The rich tribal history of southeastern Zimbabwe is the inspiration for a transformation of Singita Pamushana Lodge. The design makes strong use of texture with carved wood in geometric patterns, woven leather, natural fabrics, raw silks, hammered brass and polished stone. Tobacco tan, black, ivory and brass comprise the primary color palette, creating a striking backdrop for the mix of original African artifacts and contemporary sculpture. Expanded accommodation offerings include a total of 8 suites and a 5-bedroom villa. Decks and living spaces were extended and a new cliff-top fire pit and bar deli overlooking the Malilangwe Dam provide the perfect location for alfresco dining and fireside storytelling.
Stanley's Camp in Botswana has also been "reborn." Situated on an animal-rich 260,000-acre private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta, the camp has been redesigned to feature 10 new light, airy and luxurious canvas tents and a spacious central area. The distinguished accommodation has been crafted with sustainability in mind and to evoke the days of explorer Henry Stanley.
Sussi & Chuma, set in the heart of Zambia's Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, has been re-styled. All 12 treehouses surrounded by jackalberry trees have been luxuriously updated. To take full advantage of its setting at the edge of a dramatic bend in the Zambezi River, new sitting areas and decking have been added to the communal spaces.
Those staying at Jack's Camp or Camp Kalahari in Botswana can now book a helicopter excursion for a "wild and wonderful" flight over the Makgadikgadi Pans. This adventure is available during the "green season" from 10 January to 31 March 2019.
A second hide within the grounds of Tafika Camp, South Luangwa, Zambia, is now completed and ready for use. Strategically positioned at the base of the river bank with views up and down the Luangwa River, this hide offers a perfect vantage point for viewing hippos, bird life and the wide variety of animals approaching the river to drink. This addition joins Tafika's original hide re-built into the perimeter fence each year overlooking a waterhole. Accessible at any time during the day these two hides offer guests the bonus of extra wildlife engagement and photographic opportunities.
Little Makalolo, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, has re-opened after a full refurbishment of its main area and six guest tents. The camp's footprint remains unchanged, however its evocative false mopane tree is more of a focal point and the pool area, which now includes a bar and breakfast nook, has been raised for uninterrupted views of the abundant waterhole in front of camp. Wilderness Safari's continued presence in Hwange for over 20 years has had an important conservation impact on its diversity of herbivore herds and the predators that follow them.
Governors' Camp in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, has completed its food training uplift program, and the menu has been revamped. The already delicious cuisine is now lighter and fresher, with a more modern feel – including a new gelato ice cream machine. A favorite is the caramel ice cream with toffee brandy snaps. The food training program has moved on to Little Governors Camp and Rwanda's Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp, also in the Maasai Mara, has obtained several electric mountain bikes allowing guests to easily explore the area's warren of game trails on two wheels. Guests can ride, accompanied by their guides, to one of the nearby local Maasai villages to visit the school that Cottar's supports, and then afterward peddle into a market and experience a traditional manyatta. Charged by a solar station and completely carbon-neutral, these bikes offer an eco-friendly way for guests to elevate their safari experience.
Sausage Tree Camp in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia, has been completely redesigned and rebuilt in a simple, contemporary and chic fashion. Its 7 Luxury Suites and Kigelia Family Suite are twice the size of the previous accommodation, built from canvas and man-made wood, decorated with plush linens and modern furnishings, and are situated even closer to the Zambezi River's edge. Each suite features a sitting area, bedroom, indoor bathroom with open air shower, sliding doors leading out onto a large deck complete with outdoor sitting area and private plunge pool.
Tongabezi Lodge, also in Zambia's Lower Zambezi Valley, has completed its new swimming pool and bar area, as well as a fully-equipped gymnasium. Both can be found slightly removed from the rest of the lodge amenities. The pool is designed in keeping with Tongabezi's "barefoot luxury" ethos, with the use of wood and wicker and decorated with shells, lanterns and natural tones. The well-appointed gym is neatly tucked away under the trees and topped with classic cooling thatch.
Ol Donyo Lodge in southern Kenya has announced two four-night Wild Studio Yoga retreats that will take place on 30 November and 4 December 2018. The retreats will include therapeutic meditation and yoga sessions at sunrise and sunset overlooking the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, from the volcanic Chyulu Hills (Ernest Hemingway's "Green Hills of Africa"); daily workshops to further knowledge of yoga; healthy and delicious meals and drinks. Silent, guided walking safaris, horse riding, cycling, exploration of lava tunnels, day and night game drives are also available. Non yoga-participating partners are welcome.
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