Tsala Treetop Lodge

SOUTH AFRICA

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Tsala is a luxury treetop lodge in the largest tract of natural forest in South Africa, located along the infamous Garden Route - a 300km stretch of the coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The retreat is surrounded by ancient indigenous trees, rolling valleys, and velvet hills. Stay in one of ten Treetop suites or one of six two-bedroom Treetop Villas, built into the canopy, and complete with wraparound verandahs and infinity plunge pools. Enjoy glass walls with views to the surrounding forest, free-standing tubs, and sun loungers. The design echoes natural fabrics, earthy colours, and raw textures, resembling stone and ebony. Tsala works hard to preserve the animals and the environment  within the property as well as support the local community.

Wander the property and learn about its many species of trees. Hike to the scenic Robberg Peninsula or through the Garden of Eden Forest. Go mountain biking along the Garden Route. Snorkel with African fur seals or go whale watching. Visit the free flight bird sanctuary or the world’s first free multi-specie primate sanctuary. Go Paddle Boarding through the peaceful Keurbooms River. Sail though the majestic Knysna Heads cliffs. Try surfing at the Plettenberg Bay. Go bungy jumping at Bloukrans - the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump at 216m. Go cage dive diving with Great White Sharks - a truly once in a lifetime experience.

Cristalino Lodge

BRAZIL

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The Cristalino Lodge is located in the Brazilian Amazon region inside a private forest reserve, sitting on the banks of Cristalino River. Choose one of the 18 wooden rooms or bungalows, carefully designed to blend into the environment and built using natural materials. Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys. Take the afternoon to read in a hammock on a private terrace. Watch the sunset on the floating dock and listen to the soothing sounds of the river. 

The Cristalino Lodge is perfect for wildlife lovers, and especially bird watchers (There are a total of about 586 bird species discovered in this region). Enjoying kayaking through the mysterious Cristalino river. Hike through numerous jungle trails. Visit the Lodge's own 50m observation towers. Take a guided flora & fauna boat safari. See spider and night monkeys, anteaters, sloths, otters, and have a possible encounter with a jaguar, a puma or a black panther. 

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

SRI LANKA

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a unique luxury camp on the shores of the Indian Ocean and next to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. The unique architecture was created by Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, using natural materials, and masterfully diminishing the line between man-made and nature. There are 28 luxury tents, called Cocoons & Urchins, in the shape and colour of the surrounding rock formations, and the aerial view of a leopard's paw print. Enjoy expedition chic design, complete with copper bathtubs and four-poster beds, views to the jungle or the ocean, and private plunge pools in some. Cool off in the pool after a day of exploring. Visit the Sanctuary Spa and get one of the traditional Sri Lankan treatments, using Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon.

Yala National Park is famous for the highest leopard concentration in the world and is perfect for wildlife lovers. Enjoy daily safaris with expert naturalist guides, discovering exotic flora and fauna, various birds and mammals, including elephants and sloth bears. A day trip to some of the ancient Buddhist sites in the area is recommended as well. 

Bushmans Kloof

SOUTH AFRUCA

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Bushmans Kloof is an award-winning South African lodge, located at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. The retreat offers unique luxury accommodation complete with an unparalleled wilderness experience. There are 16 rooms and suites to choose from, as well as a private villa for up to 10 guests - the Koro Lodge. Enjoy open plains, botanical gardens and ancient sandstone formations surrounding the area. Relax in the outdoor gazebo, dine anywhere on the vast property or simply take in this ecological oasis. 

Travellers visiting Bushman's Kloof will be here to take in the spectacular surroundings and enjoy the personalized tours. Swim in secret waterfalls or kayak in the river, running through the reserve. Hike across the rock formations or roam the plains, where you may spot the elusive Cape Leopard, living in the nearby mountains. Other animals to look out for are Bat-Eared Fox, African Wildcat, Cape Fox, Caracal (African Lynx), Cape Clawless Otter, and Baboon to name a few.

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

SOUTH AFRICA

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Kagga Kamma is situated in the Cederberg mountain region among the red-brown textured sandstone formations. The accommodation choices are the reason that you are here. Choose the Outcrop Open Air Room to sleep under the stars, while listening to the sounds of the night on a remote rocky outcrop with a bedside fire. Another unique option are the Bushman Lodges. Choose one of five thatched rondavels or one of ten cave suites, built into the rock formations. Explore the formations closely from your private terrace. During the hot summer months, cool off in the swimming pool, seamlessly blending in between large rocks.

There is more than enough to keep the adventurous occupied at Kagga Kamma. Take a scenic ride around the area on a mountain bike or a 4x4. Enjoy the unique game viewing and see Cederberg's famous landscapes. History lovers will enjoy Ancient rock art sites nearby. Visit the Mini Observatory at the end of the day to see billions of stars and make a wish to come back.

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