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A to A Safaris introduces the modern Billionaire’s guide to travelling in Africa

August 28, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

A to A Safaris, Asia’s first and leading safari specialist, offers travellers advice and suggestions for exploring the top destinations in Africa at the most lavish safari camps.

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Offering luxury from start to finish, these exclusive, lodges are built with contribution to the conservation of their surroundings as a major factor. A to A Safaris promises exceptional travel experiences by using safari camps that are both created by and fit for the modern day billionaire.

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. Emphasizing a sense of space, this vast and magical landscape takes conservation as its first priority. With a maximum capacity of 30 guests, Tswalu provides ideal conditions for guests to discover the beauty of the landscape, its diverse wildlife, and the serenity of South Africa’s great wilderness, with privacy and exclusivity.

Nicky Oppenheimer is one of South Africa’s richest men and chairman of the diamond mining giant De Beers. Together with his wife Strilli, they own South Africa’s largest game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari – 100,000 hectares in the ancestral home of the San Bushman people, and are leading conservationists.

MAHALI MZURI, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Set up in collaboration with the local Maasai communities and a limited number of other tourism partners, Mahali Mzuri’s key priorities are to leave as small a footprint as possible, and to promote low density tourism, thereby creating less pressure on the environment. This camp provides travellers with a remarkable gastronomic and spa experience, allowing them to relax into the wonderful surroundings of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, one of the established conservancies in the Greater Maasai Mara ecosystem.

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ULUSABA, Sabi Sand, South Africa 

Situated at the top of a rocky mountain and elevated high above the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Ulusaba Rock Lodgepresents travellers with Mother Nature at her finest. After indulging in a wonderful game viewing experience, with sightings of the famous and majestic Big Five on offer, guests can retreat to the Aroma Boma beauty treatment centre and have the qualified therapists spoil them.

Sir Richard Branson‘s African twins:  Ulusaba camp in the world renowned Sabi Sand game reserve in South Africa and his newly opened Lodge near the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Mahali Mzuri has been set up in collaboration with the local Maasai communities. Branson’s team has been working with the Maasai since the beginning of the project to ensure their full involvement.

SEGERA, on the Laikipia Plateau, northern Kenya

A unique oasis on the serene Laikipia Plateau in northern Kenya, Segera Retreat and sculpture garden consists of six timber and thatch villas which rise above a profusion of botanical life. Their elevated wooden platforms look out over the surrounding savannah. They are equipped with swing beds that provide a perfect shady midday relaxation point as well as allowing a perfect spot for a night out under the stars, with the sounds of the Africa night in the background.

The gracious Segera House and perfectly positioned Villa Segera both boast spectacular views and even greater privacy and luxury. They are powered by solar energy and collect and recycle their water sustainably. The villas gaze out over the Laikipia Plateau and the spectacular Mount Kenya.

The owner’s remarkable African sculpture collection is on display in the botanical garden, and each villa exhibits original, individually selected artworks from a range of Africa’s most inspiring artists. 

Home to a vast array of animal, bird and plant life, the area around Segera provides an important corridor for the migration of elephant and other wide ranging species. Segera inspires and engages its guests through a unique, sustainable, private luxury experience while preserving African wildlife, African art and traditional tribal cultures.

Segera is the brainchild of superstar German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz. Chief executive of Puma, Zeitz is now chairman of its sustainable development committee.  Together with a Benedictine monk, Zeitz wrote “The Manager and the Monk”, a discourse on responsible and sustainable business. Founding his latest non-profit initiative with Sir Richard Branson, the “B Team” is currently talk of the town in global business circles.

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ODZALA, Republic of Congo

Lango and Ngaga are two environmentally minded lodges, one on the edge of the savanna and the other set deep in the rain forest. Each of them has six, elevated, luxury, tree-house suites constructed with local bamboo and decorated with designer Congolese artifacts. Taking inspiration from the designs of the local Baka Pygmy and forest dweller groups, the lodges not only demonstrate rich local culture in their design, but also contribute to the conservation of critical Central African Biodiversity.

Leather and canvas campaign furniture and wraparound terraces add creature comforts, as does the camp’s organic French cuisine and fine French wines.  But the real draw is Odzala’s unrivalled access to its wild neighbours, particularly the 20,000 resident gorillas who live in the wilds of the Congo.

Travellers can engage in tracking of habituated gorilla groups, take pirogue rides along lush river systems, go for game drives in the savannah, take night drives, walk along lush forest streams and salines, or spend time at the productive forest bais which shape this unique eco-zone.

Odzala was founded by Sabine Plattner, philanthropist, she is the wife of the co-founder of European software giant SAP. Sabine is currently busy with her latest project: to protect one of the world’s most important rainforests and to improve the lives of those living around Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), the world’s second largest expanse of tropical rainforest.

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