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From tiger spotting and elephant-back rides, to witnessing the Great Migration - experience the true meaning of 'the wilderness' when staying at one of these properties

Sand Rivers Selous

Set on the banks of the Rufiji River in the shade of tamarind and mahogany trees, the lodge is located within the Selous Game Reserve. Accommodation encompasses five spacious open-fronted riverside cottages and a further three hillside suites, each with its own plunge pool. The area is famous for walking safaris which uncover the diverse eco-system and allow guests to observe wildlife at close quarters . Further activities range from traditional game drives and river safaris, allowing a refreshing perspective on the local wildlife, to socialisi...

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A verdant oasis amidst the sandy plains and craggy hills of Rajasthan in northern India, Amanbagh means ‘peaceful garden’. It lies within a walled compound once used by the Maharaja of Alwar during tiger hunts – the main building having a roof terrace that provides sweeping views across the landscape. Guests are accommodated in ‘Haveli Suites’ with private courtyards or in Pool Pavilions boasting outdoor pools. Enjoy excellent Indian and Western cuisine in the Restaurant, or relax with a light snack by the swimming pool. Further recreations inc...

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Minaret Station - Luxury Camp

Flying in by helicopter, guests will enjoy the glacial panoramas of the Southern Alps before making their way up the valley to Minaret Station. Here, levels of comfort are exceptional, with accommodation provided by just four luxuriously furnished chalets complete with sheepskin carpets and private decks with a hot tub. In the Mountain Kitchen, chefs are on hand to prepare premium New Zealand venison and lamb accompanied by fine wines; rendezvous with friends in the cosy library or relax in the living room with roaring open fires.

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