Africa

Luxurious South Africa

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2009

Here, clients will spend two days in the so-called “Adventure Capital of South Africa,” where they’ll be able to enjoy a visit to ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, play a round of golf, walk the pristine beaches, check out the oyster beds, and watch for playful dolphins and whales cavorting in the ocean. There’s also a canopy adventure, primate reserves and Tsitsikamma forest, with its spectacular scenery, to enjoy before heading back to the Pezula Hotel for gourmet meals and its plush, elegant rooms.

Then it’s off to Singita Boulders Lodge in the Singita Private Game Reserve for two nights, a secluded elegant lodge that towers over the landscape and rests on the banks of the Sand River in the midst of the reserve. Its suites feature magnificent and luxurious stone bathrooms and bedrooms with vast sundecks where guests can contemplate the breathtaking, wild landscape. On safari, clients will experience awe-inspiring herds of buffalo and elephant, large prides of lion, majestic leopard and antelope by the thousands and understand why the Singita Private Game Reserve, at the heart of the Sabi Sands, is one of the finest locations for viewing the Big 5 anywhere in the world.

On the last two nights, clients can select from the Singita Sweni Lodge or the Singita Lebombo Lodge, located in Kruger National Park, one of the most famous game reserves in the world and renowned for its abundant wildlife and incredible diversity of landscape. Both lodges are located in the park’s southeast region, on the border with Mozambique, where the Lebombo concession is one of the most pristine wild territories in Africa. The majestic Lebombo mountain range runs diagonally across the expanse of the concession, intertwined with the N’wanetsi and Sweni rivers. The area is renowned for the Big 5, abundant antelope and birdlife and incredible diversity of smaller animals.

The smallest of the lodges in the Singita fold, Sweni, is situated on the edge of the Sweni River, providing a forested haven far from the noise of the world. Built on stilts with decks of dark timber and boasting six luxurious suites set off by dark wood with interiors accented in deep greens and multi-shades of avocado, it offers the ultimate luxury in a wild setting with ample time for reflection in the shade of its many trees.

Singita Lebombo Lodge sits high above one of Africa’s most dramatic landscapes and is constructed of steel, glass and wood that literally brings in the broad African expanse before it. Ceiling-to-floor glass on all three sides of the suites creates spectacular 180-degree views of the game reserve and winding river below. The suites have wooden floors and open-plan bathrooms with outdoor showers, while the decor is a melange of art deco and ethnicity. Living spaces are minimalist and expansive and encompass a vast swimming pool, open-sided deck, indoor and outdoor dining areas, business facilities and a library.

The lodge is renowned for its exceptional cuisine and wines and its team of world-class chefs prepare innovative dishes incorporating local ingredients and lots of wild flavors. Rangers claim that the highest concentration of game in the Kruger National Park is found around Singita Lebombo, and early morning and evening game drives will reward your clients with an amazing game viewing experience.

African Classic Encounters rates for this one-of-kind program are priced from $10,450 pp sharing and include 14-night deluxe accommodations, meals as indicated, transfers, sightseeing and game drives as indicated in the itinerary, and the services of a professional driver/guide. It excludes flights, however.

goway travel Goway Travel, too, features some excellent high-end product, spanning the length and breadth of southern Africa, all of which can be booked as an add-on option—called Places of Distinction, such as the Palace of the Lost City in Sun City—to a separate tour, or in this case, one all-encompassing tour.

“As one of our Places of Distinction, Palace of the Lost City—as in all of our Places of Distinction—a lot of people will add that on their existing itineraries,” explains Moira Smith, Africa manager for Goway. “But we’ve got a program called Route of the African Sun that essentially, takes in The Royal Livingstone in Zambia, the Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp, the Palace of the Lost City in Sun City and Table Bay HOTEL in Cape Town. So it’s a very nice mix of very, very high-end properties in completely different areas.