Red Savannah, the award-winning luxury travel company that designs tailor-made journeys around the world, has just announced the ultimate destinations travelers should have on their lists for 2019.
Guests can unwind in the African savanna at new luxury lodges in Namibia, attend one of the largest religious festivals on the planet in India, arrive by zipline into a camp in Cambodia, get up close to African and Brazilian wildlife, explore the emerging destination of Hampi in India, and much more. Travelers will have the opportunity to explore these countries like never before and stay in some of the finest accommodations while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
With the reintroduction of lions and rhinoceroses, Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is now home to the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and buffalo. Opening this December is Magashi, a brand-new safari camp in Akagera National Park. Guests who book Red Savannah’s new Big Five & Gorillas in Rwanda itinerary will have the chance to stay in one of six spacious tents and enjoy expertly guided game drives, walks, and boating where they will see wildlife such as lions, elephants, giraffes, spotted hyenas, zebras and leopards. Travelers will then continue to the Nyungwe Forest National Park to observe various species of monkeys and come face-to-face with mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains. Rates start at $11,248 per person, based on two people, for ten days and include accommodations, daily breakfast, private transfers, all guide services and fees as listed, and internal flights where detailed.
Brand new premium lodges complement incredible safari experiences making Namibia a must-visit destination for 2019. The Skeleton Coast Safari by Red Savannah offers travelers the chance to relax at Omaanda, a new lodge by Zannier Hotels. The lodge features ten beautifully thatched rooms, a spa, and an incredible infinity pool overlooking the vast savanna. Guests will enjoy exploring the NamibRand Nature Reserve by foot, Land Rover, or air and viewing the vast dunes and exciting wildlife including elephants, jackals, and lions. Guests will also stay at the recently opened Shipwreck Lodge which comprises ten innovative rooms constructed from wood to resemble the shipwrecks that litter the shoreline. Rates start at $13,236 per person, based on two people, for 11 days and include accommodations, daily breakfast, private transfers, internal flights, and guide services and fees.
For guests seeking an adventurous safari experience, Red Savannah’s new Waterways of Zimbabwe itinerary is the perfect solution. Visitors will enjoy exploring Victoria Falls, one of the most incredible sights in all of Africa, spotting animals in their natural habitats on a game drive through Mana Pools National Park, canoeing down the Zambezi River, and fishing for bream and tiger fish in Lake Kariba. Guests will have the chance to stay in the outstanding Victoria Falls River Lodge, overlooking the Zambezi River, which recently launched four new Island Treehouse Suites and a Starbed Treehouse beneath the cool canopy on Kandahar Island. The journey also features Little Ruckomechi, a stylish African safari camp, and Bumi Hills Safari Lodge where each room has a balcony overlooking Lake Kariba. Rates start at $10,221 per person, based on two people, for eight days and include accommodations, all meals and house drinks, private transfers, internal flights, and guide services and fees.
Hampi, Karnataka, India
Hampi, one of India’s ancient cities and home to countless architectural wonders, is now accessible to the public due the launch of Kishkinda Camp, a new mobile tented camp, which is offering luxury accommodation in the area for the first time. With just ten spacious colonial-style tents– including four poster beds, campaign furniture, sumptuous armchairs, and leather-bound trunks – butlers, and expert guides who can assist guests in enhancing their journeys, Kishkinda is certain to exceed all expectations. Red Savannah’s Mumbai, Hampi & Kerala itinerary takes visitors throughout these three exciting cities where they will discover Mumbai’s booming art scene and watch the renowned Mumbai Dabbawalas at work, explore the spectacular ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire in Hampi, and enjoy an Ayurvedic Spa, yoga, meditation, and pure relaxation in Kerala. With hotel accommodations of the historic Taj Mahal Palace, Kishkinda Camp, and Neeleshwar Hermitage, guests will be sleeping in style throughout the journey. Rates start at $6,105 per person, based on two people, for 14 days and include accommodations, daily breakfast, private transfers, internal flights, and guide services and fees.
December 2019 will be the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima, a turning point in the Second World War in Southeast Asia, while Nagaland will be celebrating the Hornbill Festival from December 1-10. This magnificent cultural celebration includes colorful dances, songs, archery, Naga wrestling, literature, film, and a chili eating contest, and is the highlight of Red Savannah’s Delhi, Kolkata & Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival itinerary. Also included in this trip is two nights each in Delhi and Kolkata, where guests will stay in the newly refurbished The Oberoi and the new boutique hotel, The Penthouse, while exploring temples, colorful mansions, vibrant markets, and magnificent gardens. Rates start at $9,420 per person, based on two people, for ten days and include accommodations, daily breakfast in Delhi and Kolkata, full board in Kohima Camp, private transfers, internal flights, and guide services and fees.
Allahabad, Uttarpradesh, India
Every 12 years, Ardh Kumbh Mela, a huge religious festival said to be seen from space, is held at Allahabad, and in 2019 it will take place from January 15th to March 4th. Not for the faint of heart, around 75 million pilgrims attend Ardh Kumbh Mela to cleanse themselves of earthly sins in the mystical ‘Saraswati’ river. Red Savannah is offering travelers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to take part in this incredible festival with the India’s Kumbh Mela Festivalitinerary. Guests will stay in the luxury camp, Sangam Nivas, which promises the opportunity to spiritually connect while enjoying excellent comfort and superior service. During the festival, Red Savannah guides take guests down to the River Ganga banks to witness the rites of worship and give visitors the opportunity to take a boat to the river confluence to view some of the best scenes of the Ardh Kumbh Mela. Guests will also spend time at the Mankameshwar Temple, Alopi Temple and the Saraswati Ghat, and explore Delhi and Kolkata. Rates start at $6,256 per person, for eight days and include accommodations, daily breakfast, private transfers, internal flights, and guide services and fees.
After a year of restoration to combat the negative effects of pollution, the magnificent dome of the Taj Mahal will be uncovered in early 2019 and Red Savannah guests will be able to enjoy a sunset tour of this iconic site with the Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan in Style itinerary. Highlights of the trip include exploring the tiny villages and birdlife around Chhatra Sagar, walking the narrow bazaars of Old Delhi, and visiting the Amber Palace in Jaipur. Red Savannah experts recommend visiting between November and March when moonlight tours in Agra are available on five nights of the month which is the perfect time to view the sparkling white marble of the Taj Mahal. Rates start at $9,175 per person, based on two people, for 12 days and include accommodations, daily breakfast, private transfers, internal flights, and guide services and fees.
In recent years, Cambodia has seen a surge of new luxury hotels and exciting adventures, making the kingdom a destination itself. Even the most experienced travelers will discover something new during this journey throughout the Cambodian countryside and islands on the new Angkor Temples, Mountains & Islands of Cambodia itinerary. Guests will explore the iconic temples of Angkor, meet a veteran of the civil war at the War Museum Cambodia, and enjoy dinner in a rice paddy near Siem Reap before heading south to the Cardamom Mountains. Adventure awaits as visitors arrive by zipline into Shinta Mani Wild -Bensley Collection, an extraordinary tented camp designed by Bill Bensley, where they will discover wildlife and observe the conservation activities in this remote region. The journey concludes with a few relaxing days at the new Six Senses Krabey Island, opening in December. Rates start at $11,257 per person for ten days and include accommodations, daily breakfast, private transfers, and guide services and fees.
Said to be the new San Miguel de Allende and rejuvenated through recent restoration, Puebla is one of the three cities highlighted in Red Savannah’s new Culinary in Mexico foodie itinerary. For the beginning of this journey, guests will visit local markets to buy fresh produce and spices, learn how to cook various salsas, taste delicious chocolate at Que Bo, a popular chocolatier, and enjoy staying at the St. Regis Mexico City. In Puebla, visitors will eat and cook their way through the city and relax in the comfort of the Casa Reyna. Guests can also choose to stay at the new Rosewood Puebla and Hotel Cartesiano. Finally, in Oaxaca, Red Savannah clients will learn from famous Mexican chefs such as Alejandro Ruiz Olmedo and visit Mezcal distilleries to taste the smoky spirit. Rates start at $6,192 per person for 12 days and include accommodations, daily breakfast, internal flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City, private transportation, and guide services and fees.
New in Brazil, Red Savannah travelers now have the option to embark on Peralta – the first luxury expedition boat in Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland. Peralta offers guests an “on-water” view, or for those preferring land, the Araras Eco Lodge provides great comfort as part of the Brazil Wildlife Adventure itinerary. Highlights of the trip include exploring the Amazon rainforest during nocturnal walks and observing the region’s wildlife, navigating the flooded forests and tributaries of the Amazon by canoe, and taking a cable car to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Rates start at $5,534 per person for ten days and include accommodations, daily breakfast in Rio and Manaus, all meals and tours in the Pantanal and the Amazon, and domestic flights.
2019 is the 500th anniversary of the death of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci and Red Savannah invites travelers to explore his incredible art and architecture as well as the food and culture of Tuscany, while staying in one of their luxurious private villas. Red Savannah will arrange a very special tour which combines a visit to the artist’s home town of Vinci, to witness the birthplace (and museum) of Leonardo, followed by a trip to Florence in the company of Italo Castore, former Professor of Architecture of the University of Florence. The tour provides a fascinating insight into the unparalleled influence Da Vinci has had on the art and architecture of this iconic Renaissance city, as well as priority access to the Uffizi gallery to see first-hand several of Da Vinci’s most notable works. This tour is included for guests staying at Villa San Casciano located in the sublime rolling hills of Chianti, just 40 minutes from Vinci and Florence.
Villa San Casciano, located just outside Florence, is positioned as the gateway to the quaint Chianti villages and is set within 30 acres of lush forest, olive groves, and walnut trees. Rates start at $5,322 per week for 12 people and include a gardener and pool maintenance once per week.
Guests travelling to Florence this winter will be able to catch a temporary exhibition displaying the famous Codex Leicester – a manuscript of scientific writings by Da Vinci, lent to the city of Florence by its owner, Bill Gates (exhibition Oct. 29 – Jan. 20). In central Florence the two-bedroom apartment, La Viscontina, offers amazing views of Florence’s dramatic historic center and is ideal for couples and small families. Rates start at $2,485 per week for four people. The Palazzo del Marchese is a beautiful top floor apartment with stunning views of the Duomo and located minutes away from excellent restaurants, boutique shops, and famous art galleries including the Uffizi Gallery. Rates start at $3,214 per week for eight people.
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