Author Archives: Steve’s Special Places: Lewa Safari Camp

Where? Lewa Safari Camp has easily been chosen as one of’s special places for many reasons including it’s stunning location within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The 360 degree views will leave guests with a sense of endless terrain- the snowcapped views of Mt. Kenya to the south and arid lowlands to the north. The camp is based within the private 65,000 acre wildlife conservancy of the Lewa Wilderness Trust.

Why? Lewa Safari Camp is outstanding game viewing at it’s best. The Conservancy is home to about 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world- both endangered species. With the whole of the eastern half of the Conservancy to itself, and with strict limits on tourism numbers with the Conservancy, guests can enjoy the feeling of a private game viewing experience. With over 70 recorded mammal species within the conservancy, the wildlife experience is unrivalled.

Who? As if this place wasn’t award-worthy enough, we learned straight from the source “Travelers will feel they are making a positive impact as the Lewa Conservancy re-invests all the profits generated from tourism (including profits from Lewa Safari Camp) into its core programs.” We love that this special place helps thousands of people from various cultures “improve their lives, and give their children a future, at the same time ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home.”

PS- This Special Place will be a highlight of the Friends trip to Africa in June of 2014. For more information or to sign up for the trip- contact’s Special Places: Ibo Island Lodge

Where: Located in Northern Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Ibo Island is like taking a step back in time. The island itself has several hundred residents who live peacefully, mostly in one main village. Access to the lodge is a short 15 minute flight by small plane to the island. There are several historic forts on the island, and a short walking tour is the best way to learn about the history and importance of this island.

When: Ibo Island Lodge, consisting of three historic villas lovingly transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel, is an ideal first stop on an African itinerary. The pools and atmosphere of the island are supremely relaxing, and it’s a perfect first step into Africa. Relax after a long international flight, learn a bit about a unique culture and spend some time in the Indian Ocean before heading off on safari. Direct flights from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania into Pemba, Mozambique make this an easy combination with East Africa’s safari game parks.

Who: Ibo Island Lodge is for travelers who want to really feel like they are in Africa… not the Caribbean, Hawaii or any other nameless beach destination. History oozes from the walls at Ibo Island Lodge, and no two days or experiences are the same. Travelers can make a plan that suits their desires and activities are abundant.

Learn more about this very special place online here.

Majestic Namibia

We are proud to call this majestic country part of the launch and The Villa Margherita part of our family of boutique hotels.

Villa Margherita offers exquisite accommodation for connoisseurs looking for a truly remarkable retreat in Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast of Namibia. This beach retreat town has German colonial architecture. Villa Margherita has been completely renovated and refurbished by owners Claudine and Amelio, before opening for guests in March 2008. Unique offerings include an organic bistro open throughout the day, spa massages and laptops and DVDs for guests’ enjoyment.

Nambia Highlights:
Namibia has the largest canyon in Africa (second largest in the world) called Fish River Canyon, the largest population of cheetahs on earth and the only known desert elephants, which adapted to desert conditions. Namibia has one of the lowest population densities of persons per square kilometer, which creates a sense of untouched wilderness conditions. Adventure seekers and photographers alike flock to some of the world’s highest sand dunes which are one of the main attractions in Namibia.