Africa boasts a wealth of luxurious experiences. From elegant boutique hotels and wine tastings to Michelin-starred restaurants and world-class cruises, we really have it all. In a new miniseries inspired by the November 2017 issue of House and Leisure, we reveal a few of our favourite luxury experiences. First up, a decadent adventure north of South Africa.
Take a hot-air balloon safari over the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one Africa's great wilderness destinations. Reaching across more than 16 000km2
, it's home to about 200 000 large mammals including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, hippo, giraffe and kudu and, because of it's aquatic nature, this alluvial fan is home to a unique eco-system.
In addition to thrilling game drives that allow you to view the animals in their natural habitat, why not gaze upon the water-flooded landscape from above? Experience panoramic views of the vast delta's winding channels, dotted with islands, wildlife, and large expanses of woodland forest from a hot-air balloon
that goes low enough to brush the tree tops and as high as 1 000 feet.
Stay at the beautiful Vumbura Plains eco-retreat
Pair your adventure in the Okavango with a stay at Wilderness Safari's Vumbura Plains Camp
to round off the luxurious treat. Contemporary in design, each of the 14 tents is balanced on a raised wooden deck, appearing to float on a bed of reeds, and comes with its own plunge pool and sala
– a place to relax, gaze upon the passing wildlife parade, and indulge in a soothing massage.
And if one hot-air balloon ride isn't enough for you, experience the world-famous Serengeti
in Tanzania from the air, too, where more than a million wildebeest pound across the landscape in an annual stampede to fresh grazing grounds.