Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and get back to nature with a tranquil African hideaway trip with Safari In Style
Technology is designed to make our life easier, but sometimes the reality is somewhat different. We are now reachable, available, on call seemingly 24 hours a day. The result – we are exhausted. We never seem to get the chance to just switch off.
Fortunately, there is an antidote, and its name is nature. We don’t mean a nice country walk and a pub lunch on a Sunday afternoon. We mean real, raw, wild nature, the type that rejuvenates you from the inside out.
Here at Safari In Style we have taken it upon ourselves (such is the hardship) to scour southern Africa to find the perfect hideaways to sooth even the most shattered nerves. These are places that let you be at one with some of the most spectacular wilderness Mother Nature has to offer, without forgoing your creature comforts. So come, let our hideaways sooth and relax you…
Old Mondoro Bush Camp – Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
There are four beautifully appointed suites in this little slice of paradise. Lie, cosseted under soft Egyptian cotton and watch the languid Zambezi River flow ever onwards to the Indian Ocean. Soak in your open air bath as you listen to the sounds of pods of hippos in the river below.
Towering acacias provide shade, and attract elephants who often pass by within feet of your bed. If you can tear yourself away from your suite, open vehicle 4×4 safaris, bush walks, boat trips and even canoe excursions on the Zambezi await. The Lower Zambezi is one of the most spectacular wildlife areas of Africa, and just so good for the soul.
Camp Kipwe – Damaraland, Namibia
Kipwe blends so seamlessly with its surroundings, that you could almost miss it, nestled among the rust coloured granite boulders in the heart of some of Namibia’s most dramatic scenery. Tucked discretely into the surrounding rocks the sympathetically designed rooms and suites offer you privacy from people but complete exposure to the nature beyond.
At sunset climb the ‘koppie’ and watch the last rays of sun be replaced by inky darkness, punctuated with millions of stars. Nature drives in search of desert-adapted elephants, ancient rock art and awe-inspiring scenery compliment your stay.
Quatermain’s 1920s Safari camp – Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa
Less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Port Elizabeth, on South Africa’s south coast, lies a camp lost in time. True to the area’s settler history, and adventurous spirit, Quatermain’s takes you back to a less hurried time. Three 1900s style canvas safari tents sit snuggly in the African bush.
There is no electricity in the camp, food is cooked over an open fire and the rhythm of nature rules. Sit on your deck surrounded by an endless parade of birdlife and the occasional bushbuck, fall asleep to the sounds of jackals and maybe even the roar of lions. Thrilling open vehicle safaris in the malaria-free Big Five reserve are just a bonus.
Nkwichi – Shores of Lake Malawi, Mozambique
No one said paradise was easy to reach. This little stretch called Nkwichi is no exception. Strung out along the Mozambican shore of Lake Malawi you will find a haven of peace.
Rustic chalets built from local materials, hand-carved four-poster beds and open bath tubs hewn from solid boulders look out onto the lake.
Swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the lake, alive with myriads of tropical fish, sail in a traditional dhow at sunset, picnic under a 2,000 year old giant baobab tree and dine of fresh fish direct from the lake. You can even spend the night on a four poster bed, right on the beach, under the stars.
Sindabezi Island – Zambezi River, Zambia
From Livingstone town you are transferred by road to the banks of the Zambezi River, here you board a small motor boat, and head downstream, ignoring the disapproving grunts from the hippos and lazy menacing looks from the crocodiles. Your destination, is the charming Sindabezi Island, in a tributary just off the main river.
Five open air rooms offer undisturbed views onto this riparian wonderland. Boating trips and sundowner excursions on the Zambezi, nature walks on deserted islands with picnic lunches, safari excursions and tours of the Victoria Falls are all part of your stay.
However, the sheer indulgence of lying in bed and having the nature come to you (along with your morning coffee courtesy of your very own butler) is priceless. Marvel at the fireflies rising from the river before drifting off to the sounds of hippos and elephants filling the night sky.
What are you waiting for? To find your perfect hideaway call: 07851 811900 or visit: safariinstyle.com