UP CLOSE WITH THE PREDATORS
Before dusk settles in, you’ll follow your guide and line up in the water to watch more of the predators’ hunt (think dolphins, gannets and whales). For those who love diving, get kitted up and dive with the ragged tooth sharks for a truly amazing experience.
Then, head back to your accommodation to warm up. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in your suite’s private plunge pool before a gourmet dinner overlooking the spectacular Chintsa Bay. Before the next leg of your South African experience, you’ll have one full day at the lodge so make the most of the brilliant spa facilities.
The second part of your holiday begins with a unique and luxurious stay in the Kalahari Desert area of South Africa. Staying at Tswalu Motse, you’ll have access to one of southern Africa’s last remaining wilderness areas. The reserve is characterised by dramatic landscapes (think savannah grasslands, red dunes and ancient mountains), and you’ll be exploring it all.
The variety of habitat and climate here means that there’s an incredibly diverse animal population. With over 80 species of mammals and 240 species of birds, you’ll discover it all at your own pace with exclusive use of a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker. From the landmark Korannaberg mountains to the southern Kalahari’s typical arid savannah and iconic ochre dunes rippling away to the horizon, your days here are unscripted and easy-going.
This is no ordinary safari, and you won’t see the typical Big Five here (they couldn’t survive the extremes). Instead, you’ll spot black-maned lions and rare desert rhino as well as the elusive five: pangolin and brown hyena, aardvark, aardwolf and bat-eared fox.
Head out early morning or late afternoon when the creatures are most active for some incredible sightings. Spend a late-winter afternoon watching aardvark above ground foraging for termites, the open expanses making it easier to spy these locals. Head out on a bush walk or horseback safari or, for a different perspective, take to the skies in a helicopter to view the unique landscape down below and hop between nearby points of interest and historical landmarks.