Your Easter Break Sorted

It’s one of the best times of the year to get away, so why not experience a truly ‘Lekker’ Easter break this year? With our 2018 Easter destinations we’re focusing on breaks that offer a wealth of experiences – so whether you’re into outdoor adventure, cosmopolitan vibes or classic culture and charm, we’ve got you covered.

Argentina

If you’re looking for energy and excitement, the fast pace of Argentina makes for an ideal break this Easter. Touch down in the cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, and start exploring the uniquely Argentinian mix of vibrancy and charm that’s always on full display. Get into the city’s rhythm with a traditional tango show (or, for the more sure-footed among you, a private dance class!) Sink your teeth into a delicious steak dinner paired with the finest in world-class wine. In Buenos Aires the night is always still young, whether you’re taking in a show at the Teatro Colòn (one of the finest opera houses in the world) or putting your newfound dancing skills to use at one of the city’s many lively bars and nightclubs.

But there’s more to Argentina than city life. For lovers of the great outdoors, your trip simply isn’t complete without visiting the incredible peaks and panoramas of Patagonia. This vast region covers three quarters of the Argentinian landscape and offers some of the most stunning natural sights in the world, from mighty Glaciers to Tierra del Fuego, the legendary End of the World. Despite the region’s remoteness, the plethora of exclusive hotels and cruise options in Patagonia ensure that you’re never too far from luxury either!

Brazil

Argentina’s neighbouring country Brazil also offers a sizzling combination of culture and climate for your Easter break. The world-famed Carnaval may finish on Ash Wednesday, but the vibrant atmosphere and lively culture lingers on year-round in Rio de Janeiro. Stop in Rio to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and take in sweeping views of the city atop Corcovado mountain. Savour traditional Brazilian Churrascarias (barbequed meat) and then samba the night away, pausing only to sip on your Caipirinha – perfection!

And of course, any trip to Brazil would be remiss without taking in some of its many astonishing natural wonders. Explore the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands and wildlife reserve and a real wonderland for wildlife viewing where you’ll see everything from macaws to jaguars. Witness the majestic Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, from land, by boat or while soaring overhead by helicopter. Canoe through the mighty Amazon to spot fresh water dolphins, or simply soak in the atmosphere on one of the country’s most gorgeous white-sand beaches.

South Africa

The best way to take in both the stunning natural beauty and unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities of South Africa is by safari. Easter falls at the beginning of the country’s dry season, meaning it’s an optimal time for game viewing at the world-famed Kruger National Park. See lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants up close in their natural surroundings – a magnificent backdrop of mountains, bush plains and tropics – then retire to your luxury lodge before the adventure begins all over again the next day.

Once you’ve conquered the animal kingdom, make sure to indulge in some of the diverse array of experiences contemporary South Africa has to offer. The country’s winelands offer magnificent vistas, wonderful wine tastings and world class restaurants. Cape Town and Johannesburg are vibrant urban centres that feature luxury shopping and bars along with the chance to explore the country’s culture and history at sites including Robben Island and Constitution Hill. South Africa is a destination that truly has something for everyone.

Cambodia

If you’re looking for that immersive cultural experience on your Easter break, the small yet magical nation of Cambodia is sure to inspire. Arrive in Siem Reap, the resort town that epitomises the country’s unique fusion of the modern and ancient. Siem Reap is the gateway to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and the heart of the historic Khmer empire. Both are vast in scale and beautifully detailed, it’s an experience to savour before moving on to Cambodia’s present-day pleasures. Siem Reap is also home to plentiful spas and shopping, while the country’s modern culture is on full display at the show-stopping contemporary circus Phare.

A similar fusion of culture and leisure awaits in Phonm Penh, the Cambodian capital. Stroll along the ever-popular riverfront and take your pick from the many parks, bars and restaurants on display, before paying a visit to the splendid Royal Palace. This ornate and opulent structure is a must-see along with the absolutely stunning Silver Pagoda complex, where the sight of priceless Buddhist and historical artefacts offer a sparkling way to complete your visit.

Thailand

Thailand is another historic country that combines ultramodern cityscapes with ancient wonders. Get things started in the bustling capital of Bangkok, where you can sample street food and local colour at a weekend market before experiencing this city of contrasts at its most diverse. After all, where else do megamalls sit alongside centuries-old village homes and ancient temple spires co-exist with towering skyscrapers? If you’re looking to truly step back in time, then the quiet charm of Chiang Mai offers a serene alternative to Bangkok with its picturesque views, trekking tours and the chance to pick up traditional Thai skills on massage or cooking courses.

If sun, sea and sand is more your speed, Thailand is also appealing for its truly diverse array of tropical beaches and resorts, from the bustling Pattaya to the fashionable Hua Hin. Whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation on white-sand beaches or daring dive sites and nightlife, you’ll be sure to find that life’s a beach in this beautiful country!

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Last minute Valentine’s break ideas

Nothing sets the heart a-flutter quite as effectively as a romantic getaway. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’ve put together some last-minute breaks to inspire you and your loved one. Because it’s never too late to indulge in a little Valentine’s luxury!

ICELAND

Iceland’s landscape of breath-taking beauty is the perfect backdrop to a swoon-worthy getaway, replete with natural wonders from geysers to glaciers. Lucky couples can soak up the country’s unique atmosphere in the luxurious geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Once you’re thoroughly relaxed from your spa experience, snuggle up to watch the Northern Lights – nature’s most spectacular light show – illuminate the night skies just for you. The temperatures may be cold, but nothing warms the heart faster!

FRANCE

France remains the quintessential romantic getaway for many couples, and for good reason; the mix of alluring sophistication, remarkable scenery and delectable cuisine is enough to seduce any visitor. Couples can drink up the beauty of the country’s wine region or be moved by Normandy’s dramatic landscapes and picturesque villages. And of course no list of romantic destinations would be complete without an appearance from the iconic city of love, Paris! France’s capital offers the opportunity to indulge in unparalleled luxury shopping, stroll along the Seine (taking in legendary landmarks along the way) and lay eyes on some of the most romantic artworks of all time in the Louvre.

ITALY

Falling for Italy is easy, with almost every city featuring enough charm, history and beauty to enchant. You could pay a visit to Verona, the picturesque and historic setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, or escape to the exclusive island of Capri, renowned for its refined atmosphere and truly stunning scenery. But for the classic romantic Italian experience, it has to be Venice. Imagine floating along the city’s legendary canals on a gondola and snuggling up as you pass elegant palaces and historic buildings, all the while serenaded by your gondolier. Your Venetian Valentine’s is best paired with world-class luxury accommodation – complete with fine dining and all those little extras you’ll both love.

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Lekker’s Top 10 Destinations for 2018

2018 is here and we want to make this your best travel year ever!

Here at Lekker Boutique Travel we love to keep track of which destinations offer the most inspirational experiences for you. Whatever stimulates your soul, our top ten destinations for 2018 has got you covered.

South Africa

For awe-inspiring natural beauty, South Africa might just be unbeatable, boasting an astonishing eight World Heritage sites alongside pristine beaches, jagged landscapes and vast national parks. Renowned for its big game safaris, South Africa also offers once-in-a-lifetime whale watching opportunities and the chance to catch the adorable penguins of Boulders Beach.

And of course, there’s more than one way to ‘go wild’ in South Africa: wine tasting in Stellenbosch and world-class shopping in Cape Town mean there’s something for everyone!

Kenya

Astonishing wildlife viewing opportunities are also a major feature of Kenya, which offers the chance to see the famed flamingos of Lake Nakuru, elephants at Amboseli National Park and mass migrations at Masaii Mara – renowned as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing.

Beyond the opportunities to see the ‘big five’ (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) up close, Kenya’s epic landscapes also offer ideal terrain for hiking, mountain biking and water sports. If you want to explore nature’s playground without sacrificing any creature comforts, a trip to Kenya is sure to stun!

Tanzania

One of Kenya’s neighbouring countries, Tanzania also offers up an extraordinarily vast wilderness, this time featuring sights that span the unparalleled wildlife of the Serengeti to the beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro at sunrise.

Your trip to Tanzania might take the form of a safari combining breathtaking vistas and prime game viewing, before you retire to your luxurious lodge complete with world-class amenities. Tanzania also offers the chance to experience the aromatic plantations of Zanzibar, renowned for its coconut palm beaches and Indian Ocean snorkeling, plus the majesty of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake.

Iceland

For its combination of unique adventuring opportunities and primal beauty, we reckon Iceland is a definite must-visit destination. The natural wonders of this European gem include volcanoes, geysers, glaciers and the extraordinary Svartifoss waterfall.

Enjoy an action-packed day out on a snowmobile, marvel at the views from Gullfoss Falls, or opt for the calming geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon – renowned for its distinctive colour and mineral-rich properties. By night, check out the World-famous Northern Lights – otherwise known as “Aurora Burealis” – one of the most unforgettable sights on the planet! High-end shopping in Reykjavik completes a trip that definitely won’t leave you cold.

Belize

Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, we can see why this tiny but extraordinary country in Central America has emerged as a must-visit destination for the nature lover. Lush rainforests, ancient cities and extraordinary barrier reef offer an array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. A trip to Belize could have you hopping between a selection of the country’s many islands, exploring the 540,000 sq ft Chiquibul Cave System and even plunging into the largest sea hole in the world (the legendary Blue Hole). The results are an entirely unforgettable trip – naturally!

Brazil

We love Brazil for its bold and vibrant cities, pristine rainforest and sun-kissed climate. Must-sees include the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and the picturesque yet passionate city of Rio de Janeiro. Why not fly down in time for the world-famous Carnaval and experience the former capital at its most vibrant? Immerse yourself in the culture with samba or capoeira classes chased with a tasty caipirinha. Or if its adventure you seek, head to the majestic Amazon (the world’s largest tropical rainforest) for kayaking and dolphin-spotting.

Japan

Japan boasts an incomparable blend of the traditional and the ultra-modern: where else can you be awed by both the neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo and the natural splendour of Mount Fuji during cherry blossom season?

Experience the frenetic pace and technological marvels of the capital as you speed via bullet-train to robot restaurants, sampling the most exotic cuisines imaginable along the way. Or take a trip back in time to visit ancient temples before luxuriating in an ‘onsen’ natural spring bath. The sheer breadth of uniquely Japanese experiences on offer make it a must-visit in this – or any other – year.

Australia

Australia has it all: exciting cities, gorgeous weather and spectacular scenery that spans coral reefs, beaches and the vast remote Outback. Escaping into the latter to visit Alice Springs and Ayers Rock is an unforgettable experience and a chance to learn about aboriginal culture in stunning surroundings. The sophisticated cities of Sydney and the Gold Coast bring the glamour – surf, swim, shop and take in a show at the iconic Sydney Opera House to add  even more luxury to your stay!

Myanmar

The culture and traditions of Asia live on in the ancient pagoda-strewn landscapes of Myanmar. This fascinating Buddhist country features 1,250 miles of coastline as well as mouth-wateringly exotic cuisine and customs that ensure a truly immersive stay.

Awake from your over-the-water hotel to cruise along Inle Lake’s channels by boat, passing floating gardens before taking to the skies in a hot air balloon over Bagan. If relaxation is what you require, try a meditation retreat or simply luxuriate on one of the country’s many stunning unspoilt beaches.

Vietnam

A fascinating country full of character and charm, Vietnam offers totally breathtaking natural beauty and a rich heritage that is reflected in the historic monuments and delicious cuisine.

A given day in Vietnam could find you sampling the bustling market scenes and delectable street food of Hanoi, or embarking on a boat expedition to Ha Long Bay, where you can lose yourself amongst towering limestone islands and emerald waters before stopping off for scuba diving and hiking.

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Heavenly Honeymoons

We love organising honeymoons. There’s always so much excitement surrounding locations, itineraries and bucket lists. And, of course, if you can’t splash out on that extra layer of luxury for your honeymoon, when can you?

Here at Lekker Boutique Travel we believe that your honeymoon should be as unique as you are, so whether you’re into relaxing on the beach with a cocktail, exploring vibrant cities or even scaling mountains, we’ve got you covered:

Beach Honeymoons

The Maldives

A tropical island or beach ‘escape’ is many couples’ idea of the perfect honeymoon. A popular destination choice is the Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean, consisting of 26 ring-shaped atolls. The Maldives is best known for their flawless white, sandy beaches, blue lagoons and extensive coral reefs.

What to do:

Snorkelling, diving, sunset fishing and dolphin watching, island-hopping and water sports.

When to go:

The high, dry season stretches from November to April, with Christmas and New Year being the most popular times to travel. For a slightly quieter break, visit from January to March: you’ll still get the warm temperatures and calm seas without the hustle and bustle.

Mauritius

With its powdery white sands on ethereal beaches, the unbelievably romantic island of Mauritius is certainly a destination of choice for many newlyweds. Enjoy the seclusion of some of the more private resorts, or get involved with some of the water sports and buzzing bars; the choice is totally yours.

What to do:

Hire a car to explore the widespread coastal roads, sample the Mauritian fine cuisine, visit Chamarel Village (known for its naturally multi-coloured land), take a trip to “Treasure Island” located just off the East coast of Mauritius, or simply relax in one of the island’s botanical spas. Need an adrenaline rush? Try the island’s skydiving for a 360 degree view of this amazing place!

When to go:

Mauritius is the perfect winter escape; avoid the humidity of the summer months (November to May) whilst still revelling in the warm temperatures.

City-Based Honeymoons

New York

Couples looking for a honeymoon-worthy hotel in New York will have no shortage of luxurious options, from romantic Old World hotels to trendy boutiques. Since it’s your honeymoon, we say go big or go home!

Arguably one of the best hotels is the Four Seasons, which offers an award-winning service and a weekend “hangover” brunch in their acclaimed restaurant, The Garden, where they even have a fresh-pressed juice bar.

What to do:

Take a stroll or cycle through Central Park, soak up the colourful vibes at a Broadway musical, visit the amazing Smorgasburg food market, visit some of the iconic NYC landmarks: The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, browse the trendy shops in the West Village, SoHo and Fifth Avenue.

Hopeless romantic? Enjoy a photo shoot with your very own professional photographer who will capture all your romantic moments in your favourite area of the city.

When to go:

Spring and Autumn times are best for moderate temperatures and calmer crowds. Alternatively, December provides an unforgettable Christmas honeymoon.

Cape Town

With its stunning views, vibrant culture and bustling harbours, Cape Town is the perfect place for a honeymoon to remember. With a perfect blend of extraordinary sightseeing and the relaxing beaches, there’s something for all tastes and moods.

What to do:

Marvel at the views from Table Mountain, visit the popular vineyard of Constantia Valley, sit “on top of the world” at Lion’s Head, relax with a cocktail on Clifton Beach, and finish up with a delicious meal at one of the many luxury restaurants with views.

When to go:

The city experiences warm and dry weather from October to April, making it an ideal Winter honeymoon destination of choice. Don’t be put off by other months of the year, though; January-April experiences slower wind gusts and pretty consistent temperatures, which remain around the 20 degrees Celsius mark.

Adventure Honeymoons

Costa Rica

Looking for something a little more adventurous on your honeymoon, but don’t want to sacrifice luxury and indulgence? Then how about a custom itinerary from Lekker Boutique Travel?

Known for its rich biodiversity, beaches and volcanoes, Costa Rica is a haven for explorer-types who also favour their down-time. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with amazing animals and plants, meaning an adventure awaits around every corner.

What to do:

Discover the hidden waterfalls of Arenal, soar through the tropical forests of the Pacific, stay in luxury hotels with perfect volcano views, white water raft, zip line or even kayak fish! If that all gets too much, The Chocolate Forest experience includes a walk through the cacao forest, sampling of organic chocolate and ends with a sunset chocolate and wine tasting overlooking the Caribbean coast. Enough walking? Why not soak up the sights whilst bathing in the hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano.

When to go:

Local microclimates predominate and therefore make weather unpredictable, though to an extent you can depend upon the two-season rule. In the dry season (roughly mid-November to April), most areas are just that: dry all day, with occasional blustery northern winds (especially in January and February). Otherwise, you can depend on sunshine and warm temperatures.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s stunning natural landscape makes it a giant playground for all ages, and boasts scenery that has to be seen to be believed. The country is comprised of the North and South islands, and on your travels between both you’ll come across mountains, lakes, beaches and rainforests – and everything in between!

What to do:

Go bungee jumping in Queenstown (if you dare!), swim with dolphins in Kaikoura, admire the stunning fjords in Milford or go hiking or biking in Routeburn. If you want to come up for breath, Rotorua is all about amazing thermal activity and Maori culture whilst Hawke’s Bay is perfect for wine connoisseurs. The bite-size capital, Wellington, is home to a fascinating museum and a great café culture.

When to go:

New Zealand’s rugged beauty and varied landscapes make it a spectacular destination to visit at any time of year. The summer months of December to March bring long, warm, sunny days whilst June through to September are likely to bring some snow to the South island, drawing in skiers from all over the world.

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Our Pick for the Festive Season: A selection of luxury Game Reserves in Africa

1) Mara Plains Camp (Kenya)

Situated next to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Mara Plains Camp is located on the bend of the Ntiakitiak River right next to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The camp itself is nestled within one of the richest ecosystems in the world, and ancient Swahili heritage is reflected in its large wooden doors from the coastal island of Lamu, with accents of deep red and purple to honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors.

Guests at Mara Plains have privileged access to more than 100,000 acres home to a vast number of wildlife species from lions and hippopotamus to giraffe and birds of prey, offering an exclusive and luxurious edge to the experience.

Great detail: Upon arriving at the camp, you walk across a bridge over the river, through a thick, riverine forest, up a small slope to some giant steps, greeted by a stunningly endless horizon. Magical!

2) Segera Retreat (Kenya)

The Segera Retreat is one of Kenya’s most exciting safari locations. Luxury is key here, bespoke service and generous all-inclusive offerings combine to give you your own wild Kenyan home.

Today Segera is a treasured haven for Kenya’s wildlife, offering an authentic safari experience from the moment you arrive. Segera’s golden savannah plains, rocky waterfalls and tropical botanical gardens offer visitors the perfect escape from reality.

Great for: Segera retreat is a perfect option for the more environmentally-conscious traveller. Its solar installations allow for soothing outdoor baths, and even the rain water is recycled. The deliciously fresh homegrown vegetables feature daily on the food menus, which over the past decade have brought a new lease of life back to the previously degraded land they grow on.

3) Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Tanzania)

Want unbeatable dinner views? Look no further than Crater Lodge. Whilst of course the vistas are its main appeal, we have to say that the architecture of the lodge also takes centre stage. Imagine an elegant baroque chateau within one of the most famous African landscapes, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the breathtakingly beautiful setting nestled on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Added benefits include ample fireplaces, views from all windows, in room massages and more!

Great for: Local development. The lodge provides jobs for locals, with fair wages and a staff development program which enables employees to rise through the ranks with 90% of the lodge’s staff from Tanzania itself. The lodge’s Community Leadership Education Fund also offers educational scholarships to local students, and it recently supplied 40 new desks to a nearby secondary school.

4) Sasakwa Lodge (Tanzania)

Singita Sasakwa Lodge forms part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. The view from the lodge’s spacious veranda looks out over the majestic Serengeti plains below. From this superb vantage point, it’s easy to become absorbed in the abundance of wildlife, including the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. The lodge itself is beautifully decorated throughout in turn-of-the-century manor house style. The overall effect is a blend of authentic European style and East African influences.

Great for: Extra activities. Don’t miss out on the stargazing, tennis, mountain hiking, archery, swimming pool, spa, community visits as well as a safari and wine tour.

5) Kadizora Camp (Botswana)

Kadizora Camp is situated between the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway. It lies in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta overlooking a panoramic seasonal floodplain. The bar, lounge, reception and dining area form a horse-shoe shape around the sandy fire pit, so evenings within the camp are relaxed and sociable. From there, a decked walkway leads you to an inviting swimming pool with a stunning view over the floodplain.

Kadizora Camp also offers open vehicle safaris, walking safaris and boating (more specifically “Mokoro” excursions). There is the option to arrange a day trip to a traditional village. Visit the church, the clinic, local primary school and meet family members of the camp staff. The Kadizora Camp offers the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with a wide range of activities, a beautiful location, diverse wildlife and warm, local hospitality.

Exclusive offer: Kadizora is the only camp in the Okavango Delta to offer hot air ballooning. You have the option of booking an early morning hot air balloon flight to soar over the Delta at sunrise and view game from above. Perfect for a honeymoon or just to make a wonderful memory!

6) Ngoma Safari Lodge (Botswana)

This boutique lodge offers unrivaled panoramic views over the game-rich Chobe River and floodplain, and is on the doorstep of Chobe National Park, also known as Land of the Giants, as it is home to the largest herds of elephants on Earth.

Expect a vast and diverse array of wildlife as knowledgeable guides take you on safaris through the Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant herds on Earth, lazy afternoons by the pool and stunning dinners under African stars. Additional activities include river cruises (on the full day safari), night game drives, game walks and local community visits.

Great for: Decor. Ngoma Safari Lodge is built of natural materials which blend seamlessly with the surroundings. The central area of the lodge houses the lounge, dining room, bar and a plunge pool. A well-positioned viewing deck provides a perfect setting from which to enjoy a beautifully prepared evening meal with views over a floodlit waterhole, where you can watch elephants and zebra bathe. The lodge has eight luxurious private suites, two of which have Indian day beds.

7) Onguma the Fort (Namibia)

Upon arriving at The Fort, you will be received by not only by friendly staff, but also massive raw walls, stunning stone cladded features and a huge tower with views toward Etosha and Fisher’s Pan. Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets, here you have the opportunity to experience Africa in all its beauty and diversity.

Enjoy game drives on Onguma Game Reserve, and drive into Etosha National Park to enjoy mingling with various game in the largest national park in Namibia.

Various waterholes in and around Etosha ensure fantastic photographic opportunities and the thrill of seeing some of the largest mammals in the world, so don’t forget your camera!

Great for: Biodiversity.

The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area. The latest addition to on the Onguma Game Reserve is a family of black rhinos!

8) &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Namibia)

Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an escape to the world as it should be. Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. An escape situated in a landscape of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the lodge prides itself on its utter tranquillity and picture-perfect setting.

In this spectacularly beautiful location, spacious and serene suites envelope guests in pure indulgence, complete with an outdoor shower and a dramatic skylight over the bed for late night star-gazing. If you’re up for something more active, quad biking adventures, hikes and walks will let you explore the surrounding scenery and satisfy your sense of adventure.

Great for: Stargazing.

Each evening you will be invited to join resident astronomers as they unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies in the lodge’s state of the art observatory. The observatory presents the ideal place to gaze in awe at the wonders of the clear desert sky as resident astronomers point out the brightest and most beautiful constellations, the vast Milky Way and distant mysterious planets.

9) Dulini (South Africa)

Beneath the shade of ancient Ebony and Leadwood trees, the tranquil haven of Dulini is enigmatically embraced by its rich riverine setting. There is a restorative quality to the peaceful atmosphere of the camp, on the banks of the Mabrak River. The symphony of bird song and the passage of wildlife add to the allure of Dulini.

The main lodge is furnished with deep couches and contemporary African accents surrounding the cool veranda, with views to the wilderness beyond. The spacious accommodation with private plunge pools and interiors that epitomise romance, with canopies of mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms.

Each suite offers a, private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor. A welcoming atmosphere of laid back luxury creates a place of conversation and laughter, while the extensive library of books accommodates those more inclined to quieter contemplation.

Great for: Expertise.

With the teeming biodiversity of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, no two game drives are ever the same. Trackers and rangers partner in looking for fresh animal tracks and sensitively follow elusive animals into ravines and through thicket to ensure your vivid and exhilarating wildlife encounter. The Dulini field guides are well-versed in creating a memorable safari and will endeavour to position the vehicle for the best photographic opportunities for guests.

10) Jamala Madikwe (South Africa)

Owner-managed and run, Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge offers an intimate bush experience. The lodge successfully combines colonial style and African eccentricity. Set in the pristine 75 000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Jamala Madikwe is the ideal place for the ultimate safari experience. Including sighting of the Big 5 and Super 7. Madikwe Game Reserve is known as one of the best conservation areas in all of Africa, at Jamala Madikwe you will get to experience this diverse and rich ecosystem with over 130 mammal species and 300 bird species not to mention the vast landscapes of plant life.

Jamala Madikwe is just five freestanding luxurious villas. Each is fully air-conditioned and offers superlative luxury and intimate privacy combined with extravagant outdoor facilities which include individual rim-flow pools and salas, expansive wooden decks and private outdoor showers. The Jamala Madikwe villas exude colonial charm perfectly suited to a luxury safari experience.

Great for: Cuisine.

Award winning chef Nico Verster  has designed a menu to excite the senses with an array of sensory delights. Jamala Madikwe was awarded the Best Safari cuisine in Africa 2014/2015. Food aficionados can indulge in modern gastronomic treats served with the chic colonial charm and grace.

For more information and to book, contact the experts at Lekker Boutique Travel today!

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