As the plane descends, the raw beauty of Africa comes into focus. From high in the air, you can sense the enormity of it all, but as the plane comes into land, you can't capture all the immaculate details with your eyes. Perhaps a giraffe wandering along, her colors blurring into the scorched yellow of the landscape. Maybe a buffalo herd grazing close to the airstrip, or a cluster of zebra gracing the drive to the lodge. It's just like how many people imagine, a rich bounty of animals finding their way into almost every panorama. The exquisite details are also clearly visible from your luxurious glass-fronted suite; just gaze out from the bed, and there's likely to be an array of animals down below.
After you've landed, safari doesn't really have a start or an end. Even when sipping a cocktail in the private plunge pool, it's difficult to escape the wild mammal sightings. You could spend hours on the private verandah, getting away from the world yet also continually spotting different mammals. Perhaps a herd of kudu grazing below, maybe springbok skipping past, or even the melancholic plodding of an old elephant bull. With private reserves and lodges like this, the idea is to ensure you're completely comfortable, while still being able to enjoy the authenticity of Africa. So relax in your suite, watch the landscape majestically change colors at sunset, and enjoy the first animal encounters without leaving the privacy of your verandah.
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