When it comes to Africa, any relation that the continent may have with regards to British royalty may be confined to the past. Thoughts of luxury may be obscured by the wildlife which bursts from your screens as you view a riveting documentary from the safety of your living room chair. And any idea that Africa might actually harbour an array of rather elegant travel experiences may seem just that: an idea.
However, you will be happily surprised to learn that Jenman African Safaris does indeed offer a number of travel packages that not only explore Africa’s elegant side, but could easily entice the Queen herself into boarding a plane bound for the African experience of a lifetime. We take a look at five of the tours that we bet the Queen would love to take should she ever find herself lucky enough to embark upon an adventure into Africa.
1. Kruger Wildlife Upmarket Tour
The Kruger National Park is a majestic jewel on the crown of South Africa that is renowned the world over for its diversity. With the members of the Big Five found here in spectacular abundance, it’s the perfect destination for anyone with royal tendencies – deserved or otherwise. The Kruger Wildlife Upmarket Tour allows you to immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of the bush, while still indulging in luxury at the Arathusa Safari Lodge. Famous for its huge concentrations of game, visitors to the lodge will be able to stay in one of the 10 thatched luxury suites, which have their own verandahs to make the perfect place in which to enjoy a glass of fine wine while keeping your eyes on the lookout for creatures of all shapes and sizes.
2. Zanzibar Luxury Package
Zanzibar is an island destination off the eastern coast of Africa that is synonymous with the very essence of luxury. Boasting numerous strips of unspoiled sandy beaches surrounded by crystal azure ocean, the “spice islands” make for a relaxing and tranquil getaway, where free time can be split between exploring the island, getting to know its people or enjoying an array of water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling. When it comes to accommodation on the Zanzibar Luxury Package, you will be spoiled for choice with several upmarket lodges to choose from, all set along palm fringed beaches and radiating elegance in every manner imaginable.
3. Madagascar Relais and Chateau Romantic Getaway
If an island getaway sounds like it’s just your thing, but you’d still prefer an element of adventure, then the Madagascar Relais and Chateau Romantic Getaway is for you! Taking place over the course of 10 days, you’ll land in the lap of luxury from the moment you arrive. Your first luxury accommodation is in the form of Les Relais des Plateux, which offers you a view of white beaches ending in the emerald ocean from the comfort of your hotel bungalow. After two days spent making the most of your unique surroundings, you’ll be whisked away to Anjajavy where you will stay in a hotel set alongside a 45-hectare nature reserve that is home to many animal species such as the Bird of Paradise, lemurs, chameleons and Cuvier’s Oplure – a type of iguana. Once you’re well and truly relaxed, you’ll spend your final two nights at The Palissandre Hotel & Spa where you can add a new level of luxury to your island experience as you enjoy the gym, a swimming pool and a large choice of beauty treatments including massages, manicure, pedicures, facials and much more.
4. 8-Day Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer
If you’d like an authentic safari experience, but don’t want to compromise on comfort, then this tour is for you! An all-inclusive breakaway, you will be able to enjoy Africa’s pristine unspoiled wilderness, while still experiencing the luxury that Africa and Madagascar has to offer. You can look forward to enjoying 8 days exploring the beautiful South Eastern Madagascar in luxury, staying at Mandrare River Camp and Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge; two exclusive camps in the spectacular south-east of Madagascar – an experience filled with romantic sunsets, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches! With a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure to look forward to that includes a visit to the sacred Antandroy forest where you’ll cross the Mandrare River on foot to observe lemurs and other wildlife and so much more, this is one tour not to be missed.
5. Vic Falls and Hwange Package
Enjoy the game viewing that Hwange National Park has to offer, while spending two nights in Illala Lodge and then three at the incredibly luxurious Elephant’s Eye Lodge in Hwange. Not only will you be able to encounter the majesty of the Victoria Falls, lovingly referred to by locals as The Smoke that Thunders, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and game drives that will immerse you in the beauty and scenic landscapes of the region. Elephant’s Eye itself is a not-to-be-missed luxury experience that offers guests the chance to personally encounter the incredibly diverse flora and fauna – especially the elephant population – for which Hwange is renowned.
Whichever one of these five tours that you choose to go on, there’s one thing you can be sure of – the entire time, the activities and accommodations, the experiences and memories, will always be absolutely fit for a Queen!