Our prime Southern African locations – in the bush, near natural wonders, by the ocean, and in the city – let us share with you the region’s many attractions, and gives you a synergised experience of the best this side of the continent has to offer. Our destinations include:
Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Lion Sands is the only private game reserve rooted in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. The Sabie River forms a natural boundary between its two sides, and four waterside lodges provide the ultimate luxury safari bases. Ivory Lodge and River Lodge are located on the Sabi side, and over on Kruger are Narina Lodge and Tinga Lodge.
The animals roam freely between them, and no matter which side you choose to stay on, you will have exceptional game-viewing opportunities. Lion Sands conserves 5 000ha (12 500ac) of a habit that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. Natural animal populations include the Big Five, and the reserve is renowned for the quality of its leopard viewing – the most elusive of predators.
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Madikwe Game Reserve, bordering Botswana, is one of South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, conserving 76 000ha (187 800ac). Its wooded hills give way to bushveld and Kalahari plains, roamed by an astonishing array of animals – including the Big Five, a flourishing population of African wild dog (one of the continent’s most endangered creatures), and 60 other kinds of mammal. Above, its skies are graced by 350-plus resident bird species.
This is wild Africa and then some! Coupled with the reserve having a rich cultural heritage and being malaria-free, this has made it a popular family and friend destination. Madikwe Safari Lodge’s three luxury camps – Lelapa, Kopano, Dithaba – are ideally located for you to appreciate the vastness and diversity of Madikwe’s landscapes and wildlife.
Marataba South Africa
Marataba South Africa is a private concession forming part of the greater Marakele National Park which, as its Tswana name suggests, is a ‘place of sanctuary’.
The park conserves 67 000ha (165 560ac) of the Limpopo Waterberg’s biodiversity – including the Big Five, with a healthy population of the critically endangered black rhino, and abundant birdlife – as well as San rock art and Iron Age sites of great historical significance.
Within this vast wilderness, Marataba’s luxury Safari Lodge and Mountain Lodge are the only camps. They create for you and a select few other guests exclusive and highly personal safari experiences of exploring your own way: on traditional twice-daily game drives, after-breakfast bush walks, specialist Marataba Trails, and sunset Miss Mara Water Safaris.
Cape Town, South Africa
An oceanside metropolis, with a mountain national park at its heart, Cape Town is both wild and wonderful, and a singular African destination. Its markets and shopping malls, jazz cafés and fine-dining restaurants, museums and historical buildings, theatres and night clubs… spill out towards wilderness and pristine beaches, met by miles of marine protected area.
The city’s Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel and More Quarters Hotel are homes from home, welcoming you to experience Capetonian life. There is something for everyone, making it easy to understand why millions of visitors flock here every year – and why many choose never to leave!
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
There is something quintessentially African about a Victoria Falls holiday. This iconic destination is an adventure- and nature-lover’s paradise, representing an Africa that is still wild and untainted. Day’s here can be filled with adrenaline-igniting activities, close-up wildlife encounters, and humbling cultural interactions – all of which centre on the area’s namesake falls.
Their sheer enormity and force has powered them into the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Or days here can be taken as a pause. Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel and Ursula’s Homestead hold prime location just 15 minutes away, surrounded by the natural reserve, making them ideal bases from which to explore, as well as quiet retreats in one of the continent’s most loved destinations.