Luxury travel operator Sanctuary Retreats’ camps, lodges and cruises provide an entrée into some of the world’s most captivating cultures, creatures and countries. So whether you’re keen to intersperse your well-earned rest and relaxation with rewarding experiences or you are keen to dial up the adventure dimension, here are five of Sanctuary Retreats’ favourite ways to lose yourself in the moment.
BRAVE A DIP IN DEVIL’S POOL, ZAMBIA
For those keen to experience a different view of one of the seven natural wonders of the world, a swim to Devil’s Pool is sure to make a splash. This natural rock pool – by the edge of Victoria Falls on Livingstone Island – is safely accessible during the low-water months, from mid-August. With a bird’s eye view of the water crashing 103m below, don’t miss the chance to float towards the edge of the falls and swim in the ultimate infinity pool.
A dip in Devil’s Pool is one of the many experiences on offer for guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma.
SLEEP WILD BENEATH THE AFRICAN SKY, SOUTH AFRICA
Deep in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, Sanctuary Makanyane’s secluded hideout offers guests a romantic night out with a difference. Overlooking a waterhole and with spectacular views across the African plains, its double-story luxury sleeping deck gives intrepid holidaymakers the chance to fall asleep under a canopy of stars to the sounds of the bush lullaby and experience an unforgettable brush with nature.
BALLOON RIDE OVER BAGAN, MYANMAR
With over 2,000 Buddhist shrines sprinkled across 26 square miles, there is no better way to enjoy the majesty of Bagan’s ancient temple complex than from the sky. Taking off at dawn, you’ll drift effortlessly through time on a sunrise balloon ride and gaze down on more than 1500 years of history, all against the sublime backdrop of the Irrawaddy River and the Pegu mountains.
A balloon ride above Bagan can be taken by guests travelling aboard luxury river cruise ship, Sanctuary Ananda.
BECOME MATES WITH A PRIMATE, UGANDA
Venture on foot into the atmospheric Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for a chance to come face to face with the endangered mountain gorillas who call this UNESCO World Heritage Site home. The elusive species here – including the mighty silverbacks – account for half the world’s remaining gorilla population, ensuring this interactive guided trek through their natural habitat could turn into the wildlife adventure of a lifetime.
Tucked away on a on a flat ridge deep within the Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is an ideal base for encounters with Bwindi’s mountain gorillas. This exclusive luxury camp comprising just eight tents is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location, it is the perfect base for a once in a lifetime trip to track mountain gorillas – and to truly leave the mundaneness of everyday life far behind.
CANOE THROUGH THE OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
A floating alternative to the game drive, three of Sanctuary Retreats’ Botswanan camps offer guests the chance to take to the waterways on a traditional dugout canoe. Still used by today’s river bushmen, these mokoros glide through the labyrinth of lagoons and track down the local game from a different angle. From here you’ll see the buffalo drinking from the river, look for sunbathing crocodiles and watch out for wallowing hippos.