• Mara Explorer tented camp

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya The word “glamping” needs to be taken out of the English vocabulary, like, yesterday. The concept, however, is definitely something we can get behind, especially at a place where you can get your safari on in the middle of an African wildlife reserve. Kick back on your four-post bed or chill on your private veranda while elephants and zebras just mosey on by. Or, head out with a gold-certified guide to find even wilder, more dangerous animals. And the best part, the only noises keeping you up at night will be the lions roaring in the distance; no crying little Simbas are allowed on the property.

  • Giraffe Manor - Nairobi

If you are any smidge of an animal lover, this place needs to be on your list. Does life get any better than brunching with giraffes? You can decide when you stay here, in a year-round manor that’ll transport you to the 1930s, tucked inside 140 acres of Nairobi’s Lang’ata suburb. Part sanctuary and part resort, Giraffe Manor offers ten rooms, full board and infinite animal-friendly possibilities.

  • Tuk Tuk Microbrewery - South Africa

Long-regarded as a first-class wine destination, South Africa’s Franschhoek Valley is ready to embrace beer culture. In the heart of the Franschhoek Village, Tuk Tuk is the valley’s first craft microbrewery and offers Mexican tapas along with its brew. Eating and drinking outdoors is always great (and available here), but curious imbibers will want to sit indoors just this once. Tables are placed throughout the brewery so you can witness the crafting process at various stages while you partake–think of it as the farm-to-table experience for beer! Because Tuk Tuk is owned by Leeu Collection, you’ll have not one but two upscale sleepover options on site. On one side of the brewery is Leeu House, and on the other is Le Quartier Français, harkening back to the region’s Huguenot settlement in the 17th century.

  • Botswana

“This is the safari destination of your dreams,” raves Katie Losey, the director of marketing for Absolute Travel, who visited earlier this year. “It’s home to largest elephant population in Africa, a minor miracle in a continent ravaged by poaching, and a leader in high-end, low-impact tourism.” Why now? Last month, the government stood firmly behind the ivory ban and moratorium on hunting safaris—now it’s photographic only. Access has gotten easier, thanks to three new Qatar Airways flights (in code share with Air Botswana) to Gabarone, Maun and Francistone. And new high-end lodging options include the rebuilt Sanctuary Chief’s Camp (accommodations tripled in size); the Duba Expedition Camp, where National Geographic filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert film many of their documentaries; and the Duba Plains Camp, which Losey says will be as luxurious as Zarafa.

nov 23 2015 ∞
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