We chose this resort because we wanted accommodations for our entire family in one building, and not divided among villas.
What a treat!
First, the building is old, authentic, and filled with charming antiques, amenities and curiosities. You will find yourself seamlessly affecting an accent. You may look off into the distance wistfully waiting for Robert Redford to fly back home. It is a fabulous,comfortable, luxurious, place to stay.
Second, the staff. Bring org chart software, as there are so many of them. Your own driver, tracker, butler, maid, cook. Wonderful ,warm and talented people.
The day follows a certain tempo, dictated by the heat. You rise before dawn to hot cocoa, tea, coffee and fresh baked scones on the patio. They bundle you up with blankets and hot waterbottles as you venture out on your safari tour, tracker and driver along. You safari until the sun comes up, when they stop and fix "plein air" pancakes for you in the bush!
On the way back, the driver calls ahead so that your baths are drawn to wash off the safari dust. Apres bath, your choice of full breakfast in the lovely dining room, all made to order.
The heat of the day is spent at your private pool, watching giraffes amble by. Lunch in the dining room again, one day featuring pizza the cook showed my kids how to make.
Just before dusk, head out to safari again. At sunset, stop to enjoy the view, and freshly mixed cocktails in the bush. As you head back, the driver calls ahead again. You are met with a butler who holds a tray of the cocktails of the day, just as you alight the open air jeep. Luminarias light your path and dinner is served that night in the garden.
This was my second safari. Both times we saw "the Big Five". But the setting and services of Kwandwe's Uplands made this safari beyond extraordinary.
PS We visited in April years ago.
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