Nearly ½ million votes - here's who got listed
15 October 2018

THE BEST OF THE BEST OF TRAVEL

Almost half a million readers submitted their favourites in Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 READERS' CHOICE AWARDS, the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

We are proud to list our members included in CNT's RCA 2018:

ANGAMA MARA, Mara Triangle, Kenya


#1 in the Top Resorts in Africa and #5 in The Best Resorts in the World. So well-deserved and well done to this fabulous team.

CNT comment — "gobsmacking, 180-views of the savanna, whether you're lying in bed or taking a shower."

CHINDENI, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


#5 in the Top Resorts in Africa and #11 in The Best Resorts in the World, we are incredibly proud of The Bushcamp Company for this achievement, as well as for Mfuwe Lodge being voted #14 in the Top Resorts in Africa.

CNT comment — "Chindeni's strength is its simplicity. But for our buck, it's the views from the evening sundowners, taken on your terrace, overlooking the lagoon where herds of hippo wallow, that will stay with you long after you return home."

GIBB'S FARM, Karatu, Tanzania


Voted #6 in the Top Hotels in Africa, Gibb's Farm remains everyone's darling on the Tanzanian safari circuit. If you've visited, you'll know why.

CNT comment — "This farmhouse on the wooded slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater overflows with history and character."

GIRAFFE MANOR, Nairobi, Kenya


Voted #9 in the Top Hotels in Africa, a kiss from an endangered Rothschild's giraffe is probably on most people's bucket list. Our advice? Make it happen!

CNT comment — "No matter how many safaris you've been on, there is nothing quite as wonderful and unforgettable as having breakfast or tea with the giraffes here."

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Zimbabwe

WHAT WE LOVE:  Zimbabwe must be one of the most beautiful and scenic countries in Africa with wonderful weather.  It certainly does have political challenges but we feel extremely optimistic about the future of this destination.  Landlocked between the mighty Limpopo and Zambezi rivers, Zimbabwe is a country rich in natural and cultural heritage. From the Great Zimbabwe ruins in the south, to the magnificent Victoria Falls, known locally as ‘the smoke that thunders’ on its northern border, Zimbabwe offers beautiful scenery, wildlife and friendly people.

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Blue Safari Seychelles

Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean in one of the last, untouched frontiers, Blue Safari Seychelles pioneers a new style of experiential travel while actively conserving this pristine region. Of the 72 islands and atolls that form the remote outer islands, they have selected the most pristine and enchanting four as their base. From here you can discover, experience and protect the surrounding natural wonders.

An hour's flight from the main island, Alphonse Island is the headquarters of Blue Safari Seychelles. With 22 Beach Bungalows, 5 Beach Suites and 2 4-bedroom Beach Villas, and welcoming children of all ages, this is family paradise. Enjoy a private family channel snorkel or plant a tree, giving it your family name. Visit the uninhabited islands of Bijoutier and St Francois, explore Alphonse Island by bicycle, or enjoy a secluded picnic on the beach. 

Hop on the plane southwestward and a 2-hour flight later you are on Astove Atoll. Stay in the 6-bedroom Coral House from where incredible snorkelling experiences await. The “Wall” is a breathtakingly beautiful sheer drop and is best described as looking down into an underwater Grand Canyon. It consists of the flat and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees from ankle-deep water to more than 1000 metres over a short distance. The “Wall” is known as one of the best snorkelling and dive sites on this planet. The terrain varies from hostile shore breaks on the windward side, to flat calm coral flats on the outside and snow-white sand flats inside the lagoon. Its unique lagoon system is home to countless aquatic seabirds as well as the Caspian turn, dimorphic egret and red-tailed tropic bird along with a population of over 150 giant Aldabra tortoises.

Just over 1000 km southwest of Mahé lies Cosmoledo Atoll, an hour by boat from Astove (and the only way to access it). Cosmoledo comprises a larger white sand lagoon surrounded by vast sand flats dotted with over 20 islands, islets, and cays of various shapes and sizes. The remote location makes Cosmoledo a place of wild natural splendor. Habitats include sand dunes, expansive flats, mangroves, grassland and a dramatically fluctuating lagoon. This unique combination creates a hotspot of biodiversity. The atoll with its scattered islands is home to large populations of endemic birds like boobies, terns, and frigate birds. The lagoon and its sandy beaches are favoured by large populations of hawksbill and green turtles for nesting and a host of feisty fish species on the flats. Here, on Wizard Island (or Grande Isle) is a single Eco Camp where nature meets creative, eco-friendly hospitality. The Camp consists of eight double/twin en-suite Eco Pods with a central communal dining and entertainment area - large tent with bare sand floors.

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