With a coastline that clocks in at 26 000km or over 16 000 miles, it is not surprising that Africa has some of the best beaches in the world. Throw in pristine water, thriving coral reefs, swaying palms and frolicking dolphins and you have all the ingredients for the ultimate family beach holiday. And the accommodation doesn't let you down either: instead of heaving mega resorts, queues for fresh towels and sun lounger territory wars, expect to find laid-back African family beach villas packed with everything from their own pools, Jacuzzis and private beach access to being taken care of by friendly and knowledgeable butlers, housekeepers, drivers and chefs.
Africa is fast becoming an exclusive destination for families and groups, with exquisite private-use villas springing up around the continent’s most beautiful regions. Remote safari destinations are now much more accessible to multi-generational families and groups with children who are welcomed to Africa with state-of-the-art facilities, specialised children’s programmes, private chefs, butlers, childminders and guides. All that’s required from you is to kick back and enjoy your safari as you like, and when you like.And what better way to start or end your family or group safari than with a few nights in Africa’s most beautiful city? Here’s our top pick of exclusive-use safari villas in Africa, including some beautiful Cape Town villas.
A treehouse makes for the ultimate safari lodge - there’s nothing quite like a giant fig tree spiralling through your suite to make you feel totally immersed in the wonder and romance of Africa. And the best part: many of these camps are semi-permanent, meaning that everything can be totally removed to leave the landscape exactly as it was before. Aesthetically, the results of this eco-friendly approach can be simply astounding – here’s our top 12 selection of the most luxurious treehouse lodges, forest suites and sleep-outs in Africa.
Like all major cities, Cape Town is home to a selection of the world's leading hotel brands but if it's intimate proportions and character you want, then a boutique hotel or guesthouse may be a better choice for your Cape Town holiday.Cape Town is known for being ‘a country in one city’: the city limits include everything from a vibrant downtown district to Blue Flag beaches and even Table Mountain National Park. We’ve divided our top picks into city or beach, allowing you to select the boutique hotel that most suits your holiday plans.
From the dusty tents of explorers to exquisite eco-conscious lodges - the African safari has come a long way in the past hundred years without losing any of its romance and adventure. Today, many tented camps mirror the grandeur and opulence of days gone by, while others have completely reinvigorated the safari lodge, offering a brand new take on African aesthetics, authenticity and luxury.
We love private conservancies for the advantages they offer to guests and the positive impact they have on conservation and the upliftment of rural communities... but the main reason we recommend private conservancies to our clients is for the exceptional game viewing advantages they offer, which are not available in national parks:
Cape Town may be South Africa’s vacation capital and the Kruger National Park may be the country’s flagship safari destination but seasoned international travellers who yearn to get off the well-trodden travel path are quietly finding a new destination: kwaZulu-Natal.
The vast red sand expanses of the Kalahari Desert rise up to meet us as we touch down in our 7-seater plane in the heart of Tswalu Private Game Reserve – the largest privately owned reserve in South Africa. At over 100 000ha, Tswalu is an endless sea of undulating sand dunes, grassy knolls and rocky outcrops, and the location of The Motse camp, our home for the next 24 hours.
If you’ve been on more than one long-haul vacation, you know there’s travel, and then there’s Travel. That capital ‘T’ comes from being comfortable and at ease throughout your journey. It means exploring at your own pace with all the benefits of insider expertise and smooth logistics.
Zimbabwe’s fortunes are as varied as its landscape. Once a British colony known as Rhodesia in honour of empire builder Cecil John Rhodes, it won independence to become Zimbabwe and build a seemingly unassailable reputation as ‘the bread basket of Africa’. Its fertile soil and balmy climate is perfect for agriculture - it’s still the centre of Africa’s lucrative raw tobacco trade - but then came political turmoil once again as the government launched land reform programmes.