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Andersson’s at Ongava

Luke Davies - June 27, 2019

Having just opened in mid April this year, Andersson’s at Ongava, has already made quite the impression and it’s easy to understand why. Originally a farmstead, the lodge has been transformed into an exquisite mix of luxury, colours and textures connecting guests to the landscape around them.

Andersson’s has 7 luxury guest suites and one family unit, accommodating 18 guests in total. Each suite is a combination of natural elements and luxurious amenities that reflect the surrounding environment. Watch the sunset on another day from your private viewing deck with its 180 degree views, or have a read of some published papers, journals and digital archives to further your ever growing knowledge.

Each suite has a superby fitted en-suite bathroom, with both a double indoor and outdoor shower.

As the name suggests, the camp is located on the Ongava Private Reserve, one of the largest private concessions in Namiba, which shares a border with the Etosha National Park.  All game drives take place in the Etosha National Park itself – a 22,000 square km of unrivalled game viewing opportunites, and home to 114 different species of mammal, including 4 of Africa’s famous Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino and leopard.

Rhino tracking on foot is one of the activities that you can enjoy on the concession as part of your African adventure during your stay. An underground photographic hide also provides the perfect spot to get ‘eye to eye’ shots of the wildife as they wander nearby.

In addition, the Ongava Research Centre is a short walk away from the lodge, and provides the opportunity for guests to see firsthand the vital work that takes place here by meeting the researchers, conservationists and rhino security personnel.

The main lodge area is where guests can meet up to chat over their day’s adventures. A spacious lounge and bar area means you are never on top of anyone else, and you can choose where to dine – at either the undercover or the open-air dining room.  An infinity pool overlooks a waterhole, often frequented by wildlife during the day who come to quench their thirst.

If you want to check your many photos, there is also a dedicated photographic ‘nook’ where you can review your shots and edit as necessary – and the complimentary Wi-Fi means you can upload any to your social media accounts and make family and friends back home very jealous!

We cannot wait to visit this lodge ourselves!

South Africa and Antarctica: The Ultimate Trip To The Wild South

Luke Davies - May 24, 2019

An exciting new 10 day itinerary has just been announced that combines an outstanding 5* safari experience at Singita with a couple of days in Cape Town (the Mother City), and to top it all off, a journey to one of the most remote places on earth, Antarctica.

With just one set departure date announced so far for November 2019, your unforgettable journey begins on 12th November with a flight from Johannesburg to the iconic Kruger National Park, where you will spend 4 nights at either Singita Lebombo or Sweni Lodge. Both lodges are located in the private Lebombo Concession, which is on the eastern side of the Park, bordering Mozambique.  The area boasts beautiful scenery and excellent game viewing, including the Big 5, large populations of antelope and diverse birdlife to go with it. Twice-daily game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles get you unbelievably close to Africa’s wildlife in a natural, untamed setting.

Singita Lion

Singita Lebombo is elevated on a sheer cliff top and has 15 luxurious glass cuboid suites, each with incredible views of the Nwanetsi and Sweni Rivers, along with the surrounding savanna plains. The more intimate Singita Sweni has just 7 secluded suites and is set on the bank of the Sweni River, surrounded by trees with views of the African bush.

After your stay at Singita, the journey continues south down to Cape Town, where you will spend 2 nights at the prestigious One&Only Cape Town. With its spectacular location in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and stunning views of Table Mountain, the resort is a destination in itself.

One&Only Cape Town View

During your stay here, enjoy the bustling V&A with its many shops and attractions, take a trip to the top of the magnificent Table Mountain, or simply retreat to the peaceful sanctuary of the One&Only Spa – located on its own private island the Spa has an extensive range of classic and exclusive holistic spa treatments which your therapist will tailor perfectly to your needs.

In the evenings, enjoy a selection of the most celebrated vinicultural and dining experiences at one of the excellent restaurants and bars that the One&Only is famed for.

On the 17th you will be invited to a comprehensive safety briefing, hosted by your tour leaders, who will make sure you have all the correct clothing and ensure you are fully prepared for your journey further south the next day.

Finally, the last leg of this incredible journey takes you to Antarctica, where you will spend 5 nights at Whichaway Camp, the perfect place from which to explore this region and its wonders. The camp itself has 6 state-of-the-art sleeping pods that can accommodate up to 12 guests.  There is also a communal lounge, dining room and kitchen.

Whichaway Camp

While most of us have only ever seen this unique continent and its remarkable wildlife on a TV screen, this is your chance to discover all that it can offer. Experience a true wildlife spectacle, as the Emperor Penguin colonies prepare for their chicks to hatch, hike and explore the blue-ice tunnels with your polar guide, venture out to the local science bases to see the work they do firsthand, and if you’re feeling truly adventurous, why not try out some ice climbing.

Emperor Penguins

The package includes return Federal Air flights between OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and Singita Kruger National Park; the flight from Johannesburg down to Cape Town; airport meet and greet with transfers to/from the One&Only in Cape Town; and return flights from Cape Town International Airport to the Antarctic interior on a Gulfstream G550 jet. In addition, at Singita all meals and beverages (excluding French Champagne), daily game drives, walking safaris, Wi-Fi and a laundry service are included; at One&Only your rate includes daily breakfast at Reuben’s plus use of the Spa Thermal Suites; and at White Desert all meals and beverages are included plus all excursions and a visit to the 6,000 strong Emperor Penguin Colony at Atka Bay by a DC3 Basler flight.

This true ‘journey of a lifetime’ starts from USD 67,000 per person – please contact one of the team at Travel Butlers on info@travelbutlers.com, quoting ‘Emperor Penguin’ and we will get back to you with a final quotation, including if required a quote for your international flights from your preferred airport.  With just 12 seats on this trip – don’t delay too long to get in touch!

The Geoffrey Kent Suite – A New Family Suite In The Masai Mara

Luke Davies - May 9, 2019

A family safari is a wonderful experience, however sometimes it can be difficult to find a camp or lodge where the whole family can stay together under one roof and not be spread out across several rooms.  The brand new Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana ticks all boxes in this case, and if you happen to be considering a family trip to Kenya’s Masai Mara anytime soon, then this would be an ideal option.

Main Viewing Deck of the Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana

Welcoming children of all ages, the suite has 2 private en-suite bedrooms, along with one connecting bedroom. Each of which has a freestanding bathtub and opens out onto a wraparound viewing deck with an enticing infinity pool overlooking the Mara River. The interior of the suite consists of a welcoming dining room, open lounge and a fully stocked bar.

Enjoy the benefit of having a private vehicle and safari guide to help explore this special destination, and once you have returned from the days activities, prepare to be spoiled with delicious meals freshly prepared by the resident chef, tailored to suit all occasions and tastes.

Geoffrey Kent Suite BedroomGeoffrey Kent Suite BathroomEvening at the Geoffrey Kent Suite

As the suite is based Sanctuary Olonana Camp, guests staying here can take advantage of their great range of activities for kids.  Expert guides will take children out on special game drives and accompany them to the nearby Masai village where they will learn how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, make a fire, build a hut,  and herd cattle. The lodge can also arrange for kids to take part in a football match with local children and learn maasai songs and traditional dances. Other activities include going out on a nature trail where they will learn about animal footprint identification or enjoy our bush treasure hunt followed by planting their own tree.

With its outstanding luxury, spacious rooms, and excellent range of  activities for kids, the Geoffrey Kent Suite is an exciting new addition to Sanctuary Olonana, offering an excellent safari experience for all members of the family.

Introducing AndBeyond Tengile River Lodge

Luke Davies - April 18, 2019

A couple of weeks ago we had a meeting with andBeyond, and among other things we were interested to hear from them how their newest lodge in the Sabi Sands is settling in.

Featuring 9 luxurious suites looking out over the Sand River and surrounded by a cool forest, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge combines top class luxury and service, with incredible views and refined interiors.  As we have come to expect from andBeyond, the lodge itself is stylish and beautifully finished combining contemporary design features with traditional materials in a way that is sensitive to the surrounding environment.

Tengile Exterior

Set within the world famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Tengile offers a host of game viewing activities similar nearby andBeyondKirkman’s Kamp (which has long been a favourite of ours here at Travel Butlers).  Morning and afternoon game drives head out into the reserve led by the experienced and passionate guides, where incredible wildlife sightings and close up encounters await. Whether it is an elusive leopard or a member of the Big 5, with over 200 animal species and a further 350 species of birds, the diversity here is simply outstanding.

Game Drive at Tengile

Also popular are the bush walks which are conducted with a guide and tracker and allow guests to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells,  of the African bush.  This is a great way to learn more about the unseen details of the bush, and the andBeyond guides are among the best in the business making this a real treat for nature lovers.

Back at the lodge itself, the suites at Tegile all feature private infinity pools, a sunken lounge, and elegant bedrooms and bathrooms opening out onto the river below.  This luxurious setting is the perfect place to take some time out in-between game drives to relax and enjoy what is around you. It could be that you want to read a few more pages of a good book in the lounge or viewing deck, indulge in an extra spa treatment, or simply taking in the view from a hot bath and a glass of champagne to go with it.

Suite Bedroom

Bathroom View

The main guest areas are stylishly finished with a mixture of bespoke furniture, natural light and open views. A beautiful chandelier acts as the crown jewel of the dining area, whilst the bar and lounge are perfect for enjoying a delicious cocktail or fine wine. In the evening, guests retire to the fire pit to swap stories about the day’s adventures as the sky begins to darken and the stars appear.

Tengile Bar and Lounge

Having only recently opened, Tengile River Lodge has already made quite the impression with its jaw dropping design and ideal location in one of the most diverse wildlife areas on the continent. This looks to be another outstanding addition to the andBeyond portfolio, and we are sure that guests fortunate enough to stay here will return home having had a top-class safari experience.

Introducing Saseka Tented Camp, Thornybush Game Reserve

Luke Davies - April 1, 2019

There is nothing quite as romantic and glamorous as a tented safari lodge, and so we were thrilled to hear about the 5* Saseka Tented Camp  – the latest addition to the Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa.  Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, Thornybush is rich and diverse with a mixture of open savannah and rolling bushveld, with the Drakensberg Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop to the west.  In addition to being home to the big-5, there are also some 142 species of mammals and 507 types of birds, all of which help to create an excellent year-round safari destination for those who are passionate about wildlife and nature.

The camp itself is a mixture of wood, stone and canvas that blends in with the surrounding wilderness.  With both an upper and lower deck, that provide open views of the riverbed, it is the perfect spot to end the day with a delicious meal, before retiring to the campfire and recounting stories of the day with your fellow guests.

Saseka has 8 separate luxurious tented rooms with open glass windows that provide spectacular views of the African bush.  Whether it be from the bedroom or the bathroom, there is always something to see.  Outside, each tent has its own private viewing deck with an outdoor shower, a plunge pool to cool off in the heat of the day and some sun loungers to bask in the African sun. The luxurious interiors provide plenty of comfort, but above all, to give every guest constant access to the untamed wilderness around them.

For families or small groups wanting an exclusive experience, then there is also the breath-taking Leadwood Villa.  With 2 separate rooms, the villa can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children, and a dedicated safari vehicle is also included, allowing for private game drives.  In addition it has a central area with a lounge and dining area that is perfect for private family meals. There is also a large outdoor viewing deck with a plunge pool and sun Loungers.

Guests wishing to indulge in a bit of R&R can visit the Thornybush Amani Spa, which all guests at Saseka can make use of. Just a short transfer from the camp,  the Spa  offers a variety of treatments and therapies that are designed and customised for the individual.

Within this big-5 reserve, the rich diversity of wildlife will insure the game viewing will always show something you were never expecting to see.

With its outstanding attention to detail and incredible service, Saseka shows off the romance that tented safaris in Africa are famous for, and looks to be an unforgettable experience – we can’t wait to see this incredible camp in person.

 

Saseka Tented Camp Room Exteria

Saseka Tented Camp Room Interior

Game Viewing In Thornybush

View from the main area as Saseka