Wolwedans, Namibia

Chefs in the Desert

Wolwedans is nestled into the Namibian dunes, set against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, its portfolio of camps provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring and undisturbed nature.  At Wolwedans you have a choice of the rustic but unique comfort of […]

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Teaming up for Rhinos

Black Rhino

Two safari lodge companies, two of the best in fact, are joining forces for rhinos. As poaching in South Africa reaches record highs – one figure that’s nothing to brag about – Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond have announced that they will together transport as many as 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. “There […]

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

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Only two hours from Cape Town, the highly lauded Grootbos is owned and managed by the Lutzeyer family and lies within the fynbos (indigenous heath) and milkwood forests on a mountain slope overlooking the whale-watching hotspots of Walker Bay and Hermanus. It is a crossroads of flora, fauna, and marine life, where some of the […]

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Bird Island, Seychelles

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Bird Island is a coral cay of 70 hectares surrounded by five kilometers of beach and is the most northerly island of the Seychelles archipelago, situated 100 kilometers north of the capital Mahé. Bird Island Lodge, opened in 1973 by Guy Savy and his wife Marie-France, is the island’s only  ‘hotel’ (24 individual, comfortable chalets) […]

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Water Bottles for the Desert

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It’s such a simple thing to do that most travelers probably don’t even notice it.  The Atacama property of explora has just joined Tswalu Kalahari and Nimmo Bay Resort in Canada in cutting down on plastic. Tswalu bottles its water in glass bottles that it reuses, avoiding the transport of bottled water the hundreds of […]

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Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa

Tswalu's Water

Tswalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimer family of Anglo American fame, is South Africa’s largest private game reserve. Located in the Northern Cape at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, it covers over 100,000 hectares of Kalahari wilderness. There are only two lodges on the reserve – the Motse and Tarkuni. Each provides the ultimate […]

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Saving Piglet

Piglet

Out of Tswalu in the Kalahari comes the unusual and heartwarming story of a baby aardvark that was saved by a vet and her husband in Vryburg, South Africa, and which has now found a home on the grounds of the lodge. Tswalu has posted the story on its blog of how the aardvark was […]

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The Travel of Art

'Minga vonani kuxouga ka xigaza,' Philemon Hlungwani

The task we try to set ourselves at A World Different is to find hotels and lodges around the world that do good things. Sometimes it is easy to see who those good things or deeds benefit, such as the luxurious Casa Gangotena‘s work with communities in its hometown of Quito, Ecuador. Or the silversmith […]

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Ellerman House, Cape Town

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Possibly the most astonishing thing about Ellerman House – and there is plenty here to be amazed by – is that so few people know about it.  Now almost 20 years old, it has succeeded by being as under-the-radar as it has been reverentially consistent in luxury. The people who need to know about it, […]

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Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, South Africa

In Le Quartier's Gardens

Le Quartier Français is an exclusive boutique hotel situated in the stunning yet quaint town of Franschhoek, just 50 minutes from Cape Town, in a spectacular valley that is a must for any food or wine lover. Always on hand and keeping an eye on keeping the hotel’s sterling name is the larger-than-life owner, Susan […]

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