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Sanc­tu­ary Re­treats’ Michael McCall says lux­ury trav­ellers have their sights set on dis­cov­er­ing new hori­zons. When asked what des­ti­na­tions are shap­ing up as a “must visit” in 2019, he says two stand out:


“Thanks to an ex­tended pe­riod of sta­bil­ity, there has been a real resur­gence of in­ter­est in Egypt,” Michael says. “We’re op­ti­mistic about Egypt’s sta­bil­ity and safety, and we are re­ally buoyed by re­newed tourist in­ter­est over the past 12 months. If you add in ex­cel­lent weather all year round and lots of ma­jor land­marks, which are rel­a­tively free of tourists, now is a fan­tas­tic time to travel.”

19 Ta­ma­rama Ma­rine Drive, Ta­ma­rama Kenya is Michael’s other top travel des­ti­na­tion for 2019, specif­i­cally the Maa­sai Mara for a chance to ob­serve the Great Mi­gra­tion. Ev­ery year more than 1.4 mil­lion wilde­beest, along with gazelles and ze­bra, stam­pede Lion King style from the Serengeti to the Maa­sai Mara. “We’re al­ready see­ing peo­ple want­ing to visit more undis­cov­ered parts of Africa rather than the ma­jor high­lights. We’re see­ing real growth in de­mand for ac­cess to re­mote wilder­ness ar­eas in Botswana and Tan­za­nia’s South­ern Serengeti and Tarangire Na­tional Park, where we op­er­ate sev­eral small sa­fari camps sus­tain­ably.” African sa­fari hol­i­days are in de­mand. “Rather than spend­ing time in one of the more es­tab­lished wilder­ness des­ti­na­tions, our guests are choos­ing op­tions like go­rilla trekking in Uganda where per­mits are very lim­ited, but where the wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence is an ex­traor­di­nar­ily mov­ing one.”

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