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How To Spend That Tax Refund – Extraordinary Journeys Curates A Collection Of Amazing Splurges In Africa

April 4, 2018 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

As the accounting world prepares for the yearly closing of the books, Extraordinary Journeys rolls out the welcome mat to discerning travelers looking to spend their much-anticipated tax refund on transformative experiences on the African continent. From family-friendly jaunts to romantic escapades and once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersions, Extraordinary Journeys’ distinctive and splurge-worthy itineraries celebrate the happiness affirming motto: “the most valuable things in life are experiences, not things.”

Extravagant East Africa: Kenya & Seychelles

North Island, Seychelles

This 12-night journey leads participants through some of Kenya’s most extraordinary areas before indulging beachside in exquisite Seychelles; it treats you to the kind of experiential, life-changing luxury that goes beyond thread count and fine dining.

Splurge: Tucked into the lush landscape of the inner Seychelles islands, North Island is home to just 11 exquisite private villas and standout service. Personal buggy, fully inclusive activity selection, access to a dedicated villa attendant or ‘experience consultant’ to help craft each day to your desires – premier luxury, stunning sea and landscape that is hard to beat. Prices for the 12-night itinerary start at $26,600 per person, sharing.

Remarkable Rwanda & Tanzania: Exploring Lush Mountains and Expansive Plains

Bisate Lodge

Spend 11 unforgettable nights discovering East Africa: from the Serengeti’s expansive plains and kopje outcroppings in Tanzania to the lush forests of Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas. This safari highlights true bucket-list wildlife encounters, exceptional destinations, and premier accommodations.

Splurge: Located a stone’s throw from Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge was created with sustainability and conservation in mind. The property spans over 60,000 acres with only six luxurious guest villas on site. Each room features a reception area, fireplace and en-suite bathroom, pairing sumptuous comfort with environmentally friendly design. For pricing information for this 11-night itinerary, contact Extraordinary Journeys at +1 (212) 226-7331 or

Ultra Luxury: Safari to Botswana

Zarafa Camp (L) and Mombo Camp (R)

This exclusive Botswana program includes some of the most luxurious properties anywhere in Africa in the best game-viewing areas in Botswana including the Selinda Reserve and the Okavango Delta.

Splurge on two camps: Mombo Camp is located in the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Reserve and provides tented accommodations with stunning scenery and superb game viewing. Situated on animal-dense Chief’s Island, Mombo has earned a reputation as one of the best Botswanan safari destinations and provides an incomparable game viewing experience. From Mombo, you can see big cats, hyenas, wild dogs, all manner of antelope, and stunning birdlife on game drives and bush walks.

Environmental innovation meets the explorer expedition tradition at Zarafa Camp – a masterpiece of four 1,000 square foot canvas suites in Botswana’s Linyanti Concession. The little touches make Zarafa so special, like the Swarovski binoculars and Canon pro cameras with 400 mm zoom lenses for you to use on your safari activities, gas fireplace for winter, or WWII crank phone for drink orders. The price for this nine-night program starts at $22,000 per person, sharing.

In their Shoes: The People and Landscapes of Kenya

Mara Plains

This 12-day expedition combines rich cultural experiences with spectacular wildlife viewing. From the grasslands and riverine forests of the Laikipia Plateau to the stark and rocky surroundings of the world’s largest alkaline lake to the hustle and bustle of Nairobi’s city center, to the splendor of the Masai Mara’s rolling savannah, this itinerary has it all.

Splurge: An intimate camp situated on the 35,000-acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara Plains offers travelers the opportunity to get out of the vehicle to experience the Mara grasslands on foot. From learning about the ecosystem’s abundant birdlife to identifying native trees and plants while tracking wildlife, travelers will receive a personal and immersive overview of the destination. Adding to the experience on the ground, guests will complete the Kenya cultural circuit with a visit to a local Maasai community where they will learn about traditional beading. The 12-day expedition starts at $13,000 per person, based on two travelers.

The Art of Travel: South Africa’s Art Scene
Singita Boulders (L) and Delaire Graff Estate (R)

From the glitter of Cape Town and the Winelands to the rugged beauty of the bush and Johannesburg’s emerging local artists, this special itinerary highlights the country’s finest properties and must-see art scenes, both classic favorites and hidden gems.

Splurge on two lodges: Singita Boulders Lodge is located on the banks of the Sand River in the Greater Kruger area. Here, the art tends toward architectural grace and natural marvels. Its 12 contemporary, glass-fronted suites all feature a double-sided fireplace, private decks and a heated plunge pool. Activities include daily game drives and guided walking or mountain bike safaris. Boulders Lodge also features a small boutique and gallery where with original treasures – from collectible sculptures, authentic carvings and jewelry created by local craftsmen, to museum quality, fine-art prints and works by some of the most respected artists on the continent, to home-ware and furnishings – gathered from all corners of the African continent.

Delaire Graff Estate is located on the stunning Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Graff is a well-recognized brand of luxury goods, clothing and jewelry and the estate is a beautiful reflection of that brand. Landscaped gardens lead up to the main areas and the spa, an elegant statement in stone glass that exudes an air of tranquility and rest. Delaire Graff provides its own bikes for Winelands tours and extensive tracks for walking, running and mountain biking on the estate. Additionally, guests if Delaire Graff have exclusive access to Laurence Graff’s personal art collection on display at the property. The ten-night itinerary starts at $10,600 per person based on two travelers.

Zambia: Active & Authentic Safari

Sausage Tree

This nine-night Zambia journey takes travelers off the beaten path and into some of the country’s most beautiful locales. Guests will begin the adventure with a visit to Victoria Falls, followed by a Lower Zambezi National Park, and ending with a stop at the six-chalet Tafika Camp in South Luangwa National Park.

Splurge: Sausage Tree takes explorers off the map in Zambia for a true bush experience. The property is romantic and intimate with Bedouin-style tents with clean lines and elegant décor. For exploring the Lower Zambezi, Sausage Tree is the perfect indulgence with excellent game-viewing and adventure activities canoe trips along the Chifungulu River. Pricing for this nine-night itinerary starts at $10,900 per person sharing.

Luxe Tanzania: Exploring in Style

Mwiba Lodge

Tanzania is a beautiful country of diverse landscapes ranging from majestic mountain peaks, to sugar white sand beaches and endless stretches of open plains, famously inhabited by the herds of the great migration. This natural wonderland is perfectly complemented by some of the most luxe accommodations and experiences on the continent. On this 10-night adventure, guests will begin at the intimate Mwiba Lodge reserve before experiencing the rustic opulence of the Grumeti Reserve’s Sabora Tented Camp. The Tanzania adventure will conclude with a stay at Chem Chem Lodge on the eastern edge of Lake Manyara, where a scenic helicopter flight over the Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Natron and its colorful flamingo.

Splurge: Mwiba Lodge is situated overlooking a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River and nestled amongst massive boulders and acacia trees. Being in its own concession, Mwiba offers guests expertly-guided game drives off-road or at night, virtually guaranteeing more wildlife sightings than other vehicles in the area. Mwiba’s eight canvas tents are invisible to one another, giving the guests privacy. Its en-suite bathrooms boast large tubs and both indoor and outdoor showers. The lodge’s infinity pool overlooks three springs where guests are encouraged to relax in…

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