Mapula Lodge lies on the northern fringes of the Okavango Delta in a private 12 000 hectare concession. The lodge is located on a large tree island surrounded by seasonal floodplains.
This laid back camp overlooks a reed-fringed lagoon, home to a resident pod of hippos set within an iconic Delta landscape, and a magical environment in which to enjoy the abundance of wildlife.
Built on stilts and crafted from canvas and wood, 9 chalets (including 1 family unit) enjoy private decks and glorious views over the lagoon. Comfortably appointed and with a natural ethnic flavour each has an indoor and outdoor shower. Mapula is a relaxed, unpretentious lodge which blends seamlessly into the surrounds. The open-sided lounge, dining area and deck ensures guests have a true communion with nature, complete with the sounds and scents of the Delta.
In 2018 this is one to watch as it was brought under the management of Uncharted Africa who are well known for their standards and style.
Victoria Falls River Lodge
Victoria Falls River Lodge is located within the Zambezi National Park, with luxury tents dotted along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
Although a quiet riverside setting, it is still close to Victoria Falls and the key activities and sights. Well-spaced and air-conditioned, the 13 luxurious tents are constructed of canvas, glass and wood and boast uninterrupted panoramas of river and natural bush. Each extends out to a private deck and plunge pools. Stylish and spacious, the rooms enjoy an interesting fusion of European and African décor, with clean lines and a fresh, earthy feel. Five of the tents are family-friendly and have an alcove with 2 bunk beds and a single bed.
Watch out for game and the prolific birdlife from the main lodge or cool off in the rim-flow, infinity pool between daily river cruises and exciting game drives. The lodge provides a complimentary transfer to Victoria Falls and optional extra canoeing trips, fishing and walking safaris may be arranged at an additional charge. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing treatment in the luxurious Riverside Spa.
Victoria Falls River Lodge
Capturing the romance of a bygone era, Rovos Rail immerses travellers in colonial indulgence, while the beauty of Southern Africa unfolds before their eyes.
The meticulously restored “Pride of Africa” trains can accommodate up to 72 guests in 36 superbly appointed Suites. Period decor and tasteful finishes offer en-suite luxury, and the spacious Royal Suites boast a Victorian bath from which to watch the world go by. Attentive butler service and modern conveniences (personal safes, air-conditioning and a bar and fridge) ensure guests are comfortable at all times.
Excellent cuisine is paired with fine wines and beautifully presented in the signature dining car – the atmosphere of grandeur and tradition suitably complemented by the transitory landscape. The train’s sedate pace allows stops for professionally operated walks, game drives and tours. Routing destinations include Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Victoria Falls, Namibia and Dar es Salaam, with a focus on scenery, golfing, animals and history, depending on the route chosen.