WHY YOU SHOULD GO
No amount of African film, literature or annual camping experience can quite prepare you for what is one of the most thrilling and adventure filled travel experiences, especially when your guided by Abercrombie & Kent, pioneers of the luxury African safari. With their signature blend of authenticity and adventure A&K together with Sanctuary Retreats safari lodges and camps, share a commitment to conservation and responsible tourism, without compromising on comfort or luxury. Getting it just right, the lodges and camps reveal an understanding of place, the architecture sympathetic towards the natural beauty of their surrounds and the experience kept real by the expert local guides keeping you safe and informed!
At the Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, situated within the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province with the enviable reputation for great service, outstanding cuisine and an award winning wine cellar. Boutique in style and size, it caters for just sixteen guests which will ensure personal attention and exclusivity for the most discerning of travellers. Experience being on safari without having to leave your secluded suite, with glass-walled rooms overlooking the Marico River offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding wild life and bush. Although nothing quiet beats the thrill and trepidation of an early morning game drive, complete with blankets, hot water bottles and the wealth of knowledge shared by the guides. Or for those who wish to immerse themselves in the complete camp experience, hidden deep in the bush is a secure raised hide with a second-story sleeping deck, creating a unique opportunity to experience the ultimate nocturnal bush experience. Lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo and leopard are all here in abundance, as well as cheetah, giraffe and both spotted and brown hyena. Keep an eye out for the elusive wild dog, Madikwe being one of the best places in Southern Africa to spot these rare animals, on the brink of extinction.
In contrast – a playground of urban sophistication, cultural diversity and stunning scenery, Cape Town doesn’t disappoint as a cosmopolitan city with a contemporary and eclectic vibe. Not only is it becoming a hot culinary destination, but is an ideal base for vinous discovery with easy day trips inland to the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or further a field to many of the wineries dotted around the Western Cape.
Stay at the One&Only Cape Town, on the spectacular and quintessential waterfront location. Immerse yourself in this very vibrant and urbane resort, while experiencing the history and culture of South Africa’s oldest city and modern day harbour. With breathtaking views of Table Mountain, One&Only just about covers everything from glamorous interiors to michelin stars, celebrity chefs and one of the best collections of wines in South Africa. Inovative Japenese cusine is parred with South African spices at Nobu, the only African outpost in the global empire of Michelin-starred Master Chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa. Add a spa situated on its own 1,000m² private island in the midst of the resort and an infinity-edge pool surrounded by lush gardens and you could be forgiven for not venturing out to some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, only minutes from the city.
For a private indulgence stay at the luxurious Tintswalo Atlantic located between Hout Bay and Cape Town on the jaw dropping scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Literally nestled on the shore of the Altantic Ocean, the view over the bay to Cape Towns harbour is nothing short of spectacular. Individually designed suites are luxurious yet cosy, along with fine food and wine, intimate lounges and sun decks, the atmosphere is more like staying in a private club or dear friends holiday home. Ultimately it is the superb service and unique character of the lodge that makes the Tintswalo experience one not to miss. From Tintswalo follow the coastal road south to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, with magnificent ocean and beach views along the way and walking tracks that will lead you to the spectacular Cape Point.