Exciting new safari offerings
As lodges and operators continue in the search for the ultimate in luxury, comfort and experience – we are excited about a number of innovations and arrivals in 2023. From old favourites refreshing their look and feel or adding new rooms to entirely new lodges on the horizon, we have a list of our top 5 exciting new arrivals to look forward to in 2023.
1. Angama Amboseli
From the team that brought us one of our firm favourite safari lodge offerings in the Maasai Mara comes an equally exciting option in the Amboseli, set against the impressive backdrop of Mount Kenya. The Angama mantra – which they deliver upon with aplomb – is one of understated luxury, extreme comfort and exceptional service and we can’t wait to experience this new property from November of 2023. The arrival of Angama Amboseli has opened up new conservation initiatives in this part of Kenya, with a pioneering conservation corridor programme evolving here as a result.
2. Aqua Mare (Galapagos & Ecuador)
A super yacht from which to explore the Galapagos and so much more. We featured this wonderful new offering in our previous newsletter but are so excited about it that we have to mention it again in a list of hot new offerings. The Aqua Mare super yacht provides guests with the an unbeatably comfortable and luxurious way to unlock one of the world’s most sought-after biodiversity hot spots off the coast of Ecuador and we can’t wait to add more trips to our April departure.
3. Tswalu Loapi
An addition to the wonderfully innovative Tswalu offering in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa is their new “Loapi.” Six individual tented safari “homes” designed for exclusive use will come online later this year. These contemporary glass and steel pavilions bring a heightened level of luxury and exclusivity to this remote wilderness. Each home comes complete with its own butler, private safari vehicle, guide and tracker.
With camps in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, the African Bushcamp Company is an established player in the Southern African safari landscape. New to their Zambian portfolio is the luxurious Lolebezi lodge set on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park. This new lodge marries contemporary design and luxury effortlessly with the African bush surrounds, creating the ideal riverside escape.
5. Tanda Tula
For many years, we have loved the simplicity of the Tanda Tula Safari Camp’s tented offering in the Timbavati and often enjoyed including this camp as a start point to our multi-leg South African safari itineraries. Thus, it was with some degree of discomfort that we digested the news of the planned refurbishment of the old camp to something more contemporary. However, seeing the slight adjustment to room positions and the revamped camp offerings has actually left us quite excited about the prospect of continuing to show our guests this part of the greater Kruger National Park. Equally we are thrilled to note the repositioning and revitalisation of the Tanda Tula Field Camp and look forward to exploring the Klaserie reserve on foot from here.