The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Chumba
Every day you stay at @theultimatetravellingcamp Chumba – and assuming you’re awake early enough – you’ll gaze out at Thiksey Monastery in the valley below, bathed in morning light of exquisite quality, and be eternally glad you made it here.
It’s a very long way from tourist-trodden India, and is one of a handful of traveller-style camps hidden in the mountainous Ladaky district. This is the northernmost part of India, sparsely populated and with altitudes of up to 6500m.
But don’t imagine for one moment that you’re annexed from civilisation.
The tents in this little settlement set new standards for sumptuousness – there’s a butler service, a beautiful bathroom, a private verandah, and a writing desk with spectacular views where you can harvest your thoughts.
You’ll be immersed in a thunderous polo match in the very region where the royal game originated; then you’ll be taking morning prayers with Buddhist monks. You’ll be going on long walks through ancient villages or Old Leh City, and then rediscovering traditional dances and music performed by a dedicated troupe of local performers.
Your daily excursions will immerse you in the remote beauty and ancient traditions of the surrounding area. It’s a place of stunning contrasts.
Meanwhile, mountain-biking over Wari La, the world’s fourth-highest mountain pass, and rafting down the River Indus provide life-affirming thrills.
Believe us, if you perspire at all then it’s down to exhilaration and not the humidity; this is one of India’s coolest spots, with daily temperature of 10-32 degrees for the limited May-October time you can visit.
There are 3, 4, 5 and 7 night itineraries available, perfect to combine with a longer trip to India.
It's a place we would love to return again and again to replenish mind, body and soul.
Literally from aardvark to zebra, South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, teems with wildlife. We defy any parent not to love the fact that there are two big colonies of meerkats here, whose antics and curiosity for humans are going to have your little ones spellbound.
That’s merely one aspect of this wonderful place. The biggest private game reserve in South Africa, it’s an epic wilderness of arid grasslands, savannas, sand dunes and rugged mountains which taken together as a complete eco-system supports the needs of everything from lions and cheetah to wild dogs and black rhino.
Guests will love the respectful vehicle safaris and horse-riding expeditions to spot some of the 80 mammal species and 240 birds that live here and staring at the stars on a sleep-out deck with nocturnal animals calling, snorting and rustling in the background will be a thrill for all ages.
The work to return farmlands to natural habitat was begun by Englishman Stephen Boler, and the conservation programme has accelerated under current owner the Oppenheimer family and their Tswalu Foundation.
In visiting, you’re actually helping to fund the Foundation’s ongoing projects and guaranteeing that, although this place might one day be bulging with antelope (great for the big game food chain, of course), it will never be overrun by people, as there can only be 28 adult guests at any one time and there's no threat of malaria.
Suites are designed to easily accommodate families, there are flexible dining times as well as an extensive list of activities specially designed for children and under 12's go absolutely free!
Tswalu is an amazing place for children to get a real safari experience and we know they’ll remember it forever and most likely become ardent nature conservers for life.