To have more stuff (#stuffocation) or to have more experiences (#experientialism)? Research shows that there is no doubt that experiences bring us more lasting happiness. These are the five best new safari lodges we are most excited to experience in 2017, we hope you can join us.
Opening: 1 June 2017
Location: on the edge of Volcans National Park, Rwanda
Wilderness Safaris is opening a brand new premier camp in Rwanda which will showcase the areas’ rich wildlife from Gorillas to butterflies. Their ambitious reforestation project is well on its feet and several thousand indigenous trees have already been planted. As with all Wilderness Safaris lodges the environmental footprint is exceptionally light. At the lodge you can expect presentations from Gorilla experts covering topics such as their genetics, their endangered status, their diet and behavior, why they do not survive in captivity and much more. We have always enjoyed the Gorilla sightings at Volcans and are delighted with this new development.
Opening: 30 April 2017
Location: Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Designed by Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens (the duo behind North Island and Angama Mara), Miavana is pioneering the first ultra-luxury lodge in Madagascar. Whale watching, lemur walks and Scuba diving will all be on offer at this island sanctuary. Although superbly stylish, the camp will have a low impact, and their aim is to conserve the island’s natural resources whilst providing world class marine and land based activities. Madagascar is of extreme importance in terms of its unique flora and fauna but has always been limited in its luxury offerings, this will certainly take things to the next level. We are excited to see much needed investment taking place on this magical island.
Opening: December 2017
Location: Iguazu Falls, Argentina
This boutique property is located just 15 minutes from the falls on the banks of the Iguazu River, within the forest and built on stilts for minimal environmental impact. The lodge will feature a private-guide system and excursions will include biologist-led journeys to the falls, sunset boat rides, and visits to archaeological sites in the area.
Opened: March 2017
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
We know that this is by no means a safari lodge but the V&A Waterfront is the perfect base from which to explore the natural wonders of Cape Town – including Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark boat excursions, penguin viewing and flower safaris to name a few. The Silo is simply breathtaking in its architectural beauty which is complemented by 360 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain.
MATETSI RIVER LODGE
Opened: August 2016
Location: Matetsi (40km from Victoria Falls), Zimbabwe
Following an extensive rebuild, the much beloved Matetsi Lodge is back in business. We were thrilled when Matetsi had been taken back under the wing of andBeyond – Simon and Jen first visited the property in the early 90’s when traveling as students through Zimbabwe and later when it was first run by andBeyond. We look forward to a swim in the 20 meter long rim flow pool that stretches along the banks of the Zambezi River.