The Lions of Londolozi

Londolozi effortlessly exceeds all expectations of luxury safari, African hospitality and the wilderness. When tasked with describing what was seen and experienced at this African wonder, guests are always left speechless when trying to portray the intangible. But it is not only the exceptional accommodation and service that sets Londolozi apart from the rest! This game reserve is renowned for its generous lion presence. They are more than just a fleeting sighting – you will find them loitering in the grass, chasing prey through the bushveld or rearing their young, unfazed by the passing vehicles.

Last month Londolozi was dominated by lion activity, especially by the Ntsevu pride and the Tsalala female. The Ntsevu pride’s regular expeditions throughout the reserve with their 12 cubs have provided guests with remarkable sightings – some of Londolozi’s best in years. Image seeing 21 lions at a single given time… there are no words to describe such a phenomenon.

Londolozi rangers and trackers predict such sightings as a trend for 2019, especially with the departure of the summer months. As the bushveld turns from a luscious green to brown, animals will begin to congregate around waterholes and predator-prey contact is more apparent.

And with 2019 being a successful year for the lions at Londolozi, we also congratulate the remaining Tsalala lioness who has brought life into the kingdom once more in the very den she was born…

In a cave near the Manyelethi River remains the only female born to the Tailed Tsalala lioness. With her three brothers dispersed into the greater Kruger National Park, this could mean the continuation of the eternal Tsalala name as rangers, staff and guests await the first sighting of these cubs.

For more heart-warming and humourous stories about trackers being chased up trees by lions, the Tsalala female’s spectacular news, and why they feel that The Lion King was actually set at Londolozi… visit the Londolozi blog here.

 

 

Introducing Chongwe

Located in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi Valley, Chongwe River House and Camp is one of the most established accommodations. This spectacular region draws travellers in with its world-famous composite of abundant wildlife, natural beauty and bucket-list-worthy activities such as fishing, canoeing safaris and sleep-outs. Here you can come face-to-face with African giants such as the captivating elephant and ancient baobabs.

Experience the Lower Zambezi region at its finest

Set up by a father and son duo in 1992, Chris and his father were captivated by the raw beauty and wilderness of the Lower Zambezi. They set up a camp on the banks of the Chongwe River and in time this overnight campsite has grown into an award-winning luxury collection. Today Chris shares his love of the great outdoors through the remarkable Chongwe safari experience.

Chongwe River House

Stay at your very own safari home, the Chongwe River House. With four spacious en-suit bathrooms, this home-away-from-home sleeps eight. Mirroring the natural landscape laid out before it, River House follows the lines of the termite hills and blends in with its surroundings. With an undisturbed flow of nature, the landscape has been brought into the house with tree trunks, lianas and branches incorporated into the main guest areas and softly coloured pebbles from the Chongwe River set into the ceilings. The rooms open up to the river and the bathrooms feature magnificent waterfall or rain-showers that perfectly incorporate nature into the living spaces making guests feel a dramatic bond with the Lower Zambezi’s environment. Relax at your private pool on the shady deck and take in the breath-taking panoramic view. Chongwe House comes with a private guide, house manager and chef. A private vehicle, canoe, boat and armed guide for walking safaris offers guests a number of ways to explore the beautiful surroundings.

Chongwe River Camp

Experience a technology-detox in one of nine luxury tents at Chongwe Camp, scattered along the woody riverbanks. Chongwe Camp is surrounded by unspeakable beauty with the bellowing hippo disrupting the often silent air. Set at the convergence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers against a beautiful mountainous backdrop, the camp has the best views from the outdoor seating areas. Relax outside your tent near the Winterthorn trees, and try spotting the playful Vervet monkeys you will hear overhead or marvel at the elephant before you as it splashes across the river.

Unrivalled wildlife sightings

The Lower Zambezi is nestled between a notable mountain to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south – a noteworthy area for wildlife and bird lovers. With 60 mammal species and 378 bird species, guests are guaranteed quality sightings. Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is recommended during the dry season between April to November, when the river levels are lower. Plains game is in abundance throughout the park such as elephants, hippos, lions, leopards, buffalo, and plenty of crocodiles. Wild dogs are also regularly spotted and considered a nice bonus since they cover long distances. With fewer crowds in the park at any given time, the region remains a pristine wilderness, free from overcrowding and has limited vehicles in the traversing area. Have you ever been awakened by an elephant outside your room? Or slowly canoed passed a large herd of buffalo on a beautiful afternoon? Add Chongwe to the top of your bucket-list and experience all your safari firsts in one place.

Experience the true essence of African adventure

The unrivalled marriage of land and water not only makes for exceptional game viewing and photography, but allows for perhaps the most exciting aspect of safari – the sheer variety of activities on offer. The Zambezi River allows for a variety of river based activities and experiences that few other destinations can offer. This wistful region is famous for its canoeing safaris, boating trips and catch-and-release fishing.

Day & Night Drives

There’s nothing to compare an encounter with African wildlife during both day and night drives to. Chongwe’s excellent guides provide a plenty of knowledge to enrich the experience and the escarpment and river bank ensures incomparable sightings.

Fishing

When it comes to tiger-fishing, the Lower Zambezi is the place to visit! As Chris implements his conservation efforts, Chongwe is strictly catch-and-release to preserve this and other fish. All equipment is provided, and fishing is suitable for beginners and serious fly fisherman. Fishing is good year round, but peaks in October and November during the tiger fish breeding season.

Boating

A river safari offers a fresh perspective on the breath-taking scenery and wildlife, from predators along the river bank to the diverse birdlife. Chongwe offers boating safari all season due to the Zambezi River’s constant high water level.

Walking Safaris

Become part of the landscape rather than a mere spectator and explore the untamed beauty of the region with our experienced guides at your side. Peak season for walking safari is July to October.

Canoeing Safaris

Book a canoeing safari during the dry months when the wildlife congregates along the river for a peaceful yet exhilarating experience. Enjoy the abundant wilderness and game viewing while quietly passing through the reeds on Africa’s fourth largest river. Float metres away from elephants or buffalo on the river’s edge – a memory you won’t be able to forget!

Sleep-out

Between July and October you can rest under the stars with only the night-sky and roaming wildlife for company. Experience the thrill of early explorers felt while camping out high in the mountain overlooking the sparkling water of the Lower Zambezi region.

Getting there:

Guests can fly into Lusaka or Livingstone Airport and then connect with an air transfer to Royal airstrip. You will be transferred by 4×4 to Chongwe River House or Camp, a short 20 minute drive away.

Why Chongwe?

Beautiful sunsets while on boat cruises.

Excellent for lion and leopard sightings.

Great photograph opportunities.

There are plenty of elephant and predator action right in front of the camp.

There are limited vehicles in the traversing area.

When To Go?

Chongwe River House and Chongwe River Camp are operational from April to November, but the best time to visit this spectacular region is between July and August.

The mornings and evenings are cool and the days are warm and mostly dry. Temperatures range between 27˚C and 30 ˚C with little to no rain.

Clear skies make way for beautiful sunsets and the dry bush improves visibility making lion and leopard sightings more frequent.

July and August is also the beginning of the carmine bee eater season and the Flame creepers are seen in flower.

For more on our other exquisite Zambia destinations contact us now.

Property of the Month – More Quarters Apartment Hotel

Cape Town and its surrounding winelands are an excellent way to start or finish your once-in-a-lifetime journey. Whether you’re heading to or returning from one of Africa’s many magnificent safari destinations, More Quarters will provide the comforts of home with added luxury. This month’s gorgeous property of the month is the perfect launch pad to Cape Town’s delights, suitable for couples and families.

Perfectly situated in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, this property is in close proximity to all the delights one can imagine. From romantic strolls on pristine beaches and mocktailson the Camps Bay strip to family outings up Table Mountain or to Cape Point National Park where the awesome power of the Atlantic smashes up against Africa.

There are fifteen beautifully and individually decorated one bedroom apartments at the More Quarters. Each boasts a light and airy free-flow feel with en-suite bedroom, comfortable lounge area and kitchenette. Four have folding sleeper couches ideal for young children.

The sumptuous two bedroom apartments offer two gorgeous en-suite bedrooms with a generous living area and kitchen. The apartments are ideal for families and groups of friends – offering both privacy and a space for people to enjoy each other’s company.

Redcliffe house is the ultimate in Cape Town living for up to eight people. The hardwood floors, high pressed ceilings and exquisite furnishings offer glorious Victorian charm and luxury. There are four individually decorated en-suite bedrooms, outside entertainment area, secluded pool and private balcony that looks onto majestic Table Mountain.

Contemplate which activities you will tick off your bucket-list over freshly baked pastries and South African fruit in the sunny breakfast room. The sumptuous lounge and library offer the perfect places to read and reflect on a day spent enjoying the natural wonders and scenic splendour of the Cape peninsular. And if you’re visiting the Cape during the rainy season, cosy up by the fire and enjoy a complimentary port with your favourite book or play a board game in the library with your family before heading to bed to dream of tomorrow’s adventures.

The More Quarters is the perfect Cape Town home away from home. If you are a family on holiday or a couple seeking romance, the apartments will surround you in comfort and luxury in the centre of the world’s most beautiful city

Azura Quilalea In Pictures

Azura Quilalea is the ultimate private romantic experience. If you have ever dreamt of staying on a secluded island, eating meals fresh from the endless blue ocean that set out before you, then this rare ocean pearl is the perfect place to lay down your bags.  It was voted Best Romantic/Honeymoon Room in Mozambique in 2014 and this is why:

This private island sits in a fully protected marine reserve with only nine villas on the entire Indian Ocean hill. Spend your blissful days on a tropical island in unpretentious sophistication and impossible comfort. Your meals come straight from the abundance of the ocean just steps from your private beach villa served by your private butler.

But the splendour doesn’t end on the pristine beach; it is carried through into the capacious Kaskazi and Kusi Villas which have a bearing of ethereal grandeur. They are delicately constructed with natural stone, wood, rattan and cotton such that they seem to grow out of the beaches, rocks and trees. The villas are a perfect blend of contemporary African chic and eco-conscious living. While modern conveniences such as air-conditioning are readily available, you can open the cleverly orientated doors and windows to allow the Indian Ocean breeze to cool and sooth your ultimate beach home.

 

And if you’ve decided to create lasting memories here on your honeymoon, then the Villa Quilalea, set on a cliff-top with breath-taking views over the ocean – is the ultimate space. You have complete privacy – from the sumptuous bedroom, to the infinity pool and down onto the exclusive beach.

But words are unable to let you experience the soothing elixir that is the island. It might be a hammock strung in the shade of a luxuriant island tree; a sun lounger next to the cooling fresh water of main pool with your favourite book; a perch next to the bar in the sunset sipping one of the owner’s personal chateau wines from the Loire valley; or the unique chill-zone with its enormous cushions overlooking the abundant ocean – so here are our handpicked images to transport you there instead…

Need we say more? For more on this sensational destination please click here. 

 

The Melbourne Rebels visit Madikwe Game Reserve

In every major country there is at least one place with the reputation of a having a celebrity hot-spot. In South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana, Madikwe Game Reserve has established this title. This little bit of heaven in a very special land has welcomed guests such as Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

It is no surprise that many A-listers love visiting Africa… If you ever need to rejuvenate mind, body and soul, there is no better place to find restorative qualities than Africa’s great outdoors.

Iconic Africa was thrilled to have welcomed the Melbourne Rebels rugby team on safari this past week. They spent three magical days and much deserved down-time at Madikwe Game Reserve. The team had the exclusive use of Madikwe Safari Lodge and spent some time at Jaci’s Camp as well where they received some of the best hospitality in the industry.

Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three charming camps with 20 sumptuous suites in total. Perfect for large groups, this malaria-free camp offers specialised rangers, privacy and indulgent luxury. Higher up in the mountain, you will find awe-inspiring panoramas at Dithaba camp. Be prepared to see all the wonders of Africa at this reserve with family, partners and friends.

Here are some amazing photographs from the Melbourne Rebel’s time in the bush that will show you just how much fun they had.

 

Introducing King Lewanika – Zambia

King Lewanika Camp is situated in the Liuwa Plain area, one of the earliest protected expanses in Africa. Liuwa Plain was first preserved in 1880 by the head of the Lozi people, King Lewanika. His efforts kept the plains unspoilt and exclusive with rare game and a rich natural heritage. Here, on these rolling grasslands, the annual floodwaters promise a congregation of wild beauty whose rhythm imitates that of the royal drums.

The legend of the Liuwa Plain region

Liuwa Plain holds a collection of wonderful stories – our favourite being the legend of Mambeti – in loving memory of the famed lioness, Lady Liuwa. Mambeti was of the Lozi people who lived, died and was buried near to King Lewanika camp. The legend suggests that she was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the matriarch of Liuwa’s lion pride. The local people believe that this is why the lioness was so friendly to people and spent so much time in the same woodlands once frequented by the elderly Mambeti.

The King Lewanika Villas

If you’re looking for a safari destination that will keep your mobile off and eyes glued to the grassland out ahead – King Lewanika is the perfect place! This is the ultimate luxury safari with 5 villas and 1 family suite with two bedrooms and bathrooms. King Lewanika is the only luxury camp in the entire National Park, ensuring guests have the exclusive use of it. With only 14 guests at any given time, you will feel as if you have Africa all to yourself.

King Lewanika boasts a modern, luxurious design while maintaining its safari authenticity with natural materials, canvas walls, outdoor showers, and elevated decks overlooking the plains. The interior décor offers a sensual appeal with leather finishes, touches of cotton, canvas and natural textiles to complete the design. The villas create an uninterrupted, effortless flow into the vast landscape ahead, allowing guests to experience nature’s beauty in a meaningful way – a constant and natural extension of the villas. The design and décor carries the golden hue of the plains, contrasting against the masculine vintage leather accents and polished metal. Guests can spend afternoons taking in panoramic views or lounge on their private veranda watching birds splash in the lagoon. And as you fall asleep at night, listen for the calls of whooping hyenas in the distance. *All minors accompanying guests must be older than age 5.

Unrivalled wildlife sightings

Often described as the photographers dream, the region offers spectacular photographic opportunities. Along with award-winning guides and intimate safari excursions, King Lewanika and the Liuwa Plain offers unrivalled access to incredible wildlife, bird-sightings and wildflower blooms that you will see on any day and night game drives, walking safaris, or bird watching. However, the real magic of Liuwa Plain is the 30 000 – 40 000 wildebeest seen in the area from June when they start their migration from the area around camp to the north of the National Park.  Liuwa Plain is home to Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration, a growing cheetah population, zebra, lechwe and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride. And for the avid birders, there are often congregations of up to 330 species of rare birds, or for a more serendipitous memory, look out for clans of up to 50 hyenas interacting at their den.

Experience the true essence of African adventure

The unrivalled combination of land and water not only makes for exceptional game viewing and photography, but allows for perhaps the most exciting aspect of safari – the sheer variety of activities on offer. Zambia offers a variety of land and river-based experiences that few other destinations can offer. This wistful region is famous for its seasonal canoeing safaris, boating trips and catch-and-release fishing. Or for those seeking to stay on land, try a scenic helicopter flight, gourmet picnic, or book a high tea.

Day & Night Drives

There’s nothing to compare an encounter with African wildlife during both day and night drives to. King Lewanika’s excellent guides provide a plenty of knowledge to enrich the experience and the abundance of rare wildlife ensures incomparable sightings.

Fishing

King Lewanika is strictly catch-and-release to preserve all breeds of fish. All equipment is provided, and fishing is suitable for beginners and serious fisherman. Fishing is good year-round, but peaks in October and November during the breeding season.

Boating

A river safari offers a fresh perspective on the breath-taking scenery and wildlife, from predators along the river bank to the diverse birdlife.

Walking Safaris

Become part of the landscape rather than a mere spectator and explore the untamed beauty of the region with our experienced guides at your side.

Canoeing Safaris

Book a canoeing safari to witness the wildlife congregate along the river – a peaceful yet exhilarating experience. Enjoy the abundant wilderness and game viewing while quietly passing through the reeds. Float metres away from big and small game on the river’s edge – a memory you won’t ever to forget!

Sleep-out

If you’re visiting in July or October, you must experience a sleep-out under the stars with only the night-sky and roaming wildlife for company. Experience the thrill of early explorers while camping out.

Getting there:

King Lewanika is a short 15 minute helicopter transfer from Kalabo Airport in the Western Province of Zambia.

Why King Lewanika?

Liuwa Plain is one of the earliest game reserves in Africa.

King Lewanika is Zambia’s most exclusive camp

It is the only permanent camp in the national park

Guests will find incredible opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography

When To Go?

King Lewanika is operational from 20 October to 14 July.

Meet the Team – Julia Fryer

At Iconic Africa, we live our passions every day… not only by making sure that clients get the best possible luxury African safari experience but by exploring the continent continuously for ourselves. Aspiring to be masters of our trade, our travel consultants share a love for travel, Africa and safari! We then use this love and knowledge to create unforgettable journeys for you.

Whether you’re looking to diversify business travel, plan a romantic honeymoon or experience a once-in-a-lifetime family getaway to a fairy-tale land, our wonderful team will work together to plan and execute to meet your exact needs.

Meet our wonderful director and sales consultant, Julia Fryer. Julia’s family has lived in Africa since 1840 and is deeply passionate about the bush, the outdoors and wildlife. She currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya amongst the warthogs and giraffes. Julia is thrilled to be bringing the world to Africa and for travellers to experience our unparalleled wildlife, landscapes, stunning beaches and most importantly African smiles and hospitality.

Julia Fryer Team Image Iconic Africa

Julia’s favourite safari destination – the Phinda Reserve is of sentimental significance… as her family once lived there and thus it holds a special place in her heart.  Having been a horse-safari-guide living in the Mara for extended periods, this comes a close second as she believes that one will battle to ever experience the genuine, wild bush experiences like you do in East Africa.

Julia’s Favourite Tour: Julia’s Magical East African Adventure

Julia’s Favourite Camps

Angama Mara

Andbeyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Singita Faru Faru

Pictures from Julia’s recent travels:

The Mighty Zambezi

Affectionately referred to as the “river of life”, the Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa, and runs through six countries before entering the Indian Ocean. The river starts almost 1500 metres above sea level near the border of Zambia and supports thousands of people and wildlife in Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This river is majestic and even spiritual to many, especially to the communities that live alongside it.

In addition to its multifaceted benefits, the much undiscovered river is also a major tourist attraction. Every year thousands of tourists are drawn to this spectacle to partake in a variety of different activities from the less eccentric to hard core adrenaline junkies.

There is a lot to do around and on the Zambezi River. We have picked some of the top activities to truly experience this natural wonder – from relaxing to thrill-seeking, there is something for everyone:

Devil’s Pool 

Enjoy a seasonal dip in Devil’s Pool on the very edge of Victoria Falls accompanied by a lovely picnic.

White water rafting 

The Zambezi River is known for having some of the wildest rapids, making this one of the best one-day white water trips available in the world.

River surfing 

Have you ever surfed on a river? Add this to your bucket-list and river board on the same section of water as the white-water rafting.

Speed boating 

If your idea of a boat ride is at a moderate pace along calm waters, then redefine the experiencewith jet-boating. A powerful jet boat that can carry up to 11 passengers carries you through the white water rapids at an exhilarating speed.

Lower Zambezi canoe safari

Connect with nature in a unique way with a more relaxed boat experience. Book a canoe safari on the lower Zambezi River and keep an eye out for wildlife frequenting the banks such as elephants, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles.

Bungee jumping 

Close your eyes and plunge 111 metres off the Victoria Falls bridge. If this will get your heart racing too fast, try the Gorge Swing or Rap jump further down.

Fishing 

For both serious fisherman and beginners, the Zambezi River houses an abundance of fish life such as tiger fish, bream, Cornish Jack and so much more.

Sunset cruise

Another popular family activity and quintessential experience is a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. This relaxing voyage provides plenty of opportunities for game viewing, backlit by the fiery African sun.

The Elephant Café

Not your typical bucket-list activity, but it should be on that list anyway! The exclusive Elephant Café was named Zambia’s best new restaurant of 2016. The Elephant Café is home to a herd of rescued elephants that you can meet and greet before finding your seat. And to top it off… the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Victoria Falls Waterfront resort offer transport to the restaurant by speed boat, which makes the experience even more memorable.

The Gorge and Boiling Point Hike

Last but not least, is one of the most challenging activities, the Gorge and Boiling Point hike. Experience the Zambezi River from above and below on this picturesque triathlon that involves hiking, rafting and swimming between August and December. You will begin hiking down the 110-metre Batoka Gorge, at which point you will raft along the river, and continue until the base of the Victoria Falls.

This activity is not recommended for the faint-hearted.

For information on our most favourite and most luxurious Victoria Falls hotels, click here.

 

Top 10 Summer Sunset Spots

We are slowly approaching the end of our long summer days, clear skies and short nights. Autumn is “almost” here and with only a few more whimsical evenings left alongside Cape Town’s golden beaches – we thought we would help you make the most of Cape Town’s warm evenings and summer ambience while unwinding with a cocktail in hand and the refreshing salty breeze cooling you down.

Cape Town summers are truly magical, but let’s face it they are incomplete without a deliciously refreshing Mai Tai, Cosmopolitan or Strawberry Daiquiriin hand. In fact, there’s no better way to end your day or a tough week than to sit with a fancy looking beverage while soaking in the beauty of the mountain and sea.

If this has you salivating, then take a look at our top 8 quintessential cocktail spots to take in those last summer sunsets as the mix of colour slowly dips below a glistening azure ocean:

The Bungalow, Clifton

Perched on the edge of Clifton overlooking the rocks and the sea is this riveting sunset spot. Flanked by mountain and sea this exquisite open-air bar and lounge area is complete for the ultimate relaxation. Make sure you try the Banana and Coconut Daiquiri, a slightly different yet sensational sundowner.

 

Shimmy Beach, Granger Bay

Situated on the harbour with Table Mountain as a backdrop Shimmy offers a restaurant, whisky and vodka tasting rooms, 2 bars, and a private beach! Indulge in the Shimmy Sorbetto that comes highly recommended!

Brass Bell, Kalk Bay

One of the all-time favourites is this ever-popular Kalk bay institution that boasts breath-taking views over False Bay. Take in the relaxed vibe and enjoy fresh, succulent seafood while the waves literally crash into the windows next to you.

Dunes, Hout Bay

Only a few steps back from the beach is this lazy, jovial, outdoor restaurant. White wooden tables are scattered in the sand in amongst the kiddie’s playground and umbrellas. Try a Dunes Blue lagoon – a delicious combination of Vodka, Malibu and Blue Curacao topped with lemonade, crushed ice, lemon slices and cherries.

Planet Bar, Mount Nelson, Gardens

In the heart of one of the Mother City’s most prestigious and sought after Hotels sits the elegant and classical Planet Bar. It is luxurious, opulent and fashionable with a vintage feel. To maximise this feeling order a Planet Passion and you will be in for a real treat.

Blue Peter, Blouberg

Situated directly across the bay from Table Mountain this restaurant boasts the best views of this iconic natural wonder. With clean blue and white lines you are filled with a holiday vibe and feel at home at the same time.  Indulge in a Long Island Iced Tea – the ultimate summer cocktail!

ASOKA Bar

Asoka is an intimate restaurant that plays with light and nature to create a magical setting that resembles Diagon Alley. Try a Jade Garden in the open courtyard or a cocktail made from fresh fruit, herbs, and juices.

The Martini Bar At The Cellars-Hohenort

Not too far from the city is a martini bar that will have you feeling like one of the Sex in the City girls. Put on those heels and fabulous dress and choose from over 100 martini varieties. This is a perfect warm and sophisticated spot for a girls night out…

Can you tick off this entire list by the end of your trip? Need help with where to stay in Cape Town? Contact us now and we will have you sorted in no time.

 

 

World’s Best Custom Luxury Safari Operator 2019 – LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards

Iconic Africa is thrilled to have been awarded the Best Custom Luxury Safari Operator by LUXlife Magazine – one of AI Global Media’s most popular standalone publications.

We are humbled and excited by this recognition, especially in an industry buzzing with remarkable safari tour operators. We’d like to extend a big thank you to the LUXlife team for all the hard work that goes into these prestigious awards.

The LUXlife Magazine Travel & Tourism Awards’ objective is to reveal the business and enterprises responsible for making travellers’ dream holidays and vacations come to life. They hail the key players, contributing to one of the fastest growing sectors, by revealing their dedication and hard work.

We are proud of our team’s consistent commitment and of how much we’ve grown and achieved in the last 4 years. Travel trends are ever-changing, but a classic safari never goes out of style. And when it comes to planning a luxury trip of a lifetime, we cater for all of your safari needs.

Full Press Release below:

LUXlife Magazine Announces The Winners of the 2019 LUX Travel & Tourism Awards

United Kingdom, 2019- LUXlife magazine announces the winners of the 2019 LUX Travel & Tourism Awards.

Like the yearly contributions the travel & tourism industry has on global economy and employment, LUXlife Magazine returns once again to reveal the business and enterprises responsible for making our dream holidays and vacations come to life, in the 2019 LUX Travel & Tourism Awards.

Steve Simpson, Awards Coordinator, comments: “These awards cover all markets from travel agencies to food and beverages services; those manage accommodations, provide transportation, entertainment and tours (and everything in between) to hail the key players, contributing to one of the fastest growing sectors, by revealing their dedication and hard work. I am proud to congratulate my winners and offer them my best wishes for the future.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit http://www.lux-review.com/where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

About LUXlife

Published quarterly, LUXlife informs readers on all aspects of high-end lifestyle, including the finest, food and drink, hotels and resorts, health and beauty, automotive, jewellery, art and technology from around the world.

 

Property of the Month: Singita Faru Faru

Surrounded by the Grumeti River and the riverine woodland is this month’s property of the month – Singita Faru Faru. One of Africa’s ultimate classic safari lodges, this seamlessly elegant and modern accommodation is set in one of the world’s most exquisite locations, offering guests access to prime game-viewing  and some of Tanzania’s finest hospitality.

The ultimate East African luxury

Faru Faru lodge is the pinnacle of luxurious safari, ensuring that you spend your time in East Africa living on your very own piece of paradise. Suitably located in the Grumeti Reserve inside the Serengeti – you can only vacation in this area with Singita. This means that you are guaranteed a private and exclusive experience, far removed from the crowds you’ll find in other parts of the area.

Here you are promised access to some of the best wildlife viewing in the country while indulging at a luxury stay. Boasting its own beach and natural waterhole, Singita Faru Faru makes sure that you never have to leave the lodge to experience romance, relaxation or adventure. The safari comes to you every day.

And if you’re looking for something to do in-between game drives, Faru Faru lodge has an endless list of activities for you to try. From archery and lawn croquet to dips in the rim-flow swimming pools, there is always a new experience waiting to be had. And while you are enjoying the best the Serengeti has to offer, why not take a hot-air balloon trip for an exhilarating balloon safari or wind down after a thrilling game drive at the spa. And in-case you thought game vehicles and hot-air balloons are the only way to see East Africa’smagnificent wildlife, try a horse-back safari or an adventurous night drive.

Classic yet contemporary

The location of this property is remarkable and the wildlife and activities are definitely alluring, but the main attraction is the lodge’s classic East African style architecture and décor. While the design creates an ambiance of authenticity, guests are offered all the luxurious comforts one could wish for.

The construction focuses on the waterhole, with the planning making a bold, but magical statement. This perfectly combines the living areas with nature creating a rustic and real bush appeal with a fresh and clean-lined modernity allowing animals and nature to take centre stage.

The nine stone, canvas and thatched suites have the character of a classic safari camp, yet the interiors offer the ultimate in contemporary luxury with panoramic glass windows and free-standing claw-foot baths. Each suite makes a statement with a botanical theme and all of them are outfitted with every conceivable comfort – including your very own Swarovski spotting scope.

Why wait for the most magical trip to happen… Start imagining lounging in the swimming pool overlooking the surrounding area awash with wildlife; recline on the Lodge’s elevated viewing decks, or relax unwind in your room and watch as predators and prey are drawn right up to the lodge.

In Pictures – Singita Castleton

Singita is a name synonymous with the best in African luxury safari and their all-encompassing lodges live up to the accolade/praise. This star-covered bucolic country getaway is nothing short of decadent, full of historic charm acquired over generations and one of the Sabi Sands’ most sought-after destinations.

Steeped in history, Castleton Camp is the original family home of Singita’s founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather built in the mid-20th century. The newly refurbished family property has since been transformed into a homestead characterised by it spacious and graceful relaxation areas, unforgettable experiences and world-class interior design.

The lodge displays a palette of warm, earthy tones, and dried grass colours complement a series of South African botanical art etchings commissioned exclusively for the house, each one reflecting an example of local indigenous flora. The house also has a collection of botanical installations with historical references that adds an element of nostalgia to the décor.

Sometimes the only way to truly unwind is a well-deserved luxury escape to the majestic wilderness, and Singita Castleton is the perfect place to do this. This blissful and beautifully decorated lodge is Africa’s perfect combination – it encompasses everything you dream the bush to be; luxurious safari experiences, romantic, a wellness retreat and a home-away-from-home for those travelling with the whole family.

What could be more perfect than spending time with your closest family and friends in your own exclusive-use luxury villa, in the heart of the Sabi Sands Private Game reserve? Castleton Camp gifts you this rare treasure of spending uninterrupted time in the lap of luxury, away from the distractions of ‘life’ in a surrounding that is infinitely peaceful and secluded.

It was listed as the Best Safari Lodge/Property under Best Resorts (by Cigar Aficionado in 2010), and here’s why:

Singita Castleton Kruger Park