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Go2Africa's Award-Winning Safari Travel Specialists Share What's new in Africa and Reason to Travel in 2022

Cape Town, South Africa (September 21, 2021) Go2Africa is pleased to share the new openings and private experiences travelers can look forward to in 2022. With an entire team of African born and raised specialists, including seven named as Conde Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists in 2021, travelers are in excellent hands. Whether it is your first trip to Africa or you are planning to get further off the beaten path, travelers can start planning now with confidence that every detail from A to Z will be taken care of, including Covid-19 protocols with 24/7 on-safari support.

 

Africa is filled with once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list experiences. Unique opportunities await from hot-air balloon flights over the vast herds of the Great Migration to trekking into the secret emerald world of the rainforests, to encountering gorillas and family-friendly whale-watching and world-class scuba diving.  Go2Africa’s team of experts have been committed to building first hand knowledge since 1998, collectively spending more than 365 days each year on safari. 100% of the revenue stays in Africa to support local communities and conservation projects to protect these unique places for future generations.

“One of our core values at Go2Africa is resilience, and I’m proud to say we’ve dug deep over the past 18 months to come back stronger than ever,” shares Maija de Rijk-Uys, Managing Director of Go2Africa. She adds “Each week there are new domestic or regional flights being added within Africa, and the announcement of international routes reopening from the USA to both Kenya and South Africa has helped increase our US client base from 65% to 76% in the past 6 months. We’re now seeing bookings from US clients at pre-COVID levels, and these clients are helping to keep safari lodges operating, aid in vital conservation and support sustainability initiatives whilst traveling with purpose.”

Africa's Newest
Hotel Openings 

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Nestled amongst fever trees in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Sanctuary Tambarare is opening June 2022. Sanctuary Tambarare looks out across the grassy plateau of the award-winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 90,000 acres of unspoiled African landscape where the Big Five roam - including the last two northern white rhinos on earth. After adventurous days tracking lions, riding horses alongside rhinos, or spotting giraffes and elephants at this stunning wildlife retreat, guests can retire to the secluded tented camp for sundowners, relaxation, and attentive five-star service with 10 luxurious guest tents. 

Guests who enjoy fitness activities can embark on a cycling safari, run a 5–7 kilometer (3–4 mile) trail through the conservancy, or join a one-hour coach-led class with a focus on functional fitness. Community interactions are perfect for those who want to learn more about the communities surrounding Ol Pejeta. 

 

For more information on experiences in Kenya visit Go2Africa.

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

"Tambarare sets the benchmark for exclusive five-star luxury safaris at the world-renowned Ol Pejeta conservancy. It’s an area where all of the big 5 are found, and lion tracking is an option, but is best known for its conservation efforts in saving the last northern white rhino,"

When Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts opens their new Ilha Caldeira property in Mozambique, activities will include whale-watching, kayaking, scuba-diving (shipwreck diving), and exploring the islands within the Archipelago. Forty private pool villas with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean will allow guests to connect with unexplored lush tropical surroundings and white sandy beaches.

This previously uninhabited island is in the Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago, which is Africa’s largest marine reserve. It is home to Mozambique’s intact living corals, green and hawksbill sea turtles. True to Banyan Tree’s commitment to the environment, the resort will be 100% solar-powered, and all water on the island is desalinated.

 

Explore experiences in Mozambique with Go2Africa.

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

"Part of Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago, Africa's largest marine reserve - this private island experience promises to deliver authentic Mozambique hospitality blended with ultra-luxury tropical surroundings."

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Namibia is renowned for its ideal star-gazing conditions. Nowhere more so than NamibRand Nature Reserve, which is actually the only official Dark Sky Reserve on the entire African continent. The Wolwedans Collection of elegant safari camps is set against a backdrop of diverse and breathtaking desert scenery. 

It provides the perfect base from which to embark on exciting and interpretative safari activities or simply relax and enjoy the grandeur of the pro-Namib landscape. The final part of the Wolwedans revamp sees the addition of 6 Star Beds units with a central dining area. These units are open to the sky for a dramatic Dark Sky experience and an igloo for bad weather. 

Explore Namibia with Go2Africa or discover Africa’s best star bed experiences.

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

"This is definitely one of the most unique and incredible experiences one can have on safari, spending the night under the starlit sky in the only African Dark Sky Reserve. The ultimate way to end the perfect day in Africa!"

Leopard Sands River Lodge by BON Hotels' borders overlooks the world-renowned Kruger National Park and is only minutes from the Kruger Gate entrance. The exquisitely designed lodge consists of 18 luxury units; all  with private plunge pools overlooking the iconic river that is home to hippos, crocodiles and countless species of birds. The property boasts an elevated restaurant that gives guests a unique view of the park. Brought to life out of a love for nature, hospitality and sustainable tourism, Leopard Sands River Lodge cannot wait to welcome guests to experience the breathtaking scenes on offer right on its doorsteps.

 

Start planning your South Africa adventure with Go2Africa.

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

"Leopard Sands River Lodge has a great location for guests wanting to visit the Kruger National Park; either on a self-drive basis or including game activities;  it’s close to airports as well as the Kruger Gate Entrance. With rooms overlooking the Sabi River guests can expect game viewing from the deck of their rooms!"

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The Homestead is set to launch in early 2022 on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Nambiti is regarded as one of South Africa's most ambitious conservation initiatives and one of the few reserves where the majesty of the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino) can be experienced. From tailored excursions like visits to Africa's most important battlefields to animal photography classes, world-class hiking through diverse habitats, mind-blowing stargazing, and anti-poaching learning sessions, every excursion brings together culture, nature, community, history, and stories to help guests reach a new level of understanding about themselves and their role in the world. 

The Homestead will debut on Nambiti with 12 ultra-luxury lodges, six of which are designed for couples or solo travelers, featuring individual infinity pools, while the remaining six can be booked privately or connected to one another for groups traveling together. The property will also feature a world-class spa, fitness center, infinity pool, multiple food and beverage outlets, and meetings and event spaces. Culinary and dining experiences will encompass organic, locally sourced, African-inspired dishes curated by world-class chefs. The luxury eco-lodge will also be available for private buyouts. With sustainability at its core, The Homestead is designed to become a complementary part of the natural landscape. 

 

Start planning your South Africa adventure with Go2Africa.

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

"Knowing Nambiti Game Reserve and their wildlife, history and sustainability ethos, this Luxury Eco Lodge certainly looks like a great add on to their portfolio!"

This authentic semi-permanent safari camp is positioned to intercept the natural flow of animals through Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem during the annual Great Migration. This translates to optimal viewing of one of nature’s greatest spectacles. 

Ubuntu Camp is a traditional, intimate camp that offers a simple set-up with a raw wilderness feel. It delicately balances safari authenticity with guest comfort. This traditional tented camp is designed to leave no trace. They can quickly disassemble and move with the herds to new pastures for optimal sightings. 

Days are spent out in the bush looking for wildlife such as lions or cheetahs attracted by the huge gatherings of prey. Over morning coffee, watch wildebeest males chasing each other or zebras tussling. For a sunrise to remember, start the day by gliding above the plains in a hot-air balloon. In the evening, look up as the stars reveal themselves in their thousands.

For more information and to plan a Tanzania safari experience with Go2Africa explore here

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

"For those wanting a balance between authenticity and comfort, this tented camp provides the ideal base from which to view the migration during the ‘calving’ and ‘river crossing’ spectacles."

Africa travel trends

1. Private Buyout Experiences
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3. Remote Work Experiences in the Seychelles
4. Galapagos of Africa: São Tomé and Príncipe 
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Private Experiences

With a focus on the outdoors, exclusive safari homes, personal chefs, and private guides make Africa a desirable and safe destination for 2022. Go2Africa organizes exclusive and one-of-a-kind tailored trips that allow travelers a personalized and private experience, so you can avoid the crowds and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Scroll for a sample of the most unique and new private offerings available for 2022.

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

"Enjoying a private experience when on an African safari adventure is an incomparable luxury. Exclusive accommodations, private charter flights, and passionate staff give you the freedom to experience Africa at your own pace, with everything designed specifically around your desires."

For any new bookings until December 31, 2021 affected by COVID-related restrictions and complications, Go2Africa commits to no cancellation fees, 100% refundable deposit, and trip deferment with no penalties. 

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About Go2Africa: 

Go2Africa is a multi-award-winning tour operator based out of Cape Town that curates exceptional, personalized African vacations, specializing in safaris, plus wineland and gastronomy experiences, city escapes, beach, diving, and golf tours across the continent. Since 1998, the team has been committed to building first-hand knowledge of every destination, lodge, and activity they recommend from their 3000+ partners. Working across 15 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, 100% of their revenues stay in Africa, supporting local communities and conservation projects, making a difference long after their clients return home.  With an entire team of African-born and raised specialists, including seven named as Conde Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists in 2021, travelers are in expert hands. From spotting the Big 5 to following the Wildebeest Migration, trekking into the rainforests to encounter endangered mountain gorillas, enjoying world-class scuba diving and whale watching, or simply enjoying sundowner drinks on an endless savannah, Go2Africa can help create the perfect experience to immerse oneself in the magic of Africa - one of life’s most incredible experiences.

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Additional Resources

Curious about the COVID-19 protocols followed at safari lodges and camps? See our comprehensive guide on how guests are kept safe on safari.

Want to know which safari countries are open for travel and what their entry requirements are? See our handy resource with real-time updates.