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Another roundup of the latest and most relevant news we receive from our partners on the ground in Africa - collated and curated for you in our Timeless Africa Highlights for July 2023.


South Africa achieved a double triumph at the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards on July 12th 2023, winning the
title of ‘Best Country’ to visit, and Cape Town claimed the coveted ‘Best City in the World’ title.

The Telegraph Travel Awards, a distinguished platform within the travel industry, recognise destinations that
captivate the imagination and leave an indelible mark on visitors.

New lodges
Wilderness opens two new Usawa Serengeti Migration Camps

Wilderness has opened two new luxury mobile tented camps in Tanzania that will follow the Serengeti National Park’s legendary Great Migration. Wilderness Usawa Serengeti will move with the herd as the animals travel throughout the year across the length and breadth of the national park, with two camps set up in key locations on the migration route. “Usawa means ‘balance’ in Swahili.

Wilderness Usawa has eight camp locations throughout the Serengeti, with two always open, depending on the path of the migration for optimum game viewing. The flexibility of this new luxury camp means staff can move super-efficiently to follow the movement of the wildlife. A camp will never move when guests are residents, with the next one on the path seamlessly opening as another closes.

To access Usawa: fly by scheduled light aircraft, and then it’s a short game drive between the airstrip and camp. It’s possible to access the southern camps by 4×4 during part of the year, but generally, access is via fly-in.

Both camps, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests each in six tents, operate under the same name, Wilderness Usawa Serengeti.

As the set-up is completely mobile, no permanent fixtures are left behind when the camp moves, leaving a light footprint on the Earth. The camps are solar-powered, with rechargeable lights and charging stations in the rooms, as well as Wi-Fi and hot water. Wilderness Usawa Serengeti welcomes children aged 6 and older, though children under 16 must share a room with an adult. The camp must be booked for sole use to accept children younger than 6.

The camp is situated within the park’s walking zones, enabling it to offer guided walks as well as game drives, bird watching and stargazing.

Sanctuary Tambare, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The private villa at Sanctuary Tambarare in Ol Pejeta Conservancy has opened. Whether embarking on a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or simply seeking an escape from the ordinary, Sanctuary Tambarare’s private villa is the ultimate destination. Contemporary style meets characterful interiors in the villa’s two ensuite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor lounge and dining area, bar, private deck and boma.

Sanctuary Tambarare is located in a secluded spot in the wildlife rich 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy where the Big Five roam including the last two northern white rhino. With an abundance of wildlife on the camp’s doorstep, Sanctuary Tambarare delivers the perfect balance of adventure and serenity. The sophisticated free-flowing space contains two bedrooms, each fully ensuite and decorated in a boutique meets-bush design. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling cinematic views of the landscape from the super king beds.

The newly opened Sanctuary Tambarare

Simbavati Grumeti, Tanzania

Simbavati Grumeti is nestled on the open plains between the Serengeti National Park and the Grumeti River, within Tanzania’s exciting northern safari circuit has opened in July 2023. Expect an immersive and awe-inspiring experience in a wilderness dominated by huge gatherings of wildlife.

These plains are also home to massive herds of wildebeest, which gather during their annual migration and traverse between the north and south of the Serengeti National Park. Buffalo, giraffe, lion, and other wildlife are also often seen from your tent and the lodge. Caters equally to both couples and families with special appeal for each. Twelve luxury safari tents have a king-sized bed (which can be converted to twin), en-suite bathroom with outdoor showers, ample storage space, a viewing deck and views over the plains. Includes Two family tents that have a king-sized bed (which can be converted to twin), a second bedroom with twin beds, en-suite bathroom with outdoor showers, ample storage space, a viewing deck and views over the plains.


Simbavati Migration Camp, follows the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti. It moves its prime location twice a year, seasonally, positioning itself best for river crossing sightings during the Great Migration and the wildebeest birthing period later in the year. We look forward to the camp’s opening in August 2023. Simbavati Serengeti Hills and Simbavati Tarangire will complete the circuit, opening in 2024.

The newly opened Simbavati Grumeti lodge

Melia Ngorongoro Lodge, Tanzania

Meliá Hotels International has recently unveiled its latest addition in Tanzania – the luxury Ngorongoro Lodge – marking the company’s fourth property in the country. The lodge joins Gran Melia Arusha, amidst the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro peaks, and Meliá Zanzibar and Meliá Serengeti Lodge. Ngorongoro Lodge features 52 rooms, each with views of the Ngorongoro crater. Twenty-four suites have been designed as versatile family accommodations, offering private terraces and lounge areas. Drawing inspiration from Maasai traditions, the lodge’s interiors are adorned with artworks and bespoke furnishings crafted by local artisans and craftsmen. Facilities include three restaurants and bars, a fitness gym, a refreshing swimming pool, and a spa.

Ngorongoro Lodge Melia Collection

Molori Mashuma, Mana Pools Zimbabwe

Rora Private Collection has opened a new tented camp, Molori Mashuma – the latest addition to its portfolio – in Zimbabwe’s World Heritage Site, Mana Pools. The camp’s six tented suites include two family suites that can each accommodate up to four adults. The tents are raised on wooden platforms and have see-through fronts for optimum game viewing. Standard tents include an en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, and outside shower, lounge area, outdoor deck, air conditioning and fan. The family tents feature two bedrooms, a lounge area, an outdoor deck, an en-suite bathroom, a shower and bath, an outdoor shower, and a private plunge pool, among other amenities. Activities include game drives and walking safaris, with plans to add more options from next year. Molori Mashuma is a seasonal camp, operational between April and October for both high and low seasons, and will remain closed for the rest of the year. The camp is on Mashuma Pan, a 45-minute drive from the Zambezi, within the Mana Pools National Park. Visitors can fly in to the Mana Pools airstrip, from where they will be transferred to the camp.

Renders-of-the-main-area-looking-out-over-Molori Mashuma

Sandcastle Villa, South Africa

A sanctuary unto itself, Sandcastle is situated on 275 hectares of private game reserve as well as enjoying 2km of private beachfront. Approximately 45 minutes south of East London, Sandcastle is situated along the malaria-free Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape.

With its mild and sunny climate, it is the perfect year-round destination. Located in the former Ciskei, Sandcastle Villa is steeped in history and sits in the most rural part of the Eastern Cape. Many of South Africa’s freedom fighters came from this area with Nelson Mandela being born just east of East London in a village called Mvezo and Steve Biko’s grave found in King William’s Town.

There is plenty to do at Sandcastle, from kayaking and hiking adventures to surfing and fishing along the shoreline. Or indulge yourself and enjoy a massage on our lookout deck as you enjoy the sounds of the 250 bird species we have at Sandcastle.

Sandcastle sits beautifully in an itinerary where guests visit Cape Town to wine and dine, then visit Sandcastle for some rest and revitalisation before moving onto a big 5 safari between 90 minutes and 2 hours away in one of the Eastern Cape’s fabulous reserves. If you’re looking to fly in privately, Sandcastle has a grass runway that can accommodate light aircraft.

  • Sandcastle sleeps a maximum of 8 guests in 4 en-suite bedrooms
  • Private and exclusive use at Sandcastle Luxury Villa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Guided walks and kayaking
  • Use of snorkeling and fishing equipment
  • Laundry service
Sandcastle Villa, Eastern Cape

Sandcastle Villa

Aerial view of reserve

Soroi Larsens Camp, Kenya

Soroi Larsens Camp in Samburu  opened their doors on 1 July 2023.

Located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, this oasis of luxury and wilderness pays homage to explorer Eric Larsen. Our eco-conscious camp embodies the spirit of adventure, blending intimate luxury with sustainability.

The 10 opulent tents, 2 family units, and 2 deluxe suites offer private terraces with a serene river view. The Deluxe suites raise the bar with living spaces, personal butlers, outdoor showers, and star beds.

At Soroi Larsens Camp, you can participate in various activities, including game drives, bird walks, sundowners, swimming, Bush Dinners, and bush walks. These activities enhance your safari experience, allowing you to engage with the environment in many ways.

Samburu National Reserve is home to a range of fantastic wildlife, including the reticulated giraffe, the rare Grevy’s zebra, the Gerenuk antelope, Somali ostriches, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, eland, oryx, impala, dik dik, waterbuck, and a variety of birds. The camp’s location offers a unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural habitat, often from the comfort of your tent or while dining alfresco.

The Luxury Tent at Soroi Larsens Camp

Luxury Tent's interiors

Serondella Safari Lodge

Serondella Safari Lodge – Family Focused lodge in Thornybush

Nestled in a private concession in the north-east sector of the renowned Thornybush Private Game Reserve, and overlooking an active waterhole, the lodge’s position within the Greater Kruger National Park is simply perfect for an unforgettable safari experience.

Serondella can accommodate up to 11 guests. All ages are welcome and children of 5 years and younger are accommodated free of charge.

New Activity from Serondella:

Take to the skies and look down on the untamed treetops in this once-in-a-lifetime experience as you fly in a helicopter from the Greater Kruger into the Blyde Canyon.

  • Option 1: Blyde River Canyon scenic and game viewing flight – 1 hour
  • Option 2: Blyde River Canyon scenic and game viewing flight with landing and sparkling wine – 1 hour

Max 3 guests can partake in the activity at a time.

New Restaurants



Club Kloof

Club Kloof, Cape Town

Club Kloof is situated in the middle of the iconic Kloof Street (Cape Town) and serves up “Italian-ish” food and drinks in style.

Sourdough pizzettes like our famous Bianco with mortadella, mozzarella, pistachio and green olive butter to signature salads and crowd-pleasing small plates like our roasted and smashed baby potatoes with hazelnut creme fraiche and fried capers.

Sharing and tasting is the name of the game so come and enjoy. Bookings are essential for their inside dining room; walk-ins are welcome in their bar and outside area.

84 Kloof Street | Book a

Galjoen CPT

Galjoen CPT is a  sustainable Seafood Restaurant that serves a tasting menu where they showcase the beautiful seafood our country has on offer.

What makes them sustainable? Sustainability can mean different things to different people. Their approach is to serve only what is responsibly caught locally. If it’s not from South Africa, it’s not going on the menu. They serve a set menu – comprised of local seafood and ‘refuse’ to serve fish that arrived on a plane.


Meat lovers should look into thier sister restaurant Belly of the Beast as at Galjoen’s menu is made up of seafood only. They do have a curated wine list of local wines, and seat everyone at the same time so that the chefs can focus on preparing each course in turn. They finish entirely with one course before devoting their attention to the next. So everyone arriving on time is very important.

99 Harrington Street | Book a Table |

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant, Nairobi

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant, Nairobi

Set in the gardens of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Cottages, the three sections of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant opened their doors on the 11th June 2023, offering a lovely setting for guests to enjoy during their time in Karen, Nairobi.

  • Babette’s offers a fine dining experience either indoors or outdoors.
  • Outdoor Garden provides a combination of African and International flavours throughout the week in a beautiful garden setting, with an expansive brunch offering every Sunday.
  • The atrium set under a glasshouse, combines the dining experiences with a vibrant atmosphere and bar.
The new Radisson Safari Hotel, Hoedspruit

The new Radisson Safari Hotel

Radisson Safari Hotel Hoedspruit, South Africa

Radisson Safari Hotel Hoedspruit is opening in September 2023.

The Radisson Hotel Group is set to open its first safari hotel and they look forward to welcoming your guests in September 2023. The hotel boasts 138 exquisite rooms, meeting and event spaces, 3 restaurants, 2 swimming pools, Amani Spa and Fitness Center, and a kid’s club with a mini water park… just to name a few of the facilities available at the hotel.


Madwaleni River Lodge, South Africa

Madwaleni River Lodge, KwaZulu Natal is opening in September 2023.

A new ultra-luxury tented lodge will open in the Babanango Game Reserve in the Zululand region of KwaZulu Natal in September, adding to the reserve’s appeal as a new, highly attractive safari destination. Established in 2017, Babanango Game Reserve is home to one of South Africa’s largest private rewilding projects, with over 2 500 large mammals reintroduced. Lions were recently reintroduced, making the reserve a Big Five area.

Madwaleni River Lodge on the banks of the White Umfolozi River is the fourth and most exclusive lodge to be opened in the 20 000-hectare reserve.

The lodge features 12 air-conditioned luxury tents, each of which has a heated plunge pool, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom and custom-made beverage cabinets.

The central lodge area includes a fine-dining restaurant, bar, lounge, library, gym, extensive wine cellar and large infinity pool. The rooms and communal areas are all positioned to provide uninterrupted views of the river and valleys and mountains.

The new Madwaleni Lodge opening in KwaZula Natal

The new Madwaleni Lodge opening in KwaZula Natal

Natural Selection's Tawana Lodge, Botswana

Natural Selection’s Tawana Lodge opens May 2024

Tawana Lodge will open its doors in May 2024; it is being created together with Chief Tawana Moremi, the paramount chief of the Batawana tribe, this new camp is set in the shade of towering ebony trees on the banks of the Gomoti River in the iconic Moremi Game Reserve.

Its 8 expansive guest suites (including two spacious family rooms) are air-conditioned over beds, with their own lounge, private terrace, plunge pool, outdoor sala and uninterrupted views of the Gomoti river and surrounding game rich grasslands. The camp is also 100% solar powered, with 24-hour electricity in the rooms.

The main area in the camp is atmospheric, with an elegant lounge, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, as well as a curated library filled with reference works on the history of Moremi Game Reserve and the local Batawana tribe. A walk-in wine cellar, wood-fire pizza oven and an open-air dining kgotla, all add to the Tawana culinary experience. For downtime between game activities, Tawana will include an intimate spa facility offering a bespoke menu of facial and body treatments, and holistic wellness journeys. A well-equipped gym and 16-metre lap pool will help guests stay in shape whilst travelling.


Elewana Explorer Camps

3 Elewana Explorer Camps coming in 2024 and 2025

Elewana Collection has announced the launch of Elewana Explorer; a brand utilising safari lodges that have stood for over 30 years pioneering tourism in Northern Tanzania and reimagining the properties to cater to a modern audience of luxury safari-goers.

  • The first lodge: Serengeti Explorer will open its doors in January 2024.
  • Ngorongoro Explorer & Tarangire Explorer are opening in 2025.

Set in South Central Serengeti, Serengeti Explorer will provide a luxury safari sanctuary in the heart of the Serengeti. The new style safari lodge will provide luxury, space and freedom as well as a host of experiences to enhance the safari adventure.

  • Serengeti Explorer will offer: 68 Luxury Explorer Rooms (Double/Twin), 1 One Bedroom Suite (King), 2 Two Bedroom Deluxe Suite (1 Double & 1 Twin)
  • Experiences: Day game drives, Bush meals, Sundowners, Hot air balloon safaris, Star gazing, Spa treatments
  • Lodge facilities: Swimming pool, Gym, Spa, Gift Shop, Campfire, Photo studio, Yoga deck, Cinema, Restaurant, Wine cellar, Stargazing deck, Boma
  • Access: Seronera Airstrip – 45-minute game drive transfer
andBeyond Suyian Lodge, Kenya

In partnership with Space for Giants, andBeyond is expanding its impact footprint to Northern Kenya, with the opening of andBeyond Suyian Lodge on the 44,000-acre exclusive Suyian Conservancy in early 2025. Forming part of a vital wildlife corridor, the conservancy is home to an extensive diversity of wildlife, including numerous endangered species providing an exceptional wildlife experience for guests as well as easy access to the adventures available in Northern Kenya by helicopter.

Experiences: Day & night game drives, Guided bush walks, Bush meals, Cultural community visits, Horse riding, Camel safaris, Mountain biking, Historic rock art visits, Boran cattle ranching experience, Sundowners

Singita Mara River refurbished Tented Camp revealed

Singita Mara River Tent Camp Revealed

In June, the new look Singita Mara River Tented Camp reopened, embracing a contextual African look inspired by the local Masaai and the raw beauty of the landscape. Set on a spectacular river bend in the Lamai Triangle in Tanzania, its bold and playful refresh celebrates the essence of Mara in contemporary design. Their six nomadic-style tented suites redefine nomadic contemporary luxury with a fresh take on functionality which has front-row seats to the incredible wildebeest crossings during the Great Migration.

New Londolozi Founders Camp

One of the signature camps with a fresh look but a completely familiar feel. Londolozi is a place where, like binary rings of a tree, the founders – and each person thereafter – have served and left their mark. Over the years the ripple effect created by Londolozi’s alumni has spread their ethos far and wide across the African continent, and beyond. Founders Camp honours these wild, early beginnings – past guests and staff who have contributed to building Londolozi.


Airlink increases Johannesburg – Vilanculos services

Independent regional carrier, Airlink, will increase return flights between Johannesburg and Vilanculos, Mozambique, to 11 a week from 8 January 2024.

Airlink currently operates a daily service on the route. The decision to add another flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday is in response to increased demand for direct services to the popular Indian Ocean coastal resort. Airlink deploys its Embraer E-Jets and Regional Jets on the route.

SAA Launches Sao Paulo Route:

South African Airways has announced its first intercontinental route since its return to the skies in
September 2021. The carrier will start flights to São Paulo, Brazil, from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The airline
will kick off the flights from Cape Town on October 31, while the Johannesburg-São Paulo service will commence on November 6.

  • SAA will fly to Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in São Paulo a total of four times a week – twice out of Cape Town (Tuesdays and Saturdays) and twice out of Johannesburg (Mondays and Thursdays).
  • During the Northern Hemisphere winter season (October to December), flight SA 0226, will depart Cape Town at 12h55 and arrive in São Paulo at 16h35. The return flight from São Paulo, SA 0227, will depart at 18h05 and arrive in Cape Town at 06h40.
  • From Johannesburg, SA 0222 will depart at 11h20 and arrive in São Paulo at 16h15, and the return flight, SA 0223, will depart São Paulo at 17h45, arriving in Johannesburg at 07h45 the following morning.

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