Mokuti Etosha Lodge closes for renovations from 22 March 2022

The renowned Mokuti Etosha Lodge of the O&L Leisure Group, located directly at the eastern von Lindequist Gate of Etosha National Park, will close from 22nd March 2022 for estimated 12-15 months, undergoing a full upgrade. The major renovations will include a completely new main building (reception, bars, dining room, kitchen, conference center, including the pool bar and pool area, as well as the main entrance) will be demolished and rebuilt. The current Boma will also be demolished and relocated to a new bush location in a form of a new Sky-Boma. Current rooms will be upgraded, and additional rooms as well as new guest experiences and exciting activities will be added (e.g. conservation center, cultural village, new viewpoints, upgrades to the airstrip etc.)

“Our grand dame, Mokuti, is ready for a facelift and keeping in line with our Purpose, “Creating a future, enhancing life”, we want to ensure that it will still be at the forefront of the hospitality industry in Namibia going forward. It is with faith in our future and the future of tourism, despite the unprecedented challenges we have faced, that O&L is investing in Mokuti once again and setting new standards for our country”, said Antonio Simoes, General Manager Sales of O&L Leisure, in the press release.

We’ll keep you psoted about the progress.

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Jackal & Hide Camp upgraded and renamed to “Little Sable” 

Natural Selection is excited to welcome guests back to the recently revamped Little Sable, in the heart of the game-rich 200.000 ha large Khwai Private Reserve. Previously known as Jackal & Hide – the revamp has upped the levels of service and upgraded the interiors while maintaining the same intimate safari experience.

Ideal for anyone looking for an intimate yet relaxed safari experience, at a great price.

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Chobe Water Villas and Mokuti Etosha Lodge temporarily closed until 30.9.21

Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic and lack of demand, O&L Leisure decided to temporarily close Chobe Water Villas and Mokuti Etosha Lodge until 30.9.21 to save costs and ultimately save jobs longterm for the re-start and the future.

“The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry in particular, and the commensurate mitigating measures taken by governments around the world whereby industry revenues collapsed, can be described as worse than the worst-case scenarios anticipated locally and globally”, says Norbert Wurm, Managing Director of O&L Leisure.

Click below to read the full statement.

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Rare Earth Retreats free night specials extended until end of 2022

Rare Earth Retreats will continue to offer their popular 3=2 and 4=3 free next specials for their safari lodges and luxury boutique hotels until 2022. The 4-Star lodges “Ekuthuleni” and “Tshwene” in the Welgevonden Game Reserve as well as the 5-Star lodges “The Outpost” and “Pel’s Post” in the Pafuri region of Northern Kruger offer a 4=3 all year. The luxury Boutique Hotel “The Old Rectory”, just 50 meters off the beach of Plettenberg Bay even offer a 3=2 all year, same as the beautiful “Rare Earth Country House” outside Plett in “The Crags for exclusive use with 5 bedrooms. Both properties are fantastic to discover the highlights of the central Garden Route.

Under the following link you can see these specials valid for 2022.

Rare Earth Retreats Specials 2021/22

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Renovations at Strand Hotel Swakopmund from 2.8.21

O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges are using the unfortunately still low demand for various renovations in their iconic Strand Hotel, situated in prime location on the Swakopmund pier, in 2 phases from August 2nd, 2021. First and foremost, the ventilation, cooling and heating technology in all parts of the hotel will be optimized, all rooms, suites and public areas will receive cosmetic repairs and the Farmhouse Deli Restaurant will receive new floors. Noise disturbance for guests is to be expected only minimally.

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Further renovations completed at Konkamoya Lodge

The Konkamoya Lodge in the Kafue National Park, the largest national park in Zambia, managed personally by the Italian owner, has been further renovated: After the construction of only 4 spacious guest tents last year, the main building – the “Lapa” – with kitchen, restaurant and bar Lounge completely renovated and supplemented with an infinity pool.

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Mateya Safari Lodge – renovations and new specials

The Mateya Safari Lodge, one of the most exclusive luxury safari lodges in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, took advantage of the forced break and carried out various renovation measures for the guest rooms and public areas:

The 5 spacious and ultra-luxurious guest villas (175 m²) have completely new roofs made of sustainable material and have received cosmetic refreshments in the interior and the pool decks. In the public areas of the lodge, the roofs were also sustainably renewed and the wooden decks oiled.

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Jack’s Camp reopened after complete renovation

One of the most original and exciting camps in Africa, the newly rebuilt Jack’s Camp continues to keep up its tradition to surprise and delight. Here we go on a Kalahari desert expedition in a world of style. Over-flowing with the same enduring old-world glamour Jack’s is adored for; desert culture, adventure and the unconventional takes on a life of its own. Now with more space, unfathomable comfort for desert life, luxury fit for a maharaja and adventure beyond the absurd, the new Jack’s Camp will leave you awestruck. This is where new is old and the old is new. Adorned with a classic East African safari feel, yet maintaining the much-loved 1940s campaign style, five generations of the Bousfield family have collected antiques and artifacts from around the world, each one telling a story and adding to Jack’s distinctive design character.

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Meet our partners online at the virtual “OurAfrica.Travel” show 1.-5. March 2021

Rare Earth Retreats and almost all our partners will exhibit at the OurAfrica.Travel-Show and want to invite you to virtually meet up during the European week, which takes place 1-5 March 2021. If you have registered yourself already, please request your preferred meeting slot through the scheduling system. 

If you have not registered yet, the registration is free of charge and you can allot your time fully flexible as you like, all meeting slots are 15 minutes long or can be extended to 30 minutes. For full details about the event and to register as a “buyer” please click here.

Following partners will exhibit and would be thrilled to catch up with you: 
Rare Earth Retreats: Leanne Grobler
Seasons In Africa: Sue van Diggele
Mateya Safari Lodge: Shai Goodman
Natural Selection: Nadine Smith
O&L Leisure Hotels: Lisa Roos
Konkamoya Lodge: (Mr.) Andrea Porro

You should receive your login-details from the organizers latest end of next week to schedule you meetings.  

If you have questions, please feel free to ask us any time.

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