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Your African Adventure Awaitsâ€Ś We invite you to join us on tailor made African safaris that offer unique, luxury experiences in magnificent landscapes encompassed by exceptional African hospitality. Our specialist team has searched for the most extraordinary destinations coupled with unrivalled levels of luxury and service to be able to offer you, the discerning traveller, unique tailor made itineraries. Enjoy the collection of our favourite hotels, camps and lodges spread throughout Southern Africa in the countries of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe; the exotic destinations of East Africaâ€™s Kenya and Tanzania, extending to the idyllic Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius and Seychelles. Everything that we do is aimed at ensuring that you enjoy the most authentic travel experience possible whether that is in the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan African cities, the wilderness of isolated bush and desert landscapes or while immersing yourself in the turquoise waters and relaxing on the white sand beaches of the islands of the Indian Ocean. Set your own pace and vacation in your own style at all of our exclusive destinations. All Paradisreiser suppliers have been specifically selected for their unquestionable business ethics and quality of service as everything we do is aimed at ensuring that you enjoy the most authentic travel experience and the most life-enriching return on your vacation investment. Join us on an amazing journey of discovery of an awe-inspiring continent; you will never forget the inspiring experiences, exhilarating interactions and inspiring sights of Africa.
RESERVATIONS FOR TWO Experience the ultimate in romance when choosing an African destination
N Choose a magical African destination for unforgettable romantic experiences.
othing embodies romance more than a combination of exotic landscapes, exclusive and luxurious accommodation, outstanding personalized service, starlit nights, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and customized experiences. Africa excels in providing the ultimate in romantic moments and 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, Africa has it all. 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 worldâ€™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 stress-free experience. Those who choose Africa to celebrate or rekindle their love 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 and professional staff. Their only purpose is to ensure the most romantic vacation of a lifetime.
KIDS ON SAFARI Create fabulous family memories by taking your children on safari
nsure that nobody in the family is left out of the extraordinary adventure of an African safari. There are plenty of child-friendly and malaria-free safari destinations in Southern and East Africa that go out of their way to ensure that younger guests have just as unforgettable an experience as their parents. The emphasis is on introducing children to the wild and wildlife in a safe, fun, and educational way that gives them an appreciation of the beauty of the African landscape and the animal life it supports. This is most commonly done through walking safaris, spoor tracking classes, outdoor games, dedicated play areas, and adventure activities that are appropriately tailored for
children. Activities are age appropriate and overseen by professional rangers or childminders. This consideration extends to the culinary offerings with kidsâ€™ menus catering for simpler tastes and familiar foods; some experiences have them involved in preparing their food themselves. Lodge facilities often include professional childminding services to allow parents to enjoy some time alone or indulge in romantic, private dinners. Child-friendly safari destinations in Africa are dedicated to ensuring the safety and pleasure of younger guests. Choosing to go on safari as a family in Southern and East Africa will ensure that your children retain magical memories for years to come.
Choose to take your children on an adventure of a lifetime when opting for an African safari.
GOURMET SAFARIS Indulge in a plethora of taste sensations on an African gourmet safari
Look forward to fresh fruit, flavorful meat, and sublime seafood when going on a gourmet safari.
he culinary offering found at Africa’s most prized destinations is hard to beat given the unique take in each destination on local culture, food history, and locally sourced ingredients. Whether experienced on the lush wine farms of South Africa’s Western Cape province, on a bush picnic or around a blazing camp fire, or in the vibrant urban heart of the country’s capital cities, each dish reflects the nature of the surroundings. African cuisine embodies a rich cultural history, and sublime flavors. Opting for a gourmet safari will ensure a sated, yet inspired palate. South Africa is known for its diversity of food, from the juiciest of fruits, the most flavorful meats, and
mouthwatering curries, to the freshest seafood, and for the varied, all stunning, locations in which they can be enjoyed. Whether you are looking for 5-star, silver service dining in elegant and sophisticated venues, or hearty farm-style cooking served up in rustic kitchens or on bush picnics, know that your gourmet quest will be satisfied. And, of course, the choice of internationally renowned and award-winning wines the country is known for make a great accompaniment to any meal. There is also a thriving artisanal food market in the country, with products sampled at delis, farmers’ markets, and specialty shops. Africa provides inspiration for even the most jaded culinary connoisseur.
PRIVATE GUIDED SAFARIS Access the knowledge and passion of Africa’s expert rangers and guides
hile every safari experience in Africa is exciting and memorable, opting for a private guided safari opens another dimension to a game-viewing adventure. The exclusivity of these safaris allows you to really gain the most from the accompanying rangers and guides on game drives and walking safaris. These experienced professionals are both knowledgeable about the bush and its myriad of inhabitants – both large and small species – and passionate about the role they play in raising awareness, educating, and introducing people to the wonders of the wild. Their knowledge of local plant and birdlife is extensive and the best way to absorb this is in smaller groups led by a dedicated
guide. The opportunities to do this stretch across Southern and East Africa, from the continent’s majestic plains and evocative deserts, to the enigmatic deltas, inland waterways, and mighty rivers. Booking a private guided safari also ensures interactivity with the natural landscape, and opens many unique ways of exploring it. Complementing this exclusive service, is, of course, the guarantee of luxury accommodation, the finest in cuisine and wines, and a range of complementary experiences, including spa treatments, golfing, helicopter flips, and outdoor adventure options. No stone will be left unturned to ensure an unforgettable and life-changing private safari experience.
Choose an exclusive, immersive gameviewing experience with a private guided safari.
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e pride ourselves on discovering, finding, 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.
Follow your passion and interest on signature special interest tours.
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 ancient cities and Roman ruins, battlefield sites, and remote shrines. 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.
the very finest In search of the ultimate and exclusive African experience?
D Realize your safari dream when choosing to stay at one of Africaâ€™s very finest destinations.
iscerning and experienced travelers searching for those experiences that are truly unique and authentic will end their quest when discovering the very best lodges, hotels, and experiences that Africa has to offer. These exclusive destinations have gone out of their way to ensure that what they offer is a step above the rest in terms of luxury accommodation and amenities, activities on offer, gourmet cuisine and only the finest wines, and personalized service. They do this in a variety of settings throughout Southern and East Africa from chic urban boutique hotels, and remote island lodges, to tented camps set right in the heart of wildlife action. Each destination
offering only the most opulent and stylish accommodation options, accompanied by all that is needed for an utterly comfortable stay. It is not just the location or the unique perspective afforded guests wanting to go that extra mile, but also the level of service from private chefs, dedicated butlers, and exclusive guides and rangers on hand to ensure that your every need is met. Nothing is impossible at the very finest African destinations with itineraries tailored to your schedule, meals designed according to your preferences, and activities shaped to suit your interests and passions. There is an outstanding experience waiting in Africa for those wanting the extraordinary.
wine journeys Sign up for a wine journey through the beautiful estates of the Cape
outh Africa is home to an extraordinarily diverse collection of wine routes that span the Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces, as well as some found in KwaZulu-Natal. What sets them apart from other international wine routes is the emphasis on providing an unbeatable wine tourism experience. A visit to or stay on one of these estates is not only about wine tasting, but also about food and wine pairing (think chocolate and wine), outdoor adventure (horseriding trails between wine farms and river ferry tasting trips), game-viewing safaris, history, and culture (art galleries and music performances), and long, lazy games of boulles played on perfectly
manicured lawns. What sets the more than 20 routes apart from each other is the distinct character of each, built on the terroir of the region and the local culture. Cellars range from the ultra-modern with stainless steel tanks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and upmarket tasting rooms to the rustic where meeting the winemaker is not uncommon. South Africa is increasingly hailed for the quality and value-formoney of its wines, taking international awards on a regular basis. It is also a global leader with its brandy/cognac offering and renowned for its port-style wines. Whatever the route, whichever the cellar, your wine journey will deliver far more than expected!
Step into South Africaâ€™s wine country and sample the finer aspects of life.
SOUTH AFRICA South Africa is a treasure trove of beautiful landscapes, exciting outdoor experiences, friendly encounters, mix of cultures, and wildlife encounters. Its landscapes range from lush natural forests, high mountains, and deep canyons to soulful semi-desert interiors. Known fondly as the “Rainbow Nation” because of its diverse cultures and demographics, the country provides travelers with the dilemma of choosing where to go and what to do! The Gauteng region is known for its historical sites, including the “Cradle of Humankind” with its exciting hominid fossil finds, as well as upmarket shopping and entertainment options. Further south, KwaZulu-Natal province is home to the iconic iSimangaliso Wetland Park, award-winning reserves, and a renowned arts and craft route. In the interior, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces provide respite in their forested valleys and deep canyons, while the coastal regions of the Eastern Cape and Garden Route are known for their beautiful beaches, malaria-free game viewing destinations, lagoons, and lakes. The Western Cape encompasses stunning wine farms and South Africa’s “mother city” of Cape Town, known for its trendy shops, famous botanical garden, and world-famous Table Mountain. Wherever one goes in this beautiful country, there is no lack of culinary skill – from farm-style meals to sophisticated fine dining, award-winning wines, and inspiring accommodation options. There is something for everyone at the southern tip of Africa.
South Africa has three capital cities, and its nine provinces each have a capital city of their own. Pretoria is the administrative national capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital.
South Africa’s climate is as varied as its landscapes. Conditions range from Mediterranean in the southwest to temperate in the interior and subtropical in the northeast. Most of the country enjoys warm summers and cool winters.
South Africa’s currency is the Rand (R), which is divided into 100 cents (c).
South Africa offers an array of unique art and craft options, along with sophisticated mementos, as well as gold items, outstanding artworks, and jewelry.
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MUST SEE A visit to the urban centers of Johannesburg and Cape Town is a great complement to touring the expansive Winelands, game-rich northern regions, and beach destinations.
DID YOU KNOW... South Africa has 11 official languages to ensure inclusivity in a country where many groups were marginalized under the apartheid regime.
LIMPOPO Polokwane Hoedspruit
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
FREE STATE Upington
Cradock Beaufort West
Tulbagh Montagu Paarl
Port St Johns
Franschhoek George Swellendam Stellenbosch Hermanus Cape Agulhas
Port Alfred Knysna
CAPE PENINSULA Cape Town was South Africa’s first city, founded by the Dutch East India Company in the mid-1600s. Its beautiful peninsula is a popular tourism destination stretching as it does from the busy city center, known for its markets and eclectic array of eateries and shops, along the coastline. There is plenty to do and see in the vibrant city bowl, including Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, a range of interesting museums and art galleries, as well as bespoke shopping and entertainment options. The leafy Company Gardens is a great place to take a break. The coastal road winds its way through busy Sea Point to the suburbs of Camps Bay and Llandudno, popular with those looking to laze in the sun punctuated with leisurely lunches and cocktails enjoyed at a plethora of sidewalk cafés, bistros, and restaurants. A bit further along is the village of Hout Bay and scenic Chapman’s Peak. The next stop is the upmarket and coastal suburb of Noordhoek with its popular farm village. The villages after this – Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, and Scarborough – are loved for their laidback atmosphere. After Scarborough, the road bends around the peninsula to reach Cape Point and then return towards the city center. It passes the famous resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach and runs through Kalk Bay – home to artists and artisanal food outlets. Major attractions in this last stretch include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the famous wine farms of Constantia.
DID YOU KNOW...
Cape Town, known as South Africa’s “mother city” is the capital of the Western Cape province.
The Two Oceans Aquarium, located in the V&A Waterfront, will appeal to all ages with its extensive population of more than 3 000 creatures.
The original inhabitants of the Cape Town area – the Khoena – knew it as Camissa, a name given to places of “sweet” water that was safe for human consumption. Their settlement was established at one of the main rivers flowing from Table Mountain into the sea.
Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean-style climate with dry and warm summers, and wet and cool winters.
Cape Town is home to one of the world’s few city wine routes, found in the Constantia Valley. These farms are renowned for the quality of their wines.
Franschhoek V&A Waterfront Stellenbosch Sea Point
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Chapman’s Peak Noordhoek
Sunrise Beach Muizenburg St James
Simon’s Bay Simon’s Town Scarborough Miller’s Point Olifantsbos Bay
ATL ANTIC O CEAN Maclear Beach Cape of Good Hope
Rooikrans Cape Point
ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN
A trendy urban resort in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.
This venue in the heart of the V&A Waterfront offers the largest rooms and suites in Cape Town. Each stylishly designed and finished with original artworks.
Indulge in an array of local and international cuisine and Michelin-star chef restaurants, including Nobu, Isola, and Reuben’s. Sample a selection of the 5,000-strong cellar.
The hotel boasts a multi-award-winning spa set on a secluded island and the largest infinity swimming pool in the southern hemisphere. Children are most welcome.
ne&Only Cape Town is a destination unto itself – an urban chic waterfront resort providing an unprecedented level of luxury in South Africa. In the heart of the picturesque V&A Waterfront with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain, this contemporary resort features the largest accommodation in all of Cape Town, with a stylish island design and finished with original artworks by local artists accentuating the 131 spacious guest rooms and suites. Guests can experience the continent’s only outpost of Michelin-starred Nobu that fuses Japanese cuisine with Peruvian flavors, or dine poolside at Isola or at Reuben’s. They can sample the finest of the region’s vineyards from 5,000 bottles in the Wine Loft. In the lush serenity of the private island dedicated to wellbeing, guests can surrender to the therapist’s art of absolute rejuvenation. Every indulgent ESPA treatment is tailored to individual needs, harnessing the power of nature’s most potent ingredients to unwind and beautify body and mind. A specially designed KidsOnly Club caters to younger guests and offers daily complimentary supervised activities, including full and half-day programs. The state of the art club features arts and crafts areas to a high-tech movie and games entertainment hub, a quiet reading area, computer room, and now a new exclusive landscaped garden. Teenagers are spoilt for choice with a range of excursions including surfing lessons, indoor rock climbing, go karting, and ice skating. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
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ocated in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Table Bay hotel, part of The Sunlux Collection, is magnificent, an architectural masterpiece that captures the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, and the contemporary design of today. Perfectly positioned against the exquisite backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, it provides a gateway to Cape Town’s most popular allures. The Table Bay hotel, opened in May 1997 by iconic former South African president, Nelson Mandela, offers its guests absolute 5-star luxury with each of the 329 designer-decorated rooms and suites offering magnificent views across the bay to Robben Island or the majestic Table Mountain. Enjoy the “best breakfast in Cape Town” at The Atlantic, overlooking Table Mountain and the inner harbor. Try one of the creative cocktails in The Union Bar and then head over to Camissa, the hotel’s brasserie and wine room. Relax, unwind around the pool, or rejuvenate at the Table Bay Health Spa. Be graced by the synergy of two oceans, witness South Africa’s blooming flower power, take a trip to an island symbolic of resistance, explore a natural wonder of the world, and be captivated by the sheer beauty of the Cape’s breathtaking sceneries or majestic mammals. The Table Bay hotel is a premier conference center and has a stellar record as an event venue for international and local corporations. www.suninternational.com/table-bay
An architectural masterpiece offering a 5-star experience overlooking Table Bay in Cape Town.
Stay in luxurious designer-decorated suites, all outfitted for utter comfort and boasting beautiful views across the bay to Robben Island or Table Mountain.
Indulge in Cape Town’s “best breakfast”, High Tea, and fine dining at The Table Bay hotel – your expectations will be surpassed.
Set in the bustling V&A Waterfront, The Table Bay offers easy access to upmarket shops and eateries, as well as Cape Town’s most famous attractions.
Cape Grace S
et on a private quay between the V&A Waterfront’s bustling working harbor and tranquil yacht marina, Cape Grace provides the perfect location from which to enjoy Cape Town’s natural beauty and its unique cultural experiences. The experience begins in the beautiful reception lounge and extends to the spacious harbor and mountain-facing rooms. In cool hues of blue, warm shades of red, and rich tones of green and gold, each of the 120 guest rooms and suites is completely unique. Stories reflecting the charm and wonder of South African and Cape heritage present themselves in the choice of exquisite furniture, rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts, and original antiques. The local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair and fresh arrangements of proteas hint at the wonders of the natural botanical kingdom just waiting to be explored. Cape Grace invites guests to share in tailormade experiences that include sumptuous tasting menus, rare whisky pairings, luxurious spa treatments, and indulgent afternoon tea. All of these experiences have been thoughtfully created to enhance guests’ journey in the Cape and with Cape Grace. From the spa to the pool, Bascule Bar to Signal Restaurant, Cape Grace leaves no stone unturned to ensure an unforgettable stay. www.capegrace.com
Elegant accommodation in the perfect location, Cape Grace is known for its tailored experiences.
Cape Grace promises an exceptionally comfortable experience in uniquely designed rooms equipped with everything needed for an unforgettable stay.
Prepare for a culinary treat at Cape Grace with its varied dining venues all known for their outstanding food, and, of course, the famous afternoon tea.
Guests might not want to leave this hotel with its renowned dining venues, famous whisky bar, spa, and bespoke shopping experiences.
The Commodore Hotel
An ideal location in the V&A Waterfront, elegant rooms and suites, upmarket dining venues, and spa.
The 234 rooms at The Commodore Hotel are elegantly furnished with modern amenities geared to ensuring a comfortable stay, including 24-hour room service.
Look forward to great seafood, paired with fine wines, in a nautically themed setting at the Clipper restaurant with pre- or post-dinner drinks enjoyed in the cocktail bar and lounge.
The V&A Waterfront is a hive of activity and is only a short distance away from other Cape Town attractions, including Table Mountain.
ocated in the V&A Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town’s harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean, The Commodore Hotel offers a truly unique experience to discerning guests looking for a luxury stay. It is conveniently located only 22 kilometers from Cape Town International Airport. Stylish living, quality service, and a tranquil setting have ensured that business and leisure guests return year after year. The Commodore Hotel is perfectly located to allow exploration; not only of the Waterfront, but everything else that Cape Town offers, including Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Gardens, and Constantia wine farms. With 234 elegantly refurbished rooms and suites, guests can relax in comfortable spaces in rooms boasting air-conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower, as well as satellite TV, telephones, and 24-hour room service. Guests can dine in the Clipper restaurant, or enjoy a relaxing drink at the cocktail bar and lounge. The nautical theme of the hotel extends to the menu, which specializes in seafood delicacies. The Casuarina Spa offers unique experiences along with the latest treatments: advanced spa facials, massages, and spa therapies. Life really doesn’t get better than staying at The Commodore, a luxury hotel set within arm’s reach of world-class retail therapy and a vibrant nightlife scene – not to mention the beauty of nature nearby in the mountains and Atlantic Ocean. www.legacyhotels.co.za/en/hotels/commodore
Calling all adventurers, mavericks, trailblazers, voyagers and explorers.
Travel extraordinary and combine iconic Cape Town with the endless horizons of Namibia and the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Experience the Okavango Delta, the ultimate African safari. Travel further to other popular leisure destinations like Chobe, Livingstone, and the Kruger National Park, or even visit Mozambiqueâ€™s Bazaruto or Benguerra islands in the Indian Ocean.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
he Victoria & Alfred Hotel is situated in one of the country’s top destinations, Cape Town’s beautifully restored V&A Waterfront, just 25 kilometers from Cape Town International Airport and within walking distance of the city’s main attractions. Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivaled only by its relaxed atmosphere. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, it is named in honor of the Queen of England and her son, who visited the Cape in 1870, when Prince Alfred officially opened the Breakwater basin, today’s V&A Waterfront. Guests can walk in the utmost safety to some of the finest retail outlets, from designer stores to restaurants, craft markets, cinemas, and entertainment offered in the amphitheater. Ginja Restaurant encompasses a blend of artisanal, delicious, and wholesome food, with each table overlooking the harbor and majestic Table Mountain. With 94 spacious well-appointed bedrooms on three floors, it is the detail that gives the Victoria & Alfred Hotel its elegance, intimacy, romance, and reputation. All the rooms have tea/coffee-making facilities, safes, interactive and satellite television, and WiFi. Rooms face onto the mountain or piazza. www.vahotel.co.za
Enjoy a luxurious stay in the heart of Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront.
The 94 luxury and modern rooms of this prestigious hotel overlook either the buzzing V&A Waterfront or onto iconic Table Mountain.
The on-site, popular Ginja Restaurant, overlooking the harbor and majestic Table Mountain, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is within walking distance of many of Cape Town’s major tourist attractions, such as Table Mountain and the city center.
Queen Victoria Hotel & MANOR HOUSE W hat sets the Queen Victoria Hotel apart from other hotels at the world-renowned V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly its position. Located within a precinct of heritage buildings along Portswood Road – a main artery leading to and from the Waterfront – the Queen Victoria Hotel gives one a sense of being within the Waterfront’s vicinity, but removed from the frenetic pace of it. The overall look not only reflects the hotel’s unique location, but also encapsulates the luxurious style and attention to detail that defines small, luxury retreats around the world. Luxury and sophistication emanate through to the 35 luxurious rooms and suites, including a presidential suite with a generous terrace for al fresco entertaining. The Manor House, with four separate and private exclusive suites, is annexed to the Queen Victoria Hotel. The suites enjoy unrivaled and uninterrupted views of Table Mountain, each with their very own private patio or Juliet balcony. Guests can expect not only opulent and aspirational in-room amenities by Molton Brown but also a unique butler service. Guests also have access to a range of facilities offered by Newmark’s adjacent properties: the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, the Queen Victoria Hotel, and Dock House Boutique Hotel in the same precinct. From the food and beverage offering at Dash, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, to the interior aesthetics, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies a sense of international flair fused with local flavor. www.queenvictoriahotel.co.za
Luxury rooms, fine dining, easy access to renowned attractions, and all complemented with superb service.
The 35 luxurious rooms and suites available at the Queen Victoria exceed all expectations with attention paid to guests’ comfort and convenience.
The Dash Restaurant & Bar at the Queen Victoria Hotel offer guests a sophisticated fine dining experience with a well-crafted menu.
The luxurious hotel overlooks the vibrant V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain and is close to leading retail shops, restaurants, and the city’s main attractions.
Lawhill Luxury Apartments L
awhill Luxury Apartments offers a luxurious “home-away-from-home” experience to the discerning traveler looking for an exclusive experience in Cape Town, South Africa’s “mother city”. Located at the V&A Waterfront, in the heart of the city’s historic harbor, it offers privacy, yet is within walking distance from main attractions. These include the Waterfront shopping malls, cinemas, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Wheel, museums and other tourist attractions, including some of Cape Town’s finest nightspots and restaurants. Lawhill comprises 28 spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, and two three-bedroom penthouses, each of which are elegantly furnished, offering world-class hospitality and services. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and open-plan lounge, with complimentary tea and coffee facilities, air-conditioning and WiFi. Large private balconies and patios afford breathtaking views of the marina, the canal and the adjacent One & Only Hotel where Lawhill guests have direct access to the hotel and its awardwinning spa and restaurants. Step into luxury living at the “hottest address in Cape Town”. A dedicated reception desk, concierge service, daily housekeeping and 24-hour security ensure that guests are left wanting for nothing. www.lawhillluxuryapartments.com
Lawhill Luxury Apartments: Secure and exclusive accommodation in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.
Choose from one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury apartments and two three-bedroomed penthouses – all beautifully appointed with large private balconies or patios.
Dine at the adjacent One & Only Hotel or explore the diversity of culinary offerings available at the V&A Waterfront and nearby city center.
Set in the V&A Waterfront, guests enjoy easy access to upmarket shops and restaurants, and the Two Oceans Aquarium, with city attractions a short distance away.
Ellerman House E
llerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for discerning luxury travelers wanting to experience complete exclusivity in Cape Town. Located in Bantry Bay, the small, privately owned hotel offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. The historic Cape Edwardian-style mansion has 13 individually decorated rooms and suites, terraced indigenous gardens overlooking the ocean, and two ultra-modern villas. Compared to the old-world elegance of the main house, the villas are sleek and glamorous with en-suite bedrooms, spacious entertainment areas, private infinity pools, and ocean views. The one is above the tranquil Ellerman House Spa, which specializes in cutting-edge massage techniques, anti-ageing treatments, and hydrotherapy. The other is built above the Ellerman House Wine Gallery, which houses the hotel’s 7,500-bottle wine collection. Clifton’s sheltered beaches are within walking distance, while local attractions such as the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and V&A Waterfront are 10 minutes away by car. Enhancing the entire property is the owner’s extensive collection of original South African art. Ellerman House offers tailored guest experiences and excursions, modern cuisine that reflects the best of local and seasonal flavors, and a vast collection of South African vintage wines. From local design and art to wine and food, Ellerman House strives to offer a world-class guest experience that remains authentically South African. www.ellerman.co.za
The quintessential urban retreat for discerning luxury travelers wanting an unforgettable Cape Town experience.
Choose to stay in the old-world elegance of the suites or the ultra-modern offerings of the trendy villas. Either choice guarantees you a memorable and luxurious stay.
Prepare for a culinary treat at Ellerman House where meals reflect the best of local and seasonal flavors and are served with an array of vintage wine.
Set close to beaches and a short drive away from Cape Town’s attractions, Ellerman House is the perfect base from which to explore the “mother city”.
Radisson Blu Waterfront R
An outstanding setting overlooking Table Bay, superlative amenities, on-site spa, and award-winning seaside bar.
The luxurious rooms are equipped with all the modern amenities one could desire including complimentary WiFi and satellite TV. Rooms are designed for comfort.
Boasting fantastic ocean and marina views, the on-site Tobago’s Restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients to craft African and internationalstyle dishes, all accompanied by fine wines.
There is plenty to do in the surrounds with the upmarket shopping and entertainment options of the V&A Waterfront just a few minutes away. The hotel also offers an on-site spa.
adisson Blu Waterfront is located right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and a 5-minute walk or complimentary shuttle from Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, offering a resort atmosphere with easy access to the city center. Its unique location offers Table Mountain as a backdrop to the front of the hotel and Robben Island and the beautiful ocean to the rear. The nautical-style décor creates a relaxing atmosphere and the 177 rooms are each equipped with free high-speed broadband wireless internet, direct dial telephones, satellite TV, mini bar, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities. The exclusive business-class rooms have private balconies and stunning views, either over the private marina towards Table Mountain or across Table Bay to Robben Island. With a separate lounge area, additional bathroom, and fully equipped kitchenette, the two-bedroom suites provide an even higher level of convenience and luxury. Smoking rooms are available on request. The on-site Amani Spa offers 12 treatment rooms, including two couple treatment rooms and a salt therapy room, rasul, and vitality pool. The spa also features a hair salon, nail bar, and a state-of-the-art gym that overlooks the private marina. Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace, awarded the Best Seaside Bar by Condé Nast, is renowned for its sundowner cocktails and exceptional cuisine served as close to the Atlantic Ocean as one can get. A private pier and boardwalk complete the perfect setting. www.radissonblu.com
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel C
ape Cadogan Boutique Hotel epitomizes authentic Cape Town at its loveliest – beauty, sophisticated charm, and quirky personality in equal measure. Set just off the buzzing Kloof Street in a scenic suburb of Cape Town, those who choose to stay at this upmarket destination will experience life like locals, while still being treated as guests. It is an easy walk to buzzing bistros, boutiques, cafés, and restaurants from which the energy of the city can be enjoyed. A scrumptious breakfast is provided and the room service menu features nutritious, home-cooked meals. The hotel is also situated close to theaters, historical landmarks, and scenic attractions. Each of the 15 bedrooms has been individually decorated, marrying a touch of yesteryear with contemporary chic and bohemian influence. The choice of room at Cape Cadogan is largely dependent on personal preference and budget. Regardless of room category, comfort is never compromised, and the warmth of the charming environment seeps its way through to every corner. Should guests prefer a more private leisure experience or be traveling with children under the age of 10, the More Quarters Hotel, located just a stone’s throw away from Cape Cadogan, is the perfect choice. Its 18 luxury apartments provide privacy, without compromising on the service and personal attention one would expect of a 5-star boutique hotel. Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore Cape Town and everything that it has to offer. www.capecadogan.co.za
Personalized service, great location, individually decorated rooms, and easy access to the city center.
The 15 rooms at this ideally located boutique hotel are individually designed for comfort and the nearby luxury apartments at the More Quarters Hotel provide additional privacy.
A hearty breakfast is served on site and a room service menu is available until 21:00. There are plenty of dining options within walking distance of the hotel.
This boutique hotel provides easy access to the city center with iconic landmarks such as the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain only a short drive away.
Taj Cape Town
ocated in the historic city center, Taj Cape Town is within walking distance from some of South Africa’s foremost landmarks and attractions, including the Houses of Parliament, Company Gardens, and St. Georges Cathedral. Guests can revel in an eclectic array of shops, galleries and restaurants close by. A complimentary shuttle ferries guests to the popular V&A Waterfront, while a daily guided “City Walk” presents the opportunity for unforgettable cultural immersion. Taj Cape Town’s 176 rooms are in the heritage building and contemporary tower wing, fusing history with elegant modernism. Luxury rooms have spectacular city vistas or overlook iconic Table Mountain, while the Taj club rooms and suites offer all the benefits of the executive Club Lounge, including butler service, evening canapés and cocktails and private breakfast. One and Two Bedroom Suites are perfect for the discerning traveler or for families. The hotel offers an array of dining experiences, including Bombay Brasserie – an Indian fine dining specialty restaurant – and Mint, for relaxed all-day dining. The Twankey Bar specializes in bespoke cocktails and tapas-styled dishes. The award-winning Jiva Grande Spa is the first of its kind in Africa. The leisure and wellness facilities include an indoor heated lap pool, a fully equipped techno-gym, saunas, a steam room, and vitality pool. www.tajhotels.com
A luxury Cape Town inner-city hotel with a rich sense of history and place.
Stay in style in the heritage building or contemporary tower wing, or book a club room or suite. All are luxurious with great city and mountain views.
Indulge in an array of dining experiences from Indian fine dining to relaxed all-day dining. Definitely visit the Twankey Bar with its bespoke cocktail menu.
Taj Cape Town boasts many amenities, top among them the award-winning and exceptional Jiva Grande Spa, the only one in Africa.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel B
elmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice. The hotel’s convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore the city center and its surrounds, and some of South Africa’s best beaches. The garden estate setting is an urban sanctuary, complete with two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns, a palm-lined avenue, and secluded rose gardens that lend themselves to romance. The abundance of secure open space makes families feel at home and encourages children to run free. Several distinctive accommodation wings offer a variety of 198 individually decorated, elegantly appointed rooms and suites. No two rooms are the same, and each annex offers unique views, mood, and style. The hotel has played host to countless weddings and milestone celebrations. The glamorous and contemporary Planet Bar and Restaurant offers guests a true South African gastronomic dinner experience, and the newly refurbished Oasis Bistro offers guests a Mediterranean inspired al fresco breakfast and lunch menu overlooking the family pool and gardens. A daily Afternoon Tea served in the hotel lounge is a signature experience. Extending the emphasis on pleasure is Librisa Spa – a destination day spa boasting eight oversized treatment and shower rooms, separate manicure and pedicure rooms, and a conservatory. www.belmond.com/mountnelsonhotel
An elegant resort hotel set in the heart of Cape Town offering superb accommodation and facilities.
All the rooms and suites at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel are stylishly and individually appointed boasting old-world comforts and modern amenities and facilities.
Guests are spoilt with both the Planet Bar and Restaurant and the Mediterranean-style Oasis Bistro on site. The Chef’s Table is a unique experience in the heart of the action.
This is a fantastic base from which to explore Cape Town. The hotel also offers its guests access to an on-site destination day spa, tennis courts, and two heated swimming pools.
Southern Sun The Cullinan S
outhern Sun The Cullinan is a premier hospitality destination offering grand hotel accommodation in the heart of Cape Town, just a stroll away from the city’s renowned V&A Waterfront. This award-winning hotel is in one of the city’s most sought-after areas, providing easy access to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the city center, its trendy Long Street, and other popular landmarks. It is also just a short drive away from the famous beaches of Clifton and Llandudno, as well as iconic Table Mountain. The hotel is conveniently located close to the MyCiti Bus route. The hotel offers guests a choice of 394 superbly appointed en-suite rooms, each one tastefully furnished and designed for maximum comfort. Southern Sun The Cullinan is beautifully designed, classically styled, and indulgent, yet incorporates world-class amenities and contemporary facilities. The classic architecture of the building is reflected throughout the hotel in its high ceilings, balconied mezzanine level, and soaring columns protecting the swimming pool area. Guests at this upmarket venue 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, conferencing facilities, and dining options. 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
A well-known landmark promising a luxury stay and easy access to Cape Town’s main attractions.
There is an extensive choice of beautifully appointed en-suite rooms. Some of the rooms boast views of Signal Hill, the V&A Waterfront, and the harbor.
The Peach Tree Restaurant offers a hearty breakfast and interactive dinner buffet featuring Cape Malay fusion dishes, while Stella Café & Bar provides an al fresco experience.
There is plenty to do close by to the hotel, which also offers a heated swimming pool, fitness center and spa, and conferencing facilities.
The President Hotel N
estled beneath Bantry Bay’s majestic Lion’s Head, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and just a step away from the central business district, is Cape Town’s most beautiful urban resort. This independent, award-winning 4-star luxury hotel’s 349 rooms boast contemporary sophistication and comfort with spaciousness. It offers world-class guest services and luxury facilities and the conference venues boast state-of-the-art infrastructure catering for up to 350 delegates, with the fastest WiFi in Africa. The hotel is secluded and enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine and wind-free days a year making the infinity pool an attractive prospect all year round. It also boasts a salon and spa, and a children’s entertainment area. The President Hotel offers guests a dining experience that will tantalize the most discerning palates. The internationally acclaimed executive chef’s inspirational and innovative dishes will leave guests spoilt for choice in one of the five restaurants, deli, and bar areas. The 24-hour room service menu is a cut above the rest, with a variety of delicious choices that will make in-room dining a memorable occasion. Guests will savor a culinary experience like no other. Located on the beachfront, close to the city center, and only 25 kilometers from Cape Town International Airport, the President Hotel is the perfect location from which to easily explore and experience all that Cape Town has to offer. http://presidenthotel.co.za
Only 4-star hotel in South Africa to hAVE a prestigious Golden Key Concierge from the Les Clefs d’Or society.
The 4-star rooms are spacious and outfitted for total convenience, with amenities including exclusive use of a Handy smartphone and Bluetooth-enabled electronic door locks.
The venues lend themselves to a range of culinary experiences. Ranging from the Islands Restaurant to the Botany Café, Presidential Wine Experience, and The Base pizzeria.
There are many things to do on site. The hotel offers a stunning swimming pool, salon and spa, five restaurant and bar areas, and a children’s entertainment area.
THE Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa T
he award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is situated on Cape Town’s most scenic route. Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, this 5-star boutique hotel is flanked by a World Heritage Site, the majestic Table Mountain National Park, and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. A complimentary shuttle service to the city center and V&A Waterfront ensures that spectacular beaches and tourist attractions are within easy reach. The hotel is flanked by a luminescent marine reserve and enjoys the longest hours of sunshine in Cape Town, guaranteeing remarkable Atlantic Ocean sunsets. A stay here is a truly breathtaking experience. Repeatedly voted as one of Cape Town’s best hotels, The Twelve Apostles boasts 70 elegant, individually designed bedrooms and suites, including a Presidential Suite. The hotel offers splendid luxury, passionate service, generous hospitality, and exquisite cuisine. Guests are invited to relax in the infinity or heated rock pool, enjoy mountain walks, surrender the senses in the tranquil spa, or indulge in a movie night in the private cinema. Cocktails at the Leopard Bar are legendary, while gourmets will delight in the superb wine and dine experience on offer at Azure Restaurant and The Café Grill. The culinary team takes great pride in inventing truly original and exciting menus. www.12apostleshotel.com
Fantastic ocean-side location, easy access to beaches and the city center, upmarket dining, and spa treatments.
The hardest part of choosing one of the 55 deluxe guest rooms or 15 luxurious suites is whether the room should afford a mountain or ocean view.
There is something to suit every taste from the fine dining experience at The Azure Restaurant to the more relaxed meals served at The Café Grill.
There are activities on offer to suit all ages and interests, including access to mountain hiking trails, a private cinema, on-site spa, and educational art tours.
Tintswalo Atlantic P
erched above a pebbled beach at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, and overlooking the Cape’s iconic Sentinel Mountain, Tintswalo Atlantic sits sheltered by the Table Mountain National Park. The only hotel permitted to operate within the boundaries of this world-renowned heritage site, Tintswalo Atlantic enjoys the very best of magnificent, panoramic ocean views, as well as access to the natural beauty found along the mountainside’s winding hiking trails. With 10 beautifully appointed double or twin suites and one regal two-bedroom villa, Tintswalo Atlantic is a boutique lodge offering all the luxuries of a world-class hotel, with personalized service and attention to detail. Managed by a host of dedicated staff, Tintswalo Atlantic provides true Tintswalo hospitality from the moment of arrival at this seaside paradise. Enjoy sundowners on the deck beside the heated pool or unwind on a hammock, suspended above the ocean-kissed pebbled beach. Guests are invited to glean cooking tips from the charming executive chef, venture out to quaint Hout Bay village, or take a drive to the nearby Cape Winelands for a wine-tasting adventure. Located just a short, scenic drive from the vibrant city of Cape Town, guests can also embark on a suburban adventure into the heart of one of South Africa’s most exciting and eclectic cultures. Boasting the dramatic backdrop of ocean, mountain and sky, Tintswalo Atlantic remains a sought-after destination for couples and families, and as a special event venue. www.tintswalo.com/atlantic
An exclusive boutique lodge in a seaside location PROMISING an astounding experience.
Suites and a regal two-bedroom villa are on offer at the upmarket Tintswalo Atlantic, which presents its guests with world-class luxuries in an unforgettable setting.
Guests can expect experiential cuisine matched with great wines at this luxury, boutique hotel served in venues boasting magnificent and panoramic ocean views.
Located close to Cape Town and its myriad activities, the lodge is also set in a heritage site overlooking the ocean providing guests with exclusive nature experiences.
The Last Word Long Beach T
Paradise beckons at this picture-perfect destination in Cape Town’S laidback and stunning south peninsula.
Six ultra luxurious rooms, designed for comfort, overlook the ocean, with Table Mountain as the backdrop.
Local chef Sue-Ann Allen (runner up in MasterChef South Africa) designed the menus for the divine lunches and dinners. All drinks are included in the room rate.
Laze on the beach, indulge in an array of watersports, horse ride down the beach or head into the mountains on walks and hikes. An outdoor heaven.
he Last Word Long Beach, with its panoramic views of the ocean, is as close as one can get to the water’s edge in Kommetjie and just a short 30-minute drive from Cape Town city. It has been the judges’ favourite for six years running in the World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel. All six ultra-luxurious rooms face the sea and mountain. Consistent with the laidback glamor and beachside ambience, the décor is designed to reflect the tranquility of seaside living in comfort and style. Apart from the picture-perfect scenery presented along Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman’s Peak Drive, the 5-star hotel offers unsurpassed, uninterrupted vistas over the ocean to Hout Bay. Leisurely walks and horse rides along the beach and hiking trails in the surrounding mountains are among the activities on offer. Other interesting options include premier surfing, township tours, baboon walks, lighthouse tours, walking trails, marine bird watching, and easy access to Noordhoek Farm Village, Chapman’s Peak drive, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Point Vineyards, and seasonal whale watching. All drinks, select wines and premium spirits are included in the room rate, as is WiFi, and specialty breakfasts. Local chef Sue-Ann Allen (runner up in MasterChef South Africa) created the lunch and dinner menus especially for The Last Word; this is available by prior arrangement. The in-house chauffeur service offers restaurant transfers or tailored tours, at an additional charge. www.thelastword.co.za
The Last Word Constantia V
ibrant indigenous flora and vivid exotic plant life create a tranquil ambience at The Last Word Constantia, an intimate hotel in Cape Town’s oldest wine valley, about 10 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. This 5-star intimate hotel offers magical charm in a garden that exudes abundance with its crystal pool water and aromatic scent of fragrant blossoms. Accommodation comprises nine spacious en-suite bedrooms, one of which is a family suite. Two of the suites have semi-private plunge pools. A meal next door at Peddlars is a must. This local classic serves delicious pub-style food and is known for its extensive gin collection (featuring over 60 gins). Championship golf courses and pristine beaches are nearby. Other activities include boutique shopping, walking trails, wine tasting, and city, Cape Point, and township tours. All drinks, select wines and premium spirits are included in the room rate, as is WiFi, and specialty breakfasts. Local chef Sue-Ann Allen (runner up in MasterChef South Africa) created the lunch and dinner menu especially for The Last Word; this is available by prior arrangement. Constantia Valley is renowned for being the oldest winemaking region in the southern hemisphere and wines at Constantia Wine Route’s nine farms are fine examples of the Cape’s matchless, international, award-winning product. There’s an in-house chauffeur service for restaurant transfers or tailored tours, at an additional charge. Cape Town’s prime attractions are just a short drive away. www.thelastword.co.za
A place of living beauty with sunken pools surrounded by majestic gardens sculpted to perfection.
Indulge in a stay in 5-star accommodation offered in inordinately large rooms with beautiful en-suite bathrooms and superlative garden views. A magical experience.
Dinner and lunch menus were created especially for The Last Word Constantia by local chef Sue-Ann Allen, runner up in MasterChef South Africa.
Set in the heart of the oldest winemaking region in the southern hemisphere, The Last Word Constantia is also close to Cape Town’s most famous attractions.
The CellarsHohenort is an unforgettable experience in Cape Town’s Constantia Valley.
All the guest rooms and suites are stylishly decorated and boast stunning views of Table Mountain and the award-winning gardens.
Fine dining at its best at Greenhouse, run by famed chef Peter Tempelhoff, and eclectic offerings at The Conservatory are prime offerings at this destination.
The award-winning gardens are a major attraction at the upmarket Cellars-Hohenort, as are the spa, on-site restaurants, and curated boutique.
he Cellars-Hohenort is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel surrounded by nine acres of perfectly manicured and award-winning gardens, located in what is known as “Cape Town’s Vineyard” – the historical Constantia Valley. This beautiful destination is only 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s city center. The hotel’s 51 guest rooms and suites boast breathtaking views of Table Mountain and the award-winning gardens. The gardens are every horticulturist’s dream – containing a myriad of delights for guests, from the Rose Garden, Herb, Vegetable and Citrus Tree Gardens, to the Picnic Garden and Hohenort Lawns. The perfect place for reflection and inspiration. Stepping in from the incredible gardens, the Fresh Wellness Spa is a space for guests to unwind and enjoy a selection of pampering signature treatments. At The Conservatory, guests may expect an eclectic, light, and abundant menu, featuring uncomplicated, yet perfectly executed food served in the most idyllic setting. Greenhouse, the flagship restaurant, is a place where local ingredients and great African fables come together in an innovative experience tasting menu that takes guests on a truly unique culinary journey. Greenhouse, run by Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff, is renowned as one of South Africa’s top restaurants. A curated collection of the finer things in life, the elegant The Collection Boutique offers a selection of precious items from acclaimed South African designers. Once experienced, the Cellars-Hohenort is never forgotten. www.collectionmcgrath.com
The Vineyard Hotel T
he Vineyard Hotel is located near the famed Kirstenbosch Gardens, and a short drive from the legendary Constantia Winelands and the city center. Set alongside the banks of the Liesbeek River, with views of the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, this 7.5-acre garden estate is a rare country escape in an urban setting. Vineyard Hotel is a heritage landmark in the heart of the Cape interwoven with modern cosmopolitan Cape Town life. Located in the leafy suburb of Newlands, the Vineyard Hotel is within walking distance of the upmarket Cavendish Square shopping center and a 10-minute drive from the city center and the popular V&A Waterfront. The beautifully appointed rooms, suites, and cottages are located across the estate, all offering fabulous views of the courtyard water gardens, treed parkland, or mountains. Guests can expect modern comforts and old-fashioned service. Award-winning gourmet restaurants, popular eateries, and an acclaimed spa and poolside health and fitness center are just some of the joys of this unique, family owned, Fair Trade Tourism-certified hotel. Guests can also sign up for seasonal guided garden walks. The hotel is known for its great food with an emphasis on fresh Cape flavors and wine. There are also plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options in the vicinity of the hotel that cater to all tastes. www.vineyard.co.za
Gourmet food and wine, spa treatments, luxury accommodation, and more on offer at the Vineyard Hotel.
The rooms, suites, and cottages at the Vineyard Hotel all boast modern amenities and fantastic views of the courtyard, park, or mountains.
There are a range of dining options on site and close by to tempt every palate. Look forward to great food and wine at the Vineyard.
There is plenty to do with a spa, wellness center and swimming pool on site and Cape Townâ€™s main attractions just a short drive away.
Steenberg Hotel & Spa
A unique location on a working wine farm promising a diverse food and wine experience.
Expect spacious and individually decorated hotel rooms at this haven of tranquillity located just 30 minutes from Cape Town’s city center.
Bistro Sixteen82 promises an unforgettable tapas and bistro experience, while Catharina’s is renowned for its contemporary cuisine.
Besides tasting the superb wines and sampling the finest cuisine, there is a spa and golf course on site. Cape Town’s attractions are a short drive away.
stablished in 1682 as the Cape’s first registered farm, Steenberg is a haven of tranquillity situated just 30 minutes from Cape Town’s city center. Exceptional cuisine at two signature restaurants caters for all tastes, from contemporary dining at Catharina’s Restaurant to more relaxed bistro-style fare and tapas at the popular Bistro Sixteen82. An outstanding winery, producing some of South Africa’s finest Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique, and an 18-hole championship golf course, make Steenberg a complete leisure destination in idyllic Constantia. The 24-room Steenberg Hotel offers exquisite hospitality, a plush spa, and plenty of history, all wrapped in understated luxury and discreet, personalized service. The beautifully appointed accommodation with spectacular vineyard views ranges from striking heritage suites to the more contemporary and charming rooms in the old barn and original Manor House. Executive Chef Archie Maclean is breaking new ground on the culinary frontier, exciting palates with his contemporary cuisine. His art-on-a plate menu is interwoven with the fresh indigenous ingredients that Catharina, the 17th century founder of Steenberg, would have hunted, grown and prepared herself. Bistro Sixteen82 has become Constantia’s darling for tapas and bistro food. An innovative and interactive wine and food destination, the Bistro sits adjacent to Steenberg’s winery, and spills into indigenous gardens with a terraced dining area leading onto reflective water features, unfurling into views of the magnificent stone mountain and expansive vines. www.steenbergfarm.com
CAPE WINELANDS South Africa is home to more than 20 wine routes, each offering an individual experience rooted in a specific culture and sense of space. Cape Town is home to the world-renowned and historical Constantia wine farms that provide upmarket tasting and dining options. Just an hour’s drive away is Stellenbosch, heart of the country’s “golden triangle” for winemaking, and a bit further afield the gourmet capital Franschhoek, and the cultural town of Paarl. The wine tasting experience varies from the most modern cellars complete with art collections, delis, and accommodation to the more rustic, winemaker-run farms. There are routes that stretch to the north of Cape Town along the coast and into the Cederberg Mountain range, and down the coast to the vacation towns of Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay. Heading to the interior allows for discovery of internationally award-winning brandy (cognac) and port-styled wines. The Cape Winelands is known for its fantastic wine tourism offering as most farms also provide accommodation options, plenty of ways to sample the region’s culinary expertise, and access to spectacular natural settings. It is possible to combine a stay along any of the wine routes with outdoor activities suitable for the family. Options including golfing, game drives, horse-riding, fly-fishing, hiking, canyoning, and hot-air ballooning. This region celebrates its good fortune through festivals and events, and by making sure to welcome everybody who comes to sample this beautiful way of life.
DID YOU KNOW...
Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape province and a wine destination. The country’s more than 20 wine routes stretch up and down the coastline and into the interior.
There are plenty of wine and food pairings on offer, including wine and biltong, wine and chocolate, and, of course, wine and cheese. None will disappoint.
The Cape Winelands produce about 1 million liters of wine a year, much of it exported to the United Kingdom, Germany, and, increasingly, China. In 2004, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative was launched to conserve local ecosystems under best practice guidelines. Participating wine farms commit to putting part of their land under conservation to preserve indigenous vegetation.
A Mediterranean-style climate with dry and warm summers, and wet and cool winters.
Wine! South African wines are renowned internationally, both for their quality and their good value for money.
CA P E W I N E L A N DS
Ceres Malmesbury Worcester
ATL ANTIC O C EAN
Bot River Hermanus Stanford
WALKER BAY Elim
Spier Hotel & Wine Farm
illage-style buildings, lush green lawns, and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River in Stellenbosch are the defining characteristics of the 4-star Spier Hotel. Our 153 rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way. The hotel is a pioneer in responsible tourism and was one of the first in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism SA accreditation in 2004. In 2011, Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award recognized the estate as the top international destination “Doing it All”. In 2015, Spier was voted 18th in Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards list of the top 25 hotels in Africa. It was awarded gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in the category of Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment. The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm, with a rich 300-year history, in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, a 20-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. The hotel offers a wide range of facilities including a travel desk and boardroom. The Spier spa offers a variety of holistic treatments and a full range of spa therapies. There are shuttle services both on and off the estate and 24-hour room service is available. www.spier.co.za
Family run, good food, wine, hospitality, and arts-focused destination with a 300-year history.
This historic and socially conscious wine farm offers a 153-room hotel, conference center, restaurants, a winery, and farming operation outside of beautiful Stellenbosch.
With several dining options, all of them offering a unique experience and fantastic food and wines, you will be spoilt for choice.
There is plenty to do on the farm, from wine tasting to art viewing, wildlife encounters, to picnics and hikes. And lots of activities nearby.
Majeka House & Spa M
ajeka House & Spa is situated in the blissfully private Paradyskloof, a mere five-minute drive from Stellenbosch’s town center and close to all major attractions in the region. Named as the Best Design Hotel in Africa & the Middle East by the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2017, this owner-run property epitomizes the notion of tranquil luxury. A designer property with lush gardens, private balconies and terraces, a beautiful spa, and an acclaimed restaurant, Makaron, is arguably the finest boutique hotel in the Cape Winelands. Makaron restaurant, long known as a fine food destination and for its gorgeous design, is cementing its reputation as one of the most exciting dining destinations in the Winelands with a compelling and innovative menu of small plate cuisine from Head Chef Lucas Carstens. Guests are also welcome to drop by the stylish M-lounge for a glass of bubbly or cocktails before an evening of exquisite food paired with a selection of superb wines chosen from the restaurant’s fine wine list. With two single therapy rooms, a room for couples’ treatments, a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room, fitness center, Jacuzzi, and a range of holistic facial and body treatments, Majeka Spa is sure to provide guests with a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Close by is the charming town center with its boutique shops, eateries, and art galleries. A little further afield, a host of wine experiences await. www.majekahouse.co.za
A 5-star haven of tranquility in the Stellenbosch winelands promising a superlative experience.
Stay in stylish, designer suites at this 5-star destination, complete with modern amenities, beautiful bathrooms, and private balconies and terraces.
Look forward to innovative dining options with the superb small plate menu offered at Majeka’s Makaron Restaurant. Drinks and cocktails are served in the stylish M-lounge.
There is plenty to do in the town of Stellenbosch and surrounds. Guests enjoy on-site access to a renowned spa, a heated indoor pool, fitness center, and more.
Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa D
An elegant sanctuary, offering a private and exclusive experience on an awardwinning wine estate.
The refined décor of the 10 lodges is complemented by the ultimate in modern amenities and facilities, including heated private plunge pools.
Enjoy memorable dining experiences at Delaire Graff Restaurant or Indochine. The team of chefs delivers exquisite flavors served amid breathtaking views of the valley.
With a contemporary South African art collection, wine tasting lounge, world-class spa, and exclusive boutiques on the estate, there is lots to do.
elaire Graff Estate is situated in the heart of one of South Africa’s most historic and prestigious wine regions – Stellenbosch. This incredible location provides a sense of exclusive escape. The 10 sumptuously decorated lodges, each with its own heated plunge pool, invite complete relaxation. Spacious living areas and light-filled interiors flow seamlessly outdoors, leading onto a deck, perfect for whiling away the afternoons. Guests at this prestigious wine estate enjoy art and design, gourmet foods, and award-winning vintages, as well as access to a world-class spa known for its indulgent products and exclusive treatments. The estate’s boutiques provide an exclusive shopping experience boasting a collection including Graff Diamonds, VANA, and 100% Capri. The Delaire Graff Restaurant is known for its fresh, local menus and the other restaurant Indochine is best known for its Asian-inspired balance and flavor. Guests can also dine in the privacy of the lodge. The lodges are surrounded by vineyards and the atmosphere is relaxing. The nearby towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and their surrounds provide myriad bespoke shopping and adventure options, including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, swimming, and more. Delaire Graff Estate promises a world-class stay in an unrivaled setting. The accommodation and complementary offerings have been designed with the discerning global traveler in mind. www.delaire.co.za
Le Quartier Français L
e Quartier Français, a romantic 21-room boutique hotel, and the charming threebedroom LQF Villa are in the heart of Franschhoek. Le Quartier Français is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding winelands, or one can simply walk into the village to discover its quaint charms. The extraordinary staff, luxuriously comfortable rooms, and attention to detail ensure that this auberge is the ultimate destination. All the rooms and suites at this luxury destination have been refurbished to reflect a sophisticated and fresh colorful palette. The sunny Garden Room is a beautiful, inviting space that opens onto a manicured courtyard. The delicious breakfasts are legendary. From midday, an all-day dining menu makes for a relaxing afternoon or evening of sharing good food and wine with friends. The Bar at LQF is a trendy, sociable space with a wood-burning fireplace. Outside seating creates the perfect spot to relax over a drink and watch the activity on the main street. A new restaurant, La Petite Colombe, has been established at Le Quartier Français by the La Colombe team at Silvermist Wine Estate in Constantia. Tasting menus focus on the finest local and seasonal produce, recommended with a rare and fine wine selection. Complementing the Leeu Collection are Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in collaboration with the Cape Brewing Company, and Marigold, Franschhoek’ s first authentic Indian restaurant. www.leeucollection.com
Enjoy gourmet delights, sumptuous comforts, and easy access to the beautiful Franschhoek Village.
Sign up for a 5-star boutique experience in sophisticated rooms at the upmarket Le Quartier Français, serviced by professional and hospitable staff.
Enjoy the legendary breakfasts, all-day dining options, and gourmet dinners, all paired with fine wines and served in stunning settings at this upmarket destination.
Franschhoek is a leading food and wine destination, with plenty of outdoor activities on offer, including horse riding. The village is home to art galleries and boutiques.
Award-winning restaurants, fine wine, luxury 5-star rooms, a swimming pool, and stunning art.
The 12 5-star rooms are so comfortable you will find it difficult to leave. The décor is a contemporary take on traditional Cape Dutch heritage.
Indulge with all-day menus at The Conservatory, meals served al fresco on the terrace, and afternoon tea in The Lounge, with its garden views.
There is plenty to do in the surrounding village and countryside, including a host of fine and fun dining options, wine tasting, outdoor activities, and craft beer tours.
eeu House is an exclusive and private 12-room 5-star destination located in the scenic Franschhoek Valley. An oasis of comfort and luxury, Leeu House’s appeal is its country guesthouse feel on the main street of the vibrant village of Franchhoek. Staying at this beautiful destination puts one within easy strolling distance of award-winning restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and many other attractions. Franschhoek Valley is renowned for its fine wines and food. There is plenty to do in the surrounds. Guests can also relax around the 15-meter heated swimming pool. The beautiful interiors are a contemporary take on Franschhoek’s traditional Cape Dutch heritage. The seamlessly integrated finishes are neutral, calm, and multi-textured. Leeu House also showcases important contemporary artworks and sculptures from various countries. All-day dining menus are available at The Conservatory and they showcase the best local organic and ethically farmed produce in creative fusion dishes with vibrant world flavors. Meals may also 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. It is the perfect place for afternoon tea. Complementing the Leeu Collection are Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in collaboration with the Cape Brewing Company, and Marigold, Franschhoek’ s first authentic Indian restaurant. www.leeucollection.com
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eeu Estates, an exclusive 5-star boutique hotel with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, takes central position on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens, and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) in the Franschhoek Valley. Located between the mountainside and river, just minutes away from the village of Franschhoek, it is the ideal setting for an elegant and sophisticated private hideaway, offering superb comfort, fine dining, and platinum service. At the center of this working wine farm is the meticulously refurbished 19th-century Manor House with its six rooms and suites. There are two rooms adjacent to The Manor House, and the remaining rooms and suites are in spacious cottages among the gardens, oak trees, and vineyards. Delicious, innovative cuisine can be enjoyed in The Dining Room where the finest locally sourced organic and ethically farmed produce is showcased in creative fusion dishes. Set among the vineyards is Leeu Spa, a wellness sanctuary offering expert massage and holistic treatments. A 15-meter (49-foot) infinity pool and TechnoGym-equipped gym cater to the most fitness-orientated guests. Personal training and yoga are on offer. In the boutique tasting venue, guests can sample handcrafted premium wines from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Complementing the Leeu Collection on the main street of vibrant Franschhoek village are Tuk Tuk, a craft beer microbrewery in collaboration with the Cape Brewing Company, and Marigold, Franschhoekâ€™ s first authentic Indian restaurant. www.leeucollection.com
In premium wine country, Leeu Estates promises a sophisticated and memorable getaway.
The rooms and suites on offer at this upmarket destination are superbly comfortable, stylishly decorated, and boast all the luxurious amenities one could desire.
Think local, ethically sourced, organic and vibrant flavors and you will come close to the sumptuous dining on offer at Leeu Estateâ€™s upmarket Dining Room.
You are in wine country with a host of adventures on your doorstep if you can tear yourself away from the swimming pool, spa, and on-site gym.
Franschhoek Country House & Villas F
A 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of the idyllic wine and food destination of Franschhoek.
Choose from standard and luxury rooms, or villa suites. Each appointed beautifully with world-class facilities and most having private balconies or patios. All boast great views.
The on-site Monneaux Restaurant is an award-winning destination known for its modern and delicious cuisine, as well as its prime lunch and dinner venues.
So much to do, including swimming in one of two pools (one is heated), cycling, indulging in spa treatments, bespoke shopping experiences, and wine tasting.
ranschhoek Country House is situated on the outskirts of the village of Franschhoek surrounded by enchanting vineyards and majestic mountains. An hour’s drive from Cape Town, this is the perfect getaway for anyone visiting South Africa’s beautiful Western Cape. This restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890 offers 14 standard and luxury rooms in addition to 12 villa suites. All en-suite rooms offer the features and facilities expected of a first-class hotel including LED televisions, complimentary WiFi, espresso machines, and air-conditioning. Almost all rooms lead out onto private balconies or private patios and boast magnificent views. The opulent villa suites are expansive havens of style and luxury with separate lounges, fireplaces, DVD players, and two balconies! The in-house Monneaux restaurant, voted as one of South Africa’s best, has become known for its modern and tasteful cuisine. A-la-carte lunches are served on the magnificent fountain terrace and dinner is served in the understated, elegant dining room or on the enclosed veranda. During summer, guests can laze at one of the two pools (one heated) with beautiful mountain vistas, enjoy a massage, make use of the on-site cycles, visit the boutique wine farms in Franschhoek, or stroll through the charming town itself. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the village center. Attention to detail and friendly personal service complete the experience at this fine country retreat. www.fch.co.za
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he drive from Cape Town past acclaimed vineyards to The Last Word Franschhoek takes less than an hour. This exclusive historic residence set in the heart of Franschhoek village, South Africa’s gourmet capital, is only a minute’s walk from many award-winning restaurants and character-filled, boutique-style shops, and art galleries. The majestic Franschhoek Valley offers world-class wine estates, tastings, and cellar tours while the picturesque village boasts some of the best cuisine from internationally recognised chefs. Other activities in the area include walking and hiking, mountain biking, chocolate tasting, bicycle hire, fishing, and wine tasting on horseback or on the Wine Tram, as well as access to championship golf courses. There is a rich sense of history in this beautiful valley. This 5-star, intimate hotel offers sumptuous home comforts boasting an elegant, sophisticated interior with a handsome mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings. There are 10 luxurious and spacious rooms, all with large en-suite bathrooms. There are eight superior doubles (four rooms upstairs that have a deck area with magnificent mountain views, and four rooms 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, and specialty breakfasts. The in-house chauffeur service caters for restaurant transfers or tailored Cape tours, at an additional charge. www.thelastword.co.za
French Provençal living awaits at this 5-star hotel set in Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital.
There are luxurious and ultra-spacious rooms, with stunning en-suite bathrooms, looking on to the mountains or gardens. Expect both classic and contemporary décor.
The food does not disappoint at this upmarket venue, and all beverages, select wines, and premium spirits are included in the room rate.
The Last Word Franschhoek is within walking distance from boutique-style shops, art galleries, and gourmet dining experiences, with many outdoor activities on offer close by.
La Clé des Montagnes
Offers fully serviced, exclusive, and designer private villas in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley.
Step into utter comfort in the private villas, which each boast a private garden, swimming pool, and butler service. It could be difficult to leave!
Breakfast is served in the sumptuous interiors of the villas or on the private verandas with their beautiful views. Picnics, local style barbecues, and private chef experiences are also available.
The attractions of Franschhoek village are a 4-minute stroll away in a region known for its gourmet delights, culture and art, outdoor activities, and bespoke shops.
ranquility, space, and sophisticated style is the essence of La Clé des Montagnes, set in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town International Airport. The collection includes five distinctive, fully serviced villas. The newest addition, La Clé Country Lodge, is available on a per room basis or can be booked for exclusive use. Nestled in picturesque vineyards and plum orchards, each villa features a spacious private garden, swimming pool, and sweeping views. The villas have been given unique personalities by esteemed interior designers and outfitted for utter comfort. Guests can discover a villa that suits not only their needs, but also aligns with their personal style. A team of butlers is on hand to ensure every guest is well cared for. Opulent breakfasts are served in the comfort of the villa with private picnics, local style barbecues, and private chefs available to complete the experience. This luxury destination is located only a short 4-minute stroll from the center of the historic Franschhoek village, which is bursting with top restaurants, galleries, local wines, and unforgettable experiences. And just a bit further afield are renowned wine farms and outdoor adventure options, including horseback riding and fly-fishing. A stay at La Clé des Montagnes is truly memorable, as are the beautiful surrounds of the Franschhoek Valley, which is known for its gourmet offerings and provides easy access to the Cape’s renowned Winelands. www.lacle.co.za
MONT ROCHELLE HOTEL & VINEYARD S
ir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard is in beautiful Franschhoek, an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery. Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard in the heart of Franschhoek, just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The 22 rooms, including six suites, are arranged around the main building. There are four Shiraz Rooms with king-size beds featuring courtyard or valley views. The six Merlot Rooms are more spacious and set overlooking the valley. The six Cabernet Rooms include a private terrace overlooking the valley and the four even more spacious Pinotage Suites boast separate lounges. If guests stay in one of the two Cap Classique Suites, they will enjoy the lounge, private terrace, and plunge pool. The newest edition to the estate is a luxury villa, Manor House, just a short walk from the main hotel. The Manor House comprises four deluxe suites and a bunk room, sleeping up to six children. The grounds extend for about 100 acres and guests are most welcome to explore them. A favored activity is picnicking with a well-stocked basket including a chilled bottle of wine or two. Meals can also be enjoyed at one of the two on-site restaurants, with drinks enjoyed before or after in the cozy bar. This upmarket estate, with its 37-hectare vineyard, also offers a spa, gym, and heated outdoor swimming pool. www.montrochelle.virgin.com
The perfect setting to enjoy an exclusive getaway in Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital.
The new Manor House Villa is the perfect choice of destination for families or friends wanting an exclusive getaway with dedicated chef and team of staff.
Picnic in the expansive grounds or opt for fabulous meals at one of the two on-site restaurants, both offering great food and, of course, wines.
There is plenty to do in the surrounds, but you might not want to leave the estate with its wine cellar, heated swimming pool, tennis court, restaurant, spa, and gym.
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Great value accommodation in a historical building in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley.
Avondrood’s original Victorian Cape Dutchstyle home offers guests a beautiful and peaceful stay imbued with a rich historical feel of French Huguenot culture.
Guests can expect a hearty breakfast served on the patio in summer or close to a roaring fire on a cold morning. There are plenty of dining options close by.
The central location of Avondrood enables easy access to the attractions of Franschhoek village, as well as the surrounding wine estates and outdoor activity destinations.
he 4-star Avondrood Guest House is nestled amid the beautiful mountains and vineyards of South Africa’s Cape Winelands and conveniently located within walking distance of the village center of Franschhoek, South Africa’s renowned gourmet capital. Avondrood Guest House is a charming wellmaintained Victorian Cape Dutch-style house built in 1870 that has been tastefully renovated by adding modern-day comforts while retaining many features of the original historic building. There are eight generous rooms at this great-value destination, one of which is a new two-bedroomed family suite. Each has a distinctive décor and has been designed to offer a unique ambience. Other attractions include the spacious lounge with its wine bar, the lush 2,000 square meter garden, private swimming pool, and Jacuzzi. The village of Franschhoek is renowned for its award-winning wine, restaurants, and venues. The friendly atmosphere is complemented by charming art and craft shops, interesting museums – such as the Huguenot Museum and the Franschhoek Motor Museum, delis, and eateries. The varied vineyards surrounding the village offer superlative wine tasting experiences, lunches, and tours. The countryside can be explored by car, bicycle, horseback rides, or the unique wine tram hop-on-hop-off service, which meanders between wine farms. This owner-managed destination prides itself on offering superior quality at affordable rates and is committed to ensuring a world-class guest experience. https://avondrood.com
ith a glorious historical heritage dating back to 1692, no-one could have predicted Babylonstoren’s exuberant rebirth after its restoration or the fact that the experiential traveler would respond so emotively to its holistic ethos, which has very little to do with wine tasting, and more to do with feeding the senses. This intelligent vision has redefined and rebranded the Cape wine estate experience forever, by celebrating the simple pleasures of farm life, but with designer cred layered throughout. The interiors of the 22 rooms were conceptualized by Karen Roos, former editor of South Africa’s ELLE Decoration magazine, featuring an elegant mix of antiques and designer pieces. Six of these have glass-walled kitchens leading into the kitchen garden, designed by French architect Patrice Taravella, and featuring traditional hanging gardens, a walled bee garden, surprise stepping-stone fountains, and even outsize bird nests to which guests can retreat. Now available to guests is the Cape Dutch Manor House dating back to 1777. This exclusive house has five bedrooms accommodating 10 guests. Guests and visitors mingle, exploring the estate’s many delights, whether it’s a meal in the old cow shed – now the award-winning Babel restaurant with its farm-to-fork menu, or a taste of charcuterie, cheese, and wine in the gabled farm shop. Here, tea is as much a ritual as the ancient cleansing treatment in the marble hammam, or a refreshing swim in the reservoir-style pool. www.babylonstoren.com
Babylonstoren promises an unforgettable sensory experience in an extraordinary setting in the Cape winelands.
Stay on one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in utter modern comfort. The purposefully designed rooms are set in the renowned landscaped garden.
Every aspect of Babylonstoren, including the dining options at Babel restaurant, is led by the ever-changing tapestry and botanical diversity of the stunning fruit and vegetable garden.
Look forward to outstanding cuisine, spoiling spa treatments, great wine and deli options, an outstanding garden and superbly comfortable accommodation.
Pearl Valley Hotel BY MANTIS P
Luxury accommodation, polo facilities, and an acclaimed signature golf course await.
The luxury one- and two-bedroomed suites are equipped with all the modern comforts and conveniences one could desire. A wheelchairfriendly suite is available.
Expect a carefully crafted breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu that offers the freshest regional produce and is accompanied by an impressive selection of award-winning wines.
Besides the acclaimed golf course, this destination offers two swimming pools, a Camelot Spa, golf shop, gym, pétanque court, cricket nets and tennis courts.
earl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a luxury establishment situated on Pearl Valley, which forms part of the award-winning Val de Vie Estate. The estate is internationally recognized for its polo facilities, world-class amenities, and the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Set in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, this destination affords guests easy access to the best food, wine, and cultural experiences of the Cape Winelands. The hotel has 38 fully equipped rooms: 23 one-bedroom suites, one wheelchair-friendly one-bedroom suite, and seven two-bedroom suites. Guests can look forward to all the classic comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel along with the exceptional service synonymous with the Mantis Collection. Pearl Valley has a fully operational restaurant and bar at its Clubhouse where guests are welcome to indulge in the chef’s signature dishes or enjoy a supreme selection of single-malt whiskies and award-winning wines. There is a plunge pool on site and the Clubhouse houses the estate gym, a golf shop, and swimming pool. The hotel suites are easily accessible from the Clubhouse. Pearl Valley Hotel was developed and is managed and marketed by The Mantis Collection, a family-run collection of award-winning, luxurious hotels and eco-escapes located on every continent. Each Mantis property is an authentic celebration of the culture, gastronomy, and architecture of the location in which it is found. www.pearlvalleyhotel.com
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ocated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by the towering Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountain ranges, Boschendal Farm is one of South Africaâ€™s oldest and best known wine estates. Dotted among lush gardens and orchards are beautifully restored cottages, contemporary farm-to-table restaurants with award-winning wines, and an endless array of outdoor activities. Stylishly simple and contemporary, yet still authentic, the historical cottages are the perfect choice for families, groups, and couples. All cottages have bright, open-plan living and dining areas, central fireplaces, spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers and bathtubs, kitchenettes, and BBQ facilities, as well as outside porches with dramatic mountain views. Choose from seven Werf Cottages, fourteen Orchard Cottages, or the Clarence, Trout, and Rhodes cottages. Practising sustainable, ethical farming and producing real, wholesome food is at the heart of Boschendal. The Werf Restaurant, an exquisitely refurbished wine cellar, focuses on modern, farm-to-table dining; the Rhone Homestead serves traditional Cape buffet lunches; and food products from the farm are sold in the Farmshop and Deli. Two picnic experiences are offered complete with hammocks, blankets, and bean bags. Activities include walking and cycling on trails through the mountain fynbos, horse riding, trout fishing, and swimming in the pristine dams. Take some time to enjoy a treatment at the Farm Spa or enjoy a leisurely picnic in the shade of the oak trees. www.boschendal.com/farm-accommodation
Luxury farm stay accommodation on a prestigious wine estate renowned for its restaurants and picnics.
Stay in one of seven historical cottages that have all been outfitted for comfort with modern amenities; each boasts an outside porch with mountain views.
The dining experiences on offer at Boschendal are renowned. The focus is on producing wholesome and delicious food from sustainably farmed ingredients.
Spend your days walking, cycling, horse riding, trout fishing, and swimming in the pristine dams between enjoying unique wine tastings, spa treatments, and indulgent lunches and dinners.
CAPE BREAKAWAYS The regions to the north, south, and east of Cape Town are not to be missed – they offer a diverse range of experiences encompassing the Overberg’s dramatic coastline, the wilderness leading up to the ancient Cederberg Mountains, and the unforgettable landscapes of the dry Klein Karoo. Each destination is unique in its offerings, but all are renowned for their hospitality, culinary experiences, and outdoor adventure options. Down the coastline towards the Garden Route, the Overberg region is famous for its Southern Right whale sightings during the winter months. The town of Hermanus is renowned as one of the best land-based whale watching sites in the world. There is plenty to do in this region, including getting up close and personal with Great White sharks on cage diving trips. The region is also known for its wines, artisanal food, and gourmet offerings. The Garden Route is a lush paradise of white sand beaches, warm ocean waters, indigenous forests, and myriad ways to explore them. Heading back to Cape Town on R62 – South Africa’s longest wine route – allows for discovery of the country’s smaller towns known for their laidback way of life. To the north of Cape Town, the mysteries of the Cederberg await with Khoisan rock art, great hiking and walking trails, mountain climbing tracks, fly-fishing, and, in spring, a famous floral carpet that appears after the first rains. Whichever breakaway destination is chosen, sensory experiences abound.
DID YOU KNOW...
Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape province. The breakaway destinations stretch along the coastline to the north and south, and into the interior.
Walker Bay in Hermanus is a mating and breeding ground for Southern Right whales between July and November each year. Viewing pods of whales from land sites or a boat is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Great White sharks are the largest predator fish on Earth growing up to about 4.5 meters in length, although some specimens exceeding 20 meters have been spotted!
A Mediterranean-style climate with dry and warm summers, and wet and cool winters.
South African brandy (cognac) from the country’s finest producers along R62. Their products are hailed as some of the best in the world.
Lambert’s Bay Clanwilliam
Karoo National Park
WEST ERN CAPE
West Coast National Park
Malmesbury Wellington Paarl
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Nature’s Valley Plettenberg Bay
Hermanus Bredasdorp Arniston
De Hoop Nature Reserve
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Set on the longest wine route in the world, Sanbona is a premier and malariafree wildlife destination.
Look forward to exclusive 5-star accommodation in three beautifully appointed lodges, one of which is perfect for families, complete with children’s entertainment room.
Each of the lodges at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers unique dining experiences with meals served in a range of exotic and elegant venues.
Game viewing is the order of the day, on game drives and walks. Expect to see elephant, rhino, hippo, lions, and white lions at this premier safari destination.
xplore the grandeur of South Africa’s beloved Little Karoo at the malaria-free, 58,000-hectare Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, considered to be the Cape’s largest premier wildlife destination close to Cape Town. Sanbona is located between the towns of Barrydale and Montagu, on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. Enjoy 5-star accommodation at three beautifully appointed lodges. Dwyka Lodge offers a luxury safari tented experience set on a horseshoe bend in the river and hidden away between breathtaking rock formations. Gondwana Lodge is ideal for families, boasting a large swimming pool and children’s entertainment room with views overlooking the Bellair Dam. The third option is the original Tilney Manor, which is steeped in settler history with an old-world charm and designed in true Karoo-Cape Georgian manor style, plus the seasonal Sanbona Explorer Camp. Staying here is an exclusive experience, regardless of the choice of lodge. Sanbona is enveloped by towering mountains and open plains that boast an impressive collection of succulents and wildlife. Guests are left invigorated as walking trails lead to spectacular San art surrounded by dramatic rock formations. This wildlife reserve is home to over 650 plant and 216 bird species. Elephant, rhino, hippo, cheetah, lion, and white lions roam freely as do several species of endemic antelope. Sanbona is the perfect retreat from a busy lifestyle, offering guests a peaceful and luxurious haven in a simply stunning natural setting. www.sanbona.com
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estled between mountain and sea just two hours’ drive from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a 5-star eco-paradise. Grootbos offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience; it 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 so named for the ancient Milkwood trees on the reserve; these trees are known to grow for more than 1,000 years and they create an enchanting atmosphere with their gnarled branches and mossy beards. The exquisite 5-star free-standing luxury suites are set amid the Milkwood forest offering breathtaking views across the fynbos plains toward the sparkling whale sanctuary of Walker Bay. There is much to indulge in here from the outstanding cuisine on offer, easy access to the ocean and water activities, to simply 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. There is excellent bird viewing on site and a range of outdoor activities, including shark cage diving and scenic flights. When one stays at Grootbos, one contributes to conservation and community job-creation initiatives. This core philosophy of conservation linked with social development has resulted in Grootbos becoming an award-winning global pioneer in sustainable tourism. www.grootbos.com
This sustainable destination offers an unparalleled outdoor experience and a luxurious stay.
The 5-star freestanding suites are set amid a Milkwood forest. Each is luxuriously appointed for utter comfort and offers breathtaking views towards Walker Bay.
Grootbos is known for its outstanding cuisine served in stunning settings and paired with fine wines. The focus is on fresh food served creatively.
Spend your days whale watching, on scenic flights, wine tasting, hiking the beautiful reserve, or relaxing at the spa and around the swimming pool.
STAY on Hermanus’ famous clifftop, world famous as a whale-watching destination.
The 40 rooms and suites, some with sea views perfect for whale watching in season, are stylishly designed for blissful seaside comfort.
The Marine offers exceptional cuisine at a variety of venues from the elegant Pavilion to the vibrant Origins at The Marine to the relaxed Sun Lounge and Bar.
You are in the most perfect spot to watch whales, enjoy easy access to the beach, indulge in spa treatments or shop up a storm in the on-site boutique.
he Marine is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay in the Western Cape’s Overberg region, the hotel is the ultimate location for whale watching during whale season – often directly from the comfort of the seaview bedrooms. The hotel boasts 40 rooms and guests can choose from entry-level double rooms, double rooms with sea views, or premier suites. Rest assured that one will experience the most stylish of stays. There are two refreshing saltwater pools, one located in The Marine’s internal courtyard and the other, a Tidal Pool, directly below the hotel. Relax in the serene surroundings of the Carchele Beauty Spa at The Marine, and enjoy a range of wellness facilities and bespoke signature treatments. A curated collection of the finer things in life, the elegant The Collection Boutique offers a selection of precious items from acclaimed South African designers. The Pavilion restaurant features an edgy black-and-white décor reminiscent of the roaring 1920s, allowing guests to start their day in the most elegant of ways. At the vibrant Origins at The Marine restaurant, guests can expect relaxed social dining in the comfortable surrounds of a modern, kitchen-focused restaurant. The Sun Lounge and Bar is the perfect place to relax throughout the day – from a quick coffee in the morning, to High Tea, a glass of bubbly, or sundowners. www.collectionmcgrath.com
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estled deep in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a breathtaking 1.15-hour drive from Cape Town, is the unique Arabella Hotel & Spa. Located nearby to the world-renowned whale-watching haven of Hermanus, the region enjoys pure “champagne” air and quite possibly the most stunning scenery the picturesque Western Cape offers. The hotel itself promises the ultimate in luxury and has 145 spacious guest rooms and 10 conference venues with multifunctional rooms equally appropriate for any type of occasion, presentation, or conference. The Jamani Buffet offers contemporary local cuisine in a casual environment and Jamani À La Carte International celebrates South Africa’s love affair with food and wine in an elegant, upmarket setting boasting beautiful views. Guests can practice their swing at the renowned fabled 18-hole, par-72 championship Arabella Golf Course, which has once again been ranked in the Top 10 South African courses. Or they can rediscover a sense of self at the award-winning Arabella Spa by indulging in the use of the heated indoor hydropool and outdoor lap pool, sauna, steam room, and the crystalline waters of the swimming pool. Beyond the walls of this retreat, guests are spoilt for choice with ways to experience the beauty of the unspoilt surroundings, including activities such as whale watching, shark cage diving, or wine tasting in the Hemel en Aarde Wine Valley. www.marriott.com/cptab
Elegant accommodation with easy access to a championship golf course and the Cape Winelands.
Stay in one of 145 luxurious guest rooms at Arabella Hotel & Spa built for comfort and outfitted with all the modern amenities one could desire.
Choose from casual dining in Jamani Buffet or an upmarket experience in the a la carte restaurant with its great views; both focus on using local ingredients.
Enjoy access to a championship golf course, indulge in award-winning spa treatments, go wine tasting, or explore the natural environment in a variety of ways.
GARDEN ROUTE & EASTERN CAPE South Africa’s popular Garden Route starts about four hours’ drive from Cape Town at the town of Mossel Bay and stretches along the coastline to the Eastern Cape province. Its popularity rests on the lush natural landscapes of indigenous forests, lagoons and lakes, awe-inspiring mountain passes, and steep cliff roads. The towns along this route, including Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, make for great bases from which to explore the wealth of experiences on offer. Knysna is known for its watersports, the Featherbed Nature Reserve, and upmarket shopping experiences. Located between Knynsa and Plettenberg Bay is the secret destination of Noetzie with its private beach and castle. Sunlovers will appreciate Plettenberg Bay’s long expanses of white-sand beaches, warm ocean waters, and laidback atmosphere. There is plenty to do in this region with its host of individual, group, and family-friendly adventure options, including bungee jumping off the 216-meter Bloukrans Bridge and undertaking a treetop canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma Forest. Just a bit inland, the Cango Caves are waiting to be explored. The Eastern Cape is known for its malaria-free and game-rich reserves, sunny seaside towns, water adventures options, and its hospitality! It is also the only province in South Africa to include all seven ecological zones within its borders, making this destination a paradise for nature lovers.
DID YOU KNOW...
The Garden Route falls within the Western Cape with its capital city of Cape Town. The capital city for the Eastern Cape province is Bhisho, and the two largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London.
The Cango Caves, just outside of Oudtshoorn, contain limestone formations that are about 4,500 million years old. A guided tour of the caves is sure to amaze.
The Eastern Cape is the traditional home of the Xhosa people and the birthplace of many of South Africa’s most famous leaders including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, and Thabo Mbeki. It houses one of South Africa’s most renowned game reserves, the Addo Elephant National Park. Established in 1931 to save 11 elephants, it now protects more than 350, along with Cape Buffalo, the Black Rhino, the rare flightless dung beetle, and a range of antelope species.
The Garden Route has a varied, but mostly mild climate. The Eastern Cape has more sunshine days than any other province.
In this region, some form of outdoor activity is mandatory! Buying a ticket to any of the options on offer is the best memento of a stay here.
EAST ER N CA P E Addo Elephant National Park
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Oudtshoorn Port Alfred
Tsitsikamma National Park George Knysna Plettenberg Bay
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ROSENHOF COUNTRY HOUSE R
One of the finest establishments in the region, Rosenhof promises a traditional country experience.
Comfortable rooms complete with all the mod-cons and two executive suites are on offer at the upmarket Rosenhof outside of Oudtshoorn.
From the generous breakfast served in a sunny room overlooking the gardens to the traditional country cuisine served in the formal dining room, Rosenhof excels.
Indulge in fine dining, relaxing spa treatments, inspiring art collections, and more at Rosenhof, located just outside of the ostrich capital of the world.
osenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en-route to the Cango Caves and the regionâ€™s famous ostrich farms. The lovingly renovated homestead (circa 1852), with its gleaming yellowwood beams and ceilings, and tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. The lovely fragrant rose garden, which gave Rosenhof its name, leads to stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished and set around the courtyard. All the comfortable rooms boast air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, mini-bar, tea trays, and underfloor heating. The two executive suites, set apart for privacy, each have their own pool, lounge, and patio, where guests can relax and take in the tranquil views of the Swartberg Mountain. Rosenhof has a cozy pub and several luxury lounges with fireplaces where visitors can relax and admire works by well-known South African artists. In summer, one can cool down in the pool or enjoy a sumptuous tea in the manicured gardens. Take time out in the on-site wellness center with its fully equipped gym, sauna, and beauty clinic â€“ Bliss, where a wonderful menu of treatments and services is on offer. Traditional country cuisine and an extensive wine collection will make dining at Rosenhof an unforgettable experience. Breakfast is equally memorable, served in the sunny breakfast room, overlooking the manicured gardens. With its luxurious facilities and excellent service, Rosenhof is recognized as one of the finest establishments in the region. www.rosenhof.co.za
Gondwana Game Reserve G
ondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break for visitors to Cape Town, as well as traveling golfers. Located on South Africa’s popular Garden Route just 45 minutes from George Airport, the 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) private, malaria-free game reserve offers a distinctive and luxurious Big 5 safari. This is the only fynbos reserve in the world with free-roaming Big 5 game. Enjoy exhilarating game drives in a dramatic mountain landscape and look forward to spotting elephant, cheetah, eland, lion, and hippo among many other species. Deluxe accommodation is offered in Kwena Lodge, a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional KhoiSan dwelling. The 14 open-plan suites are nestled into the spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views, fireplaces, and luxurious bathrooms. Family or group accommodation is provided in spacious bush villas (with either three or four en-suite bedrooms) that are privately situated with awe-inspiring views from the expansive deck. World-class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include championship golf courses, such as Pinnacle Point, Fancourt, and Oubaai, as well as great swimming and surfing beaches and the attractive coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. This exclusive reserve offers guests attentive service, superb cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert game rangers, and an array of activities including game drives, mountain biking, fishing, and the popular Junior Ranger program. www.gondwanagr.co.za
Gondwana Game Reserve is the only fynbos reserve in the world with freeroaming Big 5 game.
Book into open-plan luxury suites in the modern Kwena Lodge, ideal for couples or single travelers, or choose to stay in the upmarket bush villas ideal for families or groups.
Expect pan-African cuisine at Gondwana Game Reserve from the boma breakfasts and scenic veranda lunch platters to evening barbecues, elegant meals, and romantic picnics.
Guests at this Big 5 safari destination can also indulge in rounds of golf on championship courses and lap up the sun on famous surfing beaches.
An idyllic Garden Route location with championship golf courses, on-site spa, and conferencing facilities.
The 115 guest rooms in the hotel are appointed for comfort and the 18 luxurious suites in the Manor House provide for every need.
There are four restaurants on the estate that will satisfy every taste from casual to fine dining, and a comfortable lounge and wellstocked bar.
There is no lack of things to do on site with three championship golf courses, a children’s club and recreation facilities, leisure activities, and a spa.
ositioned on 613 hectares in the magnificent Garden Route, seven kilometers from George, Fancourt is South Africa’s premier lifestyle estate with mountains, indigenous forests, and the warm Indian Ocean close by. The resort offers two accommodation options. Fancourt Hotel with 115 guest rooms and Fancourt’s original homestead, built in 1859, which now finds itself rejuvenated as the new luxury boutique hotel – Manor House at Fancourt – with 18 luxurious suites. Guests are also spoilt for choice with four restaurants, a spa with Roman bath, four tennis courts, three 18-hole Gary Player-designed golf courses, a golf academy, a conference center, a leisure center consisting of an indoor heated family pool, outdoor pool, gym, kids and teen facilities, and cinema. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the easy access to walking trails, cycling, and birdwatching destinations. Fancourt’s reputation is internationally esteemed. It was singled out as one of the world’s top 10 best golf resorts on CCNGO, the online travel hub of Cable Network News. Fancourt is a sought-after golfing and event playground, after hosting the Presidents Cup in 2003, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert in 2005, Japan’s football team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2012 Volvo Golf. There is no better place to stay and to use as a springboard for exploring South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route region. www.fancourt.co.za
Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa O
ubaai Hotel Golf & Spa is one of the finest Garden Route resorts, boasting 100 stylish rooms and suites all equipped with the latest technology and spacious bathrooms with glass-enclosed rain showers. It is unique among South African hotels as it features the first Ernie Els signature golf course in South Africa, making the resort a prime destination for golf holidays. The award-winning Freesia Spa also sets it apart by offering seven treatment suites and using locally produced African products to ensure that the treatments are not only a sensory journey but an authentic African experience. Guests and visitors have a choice of three restaurants, Cucina, Waterside Grill, and The Clubhouse, each offering a unique and personal dining experience. Picnics are offered on the Whale Viewing Deck from where dolphins and whales are often spotted frolicking in the ocean. Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa is also a popular business and conference hotel and offers floor-to-ceiling windows in all function rooms with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Outeniqua Mountains. From romantic weddings in South Africa to stylish conferences, the personalized service ensures that every event is a great success. Whether one visits Oubaai Hotel Golf &Â Spa for business, a relaxing break, or to play a world-class golf course in a setting of outstanding natural beauty, a stay at one of the best hotels in South Africa is sure to be unforgettable. www.oubaaihotels.com
One of the finest Garden Route resorts boasting the first Ernie Els signature golf course in South Africa.
The 100 luxurious rooms and suites are equipped with the latest technology, spacious bathrooms with glass-enclosed rain showers, and separate baths.
Dine in style at the main restaurant featuring a contemporary show kitchen, the Waterside Grill with its fantastic views, or the Clubhouse, which offers all-day dining.
With a signature golf course on site, as well as an award-winning spa, it could be difficult to leave, but there are plenty of activities nearby.
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa C
Expect upmarket suites, an awardwinning spa, stunning location, and range of exciting activity offerings.
All the suites and villas at this upmarket destination offer fabulous views from private patios or balconies and luxury facilities and amenities, including complimentary WiFi.
There are two dining options on site offering both casual bistro-style and fine dining experiences. Noah’s Champagne and Cocktail Lounge is perfect for pre-dinner drinks.
A big drawcard is the chance to play golf on the famous 18-hole Pezula Championship Golf Course, which is set amid a spectacular, indigenous landscape.
onrad Pezula Resort & Spa is in the popular coastal village of Knysna, conveniently positioned on South Africa’s famous Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. With views of the Pezula Golf Course, Indian Ocean, and Knysna Lagoon, it is a haven of peace, privacy, and luxury. The hotel offers 76 Junior Suites, five private villas, and two Grand Suites. Standard features include air-conditioning, fireplace, DVD player, 72-centimeter TV, private bar, and complimentary WiFi. All suites and villas have patios or balconies with lagoon, golf course, or distant sea views. The hotel also offers five large two-bedroomed villas, each boasting a heated plunge pool. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in Café Z, an all-day bistro. Zachary’s offers fine dining with seasonal tasting menus and unique wine pairings, with wine from one of the region’s largest wine cellars. Noah’s Champagne & Cocktail Lounge is perfect for pre-dinner drinks. This is the ideal destination for a family vacation and the hotel caters for younger guests with a variety of activities including a Young Travellers Club. The outdoor pool overlooks the lagoon. Pezula Spa & Gym provides a superior wellness experience with nine treatment rooms and a heated indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam room, rainforest shower, nail bar, hair salon, Medi-Spa, and post-treatment room. Activities on the resort include beaching, golfing, horse riding, cycling, hiking, canoeing, walking on nature trails, and use of a golf practice range. www.conradpezula.co.za
Turbine Boutique Hotel S
ituated on the picturesque Thesen Islands, within the scenic Knysna estuary, the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is a fascinating mixture of history and innovation. This 5-star hotel on South Africa’s famous Garden Route was converted from an old power station. Its massive turbines and intriguing steel pillars, a part of its steamy history, now form a part of its playfully funky décor, creating a truly unique destination. The hotel features 24 individually decorated bedrooms, all shaped around the hotel’s beautifully restored industrial past, and the self-contained Lagoon and Canal Suites adjacent to the hotel. The interior décor reflects the rich cultural, historical, and geographic diversity of Knysna boasting modern room comforts and essentials. The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa serves up a delightful array of dining experiences. Guests can enjoy imaginative breakfasts, al fresco light lunches, and gourmet dinners in the Island Café. The Gastro Pub is a popular meeting place with a welcoming atmosphere, an outdoor deck, and hearty, delicious gastro pub fare and a tempting range of craft beers. A selection of South Africa's world-class wines is also available. For soul-to-sole pampering in a unique and tranquil setting, the Turbine Spa features single and double treatment rooms, a Rasul Steam Room to evaporate cares away, and a full range of treatments to relax weary souls, while the Turbine Water Club offers a variety of activities – such as lagoon cruises, forest tours, mountain biking, and whale watching. www.turbinehotel.co.za
The perfect playground on Thesen Island to explore and experience Knysna’s many attractions.
The conversion of the old power station to boutique hotel has ensured a unique accommodation experience in individually decorated rooms and suites.
Expect an array of dining experiences from the diverse a la carte menu of the Island Café to the delicious pub fare on offer at the Gastro Pub.
There is plenty to do close by and the hotel offers its guests access to a spa and water club that organizes lagoon cruises, forest tours, and more.
The ultimate South Africa seaside escape, once experienced, The Plettenberg is never forgotten.
Experience 5-star luxury in rooms, suites, and villas at this superb hotel in Plettenberg Bay. Each option promises a stylish and extremely comfortable stay.
The SeaFood at The Plettenberg is known for its fabulous cuisine and exceptional views. Enjoy drinks before or after at the stylish Sandbar.
On-site attractions include the restaurant and bar, swimming pools, boutique, and spa. There is plenty to see and do near The Plettenberg.
he Plettenberg, situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, along the famous Garden Route, is the ultimate seaside escape. The 5-star hotel, with its 35 beautifully appointed rooms and two family-style villas, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa, as well as offering world-class cuisine at SeaFood at The Plettenberg. Choose from entry-level double rooms, spacious premier suites or exclusive villas; guests can rest assured that they will experience the most stylish and comfortable accommodation. Set in a contemporary environment, SeaFood at The Plettenberg draws hotel guests and locals alike. Each carefully crafted dish is matched with the finest vintages from the carefully curated wine list, and is presented with the charming service the hotel has become synonymous with. Fine teas, expertly mixed cocktails, awardwinning wines, or pre- and post-dinner drinks â€“ whatever tickles the fancy, guests will find it at The Sandbar, The Plettenbergâ€™s stylish bar and lounge. With the illusion of flowing right into the bay, both pools offer breathtaking views, comfortable loungers, and poolside service. The cool, calm interior of the Fresh Wellness Spa invites guests to relax, unwind, and enjoy any of the signature treatments on the menu. A curated collection of the finer things in life, the elegant The Collection Boutique offers a selection of precious items from acclaimed South African designers. www.collectionmcgrath.com
Kurland Hotel T
he boutique, 5-star Kurland Hotel in the Crags outside Plettenberg Bay offers gracious country living and affords utter privacy. Kurland has been designed with exceptional facilities and due to the area enjoying a Mediterranean climate it makes an ideal year-round destination for vacations, romantic getaways, exclusive weddings, and family reunions. The charm lies in its authenticity and it is consistently rated as the most desirable address on the Garden Route. The 700-hectare estate has 12 tastefully decorated and spacious suites – all of which have oversized beds, exquisite linens, huge en-suite bathrooms, a lounge area, and terrace and are equipped with all modern facilities. Afternoon tea and cake is a tradition on the veranda or guests can simply relax in the spa, work out in the gym, or opt for a horse ride. The many romantic settings on the estate make the hotel ideal for bespoke weddings and honeymoons. It is also a great venue for boutique meetings and small conferences. Younger guests can spend their days in the extensive playroom, enjoy the paddling and family friendly swimming pools, the sand pit, jungle gym, boulles pitch, and tennis court. Children can make their own pizzas under the chefs’ supervision and enjoy quad bike adventure trails. Guests will indulge in fine cuisine at this destination enjoying romantic breakfasts, lovely lunches, and intimate dinners served at a variety of venues around the estate or in the privacy of the suite. www.kurland.co.za
Kurland offers luxury suites, superb cuisine, exciting activities and an ideal climate.
The expansive 700-hectare estate offers an exclusive experience in just 12 luxurious suites; all have luxurious décor and furnishings, as well as a private terrace.
The multi-award winning culinary team serves up seasonal menus sure to delight. Enjoy them in a variety of locations around the estate.
There is plenty to do for both young and old on the estate, including swimming, horseriding, boulles, quadbiking, tennis, and boulles.
No 5 by Mantis
o 5 by Mantis is a boutique art hotel that celebrates all that is beautiful about life, never negotiating on quality and guest comfort. Nestled in the affluent beachfront suburb of Summerstrand in South Africa’s friendliest city – Port Elizabeth – No 5 is set on a serene estate. The hotel is less than ten-minute’s drive from Port Elizabeth Airport and provides easy access to some of the best attractions in Nelson Mandela Bay. No 5 is an intimate boutique hotel with only 10 suites – perfectly suited for the well-heeled guest that appreciates the finer things in life and values their privacy. No stone was left unturned to ensure that the exquisite suites are masterpieces of comfort and opulence. The art deco facade of the double-story building reflects the elegant, functional, and contemporary interiors. The landscaped feature garden completes the picture of stylish serenity. No 5 boasts a private 15-seater cinema modeled on the cinema in Clarence House, Prince Charles’ private residence in London. The best vintages are stored in an underground cellar, where food lovers can experience artistic food journeys paired perfectly with the finest wines. Salon Privé, a secluded cigar lounge, is the perfect venue for sophisticated fun and offers an impressive range of single malt whiskeys and cigars. The best of the good life experience at No 5 is made complete by the indulgent health and beauty spa, and a well-equipped gym on the top floor. www.no5boutiquearthotel.com
A celebration of life as art! Lavish rooms, gourmet delights, and fun social spaces.
The 10 opulent suites are equipped with business units, luxurious lounges, and double bathrooms. All have private balconies or access to landscaped gardens.
Guests can expect fine dining and impeccable service. This 5-star hotel has a 16-seater wine cellar that can be booked for private events, and a whisky and cigar bar.
There is lots to indulge in here, including working out in the well-equipped gym, watching a movie in the 15-seater cinema, or signing up for pampering spa treatments.
he 5-star Boardwalk Hotel, a member of The Sunlux Collection, charmingly captures the grace and detail of Victorian architecture while incorporating every modern convenience. The result is a refreshing blend of refinement and urban vogue set against the azure backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Boasting 140 sea-facing guestrooms, the hotel’s accommodation options satisfy every requirement, such as plasma screen TVs, mini-bars, and bijou balconies. Guests can enjoy High Tea in the hotel lobby or indulge themselves at The Boardwalk Spa. Small enough for an intimate dinner and spacious enough for special functions and celebrations, Kipling’s Brasserie is the best fine dining restaurant in Port Elizabeth. Located inside the hotel, Kipling’s overlooks the hotel gardens, beachfront, and the pier. The multi-media lake spectacular musical fountain positioned in the center of the existing lake reaches a height of 60 meters at its peak; the fountain is choreographed to music, lighting, and a water curtain. The Boardwalk Convention Centre can handle conferences for up to 1,600 delegates. The complex is situated in the thriving Boardwalk precinct, the hub of Port Elizabeth, is within easy walking distance of Hobie Beach and includes over 16 eateries including al fresco restaurants, intimate sidewalk cafés, and a multitude of retail outlets. With its unique combination of adult and children’s entertainment, The Boardwalk offers a world of entertainment for business travelers, families, and romantics. www.suninternational.com/boardwalk
The Boardwalk promises luxury accommodation, a fine-dining restaurant, spa, and the perfect location.
Located in the bustling Boardwalk precinct, the 140 guestrooms face the ocean and are outfitted with modern comforts.
The on-site Kipling’s Brasserie is the best fine dining restaurant in Port Elizabeth and is set overlooking the gardens, beachfront, and pier.
There is plenty to do close by. The Boardwalk precinct is home to eateries and upmarket shops, within walking distance of the beach and entertainment options.
Founders Lodge by Mantis F
ounders Lodge by Mantis is the fruit of Adrian Gardiner’s conservation dream. It all started more than 20 years ago in the Eastern Cape with the founding of the legendary Shamwari Game Reserve. Shamwari’s success inspired Adrian to create the Mantis Collection. He sold the game reserve to new owners but retained the first 400 hectares from which he had started the conservation heritage of the Eastern Cape. It is here that Founders Lodge is located, adjacent to the malaria-free Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve. Used as the Gardiner family’s personal holiday home for 20 years, it has been newly renovated to accommodate guests in exquisite 5-star comfort. The Lodge is geared towards personal, tailormade experiences – many of which are based on the activities and adventures that the Gardiner family and their friends have enjoyed over the years. The six private suites are beautifully appointed for comfort, each with a private balcony affording fantastic views of the surrounds. Dining is a highlight of a stay here with a focus on using fresh, 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, Founders Lodge is the ideal destination for those wanting to explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape on foot and the Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve is easily accessible on daily game drives. Now, a select few have an opportunity to experience this private safari home. www.founderslodgebymantis.com
A luxurious and serene country-life destination with a Big 5 safari experience on the doorstep.
The six private suites are set off from the courtyard or form part of the original residence. The private verandas offer breathtaking views across the surrounding landscapes.
The cuisine on offer is delicious, traditional South African fare with a modern gourmet twist. Meals are served outside as often as possible.
Daily game drives into the Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve are offered daily. On-site facilities include two swimming pools and a gym and steam room.
Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve S
et in a spectacular and unique environment, Oceana offers a truly special luxury boutique experience. The property is positioned within a sprawling wildlife sanctuary, fronted by a pristine seven-kilometer stretch of private beach on the Indian Ocean. With absolutely everything taken care of by the discreet staff, this private and intimate destination is where one goes for a "holiday while on holiday". Spacious and airy, the luxury accommodation options offer captivating views of the beach and ocean, framed by indigenous shrubs and trees that create an easy island-living feel. There are seven double suites to choose from, all with private decks and full bathrooms. Guests can also book the magnificent double-story Private House, with its three en-suite double rooms. Those who stay here enjoy private access, use of a spacious lounge with fireplace, a private plunge pool on the deck, and a fully equipped kitchen, bar, and dining area for effortless entertaining. The reserve is home to more than 220 species of bird and 30 animal species, including rhino, giraffe, and many others that can often be viewed from the suite. On-site attractions include safari drives, spa treatments, fine dining, games room, swimming, and beach activities. From golf to fishing, birdwatching and more, there are also many other activities to be enjoyed in and around the charming town of Port Alfred, close to Port Elizabeth and Big 5 game reserves. www.oceanareserve.com
Exclusive, yet unpretentious, this property ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable holiday.
Choose from luxurious double suites, all with private decks, and the double-story Private House, perfect for groups of friends and families. All beautifully well-equipped.
Look forward to fine dining in venues boasting spectacular views. Or make yourself at home in the Private House with its fully equipped kitchen, bar and dining area.
Indulge in everything at Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve from spa treatments, fine dining, games, swimming, beach and water activities, game-viewing drives, and more.
Lalibela Game Reserve
Exceptional game viewing in a relaxed, informal atmosphere for guests with a strong conservation ethic.
Accommodation options range from a child-friendly lodge catering for families, to traditional stone and thatch lodges, a luxury tented camp, and 5-star luxury options.
Food at Lalibela is focused on cooking wholesome, traditional South African dishes using locally sourced produce and serving it in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.
Guests have the choice of relaxing at a pool, bird-watching at a bird hide, or undertaking a bush walk. A popular activity is a “behind the scenes” exploration of Lalibela.
alibela is a privately owned game reserve in the heart of the game-rich, malaria-free Eastern Cape. Comprising over 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) of pristine nature, Lalibela boasts five different biomes, each distinct in terms of the plants, animals, and birds found there. Lalibela is unique in the Eastern Cape as the savannah grassland biome makes up about half of its land area. Savannah grassland has an exceptionally high carrying capacity – which means that Lalibela can sustain vast herds of antelope and other plains game. Because of the prolific numbers, Lalibela is home to what is believed to be the densest population of free-roaming lion in South Africa. The minimum requirement for Lalibela game rangers is the professional guide qualification. The average qualification level of field guides at Lalibela is one of the highest in South Africa and this, together with the prolific game numbers, means that game-viewing on Lalibela is truly spectacular. Lalibela has five lodges that cater for all tastes and preferences. Mark’s Camp is a child-friendly lodge catering for the family market. Tree Tops is a small tented camp (five luxury tents sleeping 10 people), while Lentaba Lodge has 10 stone-and-thatch chalets (sleeping 20) set in a lush valley. Kichaka is a 5-star lodge with 10 chalets, all with private plunge pools and Mills Manor is a 5-star standard exclusive-use villa sleeping 10 people in five rooms. www.lalibela.net
Shamwari Game Reserve S
hamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest malaria-free private game reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is situated along the Bushman’s River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, forming a natural extension of the Garden Route. Shamwari, which means “friend” in the local Shona language, is one of Africa’s leading Big 5 safari destinations spanning some 25,000 hectares. This private game reserve boasts five ecosystems supporting many plant, bird, and animal species. Six uniquely styled lodges and the Shamwari Explorer Camp offer a distinctive ambience in untamed Africa. Home to one of South Africa’s most experienced wildlife teams with a working wildlife rehabilitation center, guests can learn more about Africa’s magnificent wildlife. Shamwari boasts the only Born Free Foundation Rescue Centre in the country. Guest activities include the unique Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Born Free Foundation Centre, Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, and Kids on Safari program that educates and entertains at the same time. Bush walks, spa treatments, stargazing, and guided walks are available on request. For years, Shamwari has been the destination of choice for many international celebrities and is internationally renowned for its accolades and awards, including as Africa’s Leading Conservation Company and Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge Award. Shamwari Game Reserve is an award-winning pioneer in its conservation of a vanishing way of life. www.shamwari.com
5-star lodges, exceptional Big 5 game viewing, and superb hospitality at an award-winning luxury destination.
The six lodges and Explorer Camp at Shamwari are individually decorated and designed to deliver a unique experience in varying locations from cliffs to valleys.
The signature dishes prepared by an executive chef are served in unique and peaceful locations offering breathtaking views of the Eastern Cape terrain.
There is no lack of things to do at this Big 5 destination from the exhilarating game drives and bush walks to photographic safaris, stargazing, and spa treatments.
Pumba Private Game Reserve N
Luxury accommodation, exceptional wildlife experiences, personalized service, and delectable cuisine.
Stay in luxury thatched chalets outfitted for utter comfort and relaxation. You won’t want to leave, except to visit the spa or go on a game drive.
Expect stylish menus showcasing African fusion cuisine and accompanied by fine wines from the on-site Director’s Cellar at Pumba Private Game Reserve.
Pumba is known for its exceptional gameviewing experiences, including sightings of the rare white lion, cheetah, hippo, and more than 300 bird species.
estled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, where luxury meets the wild African bushveld, is Pumba Private Game Reserve and Spa. This destination offers world-class, luxury accommodation, exceptional close-up wildlife encounters, personalized attention, and delectable 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 highly trained and experienced rangers ensure that the safari experience ranks among the best in the world. Experience the essence of African luxury in one of two unique 5-star lodges. Water Lodge, overlooking Lake Cariega, offers 12 stoned-walled, thatched chalets. Bush Lodge offers 11 luxury glass-enclosed, thatched chalets, which flow naturally into the African bushveld. Air conditioning, earthenware fireplaces, and fine linen ensure absolute comfort, while dreamy bathrooms and luxury bedrooms open onto private wooden game-viewing decks. Each chalet is complete with plunge pools and outdoor showers, giving one no reason to leave, except to visit the spa or go on a game drive. Whether dining indoors or under the starlit sky, meals at Pumba are simply sublime. Enjoy African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair complemented by a superb selection of local wines from the Director’s Cellar. Pumba Private Game Reserve offers a magnificent African safari experience, a mere hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. www.pumbagamereserve.co.za
Kariega Game Reserve T
his internationally renowned Big 5 malaria-free private game reserve is situated near Port Elizabeth, the perfect end destination on a trip down the coast from Cape Town and through the Garden Route. Guests have a choice of three luxury lodges (from 4-star superior to 5-star). Settlers Drift is Kariegaâ€™s latest addition, a 5-star tented lodge located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness. The lodge has nine luxury tented suites, each with stunning views of the upper reaches of the Bushmans river. This perfectly positioned tented lodge delivers the ultimate guest experience. River Lodge comprises 10 luxury thatched suites and is also situated on the Bushmans river. Special activities include daily boat trips to the beach. Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa with its 10 superbly appointed luxury suites, each with a private plunge pool. Family owned and managed, it would be accurate to say that the gradual growth and development of the now expansive 10,000-hectare reserve is one of the most accomplished conservation projects in the Eastern Cape to date. Kariegaâ€™s landscape spans five different ecosystems. The result? Exceptional game viewing and birding experiences! Guests can enjoy twice daily game drives led by experienced rangers, and guided bush walks. The beautiful Kariega and Bushmans rivers run through the reserve, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy river cruises, canoeing and fishing. Children are welcome. www.kariega.co.za
Kariega offers malaria-free Big 5 game viewing, river cruises, bush walks, and luxury safari accommodation.
Choose from a 5-star tented lodge to luxury thatched or log-constructed suites, all luxuriously appointed and offering stunning bush and river views.
Upmarket dining in exceptional venues is what you can expect from this Big 5 destination. Fresh food, great wines, and an extraordinary ambience.
Days are spent viewing game, walking, boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, or just relaxing in the beautiful surrounds of this upmarket family owned safari destination.
KWAZULU-NATAL Those looking for sub-tropical weather, rich cultural experiences, fantastic food, and warm ocean waters can do no better than plan a visit to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Located on the country’s east coast, this region is home to the Zulu nation, along with a large Indian population originally brought to South Africa as indentured laborers. This combination, along with the influences of many other cultures, has resulted in the unique and eclectic culture that is expressed fully through the region’s trademark spicy and innovative cuisine. The places where battles were fought in efforts to retain land now attract those seeking an understanding of these dramatic clashes, while the famous Midlands Meander appeals to those looking to leisurely explore the designated routes that lead to artists’ galleries, bespoke shops, and renowned eateries. The coastline is a very popular destination with its shaded white-sand beaches that lead into warm ocean waters. This is a year-round destination because of the sub-tropical climate. This region is also particularly known for its protected natural areas. The iSimangaliso (“miracle”) Wetland Park is 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. Nearby are Big 5 game reserves and the world-famous diving destination of Aliwal Shoal, as well as Sodwana Bay, where it is possible to dive with ragged-tooth sharks. KwaZulu-Natal has it all!
Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal and the second largest city in the province after Durban.
The beautiful iSimangaliso Wetlands Park is a unique destination boasting a diverse ecosystem encompassing beaches, coral reefs, and coastal forests, as well turtle breeding grounds. This is a birders and anglers paradise. There are also boat cruises, horse-riding excursions, kayaking trips, and guided walks on offer.
The original and bespoke art and crafts available along the Midlands Meander are the best bet when looking for mementos of a visit here.
CLIMATE KwaZulu-Natal’s climate is sub-tropical with mild and warm winters, and wetter, hotter summers. It is pleasant to swim in the ocean year-round.
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The Oyster Box
tanding proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, set directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Oyster Box, with its 86 rooms, is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service, and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers all of the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but accompanied by all of the comforts and amenities of modern times. Dining venues range from the Ocean Terrace, which serves casual and al fresco fare, as well as a curry buffet, to the legendary Grill Room, which promises a fine dining experience. The Palm Court serves a lavish High Tea daily, with live piano accompaniment. The Oyster and Lighthouse Bars are the hottest spots in town for sundowners. Equipped with six treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy bath, grooming lounge, plunge-pool, gym, infinity pool, and tranquility lounge, The Spa offers the latest in health and wellness treatments. Other on-site facilities include two swimming pools, a private library, luscious tropical gardens, and an intimate, 24-seater movie theater. There is no lack of things to do at The Oyster Box, and a stay here has guests returning for more. The Oyster Box is KwaZulu-Natal’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination and the venue of choice for the conference and business market. Time spent at The Oyster Box will leave one with magical memories to last a lifetime. www.oysterboxhotel.com
Offers a superb beachside location, on-site dining, spas, swimming pools, tropical gardens, and a movie theater!
Choose from 86 rooms, suites, and villas that face either the sea or onto the garden. All are individually styled to ensure maximum comfort.
The Oyster Box is legendary for its wide array of wining and dining experiences, including its High Tea and seafood offerings to spectacular curries and wood-fired pizzas.
The hotel offers a spa complete with hydrotherapy bath, plunge-pool, gym, and tranquility lounge, as well as two swimming pools, private library, and holiday club.
BEVERLY HILLS T
he Beverly Hills, the grande dame of KwaZulu-Natal, opened in 1964 and for more than half a century has had a fine reputation for intuitive service and gracious hospitality. The hotel continues to surpass global standards of hospitality and meet the changing needs of today’s guests. It is one of KwaZuluNatal’s most well-known landmarks, renowned for its iconic pool setting, professional service, and culinary excellence. The style of accommodation is varied, but all 89 rooms have dramatic uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, private balconies, and plasma screen TVs. There is a DVD library available. While the style is classic, it embodies a relaxed theme in keeping with the hotel’s beach resort status. The public areas exude gracious living. In the lounge, large comfortable sofas, high wingback chairs, and card tables grouped in intimate circles are complemented by low-level lighting to create a warm inviting atmosphere. The use of leather, large mirrors, crystal vases, and exquisite fresh flowers captivate the senses and express the passion behind this glamorous hotel. The pool setting with terrace and lawns is the pièce de résistance! An open expanse offering loungers and dramatic uninterrupted sea views. The Mangawani Spa offers treatments and massages. The signature restaurant, The Sugar Club, offers beautiful views of the ocean in a romantic setting. The best and freshest ingredients are prepared into works of art, while the wine list carries a Diamond award for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. www.tsogosun.com/beverly-hills
Intuitive personalized service, old-world opulence, culinary excellence, and an iconic pool experience.
The timeless rooms are luxuriously appointed with distinctive finishes offering an atmosphere of old-world opulence, but one complemented by modern amenities and facilities.
The Beverly Hills is known for culinary excellence with great attention paid to ensuring a tantalizing food experience. There are two restaurants on site.
A feature of a stay here is the special swimming pool experience, including complimentary ice lollies, lip balm, and spritzers, as well as a sunglass cleaning service.
Thanda offers a uniquely African and incomparable experience in magical northern Zululand.
Stay in style in beautiful bush suites or tented camps – both offer upmarket luxuries. For those looking for exclusivity the Villa iZulu is the ideal choice.
The chefs are dedicated to each guest who dines at Thanda. The local cuisine is as diverse as the population and the menus are carefully created to reflect this.
This is a thrilling destination with many activities on offer: rhino tracking, Big 5 game viewing, cultural tours, bush walks, and wildlife photography lessons.
proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge, Thanda Safari is situated 23 kilometers north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand, South Africa. Set on an exclusive 14,000-hectare reserve, Thanda is home to the Big 5 among other species. Thanda, meaning “love” in isiZulu, unites romantic opulence and exclusivity with Zulu culture, wildlife, and conservation. The nine luxury suites at the Thanda Safari Lodge have private plunge pools, viewing decks, private salas, lounges, fireplaces, and full bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers. The public facilities include a lounge, library, dining room, boma, dining deck, wine cellar, cigar bar, business area, and viewing decks. The exclusive-use Villa iZulu, ideal for celebrities, families, and those seeking privacy, is a bush residence beyond any traditional understanding of extravagance and service. It can accommodate 10 guests in five suites. The Thanda Tented Camp is built in colonial safari style, offering an authentic bush experience. The tents have private wooden sundecks, en-suite bathrooms, as well as outdoor showers. The honeymoon Jabula Tent features a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom, lounge, boma, outdoor shower, and plunge pool. Public facilities include a reception area, a curio shop, a Hemingwaystyle lounge area, an enchanted dining tent, a large rim-flow swimming pool, and boma. Thanda’s spa offers treatments inspired by ancient Zulu holistic practices and learnt from traditional Zulu women. www.thanda.com
Big 5 game viewing, luxurious suites with views, and steeped in conservation history.
thembu Lodge is set in the historic and timeless 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 Playerâ€™s stables for the horses that were first used on patrols and later on wilderness leadership training trips. 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. Mthembu Lodge, catering for just 22 guests, is set further along/downstream the White Umfolozi with panoramic river and forest views. Its one- and two-bedroom suites (perfect for families) are luxuriously appointed for comfort, and the 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 dayâ€™s game-viewing adventures. Guests here enjoy access to the entire reserve, and the privilege of walking rights throughout 30,000 hectares of pristine wilderness. Days are spent in search of the Big 5, along with the myriad other species that call this region home. These species include the Nile crocodile, Cape buffalo, cheetah, and spotted hyena. www.mantiscollection.com
here the rolling hills of Zululand stretch into a distant, misty forever, a new 5-star travel experience has been born. The new Biyela Lodge is located in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, the oldest protected game reserve area in South Africa proclaimed in 1895. This esteemed park is steeped in history. It 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. Biyela Lodge is nestled on a spectacular bend of 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 32 guests in luxurious one-and
two-bedroom suites that link to the central lodge with its swimming pool, restaurant, bar, spa, and gym facilities. Here, guests enjoy exceptional sights of free-roaming animal species during game drives and on guided walks in the reserve. The reserve is home to the Big 5, including black and white rhino, as well as 86 other wildlife species, such as cheetah, the Nile crocodile, and spotted hyena. The lodge has traversing rights to the entire game reserve and holds the rights to walk throughout 30,000 hectares of wilderness area. It is here, amid timeless, undulating hills, that visitors can walk in the footsteps of giants, past and present, enjoying an exceptional experience.
A malaria-free, Big 5 luxury safari experience in the heart of black rhino country.
World-class battlefield tours, luxury accommodation, excellent food, and personalized service.
Regardless of which luxury lodge is chosen, guests can expect modern amenities and old-fashioned hospitality. Rooms are designed for comfort.
The meals served on site align with the generous hospitality for which Fugitives’ Drift is renowned. Expect delicious food, great wines, and a friendly atmosphere.
The battlefield tours are a must-do experience. Other activities in the area include outdoor adventure, fishing, biking, walks, and horseriding excursions.
his spectacular property, set in a 5,000acre game reserve and registered Natural Heritage Site, is acclaimed for its battlefield tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Fugitives’ Drift consists of three luxurious lodge – the Lodge, the Guest House, and Umzinyathi House, each with its own unique ambience. Guests can stay at the original Lodge, which has recently undergone a major renovation. Half a kilometer up the hill is the old colonial farmhouse and the cottages of the Guest House with its more open, savannah-like aspect, and a further half a kilometer up, set back from public access in private seclusion, is the luxurious, self-catering Umzinyathi House. Both the Lodge and the Guest House have swimming pools. Meals are served table d’hôte in the individual dining rooms or, weather permitting, outside on the decks. The battlefield tours led by the Rattray brothers and team have achieved an international reputation. The formula of entertaining people with moving, detailed presentations on site, offering wonderful food, and exclusive lodge accommodation, has proven to be a winning formula. Further activities include horse-riding, birdwatching, fishing in the Buffalo River, mountain biking, and game walks. Expect excellent hospitality and personal service. The legacy of David Rattray lives on; Nicky and her sons Andrew and Douglas deliver a world-class experience setting the benchmark for heritage tourism in South Africa. www.fugitivesdrift.com
andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge G
uests at Phinda Private Game Reserve experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, led by professionally trained andBeyond rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as a wide range of optional adventures in the bush and on the beach. Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the spectacular andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge fuses spectacular architectural design with the ultimate in conservation principles. The 16 suites are built on stilts and appear to float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees. Inventively designed in a style affectionately known as Zulu Zen, each handcrafted, glass-encased suite boasts a minimalist flair that incorporates high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics, and brightly accented Zulu artefacts. The lodgeâ€™s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, as well as the expansive decks in its seating area, look out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals often graze. A traditional African boma is enclosed with a wooden fence and offers lantern-lit, open-air dining beneath a canvas of stars. Activities include game drives and bush walks. Activities at an added charge: village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives, scuba safaris, black rhino tracking on foot, the Ocean Safari, and Sleeping under the Stars experience. Specialist safaris include birding, photographic, rhino tracking, walking, and private safaris. www.andBeyond.com
Track Black Rhino, SLEEP UNDER THE STARS, go birdwatching, experience Zulu Zen culture, and more.
The suites feature luxurious en-suite bathrooms with slate hand basins and viewing decks where guests can drink in the sight of graceful nyala and duiker.
The dining options and venues live up to the overall superb experience offered by Phinda Forest Lodge. Expect only the best meals served in beautiful locations.
There is something for everyone here. The more cultural can opt for village tours, while the adventurous at heart can track black rhino on foot.
GAUTENG Gauteng, one of South Africa’s nine provinces, provides a springboard into South Africa and other African countries. The region is centered on Johannesburg, known as the “city of gold”. Discovery of this precious metal in the late 1800s drove development of the region, which today is the economic heart of South Africa, and the gateway for business into the rest of the continent. The sophisticated pace of Johannesburg, known for its “Afropolitan” atmosphere and upmarket shopping and entertainment destinations, appeals to leisure and business travelers looking for a taste of modern Africa. The region also, however, provides a window into the country’s ancient and recent past. The dramatic Wonder Caves and Sterkfontein Caves located in the world heritage site of the “Cradle of Humankind” are home to fossils dating back more than 3 million years. The region’s rich social and political culture are celebrated in destinations such as Nelson Mandela’s former home, the Newton Cultural District, and the Hector Pieterse Museum. Vibrant Soweto, with both luxury lifestyle developments and informal settlements and markets, is located to the south of Johannesburg and a testament to the shift in South African social and economic dynamics since the first democratic elections in 1994. Just 50 kilometers away are the colonial-style buildings and Jacaranda tree-lined streets of Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital. Gauteng epitomizes modern Africa, but still celebrates its rich and diverse cultural heritage.
DID YOU KNOW...
Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng province; nearby Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital.
The Apartheid Museum offers an interactive and innovative commemoration of South Africa’s brutal past.
It is South Africa’s smallest province, but the most populated and urbanized. A fifth of South African’s live in this province. Gauteng is the Sesotho word for “city of gold”. Johannesburg is also known as “Egoli”, the Zulu word for “place of gold”.
Warm and wind-free summers, with intermittent showers, and cold, dry winters.
Gold, in the form of jewelry or coins, is most representative of the region’s past and future prosperity.
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Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa S
comfortable rooms, 24-hour butler service, complimentary WiFi, swimming pools, and a spa.
The Saxon, Villas and Spa promises an exceptional stay in beautifully appointed suites and exclusive villas set on 10 acres of magnificent land.
This upmarket destination offers a 24-hour butler service and gourmet dining in a range of venues. Additional attractions are the Olive Bar and Cigar Lounge.
On-site attractions include the seven swimming pools and the luxurious spa. The varied offerings of this eclectic city are close by, from art galleries to outdoor activities.
axon Hotel, Villas and Spa is perfectly situated for guests wanting to explore the many gems of Africa’s economic capital, Johannesburg – a vibrant world-class city with a fascinating mix of expressive art, eclectic culture, awe-inspiring landscapes, and intriguing history. Set within a magnificent 10 acres of land, with lush gardens and seven indoor and outdoor pools, this luxury hotel offers an exclusive escape where each detail has been considered to guarantee guests’ absolute comfort. Right from being welcomed by name, one’s every need will be anticipated by a 24-hour butler and an abundance of highly attentive, expert staff. Guests’ Saxon experience will be one of unrivaled hospitality, where a stay allows one to enjoy the delightful conveniences of complimentary WiFi, minibar, sparkling wine, a private terrace, and access to all hotel and spa facilities. For a more personal experience, opt to stay at one of the exclusive villas set apart from the main hotel and connected by a skywalk. Each is set in lush indigenous gardens and comprises tastefully decorated individual suites. These secluded villas have their own terraces and heated plunge pools. Two of them have a private spa suite for those looking for further intimacy. From the bottle of sparkling wine offered on arrival to the comforts of the room, suites, and exclusive villas, the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa is the perfect oasis in the bustling city of Johannesburg. www.saxon.co.za
The Monarch Hotel T
he Monarch Hotel, located in Johannesburg’s prestigious suburb of Rosebank, is a sophisticated and lavishly styled hotel that was once the iconic 1930s Saxonwold Post Office. The hotel’s décor reflects an affluent ambience of old-world elegance with refined period-like interiors, enriched with classical and contemporary furnishings, and complemented by an extensive art collection of established and emerging South African artists. The Monarch prides itself on being part of the rich cultural history of Johannesburg and welcomes its guests in modern style and with traditional charm. A prominent heritage landmark on Oxford Road, the Monarch Hotel is a glamorous yet eclectic collection of wrought-iron entrances, rich fabrics, muted marble, brass banisters, paneled walls, and bespoke contemporary finishes – providing the ultimate discreet urban sanctuary for business travelers and tourists. The 12 exquisite suites are masterpieces of comfort and opulence. All are immaculately furnished and equipped with WiFi, satellite TV, safes, and refreshment stations. The suites provide a serene refuge from Johannesburg’s vibrant day and nightlife. Facilities at the hotel include a cigar lounge; a chic dining room offering breakfast, lunch and dinner; and a small 10-seater boardroom. The Mall of Rosebank, Planet Fitness, and the Rosebank Gautrain station are all within walking distance of the hotel. www.monarchhotel.co.za
A stay here is stepping into old-world charm, opulence, fine dining, luxury furnishings, and history.
The suites are immaculately furnished and equipped with satellite TV, internet connections, fine linen, and luxurious amenities to provide a refuge from a busy day.
The dining experience at the Monarch Hotel will not disappoint. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are offered in an elegant and chic dining room. In-room dining is an option.
This is a great base from which to explore the attractions of Johannesburg, it is located close to the Rosebank Mall, museums, galleries, and Sandton City.
54 on Bath
ituated in the upmarket and leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the 5-star hotel 54 on Bath presents its guests a signature blend of luxury, style, and intuitive service, thus ensuring the highest level of comfort for business and leisure travelers alike. This luxury boutique style hotel offers a range of elegantly appointed rooms that provide views of the beautiful surrounding garden and city skyline. Guests are assured of comfort, spaciousness, and privacy, with rooms that reflect a philosophy of gentle luxury. Guests can choose from 75 stylishly decorated rooms, comprising 60 deluxe standard rooms, 12 executive rooms, and 3 luxury suites. Each en-suite room provides a host of amenities, including 24-hour room service, DSTV, directdial telephones, espresso machine, mini-bar, and complimentary WiFi. Guests can dine at the fine dining destination of Level Four in Rosebank, that offers a unique dining experience in a relaxing atmosphere, or enjoy its dishes in the privacy of their rooms. The hotel is easily accessible from Johannesburgâ€™s OR Tambo International Airport using the Gautrain rapid rail system. In addition to its sophisticated appeal, 54 on Bath is renowned for its warm hospitality and professional service, assuring its place as one of the best hotels in Africa. It also offers six well-appointed and flexible conference venues that can cater for up to 120 guests. www.tsogosun.com/54-on-bath
A signature blend of luxury, style, and intuitive service in the upmarket suburb of Rosebank, Johannesburg.
54 on Bath offers comfortable accommodation in stylishly designed rooms, each with DSTV, an espresso machine, complimentary WiFi, and a host of other amenities.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Level Four with its signature dishes and relaxed atmosphere, or opt for meals to be served in the privacy of the room.
Nearby attractions include Sandton City, Rosebank Mall, Melrose Arch, and Nelson Mandela Square. The hotel is also close to golf courses, art galleries and theaters.
The Peech Boutique Hotel S
et within two acres in the residential suburb of Melrose, The Peech is a true boutique hotel with just 16 guest rooms. Originally a private residence built in the 1950s, the property was transformed into a hotel in the early 2000s and is owned and run by James Peech. Accommodation is spread across lush gardens with a distinctive interior style that blends chic European design with a touch of Africa. Within the main house, the original part of the property, there are two House Rooms. Around the gardens are the annexes, which feature Garden Rooms and Garden Suites. There are well-appointed bathrooms with “Raindance” showers and deep baths. The 16 bedrooms have high-speed WiFi, air conditioning, Nespresso stations, and king-sized beds. The bistro, providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serves fresh, light, and seasonal dishes, with locally-sourced, sustainable, and organic ingredients featured wherever possible. The location feels both private and central being located near the city’s main shopping and business hubs and adjacent to the boutiques, cafés, and park of Melrose. The hotel champions responsible tourism by blending awareness for the environment and the community; it is also Fair Trade Tourism certified. It has been described as “contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric” by Condé Nast Traveler and it was awarded “Best City Boutique Hotel” in Africa at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards. www.thepeech.co.za
The perfect luxurious, boutique antidote to the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg.
Bedrooms are spread across the two acres of lush, mostly indigenous gardens, attracting abundant birdlife and offering the feel of being in a private oasis within a bustling metropolis.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily in the on-site bistro with an emphasis on using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to make the delicious meals.
This boutique hotel is perfectly placed for easy access to the nearby business, leisure, shopping, and entertainment options of vibrant Melrose in Johannesburg.
DAVINCI Hotel & Suites
A contemporary yet classic experience, this eco-friendly hotel is known for its comfort and superb service.
Stay in style in the upmarket rooms, suites, and exclusive penthouses. All are equipped with modern amenities and elegantly designed for comfort.
Indulge in Balthazar New York-style dining at Maximillien Restaurant, enjoy a light meal in the DAVINCI Lounge, or have drinks at the Maxim Whisky & Cigar Lounge.
There is plenty to do on site, including using the gym, spa, and infinity swimming pool, with shopping and entertainment options close by.
ocated adjacent to Sandton’s prestigious Nelson Mandela Square, the eco-friendly DAVINCI Hotel and Suites offers guests all the luxuries and comforts they have come to expect from Legacy’s extraordinary portfolio of hotels and resorts. Boasting 166 en-suite hotel rooms, 50 onetwo- and three-bedroom suites, and 4 penthouses – the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites has something for every taste, for both business and leisure travelers. Guests can take time to work out in the gym, relax in the infinity edge swimming pool, or simply let the hotel’s therapists provide pampering treatments in the wellness spa. Indulge in Balthazar New York-style dining at Maximillien Restaurant located in Legacy Corner Mall, or simply enjoy a light meal and drink in the elegant DAVINCI Lounge, situated in a spectacular setting overlooking the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites pool deck. With natural lighting, WiFi, and laptop facilities, it is hard for satisfied guests not to enjoy the surrounding contemporary style while meeting for business, or simply just relaxing at any time of the day or evening. Situated in the heart of the Sandton business and shopping district, the hotel offers direct access to Legacy Corner Mall, Sandton City Shopping Centre, and Nelson Mandela Square, as well as easy access to the Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton Gautrain Station. This beautiful hotel is contemporary, yet classic – offering all guests a truly unforgettable stay. www.legacyhotels.co.za/en/hotels/davincihotel
The Michelangelo Hotel T
he Michelangelo, situated on Nelson Mandela Square, is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and Legacy Hotels & Resorts’ flagship hotel in Sandton. Discernment has always been a way of life at The Michelangelo, which boasts 242 luxurious rooms and suites that have been tastefully decorated to reflect the hotel’s Renaissance-style architecture. All rooms and suites feature a private bathroom with separate bath and shower, as well as individually controlled air-conditioning, while the Presidential Suite also offers an 18-hour butler service. No matter which room is chosen, service excellence and satisfaction is guaranteed. Guests can dine in style at the prestigious Piccolo Mondo Restaurant, renowned for its classic Italian dishes and impressive wine list that features both local and international wines. The recently refurbished Il Ritrovo Lounge is open to all guests 24 hours a day, serving light meals, tapas, snacks, teas and coffees, as well as cocktails and drinks. Whether one is traveling for business or pleasure, The Michelangelo’s Business Centre will put one in touch with the world. The hotel can also comfortably host up to 160 guests in style and comfort in the exquisitely outfitted conference rooms. Unwinding has never been more satisfying than at the hotel’s spa with its indulgent signature treatments, executive lifestyle center, sun-deck, indoor heated pool, sauna, or steam bath. An urban haven, The Michelangelo Hotel will exceed expectations. www.legacyhotels.co.za/en/hotels/ michelangelohotel
One of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Michelangelo Hotel will exceed expectations.
The tastefully decorated 242 luxurious rooms and suites mirror Renaissance-style architecture and feature separate baths and showers. The Presidential Suite enjoys 18-hour butler service.
Look forward to fine dining at the acclaimed Piccolo Mondo Restaurant, known for its classic Italian dishes accompanied by a fine selection of local and international wines.
Set on Nelson Mandela Square close to several of Johannesburg’s prime attractions, the hotel also offers guests access to an indoor heated swimming pool and signature spa.
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa T
This unique, exclusive, and upmarket sanctuary is an oasis in Africa’s vibrant business capital.
The opulence of the individually decorated suites is matched only by the outstanding service, luxury amenities, and fine dining options.
Whether it is fine dining, a sublime afternoon tea, or a bistro experience, you will find it here. The hotel also caters for signature events.
Simply relax at this beautiful venue with its park-like ambience, on-site spa, and swimming pool. There are plenty of activities on offer close by.
he Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a 5-star boutique hotel promising a unique, exclusive, and upmarket sanctuary for today’s traveler. Elegant enough to host European royalty and relaxed enough for one visitor to comment “a home away from home, only better, this establishment is truly a world-class”. The 41 opulent suites are individually decorated to the highest standard to inspire even the most well-traveled guests. Amenities include laundry, valet service, room safes and mini-bars, satellite TV, and free WiFi and gym access. The hotel offers transfers to and from the airport by arrangement and complimentary transfers within the Sandton area. The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel now proudly introduces its Muse Champagne room and Into the Woods, an ideal venue for private dining events seating up to 12 guests. Amuse-Bouche offers superb a la carte cuisine and the Manor House Bistro is ideal for a signature afternoon high tea. The hotel provides professional catering for signature banqueting and events for 10 to 60 people. The exclusive Balinese Spa and garden offers a space of peace and tranquillity with the sound of running water and bird twitters in the bamboo grove or simply relax on the terrace overlooking the rolling lawns and beautiful swimming pool. This well-kept secret is an exquisite haven of serenity with its park-like ambience of huge mature trees and prolific bird life, set right in the heart of Africa’s vibrant business capital. www.fairlawns.co.za
The Residence N
estled in the leafy suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg, a mere stone’s throw from former President Nelson Mandela’s home, The Residence exudes an air of quiet dignity and discretion. No effort is spared in ensuring that each guest’s experience is personalized. The 18 suites are individually designed and decorated with the sole purpose of surpassing expectations. In addition to a full en-suite bathroom, every suite has its own outdoor rain shower and outdoor bath, or Jacuzzi overlooking terraced gardens and forest-like surroundings. Should the need arise, one wing of the hotel can be privatized to create a villa for families or groups wishing for a more intimate stay. Facilities include a tennis court, heated outdoor pools, fitness room, world-class spa, and a conference room. The signature restaurant, The Dining Room serves a seasonal menu throughout the day and also caters for those with specific dietary requirements. Situated a mere 30-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, a transport service offers quick access to nearby commercial centers. Should guests be in the mood for a tad more luxury, the 24-hour chauffeur service will gladly show them around in a Rolls Royce Silver Spur Park Ward – one of only a handful in the world. Business professionals, leisure travelers, and those just passing through will all attest to the exclusive experience offered by The Residence. www.theresidenceportfolio.co.za
The Residence is much, much more than a boutique accommodation experience.
Indulge in a stay in an individually designed suite, decorated with the sole purpose of surpassing expectations with outdoor rain showers and superlative views.
The seasonal menu on offer at The Dining Room complements the superb offering at The Residence with meals served in a sublime setting.
There is easy access to commercial and shopping centers; travel in style in a Rolls Royce Silver Spur Park Ward, one of a handful in the world.
D’oreale Grande Hotel
Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg offers a mega experience!
Stay in beautifully designed rooms and suites, all appointed for comfort with modern facilities and amenities, including 24-hour room service and complimentary WiFi.
Dine at one of 16 restaurants in Emperor’s Palace, including the on-site Aurelia’s Restaurant, with pre- and post-dinner drinks enjoyed in the terraced gardens.
So much to do – swimming, spa treatments, theater and entertainment options, a magnificent casino, and a multitude of dining options are on offer.
iscover untold luxury and regal comfort at the 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace. This very upmarket destination is conveniently located next to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport is available. This venue is part of a mega-resort with 16 restaurants and a variety of dining options. This 5-star hotel offers a variety of rooms from presidential suites to classic options. The stately hotel features 182 beautifully designed and impeccably appointed rooms and suites. The hotel’s comfort levels are enhanced by superior levels of service and guest relations, as well as international language and culture proficiencies, and the exclusive Club Floor and Lounge offers a full bouquet of personal and concierge services dedicated to the elite business traveler. All rooms incorporate air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, and the convenience of 24-hour room service. Dine at the elegant Aurelia’s Restaurant, relax in private conclaves of the reception area, or sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset from a lounger in the manicured and terraced gardens of the hotel. Indulge in personalized service, luxurious comfort, classic décor and peerless quality. The Emperors Palace resort offers you a magnificent casino, a cinema complex, exhilarating entertainment and theater venues, and a state-ofthe-art convention center. www.doreale.com
It's sunrise. The silence is only punctuated by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable. Picture yourselves sipping champagne as you hover gently above the tree tops, or soar high above the mountain peaks. After landing savour a delectable breakfast at our beautiful well-appointed Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant.
Whether it is a romantic flight for 2 in a small private balloon, or a party for 18 adventurers in one of the biggest balloons in the world, or a corporate adventure for 142, Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris is the preferred choice for safe, reliable, quality fun. Game Viewing Balloon Safaris available at Entabeni Safari Conservancy and Mabula Game Reserve.
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Castello di Monte
The ideal luxury stopover in Pretoria with panoramic views, outstanding amenities, and superlative service.
The nine suites marry the bygone grace of 16th century splendor and modern convenience. Choose from classic rooms, a honeymoon suite, or presidential suite.
The in-house restaurant is open to outside guests only by reservation. Expect classically elegant décor to match the modern French and South African-styled menu.
Castello offers its guests access to two golf courses and a Virgin Active gym, while on-site facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, and steam shower.
he Castello di Monte is a 5-star boutique guesthouse, situated in the ambassadorial suburb of Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria. It provides the perfect base and gateway for those wanting to explore the rich natural landscapes of Mpumalanga and the game-rich Kruger National Park. The Tuscan-style villa with its beautiful landscaped gardens offers guests 360° spectacular views of the hills in and around South Africa’s capital city. There are nine luxury suites. Whether it be the Presidential Suite complete with a grand fireplace and a four-poster bed or the Honeymoon Suite decorated with hand-painted murals, or the freshly made classic rooms fit for royalty, a sumptuous night is ensured. Castello di Monte’s 16th century splendor is complemented by every modern amenity from fully stocked mini-bars and DSTV, right down to underfloor heating, air-conditioning, and the creature comforts of tea, coffee, and local papers. This is an incredibly romantic setting with Juliet balconies, art adorning the walls, and silk curtains floating in the breeze, while dining venues encompass seven intimate dining areas. Castello offers a sauna, steam shower, outdoor swimming pool, and, for the more active person, there are two golf courses and a Virgin Active gym close by. The guesthouse is close to the Gautrain terminal and the Pretoria train station for clients traveling on Rovos and The Blue Train. A place of beauty and serenity, Castello offers a truly unforgettable experience to all who enter its gates. www.castello.co.za
131 on Herbert Baker L
ocated near Pretoriaâ€™s city center, within close proximity of commercial and shopping districts, the luxurious 131 on Herbert Baker reflects tasteful elegance, combined with exceptional attention to detail. Originally built as a private residence, the hotel was later transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel with exquisite interiors, impeccable service, and fine cuisine â€“ all culminating into one of the most elegant hotel experiences in the city. 131 on Herbert Baker is nestled on the hilltops of Groenkloof with panoramic views over Pretoria and surrounds. It offers nine elegantly designed suites, allocated into four different room categories: four view-facing rooms overlooking the city and surroundings, three rooms that lead out onto the private and secluded pool, one luxury suite with a view over the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, and one Presidential Suite that has a lounge, dining room, two bathrooms, and a large bedroom. This room boasts the best views over the city due to its upstairs location. Each is luxuriously appointed with modern amenities. 131 on Herbert Baker can be hired exclusively and is ideal for corporate groups and diplomatic parties, and suitable for any celebratory occasion! The boardroom is ideal for small meetings and conferences and can accommodate up to 20 delegates. The private dining facilities seat between 20 and 40 people in Restaurant Grissini, where guests can delight in delicious dishes made from fresh ingredients and superb vintages served with grace and excellence. www.131.co.za
Offers tasteful accommodation while affording access to business and shopping destinations.
The rooms and suites on offer are beautifully appointed with luxury furnishings and modern amenities. All have private balconies that afford great views of the city and surrounds.
Grissini boasts delicious combinations of fresh ingredients, good wines, and great service. The specialty High Tea on offer is a popular experience.
The hotel affords easy access to key attractions, including the Union Buildings. The nearby Groenkloof Nature Reserve is a popular biking, hiking, and horse-riding destination.
The Blue Train
The Blue Train, a window to the soul of Africa, promises the ultimate in luxury train travel.
Whether accommodation is in the Deluxe or Luxury suites on The Blue Train, the personalized service and all-inclusive rate is unsurpassed.
Indulge in fine food accompanied by awardwinning South African wines when choosing this bespoke rail safari experience.
The ultimate in African train safaris offered by The Blue Train affords travelers myriad views of beautiful landscape, stops at iconic landscapes, and more.
he Blue Train, in its charisma and majesty, has been the ultimate in luxury rail travel since 1946. It offers a unique way of experiencing some of Southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks. Kings and presidents have graced this “5-star hotel on wheels”, where everyone is treated like royalty! On this train, luxury assumes a new dimension from the moment of entering the suites. The Deluxe suites provide a choice between twinbedded rooms (with shower) or double-bedded rooms (with bath). The Luxury suites are more spacious and offer twin- and double-bed options with baths. Each suite boasts a private entertainment center – with choice of movie channels and radio stations, underfloor heating, a universal telephone system, individually controlled air-conditioning system, GPS, and an eye-view camera. Complimentary WiFi is also available in the suites. Guests indulge in fine cuisine on The Blue Train accompanied by the finest award-winning South African wines. Personal butlers are on hand to serve guests’ needs. The Blue Train aims to be the desired African leisure experience, encompassing the best in hospitality and tourism. It achieves this by delivering a phenomenal and memorable service to its guests and clients alike. Take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance, and romance, where spectacular scenery will stir the imagination and luxurious comfort will soothe mind, body, and soul. www.bluetrain.co.za
Rovos Rail S
ince its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. These bespoke train safaris offer guests the most magnificent scenery combined with the experience of being on the most luxurious train in the world. Rebuilt wood-paneled coaches offer accommodation of unmatched luxury, combining the opulence of pre-war travel and subtle mod-cons. The royal, deluxe, and pullman suites on board house a maximum of 72 passengers. Each suite accommodates two people in twin or double beds and has a private bathroom. The use of traditional furnishings and period dĂŠcor ensures an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur in the dining, lounge, and observation cars. Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the grace and spirited romance of African exploration. Meals on the train are an event. Breakfasts are a sumptuous feast with dishes cooked to order and a buffet selection of fresh fruits and yogurts. Gentlemen are asked to wear jacket and tie and ladies to dress for dinner. Lunch and dinner are set menus complemented by a selection of excellent African wines. Trains depart regularly from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Cape Town, Durban, and Victoria Falls with longer journeys operated on an annual basis.Â These include two golf itineraries, each with delightful programs for non-golfers. A nine-day safari heads to Walvis Bay and/or Swakopmund in Namibia and finally, the two-week train safari to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. www.rovos.com
Rovos Rail: An unparalleled bespoke African train safari experience like no other.
The luxury suites sleep two people in twin or double beds, each has its own bathroom and, of course, fabulous views of the passing landscape.
Meals are an experience of their own on this luxury train. Breakfasts cooked to order, sublime lunches and dress-up dinners, accompanied by fine wines.
The order of the day is relaxing and socializing in the comfortable lounges or on the open-air balcony while dreamily watching the African landscape pass by.
KALAHARI & NORTH WEST PROVINCE The southern Kalahari region, found in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, and the North West province are two of the country’s most rewarding destinations. The enigmatic Kalahari Desert (implying a “thirsty land”) stretches north from South Africa to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, west to Namibia, and east to the North West province. The Kalahari is characterized by its vast expanses and large saltpans. This is a great malaria-free destination for walking safaris to track Africa’s famed and feared wildlife on foot. The rhino-monitoring program in this region is also a major drawcard. The brilliance of the night skies makes it appealing to sleep outdoors in nature, facilitated by luxury lodges in the region. The North West is located close to Johannesburg enabling a range of experiences from exciting game viewing at prestigious reserves to upmarket gambling at the Sun City Resort, with its wealth of entertainment options for all ages. These include the famous Waterworld and the Valley of the Waves, with its imported beach and 6,500 square meter pool that generates waves almost as high as 2 meters every 90 seconds. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is home to lion, buffalo, leopard, and elephant, as well as the world’s third-largest rhino population and an African wild dog program. Those looking for an exclusive and game-rich safari experience can do no better than choosing the Madikwe Game Reserve on the border with Botswana. Whatever the choice, this region promises a magical African experience.
Mafikeng is the capital of the North West province; the largest city in the province is Klerksdorp. The Northern Cape’s capital city is Kimberley.
Kimberley was the home of the world’s biggest diamond rush and the “Big Hole”, which was excavated by hand to a depth of 240 meters, is an essential stop on a tour to the Northern Cape. In the North West, no experience would be complete without visiting the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, located adjacent to the renowned entertainment complex of Sun City.
Local art and craft products – there is a thriving movement of crafters in these regions making unusual pieces, including those made from recycled paper.
CLIMATE Both the Northern Cape and the North West province have high summer temperatures with desert and semi-desert interiors. There is low annual rainfall in both. Winter nights can be cold.
DID YOU KNOW... About 50,000 miners dug more than 2,700 kilograms of diamonds out of Kimberley Mine (now known as the Big Hole) between 1871 and 1914.
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Mateya Safari Lodge L
ocated in the spectacular 78,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, the Mayete Safari Lodge promises to be an extraordinary experience 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), plains game and over 350 species of birds. Accompanied by experienced guides and trackers, guests can venture on game drives in custom-built 4X4 vehicles, or track on guided walking safaris through the reserve. Each adventure is tailored to guestsâ€™ interests, with a maximum of four guests per vehicle. This ensures the fulfillment of their ideal safari experience. The lodge accommodates 10 guests in five individually designed air-conditioned luxury suites. Each suite offers en-suite bathrooms with open-air showers, and a private pool deck. Guests can enjoy the luxury of total privacy, savoring the wonderful sights and sounds of Africa. Mateya offers a bush boardroom with internet facilities, a curio boutique, gym, and health spa. Guests can relax in the lounge, elevated deck areas and African interest library, while admiring a superb collection of African art. Whether soaking up the afternoon haze from their private rim-flow pool deck, or taking their place at the spectacular Fire Core dining venue for an evening of fine cuisine, accompanied by wines selected from the 8000-bottle wine cellar, guests will leave with the indelible memories. www.mateyasafari.com
Luxury destination with one of the largest diversities of mammal and bird life in South Africa.
Offering exclusive accommodation in just five luxury suites in a game-rich setting, Mateya Safari Lodge is a oncein-a-lifetime experience.
A highlight of a stay here is dining at the Fire Core, which offers fine dining accompanied by wines from the extensive on-site cellar.
Exciting game viewing and bush walks are the key feature at this malaria-free and game-rich reserve. Game drives and walks are tailored to your interests.
Madikwe Safari Lodge
A malaria-free reserve home to an abundance of wildlife and more than 300 bird species.
Choose a luxury lodge depending on the experience desired – an intimate stay perfect for families and groups of friends or a more sociable one mingling with other guests.
Expect simple, unpretentious meals at Madikwe, yet ones packed with wholesome flavors and served in beautiful settings, including in the bush and outdoor boma.
The game drives across the undulating landscapes of Madikwe in search of lion, leopard, elephant, and the endangered Cape hunting dog, among others, are exhilarating.
adikwe Game Reserve is a 75,000hectare, malaria-free reserve located northwest of Johannesburg (an easy 4-hour drive and just 45 minutes by flight) alongside the border with Botswana. It does not take much to become enamored with Madikwe. Everything about this place is vast – its landscapes, skyscapes, and wildlife. This is rugged Africa, and then some! The rich and undulating landscape is punctuated by enormous volcanic intrusions (known as Inselbergs) and the unique topography enables astonishing sightings of wildlife. Guests can expect to see many of the species that call Madikwe home, including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, spotted hyena, giraffe, antelope, and the endangered Cape hunting dog. More than 300 resident and migrant bird species are viewed in this region, making it also a prime birdwatching destination. Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three luxury lodges, each with its own appeal and designed to cater to individual travelers, groups of friends or colleagues, and families. The choice is between a smaller and more intimate lodge experience and a more social atmosphere mingling with guests from all around the world. Dining is a highlight of a stay here – no two mealtimes are the same at Madikwe. Whether in the dining room, on the deck, in the boma, or out in the bush – the one thing that remains consistent is the caliber of the dishes presented. Children enjoy their own kids’ menu. www.madikwesafarilodge.co.za
Madikwe Hills S
et within 75,000 hectares of the malariafree Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is ingeniously set among boulders and age-old Tamboti trees. The private game lodge is situated in the middle of Madikwe, giving visitors a huge advantage over other lodges situated on the borders of the reserve regarding game viewing, and offers them the most amazing South African safari adventure. Madikwe Game Reserve is home not only to the Big 5 of Africa, but also to a wealth of more than 66 mammal species, including the rare African wild dog and a range of more than 300 resident and migratory species of birds. The lodge accommodates up to 24 guests in vast, well-spaced, and utterly private glass-fronted suites scattered across the hillside, camouflaged by Tamboti-beamed thatch roofs. Wooden walkways lit by hurricane lamps crisscross the grounds and connect the secluded suites to the central open-plan lounge, bar, wine cellar, library, and dining area up the slope, where cooling fans make slow rotations and the giant twisted trunks of Leadwood trees hold up the vaulted ceiling. The total dedication and passion of the team at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge ensures that every guest leaves with a memory of an African safari never to be forgotten. From outstanding wildlife holidays to unforgettable safari weddings and honeymoons â€“ Madikwe offers the complete safari adventure. www.seasonsinafrica.com
A family friendly luxury safari camp perfect for those looking for wildlife, pampering, and outstanding food.
The exceptionally spacious suites include a cozy living room with fireplace, a bedroom with four-poster bed, cathedral-like bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows leading onto the deck.
The chef passionately creates a variety of dishes, leaving guests alive to the fusion of the finest in African ingredients and decadent local and international flavors.
Wildlife is viewed on game drives, walking safaris, and from the privacy of the suite decks. Other facilities include a main swimming pool, spa treatments, a curio shop, and small library.
Jaci’s Lodges: A renowned Big 5 gameviewing destination with unique accommodation and activity options.
Expect luxurious comforts at this exclusive safari destination choosing from a stay in Starbed Suites, Tented Suites, Treehouse Suites, and family options.
Indulge in fire-cooked meals served under the African stars with the emphasis on South African flavor and flair, accompanied by fine wines.
Look forward to exceptional game viewing at Jaci’s Lodges including sightings of the Big 5 on tailored safari packages led by experienced guides.
et in the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province, Jaci’s Lodges offer guests the perfect destination for unrivaled game viewing, unique accommodation options, outstanding service, and tailored safari activities. With easy access via car or aeroplane, Jaci’s Lodges are a mere 3.5-hour drive or an hour’s flight from Johannesburg. Jaci and Jan van Heteren, founders and owners, are a dynamic duo working to sustain a luxury wildlife and safari experience that surpasses guest expectations. Jaci’s Lodges are testament to their insight into the needs of couples, groups, and families looking for an authentic, upmarket safari getaway. The gorgeous safari-style accommodation features two exclusive Starbed Suites that boast rooftop extensions affording guests the unique opportunity of sleeping under the African stars, six luxury Tented Suites and two private Family Suites. At Jaci’s Tree Lodge, eight Treehouse Suites, custom-built on wooden stilts and connected by raised walkways, seem to float high above the ground. The submerged ‘Terrapin’ photographic hide and specialized photographic, conservation, and walking safaris – led by experts – offer everyday bush lovers the opportunity to experience Madikwe Game Reserve from unique perspectives. The lodge serves fire-cooked meals under the stars, with authentic South African flavor and flair. And the staff takes special pride in their attention to detail, ensuring that a Jaci’s Lodges safari experience will be treasured for years to come. www.jacislodges.co.za
Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge S et within the malaria-free Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, Sanctuary Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge is tucked away in green woodland overlooking the Marico River. The lodge caters for just 16 guests in eight glass-fronted suites. The lodge, designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment, is constructed from local stone, wood, and thatch enabling guests to continually experience the natural beauty of the surrounds. The luxurious, secluded suites overlook the Marico River offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river. The suites all have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks, and spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The entire front of each en-suite bathroom can be opened to the bush. The stylish main lodge is on the edge of a ravine overlooking a waterhole often visited by game and has a spacious lounge and dining area that opens out onto a wide deck. The boma, an open-air dining area enclosed by trees and a perfect place to enjoy dinner next to a blazing fire, is situated conveniently close to the main lodge. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. There is also a spa offering massage and aromatherapy, an air-conditioned gym, and heated infinity swimming pool. The main lodge provides complimentary WiFi, as well as a curio shop, a library area, and upstairs den. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Exclusive Big 5 game viewing, uninterrupted views, and a host of luxury amenities.
The suites have outside lounge areas, private game-viewing sundecks, spacious bathrooms complete with roll-top bath and indoor and outdoor showers, and spectacular river views.
Fine wines complement the fantastic cuisine, which is an exciting fusion of local and international dishes prepared using the finest and freshest local and imported ingredients.
The drawcard to this destination is the game-rich environment, which is experienced daily on exhilarating game drives and guided bush walks.
Tuningi Safari Lodge
uningi Safari Lodge is set in the heart of the world-renowned Madikwe Game Reserve, a 75,000-hectare, malaria-free, Big 5 reserve bordering Botswana. Understated elegance in the form of colonialAfrican chic greets visitors to this private and exclusive lodge. The main lodge is spacious and luxurious with a rim-flow pool overlooking a waterhole and a tent setup in the garden for children to play in. Wooden walkways lead to the spacious and stylish air-conditioned thatched chalets, each with fine percale linen, bathroom, fireplace, private deck, and al fresco shower. Two adjoining family rooms are perfect for those looking for extra space. The boma is the perfect place to have dinner, accompanied by fine wines, next to the blazing fire or to enjoy the marvels of the night sky. Highly qualified game rangers offer a unique opportunity to be educated on many aspects of wildlife and bush etiquette, either on foot or in 4x4 open-air vehicles. Lion, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, leopard, and the rare and endangered wild dog are only some of the unique sightings to experience. The world-renowned BBC and National Graphic wild dog sightings of Madikwe have been well recorded. Tuningi Safari Lodge has it all for the discerning traveler looking for the ultimate safari experience. www.seasonsinafrica.com
Excellent Big 5 game viewing, family friendly 5-star accommodation, outstanding cuisine, and moreâ€Ś
Each beautifully appointed bedroom, with a comfortable lounge area, has its own gas fireplace. The bathrooms boast oversized baths and outdoor rock showers.
Every meal at Tuningi is the ultimate indulgence. Meals are served in the cozy dining room or in the unique boma overlooking an active waterhole.
Tuningi is one of the few 5-star game lodges in South Africa that is family friendly and will enthusiastically introduce your children to the wonders of the wild.
Molori Safari “M
olori” means to “to dream” in the local Setswana language and this truly captures the essence of the Molori Safari offering. This destination is recognized as one of South Africa’s most luxurious game lodges and is set in the renowned 75,000-hectare, malaria-free, and game-rich Madikwe Game Reserve. The reserve is only 400 kilometers to the northwest of Johannesburg and borders Botswana. This Big 5 reserve is known for its cheetah and wild dog populations, as well as some 350 recorded bird species. The well-heeled discerning traveler who has experienced much and expects only the very best will find at Molori Safari a retreat that offers extraordinary personalized service, style, and comfort. The five-suite sanctuary is uber-chic and newly decorated with breathtaking views of an expansive valley and the Dwarsberg Mountains. The experience encompasses basking in these opulent, luxury suites that boast floor-to-ceiling glass retractable doors allowing nature in. As well as going on thrilling game drives and bush walks led by award-winning guides, indulging in mouthwatering cuisine served under the African skies, and enjoying luxury spa treatments in a bush setting. All activities are tailored to guests’ preference and schedule. The Molori Safari experience guarantees the making of everlasting memories, ones that are carried for a lifetime. It is the perfect destination for those in search of a bespoke luxury safari experience. www.molorisafari.com
Perfect for the discerning traveler in search of privacy, luxury, and personalized service.
Stay in one of five opulent suites that all boast stirring views of the valley and the mountains beyond, as well as modern comforts.
Look forward to indulging in delicious gourmet food that combines the use of local produce with international trends, accompanied by a quality wine, whisky, and cognac list.
Besides the outstanding game viewing at this destination, there are a host of activities on offer, including culinary classes and a spa.
The Palace, Sun City is an African extravaganza of an experience.
The luxurious rooms and suites are as lavish as the experience on offer in the rest of the hotel and surrounds.
A range of culinary delights await at The Palace from cocktails in the renowned Tusk Bar & Lounge to lavish High Teas, the Crystal Court, Plume, and The Grill Room.
Beyond simply relaxing, you can sign up for ziplining, hot-air balloon safaris, golfing on world-famous greens, swimming and more.
rom its inception in 1992, The Palace, Sun City, has enthralled visitors from all over the world. Guests of The Palace of the Lost City, part of Sun International’s Sunlux Collection, will discover an oasis of abundance in the rugged African landscape. Each of the 335 luxurious rooms and magnificent suites offer views over the water or gardens and are furnished in contemporary African style with minute attention paid to detail. The Palace is a celebration of the African experience, an opulent creation of carvings, mosaics, textures, and views, in a world as rich in drama and grandeur as the continent itself. This addition to the Pilanesberg landscape is dwarfed in years by the 1,300-million-year-old extinct volcanic site on which it is built. The 55,000-hectare, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park borders the complex and is home to the Super 7 – elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, and the African wild dog. Danie de Jager’s bronze wildlife sculptures in the grounds of The Palace pay powerful homage to these living treasures. For culinary splendor, visit Crystal Court, Plume, or The Grill Room, or relax with a cocktail in the gracious Tusk Bar & Lounge. The perfect location of The Palace stimulates the hunger to explore, from going down one of the longest Zip Slides in the world, on a hot-air balloon safaris, or teeing off on world-famous greens. The Palace is an entryway to a sphere of unique African adventures. www.suninternational.com/palace
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve T
he word “Tswalu” means a new beginning and Tswalu Kalahari is driven by two ambitions: to create an inspirational experience for its guests and to restore the Kalahari to itself. These two goals sit in perfect equilibrium with each guest contributing directly to the sustainability of the reserve in a true model of ecotourism. If one is in search of rarity, adventure, privacy, and inspirational travel, then this extraordinary property is the perfect match. The uniqueness of the safari experience at Tswalu is in the beauty of the 114,000-hectare southern Kalahari wilderness, restored to its original state because of an ongoing conservation program. A variety of interactive safari experiences are offered to explore the malaria-free reserve with its wide open spaces, rolling savannah landscapes, and Korranaberg mountains. Guests can view game on foot, on horseback, or from 4x4 game viewing vehicles. Expect sightings of some of Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including black-maned lions, African wild dogs, and pangolin. Guests will be allocated their own game drive vehicle, guide, and tracker to ensure that they can enjoy a completely flexible itinerary. Between game drives, indulge in boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings, champagne breakfasts, and dune picnics. The emphasis is on an informal dining atmosphere, but world-class food. Or book a treatment in the unique Tswalu Spa with its outdoor treatment area and indigenous spa garden. www.tswalu.com
KALAHARI & NORTH WEST
Tswalu promises you an inspirational and unforgettable African wildlife experience in the Kalahari wilderness.
Options range from luxurious suites and family style offerings to the opportunity to sleep out under the stars in the African bush. All are extraordinary experiences.
The emphasis is on fresh and locally sourced food served superbly in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Expect elegant twists on South African classics.
Tailored safaris led by experienced guides and trackers expose you to rare and endangered species, including black-maned lions and more. Guided bush walks on offer.
LIMPOPO & MPUMALANGA The provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga are best known for their open and diverse landscapes, and the abundance of wildlife in the region. A visit here encompasses viewing Big 5 game reserves, forested valleys, deep ravines, and crashing waterfalls. There is also a rich cultural history in the region, which is home to the ancient Sudwala caves, the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon, and the popular destinations of God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. The contrast between the African bush, grasslands, and abundance of water that flows over cliffs at the Bridal Veil Falls and Mac Mac Falls is striking. Gold was discovered in the town of Pilgrim’s Rest at the end of the 19th century sparking a rush of people to this then relatively unpopulated region. Limpopo and Mpumalanga are best known as being gateways to the Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa at nearly 2 million hectares of land. The park links with game parks in Zimbabwe and Zambia under the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Besides the allure of viewing the Big 5 and a host of other animals, this region is also known for its outdoor adventure offerings. These range from great fishing spots to an array of scenic hiking trails, birding destinations, gorge swings, 4x4 trails, and quadbiking tours. An escape into this still rugged region lives up to its promise of scenic beauty, outdoor action, and sensational wildlife viewing.
DID YOU KNOW...
Polokwane, formerly known as Pietersburg, is the capital city of Limpopo. The capital of Mpumalanga is Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit.
This region is a great place to buy Amarula – a cream liqueur – made from the fruit of the African marula tree, which grows naturally in the bushveld here.
Both provinces share a pleasant climate for most of the year with hot,
Both provinces encompass the renowned Kruger National park with its abundance of wildlife, including the Big 5.
The Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga are allegedly the oldest on earth with findings of stone age tools that date back about 2.5 million years. The formations in the cave (such as stalagmites and stalactites) are striking. Samson’s Pillar is estimated to be about 200 million years old and formed at a time when the earth consisted of two super continents.
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Shambala Private Game Reserve S
ituated on 10,000 hectares in South Africaâ€™s Limpopo Province, a mere 2.5-hour drive or 45-minute helicopter ride from Johannesburg, Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve is set under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg mountains. This magnificent African bushveld is home to a variety of remarkable flora and fauna, including the Big 5. The camp is built in traditional Zulu style with streams from the nearby river running through the camp. Oneâ€™s adventure starts here standing on the deck overlooking the river that is home to many animal species. The sound of birdcalls echoes across the water, and in the late afternoon one might hear the plaintive call of the fish eagle as the hippos return to wallow in the river. They have created a place with heart and soul that will inspire guests to take home a lasting memory of the world they have visited. The Nelson Mandela Villa offers spacious and elegant accommodation within the Shambala Private Game Reserve. This home is truly a piece of paradise, humbly displaying an understated luxury and reflecting the rich roots of tribal design. The interior is cool, with neutral tones and fabrics, always true to the tradition that was its inspiration. Enter through the masterfully carved front door, and walk through the quietly elegant, spacious living rooms to the comfortable bedrooms, always aware of the African influence. www.shambalaprivategamereserve.co.za
Big 5 game viewing, spacious and elegant accommodation, signature spa treatments, and more.
The ethos of heart and soul permeates the beautiful and comfortable rooms at this malaria-free Big 5 destination. Shambala epitomizes understated luxury.
Fine dining is the order of the day aligned with the understated elegance of this luxury destination. Just indulge and enjoy.
Shambala promises exciting game viewing, bush walks, great birdwatching and outstanding service, signature spa treatments and boat cruises on the Douw Steyn Dam.
Marataba Safari Lodge M
arataba Safari Lodge is a malaria-free 23,000-hectare private concession within the Big 5 Marakele National Park, which is located in South Africa’s beautiful Limpopo province. Just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg, Marataba provides a sanctuary for busy people where they can find themselves again by connecting with nature. The stunning landscapes – dramatic Waterberg Mountains, vast plains, five-meter-wide cycads, tree ferns, and yellowwood and cedar tree forests, and winding rivers cutting through the national park – are breathtaking, and populated with a rich diversity of animals. This region is home to all of the large game species, from elephants and rhinos to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds. This includes the more than 800 breeding pairs of the endangered Cape vulture that have settled here – this is the largest colony of these birds in the world. Each of the 15 canvas-andstone tented suites is tastefully furnished and decorated with a contemporary twist. Whether sharing it with lover, friend, or family (or keeping it all to yourself), the interior is spacious and attention paid to ensuring guests’ every comfort. There is never enough time here to exhaust the many ways that there are to explore this paradise; options include game drives, walking and hiking trails, sunset river excursions on the Miss Mara, or private and romantic dinners looking out onto the landscapes. www.marataba.co.za
A highly personal, exclusive safari experience in a Big 5 concession boasting mountains, forests, and rivers.
The tented suites are designed for comfort, regardless of the size of the party. Every effort has been made to ensure an unforgettable safari experience.
The emphasis at this upmarket destination is on using fresh, seasonal ingredients to prepare three sumptuous meals, including the popular bush dinners, as well as delectable treats.
Guests are spoilt for choice with ways to explore this game-rich natural paradise, but options include water safaris, game drives, and walking and hiking trails.
Makanyi Private Game Lodge M
An upmarket safari experience promising exclusive and private game viewing in the game-rich Timbavati.
Stay in one of seven luxury suites, or a private villa, overlooking the dam or swimming pool. Each has a fireplace, beautiful bathroom, private deck, and outdoor shower.
Look forward to bush picnics, romantic dinners indoors and out, accompanied by fine wine. The only food rule here is the delight of guests’ palate.
Look forward to exhilarating game drives, bush walks led by experienced rangers, spa treatments, fishing, photographic safaris, stargazing, and more at this exclusive venue.
akanyi is in the southern sector of the Timbavati, a place that has been dubbed as “The Place Where Something Sacred Came Down to Earth”. Makanyi Lodge is indeed a heavenly place and, what’s more, it couldn’t be better located. The Timbavati is an area of prime game viewing, home to the Big 5, as well as the famous, albeit elusive, white lions, and a place to enjoy excellent sightings of wild dogs, when they come through. The lodge is in the Greater Kruger National Park, an area of over 2.4 million hectares in which animals roam freely. A stay here is truly a wild, authentic and private experience. Game viewing in this area ensures that a safari excursion is very much an exclusive one with no restrictions on time spent game viewing. Every one of Makanyi’s seven luxury suites overlooks the magnificent dam and comes with an extra-large bed, a sitting area with its own fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bathtub, a private deck with loungers, and an outdoor shower. Two of the seven rooms are luxury pool suites. As they are located furthest from the main lodge they offer more privacy, as well as a romantic four-poster bed and a private plunge pool on the deck – ideal for a soak with a glass of champagne, under a blanket of stars. Keen photographers can hire Makanyi’s custom photographic safari vehicle, expert tutor, and private guide for a unique wildlife experience. www.makanyilodge.com
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge S
et in the game-rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge boasts magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River, and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. Built on a small hill, the lodge offers luxurious accommodation in eight pavilion-styled tents arranged to create a unique village feel. Some of the suites are elevated to offer breathtaking views over Mbali Dam; all have private decks, mini-bars, air-conditioning, and daybeds. Each suite comprises linked bedroom and bathroom tents; the bathroom can be opened on one side for a private outdoor shower experience. The main area provides an infinity swimming pool with fantastic views, which can also be enjoyed from the game-viewing deck. The lounge and bar area is a great place to relax and catch up with friends and family using the complimentary WiFi or enjoy a cocktail before the Africaninspired dinner is served on the deck or around the fire in the open-air boma. Guests can expect generous breakfasts, chefâ€™s specials lunches, and a scrumptious afternoon tea. Days are spent on exhilarating game drives in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening in search of the Big 5, the endangered African wild dog, and the many other species that make this area their home. Birdlife is abundant with more than 350 species recorded. www.simbavati.com/lodges/hilltop-lodge
A game-rich wilderness, spacious tented suites, Big 5 game viewing, and superlative cuisine.
Each tented suite has a separate bedroom, outfitted with air-conditioning, mini-bar, and bathroom, which can open onto the bush for private, outdoor showers.
From the expansive breakfasts, delicious lunches, to the African-inspired dinners served on the deck or around an open fire, Hilltop Lodge does not disappoint.
The border between the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park is unfenced allowing wildlife to roam freely, including the impressive Big 5.
ituated in the beautiful and prestigious Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park, Kings Camp is situated to look onto an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife by day and by night. Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of the colonial past. A thatched viewing deck is set overlooking the active waterhole giving the opportunity to view game even when not out on game drives! And guests can soak up the serenity of the African bush even when relaxing in the open-plan lounge and bar. Meals are sumptuous and served in style in the spacious dining room, which also boasts spectacular views of the surrounding bushveld. The nine expansive Colonial Suites and two exquisitely decorated Honeymoon Suites are lavish with room facilities and amenities ranging from a Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, and fully stocked mini-bar to private verandas, air-conditioning, and upmarket toiletries. The Honeymoon Suites boast their own private plunge pools. For the ultimate in safari privacy, Waterbuck Private Villa comprises a four-bedroom villa with dedicated house attendant, chef, and ranger. Kings Camp is known for its gracious hospitality, luxurious accommodation, Big 5 game viewing, and the possibility of spotting the famous white lions of the Timbavati! www.seasonsinafrica.com
An authentic and elegant safari experience complete with gracious hospitality and Big 5 game viewing.
The suites, including two for honeymooners, are lavishly decorated to ensure a comfortable and private stay. For an even more exclusive experience, book the Waterbuck Private Villa.
Kings Camp offers a decadent dining experience from dining in the heart of the bush, in the garden, alongside the swimming pool, to indulging in candle-lit fine dining.
Guided walks and game drives led by professional rangers are the highlight of a stay here, and specialist photographic and private safaris are easily arranged.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge I
n the heart of one of Africa’s most untouched wilderness reserves, lies the elegantly appointed Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Forming part of the world-renowned Greater Kruger Park – South Africa’s most celebrated nature reserve – the private Manyeleti Game Reserve offers a vast bushland abundant in wildlife, birdlife, and unforgettably African scenery. Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s game drives boast sightings of the elusive Big 5, the delightfully named Small 5, and an abundance of other general game, big cats, and unusual creatures. Guests of Tintswalo Safari Lodge can expect to enjoy all this from the lap of luxury! With only six king suites, an opulent presidential suite, and a new luxury two-bedroom villa, Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers exclusive services and facilities, as well as old-world charm and friendly values. Combining traditional colonial décor with modern conveniences, guests are accommodated in comfort and understated style, and enjoy the luxuries of private plunge pools and panoramic views of the surrounding African bush. Mouthwatering cuisine is served throughout the day. Each adventurous meal is served in a new location – from the natural beauty of a bush breakfast, or the deck overlooking the wilderness, a Boma dinner under the star-studded Milky Way, or a romantic candlelit dinner in the wine cellar. Whether in search of a sublime wilderness retreat or a thrilling safari experience, Tintswalo Safari Lodge transports guests to an indulgent paradise. www.tintswalo.com/safari
Expect superb wildlife sightings, sublime cuisine, and sumptuous spa treatments. A safari with soul!
Indulge in traditional colonial décor with modern conveniences, private plunge pools and decks, luxurious finishings and exceptional service at this safari lodge with a soul.
The sumptuous cuisine is adventurous and the setting is divine – from bush picnics, and romantic candle-lit dinners in the wine cellar, to boma dinners under the stars.
Superb Big 5 and Small 5 game viewing, relaxing spa treatments at the Bushwillow Spa, adventurous dining options, stargazing from private decks, and more.
Outstanding gameviewing, elephant interactions, tracking safaris, and more – a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.
Enjoy colonial-style décor in six 5-star private suites and an exclusive villa, each with private deck and plunge pool. The ultimate in comfort and style.
Sign up for exceptional cuisine paired with fine wines and served in beautiful locations, indoors and out. Dining is a hallmark at Camp Jabulani.
One of the best places to view and photograph wildlife, Camp Jabulani has it all from tailored game-viewing experiences to hot-air ballooning and spa treatments.
amp Jabulani is a 5-star Relais & Chateaux-accredited luxury lodge that will appeal to the discerning traveler seeking an extraordinary African experience. Set in the Greater Kruger region on a Big 5 game reserve, Camp Jabulani with its colonial-style décor offers an authentic African safari experience. There are only six private suites at this exclusive destination, each with private deck and plunge pool. The Zindoga Villa is perfect for families or groups wanting a private experience. Guests will revel in the game drives and bush walks led by experienced rangers, as well as the opportunity to interact with elephants and participate in a unique tracking experience. The camp originated through a rescue of tamed elephants under threat from poachers. Guests at Camp Jabulani enjoy the benefits of this initiative today. This is one of the finest places on earth to view and photograph wildlife. Game-viewing is not all that is offer, one can sign up for hot-air ballooning, a behind-thescenes tour of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, a helicopter tour of the canyon, or a round of golf. The lodge boasts an on-site gym and outdoor spa. Camp Jabulani prides itself on its exceptional cuisine, partnered with fine wines and served in a variety of beautiful indoor and outdoor venues. This extraordinary property is renowned for its dedication to excellent service ensuring that every traveler to grace its doors feels instantly at home. www.campjabulani.com
Kapama Private Game Reserve O
ffering an authentic African safari experience stretching across 15,000 hectares towards the Greater Kruger area, Kapama Private Game Reserve embodies four diverse luxurious bush camps and lodges. Each is meticulously positioned within this wildlife sanctuary. Kapama Karula, with its 10 luxury superior suites and 2 family suites, is positioned along the Klaserie River and tucked into the surrounding riverine bushveld, in a private paradise, eacg with a heated plunge pool and viewing deck. Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers an authentic bush experience. The campâ€™s 10 exclusive tents are positioned on elevated platforms and surrounded by forest canopy. Located in the extreme south of the reserve, the spectacular Kapama Southern Camp offers 25 luxury-thatched suites. All are discreetly hidden in the surrounding indigenous landscape, which is alive with birdsong. Southern Camp offers three luxury suites for families. Kapama River Lodge boasts flowing, opulently furnished public spaces and an expansive deck leading to a rimflow swimming pool. Beyond is an expanse of soft river sand, where atmospheric dinners are enjoyed under the stars. Guests may choose between luxury, spa, or executive suites. Wellness centers are located at Karula and River Lodge. Kapama is known for its diverse wildlife experiences and is home to the Big 5. Fascinating encounters with prolific wildlife are assured on twice daily game drives. www.kapama.com
Diverse wildlife experiences, including the Big 5, spa treatments, rimflow swimming pools, and more.
Kapama Private Game Reserve embodies a range of stylish accommodation options across four sophisticated lodges with modern luxuries placed in beautiful wilderness settings.
The cuisine on offer complements the sumptuous and game-rich experience at Kapama. Enjoy meals on the deck, in your room, or under the stars.
Home to the Big 5, Kapama promises a diverse and game-rich experience on morning and evening game drives. To relax head to the on-site wellness centers.
Jock Safari Lodge
Jock Safari Lodge is set in Big 5 territory in a private concession spanning 6,000 hectares.
Stay in one of Jock Safari Lodge’s two luxury lodges outfitted for comfort but reminiscent of a bygone era. Enjoy unsurpassed service.
Expect hearty breakfasts, languid lunches, and romantic dinners or bush barbeques at this upmarket safari destination. The food on offer will not disappoint.
Look forward to Big 5 game viewing, guided walking safaris, and birdwatching. Guests also enjoy complimentary transfers from the main lodge to Leopard Creek Golf Club.
et in some of Africa’s most scenic and untamed wilderness, Jock Safari Lodge boasts spectacular topography and two pristine rivers that, during season, support a vast array of wildlife. This is a Big 5 destination promising an authentic safari experience in the African bush with exclusive riverbed traversing rights. Jock Safari Lodge is situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers, halfway between Skukuza and Malelane. It is approximately 36 kilometers to the Skukuza airstrip and 150 kilometers to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit. The lodge is easily accessible by road, just over five hours’ drive from Johannesburg, one hour from Skukuza, or two hours from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. There are private airstrips close to the lodge. Steeped in settler history, the two luxury lodges reflect a bygone era. Daily activities include game drives and guided walking safaris with professional guides offering close encounters with Africa’s wildlife using exclusive traversing rights in what is regarded as the best Big 5 game viewing in the area. Old-world charm and unsurpassed services merge in the 12 individual, thatched suites hidden among the African Jackalberry trees. Nearby stand-alone Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is ideal for traveling families. Jock Safari Lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of a past colonial era with an authentic Africa bushveld experience. www.jocksafarilodge.com
Lukimbi Safari Lodge L
ukimbi Safari Lodge is in the game-rich southern section of the famous Kruger National Park. Built along the Lwakahle River, a favourite drinking place of elephants and buffalo, this luxury destination offers accommodation in 14 classic suites, each with en-suite bathroom, private lounge and deck, telephone, mini-bar, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Two premier suites offer a private swimming pool, dining area, and two bathrooms. Business travelers can combine business with pleasure as there is a fully equipped conference and business center on site. Other facilities include a library, swimming pool, gym, curio shop, boma, and private chapel â€“ this is a popular choice of wedding venue. Look forward to fine dining accompanied by fantastic wines. Game drives with professional and experienced rangers and trackers are offered twice daily in open vehicles. Lukimbi is home to both white and black rhino. Off-road game viewing is permitted under strictly controlled circumstances. The lodge has exclusive use of 15,000 hectares. Tailored and guided bush walks are offered and full-day walking safaris can be booked between May and September. Private vehicles can be booked at an extra cost, availability permitting. Children from the age of two years are welcome and the staff provide entertainment and education for young visitors. Guests staying at Lukimbi can play golf at the prestigious Leopard Creek Country Club. Lukimbi Safari Lodge is easily accessible by road and air. www.lukimbi.com
Classic comforts, fine dining, awardwinning wine list, exciting game drives and more.
Look forward to classic accommodation at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in upmarket suites equipped for comfort, each with a private lounge and deck.
Indulge in fine dining in a superb location accompanied by wines from the awardwinning list, served with aplomb. The focus is on creating delicious and beautiful dishes.
Exclusive game viewing awaits guests of the Lukimbi Safari Lodge along with luxury accommodation, great food and wine, and spa treatments.
Lion Sands Kruger National Park A
A Big 5 destination with luxury suite accommodation, on-site spa, and exhilarating activity options.
Stay in one of two lodges, each boasting just nine luxury suites, all complete with private decks and plunge pools, set overlooking the beautiful Sabie River.
Dining is a delight here with a focus on using fresh, seasonal ingredients and on serving meals in unique locations. The bush dinners are a favorite choice.
Time will fly by on game drives and bush walks, interspersed with visits to the spa or just relaxing on the private decks or in the coolness of the communal lounge.
visit to the exclusive Lion Sands Kruger National Park is sure to completely invigorate and restore energy. This 12,000-acre private concession is set along the banks of the Sabie River within the worldrenowned Kruger National Park and promises a personalized interaction with one of the world’s natural treasures. Tinga Lodge offers just nine luxury suites and the newly built two-bedroomed Hink’weni Villa located in this vast expanse. Each suite boasts its own deck with plunge pool and has been designed to maximize the views of the Sabie River and the wildlife it attracts. Narina Lodge’s nine suites provide complete privacy – whether guests are spending time in the plunge pool, reclining on the couch in the lounge, lazing on the bed with a good book, or soaking in a bubble bath. Set among a canopy of 100-year-old trees, the suites are linked to the main areas with raised wooden walkways. Days are spent on exhilarating game drives, guided bush walks, or relaxing around the swimming pool with a good book. A unique option is to spend a night out under the stars at one of the treehouses. Either way, a visit here immerses guests in a natural world teeming with wildlife. The cuisine on offer – whether served in the elegant dining room or the wildness of the bush – won’t disappoint. Privacy is guaranteed here and regardless of choice of lodge, the promise of breathtaking panoramas is fulfilled. www.lionsands.com
Lion Sands Sabi Sand T
he owners of Lion Sands proudly claim to be the most privileged in the world as the custodian of some of Africa’s truly unspoilt wilderness areas. This property has been family owned since 1933. With a foot in both the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve and the Kruger National Park, they have created a place as close to perfection as any of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders. The lodges are all located on the perennial Sabie River offering guests the ultimate in African contemporary luxury. Each lodge is unique and beautifully decorated. The River Lodge is the larger of the two with 18 rooms, while Ivory Lodge offers a more exclusive experience with just eight luxury villas and the two-bedroomed Fish Eagle Villa. The Lion Sands Treehouses – Chalkley’s Treehouse, Kingston Treehouse, and Tinyeleti Treehouse – are the ultimate in bush bedrooms. Here, guests enjoy sunset picnic dinners while watching the vastness of the bushveld transform from day to night, before opting to sleep directly beneath the Milky Way and myriad shooting stars. The cuisine on offer, crafted from fresh and seasonal ingredients, is served in a variety of locations – the most popular being the bush dinners set up in the wild. Flanking the Sabie River and sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Sabi Sand has been passed down over generations and remains a place of staggering natural beauty. www.lionsands.com
A game-rich destination with luxury lodges and treehouses for those wanting to get even closer to nature.
Choose from a range of beautifully appointed lodges set on the Sabie River or opt for a treehouse experience and sleep out under the stars.
Expect outstanding cuisine, using seasonal ingredients, served in the elegant dining room, on the spacious decks, or out in the wildness of the bush.
Days are spent on game drives, walking safaris, or relaxing while listening to the sounds of the bush on the expansive decks. There is a spa on site.
An exclusive and romantic safari experience awaits at this game-rich destination in Sabi Sand.
Stay in one of just six suites set along the river bank and designed with comfort in mind – each boasts a beautiful bathroom and modern amenities.
Look forward to outstanding cuisine at Dulini Lodge served under a canopy of African stars and accompanied by fine wines.
Besides the thrilling game drives on offer, a stay at Dulini Lodge also affords access to a gym. A spa therapist is on hand to provide in-room treatments.
ulini Lodge promises a deeply personal and classic wildlife adventure for the sophisticated traveler. Set in the heart of the Sabi Sand, adjoining the world-renowned Kruger National Park, lies one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservancies and the luxury safari destination of choice. Beneath the shade of ancient Ebony trees, Dulini is enigmatically embraced by a rich riverine setting. The tranquil atmosphere offers a restorative quality to the safari experience. A welcoming ambience of laidback luxury epitomizes the main lounge, resplendent with its contemporary African accents, spilling onto the cool veranda, with views to the wilderness beyond. Six exquisite thatched suites grace the river bank. The spacious accommodation with private, heated plunge pools and luxurious interiors, encapsulate romance, with canopies of mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. Each suite offers a private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor. Dulini guests are exhilarated by daily, intimate wildlife encounters, including with the Big 5. In the comfort of open Land Rovers, experienced rangers unravel the mysteries of the African wilderness. The day ends in traditional African style, under a canopy of stars where sumptuous cuisine and fine wines are enjoyed. It is around the evening fire that friendships are sealed and wild yarns spun – grandiose tales of fearsome beasts and great escapes seal the exploits of the day and weave magical safari memories. www.dulini.com
Dulini Leadwood Lodge S
et in the heart of the Sabi Sand, adjoining the world-renowned Kruger National Park, this is one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservancies and the luxury safari destination of choice. The intimacy of this boutique lodge is ideally suited to indulging the safari dreams of individual adventurers, exclusive parties celebrating special occasions together, and romancing honeymooners. Dulini Leadwood Lodge captivates its guests by taking deep root in their hearts, much like the ancient trees after which the lodge is named. Leadwood Lodge is the ultimate safari choice for discerning travelers in search of luxurious exclusivity and solitude. Tucked secretively into the lush elbow where the Mabrak and Sand rivers converge, four suites whisper of lavish luxury in the breathtaking setting, enchanting every guest. Three suites are offered to individual travelers in search of serenity; with a fourth suite available to exclusive parties of eight guests sharing their safari journey. Dulini guests are exhilarated by daily, intimate wildlife encounters, including with the Big 5. In the comfort of open Land Rovers, experienced rangers unravel the mysteries of the African wilderness. The day ends in traditional African style, under a canopy of stars where sumptuous cuisine and fine wines are enjoyed. It is around the evening fire that friendships are sealed and wild yarns spun – grandiose tales of fearsome beasts and great escapes seal the exploits of the day and weave magical safari memories. www.dulini.com/leadwood-lodge
An exclusive experience for discerning travelers wanting memorable wildlife encounters.
With just four beautifully appointed suites, Dulini Leadwood Lodge caters for sophisticated travelers looking for modern comforts in a romantic, safari-style setting.
Expect fine dining accompanied by quality wines at Leadwood Lodge with meals served in a variety of settings, including under the African night skies.
Days are spent on game drives in custom designed safari vehicles seating just six people, thus guaranteeing an exclusive experience in one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservancies.
Savanna Private Game Reserve S
Personalized service, great attention to detail, a 5-star Big 5 African safari experience.
Stay in luxurious suites at Savanna Private Game Reserve complete with private patios, indoor and outside showers, colonial atmosphere, and modern comforts.
Indulge in a dynamic culinary experience that offers both local flavors and the best of international cuisine – all paired with great wines from the on-site cellar.
Besides the exhilarating game drives, there are also spa treatments, tours of the Panorama Route and to local villages, and access to the Leopard Creek golf course on offer.
avanna Private Game Reserve, set in the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy, prides itself on delivering exceptional safaris. This 5-star lodge is a great base from which to explore the bush in search of Africa’s Big 5. Savanna has nine beautifully appointed, tented-style suites, including the thatched Savanna Suite that, with its two bedrooms (each with own deck and plunge pool) and central lounge, is ideal for families and groups seeking privacy. Seven suites promise a unique blend of ‘Out of Africa’ romance and modern conveniences with their Bedouin-styled draped ceilings set below tented roofs. The epitome of elegance and comfort, the suites are airconditioned and boast en-suite bathrooms, covered patios, and indoor and outdoor showers. The three executive suites have lounge areas, covered wooden decks, and private plunge pools. The main lodge consists of a bar, wine cellar, dining area, loft library, and a spacious patio looking over the pool and indigenous gardens and onto one of five waterholes that surround the lodge. Gourmet dining is an essential part of the Savanna experience with traditional local dishes adding spice to the best international fare. Dynamic menus are complemented with awardwinning wines from the well-stocked cellar. This exclusive 5-star lodge promises to deliver exceptional levels of personal service and great attention to detail ensuring an unforgettable African safari experience. www.savannalodge.com
MalaMala Game Reserve M
alaMala Game Reserve is the safari industry’s blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. Tucked away in a forest of green, on the banks of the worldrenowned Sand River, lies Rattray’s on MalaMala. Combining humble opulence and romantic exclusivity with unrivaled game viewing, Rattray’s on MalaMala is the premier safari destination for those seeking to experience the wild heart of Africa. All eight Khayas (rooms) face the Sand River offering guests the opportunity to observe the comings and goings of wildlife from the comfort of the deck. Each 128 square meter Khaya boasts two separate his-and-hers bathrooms and private plunge pools. This is the perfect retreat for discerning travelers and does not accept children under the age of 16 years. MalaMala Main Camp is an authentic safari camp that is family friendly and welcomes children of all ages. This camp comprises 7 large waterhole-facing rooms and 12 river-view suites. The adjacent Sable Camp is a small, intimate version of MalaMala Main Camp and offers seven newly renovated suites. For nearly nine decades, the custodians of this land have preserved and protected this special piece of Africa. MalaMala shares a 19 kilometer (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park and lies strategically sandwiched between the Park and the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. This massive thriving tract of land consistently produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. www.malamala.com
Exceptionally high concentration of wildlife and spectacular biodiversity on a private reserve!
There is a choice of three authentic African luxury safari camps on the MalaMala Game Reserve, catering for the individual, group, and family traveler.
Whichever camp option is chosen, guests can expect fantastic food to match the atmosphere, stunning landscape, and friendliness of the staff.
This is a great destination for those wanting to undertake a photographic safari. There is also a children’s program on offer at MalaMala Main Camp.
andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge T
his upmarket property is set on a private game reserve within the Big 5 Kruger National Park. Chic and contemporary, andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge boasts 20 classic thatched cottages, including three family cottages with interleading rooms, and a spacious family suite. Each en-suite cottage exudes a romantic colonial ambience. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows make the most of sunny safari days and a private veranda offers the perfect setting for private dinners. The gracious family suite accommodates four guests and includes a private swimming pool and use of a private vehicle. A sparkling swimming pool and sundeck overlook a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid birdwatchers, while a tranquil spa and a wellequipped fitness sala can be enjoyed between game-viewing adventures. Hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches are served in the dappled shade of an enormous Weeping Boer Bean tree. Upon the return from exhilarating evening drives, guests are welcomed by Ngalaâ€™s warm, hospitable staff and a banquet set in the elegant candlelit courtyard or an African feast laid out in the open-air traditional boma. The lodgeâ€™s spacious thatched bar, dining, and sitting areas are open to the warm breeze. Activities include early morning and late afternoon game drives and interpretive bush walks. At an added charge, guests can opt for specialist walking safaris, photographic and private safaris, and rhino notching. www.andBeyond.com
Big 5 game viewing, spa treatments, delicious cuisine and wine, and superb service await at this destination.
The spacious cottages and suites are airconditioned for comfort with bathrooms boasting indoor and outdoor showers. The verandas are ideal for private dining.
The scrumptious cuisine is served under magnificent trees, in the walled courtyard, the outdoor boma, or in the privacy of the cottage verandas.
Between game drives, guests can while away the afternoon by the sparkling swimming pool, head to the spa, or work off the delicious cuisine in the on-site fitness center.
ne of South Africa’s first private game reserves, Londolozi is on the Sand River in the heart of the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve and part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which encompasses the Kruger National Park. A proudly family-run business, Londolozi (meaning “protector of all things” in the Zulu language) embodies an ambitious conservation ethic and celebrates the relationship with the natural world. In 1993, Londolozi became the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status. This internationally acclaimed reserve uses progressive land and wildlife management techniques with an emphasis on local community involvement. This game-rich destination is known for its breeding herds of elephant and buffalo and is also home to white rhino and lion populations, some of the most concentrated in Africa. It is best known for its leopards and sightings are frequent on exciting game drives led by professional rangers and trackers. This is a wildlife photographer’s dream destination. Each of the five camps provides luxury accommodation complemented by exquisite cuisine and fine wines. The Varty and Founders camps are slightly larger and perfect for families and small groups, while the Tree Camp and Private Granite Suites are best suited to individual travelers and couples looking for a romantic stay. Guests are spoilt for choice with a boutique safari shop, wellness spa, gym, private plunge pools, and photographic studio on site. www.londolozi.com
An unsurpassed safari experience renowned for its leopard sightings, luxurious accommodation, and stellar atmosphere.
The five camps at Londolozi cater to individual and family travelers, each boasts private plunge pools, utterly comfortable accommodation, and exceptional service.
Expect outstanding cuisine accompanied by fine wines when staying here with meals served in a variety of locations within the reserve.
Exciting game drives are the order of the day, but between these there is a wellness spa, fitness center, private pools, and boutique shops to keep one occupied.
A spectacular bush setting, exclusive wildlife encounters, and luxury accommodation.
The suites are generously spacious with air-conditioning and overhead fans, as well as breathtakingly beautiful bathrooms boasting both double indoor and outdoor showers.
The dedicated chefs ensure that every meal becomes a special occasion. The food at Leopard Hills incorporates flavors from around the globe complemented with African flair.
This is Big 5 country so game drives and walks, led by professional rangers, are the order of the day. In between these, book into the spa or swim in the private plunge pools.
he award-winning 5-star luxury lodge of Leopard Hills in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve boarding the game-rich Kruger National Park overlooks an active waterhole and features eight glass-fronted, air-conditioned, sophisticated suites. Each suite has its own private plunge pool and affords spectacular views over the African bush from private decks. Leopard Hills offers a grand mix of modern comforts, yet is bursting with African authenticity. Guests will enjoy intimate encounters in the wild from the safety of ultramodern safari vehicles with dawn and dusk game drives and bush walks conducted by highly trained rangers and trackers. Silver service dining is offered in the lodge or meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of private decks, at outdoor feasts in the boma, and on the upper deck. Wine connoisseurs will find just what they want in the on-site wine cellar. The treatment sala and gym are popular choices as are the array of pampering massage treatments offered in the glass-fronted sala, which affords a spectacular vantage point. The reserve comprises over 10,000 hectares of incredibly diverse ecosystems making Leopard Hills the ideal destination to view plentiful game in its natural habitat. Here the Big 5 â€“ elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, and leopard â€“ abound and viewing them at close proximity is a specialty offering of Leopard Hills. Guests of Leopard Hills indulge in a luxurious safari experience in a spectacular setting. www.seasonsinafrica.com
Sabi Sabi S
abi Sabi, set in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, has protected and respected the wilderness in its care for almost four decades. It is an award-winning iconic destination that has created four 5-star luxury lodges crafted in the spirit of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Selati Camp offers seven beautifully appointed suites complete with vintage décor, antiques, and railway memorabilia to celebrate the great steam train era of the late 1800s. Step into the romance and style of yesteryear when choosing these opulent options. Bush Lodge provides a contemporary safari setting with 25 luxury suites set in the bush. This modern offering has earned its reputation for warmth, service excellence, and personalized attention. The Little Bush Camp promises intimacy with just six suites adorned with pan-African artefacts. Earth Lodge celebrates an ethos of ecological responsibility. Sculpted into an earthen slope, the lodge is virtually undetectable. Each of the 13 suites, each with private plunge pool, is the epitome of luxury and style. This visionary lodge is renowned for its superb facilities, unique design, and innovative décor. The luxurious feel at all the lodges extends to the dining experience. Guests will experience a diversity of habitats and wildlife at Sabi Sabi. Start one’s morning with an exciting game drive or head into the bush with an experienced ranger and Shangaan tracker on the walking safari. Game drives are offered twice a day in open vehicles. www.sabisabi.com
Luxury lodges, African hospitality, superb cuisine, and unique experiences all in an African bush setting.
The luxury of choice awaits you at Sabi Sabi, whether you want a vintage accommodation experience, modern feel, or a visionary and inspiring stay.
The luxury of the lodges extends to the dining options. Expect world-class cuisine matched with fine wines. Sabi Sabi is known for its outstanding service.
Staying here is all about immersing yourself in the natural African habitats and experiencing wildlife up close on game viewing excursions and bush walks.
ULUSABA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE S
ir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Taste the spoils of Africa by booking individual rooms or exclusively hiring lodges or the entire hotel. Ulusaba, meaning “Place of Little Fear” strikes the perfect balance between nature and nurture redefining the rules of a safari lodge by offering swimming pools, gyms, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spas with panoramic views, a Bush Observatory perfect for stargazing, and tennis courts. With all of these facilities, one really need to plan one’s days, so as to enjoy safari walks, moonlit bush dinners ,and of course, the twicedaily game drives. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will cross the swing bridges between exquisite treehouse rooms while elephants, lion, and other local wildlife pass by. Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie providing panoramic views and includes the luxurious Cliff Lodge with its two magnificent suites. When booked exclusively, Cliff Lodge includes a private chef and game drive vehicle. Facilities include a pool, Jacuzzi, gym, and mini-Aroma Boma Spa. Children are welcome at the Rock Lodge, but must be 12 or above to stay at the Safari Lodge. The Cub’s Club caters specifically for younger guests. With the unique sights, sounds, and smells of Africa delivered in 5-star boutique style and luxury, Ulusaba is the perfect safari destination. www.virginlimitededition.com/en/ulusaba
Luxury safari accommodation, pampering spa, fine dining, and a bush observatory.
The range of accommodation options here, including exclusive lodges offering dedicated services, will appeal to couples and families. The Cub’s Club caters for younger guests.
The fine dining on offer at Ulusaba, accompanied by fine wines, is the cherry on top of a superlative safari experience complemented by extensive on-site activities.
Exciting game drives, a bush observatory, safari walks, tennis, stargazing, on-site spa, swimming pools, and gyms all complement the luxurious offerings.
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Idube Game Reserve
dube Game Reserve is a small family owned lodge situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge consists of eight safari chalets, two Makubela suites and one Leadwood suite. The chalets are comfortably appointed with airconditioning, overhead fans, tea and coffee stations, mini-bars, telephones, en-suite bathrooms and outside showers, as well as private decks. Mosquito nets deck the beds and doors and windows are equipped with screens. The two Makubela suites take this one step further, being located for privacy with spacious rooms leading through stacked doors onto the private decks boasting a private splash pool. The Leadwood Suite, opened in July 2017, offers these amenities and more. Limited WiFi is available to guests. The new Gazebo Lounge overlooks extensive lawns with stacking doors all around allowing easy access to the garden and deck. A fireplace keeps the chill off in winter and a new favourite dining option is the firepit with its built-in seating, which is located between the Gazebo and the bar. The high standards of this lodge have helped to ensure its reputation for comfort, the perfect complement to the excellent game viewing on offer, including regular sightings of leopards. Guests can look forward to twice-daily game drives and a daily bush walk, led by experienced guides. Idube is dedicated to giving guests a genuine and informative experience in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. www.idube.com
A genuine and game-packed African safari experience in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Choose from comfortable and well-appointed, air-conditioned safari chalets or one of three upmarket suites boasting private decks and splash pools.
Try out the new firepit with built-in seating for an unforgettable African dinner under the stars. Other dining options include the on-site Gazebo Lounge.
Idube is renowned for its unbelievable game viewing with regular sightings of leopards. There are also more than 300 recorded bird species on site.
ARATHUSA SAFARI LODGE T
he upmarket Arathusa Safari Lodge is an enchanting safari lodge situated in the northern section of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve, adjacent to the prestigious, unfenced Kruger National Park. Guests enjoy an exceptional wildlife experience, including frequent sightings of the prized Big 5. One need not leave the comfort of the camp to see the massive herds of buffalo, antelope, and elephant that gather at the camp’s waterhole. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, and elephants during game drives, visitors never lack for exciting photographic content. There is so much more to the African safari at this destination where the smaller creatures add color to the safari experience. The variety of bird life in the region is astounding. Four bush-facing suites are remotely tucked away in the untamed African bush, while nine water-facing suites are located within the lodge’s perimeter facing the waterhole. The communal infinity swimming pool overlooking the waterhole is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Guests will dine in style in the traditional open-air boma, which in the evenings is further illuminated by the beautiful African stars. Guests can look forward to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce, and home-baked confectionary when staying at Arathusa Safari Lodge. Arathusa’s luxury spa indulges guests with a range of choice beauty and relaxation treatments. www.arathusa.co.za
Renowned for excellent leopard sightings, along with the rest of the Big 5.
Arathusa Safari Lodge offers incredible value for money with its deluxe suites and allinclusive packages. Suites face onto either the bush or the water.
Expect delicious and wholesome food at this African safari destination with its focus on using fresh produce and producing unforgettable meals.
Between game drives, guests can book into the spa or relax around the swimming pool with book or gin and tonic in hand.
MOZAMBIQUE Magical, mysterious, and memorable, Mozambique offers its visitors the best of both worlds – urban sophistication and tropical island pleasures. It is the only country belonging to the Commonwealth that was never part of the British Empire. The cities and towns represent an eclectic fusion of African and Portuguese influences and are home to a diversity of cultures derived from the descendants of North African tribes, Arab traders, and Portuguese colonizers, as well as the about 17 local ethnic groupings in the country. The coastline is the most popular choice of destination with its long white-sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere, as are the islands found in the stunning Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos. A sensory experience of note awaits on these beautiful islands renowned for their pristine beaches and coral reefs, as well as their upmarket accommodation options. This is also one of the world’s most renowned diving destinations. Bazaruto Island is the largest with freshwater lakes attracting varieties of water birds. There is no lack of things to do, including snorkeling, sailing, fishing – there are more than 1,200 fish species in these waters, including big game fishing – mostly on a tag and release basis, and swimming. The upmarket lodges typically offer spa treatments, outstanding culinary experiences, and luxurious comforts. Mozambique promises a memorable African vacation experience combining good weather, beautiful natural settings, great food, and friendly people. The official language is Portuguese.
The port city of Maputo is the capital city of Mozambique. Prior to independence in 1954, it was known as Lourenco Marques for the Portuguese trader who explored the area in 1544.
Mozambique has a tropical climate with temperatures increasing towards the north of the country. The rainy season falls between October and March.
The Mozambican currency is the Metical (MZN/ MT) divided into 100 centavos.
Mozambique is renowned for its fresh seafood. A must-buy is a fresh prawn dish, served with local peri-peri sauce and beer.
TIME ZONE GMT+2
MUST SEE Take the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the Indian Ocean leaving from Ponta do Ouro in the south of the country accompanied by researchers who have worked in these waters for years.
DID YOU KNOW... The staple diet in Mozambique is based on cassava root (known locally as mandioca), which is made into flour to be used in a variety of dishes.
Niassa Game Reserve
Moçimboa da Praia
Lengwe National Park
Cahora Bassa Dam
GilŽ Game Reserve
ILHA DE MOZAMBIQUE
MOZAMBIQUE Gorongosa National Park
Marromeu Game Reserve
BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO Zinave National Park Vilanculos
Banhine National Park
Great Kruger Limpopo National Transfrontier Park Park
Sabi-Sand Game Reserve MAPUTO
IND IAN OCEAN
Azura Quilalea Private Island A
zura Quilalea Private Island is a private, uninhabited island paradise surrounded by the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. The retreat comprises only nine seafront villas, accommodating 18 guests. The villas are built from natural coral stone and Makuti thatch with natural finishings, indoor/outdoor showers, private decks and plunge pools stretching out to the beach, and daybeds and sun loungers for relaxing. The clifftop Villa Quilalea offers the most astounding couples accommodation in the entire archipelago, with a private plunge pool, feature bathroom and dressing room, an outdoor shower, and its own separate sitting/dining area. Guests receive Azura’s trademark Mozambican butler/host service through which dining experiences are offered in a variety of unique venues and settings. This is paradise for lovers of marine life with superb snorkeling and world-class scuba diving available straight off the main beach. Watch as dolphin pods cruise past the sun deck, or look out for humpback whales or nesting turtles in season. Kayaking through the mangroves on nearby Sencar Island is not to be missed nor is deep-sea fishing for tuna or king mackerel, which can be barbequed that evening. Enjoy romantic beach and baobab grove picnics or candlelit dinners on the beach beneath the stars. Visit nearby Ibo Island, the cultural highlight in the area, or simply relax at the clifftop African Spa. This is the ultimate private luxury hideaway, in a stunning undiscovered location. www.azura-retreats.com/azura-quilalea
Barefoot luxury on an uninhabited island paradise surrounded by a pristine marine sanctuary.
Sleep in paradise in beautiful villas made of coral stone and thatch that boast all the luxury amenities you could dream off, including private decks and plunge pools.
Fresh, seasonal food is served in exotic and varied locations – enjoy breakfast at the water’s edge, secluded picnics, and candlelit beach dinners. Never eat in the same place twice.
Get out on the water, relax on the beach and soak up the sun, indulge in some birdwatching or pamper yourself at the spa. The choice is yours.
Azura Benguerra I
magine an unspoilt island within a marine national park, deserted beaches of pure white sand extending for miles, sparkling turquoise seas crisscrossed by local dhows plying their trade, sunny days, and star-studded nights… and one has Azura Benguerra Mozambique. In partnership with Azura Retreats, the local community built Azura Benguerra by hand. This is Mozambique’s first eco-friendly retreat and it is managed with the community. There are only 20 thatched villas. Each has an infinity swimming pool and is set on the spectacular beach. Guests will spend sun-drenched days fishing, snorkeling, and diving the protected reefs. Migrating whales and dolphins pass through these waters – a truly spectacular sight. Or just relax on the beach and soak up the sun. A walk about the island will expose one to the rich local culture. The spa is on hand for those wanting the ultimate in pampering. A friendly Mozambican butler will tend to one’s every need. The delicious meals can be enjoyed in a variety of stunning locations from a beautiful breakfast on the water’s edge and candlelit feast on the beach to romantic dinners served in the private villas; indulge in the fabulous wine cellar. The multi-award-winning Azura Retreats manages luxurious boutique eco-retreats set on Indian Ocean islands. Step into the ultimate in private luxury hideaways in undiscovered locations when choosing Azura Benguerra, an utterly enchanting seaside escape. www.azura-retreats.com/azura-benguerra
Children are welcome at this upmarket destination and will enjoy a tailored experience.
Enjoy the exclusivity of staying on this unspoilt island in a private thatched villa with an infinity swimming pool, enviable beachside location, and personal hosts.
The sublime food is only surpassed by the setting in which it is served. Dine on the beach, in your villa, or from a picnic basket.
An outdoor enthusiasts’ heaven with so much to do – fishing, snorkeling and diving, hiking, swimming, and spa treatments, as well as children’s activities.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort E
exclusive accommodation on a private island is complemented by extraordinary diving and water adventures.
Look forward to an exclusive and romantic stay in the luxurious Beach Pool Villas, including the chance to sleep under the stars with the Star Bed Experience.
Expect fine dining in a variety of venues, all offering extraordinary views. Meals range from self-created breakfast menus to elegant three-course dinners.
Laze on the white sand beaches, explore the azure ocean waters by diving, snorkeling, waterskiing, and stand-up paddle boarding, or relax on a private deck with a book.
nsconced on a tiny private island in the remote Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort takes full advantage of its and romantic allure by welcoming adults only. Untouched, lush vegetation frames the softest of white powdery sands, lapped gently by the azure waves of the Indian Ocean. The island is conveniently accessible with a 45-minute helicopter transfer from Pemba International Airport. A boutique collection of just 12 Beach Pool Villas all open onto a pure white shoreline. The ultimate destination for couples, honeymooners, and divers, Anantara Medjumbe’s remoteness assures untouched beauty and absolute privacy. Couples can stroll straight from their villa onto the beach and swim or snorkel without distraction or intrusion – the only others present are fishermen sailing their dhow boats. Culinary experiences are tailored to guests’ liking. At Jahazi Restaurant, guests create their own breakfast from international and island flavors. Casual luncheons and elegant dinners present gourmet Mozambican, seafood, and western dishes in Chef’s varying signature three-course set menus. For a change of scene, signature mocktails and cocktails at the Bahari Lounge Bar come with one of the most incredible views in the Quirimbas. Dining by Design customizes romance with a personal chef crafting the ideal menu, savored in villa privacy or on a quiet stretch of beach, at sunset, or under the stars. www.medjumbe.anantara.com
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort A
nantara Bazaruto Island Resort is an escapistâ€™s dream. Lose yourself in total seclusion on this private island hideaway. Guests will indulge in signature experiences, be dazzled by tropical nature, and enchanted by the impressive desert dunes, and variety of marine life in the protected waters surrounding the island. The resort offers 44 spacious villas complete with soothing gardens and shoreline panoramas. Crafted from indigenous reed, fringed thatch roofs, and wood, the rustic charm is complemented by understated luxury and modern amenities. Indulge in signature dishes enjoyed in stunning locations. Golfinho serves breakfast and themed dinners or enjoy an outdoor dining experience on the terrace overlooking the pool and bay. Clube Naval serves an a la carte lunch and dinner that showcases European and African flavors. All to be enjoyed before or after sundowner cocktails on the deck. The Beach Deck offers sublime seafood and grilled meat. Or dine when one wishes in the privacy of the villa. To elevate the experience, Dining by Design tailors dining menus to match dream settings complemented with private chef and butler services. 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 here with plenty of activities and venues catering for their interests. www.bazaruto.anantara.com
An escapistâ€™s dream, this hideaway will appeal to those looking for an extraordinary experience.
Luxurious and spacious villas await, set in soothing tropical gardens and overlooking the turquoise ocean waters. Their charm is complemented with luxurious amenities.
Scrumptious dining experiences are on offer in a range of signature venues, each with their own unique charm, but all boasting incredible ocean and island views.
There is something for everyone, young and old, from water sports, snorkeling, fishing, wake boarding, and diving to dune boarding, swimming, and spa treatments.
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Island living WITH access to pristine coral reefs, traditional dhow cruises, romantic picnics, and more.
The stylish room options gaze out towards the Indian Ocean, with private timber decks and cool rim-flow pools, as well as generous baths and outdoor showers.
The cuisine on offer at this island retreat matches the superb landscape and service. Expect delicious food served in a variety of settings.
Activities include dhow cruises, scheduled snorkeling trips, birdwatching, sea kayaking, island expeditions, castaway picnics, local community tours, horse riding, and diving.
n 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. Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, the lodge is set in a protected marine conservation area and offers pristine beaches and unspoilt coral reefs teeming with sea life. Looking onto a sandy beach and set on a deep lagoon unaffected by the tides, this exclusive beach getaway is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Surrounded by premier diving sites, the lodge is a 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. The deep Mozambique Channel, which runs alongside the island, is renowned for its game fish and Benguerra Island 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 beyond. Ita airy color scheme 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, 2 cabanas and the Casa Familia that boasts three bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, as well as a private swimming pool set on the sheltered wooden veranda. www.andBeyond.com
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hite Pearl Resorts offers the ultimate in beach luxury in Africa. Experience elegant simplicity at this exclusive beach resort set in the dunes of the untouched shores of southern Mozambique. Nestled in a sheltered bay on Mozambique’s Lagoon Coast, the 22 luxurious suites have been sensitively designed to take advantage of their beautiful natural setting, while protecting the fragile ecosystems beneath them. Inspired by the rich coastal biodiversity of the area and the beautiful Indian Ocean reefs, the guest areas epitomize laidback beachside chic, with spaces designed specifically to enable guests to relax. Guests will experience the tastes of Mozambique through the authentic cuisine served with a signature White Pearl touch. They can relax and recharge with a variety of spa treatments at the on-site Amani spa, and discover a world of adventure with Pinnacle Reef diving, exclusive ocean safaris, and game drives into the nearby Maputo Special Reserve. The sheltered bay is home to a myriad sea creatures, from the resident dolphins and migrating humpback whales to the endangered turtles who return each year to lay their eggs on these protected shores. Memorable moments paired with exceptional service guarantee a getaway like no other. With access to the area easier than ever, guests can easily combine White Pearl Resorts with a safari at any of the renowned bush properties within South Africa’s Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal region. www.whitepearlresorts.com
Luxury suites in natural settings, world-class diving, ocean safaris, and game drives await.
The beautifully appointed, stand-alone suites are stylishly decorated for comfort and come with a personal butler service. Expect beachside chic.
Mozambique is known for the quality of its seafood and its signature spicy dishes. White Pearl elevates the local cuisine to exceptional levels.
The options are endless, including swimming with dolphins and watching humpback whales migrating and turtles nesting. There is a PADI Dive Centre on site.
ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Victoria Falls, known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – the “the smoke that thunders”, is a spectacular natural wonder of the world. Its 1.7-kilometer span joins the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia, known for their game-filled reserves and unbeatable adventure options. The crashing water falls into the mighty Zambezi River, which is bordered by national parks. A stay in Victoria Falls on either side of the river provides a passport to unforgettable adventure from bungee-jumping off the bridge linking the two countries, whitewater rafting the turbulent waters, and parachuting or flying over the Falls in a helicopter or light aircraft, to game drives in the surrounding reserves. The town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the river boasts a great outdoor market for buying mementos while Livingstone on the Zambian side is the perfect springboard for exploring the game-rich Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks and the iconic South Luangwa National Park. Zimbabwe’s attractions include the impressive man-made Lake Kariba – best explored on a houseboat; Hwange National Park with its large herds of elephant, lion, and African wild dog; and the World Heritage Site of Mana Pools, renowned for its wild beauty, aquatic wildlife, and numerous bird species.
DID YOU KNOW...
The capital cities of Zimbabwe and Zambia are Harare and Lusaka respectively.
A visit to see the Falls is a priority when visiting the region. More than 550,000 cubic meters of water fall over the 1.7-kilometer edge every minute to fall about 100 meters into the Zambezi River.
Lake Kariba, which is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the second largest man-made body of water by volume in Africa. It holds more than 180 billion liters of water, and is a magnet for birdlife.
CLIMATE Zambia and Zimbabwe boast pleasant climates with the rainy season falling between December and April.
CURRENCY The Zimbabwean Dollar collapsed in 2009 – a range of currencies are accepted in the country, the most predominant being the United States Dollar. Zambia’s currency is the Kwacha (ZMW), which is divided into 100 Ngwee.
MUST BUY Stone and wood carvings are a hallmark of this region.
Mwera Wantipa Sumbu National Park National Park
Lusenga Plains National Park
Nyika National Park North Luangwa Vwaza Marsh Bangweulu Mpika National Park Game Reserve Swamps Lavushi Mandla National Park Lukusuzi Kasanka National Park National Park Mfuwe South Luangwa Kasungu National Park National Park
West Lunga National Park
ZAMBIA Kafue National Park
Liuwa Plain National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park
Mana PoolsNational Park Mana Pools National Park
Lochinvar National Park
Sioma Ngwezi National Park Zamb ezi Riv
Livingstone Victoria Falls
Hwange National Park
Matusadona National Park
HARARE Nyanga National Park
Chizarira National Park
Zimbabwe BULAWAYO Matobo Hills National Park
Masvingo Buffalo Range
Gonarezhou National Park Musina
The Royal Livingstone by Anantara T he Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara is set along the forested banks of the great Zambezi River in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, in full view of Victoria Falls. One of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, this iconic waterfall is a 10-minute walk away and all guests enjoy unlimited complimentary access. Luxury rooms and spacious suites showcase this extraordinary destination. All accommodation features a balcony or veranda facing gardens frequented by free-roaming zebras, impalas, giraffes, and monkeys. Rest in a hammock, cool off in the pool, or bask on a lounger while enjoying the views of Zambezi river life and the majestic Victoria Falls. Culinary experiences relive colonial nostalgia and romanticize Africa. 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, accompanied by piano music Tuesdays through to Sundays. Stories are shared at The Travellers Bar over refreshing cocktails, fine wine, or whisky. Gin and tonics are enjoyed on The Sundecks accompanied by a saxophonist (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) against the backdrop of the thundering Victoria Falls. The historic ambience of The Royal Livingstone Dining Room is complemented by an infusion of an African and European fine dining experience. This is an extraordinary African location, an indulgence in colonial luxury and Victorian elegance. http://royal-livingstone.anantara.com
Experience Africa in style at this extraordinary location set close to the majestic Victoria Falls.
Guests can look forward to colonial style, modern and bespoke amenities and outstanding service at this renowned luxurious destination in famous Victoria Falls.
Outstanding dining options wait at the Royal Livingstone, in a diversity of settings from the romantic to the reminiscent of days gone by to the modern.
Spend days walking the rainforest, flying over Victoria Falls, white water rafting, or just relaxing into the natural beauty of the surrounds.
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VANI Victoria Falls Resort connects the wild side of travelers to Zambia’s wondrous landscapes and big game thrills. The resort’s biggest draw is its impressive location, just a five-minute stroll from Victoria Falls, with all guests enjoying free unlimited access to this famous attraction – ranked as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and its largest waterfall. The 46-hectare grounds attract zebras, giraffes, impalas, and monkeys ensuring breathtaking views of the swimming pool, landscaped gardens, and lush bush from the 212 rooms and suites. The décor emphasizes warm African colors with a focus on comfort. A central restaurant pavilion makes dining fresh and fun. The Theatre of Food is just that – a showcase of buffet surprises to start and end the day. Familiar international cuisines and bold African specials change each night. The Poolside Grill & Pool Bar bustles at lunchtime with snacks, wood-fired pizzas, and Marimba band rhythms. The Mukuni and David Livingstone Bomas, designed in traditional Zambian style, serve themed dinners every Saturday night, with scenery depicting a Zambian village, featuring local brews and food. Extending the leisure options, AVANIKIDS invites the cubs to run wild at Zuba’s Adventure Camp, enjoying the safe jungle playground, pack walks out in nature, and interesting trips, all under the watchful eye of trained child minders, who also offer babysitting services. www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/victoria-falls
Expect relaxation, adventure, and fun for the whole family at AVANI Victoria Falls.
The rooms and suites boast spectacular views of the garden, swimming pool, or bush. Expect warm African décor complemented with modern amenities.
Choose to dine at the Theatre of Food, the fun Poolside Grill & Pool Bar, or the more traditional Mukuni and David Livingstone Bomas.
Plenty of things to do here for young and old from visiting the Falls, game drives, outdoor adventures, and more. Children are catered for with tailored activities.
A haven of solitude, this is one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “World’s Best Resorts” for 2018.
Stay in one of two luxurious lodges, either set overlooking the Zambezi River or on the private Katombora Island in the river. Both options are excellent, upmarket choices.
Indulge in pan-African and international cuisine served indoors or out on the decks, or head to the boma for a fire-cooked feast accompanied by local entertainers.
The wide range of activities on offer – such as wildlife viewing, birding, cultural excursions, and fishing – are tailored to guests’ preferences and schedules.
oyal Chundu, a haven of solitude and untouched beauty, is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River just upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls on a 15 kilometer stretch of private waterway, protected by two sets of rapids. Accommodation is offered in spacious suites located in two luxurious lodges that blend colonial elegance and Zambian charm. River Lodge’s 10 thatched chalets overlook the unspoilt expanse of the Zambezi River and their private decks offer uninterrupted views of the river. The thatched roofing and interior décor, which echoes Zambezi hues, accentuate the natural beauty. River Lodge welcomes children and offers a Kid’s Club. The four villas at Island Lodge are set on the privacy and exclusivity of Katombora Island, offering guests a tranquil, luxurious, and exclusive getaway. Absorb the pulse of the river from private decks and incredibly spacious rooms. Royal Chundu is the only Relais & Châteaux property in Zambia, and offers the perfect romantic escape or a unique fun-filled family holiday. Activities are tailormade to create personal guest experiences suited to couples or groups alike and are focused on family, romance, adventure, wildlife, birding, culture, and fishing. Royal Chundu is owned and entirely managed by Zambians, which lends a warmth and authenticity to the experience. Most of the food is sourced from within four kilometers of the lodge ensuring that the menus on offer focus on local and seasonal ingredients. www.royalchundu.com
Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge
anctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, originally built for former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, is set in Zambia’s beautiful South Luangwa region. The grunt of lions or the saw of leopards is often heard from the surrounding wooded valleys. Guests awake early to the purrs of wildlife only yards away to watch the sun rise over the Luangwa Valley, followed by a morning and evening game drive and an immersive walking safari. The time between these exciting
activities is spent relaxing on the private decks contemplating or reading a good book. The 10 luxurious suites come complete with a fourposter bed, air-conditioning, and a full bathroom. With interconnecting room options, this lodge is perfect for families. In keeping with the rest of Chichele, the suites are decorated in an understated colonial style. A long veranda stretches beyond the elegant communal dining room, from which guests can appreciate views down the valley to the Luangwa River itself.
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp
anctuary Puku Ridge Camp offers guests an authentic tented safari experience in South Luangwa, one of Zambia’s favored areas for game viewing and bird spotting. It is set on the edge of an escarpment ensuring that guests can enjoy active game viewing from the comforts of the lodge or spend an afternoon relaxing in the camp’s large lounge area in between awe-inspiring game drives or immersing walking safaris. Gourmet meals are
served in the central dining area, accompanied by a fine selection of wines. The camp is designed to leave no trace on the environment and has embraced a very natural kind of African chic in its décor. The seven, over-sized tents are spacious, each with a soothing hot tub and an outdoor shower shaded by trees. The region is home to 60 mammals – including elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo, hippo, and antelope; it is known for its leopard sightings.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
ust a short drive away from the worldfamous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi River within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Activities include game drives in the national park, a tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, walking safaris, canoeing, and sundowner cruises on the Zambezi River. This is the only lodge in the area able to offer guided walking safaris; an exceptional up-close wilderness experience. The main lodge comprises 12 tree houses connected
by stilted wooden walkways, perfect for individuals, couples, and families. As an alternative to the tree houses, there are two elite private houses available, each with two bedrooms, secluded decks with plunge pools, their own dining areas, coupled with personal chefs and house staff. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
he award-winning and Green Tourismcertified Somalisa Camp is tucked away on the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain that overlooks the sweeping golden plains of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Seven elegantly furnished sail tents, touched with tones of wood and copper, are set out around a waterhole where a plethora of wildlife congregates. The simple opulence of the camp, the incredible warmth of the Somalisa family, and the excellent and passionate guiding
experience, create an ambience of unaffected and honest luxury that is unsurpassed. Additionally, with a special “elephant pool” at the front of the camp that attracts large herds of elephants daily, guests can experience the majesty of Africa’s largest mammal from the comfort of the main deck. Wildlife sightings include kudu, zebra, wildebeest, the endangered roan antelope, lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, and lion. A stay at Somalisa Camp is like coming home, but in luxurious style.
BUMI HILLS SAFARI LODGE
umi Hills is utterly captivating in its splendor. Perched on top of a range of remote hills on the shores of Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba, the lodge boasts spectacular panoramic views over the endless blue waters of the lake. Ten beautifully appointed tented suites, designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape, surround the iconic infinity pool that gazes out over paradise beyond. The decking extends from the ridge below – the perfect spot
for dinner under the infinite, star-filled sky. The lodge boasts a gym and a spa, making it an ideal safari pitstop. Bumi Hills combines adventure, relaxation, sumptuous cuisine, and first-class hospitality to present an unsurpassed experience in luxury and authenticity. The largest man-made lake in the world is home to a variety of incomparable experiences such tiger fishing, boat cruises, games drives, beach dinners, and arguably, the most beautiful sunsets in Africa.
THORNTREE RIVER LODGE
horntree River Lodge, built on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River just upstream from Victoria Falls, is where adventure awaits the passionate traveler. The chic and contemporary tented suites, nestled under a canopy of trees in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, retain the atmosphere of a safari lodge and set the scene for exploration and relaxation. Each suite fuses contemporary design and touches of Africa that pay homage to local culture. Thorntree River Lodge is perfectly positioned to take
advantage of the incredible adrenalin activities on offer in and around Victoria Falls. The lodge also offers boat cruises, fishing, canoeing, bush walks, and cultural tours. A highlight of a stay at Thorntree is the experience of walking with white rhinos. www.africanbushcamps.com
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ure Africa Victoria Falls offers luxury cruises and signature experiences in Victoria Falls and along the mighty Zambezi River. Signing up for any of the cruising options is to ensure an African experience like no other. The most famous cruising choice is the sunset cruise on the Zambezi Explorer, an eco-friendly, three-deck cruising vessel built for the environmentally minded traveler. All on-board facilities are powered by solar energy gathered from an intricate network of photovoltaic cells on the boat’s roof. Wheelchair access is available to the lower deck and WiFi facilities are available for conference bookings. The boat’s décor borrows from the subtle hues of the river, the tranquil tapestry of color inspired by the African sky, and the artistic genius of the local people. Guests can also book for dinner. The dinner cruises give great value-for-money combining a classic sunset cruise with a stellar four-course dinner. Guest can enjoy a Zambezistyle gourmet meal while floating on the magical Zambezi River. The meal includes a delicious starter, soup, main course, and dessert. Drinks – wines, local beers, and coffee – are included. Pure Africa Victoria Falls also designs private and bespoke signature experiences according to guests’ specific needs and requirements. Dedicated professionals ensure that experiences deliver on guests’ expectations, and more, whether it is an exclusive bush dinner or adventurous island picnic that is desired. www.pureafricavictoriafalls.com
ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA
Pure Africa offers its guests eco-friendly and luxurious cruise experiences on the mighty Zambezi River.
The flagship vessel, the Zambezi Explorer, boasts three decks catering for up to 150 guests. All facilities are powered by solar energy, and the vessel has WiFi.
The four-course gourmet meal on the Pure Africa dinner cruise is not be missed and the setting cannot be beaten. Beverages are included.
When it comes to exploring the Zambezi River above Victoria Falls, Pure Africa cruises offer an unrivaled experience for every guest.
THE ELEPHANT CAMP
eco-friendly tented suites overlooking the Zambezi gorges close to Victoria Falls.
The 12 luxury tents have private viewing decks, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, baths with views, indoor and outdoor showers, mosquito nets, room safes, and private lounge areas.
Food is viewed as art in its most delicious form with an emphasis on using fresh ingredients to fuse modern methods and cultural cuisine.
Activities on offer include touring the Falls, meeting elephants at a nearby sanctuary, enjoying sundowners at Batoka Gorge, birding and nature walks, and touring local villages.
he Elephant Camp is nestled on a ridge between the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, giving guests an uninterrupted view of the breathtaking spray that swells above the Victoria Falls rainforest. Set against a backdrop of indigenous teak woodland, the imaginative use of eco-friendly canvas tents allows this unique camp to live in harmony with the surrounding environment. Two camps flow from the African landscape. The Elephant Camp Main that consists of 12 luxury suites and The Elephant Camp West that consists of only four suites, making it ideal for exclusive use by smaller groups and families. The luxury suites each boast a private plunge pool and viewing deck looking onto the gorge, ensuring that wherever guests may be, the exquisite scenery is just a glance away. Each camp has been created in a way that complements the pristine environment and offers a unique blend of modern and cultural designs. The dining experience can be equated to Africa on a plate with a focus on international dining trends and highlighting traditional African dishes and accompaniments made from seasonal ingredients and herbs grown on site. The camp is situated just 20 minutes from Victoria Falls so that guests can appreciate the serenity and tranquility of the African bush, yet easily access the variety of attractions and activities that the town has to offer, including the majestic Falls, a Natural Wonder of the World. www.thelephantcamp.com
Victoria Falls Island Lodge
Superb laidback luxury on an African island setting in the mighty Zambezi River.
he idyllic, newly opened Victoria Falls Island Lodge offers guests the ultimate in secluded luxury. Resting between Zambia and Zimbabwe, surrounded by the fluid waters of the legendary Zambezi River, and accessible only by boat, the lodge’s discreet stilted structures are perfectly at home in the pristine island setting and are a celebration of serenity, space, and the gentle light that streams through the leafy canopy. Exquisite open-plan treehouse suites, tucked into the treetops of the private Kandahar Island, appear suspended above the Zambezi River. The suites are connected to voluminous lounge, dining, and sunset bar areas via a raised walkway. Constructed predominantly of wood and glass, each boasts a host of luxury amenities, as well as
a private deck with plunge pool. Guests can sign up for canoeing, fishing, and walking safaris, as well as game drives, spa treatments, adventure activities, and birdwatching. A fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, Victoria Falls Island Lodge combines an almost tropical island feel with an immersive bush getaway. Personal butler services, incredible bird and wildlife viewing, fine dining, and a significant variety of recreation opportunities assure a truly unforgettable experience. www.victoriafallsislandlodge.com
Victoria Falls RIVER LODGE
h e first privately owned lodge to be situated in the Zambezi National Park on the Zimbabwean side, Victoria Falls River Lodge provides the ideal base from which to explore the Victoria Falls region. It superbly combines the African safari experience with the opportunity to view one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the spray of which can be seen from the lodge itself. Its stylish open-flow design and modern conveniences – including the Africology affiliated Toa Spa and the riverside bar, which boasts uninterrupted panoramas of the mighty Zambezi River – whisper an invitation to a welcome respite from the baking African sun. There are 13 luxury tented rooms, each one boasting breathtaking river views from extensive
private decks with private plunge pools. Five of the thatched tents are larger and suitable for families. Myriad world-class amenities wait at this upmarket destination with the aim of offering guests the ultimate antidote to the chaos of civilization. Designed around an array of experiences, both on-site and in the near vicinity, Victoria Falls River Lodge will appeal to both the arduous adventurer and the quiet explorer within each person. www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com
Luxury tented rooms with views over the Zambezi River, spa treatments, a riverside bar, and more…
The Victoria Falls Hotel
he Victoria Falls Hotel has been an icon for luxury in Africa since 1904, a reminder of the distinguished and elegant era in which it was born. It has earned its status as the epitome of grand luxury travel and it still is the landmark accommodation destination for those wanting to view the most popular tourist attraction in the region, the wondrous Victoria Falls, an acclaimed Natural Wonder of the World. The hotel features 161 rooms and suites – truly a 5-star experience of pure grandeur. Style, glamor, and sophistication are the hallmarks of the upmarket accommodation. The Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned for its impeccable service and exceptional facilities. Some rooms offer stunning views of the gorges and bridge below, while a private path leads to the falls, an idyllic 10-minute walk away. As befits Zimbabwe’s grandest and oldest luxury hotel, The Victoria Falls Hotel presents a connoisseur’s delight of dining options. The opulent Livingstone Room consistently sets the benchmark for fine dining in Africa. The thatched outdoor-style Jungle Junction restaurant offers an unforgettable experience, gazing over the gorge and the spray of the falls, with a fusion of African flavors accompanied by nightly entertainment from local performers. The Stanley Terrace offers more than just the famous High Tea – it is also a magically delightful setting for light meals with its spectacular views of the Victoria Falls Bridge. www.victoriafallshotel.com
Iconic luxury, fantastic views of Victoria Falls, outstanding cuisine, and impeccable service.
The Edwardian-style hotel has been splendidly redecorated to combine its traditional majesty with modern sophistication, preserving the colonial charm of this iconic destination.
The hotel promises perfection for the palate, delivering sumptuous and exquisite dishes. A fine choice of wines and liqueurs is always available to suit the most discerning guests.
Guests enjoy spectacular views of the gorge and can take a luxury train trip onto the famous bridge, enjoy helicopter flips, game drives, bungee jumping, and river cruises.
Victoria Falls Safari Club
UNINTERRUPTED VIEWS OF THE AFRICAN BUSH, EXOTIC CUISINE, BUTLER-STYLE SERVICE, AND LUXURIOUS ROOMS AND SUITES.
uilt on a plateau that overlooks the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Club offers luxurious and spacious accommodation with uninterrupted views of the unspoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. With a focus on exclusivity and modern design, this lavish facility, which offers personalized butler-style 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, dining space, and a bar, as well as a viewing deck. Guests may stay in one of 16 luxury Safari Club Rooms or one of four more spacious Safari Club Suites, which include a lounge. Safari Club guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, laundry
service, afternoon teas, cocktails and canapĂŠs, mini-bar, head and shoulder massages, and edutainment presentations, such as The David Livingstone Journey or the Star Talk. Meals are served in the lounge or on the viewing deck, with breakfast, a light lunch menu, and a three-course dinner menu, featuring the likes of venison pot pie and grilled warthog fillet, on offer. Victoria Falls Safari Club has been voted Best Boutique Hotel four times by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents. www.africa.albidatourism.com
Victoria Falls Safari Suites
deal for families and small close-knit groups seeking stylish comfort, privacy, and space, the luxurious two- and three-bedroom, sunset-facing Safari Suites are set in a natural bush environment on the edge of Zambezi National Park, and just four kilometers from the Victoria Falls. The six double-story Safari Suites feature a spacious lounge with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors opening onto a patio overlooking a small waterhole that attracts bushbuck, warthog, and a rich variety of birdlife. The open-plan lounge area includes a kitchenette with courtesy counter and mini-bar, microwave, and tea- and coffee-making facilities, including a Nespresso machine. A separate adjoining television lounge has a sofa bed to
accommodate an extra person (recommended for a child). Each of the Safari Suites boasts a master gallery bedroom upstairs with glass sliding doors opening onto a private balcony, while the other one or two bedrooms are located downstairs. Each bedroom has two three-quarter beds, which can be converted into a king-sized bed, as well as en-suite bathrooms, with either a walk-in rainfall shower or a bath and separate shower. Guests have easy access to The Boma â€“ Dinner & Drum Show, as well as the Buffalo Bar and MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, which offer stunning views of sunsets and a wildlife-rich waterhole.
IDEAL FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL CLOSE-KNIT GROUPS, WITH EASY ACCESS TO THE ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK AND the VICTORIA FALLS.
Expect elevated, luxurious safari tents, exciting game drives, and waterbased activities.
humba Camp is in the center of the Busanga Plains close to permanent water and the game-rich floodplains. It is named after the large prides of lion that are often seen right next to camp – or even, unusually, in trees. This destination is said to provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa. It is also home to large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, buffalo, and wildebeest. Cheetah and wild dog can also be spotted here. A special treat is the resident herd of rare roan antelope. Birding enthusiasts will delight in the sight and sound of more than 490 bird species, including endemic species such as Chaplin’s barbet. Game viewing is possible from the comfort of the tent or main
deck, while the camp’s fig trees ensure both shade and constant bird activity. Shumba Camp comprises six spacious, luxury, elevated safari tents. Meals are served in the elevated dining area or in the cozy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local culture through dance and music performances. Guests have the option of game drives and water-based activities. Night drives provide added excitement as does floating in a hot-air balloon (August–October) high over the plains. The camp is open between June and October each year. www.wilderness-safaris.com
inkwasha Camp is on a private concession in the best location in Hwange National Park. The camp is near the famed Ngamo Plains that offer fantastic, year-round game viewing to complement the already excellent viewing from the camp itself. Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for game. Wildlife frequently encountered in this area includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and reedbuck. In summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance on the open plains, while in winter elephant congregate in enormous numbers around the waterholes. The fresh, open, and airy design of the camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of
contemporary and exceptionally comfortable interiors. The nine luxurious en-suite tents (eight twin and one family unit) all offer uninterrupted views of the scenic plain, while the main area includes various multi-level decks and a cozy winter lounge complete with fireplace and library. Shaded salas surround an inviting pool, which is a popular destination between game drives. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks, and local village visits. A special experience is spending the night in the “starbed” that is set on a raised platform overlooking Scott’s Pan, this romantic sleep-out option offers an authentic and unique way to sleep out under the crystal clear African night skies.
Set on a private concession offering year-round game viewing and en-suite safari tents.
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Little Ruckomechi Camp
Romantic, safari accommodation in a private concession set overlooking the Zambezi River.
ittle Ruckomechi celebrates one of Zimbabwe’s great wilderness areas. Set among the iconic Ana trees characteristic of the region, the camp is built on wooden decks offering three airy and elegant en-suite tents conveying the romance of a bygone explorer era. Four tents are available for private bookings. The stylish living spaces, including dining room, lounge, and plunge pool, all overlook the great Zambezi River and onto the Zambian foothills in the distance. Little Ruckomechi’s location within the private Ruckomechi concession ensures an exclusive safari experience complete with a diverse range of activities – game drives, boating, canoeing, and walks – through which to explore the Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance.
Cruises down this stretch of the Zambezi River take in the life in, on, and around this iconic river. Canoes are a more adventurous option to see the large numbers of waterbirds and other wildlife that are attracted to the river and seasonal pans. Anglers will love this camp, which provides access to fishing spots at Mana Pools. Bream (tilapia), barbel (catfish), and tigerfish are the some of the more common fish found at Mana Pools. The camp is open between June and mid/ late November. www.wilderness-safaris.com
uckomechi Camp, situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park in the Zambezi Valley, accommodates guests in 10 spacious en-suite tented units, including a family unit, all of which overlook the mighty Zambezi River. The camp is set among broad-canopied Ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their leaves. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts an outdoor “bath-with-a-view” in a secluded, scenic spot, a favored guest experience. The central dining, bar, library, and lounge areas face onto the evocative and dramatic escarpment just across the river in Zambia, and are connected to the rest of camp by low-level walkways. There is a
separate deck with a pool and hammocks for swimming and sunbathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn stargazing deck. There is no better way of falling asleep than being serenaded by the sounds of nature while gazing up at the starry skies of Africa. There is excellent wildlife viewing in the concession and the national park is known for its concentrations of hippo, buffalo, elephant, and predators. The birdlife is superb, with numerous species such as the collared palm-thrush, racket-tailed roller, and the western banded snake-eagle often sighted. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorized pontoon boats, or from canoes, on guided walks, and from hides. Ruckomechi is open seasonally between April and mid/late November each year.
Beautiful tented accommodation, fantastic views of the Zambezi River, and an abundance of wildlife.
BOTSWANA From the endless expanse of the planet’s most impressive saltpan – the Makgadikgadi – to the renowned Chobe and Moremi game reserves that teem with wildlife, Botswana promises an extraordinary experience. This landlocked country is, for the most part, covered by the soulful Kalahari Desert and almost 40 percent of it is protected in reserves, conservancies, and wildlife management areas. Botswana is a wildlife paradise, known for its vast herds of elephant – about 35 000 elephants live in the Chobe National Park – lion prides, leopard leaps, buffalo herds, and many more species. Moremi Game Reserve is home to both black and white rhinoceros and the Makgadikgadi provides a safe habitat for meerkats and brown hyenas. Botswana’s landscapes range from the world’s longest stretches of the Kalahari Desert to the floodplains, waterways, lagoons, and pools of the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta. Following a hot summer characterized by impressive, albeit brief, thunderstorms, birds and animals flock to the sanctuary provided by the Okavango Delta around March each year. A mokoro (canoe) trip into this mystical space guarantees extraordinary game-viewing experiences. In drier areas, guided game drives and bush walks ensure the same game-viewing thrill. Botswana provides travelers with the possibility of experiencing pristine wilderness in the same way as the first explorers to this beautiful country. Fly-in or drive to remote wilderness settings for exclusive safari experiences.
Gaborone is the capital of Botswana, located in the south-east of the country.
While all areas in Botswana promise an extraordinary experience, the Okavango Delta is a unique collection of diverse landscapes with an abundance of wildlife.
Unique mementos of a visit to Botswana include Kalahari quilts made by Batswana women and jewelry made by the Khoi-San people.
CLIMATE Hot and dry for most of the year, with the rainy season characterized by brief thunderstorms falling between December and February.
CURRENCY Consists of banknotes and cents denoted in Pula (P) and thebe (t). There are 100 thebe to the Pula.
DID YOU KNOW... Pula is translated as “rain” in the Setswana language, implying that money is a scarce and valuable resource.
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ith only a small number of guests staying in each of the three Chobe Princesses, a stay is like being on one’s own houseboat. The boats can also be booked exclusively. As guests drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, they’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience. Each houseboat has a minimum of three smaller “tender” boats for use on daily excursions that take one’s fancy: guests can mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try their hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever one chooses to do, the day trips will be personal and flexible because one shares the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, one can simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand. Each cabin is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes. As one lies on the king-sized bed, it is possible to spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, there is a spacious lounge and bar and a plunge pool. After a day spent doing as one pleases, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of the cabin. www.zambeziqueencollection.com
Intimate, personalized, and relaxing 4-star African houseboat experience ideal for small groups.
Beautiful suites decorated in a contemporary style boast private views, king-sized beds, and modern amenities. Fall asleep to the calls of hyena and lion.
Dining outdoors under the stars with the sounds of wildlife in the night and the river lapping the boat provides an exceptional setting for the great food.
An incredible game- and bird-viewing experience, this river safari also offers access to an onboard plunge pool, photographic safaris, and exciting tiger fishing excursions.
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oving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-meter long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, one can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance. Each of the 14 suites features air-conditioning and a private balcony, where one can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight. Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25 kilometers of the Chobe River, allowing guests to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. In fact, the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant (about 120,000) on the African continent. The park is also home to many buffalo, leopard, and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife. Celebrated South African fashion designer Jenni Button created the luxury houseboatâ€™s classic, yet contemporary interior. And, just like at any contemporary hotel, one can expect first-class service at every turn. Whether one is enjoying a gin and tonic on the upper deck at dusk or attempting to land oneâ€™s very first tiger fish, the highly experienced team will meet every need. www.zqcollection.com
A 42-meter-long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled African sophistication on the mighty Chobe River.
With just 14 suites, the Zambezi Queen epitomizes elegant, luxurious style. Each boasts a private balcony, air-conditioning and first-class service.
A sophisticated menu and the ultimate in location ensure that dining experiences on the Zambezi Queen are memorable and a highlight of the stay.
Enjoy a unique and game viewing experience as you glide down the Chobe River in memorable style or unforgettable tiger fishing excursion.
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Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, an abundance of wild- and birdlife, and ideal fishing spots.
Enjoy the comforts of the large, airconditioned Meru safari tents set on the secluded Impalila Island within this game-rich wilderness. Children are welcome.
After a day out exploring the island and river, settle down to an excellent meal, warm fire, and good company under the African stars.
Game viewing, fishing, birdwatching, guided island walks, and more await at this very special wilderness destination set on Impalila Island in Namibia.
estled on Impalila Island in Namibia, award-winning Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is a tented lodge surrounded by breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, birdlife, and ideal fishing spots. It features eight large air-conditioned Meru safari tents set on a secluded island beneath a riverine canopy on the banks of the Chobe River. Guests can step out onto their own private balcony to listen to the rapids, relax on the sumptuous bed, and then head to the dining room or bar for something delicious to eat or drink. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is also perfect for families and welcomes children of all ages. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers a two- to three-night itinerary that includes a variety of activities, including game viewing by boat along the banks of the Chobe National Park, an excursion through the beautiful Kasai Channel, and a guided walk on Impalila Island to visit our famous ancient Baobab tree. Fishing for the legendary tiger fish is a favored activity. This area is known for the richness of its tiger fish and bream populations. Because of its unique geographic location, the game viewing and birdwatching in and around Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is second to none. Plus, one can get up close and personal with the wildlife as one glides towards them silently on the tender boats. A simply stunning setting, comfortable accommodation, and exciting activities ensure the popularity of this river lodge. www.zqcollection.com/ichingo-lp
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goma Safari Lodge, situated on the western edge of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, is a luxurious oasis in the middle of a wildlife wonderland, offering panoramic views over the Chobe River and Floodplain, and a waterhole. Set on a plateau, the boutique eight-suite lodge offers guests the opportunity to see wildlife such as herds of migrating zebra, elephant, lion, or buffalo from the vantage of their private suite or a central viewing platform. Located on the quieter side of the park, Ngoma Safari Lodge’s thatched suites are made of natural materials that blend seamlessly with their surroundings. The central guest area includes a lounge, dining room and bar, a plunge pool, sundeck, and viewing platform. Ngoma Safari Lodge’s suites each feature a private outdoor shower, “refresh and relax” pool, spacious rooms with a king-size bed, and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower and a luxurious bath. Guests can expect a vast and diverse array of wildlife as knowledgeable guides escort safaris through Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant herds on earth, lazy afternoons by the pool, and sensational dinners under the stars. Ngoma Safari Lodge is a joint community and privately funded project in association with the Chobe Enclave Conservation Trust. The local community benefits directly from the lodge through both employment opportunities and proceeds from each booking. www.africaalbidatourism.com
A wildlife wonderland, spacious suites, fantastic gameviewing, and sensational dinners.
Each air-conditioned suite boasts a spacious bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, and a “refresh and relax” pool. Two suites have Indian day beds and can be used as triples.
Meals are prepared with passion and dedication, whether enjoyed in the middle of the bush, served in the lodge’s dining room area, or on the privacy of each suite’s deck.
Activities on offer include game drives, an all-day safari (comprising a game drive, picnic lunch, and river cruise), guided walks (on request), and local community visits.
Selinda Explorers Camp
atering for only eight guests, Selinda Explorers Camp’s perfect “wow” factor lies in the wildlife experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated. It’s also in the grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage traveling trunks lending an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents. The camp is found on a remote stretch of
the Selinda Spillway, close to the heart of the pristine 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve. A brass hipbath can even be portered to a nearby sandbank on the edge of the Selinda Spillway for a romantic bath under stars. Wildlife viewing activities are focused on guided walks and canoe trips followed by game drives. It is here that huge herds of elephant, lion, wild dog, sable, and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis. A stay here rekindles the romance of the safari experience.
Duba Expedition Camp
uba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of Okavango Delta floodplains in a private 77,000-hectare concession. The intimate camp consists of expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with beautiful views. Each tent is stylishly furnished according to expedition and exploration themes with a campaign writing desk, private veranda, and en-suite facilities including indoor shower. Guests enjoy regular sightings of a
diverse range of species, including large herds of lechwe, kudu, tsessebe, giraffe, very large herds of elephants, and buffalo, along with lions, leopards, and hyenas. These are seen on guided walks, game drives, and boating trips. The area is reputed as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Built on a wooded island, overlooking a lagoon, the area is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic filmmakers and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
he renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta between a matrix of palm-dotted islands, floodplains, and woodland on a 77,000-hectare private reserve. The camp offers five bespoke tents, in addition to the separate two-bedroom Duba Plains Suite, all designed to blend into the forest, but also to evoke the classic safari style of the 1920s. The tents, complete with lounge and private plunge pool, are elevated offering spectacular views of the surrounding floodplain.
Guests staying in the Duba Plains Suite enjoy the use of a private guide, chef, butler, and private game drive vehicle. Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences and up-close exposure to lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo, as well as aardwolf and pangolins. www.greatplainsconservation.com
KHWAI TENTED CAMP
Spacious tented accommodation, game-rich reserves, enchanted forests, and cultural immersion.
ocated on the Khwai Community Concession, a beautiful, game-rich area, the camp overlooks the lagoons and lilies of the Khwai River and borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The intimate, 12-bedded camp, recently refurbished with a more modern and spacious feel, is adorned with touches of local history and culture, which preserves the romance of yesteryear. The tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets. The camp offers visitors several unique ways to experience Africa, including game drives, night drives, mokoros, and walking safaris. Khwai Tented Camp combines the best of game viewing in the predator-rich Moremi Game Reserve, with a taste of local culture in the Khwai Community Reserve. The area offers varied ecosystems â€“
from enchanted forests and undulating grasslands to lush floodplains and meandering lagoons â€“ this is one of the most consistent areas for wildlife encounters year-round. Guests here can also explore the great stands of leadwood and mopane woodlands, as well as the open grasslands and banks of the Khwai River on foot. A portion of proceeds from this camp go directly to help local people and support local projects through the Khwai Community Trust. www.africanbushcamps.com
LINYANTI BUSH CAMP
o the north of the Okavango Delta, tucked away in the furthest corner of Chobe National Park on a private concession, lies the paradise of Linyanti Bush Camp. Secluded, intimate, and remote, Linyanti Bush Camp is an untouched, wild nirvana. Six spacious Meru-style tents overlook the Linyanti Marshes, where huge herds of elephant and buffalo congregate. Each tent is elegantly furnished, drawing inspiration from local customs and culture. The suites each have indoor and outdoor showers with views over the vista beyond, and a private deck where guests can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the papyrus-lined lagoons of the Linyanti. The area offers spectacular birding all year round and is best known for its large herds of
elephants that move down to the Linyanti River at the start of the winter months and only move back inland once the main rains arrive. Lion, sable, roan, leopard, and wild dog are also frequent visitors to Linyanti as is the elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo, and crocodile. Activities from the camp include game drives, walking safaris, game viewing from hides, spot-lighting, bird watching, boating, and fishing safaris, as well as guided mokoro safaris, when water levels allow. During Shoulder Season and High Season, every guest is treated to a 30-minute scenic helicopter ride to show off the beauty and majesty of Linyanti from a unique perspective. The Linyanti Bush Camp offers the perfect setting for an authentic and wild safari experience in the Chobe Enclave.
Chobe Enclave location, large herds of elephant and buffalo, spectacular birding, and more.
able Alley is a complete rebuild of a favorite old bush camp, overlooking a lagoon that is connected to the River Khwai, just a stone’s throw from the worldfamous Moremi Game Reserve. From the camp’s swimming pool, lounge, and outdoor seating area guests enjoy uninterrupted view of large herds of plains game, elephant, and buffalo coming down to drink from the river. The very comfortable and stylish tents are elevated on decks affording guests a view of the lagoon.
Each of the 12 tents has an en-suite bathroom, private veranda, and indoor and outdoor showers, perfect for washing off the dust of each truly memorable day. Activities include game drives, birdwatching, and mokoro safaris down the river. Sable Alley’s expert guides are on hand to interpret the sights, smells, and sounds of the bush in this massive private reserve. Guests at Sable Alley are immersed in an unbeatable natural setting and unforgettable wildlife experience.
ur new SkyBeds overlook a waterhole, located deep within the Khwai Private Reserve. As the name suggests, these are no ordinary safari accommodations. Each “room” is actually a three-story raised platform overlooking the wildlife-rich 200,000-hectare reserve. Each SkyBed is illuminated by lanterns at night making for a romantic ambience, and has a fully enclosed bathroom on the first floor with flush
toilets. With such spectacular skies overhead, one could be forgiven for forgetting about what is happening on the ground. But African wild dogs, lions, elephants, and hyena are just some of the species that visit the waterhole at night with the sounds of many more permeating the night skies. Days are spent on game drives in the reserve or relaxing on the private decks. A truly extraordinary experience that must be lived to be believed.
yena Pan is a tranquil and comfortable tented camp located in the sprawling Khwai Private Reserve. The reserve borders some of Botswana’s finest game viewing areas, with Moremi National Park to the south and Chobe National Park to the east. Hyena Pan sits within a cathedral of mopane trees overlooking a natural pan, which provides a steady source of water for the area’s abundant wildlife, including hippo, elephant, and buffalo. Guests are accommodated in eight simple but
comfortable tents with en-suite facilities and this is an excellent choice for those with a tighter budget. Activities include game drives, including night drives, and bush walks. Guests enjoy an unbeatable combination of exclusivity, room to roam, and world-class wildlife encounters. www.naturalselection.travel
Meno a Kwena
eno a Kwena camp sits perched on a 100-foot cliff overlooking the Boteti River and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The camp’s easy-to-reach location (just 90 minutes by road from Maun), unique wildlife watching opportunities, and diverse roster of activities make it the perfect complement to any Botswana safari. This owner-run camp has been completely refurbished and boasts nine brand new tents with all the necessary modern comforts and
amenities, including en-suite facilities and private veranda overlooking the river. Activities at Meno a Kwena include day trips into Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans national parks, Khoisan-guided walking excursions, a floating hide, sunset and game-viewing cruise on the river, and sleep outs on the pans during the dry winter months. During the dry season (May to November), guests are dazzled by Africa’s second largest zebra migration as it makes its way through this region.
ack’s Camp is situated on the edge of a vast saltpan, the remnants of a prehistoric super lake. One of the most iconic properties in Africa, the camp itself consists of 10 luxurious and stylish old-world tents, complete with Bhukara-muslin draped walls, Persian rugs, and vintage lithographs, as well as a private museum, a swimming pool pavilion, and a decadent tea tent. There are also plenty of unique activities to get the heart racing. Guests
can get up close and personal with wild meerkats, spend time walking in the wild with a group of Khoisan, head out on game drives in search of desert-adapted species – including lion and cheetah – and, in November through to mid-May, view Africa’s second largest zebra migration. A visit here may be as close as one can ever get to the feeling of being on a different planet, but with all the comforts of a luxury lodge.
amp Kalahari is a laidback (but no less adventurous) base for a desert experience. Set among the palms on Hyena Island, Camp Kalahari is where the action is. This traditional bush camp has 10 spacious Meru tents with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, and flush toilets. The communal areas include a thatched central library; a living and dining area featuring an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles, and colonial antiques; and a thatched
swimming pool – the perfect place to cool off on a hot afternoon. Offering all the same activities as the Jack’s and San camps, it is an excellent choice for the more budget-conscious traveler looking for an extraordinary experience in the wilderness of Africa. www.naturalselection.travel
achaba” is the local Setswana name for the Sycamore fig tree – the tree of life. Machaba Camp, set in the Khwai Concession on the Khwai River bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, will appeal to both seasoned and novice safari travelers. Built in the classic style of the 1950s, the camp boasts luxurious safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and spacious living areas. Bathrooms give access to romantic outdoor showers. All tents are situated on
ground level and accessed by meandering paths set between large riverine trees. There are eight twin-bedded tents and two family tents available – this camp welcomes children of all ages and it is wheelchair-friendly. Guests at this destination can look forward to exiting activities and experiences, including thrilling game drives, mokoro excursions to explore the waterways, and guided safari walks. There could be no better choice for those wanting to explore a game-rich area in authentic safari style.
LITTLE MACHABA CAMP
ittle Machaba Camp is situated on the same island as Machaba Camp, but is run separately to the main camp. This is a more intimate camp, with only four spacious safari tents available. These are set out on decks and accessed by winding walkways shaded by riverine trees that allow for views over the wide plains frequented by herds of elephant, attracted to the life-sustaining waters of the Khwai River. This destination with its two
twin-bedded and two family safari tents will appeal to romantic travelers, honeymooners, or those seeking a more private safari experience. As the camp is set in the Khwai Concession, guests can enjoy up-close safari experiences with guided walking safaris through the bush, relaxed mokoro trips down the waterways, and night game drives to explore the nocturnal nature of the Okavango. Little Machaba promises a unique safari experience.
GOMOTI PLAINS CAMP
omoti Plains Camp, located in an exclusive concession in the southeastern section of the Okavango Delta on the edges of the Gomoti floodplain, offers the perfect pairing with the Machaba Camps both in affordability, luxury, and diversity of offerings. There are two luxury twin tents and two luxury family tents at this camp. Tents are designed and built in Machaba’s unique and signature style with the décor inspired by the surrounding landscape and water – essential to life in the Okavango
Delta. Gomoti Plains Camp welcomes children of all ages, and is wheelchair-friendly. Guests here experience exhilarating water activities, incredible diversity of wildlife, and superb game viewing – on game drives, walking safaris, or boat trips. www.machabasafaris.com
andBeyond Savute Under Canvas
he semi-mobile tented camps of andBeyond Savute Under Canvas are carefully positioned at exclusive wilderness campsites in the expansive Savute corner of 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 at Savute Under Canvas include comfortable tents for dining and for meeting up for pre-dinner drinks
and exchanging stories of the dayâ€™s gameviewing 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.
andBeyond Nxabega Okovango Tented Camp
he andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is in a 25,000 hectare (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 landand water-based safari experience.
andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
he andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is set on an island within a 272,000 hectare (672,125 acre) exclusive wildlife concession in the Okavango Delta. Xaranna has just nine luxury tented suites; each boasting a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub, and al fresco shower. The intimate guest sitting area with its sweeping views boasts a spacious reading area. The elevated dining area features shady verandas leading out onto an open-air boma, where exotic candlelit dinners are
served. A fully-stocked 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
he prime location of Camp Xakanaxa on the banks of the Khwai River near the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, makes it the perfect place from which to explore the Okavango Delta. The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels, and seasonal floodplains surrounding the camp ensure travelers experience a diversity of landscapes and enjoy prolific sightings of elephant, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, lion, leopard, and
wild dog. The birdwatching is spectacular, especially in the spring and summer months. 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.
LEROO LA TAU
eroo La Tau is situated on the banks of the Boteti River, the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. During the dry winter months, thousands of zebras migrate to the riverâ€™s edge, providing guests with an opportunity to witness the second largest migration in Africa. This, together with the abundant wildlife that ensures excellent game viewing, makes Leroo La Tau the perfect addition to any Botswana safari.
The lodge features 12 luxurious thatched and glass-fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each raised on a wooden platform overlooking the river. The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finish, encourages relaxation. Leroo La Tau offers travelers a wide variety of activities, including daily game drives inside the national park, seasonal river safaris, night drives within a private concession, as well as village tours to the nearby Khumaga Village.
XUGANA ISLAND LODGE
ugana 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. The lounge, bar, and dining areas are set back under an extensive tree canopy. The swimming pool is the perfect place to relax. The lodge accommodates 16 guests in raised reed and thatch lagoon-facing chalets, with private decks. Xugana Island Lodge offers an immersive Okavango Delta safari with
a variety of activities including mokoro excursions, motorized boat safaris, walking safaris with experienced armed guides, daily game drives, and night drives, as well as optional fishing excursions. www.desertdelta.com
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hobe 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. Wildlife sightings along the Chobe Riverfront include 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. Activities focus on water- and land-based safari experiences. River safaris are done on small skimmer boats with flat decks for better gameviewing. Twice-daily game drives are conducted in search of the prolific wildlife that frequents the area. Alternatively, guests can simply relax and watch the wildlife unfold before them from the comfort of the extensive, elevated boardwalk and deck. Each of the newly refurbished 44 elegantly rooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms and a large terrace facing the Chobe River. In 2014, as part of Chobe Game Lodge’s many sustainable tourism initiatives, it introduced the first electric-powered 4WD game viewer and river boat in Botswana. Since then, Chobe Game Lodge continues to expand its fleet of electric powered vehicles and solar-powered boats offering guests the chance to experience a silent, CO2 emissionfree safari; the future of safaris in Africa! http://www.chobegamelodge.com
Exceptional wildlife encounters on land and water on the majestic Chobe River.
The elegantly appointed rooms at Chobe Game Lodge overlook the Chobe River and are appointed for luxurious comfort with modern amenities.
The dining experience matches the superlative accommodation on offer with meals served in a variety of locations, from the Riverside Boma to the dining terrace.
Exciting game drives and river safaris are the highlight of a stay here. Guests also enjoy access to spa and gym facilities, a curio shop, and a large swimming pool.
umbura Plains is a luxury camp situated in the northern Okavango Delta, comprising two separate satellite camps, each with a raised dining, lounge, and bar area with a vista across the floodplains. The main area emphasizes relaxation, furnished as it is with soft sofas and objets d’art. The 14 elevated and contemporary rooms make extensive use of light, wood, and space. Each suite has a large, comfortable bedroom, sunken lounge with cushions, sala, en-suite facilities, an
outdoor shower, private deck, and plunge pool. Two family suites are also on offer with private decks linking the two separate rooms. Vumbura Plains offers both land and water activities, principally game viewing in varied habitats on open vehicles, mokoros, and boats, providing an excellent all-round experience. The concession is leased from five villages through the Okavango Community Trust in a partnership that ensures that benefits are shared with the local communities.
hitabe is situated on a beautiful old tree-island in the southeast of the Okavango Delta. Eight spacious, en-suite, Meru-style tented rooms are built on elevated wooden decks, each tastefully styled with unique décor. The spacious en-suite bathrooms include double vanity basins and an indoor as well as outdoor shower. Elevated walkways connect the rooms to the main area. The central part of camp is made up of a
thatched dining area and lounge leading onto open decking, all built on raised decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks (depending on qualified guide availability), and spectacular birding. Owing to its location on the periphery of the Delta, Chitabe offers exciting year-round game viewing.
umaTau Camp, offering an exclusive combination of land and river experiences, lies on the banks of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon close to the source of the Savute Channel in the western part of the Linyanti, between two elephant corridors. The 10 en-suite, elevated tented units (eight twin and two family units) are set overlooking the lagoon. The décor evokes the age of the explorers, granting a sense of space with dramatic views of the river. The main area includes a floating fire deck, with
expansive dining and lounge areas, perfect for relaxing and taking in the view. Guests can view game during day and night game drives, on short nature walks (depending on qualified guide availability), and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti River (levels permitting). www.wilderness-safaris.com
Kings Pool CAMP
amed for Scandinavian royalty, this luxurious and stylish camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River system. Nine well-appointed rooms (including a family room) of canvas and thatch have large en-suite bedrooms, outdoor showers, and lounges. A veranda offers a private plunge pool and separate thatched sala. The lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks, and there is a pool and an open-air “kgotla” (boma) for starlit dining. Activities
include day and night game drives, walks (depending on qualified guide availability), and nearby hides 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 at eye level with the water. Seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an experience transcending that of an ordinary safari. This destination will appeal to those looking for unique and authentic experiences.
ao Camp is on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has nine luxurious and handcrafted tents. The open-plan design includes a lounge, dressing area, and bedroom, en-suite facilities with old-style fittings, and an outdoor shower. A private sala for afternoon siestas has magnificent views of the nearby channel. The main area is an elaborate two-story building with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools,
a small library, curio shop, and a boma for dining under the stars; meals are complemented by an excellent wine cellar. Jao’s spa offers a wide range of massage therapies and a gym. With habitats that vary from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands, Jao offers both land and water experiences, depending on annual water levels. Mokoro excursions, boating, seasonal fishing, and game drives are usually on offer all year round.
ombo Camp, on Mombo Island off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, is built overlooking a game-rich floodplain. Accommodation comprises nine spacious and elevated tents built to maximize the vistas over the plains. The elegant tent interiors, complete with polished parquet floors, flow onto an outdoor thatched sala from which to watch passing game. Bathrooms are en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers. The main living and dining area is under thatch with a boma for
traditional dinners, a small library, and a plunge pool. Large concentrations of plains game often gather in front of this unique camp. Informative game drives explore the savanna and floodplain mosaics of Chief’s Island providing prolific wildlife-viewing opportunities. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp
A personalized safari experience featuring exciting game drives, walking safaris, star baths, and sky beds.
aised above the Boro River and connected by wooden walkways, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is a small and intimate camp promising an exclusive African safari experience. The five suites are uniquely made from wood and 150,000 recycled aluminum cans for insulation, an apt demonstration of the Sanctuary Retreats ethos of “Luxury, naturally”. Each of the suites has a four-poster “sky bed” that can wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River. A private candlelit “star bath” can also be set up on the deck. The camp prides itself on its delicious culinary offerings from secluded bush brunches to romantic dinners served in locations boasting spectacular views; sundowner drinks can also be
enjoyed in the middle of the bush. From the swimming pool, guests can witness prowling lions in search of prey at the edge of the lagoon, or lay back and observe one of the many elephants quenching their thirst. The Living With Elephants immersive experience give guests the chance to explore Africa from an elephant’s perspective. Game-viewing activities include morning and evening game drives and enlightening, and perhaps a little nerve wracking, walking safaris in search of the Okavango’s most elusive animals accompanied by experienced trackers. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp
he intimate Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is ideally located to deliver its guests magnificent views over the Okavango Delta floodplains. A classic tented camp located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp offers a varied game-viewing experience. 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 spectating large herds of buffalo. Each classic safari tent has a deck with views over the dramatic floodplains, allowing prime game viewing from the bedrooms with a freshly made cup of tea or coffee to hand. Each is individually designed and furnished with African antiques that exude a classic and understated elegance
that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Meals are delectable whether it is a lunch in the bush, an elegant high tea, or fine dining three-course dinners. Depending on the season, it is also possible to enjoy lunch on the water while cruising the Delta. By day, Sanctuary Retreats and Living With Elephants give guests the chance to explore Africa from an elephant’s perspective, by walking in the enormous yet silent footsteps of nature’s gentle giants. Activities at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp include mokoro excursions, helicopter flights (at an additional cost), and thrilling day and night game drives. During higher water levels, game drives can be combined with motorized boating excursions. The main area features a small library and curio shop.
Classic tented camp safari in the Okavango Delta that offers a unique elephant interaction experience.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
An upmarket and original African safari experience in the game-rich Chobe region.
anctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat complete with 14 luxury cottages set in the heart of the African bush offering an upmarket and original African safari experience. The lodge is situated on the edge of Chobe National Park, an area recognized as being home to the world’s largest remaining population of elephants, among myriad other species. Guests can enjoy fantastic views of the Chobe River from the lodge and can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the authentically African interior designed spa, and indulge in gourmet dishes expertly crafted by the executive chef. Following the afternoon game drive and sundowners, guest can enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the lodge terrace before indulging in a three-course dinner, accompanied by fine wines.
Each luxury cottage has a private garden and bathroom featuring a freestanding bath and indoor and outdoor shower. Honeymooners will relish the charm of the romantic honeymoon suite, which features a private plunge pool among other upmarket amenities and facilities. Activities include exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives in the Chobe National Park, relaxing sundowner cruises on the expansive Chobe River, and an unmissable tour of spectacular Victoria Falls – one of the most stunning Natural Wonders of the World. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
anctuary Chief’s Camp boasts 10 Luxury Bush Pavilions perfectly placed on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve, an island shaped by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. Highly credited by Condé Nast Traveler and taking gold in the World Travel Awards as Botswana’s Leading Safari Camp, each of the 10 pavilions has a deck with a private plunge pool and bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the surrounding Delta. For optimum bush extravagance, a stay in the Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite includes a dedicated vehicle and guide, a personal chef, waiter, and housekeeper. Whether dining in the main area or the privacy of the pavilions, the culinary offering is sure to exceed expectations. Guests can also sample
the delicious cuisine on offer next to the warm fire pit on the very edge of the Piajio plains. The camp’s expert guides take guests on a journey deep into the home of a diverse collection of wildlife. Morning and afternoon game drives permit the opportunity to watch on as nature unfolds, and mokoro rides are available during the Okavango flood season. There is also the rare chance for guests to view healthy populations of wild dog in their natural habitat. Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing, and enthusiastic expert guides are the hallmarks of a Sanctuary Retreats experience – a stay at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp promises unique attention to detail and strong environmental and philanthropic credentials to ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience.
Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action and refinement at this remarkable luxury camp.
NAMIBIA Namibia is a study in contrasts with its predator-rich game reserves, famous sand dunes, lush oases, and interesting inhabitants. A journey here takes one across rugged mountain ranges and desolated deserts to charming coastal resort towns and modern cities. The international airport in Windhoek, the capital city, is a gateway to exploration of this mystical and unforgettable land. For those looking for a sun, sea, and sand experience, Swakopmund is a premier vacation destination on the northwest coast popular with both local and international travelers. It also provides a springboard from which to explore the Namib Desert in unusual ways, such as sandboarding, paragliding, and kayaking. The awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon is another popular destination, as is the forest composed of quiver trees, the mountains of the enigmatic Richtersveld, the legendary Etosha National Park and its saltpan, and the famed red dunes of Sossusvlei. The Etosha National Park provides the opportunity to view an abundance of species, including herds of elephant and prides of lion, as well as their prey. The Skeleton Coast, so called because of the numerous ships that have been wrecked on its shores, is also well worth visiting. There is a dreamy quality to Namibia that calls on one’s sense of adventure. The magical desert landscapes, world’s biggest sand dunes, coastal adventures, and terrific game reserves ensure that Namibia ranks as an African destination of choice.
Windhoek (translated in Afrikaans as “windy corner”) is the capital city of Namibia.
The local souvenirs are popular choices for mementos of a visit to Namibia, including wood carvings and locally made jewelry.
The Namibian Dollar (NAD) is the currency of the country, divided into 100 cents (c).
Visit the red sand dunes surrounding the large white salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei in the NamibNaukluft National Park. Some of the dunes reach almost 400 meters in height. The sand is estimated to be about 5 million years old and is red because of a thin iron oxide coating.
Rain falls mostly in the summer season with a dry winter season falling between June and September. Temperatures are generally warm throughout the year, with very cold nights in winter months.
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ith its extensive, unique, and creatively entertaining restaurants, bars, deli, lobby lounge, sea-facing terraces, beach kiosk, and state-of-the-art conference and banqueting center, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter for visitors to and residents of Swakopmund. It is set on the historic Mole site with ocean on three sides. The contemporary hotel is very comfortable, and as they say in German “gemütlich” providing an authentic atmosphere. There are 125 rooms of which most have beach and sea views, with the balance looking onto the garden and park. The Atlantic Spa offerings include individual crystal steam rooms and rain showers. Guests are also invited to enjoy the spa’s spacious garden terrace with its reflexology pathway and couple’s therapy suite. Beauty treatments are offered at the Grooming Lounge. A gym is located on the hotel’s second floor and features a 73-square meter studio with endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility equipment, as well as a his and her bathroom and sauna. The Strand Hotel Activity & Adventure Travel Office, staffed by local professional travel consultants, will help guests plan their sojourn in Swakopmund ensuring they experience and enjoy all on offer in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and destinations along this exciting and very unique Southern Atlantic coastline, as well as the neighboring Namib Desert. Strand Hotel in Swakopmund offers its guests contemporary comforts, a seaside setting, and great facilities. www.strandhotelswakopmund.com
The perfect springboard for exploring Namibia’s coastal and desert attractions, while staying in comfort.
Choose from a range of standard, enabled, and luxury rooms or suites. Each is appointed for comfort with modern amenities and facilities.
There are three exciting restaurants on site, as well as bars, a lobby lounge, beer garden, and beach kiosk catering for all culinary preferences.
The team will help to organize a diverse range of experiences from visiting the Cape Cross Seal Colony to taking desert tours and golfing and quadbiking adventures.
ittle Kulala is a desert retreat on the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Its 11 climate-controlled, thatched “kulalas” merge seamlessly into the landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures, and private plunge pools. The extensive use of neutral colors, gorgeous textures, and natural light reproduces the soothing tones of the desert. Each villa has a romantic rooftop Star Bed and both indoor and outdoor showers. The al fresco fine dining provided in the elegant
entertainment area is a highlight of a stay here. Activities aim at acquainting guests with the splendor, solitude, and stark beauty of the Namib Desert, with excursions to Sossusvlei (via a private gate exclusive to Wilderness Safaris vehicles), and nature drives, and walks providing awe-inspiring views of desert-adapted wildlife, including ostrich, springbok, and gemsbok, and plants. A balloon safari (at extra cost) offers a unique experience, as does eco-sensitive quad biking.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast
n a remote area of the Kaokoveld, in a land of bare mountains, gravel-strewn plains, and dry riverbeds, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. The eight large en-suite tents (including one family unit) and shaded outdoor lounges and swimming pool overlook rugged scenery sloping to the almost always dry Hoanib River. Explorations of this isolated, yet diverse area take place via game drives along the riverbed where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted
wildlife can be found: elephant, giraffe, gemsbok, and springbok, with glimpses of lion and brown hyena. The Skeleton Coast with its desolate rocky coastline and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals is accessed by car or scenic flight. Hoanib is a research hub and guests can visit the research center. The camp is fully solar powered and is a joint venture with the neighboring conservancies of Anabeb, Torra, and Sesfontein.
esert Rhino Camp offers its guests the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desertadapted black rhino in Africa. The camp has eight comfortable, en-suite Meru-style tents. A tented dining and living area and plunge pool offer views of the desert and mountains, while extraordinary Welwitschia plants dot the plain in front of camp. Activities include rhino tracking with Save the Rhino Trust trackers (an NGO responsible for conserving black rhino), full-day outings with a
picnic lunch, birding, and nature drives. Other species include Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, elephant, and lion. The camp is run with the Save the Rhino Trust enabling guests to gain amazing insights into the local ecology. A portion of camp revenue goes to the Trust. www.wilderness-safaris.com
ANDBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge O ne of the most pristine areas on earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, dramatic landscapes, and jagged mountain heights. Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its location overlooking the desert. Designed to capture the splendor and solitude of the desert, just 10 stone-and-glass suites are spread out along the escarpment. Each air-conditioned suite is furnished to complement the desert hues and features a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, en-suite glass-encased bathroom, and outdoor shower. The suites are equipped with a star-viewing skylight directly above the bed, discrete music system, and personal bar. The guest area, where walls have become fold-away windows, has unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, sitting room, wraparound veranda, and safari shop. A fine choice of wines complements the delicious meals. Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalizing dip in the spring-fed pool. A state of-the-art observatory and resident astronomer give insight into the magnificent constellations of Africaâ€™s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Activities include nature drives and excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, and Dead Vlei, as well as guided nature walks, hiking trails, quad bike excursions, visits to ancient San rock paintings, stargazing at a state-of the-art observatory, hot-air ballooning, and trips to view petrified dunes. www.andBeyond.com
A diversity of wildlife, exceptional stargazing, mysterious fairy circles, and enigmatic landscapes.
Promising exclusivity, the beautifully appointed 10 suites are air-conditioned and boast in-room fireplaces and star-viewing skylights, as well as outdoor showers.
Dining is an experience at this destination, with delicious dinners served by lantern light on the veranda or in a surprise location in the nearby dunes.
There is a large swimming pool on site, safari shop, and observatory run by a professional astronomer. Guests can book for in-room massages.
EAST AFRICA A visit to the exotic East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania encompasses a diversity of experiences and options. The promise of superb African wildlife safaris in search of elephants, treeclimbing lions, gorillas, and chimpanzees is the primary drawcard, but other activities and destinations are just as alluring. These countries boast soul-stirring destinations, including sun, sea, and sand experiences. The dramatic landscapes witness the “great migration” of more than 2 million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles, and the predators that follow them across the Serengeti each year to seek sanctuary in the famous Maasai Mara. A stay in tented camps along the migration route provides access to arguably the “greatest show on earth”. There is an abundance of wildlife in the Tsavo, Amboseli, and Lake Nakuru national parks in the Maasai Mara, as well as in Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, the volcanic bowl of the Ngorongoro Crater, and around Mount Kilimanjaro. Just off Tanzania, the beautiful beaches, pristine coral reefs, and eclectic culture of Zanzibar, a historical spice trading destination, await. Those looking for unique wildlife encounters can do no better than to visit Rwanda and Uganda in search of elusive gorillas or to go on chimpanzee treks. It is not just the landscapes and variety of wildlife in this part of the world that makes it an exciting choice of destination. The culture of these regions has been shaped by a diversity of African, Asian, and European influences.
The capital cities of Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania are Nairobi, Kigali, and Dodomo respectively. Dar es Salaam was the old capital of Tanzania.
In Kenya, rain falls mainly between March and May and October and December. Expect warm days and cool nights through the year. In Tanzania, extreme heat and short bursts of rainfall occur between December and March with the main rainy season falling between March and May. The rainy season in Rwanda falls between October and November and the country boasts a pleasant tropical climate.
The Shilling (KSh), divisible into 100 cents (c) is the Kenyan currency. The Rwandan currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF), made up of 100 centimes. The Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) comprises 100 cents.
Each country boasts superb offerings from the eclectic island of Zanzibar to the lush forests of Rwanda and the game-rich destinations of Kenya.
Rwanda is home to about 780 critically endangered mountain gorillas, a third of those still alive in the world.
TIME ZONE Kenya – GMT+3; Rwanda – GMT+2; Tanzania – GMT+3.
Locally produced and vibrantly colored cloth is a good buy from this region.
DID YOU KNOW...
UGA N DA Lisala
K EN YA
DE MOCRATIC RE PUBLIC OF CONG O KINSHASA
Maasai Mara NAIROBI
RWANDA BUR UNDI
Ewaso Nyiro River
Arusha Lake Eyasi
TA N ZA N I A
MOMBASA PEMBA ZANZIBAR DAR ES SALAAM
Lake Rukwa Kamina
The best location for a holistic gorilla experience in beautiful Rwanda.
The high standard of accommodation and service promises an exclusive, yet sustainable, luxury experience.
Look forward to fabulous cuisine at Bisate Lodge that makes use of local ingredients and Rwandan touches to create a unique setting looking onto Mount Bisoke.
The main drawcard to this region is the opportunity to view the endangered mountain gorillas. There are, however, myriad other activities on offer.
isate Lodge is in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone – the word means “pieces” in the local Kinyarwanda language, describing how the cone was once whole but now worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke and Karisimbi rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of the nearby Volcanoes National Park. Just 12 guests can stay in sumptuous en-suite rooms that maximize comfort and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of the surrounding rural Rwandan landscape. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the park’s headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation mean that each guest will contribute to biodiversity conservation and local community engagement – making a far-reaching positive impact on the iconic mountain gorilla population, which is endangered. Aside from tracking one of the several habituated gorilla groups, activities on offer include visiting attractions such as Iby’wacu cultural village, the Twin Lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the lava tunnels of the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey’s grave, birding, and tours to see the endemic golden monkey. An immersive experience, a stay at Bisate Lodge provides guests with the opportunity to learn about conservation, give back to local communities, and create memories that will last a lifetime. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Mara Expedition Camp
his is a place where lions own the night and hippos stake claim to vast territories, where one submits to the supreme power of wild Africa and take one’s lead from Mother Nature. It is a place of learning, where Africa teaches lessons that will change the way one views the world in one of the most incredible classrooms on the planet – the incomparable Maasai Mara. Mara Expedition Camp has been built on a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where a thick riverine forest meets the unending
savannah, in the north-central section of the Maasai Mara. It is a perfect hideout with an air of yesteryear in its design, drawing stylistic reference from the old, authentic expedition camps of the colonial era. Temporary and transient in atmosphere, there is nonetheless a perfect blend of comfort, adventure, and harmony in the camp’s five, custom-designed tents. This is prime leopard territory and the annual wildebeest and zebra migration an added highlight to the wildlife experience offered.
Mara Plains Camp
ara Plains Camp is found on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy with Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve joining its southern boundary. One enters across a swing bridge over the river, through a thick riverine forest, and up a small slope to some giant steps, to be greeted by an endless horizon with a single, flat-topped tree – the quintessential shape of East Africa. The
décor pays homage to the essence of East Africa with ancient Swahili heritage reflected in large wooden doors from the island of Lamu, and accents of deep red and purple honoring the great Maasai warriors. The rich leathers, copper, and brass used in expedition-style campaign furniture pay a nod to the colonial era. Guests enjoy unrivaled access to an exclusive, lowvehicle density private conservancy, while still having access to the Maasi Mara.
ol Donyo Lodge
edged between Kenya’s Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of the Chyulu Hills, this place of timeless wild beauty is presided over by the summit of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. Set on the private 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, ol Donyo Lodge blends contemporary design with the richness of the local culture. Here some of Africa’s last giant elephant bulls roam freely, the haunting calls of leopards interrupt the night, and lions are being pulled back from the brink of
extinction. Set in a thick woodland with views leading onto a distant Kilimanjaro, the private suites are designed to merge outdoor and indoor living areas. All offer a plunge pool and roof terraces where intimate “star beds” can be set up. www.greatplainsconservation.com
A warm Kenyan welcome, incomparable wildlife viewing, hotair balloon safaris, and wide, wide views.
The glass frontage of these very spacious and beautifully appointed suites offers views from the bed, the bathroom with its signature bathtub, and sitting areas.
Angama Mara’s chefs prepare classis safari food – simple yet delicious, unfussy but beautifully presented, freshly made and perfectly cooked, and generous and joyful.
An extraordinary experience waits at Angama Mara including hot-air balloon safaris, cultural visits to local villages, and, of course, exceptional game viewing.
ngama Mara is a remarkable safari lodge balanced on the rim of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, overlooking what many regard as the loveliest game reserve on the continent, Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The lodge, just a five-minute drive from the private airfield, comprises two separate and intimate camps, each with 15 tented guest suites situated where all the romantic “Ngong Hills” scenes were filmed for the movie Out of Africa. The sky melts into the endless plains in a vista so wide it takes one’s breath away. It is a place where the romance of canvas combines with dramatic guest areas in a fresh approach to safari lodge design. Inspired by the Swahili word for “suspended in mid-air”, Angama Mara seems to float 300 meters above the Maasai Mara. Every morning hot-air balloons sail past the 10-meterwide floor-to-ceiling glass-fronted tented suites. Dining is a treat at Anagama Mara with menus focused on using fresh ingredients, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. There are many ways to spend the day here from going on a sunrise hot-air balloon safari, photographing wildlife, walking on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, or visiting a Maasai family to gain insights into the local culture and customs. The game viewing in the Mara Triangle is among the most outstanding in Africa; all guests need do is descend a private track and 20 minutes later witness one of the continent’s most dramatic events – a Mara River crossing. www.angama.com
MAHALI MZURI V
irgin Limited Edition’s Mahali Mzuri, meaning “beautiful place”, is Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp and located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which is in the northern region of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara ecosystem. The camp is perched on the side of a lush valley with views over the rolling plains that together with the neighboring conservancy, Olare Orok, cover approximately 13,500 hectares (33,000 acres) with strict limits on the number of guests that can stay at any one time. The camp is well placed to observe the area’s abundant game and to take advantage of the annual “Great Migration”. The 12 tented suites, two designed specifically for families, are perched upon raised decks, overlooking the wildlife roaming the valley below. Suites are rich in African design and blend in with the local climate and terrain. One will not go hungry here – from early morning snacks before game drives to multiple-course menus in the evening, the food served at Mahali Mzuri will be one of the highlights of a stay. When guests are not out enjoying a game drive or other local excursions , they can take a refreshing dip in the 12-meter infinity pool or indulge in a spa treatment from the traditional Kenyan spa, Nasaro. Mahali Mzuri welcomes children aged six years and older and there are plenty of activities to keep them entertained during their stay. An unbeatable combination of a luxury stay and unforgettable game viewing. www.mahalimzuri.virgin.com
Perfectly positioned to view the annual ‘Great Migration’ of wildlife through Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
Stay in luxurious tented suites set on raised decks overlooking a valley teeming with game. Every comfort is catered for in these beautifully appointed safari suites.
The food is a highlight of a stay at Mahali Mzuri – from pre-game viewing snacks to multi-course extravagant dinners. You will not go hungry!
Outstanding game viewing, indulgent spa treatments, cultural exchanges, fabulous food and luxurious tented suites – what more could one ask for from an African safari?
anctuary Kusini is the only permanent tented camp in the southern Serengeti, one of Tanzaniaâ€™s most iconic destinations. Providing extraordinary views of the plains below, the bush camp is so remote that it requires its very own airstrip. The 12 tents are shaded from the African sun by sprawling acacia trees, and are all positioned with careful thought to guarantee uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape. Each tent has its own personal attendant to fulfil every
guest need. There is an emphasis on personalized service at this camp. The private wooden veranda with comfortable furniture is the ideal spot to relax for a sundowner after a hot restorative shower. Sanctuary Kusini is designed to have minimal environmental impact; in fact, the camp can be packed up and removed without leaving a trace of its existence. Activities include game drives, bush picnics, sundowners on the Kopje, and a spectacular cosmic safari of the African night sky.
anctuary Olonana is an eco-friendly, award-winning safari lodge on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenyaâ€™s most famous game reserve, the Maasai Mara. The new lodge features 14 new glassfronted suites, each with private deck overlooking the Mara River. Three of the new suites feature an extra bedroom. The lodge entices guests with its abundance of facilities, including a library, swimming pool, organic garden where much of
the food served in camp is grown, and a mini-spa where guests can experience traditional African remedies. For wildlife lovers, this is one of the best places in East Africa to witness the wildebeest migration. From around July through to October, grunting herds of wildebeest and zebra cover the plains, often crossing the river between Tanzania and Kenya. Activities include game drives, cultural visits, sundowners, scenic flights, and balloon rides.
anctuary Swala is located within an exceptionally private section of the Tarangire National Park, presenting visitors with a luxurious and authentic safari experience. Elephants love to visit the camp to drink at the waterhole and big cats are often spotted among the immense baobab trees. Sanctuary Swala has been built according to the highest eco-friendly standards and offers 12 luxurious open-plan and spacious canvas tents, all shaded by acacia trees. Each well-appointed
tent has an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and features a spacious open-plan arrangement with comfortable king-size or twin beds, campaign chairs, and plush sofas. The main dining area, deck, and library are lifted on stilts around an ancient baobab tree. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
anctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the Ngorongoro Crater rim valley, close to the access road into the crater, giving guests unrivaled access to the crater floor. Ngorongoro is home to a vast assortment of animals including zebra, buffalo, warthog, wildebeest, hippo, and elephants, as well as a remarkable population of predators – lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and leopards. Ten classic safari tents emit rustic charm, with a Sanctuary Retreats dash of luxury,
including a personal tent attendant whose core priority is guest satisfaction. Al fresco dining is a key characteristic of this camp, as individual table settings are placed in spots around the camp with unique viewpoints, presenting a completely unique experience for each guest. Activities include morning and evening game drives and submerging into local culture in a nearby Maasai village. Sanctuary Ngorognoro Crater Camp promises a unique and game-rich safari experience.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
anctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the stunning southwest region of Uganda. Surrounded by jagged valleys, lakes, waterfalls, dramatic mountain ranges, and volcanoes, the exclusive camp encompassing only eight tents is one of the most remote in Africa. The spacious accommodation each boasts comfortable beds and huge bathtubs that look straight into the
jungle canopy, plus private viewing decks, frequently visited by the fascinating primates. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for a gorilla-tracking adventure, offering guests an unrivaled location, and the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. This is the only camp in the region where people with walking difficulties can track gorillas in customized sedan chairs, pledging that no one should miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp
uests are invited to intimately experience the movement of a million-plus wildebeest and zebra as they follow the rains across the Serengeti plains. Being a part of Kichakani – “in the bush” in Swahili – means staying in remarkable luxury tents that are packed up and moved along in the authentic style of how explorers in days gone by traveled. The camp moves from its springtime location in the Western Serengeti (April – July) to the Northern Serengeti (August – November)
and the Southern Serengeti (December – March) each year, based on the movement of the migration. There are just 10 luxury safari tents, each with their own en-suite bathroom with indoor bucket shower, bringing guests close to the migration action as it happens. www.sanctuaryretreats.com
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
erched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the sumptuous safari suites at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer guests breathtaking views. This is one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa. Three separate and intimate camps 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 â€œMaasai meets Versaillesâ€?, 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 the Hadzabe people. A stay here will provide memories for a lifetime.
andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti
he 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, the tented suites have whimsical and quirky interiors. All 10 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.
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo
teeped in the aura of classical safari, andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in the Maasai 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 program. www.andBeyond.com
Azura Selous S
et on the banks of the beautiful Ruaha River in southern Tanzania, Azura Selous offers exclusivity in 12 spacious designer tented villas. Each has its own plunge pool and is serviced by a butler/host to cater to guests’ every need. This is simply the most luxurious, comfortable safari accommodation in the region, and the perfect place to relax. What sets them apart are the highly trained guides that will tailor guests’ safari experience encompassing extensive day and night gameviewing in open-sided Land Rovers, off-road excursions, walking adventures, boating, fishing, and stargazing. They cater for families tailoring activities to inspire younger guests. The Selous is Africa’s oldest and biggest game reserve, and one of the last great wilderness areas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Selous is renowned for having greater populations of wild dog, elephant, lion, hippo, and buffalo than any other game reserve in the world. Dine in style at a diversity of locations from private picnics to elaborate bush feasts. End the perfect day with a pampering session at the on-site spa or a massage on the private deck. Azura Selous consider themselves incredibly privileged to live in a remote part of the Selous where their presence can help to protect endangered wildlife for future generations to enjoy. They look forward to sharing it with guests. With Azura Selous, one will experience authentic Africa in luxury every step of the way. www.azura-retreats.com/azura-selous
Rich game-viewing, decadent dining, sumptuous accommodation, and spa treatments – PURE HEAVEN!
Dream accommodation in just 12 spacious designer tented villas, complete with plunge pool and dedicated personal hosts. A most luxurious stay in deepest Africa.
Wining and dining is an integral part of the Azura Selous experience. Look forward to gourmet picnics, traditional African sundowners, and fabulous candlelit dinners.
You will be spoilt for choice at Azura Selous with the tailored activities on offer, including game-viewing, fishing, bush walks, boating safaris, stargazing, and spa treatments.
Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp
erched on the edge of an escarpment, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp enjoys unhindered views all the way to Mount Kenya. Loisaba is a 227 square kilometer private wildlife conservancy, under the new ownership and management of the Loisaba Community Trust, and supported by The Nature Conservancy. Renowned for its beautiful landscape and rich wildlife, Loisaba offers a multitude of activities including lion tracking, horse riding, camel safaris, mountain biking, night
game drives, fishing, and visits to the conservation headquarters. It embodies African-themed sophistication and style with spacious tents customized with large floor-toceiling doors and windows, polished wood floors, and chic African furniture, with a modern European twist. The spacious main areas include a large dining area, separate open lounge and bar, and a large wooden decking area for outside dining, relaxing and enjoying the view, as well as one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools.
Elewana Sand River Masai Mara
ituated on a secluded and picturesque site on the banks of the Sand River, Elewana Sand River Masai Mara is built in the elegant style reminiscent of 1920s safaris. Here guests can sink back in time and savor the same glamorous ambience, unspoilt scenery, and spectacular game viewing as the Hollywood stars, royalty, and celebrities of that classic era of African adventure. The camp sits on the annual migration route of the immense herds
that trek between the Serengeti and Maasai Mara following the rains to greener pastures. Guests become part of the wildlife drama being played out, as sprawling lines of wildebeest cross the Sand River and weave their way right through the camp. There are two adjoining campsites of 6 and 10 tents, each area has its own designated dining and public areas. Elewana Sand River Masai Mara promises classic opulence.
Elewana Lewa Safari Camp
lewana Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, home to over 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. The camp boasts stunning views of Mount Kenya to the south and the arid lowlands to the north. Each tent has a thatched roof, veranda, and full en-suite bathroom. The central areas have vibrant gardens filled with birds, a sunny veranda and
swimming pool to enjoy during the day, and cozy log fires in the lounge and dining room during the chilly evenings. Safari activities include horse and camel riding, village visits, day trips to Ngare Ndare forest, and exceptional game drives. www.elewanacollection.com
Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp
lewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp is perched on a rocky outcrop in the southern central Serengeti and affords dramatic views of the Serengeti plains that drift endlessly into the horizon. Close to Moru Kopjes, it is a site originally chosen by worldrenowned researcher and filmmaker, Alan Root. A camp designed to have a limited environmental impact, it has the feel of a 1930s mobile safari camp, but with all the modern amenities of a luxury camp. The 12
tents are tastefully decorated in campaignstyle safari furniture, with en suite bathrooms offering steaming hot solar-heated showers. Each tent has a personal room attendant to look after guests’ needs. The views from the bar and lounge are spectacular, providing the most memorable and convenient safari sundowner location. A dining tent hosts breakfast and dinner, while lunch is served in the camp or in the African bush. The camp offers a modern experience of a classical era.
Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge
ituated on the fertile grounds of a coffee plantation, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a sanctuary right on the doorstep of Arusha city. The lodge comprises a main area with a spa, swimming pool, The Grill Room restaurant, and The Bistro, both of which boast menus to satisfy the most discerning of palates, successfully fusing international culinary prowess with locally-sourced ingredients. The rooms and suites spill off to the left to the main lodge, each looking
out onto coffee trees and surrounding gardens. Reminiscent of traditional plantation houses outside, the rooms and suites are modern and spacious inside. Guests can visit an operational coffee plantation, stroll through Traders Walk, a collection of five on-site boutiques, and visit Shanga, a social craft enterprise run by disabled Tanzanians. Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge combines the warmth of an African welcome with the familiarity of a boutique hotel.
Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro
lewana The Manor at Ngorongoro, with its luxurious cottages and magnificent Manor House, brings “old-world” grandeur to a green and lush setting. Think cigars and brandy, elegant fine dining, and post-dinner snooker. This is one of the most lavish properties on the safari circuit; the cottage suites are set in manicured gardens, have a sitting room, fireplace, and enormous bathroom. There is nothing like returning from a day out on safari to a hot bubbly soak in a Victorian bathtub, or a session at the
spa, or a dip in the swimming pool. On one of the oldest East African coffee plantations with access to the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park, the classic Cape-Dutch architecture pays fitting tribute to the area’s rich history. www.elewanacollection.com
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to the renowned reefs, and in waters teeming
and wait to be explored on boating or white-
resulting in an eclectic and fascinating offering.
walks and hikes, to boating and diving
with tropical fish. The archipelagos are favored
sailed dhow, diving, and snorkeling excursions.
Exploring the island is a treat with more than
experiences. There are endemic plants, including
destinations with the reefs of Bazaruto
Exploring the island itself is sure to enchant with
a third of land still covered with forests and
the white ebony flower, and animal species found
Archipelago protecting rare marine life, such as
its vibrant markets, cobbled streets, and colorful
wild plants, home to a large variety of birdlife,
here, including the endangered wirebird. The coral
the dugongs. The wide variety of wildlife found
locals. Favored activities include spice tours, food
as well as a still active volcano. And, of course,
ecosystems are well preserved and home to an
on the mainland includes elephants, water
tasting sessions, and guided walks of Stone Town,
the beautiful waters surrounding it beg to be
abundance of fish species. The locals are known
buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and lions offering guests
a World Heritage Site. Many of the beaches are
explored on boating, swimming, snorkeling,
as “Saints” and live up to their nickname with their
to the country a bush and beach experience.
turtle hatching grounds, an unforgettable
and diving trips. A marine natural reserve to the
welcome and hospitable natures. Promising an
Its signature spicy cuisine speaks to the
experience, and the island is home to the
west and southwest of the island protects
exceptional nature experience, St Helena Island is
intermingling of cultures that has happened
endangered red colobus monkey. Offering a
beautiful coral reefs and is home to more than
perfect for romantic souls looking to explore the
here over the centuries and its fresh seafood
sensory experience bar none, Zanzibar will appeal
3,500 ocean species.
remotest areas of Africa.
is not to be missed.
to those looking for a sense of exotic Africa.
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