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The Great Plains Collective – Issue 3

By 26th Jul 2021May 6th, 2022The Great Plains Collective



Permanently stationed on the historically rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati offers creative, luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train paying homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago. Kruger Shalati is perfectly positioned in the heart of Big 5 territory in the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa offering a myriad of wildlife and birdlife.

Kruger Shalati offers 31 “rooms”, consisting of 24 carriage and 7 Bridge House rooms. The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the living Sabie River and are styled in African design, collaborating local art and crafts.

Suspended high above the riverbanks as shown in the image above is the unique overhanging Shalati pool, offering a swimming experience with a vista unlike any other!

Kruger Shalati offers a holistic experience that is centred around human-ness and cultural nuances involving people in the making of every element of ‘the train on the bridge’.


Kruger Shalati is currently in phase two of construction on the Bridge House luxury rooms and will soon have interleading Family rooms as well as an exclusive honeymoon suite complete with its own private pool. They are making good progress and hope to unveil these rooms during the fourth quarter of 2021 or early 2022. 

Family time is the most precious time there is.

Alfajiri villas is the ideal solution for families with small children, teenagers or groups of friend couples looking to spend quality time together in their own little travel bubble.

The experienced team at Alfajiri are flexible and will gladly create unique experiences based on the wishes of your family, friendships or individual couple needs. With a driver on demand, one can decide to spontaneously venture out for shopping, sundowners, snorkelling, kite surfing or even camel walks on the beach!

From incredible views, to deliciously prepared home cooked meals, one can expect to completely unwind, reconnect and feel completely at home. Alfajiri offers all their guests a daily massage treatment truly allowing one to melt into a slow coastal vibe of lazy afternoon snoozing and chilling.

Alfajiri works as a great beach combination with all our Great Plains properties in Kenya and is the perfect way to end a safari adventure.

DID YOU KNOW? Ukanda Airport in the sleepy town of Diani is just a 5 min drive from Alfajiri. We suggest a late check out from Alfajiri departing at 15h00 allowing for minimum time spent at the airport. PCR testing can be easily arranged for all Alfajiri guests.

An oasis in the city of Jozi.

The Residence is one of our favourite boutique hotels in Johannesburg and is one of a kind. No effort has been spared by this city hotel in creating a serene atmosphere. The overall experience at The Residence usually always surpasses the expectations of our guests.

On arrival at The Residence, there is an immediate awareness of sophisticated splendour and the all-encompassing atmosphere of tranquillity. There is a perfect equilibrium of sophisticated style and warm hospitality. The suites and luxury rooms are the embodiment of the passion and warmth that runs through the hotel and its staff. A stay in one of their suites or villa will leave you feeling rested and warmly contented.

One can take a stroll through their manicured gardens adorned with trees and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the outdoor pools. Guests can work out in their fitness room, and arrangements can be made to play a round of golf at one of many nearby golf courses. Been on a safari adventure, or just got off a plane? We recommend you take some time to indulge at The Residence Spa. Book a sensory escape for a perfect start or end to a South African safari.

DID YOU KNOW? The Residence in Zambia is scheduled to open October 2021.

Hemingways and Eden – contrasting Nairobi hotels

James recently enjoyed a great adventure in Kenya visiting all the Great Plains camps and meeting our “Great team”. On his way in and out of Nairobi he visited Hemingways Nairobi and Eden Nairobi and had this to say about his experiences:

“I sometimes wonder why our visitors to Kenya don’t spend more time in its capital city. Nairobi is a bustling, metropolitan city that offers so much more than just the gateway to the safari industry and the magnificent coastline. Besides the well-known wildlife activities of Nairobi National Park, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre, there is also a bustling culinary, entertainment and art scene. One could easily spend a fascinating day visiting a plethora of museums and art galleries like the Karen Blixen Museum, the Nairobi National Museum, the Nairobi Gallery and the One Off Contemporary Art Gallery to name but a few. And if that’s not enough why not pay a visit to Kiambethu Tea Plantation, experience the magic of glass-blowing at Kitengela Hot Glass or enjoy a unique lunch at Brown’s Cheese Factory. There is so much to do in this under-rated city and there are two fantastic hotels to use as your base to explore the city and its surrounds.

Hemingways Nairobi has been the go-to Nairobi Hotel for the past few years. The 45-suite hotel boasts stunning views of the Ngong Hills and features magnificent, lush gardens and an air of grand but peaceful opulence. The property is well positioned close to many of Nairobi’s much-loved attractions. Each of the suites feature high ceilings, generous accommodations that are really well sound-proofed and a unique storied theme in each room. For example, you may find yourself in the George Adamson Suite, the Robert Redford Suite or the Mara Suite. A must is a visit to the upstairs bar for sundowners and stunning views. The food, service and spa offering are all exactly what one would expect from a 5-star smallish hotel and this is definitely a safe bet for any guest.

For those guests that might want a different and more unique spin on Nairobi, a stay at the brand-new Eden Nairobi (previously known as One-forty-eight) is a definite must, especially for visitors with a penchant for art. Owned by the well-known designer Anna Trzebinski and set in luscious grounds next to a nature reserve (yes, leopard have even been spotted from the property!), this small artsy and beautiful hotel lends itself to a longer stay in Nairobi. This place oozes calm and serenity but for those guests that want a bit of action, the upstairs bar-deck and restaurant is open to Nairobi’s public and attracts an eclectic mixture of Nairobi’s elite and artistic crowd. The hotel features beautifully appointed bedrooms in a main house and then a lovely studio annex. Each of the five studio rooms feature fantastic original art by Anna’s famous husband Tonio Trzebinski and every room is totally unique and different in design and feel but all feature a bedroom and en suite bathroom downstairs and a lounge loft upstairs. A great benefit to staying here is the close proximity to Anna’s working boutique where you can watch local artisans produce fantastic designs and perhaps, if your budget allows, buy that special someone back home some seriously cool presents!” – James Currie

Thank you for your insight James.

Chat soon.

Keeping the dream fresh and alive,
Eluisa Di Benedetto | Product Manager