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Exceptional safari experiences in Africa’s untouched wilderness.

Explore Africa with us across seven countries and 40 luxury camps, located in some of the continent’s most remote, pristine and game-rich wilderness areas. Acclaimed as the foremost ecotourism operator in Africa, Wilderness Safaris offers unforgettable high-end adventures that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities. Since our founding in Botswana in 1983, we’ve shared our passion for Africa with thousands of guests, as well as our custodial sense of protection, and the urgency to protect these ecosystems and the life they support.

They say once you have stepped on African soil, you are bound to return – again, and again. Join us on one of our incredible journeys, take away memories of a lifetime and give back to Africa…

Segera

Country: Kenya

Destination: Laikipia

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Nature Lodge

Number of Rooms: 9

Segera lies in the high grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau, its six timber and thatch villas raised above a profusion of botanical life to offer views towards Mount Kenya. Each large, en-suite bedroom has a private deck with sun loungers, swing bed and sunken Jacuzzi sunk into the deck outside the bedroom. The recently restored Farmhouse homestead, gracious Segera House and Villa Segera boast even greater privacy and luxury. The main area comprises the Paddock House, Wine Tower and renovated stables, complete with bar and dining room filled with contemporary African art from the Zeitz Collection.

With many extraordinary indoor and outdoor settings, dining at Segera is an unforgettable experience. What’s more, our internationally renowned kitchen delivers delicious healthy meals, created using home-grown, organic and free-range ingredients.


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Abu Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

The Abu Private Reserve offers both superb Okavango Delta wildlife viewing, and the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu is based.

Abu is set in a pristine riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent hardwood trees. Each of the six en-suite tents has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, imparting an air of opulence in the bush, and features an indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor copper bath and a plunge pool sunk into the elevated teak deck. Like the unique and luxurious tents, the multi-decked lounge and dining area and well-stocked library and study, and pool overlook a large lagoon, often visited by wild elephants.


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Jacana Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 5

Located on a beautiful island in the Jao Concession in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Jacana is a typical Delta camp. Surrounded by seasonally-inundated floodplains and papyrus swamps, Jacana has five en-suite Meru-style tents, built on raised wooden decks to take advantage of the views of the broad channels in front. The main dining area is on an elevated platform nestled between two magnificent sycamore fig trees, surrounded by dense wild date palms, with a large viewing deck and open seating area around the fire.

Being a ‘water camp,’ Jacana Camp offers primarily water activities with game drives during the summer months – dependent on water levels and time of year.


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Jao Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 7

The Experience

Where the boundaries between land and water often blur… this is Jao Camp, this is the Okavango Delta, where some of the purest waters on Earth ebb and flow, descending from the Angolan highlands to the Kalahari Desert. Glide almost silently in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, through a fluid garden of lilies. Spy a tiny painted reed frog up close, or elephants looming in the distance. Follow lion and other big cats across the floodplains, in pursuit of prolific antelope herds. Breakfast near a hippo-filled lagoon at dawn; brunch in watery shallows as countless red lechwe graze nearby; dine amidst a herd of zebra as a dazzling night sky is revealed. Feel your senses come alive, whether exploring on water or on land.

The Place

Jao lies in the 60 000-hectare Jao Reserve in the heart of the Okavango, under a tree canopy on its own remote island, with renowned Moremi Game Reserve bordering on the east.

The Camp

Revamped in 2019, multiple-award winner Jao is a sculptural marvel of natural and recycled materials, of steel, wood, and glass, of towering, spacious interiors embracing the light, the bush. Offering spectacular land- and water-based game viewing, and extras like its spa, library, museum, and gallery. Jao comprises a main area elevated into the tree canopy, two exclusive villas, and five suites, all with private plunge pools, lounge and dining areas, and en-suite bathrooms, including indoor and outdoor showers. With views of the magnificent floodplains from almost everywhere, Jao’s a place of wonder and supreme serenity.


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Kwetsani Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 5

Located in the centre of the Jao Concession, Kwetsani sits on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees. The surrounding floodplains are home to a number of “Delta specials” – species that are found in few other places on Earth. Some of these may even be seen from the privacy of one of our five luxurious “treehouse” chalets, beautifully furnished en-suite units each comprising a bedroom and lounge, and made of canvas, wood and glass.

Kwetsani’s location gives access to both water and dry land areas, allowing guests to see all aspects of the Delta’s makeup.

The raised dining room, lounge and bar area all offer sweeping vistas of the surrounding floodplains and catch the gentle breeze blowing through the reeds. A plunge pool with loungers is just right for those sunny afternoon siestas.



The dining room, lounge and drinks area are constructed under a large, cool thatched roof and offer you incredible vistas of the surrounding floodplains dotted with lechwe, wildebeest and other plains game.  

You can also watch this wildlife from a communal pool or simply the comfort of your own rooms.

Kwetsani Camp offers excellent land and water activities dependent on the annual flood levels of the Okavango Delta.  

Game drives, as well as wildlife viewing by mokoro are on offer.   There are also 2 platform game viewing hides in the concession. 

Lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, tsessebe and red lechwe are among the major game attractions at Kwetsani Camp, while hippo, sitatunga antelope and crocodile reside in the deeper, permanently lily-filled lagoons of the area.   

Nocturnal animals such as porcupine, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and lesser bushbaby can be observed on the night drives (water levels permitting).


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Little Tubu Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 3

Located on Hunda Island, within the tree canopy and looking down over a seasonal riverbed, Little Tubu offers an exceptional and intimate bush experience for just six guests. The three traditional-style tents are on raised wooden platforms, each with a private viewing deck, outdoor shower and en-suite bathroom.

Elevated walkways link the tents to the main dining, bar and pool areas that are designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment and maximise the views of the Okavango. The style of the camp and the setting create an authentic sense of being in a remote wilderness, and truly on safari – in comfort and style, but unquestionably in a wild place, among prolific wildlife.


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Little Vumbura Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

Little Vumbura is situated on a beautiful island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, both water- and land-based activities are as central to the overall experience, with both offering spectacular and diverse wildlife sightings.

Little Vumbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient forest. Each well-appointed tent has en-suite facilities and a deck with incredible vistas. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains while a star deck is reached by a bridge from the dining area.

In addition to helping to conserve the area, Little Vumbura is part of a community participation plan that brings the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live around the Okavango Delta.


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Seba Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

Seba Camp is set in a wildlife wonderland overlooking a perennial lagoon. Its riverine situation in a forest of majestic hardwood trees plays host to prolific birdlife, while on the concession a variety of land and water game-viewing activities ensure that Seba delivers a classic Okavango Delta safari experience.

Eight luxury tents include two designed for families, with interconnecting bedrooms and plunge pools. Access the bush by game drive, mokoro or guided walks, or join your children for a bush cooking or photography lesson.

Seba runs on various green operating systems, including 100% solar, to ensure as light an environmental footprint as possible.


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Tubu Tree Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

Tubu Tree, as its name indicates, is built into the trees, with elevated wooden walkways connecting eight traditional-style tents on raised platforms, with picturesque views over the surrounding floodplains from a private deck. Each has an en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower, while the family unit consists of two adjoining tents with separate bathrooms and a shared lounge. The main dining and lounge areas and pool are raised to maximise the vista across the floodplains, and an open bar area is shaded by a large marula tree.

Hunda Island, on which Tubu Tree is situated, is known for its concentrations of game and offers both spectacular wildlife viewing on land, and tranquil adventures on the water. This combination of activities makes time spent at Tubu Tree a complete Delta adventure.


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Vumbura Plains Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 14

The Experience

Marvel at a wealth of wildlife including opportunities to see ‘leaping lions’ jumping channels in pursuit of prey . Scan the floodplains for the vast array of predators: lion prides; African wild dogs ; numerous leopards; occasional cheetahs. Spy a rare sable or sitatunga antelope, often in flight. Move seamlessly between land and water, between different terrains. Slip quietly through the channels in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe; buzz a bit faster by delta boat. Adventure into the skies, soaring in a hot-air balloon or by helicopter . From the splendour of your suite, watch elephants grazing peacefully in the distance. Search for some of the 600 bird species, lilac-breasted rollers, carmine bee-eaters, secretary birds, and Pel’s fishing-owls among them.

The Place

Captivating Vumbura Plains lies in the far north of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest inland delta on Earth. Perched on raised decks in the midst of the melapo – the annually inundated grasslands – the camp almost floats over water, radiant blue and pure enough to drink. Nestled under tree canopies and airily open to nature, Vumbura Plains serves up intimate wildlife encounters on the spectacular floodplains, studded with ilala palms and small islands.

The Camp

Vumbura Plains is an artful, contemporary balance of wood, glass, and canvas, reflecting the colours of the Delta. Its 14 spacious suites include indoor and outdoor showers, an en-suite bathroom, private plunge pool, and outdoor sala’ from where you can view the never-ending wildlife parade. Leopard cubs coming to drink at the camp swimming pool, for instance; hippos ‘mowing’ the grasses nearby; a baby elephant being taught how to use his trunk. A truly Okavango experience – even just watching the sunrise, where sun, Earth, and water meet, with the promise of new adventure.


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Chitabe

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

Chitabe Camp is situated in a private concession area on an island in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Playing host to a breathtaking mosaic of wooded, wetland and grassland habitats, the area is famed for its incredible numbers and diversity of wildlife, in particular predators.

The camp’s eight spacious Meru-style tents are raised on wooden decks under large, shady trees. Each tent has twin beds, en-suite facilities and indoor and outdoor showers. The thatched dining area, bar and lounge are built on raised decks to provide superb views across the floodplain, and a pool allows you to cool off in the heat of the day.


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Chitabe Lediba Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Lodge

Number of Rooms: 5

Chitabe Lediba, in the Chitabe Concession, neighbours the Moremi Game Reserve in the south-eastern part of the Okavango Delta. Its wide range of habitats makes for an equal diversity of wildlife sightings.

Chitabe Lediba is smaller than its sister camp, Chitabe, and is ideal for small groups or families. Views over the floodplains give ample opportunities to watch the daily animal traffic. Beyond the camp, Okavango and Kalahari landscapes meet to form rich habitats.

Both family units have adjoining bedrooms and a shared en-suite bathroom. All five spacious Meru-style tents are built on raised decks, from which outdoor showers offer panoramic views of the Delta. The dining area, lounge and pool have a glorious vantage over the small lediba (a lagoon within a channel) after which the camp is named and where wild animals and birds frequent.


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Little Mombo Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 4

The Experience

‘Regular and rare’ describes the unique, spectacular game viewing at Little Mombo, shared with nearby Mombo, its larger sibling and our flagship camp. Witness lions, leopards, and wild dogs hunting across the floodplains and be privy to ongoing battles between predators and prey. From your suite or the main area’s elevated deck, spy an elephant or two ambling nearby. Keep your eyes open and camera ready for the profusion of birds, perhaps sighting a lifer like Pel’s fishing-owl or endangered wattled crane. Go low at the hide 20 minutes away; go high helicoptering. Relish your ‘down time’ at Little Mombo’s gym, spa, pool, or out at your private sala – inhaling the scents of unadulterated nature, the scents of Africa.

The Place

Little Mombo nestles under a canopy of large jackalberry and sausage trees, across from Mombo on the other side of Chief’s Island, sited in the Okavango Delta’s renowned Moremi Game Reserve.

The Camp

Rebuilt in 2018, Little Mombo is a celebration of our conservation purpose. With just four suites tucked away under the trees and overlooking a game-rich floodplain, Little Mombo is a smaller, more intimate version of its sister camp. With its own lounge, dining area, kitchen, boma, and other facilities, it connects to Mombo by raised walkways – and equals its level of understated luxury, comfort, incomparable hospitality, and world-class wildlife encounters.

 


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Mombo Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

The Experience

Revel in sustainable luxury on the palm-studded floodplains of the Okavango Delta, boasting some of the best game viewing on Earth. Thrill to plentiful predator-prey interaction, dominated by big cats, and, with luck – glimpse one of Africa’s rarer species: perhaps a pangolin or honey badger. Connect to our staff and Africa’s heartbeat in a ‘boma evening’ of traditional song and dance. Discover why Mombo, our flagship, is truly ‘the Place of Plenty’ and ‘Mother of all Camps’.

The Place

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Delta stretches over two million hectares of floodplains, where sinuous blue channels snake around thousands of palm-fringed islands, where the clear, lily-covered water is pure enough to drink. Located in the Delta’s renowned Moremi Game Reserve in the north-eastern corner of Chief’s Island – once a tribal leader’s hunting ground – Mombo today is a beacon of ecotourism, leaving a light footprint in paradise.

The Camp

Rebuilt in 2018, repurposing much of the material, Mombo maintains the traditions and history of the legendary original camp. Constructed of wood and canvas, Mombo sits naturally in a thicket of giant mangosteen and fig trees. Eight spacious suites afford sweeping views over a floodplain teeming with wildlife. Each suite offers a sitting room; separate bedroom and bathroom; indoor and outdoor showers; elegant copper bathtub; and outdoor private sala with a double day bed, sunken couch, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda, all immersing you deeper into the bush and the wonders of Mombo’s private traversing area.


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Pelo Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 5

The word Pelo in Setswana means ‘heart’ – a fitting name inspired by the distinct heart-shaped island in the heart of the Jao Concession on which the camp is built. This is the Delta as it is meant to be enjoyed – remote, genuine, and wild.

Pelo’s main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees while the inviting plunge pool allows for refreshing dips in the midday heat. There is also an outdoor boma area and a raised lookout deck perfect for sundowners. The five intimate guest tents, complete with covered verandas, have en-suite bathrooms with both an indoor and outdoor shower. The camp’s low-impact, carbon-neutral activities allow unobtrusive wildlife viewing and a sense of being at one with nature.

Note: Pelo is open annually from 1 March to 30 November. 


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Kalahari Plains Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Central Kalahari National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

Kalahari Plains lies in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa, particularly in summer. Located in the Kalahari Desert in central Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. Its star attractions include the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the worlds best cheetah viewing.

Kalahari Plains overlooks an immense pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies. It comprises eight en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out platform above each from which to enjoy moonlit or star-studded nights. The main area consists of a lounge and dining area with a pool and deck. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in the camp and insulated canvas walls and roofs keep temperatures inside the units comfortable.


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DumaTau Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Kwando, Linyanti and Selinda

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

The Experience

Surround yourself with elephants, one of the world’s largest herds, traversing two ancient wildlife corridors at the foot of the Rift Valley. Watch a matriarch and her family splash across the Linyanti River. On the breakfast barge glide past sleeping hippos, or find crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the lagoon. Across the varied habitats – grasslands, floodplains, riverine forests, and uncountable waterways – spot an abundance of wildlife; lions, leopards and wild dogs to name a few, meaning spectacular land- and water-based game viewing. Celebrate your day with sundowners on the floating fire pit, as a wildlife chorus performs.

The Place

Nestled deep within the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, on the northernmost fringe of Botswana, lies DumaTau. With unique access to both the Linyanti River and Savuti Channel, the camp boasts an almost constant stream of ellies and other creatures passing by. The reserve’s diverse, pristine 95 000 acres offers truly exclusive excursions and close-up wildlife encounters.

The Camp

Newly rebuilt DumaTau takes full advantage of its 45 km of river frontage to create an unparalleled safari experience. Eight tented suites with private plunge pools sit on wooden walkways mere steps from the wildlife corridors, so animals often wander peacefully through camp. Interiors of hand-crafted mosaic tile, acacia wood, and local textiles reflect the heart of the Linyanti. The camp’s new spa, the Osprey Retreat, soothes your soul. As do all the elephants, whose moving herds compose one of Africa’s most elemental rhythms.


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King's Pool Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Kwando, Linyanti and Selinda

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

The Experience

Drift down the Linyanti River on the Queen Silvia barge, watching hippos bob and elephants cross. Helicopter high above the Savuti Channel, as thousand-strong buffalo herds quench their thirst – or above swamps where basking crocs, possibly never seeing humans before, slide into the water. On game drives, walks, or from the air, help monitor critical wildlife corridors. Witness a leopard patrolling near camp, or a lion kill on the floodplains. Rejoice in all the water birds, fish eagles, herons, African skimmers, and many others. Stay in sustainable luxury where Scandinavian royalty once holidayed – and wait for a multitude of animals to come to you.

The Place

King’s Pool’s home is Botswana’s 127 000-ha Linyanti Wildlife, bordering Chobe National Park and at the crux of the important wildlife corridor straddling Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. Such corridors are essential to promote viable, self-sustaining wildlife populations and reduce human-wildlife conflict. For species such as wild dog, for instance, and elephant. Especially elephant – the Linyanti is home to the world’s largest free-ranging herds.

The Camp

Refurbished in 2019, King’s Pool nestles under ebony and jackalberry trees and overlooks the Linyanti River and an oxbow lagoon, the ‘King’s Pool’ – honouring Swedish King Carl Gustav XVI, who reportedly honeymooned nearby in the seventies. Totally solar-powered, richly hued in copper and teal, the camp offers eight elegant thatch and canvas suites, each boasting a spacious bedroom and lounge leading to a veranda embracing views of the picturesque lagoon and surrounds. The sumptuous common areas are stylishly set on expansive raised decks close to the water’s edge, perfect for watching all the wildlife dramas unfold.


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Savuti Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Kwando, Linyanti and Selinda

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

The Experience

Follow in the ancient tracks of Africa’s great plains game – giraffe, zebra, eland and speciality antelope such as roan and sable – as they roam through the game-rich grassland of the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. Where predators abound, lions, leopards, hyaenas, and wild dogs among them. Watch dust clouds swirl behind seemingly endless buffalo or elephant herds, moving towards the water to quench their thirst or cross the channel, often thrillingly close. Ease into a nature walk, focusing on the smaller creatures and birdlife, some of Botswanas 559 recorded avian species.

Exploration awaits at every turn. Sleep out in a Star Bed near a romantic lagoon, enjoy seasonal boating, guided walks and catch-and-release fishing. When the water’s low, get intimate with wildlife from the camp’s log-pile hide. Helicopter over the Linyanti, for a Google Earth view of the waterways threading through the savannah, and all the life they sustain.

The Place

Savuti Camp’s home is the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, including 47 exclusive-use kilometres of the renowned Savuti Channel. Savuti is said to mean ‘mystery’; the channel has confounded travellers since the 19th century with its periodic droughts – for 75 years before flowing again in 1958, then more recently from 1982 to 2010. Overflow from the Zambezi and Chobe rivers and slight tectonic shifts account for its transformations, as local wildlife adapt to the ever-changing balance of water and grasslands, framed by riverine forest. These days the channel flows past the camp, more than 8 kilometres from its source. Depending on when you visit, magnificent land-and boat-based game viewing are yours.

The Camp

Just six large, raised en-suite tents, all with front-row views of the channel, comprise Savuti Camp, along with an expansive thatched dining and common area largely open to the bush. Earthy tones enhance the sense of calm, and immersion in nature. There’s a small pool for refreshment; a firepit for evening stories; and elevated wooden decks extending out over the channel bed – ensuring remarkable wildlife sightings and encounters.


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Toka Leya Camp

Country: Zambia

Destination: Livingstone

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 12

Overlooking islands in the mighty Zambezi River, Toka Leya offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure; ideal for the beginning or end of your African safari. Morning explorations of the river, the surrounding Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or nearby Victoria Falls can be followed by a tranquil afternoon at our spa or practicing inspired yoga on the panoramic deck of our gym.

The camp’s twelve spacious, en-suite safari-style tents (including three family tents) with expansive decks serve up the dramatic views and glimpses of wildlife. Limiting our footprint on this pristine area, wooden walkways snake between the units and the main area where the dining, bar and lounge area are complemented by an infinity pool, a sundeck for sumptuous meals and a convivial fire pit for night-time gatherings.


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Busanga Bush Camp

Country: Zambia

Destination: Kafue National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 4

Busanga Bush Camp lies on a verdant island in the heart of the Kafue’s Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains that extend to the horizon. When the mist rises off the drying floodplains in winter, incredible sunrises and sunsets can be experienced, and the plains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds. Due the remoteness and shortened tourism season here, our presence is vital for the survival of this fragile and extraordinary eco-system.

Hidden beneath sycamore fig trees, this intimate camp has just four well-appointed en-suite tents, each with a veranda to take in the sweeping views. The main area – under canvas – is a relaxed space with uninterrupted panoramas over the plains. The ‘dining room’, a little further back, is shaded by the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner.


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Shumba Camp

Country: Zambia

Destination: Kafue National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

The Experience

For five months each year, before the rains return, watch a wildlife extravaganza play out in the infinite floodplains. Witness hundreds of red lechwe, puku, and other plains game, often chased by predators, including the famous ‘flying lions’ leaping across the channels (Shumba’s named after the local lion prides, the camp’s show stealers). Boat through the channels seasonally, when the water is high, gliding past hippo pods. Soar above the plains in a hot-air balloon, skimming over the treetops then ascending, flying at eye-level with raptors and other birds as the predator-prey dramas unfold below.

The Place

Remote Shumba occupies its own little island in the midst of the Busanga Plains, 600-square km of savannah threaded with watery channels in the north of Zambia’s Kafue National Park – one of the wildest, most pristine places on Earth. For their abundance and diversity of wildlife, renowned as ‘the Plains of Plenty’.

The Camp

You barely have to step off Shumba’s elegant, streamlined decks to encounter a vast diversity of creatures. The camp’s six spacious, luxury tented units, raised on wooden platforms, stand sentry over the endless plains. Astounding vistas can be had from your bed, various seating areas in the unit, or even the indoor and outdoor showers. Zambian hospitality pervades the main area, whether you’re cooling off in the pool, dining under the stars, or sharing fireside tales with staff, a convivial nightly ritual.


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Davison's Camp

Country: Zimbabwe

Destination: Hwange National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 9

Nestled discreetly beneath a grove of false mopane trees, Davisons is located in the private Linkwasha Concession – one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange National Park. Hidden within a treeline, this classic African safari camp, with eight light and airy tents and one family unit, overlooks an open plain and a waterhole that is a favourite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo.

The main area comprises a spacious lounge and dining area, leading onto an expansive deck with an open campfire area, perfect for convivial evening musings or star gazing. The refreshing pool and its loungers are beautifully positioned for relaxation, while a small upper deck is an ideal location from which to watch wildlife at the waterhole.


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Linkwasha Camp

Country: Zimbabwe

Destination: Hwange National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 9

The Experience

Join the ever-changing wildlife parade on the Ngamo Plains, dotted with vleis and ilala palms. On a guided walk or game drive, find uncountable dust-kicking buffalos; some of the 40 000 local elephants; herd after antelope herd, with predators like lions, cheetahs, or African painted dogs in their wake; the more elusive pangolins, caracals, lesser bushbabies, and honey badgers; more than 400 bird species, including raptors, which fill the skies once the rains start. Sleep in a Star Bed high in a tree. Toast the day and each other to sensational blood-orange sunsets or dramatic summer thunderstorms, sound and light shows flashing across the plains.

The Place

Linkwasha sits on the edge of the renowned Ngamo Plains of Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park. A staggering 5 657 square miles of diverse habitat, Kalahari sands seeping into teak woodlands and golden savannah grasslands, Hwange serves up some of the best game viewing on Earth, year-round but especially rewarding during the dry season. Linkwasha has access to the exclusive-use Makalolo and Linkwasha concessions, incorporating the Plains. With solar-pumped waterholes sustaining the wildlife population, dry-season game viewing around the concessions’ 15 water sources is mind-blowing.

The Camp

A contemporary safari camp in an iconic African landscape, Linkwasha and its panoramic views of the plains immerse you in the bush, as a steady stream of elephants, buffalos, wildebeest, zebras, sable antelopes, eland, and other game make their way past the ground-level rooms to the busy waterhole in front of the main area. Nine elegant tents, nestling under a tree canopy, are shaded in the environment’s neutral tones as well as bolder Ndebele patterns, reflecting local culture. On many evenings, you’ll be joined for dinner – perhaps just drinks – as elephants siphon their fill from the pool, then rumble off into the darkness, just as the stars come out.


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Little Makalolo Camp

Country: Zimbabwe

Destination: Hwange National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

Little Makalolo lies in the heart of one of the best game viewing areas in Hwange National Park. Overlooking a vibrant waterhole, it offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The camps six traditional-style tents – including a family unit – are spacious and en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for tent lights and to heat water, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint.

Linking the tents to the main area are teak walkways. Here a false mopane tree in the centre of the camp shades a separate dining and living area with an open fire deck for those convivial evening fireside tales under the stars. A raised pool deck, which also shelters the bar and breakfast ‘room’, offers evocative views of the much-frequented waterhole in front of camp.


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Ruckomechi Camp

Country: Zimbabwe

Destination: Mana Pools National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 10

Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Ten spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite tents, including two family rooms, lie beneath the ana trees, best-beloved of local elephant for their nutritious seeds. The camps central living space includes an inviting  firepit for pleasant evenings beneath the African night skies. Other unique features include a pool which overlooks a broad sweep of river, an outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot, and a romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole.


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Serra Cafema

Country: Namibia

Destination: Skeleton Coast

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world. Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience.

The eight chalets are set on elevated decks and crafted in wood, canvas and thatch to create a unique camp that is at one with its surroundings and celebrates the culture of the Himba people. The Ozonganda (Herero, meaning “main area”) affords spectacular views over the Kunene River.

We have a mutually-beneficial partnership with the Marienfluss Conservancy, which is owned primarily by the Himba people, the benefits of which include lease fees, employment and skills transfer.


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Kulala Desert Lodge

Country: Namibia

Destination: Sossusvlei

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 23

On guided nature walks, explore the wonders of an ancient desert – its geological formations and all its desert-adapted creatures. Gemsbok, springbok, Cape and bat-eared foxes, spotted and brown hyaenas, ostriches, aardwolf, black-backed jackals, a myriad of fascinating insects such as buck-spoor spiders and antlions, endemic dune larks, and barking geckos, whose iconic calls signal the end of day. Climb and scramble down the 300-metre red ochre dunes at Sossusvlei. Hike through Sesriem Canyon, where water carved through rock over millennia, or take a leisurely stroll near camp on the Tsauchab River Trail. Dash over the plains on an electric ‘fat bike’, a family favourite. Sip sundowners as the sun fires up the sky, then fades; sleep under the most impossibly starry sky on Earth. Take it all in from the air, ballooning over this otherworldly landscape.


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Little Kulala Camp

Country: Namibia

Destination: Sossusvlei

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 11

The Experience

Climb the 300-metre red dunes at Sossusvlei and gaze upon oceans of sand. Hike through a canyon carved by water over the millennia. Float above the world’s oldest desert in a hot air balloon, and see it come alive on nature walks, drives, e-bikes, or low-impact quad bikes. Spot desert-adapted wildlife such as ostriches, springbok, gemsbok, brown hyaenas, black-backed jackals, bat-eared foxes, perhaps an aardwolf, or the endemic dune lark. At dusk hear the call of barking geckos; at night go with a guide on a scorpion safari. Stargaze in one of the darkest places on Earth, and sleep out under the stars, contemplating space.

The Place

Little Kulala’s home is the 27 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a pristine wilderness sited in Namibia’s Namib, nicknamed ‘The Living Desert’. A welcome oasis, the camp lies along the dry Auab riverbed. You can’t get much closer to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei and the haunting panoramas of Dead Vlei, accessible through an exclusive-use gate.

The Camp

Recently refurbished, Little Kulala entices with its adventures, its landscapes, its peace. Totally solar-powered, the new camp has cleaner, more modern lines than its predecessor, opening out more to the desert. Its 11 climate-controlled suites – each with its own plunge pool – honour the local geology, reflecting the surrounding grey and pink limestone in colour and texture. Each suite’s rooftop invites private sundowners and suppers, and a roll-out bed on a shaded sala is perfect for an afternoon siesta or starry sleep-out.


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Damaraland Camp

Country: Namibia

Destination: Damaraland

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 10

Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and a stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Activities include nature drives and walks while further afield, ancient rock art and geological wonders dot the area.

Ten large adobe-style thatched units (including a family unit) are raised off the ground, each with a walk-in dressing area and a large deck on which to sit and contemplate the desert. The spacious public living area comprises a dining area and swimming pool. An open campfire and outdoor boma are enjoyed during calm evenings and stargazing is superb, thanks to the crystal-clear night skies.

Damaraland Camp is the result of an award-winning partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the local Torra Conservancy; visits to the nearby farmstead allow guests to see this relationship in action.


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Desert Rhino Camp

Country: Namibia

Destination: Damaraland

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

In a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, Desert Rhino Camp lies in the enormous Palmwag Concession, where trackers patrol and protect one of Africa’s largest free-ranging populations of Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino. Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle with these dedicated conservationists is a unique and exclusive wilderness experience; other activities include exploring the area on full-day outings, nature drives or walks.

The camp has eight comfortable Meru-style tents and a main area that overlooks a sweeping plain dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the welwitschia. The campfire inspires storytelling under Namibia’s star-studded skies.


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Doro Nawas Camp

Country: Namibia

Destination: Damaraland

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 16

Doro Nawas rests on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area. The camp provides an excellent base for exploring in game drive vehicles and on foot, as well as excursions to view fascinating geological phenomena, petroglyphs (prehistoric rock engravings) and San rock art at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

The 16 chalets are crafted in wood, canvas and thatch (including a family unit) to blend in with the surrounding scenery. Each unit comprises a bedroom, bathroom, outdoor shower, and veranda for star gazing or sleep outs under the stars. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, a pool area and a small curio shop.

This combination of Africa past and present makes for a unique experience.


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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Country: Namibia

Destination: Skeleton Coast

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 8

In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Game drives explore this isolated area, moving along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted animals can be found; in camp the research centre provides even more insights. The unforgiving Skeleton Coast, with its shipwreck remains and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals, is accessed either by a fascinating drive or flight, depending on the weather.

Eight large en-suite tents (including one family tent) and the main area and pool look out over a wide, rugged valley that slopes down to the almost-always dry Hoanib River.

Fully solar powered, Hoanib Skeleton Coast is a joint venture with the neighbouring conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein, and hosts researchers committed to conserving desert-adapted lion, brown hyaena and more.


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Bisate Lodge

Country: Rwanda

Destination: Volcanoes National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

From your sumptuous villa on the slopes of an eroded volcanic crater, designed in the traditions of Rwandan royalty, gaze through a curtain of mist at two extinct volcanoes, Bisoke and Karisimbi. Where primatologist Dian Fossey ran her research station, Karisoke, dedicated to saving mountain gorillas from extinction. Hike through verdant rainforest, up to nearly 3 000 metres, to visit Karisoke’s haunting ruins and Fossey’s grave, next to her beloved gorilla, Digit. Here, gorillas, now numbering more than 1 000 throughout the Virunga massif, await you. For one precious hour, your allocated family may deliver your life’s most astonishing encounter.

Gorilla trekking is the star attraction, but nearby Volcanoes National Park offers other adventures: golden monkey trekking; the Fossey hike; scaling Mount Bisoke. On lodge property, explore nature trails where birds proliferate and a camera trap recently recorded a first: a silverback gorilla lumbering along the path. Plant a tree towards Bisate’s reforestation project, helping to lure wildlife back to the area. Follow the hum rising from the local villages below, and meet some of the community whose lives are so integral to the lodge.


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Magashi

Country: Rwanda

Destination: Agakera National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

The Experience

Witness a national park coming back to life, home again to lions, rhinos, and an abundance of plains game roaming over its gently rolling hills and open savannah. Watch elephants submerge in silver-blue Lake Rwanyakazinga, raising their trunks like periscopes for air. Monitor lions, leopards, and black rhinos, learning the latest in monitoring technology. Safari by boat on the lake, and perhaps enjoy catch-and-release fishing. Drive across one of the most lovely, calming landscapes imaginable, for up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters – many predators; buffalo, zebra and antelope herds; a journey of giraffes; a plethora of birds.

The Place

Magashi’s home is 6 000 exclusive-use hectares of Akagera National Park, like Rwanda itself, a miraculous story of survival and regeneration. Located in the country’s north-east, Akagera was devastated by the 1994 genocide and its aftermath, with a rise in poaching and returnees settling with their cattle on park land. Over the last ten years, the park has been significantly rehabilitated and today offers one of the most thrilling safari experiences in Africa.

The Camp

Six luxury tents perch like butterflies on the shore of Lake Rwanyakazinga. Approaching by boat, you soon ease into the camp’s intimate, relaxed atmosphere – most welcome after a stay in the bustling capital, Kigali, or after a vigorous gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park. Earthy tones with hints of pink prevail, as does genuine Rwandan hospitality. Magashi’s warm and welcoming staff love sharing their traditional Kugisha supper with guests, accompanied by cattle-herding songs and stories. As you’ll discover, they have many to tell.


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Little DumaTau Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Kwando, Linyanti and Selinda

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 4

The Experience

Observe a leopard’s grace as it grooms itself in the boughs of a marula tree. Watch wild dogs hunt, and contribute your sightings and photographs to the study of their behaviour and dispersal. Brace yourself for considerable predator-prey interaction, as lion and speciality antelope such as roan and sable take to the chase. Don’t bother counting the vast numbers of buffalo leaving dust in their wake, or the sheer number of elephants, comprising one of the world’s greatest meta-herds…

The Place

Like its nearby larger sister camp DumaTau, Little Duma Tau lies between two elephant corridors in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in Botswana’s far north, with unique access to both the Linyanti River floodplain and the Savuti Channel. On ancient pathways at the end of the Great Rift Valley, along and through the waterways, elephant and other game traverse these corridors – essential to supporting viable, self-sustaining wildlife populations. Sharing DumaTau’s lagoon and river frontage and access to diverse habitats, Little DumaTau promises prolific game viewing on both land and water – by game vehicle, by boat or barge, on foot. Or from the air, helicoptering over the Linyanti.

The Camp

Similar in style to DumaTau, Little DumaTau is an intimate haven of sophisticated elegance. With just four supremely spacious guest suites, each with its own lounge, private plunge pool, bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, and uninterrupted views over Osprey Lagoon, Little DumaTau is sublime. It shares DumaTau’s new wellness centre and gym, and of course the same glorious wildlife traffic moving calmly through camp.


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Linyanti Tented Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Kwando, Linyanti and Selinda

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 4

Linyanti Tented Camp, available for families and small groups, is the ideal location for those wishing to experience the wildlife-rich Linyanti Concession in privacy.

Unrivalled in its remoteness and sense of space, the camp overlooks the iconic marsh and floodplains with its four large, airy and en-suite tents designed to recreate the style of the early explorers. Built on a slightly raised deck with impressive views, the camp’s main area is the perfect place from which to watch the passing parade of wildlife and for convivial relaxation. Evenings are spent around the crackling fire under the stars or in the traditional boma.

Linyanti Tented Camp works closely with local government bodies to ensure the conservation of wildlife in the area through dedicated research focused on IUCN Red List species such as the African wild dog, elephant, lion and roan antelope.

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Little Ruckomechi

Country: Zimbabwe

Destination: Mana Pools National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 3

Little Ruckomechi’s scenic location epitomises Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance. The camp is all about the intimacy of being close to nature and amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area. The camp’s location within our private Ruckomechi Concession ensures an exclusive and authentic safari experience complete with a diverse range of activities through which to explore Mana, one of the great wildlife areas of Africa.

Built on wooden decks – offering three (or four for private bookings) – the handsome en-suite tents are airy and elegant, and a delightful reminder of a bygone explorer era. The stylish living spaces include a dining room and lounge as well as a plunge pool all looking out over the great Zambezi River and the Zambian foothills in the distance.


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Chikwenya Camp

Country: Zimbabwe

Destination: Mana Pools National Park

Property Group: Wilderness Safaris

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 7

Situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise as it looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River, with a backdrop provided by the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment.

The camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. The albidas shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant.

Chikwenya’s seven tents (including two family units) stand on low wooden decks with pine walkways linking them to the raised main area. The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool and deck offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.

NOTE: Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November.


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