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10 Lodges in Botswana for a Luxury Safari

Being one of the most expensive destinations in Africa, Botswana features a lot of wonderful safari camps that provide visitors with maximum comfort and luxury. In this article, we’ll be shortly reviewing 10 of the best camps for a luxury Botswana safari.

Zarafa Camp

Located in the harmonious Selinda Concession, the Zafara camp is a popular spot for couples on honeymoon. This is probably due to its exclusive luxury and free access to wildlife.

Kwando Lagoon Camp

Unlike most other camps, this destination is not notable for its luxury, but rather for its great game. Enjoy the sights of wild dogs on the hunt or track down other endangered canines there.

Shinde Camp

This wonderful camp offers visitors exclusive and memorable experiences including boat trips, game drives, walking safaris, mokoro trips and more.

Khwai Tented Camp

Optimally situated along the eastern area of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, this camp provides visitors with a comfortable and very authentic Safari experience. The Khwai Tented Camp offers another opportunity to embrace the beauty of wildlife, walking safaris and night drives.

Duba Plains

Do you want to experience prides of lions with large, bulky females hunting aggressive buffalo? Then consider visiting the Duba Plains. Featured on Relentless Enemies, a popular Joubert's documentary, your experience will never be short of action at this destination.

Chobe Chilwero Lodge

Although this camp has a perimeter fencing, it still provides rare and beautiful views of the Chobe River where you can find herds of elephants crossing peacefully. The Chobe Chilwero Lodge also features a private spa with large claw foot baths and a stepped pool, all combining to offer maximum luxury.

Selinda Camp

This is another great destination sharing its location with Zafara Camp, but more affordable than its sister camp. The Selinda Camp provides a marvelous view of limitless grassy plains housing game like leopards, lions, hippos, wild dogs and many more.

Abu Camp

Enjoy the exclusive and unbeaten experience of night drives and game drives even on elephant backs at this luxurious camp. Featuring a secluded pool with luxury tents, the potential for treats are endless at the Abu Camp destination.

Jack’s Camp

Enjoy classic mornings with cheeky meerkats, see the Chapman’s Baobab (the largest trees in Africa), go on bike rides across the pans, and discover fossils & tools of early explorers, all at this great destination. This camp’s unique experience takes visitors from the mere games of the Big Delta up to the close and personal life of the pans.

Letaka Tented Camp

This is a unique and wonderful mobile tented camp that takes you on minor group camping departure along Botswana’s safari. Featuring major ensuite tents erected and brought down to carry you along with a professional guide and a safari chef — one of the best ways to explore Botswana.

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Top five lodges in Bazaruto for a scuba holiday

Scuba diving offers the best avenue to interact with the underwater world and Mozambique is one of the best diving destinations. You can observe the beautiful sea life in their natural habitat.

Endowed with pristine beaches, Bazaruto is an ideal scuba holiday destination. Bazaruto is the largest island in the archipelago. In 1971, the island was declared a part of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. There are numerous premium hotels for a luxury Mozambique holiday.

Anantara Bazaruto Island Hotel

The resort sits on a 12,000-hectare island. It is situated on Africa's east coast, 30km east of mainland Mozambique. Guests enjoy unique scuba diving experiences. You can drift off in search of dugongs, whales, turtles, and dancing dolphins. Additional guest activities include deep sea fishing, water skiing and sailing. The favorable climatic conditions make it easy to enjoy water activities.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

The resort features 12 villas and can accommodate up to 24 guests. The resort combines beauty and tranquility making it a haven for vacationers. Its pristine waters make it a haven for water lovers. Scuba divers rediscover themselves as they play the wild waters, full of attractive sea creatures. Being a small resort, guests receive personalized care and the experience is made even better by the professional and friendly staff. If you are a scuba diving newbie, this could be a great place to start.

Pestana Bazaruto Lodge

The lodge is located on the north side of Bazaruto Island. It is approximately 600km north of Maputo. The lodge features 40 thatched bungalows. The bungalows are constructed and designed in an ethnic style and are strategically set to offer breathtaking views of the ocean. Guests have direct access to the sea and can enjoy a wide range of sea sports. Besides scuba diving, guests enjoy activities such as whale and dolphin watching, swordfish fishing, snorkeling and water skiing.

Archipelago Resort

The resort has eighteen Indonesian styled cottages, each offering great views of the Indian Ocean. Accommodation is mainly offered on a self-catering basis, although guests can have meals cooked for them as opposed to the self-catering arrangement. The great Indian Ocean coast offers a magnificent scuba diving site. Divers from all over the world visit the resort in search of an adventure.

Given its many scuba diving and watersports opportunities, Bazaruto is indeed the pearl of the Indian Ocean!

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Affordable Botswana Game Reserves

To go on safari in Botswana is to take part in one of life's last great adventures and those in the know say that safaris are likely to get a lot more adventurous in the 2017/2018 season, which is clearly an indication of boom times, as well as the African Tourism's response to demand from eager Europeans and Americans looking for an extra dash of Adrenalin.

Many come to Botswana yearning to take photos of the big five: lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs and hippos. But once the excitement is over, many are tempted to stray off the beaten tourist trail, get into a walking safari and seek out pocket-friendly escapes in the bush. With destinations stretching from less visited parks such as Kafue in Zambia to the crowded parks of Namibia, the most discerning visitor will not avoid the lure of the most majestic game reserves that won't drain the pockets.

So, if you choose to visit Botswana, here are some of the most majestic game reserves in this part of Africa.

Moremi Game Reserve

Best time to visit: July to October

Located at the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is approximately 4,800 square kilometers. Arguably one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, it's covered with acacia forests, lagoons, and floodplains. Besides large herds of elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and giraffe, you can also spot the rare Red Lechwe antelope.

Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta is situated in the northwest of Botswana. Game viewing is allowed throughout the year but the best months are May to November. Okavango is home to crocodiles, hippo, water bucks and many fish species. Water meets the Kalahari Desert, and an amazing spectacle is created making the area aptly referred to as the "Jewel of the Kalahari." Total size area is 16,000 square.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Kgalagadi National Park stretches across Botswana and South Africa and is owned by both countries. The Botswana area covers some 28,000 square kilometres and has an abundance of wildebeest, eland, hartebeest, springbok, and gemsbok. Also, not to be missed are the predators, including lions, leopards, cheetah, and hyenas.

If you're looking for a pocket-friendly camping safari, the Botswana side offers Rooiputs camping grounds, about 25km above the Nossob River Valley. You can also visit Polenta grounds in the northern section of the river.

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park lies in the north of Botswana along the Chobe River near Namibia. Visiting is allowed throughout the year but preferably October to November. This is usually the dry period and offers the best opportunity to view wildlife. The animals congregate along the river for a drink in the harsh, dry conditions and barren wilderness. Chobe is Botswana's second largest part and covers 11,000 square km.

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

If you're looking for close encounters with the African wildlife without spending a fortune booking a Safari, then this is the ideal destination for you. It's conveniently located near the capital city Gaborone, but once you enter the park, it transforms into bushland. Whether you plan a brief or extended stay, Mokolodi is the perfect place.

Get the thrill of a lifetime with activities that include rhino tracking, giraffe tracking, game drives, horse trekking and elephant chasing. Botswana is a special place to visit if spotting cheetah is top of your travel list.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Central Kalahari Game Reserve is situated in the center of Botswana. The best time to visit is from November to March when it rains. The entire 52,000 square kilometres of this reserve is home to a variety of antelopes, red hartebeest, kudu, lion, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, and brown hyenas. The vast, flat plains are accessible with a good car. Take a visit to Deception Pan, the park's most popular spot since it attracts scores of the game once the rains come in between February to April.

If you would like to consider booking a safari in Botswana, then click the link to speak to the expert:

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Four luxury hotels in Bantry Bay, Cape Town

As its name implies, Bantry Bay lies perched on the rocky cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in one of the most exclusive zones of Cape Town. Massive waves, magnificent sunsets, and protection from the wind make Bantry Bay one of the most sought after destinations for the most discerning visitor to the city. If you do find yourself travelling alone and require luxury accommodation in Cape Town, then consider the following:

Compass House

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Seaboard, Compass House offers its guests the ultimate in both style and comfort. Just a 10-minute walk from the city center, guests have a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from most of the rooms. No effort was spared to give Compass House the ultimate in luxury. With a fusion of interior design, incorporating the best of Asian, African flavors and Mediterranean blends, the entire hotel has wooden floors throughout, a large swimming pool that offers day-time relaxation as well as blissful evening sunsets.

The rooms offer guests the finest ambiance, with stunning views of the blue ocean and direct access to the pool area, where they can enjoy the coastal breezes in a private and secure environment. Extra services include a spa, free hotel bicycles to explore the nearby attractions, a personal chef and airport transfers.

Ellerman House Hotel

Referred to as a jewel of Cape Town, Ellerman Luxury House Hotel is a landmark in Bantry Bay. With large lawn terraces surrounding the massive swimming pool, making it one of the most luxurious hotels South Africa. All the rooms are deluxe and are designed and furnished individually. Rates are inclusive of breakfast, drinks, airport transfers, valet services and secretarial services. The fully equipped sauna and gym add to the luxury and convenience of the hotel.

Bantry Bay Suite

If you’re the kind of visitor who enjoys mixing business and pleasure, the Bantry Bay Suite is a blend of sea, mountainous scenes and first class luxury. Close to Cape Town’s CBD, the Bantry Bay Suite is ideal for corporate individuals who need to transact some business in the city center. While still experiencing the relaxed ambiance of a seaside hotel. Each one of the 40 air-conditioned suites have a luxurious bathroom, dining area, seating area, a workstation, fully-equipped small kitchen and mini bar. Each room also has satellite TV, telephone, a digital safe and a hairdryer. WiFi technology is available as well as a 24-hour reception. Parking is also free for guests.

Craigrownie Guest House

Craigrownie Guest House offers bed and breakfast in the Bantry Bay area at the foot of Lion’s head. Only minutes away from the CBD, you can enjoy absolute tranquillity and the popular attractions to be found in Cape Town.Craigrownie offers six luxury en-suite bedrooms each offering spectacular views. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and a remote control, DStv, and heating fan.

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Four unforgettable honeymoon destinations in Arusha, Tanzania

If you are going on a honeymoon in Tanzania, or you just want a romantic outing with your partner, then Arusha has some of the best romantic hotels that you can try out. Here are the four unforgettable hotels for a romantic holiday in Arusha.

Mount Meru Hotel

Mount Meru Hotel not only offers a fitness center and beautiful outdoor pool, but it also has two restaurants on site, free WiFi and a bar.

It has over 178 rooms with LCD televisions and minibars. Some additional amenities include dry cleaning services and a business center. Luxurious linen and excellent cuisine on one of the hotel’s restaurants will ensure a top-class break away from reality. Luxury safari in Tanzania is an experience savor and Mount Meru Hotel will make sure you have an unforgettable experience.

Zawadi Hotel

A stay at Zawadi Hotel in Arusha will offer a 5-star service and is regarded as one of the most amazing hotels for a romantic getaway. If you are aiming for a romantic holiday then this is a hidden gem that is worth exploring. A climb up Mount Kilimanjaro is a must for the more adventurous couples.

Ahadi Lodge

Ahadi Lodge is in close proximity to the Arusha Gold Golf course and the Uhuru Monument. You can choose to stay in one of its 12 luxurious rooms which are all fully equipped with the necessary amenities that one would come to expect from a top-class establishment. Apart from the restaurant on site, Ahadi Lodge is the perfect setting to enjoy special time with your partner, complete with delicious food and surrounded by beauty.

Kibo Palace

Situated in Arusha, Kibo Palace is an amazing hotel that’s next to the Uhuru Monument and the Declaration Stadium, including the Arusha Golf course. Once you book the hotel you can make yourself comfortable in one of its 77 air-conditioned rooms, all with flat screen TV’s and minibars. It also has private bathrooms with showers and separate bathtubs. With its comfortable rooms, delicious meals and an access to some of the most beautiful areas in Arusha.

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Spot the Big Five in Akagera, Rwanda

Straddling Rwanda's eastern border with Tanzania, the Akagera National Park covers about 1,140 square km and is one of Africa's most visited National Parks. It dates back to colonial times and was established in 1934.

The north of Akagera is mostly savannah plains spanning low-lying grasslands much like other areas in East Africa where wildlife thrive. To the west are valleys and hills more typical of the Rwandese countryside and to the east, the Akagera river meanders into a series of lakes, marshland and papyrus swamps that make up vast areas of this central African wetlands.

Brace yourself for a fairly small National Park with incredibly diverse varieties of wildlife and birds, some lovely scenery and stunning habitats and book yourself into our recommended tented camps to see the big five. This is an excellent choice for a Big Five safari in Africa.

Akagera Game Lodge

Akagera Game Lodge is the only hotel available within the Park. It boasts a large swimming pool, as well as great views over lake Shema. Its 64 luxury rooms are well contained. A lodge is an ideal place from which to explore the park. The lodge lies in the northeast of Rwanda in the eastern province. It sits majestically on a ridge overlooking mosaic grass, varied terrain of hills, deep valleys, and bush.

Praised as an excellent venue, the lodge offers a superbly relaxed atmosphere, good for conferences or a peaceful getaway. It offers premier accommodation in en-suite rooms and executive suite, each with a patio overlooking Lake Ihema, which allows one to witness the magic of the setting sun, as well as the Big Five, roam about. There is also a writing desk, two beds, and satellite TV.

Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Ruzizi Tented Lodge has seven en-suite tents perched on the shores of Lake Ihema and is covered by large palm trees. The tents were built spanning either side of the grass-thatched main building that houses the entrance and reception area, the lounge, bar and dining room. There are beautiful walkways covered in wooden boards that connect all the tents to the reception area. The camp has both electricity, solar and hot systems.

Animals in Akagera

The animals in Akagera include most of the typical savannah species. Impala appears to be dominant, with eland, giraffe, oribi, reedbuck, bushbuck, roan and sable antelopes. Hippos and crocodiles are commonly seen while buffalo and elephants are more prevalent in the north. Lions were introduced into Akagera in 2015 and have multiplied. Cheetahs and leopards roam freely while Rhinos are restricted and well guarded against poachers.

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