Set your compass North and head to !Xaus Lodge on the South African side of the Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Park. The lodge, reached by driving over 91 sand dunes, is truly off the beaten track.
The scorching summer months will see you sipping white wine in the swimming pool after an early morning game drive, and in the winter you can read by the fireplace in the cosy lounge. For stargazes the area also boasts some of the darkest skies on the continent and guided walks and bird watching are two of the most immersive activities at !Xaus Lodge. The chalets overlook a vast saltpan and waterhole with fresh water – so you don’t need to go to extreme lengths to see the wildlife of the Kgalagadi in luxury.
Thanda Safari, in the heart of Zululand, promises more than an African escape… After a visit here you will not only feel revived, relaxed and energised, you will take some of the spirit of Thanda home with you.
You can have it all at Thanda – an exhilarating bush walk or Zulu cultural experience followed by a blissful spa experience combining western techniques and ancient Zulu holistic practices. The Lodge combine endless luxury with adrenaline pumping activities… Need I say more?
Drive or fly in to Wolwedans, situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve covering almost 200 000 hectares and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park. Conservation-minded tourists love Wolwedans as all of the camps are designed to minimize environmental impact, exploring innovative building techniques and utilizing sustainable technologies. The camps are nestled in to the dunes to optimize the heart-fluttering desert scenery.
Guests at Wolwedans have approximately two million square meters of wilderness to themselves – because here they have a ratio of 1 bed to 1000 hectares of nature. Stay at Private Camp – a haven for those who enjoy the peace that utter silence can afford. Stay up late and marvel at the dark sky filled with bright stars, thanks to their efforts in night sky conservation; and wake to the ever-changing colours of a desert that lives and breathes serenity.
Head out to these luxury stays that embody a sense of quiet restraint – with absolute luxury being at the order of the day.
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Written by: Mart-Marié du Toit
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Featured Image: !Xaus Lodge by David Papenfus