We all have dream trips on our bucket list that we haven’t taken for one reason or another. Or maybe you’ve traveled extensively and have been there, done that, and now want something unique. The options abound for vacationers seeking out-of-the-box destinations and accommodations. Here are a few for you to consider:
For the Wildlife Lover
Africa has long held the fascination of travelers, who love its exotic wildlife, spectacular scenery and intriguing ambiance. To experience it in a grand way, take a vacation at Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa’s largest private game reserve. This vast area encompasses almost a quarter million acres and is owned by Nicky and Strilli Oppenheimer, who won the World Wildlife Fund’s Lonmin Conservation
Award for their preservation of this land. Enjoy an outdoor spa treatment, have food catered by butlers and then go out with a field guide on a safari and track rhinos on foot.
Stay at the Oppenheimer family’s private residence, Tarkuni, a luxurious home with five individual suites that can accommodate up to 10 guests and includes an outdoor pool and dedicated chef. Or stay in “barefoot luxury” at one of the eight legae, small houses built of stone and red clay with traditional Kalahari thatch roofs. Each house includes a bedroom with an open fireplace, an ensuite bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower, and a private sun deck that overlooks a water hole that attracts African wildlife including zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, lions and water buffalo.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” says Cassie McMillion, a Travel Advisor for Betty Maclean Travel, a luxury adventure travel company in Naples, FL. “You see nature at its rawest form, then go back to ultimate luxury every night.”
Details: Exclusive use of the private retreat for up to 10 people is ZAR 42,000 per night (approximately $5,100, but that amount may fluctuate depending on the exchange rate and time of year).
It’s an hour-and-a-half flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, or a two-hour flight from Cape Town.