Exciting Africa! For those who would love their safari experience to be as in depth into wildlife as possible, with exquisite and sustainable luxury accommodations, all the while knowing that your investment in travel is the source to fund one of the biggest well-maintained conservation efforts on the Continent, then these are the perfect (and most desirable) journeys for you!
Four Africa Safari Locations You Shouldn’t Miss
Jao – The Essence of the Okavango Delta
The world-class camp is reopening June 17 after a full makeover!
New family villas with private pools overlooking the landscape for prime wildlife viewing, stunning gathering spaces and complete privacy are some of the many highlights of the property.
Jao is dedicated to the conservation of the Delta and its unique ecosystem- waters, dry land, plants, animals and birdlife. This is the penultimate luxury safari camp with a design that reflects the color palate and the special landscape in which it dwells.
Not only are the game drives exciting, with the best wildlife tour guides and most educated in the business, your wellness is a priority as well- healthy foods from sustainable sources, top notch wines and liquors, and a signature spa all work together to enhance your experience.
Magashi, A Rwanda Life-Changing Experience
A brand new camp in the north-east of Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, you can enjoy savannah game viewing, spectacular scenery and cultural experiences.
Here, since its opening on May 1, guests have spotted a lioness and her tiny cubs! Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species.
Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which were reintroduced in 2017.
Magashi – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbours a good density of leopard.
This Classic camp features six spacious and airy tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga, while Magashi’s main area comprises a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, pool, and expansive viewing deck with a convivial fire pit. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.
Photo Safari in Linkwasha
Wilderness safaris camps partner with Olympus for guests to request use of these cameras for their own magnificent shots.
Linkwasha, in Zimbabwe, is a luxurious camp that lies in a private concession in the enormously productive south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Situated on the edge of the famed Ngamo Plains, which offer fantastic summer game viewing, the camp looks over a magnificent plain and a pan that is a magnet for game year-round, especially in the dry winter months.
The fresh, open and airy design of Linkwasha Camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors.
Eight sumptuous en-suite tents and one family unit offer incredible views, while the main area – including multi-level decks, a pool area and a winter lounge complete with library – overlooks the prolific waterhole.
Game drives, walking safaris, interactions with your neighbors, the people of the area, and a “star bed” all make this a heck of an immersive experience!
Exclusive Kafue is One-of-a-Kind
Open for just five months of the year, these camps in Zambia’s Kafue National Park offer a one-of-a-kind safari experience – a journey into remote, wild and pristine wilderness, a must-visit destination for every kind of safari aficionado. And, while in Zambia, I suggest you combine your safari with a stay near Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.
At 2.25 million hectares (5.5 million acres), Kafue National Park is Zambia’s oldest protected area and one of the largest in Africa.
The million-hectare northern sector is the perfect location for our camps: remote, wild and diverse, with vast tracts of pristine wilderness. The north-west is dominated by the Busanga Swamps, a papyrus wetland that gives way to the vast floodplain of the Busanga Plains – a seasonally inundated grassland dotted with islands.
The Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue rivers – the major water courses that feed and drain the Park – are lined with riverine forest, and the landscape is further patterned with broad-leaved miombo woodland, floodplains and island thickets. Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the south is another notable feature of the Kafue.
Highlights of Kafue:
- Remote, wild, with diverse wildlife
- The largest conservation are in Zambia (your stay supports the efforts!)
- Magnificent wildlife viewing!
- Remote, yet easily reached
- A rustic (but refined) camp or a more elegant stay are options
- Game drives, hot air ballooning, boating are safari options
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