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Why Not Spend 2017 Travelling to These 10 Amazing Places

Why not spend 2017 travelling to these 10 amazing places? Or at least try to get to a few of them, or even one of them? We have selected a few amazing places in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, the Maldives, Kenya and Zanzibar but Africa is brimming with beautiful holiday destinations for you and your best travelling companion (s).

1. Le Quartier Francais, Western Cape, South Africa

If you love gourmet foods and world class wines then a holiday at the famous Le Quartier Francais is for you. Find this amazing accommodation and restaurants in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley,a stunning country destination where you can either relax in the tranquil gardens or walk out into the main road to explore delightful shops, cafes and galleries. You are staying at the home of 2 world famous restaurants – the award winning “The Tasting Room” (having featured in the top 50 restaurants in the world) and The Living Room and you will meet renowned chef, Margot Janse. Try B.Gorgeous, the in-house hair, beauty and shopping emporium where you can find a spa therapy that suits you. Then go and meet the 130 at Isabelo, a feeding scheme started by Margot Janse, who get a tasty nutritious meal straight from The Tasting Room kitchen.

2. Londolozi’s Varty Camp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

This is the original 90-year old camp that started the entire Londolozi network of lodges and safaris, the place where brothers, John and Dave Varty, spent many childhood holidays and the place where you will discover a true bushveld wilderness. This is a sanctuary named after its founders who care holistically about the environment in the splendid Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the famous Kruger National Park. Settle into luxury chalets and find a seat around the campfire at night which has burned here for nearly 100 years, making Varty Camp the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi. All rooms have private swimming pools on attractive wooden decks with riverine bush views. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children always have a place at Varty Camp. Enjoy the boutique, the Cardio Vascular Room, Massage Treatment Room and extensive Wine Cellar.

3. Kaya Maya, Likoma Island, Malawi

Many visitors to Malawi do not know that there is a beautiful island in the middle of Lake Malawi. Visit Likoma Island in the north-eastern part of Lake Malawi, on the Mozambican side. Book a bed at spectacular Kaya Mawa, beautifully perched on a rocky headland overlooking the lake. This exquisite lodge has a name that means “Maybe tomorrow” in the local Nyanja dialect and you can take it literally to mean, live in the present, in this paradise.  The lodge is entirely built by hand, many rooms fitting carefully into the rocky headlands with direct access to the lake and they all feature en-suite bathrooms with showers and sunken bathtubs, private decks and personal beach access.. Go diving and snorkelling in crystal clear waters surrounding Kaya Mawa or try a spot of kayaking or a boat trip across the lake.  Explore Likoma on a mountain bike and make sure you see St Peter’s Cathedral.

4. Blue Footprints Eco Lodge, Inhambane, Mozambique

Divers flock to this natural lodge in the dunes of Inhambane near Tofo and Barra. They go to see the Whale sharks and Manta rays and the dolphins in the waves and maybe whales in season. They go to experience Mozambique at its best and they come again next year. Enjoy luxury off the grid holidaying at Blue Footprints Eco Lodge and Dive Centre which uses solar power for energy and a borehole for fresh water. Only 5 rooms offer outside showers, day beds and hammocks and sweeping views of the surrounding blue and white environment. This coastline boasts hard and soft coral reefs attracting myriad colourful fish and other surreal creatures including Bottlenose and Humpback Dolphins, Smalleye Stingrays, Leopard Sharks, White-tip and Grey Reef Sharks, Devil Rays and Ribbontails. Take an ocean safari to snorkel the waters with professional dive master and skipper – children over eight will be thrilled by the outing and the chance to see whales and sharks!

5. Azura Benguerra, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Slow down and switch off at the exclusive Azura Benguerra Lodge on the western coast of Benguerra Island. One of Mozambique’s holiday secrets, the lodge was built in partnership with local people who now also help to manage it. And the glorious Bazaruto Archipelago is your setting for a few days while you revel in ME time and the beauty of untouched nature. Yes, imagine an unspoilt island within a pristine Marine National Park, miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand, sparkling turquoise seas crisscrossed by local dhow boats plying their trade? Imagine lying under swaying palms, gentle breezes blowing and sunny days followed by star-studded nights? This is Azura Benguerra, offering 20 spacious ’beach-chic’ designer villas, each with their own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, only a few steps from the pristine white sand beach. Enjoy world class snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving from the PADI dive centre then take a tour of the island, visiting the community and the school that the lodge’s Rainbow Fund registered charity built for the islanders. Go Island hopping by boat or by helicopter, enjoy a cocktail in your beachfront sala, drinks in the star bar, dinner in our wine cellar, or a relaxing massage at the unique African Spa.

6. Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Slow down and switch off at the exclusive Azura Benguerra Lodge on the western coast of Benguerra Island. One of Mozambique’s holiday secrets, the lodge was built in partnership with local people who now also help to manage it. And the glorious Bazaruto Archipelago is your setting for a few days while you revel in ME time and the beauty of untouched nature. Yes, imagine an unspoilt island within a pristine Marine National Park, miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand, sparkling turquoise seas crisscrossed by local dhow boats plying their trade? Imagine lying under swaying palms, gentle breezes blowing and sunny days followed by star-studded nights? This is Azura Benguerra, offering 20 spacious ’beach-chic’ designer villas, each with their own private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean beyond, only a few steps from the pristine white sand beach. Enjoy world class snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving from the PADI dive centre then take a tour of the island, visiting the community and the school that the lodge’s Rainbow Fund registered charity built for the islanders. Go Island hopping by boat or by helicopter, enjoy a cocktail in your beachfront sala, drinks in the star bar, dinner in our wine cellar, or a relaxing massage at the unique African Spa.

7. Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Named after the lilly trotter, a tropical wader bird with huge feet, the camp nestles in the Jao Concession deep in the Okavango Delta and offers supreme solitude for those who need complete immersion in nature. Only 5 spacious en-suite tents on raised wooden decks offer outdoor showers and stunning views over the water. Dine on another elevated wooden deck between two enormous sycamore trees surrounded by dense wild date palms or sit around the fire until late at night, listening to nature chattering. Mokoro excursions are a must as you take advantage of the quiet channels and inundated floodplains to seek out some of the fascinating creatures of the Delta – maybe even hippo and crocodile – as well as the wealth of waterbirds can be seen.

8. Lux South Ari Atoll, Maldives

If you have never experienced the Maldives, your holiday bucket list is definitely lacking! Experiencing this tropical paradise is almost dreamlike and unreal. And if you choose LUX* South Ari Atoll you will discover the unusual and awe-inspiring island of Dhidhoofinolhu, home to this luxury resort where pure white beaches contrast against the crisp blue ocean waters. Beach house chic awaits you and your family in villas made for romance and fun – on stilts above a clear lagoon. Water sports galore, fine dining to die for and plenty of action outdoors in such a scenic environment. Fresh island-roasted coffee in Café LUX*, spontaneous movies at cinema Paradiso and the opportunity to hang your hopes on a magical tree of wishes. Snorkelling, fly boarding, hover boarding, tennis, volleyball, beach yoga, cycling, island excursions & picnics. Children are well-looked after with fantastic supervised activities such as tennis and scuba lessons, banana boat rides and marine life education.

9. Sweet Waters Serena Camp, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya 

Explore this sheltered, luxury safari camp within the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy between the Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya in the central highlands of beautiful Kenya. Discover the only Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya and other fantastic wildlife during your unforgettable Kenya safari experience. Stay in beautiful luxury tented rooms with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas looking out over the watering hole. Revel in mind-boggling day and night game drives, guided bush and bird walks as well as camel rides across the plains of Ol Pejeta. Lion trekking, cultural tours and visits to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary are huge highlights too.

10. The Palms, East Coast, Zanzibar 

For an intimate and exclusive holiday away from the madding crowds, fly on a jet plane to The Palms, Zanzibar’s ultimate romantic hideaway. Find it on one of the most scenic stretches of pristine powder white beaches on the south east coast of the “Spice Island”, Bwejuu Beach, a haven of tranquillity and fun water sports.  We all know Zanzibar, the magical Island where the fusion of Arab, African and European cultures has created a pace of life, a style of spicy cuisine and a colourful tapestry of architecture , heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world. Now  you can experience all of that and more when you discover this boutique property that combines effortless elegance with Zanzibari sophistication. Beautiful facilities reflect the warmth and character of the local architecture. Pop into the beachfront Sanctuary Spa and choose from a selection of world-class treatments designed to stimulate your senses and rejuvenate your soul. The Palms is an oasis of rustling coconut palms, white powder sand and the warm azure waves of the Indian Ocean.

Why not spend time travelling to these 10 amazing places indeed? Because they are awesome, they offer adventure and luxury and they remove you completely from your daily grind. Get away into nature with us when you arrange your once in a lifetime holiday now, here. Bush or beach, forest or mountain, we have the right hotel or villa for you!