↓ Standard Luxury Suite Rates ↓
|All Prices Are All Inclusive*|
|1 night||US$ 310||per person|
|1 night||AU$ 295||per person|
|1 night||GB£ 195||per person|
|1 night||EUR 225||per person|
|All Prices Are All Inclusive*|
|1 night||US$ 325||per person|
|1 night||AU$ 310||per person|
|1 night||GB£ 205||per person|
|1 night||EUR 240||per person|
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The very word 'safari' means journey in the Swahili language, and what a journey these expeditions in the early 19th century really were. Some lasted years, and many explorers did not come back, overwhelmed by diseases and sometimes just pure exhaustion. Some even disappeared in the jungle, never to be heard of again. Maybe some just fell in love with a local exotic beauty, and, due to strict, and often racist, prejudices at the time, decided to keep it a secret forever. Who knows?
Then the phenomenon of the 'white hunter' during Victorian times, while almost bringing to complete extinction many now-cherished species in Africa through excessive, and often barbaric, over-hunting, it also popularised the exotic charms and unparalleled beauty of the African continent to a wider audience. Hemingway brought Africa right to the forefront of the masses' imagination, with his many novels and stories of exploits in Africa.
However the very idea of visiting Africa remained a distant impossibility to the European people for sure.
While safaris grew in popularity amongst the European and American upper classes, and upper middle classes in the 60s and 70s, they really only became a realistic holiday destination in recent times due to ever cheaper airfares, and better deals brought on by the rapid expansion of direct booking via the internet.
This trend, though very recent, is also having a profound impact on the industry's structure, and that in a mostly positive way.
From the 60s right up to the early 2000s safari lodges were getting larger and larger to spread the enormous fixed costs due to international marketing costs over as many rooms as possible.
This had turned the whole safari industry into a sort of mass market, but at huge cost, where close and intimate interaction with local people and the wildlife had become virtually impossible. The stress was now put on luxury, opulence, food quality and the likes.
Still to this day, some of South Africa's most famous lodges are in the eyes of many guests simply too large. They have become in a way 'legacy' safari lodges.
Due to the decline, and in fact near disappearance of high street travel agents, and simple research and direct booking possibilities on the internet, more and more small boutique safari lodges are making a huge return and causing an upset in the industry. They are now in fact starting to become the standard in the industry as guests find the combination of exclusivity, intimacy and value for money irresistible.
Some safari lodges, such as the Vuyani Safari Lodge, while offering truly spectacular wildlife, excellent culinary standards, are offering packages costing a fraction of similar 5-star standard safari lodges. The Vuyani Safari Lodge is almost always fully booked, while many safari lodges seem to struggle to adapt to the new realities in the travel market.
The trend is clear: travellers have become more discerning across the board. They prefer smaller and more intimate safari lodges, with a more tailor-made service offering, and a much more personal approach and interaction with the team and rangers.
The Vuyani Safari Lodge even has a completely open plan kitchen, making for lots of interaction between the chefs and the guests, and many recipes changing hands.
At the Vuyani Safari Lodge, the guest feels instantly at home, while being surrounded by the most beautiful of African landscapes and wildlife.
It seems that African safaris are becoming again what they always were. Just infinitely more affordable. And nowhere is this more true than at the Vuyani Safari Lodge, one of South Africa's strongest and most exciting new kids on the block.
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