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    News bites – 17 Feb 2020

    Luxury Four-Level Treehouse Opens in South Africa


    Image courtesy of andBeyond

    Luxury travel company andBeyond is known for their innovative, luxurious accommodations. The already ultra-luxe andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve has introduced a new accommodation addition and exciting way to experience the wild allure of South Africa. The Ngala Treehouse is a remote overnight retreat for guests who are after an experience under the stars.

    Nestled between the trees, the four-level treehouse offers guests a choice of two sleeping areas – an enclosed and weatherproof bedroom with a king-sized bed and bathroom on the third level or an elevated sleep-out platform set beneath a retractable awning on the rooftop.

    The Ngala Treehouse is designed for short overnight wilderness experiences to accompany a stay at one of the reserve’s two permanent lodges – andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge or andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp. The Ngala Treehouse hosts a maximum of two adults and two children (aged 10-16) in its two sleeping areas.

    Depending on preference, you can choose to arrive at the Treehouse after a late afternoon game drive or before sunset. A tapas-style picnic dinner will welcome you, allowing you to toast the sunset, the surrounding wildlife, and the incredible and unique setting.

    Guests will spend the night in the Treehouse alone, with a radio and mobile phone on hand in case of emergencies. The Treehouse is solar powered so guests have access to charging facilities and other appliances.

    The Treehouse doesn’t offer a full kitchen, but for midnight snackers and breakfast lovers, there is a well-stocked selection of goods, as well as coffee.

    andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve shares unfenced borders with South Africa’s famous wilderness area, Kruger National Park. This prime position means a variety of wildlife species, including the Big Five, make this area home. There are several prides of lions and packs of the endangered African wild dog wandering through the reserve. The best way to experience the wildlife is during one of the exclusive game drives or guided bushwalks.

    The Ngala Treehouse Experience is now taking bookings.

    Get Ready to Seas the Day with Kingfisher Bay Resort’s New Eco Marine Cruise


    Image courtesy of Kingfisher Bay Resort

    Fraser Island is one of Australia’s most stunning islands. And now, thanks to Kingfisher Bay Resort, guests can discover a new side to the island, thanks to the launch of its latest tour offering – Sea Explorer.

    The Sea Explorer features state-of-the-art design and innovation, connecting guests with magnificent island scenery and one of the most unique marine habitats in the world. The Sea Explorer will travel daily along the island’s remote north western coast, revealing its secrets. Bask on the pristine white sands, turquoise waters and surrounding islands within the Great Sandy National Park. The boat will visit locations such as the idyllic Pelican Banks, Moon Point and a series of secluded, crystal clear creeks.

    This rugged and untamed beauty of this once-inaccessible part of Fraser Island can now be explored for the first time, directly from Kingfisher Bay Resort. Guests will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, kayak and walk the velvety sand coastline.The Great Sandy Region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO in 2009, placing it in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, Central Amazon, the Everglades and Uluru. The area plays host to a variety of habitats including seagrass, sandflats, mangroves, coral reefs, salt marsh and rocky shores.

    This unique habitat also attracts one of the world’s most inconspicuous yet intriguing marine species – the dugong.

    “We’re host to one of the largest dugong populations in the world. Between welcoming these remarkable species to our shores and being officially named a Whale Heritage Site reinforces how valuable this ecosystem is to our marine life” says Kingfisher Bay Resort Ranger, Cassie Duncan.

    With a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, animal ecologist Cassie is one of the seven-strong team of ranger guides that accompany Sea Explorer’s expert local skipper on its daily eco cruise, offering interpretation and showcasing the various natural sights and wildlife along the way.

    Between August and October, guests will have the opportunity to scout the majestic humpback whale – thousands of these ocean giants migrate through the region each year.

    In addition to daily cruises, Sea Explorer operates sunset sessions along the island’s western bay. The experience features an onboard bar with a complimentary beverage and canapes.

    For more personalised information, tips and advice, or to book these incredible holiday experiences, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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