9 occasions out of ten, vacationers come to the southern international locations of Africa for a safari journey; to benefit from the sights and sounds and smells of Africa, pure magnificence, range of wildlife, attention-grabbing individuals and pretty landscapes.
Africa is magical, however a vacation in Africa isn’t essentially linked to luxurious journey – it217;s at all times an adventurous expertise, however usually with out the comforts and facilities of Europe or America. Nonetheless, 5 lodges, of which three are on the banks of the mighty Okavango River, tick all of the containers: genuine Africa, unparalleled magnificence and 5 star luxurious.
River Dance Lodge invitations you to bounce
After travelling via the arid, large open landscapes of northern Namibia, the well-tended gardens and wonderful inexperienced lawns of the lodge appear to be a nook of utopia. River Dance invitations you to a cheerful foxtrot with the birds and the buck that graze among the many chalets and tenting websites, or a languid two-step on the sundeck, or a romantic waltz in tempo with the slow-flowing Okavango, or a sensual tango within the silver path of the complete moon on the water…
The buildings of the lodge are unobtrusive. Constructed with indigenous wooden and stone, they soften into the pure environment. Spacious, personal river entrance residing items nestle beneath stunning timber. Luxurious tenting websites supply personal ablution amenities, beautiful views, and your personal deck on the river. A easy however trendy reception space opens onto the true residing area of the lodge: a terrace with delicate sofas, an enormous fireplace pool for cooler days and a eating space – and the ever-changing river that flows by.
Pleasant and useful workers graciously serve their visitors. An early morning basket with freshly baked scones units the tone for a day beneath the African solar. Fishing, chook watching, a go to to the Mahango Recreation Reserve with quite a lot of recreation, the Popa Falls or the Andara Roman Catholic settlement close by are amongst the actions you’ll be able to take into account.
A must-do is an unforgettable sundown cruise on the Okavango River: the surroundings alongside the banks of the river is wonderful; a crocodile sleeps on a sandbank; hippos snort to warn you that that is their world and you’re the intruder; a fish eagle swoops low over the water with a haunting cry; the day dies in a blaze of purple and gold.
River Dance will steal your coronary heart!
Ngepi Camp, tongue in cheek allure
Ngepi Camp is a complete shock: fairly, peaceable and completely different. Humorous feedback, phrases of knowledge and quirky philosophies mix with the overwhelming great thing about Namibia.
The Camp is located within the unspoiled higher reaches of the Okavango delta panhandle within the western Caprivi Strip. Ngepi’s Namibian delta expertise consists of, sundown & dawn boat cruises, fishing, journeys in ‘makoros’, recreation drives, Dragon river rafting, guided nature and village walks. Make your self at residence on the river entrance deck what a drink in a single hand and a pair of binoculars within the different – you might be assured to see some Kudu or Impala within the recreation reserve throughout the river.
Benefit from the pleasure of swimming within the Hippo&Croc cage, Ngepi’s model of a swimming pool.
No go to to Ngepi is full with out a leisurely Lavatory Tour, sure – you might have learn accurately – a tour of the funky abutions on the terrain. Each is exclusive, none of them has a roof. There’s in all probability no different tour like this on the earth: it’s going to make you snicker, it’s going to amaze you with its originality, it’s going to make you suppose…
Lodging, within the type of en suite Tree Homes, is constructed on the river’s edge. At Ngepi nature didn’t must make approach for building, every cabin genuinely sits in and across the timber and over the undergrowth. These homes have the trendy luxurious of simplicity, no bling, a part of nature. Personal to prying eyes, however open to the celebs and the solar and the river – it doesn’t get extra romantic than this! Award profitable campsites on the river financial institution are each traveler’s dream; lush grassy lawns with all facilities and quaint ablutions.
Ngepi will put a smile in your face.
Drotsky’s Cabins, in an authenic African forest
Drive south with a gravel street from Ngepi, via the Bwabwata Recreation Reserve and cross from Namibia into Botswana on the Mohembo Border Publish. Just a few kilometres additional, close to the city of Shakawe, you’ll enter the wonderworld of Drotsky’s Cabins: with tall, shady African timber, lush inexperienced lawns and Samango apes for by no means ending leisure.
The unique lodge was constructed greater than 30 years in the past by Jan and Eileen Drotksy, they usually developed an expensive new complicated just a few years in the past. Drotsky’s lodge, the primary primary constructing in addition to the ten air-conditioned en suite chalets, is constructed with sturdy wood beams and adorned with authentic African wooden artworks of crocodiles, hippos and pangolin.
The deep porch of the primary constructing, with comfortable chairs, a panoramic view over the gardens and the delta, and free espresso and tea all day, is the guts of Drotsky’s. Across the pretty swimming pool within the centre, lie the stunning gardens, with luscious inexperienced lawns and indigenous timber.
An attention-grabbing steel military boat, from an period passed by, serves as a jetty on the river. Portholes are glorious for viewing the surroundings and framing your images!
Every of the twenty river aspect tenting websites, with good ablution amenities, is massive and utterly personal and shaded by age outdated African timber with pretty names like Jackal Berry Tree, Leadwood Tree, Sausage Tree, Thorn Tree and plenty of extra. The Drotskys are devoted conservationists they usually have preserved this wild forest untouched and pristine for many years.
At Drotsky’s you’ll be able to whereas away the times with birding and fishing, taking a ship cruise on the river, visiting Tsodilo Hills (a World Heritage Web site) or go recreation viewing within the Mahango Park. Make some extent of having fun with a sundowner on the spacious wood terrace of the outdated lodge: the view on the tributary of the Okavango River flowing previous the lodge, the abundance of bamboo and water crops and so many species of birds, is an unforgettable expertise.
Drotsky’s is a bit of paradise…
Khaudum Lodge, solitude and free roaming wild life
In the direction of the tip of 2017 a brand new luxurious lodge will open on the sting of an ‘omuramba’, dry river mattress, within the Khaudum Nationwide Park within the north of Namibia. The lodge consists of a primary constructing, with an open plan lounge and bar and eating space that expands onto an open deck with a hearth pit and wonderful views. 5 star catering is completed from a state-of-the-art kitchen.
Lodging consists of 9 personal particular person luxurious chalets for 2. Right here you’ll be able to lie in your mattress and benefit from the distinctive pure magnificence exterior. Every chalet is an ingenuous mix of conventional African ‘rondawel’ type with high-quality modern facilities. Whilst you bathe within the fashionable en suite toilet, open to the skies, the water runs via openings within the wood ground onto the pure undergrowth beneath the chalet. Elevated environment-friendly wood walkways join the buildings.
Recreation drives, with a educated information, are organized within the morning and afternoon. Touring slowly via the thick sand on single monitor roads, whereas retaining your eyes open for elephant, roan antelope, leopard, lion, a lilac-breasted curler or an unique flower– is an expertise you’ll always remember.
Khaudum takes you again to the wilderness
Tautona Lodge, the place lions reside
Tautona Lodge is located close to the village of Ghanzi in Botswana. Tau means ‘lion’ in varied African languages (Tswana and Sotho) – no marvel lion camp on the entrance welcomes you to the luxurious lodge in a personal recreation reserve. There are numerous alternatives for recreation viewing and having fun with wildlife like lion, giraffe and wild canines, these days an endangered species. Bushmen Dance performances may be organized and there’s a pretty swimming pool for these sizzling days beneath the African solar.
Lodging choices vary from luxurious chalets to Meru tents, with en suite bogs. Close to the tenting web site, nestled within the purple Kalahari sand and surrounded by tranquil indigenous Bushveld, there’s a recreation consuming spot with a look-out tower.
Tautona is a roaring success
Celine Renaud is Head of Gross sales for Leo Trippi.
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