XO Africa - Newsletter 004 - Face To Face with Nature

004 - Edito


Morose pessimism? Not for you! 2009 will be a year full of changes taking you to the 4 corners of the world, starting with Southern Africa. After all, crisis or no crisis, you deserve it don't you?

Day by Day

2009 is blessed with your dreams come true. Don't ask questions just go with the flow. Slip away from the daily grind and make your dreams real, start with Botswana...


Beyond words....Mozambique, clearly.


You need rest to regenerate body and spirit. Return to the true source of well-being - Spa massage will bring you bliss. So allow yourself the pleasure for heaven sake! South Africa and its spas open their arms to you!

Sebastien Charrieras - Director of XO Africa

Botswana - Desert & delta

Most visitors to Botswana are attracted by two very different, yet equally intriguing areas – the Okavango delta and the Kalahari Desert.

The great Kalahari Desert covers over 80% of Botswana and may appear harsh and inhospitable. Nonetheless it is to a very specialized flora and fauna. The primitive landscapes and wide horizons are intensely powerful and touch a chord with many travellers. The Kalahari is also famous for its Bushmen, or San people, traditional hunter-gatherers who are said to live the lifestyle closest of the people of the Stone Age.

The Okavango Delta is home to one of the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Fed by the Okavango River which, rather eccentrically, does not flow into the sea, this is the greatest inland river delta in the world.

The Delta is not the place for abundant big game. However, the crystal clear waters and little islets shelter and support an astoundingly rich and varied bird and plant life, and there is a multitude of smaller animals.

The ideal way to get around is the traditional mokoro, a dugout canoe, in which you may paddle your way around the tangle of waterways that form this fascinating ecological system.

Chobe National Park, an area of rolling grassland, is near to the Delta and is renowned for its vast elephant population. The enormous Makgadikgadi salt pans, once a great lake, offer flocks of rosy flamingos, herds of blue wildebeest and various antelope.

Botswana offers a great deal to travelers – a fascinating culture and eco-system exists in a very largely unspoilt country. The soft green delta, the red sands of the Kalahari, vast herds of elephant, wonderful birdlife, a rich variety of game, they are all to be found here. What you will also find is a warm welcome!

Joke Vanhoutte - DMC Consultant

Lodge Actually - Zambia: The Island of Siankaba Visit the website  

The Royal Livingstone is a Sun International hotel. That means you can expect nothing less than the highest level of service and enjoy a myriad of superior activities. In everything their aim is to exceed your expectations, allowing you to escape into the romance and luxury of your journey.

Translated – The Smoke that Thunders – is the local name for the Victoria Falls. The world-famous cascade of water provides the baseline for your journey into colonial sophistication. Its fine spray may be seen like a cloud across the bushveld, throwing rainbows hundreds of feet in the air. On the forested banks of the great Zambezi River, upstream of the mighty cataract where it thunders into the Batoka Gorge, is The Royal Livingstone. In its cool lounges and shaded verandas, you will encounter the elegance and luxury of an earlier, more courteous age. It is probably one of these unique places in the world where you could come over and over again. Its truly the experience of a life time and the hotel sets as the destination amongst anything else.

by Cécile Kelly - Travel Consultant

Perhaps it’s a fusion of African sensibilities with the rose from which Summerfields River Lodge & Rose Spa derives its intriguing charm. Or is it the bygone romance underscored by percale linen in a tented lodge suite? If not that then the fact that you may take a treatment in a spa pavilion set beside the river in which hippo's bath at dusk?
Once the property of the world famous Oppenheimer Family, it used to consist of a 10 acre property with horses and stables and rolling lawns (hence the name Fairlawns).  The Fairlawns Hotel & Spa opened its doors as a Boutique Hotel in 1998 with the 12 original courtyard suites, restaurant and bar.  The property has managed to retain its stately, park-like ambience.  This, as one guest commented is “Home away from home, only better”.
The luxury resort invites you to exhale deeply in a leisure environment celebrated for its natural beauty, outstanding hotel accommodation and unfaltering service.   In this sublime natural setting, the championship Golf Course, international award winning Arabella Spa, the romantic Cape Winelands and unspoilt beaches, create a compelling escape.  The perfect way to unwind after the New Year’s Celebrations!
Situated on the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Zevenwacht has viticultural roots which penetrate deep into the historic past of South Africa. While literally meaning Seven Expectations, the name Zevenwacht exemplifies the abundant delights which await visitors to the Farm.

Laure Goepfert - FIT Consultant