include a one-of-a-kind gym, elevated to catch the desert sunrise while doing an early-morning yoga session or quick session on the treadmill. The wellness center offers a treatment room and a private spa-bath, as well as a wet treatment room, complete with its own skylight for early-evening stargazing. www.andBeyond.com

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Zongo

Bondo

Lake Turkana

U GA N DA Lisala

Lake Albert

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Djolu Ubundu

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Lake Victoria

Lake Edward

KIGALI Lake Kivu

Kindu

Maasai Mara

Musoma

RWA NDA

Arusha Lake Eyasi

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Kasongo

NAIROBI

Lake Natron

Mwanza

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Ewaso Nyiro River

Kisumu

Kilimanjaro

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Lake Tanganyika

Kalemie

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Tshikapa Lake Rukwa

Kamina

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EAST AFRICA East Africa – Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania – has long attracted visitors because of the diversity of experiences on offer from superb African wildlife safaris to pristine beach destinations, and everything in between. This is the place to search for tree-climbing lions, experience the “great migration” of more than 2 million animals across the plains of the Serengeti, visit the enigmatic and game-rich volcanic bowl of the Ngorongoro Crater, find elusive gorillas, or go on chimpanzee treks. The region is home to the Great Rift Valley, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the famous spice island of Zanzibar with its magnificent coral reefs and eclectic culture.

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BISATE Bisate Lodge boasts dramatic views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcano peaks rising through the forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. It is within easy driving distance of the park headquarters, which act as the starting point for the once-in-alifetime gorilla treks that depart daily. There is lots to do around Bisate, including visits to local communities, birding, golden monkey tracking, and helping to “reforest” the area. Key attractions are

Gorilla Guardian Village, the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera, and Dian Fossey’s grave. The six opulent and en-suite forest villas on offer each have a lounge, dining and bar area, wine cellar, and viewing deck with outstanding views of the surrounds. A central fireplace keeps guests warm in colder weather. Both the architecture and interior décor are rooted in Rwandan cultural traditions.

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Six opulent forest villas with lounges, dining areas, wine cellars, and decks.

Tasty food served in an outstanding natural setting and friendly ambience.

Exciting gorilla treks, monkey tracking, cultural tours, and great birding.

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Magashi Camp is in the phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park, overlooking scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera boasts some of the most scenic landscapes in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamps, and grassy, low-lying mountains. It is also home to one of Africa’s highest densities of hippo, large crocodiles, the rare sitatunga, and more than 520 bird species. Teeming with plains game, Akagera also boasts a healthy

population of lion that were re-introduced to the region in 2015 after a 20-year absence. Guests staying at Magashi Camp have exclusive traversing rights to a section of Akagera, which is also home to a thriving leopard population. Six spacious tents are set overlooking the lake. The main area is home to a luxurious lounge, dining, and bar area, swimming pool and viewing deck. www.wilderness-safaris.com

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Six spacious tents wellequipped for comfort and set overlooking the lake.

Great food enjoyed in the main dining area with its luxurious lounge and bar area.

Game drives within an exclusive-use area of the park, known for abundant wildlife.


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Singita Volcanoes National Park Set on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where more than a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in highaltitude cloud forests, Singita Kwitonda Lodge and the exclusive-use Kataza House provide the perfect springboard for life-changing gorilla-trekking experiences. Taking its cue from Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage and the conservation of these animals, Singita Volcanoes National Park provides a nurturing environment in which to meet these gentle giants of the forest. Guest suites include private heated plunge pools and massage areas. A dedicated Conservation Room,

Gear Room, and vegetable garden providing fresh produce for the lodge’s farm-to-table food journey further enhances the experience. The creative inspiration provided by the gorillas translates to an authentically African experience that is layered in textures, tones and décor elements reflecting their strength as well as their gentle nature. Raising the bar on sustainable ecotourism, Singita Volcanoes National Park contributes significantly to conservation, community partnerships and reforestation efforts in the area. www.singita.com

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ONE&ONLY GORILLA’S NEST In the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest makes the magical possible through a once-in-a-lifetime, personal encounter with the rare mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat. The resort, modern in design, yet with traditional Rwandan influences, offers 21 guest rooms and suites, plus two super suites. Each room has a private deck and in-room fireplace. The property is situated just five

minutes away from Volcanoes National Park, named for the five dormant volcanoes within its borders. The park is also categorized as a rainforest, which supports an array of colorful birdlife. Guests are welcomed by the stunning view of the Main Lodge as they head up the volcano stone driveway to be greeted with a traditional Rwandan welcome and signature One&Only Gorilla’s Nest drink. www.oneandonlyresorts.com

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Ten forest lodges, four twobedroom lodges, and seven one-bedroom suitess.

Once-in-a-lifetime personal encounters with the majestic and rare mountain gorillas.

Fabulous cuisine and good wines served in a stunning setting.

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Nyungwe House is a one-of-a-kind destination where once-in-alifetime moments inspired by the land, the wildlife and the people are curated for guests. This is a journey few will ever take. One&Only Nyungwe House is set on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest. Part of a working tea plantation, her recent transformation provides a distinctly modern energy. Every newly transformed room and suite has been architecturally designed to frame the

best aspects of Nyungwe’s natural beauty. With an emphasis on indoor and outdoor living, the 22 luxury rooms and suites situated in eight stunning wooden villas have extended furnished balconies with mesmerizing views of the surrounds. Guests here socialize with like-minded worldly travelers in beautiful settings: around the fire pit, the idyllic infinity pool and at daily aperitif gatherings. www.oneandonlyresorts.com

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Stunning and extremely comfortable rooms and suites, all with private verandas.

Great food, stellar atmosphere, and stunning settings to enjoy it in.

Customized experiences and excursions on offer at this unique location.


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MANTIS KIVU QUEEN UBARANGA Mantis Kivu Queen uBaranga is a large luxury houseboat traversing one of Africa’s great lakes. Guests enjoy a luxurious tour in the mild equatorial climate with picturesque views of the clear waters of Lake Kivu. The Mantis Kivu Queen with 10 luxury cabins voyages the length of Lake Kivu calling in at Rubavu in the north, where the active Nyiragongo volcano touches the water; past Idjwi Island and paying respect to the ancient pygmy tribes; stopping off to taste the teas and coffees of the well-organized farming cooperatives; to lay up alongside one of the most biodiverse

ecozones of the world – the Albertine rift montane forests. Visiting the Nyungwe forest in the south is best done with the Kivu Queen as your host. Here a quarter of all Africa’s primate species live, including many chimpanzee troops and even the rare Angolan colobus monkey. Meals are a stately affair of fine dining accompanied by fine wines. There is plenty to do on the boat, including escaping to the onboard wellness center and taking a dip in the splash pool or hot tub. www.mantiscollection.com

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Guests dine in style, enjoying delicious cuisine on this luxurious vessel.

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MANTIS CLEO LAKE KIVU HOTEL Unearthed by Mantis, a luxurious marina lifestyle, easy access to primate adventures, and luxurious suites await at Mantis Cleo Lake Kivu Hotel in Bwishruya. Etched into a rocky embankment, the hotel is in the heart of Bwishruya. This stone and glass oasis has 14 suites and a four-bedroom villa with minimalistic furnishing and subtle color palettes inspired by the abundance of foliage and the great African lake. All suites and the villa have every amenity needed for an extremely comfortable stay. The sophisticated cuisine introduces guests’ tastebuds to both local and new global food trends. This is

paired with generous Mantis service, bird watching, water sports, and coffee plantation tours. Cleo Lake Kivu is easily accessible by road (130 kilometers from Kigali), 30 minutes by helicopter flight to land on a private helipad, and by lake through its marina bay. Guests can see mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park and 20 of the world’s primate species at Nyungwe Forest. This is the place to become immersed in local culture, including a visit to Idjwi Island and a chance to pay respect to the pygmy community. www.mantiscollection.com

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The well-appointed suites have every amenity needed, including air-conditioning and WiFi.

The focus is on using fresh, seasonal ingredients to make trendy and delicious meals.

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MANTIS AKAGERA GAME LODGE Mantis Akagera Game Lodge is in the southern section of the beautiful Akagera National Park, just 20 minutes from Lake Ihema, perfect for water-based safaris, and two hours’ drive from Kigali. Akagera National Park, the only Big 5 reserve in Rwanda, offers its guests a truly exceptional wildlife experience. Close on 500 bird species, including the rare Shoebill and Papyrus Gonolek, have been documented in this region. The unique diversity of habitats, including seven lakes, marshes, a savanna, mountains, and woodland, make up the largest protected wetland in central

Africa. Newly renovated with a touch of Mantis charm, all bedrooms are en-suite and air-conditioned. The bedrooms on the first floor feature a balcony overlooking the park and enabling views of the famed Rwandan sunrises. The downstairs bedrooms are larger, accommodating families with children under 12 years. Facilities include a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and conference room – the only facilities of this kind within the park. www.mantiscollection.com

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En-suite and air-conditioned rooms, pool, bar, restaurant, and conference room.

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SANCTUARY NGORONGORO CRATER CAMP Situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp and its 10 classic canvas tents are set among the region’s striking acacia trees. Facing south into the forest’s canopy, the camp has a unique perspective on the extinct volcano landscape. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, designed for contemporary tastes, with an indoor camp shower. The lounge, dining room, and wraparound decking are elevated to ensure panoramic views. The camp’s location on the east side of the rim guarantees quick and easy access to the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Thanks to the year-round water supply in the crater, there is a captivating cast of black rhinos, wildebeest, zebra, hippo, and elephants. This natural enclosure is also home to a significant population of predators, including lions, hyenas, cheetahs, and the ever-elusive leopard. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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SANCTUARY KICHAKANI SERENGETI CAMP

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. Surrounded by jagged valleys, lakes, waterfalls, mountain ranges, and volcanoes, this exclusive camp is one of the most remote in Africa. The comfortable canvas tents are dressed in indigenous prints. Each has a spacious, stone-walled bathroom with freestanding bath. The communal area with its elegant dining area looks onto the rainforest. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for gorilla trekking, offering guests an intimate experience with only a select number of permits available each day. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

Guests staying at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania are invited to intimately experience the movement of a million-plus wildebeest and zebra, and view the predators that stalk them, as they follow the fresh grasses across the Serengeti plains during the annual migration cycle. With an elegant contemporary take on the classic campaign look, the camp offers accommodation in 10 5-star tents, all styled with distinction and outfitted for utter comfort. The camp features a grand central canopied area where the main tent flows into lounges and dining wings. The tents can be opened to reveal the soul-stirring landscape. Thanks to the on-the-go nature of the canvas-constructed camp that moves between two set locations during the year, there is little impact on the environment meaning that guests here cast a lighter ecological shadow. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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SANCTUARY KUSINI Located in the Serengeti’s remote south, Sanctuary Kusini overlooks predator-populated plains that promise exciting and year-round game viewing. The main lodge is set around a cluster of spectacular rocky outcrops offering guests front-row seats for the exhilarating Great Migration that passes through at full throttle. This charismatic camp’s 12 open-plan and en-suite tents feature wooden floors and a décor of neutral tones and shades of green that complement the natural African setting. The rustic spirit of this intimate camp is totally in tune with local life and the magnificent East African landscapes, while the re-imagined tents promise above-and-beyond luxuries. Three-course suppers are served under the stars or in the central mess tent. Activities on offer include game drives, bush picnics, sundowners on the rocks, and a spectacular cosmic safari of the African night sky. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

SANCTUARY OLONANA Sanctuary Olonana is an exceptional safari lodge on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s famous Masai Mara. The 14 suites boast floor-to-ceiling glass doors that fold open to reveal magnificent views of the river. Refined marble- and slate-accented bathrooms have a generous tub, double vanity, and rain shower. The new Geoffrey Kent suite offers a sophisticated free-flowing space with two private bedrooms, wraparound decking and infinity pool, and a private vehicle and chef. This is one of the best places in East Africa to see the wildebeest migration. There is an abundance of facilities, including a library, swimming pool, organic garden where much of the food served in camp is grown, and a mini spa offering traditional African remedies. Activities include game drives, cultural visits, sundowners, scenic flights, and balloon rides. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

SANCTUARY SWALA In the heart of Maasai country and a remote corner of the Tarangire National Park, Sanctuary Swala offers an exclusive safari experience. Twelve eco-friendly, spacious canvas pavilions set amid giant acacia trees overlook a popular waterhole. Indoor and outdoor bush-view showers, floor-to-ceiling views and private decking ensure magical wildlife moments. The communal spaces blend chic style with relaxed open-air living. Scrumptious cuisine offers an insight into local flavors with expertly prepared dishes complemented by Africa’s finest wine. Guests can expect Big 5 encounters and elephants, hippos, and lions all roam within sight of the camp. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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FAIRMONT MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CLUB Nestled in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya, and with a history as rich and evocative as the surrounding landscape, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is strategically located on the equator within the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. The guest rooms, suites, cottages, and villas reflect the original charm of the residence complete with modern day amenities. The property is spread over 100 acres with manicured gardens and tranquil streams and with spectacular views of Mount Kenya in the distance. There is an exciting array of outdoor adventures available from golfing on the equator to horse and bike riding in the forest and visits to the animal orphanage. Add that to the amazing slopes breakfast and bush dining experience and it is easy to see why Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is the country’s most famous retreat. www.fairmont.com

FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK Whether visitors are passing through on business or on a safari, Fairmont The Norfolk, which opened in 1904, is a celebrated Kenyan landmark. It has played host to presidents, actors, authors, and musicians, as well as travelers from around the globe. This is the best base to explore Nairobi’s downtown district and wildlife conservancies. There are 170 beautifully appointed rooms and signature suites set within tropical gardens. Facilities include a heated outdoor pool, health club with spa, and a gym. Meeting and conference facilities cater to business needs, while award-winning restaurants serve excellent Kenyan and international cuisine. www.fairmont.com

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FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB Fairmont Mara Safari Club is tucked peacefully in the northwestern corner of the renowned Maasai Mara, at the foot of Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Conservation. This area is home to the great wildebeest migration. The resort combines a traditional camping and safari experience with the comforts of a luxury resort hotel. Each tent includes a four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom, and private deck overlooking the river where pods of hippos gather. The 51-tented property is perfect for leisure and safari experiences with knowledgeable spotters that go with groups and couples. The exciting game drives are complemented by the most scenic sundowner cocktails and dining experiences in the bush. Guests also enjoy use of the outdoor swimming pool, lounge, and restaurant. Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the perfect base for safari adventure in the incredible African savanna. www.fairmont.com


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Mahali Mzuri Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury 12-tented safari camp in Kenya’s world-famous Maasai Mara ecosystem, offers guests a front row seat to a stunning wildlife show. The safari camp is found within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, encompassing 13,500 hectares and it is right in the path of the annual Great Migration. There are endless opportunities for game viewing all year-round! Even the luxurious tents, designed to be stylish homes away from home, provide some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. This is the place to grab a pair of binoculars, step outside and see what

can be scouted from the private decks. Besides enjoying the abundant wildlife on twice-daily game drives, guests are welcome to visit the local Maasai community to experience a flavor of daily life in the Mara and learn about the local Maasai tribe. If one is looking to kick back and relax, there is the inviting 12-metre infinity pool and the chance to indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment. The flavorful pan-African dishes on offer are enjoyed in the bush, dining room or starlit boma. www.virginlimitededition.com

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Luxury tented safari camp in Kenya’s world famous Maasai Mara.

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angama mara High above Kenya’s Maasai Mara, where some of the most romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, sits Angama Mara comprising two intimate camps, each encompassing 15 tented suites. Built on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, this lodge boasts outstanding game viewing year-round, with exclusive access to the reserve. Inspired by the Swahili word for “suspended in mid-air”, Angama Mara floats 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara. Every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each suite. Tailor-made safaris days are as action-packed or as gentle as guests

choose. In addition to consistently excellent game viewing, including Africa’s Big 5, guests can experience hot air ballooning, walking safaris, garden-to-table lunches in the Shamba, photographic safaris, use of the Photographic Studio, a fitness center, a 40-foot-long swimming pool, a curated gallery of African art, clothing and jewelry, and a sun-filled studio where local Maasai women work at beading bespoke items. Angama Mara was named #1 Safari Lodge in Africa by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. www.angama.com

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Tented suites in classical safari style with end-to-end glass frontage and decks.

Classic safari style cuisine made from Kenya’s finest and freshest produce.

Tailored game drive and walking safaris, and a host of other exciting activity options.

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ANDBEYOND GRUMETI SERENGETI The andBeyond 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 seasonal wildebeest crossing, excellent year-round lion sightings, and the topi migration. Rustic yet sophisticated, all 10 of the tented suites 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 some periods in 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 added charge: hot-air balloon safaris available nearby, community visits, and day trips to Lake Victoria. www.andBeyond.com

ANDBEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE Perched above swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the sumptuous safari suites at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge have breathtaking views. Three separate and intimate camps totaling 30 suites provide an atmosphere 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, community visits, and walks. Activities at an added charge: crater floor banquets, day trips to Olduvai Gorge and the Shifting Sands, three walking safaris, wine tasting and wine store functions, and visits to the Hadzabe people. www.andBeyond.com

ANDBEYOND KICHWA TEMBO Steeped in the aura of classical safari, 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. The guest areas include a double-story bar and lounge area. The split-level dining area has been designed around an interactive kitchen and vegetable garden. Activities include twice-daily game drives. Activities at an added charge: bush walks, night drives, hot-air ballooning, community visits, Maasai dance and talks, and a popular WILDChild programme. www.andBeyond.com

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Singita Serengeti Teeming with wildlife, the savannah plains in the western corridor of the Serengeti in Tanzania feature vast herds of game, predators, and beautiful birdlife. Singita Grumeti is next to the Serengeti National Park, an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem – the home of the Great Migration. While the migration is a definite highlight, the 350,000 acres of wilderness offers great game viewing year-round. Guests can choose from various lodges and camps, including Singita Faru Faru Lodge, a contemporary riverine sanctuary; Singita Sasakwa Lodge, a stately manor-style lodge set on a hilltop with unmatched

views; Singita Sabora Tented Camp, a nostalgic interpretation of the explorers’ camps of the 1920s; Singita Serengeti House, an exclusiveuse villa; and Singita Explore, a mobile tented camp set up in exclusive locations. Singita Lamai is located in the Lamai triangle, covering 98,000 acres of the northernmost tip of the Serengeti. It is here that Singita Mara River Tented Camp – operating entirely off the grid – offers one of the most remote settings to connect with this wilderness and its high concentrations of wildlife. www.singita.com

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A range of options, including luxurious lodges and mobile tented safaris.

Unique food journeys complement the distinct setting of each lodge.

Unforgettable game viewing in the heart of the Great Migration.

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MANTIS SIRINGIT SERENGETI CAMP Connect to the wilderness in luxury at Siringit Serengeti Camp where the millions of hooves of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle undertake their annual migration to new grazing lands. In the heart of the Serengeti National Park, the camp offers exclusive access to the abundance of wildlife in the area and is renowned for its wealth of leopard and lion. Guests can experience the quiet brilliance of nature from the comfort of camp chairs outside the tents or venture out to catch sight of the wildlife and many bird species. This is a glamorous camping

destination offering nine luxurious and elevated tents. Eight tents can accommodate up to two guests, and a family tent up to four guests. The tents feature a private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. In the camp’s center, a furnished and comfortable lounge tent with veranda offers spectacular views over vast expansive plains. This is a wonderful place to unwind with a refreshing drink before or after game drives or to relax with a riveting book. www.mantiscollection.com

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ELEWANA SAND RIVER MASAI MARA Situated on a secluded site on the banks of the splendid Sand River, Elewana Sand River Masai Mara was designed and built in the elegant style reminiscent of late 1920s safaris. Here, guests can sink back in time and savor the same glamorous ambience, unspoiled scenery and spectacular game viewing as the Hollywood stars, royalty, and celebrities of that classic era. The camp is on the migration route of the immense herds that trek between the Serengeti and Masai Mara every year following the rains looking for greener pastures. During this time, guests literally become part of the wildlife drama. Sprawling lines of wildebeest cross the Sand River and weave their way right through the camp. The camp is divided into adjoining campsites of 6 and 10 tents, each with its own dining and public areas. Elewana Sand River Masai Mara promises an unforgettable safari experience. www.elewanacollection.com

ELEWANA ELSA’S KOPJE Elewana Elsa’s Kopje is one of the most elegant lodges in Africa in Meru National Park. Nestled into Mughwango Hill, each cottage incorporates the natural features of the rocky hillside. An elegant lounge and dining area, gorgeous infinity pool, and stunning sundowner viewpoint make this the ultimate safari destination. Meru’s rich wildlife diversity includes rare and endemic species, as well as more than 450 bird species and buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and cheetah. This destination was ranked number 11 in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards’ 50 Best Resorts in the World and number 5 in its Top 30 Resorts in Africa. www.elewanacollection.com

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ELEWANA LOISABA LODO SPRINGS Located in the 57,000-acre Loisaba Conservancy, Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs offers an ultra-private experience with eight tented rooms boasting views that reach across the Laikipia Plateau stretching out to Mount Kenya. Every room is assigned an Elewana Guest Ambassador, a dedicated safari vehicle and a highly qualified field guide. Activities include game drives, bush meals and sundowners, bush walks, horse and camel riding for experienced riders, and access to the Loisaba Running Track, designed for customizable workouts. Loisaba is a private wildlife conservancy: a beautiful landscape with rivers, forests, springs, valleys, and open plains that is also an important elephant haven. Loisaba combines conservation, community, and green operations, ensuring maximum socioeconomic impact. The profits are reinvested into the conservation of this critical ecosystem. www.elewanacollection.com


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ELEWANA ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE A welcoming retreat of great aromas, gourmet food and lush gardens greets guests at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge, found on a coffee plantation just outside Arusha city. Reminiscent of traditional plantation houses outside, the rooms and suites are modern and spacious inside with views of the gardens. The main area offers a spa, swimming pool, restaurant, and a café bistro. Guests can partake in a coffee tour culminating in a tasting of the farm’s coffee blends or visit Traders Walk, a collection of five on-site boutiques. These include Shanga, run by Tanzanians with disabilities who produce beautiful arts and crafts. There is a Tanzanite Centre and the Soko Giftshop that is stocked with all sorts of wonderful gifts. Kahawa, a coffee shop with freshly brewed coffee and delicious home-baked cakes, provides the end to a perfect day. www.elewanacollection.com

ELEWANA SERENGETI PIONEER CAMP

ELEWANA TARANGIRE TREETOPS

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp is perched on a rocky outcrop in the South Central Serengeti National Park affording dramatic views. Close to Moru Kopjes, Alan Root, world-renowned researcher and filmmaker, chose the site. The camp, designed to have limited impact, has the feel of a 1930s mobile safari camp, but with the modern amenities of a luxury camp. The 12 tents are tastefully decorated with campaign-style safari furniture and en-suite bathrooms offer steaming hot solar-heated showers. Each tent has a personal room attendant. The tented suites offer a truly back-to-nature feel. The views from the bar and lounge are spectacular, providing the most memorable location for sundowners. Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards ranked Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp number 17 of the Top 30 Resorts in Africa in 2019. www.elewanacollection.com

Situated in Tarangire National Park, Elewana Tarangire Treetops promises a secluded safari experience. The luxurious tree-top rooms with spacious balconies afford incredible views and the rooms are lavishly furnished with a contemporary African décor. The lounge and dining room, surrounding a Baobab tree, overlook the swimming pool and a busy waterhole. Bush walks and night game drives are possible, enabling a more intimate experience with the bush and the chance to view nocturnal animals. Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards ranked Elewana Tarangire Treetops number 12 in the Top 30 Resorts in Africa in 2019. www.elewanacollection.com

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SEYCHELLES

MAURITIUS

MALDIVES

MADAGASCAR

The picturesque Seychelles, set off the African coastline, is made up of 115 coral and granite islands surrounded by aquamarine, warm ocean waters. Home to a cosmopolitan blend of cultures, this island destination is perfect for those looking for barefoot luxury, immersion in nature, romance and pampering, or outdoor water adventures, including world-class fishing, diving, and snorkeling. The islands are renowned for their pristine beaches framed by golden sand, warm tropical climate, and unusual plant and animal life – such as the jellyfish tree, the Coco-der-Mer nut, the largest seed in the world, the Aldabra Atoll, the largest raised coral atoll in the world, and Esmeralda, the heaviest land tortoise at 304 kilograms still living in the wild. Island hopping is the best way to sample all the delights that the Seychelles offers.

The idyllic island of Mauritius is renowned as a spectacularly romantic destination with its gorgeous white-sand beaches, crystal-clear ocean waters, lagoons, and balmy tropical climate. This volcanic island is home to an eclectic mix of cultures, as well as more than 700 species of indigenous plants. A great year-round destination, there is plenty of choice when it comes to how to spend one’s days and nights. The beaches are a popular choice, as is shopping, relaxing on a private deck looking out onto the calm ocean waters, pampering sessions at a spa, or heading out to experience the ocean on a wide range of water sports. A favored destination by both honeymooners and families, Mauritius provides a rich contrast of culture, color, cuisine, and scenery that is unforgettable.

The Maldives promises an unsurpassed island experience to discerning guests looking for exclusive and unforgettable memories. These more than 1,000 coral islands form 26 coral atolls in the warm Indian Ocean waters – none is more than 1.8 meters above sea level. An outstanding diving location with some of the most spectacular marine and coral life in the world, the Maldives is an exotic destination perfect for those seeking to celebrate or rekindle their love, and those wanting an exclusive outdoor adventure. The diversity of culture on the islands is rich and vibrant, matching the diversity of flora, including more than 250 varieties of exotic trees, and fauna discovered on walking and biking trails. Elusive and exclusive, the Maldives enchants all who step foot on it.

Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is largely unspoilt and unique in that it is home to 5 percent of all known species (animal and plant), which can only be found here. This is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers – nowhere on earth quite compares in terms of the diversity of species and landscapes. The island is home to rainforests, with hundreds of orchids, sandstone canyons, mountains, and deserts, as well as the famous lemur, colorful chameleons, vivid frogs, and the cat-like fossa. Visitors here often want to stay longer to indulge in even more activities from hiking and biking, to swimming, kitesurfing, diving, and rock-climbing. The local culture is as eclectic, a veritable cultural melting pot, which reflects beautifully in the architecture, festivals, and cuisine on offer.

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REUNION

ST HELENA

MOZAMBIQUE

ZANZIBAR

Tranquil Reunion is the epitome of laidback island living with its pristine beaches and ocean waters, hospitable people, and astounding mix of wild natural beauty. Landscapes vary from volcanic landscapes to lush green wilderness. The rich cultural heritage of Reunion blends elements from Madagascar, Europe, and Asia resulting in an eclectic and fascinating offering. Exploring the island is a treat with more than a third of land still covered with forests and wild plants, home to a large variety of birdlife, as well as a still active volcano. And, of course, the beautiful waters surrounding it beg to be explored on boating, swimming, snorkeling, and diving trips. A marine natural reserve to the west and southwest of the island protects beautiful coral reefs and is home to more than 3,500 ocean species.

St Helena Island is one of the remotest settled islands in the world. Its sub-tropical landscape and extensive range of heritage and adventure experiences have ensured its place in the heart of the discerning traveler. The striking natural geology and vegetation is worth a trip in itself, but activities on offer range from heritage tours, walks and hikes, to boating and diving experiences. There are endemic plants, including the white ebony flower, and animal species found here, including the endangered wirebird. The coral ecosystems are well preserved and home to an abundance of fish species. The locals are known as “Saints” and live up to their nickname with their welcome and hospitable natures. Promising an exceptional nature experience, St Helena Island is perfect for romantic souls looking to explore the remotest areas of Africa.

Mozambique is famous for its culture, cuisine, and luxurious beach and island locations. The oceans are brimming with a dazzling array of marine life luring all water-sport adventurers to come explore – whether this is on a boat cruising between islands, deep-sea fishing, or diving close to the renowned reefs, and in waters teeming with tropical fish. The archipelagos are favored destinations with the reefs of Bazaruto Archipelago protecting rare marine life, such as the dugongs. The wide variety of wildlife found on the mainland includes elephants, water buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and lions offering guests to the country a bush and beach experience. Its signature spicy cuisine speaks to the intermingling of cultures that has happened here over the centuries and its fresh seafood is not to be missed.

Fondly known as the spice island in memory of its trading heritage, Zanzibar Island is set off the coast of Tanzania. It is characterized by exquisite white-sand beaches, fringed by palm trees, and lapped by turquoise waters. The coral reefs are brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life and wait to be explored on boating or whitesailed dhow, diving, and snorkeling excursions. Exploring the island itself is sure to enchant with its vibrant markets, cobbled streets, and colorful locals. Favored activities include spice tours, food tasting sessions, and guided walks of Stone Town, a World Heritage Site. Many of the beaches are turtle hatching grounds, an unforgettable experience, and the island is home to the endangered red colobus monkey. Offering a sensory experience bar none, Zanzibar will appeal to those looking for a sense of exotic Africa.


DESTINATIONS Botswana Egypt EthiopiA Kenya Madagascar Maldives Mauritius MOROCCO Mozambique Namibia

Reunion Rwanda Seychelles South Africa St Helena Tanzania Uganda ZANZIBAR Zambia Zimbabwe

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Giltedge Magazine is published by Giltedge, an award-winning, luxury inbound tour operator with an in-depth knowledge of Southern Africa, Ea...

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