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KENYAN SA­FARI Fol­low in the ex­ploratory foot­steps of Ernest Hem­ming­way by set­ting out across the plains of Kenya, where you can in­ter­min­gle with wilde­beest and ze­bras on a thrilling game drive in the Ma­sai Mara and then dine by moon­light against the most spec­tac­u­lar back­drop imag­in­able.

Take a short river cross­ing to ar­rive at Lit­tle Gov­er­nors’ Camp, made up of seven­teen lux­ury en suite tents over­look­ing a scenic wa­ter­ing hole; as the name sug­gests, the ex­clu­sive Ele­phant Pep­per Camp is the ideal base for those with a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in get­ting up-close with the most ma­jes­tic an­i­mal of them all. If you’re in search of an es­pe­cially stylish re­treat, the nine vil­las at Sasaab in the Sam­buru Na­tional Re­serve com­bine dis­tinc­tive Moroc­can-in­flu­enced dé­cor with ex­pan­sive vis­tas.


What could be bet­ter than a hol­i­day that brings to­gether the ab­sorb­ing thrill of a sa­fari with the sooth­ing qual­i­ties of the ul­ti­mate beach break? Spend the be­gin­ning of your hol­i­day track­ing game and your last few days sink­ing bliss­fully into the sand, snorkelling through the co­ral reefs or cool­ing off in fresh, clear waters.

Plan a hol­i­day that starts in the South African bush, be­fore mov­ing on to the sandy beaches of Mau­ri­tius via vi­brant Cape Town - or even one of the many pic­turesque is­lands dot­ted along the East­ern coast. You may choose to split your time be­tween Zam­bia - where you can take a walk­ing sa­fari across the plains of South Luangwa - and the wel­com­ing shores of Lake Malawi.


A wealth of choice awaits you when it comes to plan­ning a South African sa­fari. From the moun­tain ranges and al­lur­ing beaches of the West­ern Cape to the self-drive ap­peal of the Winelands and Gar­den Route and the cap­ti­vat­ing scenery of the Kruger Na­tional Park, choose the com­bi­na­tion that best suits your sense of ad­ven­ture.

Lo­cated on the Lit­tle Ka­roo wine route, the San­bona Wildlife Re­serve, home to the only self-sus­tained prides of white lions in the world, comes highly rec­om­mended. For a true ‘back to na­ture’ ex­pe­ri­ence, stay at Jaci’s Sa­fari Lodge & Tree Lodge, where the rooms boast charm­ing thatched roofs; ro­man­tics, on the other hand, will swoon over the French baths, pri­vate plunge pools and dra­matic draped ceil­ings at the Sa­vanna Pri­vate Game Re­serve in Sabi Sand.


An in­cred­i­ble shared fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence, a ro­man­tic en­counter or sim­ply an un­for­get­table ad­ven­ture - what­ever type of lux­ury sa­fari hol­i­day you wish to en­joy, time spent ex­plor­ing the wilds of Africa is sure to be re­ward­ing, ab­sorb­ing and ul­ti­mately en­rich­ing.

Ex­plore re­mark­able malaria-free African re­serves, where the Big Five roam free and you can spend a mem­o­rable trip that ex­ceeds all of your long-held ex­pec­ta­tions. Imag­ine the joy of spend­ing a sa­fari with your chil­dren and shar­ing their sense of won­der as they ven­ture close to wildlife for the very first time. From track­ing meerkats to watch­ing a pride of lions rest­ing in the mid­day sun, the pre­cious mem­o­ries you’ll cre­ate to­gether on the African plains will surely stay with you the rest of your lives.

The 100,000 hectare Tswalu Pri­vate Game Re­serve in South Africa of­fers stylish suites, a cool­ing in­fin­ity pool and chil­drens’ ac­tiv­i­ties to keep them en­ter­tained. Camp out in so­phis­ti­cated style in one of the dozen lux­ury tents at fam­ily-friendly Mara Bush­tops in Kenya. Or try the award-win­ning Shamwari Game Re­serve on South Africa’s East­ern Cape, with its unique ‘Kids on Sa­fari’ pro­gramme and spa­cious fam­ily rooms.

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