Adventuring in Africa

written by | Posted on March 18th, 2014

 

Chinzombo

Chinzombo villa on the banks of the Luangwa River. (Photo courtesy of Norman Carr Safaris.)

Travelers can take part in many African adventures, from safaris to cheetah watching, or just relaxing in a boutique hotel or luxurious bush camp, all while taking in Africa’s majestic scenery. Tour packages, unique lodging experiences and new hotels will entice the adventurous traveler or honeymooners.

For instance, Camp Chinzombo, part of Norman Carr Safaris, features six villas set within 60 acres of private wilderness on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia.

Each villa features a bedroom, bathroom, spa amenities, WiFi, its own deck with plunge pool, and cooled sleeping areas. A 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa accommodates up to five people. The panoramic views of Luangwa from the villas allow guests to take in the surrounding bush and wildlife ambling through the camp. Even better, the camp offers direct river access to the game area of South Luangwa National Park. Guests can tailor their safari adventures to their own personal tastes.

Stays at Camp Chinzombo include all meals, bar drinks and house wines, transfers to and from Mfuwe Airport (MFU), inter-camp transfers, all game-viewing activities and laundry service. Rates start at $595 pp. For more information, visit normancarrsafaris.com.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania.

Guests of the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania can partake in cheetah watching by participating in the lodge’s support of The Cheetah Watch Campaign, run by the Serengeti Cheetah Project and Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute. The campaign affords visitors the opportunity to monitor cheetahs, whose loss of habitat has caused their numbers to decline. Four Seasons Serengeti guests are encouraged to submit their cheetah photos, and notes on location and behavior to the Project.

The 77-room property includes 12 suites with plunge pools, five free-standing villas with private pools, a spa, three restaurants, and a Kijana Klub for kids and teens. Two watering holes on the property allow for animal viewing, and every room has an elevated open-air sun deck providing direct views over the Serengeti. For more information visit, fourseasons.com/serengeti.

A leopard spotting during a safari through Thronybush. (Photo courtesy ofGeneral Tours World Traveler.)

A leopard spotting on safari through Thronybush. (Photo courtesy of General Tours World Traveler.)

General Tours World Travelers has enhanced its Journey to South Africa & Victoria Falls tour with a 2-night stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Western Cape of South Africa. This 12-day small group adventure, which tops off at 16 guests, features a sunset cruise and guided tour of Victoria Falls at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, morning and afternoon game drives, one day in Cape Winelands and a 3-night stay in Cape Town.

Travel agents who are members of General Tours Rewards earn a booking bonus when their clients take part in the pay-in-full offer. For more information, call (800) 221-2216 or visit generaltoursrewards.com or generaltours.com.

Robin Pope Safari.

Bedroom at the Tena Tena resort in Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley. (Photo courtesy of Robin Pope Safari.)

Robin Pope Safaris is offering a new 10-night Wet and Wild honeymoon package. The package includes three nights at the river retreat of Tena Tena in Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley; four nights at Pumulani, a luxury beach resort on Lake Malawi in Mozambique; and three nights of “safari life” at Mkulumadzi, a delux bush camp in the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi.

Honeymoon amenities include champagne on arrival; a private game drive or boat cruise with a surprise during the stay at South Luangwa; a private breakfast on Lake Malawi; a private candlelight dinner in South Luangwa or on Lake Malawi; and a snorkeling excursion. Rates start at $5,175 pp from June to October. For more information, visit robinpopesafaris.net.

House of Waine Malaika.

House of Waine’s Malaika Suite.

House of Waine, a family home turned boutique hotel in Nairobi, is entering the U.S. market for the first time. Guests staying at House of Waine can visit nearby attractions such as the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage—an elephant rescue, the Giraffe Centre—a giraffe conservatory, and the Karen Blixen Museum.

This 2.5-acre property offers guests a heated pool, outdoor bar, dining room with fusion cuisine, 11 guestrooms, and complimentary WiFi. Rates start at $330 per night. For more information, visit houseofwaine.com.