Exciting safari openings

train hotel on bridge Credit: Kruger Shalati For all those tying the knot in 2022 it's time to start planning your honeymoon now! What, honestly, is more amazing and life-changing than a safari for your honeymoon? Perfect for those looking for warmer weather, romantic settings and adventure, these destinations have it all. From star-gazing suites, culinary delights and thrill-seeking trips and tours, there really is something for everyone. It's the epitome of 'getting back to nature' and the honeymoon album will look amazing. Indulge, enjoy, here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we are struggling to pick our favourite...

bed in bedroom Credit: Kruger Shalati Kruger Shalati - a reimagined 1950s steam train and now, quirky boutique hotel on Selati Bridge high above the Sabie River in the KrugerTrainspotters and wildlife enthusiasts alike will adore Kruger Shalati, a quirky boutique hotel inside a refurbished 1950s steam train.

Parked permanently atop the Selati Bridge, high above the Sabie River inside Kruger National Park – where in the 1920s, trains would stop overnight – 24 glass-walled carriage rooms will open first.

Bedrooms will be filled with local arts and craft and, alongside expert-led game drives, guests will be able to spot crocodiles, hippos and elephants from their bedrooms – or from the on-bridge pool. Seven family-friendly land-based rooms will open in the new year.

Check out theluxurysafaricompany.com

lodges on stilts in Savannah Credit: Xigera Xigera ("kee-jera") Camp - The completely rebuilt camp is a bold new safari lodge set in the heart of the Okavango Delta on the aptly named Paradise Island.

Opened at the end of 2020, it is surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation within a remote area of the productive Moremi Game Reserve. For much of the year, this magnificent area epitomises the permanently flooded areas of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, interwoven channels and expansive floodplains.

With just 12 suites showcasing the finest southern African artisans, Xigera has been innovatively designed to protect its pristine environment; it is 100% solar-powered, with a dedicated focus on sustainability and eliminating single-use plastics. Every spacious suite will be fully air-conditioned.

Check out theluxurysafaricompany.com

bath tub with view of safari rangeCredit: Xigera
safari inspired lounge and furniture Credit: Xigera

safari lodge on stilts with pool area Credit: Singita Sabora Singita Sabora Tented Camp - Newly refurbished and reopened this year A destination perfect for travellers yearning for an African safari infused with the continent's contemporary energy and enveloped in unrivalled levels of comfort. It features mindfully created interiors with a rich combination of textures, forward-thinking and functional aesthetics, and a modern interpretation of the quintessential elements of a romantic tented safari.

Complemented by pared-back interpretations of traditional safari style, it sets the tone for a leading-edge expression of life under canvas that is light, modern and elegant.
Each suite includes a private meditation deck, an outdoor sala with daybeds, a private fitness area, and a lifestyle unit with a perfectly curated in-room pantry and dining space. A unique 'Guest Deli' featuring wicker baskets and fridges filled with gourmet delights allows guests to pick and choose treats to enjoy in the privacy of their suites or picnic spots around the camp.

Singita Sabora Tented Camp is set in 350,000 acres of protected wilderness in Singita Grumeti, which provides guests with a front-row seat to some of the most prized game viewing on the continent – including the Great Migration.

Check out theluxurysafaricompany.com

lodge camp with pool in trees Credit: TuludiTuludi - If you've been forever dreaming of an iconic Okavango Delta experience, then end your search with Tuludi - you'll adore its new star-gazing suite!

The camp is located in the Khwai Private Reserve, over 200,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, and the landscape is fit for a fairy tale: floodplains stretch as far as the eye can see and the glistening waterways and emerald forests attract all the stars of the safari show.

Tuludi Lodge is on the 800-square mile Khwai Private Reserve, harkens back to a more traditional safari - all comforts are provided in the airy, high-pitched tented rooms (even plunge pools), but the public spaces are intimate and the focus is on the exceptional wildlife: dense, varied, and including even the elusive wild dogs, which often hunt under the decks of the dining area.

Check out theluxurysafaricompany.com

bed under canvasCredit: Tuludi
terrace restaurant at sunset Credit: Tuludi
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