National Geographic has provided a list of great lodges around the world, that provide a wonderful stay in unspoiled nature. The guests get to explore reserves, see endangered animals and also stay at elegant accommodation. Check out these sites, providing an adventurous trip of the lifetime!
10. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa
The lodge is found in the reserve, which not only boasts a great wildlife, but also caves that hide archeological remnants from the Stone Age civilization. Below there is Walker Bay that features rich marine life, including dolphins and penguins. The visitors can explore this vast park and later relax in the elegant lodge and try the traditional dishes, prepared from the ingredients harvested in the local organic garden.
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9. Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya
Found next to Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s tallest and most famous mountain – the lodge provides visitors with great accommodation as well as entertaining activities. Guests can get a customized safari arranged for them and explore the diverse wildlife. Explore the environment on foot, by a vehicle, riding a horse or go on a night safari!
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8. Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Embedded in the middle of a reserve, the lodge is surrounded with staggering nature. The guests literally are greeted by the pachyderms, that are passing by the reception. Elephants, hippos and African bush are best observed on walking safaris – the most popular activity here. Meanwhile the lodge provides elegant accommodation for the guests.
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7. Hacienda de San Antonio, Colima, Mexico
The Hacienda is a luxurious family house, furnished with antiques and decorated with Mexican handcrafts. Smoking Volcán de Fuego is seen in the backdrop of the lodge, providing a mesmerizing view. Guests are offered to go horseback riding in the bamboo forests, that are rich with waterfalls, lakes and great spots to have a picnic.
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6. Kasbah Du Toubkal, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Just a short drive from Marrakech and one finds herself in these astonishing surroundings. The mountain retreat provides a great introduction to the Moroccan culture and allows the guests to find a tranquil haven as well as inspirational spot. The visitors can explore the surroundings on a guided tour on a mule, relax in a traditional hammam and taste the delightful Moroccan dishes.
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5. Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The lodge in the Caribbean was established by conservationists, who are concerned with environment and preservation of endangered species. Jean-Michel Cousteau has established his diving center here, therefore provides one of the most unique diving experiences in the pristine reef. The guests can relax and rest in the elegant suites and relish delicacies prepared from fresh ingredients.
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4. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia
One of the most precious Australian islands, boasting pristine beaches and emerald waters. The lodge is set up on the shore, overlooking a turquoise lagoon, while the tall peaks are lurking in the backdrop. The visitors are offered to explore the surroundings by kayaking, biking in the forests or hiking on a guided tour.
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3. Cuixmala, Costalegre, Mexico
The unspoiled shoreline is located far from the popular and loud resort towns. One can find complete tranquility here instead. Guests are accommodated in stylish and spacious rooms, offered impeccable service and being served romantic dinner. Also they can bathe and snorkel in the ocean, hike in the lush groves or watch scientists release baby turtles into the ocean in summer.
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2. The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Famous actor Marlon Brando discovered Tetiaroa atoll and made it his own private getaway. The atoll features the most pristine lagoon we have seen so far. Mr. Brando and later owners were always very eco-conscious, making it their prerogative to preserve the natural environment. The present sanctuary was opened last year and proudly welcomes the most selective vacationers.
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1. Fregate Island Private, The Seychelles
The lodge is found on the unspoiled island, which fascinates with soft sandy beaches, palm groves and incredibly clear water. The owners have restored the primordial environment, therefore endangered plants and animals flourish here now. And yet the visitors are accommodated in luxurious private villas, elegantly furnished and are offered world-quality service.
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