Finding special places is what we do here at CM Travels.
Perhaps it is better to first explain what we mean by special places.
Firstly they must abide by our CM Travels Pledge. In essence, they should be supporting local communities and striving for the longevity of the remote wildernesses within which they operate.
Secondly, they are in areas with a rich ecosystem that support a wide variety of wildlife in all shapes and sizes.
The third and perhaps the most important is that you leave wanting to return. It is a deep sense of purity within your soul which awakens. It tells you that you have become part of a unique group. A group that has had the privilege of experiencing something life moving, a gift from the planet.
Your life will forever be changed.
Sangha Lodge is the most unique lodge currently not listed as a unique lodge. There are set dates within one can travel to this place. The remoteness is tangible and the animals you can see here you can see no where else on the planet. The local culture and people are warm and inviting. They call this sacred place home and have been living amongst the forest for 1000’s of years. It is rustic, hot and may contain insects but there is no where else like it. This is for the seasoned traveler searching for a truly remote wilderness where anything is possible.
Using local trackers you will have the chance to see Lowland Gorillas, Forest Elephant, Forst Hog, Bongo, flocks of Parrots, 400 bird species of which 300 have been seen at the lodge or on the lodge trails. This truly immersive experience is the pearl in the portfolio and we would be happy to share it with anyone adventurous enough to join us.
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Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, now protecting over 110,000 hectares of spectacular Kalahari grasslands and Kopjie mountains. We take conservation as our absolute priority; our vision is to “restore the Kalahari to itself.” No more than 30 guests at a time can discover the beauty of this arid savannah, its diverse wildlife and the serenity of what may well be South Africa’s last great wilderness.
We hope that by redefining the way in which wilderness conservation and research work hand in hand with our guests’ experience and the engagement of our community, we can create an inspirational legacy which secures this special place for future generations.
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Behind everything we do there is a purpose; indeed, we have always been driven by purpose. Everything we do is aimed at conserving Africa’s wilderness and wildlife and including local communities in this process. Everything we do is aimed at creating journeys that change lives and inspire positive action.
Long known as “the Place of Plenty,” Mombo boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators and is considered to be one of the best areas for game viewing in Africa.
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Grey Stoke Mahale
While our camps are a great source of pride to us, our motivation goes far deeper than simply providing places to stay. We are now living through what biologists are calling The Sixth Great Extinction, an absolutely critical era for the world’s flora and fauna. Year by year, we are intensifying our efforts to protect our wild Tanzania from harm, and so far, we are holding strong. We firmly believe that tourism practiced properly is a driving force in conservation and this belief has dominated our business practice from the beginning.
Come on a legendary journey to meet the most privileged primates on the planet: the wild chimpanzees of Mahale – and us, the trackers, guides and helpers who share their leafy Nirvana. In the forest’s dappled sunlight, chimpanzees romp and commune around us. At the lakeshore, on a white beach, Greystoke opens its shaggy arms, hewn from vintage dhows, proffering yet another level of pleasure to all our intrepid guests.
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Alex Walkers Serian – Nkorombo
Partly it has to do with silence. At night, you can feel a lion’s roar resonate in your chest cavity because the air is not clogged with distractive sound. Its clarity lets you see straight to the sparkling heavens. It is also to do with distance from the rest of the world – not just a physical distance, but a deliberate distance in the way we decide to live. It’s about choosing to disconnect, in favour of what these spaces have to offer you if you allow them. There is also an indescribable purity to being immersed in a wholly natural setting. Clean air, unspoilt and untamed, and animals that are truly wild: it’s an unconditional environment that we are lucky to touch, and yet is untainted by our fingerprints. If you immerse yourself in it, osmosis begins to take effect, and the quietude and the beauty quietly infuse your being. In the company of our guides, you are among people innate to the place, who can unveil this way of life to you. They are attuned to its essence and can translate it by showing you to see through their eyes.
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MalaMala Game Reserve is the safari industry’s blueprint for the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive, thriving tract of land offers the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. MalaMala Game Reserve is one of the largest private Big Five game reserves in South Africa. It covers 13 300ha (33 000 acres), shares a 19km (12 mile) unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park and lies strategically sandwiched between the Kruger and the Sabi Sand Reserve.
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Duba Plains – Great Plains Conservation
To find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce that would make a lasting, sustainable difference to the world’s iconic wildlife an wildernesses.
Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta among a matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland on a 33,000 hectare private reserve. It is also the place that Great Plains Conservation co-founders, National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, chose for their home base.
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Our mission is for our guests to return home from Lapa Rios with a deep understanding of our ecosystem and an appreciation for the importance of its conservation.
Lapa Rios Lodge protects 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforest. In this immersive destination, the real luxury is in living and breathing the jungle. Every inch is waiting to be discovered. Here, you’ll encounter iconic frogs and macaws; endangered monkeys and over 300 bird species. It’s a pristine environment where nature thrives in its rawest form.
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Beho Beho was the first camp to be sited in The Selous Game Reserve, not on the banks, or the flood plains of the mighty Rufiji River, but in the cooler highlands so as to enjoy the ‘cooling breezes’ from which its name derives. Always designated as a ‘private camp’ it has fiercely protected its individuality and privileged location as one of the most ‘magical’ places it is possible to visit in safari Africa.
Owned by the Bailey family for over forty years, they are now prepared to share their ‘home in the bush’ with a fortunate few who are able to share their enjoyment of Beho Beho, one of their favourite places in the world.