Whether you want an an­i­mal ad­ven­ture, bliss­ful beach es­cape or an is­land-hop­ping sail­ing trip, this ex­tra­or­di­nary con­ti­nent has it all

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Groot­bos Pri­vate Na­ture Re­serve Nes­tled be­tween the sea and the moun­tains, this five-star eco-re­serve has a range of con­tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, in­clud­ing pri­vate vil­las with op­u­lent dé­cor and breathtaking sea views. Food, full of lo­cal flavour, is a high­light. There are also some spe­cial din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able, such as a South African­themed meal in a tra­di­tional Boma. Four nights full board, in­clud­ing flights and trans­fers, from £3162pp,


Is­land Dhow Sa­fari Set sail for an is­land-hop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence on a mod­ernised tra­di­tional Arab ship – just the two of you and the crew. Days are spent snorkelling in crys­tal-clear wa­ters and kayak­ing past ver­dant man­grove forests. At night, you’ll sleep un­der can­vas on de­serted trop­i­cal is­lands, after a gourmet supper cre­ated by your pri­vate chef. The voy­age ends with a stay at bare­foot-luxe re­treat Azura Quilalea. A 12-night trip from £5135pp in­clud­ing do­mes­tic flights, trans­fers, ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, drinks and ac­tiv­i­ties, tim­buk­tu­


Serengeti Bush­tops A tent may not con­jure up vi­sions of lux­ury, but that’s be­cause you haven’t seen this splen­did sa­fari camp yet. The pala­tial raised tents here have huge decks with hot tubs, beau­ti­fully de­signed fur­nish­ings and in­door/ out­door show­ers. You also get a per­sonal but­ler to ar­range ev­ery­thing, from post-game drive mas­sages and hot-air bal­loon sa­faris to ro­man­tic drinks on the deck. Five nights, with one night in Nairobi, Kenya, one night at the Arusha Cof­fee Lodge, Tan­za­nia and three nights at the Serengeti Bush­tops on an all-in­clu­sive ba­sis, in­clud­ing flights and trans­fers, from £4530pp, Kilindi Zanz­ibar Who knew Scandi min­i­mal­ism would work in a trop­i­cal par­adise? The white­washed walls and clean lines here are the per­fect con­trast to the lush green­ery, golden sand and pure blue ocean of the sur­round­ings. Each suite is housed in an in­di­vid­ual pav­il­ion with a pri­vate plunge pool and gar­den. Seven nights all-in­clu­sive from £2990pp, in­clud­ing a 50% re­duc­tion for the bride, spe­cial hon­ey­moon ex­tras in­clud­ing a wel­come cham­pagne cock­tail, pri­vate beach din­ner, one-hour cou­ples mas­sage and henna bri­dal paint­ing, re­turn pri­vate trans­fers and in­ter­na­tional flights, turquoise­hol­i­


Lewa Sa­fari Camp There are over 70 mam­mal species in the Lewa Wildlife Con­ser­vancy that sur­rounds this beau­ti­ful camp. If an­i­mal-spot­ting is your pri­or­ity, you’ll be in wildlife heaven! And there are strict tourism lim­its, so you won’t be com­pet­ing with a fleet of other jeeps. As to the ro­mance-fac­tor of the camp it­self, well, this is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got en­gaged. From Us$395pppn in­clud­ing full-board ac­com­mo­da­tion, Lewa airstrip trans­fers, sa­fari ac­tiv­i­ties (game drives, bush pic­nics, sun­down­ers and bush walks) and laun­dry, ele­ Mara Plains Camp There’s much to ad­mire at this seven-tent camp, from the el­e­gant ac­com­mo­da­tion to the glo­ri­ous set­ting, with wildlife aplenty. But what’s par­tic­u­larly spe­cial is the com­mit­ment to build­ing links with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and the strong em­pha­sis on con­ser­va­tion. If you want a lux­u­ri­ous hol­i­day with a heart, this is for you. Seven-night itin­er­ary of Kenya in­clud­ing Mount Kenya, Sam­buru, Lake Naivasha and the Ma­sai Mara, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional flights, from £2850pp, des­ti­nol­


Zarafa Camp There are just four tented suites at this camp, lux­u­ri­ously kit­ted out and over­look­ing an idyl­lic la­goon. An­i­mal en­coun­ters are the draw, whether on a game drive or watch­ing ele­phants wan­der past. Each suite comes with a com­pli­men­tary cam­era. A seven-night Botswana itin­er­ary in­clud­ing four nights at Duba Plains Camp and three nights at Zarafa Camp on a fully in­clu­sive ba­sis, re­turn in­ter­na­tional flights, do­mes­tic flights, air­port trans­fers and sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties, from £11,995pp, Fe­line Fields Kala­hari If you’re look­ing to re­ally get away from it all, this spe­cial re­sort is hard to beat. Set amid the wilder­ness of the Kala­hari, each of the six suites was de­signed with ro­man­tic seclu­sion in mind. The largest of th­ese are on two lev­els, and come with pri­vate pools – a dreamy re­treat after a day’s wildlife-spot­ting on game drives. Four nights all-in­clu­sive in­clud­ing flights from the UK from £4000pp, thelux­u­rysa­fari­com­


Bisate Lodge This newly opened lodge sits next to Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park, home to the en­dan­gered moun­tain go­rilla, which means you’ll be per­fectly placed for some truly amaz­ing wildlife treks. Back at base, the re­sort takes full ad­van­tage of its stun­ning set­ting: the thatched vil­las fea­ture floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, so you can soak up the spec­tac­u­lar for­est set­ting in all its glory. Three nights all-in­clu­sive in­clud­ing one go­rilla trek and flights from the UK from £5500pp, thelux­u­rysa­fari­com­


Sin­gita Pa­mushana Lodge This is a par­tic­u­larly fine ex­am­ple of eco­tourism, with all prof­its from the lodge ben­e­fit­ing a range of con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity outreach pro­grammes. There’s plenty to do, from game drives and walk­ing sa­faris to fish­ing and stargazing – or sim­ply bliss­ing out in the spa. All ac­com­mo­da­tion comes with a spa­cious pri­vate deck and pool, and the views across the pris­tine wilder­ness are as­ton­ish­ing. From US$1650 per adult, per night, in­clud­ing full-board ac­com­mo­da­tion, sa­faris and re­turn trans­fers, sin­

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