African safaris for billionaires unveiled
Hong Kong, August 27, 2014
A to A Safaris, a leading safari specialist in Africa, has launched the modern billionaire’s guide to travelling in Africa, offering safari camps that are fit for such travellers.
The firm's lodges are built with the contribution to the conservation of their surroundings as a major factor, said a statement.
It includes destinations in South Africa, Kenya, and Congo, it said.
Tswalu, Kalahari in South Africa is the largest private game reserve in the country, covering an area of more than 100,000 hectares. The landscape take conservation as its first priority and with a maximum capacity of 30 guests, Tswalu provides ideal conditions for guests to discover the beauty of the landscape, its diverse wildlife, and the serenity of South Africa’s great wilderness, with privacy and exclusivity.
Nicky Oppenheimer, one of South Africa's richest men and chairman of the diamond mining giant De Beers, together with his wife Strilli, own this game reserve., which is the ancestral home of the San Bushman people and are leading conservationists.
Set up in collaboration with the local Maasai communities and a limited number of other tourism partners, Mahali Mzuri in Kenya seeks to promote low density tourism, creating less pressure on the environment.
The camp provides travellers with a remarkable gastronomic and spa experience, allowing them to relax into the surroundings of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, one of the established conservancies in the Greater Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Situated at the top of a rocky mountain and elevated high above the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Ulusaba Rock Lodge guests can retreat to the Aroma Boma beauty treatment centre, after indulging in a game viewing experience, with sightings of the famous and majestic Big Five on offer.
Sir Richard Branson's Ulusaba camp in the renowned Sabi Sand game reserve in South Africa and his newly opened Lodge near the Maasai Mara in Kenya are his African works. Mahali Mzuri has been set up in collaboration with the local Maasai communities.
A unique oasis on the Laikipia Plateau in northern Kenya, Segera Retreat and sculpture garden consists of six timber and thatch villas which rise above a profusion of botanical life. Their elevated wooden platforms look out over the surrounding savannah. They are equipped with swing beds that provide a shady midday relaxation point as well as allowing a perfect spot for a night out under the stars, with the sounds of the Africa night in the background.
The gracious Segera House and perfectly positioned Villa Segera both boast spectacular views and even greater privacy and luxury. They are powered by solar energy and collect and recycle their water sustainably. The villas gaze out over the Laikipia Plateau and the spectacular Mount Kenya.
The owner’s remarkable African sculpture collection is on display in the botanical garden, and each villa exhibits original, individually selected artworks from a range of Africa’s most inspiring artists.
Home to a vast array of animal, bird and plant life, the area around Segera provides an important corridor for the migration of elephant and other wide ranging species. Segera inspires and engages its guests through a unique, sustainable, private luxury experience while preserving African wildlife, African art and traditional tribal cultures.
It is the brainchild of Jochen Zeitz, chief executive of Puma, who is now chairman of its sustainable development committee.
Lango and Ngaga are two environmentally minded lodges, one on the edge of the savanna and the other set deep in the rain forest, in Odzala in Congo.
Each of them has six, elevated, luxury, tree-house suites constructed with local bamboo and decorated with designer Congolese artifacts. Taking inspiration from the designs of the local Baka Pygmy and forest dweller groups, the lodges not only demonstrate rich local culture in their design, but also contribute to the conservation of critical Central African Biodiversity.
Leather and canvas campaign furniture and wraparound terraces add creature comforts, as does the camp's organic French cuisine and fine French wines. But the real draw is Odzala’s unrivalled access to its wild neighbours, particularly the 20,000 resident gorillas who live in the wilds of the Congo.
Travellers can engage in tracking of habituated gorilla groups, take pirogue rides along lush river systems, go for game drives in the savannah, take night drives, walk along lush forest streams and salines, or spend time at the productive forest bais which shape this unique eco-zone.
Odzala was founded by Sabine Plattner, philanthropist, who is the wife of the co-founder of European software giant SAP. - TradeArabia News Service