Sometimes it is nice or necessary to avoid the bustle of the city and the crowd. Africa has a lot of perfect places to hide yourself in the middle of nature and far away from the people. In this blog, three of the best spots have been selected that are perfect for such a moment of peace!
The Karoo National Park is close to Port Elizabeth. It is located north of Oudsthoorn in the Western Cape. This semi-desert park of approximately 33,000 hectares. The rocks contain fossil remains from more than 310 million years ago, from the appearance of the first fish to the era of the dinosaurs. The vegetation mainly consists of dwarf shrubs, thorn trees and other desert flora on the dry banks of the rivers.
Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, the Samara Lodge sits in perfect serenity within Samara Private Game Reserve’s 27,000 hectares of pristine wilderness. Combining colonial comforts and modern luxuries with a rustic and welcoming feel, Karoo Lodge is the perfect place to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo to envelop you – on the wide verandah in summer or by the cosy fire in winter. All this in a malaria-free, award-winning Big Five setting renowned for its breathtaking beauty, exceptional cheetah viewing and greater conservation purpose. A safari for the soul.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean there are 115 small islands on the equator: the Seychelles. It is infinitely green, there are few tourists and experts say it has the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Seychelles can be reached in one night from Paris. The most beautiful spot in the tropics – yet the country is still unknown. And maybe it should stay that way. Because the peace, the authentic and the paradisiacal beaches – don’t you want that for yourself? Well, and maybe for your loved one.
MAIA Resort is an example of one of the many luxury places to stay. They invite their residents to do nothing and do everything, to disconnect and reconnect, to enjoy undivided attention and uninterrupted privacy. Discover a new kind of restorative luxury escape on the oldest islands in the world. Thirty acres of forest-garden fringed by porcelain-white sand is the setting for thirty private villas, each with dedicated butler attention. This private peninsula on Mahé in the Seychelles is defined by a philosophy of Whatever, Wherever, Whenever dining and Beyond All Inclusive experiences.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve in Kruger Park, South Africa, is undoubtedly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa. There are no fences between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, allowing wildlife to move freely in both parks. Leopards are widely seen in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. They are so used to cars that they don’t run away from them. Even when the leopard is hunting, it will not be bothered by a vehicle following it, even if the car has to drive into the bush. The chances of seeing the Big Five are excellent. The Sabi and the Sand rivers run through the reserve adding an extra dimension to the biological diversity of this area.Sabi Sands is a great destination for a photo safari. You can be sure to come home with absolutely beautiful images and especially memories. In addition to the Big 5, other animals are also abundant, including over 300 bird species.
Despite the very well known name of this park, there are some remote lodges, such as Singita Lebombo. Get up close and personal to the amazing African wildlife just by getting out of bed. Singita Lebombo Lodge is an architectural icon in the safari world. Inspired by the perched nests of eagles, the 15 cuboid suites with glass cantilever from the cliff face offer panoramic vistas of the Sweni River and climbing hills beyond.
The interior is as spectacular as the lodge’s dramatic situation: opulent lounges, dining and pool areas and a modern, contemporary style that draws glass, slatted wood and bleached branches with natural, textured fabrics and luxurious amenities.