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The Best Safari Holidays For 2022/23

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Time to plan for an epic 2022 adventure

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Found yourself hitting pause on bucketlist travelling over the last few years? It’s finally time to take that trip of a lifetime: book the ultimate safari. From conservation-centred trips to breath-taking private tours, luxurious hotels to unique camps, check out our round-up of Africa‘s dream safaris to book.

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Best Safari Holidays For 2022/23

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Mavros Safaris

Mavros Safaris: Namibia

Also on your radar for the best safaris for 2022 should be the ultimate remote adventure, this elevated 4X4 self-drive itinerary from Mavros Safaris. Private tours will enable guests to see ancient bushman rock art, experience treks to see the rare adapted desert elephant, plus enjoy an intimate sunrise hot air balloon over the desert. Optional extra experiences also include private tours of a cheetah sanctuary, a champagne dolphin cruise and quad biking over sand dunes.

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The Retreat at Giraffe Manor, Kenya

The Retreat at Giraffe Manor: Kenya

A visit to The Retreat at Giraffe Manor, which opened its doors in August 2022, includes access to the 21m infinity pool, swimming amongst the stunning giraffes, who also greet guests for breakfast and afternoon tea. The building also includes relaxing day rooms, Kenyan cuisine at Daisy’s Café and two treatment rooms with steam room, sauna, hot tub and gym, the perfect relaxation hub at the end of a safari.

The Retreat is available for guests of The Safari Collection portfolio who require a stopover in Nairobi, set in a forested giraffe sanctuary. It’s home to four first-floor bedrooms provide peaceful sleeping spaces for those wishing to rest pre and post-travel, (although these are not be available for overnight use). Chefs at Daisy’s Cafe will be serving up a menu of freshly prepared snacks, meals and beverages, from smoothies to salads and more hearty evening meal options, with a focus on ‘farm to fork’ style cuisine. Guests can dine al fresco or under the vaulted ceilings of Daisy’s interior.

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DumaTau and Little DumaTau: Botswana

DumaTau and Little DumaTau: Botswana

As well as upgrading the DumaTau Camp, the brand new Little DumaTau Camp will opened last year, a Wilderness Safaris exclusive and intimate camp featuring four tented suites. As well as expansive guest rooms and decks with indoor and outdoor showers and plunge pools, there is also the option to experience the stylish Star Bed sleep-out, with stunning views of the Zibadianja Lagoon.

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Shambala Private Game Reserve: South Africa

Shambala Private Game Reserve: South Africa

Join expert rangers from Shambala’s anti-rhino poaching unit for 24/7 on-demand private game experiences, from early morning walking expeditions through the bush to following in the footsteps of the Big Five. Sundowner cruises on the Douw Steyn Dam, sunrises over the wild Waterberg landscape and accommodation at Zulu Camp with a full-board plan of fresh made-to-order dishes. To unwind after a day of game drives and explorations, Shambala is also home to a secret treetop spa beneath the canopy of the bush, with treatments including a “rolling sands” massage a facial using honeybush and baobab.

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Brilliant Uganda

Brilliant Uganda

Uganda is home to over half of the world’s mountain gorillas, so head to this beautiful East African location to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat. As well as offering one of Africa’s unique experiences, gorilla trekking in Uganda provides crucial finance for the conservation of the animals. In addition to hiking through dense forest, you will also experience game drives across vast savannah plains where giraffes, elephants, and tree-climbing lions roam.

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Little Kulala: Namibia

Re-opened in late 2020, the refurbished Little Kulala camp in Namibia focuses on offering guests exciting new in and out of camp activities that will allow them to fully immerse themselves in the solitude of the Namib Desert. Experiences will include e-biking, eco-sensitive quad biking, hot air ballooning, self-guided walks, starlit dinners and fine wine tastings.

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Xigeria Safari Lodge

Xigeria Safari Lodge: Botswana

Opened on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Xigeria Safari Lodge sets out to highlight the work of Africa’s hottest young designers. It features 12 individually designed suites, including one two bedroom family suite situated on two islands, bridged together with a bronze lily centrepiece designed by Anton de Kock and created by Otto du Plessis. Guests will experience morning, afternoon and evening game drives plus the option to explore the Delta’s waterways by traditional canoe, glass-bottom mokoro and motorboat, with ‘feet-in-the-water’ sundowners.

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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti: Tanzania

Connect with local culture and people as well as taking part in regular game drives to spot the Big Five in one of the world’s most famous safari destinations. Other activities include hot air balloon rides and guided walks to see the landscape from different perspectives.

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Nightly rates are available upon request. Little Emperors members will receive preferential rates and dedicated benefits including complimentary breakfast, hotel credit and a room upgrade subject to availability. Little Emperors annual membership fees starts from £250. Tel + 44 203 178  4984 or email [email protected].

Victoria Falls Safari Spa, Africa Albida Tourism, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls Safari Spa, Africa Albida Tourism, Zimbabwe

The first destination spa, Victoria Falls Safari Spa, in Zimbabwe is launching in late 2020, making Victoria Falls even more appealing as a destination for 2022. With daily game drives, guided tours of the Falls, zip-lining and white-water rafting, there will plenty of invigorating activities to contrast your relaxing stay. For those looking to support sustainability with their trip, Africa Albida Tourism supports the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit, Victoria Falls Recycling plant and Victoria Falls clean up campaigns.

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