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Cape Town, Okavango Delta, and Selinda Reserve? Yes, please! 

BY JEN MURPHY

Established in the U.S. more than 40 years ago, African Travel, Inc. is one of the foremost experts when it comes to organizing bush, beach, and city escapes. Here are three not-to-miss highlights in Southern Africa.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town’s art scene has made it much more than a stop-over city for safari goers. Culture connoisseurs now flock here to visit the newly opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and to visit appointment-only artist studios. The Ellerman House offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head in the swanky neighborhood of Bantry Bay, and lets guests feel like they’re staying in a private museum. The hotel’s resident art guide, Talia Swarts, leads tours of the nearly 100-work collection of South African art, which spans original works from the turn of the century to current contemporary pieces. She also takes guests on insider tours to Cape Town’s top art galleries.

“Four exquisite tented villas are outfitted with copper-claw foot tubs, gas fireplaces, and professional Canon cameras.”

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Jeep 4×4 safaris aren’t the only way to see Africa’s wildlife. Mokoros, or traditional dugout canoes, are the safari mode of choice in Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. Set in the heart of the UNESCO wetlands, Belmond Safaris’ Eagle Island Lodge dates back to the 1900s, when intrepid explorers and croc hunters first flocked to the delta. Recently reimagined into a luxe base with 12 tented rooms, the lodge provides a truly unique safari experience. Guided mokoro excursions explore the surrounding shallow waterways, giving guests an incredible vantage point to observe hippo, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, and crocodiles as they glide silently through the waters. Fishermen will be in heaven as these waters are rich with tilapia, African pike, and catfish.

SELINDA RESERVE, BOTSWANA

Botswana’s first Relais & Chateaux property Zarafa Camp, is also one of the continent’s greenest stays. The brainchild of the founders of Great Plains Conservation makes use of a revolutionary 150-panel solar farm that can produce enough electricity to run the camp during daylight hours. Only recycled hardwoods and canvas are used to construct the four exquisite tented villas, which are outfitted with copper-claw foot tubs, gas fireplaces, and professional Canon cameras for capturing shots of the resident elephants. The camp’s thoughtful amenities and eco-sensitivities are complemented by its incredible location on the private Selinda Reserve, the crossroads of some of northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas.


Impact Zone: African Travel, Inc. is a leader in sustainable travel. Herewith, its most powerful initiatives.

COMMITTED to eliminating all avoidable single-use plastics by 2022.

Provides guests opportunities to VOLUNTEER, including assisting at a medical clinic or making crafts with disadvantaged school children.

Active partner of the not-for-profit TREADRIGHT Foundation’s 50-plus sustainability initiatives.

Supports EKHAYA EKASI “Home in the Hood” Art Education Centre run by Uthando, a non-profit that raises funds for community development projects in South Africa.

Directly supports organizations such as SAVE THE RHINO INTERNATIONAL and Rhino Force.


Southern Africa reveals something new with every trip. Visit our website and enter OFFER M18713 to start planning.

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