Luxury Safaris & Unique Journeys

Posted by Dana Elford · Apr 05 · in Kenya · about Outdoor Activities

We have some great suggestions on luxury safaris and unique journeys for you! From lodges, attractions, experiences...we have it all. Included in all of our suggestions are amenities and perks you'll receive for booking with us at North South Travel! Our Adventure Travel Specialists can book and design any of these great unique experiences for you down right to the details, including a personalized custom itinerary!

Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya

Why you should go: Wildlife

Loisaba Conservancy is outstandingly beautiful, its abundant wildlife is truly wild and its accommodation is comfortable beyond measure.

  • Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Loisaba Tented Camp is designed to capitalize on unhindered views across Laikipia's mottled landscape all the way to Mt Kenya. All accommodations and main areas enjoy a breathtaking vantage point over an expansive panorama.
  • African-themed sophistication and style is the flavour of Loisaba Tented Camp. Spacious and airy tents are custom-built with large floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, high ceilings and polished wood floors. The tent suites are adorned in chic Africana furniture with a modern European twist.
  • The inviting main areas of Loisaba Tented Camp include a large open dining area, separate open lounge and bar, a large wooden decking area for outside dining, relaxing and enjoying the view, and one of Africa's most picturesque infinity pools.

Amenities For Your Stay 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary A La Carte Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
  • A visit to the Loisaba Conservancy headquarters to learn about the cutting edge conservation techniques that are preserving the Loisaba wilderness. This visit includes meeting the anti-poaching unit as well as a private sundowner at a beautiful vantage point. Cocktails and canapes served exclusively by a barman and waiter accompanied by a stunning African sunset.
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat, Clanwilliam, South Africa

Why you should go: Enjoy a private reserve and retreat focusing on your wellness

Escape to an enchanting wilderness wellness retreat.

  • Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, this ecological oasis is a magical wilderness experience among open plains, sandstone formations and ancient bush art sites dating back 10,000 years.
  • Be at one with Africa in this multi-award winning retreat with awe-inspiring activities, unique dining experiences, organic vegetable gardens and caring service.

Amenities For Your Stay 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Picnic for two at a private location in the reserve (depending on weather)
  • Branded peak cap per person
  • For 3 night stays (Valid 1 April - 31 August): Complimentary dinner at Kadoro valued at R750 per person
  • Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
  • Full breakfast for up to two in-room guests, in restaurant
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti, Arush, Tanzania

Why You Should Go: Experience thrilling Serengeti game drives and rare opportunities to connect with the local people and culture

The world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park measures close to 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles).

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of it all. In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. Their Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation.

  • Your own spa pavilion - after a dusty game drive, relax and re-energize with Serengeti-inspired massage and skincare.
  • Elephant watering hole - float in the infinity-edge pool and watch elephants gather for a drink at the watering hole below
  • Discovery centre - educational activities engage the entire family - from kids aged eight and older to active older adults.
  • Gourmet in the bush - enjoy four seasons cuisine and dazzling sunset views
  • Game drives in the Serengeti

Amenities For Your Stay 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Buffet breakfast daily for up to two in room guests, served in restaurant
  • One $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full

Helicopter Safaris

What: Helicopter flightseeing in East or South Africa.
Why It’s Hot: Adrenaline-rush that you can’t quite get any other way, whether buzzing fantastical flocks of flaming pink flamingos at Kenya’s Lake Bogoria, delving into South Africa’s Blyde River Canyon, or doing a fly-by of Mt. Everest.


Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur. Photo: Alila Fort Bishangarh

Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur

What: A decade-long restoration and renovation of a fort turned hotel came to fruition in July 2017.
Why It’s Hot: A luxe hotel perched atop a granite hill is unique as is the surrounding active village, which is virtually untouched by tourism.


Narendra Bhawan, Rajasthan. Photo: Narendra Bhawan.

Narendra Bhawan. Bikaner, Rajasthan.

What: A heritage property in Rajasthan that honours the late Maharaja Narendra Singh.
Why It’s Hot: Luxe but casual, palatial but quirky, flamboyant yet tasteful, the hotel defies description at every turn and is making an indelible impression on its guests.


About to Be Super-Hot

Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia. Photo: Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge. Skeleton Coast, Namibia

What: A set of ten stand-alone rooms built to resemble the real shipwrecks one finds along the coast.
Why It’s Hot: There’s plenty of the remote and unusual to go around in the African wilderness but nothing quite like this set-up, from where you can spy lions, elephants, baboons, and other creatures that call the Skeleton Coast home.


Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Rwanda. Photo: Singita Kwitonda Lodge

Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Rwanda

What: A lodge opening summer 2019 in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
Why It’s Hot: Rwanda and the park have long been popular for gorilla tracking but have been rather short on places to stay. Singita joins the fray with an eight-suite and one villa property with easy access to the silverback gorillas and otherworldly views of the surrounding volcanoes.


Okavango Delta. Photo: Duncan Willetts

Hot air ballooning, Botswana

What: See the wildlife-rich waterways of the Okavango Delta from the air.
Why It’s Hot: Witnessing the action on Botswana’s storied floodplains has long been possible by helicopter, but hot-air ballooning is a relatively new way to safari these parts and the serenity and quiet of a balloon gondola lends itself perfectly to the calm of the Delta.


Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, India. Photo: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andaman Islands, India

What: A 30-acre, 75-villa beach property that has just opened on one of India’s lesser-travelled islands.
Why It’s Hot: Not just another barefoot chic hideaway, you can expect butler service and modern amenities, way above-average dining and holistic spa treatments amongst paradisaical reefs and mangroves.


Among the ruins in Hampi. Photo: Ardeep Asrani

The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Hampi

What: A travelling camp that recently set down in Hampi, a 14th century UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Why It’s Hot: Like most responsible camping entities The Ultimate Traveling Camp (TUTC) has a policy of leaving no carbon footprints. And Hampi is no garden-variety campsite. It was the capital of the 14th Century Vijayanagar Empire and present day is home to miles and miles of ruins of the South India’s last great Hindu Kingdom.


Hot and Unusual

Jabala Ridge Lodge, Ruaha. Photo: Jabali Ridge.

Jabala Ridge Lodge, Ruaha

What: A rocky hill in Tanzania’s largest national park is the canvas for eight stand-alone suites that look remarkably like eagles’ nests.
Why It’s Hot: Come on, look at these things. Not just a magnet for romantics, but a highly-practical perch from which to spy elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and other denizens that track along the Mwagusi River.


Nay Palad Bird Nest. Photo: Jimmy Nelson.

Nay Palad Bird Nest, Kenya

What: Kenya darling Segera Retreat recently added the very quirky, very nesty Nay Palad Bird Nest.
Why It’s Hot: Imagine just before sunset being led up a lantern-lit tower and reaching a very large open-air nest with luxe linen-covered beds replete with hot-water bottles. A real rarity and something even the most jaded customer will consider worthy of putting on Instagram.


The Highlands Ngorongoro, Tanzania. Photo: The Highlands Ngorongoro.

The Highlands Ngorongoro, Tanzania

What: High-end tented camp meets dormant volcano in Tanzania.
Why It’s Hot: Oh-so-so-beautiful contemporary tent interiors that couldn’t have better views of the beguiling Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where elephant, buffalo and leopard roam and where you too can ply Maasai trails to see this coveted corner of East Africa.


The Rainforest Eco Lodge, Sri Lanka. Photo: Rainforest Eco Lodge.

The Rainforest Eco Lodge, Sinharaja Rain Forest, Sri Lanka

What: Rainforest chalets that actually live up to the name chalet.
Why It’s Hot: The lodge has been around for a while but its approach never gets old. The chalets, fashioned from recycled shipping containers and perched on stilts, are tastefully and pleasantly done in bamboo and you’ll feel like a bit like you’re on a private scientific expedition in the Sinharaja portion of thjis estate, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.


Fossil Hunting with the Leakeys. Photo: Duncan Willetts

Fossil Hunting with the Leakeys

What: Micato’s longstanding relationship with the world-famous Leakeys means guests can explore the Turkana Basin’s storied dig sites with member of this first family of paleoanthropology.
Why It’s Hot: How many people have the chance to live the life of a modern-day Indiana Jones in the most exciting setting possible?


Extreme 19th Hole, Legend Golf & Safari Resort. Photo: Legend Hospitality Group

Golfing the Extreme 19th Hole, South Africa

What: You, at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort, transported to the top of a mountain in South Africa, angling to shoot a hole in one from nearly 1,200 feet above the green.
Why It’s Hot: The most gonzo of all gonzo experiences for golf aficianados has undeniable bragging rights attached to it, even if you don’t make the shot (which you likely won’t). But oh, the scenery.

And remember…. if any or all of these experiences pack appeal, our aforementioned Africa and India specialists will make it happen. Contact us in whatever way you like so we can get cracking on your Micato Hot List Adventure!

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