Property of the Month – AndBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Just off Zanzibar’s north-eastern tip, resting on a secluded island, you will find Mnemba Island Lodge – Africa’s most exclusive beach lodge. Fly, drive and take a 15 minute boat ride to Mnemba, famous for its astounding coral reefs and its esteemed reputation for being one of the most amorous ocean destinations in the world, Mnemba Island Lodge is the perfect romantic getaway. With its rustic charm and its gorgeous ocean views, Mnemba will not disappoint and we highly recommend this exquisite destination! Here are a few reasons why:

Luxuriate on your very own stretch of beachfront

Escape from the rest of the world to this beautiful island paradise. Mnemba Island Lodge is a romantic, private hideaway, exclusive to only 20 guests at a time. The island is encircled by the most enchanting turquoise water which beckons one to take a refreshing and relaxing dip. With activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving, guests can get an authentic taste of luxury island life. Mnemba is one of the most captivating dive sites in the world where snorkelling and diving addicts can treat themselves to the sights of the awe-inspiring coral reefs.

Revel in opulence while delighting in the island’s rustic charm

Mnemba Island Lodge manages to perfectly combine luxury and rusticity. The lodge only offers ten modest but absolutely gorgeous bandas, allowing guests to feel like royalty. The bandas are concealed by the green shadows of the tropical forest and they are suitably humble in appearance – blending in seamlessly with the absolutely flawless island. Each banda boasts a huge varandah where guests can relax and enjoy the cool ocean breeze that rustles through the leaves of the palm trees. The bandas have their own en suite bathrooms and the rooms are decorated with intricate, traditional, Zanzibarian woodcarvings. Guests are well looked after and they can delight in all the fantastic cuisine that Zanzibar has to offer – from fresh fruit to lobsters and from fish to prawns, there is so much deliciousnous!

A romantic island getaway

Mnemba Island Lodge is famous for being an ideal romantic getaway destination. The island’s privacy lets guests indulge in intimate candle-lit dinners on their own personal strip of beach while they enjoy the fresh island air and the calming sounds of the ocean. Couples can watch the sun set over the crystal clear ocean whilst taking a romantic stroll along the beach. Special beach dinners can be organised for honeymooners as well as relaxing massages on the beach.

For more on AndBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge click here.


A Culinary Adventure at Royal Malewane

Most travellers who visit Africa are drawn to the abundant wildlife and great weather. As a leading safari destination, you can find everything from romantic retreats, malaria-free family lodges, the Big Five and another intriguing feature that attracts visitors – a gourmet food quest. One of South Africa’s best safari secrets is the mouth-watering cuisine prepared by some of the top chefs in the world and one of our most favourite gourmet safari destinations has to be – Royal Malewane.

Enjoy a lazy afternoon on your private deck with fragrant coffee or a signature cocktail. Or make your way down to the boma for a candle-lit feast served up under the night sky. The culinary adventure that awaits at the Royal Malewane that will be equally as memorable as your game-drive or walking safari.

Here’s a sneak peek of what your average day will look like:

If you’re looking for a splendid English breakfast to accompany the exquisite bush setting, the smell of hot muffins, freshly-baked scones served with raw honey will awaken your every sense. Served next to a crackling fire, tantalise your taste-buds while coffee brews and take in the vast expanse around you.

After your game drive, waiting for you back at the lodge is a gourmet lunch prepared in their very own kosher kitchen. Feel every bit on vacation as you indulge under the Jackalberry trees on the wooden deck.

And if you aren’t ready to head inside yet, dinner is served outside in a traditional boma bush setting. The magic belongs to Chef John Jackson’s who will prepare sweet Mozambique crab and Karoo lamb, or tender venison fillet cooked with homemade berry preserves.

And if you think all the fuss is in the dining setting, Royal Malewane holds the sought-after Chaîne des Rôtisseurs award in its trophy case.

But your taste-buds have one more surprise for the day! As you head back to your suite to clock out, you’ll find a single exotic fruit and a handwritten note and poem on your pillow to send you off into safari slumber. From the large jugs of freshly blended chilled papino, mango or strawberry juice you wake up to the sweet taste you’re left with before retiring, you will surely succumb to the seductions of Royal Malewane’s delicacies.

John Jackson is a name behind some of South Africa’s most sought after restaurants, and after 20 years of delivering a royal culinary experience, his blends, pairings and technique show as much care and attention as does guides on game drives.

While your heart takes flight, the delicious food and warm hospitality will ground you, especially paired with the expertly chosen Royal Malewane house wines. Need we say more…

For more on this exquisite property click here. 


Tour of the Month – Africa’s Luxury Safari Classic

This month’s tour of the month is without doubt one of our greatest African experiences. It’s three of our most unique experiences combined into one rich and colourful journey. Immerse yourself in the Cape’s most tranquil sea-side setting, witness the gloriousness of the mighty Victoria Falls set on the doorstep of one of the continents best-kept secrets, and enter a world of heart-warming experiences that you’ll never forget!

In Africa’s Luxury Safari Classic, Iconic Africa hand picks the quintessential essence of luxury southern Africa – the boutique opulence, the Out of Africa safari experience and the adventure of legend. The Cape Grace – in the heart of the world’s most beautiful city – is bountiful comfort while the city has natural beauty, gastronomic delight and heart-wrenching history in abundance. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is sumptuous safari in the world-famous greater Kruger National Park. The Royal Livingstone Hotel, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, in the spray of the Victoria Falls is a luxurious launching pad for the natural spectacles and adventures of the falls. Click here for full interactive itinerary


Day 1-3: A Sea Side Affair

Cape Grace is in the ideal position for you to enjoy all the enchantments of the Mother City including the harbour, yacht basin and Table Mountain. The Cape Grace offers various choices of expansive, luxurious suites and rooms to suit all needs. You are guaranteed to the ultimate opulence – from the African Spa that offers a full suite of beauty and massage treatments, a gym and a hair salon. Suites boast endless panoramic views of the marina, mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.

Accommodation: Cape Grace

Day 3-6: Sumptuous Safari

Lion Sands Ivory Camp is the More family’s showpiece of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Here you will find complete intimacy, exquisite comfort and primal joy in the heart of South Africa’s most abundant safari destination. There are only six glorious suites at Ivory – each a spacious testament to luxury, African beauty and natural tranquillity. The enormous bedroom, bathroom and inviting lounge with fireplace, look out onto your private deck with plunge pool.

From an open safari vehicle, your highly-trained ranger and tracker team will show you the primal wonders of the Kruger.

Why not try the luxurious tree house suite – surrounded by golden lantern light and the calls of distant lions under the canopy of the Milky Way.

Accommodation: Ivory Lodge

Lions Sands Ivory Lodge Iconic Africa Luxury Safaris

Day 7-9: Touched By the Healing Spray

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is situated in the heart of the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. It radiates Victorian elegance and local charm. The luxurious Afro-chic rooms are generous spaces each with their own secluded terrace and view over the mighty Zambezi. Try from a list of endless adventures and activities, or simply explore. You will experience one of the best sundowner spots at the Royal Livingstone Hotel – as dusk turns the falls’ mist a golden pink.

Accommodation:The Royal Livingstone Hotel

For more on this tour or some of the others that we offer click here now.

Singita Goes Green

Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. – Chief Seattle

Singita’s accommodation collection is one of our absolute favourites and encompasses over a dozen properties scattered across four different countries – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda, and all their properties are going green. With the purpose of travel ever-changing and travellers wanting to give back to communities and enjoy the luxuries of travel without the immense human-impact on land and environments – accommodations are helping them plan sustainable escapes to 5-star retreats without having to compromise on any amenities. Singita has found innovative ways to reduce their footprint by integrating green-practices from the kitchen to guest rooms that won’t harm the beautiful landscapes and wildlife you come to see. It’s the little things that count…

At Singita, they believe that sustainability is an ongoing journey of continuous awareness, improvement, and thoughtful, appropriate adaptation to the changing contexts in which we find ourselves. Reducing their overall use of plastic has been a key objective for the past few years.

We commend them for the incredible efforts they have made recently to be more environmentally friendly. Here are a few of the things they’ve done:

Singita Lodges and Camps

One of Singita’s greatest accomplishments is reducing plastic water bottles by 90% which has saved the equivalent of 127,000 1ℓ plastic bottles from the waste stream. Instead, guests are given reusable glass or stainless steel bottles filled with filtered water which they are encouraged to take with them as they continue on their travels or return home.

In addition, plastic straws have been completely eliminated from use, preventing these non-biodegradable items from finding their way to our landfills and oceans.

Their lodges and camps also provide soft drinks in their minibars in tin or glass and milk is provided in quaint old-school glass bottle.

Singita Sweni

At Singita Sweni Lodge they are experimenting with a bean-to-cup coffee machine that will eliminate coffee ‘pod’ waste. Where Nespresso pods are used, the used pods are sent back to Johannesburg for recycling. The long-term plan is to eventually move away from coffee pods entirely.

Singita Kitchens

For years, Singita has been trying to make their kitchens eco-friendly. They started paying attention to how much cling film their kitchens were using and found alternative ways to store and protect food. The takeaway containers used for our guests’ off-site picnic lunches have been redesigned as well as the dining room condiments. This process is an ongoing one as our chefs continuously engage with their suppliers to reduce plastic and Styrofoam packaging.


Last year, the Style, Design & Procurement division implemented a sustainable and reusable crate system which eliminated the use of plastic bubble wrap. Items sent further afield are packed and sealed with gummed paper tape instead of the standard plastic tape.

The Spa

The spa range has shifted to Terres D’Afrique; a more sustainable, locally-produced brand which avoids plastic and uses glass and aluminium packaging for its products.

The Room

The in-suite amenities are from another local range called Malee which uses refillable metal or glass containers for shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturiser. Even the complimentary toothbrush is made from bamboo, the cotton buds are fully biodegradable and other small items are plastic free and, where applicable, stored in a corn-starch rather than plastic wrapper. Clean laundry is returned to guests wrapped in paper or in a reusable box, and the in-suite bin liners are brown paper bags.

These simple alternatives to using environmentally-damaging single-use materials play an important role in reducing humans negative impact on the Earth and form part of global efforts to end plastic pollution.
At Singita, it is their goal for everything to circulate back into the ecosystem, the same way that it does in nature. Whether it is at Boulders Lodge, Faru Faru, the new Kwitonda Lodge or any other, enjoy guilt-free time in Africa without compromising on the lush interiors, exquisite spa treatments or room amenities.

Why Tailor-made Luxury African Safaris are the Way to Go

Iconic Africa specialises in bespoke African safaris, custom designed for the discerning traveller. We love  what we do; have loads of knowledge, and have been lucky enough to visit and experience most of our destinations themselves, and… have long standing relationships with many of the lodge owners.

Here’s why we think that choosing a tailor-made safari is definitely the best choice for your African adventure.

  1. Discover Africa’s Most Sought-After Destinations

Browse our destinations to explore everything Africa has to offer. There are countless amazing experiences to enjoy, so take your time.

We are here to help. Once you have an idea of what you would like to experience in Africa let one of our African travel experts guide you according to your preferences and budget. It is never too soon to contact us.

2. Relax & Let Us Do The Rest

Our team will design a luxury itinerary specifically for you, complete with accommodation, activities and travel designed specifically around your very own needs.  We will make sure you have a trip you will remember forever.

So relax, take a deep breath and imagine yourself basking in the hot African sun, sipping a cold cocktail and marvelling at the majestic wildlife we are so privileged to enjoy on the extraordinary continent we call Africa. We will take care of the rest!

Here are just a few more benefits of tailor-made safari…

3. Experience unique and luxurious safari moments.

4. Celebrate the incredible cultures, hospitality, food and wine.

5. Explore uncharted territories with private guides.

6. Choose and plan around specific activities you are interested in

7. See Africa’s breath-taking Natural Wonders of the World in luxury

Giraffe Manor Colonial Luxury Courtyard Aerial

8. Choose between fast-paced adventure destinations and slow safaris

9. Enjoy personalised tours and trips that gets you face-to-face with all the action.

Tailor-made safaris can/may include all flights, transfers and private guides, accommodation, breakfast, all meals on a full board basis, complimentary transfers, wireless internet access, morning tea and coffee with wake up calls, use of spa areas and fitness studio, game drives, walking safaris, private tours and many additional complimentary experiences.

Our consultants will be sure to explain this all to you depending on the trip they have planned for you but these are many of the additional services that are provided. For more info on planning your ultimate tailor-made safari getaway click here. 



Ellerman House & Tswalu Combo Special

Don’t miss out on this incredible special from two of our most luxurious, out-of-this-world destinations. 3 nights in the stunning Cape and 3 in the Kalahari wilderness for the price of 4.

From the most representative South African art collection in existence at Ellerman House, to the newly renovated Motse camp at Tswalu, we invite your guests to an experience that includes Cape Town’s most exclusive address, with the exuberant, soulful beauty of the southern Kalahari.

From the 1stJuly to 30thNovember 2019, Ellerman House and Tswalu are offering guests the opportunity to enjoy 3 memorable nights at each property and only pay for 4.

Ellerman House

Built in 1906, Ellerman House was the very first house in Bantry Bay and thus holds prime position on the mountainside. Surrounded by rich wooden panelling, soft lush carpets, spectacular lighting and bursting with incredible local masterpieces the interior has all the trappings of the definitive luxury. The hotel itself is the pinnacle of indulgence. The beautiful rolling grass terraces of which there are 3 will provide the best position to relax with a cocktail and take in the breath-taking African sun set over the sea or watch the whales coming into the bay. Last but certainly not least the rooms themselves guarantee luxury at its highest and with eleven rooms, two suites and two 3-bedroom villas there is something for everyone.

The Motse

Most of the staff at Motse have been there for over 15 years and so know just how to make your experience just that much more special. Whether it’s by making a glorious fire for you in your room, treating you to an unforgettable massage or treating you to the exclusive “Mocha-choca-rula” on your early morning game drive they will do just this. They take great pride in their work and in sharing their love for the Kalahari with their guests.

Make sure you go on at least one day’s horse safari, ask for a “Dune Dinner” (a special culinary treat in the middle of the bushveld) or for a night’s stay at the Malori Star-Bed the exclusive, private suite that lets you sleep under the stars!


  • 3 nights at Ellerman House (Deluxe room category or higher) and only pay for 2
  • 3 nights at Tswalu Kalahari (The Motse) and only pay for 2

Terms and Conditions:

Valid for 1 July – 30 November 2019

Book a six night combination at Tswalu and Ellerman House (Deluxe room category or higher – 3 nights at each property, consecutively).

All standard inclusions apply to both properties.

Valid for new reservations and cannot be applied to existing bookings – please quote promotion at time of booking.

Properties reserve the right to limit number of rooms available and/or discontinue when deemed necessary.

Rates are commissionable and STO Rates apply.

Cannot be combined with other Ellerman House or Tswalu promotions.

For more contact us here. 

Malaria-free Safaris

If you’ve been dreaming of a bespoke family safari but are worried about malaria – we’ve got just the thing for you here.

Make time for new memories, adventures and excitement while disconnecting from the world and succumb to Africa’s beauty. Let its magic engulf you while maintaining an indulgent level of sumptuous luxury as well as peace of mind that it’s safe for the whole family.

We recommend the below two luxury malaria-free getaways at some of the world’s most widely recognised premier safari destinations – Madikwe and Marataba.

Madikwe and Marataba are completely safe for young children. Both areas are malaria-free safari regions and by far the premier luxury safari camps for families with exceptional children’s programmes amidst gorgeous wilderness and opulent accommodation. Specially equipped and staffed to delight the modern family with adventure and fun in complete safety and extravagance.

Madikwe is a 50 minute charter flight or 4-5 hour drive from Johannesburg and lies on the edge of the Kalahari and Botswana borders. Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Hills and Jamala Madikwe are such lodges who have become synonymous with luxury and attention to detail.

Incredible Game Viewing

Madikwe Private Game Reserve has become world famous for its Lion and (highly endangered) African Wild Dog viewing. What’s more because Madikwe’s terrain is a unique mix of savannah and semi-arid desert the diverse safari experience allows visitors the chance to view the ever-renowned Big 5 as well as a number of rare desert adapted species.

In the more recent years the Leopard viewing has improved tremendously at Madikwe. Due to the semi-arid nature of the terrain, the visibility in the reserve is good and the quality of game viewing is further ensured as the game rangers are able to drive the safari 4×4 vehicles off road for closer viewing.

A trip to Madikwe is perfectly complimented by a couple days in Cape Town or even some down time on a tropical beach in northern Mozambique!

Marataba Safari Lodge is perfect for a quick escape to the bush and more importantly, malaria-free. Enjoy private, luxury accommodation with absolutely delightful and warm staff. Marataba Safari Lodge is a mere four hours North-West of Johannesburg. Resting at the sleepy foothills of the magnificent Waterberg mountain range, you will find an absolutely magical retreat. Combining luxury, adventure, and the best of Africa’s delights, Marataba Safari Lodge truly has it all.

Marataba Trails Lodge Hiking Walking Waterberg

Marataba Trails Lodge Waterberg Dining

Marataba Trails Lodge Camp Deck Waterberg Safari Lodge

An idyllic location

Set against the backdrop of the spectacular Waterberg Mountains, Marataba Safari Lodge is the ideal location for an intimate escape with your loved ones. Marataba will no doubt go above and beyond any of your wildest dreams. The staff at Marataba take the utmost care to make sure that your escape is as intimate as can be – from the surprise lantern-lit boma dinners, and the hot bubble baths, to the complimentary massages and the sunset boat cruises! A sense of calm and quiet overcomes you while you soak in the picturesque surroundings. Feel your soul filling with peace and joy while you admire the sights and sounds of the surrounding landscape and its exquisite wildlife. Breathe in the fresh air, and marvel at the gorgeous, glowing African sunsets…

Marataba Safari Lodge Suite Deck

Marataba Trails Lodge African Hospitlity Luxury Safari

Marataba Safari Lodge Boma Evenings

Delightfully African

Marataba Safari Lodge appeals to the African adventurer that lies in all of us. The captivating pink-orange sunsets; the lush, green bushveld; and the abundant game all make for an exciting African escapade. What could be more thrilling than spotting a leopard hunting at dusk, or lions feeding on a kudu? Watch the elephants drinking peacefully at the waterhole and the hippos lazing about in the cool waters. And, we have good news for bird-lovers—Marataba is an absolute bird-lover’s paradise! It is abundant with yellow-billed hornbills, grey go-away birds, and crimson-breasted shrikes. It’s always a treat to see the striking woodland kingfisher as well as the colourful malachite kingfisher, and the whydah birds are particularly mesmerising to watch with their spectacularly long, dancing tails. To name only a few species of the many that awaits you.

After a fun-filled day of game drives and walks, you can relax by the poolside with your family and admire the gorgeous surroundings!

For more family-friendly safaris, click here.



John’s Trip to Franschhoek – Tips & Highlights

As a wine enthusiast himself, our director, John Holley recently visited South Africa’s most visited wine valley – Franschhoek. He and his family spent time at Leeu Estate, Waterford Estate, Delaire Graff and many other heavenly spots.

After a delightful few days spent in this quaint village John has shared some of his exquisite pictures with us and penned some highlights and tips for you below. Make sure you make note of these for your next trip to Franschhoek!

Travel Tips:

  • La Cotte Farm

La Cotte Farm is uniquely situated a stone’s throw from the charming village of Franschhoek. “Both the farmhouse and little cottages are fantastic options and an easy stroll to town.”

  • Leeu Estate

“Leeu Estates is a phenomenal experience! It boasts one of the best gardens and has incredible statues on display. I love that they are pushing South African art.”

Start your day with a tasting on the estate and then stroll into the gardens and enjoy a relaxed afternoon picnic. It’s a sensational experience! The Leeu Estates picnic is a must if you have time in Franschhoek and must be booked 48 hours in advance.”

“The estate is really exceptional and your stay will be magical.”

  • Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff Cellar has been making world-class wines since 2008. The flagship Cabernet Franc is the estate’s bestseller and a must-taste. Delaire Restaurant has a world-class team of gifted chefs and sommeliers to take you on a culinary joyride. Savour the food as each plate is served with the utmost care and teeming with fresh ingredients, picked daily from the farms very own vegetable garden.

“This winery really does boast the best views of the Franschhoek valley and will no doubt leave you wishing you could stay longer!”

  • Safari Waterford Estate

Taste a bottle of Kevin Arnold Shiraz, planted on the rockiest sandstone slopes of Waterford Estate. This complex array of red and dark fruit flavours pairs well with lean red meats. Or book a wine drive safari, which takes you through the 120-hectare Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg Mountain by a safari-type vehicle. This unique 3-hour trip allows the chance to taste award-winning Estate wines amongst the vineyards of their origin, and you will be expertly guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so biologically diverse and viticulturally unique.

“I cannot recommend the Waterford Wine Safari highly enough. The owner and wine maker Kevin Arnold is a good friend. They take a drive in an open “safari” vehicle around the estate and try the wines in the fields at the actual vines at lovely settings. It’s unique and magical. Anyone doing a day tour or time in the winelands HAS to do the Waterford Wine Safari. This is beautifully complimented by their wine and chocolate tasting! Just brilliant! Their wine is also some of the best in the Winelands and really should be tasted.”

A few more tips:

  • If you’re visiting the winelands during peak season, make your dinner reservations 6 months in advance as getting into restaurants can be tricky!
  • Visit Big Dog Café for the best coffee in Franschhoek and a delicious piece of cake too!
  • If you’re on a romantic getaway, or simply have a weakness for beautiful sunsets, visit Dieu Donne- whose wine tasting setup is phenomenal or Franschhoek Pass Winery. Both have lovely Cap Classiques – perfect for that crimson sunset!
  • Le Lude also have a great Cap Classique.
  • Add Babylonstoren to your must-visit list! The gardens are exquisite and they have a fantastic Chardonnay.
  • Take in everything the Franschhoek has to offer, from five-star accommodation, delectable food and great wine to the magical red-orange sunsets and the wonderful people.

Scroll down and let John’s pictures transport you to the picturesque Franschhoek Valley even for a few brief moments. For more on Franschhoek and the Cape Winelands click here. 










Tour of the Month – Julia’s Magical East African Adventure

July’s tour of the month is the ultimate East African safari getaway that offers wildlife enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to dine with giraffes. Experience everything Kenya has to offer, including the absolute abundance of the Masai Mara and added magical ocean bliss for those more inclined to enjoy sand and sea.

We love Julia’s Magical East African Adventure because it combines East Africa’s charm and culture at its finest. Visit five unparalleled luxury destinations that include the absolute abundance and magic of the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Zanzibar all in one.

“An undeniable favourite of mine is the safari experiences found in both Kenya and Tanzania, the place I now call home.” Julia Fryer, Director – Iconic Africa. “My favourite tour is a combination of Giraffe Manor in Nairobi for a night and then onto one of the incredible camps in the Mara where you get to observe the migration in absolute awe. Having been a horse-safari-guide living in the Mara for extended periods, I can undoubtedly say that one will battle to ever experience the genuine, wild bush experiences like you do in East Africa. What stands out for me is the vast expanse of green grasslands, space for your soul to expand, game as far as the eye can see, starry nights, crossing the Mara river on horseback (and having to navigate inquisitive hippos), gigantic banks of dark, thunder clouds, escaping flash floods and the cacophony of beetles singing their sunset tunes.”


Day 1: Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in Nairobi. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that extends back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa. Not to mention the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows, to say hi before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

Day 2 – 5: &Beyond Bateleur

&Beyond Bateleur

On the edge of the Mara Triangle, beneath the Olooloolo Escarpment, Swahili for “zigzag,” lies a lush, magical oasis of giant fig and wild ebony trees that is home to an intimate, colonial, Kenyan escape. Bateleur is a sanctuary of comfort, shade, coolness and luxury, a welcome retreat from the heat and wide-open spaces of the surrounding savannah.

Accommodation: Bateleur Camp

Day 6-8: Angama Mara

Angama Mara

Perched on the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a lodge that comes as close to heaven on earth, as possible. Angama Mara, Swahili for “suspended in mid air” boasts the best views in the Masai Mara. A place that constantly takes your breath away, where happiness reigns and peace is all encompassing, where you literally stand on the edge of the world. Owner managed and run by the reputable Fitzgerald family, Angama Mara is the ultimate African safari destination.

Day 9 – 11: Singita Faru Faru

Singita Faru Faru

Situated in the western corridor of the legendary Serengeti, Singita Faru Faru boasts its own beach and natural waterhole. Beyond that is the Grumeti River and the riverine woodland that surrounds it, home to a host of Africa’s most majestic creatures. Singita Faru Faru really is something else, it is the ultimate in classic safari lodges, set in one of the most exquisite locations, boasting incredible game experiences and the very best East African hospitality. Here you don’t even need to leave the lodge, due to the waterhole the safari comes to you.

Day 12 – 14: &Beyond Mnemba Island

&Beyond Mnemba Island

Just off Zanzibar’s north-eastern tip, resting on a secluded island, you will find Mnemba Island Lodge – Africa’s most exclusive beach lodge. Famous for its astounding coral reefs and its esteemed reputation for being one of the most amorous ocean destinations in the world, Mnemba Island Lodge is the perfect romantic getaway. With its rustic charm and its gorgeous ocean views, Mnemba will not disappoint!

This tour has been compiled especially for you by our very own East Africa specialist and combines only the very best in East African hospitality, classic safari experiences, sumptuous luxury and unbelievable wildlife encounters. For more please enquire here. 

Mara Expeditions – Property of the Month

Three-time award winner of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve; and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this unique camp is your very own suite in the heart of the African bushveld. Stunning silhouettes and sunsets will steal your heart and the endless plains boasting an absolute abundance of wildlife will keep you mesmerised from the time you arrive until you return back to the Mara.

We love that this camp is steeped in history, rich in culture and at one with the environment!

Set on the very outskirts of the Masai Mara and on the edge of the Mara North Conservancy is this unbelievable luxury safari hideout. At Mara expeditions camp you immediately become an intrepid explorer, with so much to investigate, to learn and to enjoy. The never-ending plains become your playground and the big-hearted, ever-smiling, genuine African staff… your friends. Mara Expeditions Camp has been built on a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River where the dese riverine forest meets the golden plains. It’s a place where lion calls dominate the nights and the sounds of hippos snorting accompany each day. It’s the ultimate in African safari immersion.

Place of learning

The Masai Mara is a powerful place in Africa where you will learn many life lessons that could change the way you view the world forever. The Mara Expeditions staff will do everything possible to ensure that you make the most of and get the most of this exquisite landscape. The guides are exceptional, the game viewing second to none and the ability to connect with the African bushveld unparalleled. Every direction you look the game is aplenty. From Thompson’s gazelle, to Grant’s gazelle, zebra, to wildebeest there is an absolute abundance of plains game! Not to mention the majestic predators including lion, leopard and cheetah that lie hidden, waiting for the right time to pounce. So much excitement, so much adventure and so much beauty all in one place!

An ancient, intimate escape

Mara Expeditions is a small and intimate camp, perfect for a romantic safari getaway or a quiet family retreat. Steeped in history and African colonial culture there is tangible air of yesteryear. Authentic in every way with every single detail considered the camp’s five custom-designed tents are a treat for all the senses. The atmosphere is one of warmth, luxury and a palpable passion for Africa. Set in amongst the forest canopy each suite boasts every indulgent amenity you could possibly wish for. Eclectically yet colonially designed, the sense of adventure and exploration comes across in all the intricate furnishings such as brass chandeliers, old Indian campaign chests, rich leather furniture and soft cottons. Essentially the guest services, facilities and overall experience are only the very highest standards that Great Plains has become renowned for. Sip on that ice-cold Pimms and lemonade, relax and watch as the sun slowly sinks down over the shining savannah and listen as day turns to night around you.

The pinnacle of eco-tourism and sustainable conservation

The camp is temporary, transient and constructed in the spirit of mobility and non-permanence with the wilderness’s best interest at heart. In essence, Mara Expedition Camp can be completely removed and the area returned to the state in which it was found and perhaps even better. All construction is “green,” all energy solar and everything possible recycled. Again traits that are indicative of Great Plains consistent and conscious drive for sustainable tourism and protection of the beauty of the African continent.

Getting There

Mara Expedition Camp is primarily accessed by scheduled air transfers or private air charters. On arrival at the airstrip, the transfer to camp is approximately 45 minutes allowing time for game viewing en route. Safarilink and/or Air Kenya offer scheduled daily flights from Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport to the Ol Kiombo airstrip inside the Masai Mara Reserve.

If you’re looking for an intimate escape in the midst of the mighty Masai Mara, with unforgettable game encounters, visit the pinnacle of sustainable conservation where no luxury is spared. More info here.

Le Quartier Francais in Pictures

Less than an hour from Cape Town International, is the beautiful town of Franschhoek, also known as the “food and wine capital of South Africa”. Here is it’s most central, hidden gem – Le Quartier Français. Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence and TripAdvisor 2015 Hall of Fame, this property is a definite sensory exploration, set in the heart of the Valley with its unmatchable tranquillity.

Central Sophistication

Cape Provençal meets French Chic as the angelic architecture stands tall above the vibrant rose, daisy and lavender bushes. White verandas draped with “broekie” lace and actual streetlamps light up the cobbled paths providing the feeling of a time gone by. From either the terracotta tiled, Victorian courtyard or the lovely Mediterranean pool you are spoilt by sensational views of the Franschhoek Mountains. The secret garden feel is enhanced by the exquisite rabbit statues, soft sputtering fountains and big bright cushions dotted around the lawn.

Awesome Accommodation

Complete with 21 suites of four categories, from the more modest Auberge Rooms to the four state-of-the-art “Four Quarters” suites, this luxury treasure has something for everyone. Each bespoke suite is fully equipped for only the most lavish of stays, extra-large beds fitted with the best linen and popping colours release a great energy and vibe. Upstairs suites offer furnished rooftop balconies and downstairs suites offer spacious patios or gardens. On arrival to your room you are welcomed by a thoughtful handwritten note and a chilled bottle of Miss Molly champagne. With a 24 hour reception, complimentary bar and shuttle service in the area you are fully equipped to have a luxuriously great time!

Topping the Tops with Food

We have left the best for last, a best that has won so many international awards… there are in fact too many to mention. Introducing, “The Tasting Room” a world-class culinary extravaganza like you have never experienced before. Highly acclaimed chef, Margot Janse is excellent at having fun with her profession, her unique 8 course, contemporary African inspired tasting menu promises only to astonish and amaze. On entering, you are immediately transported, the blues, teals and reds wash over you and you are drawn to the statement rope installation of Table Mountain. Brutal simplicity, each place is set with only a small black plate and a glass retaining the air of mystery for as long as possible. You will feel as though you have a relationship with each dish as they are so unexpected and inviting packed with stimulating flavour and texture combinations.

For foodies and wanderers who want to experience the breath-taking Franschhoek village, you don’t have to wait! Take a look at our hand-picked images of this exquisite destination to begin this relaxing retreat and culinary extravaganza…


Top 10 Reasons to Visit Zambia 

Zambia is a beautiful landlocked country in Southern Africa. Bordered by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola, this large natural attraction is unrivalled when it comes to wildlife, people and activities.  Zambia’s notable size and remoteness guarantees exclusive safari opportunities, at 5 –star accommodations with world-class guides and sightseeing. We are very excited about our new collection of Zambian properties and hope to add more properties soon. Here are our top ten reasons to bump up Zambia to the top of your travel list:

  1. Walking safaris

One of Zambia (more specifically, South Luangwa’s) main attractions is walking into the bush with guides or scouts to track wildlife through the lush thickets or dusty banks – hot on the trail of big cats and mammals. Enjoy a thrilling experience of reading animal droppings and paw prints to see them face-to-face. 

  1. Victoria Falls

David Livingstone describes ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ as “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Named after Queen Victoria, Mosi-oa-Tunya truly is a majestic experience. Visit during May when the falls are in full flow, however, it is no less spectacular any other time of the year. 

  1. Canoeing the Zambezi

Visit elephants, crocodiles and hippos along the lower Zambezi River from your canoe. Paddle at your own leisurely pace as you see Africa’s wild from a fantastic vantage point. Or perhaps turn up the romance with a sunset boat cruise down the Zambezi River. 

  1. Rafting 

White water rafting is a thrilling experience and there’s nowhere better than the Zambezi. Whilst you can raft all year round, the best time is the low water season (July – January) when the river at its most ferocious.

  1. The Zambian People

Zambians are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Experience a new culture, food and lifestyle as you travel through the city and countryside. The local people are always ready to lend a helping hand or simply have a chat. 

  1. A Bird’s Eye View 

Zambia and Victoria Falls is exceptionally beautiful while on the ground, but seeing it from the air will completely take your breath away. Book a helicopter ride or microlighting to see the misty top and green surroundings from the sky. 

  1. Afternoon Tea at The Royal Livingstone

Zambia has no shortage of luxury settings and accommodations. Spoil yourself with some cake and tea at The Royal Livingstone and indulge in some good music, beautiful views and fine china. Perhaps you will see a zebra pass by or a giraffe wonder onto the lawns. 

  1. South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park has aIl the wildlife that you could possibly want to see and some of the finest luxury safari accommodation. With its great expanse, the reserve is quieter than other parks and offers exceptional sightings without the distractions of other game vehicles.  

  1. Luxury Accommodation 

Experience everything the bush has to offer without ‘roughing it’. Zambia has exceptional luxury accommodation in national parks that allow guests to fully submerge themselves into Zambia’s great outdoors without compromising on luxury and amenities. 

  1. The Lunar Rainbow Tour 

Lunar rainbows are rainbows that take place at night, when a rainbow is seen in the light of the moon. Victoria Falls is one of a very few places in the world which are known for the occurrence of moonbows. The lunar rainbow is a spectacular event that can be seen only during the full moon.

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