Justine Tyerman comes across a ‘talking landscape’ on the outskirts of Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand
“Hamilton Lodge” is not really what you would call a usual name for a lodge. Especially one located on a Wallis Alp in the Swiss mountains. But host John Wegink was so taken by the story of glaciologist John Tyndall and his wife Louisa Hamilton that he had to name his lodge after her. This, even though she slipped her beloved husband a deadly potion!
The passengers on the train from Chur to Bever thought New Zealanders Justine and Chris Tyerman were crazy. But the Kiwi couple blended in well among the other outdoor fanatics at the trendy, three-star, hyper-modern Bever Lodge, Switzerland’s first hotel built using an innovative modular wooden construction technique.
After our idyllic motorhome trip in late winter-early spring, we couldn’t wait to get back on the road again in late summer-early autumn. Travelling outside the peak holiday period at the change of seasons means there’s less traffic on the roads and the weather is usually more settled.
Mombo Camp is the flagship camp of the renowned safari operator Wilderness Safaris. The pinnacle, in other words, of safaris and places to camp out in when in Botswana. It seemed to me like just the thing for my 50th…
Kings Pool Camp is one of the most luxurious safari camps in the Linyanti Concession. Their motto is “camping in style” and they mean it!
The best way to get to Tubu Tree Camp in the Okavango Delta’s labyrinth of watercourses is by small plane. Once the plane sets down on the bush landing strip, there it is: just eight tents on elevated platforms that twine around a few trees with the ensemble adventurously connected by a raised wooden walkway. It’s life in mid-air in these ethno look “tents”.
The first place we bedded down in Botswana was at the Ngoma Safari Lodge. We’d heard and read a great deal about this luxury destination: the accommodations are supposedly beyond belief and the safaris as well. Naturally, we were curious as cats about what was waiting for us in the renowned Chobe National Park…
The spot where the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located is as unique as the view from here is spectacular: situated on a natural plateau, the lodge is just four kilometers from Victoria Falls and with its exclusive view of a water hole in Zambezi National Park, it promises beastly attractions and much more!
The Relais & Châteaux property Cavas Wine Lodge is located in the heart of Argentina’s wine land Mendoza.
Inspired by Spanish rural architecture the lodge is set amidst a vineyard with an overwhelming view of the Andes mountain range providing a delightful and unique experience for wine lovers and romantics.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge is situated in Northern Chile, hidden at the edge of San Pedro de Atacama’s oasis. The cubic architecture contrasts spectacularly with rugged red mountains in the background.
The rural yet stylish decor and a welcoming staff have you immediately feel at home in one of the driest deserts on this planet…
Mandy & Paul Brown run a comfortable lodge with great views of Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island. Their cooking is excellent and the 4WD tours very comfortable!