While there are many things that factor into the decision-making process when it comes to travel, accommodation can often get overlooked. With so many of us accustomed to the run-of-the-mill hotels and guesthouses found dotted around the globe, we rarely consider how much a conscious accommodation choice can enhance our vacation experience. In order to illustrate what we mean, we’ve decided to compile a list of five not-to-miss accommodations that you can stay at during one of our many travel packages. Take a look at our lodge suggestions and learn just how much more special your vacation accommodation can be, than just a place to rest your head at the end of a day of sight-seeing.
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Zimbabwe
Designed to deliver the best that Zimbabwe has to offer, Elephant’s Eye, Hwange welcomes visitors from all regions to its intimate setting in the heart of the African bush. With eight tented en-suite chalets that feature king/twin beds, you’ll be able to bask in the beauty of the peaceful wild, while looking over a waterhole that is regularly visited by elephants and other game. With an array of activities to enjoy, your time away from the comfort of your lodgings will be spent enjoying game drives, guided educational walks, bird watching, night drives, swimming, enjoying sundowners or being pampered at the Spa. Elephant’s Eye is an authentic African lodge that delivers a high standard of accommodation, while allowing every traveller to enjoy the over 1000 species of mammals and nearly 400 species of birds that the Hwange National Park have to offer.
Situated on its own secluded island off the coast of Madagascar, Tsarabanjina is a luxurious escape from the trappings of modern-day living. Made using natural materials the eco-friendly resort radiates an aura of laidback elegance that respects the island’s unique biodiversity. Guests spend nights in palm-thatched beachfront villas that are equipped with air-conditioning and provide ample opportunity to kick back and relax on a private terrace. With guided nature walks and scuba diving in unexplored waters to enjoy, a stay at Tsarabanjina is certainly one of the most incredibly ways to experience Madagascar and all it has to offer.
Elephant Valley Lodge, Botswana
Adjacent to the Chobe National Park, in the shade of a forest of knob thorn trees, Elephant Valley Lodge features twenty meru-styled tents, situated along the edge of the valley. Not only does this tented camp’s location afford guests ample opportunity to view game, but it also enables them to enjoy open land rover safaris or boat cruises in the animal-rich reserve that surrounds it. While not out on a game drive, guests are able to spend time trying to spot the white back vultures who call the forest their home or kick back with a good book by the pool. During a stay at Elephant Valley Lodge, you’ll be able to experience the authentic African wild, while enjoying a break away from the hustle and bustle that is modern living.
Chobe Marina, Botswana
One of the larger accommodation options offered by Jenman, Chobe Marina has 66 rooms that are fully kitted for comfort with king or twin beds, satellite TV, air conditioning and mosquito repellent machines. Alongside its modern trappings, the Lodge is perfectly situated to afford its guests an array of choice when it comes to the experience of an African safari. Located in the north-eastern corner of Botswana, Chobe Marina has the Chobe Riber, Chobe National Park, Kasane Forest Reserve, the Caprivi Strip and the mighty Zambezi River nearby. This means that you’ll have incredibly high chances of encountering the “awesome-foursome” of elephants, leopards, lion and buffalo, but you’ll also be able to do it a little differently by enjoying a river boat trip into the park during which you can encounter the wildlife that frequent the river’s banks.
Ravintsara Wellness Hotel, Madagascar
A four-star resort, the Ravintsara Wellness Hotel gives guests the best of both worlds by seamlessly marrying the magical combination of nature and luxury living. Not only will you be able to enjoy the comfort you’d expect from an up-market accommodation, but you’ll also be able to feel as if you’ve escaped to the middle of nowhere as a result of the Hotel being set amongst a five-hectare tropical garden that solidifies its status as an island paradise. During your stay, you’ll be in one of 20 bungalows. Each bungalow is equipped with air conditioning, a flat screen TV, Internet, a comfortable king size bed and even a Jacuzzi. With practically everything you could ask for from an island holiday, the Ravintsara Wellness Hotel is your ticket to experiencing Madagascar from the lap of luxury itself.
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
Three-kilometres from the Main Camp, Okonjima Bush Camp sits perched at the edge of a Wilderness Area and features eight chalets with welcoming earthy ochre walls and thatched roofs. With the 55 000-acre Okonjima Game Reserve around it, the Bush Camp delivers some of the best accommodation for those looking to experience Namibia at its best. While not enjoying the relaxing atmosphere at Camp, guests can make the most of the world-renowned cheetah and leopard safaris, enjoying a carnivore tracking experience on foot, explore the nature and bushman trails in the area and indulge in the art of twitching by taking note of the birdlife that live in the area.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
Having won the title of “Best Safari Lodge” in Zimbabwe for the last 11 years, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is perched upon a natural plateau just four-kilometres from the Victoria Falls. Guests can enjoy a spot of game viewing without having to leave the Lodge with an on-site waterhole that is visited by wildlife of all shapes and sizes. With a choice of Standard and Deluxe rooms, guests can be guaranteed a room that is decorated in a traditional African theme that pays homage to the beauty of the Lodge’s natural surroundings. If you’d like a walk on the wildside that involves more than sitting in a game viewing vehicle, guests can enjoy guided tours of the Falls, an elephant back safari, helicopter flights, sunset river cruises, river canoeing, white water rafting and bungee jumping.