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July 21, 2011

Summer Travel Update: Top 5 Safari Hotspots

St Barths? Your spring fling was fun while it lasted… Ibiza? The crowds are still chanting your name…  Looking for one last fabulous trip to take your summer travels to a whole new level of wild? The exotic deserts and lush plains of Africa await! Read on as the experts at Asia to Africa give us their insider tips on the Top 5 Summer Safari Hotspots.

Summer Travel Update: Top 5 Safari HotspotsSossusvlei, Namibia
Known for: it’s spectacular red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the turquoise blue sky.
Top Camp: Little Kulala, a luxurious desert retreat of 11-thatched villas, which blend seamlessly into the desert landscape of the 37,000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, each with a private plunge pool and a rooftop ‘skybed’ for stargazing.
Unmissable Experience:  Taking a Hot Air Balloon Ride over the world’s oldest sand dunes and indulging in a luxurious champagne breakfast right after landing.

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Known for: in the midst of the Kalahari Desert’s sands, this is Africa’s largest and most beautiful oasis.
Top Camp: Mombo, located on the northern tip of Chief’s Island within the Moremi Game Reserve, Mombo Camp features nine spacious rustic-chic tents raised two meters from the ground, overlooking the floodplains which teem with wildlife all year round.
Unmissable Experience: Day and Night Game Drives in what is probably the most game-rich area in the whole of Africa, where you can expect to see lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, white rhinos, southern giraffes, blue wildebeest and zebra along with a staggering variety of flora and fauna.

Northern Serengeti, Tanzania
Known for: vast open grasslands hosting the largest concentration of wildlife in the world and being home to one of the wonders of the natural world, the Great Migration.
Top Camp: Lamai Serengeti, located in the remote far northern sector of the Serengeti National Park, the Main Lodge of 8 rooms and smaller Private Lodge of 4 rooms are tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje offering an unparalleled close-up view of the wildebeests crossing the Mara River.
Unmissable Experience: Witnessing the legendary River Crossing, think: thundering hooves flanked by the hungry jaws of hundreds of Nile Crocodiles.

Kafue National Park, Zambia
Known for: a landscape that is remote, wild and diverse, with vast tracts of pristine wilderness.
Top Camp: Shumba, located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, accommodates a maximum of 12-guests in six raised luxury safari tents. An elevated dining area is a perfect vantage point for spectacular sunrises while your breakfast is cooked over an open fire.
Unmissable Experience:  Taking a helicopter over the Busanga Plains, sweeping over huge herds of antelope and buffalo and spotting the occasional predator from the air!

Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Known for: endless vistas, amazing wildlife viewing, superb safari camps and cultural experiences with the native Maasai people.
Top Camp: Mara Plains, located on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in the 30,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy, this is one of the smallest and most personal camps in the Masai Mara region, with just seven-rooms under canvas on raised decks with leopards regularly wandering through the camp and cheetah having established territories on the nearby savannah.
Unmissable Experience:  After a game drive through one of the greatest wildlife destinations on the continent, embark on an authentic visit to a local Maasai Village.

C’mon, go wild!

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