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!

Get Healthy

Flex those muscles in the “predator capital of Africa” at our newly built gym at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp which features a treadmill, stationary bicycle, rowing machine, weights, and yoga equipment. Weights and yoga mats are also provided for use at several of our safari camps so you can work on your downward dog while trying to spot wild dog from the comfort of your private veranda.

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For those interested in a more tranquil approach to exercise, enjoy early morning Tai Chi on the deck of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer: think pristine, rugged landscape views, soothing sounds and gentle movements. If that’s not enough, a trip to the ship’s doctor might be the order of the day. Specialising in Eastern medicine, our on board doctor provides demonstrations of popular techniques as well as one-on-one consultations.

Being healthy means nothing if you don’t also exercise the mind, and what better way to do this than practicing the ancient art of meditation. Find inner peace as you listen to the sounds of passing wildlife at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge’s sleep out hide, or contemplate mindfulness as the sun rises on board Sanctuary Ananda in the home of Buddhism: Myanmar.

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Get Rejuvenated

In days gone by the test of a luxury holiday would be pinned almost entirely on the quality of the spa, and while things have moved on a bit since then we still love to throw in a bit of “me-time” to our holidays. With spa treatments available at many of our safari properties and on board both Sanctuary Ananda and Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, you’re free to relax, rebalance and rejuvenate between game drives and sightseeing tours.

Choose between healing massage therapies, exfoliating face masks and holistic body rituals amid the beauty and serenity of nature. Let the tension dissipate with the setting of the sun at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, be absorbed in the elegantly charming surroundings of Sanctuary Olonana, and allow yourself time to indulge in the ultimate luxury of spa.

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Get Connected (with nature)

Forget updating your online persona, put down the smartphone and step away from your emails. It’s time to start that digital detox you’ve been promising yourself. 2017 is all about getting connected… to nature.

With safari lodges in some of the most remote locations in Africa, including Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Zambia’s South Luangwa, guests are invited to switch off and take in all the beauty this world has to offer. Of course, it wouldn’t be luxury accommodation without free Wi-Fi so we’ll forgive you the odd surf in order to show off that elephant you found outside your room this morning, or to gloat about the view of the Milky Way you enjoyed whilst in the depths of the Serengeti.

Sir David Attenborough once claimed that meeting mountain gorilla was “one of the most exciting encounters of [his] life” and that “there is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than with any other animal I know.” With this in mind, what better way to connect with nature in 2017 than by making the trip of a lifetime to Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest to spend time with the most endangered species of gorilla?

Get Ethical

2017 has been named the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations so we’re delighted to invite you to give back, go organic and enjoy our eco-rated holidays in style.

A commitment to conservation and responsible tourism has been an integral part of the construction of our properties and our daily operations ever since we opened our first camp in Kenya's Masai Mara in 1999.

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Through our philanthropic arm, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy (SRP), our aim is to build long lasting relationships with rural communities in the areas where we operate to ensure we have a positive impact on the people, wildlife and environment we call home. Get involved by visiting the villages we work with, including Nakatindi in Zambia and Sin Kyun in Myanmar, or by donating to one of our various projects.

Once you’re done giving back, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the locally sourced, organically grown delicacies on the menu. Many of our camps, lodges and ships purchase fruit and vegetables from local farmers and Sanctuary Olonana even has its very own organic vegetable garden. Guests on board Sanctuary Ananda can also enjoy a trip to the village market with our chef, followed by a lesson on how to cook with the freshly bought ingredients.

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Make sure you treat yourself in 2017 with a river cruise or safari with Sanctuary Retreats. To find out more, contact our reservations team.