Travel Style: Classic Safari, Beach & Safari, Photographic, Spa & Wellness
Destinations: South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique
“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again” – Karen Blixen
The grand, glamorous, unabashedly luxurious safaris favoured by princes and princesses, potentates, plutocrats, and ex-presidents are central to Southern Africa’s heritage as one of the world’s most desired destinations.
The Allegra’s Africa experience begins with three nights at the magnificent Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, in one of its 13 ultra-luxurious suites. Situated within one of South Africa’s oldest and largest proclaimed reserves – the renowned Sabi Sand Wildtuin – this 5-star lodge is sculpted into a slope of the Earth, almost invisible in the landscape.
From South Africa’s finest to the heart of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, the next three nights will be spent at the beautiful Somalisa Camp. Offering the perfect blend of old African charm and elegance, Somalia consists of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of a seasonal floodplain.
Having spent 72 hours taking in breathtaking views of the savannah plains, you head to Zambia where the world-famous Royal Livingston Hotel awaits. Stretching along the banks of the Zambezi River, this luxurious 5-star hotel is just a short walk to the entrance of the Victoria Falls, “The Smoke that Thunders.”
From the banks of the Zambezi to three nights in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the final chapter of Chantelle’s Africa takes you to &Beyond Benguerra Lodge off the coast of Mozambique. Set in a protected marine conservation area, this piece of paradise boasts pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life. It’s a picture-perfect end to an unforgettable 14-day adventure.
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Day 1 – 4: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve
A short shared chartered flight from Johannesburg guests will fly guests to the unforgettable, breathtakingly beautiful Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge situated in the big 5 game reserve of the Sabi Sands, where they will spend the next three nights in luxury.
Deep in the African bushveld, within South Africa’s famous Sabi Sand Reserve,‘something enchanting lies in wait’ – the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. This award winning private game reserve offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service and delicious cuisine.
‘Something special is happening deep in the heart of the wilderness…’ The reserve is home to the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area. Highly trained and experienced rangers and trackers ensure that your safari experience ranks amongst the best in the world. You can look forward to fantastic close-up experiences with Africa’s wildlife on every game drive.
Sculpted into a slope of the earth, Earth Lodge’s organic architecture awakens the senses with a masterful use of texture, space and light. Everywhere there is evidence of nature at work, with almost every facet of the lodge inspired by the surrounding environment.
The clean lines and natural finishes are the perfect foil for the luxury, grandeur and lavish touches that epitomise Earth Lodge – individual splash pools for each suite, a butler, ultra-luxurious bathrooms, magnificent wooden carvings, sculpted furniture and an underground wine cellar that is home to over 6,000 bottles of rare, special wines. Everything is inspired by nature – impala horn shapes for table legs, water lily leaf shapes for table designs, tree branches for countertops. As in Nature, everything at Earth Lodge exists in harmony and visitors are immediately aware of a sense of calm and a restorative spirit.
Home to 13 ultra-luxurious suites, the lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of elegance, futuristic style and luxury. Each suite features a private pool, butler, en-suite glass fronted bathroom, outdoor shower and specially commissioned furnishings. The indoor-outdoor dining area overlooks a waterhole and unending bush, and the lodge has a library, underground wine cellar, Zen garden and Amani Spa.
Uninterrupted bush stretches in front of Earth Lodge – a taste of the Big 5, open vehicle safari experience that draws guests back time and again.
Meals: Full Board
Day 4 – 7: Somalisa Camp, Zambia
After breakfast and a short road transfer, guests will fly to Livingstone airport from where they will get a connecting chartered flight to the exquisite Somalisa Camp, home for the next three nights.
Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breath-taking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Recently re-built, Somalisa Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury whilst still maintaining its focus on the guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience.
Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool” and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soaking in the African bush.
Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.
Meals: Full Board
Day 7 – 10: Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia
After a scrumptious breakfast guest will fly back to Livingstone Airport by a chartered plane, where they will met by a Royal Livingstone representative and transferred to the stunning Royal Livingstone Hotel, home for the next 3 nights.
On the banks of the Zambezi River, The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named after the legendary explorer who named Zambia’s iconic waterfall in honour of his queen. Paying tribute to this glorious era, this hotel evokes Victorian elegance and colonial traditions in impeccable style, and offers unforgettable adventures.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel comprises 173 spacious en-suite guestrooms, each with its own private veranda, stretched along the river bank. All luxury rooms and suites feature a private veranda with mighty Zambezi River views. The sights and sounds of river life can be soaked up as you laze in a hammock, enjoy a massage in a waterfront gazebo, or cool off in the pool. Sip refreshments in a lounge that displays the paintings of Sir David Livingstone. Partake in charming high tea rituals, and later sundowners on a deck overlooking Victoria Falls. Savour African and European fine dining, followed by nightcaps under the stars with undeniably the finest Livingstone hotel in the region.
The Presidential Suite is testament to the immaculate class and style that is prevalent throughout the hotel, and has housed royalty, heads of state and celebrities. Sleep in a plush king size bed and enjoy the additional luxuries of a dressing area and en-suite bathroom with a Victorian tub, twin vanities and walk-in shower. Reminisce your adventures in the lounge and savour delectable drinks and meals at your dining table. While your spacious, private veranda reveals majestic vistas of the Zambezi River to complement the refinement of this regal suite.
Make the very most of their extraordinary destination with trips of a lifetime. The Big Five can be spotted on a river cruise or a 4×4 safari. The rapids of Batoka Gorge offer adrenalin pumping thrills. The Royal Livingstone Express steam locomotive invites you to travel in vintage style along one of Southern Africa’s most scenic railway passes. While as a guest of The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia, you enjoy the privilege of complimentary access to Victoria Falls via the hotel’s private entrance.
Day 10 – 14: &Beyond Benguerra Island Resort, Mozambique
After breakfast and a short road transfer back to Livingstone, guests will embark on a very exciting plane journey to Vilanculas via Johannesburg, this is followed by a short helicopter transfer to the magical Benguearra Island resort where they will spend the next 4 nights.
An exquisite piece of paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, &Beyond Benguerra Island is a luxury beach holiday destination where time stands still and legends come to life.
Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, the lodge is set in a protected marine conservation area and offers pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life. Looking out onto a sandy beach and set on a deep lagoon unaffected by the tides, this exclusive beach getaway is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Surrounded by premier diving sites, the lodge is the gateway to an underwater wonderland for divers, with a rich variety of tropical fish species complemented by Africa’s only population of the rare dugong. The deep Mozambique Channel, which runs alongside the island, is renowned for its game fish and Benguerra Island offers some of the world’s best catch-and-release deep sea fishing and fly-fishing opportunities.
An idyllic luxury island getaway, &Beyond Benguerra Island lies sheltered within a canopy of indigenous casuarina pine forest, which opens up to panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Looking out onto the calm waters of a secluded bay, the lodge boasts soft, shimmering beach sands, as well as a deep channel that cuts straight out to sea, allowing for swimming right off the beach even at low tide and permitting direct boat access.
The welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond. Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon set around the lodge’s rim flow swimming pool look out onto the waves.
Colourfully ornamented, a traditional wooden dhow has found its final resting place on the beach, offering the ideal spot to indulge in an ice-cold cocktail or a delicious meal of fresh, fragrant seafood. After days filled with discovery, weary muscles relax and recharge under the magical attentions of the masseuses in the massage sala.
Meals: Full board
Day 14: Homeward bound
After a holiday of a lifetime, guests will fly back to Johannesburg from where they will get a connecting flight back home.
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