Now more than ever, we take our work with us wherever we go – even on vacation. But with remote working settling in as the new norm, we can take our vacation with us to work and make our mobile office as simple as a viewing deck overlooking a waterhole in the greater Kruger. We no longer have to choose between being online and witnessing watercolour sunsets and mirages. Sometimes just a change of environment is enough to catch a break.
While vacations are synonymous with ‘switching off’, this new way of working has seen many travel-hungry businessmen successfully accomplish tasks while seeing the world.
In the past internet connectivity in some parts of the bush has been known to be sporadic at best and remote areas often have poor signal, let alone bandwith. Unreliable connections make checking-in and social engagement a frustrating experience… however, look no further.
We have put together our top ‘workation’ destinations for those who need to retreat into the wild but cannot leave their e-mails behind:
The possibility is that you would rather want to take in Madikwe’s panoramic views instead of hearing your message notifications come in, but this luxury safari lodge offers guests excellent complimentary WI-FI throughout the lodge, laptop loans and business facilities for those who like to travel light.
Don’t forget there is also the possibility of an ocean safari… Here is an opportunity to work hard and play hard. It is almost certain that you will have the chance to swim amongst dolphins or view migrating humpback whales while you’re strolling on the beach or reclining on your private deck. This ultimate African experience may inspire some creativity or give you the motivation to finish that task! While the guest areas have been designed for relaxation and romance, stretch out on your bed or day lounger and keep updated or simply post those magnificent pictures of the crystal blue water using the complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.
Kenya is unparalleled in sceneries and adventure and Mara Plains Camp rolls both into one at one of the most iconic destinations in Africa. It’s not only millennials that will have a hard time not sharing these magical moments with the world as it happens. Luckily, Safaricom provides a decent 3G network in most parts of Kenya, and Mara Plains Camp offers mobile network to guests.
Most travellers head to Tongabezi for a romantic stay. But posting those dreamy pictures to your Instagram may be more important than work e-mails. Catch up with loved ones and post those pictures that will have all your friends envious using the area around Victoria Falls and Livingstone’s mobile connectivity or Tongabezi’s uncapped Wi-Fi.
The Sabi Sands is perhaps the most famous Private Game Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere. This 66 000-hectare Private Game Reserve adjoins The Kruger National Park and has become globally recognised for the highest quality game viewing due to the incredible predator density. This coupled with the ultra-luxury lodges which own private concessions within the reserve has guaranteed the fame of the Sabi Sands.
Here are a few of our favourite spots in the Sabi Sands for you to choose from:
Cheetah Plains shares a fenceless border to the east with the vast, world famous Kruger National Park and its southern border with the esteemed Mala Mala Game Reserve. Cheetah Plains’ prime location within the inimitable Sabi Sands delivers a prolific, sustainable safari experience facilitated by the natural movement of wildlife over this vast land, fiercely protected under conservation. Each of the three exclusive-use Plains Houses at Cheetah Plains accommodates a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 guests per house, offering you and your safari companions the ultimate private safari experience in the splendid Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Situated in one of South Africa’s most prestigious game reserves, Dulini Lodge is world-famous for its leopard sightings and is renowned for having the best Big Five game viewing in the country.
It is set in one of the Kruger’s most game rich regions and famed for its inspired game guides and trackers who will interpret the wonders of this natural paradise to you. Kirkman’s Camp is a home away from home, brilliant for family and couple safaris.
Londolozi effortlessly exceeds all expectations on a luxury, hospitality, wilderness and experiential front – however when anyone who knows Londolozi well, is tasked with describing this African wonder they are immediately confronted by the difficulty of portraying the intangible. It is this indiscernible x factor which sets Londolozi aside from the rest!
Singita, means “place of miracles,” which truly embodies everything for which this incredible brand has become famous. Astonishing game viewing, amplified by exquisite accommodation and outstanding home-grown cuisine – all with a touch of genuine, warm African hospitality.
Steeped in history and tradition Lion Sands is the most prized possession of the More’s extravagant collection of luxury wilderness properties. It is an intimate and spectacular safari experience, a testament to a family’s passion and admiration for their pristine piece of wild Africa.
Chitwa Chitwa is a private lodge within the 150 000-acre Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which sits adjacent and open to the world renowned Kruger National Park, perfect for both romantic retreats and family adventures.
There’s no need to put off spending time in the bush. You can have it all – rest in a sanctuary for both humans and wildlife, and work at the same time while enjoying five-star accommodation, first-class African hospitality, heart-stopping wildlife encounters and fine dining opportunities. The Wi-Fi signal is strong in the one place you wish you could switch off…
May your travels take you where the signal is strong, but don’t forget to take the time to stop, switch off, submerge yourself in the amazing surroundings and let the magic of Africa wash over you.