Christmas! For some it will evoke visions of home comforts, bubbly beverages and pine needles covering the living room floor. For others, Christmas is a time to travel. Whether that means travelling to warmer or colder climates, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to take a much-needed vacation.
At Sanctuary Retreats, we are firm fans of Christmas travel and here are some of our favourite ideas for making thus Yuletide an unforgettable one.
The Christmas period is a great time to discover Africa’s rich tapestry of wildlife on an epic safari. Imagine having Christmas lunch with a trio of elephants at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, or spying a mother leopard with her young at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge. Alternatively head out on a Kenya safari where you can watch the Great Migration, including many new-born animals and exciting kills. For something truly unique, an once-in-a-lifetime mountain gorilla trekking experience in Uganda is simply unmissable.
The allure of an African vacation doesn’t just stop at the wildlife. Many of our safari lodges and camps take this season as a chance to show off their romantic side, decorating the grounds with flickering fairy lights, lanterns and candles. This is the perfect opportunity to try out Sanctuary Baines’ Camp’s sumptuous star bath or star bed. For the more adventurous, imagine waking up on Christmas morning surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the South African bush after spending the night on Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge’s secluded sleep out hide.
If you find yourself bored to tears by the usual festivities, savour the unexpected as you celebrate Christmas with Sanctuary Retreats. Instead of waiting for Santa to slip down the chimney, what better way to experience the joy of Christmas than exchanging sighting stories around a bush campfire with a G&T in hand; or aboard a river cruise past ancient monuments in Egypt; or a boat safari along the Zambezi River? If you yearn for a twist on the traditional Christmas, how about singing Christmas carols with the locals in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley?
Home away from Home
Our staff have had years of experience making our guests feel at home, no matter what the time of year. Expect them to treat you like family from the moment you step into a Sanctuary Retreats property or ship. While we can all suffer a little home-sickness at Christmas, our staff will do their very best to keep it from dampening your mood too much. Whether that means treating you to a Christmas dinner your grandmother would be proud of, or leaving thoughtful gifts for you in the morning, expect to finish your stay with us feeling as though you’re part of the Sanctuary Retreats family.
Gaining New Perspectives
Spending Christmas abroad gives you an opportunity to explore new and exciting parts of the world, while also offering you the chance to gain new perspectives. Visit the rural village of Sin Kyun in Myanmar or swap presents with the local Batwa people in Uganda to get a taste of our philanthropic activities. Alternatively, join our staff at Sussi & Chuma and their families to sing Christmas carols by candle light on Christmas Eve. There is no better way to discover the kindness of a new culture than during the Christmas period.