In a time of global uncertainty, it is natural for human beings to want to escape. The pandemic, its financial and economic consequences, and now the international political scene have put a strain on our capacity to fight anxiety and elevated stress levels. In such consequences, it is normal to wish for a slow-down and a fresh start before the next threat appears on the horizon. If you find yourself in exactly such a state, perhaps, it is the perfect time to look at some of these dreamy getaway locations in Africa.
Xigera Safari Lodge, Masarwa, Botswana
Those of us lured by curious design projects have been waiting for this lodge to make its debut for years. Yes, we are talking about Xigera in Botswana's Okavango Delta internationally recognized for its abundance of wildlife. The camp is 95 percent solar-powered and features 12 suites, each individually furnished with indigenous elements and accessories. Throughout the site, you'll find a unique collection of African art and design created by 76 of the continent's most well-known artists. For the sophisticated souls, a tour on the delta's canals in a glass-bottom mokoro, and a sleepover in a baobab tree house are the two must-do activities while staying at this piece of paradise.
DumaTau, Linyanti, Botswana
DumaTau, by Wilderness Safaris, is a totally refurbished camp on the shore of a lagoon in northern Botswana's Linyanti Wilderness Reserve. It consists of two lodges, the main property, and Little DumaTau, and has modern tents with plunge pools, hand-painted tiles, and food prepared using locally produced ingredients. Night game drives, walking safaris, and boat tours are available to guests.
Habitas Namibia, Namibia
The Tulum resort by Habitas has already won its fair share of fervent followers. The brand is now attempting to reach a similar result for its new camp in Namibia, its flagship in Africa. The 15-room lodge is set on a private wildlife reserve that encompasses nearly 124,000 acres and is located near Windhoek airport, the country's major point of entry. Available facilities include a swimming pool, a communal dining area with a fire pit, and an outdoor movie theater at the disposal of safari visitors. Following Habitas’s unique style, the programming is innovative, reaching beyond typical game drives to incorporate sound meditation, free dance sessions, and yoga in the middle of the savanna, generously exceeding the guests’ expectations.
Angama Safari Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
If you have ever wanted to stay in a fully private camp in the middle of the African wilderness, Angama's new option is your chance to do so. The moveable tented camp, which can only be rented for exclusive use, includes four suites, each decorated with brass and leather embellishments and Maasai colors of gold, black, and red. Moreover, guests are guaranteed to receive a fair share of wildlife-spotting thrills since the camp's location changes based on where the best game-watching spots are at the moment.
Segera, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya
Another breathtaking property, Segera, is nestled in the foothills of Mount Kenya, surrounded by 50,000 acres of land teeming with animals such as lions, cheetahs, and elephants. The lodge itself is full of magnificent gardens with artworks by African artisans on display. Guests also have access to an on-site farm where the free-range cattle are raised, and the organic vegetables used in the meals are grown. The spa treatments are a wonderful way to finish a day that may have included a bushwalk, selecting fruit from the garden, planting trees, or meeting local farmers and assisting them with herding cattle. A truly rural get-away from the urban hustle!