Richard Hass-Winkelman, Author at Great Safaris

Kati Kati Tented Camp, Serengeti

A mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, Kati Kati is strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The solar powered camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge and Grumeti River.

The tents at Kati Kati, while reasonably simple, are spacious and comfortable, allowing you to enjoy the experience of sleeping under canvas in the heart of the Serengeti. The tents and furnishings are khaki colored in order to blend in with the natural surroundings, with plastic windows allowing plenty of natural light while keeping mosquitos at bay. Each tent comes complete with either one king sized bed or two twin beds, each tent also has its own en suite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin and safari shower to the back, as well as a small shaded veranda at the front. Lighting is solar powered.

Food is served under canvas in the central mess tent and is eaten communally. Despite being located in the middle of the Serengeti, Kati Kati’s chefs provide wholesome and hearty meals with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, much of which has been sourced from the gardens of the camp’s sister properties in the nearby Ngorongoro highlands. Before dinner, guests can gather around the campfire for appetizers and snacks.

Lake Burunge Tented Lodge, Tarangire

Situated on the shores of Lake Burunge and located in the migratory corridor of Manyara and Tarangire, Lake Burunge Tented Camp is only 20-minute drive away from Tarangire National Park.

The camp has twenty thatched guest rooms and pleasant elevated public areas. Lake Burunge Tented Lodge consists of 20 Luxury Tents and 10 Lodge Rooms nestled in a shady bush land grove, with spectacular views onto Lake Burunge. All rooms at Lake Burunge offer large beds with mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with built in showers, private verandas and views of Tarangire National Park and Lake Burunge. Since tap-water is piped from the lake, you are advised that it is neither for drinking nor tooth-brushing; bottled water is supplied for this purpose.

The lodge offers both refreshing outdoor and cosy indoor dining. Food is simple and abundant, a combination of European and local dishes. The latter are tasty, spicy and naturally adapted to the climate.  All ingredients are produced in local communities and are fresh, usually organically grown. Buffet meals are served in the dining room, or you may dine on your own verandah or take picnics by arrangement. The main building offers a central lounge and bar/dining area built on a raised wooden deck.

Lake Burunge Tented Lodge offers unrivalled opportunities to experience close quarters with native wildlife, from dik-diks bounding on the hillside and geckos frolicking in your thatch, to thousands of birds flitting through the trees, fighting for insects around the camp and serenading you throughout the life-throbbing African night.

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp, Lake Manyara

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp is located just outside the Park on the northern shore of Lake Manyara, with spectacular views of the steep 1,950 foot high Great Rift Valley escarpment and beautiful sunsets to the west.

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp offers comfortable accommodations while remaining true to the natural element of the safari experience. The camp comprises of ten canvas tented lodgings and sixteen self-contained cottages, all with deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include rainfall showerheads, coffee makers and private balconies or patios overlooking the real Africa, majestic, unfiltered and unadorned.

The thatched double-storey main lodge houses the restaurant, bar and upstairs lounge, all with views across the floodplain. The restaurant serves continental classics and contemporary Indian and traditional dishes with vegetables and herbs grown from the local villages. Meals can be served in the restaurant dining room, the garden next to the pool, or the upstairs lounge.

An infinity pool in front of the lodge shares the view and is a wonderful place to cool down after a hot day viewing game in the park. If you want to catch up on news or sport, there is a flatscreen TV in the upstairs lounge. A cold cocktail in the informal lounge or outside next to the pool, is a perfect way watch the sun set on another spectacular day in Africa.

The Last Word, Franschhoek

An intimate, five-star hotel of just 10 guestrooms and suites in the heart Franschhoek, the French corner of the Cape Winelands, The Last Word Franschhoek is best described as elegant and contemporary in style. The 8 Superior Double Room offers 45 square metres of floor space, sufficiently spacious for a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a chaise longue at the foot of the bed/s, a separate seating area, and ample storage space. En-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins with mirror over, and bathtub with shower attachment. Additional amenities include air conditioning, under-floor heating, heated towel rails, telephone, flatscreen satellite television, DVD player, bedside alarm clocks, tea-and-coffee tray, port/sherry decanter, safe, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, shaving points, robes, and slippers.

The common areas include the pleasant lounge, in which plush sofas and armchairs surround coffee tables and ottomans, all under the twinkling lights of a chandelier. The breakfast room features chic individual tables-and-chairs, laid in readiness for your first meal of the day. This can be the setting for lunches and dinners too, but most guests prefer to venture out to enjoy the amazing experience of fine dining in Franschhoek! A small bar within the hotel serves a good range of drinks, and you can request spa treatments such as massages within your own room or suite. The gorgeous gardens also promote relaxation, with their fragrant roses and bougainvilleas – and of course the solar-heated swimming pool!

 

Dulini Leadwood Lodge, Kruger Park

Leadwood captivates its guests by taking deep root in their hearts, much like the ancient trees after which the Lodge is named. Leadwood Lodge is the ultimate safari choice for discerning travellers in search of luxurious exclusivity and solitude. Tucked secretively into the lush elbow where the Mabrak and Sand rivers confluence, four Leadwood suites whisper of lavish luxury, designed with crushed stone, raw cement, rough granite and glass with air conditioning, fireplace, sitting room, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private  eternity-edge pool with a wrap-around deck.

The contemporary elegance of the Leadwood suites is complemented by the chic attention of personal butlers, and the exclusivity of the experience. Meals are sometimes served at separate tables in conventional restaurant style, whilst at other times a single large dining table is used, usually hosted by managers and guides. Private tables and special meals can usually be accommodated. Bush meals, picnics and sundowner drinks are also a possibility.

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, Franschhoek

Just under 1,000 ft  from the Franschhoek monument, in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Akademie Street Boutique Hotel offers luxurious suites and traditional cottages, some with their own private swimming pools. All of the accommodation at Akademie Street is set in lush gardens and many have views of the mountains of the Cape Winelands. Each suite or cottage has its own theme and the property boasts with wood fired hot tubs and fragrant landscaped gardens. Gelatenheid, Oortuiging and Vreugde each have their own sun-kissed swimming pool and shady, private garden.

A full English breakfast is served each morning.  Since Franschhoek is considered the gourmet capital of South Africa, your lunch and dinner should be enjoyed at any one of the award-winning restaurants in town, complimented of course by local wines from the nearby estates. The hotel’s concierge desk is open 24/7 to help you with restaurants, wine tours, hikes and advice on what to see and do.

Villa Santorini, Mozambique

Nestled above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay in Vilanculos, Villa Santorini Mozambique is like a small Greek village in the heart of a raw African landscape – a magical combination. The main villa is your home away from home and offers guests the choice of two swimming pools, a snug lounge, snack kitchen and many private terraces and smaller annexes that are ideal for private dining by candlelight.

There are five individually named suites in the main villa and views of the Bazaruto Archipelago are visible from the rooms. All the rooms are light and airy and decorated in nautical tones with large, comfortable beds, modern bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, standalone bathtubs and private terraces with loungers where you can enjoy the sweeping sea views. Rooms include air conditioning and fans, iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi access and private room safe.

The white sandy beach below is a short walk down wooden steps where you can laze on bean bags under your private thatched beach banda or take out a kayak or paddle board into the ocean. Explore, island hop, snorkel, laze in the warm Indian ocean or around the courtyard pool.

Mont D’Or, Franschhoek

Mont d’Or Franschhoek is in the center of the historic picturesque town of Franschhoek, surrounded by beautiful scenery within the Cape Winelands.

This beautifully renovated boutique hotel has eleven air-conditioned en-suite rooms, each decorated emitting its own unique character. Each room has a choice of satellite TV channels, complimentary Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridges (which can be stocked upon request) and a safe for peace of mind. Each decorated in a rustic, yet charming, luxurious style. Breakfast is served on the veranda, prepared using only the finest local ingredients.

The in-house Mont d’Or spa will offer you a chance to fully unwind with a choice of treatments. A welcoming home lounge area, a garden with a pool and sun loungers, perfect for enjoying a relaxing afternoon in the African sun.

Walking distance to a wide selection of restaurants and wine tasting venues many with a French feel reflecting the influences of the French in the area. Only a few minutes walk to an array of up-market boutique shops, chocolatiers, art galleries, museums and historic monuments.

Hoanib Valley Camp, Kaokaland

Hoanib Valley Camp is located in the Sesfontein Community Conservancy, set back in a hidden valley and surrounded by a range of jagged mountains, just outside the private Palmwag Concession.

Hoanib Valley’s six guest tents blend almost perfectly into the rugged environment. The colours, textures and patterns are inspired by the experience of the Hoanib; the rich ochre of the dunes, the geometric patterns of the Himba people and, of course, the giraffe that inspired the project. True to the ethos of Natural Selection, they’ve sourced materials locally, and you’ll find furniture shaped by the local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers, and baskets weaved by the people of the Omba Project in Windhoek.

The whole camp is a clean and green sort of place, leaving virtually no footprint on this fragile eco-system. It’s entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum, and the tents sit on decks made of a wood, bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite.The area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime.

Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Ten guest rooms are available here – eight standards and two for families. Inspired by the shipwrecks lining Skeleton Coast, this is absolutely stunning accommodation! Each unit is constructed from wood and glass, featuring details such as beams and portholes. Appropriately, there’s a deck, set with chairs and a small table. A timber-framed glass door leads into the room, which in the case of a standard includes a double bed or twin beds with lighting over, bedside tables, a seating area, and a tea-and-coffee station. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and shower. Each family room benefits from all these amenities, in addition to sleeping space for a maximum of two children. And all rooms boast a wood-burning stove, perfect for keeping cozy!

The design of the communal structure at Shipwreck Lodge also owes much to the property’s surroundings. Another timber-and-glass build, it too has a deck where guests can relax and admire the spectacular scenery! Inside, there’s a lavish lounge, featuring armchairs, sofas, and even a swing seat, all with sumptuous throws. A wood-burning stove adds to the warmth of this space, while a sand-colored floor and a classic explorer’s chest continue the national park theme. In the lodge’s dining area, chic wooden separate tables and chairs beneath elegant lighting provide the setting for delicious meals. The adjacent bar is well stocked, and the chunkiness of its fittings lends an attractive ship’s cabin feel! Outside, there’s a swimming pool.

Activities on offer during your two days here include game drives, sundowner drives, 4×4 excursions, and shipwreck visits – a great range of things to do.  Game drives take place within the national park, and among the rolling dunes you can look out for species such as desert-adapted lion, black rhino, elephant, brown hyena, baboon, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, and black-faced impala. Towards the ocean, there are large colonies of beautiful Cape fur seals! Keen birders enjoy spotting skuas and jaegers here, with Rüppell’s bustard and Benguela long-billed larks sometimes appearing farther inland.

 

 

Kwessi Dunes Camp, Namibrand Reserve

At Kwessi Dunes, you’ll find 12 cool and comfortable (and air-conditioned) chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs.  In the bedrooms, you can expect vintage four-poster beds, striped canvas walls and a separate ‘star gazer’ room that’s completely open to the sky for maximum galaxy-gazing as you fall asleep. Each bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers and a shaded, outdoor veranda. High thatched roofs will keep you cool during the hot desert days (and nights!) and you’ll be pleased to hear that the bedrooms are air conditioned too.

The view from the lodge is spectacular and the glass windows and doors at the main area look out onto the undulating sand that only ends when it meets the mountains, far in the distance. Inside, there’s a well-stocked bar, library area and several seating and dining areas. When the sun rises in the morning, head to the camp fire for a morning cuppa, while in the heat of the day, the swimming pool is the only place to be. Enjoy quad biking, scenic drives and walks and day trips to Sossusvlei.  Hot air ballooning and helicopter flights are available at additional cost.

 

Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

 

Perfectly situated between Nairobi’s two airports, The Tamarind Tree Hotel is a modern concept hotel, imbued with an African flavor which incorporates innovative features to suit the needs of the business and leisure traveler. The 160 rooms have all the amenities of a modern hotel: spacious rooms, excellent free wi-fi, satellite TV, a rain shower in a separate cubicle, hair dryer, air conditioning and complimentary tea and coffee.

 

Other hotel facilities include the Duka Coffee Shop where tea, coffee and fresh and healthy snacks can be enjoyed; the Dawa Lounge, which offers the perfect spot for afternoon tea or cocktails in the evening; the Tamambo Restaurant where guests can dine in the evening and take breakfast in the morning, and a heated swimming pool for those who have a little extra time to relax in the afternoons.

 

Ilburo Safari Lodge, Arusha

 

 

Ilboru Safari Lodge has been welcoming guests to Tanzania for seventeen years. Nestled on the lower slopes of majestic Mt. Meru, the legendary Ilboru Safari Lodge is ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Kilimanjaro Airport. Providing simple comforts and fine hospitality – crisp white linen, extra pillows, fluffy towels, a desk to write in your journal – Ilburo is everything to make our sanctuary your home.

 

Ilburo has forty-eight cottages in which to accommodate our guests ~ single, double, twin, triple and family rooms. Four cottages are in the main building, close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the double cottages are situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds. Complimentary wi-fi is available in the main areas of the lounge, reception, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool as well as the conference center.

 

The lodge restaurant is a favorite with locals as well as guests and serves three meals daily offering a seasonally adapted menu featuring fresh produce from the surrounding local farms on Mt Meru.

One Nature Nyaruswiga Lodge, Serengeti

One Nature Nyaruswiga, Serengeti is a luxurious safari camp, perfectly situated at the heart of Central Serengeti, surrounded by breath-taking views of endless plains and embraced by the majestic Nyaruswiga Hills. This unique destination provides an incredibly rich diversity of resident wildlife and an almost surreal backdrop for the millions of migrating animals that pass through its plains year after year.

Each of One Nature Nyaruswiga’s fourteen (14) tented suites is propped up by poles made from solid African Eucalyptus wood and capped with the most elegant brass crown befitting royalty. The canvas tents were designed using only eco-friendly material and FSC-certified hardwood. The suite is adorned with handcrafted furniture and an elegant silver chandelier, an emperor sized plantation teak bed, private bar, and a wood burning stove.  The ensuite facilities include a bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower.

The common area is where guests are welcomed to the camp, and the perfect place to unwind, take in the beauty of your surroundings and enjoy some light entertainment with your own company or that of newfound friends. The lounge is uniquely fitted with solid European Oak flooring, exquisitely designed with interiors that reflect both comfort and luxury, and meticulously furnished with several clusters of designer brands and custom crafted indoor lounge sets. Here, you will also find the camp’s well-stocked Bar, where you can partake your drink of choice from a selection of the world’s finest and premium liquor and wine, or signature cocktails concocted specially for One Nature by our top mixologist. 

All the culinary creations that come from their kitchen meticulously prepared.  The menu includes international cuisine and Signature African dishes infused with Tanzanian herbs and spices. Bread and pastries are baked fresh for every meal and served straight from the oven. The fresh produce is all grown and harvested from local farms and villages, which help provide their neighbors with a constant and sustainable source of livelihood.

One Nature is inspired by a driving passion to make a difference. This ethos is embodied in our corporate slogan “One People. One Planet. One Nature.”

Mbali Mbali Soroi Lodge, Serengeti

Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti is set high on a natural plateau with endless views of the Musabi Plains in the Western Corridor of the iconic Serengeti National Park. The architecture, design and modern decor of the twenty thatched safari rooms include hardwood floors, four poster king or twin beds, mosquito nets, ensuite facilities and a  verandah having an outdoor bath and shower

The three-tier main building uses tradition grass thatching on the roof to blend in with the landscape. You will find a relaxing lounge that has plenty of seating for all and allows for more of an open-air environment. Enjoy delicious meals within the dining area inspired by African culture, or enjoy a drink at the bar. All around the lodge are exquisite game-viewing decks, so you will never miss an opportunity to see the vast array of wildlife that also call this area their home. If you are looking for some authentic trinkets to take home with you, the gift shop carries handmade items from the families of the nearby villages.  The infinity pool will ensure you also have some relation between the thrill of wildlife viewing .

Kahawa House Lodge, Arusha

Set on a coffee plantation along the western edge of Arusha, Kahawa House Lodge is only 2.5 miles from Arusha Airport. Twenty-eight rooms are spread over four two-storey buildings and include premium bedding, internal phone, mineral water,and mosquito nets, fan, tea and coffee facilities. En suite bathrooms feature either bathtub or shower and a supply of complimentary toiletries.

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The main building is an elegantly designed two-storey structure which houses a lounge, restaurant and a large terrace boasting views of the garden and swimming pool.  Guests have a large choice of food prepared with organic vegetables and fruits from local farms in the Ngorongoro Highlands.  Organic coffee and a selection of teas and homemade cakes are available in the main building.

Peermont D’Oreale Grande, Johannesburg

The Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel offers a matchless regal experience enhanced by superior levels of service and guest relations.With 182 beautifully designed and impeccably appointed soundproofed rooms and suites that are fitted with plush, state-of-theart indulgences, the hotel’s comfort levels are enhanced by superior levels of service and guest relations..  All rooms incorporate air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) featuring non-allergenic eco-friendly king-size bed, a writing desk, easy chair and marble topped coffee table. For ultimate convenience guests will find a Business Panel of electric and telecomms points and direct dial telephones. The en-suite bathroom has a shower over the bath and a spacious vanity.

Dine in Aurelia’s restaurant, indulge your senses at Octavia’s Sensorium Day Spa or sip a cocktail while watching the African sunset at Neptune’s Pool Bar at the spectacular pool terrace with its Roman water fountain cascading into clear waters. The luxurious, world-class Octavia’s Sensorium Day Spa will indulge you beyond your expectations.

As part of Emperors Palace Entertainment and Resort Complex, less than 2 miles from the airport, you can indulge your senses with the wide variety of global culinary options ranging from contemporary Asian to classic Mediterranean, chic cocktail bars, relaxed family eateries, and even convenient fast-food franchises. If entertainment is what you seek, Emperors Palace showcases local as well as international acts, shows, productions and musicals in its numerous world-class entertainment venues. The Palace of Dreams provides children’s facilities as well as an astonishing Nu Metro Digital 3D movie theatre complex.

Peermont Mondior Hotel, Johannesburg

Enjoy elegance at the 4-star Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace.  The hotel features 150 spacious rooms and suites furnished in contemporary African elegance and fitted with cutting-edge technology. The hotel 150 spacious rooms  are all fitted with cutting-edge technology and furnished in an elegant and contemporary African style.  All rooms are air conditioned with a bath or shower en-suite, TV with local radio stations and satellite TV channels, com[;imentary Wi-Fi, room service is available (6am – 11pm), electronic room safe, shaver point and hairdryer, plug-in internet access, tea & coffee station and mini bar.

Watch the sunrise over breakfast, enjoy a sociable luncheon at the chic Oriana restaurant and finish off the day with a relaxing cocktail at The Silver Moon bar. There are  4 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.

 As part of Emperors Palace Entertainment and Resort Complex, less than 2 miles from the airport, you can indulge your senses with the wide variety of global culinary options ranging from contemporary Asian to classic Mediterranean, chic cocktail bars, relaxed family eateries, and even convenient fast-food franchises. If entertainment is what you seek, Emperors Palace showcases local as well as international acts, shows, productions and musicals in its numerous world-class entertainment venues. The Palace of Dreams provides children’s facilities as well as an astonishing Nu Metro Digital 3D movie theatre complex.

Peermont Metcourt Hotel, Johannesburg

Contemporary convenience at its best… the 3-star Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace offers stylish and comfortable rooms with amities which include LCD flat screen TV, satellite DSTV channels for all languages, tea and coffee stations, secure internet connections, laptop safe, working desk with business-convenient plug points.

The hotel’s clean and modern façade is complimented by a private and sheltered pool terrace, set in a beautifully landscaped garden, providing guests with food and beverage service throughout the day.  There is also an express-style deli for quick and convenient meals, a business centre with workstations and data connectivity for laptops, boardroom with state of the art facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. The hotel also features the F.L.A.G Café and the 21° Cocktail Bar. 

 As part of Emperors Palace Entertainment and Resort Complex, less than 2 miles from the airport, you can indulge your senses with the wide variety of global culinary options ranging from contemporary Asian to classic Mediterranean, chic cocktail bars, relaxed family eateries, and even convenient fast-food franchises. If entertainment is what you seek, Emperors Palace showcases local as well as international acts, shows, productions and musicals in its numerous world-class entertainment venues. The Palace of Dreams provides children’s facilities as well as an astonishing Nu Metro Digital 3D movie theatre complex.

Sable Alley Camp, Khwai Private Reserve

Sable Alley is a piece of light, bright and beautiful luxury amid the game-rich floodplains of the massive 440,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve – a natural extension to the Moremi ecosystem – and the best news is that Sable Alley is as sustainable as it is sophisticated.  Each canvas-walled suite is over 590 square feet and comes complete with mini-indoor seating area, writing desk, double bed and en-suite facilities with two basin, flush loo and indoor shower.  There’s an outdoor shower with a view, too.

The communal areas are designed around the spectacular vistas – from the bar, from the outdoor fire pit, or from the lounge. At night, dinner is served either in the indoor dining area, or alfresco on the deck, accompanied by twinkling stars and the rumblings and grumblings of the wildlife. The swimming pool and sun deck also ideal spots from which to watch wildlife, or simply chill-out time in the heat of the day.

Located right on the banks of a lily-covered lagoon, home to harrumphing hippo and a favorite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo, the big game quite literally comes to you at Sable. But as tempting as it is to stay in camp, guests should venture out, for Khwai offers one of Africa’s greatest and most exclusive safari experiences. There’s an exciting range of activities including day and evening game drives, mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions (when water levels permit), game walks and viewing hides.