Safari operator AndBeyond will open its Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on Oct. 16 after a 10-month whole rebuild. The lodge is positioned in Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve within its oldest wilderness and the continent’s simplest Dark Sky Reserve.
The new layout maximizes each landscape’s perspective and skyscape via ground-to-ceiling glass partitions and above-mattress, retractable skylights while still embracing AndBeyond’s central ethos sustainability with as mild a footprint as possible.
The ten suites, each of the 1 four hundred square feet, act as their very own solar power plant, producing sufficient electricity to electricity strength, air-con and water remedy, and recycling systems. Each suite could have desert perspectives from each corner in addition to butler hatches with mystery, sun-powered freezer drawers stocked with ice cream and Namibian craft beer; in-room fireplaces and artist easels; massive non-public verandas with doors showers and fireplace pits; chilled plunge swimming pools; and a wilderness-vital rack entire with sunblock, facial spritzer, kikoi (African pareo), sun hat, walking stick, and Swarovski Optik binoculars.
Travelers can have a spread of options for eating venues, from personalized dinners on the terrace or the rooftop below the celebrities to dune picnics inside the nearby “fairy circles” (mysterious circles with no flowers developing in them discovered inside the grasslands of the Namib Desert). A new kitchen can even allow tourists to get their arms dirty with cooking instructions from curing light and sustainable recreation meat to making ice cream.
The hotel also features a brand new wellness middle; a gymnasium strategically positioned to trap the barren region sunrise for early-morning yoga flows, a pre-breakfast treadmill run, and a spa.
Rates begin at NAD nine,265 (about $645) in keeping with man or woman, in step with the night, together with food and beverage, safari activities, and airstrip transfers.
High Plains Conservation will open a brand new tented camp, Mara Nyika, in the Masai Mara in August. Situated on the Naboisho Conservancy, Mara Nyika will incorporate four tents, accommodating just eight guests in general.
The camp has been built within the treetops, with walkways connecting each tent. A brilliant field for the more adventurous vacationer, Mara Nyika could have a treehouse feel beneath canvas even as maintaining a Great Plains ethos of conservation and occasional-effect tourism.
Its top vicinity at the Naboisho Conservancy permits guests to revel in a super 50,000-acre conservation region. Activities at the camp consist of early morning, overdue-afternoon, and middle of the night recreation drive in an open 44 vehicle in addition to the option of studying more approximately the neighborhood Masai community.
Through conservation costs, Mara Nyika helps the local people and around 500 Masai households with a sustainable livelihood.