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Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
Minor Hotels had unveiled the transformation of the gorgeous resort with a new look for the 30 beach villas; the Club Naval Restaurant overlooking the beach and the resort’s main restaurant. Seven of the beach villas have been transformed into beach pool villas, with a private plunge pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Accolade: Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice as #28 top resort in Africa.
Stanley & Livingstone Vic Falls Private Game Reserve
The 4 000ha Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is the only privately-owned space within the immediate vicinity of the Victoria Falls (just 12km away). Established in 1996, this conservation success story was founded on the vision of sustaining and supporting the area’s rich natural heritage. Fenced in 2000, the reserve became a designated rhino Intensive Protection Zone with a monitoring and breeding programme, as well as Anti-Poaching Unit & Ranger Training Facility. Along with once-in-a-lifetime black rhino tracking, visitors join their professional Field Guide to experience the other members of the iconic Big Five, general game – including the sable antelope and eland, and a thriving bird population. The diverse habitats are the perfect environments from which to enjoy scenic morning and afternoon game drives, private walking safaris and horse safaris.
The Okavango Delta has experienced one of its driest flood seasons this year with late and below average rain falls at the source in the Highlands of Angola. At this time overland vehicles remain the main means of game viewing in the south, and lingering water sources attract spectacular concentrations of animals that make for excellent sightings of plains game and predators. The bush is thin, grass is shorter, and animals are more easily revealed. Safaris on foot are also possible and yield great results for photographers. Islands normally under water become accessible for exploration too.
Mokoro rides and boat-based activities are sometimes not possible in the south due to the low water levels. Camps and lodges that are able to do so, may temporarily move their jetties and boat stations out to deeper channels.
Hot air ballooning in the Chobe region in Botswana
Based at Elephant Valley Lodge within the Kasane Forest the activity is also available to guests at other camps in the region.
The safaris last for an hour, can accommodate up to eight guests, and will operate from May 1 to September 15.
The Seloko Plains, situated south of Kasane, are an important wildlife corridor, extending from Zimbabwe to join up with the Chobe National Park and the Kasane Forest Reserve.
On landing, guests are treated to sparkling wine and orange juice and then transferred to the five-star Kazuma Camp for breakfast.
In the rugged landscapes of Damaraland and Kaokoland a safari in search of the unique desert elephants should be on everyone’s Namibian exploration.
The species is slightly smaller than regular African elephants, possibly due to the scarcity of food in their terrain. The limited gene pool has dictated they have developed smaller tusks, and many are tuskless. They also have very large feet which help them cope with the long distances they walk over the sandy desert.
Our suggested camp is Doro Nawas overlooking ancient plains and providing an excellent base for game drives, walking safaris as well as excursions to view fascinating geological phenomena, prehistoric rock engravings and San rock art at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.
In the spotlight: The Eastern Cape
There is a wealth of things to do in and around Graaff-Reinet, including a visit to Camdeboo National Park; the Valley of Desolation; a visit to the Old Library Museum; Karoo ballooning; viewing of the Dutch Reformed church and visiting the historic Reinet Huis museum.
For an unforgettably scenic option a helicopter flight allows for vistas over the Valley of Desolation and Spandou Kop, to the famous horse-shoe-shape of the residential area, formed by the Sondags River.
Our recommendation to overnight is Clifton Main House on the tranquil and luxurious Buccara Reserve.
The coastal region invites with activities such as a guided bird, frog, fynbos and wetland walks, visiting the local township, horse riding along the beach, a dune safari to various lookout spots, sand boarding or exploring the shifting dune fields filled with relics from the Khoi Khoi tribe who lived on the south-western beaches.
Franschhoek is considered the culinary capital of South Africa and the only member in Africa belonging to the Delice Network of Good Food Cities in the World.”
Glamtrails has unveiled a new tourism offering of exclusive walking tours with wine and food in the Hermanus and Hemel en Aarde region in the Western Cape. The guided routes that lead through the fynbos, vineyards and farmland can be completed in a matter of hours; Guests are rewarded with wine tastings, and food and wine pairings at some of the area’s premier wine farms.
South Africa’s top golfing destination:
Fancourt entices as an upmarket resort in George on the Garden Route, has a five-star hotel and three courses – Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links.
Durban Country Club offers an unrivalled golfing experience, catering for golf enthusiasts and professionals. A combination of lush coastal vegetation, sand dunes and magnificent views of the Indian Ocean make this course one of the most unique, and challenging, in the world.
Leopard Creek golf course in Mpumalanga takes golfing hazards to the next level: sightings of crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and elephant are common.
Royal Cape beckons as grand old lady in Cape Town and today invites as an international-class facility.
Pezulas Garden Route Golf package includes an array of contrasting courses such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay Country Club and Goose Valley while staying at the hotel. Dedicated golf suites at the hotel cater for the guests wanting to opt for the stay-and-play packages.
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Karoo Food Tours
The Karoo is one of the most beautiful places in South Africa! It will mesmerise and soothe your soul with its breath taking mountainous landscapes, vast plains and selection of wildlife.
It is known for its industrious farming community and is synonymous with slow-cooked and hearty meals that entice as a selection of delectable & traditional South African dishes made with venison, lamb & beef.
Quality accommodation establishments provide the perfect platform to meet and learn about some of the most interesting and generous people of the Karoo. Visiting some shops, pubs, museums and art galleries, you will have the opportunity to connect with locals residing in these quaint little towns.
Kunjani Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Area
The exquisite estate is the latest addition to the Bottelary Hills sub-route where owners Paul Barth & Pia Watermeyer have created a contemporary and soulful establishment that reflects perfectly matched cross-continental influences. It is here where good food, fine wine and luxurious accommodation combine to truly reflect the good life. Each of the stylish four villas offers guests spacious interiors which honour their desire for privacy. Lounges open onto private shaded verandas offering barbeque facilities and exquisite views of Kunjani’s vineyards.
SOUL on Llandudno, Cape Town
This luxury holiday accommodation is divided into 3 levels, showcasing fantastic sea views from all angles.
Each of the modern suites has got its unique feature ranging from TV with Netflix, modernised furniture, ample living space, aircon and mini fridge to having its own private cinema lounge or the jacuzzi on a private balcony.
There is plenty of relaxing time to be done in the communal lounge and dining area, as well as lounging around the swimming pool and having a sunbathing session on the outside deck.
South Africa’s second oldest wine farm, Boschendal, is set to launch a new tented camp in March next year.
Situated in The Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, an area dedicated to responsible and sustainable agriculture, the seven luxury tents will be designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, featuring a spacious bedroom, bathroom and private deck that will allow guests to enjoy the scenic backdrop of the Simonsberg mountain range.
Fly Me to Ivory Lodge*
Book 3 nights or more and receive return Airlink flights free!
*Valid: 4 – 31 Jan 2020; 1 Apr – 30 June 2020; 1 Nov – 12 Dec 2020
Stay Another Day*
Book 2 nights at Ivory Lodge and get the 3rd night on us!
*Valid: 1 Feb – 31 Mar 2020
Photography: The Golden Hour
The best photographs are usually taken when the light is soft, and besides cloud cover, or smog, you can guarantee that the light will be softer in the first hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset than it would be in the harsh light of midday.
Light conditions become clear when one determines the behaviour of light in relation to conditions in the earth’s atmosphere.
Information and further details courtesy of Peter Wickham
Giving back – Zimbabwe
Woodlands Community Tour (for Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel and Ursula’s Homestead guests only)
Visitors have the opportunity to experience a very humbling way of life in the rural community of Woodlands, located on the fringe of the Victoria Falls Private Game. Here the 1200 residents (across 4 villages, 120 homesteads and 16000 ha) face extreme challenges, including the lack of basic services like ablutions, electricity and running water – exacerbated by a staggering rate of unemployment. Most survive through subsistence farming, but this too is difficult due to erratic rainfall and direct competition with wild animals. It’s hard to imagine living like this. Yet the people of Woodlands remain determined to build a better life for themselves, making this encounter a deeply humbling and inspiring one. Stanley & Livingstone (together with More Community Trust has committed to helping uplift Woodlands, and guests are invited to get involved.