AFRICA'S BEST

2019

Planning a safari adventure to Africa can be quite a daunting task, what with an abundance of camps & lodges that are spectacular to the first impression yet sometimes an intimidating prospect when you wondered whether you chose wisely. We give you the lowdown of 10 of our favorites for 2019 and more....

Ivory Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Why We Love It:

With just 8 villas, an intimate experience appreciating the wondrous landscapes ensue. Coupled with the "Million stars experience" of staying in a romantic Tree House, the Ivory Lodge promises and extraordinary experience of immaculate luxury in wildlife-rich domains of Kruger National Park. 

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Best Time To Visit:

Between April to September at the beginning or the end of the dry season where vegetation are sparse and water levels low due to the lack of rain, resulting in increased opportunities to spot wildlife at the watering holes. 

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Serengeti Bushtops Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Why We Love It:

Just 15 miles away from the famous Mara River crossing directly in the path of the spectacular wildebeest migration, the Serengeti Bushtops Camp offers a privileged location and setting for a "ringside seat" to the incredible event where only until recently, Northern Serengeti only allows mobile camps. 11 tents and 2 family tents are offered here furnished in just the right touches that do not overwhelm. 

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Best Time To Visit:

Late June to September where the wildebeest migration takes place across from Northern Serengeti into the Masai Mara in Kenya. With little to no rainfall, this is the dry season offering pleasant temperature for a safari adventure. Although this coincides with the peak season, it should not deter your experience if you book early

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Mkulumadzi Lodge, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Why We Love It:

Located in a private concession within Majete Wildlife Reserve, one of Africa's greatest conservation story and a secret Big 5 safari destination, the Mkulumadzi Lodge offers the ultimate in isolation and luxury away from the crowds. We never intended to share this secret but the safari experience coupled with the magical Kapichira Falls are more than a treat.

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Best Time To Visit:

May to August for the dry cool season until September where temperature gradually increases and rain starts to return. A safari journey to Majete Wildlife Reserve is often complimented with an experience of the stunning black tea plantations and a luxuriating retreat on the almost-too-perfect Lake Malawi. 

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andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

Why We Love It:

Back with a bang after an extensive refurbishment. One of our all-time favorite camps is set in the dramatic location for the final scene of "Out of Africa". The epitome of tented luxury, andBeyond Bateleur Camp comprises just two intimate camps of nine tented suites each, set among the forests on the edge of the Masai Mara.  

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Best Time To Visit:

July to Sep for the migratory hordes of the wildebeest migration and after the intense journey from the Serengeti, the mating season begins, not without some fierce competition among the dominant males. Expect plenty of predatory action to take place as the apex predators look to capitalize on the weak and injured. 

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andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Why We Love It:

Quite a mouthful, Nxabega for short is another andBeyond property that makes the list here set within an exclusive 7,000 hectares private wildlife concession looking out over expansive lagoons where elephants and occasional predators roam freely. A "combination camp" with game drive safaris and mokoro and boating activities, the stunning camp is the place to be off and in green season where game viewing is superb.

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Best Time To Visit:

May to September during the dry cool season with virtually no rainfall. The lesser vegetation during this period offers more opportunities to spot wildlife that concentrate around the waterholes and rivers. June is especially a great month for sightings of African Wild Dogs, the undoubted stars of the Okavango where during this time, the alpha pair will look for dens for new arrivals into the family. 

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