Property Updates May 2018

New and unique luxury lodges – Namibia

Shipwreck Lodge

Ingeniously designed around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, there’s nowhere on the continent quite like Shipwreck Lodge. In fact, there’s nowhere on the continent quite like the Skeleton Coast. It’s a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness, where towering dunes and wind-swept plains roll as far as the eye can see, buffeted by the icy Atlantic seas.

Stay at Shipwreck Lodge and game drive amongst desert-dwelling elephant and track elusive desert lion; discover the enchanting desert flora; sit atop the dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon; spend the day beach-combing for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks, or marvel at the geologically-remarkable Clay Castles.

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Hoanib Valley Camp

In a country jam-packed with vast, spectacularly beautiful landscapes, Kaokoland may just be the most incredible of them all. Deep in north-western Namibia, the area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime.

A joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation, the camp is an elegant, intimate affair that immerses you into the wilds of the desert. The six rooms blend seamlessly with the environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape down to a tee. Days are spent tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings.

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South Africa Updates & Specials

Tswalu Helicopter Excursions

Based at Tswalu, the versatile single-engine helicopter ideally suited to VIP transport and seating 5 people is available for unforgettable private helicopter flips such as:

Korannaberg mountain picnic

Enjoy a scenic flight followed by a scrumptious picnic perched on a peak of the Korannaberg – you will be amongst the first humans to set foot on this remote, location, which is inaccessible except by helicopter – and take in the uninterrupted views of the southern Kalahari.

Conservation educational

By virtue of its size alone, Tswalu has become an important contributor to species conservation and is now recognised as a valuable reservoir of genetic diversity and as an important research site for understanding the conservation management of endangered species. You will be hosted by a member of our conservation team on this 25-minute flip around the reserve. 

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Londolozi Refurbishment

Varty Camp reopened its doors on the 24th March 2018 following a mindful restoration of the original Londolozi accommodation. The refurbishment of the 8 chalets and 2 superior chalets has placed the emphasis on outdoor living. An open-air, shaded outdoor lounge area, outdoor shower and outdoor dining sala have been added to complement the existing private plunge pools. The room interiors are dressed in shades of white, grey and oak, whilst wall-to-wall mirrors reflect the riverine forest that surrounds. The footprint of the buildings, the meandering paths and old dolerite stone walls remain unchanged since their original construction, and the authentic look and feel of Varty Camp has not only been maintained but enhanced.

The Private Granite Suites are situated on Londolozi’s finest river view location. This prestigious camp has been further enhanced by the addition of a sunset river bar and sunken cocktail lounge suspended high above the Sand River, where the water runs crystal clear over ancient Granite rocks. The Private Granite Suites themselves have been refurbished to Londolozi’s highest standards and the décor continues to honour the rooms’ proximity to the river and the daily visits by elephants in front of the camp. This private river affair, therefore, remains a celebration of elegance and elephants.

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Lion Sands River Lodge

Rising after a destructive fire the lodge reopened on 1 May 2018, after a major rebuild – with the addition of enhanced guest areas, a spa, and two new River Suites – the new River Lodge affords every comfort and convenience, leaving time to spend together. And even in the pauses between bush adventures, you are never removed from nature. Limited walls allow a natural flow between interior and exterior spaces. While, the modern organic décor – utilising materials in as close to their raw form as possible, such as wool, burnt wood, and terracotta – serves to compliment, not compete with, the environment.

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New and unique luxury lodges – Zimbabwe and Botswana

Khule’s Retreat in Hwange, Zimbabwe

A private use villa, Khulu’s Retreat consists of two luxury suites, accommodating 4 guests. The spacious suites boast king size beds, ensuite bathrooms, as a fully equipped kitchen and comes with a private chef as well as a private game drive vehicle with a private guide. The ultimate destination for those seeking a private and secluded retreat in the Hwange.

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Verney’s Camp in Hwange, Zimbabwe

Situated in a private concession of 10 000 hectares in the central east part of the park the camps 10 luxury tents have been carefully positioned to ensure all guests enjoy privacy and seclusion, as well as experiencing the natural beauty of the area. A waterhole, frequented by game in the dry months, offers excellent game viewing opportunities from the comfort of your deck chair. Further activities include private night drives and unique walking safaris.

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Pangolin Chobe Lodge in the Chobe, Botswana

Scheduled to open on 1 July 2018 the lodge is situated on a hill just above Kasane town and in proximity to Chobe National Park. The lodge’s 14 rooms boast spectacular views of the Chobe floodplains and come with a private balcony. The main area offers a communal dining area, bar and pool terrace. The Lodge offers Pangolin Photo Safari’s signature activities on the photo boat, as well as their custom-built vehicles, including the Unimog.

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Sanguni Safari Lodge in Moremi, Botswana

As new luxury tented camp due to open 1 July 2018 and situated in Moremi East, in the Okavango Delta, the lodge will comprise of 6 standard tents and 8 luxury tents. Features include en suite bathrooms and air conditioning as well as spectacular views of the riverfront. Wildlife such as lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe can be seen in the area. Activities include open vehicle photographic safaris or walking safaris, night drives, cultural excursions and mokoro trips.

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