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The Great Plains Collective – Issue 20

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Dare to try something new? In this month’s edition of the Collective, we share with you three new lodges and additions these being: Tanda Tula, in the Greater Kruger, Tswalu Loapi in the Kalahari and the new family suite called Amber Villa at Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sands. Join us as we celebrate their birth and future, in the spirit of partnership!
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Tanda Tula is the latest ‘safari camp word’ on everyone’s lips in our industry and almost everybody is talking about the truly remarkable transformation of this rearchitected camp. Although Tanda Tula Safari Camp is newly built it is comforting to know that Tanda Tula was originally founded in 1976 in the Timbavati and is one of the longest-standing safari brands in South Africa. It is reassuring to know that the camp team have years of experience behind them, the staff welcome you like family and the culture is warm and genuine. We are confident that although the aesthetics have changed, the heart and soul of the experience remains the one that Tanda Tula is so well-known for. Safari Camp offers nine hybrid canvas and glass suites that open onto a peaceful bushveld setting. The interiors honour South Africa’s Tsonga people, the first custodians of the land. Modern luxuries ensure every need is met. They are also energy-efficient, solar-powered and water-wise. The camp also offers a secluded hide, an inviting library, an open-air bar and places to gather or to be alone and breathe. We welcome this new era with Tanda Tula and look forward to sending many a guest to this new and sparkling lodge.

Did you know?  
Within the Greater Kruger National Park, including all the SANParks camps and all the lodges in the Amalgamated Private Nature Reserves, only 1% of the land mass is developed, ensuring that the majority of the area remains untamed wilderness. 

Loapi means ‘the space below the clouds’ in Setswana, and what a beautiful new space it is. This incredible new offering at Tswalu, in the Kalahari in South Africa, is for those desiring complete privacy and solitude. Pioneering and nomadic in spirit, Loapi Tented Camp offers six individual safari homes that have been sustainably designed and are environmentally sensitive. Each tented home is tucked into the contours of a valley between the Korannaberg mountains. Personal service is provided by a dedicated butler, meals are prepared by a private chef in the interactive kitchen and a private guide and vehicle are guaranteed. 
Did you know?
Tswalu is offering a ‘Combination deal – Book 6 nights at Tswalu Kalahari and only pay for 5 nights! This includes 3 nights at the Motse, 3 nights at Loapi and includes complimentary return flights to Tswalu from Johannesburg or Cape Town with Fireblade Aviation.
The new Amber Villa, at Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sands, South Africa is the latest addition to Earth Lodge! The villa can accommodate a family of four in a master bedroom and a comfortable second bedroom (both ensuite). Guests can expect access to a private vehicle and guide, a private gym with yoga spaces and a private plunge pool. For those who don’t want to leave their villa, private dining can be arranged in the privacy of their suite or outside on the patio. Expect delicious local cuisine during a stay at Earth Lodge, accompanied by excellent wines. We highly recommend visiting the wine cellar boasting a wine collection of approximately 6000 bottles. 
Did you know?
The headboard in the master bedroom is carved from a Leadwood tree that unfortunately died during the floods in the year 2000. It was hand carved by Jeffery Armstrong, a well-known South African sculptor.
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Some of our Safari Designers recently enjoyed a Walking Culinary Tour in Cape Town, this is what Farah, Crystal and Tara had to say about their experience.

“A few of us were recently fortunate enough to enjoy a Walking Culinary Tour in Cape Town. We met up with Culinary Tour owners, Elsje and Guide Justin at Origins Coffee, where we got to taste and experience a Siphon and AeroPress Brew. We explored the upstairs roastery and got to see where all the coffee magic happens. After a short walk to the colourful De Waterkant street, we met up with the owner of ‘Café Charles‘ where we enjoyed spicy Cape Malay Bobotie paired with some bubbles. We continued walking and exploring the city streets until our next stop, ‘The Fireman’s Arms’, the second oldest bar in South Africa. Here we were greeted by the team and offered an Inverroche Amber Gin infused with coastal flowers, and some cold beer straight from the tanks whilst gobbling up mini bunny chow and malva pudding. (the best we have ever had!) We then continued to the ‘Meeting Point Restaurant’ where we got to experience African-style cuisine prepared by Rose who is originally from Tanzania. After a hearty meal, we strolled to ‘Zannes’ and enjoyed a delicious bunny chow, tea and milk tart. We met with the owner Zannes herself, whose story is heartwarming and powerful as she is known for her compassion for helping reintroduce ex-prisoners into society. Feeling very contented with all the soul food we had to eat we took our last walk for the day to a place known to most called the ‘Bo-Kaap Deli’. Here we got to eat some traditional koeksisters and sip on coffee whilst reminiscing about our favourite experiences of the tour”

Please contact our Safari Designers for any information on our preferred partners in this Collective edition.

Keeping the dream alive,

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