Gamping, a Vacation Platform that Allows Travelers to Camp in the Backyards of Private Locations

July 24, 2014 on 7:45 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cabinweb, France, Spain | Comments Off Top Brands Sale
Joseph Léopold, creator of Gamping, is pleased to announce that the online platform for (a contraction of garden and camping) is now more complete, convenient and available in several languages, including English, French, and Spanish. After the site launched in France in 2013, many travelers hoped the service would expand, specifically to Spain and the United States. Now, Gamping services are available in more languages and more locations. Please visit  (English),  (French), or  (Spanish) today to learn how to take part in this cost effective vacationing experience.
Gamping is based on the principle of collaborative consumption. With roots in organizations such as Couchsurfing and Wwoofing, Gamping allows visitors to camp at private locations at a low cost. Founder and CEO of Gamping, Joseph Léopold, originally conceived of this idea to provide an alternative to traditional campsites and wilderness camping. This modern vacationing experience connects campers with people from around the world who are willing to offer their yards and other facilities in exchange for a few euros and good company. For between five and seven euros per night per person, campers can enjoy the comfort of an enclosed, private space, and additional amenities including pool access, a barbecue, a tennis court, a kitchen area, indoor bathrooms and more.

Joseph thought of the idea for Gamping one afternoon when he returned from a trip to Italy and found himself stranded without his keys. Without a way into the house, he decided to camp in his garden for the night. He was so charmed by the experience that he built a platform from which to share this experience with the world.

Joseph Léopold comments, “By opening up millions of privately owned plots of land, we hope to make the world more accessible. In addition to creating memorable connections between people, we want to improve man’s connection with nature, which is a core value.”

Joseph successfully launched in 2013 to provide the world with a new vacation hosting paradigm. Now, more than 1,000 people “Gamp” during the summer, and has over 450 approved hosts.

About Gamping

Gamping was conceived in 2013 by Joseph Léopold and brought to fruition by entrepreneur Louis-Xavier Vignal. This organization is supported by a community of over 5,000 people. 450 hosts now offer more than 1,000 spaces for tents, caravans and motorhomes across 17 countries, including France, Spain, Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Kenya, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Uruguay, Romania and Burkina Faso.

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Try and hike the Hahnenkamm

July 21, 2014 on 7:25 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Cabinweb | Comments Off

For skiers, the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbuehel is the holy grail of ski racing, home to the world’s most famous and most challenging downhill course, the Streif. You will likely never have the chance, or possibly the desire, to ski down the celebrated race course, but during the summer season, a marvelous hike down the course will be an exhilarating experience.

The day’s hike starts in a most comfortable fashion, a ride up the famous Hahnenkamm cable car. At the summit station, designed by the famous local artist Alfons Walde, you will reap your first rewards, pure mountain air and a dazzling panoramic view.

Make sure to stop at the cable car museum to learn more about the famous mountain and then head over to the starting gate of the downhill course. Once you stare down the first few meters of the course you will likely change your mind about the meaning of steep. From here on down it is an extremely scenic and exhilarating hike down the famed race course, section by section, all of 3312 meters long.

You marvel at the famous Mausefalle (mousetrap) and the legendary Hausberg jump. Halfway down, we suggest a well deserved apple strudel at the Seidlalm. Your hike might be a bit slower than the up to 140 kilometers per hour speed of the world’s fastest ski racers, but nonetheless memorable for years to come.

Appalachian Trail Adventures Hiking Spa Announces a New Partnership with The Foundry Restaurant

July 21, 2014 on 7:24 am | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb, New England | Comments Off

Appalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) is excited to announce a new partnership with The Foundry Restaurant. ATA is a unique active vacation and wellness spa for hikers of all abilities, offering daily guided kayaking, caving and hiking adventures in the Green Mountains of Vermont along the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail.

ATA’s guests are hikers who do not feel comfortable hitting the trails alone. But a few adventurists enjoy traveling solo; therefore, our group atmosphere is a perfect match. ATA’s itineraries provide diverse vacations for single travelers, couples, families, military personnel, women, young professionals, seniors and students. We are perfect destination for people with special dietary restrictions, those seeking a location for a family, friend, school reunion or corporate retreat.

The Foundry Restaurant’s Executive Chef Sean Miller has created a delicious spa menu for ATA hikers who are seeking healthier meals. The menu is able to cater to special dietary restrictions such as vegan, low sugar, sodium-, wheat- and dairy-free options. This enables ATA to accommodate couples, athletes, weight loss vacationers, as well as all those with no dietary restrictions who seek to eat healthily.

Located on the banks of the Summit Pond, The Foundry offers a distinct year-round dining experience. In addition to the ATA hikers’ menu, The Foundry offers two menu options – an American Bistro-Style menu in its formal dining room, as well as a more casual Tavern menu in the bar. Their impeccable chef-driven cuisine provides guests the finest cuts of prime meats, fresh seafood, homemade pastas and much more. They use the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering appetizers, flavorful side dishes and irresistible desserts – designed to engage all of your senses. The Foundry experience focuses on providing un-paralleled hospitality in a warm and relaxing setting. In addition to its dining options, The Foundry offers live entertainment regularly and is host to many of the area’s events.

ATA’s hikers stay at the Summit Lodge, which is known for its personalized service and two Saint Bernard mascots. Situated on eleven acres, the lodge offers all the cozy, traditional pleasures of a Vermont country inn, along with air-conditioned rooms and a spa for those guests who are looking for massage therapy.

“We provide an affordable all-inclusive active vacation giving a real Vermont outdoor adventure. That’s why we have the best vacation at the lowest possible prices. Unlike most spas, ATA’s owner John Keough is engaged daily with the guests hiking and kayaking exploring Mother Nature.”

ATA offers a number of options to help customize one’s vacation. The Hiking Vacation(HV) consist of an air-conditioned room with three daily spa meals, snacks, a guided novice, intermediate or advanced hike, kayaking, an excursion and evening nature- themed movie. The Hiking & Yoga Vacation (HYV) is the same as the HV but in addition offers a daily yoga class. Massages, tennis lessons, cooking demonstrations and nutrition consultations with our Registered Dietitians are available to all guests à la carte.

ATA’s season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.

The Tyrolean Mountain Hut

July 21, 2014 on 7:23 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Cabinweb | Comments Off

Outstanding local cuisine, a table on a sun-drenched terrace with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, Tyrolean traditions and charming hosts: winter or summer, lunch at the Gampe Thaya mountain hut is an experience you don’t want to miss.

Mountain huts were traditionally used as shelters for traders crossing the Alps, or as living quarters for herders looking after cattle and sheep grazing on the high-Alpine meadows in summer. Today, these huts are popular stops for hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, often serving outstanding traditional food and affording beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. They are also testaments to Alpine traditions and a bygone lifestyle.

One of the best examples is the Gampe Thaya Mountain Hut in Tyrol. High up in the Ötztal Mountains, at 6,560 feet, Daniela and Jakob Prantl are running a hut that caters to skiers in winter and hikers in summer. The spectacular views from the terrace are rivalled by the quality of the traditional cuisine served here. The hut is also popular with locals, who either take the gondola up the mountain or hike up for special festivals and events in summer. Jakob Prantl is determined that only the best local ingredients are used in the kitchen, including milk and cheese from his own dairy, and home-made cured meats. As a farmer, Mr. Prantl is passionate about local traditions and strives to offer guests a truly authentic experience.

An adjacent chalet, built by a local carpenter with wood from the region, can be rented during the winter season. The (nat)UrHuetta, it’s name (a play on the German words for nature, authentic and hut) hinting at the philosophy of the Prantls, exudes typical Tyrolean charm and comfort. During the day, guests enjoy direct access to the ski slopes and the culinary specialties of the restaurant next door. At night, the absolute stillness of the mountain, far away from the busy ski-resorts, is a rare treat and a reminder of how important it is to slow down every once in a while.

Let the Magic of Kagga Kamma Replenish Your Soul

July 19, 2014 on 1:08 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off

Once upon a time
Not so long ago, three individuals saw the potential of this beautiful terrain.
In 1986 Willie de Waal, Pieter de Waal and Pieter Loubser bought Kagga Kamma as well as three adjacent farms. The owners immediately saw the potential of the beautiful and secluded 15 000 hectare properties.

In 1987 a small stone cottage was built to allow the owners to entertain friends at Kagga Kamma. It was love at first sight for the visitors. The owners soon realised that people wanted to share and preserve the area on a wider basis and decided to turn Kagga Kamma into a Nature Reserve in 1988. To provide the best quality water to the reserve the owners bought Grootvlei Farm in 1989.

They built the first chalets and introduced some antelope species to the reserve. From there Kagga Kamma grew into what it is today: a luxurious resort in an unique environment that is continuously striving to offer guests memorable experiences while preserving the natural environment.

Kagga Kamma has a little something for everyone
Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Lodge. Kagga Kamma not only offers guests spectacular scenery and absolute tranquility but also stylish accommodation, fine dining and exclusive tours and activities – all included when you book your stay.

The Cederberg area is unique in that it comprises an untouched Karoo-like wilderness where guests will find beautiful wild flowers and small critters that are scarcely seen in other parts of the country. Kagga Kamma is equally unique in that it offers guests experiences and facilities they will not find anywhere else. Choose from a variety of accommodation types which include our Cave Suites, our Outcrop Open Air Room and our luxurious Thatched Rondavels for an experience of the surroundings in the most magical way possible.

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve offers guided 4×4 and quad bike safaris, hiking trails and star gazing at the mini Observatory. Guests can relax at the resort’s swimming pool while marveling at the rock formations it’s built around. The Spa offers exclusive wellness treatments to relax and rejuvenate and guests can enjoy a sundowner as the sky changes colour in the late afternoon. Guests can also look forward to picturesque views of the Karoo-like landscape in winter and summer.

What past guests have had to say
“Thank you so much to the awesome Kagga Kamma team for taking such good care of us during our visit. We had such a great time being amongst such wonderful people. Your staff members are all so friendly. We enjoyed sleeping in the cave rooms; not something one does every day. They are so well equipped and comfortable – highly recommendable!”

“We had an absolutely amazing time at Kagga Kamma. Your setting and surrounds are truly breathtaking – something one doesn’t get to experience in the city.”

“We had a great visit… The staff were excellent. We found the location and setting to be stunning, and we’re sorry that we did not spend more time at Kagga Kamma. The Bushman rock art tour was an experience! Thank you once again; it was a real treat.”

For reservations and inquiries:
021 872 4343

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the Reimagined Singita Boulders Lodge‏

July 19, 2014 on 12:18 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off

Seventeen years after opening, Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand has been reinvented to reveal its essential character. Located on the boulder-strewn banks of the Sand River, the original inspiration for the lodge came from the geometry of these ancient, weathered boulders and the natural curve of the riverbed. This time around, designers Cécile & Boyd and architect Sally Tsiliyiannis of GAPP Architects & Urban Designers have taken further cues from nature, incorporating the colors, textures and elements of the surrounding landscape.

The 12 privately spaced suites, two of which are designed exclusively for families, blending sensual Africa with high design to instill a sense of tranquility and ease guests into the rhythm of safari life. The very soul of Singita Boulders Lodge has been fine-tuned and stripped back down to the basics, freeing up guests to experience and explore nature like never before.

Guest areas have been brought closer to the river, allowing full engagement below the ebony and weeping boer bean trees. Open to the elements or separated from the outdoors by glass walls, the lodge provides a continuous connection with the prolific wildlife and birdlife that are found within the Sabi Sand. Cleverly designed communal spaces, such as the new sociable Copper Bar serving freshly pressed fruit juices, espressos and cocktails, provide more opportunities for guests to connect with their surroundings and with each other.

The new outdoor dining pavilion provides one of the most spectacular vantage points above the Sand River. Raw timber decks of varying sizes are suspended above the ground, creating intimate spaces for private dining and relaxation close to the pool. Light comes from clusters of nest-shaped woven lampshades, a central fireplace creates an inviting, focal point and cascading water adds a reflective, cooling quality.

Throughout the lodge, pared-down interiors in a palette of charcoal, chalk, bone, rust, copper and ochre bring out the original colors of Singita Boulders, and reflect the four elements of earth, fire, air and water. Dramatic sculptural shapes, abstract art, and carefully curated from nature and other found objects show a deeper connection with the wild and creating a sense that everything has been derived from the earth. Rustic and worn furnishings include iconic pieces fashioned from fossilized tree stumps, slabs of solid stone, artisanal wrought iron and leather, each element designed to reveal its intrinsic beauty.

“The focus is on bringing together reflections of light, texture, color, shadows, relationships between inside and outside and the spirit of the place to create form and space,” explains Tsiliyiannis. Boyd Ferguson of Cécile & Boyd agrees that it was crucial to retain the essence of the place in the redesign.

“My role in redesigning and repositioning key aspects of the Boulders experience was to enable guests to engage with the lodge from the moment they arrive and throughout their stay,” say Ferguson. This subtle shift in thinking has become a defining moment in Singita’s journey, providing a catalyst for change within the company as a whole.


In an age where the accelerating destruction of pristine wilderness is beyond repair, Singita is making a profound difference in many parts of Africa. Orchestrating an interdependent relationship between communities, wildlife and tourism that ensures true sustainability, Singita is blazing a trail which is seldom achieved on this scale anywhere else on the continent.

Focused on eco-conscious hospitality, sustainable conservation and evolving local communities, Singita’s vision is to share a unique part of the world while respecting the natural environment and challenging today’s notion of luxury. Recognized internationally for providing the best safari experience in Africa, Singita includes 12 iconic, low-impact, luxury lodges and camps in five African destinations: Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand in South Africa, Grumeti Reserves and Lamai in Tanzania and Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe.

Inquiries and reservations can be made through the address below:

Singita, Tel: +27 21 683 3424,

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July 18, 2014 on 8:02 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Zambia | Comments Off

VICTORIA FALLS, Zambia (07/2014) Tongabezi, the wildly romantic, eco-luxe lodge set on the Zambezi River just upstream from Victoria Falls in Zambia, has rebuilt the beloved chalet known as the Nut House with extraordinary new furnishings and accessories created by African artisans.

Managing Director Ben Parker and acclaimed South African designer Abi James of Soul Design imagined “an eclectic African look with a focus on unique, collected pieces from around the continent, while imbuing the space with a feeling of stylish, laid-back comfort.”

It’s all that it was cracked up to be. The collection of lighting fixtures alone is smart and remarkable and includes hand-made, recycled glass chandeliers and baobab string wall lamp shades from Malawian workshop Katundu; African raffia lampshades, Hessian blue lamps and pierced Moroccan lanterns. Original mud cloth rugs, Zambian leather cushions and Indigo fabrics from Mali all make up details in the room. The entryway is an antique studded door from Zanzibar, and original artwork includes paintings by Zimbabwean artist Soo Piercy and an unusual rolled, recycled book Africa piece from South African paper artist Keri Muller.

The color palette is soothingly neutral with pops of blue, green and dark chocolate in some of the accessories.

Another intent in the new Nut House was to expand on the skills of Tongabezi’s building team during the process. Team members were taught how to create screed floors with Moroccan tile inlays; textured wall techniques; and carpentry skills in the making of a “funky range of matepe pole furniture,” which all add to the character of the Nut House.

The commodious (1000 square feet) Nut House includes a patio complete with splash pool, lounge chairs and dining area overlooking the Zambezi, the river after which Zambia was named.

Privately owned and run, Tongabezi was built with romance and exclusivity in mind, and is known for its warm and attentive service. It comprises six houses, five river cottages and a villa. Each house and cottage has its own valet who takes care of guests throughout their stay and acts as a private concierge. There is no set pattern to days at Tongabezi. Guests can be as active or as languid as they like, with game drives, bush walks and boating trips all included in the price. The Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, can be viewed on foot in the national park, from inside the gorge, from Livingstone Island and from the air.

High res images available upon request.

For reservations, Email:  or visit:

Safaris with a difference – climb into the saddle, or pick up a paddle and see the Okavango Delta

July 15, 2014 on 8:37 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana, Cabinweb | Comments Off

Botswana’s Okavango Delta was recently inscribed the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage site. Tailor-made safari specialist Real Africa suggests there are many different ways to experience the watery wilderness of the Delta.

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem. It is the world’s largest inland delta, surrounded by arid terrain and a magnet for dense concentrations of diverse wildlife including the Big Five and over 400 species of bird. Notably this is also a stronghold of the African Wild Dog and is considered by many to be Africa’s premium wildlife destination.

Real Africa, tailor-made safari specialist based in Norfolk offers a range of different ways to experience the Delta including 4WD and lodge safaris, walking, horseback and canoe safaris.

One of the most novel ways to see the Delta is on horseback. Guests can canter across the savannah, and ride through flood waters and channels seeing the lush wetland habitat of the Selinda Spillway from the saddle. Safari on horseback gives the opportunity to approach wildlife up close and from a new angle. Horses are well-schooled and safaris are led by an experienced guide.

A 6 day riding safari staying at Motswiri Camp in the Selinda Reserve including flights from the UK and transfers in Botswana costs from £2,880 per person this November and December on an all-inclusive basis.

To see a short video of a Real Africa guest on this safari:

Alternatively Real Africa suggests adding some adventure to a stay in Botswana by spending five days on the tranquil waters of the Selinda Spillway, a body of water linking the Okavango Delta to the Kwando and Linyanti water systems and well known for its population of elephant, buffalo and wild dogs.

Explore by canoe during the day and enjoy the thrill of fly camping by night on beautiful remote islands.

This is a seasonal experience, running only when the Selinda Spillway floods annually. A five day/four night canoe safari departing from and returning to the Selinda airstrip costs from £1,785 per person on a full-board basis for departures between May and September next year.

South Africa Spring 2014 at Valley Lodge & Spa, Clico & Fairlawns‏

July 14, 2014 on 7:47 am | In Africa, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off

Nestled in the lush suburb of Morningside Manor, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is situated in one of the most exclusive and beautiful settings in which to enjoy an early spring occasion.

Pamper your secretary on Secretaries Day 3 September:

> Spa Breakfast and a glass of Bubbly

Revive her tired hands and feet with our Classic Manicure and Classic Pedicure – add a revitalizing facial:

Value: R 650.00

Save: R 300.00

Gift Vouchers Available

Spring (from 1 September) as well as Secretaries’ Day lunch menu @ R480 per person comprises:


Rooibos & Lemongrass Gravlax – Knysna oyster, pickled beetroot, liquorice onions


Whipped Goats Cheese – Persimmons chutney, celery carpaccio, tandoori popcorn


Pomegranate cured Gems Bok loin – sweet melon, smoked paprika, curry mayonnaise

Main Course:

Tiger Prawn – chilli butter, caper mayonnaise basmati rice


Namibian Duck Breast – carrot & caraway, coffee, cumberland jus


Slow Roast 14 Day aged Beef Fillet – twice cooked potato, sautéed spinach, truffle jus

Dessert – Served individually:

Peach Melba – panna cotta, honey comb, vanilla bon bon ice cream

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

The newly launched Flavours to Share Sunday Lunch menu at The Terrace Restaurant overlooking the romantic gardens @ R495 per person is proving a popular dining experience at the award-winning Fairlawns.

The Victoria Tea Lounge offers delicacies and delicious cakes created by Executive Chef Keith Frisley and his creative team to satisfy the most discerning high-tea aficionado.

Go on a Virtual Tour of the 5-star Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa:

Call 011 804 2540/1/2; email; – 1 Alma Road, Morningside Manor – Sandton.

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Clico Boutique Hotel is celebrating its 8th year as a successful small hotel, fine-dining venue as well as conference and events destination and is offering a scrumptious weekend lunch as well as overnight special package.

The spring Saturday or Sunday 4-course lunch menu at Clico @ R365 per person (excludes wine-pairing and beverages) includes delectable dishes such as:

Bacon, quail egg and golden kiwi, radish and pine kernel spring salad, drizzled with a nectarine vinaigrette;

Beetroot cured Scottish salmon, wasabi mayo, pickled fennel and citrus soil accompanied by poached baby apple;

Slow confit duck leg, foie gras and chicken terrine, zesty pomme puree, springroll and sautéed brown and white shimeji with an apricot jus;

Mixed fruit mini pavlova served with homemade lemon meringue ice cream and berry coulis

This menu can be booked with a weekend overnight stay @R2,500 per night per couple package, beverages excluded. The rate includes 1 night in a double en suite room, full breakfast and the above Saturday/Sunday lunch menu for 2 guests on arrival day or on departure day.

Ask your waiter about wine-pairing options to make the most of your dining experience at this chic boutique hotel.

Spring is also ideal for high tea to make the most of the magical private garden dining areas. Bookings essential.

Clico was recently awarded the coveted Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by TripAdvisor. This prestigious award recognizes businesses that consistently earn top rating from TripAdvisor travellers from across the globe, whilst rating Clico one of the top 25 hotels in South Africa!

Clico has appeared in the Eat Out website’s Best of Guide for Johannesburg in 2012, 2013 and 2014, in the Fine Dining category; the hotel was voted into the top 25 Top Small Hotel as well as Top Luxury Hotel lists in South Africa by TripAdvisor travellers for 2014.

Dining, wine pairing, conferencing, events and overnight reservations are essential whilst dietary requirements and allergies should kindly be advised two days prior to reservation date.

Contact Clico on +27 (0)11 252 3300 – email;

27 Sturdee Avenue (corner Jellicoe Ave) – Rosebank – 2196 – Johannesburg

GPS Coordinates: Latitude -26*8”33.50’ (-26.142640) Longitude 28*2”16×12’ (28.037811)

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Spring Wine Festival

Valley Lodge & Spa is offering rejuvenating Spring Retreat packages as well as special accommodation packages during the Spring Wine Festival, whilst still remaining one of the most popular Sunday lunch and spa country destinations in Gauteng – close enough to the cities yet far enough to qualify as a relaxing country getaway into the historical Magaliesberg region.

Spring 2014 special packages include:

Spring Wine festival (valid 04-08 September)

Bed and Breakfast

Standard Room: R800.00 per person (pp)sharing Bed & Breakfast (B&B)

Luxury Room: R900.00 pp sharing B&B

Superior Room: R1000.00 pp sharing B&B

Spring retreat (valid 01 September-30 November)

Dinner Bed and Breakfast

Standard Room: R951.00 pp sharing DB&B

Luxury Room: R1051.00 pp sharing DB&B

Superior Room: R1151.00 pp sharing DB&B

Spring Spa retreat (valid 01 September -30 November)

Bed and Breakfast with a 30% discounted couples Spa treat, this works out to R850.00 pp saving

Standard Room: R1248.00 pp sharing B&B with Couples Spa treat

Luxury Room: R1348.00 pp sharing B&B with Couples Spa treat

Superior Room: R1448.00 pp sharing B&B with Couples Spa treat

Classic Swedish Massage 60Min (a firm classic massage which includes stress relieving movements) and a

Pressure point foot Massage 30Min (Spa foot cleanse with a deep pressure foot massage) that will leave you light on your feet.

The award-winning 4-star country hotel offers convivial Sunday lunches, private picnics on the banks of the Magalies River flowing through the beautifully refurbished destination, bird- watching, hot-air ballooning, professional conferencing facilities as well as fly-fishing activities – and revitalising, age-defying spa treatments to rejuvinate skin, body and mind in the exquisite Valley Lodge Spa.

Choices of accommodation (76 rooms), range from superior elegance in the new rooms, to luxury river-front rooms to country-cottage cosy rooms overlooking the established gardens, complemented by two bomas, conference facilities as well as a chapel overlooking the private banks of the tranquil Magalies River flowing through the establishment.

Valley Lodge & Spa received three Gold Awards in June 2014 in the 7th West Rand Tourism Awards, when the Gold Awards in the Accommodation, Food and Beverage (Buffet Category) as well as Conference and Wedding Venues categories went to the lodge.The hotel was also awarded the 2014 Up & Coming Award for the Valley Lodge Spa by the Professional Six Sensational Skincare and Spalicious Recognition Awards, as well as an Essential Travel 20th Accommodation Award earlier this year.!/pages/Valley-Lodge-Spa/764116160305620

Call Valley Lodge & Spa at (+27) 014-577 1301/5;

Asilia Africa Opens Namiri Plains, Serengeti

July 10, 2014 on 7:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Tanzania | Comments Off

National Geographic by Live PreparedAsilia Africa opened its newest camp in the Serengeti, Namiri Plains, on July 1, 2014. Namiri Plains offers one of the most exclusive experiences in the Serengeti with just six classic safari tents set 70km from the closest neighbour. The area around Namiri Plains has been closed to the world for the past 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetah, today the area has an exceptional population of big cats including one of the highest density of cheetah in East Africa.

The six spacious tents offer king or two twin beds covered in crisp linen duvets, en-suite bathrooms, flush loos and hot bucket showers. The modern and sleek furnishings mimic the natural tones of the surrounding savannah and yellow fever trees. Ecoco Natural Therapy created a bath product line especially for Asilia’s camps that contain the purest organic essential oils, extracts and herbal ingredients from a wide range of beneficial trees, land and marine plants.

Guests explore the area on twice-daily game drives which can include sunrise picnic breakfasts, lunches on top of a kopje looking down at the Serengeti below and stops to discover ancient fossils including a prehistoric giraffe skull. Guests are able to learn more about the academic research happening from the visiting cheetah researcher. Meals are served in the cozy dining tent or under the stars.

Rates at Namiri Plains start at $660 per person per night for full board accommodation and all activities, excluding park fees.

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