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We've lusted after the exotic and luxurious safari hotels found in Africa for quite some time now. But if you're seriously considering a trip to Africa, you might be overwhelmed by the different places to go and things to do.
Here comes followme2AFRICA to the rescue. followme2AFRICA is staffed with travel experts who are dedicated to helping you decide on the best itinerary for your trip. Want to go on safari? They can tell you which one is best and book it for you. Same goes for luxury train travel in South Africa, road trips through the winelands and hotel accommodations.
You can peruse all the destinations in Africa that followme2AFRICA serves here. In the meantime, the folks at followme2AFRICA have given us a Top Ten Travel Tips for Africa with a majority of the advice focusing on travel to South Africa. Hopefully, this should help in your planning. And remember, wherever you end up, let us know about it!
We're approaching the dry season in Africa, which means it's prime time to embark on a fabled safari. Contrary to what you'd think (dry season just sounds unappealing), it's actually the best game-viewing period because the vegetation is thinned out (better viewing) and the animals are more predictable and fully dependent upon fewer permanent supplies of water.
Abu Camp in Botswana shares its location with a population of elephants, allowing guests to engage and physically interact through a variety of activities: Elephant-back safaris, mud-bathing, training, veterinary care and sleeping perched up above the herd.
The digs are pretty sweet, we must say. The camp is comprised of six suites, each with an outdoor shower and large balcony. The setting makes for one hell of a happy hour, putting your feet up and looking down upon the elephants and out over the Okavango Delta. Check out the eye candy below in our photo gallery! You can see even more here.
A little slice of Africa has jumped continents and headed to Australia with Queensland's newest luxury tents of the Jabiru Safari Lodge. Trade the rhinoceros for a 'roo' and elephants for emus with this eco-lodge.
Located just about an hour inland to the tropical north Queensland town of Cairns, Jabiru is smack in the middle of the Atherton Tablelands, more specifically, the Mareeba Wetlands. Being in the center of all of this bushland gives two perks; lots of animals and limited cellphone service. Come here to relax and catch some of the native wildlife either from the porch of your tent or daily safari tours.
With a choice of the Deluxe Safari Tent or the Eco Safari Tent, you won't leave disappointed, since each of the five tents have all the comforts of home like fridges, lights and private bathrooms. If you prefer to feel like you are 'roughing' it a bit more, go with the Eco-Tents as those have solar power and gas stoves.
At first glance, you’re not sure what to look at when you go out onto the gorgeous patio of this suite at the Lion Sands Game Reserve at Sabi Sand in South Africa. The infinity pool is sure inviting, and during this time of the year when the temperatures can reach up to 90 degrees, you’d want to shed your khakis and take a quick dip.
But, what’s that lurking in the midst? It seems all is too quiet on the western front and you best keep your eyes peeled. After all, this is one of the most high-end safari experiences in Kruger National Park area and you didn't come here for nothing. In fact, this is the best time of the year to be on safari—the dry winter season.
So, this view is great and all, but surely there’s more to it than just grass?
The opening of the behemoth 77-room Four Seasons Serengeti dominated the African safari headlines yesterday, with much of the talk surrounding its three restaurants, wine bar, spa, fitness center, and outdoor infinity pool overlooking the wilderness.
The price? Expedia shows rooms for two starting at about $1,200 a night. When you add in the cost of the food and a few select African wines, you're probably looking at around $1,500 a night.
Albeit more quietly, the smaller six-tent Singita Mara River Tent Camp also recently opened for business in the Lamai Triangle, a six-tent East African safari camp run entirely on solar power. The cost of a night there? $1,200 per person. The rate is all-inclusive, but that still leaves a couple paying $2,400 a night. Now that's a lot of cash.
This is a shot we took at a Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades known as Billie Swamp Safari. Geared toward families, school groups, tourists, or just anyone who likes roughing it in the backcountry, the 2,000 acre reservation offers guests the chance to go airboating through the swamps, spying on bison, water buffalo, heron, turtles, snakes, and, of course, alligators.
The two frisky reptiles you see pictured above? Those would be a pair of African spur thighed tortoises, who live in a herpetarium at the main visitor's center. Though the land-dwelling creatures get plenty of attention, it seems they couldn't resist putting on a little show for us when we arrived.
But the best part about this place are the "chickees," or thatched roof dwellings, where visitors can spend the night. The accommodations are certainly rustic, but isn't that part of the fun?
For more info on booking a chickee in the Everglades, click below!
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It sounds like breakfast at Giraffe Manor is well worth getting up for—and not just for the coffee. Located in Nairobi, the 140-acre estate is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes, which are apparently some of the rarest on earth. And in the mornings, they like to put on a little show.
Guests are discouraged from approaching the animals as they roam the land, but it's a whole different story at 9am when the giraffes show up outside the hotel, poke their heads in through the windows and eat directly off the table like humans. Apparently, the protein pellets the kitchen serves up are some of the best in the area.
Last year, we told you about the hottest (and hautest) new trend in travel: glamping. That’s right, glamorous camping- that most ridiculous, and ridiculously awesome, of adventures that let travelers experience the glories of nature in five-star luxury settings (and sometimes with Campfire Butlers).
This week, we’re going to give you a little glamping update, as HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen tells us about some of the most exciting new experiences out there. So pack your limited edition hiking boots and your diamond-infused sunscreen, because we’re going glamping!
Let's start our global perambulation in the birthplace of both mankind and the luxury camping trend itself - Africa - and the newest adventure from one of our favorite safari outfitters, Sanctuary Retreats. On June 1, they're opening Sanctuary Zebra Plains Walking Safari Camp, a first-of-its-kind walking safari in the pristine wilderness of South Luangwa, Zambia. Guests will spend their days doing things like wandering along riverbanks, observing elephants at their toilette, and then canoeing over to an island where they’ll get to spy on game such as buffalo, zebras and hippos, before returning for sunset cocktails, canapés and then dinner on the Luangwa River. It's designed to be part of a larger safari experience, with a recommended three day stay. Here's the lowdown.
We were slightly obsessed with the best places to go glamping earlier this year but just as we started to think that glamping was all about Louis Vuitton trunks, WiFi, free-standing deep soaking tubs and champagne, this recent incident at the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia quickly ripped the cashmere sleep mask from our eyes.
A photographer and his wife were staying at a resort within the park and while the wife conversed with the lodge's owner, a bull elephant came within three feet of their veranda. Fortunately, the guests were not harmed and the photog even managed to take a snapshot but the presence of wild animals at many of the wildlife resorts, particularly the ones located within national parks and game reserves, is not something to take lightly.
Coincidentally, this not the first time that elephants have decided to check-in to a hotel in Zambia.
Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in. Today we have a totally awesome review from a Friend of HotelChatter about one of those exotic safari hotels in South Africa. We also love our friend and her review because she gave us so many pretty pictures to look at. Enjoy.
We went on safari at the Marataba Hotel which I definitely recommend over the Krueger National Park hotels since it is a private game reserve and there are NO other groups or tours allowed on the property.
We could see elephants and giraffes from our room and warthogs hung out by the pool. At night, we had to be escorted to our tents so lions didn't attack us as the place is not fenced in.
The food is amazing, everything is scheduled perfectly and the staff is awesome.