3 Unique Tropical Beach Lodges in Mozambique for Barefoot Luxury
Jun05

3 Unique Tropical Beach Lodges in Mozambique for Barefoot Luxury

The Mozambique coast is a rugged tropical paradise fringed by warm turquoise waters and landscapes laden with coconut groves. It’s remove, edgy, authentically African and offers secluded pockets of paradise on exclusive islands. Colourful village markets, bustling beach towns, crisp coconuts and freshly caught seafood is the order of the day in Africa’s beach paradise. The best way to enjoy the coast? To cocoon yourself in luxury and surround yourself with the wild beachy wonder of Mozambique. We’ve selected 3 tropical beach lodges in Mozambique for your barefoot luxury. Sava Dunes along the Inhambane Coastline Tofo is a world-renown diving region in Mozambique and offers abundant opportunities to spot whale-sharks and mantra rays, along with an array of colourful fish and corals. Located along the Inhambane Coastline in Mozambique, Tofo is a popular village with visitors to Mozambique. During the height of the summer holidays it can get quite busy, but still manages to keep its quaint rustic African seaside charm. Sava Dunes Beach Lodge is a pocket of luxury perfectly placed along this wild, raw and rugged coastline. Set a mere 5 – 7km outside of Tofo, it has its own private and remote beach location. The lodge is perched upon the sand dunes, and overlooks the emerald and sometimes turquoise Mozambican seas. It’s an eco-friendly lodge offering an authentic, off-the-grid experience. Sava comprises just 5 seaside beach cottages, constructed from wood. Balconies with endless views of the horizon provide the perfect place to kick back and soak up the tropics of Africa. The main area of the lodge houses a relaxing lounge that opens out onto a pool and decking area. Our favourite part? The swim-up bar of course. Take a swim to the bar and order yourself a Pina Colada – that’s an order! The beach is a few metres from your doorstep, and offers warm waters with a peeling surfable wave ideal for bodyboarding. In season, humpback whales are commonly spotted from the lodge. The surrounding area is world-renowned for its ocean safaris, which can all be arranged from the lodge. Distance from Maputo :  White Pearl : Ponta Mamoli, southern Mozambique With a name like “White Pearl” you can only imagine what’s in store for you. Located in southern Mozambique, the elegant White Pearl Resort is perfectly placed in a picturesque destination on the shores of the Ponto coastline. Decor is chic with a light Mediterranean beach club feel – not over the top, but rather a sublime and sophisticated take on coastal furnishings. Just the right combination of blues and crisp whites to complement the champagne sands in front of the rest. Certainly...

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Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania : An Escape in Two Migration Locations
Jun03

Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania : An Escape in Two Migration Locations

Sanctuary Retreats has raised the bar in terms of exclusive, luxury mobile camps in the Serengeti. Set in two unique locations across the plains of Africa, the aim of Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania is to track and follow the movements of million-strong zebra and wildebeest herds. The famous migration of the Serengeti is one of the many reasons visitors flock to Africa on an annual basis. Stay at Kichakani Serengeti Camp and follow the herds as they stampede off in search of succulent, sweet grasses during the annual migration cycle. How is it possible to have on camp in two locations? The answer is simple. It’s an entirely mobile and moveable tented structure that leaves little imprint on the environment. Tents are completely exclusive and offer an elite sense of luxury that matches the Sanctuary brand synonymous with classic safari style. The idea is to let guests experience a modern take on how the pioneering explorers of the 19th century lived. The locations vary and are selected based on a number of factors, with the major factor being the natural migration path of these adored ungulates. With so many species littering the plains, it’s inevitable that the marauding predators would come out to play. You will witness some of the greatest take-downs in history, and ogle over slender cheetah prowling the plains. It’s an absolute spectacle of wildlife, and the Kichakani team ensures that camps are set up in the most wildlife-rich pockets of the region. Nights are spent in the Classic Campaign Tents, canvas tents that serve as a protective canopy over an interior filled with mid-century decor coupled with a few contemporary items. We’re talking a mix of brass, copper, character cabinets, and high-quality wood designed to create a sophisticated safari atmosphere. A collection of Africa’s finest things! There are 10 tents in total, each of which is furnished in a classic Out of Africa distinctive style. Tents have their own wooden deck, a perfect place to kick back and relax with a freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee. Bathrooms are all en-suite and come complete with bucket showers – an experience not to be missed! Your own private tent butler will top up your bucket shower with warm water, as and when you please. Absolute wilderness relaxation at its best. When you’re not in the privacy of your authentic tent, lapping up the pristine surrounds, we urge you to migrate to the central canopied area housing a main tent that flows gently into a relaxation lounge and dining area. The tent is kitted-out with plush furnishings – the types of sofas that swallow you and cocoon you...

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Our Top 5 Hotels in Nairobi, Kenya
Mar10

Our Top 5 Hotels in Nairobi, Kenya

The jewel of Africa is a vast country famed for its stream of wildlife, contrasting scenery and distinct culture. The bustling metropolis and capital city, Nairobi, is home to restaurants with exceptional cuisine, friendly people and a rich cultural heritage. Whatever your reason for visiting Kenya, don’t miss out on this pulsating city – it’s certainly worth a stopover. We thought we’d share our top 5 hotels in Nairobi. The skyscrapers and eclectic vibes of Nairobi await! Kenya is a sought after safari destination, and visitors marvel at the absolute variety in habitats and landscapes present within one country. The Indian Ocean coastline of Kenya is ideal for rustic tropical holidays and exploring unique mangrove swamps. The plateaus and mountains of East Africa straddle the centre of the country; while open savannahs, snow-capped peaks, and rivers snaking and cutting their way across typically African landscapes can be found throughout the rest of the country. But the most famous destination in Kenya is the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a preserved area of wilderness home to the famous wildebeest migration and prides of lethal predators. A visit to the reserve is always included in a safari to Kenya!  When you’re hopping from the coast to the national parks and visiting the tall mountainous peaks, you’re bound to overnight in Nairobi on at least one occasion. And if you don’t – slot it into your itinerary! This sprawling city is similar to other metropolises in Africa but boasts modern skyscrapers overlooking this diverse country. Tribe Hotel in Nairobi  The Tribe Hotel is a trendy and contemporary building comprising 137 rooms scattered across three wings. The decor is a blend of modern art mixed with handpicked artefacts (900 pieces) from all over Africa. Located in Nairobi’s diplomatic district, Tribe Hotel certainly sets the bar high in terms of luxury urban hotels. The hotel even has a rather fun tropical-style heated pool with a waterfall! The waterfall is one of the main features. Surrounding the cascading waters is a floating granite bar, islands and relaxation areas. The rooftop bar is the perfect place to take in the sweeping views of Africa’s chic and pulsating city. When you’re not exploring the themed areas, you can always hit the gym or indulge in a few Thai massage treatments. Giraffe Manor Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel that has made it onto many travellers’ bucket lists. And for good reason ! Where else in the world can you settle down for breakfast and a giraffe pokes its head through the window to nibble on your toast?! Giraffe Manor is located on the outskirts of the city and spills...

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Iconic Destinations in Kenya, the Jewel of Africa
Jan31

Iconic Destinations in Kenya, the Jewel of Africa

Kenya is fondly referred to as the “Jewel of Africa”, and is probably one of the most recognised safari destinations in Africa. There’s no denying that Kenya is an “all rounder” when it comes to game viewing, sweeping scenes, open savannahs and tranquil tropical islands. In one country it’s possible to go from viewing the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro to relaxing in the turquoise waters of Lamu Island, and witnessing tree-climbing lions straddling branches of trees on arid open plains. One-tenth of Kenya has been given either national park or reserve status, making it a coveted region for spirited safari-goers. But it’s not only the exquisite biome and wildlife that make Kenya an exceptional destination. It’s also the people. Kenya has a rich and vibrant culture, one that has the earth and conservation at its core. The boldly dressed Maasai people are the custodians of their land, constantly conserving Kenya’s wildlife. And it’s also the birthplace of many novels and movies. Kenya certainly lives up to its colloquial phrase, the Jewel of Africa. Masai Mara for the Famous Wildebeest Migration The wildebeest migration put Kenya on the map in terms of being a sought after safari destination. The Masai Mara area is a major drawcard for many visitors and borders the neighbouring country of Tanzania; which means holidaymakers will often combine countries for the ultimate wilderness experience. Located in the southwestern region of Kenya, this preserved savannah is home to a wealth of wildlife. But the highlight? Well, that would have to be witnessing the annual wildebeest migration which is best witnessed during the October months. Of course, the peak season is when it’s dry from late June to October. The herds are generally around from June – October, but October they begin their mass migration back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. The Coast and its Islands for a Tropical Getaway  Mombasa lies along the coast of Kenya and is the gateway for a tropical island retreat – Africa style! Picture scenes of dhows, remote beaches, dilapidated houses, fishing villages and Moroccan style villas framed by calm seas and endless stretches of beach. The best place to wipe the safari dust off with salty sea water is in the Lamu Archipelago –  a group of tropical islands lying parallel to the coast of Kenya. Lamu is the quintessential Kenyan coast life and remains a rustic, and remote destination with a signature donkey-and-cart way of life.  Amboseli National Park for the Famous View of Mount Kilimanjaro Amboseli is famous for its gigantic free-roaming Tuskers roaming the plains, one of which was well-documented and researched. Echo the elephant was the subject of many books....

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Upgrades to Governors’ Camp Collection in East Africa
Jan29

Upgrades to Governors’ Camp Collection in East Africa

Governors’ II  Moran Camp and Loldia House are two of the most spectacular properties in the Governors’ portfolio of exceptional destinations. Governors is the pioneer of classic safaris in East Africa, and they certainly set the benchmark in terms of offering the quintessential safari experience. The latest upgrade to Governors’ Camp collection in East Africa is worthy of documenting!  Moran Camp is located in the Masai Mara, and Loldia is in the Great Rift Valley – both areas renown for their game viewing. Needless to say, the locations of both these camp are in the most sought after destinations in the world. Governors recognise the need to keep up to date with the latest trends in decor and design; and constantly strives to improve functional elements within each of their camps. These classic camps don’t intrude on their natural surrounds and prefer the untamed wild to be their focal point, rather than being ostentatious. Tasteful furnishings and well-appointed furniture provide an exceptional level of luxury, but not a luxury that detracts from your surrounds. Governors encapsulate the art of being sophistically understated. So, let’s give a quick rundown of the recent changes at both camps, bearing in mind that the tents were refurbed during phase 1 development at the beginning of the year: Governors’ II Moran Camp in Masai Mara The entire mess tent was revamped and reconstructed. Mess tent is now located on the edge of the Mara River, with sweeping views of the landscape below. New platform area leading out from mess tent, with large comfy couches and mood lighting that creates atmosphere. Fire-pit on the deck – the perfect place for large bonfires and creates a space to swap stories about your time in the bushveld. There’s been a change in decor, which includes a warmer and bolder colour palette. Reds, royal blues and brass ornaments define the look and feel of the main area. Brand new fleet of Toyota Land Cruisers – and Governors only ever allocate 4 people per 1 game viewer. Loldia House in the Great Rift Valley Loldia House is designed to reflect an atmosphere from a bygone era. The house was always an old family farm, that provides exquisite accommodation in a popular safari region. After a two month revamps, the new Loldia House was revealed – with the following changes : New dining room with high ceilings Swanky bar area in the original dining room Soft furnishings complementing that classic feel of the house, with a focus on minimalism and pops of colour throughout. Bathrooms have also been reworked to incorporate a more crisp and fresh look. The original manager’s house is now...

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