Travel to New Zealand: Like Nowhere Else, Now More than Ever

New Zealand may be benefitting from too much of a good thing. International Tourism to New Zealand has been growing at a speedy pace, with numbers that approached 3.5 million in 2016 and are expected to top 4.5 million in the next five years. And there may be good reason for that.

In its remote location at the bottom of the earth, temperate and lush New Zealand is still one of the most scenic and untouched spots on the planet.

Visitors seeking their own version of paradise should try to visit New Zealand sooner than later as growing popularity will only make the destination that much more precious. And when they do, they should stay in places that provide an experience of the real New Zealand – that remote place on the map that boasts more sheep than people and where you can still, for now, have a forest and beach all to yourself.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The best place to begin this journey is at Kauri Cliffs at the top of New Zealand’s North Island. Aptly named for the majestic Kauri tree, Jurassic in age and growing to heights of 150 feet with trunks that measure up to 50 feet in thickness (and found only in these parts), this is a luxury stay like no other and presents a timeless immersion into the island’s beauty.

A Relais & Châteaux property, Kauri Cliffs is one of a trio of luxe lodging options created by Wall Street hedge fund titan Julian Robertson (see the Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge) and offering those precious amenities in demand by travelers whose vacation time is exceedingly valuable.

Kauri Cliffs has its own golf course, one of New Zealand’s top ten and the world’s top 50. It has three private beaches. It even has its own waterfall.

Find 22 guest suites on this 6,000-acre spread, scattered along a secluded walking path each with their own porch, fireplace, dressing room, and spa-themed bathroom, and views of the par-72, David Harmon-designed golf course with the Pacific Ocean beyond. And then there is the Owner’s Cottage, a 4,200-square-foot abode with its own garden and infinity-edge swimming pool, often used by the Robertson family and bookable all other times.

Nightly rates include pre-dinner cocktails on the veranda of the 1930’s style colonial guest lodge. An à la carte dinner follows, while complimentary mini-bar with domestic beers and organic sweets is offered in room. Mornings come with a full breakfast. Days can be spent wandering the beaches and forest trails, visiting quaint towns nearby, guided walks in Puketi Forest, fishing, diving the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, quad biking on 90 Mile Beach, partaking in cultural tours and sailing the Bay of Islands.

Or guests can just hang close at the infinity pool, go for a round of golf at the challenging seaside Kauri Cliffs course or get wrapped in manuka honey and New Zealand purity at the onsite spa. Later, a rest by a gentle fire or exploration of the treasures of the lodge library might be in order.

Getting there: Find Kauri Cliffs just over three hours from Auckland by car driving north and 30 minutes from Bay of Islands Kerikeri Airport, which receives scheduled flights from Auckland. Or visitors can take the high road: Kauri Cliffs has its own helicopter that can pick up in Auckland and offer a most scenic path to the lodge along the coast.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Tepene Tablelands Rd,
Matauri Bay, Northland
New Zealand
(011 64) 9 407 0010
reservations@kauricliffs.com
www.kauricliffs.com


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Also on New Zealand’s North Island but heading south toward the Pacific, find a sister in this trio: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in the heart of Hawke’s Bay’s wine country. A stay here marks the finest of farm luxe with large cottage-like suites, healthy foods grown on the property and great wines that are always in season.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a working farm with tours available. Some 22 suites and a sumptuous 4-bedroom Owner’s Cottage share the property with sheep, cattle and, yes, kiwi. The owners have worked hard to foster and preserve the precious New Zealand namesake in what has become the largest privately owned and funded wildlife sanctuary in the country.

A Relais & Chateaux property as well, families are in vogue at the Farm. Design here is farmhouse chic with thick timbers, fireplaces, stone floors and amazing views of the bay. Golf is celebrated here as well with an uber-exclusive, par 71, 7,119-yard course designed by Tom Doak that challenges all skill levels.

Wine, too, is a major reason to stay at Cape Kidnappers. Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine producing region, and it is its second largest. (The largest is Marlborough, on the South Island, with its renowned Sauvignon Blancs.) Hawke’s Bay’s sunny and temperate climes produce seductive Merlots and Cabernets. Syrahs and Chardonnays have their moment as well. Te Mata, New Zealand’s oldest winery (est. 1896), is a must-visit for lovers of reds that only get better with time.

While there is plenty to do on the farm (consider helicopter rides over Hawke’s Bay to secret trout fishing locations, spa treatments, golf and wine tours of the district’s vineyard, ATV Can-Am property tours, horseback riding and Kiwi Discovery Walks), an exploration of nearby Napier is also worth the trip. Described as “frozen in the 1930s,” Napier suffered an earthquake in 1932 and was rebuilt in the style of the day, which was completely Art Deco. It’s a good place to explore for local knick-knacks, farm fresh cuisine and wine gems.

Getting there: Air New Zealand operates daily flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch while JetStar flies from Auckland to Napier/Hawke’s Bay Airport, which is located about 25 miles from the Farm. Private transfers are available through desks at the airport or taxis. From Auckland, drive time takes about six hours; four hours from Wellington. Helicopter transfers from Auckland, Wellington and Taupo can be arranged by Cape Kidnappers.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
446 Clifton Road
Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay
New Zealand
(011 64) 6 875 1900
reservations@capekidnappers.com
www.capekidnappers.com


Matakauri Lodge

The third sister might be considered the most adventurous sibling, although she is also strikingly demure and exceptionally elegant. Matakauri Lodge is a South Island spot on scenic Lake Wakatipu and within a seven minute drive from the heart of Queenstown — New Zealand’s hot spot for hikers, trekkers, thrill seekers and sporting enthusiasts.

Matakauri’s 12 stunning suites offer views of the Remarkables mountain range with wide windows, private patios, and open fireplaces. Four rooms can be found in the lodge, while another eight are dotted next to the forest overlooking the lake and mountains.

The lodge’s four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage is, as one would expect, a stunner. Designed for families and groups of friends traveling together (sleeps up to eight guests), it has a spacious living room, as well as a study, kitchen and dining room and four large bedrooms. Find open fireplace, private balconies, bathrooms with large tubs angling in on the sublime views, and a perfectly located hot tub on the main balcony over the lake.

Matakauri Lodge offers plenty of comfortable, warm public spaces as well, with stylish lounges and roaring open fires. Guests can sip wine on the Remarkables Patio, find peace in the Library, soak in an outdoor infinity pool and Jacuzzi, or relax in the spa that sits on the edge of a pine forest, with uninterrupted views of the lake and Cecil Peak.

Getting there: Air New Zealand, Jet Star and Virgin Australia operate daily flights to Queenstown from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. While several carriers operate direct flights from major Australia ports of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Lodge is located about 20 minutes Queenstown Airport.

Matakauri Lodge
569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown
New Zealand
(011 64) 3 441 1008
reservations@matakaurilodge.com
www.matakaurilodge.com

Inquire about the Ultimate New Zealand Lodge Package and stay at all three properties with plenty of “only in New Zealand” perks included.

Top Ten “Only in New Zealand” Musts

As New Zealand, some 13 hours flying time from the west coast of the U.S., is often noted as a bucket list destination, that may be because it offers so many unique and breathtaking experiences that you simply cannot find anywhere else. In New Zealand, you can swim with dolphins in Bay of Islands, cruise Fiordland’s Sounds, indulge your Lord of the Rings fantasies with tours in Matamata, raft inside the eerie glow of the Waitomo Caves, and develop your palate among Hawke’s Bay historic vineyards.

The following is a top ten New Zealand bucket list file to tuck inside the top ten destinations to see before you die.

1. Swimming with dolphins in Bay of Islands

2. Cruising Fiordland’s Sounds

3. Lord of the Rings Tours

4. Visiting the Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

5. Bungy Jump in Queenstown

6. Rotorua’s geothermal attractions

7. Cruising Marlborough’s Sounds

8. Black water rafting in Waitomo Caves

9. Wine tasting in Hawke’s Bay

10. Experience Fiordland’s fjords by Helicopter

 

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Lake Austin Spa Resort Perfect for Group Getaways

It’s hard to believe that spring is here and summer is just around the corner.  Looking for the perfect property for a little group get away? Lake Austin Spa Resort, located in a nature preserve right on the shores of Lake Austin, was named by Conde Nast the #6 Wellness Destination in the World and #5 Most Beautiful Lakeside Hotel in the World.

Besides the amazing array of spa treatments to choose from and the nearly 20 daily activities ranging from yoga, hiking, meditation and stand up paddle boarding to cooking demonstrations, what makes this property in Austin, TX unique is its setting.

Begin your next stay by arriving via their one of a kind water taxi experience. This is one of the few properties in the world where you can do this!  This is a must visit destination for girls getaways, anniversaries and birthday or milestone celebrations.

Group discounts begin when you have as little as six people in a group and packages can include the water taxi experience, scenic boat cruise or a cooking demonstration using produce from the on property gardens.

Please contact your preferred travel advisor or Tara Kaufman at 512-372-7216 or via e-mail at tkaufman@lakeaustin.com for latest offers.

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Top Hotels in Dubai Can be found at this Address: The Address Hotels

Dubai, that glimmering city-state on the Persian Gulf, could be described as the little destination that could. In its improbable location at the edge of the Arabian sands, it has powered on, through oil crises, global economic slow-downs and regional conflicts, to become a playground and industry powerhouse in the Gulf that few other spots could rival.

These days it is seeing tourism numbers top 15 million, hotel room inventory top 100,000 rooms, a huge international airport that is soon to be outsized by Dubai Central World Airport that will be the world’s largest after completion; add skyscrapers — the world’s highest — rising up 2,722 feet with Burj Khalifa, and there is no stopping in sight.

The Address Residences Boulevard DubaiInsert at least ten theme parks already opened or under construction and you have what some are tabbing Orlando 2.0, a destination that suits all comers, whether for business, vacation or even cosmetic surgery. The message in Dubai is come for the possibilities – and bring the kids.

The Address to have in Dubai

Take your pick of five upscale accommodations through The Address brand. The Address hotels are owned by Dubai’s Emaar Properties, one of the top developers in Dubai. All of The Address brands are luxury and top picks for business or pleasure, while each offers its own spin on what a Dubai stay should be.

Address Boulevard

The newest in The Address family is Address Boulevard, which opened this month in Downtown Dubai across from Dubai Mall. The opulent 196-room hotel is art-focused and features 251 art works on exhibit, made by 48 artists. Rooms, lounges and public areas afford views of Burj Khalifa – and that includes the exquisite pool area with a central cascading fountain. Don’t forget to checkout The Library at Address Boulevard for rare finds and compelling photo material. The property is described as a lifestyle hotel. Features, menus, meeting spaces and spa offerings are all tagged according to experiences they evoke.

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The Address Dubai Mall

Dubai is a shopping mecca for most visitors so a stay in the trendy Address Dubai Mall puts you at the doorstep of Burj Khalifa and its wild water show. The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower is attached to The Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world. At the Address Dubai Mall find 244 signature rooms and suites and the choice of five spirited restaurants and lounges. Other perks include a top-shelf spa and wellness facilities, a kids club when moments call for childless shopping excursions, a swimming pool, and hair salon. Rooms, made for business and large enough to enjoy as a family, have balconies and sparkling city views.

the-address-dubai-mallThe Address Dubai Marina

This 200-room five-star hotel looks over the Dubai Marina with easy proximity to Dubai Marina Mall. From studio configurations to three-bedroom duplex, every accommodation has a private balcony overlooking the marina, where it is now possible to make an Uber-style connection to CharterClick and ride a yacht, rather than a taxi, to spots around Dubai. At The Address Dubai Marina, however, there is plenty to do on site – from relaxing in the hotel’s elevated infinity pool, dining at a choice of five onsite restaurants or indulging in spa treatments. For large functions, The Address Dubai Marina chimes in with one of the city’s largest hotel ballroom’s, able to accommodate a thousand guests, reception style and in the glow of natural light, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. This address lies halfway between the airport and Downtown Dubai, a 20-minute ride from Al Maktoum International Airport.

the-address-dubai-marina-bedroom-l-xlargeWalkers will love the location, as it is a five-minute walk to Pier 7, a happening dining and entertainment hot spot. The beach is quite close as well. Amblers who want to get out and explore the town will find this Address an easy stroll to two metro stations, both just a kilometer away.

The Address Montgomerie Dubai

From yachts to golf – The Address has it all. Those seeking the green fairways of Dubai will want to stay at The Address Montgomerie Dubai. There they will find expansive vistas panning a 7,396-yard championship links-style golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie. The course is managed by Troon Golf  (think: Westin Turnberry, Scotland and Troon North, Arizona). Don’t miss the par 5 fourth signature hole, tabbed the Snake Hole for its saddleback fairway that doglegs around the greens with two bunkers behind forming the eyes of the snake.

TAMD_tcm113-63350The Address is one of Dubai’s few truly intimate boutique properties with only 21 suites. Guests can enjoy a variety of five-star in-room facilities including high-speed Internet, gourmet coffee stations, luxe toiletries and a vast movie and music library.

For events and conferences, The Address Montgomerie Dubai offers dedicated professional event managers to customize unique packages for private functions.

Location for The Address Montgomerie Dubai Golf Resort & Spa is next to the Media and Internet cities, for many of the business travelers staying in Dubai. Downtown Dubai is a 15-minute drive away. Dubai International Airport will run about 20 minutes.

The Palace Downtown Dubai

For those travelers seeking a sense of place The Address’s Palace in Old Town is that place. Keyhole arches, date palms and Arabesque lanterns line the corridors around a petal-filled pool leading to the lobby. The hotel’s plush 242 guest rooms and 81 suites are immersed in dark wood paneling carved in Arabian designs, and come with plenty of local touches – date snacks, slender Ottoman tea pots, carved inlaid boxes. Seven design styles are available, each a private balcony that overlooks the Dubai Fountain or  Burj Lake. The Palace is directly connected to Souk Al Bahar, a modern shopping destination with Arabesque architectural features, and is in close proximity to The Dubai Mall. Unusual segues from local fare include Asada as an Argentine steakhouse and Thiptara for Thai seafood cuisine.

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The Address Downtown Dubai

The Address Downtown Dubai was the first of the hotel series and is considered the flagship property. Unfortunately, it closed after a fire in 2015, but the 63-story-high property will be coming back on line later this year.  The contemporary hotel will resume its location at more than 1000 feet above the street with 196 rebuilt rooms and suites. It will once again offer a spa by ESPA, club level and spa suites with pools an infinity pool over the city, a 24-hour fitness center, a business lounge, children’s programs, meeting and event venues, and fine dining.

Contact:

The Address Hotels & Resorts
(+971) 4 436 8888 / (844) 398-0614 (USA)
Email: stay@theaddress.com
Website: www.theaddress.com

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Stay Longer at Faena Miami Beach

Spend an extra day at the beach at Faena Hotel Miami Beach with a complimentary fourth night when you book a three-night stay.

Complimentary fourth night when you book a three-night stay offer based upon availability and conditions apply.

Reservation: 1 (305) 535 4697 or
e-mail: reservations-miamibeach@faena.com

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Spiritual and Cultural Awakening Tour through Mongolia with Nomadic Expeditions

Explore the rich culture and heritage of Mongolia, a place where time stood still for many centuries. Mongolia is a place of wild beauty, defined by its free spirit. Even amidst modern development, the nomadic lifestyle prevails. Here, you will find traditional felt and canvas tents, or gers, juxtaposed against the rising skyline in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Explore a place where Buddhism was once silenced, but has returned with vigor. Journey across the country to historic and sacred sites and temples as Robert Thurman, one of the world’s preeminent Buddhist scholars, guides you through meditation sessions and provides insight into the history and renewal of Buddhism in this fascinating land.

Trip dates are June 25 – July 7 and Jalsa Urusbshurow, Founder and CEO of Nomadic Expeditions, will join Robert Thurman on this special journey.

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Journey through Mystical Myanmar with The Strand’s Photography Cruise

Myanmar is a photographer’s delight, with glowing sunrises, expansive landscapes and characterful people. Professional photographer, Lucas Gurdjian, joins passengers on The Strand Cruise October 16th to share his knowledge on how to capture this once in a lifetime experience and improve their skills as a photographer.

The-Strand-Cruise-Cruise-1-750x370Lucas, who has over 15 years experience as a photographer, spent three years travelling the world, including a two year journey cross-country from Paris-Bangkok, the reportage for which won him the ‘Best online multimedia travel diary’ award at the Clermont Ferrand Biennale. He will coach passengers on different styles of photography, including landscapes, food photography and portraits; tips on framing, lighting, aperture and depth of field; as well as post-production techniques. Lucas has already travelled the route of the cruise from Bagan to Mandalay and identified the best times to be in each location to capture the best light, for example, for sunrise over Bagan.

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Great Plains Opens Permanent Riding Stables in Maasai Mara

Great Plains Conservation is delighted to announce the opening of the first permanent riding stables in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Ride Kenya – Mara is a stand-alone riding stable of 16 horses, offering rides in the wildlife-rich Maasai Mara and exclusive Mara Conservancies.

a3fcfc5d-37d6-4856-b8b8-4a956c383ffeThe rides are available to any competent horse rider (min. age 14+, max. weight 95kgs) staying in any camp in the Mara Conservancies and Maasai Mara National Reserve. The stables are located in the very heart of these protected areas. Morning and afternoon rides of up to eight guests are available to competent riders at a price of US$250 per ride.

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Matakauri Lodge New Zealand: Stay 4, Pay 3

Experience fabulous New Zealand from May to September 2017, stay four nights and receive the fourth night free in a luxurious lodge 10 minutes form Queenstown. An exclusive retreat located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge enjoys spectacular mountain views and a personalized concierge service.

Offer includes; accommodation, pre-dinner drinks, canapés, gourmet dinner each evening, full breakfast each morning, complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of all lodge facilities (excluding spa treatments).

This Stay 4, Pay 3 offer is available May 01 – 30 September 2017.

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Two Specials at the New Chable Resort, Yucatan

Experience the new Chablé Resort in Mexico’s Yucatan between May 1 and October 31st. Choose from the Pay 2, Stay 3 special including daily breakfast, airport transfers from Merida, daily activities and more.

Or, journey to family joy with the Family Rate: two kids (up to age 16) stay free or 50% off the second room.

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Seeing Africa to Save Africa: Conservation Safaris

Going on a conservation safari, or eco-tour, in Africa may bring you one step closer to saving the earth before it’s too late. And companies, such as Great Plains Conservation, believe that seeing Africa’s primordial wonder and knowing about its corresponding destruction, may be the best way to drive home the reality that our world is in peril but may still be saved.

MaraPlainsCamp-Landscape-GreatPlainsConservation-3To that end, Great Plains Conservation along with a few other tour operators that host travel to Africa recently took steps to outline how governments can limit wanton hunting and trade in Africa – a move promoted when the South Africa government recently announced that a quota of 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions would be allowed for export annually. According to Great Plains Conservation and the other signatories, any such legal trade mechanism can open up channels for traders to launder illegally obtained bones from wild animals.

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In fact, it is no secret that more than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa last year, for the fourth straight year. Rhino poaching in South Africa has been growing exponentially – only 36 such poaching incidents in the region were reported in 2006.

Elephants, too, coveted for their ivory tusks, have been disappearing from the African plains at an alarming rate – decreasing by some 111,000 in the past quarter century.

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The “Glamping” Solution

Great Plains Safaris takes visitors who want to experience the great nature of Africa before it disappears deep into the wilds of Kenya and Botswana on immersive “glamping” trips that leave barely a footprint.

experiences6Several of the camps are tents in the wilderness that, when picked up and moved, would not betray the presence of humans in those spaces at all. That means the groups of between 10 and 20 people (sharing) are for that time as much a natural part of the landscape as the animals and local people that live there. Items that can be recycled, buried or burned without harm are treated appropriately. Energy systems include biogas for cooking fuel, as well as solar power and grey water recycling at the various camps.

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In Botswana, Great Plans Conservation runs Duba Expeditions Camp, Duba Plains Camp, Selinda Camp, Selinda Explorers Camp, Selinda Adventure Travel, Zafara Camp and Zafara Dhow Suites. In Kenya, it will be ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Expedition Camp and Mara Plains Camp. Each is extraordinary in its own right and distinctive in its offerings. For instance, Zafara Dhow Suites on the eastern edge of the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana offers a single shelter of two bedrooms that can fit a maximum of four adults (and a child, sharing, if needed).

ZarafaDhowSuites-Camp-GreatPlainsConservation-11The experience is fully inclusive of all activities, meals, park fees, beverages and spirits and comes with morning and afternoon game viewing in an open 4×4 vehicle, guided walks and cruising on the Zibadianja Lagoon on “HES Zib” when water levels permit. There is also an open-air exercise space with a spin bike a cool inviting plunge pool, and in-room massages are available.

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Find here a certain early 20th century “villa” elegance as each bedroom has its own fireplace and huge copper baths tubs looking onto views of the plains and lagoon. A certain civilized style contrasts with the raw surroundings for a perfect blend of quiet, privacy, isolation and pampering.

The Kindness of Strangers

For all its permanence, the camp brings environmentally friendly methods used in the construction and employs energy from Zarafa’s pioneering “solar farm” of more than 150 205-watt solar panels. Drinking water flows through a UV filtration system, eliminating the need for disposable plastic water bottles.

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Similarly, the ol Donyo Lodge, on the private 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch in southeastern Kenya (edging Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks, adjacent to Chyulu Hills National Park) is a permanent construction from natural materials. Rain water is captured and stored and shower water is recycled and filtered before ending up at the water holes in front of the lodge, which attract a variety of wildlife in this semi-arid region.

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At Zarafa, energy comes from the sun and is stored in batteries. Solid waste is transported and recycled and biogas converted from kitchen waste supports the heating and cooking.

Great Plains Conversation leases the sites for its camps from the 4,000-strong Maasai community that own the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch. A per person conservancy fee goes directly to this community to ensure the preservation of the ranch and the protection of the wild animals that live there.

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The lodge was redesigned in 2008 along a hillside that looks onto Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance. The lodge sleeps a maximum of 16 people comfortably in ten guest rooms where no two spaces are alike. In fact, eight of the ten private cottages have their own swimming pool. All guest rooms offer the unusual “star beds” feature where a removable roof lets the stars shine down on guests while they sleep, enhancing the deep connection with earth and place. In-room massages top off a perfect day for a nominal extra.

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The wealth of activities available at ol Donyo are generous and rare for a safari. Guests can have their early morning and late afternoon game drives, and they can also go on guided bushwalks, have a bush breakfast or dinners, take a night drive, go hiking, horse riding (for all guests, novice to professional), try mountain biking, animal tracking, and participate in conservation and community out-reach programs.

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Conversely, a stay at Mara Expedition Camp will be within a site of five tents that can house a maximum of ten adult guests. All items, from dining, to cocktails to game drives are included in this clearing at the banks of the Ntiakitiak River. Balloon rides, park fees and flights are extra.

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In northern Botswana’s 320,000-acre Selina Reserve, the Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway, as remote and beautiful as it gets. It’s an ancient waterway that weaves through the far-reaches of the vast Okavango Delta and links with the Linyanti wetlands in the west. There, it is possible to accommodate a maximum of 18 guests sharing in 9 large tented villas. The land here is home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo left in Southern Africa. Also find the endangered African wild dog – lycaon pictus – or “painted wolf”.

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Guests can go on early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in open jeeps. They will also enjoy guided bush walks, and river safaris when water levels permit. In-room massages can be arranged. Children aged six and over are welcome.

The new Duba Expedition Camp offers adventure and serenity in the Okavango Delta. The area is the site for many wildlife documentaries by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert and is one of only two camps on the 77,000-acre private concession. The camp offers six expedition-style light and airy canvas tents on slightly raised decking. Each tent has views of the surrounding floodplain plus a small desk and private verandah from which to observe it all and record one’s thoughts. For all its romantic remoteness, modern conveniences are remembered. Tents come with en suites flush toilets, water basins and an indoor shower.

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The Luxe Touch

Great Plains Conservation camps, Zarafa, Mara Plains and ol Donyo are members of Relais & Chateaux and National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. And, in step with National Geographic, photography is in focus for guest experiences. High-powered canon 5D and 7D cameras are available at some camps for guests use and guests at all camps can rent special professional camera equipment. Specialist photographer-guides are available (with advance notice) to meet guests and help them work the equipment and improve their photography skills. All reservations are individual, made according to guest wants and time lines. Great Plains Conservation can arrange for all bush flights, park permits and extras, whether requests are for one night or several.

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At Great Plans Conservation, seeing is believing; seeing is saving; seeing is making conservation possible, one camp at a times.

Contact:

Great Plains Conservation
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (0) 87 354 6591
info@greatplainsconservation.com
www.GreatPlainsConservation.com

 

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