Featured, Holiday, Tourism, Travel — July 4, 2018 at 9:54 am

Five new reasons to safari

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Safari Specialist Launches Africa Itineraries, Featuring Five New Luxury Lodges in Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe & Namibia

Wildlife and adventure tour operator, Gane and Marshall, has launched four exciting, new safari holidays, each featuring one or more stylish additions to Africa’s luxury lodge scene.

The new safari lodges and camps are located in Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe & Namibia, all of which offer diverse and thrilling wildlife-watching opportunities. The new itineraries range from traditional safaris with game drives and sundowners; to a safari and beach combination for adventure and relaxation; and an epic self-drive journey across plains, mountains and desert.

NEW: Mpingo Ridge Tented Camp, Tanzania
The new nine-day ‘Luxury Migration Safari (Mpingo Ridge and Ndutu Plains)’ safari includes a four-night stay at the newly-opened Mpingo Ridge Tented Camp in Tarangire National Park. Four nights are also spent at Lemala Ndutu Camp, situated in the Ndutu Plains region, from where guests can track the great migration in the southern Serengeti between December and March. An opening offer is currently available for stays in December 2018 – January 2019, with eight nights offered for the price of six across the Lemala portfolio.

The new ‘Mpingo Ridge Tented Camp’, which opens in July 2018, will be the latest addition to the Lemala family of luxury safari camps. Mpingo is located on a high ridge in the centre of Tarangire National Park, close to the Tarangire River. The river is Tarangire’s life source, and attracts huge herds of buffalo, elephant and other game year-round.

The camp consists of 15 luxurious tented rooms, positioned high on the ridge where they enjoy a cool breeze and vistas of the surrounding wilderness. Each room features a private deck with outdoor lounger and an outdoor bathtub. Mpingo Ridge’s lounge, bar and dining area are furnished in a modern style, with polished wooden floors, glass doors and contemporary features. Other facilities include swimming pool and a fully-equipped spa.

Prices start from £4,450pp, based on twin share. Price applicable for travel in Dec 2018 – Jan 2019, and includes two free nights. The price includes four nights at Mpingo Ridge Tented Camp (fully-inclusive), four nights at Lemala Ndutu Camp (fully-inclusive), all game-viewing activities with experienced English-speaking guide, transfers in private vehicle, airport transfers, internal flight (Serengeti to Arusha), all entrance and park fees. International flights to Kilimanjaro are additional, starting from £550pp with Kenya Airways.

NEW: Kuthengo Camp, Malawi
The new eight-day ‘Liwonde and Lake Malawi (Beach and Safari)’ itinerary is a perfect combination of safari and beach, spending three nights at Robin Pope’s new bush camp in Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s prime wilderness region, followed by four nights relaxing at an upmarket beach resort on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Kuthengo Camp, which opened in April 2018 and is located along the Shire River, offers four modern tented rooms, with en-suite, outdoor shower and wooden deck with wonderful river views. Most of the camp’s energy is solar-derived, with an eco-friendly clever air-conditioning system that cools only within the mosquito net at night. There is a communal dining tent, boma for evening sundowners and a cosy bar. Two game activities are included per day, such as open-top vehicle and walking safaris in the company of an experienced guide, and seasonal boat safaris to see pods of hippos and basking crocodiles.

Guests then transfer to Makokola Retreat, to stay in a lake-front banda, generously furnished with Malawian crafts and vibrant fabrics.  Four days can be spent snorkelling and kayaking in Lake Malawi, on guided visits to Cape Maclear or Mua Mission, or relaxing and enjoying the lodge’s facilities, including spa and golf course.

Prices start from £2,190pp, based on twin share. This includes three nights at Robin Pope’s Kuthengo Camp (full-board), four nights at Makokola Retreat (full-board), scheduled game activities in Liwonde, park fees, laundry at Kuthengo Camp, transfers, regional flight from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe, non-motorised water sports at Makokola Retreat. International flights to Blantyre are additional, starting from £600pp with Kenya Airways.

NEW: Verney’s Camp, Zimbabwe
Gane and Marshall’s new ‘Zimbabwe Highlights’ itinerary includes four nights at the new Verney’s Camp in Hwange National Park. This 12-day safari adventure starts in Victoria Falls, journeys south to Hwange for several days of big game viewing in one of Africa’s oldest safari parks, before culminating in the wonderful Mana Pools National Park, with a three-night stay at the intimate Kanga Camp.

Verney’s Camp is the latest addition to the Machaba portfolio of central African safari camps. Opened in May 2018, it occupies a 25-acre private concession in the wild and remote south-eastern Hwange National Park. Nestling on the edge of a teak forest, the upmarket camp overlooks a busy waterhole that is a magnet for Hwange’s famous elephant herds. Ten stylish tented suites all have separate lounge, polished wooden floorboards, chic furnishing and en-suite. Two of the ten tents are family units accommodating two adults and two children.

On arrival in Zimbabwe, the itinerary includes a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and a tour of Victoria Falls. The remaining time in Victoria Falls is at leisure, with activities bookable locally including jet boat rides, white-water rafting, scenic helicopter flights, river safaris and game walks. After the stay in Hwange National Park, the itinerary moves to Mana Pools National Park, for days spent enjoying a mix of guided game drives, walking safaris and water-based activities.

Prices start from £3,995pp, based on twin share. This includes four nights at Batonka Guest Lodge in Victoria Falls (breakfast included), four nights at Verney’s Camp in Hawange National Park (fully-inclusive), three nights at Kanga Camp in Mana Pools National Park (full-board), internal flights, transfers in private vehicles, all national park entry fees, and the services of experienced regional guides. International flights to Victoria Falls are additional, starting from £750pp with Virgin Atlantic & partners.

NEW: Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia
The new, 11-day ‘Safaris, Skeletons & Shipwrecks’ self-drive safari itinerary spends time at two new Namibia lodges and camps – Hoanib Valley Camp and Shipwreck Lodge, which recently hit the headlines due to rumours the new Duke & Duchess of Sussex will honeymoon there. Time will tell…

Opened in June 2018, Shipwreck Lodge lies north of Mowe Bay at the mouth of the Hoarusib River. In a unique touch, each sophisticated room has been built in the shape of a typical shipwreck, and has solar electricity, en-suite bathroom, private terrace and incredible coastal views. The lounge of the main building has an open fire to be enjoyed during the typically cool evenings. Guests will take a full-day excursion to Mowe Bay and its seal colony, explore Skeleton Coast Park on a guided game drive, and more.

Opened in May 2018, Hoanib Valley Camp offers six stylish yet simple tented chalets with a modern African design, with en-suite, comfortable furnishings and porch with incredible views. The camp’s other facilities include a dining area, bar and a comfortable lounge. Days will be spent exploring the arid Kaokoveld region on guided game drives and walks, and there will be the opportunity to visit to the local Himba, Herero or Damara tribes.

The self-drive itinerary starts in Windhoek, then journeys north-west through the wild, semi-desert terrain of Damaraland and Kaokoland to reach the remote Hoanib Valley. Here, safari lovers will delight at three days spent in the fabulous Hoanib Valley, looking for the rare desert-adapted elephant amid towering mountains, vast dunes and huge expanses of desert. The tour of Namibia continues west to the starkly beautiful Skeleton Coast region, before returning to Windhoek via Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation.

Prices start from £4,980pp, based on twin share. This includes one night at Heinitzburg Castle in Windhoek (breakfast included), one night at Erongo Wilderness Lodge in the Erongo Mountains (half-board), one night at Camp Kipwe in Twyfelfontein (half-board), two nights at Hoanib Valley Camp (fully-inclusive), two nights at Shipwreck Lodge (fully-inclusive), one night at Grootberg Lodge in Damaraland (half-board), two nights at Okonjima Plains Camp (half-board), vehicle hire (Toyota 4×4, or similar), national park entry fees, activities, safari drives, excursions and transfers as per self-drive itinerary. International flights to Windhoek are additional, starting from £750pp on South African Airways.

To book, please go to www.ganeandmarshall.com or call 01822 600 600.

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