16 Nov 2017
2018 New African Openings - Aardvark Safaris

Aardvark Safaris

Morukuru Beach Lodge, South Africa – Opening July 2018
Morukuru Beach Lodge is located in the breathtaking UNESCO De Hoop Nature Reserve, on the pristine Koppie Alleen coastline, just south of Swellendam on the Garden Route. The lodge will comprise five beautiful en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and bar area, pool and hot tub, and roof terrace with views over the Indian Ocean. This new lodge building will be a replica of its sister property, Morukuru Ocean House, and follow the same sustainable principles; solar powered and off the grid.

The De Hoop Nature Reserve offers towering white sand dunes lapped by the Indian Ocean, limestone cliffs, rock pools and coastal fynbos. It is a wonderful place to see southern right whales. Other wildlife in the reserve includes dolphins, sharks and seals, as well as the bontebok and Cape mountain zebra. The reserve is also particularly known for its bird population.

Activities available at this stunning beach-front lodge include guided marine walks, fynbos walks, mountain biking, 4x4 nature drives, whale watching, sand boarding, volleyball, cricket, croquet, snorkelling and boat trips.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £220 per person per night in a dune view suite. Price includes full board accommodation and two guided daily activities.
For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

The Pangolin Khwai Camp, Botswana – Opening March 2018
Pangolin Photo Safaris has teamed up with Natural Selection to open the Pangolin Khwai Camp in the Khwai Private Reserve – a 200,000-hectare private concession bordering the Khwai River.

The camp will host a maximum of 12 guests in seven Meru style en-suite tents. Communal areas, planned with photographers in mind, feature a dedicated editing and post production area as well as large screens for presentations and workshops.

The camp will be hosted by a resident photographic guide with cameras available to clients travelling without their own photographic gear. Off-road special sightings, night drives and mokoro excursions will also be available. The 4x4s will be adapted for photographers with bean bag mounts and a maximum of four clients in each will allow good freedom of movement at a sighting.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £300 per person, based on two sharing. Includes full board accommodation, local drinks and safaris activities.
For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Sossus Under Canvas, Neuhof Nature Reserve, Nambia – Opening April 2018
Located on the private 24,000 hectare Neuhof Nature Reserve in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib landscape, the camp will be semi-permanent, seasonal and experiential. The reserve is home to some of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the area, including oryx, springbok, Harmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Plans to reintroduce the critically endangered black rhino are also underway.

Sossus Under Canvas will comprise eight tents, and will be booked on an exclusive use basis, open seasonally between April and November, offering a fantastic alternative to any traditional lodge in the Sossusvlei area. It is exclusivity is beyond compare.

Activities available include visits to the Sossusvlei dunes with a private guide, and general exploration of the private Neuhof Nature Reserve, including nature walks and drives, swimming in desert pools, star gazing, a Stella Escape (sleep out), plateau visits, hot air ballooning and scenic helicopter flights.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £229 per person per night based on four guests staying three nights. Price includes all meals, local drinks exclusive use of the camp.
For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles – Opening March 2018
After undergoing extensive renovations, the existing property will re-open in March 2018 as Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island.

On the outer edge of the Seychelles archipelago, Desroches Island is located among the Amirantes Islands, around a 35-minute flight from Mahé. Boasting 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) of pristine white-sand beaches, lush coconut groves, crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, the island is a remote and tranquil oasis, just five degrees south of the equator.

Featuring 40 exclusive beach suites and 11 private residence villas, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island will be one of the company's most intimate properties. With direct access to unspoiled beaches and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the resort's suites will also feature private plunge pools, tropical gardens and luxurious outdoor living spaces.

The two restaurants and a lounge bar provide an array of exciting food and beverage offerings in a casual, beachfront setting. For guests looking to relax and rejuvenate, the six-suite spa offers locally-inspired treatments and wellness classes. The glass-like waters of the Indian Ocean and surrounding reefs also make for world-class diving, fishing, snorkelling and water sports, while the inland forests and coconut trees provide picturesque paths for cycling and hiking. For guests looking to explore the many natural wonders of the Indian Ocean, the island will also include a Marine Conservation Discovery Centre and Giant Tortoise Sanctuary.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £5,960 per room for seven nights based on dinner, bed and breakfast in a beach bungalow.
For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Kuthengo Camp, Liwonde National Park, Malawi – Opening April 2018
Nestled among Fever Trees and Baobabs, the Robin Pope Safaris' new Kuthengo Camp is set in the Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi, alongside the Shire River and Lake Malombe. Comprising of four spacious and modern safari en-suite tents all with private decks, this intimate camp maintains a rustic charm, complemented by stunning views.

The unspoiled wilderness of Liwonde National Park provides a wonderful retreat where guests can experience the many activities on offer - from adventurous game drives and walking safaris to tranquil boat cruises along the grand Shire River – in complete privacy. The park comprises riverine, grassland and Mopane woodlands which offers amazing scenery and is home to elephant, buffalo, endangered black rhinos and various antelope species. Cheetah have also been reintroduced thanks to recent conservation efforts in the area. Liwonde National Park is a birder's paradise - with nearly 300 species, including the Böhm's bee-eater, Livingstone's flycatcher, Pel's fishing owl and Lillian's love bird.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £325. Price includes full board accommodation, local drinks and safari activities.
For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Serra Cafema Camp, Hartmann's Valley, Namibia – Opening June 2018
Wilderness Safaris is rebuilding its iconic Serra Cafema camp, overlooking the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley, north-west Namibia.

With eight riverside villas, all on elevated decks, the new camp will maintain the same footprint on its current island location nestled amongst shady albida trees. Inspiration for the new camp has come from its exceptional Nambia desert location and the local Himba culture. The new Serra Cafema camp will be completely solar powered and built with a light eco-footprint ensuring minimal impact on the desert location.

Activities include quad bike excursions through the dunes, boat trips on the Kunene River, visiting local Himba tribes and day and night game drives.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £475 per person per night sharing. Price includes ful board accommodation, local drinks and safari activities.
For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

One to Watch… Brand New &Beyond Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve – Opening December 2018
This exquisite new property will share the same traversing rights as its neighbour, &Beyond Kirkman's Kamp. Fresh, elegant interiors by Anatomy Design will give a slightly more modern twist to the classic and authentic Sabi Sand safari ambience. Warm, comfortable and contemporary, the lodge will intersperse quiet, intimate spaces with pockets of open space designed for group gatherings.

Sustainability lies at the heart of this new lodge's form and function, from environmentally friendly materials that are designed to last longer to automation that is designed to reduce the use of electricity and the combination of solar power with procedures designed to increase efficiency both during the build phase and after. Sabi Sands has one of the richest game populations in South Africa and the chances of seeing the Big Five of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are excellent.

For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

About Aardvark Safaris:
Aardvark Safaris has established itself as the African safari and beach specialist. Offering the hottest wildlife locations and the best-kept safari secrets, the company prides itself on its intimate knowledge of the 18 countries in which it plans holidays, and has built one of the best teams of safari experts in the business. Aardvark Safaris organises top-quality holidays throughout Southern and East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, offering unrivalled advice on safari holidays. Specialists in organising family safaris, riding safaris, gorilla treks, wildebeest migration, philanthropic safaris, honeymoons, Kilimanjaro climbs, walking safaris, canoe safaris and incredible beach holidays.

For booking contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

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