Our New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

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New Year’s resolutions. They’re easy to make but difficult to maintain and usually end up making us feel worse off than we were in the first place. This year, we’re making some New Year’s resolutions we can actually stick to – and enjoy!

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What's Trending in Travel for 2017?

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As 2016 begins to wind down and we look further into the future to 2017, we've collated a list of the biggest travel trends for 2017.

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Unexpected Luxuries in the Heart of Nature

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“Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends” – Coco Chanel

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How to survive a walking safari

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Before the modern 4WD safari became so popular – and, in fact, before arrival of cars in general – the only way to experience the flora and fauna of the African bush was on foot. Early African explorers such as David Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley and even Ernest Hemmingway would have discovered Africa on a walking safari of sorts.

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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We are delighted to announce that twelve of our properties have been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2016. We would like to thank all of our guests for giving their feedback on TripAdvisor, as it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

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Africa in 360˚ Virtual Reality using Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard now lets you explore the world in Virtual Reality using the Google Street View app. So we sent our intrepid Google Street View photographer out on the road to visit our Southern Africa properties so you can now 'virtually' experience our lodges and camps from the comfort of your armchair!

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Which African National Parks Are Best For you?

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If you were to take Africa and cover the surface of the moon with it, around 80% of the moon’s surface area would be covered. With this much land, it’s no wonder there is so much variety on offer at each of the African national parks and reserves. But such diversity can make it hard to select precisely which safari destination is right for you.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

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We think time is one of life’s most precious resources. So there are certain things we’ll never compromise on in our quest to bring you the perfect holiday in the perfect location.

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Honeymoon Safaris: What to Expect

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The romance of Africa has captivated and inspired everyone from explorers to writers for centuries. There is something about this continent that draws you in and forces you to feel more alive. It is hard, then, to think of a more fitting way to celebrate life as Mr and Mrs than on an African safari honeymoon.

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Find Your Sanctuary

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Sanctuary, to us, means refuge, a place to escape the storm of everyday life. It means to switch off, relax and enjoy what this beautiful world has to offer, whether that be watching the circle of life on the plains of Africa, or uncovering the mysteries of the Orient by river boat. This is what it means to us. But what does it mean to you?

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Top 20 Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

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Here at Sanctuary Retreats we are no strangers to getting up-close-and-personal with the local wildlife around our camps and lodges. Our staff have had numerous encounters with vervet monkeys helping themselves to food from the buffet table, as well as the occasional baboon discovering where the sugar is kept and trying to make a run for it when he thinks nobody is watching.

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Christmas with Sanctuary Retreats: Guest Reviews

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Choosing where to spend your Christmas break can be a daunting experience; ‘will the kids enjoy it?’, ‘will the food be up to scratch?’, and ‘will I feel homesick?’ are common thoughts which might race through your head. To help you decide whether to book with us, we have put together a selection of reviews from guests who have stayed with us over the Christmas period.

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Top Five ‘Under the Stars’ Experiences

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When you think of a luxury safari holiday, the term ‘under the stars’ is never the first thing that springs to mind. However, what could be more luxurious than sitting under a glorious canopy of stars with a G&T in hand? At Sanctuary Retreats we know that your holiday doesn’t stop when the sundowners run out which is why we’ve put together a selection of the best activities to do ‘under the stars’:

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Operation Phoenix: Madikwe Game Reserve

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When planning a luxury safari, South Africa will no doubt be one of the top destinations in your mind. However, choosing which park or reserve to spend your time in can be a daunting prospect. At Sanctuary Retreats, we think Madikwe Game Reserve is the greatest private game reserve South Africa has to offer.

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