JetSet owner Julia Douglas’s favorite way to experience Africa is to combine bush and beach. After several days spent on safari, the Kenya and Tanzania coast is calling.
Discover barefoot luxury at the North Island in the Seychelles. Eleven private guest villas have been crafted from local materials, fusing luxury and simplicity. Coming soon to the Seychelles is the posh Four Seasons Desroches. Located on the remote Mirante—a 35-minute flight from Mahé—explore nine miles of white beach. One of our favorites to add on to South Africa experience is Mozambique’s &Beyond Benguerra. Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago, the lodge is located on a protected marine conservation area, with dare-to-leave-me beaches and unspoiled coral reefs.
Visit Fregate Island—a stunning jewel of the Seychelles that’s home to 2,200 free-roaming Giant Aldabra tortoises, and is a Banyan Hill estate on a completely secluded peninsula.
Experienced trackers and guides suggest age 10 for bringing kids on safari, though they have—and will—take younger children. Considering vaccinations pre-trip, trans-Atlantic flight schedules, time spent sitting quietly in vehicles on game drives, and limited independent activity, 10 or older ensures the greatest outcome.
At Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor in Kenya, a 1930s building celebrates classic British colonial décor, yet kiddos will most appreciate the herd of friendly resident Rothschild giraffes which often poke their heads into the restaurant in search of treats—an ideal “warm-up” to game drives. Lewa House offers beautifully designed “huts.” Three are original thatched roofs, while an additional four new structures emulate the originals and are fully sustainable. All meals are served family style with fellow guests. We loved this family-operated property.
A rare offering while on safari, a horseback ride in Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy may reveal the elusive black rhino.
There’s liveaboards, and then seeing the islands aboard the Integrity, which hosts a maximum of 16 guests. Ideal for adventurists, foodies, and wine lovers, a multigenerational trip buyout ensures island bliss. Bookend the Integrity with stays at Hacienda Zuleta and Mashpi Lodge—both National Geographic Unique Lodges of the world.
Highlights to the Integrity include:
– Minimize contact with other visitors while maximizing your Galapagos experience.
– Luxurious and intimate guest cabins.
– Handcrafted cuisine by professionally trained chefs, who source local ingredients.
– Hassle free and all-inclusive—entertainment for the kids and activities for adults, all in a safe, worry-free setting.
– Cally Pirrung
– Jill Taylor