When was the last time you embarked on a luxurious, exotic getaway?
Once in a while, we need a distraction from the constant hustle mode we operate in our day to day life. Whether it’s a fully-fledged holiday camp or just a relaxed, romantic staycation over the weekend with your favorite human.
Africa and specifically Southern Africa is a seasoned and acclaimed holiday destination. This endowed side of the cosmos harbors some of the rarest breathtaking sceneries and famous wonders of the world. The barren, red dunes of the Namib desert, once-in-a-lifetime experience wildlife safaris of Kruger national park, South Africa’s table mountains, and the warm, sandy beaches of Madagascar, just to name a few. A wonderful holiday getaway is a lofty cure to almost all your problems. So here are some of the luxurious spots in Southern Africa you could put into consideration this year.
Royal Malewane, South Africa
Are you a wildlife safaris enthusiast? If yes, then I bet Kruger National Park in South Africa is your next booked vacation spot. On the western border of this famous wildlife destination, is located an opulent private safari lodge, Royal Malewane.
Imagine waking up to the sight of the game, visible from your doorstep. Royal Malewane allows you to be thrillingly close to the big five, in addition to providing that perfectly immersive safari experience you crave. From safari drives to bush walks, this high-end lodge allows you to take a detour from life’s normality and fully take in nature’s perfection. Their guiding team is well trained and good at what they do, hence ready to answer all your questions.
You could also indulge in other activities like hot air ballooning, golf, and local village excursions.
The interior of the lodge is meticulously crafted, with a fine touch of both African and contemporary themes. Once you book a spot, you are granted the liberty to choose any of the seven villas that you will find most appealing. Their sizes vary between two-bedroomed and seven bedroomed spaces and also come with a heavenly spa experience.
Your taste buds are also catered for and will be delighted by the tasty local South African cuisine featuring dishes like Malva pudding.
I saved the best part for last, the lodge is directly accessible by air, be it a helicopter or a chopper.
Tongabezi lodge in Zambia
Ever been to a geography class? If yes, then the Victoria Falls is not an alien concept. If no, then no worries still, I’m out to fill you in!
Locally christened ‘The smoke that thunders,’ the great Victoria falls are actually among the seven wonders of the world. Now, a single staycation at the exotic Tongabezi lodge exposes you to comfortably have a view of this wonder.
Waking up and having a turkey peek at the spectacular motion as the raging waters of the Zambezi River plunge deep into the cracks of the earth. This lodge is an epitome of serenity, located just at the banks of the Zambezi River, and upstream from Victoria Falls.
Every traveler has a different option of houses to choose from, each of them equally awing. The Tongabezi, Sindabezi or Tangala house are all decorated with African trinkets and have alluring furniture designs.
When it comes to dining, one can never run out of options. You can choose whether to dine privately in your lounge or make merry with the other guests. The inbound eateries and bars are well stocked, and the service is warm and welcoming.
While at the lodge boredom is not an option. One can take part in any of these indulgent.
· A wonderful experience at the local Maramba market and Mukuni park
· Sunrise and sunset boat trips
· Game drives
· Pool and Gym work out
· Visit the Livingstone museum
The manicured surrounding is also fit for romantic escapes, and special reservations are set aside for special occasions like honeymoons. The next time you are planning a surprise they’ll never forget, you could visit Tongabezi and make your reservations.
Indiana Beach Resort in Madagascar
You probably know certain tidbits about Madagascar from that penguin film most of us loved. Did you know that Madagascar is one of the biggest islands in the world? Now you do. Madagascar sits at the heart of the Indian Ocean and is adorned with magnificent, warm sandy beaches and some of the most world-class resorts and hotels. If you love letting the sunshine its radiant rays on your skin, and build sandcastles on the beach then the Indiana beach resort in Madagascar is the perfect match for you. Surrounded by water on three sides, this resort gives the perfect two beach view you could die for. It is also befitting for a family getaway, under the welcoming sun.
The suites come with a balcony, hence you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The restaurants here are endowed with updated menus, featuring the best seafood you’ve ever tasted and which are certainly worth your coins.
Besides the legendary culinary skills, a wide selection of drinks is also available. Lovers of coffee, soft drinks, fine wine, fruit smoothies, and spirits are all equally covered.
Every individual suite has a balcony from which you can enjoy a mastery, crimson sunset or sunrise view. It also has a menu that blends both international and local cuisine and will be worth your coin. Besides food, one can also enjoy a drink at the local bars, which are attended to by experienced bartenders. There exists a wide range of drinks to choose from, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits, fruit smoothies and cocktails.
This beach resort is also perfect for letting your inner sports personality lose! It provides for diversified beach sports like swimming, diving, beach volleyball, and canoeing. They also have a polished tennis court, and a gym to keep your physical fitness in check.
All you need to do is sit back, relax and take in the serenity that accompanies a beautiful blue ocean and a splendid beach!
Khwai Tented Camp in Botswana
A fully immersive safari drive and an exciting bush walk, somewhere in an African wilderness tend to bleed into each other quite well. Now let me make it even more compelling. Khwai tented Camp in Botswana is located in the beautiful banks of a lagoon flowing into the Khwai River. The bushcamp experience is an exclamation point on its underlying luxury and awe. Spend some time at the Khwai camp and you’ll be wonderstruck by how well it blends in a homely touch of elegance and still maintains an irresistible harmony with nature, without even trying. Just being out in the wild, taking a tour from your daily pressing routines and letting your mind roam.
Inside the tent are twin beds, that can accommodate up to four guests. They are also well fitted with clean, exquisite bathrooms and a flushable toilet. In front of each of the six bush tents are lounge chairs for you to relax and have a spectacular view of everything the wild has to offer.
You can opt for either day time or night time guided safari drives, and have a perfect experience seeing the famous BIG FIVE.
If you are a fitness enthusiast, don’t worry. There is a bush gym that allows you to burn calories and take in nature’s incredible beauty, both at the same time.
While at the lodge you can choose to immerse yourself in the 25m deep pool, play tennis with a friend, go mountain biking or play golf.
Kulala Desert Lounge in Namibia
One of the most spectacular attractions in Namibia is the breathtaking red dune landscape of Sossusvlei. Would you like to ascend some of the tallest dunes in the world? If yes, then you could consider the Kulala desert lounge in the desert of Namibia. Sossusvlei is located inside one of the world’s most iconic parks, the Namib Naukluft Park.
Located at the heart of a desert, Kulala Desert Lodge dislodges you from reality quite a bit. Each of the fifteen thatched and canvas chalets is fitted with rooftop decks for those who would love to sleep right under the star-filled night sky.
Rooftop decks are also put in place for those who would love to sleep under the incredibly beautiful star-filled night sky. You ever wondered what a desert looks and feels like at night? Here are a perfect time and place to find that out!
They also have a plunge pool for those with a natural inclination towards aquatic indulgent, a stargazing area and a waterhole which attracts a wide variety of wildlife.