Does the sun set or the earth rise?
15 October 2019

Either way, take a moment to pause

Undoubtedly, one of our favourite moments on safari has to be a special stop to celebrate the end of another day in Africa. Whether you think the sun sets or the earth rises, we all agree it is the perfect moment to pause.

I am travelling in the United States and as the days are getting cooler, Kimi and I are longing for the warmth of the sun on our shoulders as we sip a G&T. In lieu of a surprise bush stop, we'll feature 10 of our favourite African sunset moments instead.

ZAMBIA: Feet in the water

A refreshing end to a warm day. What a feeling to happen upon an oasis in the Kapamba river. Can you beat this?
TIP: The Bushcamp Company camps are open for an extended safari season - Kapamba, Zungulila are open until 6th Jan. Bilimungwe open until 27th Dec. Mfuwe Lodge open all year (but closed for refurb in 2020 until Easter. Watch this space...)
The Bushcamp Company

SOUTH AFRICA: Time to connect

Set up in the dry riverbed, spend some moments reliving the day, laughing and sharing together as the light dims to the soft glow of lanterns and starlight.
TIP: The much-loved Tanda Tula does have some availability over the Festive Season. Please check our updated availability calender (shows number of rooms instead of rates per night).
Tanda Tula

MOZAMBIQUE: Dive right in

Sailing into the sunset might be the end of many a lovely story, but this one is merely the beginning. Nothing like a dhow cruise to celebrate the turning of the earth.
TIP: Azura is a firm favourite for December and January escapes, but some availability can be found. More at Azura Quilalea than Azura Benguerra.
Azura Retreats

SOUTH AFRICA: Step right up

Just when you think things can't get better, your Kwandwe ranger pulls up to a drinks stop where the snacks and drinks compete with the splendour of the sunset. At Kwandwe every guest is guaranteed a signature sundowner experience during their stay.
TIP: Space over peak season at Kwandwe is patchy, but there is a 5-night Family Suite open from 1 - 5 January at Ecca Lodge. More space opens from 7th January.

NAMIBIA: Space, silence and solitude

A unique opportunity after a spectacular sunset drive - watch the shadows change as you contemplate life in a rare moment of absolute solitude. Now this is as far away as you get from the cold of the Northern Hemisphere!
TIP: Wolwedans takes 'white' Christmas to a new level - here you have an endless dusting of Namib sand. There is some space available over Christmas.

TANZANIA: On the edge of a lake

Chem Chem does the most exceptional sundowners. From Chem Chem Lodge, walk across the dry salt pan to a beautiful setting waiting on the edge of Lake Manyara. Or from Forest / Little Chem Chem, an exhilarating drive ends next to Lake Burunge. Sitting there, under the stars, just breathe and be.
TIP: With 2 lodges and their private camp, Chem Chem Safaris is showing a few gaps over the Festive Season, take a look and see what could work in any itineraries you are planning.
Chem Chem Safaris

KENYA: Sundowner rock

Here you really do watch the earth turn. After a short climb you are rewarded with magnificent, endless views over the Samburu plains. Breathtaking moments at Sasaab.
TIP: Give the availability chart a little time to upload as it pulls from all 4 of The Safari Collection camps - perfect for building an itinerary

TANZANIA: Surprise comfort

Spotted from your vehicle - the best reason to stretch your legs. Mwiba Lodge's team pulls out all the stops for their sundowner surprise on one of the granite boulders in the private Mwiba concession.
TIP: We are super excited about the new res system and online availability coming soon for Legendary Expeditions. They do have Festive Season space, please contact RESERVATIONS
Mwiba Lodge

REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Take a moment

Thick rainforest prevents the sun from reaching this secret spot where you can wet your feet and whet your appetite, with a short stroll back to Ngaga Camp for dinner.
TIP: Christmas in the Congo? Yes there is availability and why not share the holiday with a few gorillas?
Odzala Discovery Camps

SOUTH AFRICA: A land of mountains, wine and endless views

Views that don't stop inspiring awe. Walk to the deck high in the mountains above Delaire Graff Estate for ever-changing views in all directions.
TIP: As the jewel of the Cape winelands, space here only opens up mid January.
Delaire Graff Estate

However you choose to celebrate life, just do it daily. Whether at sun-up or sun-down, or any time in-between, cherish the moments together.
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Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
Classic Portfolio
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Kwandwe Fort House

Kwandwe Fort House is situated on a knoll overlooking the wide open plains of the 54 000-acre reserve. This is a sole-use safari villa in a private setting with sweeping views of the Great Fish River valley. Fort House discreetly combines the very best of an exclusive safari lodge with the latest conveniences of a modern home, it offers total privacy and an abundance of space to reconnect with loved ones.

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