Africa has always been an exciting destination and in recent years development in tourism has increased ten-fold, paving the way for some stunning new lodges and camps across the continent.
Lets begin the tour!
Duba Plains Camp, Botswana
Starting in the stunning country of Botswana, we are pretty excited to share with you Duba Plains Camp located in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Surrounded by a matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, this 77,000 acres private reserve is typical of the region’s unique landscape.
If you were to start your safari here, the risk is, you might not want to leave. You see, Duba Plains Camp offers five bespoke tents, in addition to a separate two bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite. The tents have been specifically designed to blend into the forest and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of the shade. Add in the old classic African safari style of the 1920's, a view across flood plain littered with animals and a refreshing sundowner, we think you are off to a pretty wonderful start.
Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Next stop: Bisate Lodge, Rwanda. Located in a natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone this unique lodge offers stunning views of the volcanoe peaks Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park.
Aside from Volcanoes, Gorillas are the main attraction for Bisate Lodge which offers a easy drive to the Park Headquarters where gorilla treks depart daily.
Six sumptuous en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda. Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in our biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community – in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic Critically Endangered species: the mountain gorilla.
Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp, Kenya
Next on the list is Elewana's Loisaba Tented Camp and where do we start.
It is without a doubt, one of the most spectacular locations in Kenya, with views extending for hundreds of miles over the plains of Laikipia. The Laikipia plateau – is one of Kenya’s biggest stretches of wilderness: more than two million acres of private ranch land stretching from Mount Kenya to the Rift Valley.
Recently purchased by The Nature Conservancy and partnered with Space For Giants elephant foundation, Loisaba Conservancy, a functioning ranch, is a success story of conservation. Home to elephant, a healthy population of lion, the rare wild dog and an abundance of other species, Loisaba is a prime example of successful collaboration between conservation, communities, ranching and tourism.
A visit to Loisaba is not all about getting into a safari vehicle in search of wildlife. From horse riding to camel-trekking, to guided bush walks, fishing, mountain biking, cultural visits to Samburu villages and visits to the anti-poaching sniffer dogs - Loisaba is definitely made for adventure. And refreshingly, guests enjoy complete freedom to choose how they spend their time so the only barrier is your own imagination.
King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia
We love Zambia. It generally gets overlooked by first-time safari goers but we think it should be high on your list. With 20 national parks on offer and some of the continent's best wildlife, Zambia is up there with its neighbour Botswana, as one of the greatest wilderness experiences in Africa.
It is also hitting stride as a high-end option, thanks to improved access and some impressive lodge openings, one of them being the newly opened, King Lewanika Lodge.
Situated in the Liuwa Plain National Park, a largely untouched and remote area. The camp takes is a traditional safari camp with a modern twist, featuring simple materials such as canvas drops, leather and wooden decks overlooking the wilderness with local thatch and grass in the main area in a refreshingly simple, sustainable, and meaningful way.
But what makes King Lewanika Lodge pretty special is the incredibly intimate safari excursions on offer coupled with unrivalled access and absolute exclusivity to this unspoiled region. Unique wildlife experiences include witnessing hyenas hunt in packs of up to 50, the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, rare birds, a growing cheetah population and its famed lion pride. Explore on guided walks as well as day and night game drives, with boating and canoeing possible between December and March, depending on water levels.