Iconic Africa’s Favourite Escapes #3

Continuing our series of our travel consultant’s favourite escapes, this month we feature Mary Hensman and her podium of destinations in the safari world. These three lodges are among our favourites and receive consistently amazing reviews and feedback from our guests, so it’s no wonder they are some of Mary’s top picks…

The Outpost 

The Outpost has become one of my personal favourite places to visit to experience the extraordinary biodiversity, scenic splendour and history for which the Pafuri region is renowned.
The lodge is perched high above the Luhvuvu River, and is the perfect place from which to explore this spectacular corner of South Africa. The birdlife is stunning, the baobabs are magnificent, the leopards rasping during the night will send tingles up your spine, and everywhere you look you are simply blown away! 

Elephants have always been a massive part of my life and sensational interactions with them in the bush always hold a special place with me, especially if they come gently into your space.
One of my most incredible experiences with elephant – that left all of us a little awestruck – happened while visiting Lion Sands River Lodge, and that sentimental association means the lodge will always remain dear to my heart.
The game viewing is nothing short of spectacular and the decor of the lodge is amazing!

A dream destination; not anywhere I have been before (the camp is very new) but it’s on my bucket list!
Why? Since having kids there has been a shift in me in which I want to share everything unique in this world with them and to open their eyes to the beauty out there. Tswalu is a completely unique and untouched area that has the potential for wildly different sightings; pangolin, bat eared fox, brown hyena and the majestic Kalahari lion. There is also not one thing that they have not thought of in creating a luxury bespoke experience.
Loapi – “Space under the Clouds” – caters to families or couples, where you have a space and unspoiled views all to yourself. If that isn’t enough, you also have a private chef, butler and guide and tracker team to make your stay completely personal.


If these destinations appeal to you – and they should! – get in touch now through info@iconicafrica.com to find out about rates and availability…


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