After being locked down for a few years and our travel options limited, people want to get out and have a really big adventure. Perhaps more than ever, 2022 will be the year of various trips, something to do on that fantasy travel list, or maybe splurge on that dream vacation.
Here are five exciting options that combine a pampering stay with some unique and thrilling adventures that will set you on the path of discovery.
Chikwenya Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Explore the wild rivers, waterfalls and wildlife of Zimbabwe: Specialist in luxury travel to Africa ROAR AFRICA has curated an unforgettable adventure travel safari experience in Zimbabwe, including cruises on the Zambezi River and a trip to the incredible Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also go white water rafting down some of the most exhilarating rapids in the world and have plenty of time to spot wildlife, canoe the Zambezi or go on game drives to see all of the region’s big game.
The journey begins in Pretoria, South Africa where you will be met by experienced tour guides and whisked away to Mana Pools National Park where you will overnight in a luxury tent at Chikwenya Camp. Located on the Zambezi floodplain, you have endless opportunities to see lions, elephants, hippos and cheetahs and be amidst one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Zimbabwe.
From here you will drive to the magnificent Matetsi Lodge near Victoria Falls where you can go white water rafting or just sit back and admire the most beautiful waterfall in the world.
Elderberry Castle and Yosemite National Park, California
Best of both worlds in Yosemite:Elder Castle, a nine-acre castle resort in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, offers a combined European getaway in California with a Yosemite dream vacation. It includes a two day/one night backpacking and hiking adventure with your own private naturalist guide and cook. You’ll hike, camp, and swim in beautiful Yosemite, with gourmet backcountry dining and all your camp needs so you can enjoy the dazzling granite domes, waterfalls, and wildflowers of one of America’s most captivating national parks.
A European style castle in the foothills of the Sierra
Back at the ranch or, in this case, the chateau, you will be pampered further and enjoy the private gardens, fountains, pine forest and sheer tranquility that you will find at this hideaway. A member of the Relais & Châteaux collection, this intimate and elegant property has just ten ornate rooms plus a 2,000-square-foot Parisian-style mansion that might rival even nearby El Capitan and Half Dome for the money to get your attention .
You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of the Alps while being a stone’s throw from the entrance to all of Yosemite’s big wall granite rocks.
Paddling in scenic fjords in Lofoten: Adventure travel specialist expedition technique offers an 8-day bed and breakfast paddling trip of a lifetime, paddling through some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery. Lofoten, a remote archipelago in the far north of the country above the Arctic Circle, offers some of the best paddling experiences in a country already known for its sea kayaking. The setting is stunning, the water calm and you get almost 24 hours of daylight here in the mid-Northern summer.
The fishing villages that line the coast here date back to Viking times, and you’ll come across a Viking longhouse that’s one of the largest ever found in Europe (and is now an informative living museum). Days are spent spotting puffins and sea eagles and basking in the long summer ‘midnight sun’.Robuer” who are traditional fisherman’s houses in the charming villages that make up this northern Scandinavian paradise.
Cliff Jumping in Jamaica: Negril, Jamaica is known for its stunning seven miles of white sand beach, and you’ll find it right there The cave hotel, a seaside sanctuary perched on the cliffs above a sky-blue sea. If you dare, you can join the cliff divers here, where an instructor will teach you individual jumps, or you can go snorkeling or other water sports, most likely surrounded by schools of dolphins, which are common along the coast.
There are just 12 custom cottages here, built over the ocean, and the resort even offers the option of dining in a candlelit private grotto. You can also explore the caves by kayak or even on a snorkeling expedition and later relax in the spa, voted one of the best by Ocean Magazine. For lovers of romantic solitude as well as plenty of aquatic adventures in one alluring location, this Jamaican gem packs a knockout punch as strong as the local rum.
Riad accommodation for kings in Royal Mansour, Morocco
Immerse yourself in the culture of Morocco: Marrakech is one of the most magical cities in the world, home to a place full of snake charmers and fascinating architecture, surrounded by a beautiful desert and the high Atlas mountains. Here you can find them Royal mansiona palatial retreat owned by the King of Morocco, set on 12 hectares of gardens built to resemble a traditional one Medina. You will wander through labyrinthine corridors to get to your quarters which is private.riad” (traditional merchant houses) with exquisite textiles, artwork and terraces overlooking the mountains. You will enjoy being pampered after experiencing the desert adventures that await.
Endless sand dunes and surreal desert light, Agafay desert
Head to the Agafay Desert for hiking, quad biking or camel riding in a landscape of sand dunes. The more intrepid can head to the Atlas Mountains, where you can hike among the pines or even attempt to climb Morocco’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, which is snow-capped nine months of the year. All your desert fantasies will be fulfilled, and you can return to your quarters to sample a traditional tagine dish, or opt for a pampering hammam bath and massage.