Luxury Safari: South Africa & Botswana
Andrew Harper editors planned a recent trip to South Africa and Botswana to include a number of new or recently upgraded safari properties. If you choose to follow in their footsteps, you will experience astonishing scenic variety, from dry bushveld to the tangled lagoons of the Okavango Delta and the overpowering immensity of the Kalahari Desert. All the lodges and camps offer a high degree of comfort (although some are more luxurious than others), delicious food and hospitable staff. You will also experience some of the most prolific and pristine wildlife areas of Africa. Although not guaranteed, it is highly likely that you will also see the so-called “Big Five” game animals: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
Day 1 : Johannesburg
Johannesburg is the commercial and cultural capital of South Africa, and for its devotees, a fascinating and dynamic place, despite its notorious problem with violent crime. After arriving at the airport, head northwest to The Saxon, an exceptional boutique hotel in the tranquil suburb of Sandhurst.
The Saxon is an idyllic enclave with luxuriant gardens, imaginative interior design, delicious food and obliging staff. There are few more delightful places in which to recuperate from the rigors of a long trans-Atlantic flight.
Formerly a private mansion, this was where Nelson Mandela wrote his autobiography. Now a gracious boutique property centered on a stunning lobby framed by two sweeping staircases.