Set out on a romantic star-bed safari across southern Africa, staying at a handful of spectacular camps. Combining South Africa’s Madikwe Reserve with Chobe and the Okavango Delta, this journey incorporates a beautiful array of landscapes and offers fantastic wildlife-spotting opportunities.
- Indulge with three nights at Makanyane, renowned for its excellent cuisine and fine wines
- Take a sundowner cruise on the Chobe River; watch elephants and buffaloes graze on its banks
- Sleep under the night sky in the star beds of Baines’ or in the sleep-out hide at Makanyane
- Spot a huge variety of wildlife on a trip that features wonderfully contrasting landscapes
Begin with the Madikwe Reserve, close to the Botswanan border, staying at the secluded Makanyane Safari Lodge. Hidden amongst leadwoods and other flora, this beautiful camp blends in perfectly with its natural environs.
The glass-fronted suites offer an up-close, uninterrupted natural experience – ameliorated by a healthy dose of safari luxury. This fantastic camp is renowned for its beautifully prepared food and award-winning wine, whilst the bush spa means pampering and relaxation remain firmly on the menu.
In spite of these luxuries, the feel of the camp remains wild, with game often spotted roaming past the suites’ perfectly positioned decks. To make the most of its beautiful locale, spend a night beneath the Milky Way, in the camp’s romantic sleep-out hide. Out of the camp, experience fantastic wildlife viewing. As well as big-five game, spot a variety of birdlife and less common species, such as wild dogs.
Return to Johannesburg and fly to Kasane, in Botswana, where the nearby Chobe Chilwero Camp offers an idyllic location, positioned between the Chobe River and the elephant-rich national park. Spend a day exploring in search of these abundant pachyderms, before cruising on the tranquil, crimson-tinged river at dusk – the highlight of any stay at Chobe Chilwero.
Continue deeper into Botswana’s interior, to the wonderfully positioned Baines’ Camp, found at the heart of the Okavango Delta. Explore this fascinating landscape, rich in both water and land-based wildlife. Venture deep in to the labyrinth of channels and lagoons by mokoro and drive across fertile grasslands in search of big game.
Marvel at the secluded serenity of Baines’ Camp, which looks out over the swirling waters of the delta, raised above the wind-stroked papyrus bed the surround it. To make the most of this wild, romantic location, spend a night sleeping out on deck in the camp’s wonderful star beds. Gaze up at the unpolluted African sky, with only a mosquito net in between.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This wonderful, romantic odyssey redefines safari – merging indulgence with an unspoilt wilderness experience. It brings nature closer, whilst simultaneously pampering in a way that does nothing to negate the uniquely wild nature of the trip. Sleeping under the stars epitomises the romantic appeal of this distinctive journey, which also delivers fantastic wildlife encounters and phenomenal landscapes.
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