Great African Escapes That Will Blow You Away
We all need an escape from the daily grind to avoid burning out. Treat yourself and opt for a holiday in Africa. From game lodges and safaris in Southern Africa to beach holidays on the East coast, this phenomenal continent boasts destinations that will ensure you find your much-needed bliss.
Pondoro Game Lodge
Pondoro Game Lodge is located in Balule Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. This lodge is the pinnacle of what a lavish safari experience should be. The personalised, award-winning accommodation ensures unparalleled comfort and sophistication. You will also have the opportunity to feast on delicious, local cuisine and even unwind in the world-class spa facility.
You can expect to see a wonderful diversity of wildlife including the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) on their exclusive private game drives. You can also go for a nature walk, giving you the opportunity to see animals on-foot – an absolutely magical experience.
Island escape: Zanzibar
Zanzibar is your ultimate beach holiday destination. It’s the perfect place to unplug and let daily stresses wash away. Your days may be spent lying on the white-washed sands and then cooling off in the crystal blue water – it’s absolute bliss.
Zanzibar is a region of Tanzania in East Africa; technically, it’s an archipelago (a cluster of islands) in the Indian Ocean. It’s made up of a plethora of small islands and two large ones named Unguja and Pemba Island. There are many sensational beach-side resorts from which to choose. When you’re not soaking up the rays on the beach, make sure you visit the historic capital, Stone Town – you’ll be blessed with a cultural experience that will never be forgotten.
A visit to Etosha National Park in Namibia is another must for safari lovers. It’s a prime wildlife location where you’ll find a diversity of wildlife and birds. All of the main camps boast floodlit waterholes, giving you the privilege to view the wildlife at night – it’s a photographer’s dream destination. Wildlife that are common to the region include elephant; leopard; wildcat; Cape fox; aardvark; honey badger and brown hyena.
Accommodation consists of lodges and campsites, so you can make your choice depending on your budget and preference.
The Maasai Mara is located in Kenya and renowned for being home to a large population of big cats: lions; leopards and cheetahs.
The region is famous for the Great Migration of wildebeest. This incredible natural phenomenon that sees millions of wildebeest begin their journey from the southern Serengeti and travel to the Mara – late July / early August is the best time to visit in order to witness this wildlife marvel. It’s guaranteed that you’ll never see anything like this anywhere else in the world.
The Underwater Room
The underwater room is exactly as it sounds; it’s a three-level floating paradise located 250 metres off-shore of Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago. The bedroom is on the bottom level, which lies underwater – you’re literally submerged in an underwater world and have 360-degree views of shoals of fish. During the night, the room’s spotlights attract other marine life such as octopus.
This is the epitome of privacy – it’s just you and the ocean. It’s a must-have experience for those who want to leave the fast-paced world behind and just live in the moment.
Mark works for Pondoro, loves to travel and has been writing about his experiences across the globe for a few years now. He is passionate about sustainability and Eco-travel, working hard to educate and inform wherever possible along the way.