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"Tarkuni at Tswalu is perfect for families," says Caroline. And to make it even more agreeable for people travelling as a family unit there's easy access from both Johannesburg and Cape Town with daily direct flights.

A big draw card here is the exclusive use of the Oppenheimer's family home. The ultimate private sanctuary, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family's (custodians) own personal homestead at Tswalu. It is set between two rolling mountain ranges, and has recently been refurbished to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance.

An oasis of serenity in the desert Tarkuni has its own dedicated team-the attentive, but unobtrusive staff will take great care of all the big and small details.

This includes a host and private chef to ensure a completely personal service. Caroline loves the flexible schedule, which allows guests to craft their own unique bush stay.

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"There's something to suit everyone at Tongabezi; from family getaways to romantic honeymoons. I love this owner-run property," says Caroline.

Privately owned and run by Ben Parker who is a pioneer of eco-tourism in Zambia, the luxury lodge near Victoria Falls combines 'romance and exclusivity with warm and attentive service'.  Each house and cottage has its private concierge who takes care of guests throughout their stay.

How do you pass the day here? There is no set pattern, guests are encouraged to do as much or as little as they wish. The game drives, bush walks and boating trips all included in the overall price.

"The majestic Victoria Falls can be viewed on foot in the national park, from inside the gorge, from Livingstone Island as well as from the air."

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