Time to fluff up your feathers and make yourself look spectacular. Valentine’s Day will be here soon…
In 2020, February 14th falls on a Friday, so why not turn YOUR celebration into a long weekend?
FYI: The origins of this day date back to the ancient Romans, when, in the 3rd century A.D, in two different years, Emperor Claudius II executed two men, both named Valentine on February 14. Their martyrdom was honoured by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Today we celebrate February 14th as a day of romantic and sometimes unrequited love.
Where are YOU thinking of celebrating Valentine’s Day? The Extraordinary Group is running awesome specials at these stunning properties. To find out availability and cost, visit their website for more information. (BTW.Clicking on any of the camp logos in this posting will take you directly to the Extraordinary company website)
A V-Day story: In 1993, I received a message on my answering machine (yes, we had those back in the day) “Look in your letterbox” was the message. I did, and lo and behold, there was a Valentine’s Day card! In my life to date, I have only had a handful, so this was a rather special one. No name inside and no clue as to who had sent it. A few days later another message “Did you get the card”? I listened to the message several times trying to identify the voice or any background noise. Nothing… To this day, I have no idea who sent the card or left the messages.
No matter which camp you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day at, waking to a spectacular African sunrise will make the day even more special…
Situated about 2.5 hours from Johannesburg in the stunning Waterberg region of Limpopo province, this malaria-free lodge is the ideal setting for that special Valentine’s Day celebration. Having stayed there on several occasions, I can highly recommend it for the friendly staff, the relaxed atmosphere and the great food. There are a variety of accommodation choices, so check availability when you book.
Situated on the same reserve as Mabula, this tented camp is a destination that is close to my heart. My visits here have always delivered great game drives and knowledgeable field guides. The lodge has a limited but representative wine list and the food is sublime. Waking up and going to sleep under canvas is an experience that is not to be missed.
This could be YOUR Valentine’s gift while out on a game drive. Cheetah are one of the rarer of the predator sightings and spending time observing them will make memories that you will not easily forget.
Just across the road from Mabula and Kwafubesi is the recently added Safari Plains. The ‘newest’ of the lodges in this reserve, it is the ideal venue to spoil the love of your life.All three of the Mabula lodges are ideal if you have time constraints when it comes to travelling.
End off Valentine’s Day seated around a fire sharing that time with the one you love…
Time to head North…These three camps can be found in the Mluwati Concession, Kruger National Park. Much like the camps at Mabula, they are close together but each offers a totally different bush experience. It was on a game drive from this camp that I witnessed mating leopards for the first time. The food and the accommodation are superb, and should you choose to stay in the camp there is a swimming pool that overlooks a very busy waterhole. ( This is a feature of all three camps in this concession, so need never leave the camps)
This camp sits between Hoyo Hoyo and Hamiltons and is the ideal place to start a Valentine’s Day celebration. If you are adventurous, you can extend the weekend to include a night at each of these camps. You can thank me afterwards.
If I am to be completely honest, Hamiltons is my favourite of the three, as my wife and I spent our honeymoon as well as our 10th wedding anniversary there.
A wonderful way to end off Valentine’s Day 2020. Watching a unique African sunset with someone special.
My two images of the suitcases outside the entrance to the main lodge building at Hamiltons graced the front and back covers of a book published in Johannesburg in 2019.
Tired of haring around? Then do yourself a favour and contact Extraordinary reservations today to secure one of the specials currently on offer.
Leave the children at home and have some ‘alone’ time at one of these spectacular camps.
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