Sometimes something really special comes along that is a one off or only available for a limited time. We are delighted to share with you here, a truly unique selection of some new and extraordinary ‘Journeys of a Lifetime’ across Latin America.
Sleepouts And Treehouses
A treehouse! A sleepout! Surely both words make an instant connection to the child in every adult as well as to children themselves? Treehouses and sleepouts can seriously extend the fun and enjoyment, in a clement climate of course, of time spent in the bush, in the desert or even by the ocean.
Fly camping is, for many, the ultimate bush experience and is for those people who don’t want to be “stuck in a vehicle” or just want an exciting and adventurous change from staying at, especially, a permanent camp or lodge. Flycamping also works well for those who want to explore a region mainly on foot, by canoe, on horseback or walking with camels, which could easily be a multi-night experience.
Classic Authentic Permanent Tented Camps
If you are looking for that essential experience in the African bush which offers perfect comfort whilst not losing the essence and feel of being properly “on safari” then a classic permanent camp fits the brief!
Design Inspired Lodges
Design, style, comfort, excellence, location. Shake - don’t stir! – these ingredients and blend in varying quantities for perfection to suit all tastes. Luxury lodges in Africa, especially the uber-stylish, are ideal for anyone wanting to celebrate a “big” anniversary or birthday, or just those who simply place a high importance on design and style, in whatever measure, as part of their visit to Africa.
Luxury Tented Camps
Africa is a continent that evokes the senses, the “feel” of the bush challenges one’s sight, hearing and smell especially. Being in a lodge removes to a great extent one essential part of this trio: the sound of the bush, especially at night. Canvas walls allow the sounds of the bush to permeate one’s room, without losing any iota of luxury; the best of all worlds and a huge layer of extra value.
If one is looking for adventure, whether as a couple of a family, or somewhere that’s just vast fun with plenty of variation in activity for a group of friends mixed with wonderful hosting and a totally relaxed atmosphere, then a ranch is the answer.
Robinson Crusoe Chic Hideaways
The ultimate in barefoot luxury has to be a Private Island or Coastal Retreat where the essence of “barefoot living” is mixed with perfect comfort, service and style. The oft-used image of miles of white-sand beach with just “you” leaving a pathway of footprints etched into the damp sand at the water’s edge may be slightly hackneyed but, in real life, it is a perfect antidote to the mad, rushed, “real” world. It is attainable!
Bush Camps are perhaps the ideal balance between more rustic “fly” or “mobile” camps and more permanent camps offering a more advanced luxury experience. Bush Camps tend to be a southern African phenomenon, because they are often closely allied to walking in certain parts of Zambia and Botswana.
Oh my word! Where to start? We have such an array of styles in our beach lodges. Tell us what comes to mind, what your mind conjectures in terms of “Beach Lodge” and we can almost certainly fill the brief.
Boutique Hotels are always wonderful, mixing sympathetic and often unusual décor and style with a very personal hosting ethic – and all in a small and intimate package. So often such properties are also owner-run, which fits brilliantly well with our - and your, as our clients - own preferences. In the same vein, Africa has some examples of the boutique hotel genre that rival anything available anywhere else – and not all are in cities even if many are more urban.
Private, Mobile tented camps
Travelling as a family? Perhaps a small group of friends or just two couples spending some time together on holiday? Wanting to be able to get “close to the action” in terms of game, or be near a specific activity? Do you feel a yearning for something authentic in terms of Africa-bush-living and yet not wanting to give up any basic comforts (Heaven forbid!)?
Private Villas & Houses
Time off in this manic, I’m-always-available, information-driven, day and age is precious; a bracket around a few days or weeks that may be the culmination of a long period of work and a considerable amount of planning. No matter how hard we try, with all the pressures that surround us it can be a tough balancing act to make enough time to “spend” (what an apposite word that is!) with those who matter and doing the things we wish.
Yachts, Catamarans & Houseboats
Some of us are just drawn to the magic of water and for many people the relaxing effects of being on or by the water are part of the rejuvenation that comes with a holiday. So, for those who like to take to the water, whether it’s for the gentle soothing of the sound of the ocean, or being on a river, or taking the helm and sailing under the guidance of a skipper, the sailing and houseboats that we have to offer add another dimension!
Experience the Beauty of Botswana
See extraordinary concentrations of wildlife and breathtaking interaction between buffalo and lion - with no other vehicles except for you. This is what Botswana is about - fantastic wildlife and huge concessions. Imagine being poled across the floodplains in a dug-out canoe, the heavy scent of water-lilies permeating the air.
The Congo - safe, beautiful, and perfect for gorilla safari holidays
The Congo is a safe, beautiful country located in East Africa. Famous for its lowland gorilla, it offers gorilla trekking in Africa in a pristine and uncommercial environment. On a one week journey in search of these magnificent creatures, you will have three opportunities to view the lowland gorilla for up to an hour.
Ethiopia - A truly remarkable land
Previously known as Abyssinia, Ethiopia is a remarkable land, one of diversity, history, a rich culture and wealth of antiquities, stunning scenery and wildlife, perfect for a luxury family safari. The people in Ethiopia live as they have done for centuries, with ancient traditions and festivals, and little has changed over time through much of the country. Ethiopians maintain their religious beliefs and their famous rock-hewn churches are both World Heritage sites and living museums – very much used on a day-to-day basis.
Kenya - For more than a hundred years, Kenya has epitomised the archetypal bespoke African safari!
Think of Africa and one immediately thinks of infinite savannah plains teeming with wildlife, such as those found in the Maasai Mara, or the beauty of the Rift Valley and its magnificent lakes framed by mountains. This country offers some truly life-changing experiences, perfect perhaps for a horse riding safari in Kenya, or a family luxury safari.
Madagascar - truly the most overwhelming and wonderful country
A luxury holiday to Madagascar is both wonderful and unique – it truly is the most overwhelming and wonderful country. Perfect for a couple or family holiday alike – a Madagascar luxury holiday is an explorer’s dream!
Malawi - Simply magical
Malawi is such a magical country, particularly attractive for individuals who don’t need to follow the crowd! For anybody who either knows Africa intimately or who is looking for an experience that is different, genuine, cultural and perhaps even water-based, then this is for you!
Mauritius - Gorgeous, beguiling and the perfect family holiday
Mauritius is a wonderful, beguiling island, with its Creole heritage and its setting in the middle of the Old Spice Route. It really offers the perfect luxury family holiday, with five-star resorts, gorgeous white sand beaches, private villas and every watersport imaginable, as well as amazing kids and teenage clubs and extraordinary, world-class golf courses and spa retreats, perfect for a beach holiday in Africa.
Morocco - Where time has stood still for centuries
In much of Morocco, time has stood still since the middle ages. This is one of the country’s enormous attractions, but the reasons for visiting Morocco are legion: ancient cities, mountains, beaches, oases, fortified villages, a quite distinctive cuisine and culture, the edges of the great Sahara and plenty to do for all tastes. There is an excellent variation in places to stay, ranging from Berber khaimas in the desert to small and highly personal riads; from maisons d’hôte, to boutique and luxury hotels.
Mozambique - Some of the finest islands and beaches in the Indian Ocean
Sometimes only talked about in terms of its islands, Mozambique offers so much more than this, although the country does happens to boast some of the finest islands and beaches in the Indian Ocean, perfect for a beach, sailing or scuba diving holiday in Africa.
Namibia - One of Africa’s most awe-inspiring countries
This is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring countries in Africa and rates highly on our ‘must do’ list! Not so much for the luxury bespoke safari in Namibia element, but more for its dramatic geographical contrast and heart-stopping scenery!
Réunion - Inspiring scenery with huge appeal to active travellers
Réunion is somewhere very different and very special – offering inspiring scenery and a large variety of things to do for the active traveller who is looking for a more low-key, old-fashioned style of holiday. The most reasonably priced island in the Indian Ocean, it is still part of France.
Rwanda - Extraordinarily special
Rwanda is an extraordinarily special country – not least because of its political history and devastation that the country faced in 1994. Peace was restored and the genocide is history, and over subsequent years Rwanda has transformed itself into a country whose people refer to themselves as one tribe – Rwandese, and are extremely forward-thinking and positive. The minute one enters this country, one feels both completely privileged and humbled.
São Tomé and Príncipe - A tropical paradise virtually all to yourself!
São Tomé and Príncipe is a two-island country and Africa’s second smallest nation. Portuguese and Creole-influenced, these islands offer unspoiled scenery and a remoteness that is hard to find. Whether in thick jungle or on palm-fringed beaches during a beach holiday in Africa, you'll have this tropical paradise virtually to yourself, with only a handful of tourists a week venturing here!
South Africa - A world in one country
The diversity South Africa offers is extraordinary, ranging from wildlife-rich regions where one can take both vehicle and Africa walking safaris in the Kruger Park, Limpopo, Marakelele, KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Garden Route, to the beautiful ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town, which nestles under the shade of Table Mountain.
The Seychelles - One of the world’s least spoiled, awe-inspiring paradises
The Seychelles remain one of the world’s least spoiled tropical paradises – an archipelago comprising 115 islands! There are many things about the Seychelles that inspire awe, even in the most seasoned globetrotter: the magnificent bird life, the coco de mer (a double coconut that is the world’s largest), the 180,000 giant tortoises on Aldabra Island, and let’s not forget the hawksbill turtles that nest from October to February!
Tanzania - Home to some of Africa’s most spectacular attractions
Tanzania contains some of the most spectacular attractions in Africa including the Serengeti National Park, home to the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. During the short rains, up to two million wildebeest migrate to the Serengeti (in what is known as the wildebeest migration).
Uganda - One of the most magical countries on the continent
Uganda is one of the most magical countries on the African continent! It is a country with the most gorgeous, verdant vegetation, with the awe-inspiring Rwenzori Mountain Range which lies along the western border of Uganda. The most abiding thought is one of views, views, and more stupendous views!
Zambia - the stunning, real, raw Africa
Zambia is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries, with so many areas that remain unexplored. It still epitomises the real, raw Africa, with so much space and beauty and with the added bonus of a phenomenal amount of game, perfect for an African luxury bespoke safari.
Zimbabwe - Simply perfect for active travellers
This land-locked nation offers almost everything you could wish for in a single country. For the more active traveller it is simply perfect. If the idea of having your own guide for your entire African bespoke luxury safari appeals to you, then Zimbabwe is your country.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.
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- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience
- Philanthropy is our philosophy
- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’
- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
Nicola Shepherd, founder and CEO of The Exploration Company, organises unusual trips for HNW and UHNW clients ranging from birthday parties at an Indian Maharajah's palace to reliving Sir Vivian Fuchs's 1950s expedition to the South Pole. Citywealth caught ...
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