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First Light

Set off on an exclusive First Light nature walk and discover the magic of a new day with Belmond and Leica Sport Optics

Break of dawn. A gentle light steals over the landscape, grass glistens and lakes, sea and rivers twinkle in the first rays of sun. This time of day is exceptionally mesmerising at Belmond, for our hotels, trains and cruises are surrounded by some of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders and heritage sites—some exclusively accessed at dawn. 

So we’re thrilled to have partnered with Leica Sport Optics to create a series of dawn walks and experiences for you. Join a Leica photography or wildlife expert or head off on a self-guided walk, using powerful binoculars to spot flora, fauna along the way.

Which daybreak adventure will you pick?

Botswana | Mallorca
Cape Town | Iguassu Falls

First Light in Botswana

First Light in Botswana

​Tap into your spirit of adventure and see Botswana’s awe-inspiring wildlife like never before. Head out in the gentle dawn light by mokoro or helicopter to observe elephants eating berries from jackalberry trees. Or look out for the shy Pel’s fishing owl, roosting after a night’s hunting.

Perched on an island in the Okavango Delta, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is uniquely placed to take in the magic of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Expert Insight

First light in Botswana

You have the entire day in front of you. It’s your choice to seize it.

First Light is a time where your mind is focused, and your feelings are at ease. The light during this short period is remarkable, and it adds a totally unique feeling when walking through the African bush. Then you encounter the wildlife, and your pulse quickens as the excitement kicks in.

Marc Stickler Wildlife Photographer & Leica Global Ambassador

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First Light in Deià, Mallorca

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First Light in Deià, Mallorca

​Tucked between the ​mountains and the sea on Mallorca’s northwest coast, Deià is entrancing at any time of day. But at dawn, as an ethereal glow emerges, it takes on a whole new beauty.

Let your senses come alive to the day’s new sounds: excited birdsong, scurrying wildlife, waves lapping the shore.

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First light in Deià Mallorca

I feel at one with nature and can completely disconnect from daily routine.

Nature walks allow me to soak up the peaceful atmosphere and appreciate the beauty of my surroundings, illuminated in the morning light.

Sebastià Torrens Nature Expert & Photographer
First Light

Deià, Mallorca

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First Light in Cape Town

Experience

First Light in Cape Town

Towering high above Cape Town, Table Mountain not only offers stunning coastal vistas but is a pristine natural paradise. Follow our gentle mountain trail and be mesmerised as dawn illuminates the sparkling sea.

Spot beautiful native birds, small mammals and the dazzling flowers of the fynbos. The early morning views of Lion’s Head, Robben Island and the Waterfront will leave you entranced.

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First light in Cape Town, South Africa

It doesn't matter where you go in the Western Cape, there is beauty all around you.

What is the actual difference between the light at the start of the day and the light at the end of the day? The first light is fresh, and you are wanting to achieve something positive. Your mental outlook is positive, and you are going out looking for new fresh things.

Michael Edwards Nature Expert & Photographer
First Light

Cape Town, South Africa

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First Light in Iguassu

Experience

First Light in Iguassu

​Set in the heart of Iguassu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers you unparalleled access to the falls at sunrise—when the park is closed to outside visitors.

Follow a quiet trail through lush rainforest teeming with wildlife. Watch the rising sun send rays of rainbow-hued light through the spray. Encounter exotic birds and coatis to a thundering soundtrack of 275 cascades.

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First light in Iguassu, Brazil

Guests have unparalleled access to the park.

Standing alone at the Devil’s throat, watching the Great Dusky Swifts cutting through the ivory curtain, which sparkles golden silver in the new light.

Luke Massey Nature Expert & Photographer
First Light

Iguassu Falls, Brazil

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Other First Light Experiences

Watch the sunrise from above the clouds

Belmond Reid's Palace, Madeira

Follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci

Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence
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