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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith ‘mindfulness’ emerging as one of last year’s biggest buzzwords, there are few activities that encourage you to stay more wholeheartedly in the moment than travel.Luxury travel operator, Sanctuary Retreats, has established a well-deserved reputation for creating inspirational travel experiences in some of the most remote, exclusive and exotic destinations on Earth. Australian’s Director of Sales, Michael McCall comments: “As a company we subscribe to the philosophy that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. So for us the very best holidays are those measured by the myriad of life-affirming memories our guests take home.”Here are Michael’s top seven favourite experiences which are sure to capture your imagination:Walking with elephantsWitnessing elephants in their natural habitat is one thing. Enjoying a leisurely stroll with one of these majestic creatures as your personal guide is quite another. For an authentic Africa safari with a difference, a chance to interact with some of the Okavango Delta’s biggest characters and explore the Botswana bush trunk-in-hand is hard to beat. Sanctuary Retreats’ Living with Elephant’s program offers guests at both Sanctuary Baines Camp and Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp a rare opportunity to spend a morning walking with three semi-habituated elephants, observing and interacting with them in their natural environment.Sanctuary Baines Camp priced from US$750 per person per night twin share and Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp priced from US$550 per person per night twin share.Boat back in time through China’s Three GorgesCruising along the mighty Yangtze’s tributary, the Shennong River, is the ideal way to absorb the area’s serene beauty and distinctive gorges. But a tour of one of China’s most fascinating and remarkable regions is further enhanced by the chance to meet some of the locals who call it home. Guests aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer have the rare opportunity to do just that. One of China’s most ancient people, the Tujia traditionally made their living from the waterways, and a highlight of any Sanctuary Retreats’ Yangtze cruise is an excursion on one of their traditional Sampan – or longboat – skilfully poled along by local boatmen while learning about their customs.Three-night cruises aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer are priced from US$1,350 per person twin share.Al fresco Star-BathAs if a Botswana safari wasn’t memorable enough, Sanctuary Retreats’ Sanctuary Baines Camp offers up the ultimate indulgent way to unwind after an epic day’s game viewing. Each of the Camp’s five luxuriously appointed suites take pure bliss to a new level, with the chance to soak up the magic of Botswana’s night skies from a sumptuous bathtub on your own private viewing deck. As guests luxuriate beneath a glittering canopy awash with stars and the hippo-rich waters of the Boro River babble below, this intimate eco-camp is guaranteed to take them one step closer to heaven.Mingle with mountain gorillasThe dramatic volcanic landscape of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to half the world’s remaining population of mountain gorilla, making it the ideal base to come face to face with one of man’s closest relatives – and one of nature’s most endangered species. Sanctuary Retreats’ Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only luxury camp within the forest where guests can venture deep into the rainforest to track resident mountain gorilla families. And, thanks to the camp’s remote location within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, gorillas are also frequent visitors, making an encounter with Silverbacks from your exclusive base a distinct possibility.Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp priced from US$380 per person per night twin share.Canoe the ZambeziFor most of us, the word Zambezi conjures up images of bygone adventurers returning from unspoilt wilderness with tales of derring-do. Thankfully, Zambia’s most famous river remains much unchanged today, teeming with phenomenal wildlife and ripe for exploring. Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma can head out on their own two-hour canoeing expedition along the dramatic stretch of river before heading back to the lodge for a restorative ‘sun-downer’. And for those still thirsting for an intrepid experience, the lodge’s 12 luxurious tree houses are sure to appease even the most daredevil amongst us.Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma priced from US$650 per person per night twin share.Watch the greatest game show on earthAs far as safaris go, a chance to watch the annual pilgrimage of over 1.5 million wildebeest between Kenya and Tanzania play out in front of you has to be one of the most spectacular sights on earth. And, as the Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp moves between a trio of locations, guests can beat the crowds and marvel at one of life’s greatest circles of life all year round.Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp priced from US$450 per person per night twin share.Candle-lit dining on the banks of the Ayeyarwady RiverThere’s no denying the romance of an idyllic dinner under a blanket of stars in a dramatic outdoor setting. Which is why a sandbank dinner for those travelling aboard the Sanctuary Ananda on Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River offers up the ultimate ‘picnic’ experience. Here, as the night sky glistens overhead and pagodas shine in the skyline, guests can savour delicious Burmese delicacies surrounded by lanterns and traditional parasols, before returning to their luxurious all-suite ship as they continue down the Road to Mandalay.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

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