RARE WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
And if one endangered species wasn’t enough, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in a privately guided pangolin research and monitoring experience. As one of the most trafficked mammals in the world, you’ll work with a researcher as he locates one of the pangolins, does a general health check and downloads critical research data from each animal’s tag.
And while you’re not out assisting critical conservation work, Phinda Rock Lodge has some other excellent experiences for you to enjoy. The diverse ecosystem is home to an equally diverse array of wildlife (think cheetah, suni and red duiker), and there are a whole host of ways to get out there and experience it all. You’ve ticked off 4×4 in your rhino conservation experience, so spend a leisurely morning on a walking safari. Take it easy and connect with the African bush as you walk in the footsteps of zebra and learn about the stories behind animal tracks, or crank the adrenaline up a notch as you go searching for the Big Five.
After a busy day out in the bush, come back to your suite to relax. Spend time in your private plunge pool overlooking leopard rock, or sit on your viewing deck and sight some of the abundant birdlife in the surrounding trees and the wildlife below. You’ll feel fully immersed in nature as you wake up to native birdsong and close the day dining alfresco under the South African stars.
The first part of your African adventure has been full-on, so you’ll spend the second half relaxing at the aptly named Kisawa Sanctuary. Located on Benguerra Island in Mozambique, a destination famed for diving and snorkelling home to some of the world’s finest coral reefs, this 300-hectacre sanctuary has some of the richest and least explored subtropical ecosystems in the Indian Ocean.
Kisawa is the world’s first 3D-printed resort, but you wouldn’t know it (everything fits harmoniously into the natural surrounds and is completed with furnishings and decor from local artisans). During your stay here, you’ll have access to their 24/7 personal service team plus a colourful fleet of electric Mini Mokes so your days will be intuitive and self-directed. You’ll have complete privacy within your bungalow and its surroundings, so adventure at your own pace. Relax on the private beaches, dive in secluded and protected areas or enjoy the taste of Mozambique flavours in the restaurants.