Wilder by Far and wild logo

Top 5s

Collections of our favourite places to stay and things to do

Ben

Ben

Africa Specialist
Published on

29 Oct 2019

Read time

7 minutes

Top 5S

Inspiration

We've put together some of our favourite top five properties, itineraries, wildlife hotspots, safari honeymoon destinations, activity holidays, you name it...it's here.

Whether you're looking for inspiration for your safari and beach honeymoon, the best places to scuba dive, a family safari, where to see wild tigers, a hot air balloon safari or an ‘off the beaten track’ cultural experience – our ever popular top five series should give you something to think about.

Do have a look through them and contact us if you would like to know more about any of the accommodation, trips and experiences featured.

AFRICA INSPIRATION

Bushrover
Bushrover glamping

Top 5 Weird & Wonderful Places to Stay in Africa

Expert View from Tanzania Specialist Alistair:

For sheer vision it's hard to beat the Bush Rover – luxury tented suites in the Serengeti with a Landrover underneath it all.

Like the look of these unique places to stay in Africa? Contact us on 0203 111 1315 to include these spots on your luxury tailor-made safari.


A Wedding At Garonga
Saying 'I do' at Garonga (Copyright Ben Viljoen Photography)

Top 5 Wedding Locations

Expert View from South Africa Specialist Peter:

Say “I do” in front of a thousand wildebeest – for me nothing beats the romance of a bush wedding.

Call Us on 0203 111 1315 to chat about planning your dream tailor made wedding in Africa.


Saruni Samburu Villa
The honeymoon suite at Saruni Samburu

Top 5 Luxury Honeymoon Lodges

Expert View from Kenya Specialist Ben:

For the ultimate luxury honeymoon in Kenya, head to Saruni Samburu for exclusive game drives, dining under the stars, and perhaps the most incredible views in Africa.

Looking for the ultimate romantic holiday? Get in touch to discuss your bespoke honeymoon package in Africa


Mumbo  Island From Boat
Mumbo Island

Top 5 'Off the Beaten Track' Lodges PART I

Expert View from Malawi Specialist Marc:

I loved snorkelling and swinging in my hammock at Mumbo Island - it was the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience!

Want to castaway at one of these secret retreats? Contact us on 0203 111 1315 to create your bespoke luxury holiday.


Bale Mountain Lodge
Bale Mountain Lodge

Top 5 'Off the Beaten Track' Lodges PART II

Expert View from Ethiopia Specialist Ben:

If you want to get away from it all without compromising on hospitality, then I suggest Bale Mountain Lodge. It's my favourite place to stay in Ethiopia.

Call Us on 0203 111 1315 to chat about planning your dream off the beaten track holiday.


The  Residence  Mauritius Family Yacht Trip
Family yacht trip at The Residence

Top 5 Family Beach Holidays

Expert View from Mauritius Specialist Alistair:

Take a boat trip, snorkel in the crystal clear waters and have picnics on sandy beaches. The best family days out ever are here in Mauritius!

For a chat about your very own family beach holiday, give us a call on 0203 111 1315 and let's see what we can come up with together.


Tree Tent Fly Camping At El Karama
Tree tent camping at El Karama

Top 5 Family Safaris

Expert View from Kenya Specialist Ben:

My kids love it when we stay at El Karama, especially camping out in the bush, learning how to track and splashing about in the pool.

Can you picture yourselves at these family safari lodges? Then get in touch on 0203 111 1315 and we'll make it happen.


Diving At Azura Quilalea In The Quirimbas
Diving off Quilalea Island

Top 5 Scuba Diving Spots

Expert View from Mozambique Specialist Peter:

The reefs surrounding Quilalea Island are some of the best in the world, and you can even dive straight from the beach!

Fancy diving into one of these underwater paradises? Contact us on 0203 111 1315 to discuss your personalised scuba diving holiday.


Virunga Lodge
Virunga Lodge Views

Top 5 Rooms with a View

Expert View from Rwanda Specialist Alistair:

The best days always start with a dramatic view, and they don't come better than at Virunga Lodge, in the heart of Volcanoes National Park. It's my favourite place to stay in Rwanda.

Want to wake up to views like these? Call Us on 0203 111 1315 to chat about the best places to stay on safari in Kenya, Rwanda and beyond.


Ants Collection Activities
Ants Collection Riding Safari

Top 5 Horseback Holidays

Expert View from South Africa Specialist Peter:

Horse riding safaris are one of the best ways to get up close to the wildlife...you almost feel at one with the herds of zebra and wildebeest.

Call us on 0203 111 1315 to gallop off into your own tailor made safari sunset.


Chongwe  River  House Deck
Chongwe River House

Top 5 Private Houses

Expert View from Zambia Specialist Peter:

I love this place, with its buckets of privacy, and the resident elephants that wander around the grounds.

Like the idea of a staying in a home away from home on your safari holiday? Enquire here about how to book.


Sirikoi  Lodge Giraffe Guest For Lunch
Sirikoi Lodge

Top 5 Private Houses in Laikipia, Kenya

Expert View from Kenya Specialist Ben:

I love staying at private houses in Laikipia with my family, it's such an exclusive and personal experience, and the safaris are out of this world.

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made safari holiday.


Little  Garonga  Chalet
Little Garonga

Top 5 Private Houses in South Africa

Expert View from South Africa Specialist Peter:

One of my 'go-to' places to stay in the Kruger is Little Garonga, with its platform decks, swimming pool and total privacy.

To book one of these private houses in South Africa call us on 0203 111 1315.


Chumbe Private Island Aerial View
Chumbe Island

Top 5 Eco-lodges

Expert View from Zanzibar Specialist Alistair:

The best sort of travel is responsible travel, which is why I love visiting places like Chumbe Island that offer a true eco-tourism experience.

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 to see which eco-lodge holiday will be best for you.


Garonga Sleepout Deck Bed
Garonga Sleepout Deck

Top 5 Sleep-outs in the Bush

Expert View from South Africa Specialist Peter:

When I'm on safari I always try and include a night out under the stars, it's the ultimate bush experience. Garonga is one of my top picks with views of the river from the bed, and an amazing bush bath!

Want to sleep out under the stars? Get in touch with us on 0203 111 1315 and let's chat about planning your safari holiday.


Wayo  Walking In  Serengeti
Wayo walking safari

Top 5 Walking & Active Safaris

Expert View from Tanzania Specialist Marc:

I'm just back from an incredible safari with WAYO in northern Tanzania...we went on canoe safaris, swam in rock pools and even did a bit of mountain biking at Lake Manyara. If you want an active adventurous safari, then this is it!

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 to discuss your own tailor made active safari.


Azura  Quilalea Aerial View
Quilalea Island

Top 5 Island Escapes

Expert View from Mozambique Specialist Ben:

My absolute favourite island escape has to be Azura Quilalea in Mozambique...it's everything you've ever dreamed of when it comes to private island paradise.

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


Zuri  Zanzibar  Bar
Stylish bar at Zuri Zanzibar

Top 5 Stylish Stays

Expert View from Tanzania Specialist Ben:

I was completely blown away by the style of Zuri Zanzibar...it's super sleek and luxurious but without detracting from the beautiful natural surroundings. Heaven!

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


The  Highlands Honeymoon Hot Tub
Plunge pool at the Highlands

Top 5 Private Plunge Pools

Expert View from Mozambique Specialist Ben:

There's simply nothing quite so divine as relaxing in your very own private plunge pool, gazing out over the turquoise ocean or watching a family of elephants trundle by.

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Top 5 Treehouse Stays

Expert View from Tanzania Specialist Marc:

There's nothing quite like sleeping in the trees, especially if you're surrounded by the incredible nature of Lake Manyara National Park, which is why Manyara Tree Lodge is my go-to when travelling in this part of Tanzania.

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


INDIA & SRI LANKA INSPIRATION

Tiger In The Jungles Of India
Wild Tiger in India

Top 5 Wildlife Encounters

Expert View from India Specialist Nathan:

My absolute favourite place to see wild tigers in India is Bandhavgarh National Park, it's the best place in the world to see them!

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


Chanoud  Garh  Bedroom
Sleep like Maharajas and Maharanis

Top 5 Indian Palaces & Forts to Sleep in

Expert View from India Specialist Nathan:

When I want to sleep like a Maharaja on my India travels I'm spoiled for choice, but colourful Chanoud Garh in heart of Rajasthan is always a favourite.

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


Courtyard Seating At Fort Bazaar
Colonial elegance at Fort Bazaar

Top 5 Sri Lanka Heritage Hotels

Expert View from Sri Lanka Specialist Nathan:

For a real slice of history I recommend spending a few nights at Fox Jaffna, now a boutique this place has a really colourful past!

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


Diskit Verandas
A tent with a view - Chamba Camp Diskit

Top 5 India Wilderness Camps

Expert View from India Specialist Nathan:

Chamba Camp is my go-to wilderness retreat when I want a refreshing dose of spectacular mountain views without giving up on comfort.

Contact us on 0203 111 1315 for holiday ideas, or if you want to include these places in your luxury tailor-made holiday.


A Living Root Bridge
A living tree root bridge

Top 5 Indian Adventures

Expert View from India Specialist Nathan:

North East India is somewhere that has me returning time and time again...it's a hidden kingdom full of rewarding encounters, including the incredible tree root bridges that this area is famous for.

Want to see tree root bridges for yourself? Call Nathan on 0203 111 1315 for a chat about your holiday.


Tiger In  Kanha  National  Park
Tiger tiger burning bright...

Top 5 Indian Family Holidays

Expert View from India Specialist Nathan:

Kids love wildlife, and the thrill of seeing a tiger in the wild is something they'll remember forever.

Give Nathan a ring on 0203 111 1315 to plan your India family holiday today.


Sher Bagh Dinner At The Pool
Romantic pool dining at Sher Bagh

Top 5 India Honeymoon Hotels

Expert View from India Specialist Nathan:

Nowhere does luxury and opulence quite as well as India...for ultimate beach indulgence my choice is Ahilya by the Sea in Goa.

To discuss your India honeymoon, get in touch with Nathan on 0203 111 1315.


Start Planning Your Dream Holiday

Speak To Our Experts Today

  • Alistair

    Alistair

    Kenya Specialist

  • Peter

    Peter

    Ethiopia Specialist

Call an expert on

01768 603 715

Far & Wild Customer Reviews

Find out what our customers think of their adventures!

Read all reviews

Our brief was 'Unknown Adventure' and they delivered!

Michael & Teresa travelled to São Tomé and Príncipe in December 2018 on a trip organised by .

Michael Foster Bom Bom Bridge

Even in the middle of the Serengeti our Travel Co-ordinator was on hand to sort any hiccups.

June & Steven travelled to Tanzania in February 2019 on a trip organised by Alistair.

Excellent service from start to finish

Sam & Nick travelled to Kenya in February 2019 on a trip organised by Ben.

Sam And Nick On Honeymoon In Kenya

A real trip of making memories

Heidi & Family travelled to Malawi in July 2018 on a trip organised by .

A Family Selfie In  Majete

An amazing experience showcasing the sights in India

Karen, Judy & Rachel travelled to India in August 2019 on a trip organised by .

First class travel company

Kathy & Family travelled to Kenya and Mauritius in July 2018 on a trip organised by .

On Holiday At  Il  Moran

Plan with an Expert Plan with an Expert

Have a look at our original holiday experiences and then contact us with your brief, or call 01768 603 715

A detailed itinerary in 24hrs A detailed itinerary in 24hrs

Our experts will send you a detailed holiday itinerary within 24 hours. It's our service promise to you.

Value Guarantee Value Guarantee

Tailor-made doesn't mean expensive! Ask about our price promise and book with financial security.