Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Its villa, the Dhow Suites, consist of two tents and private main area and operates entirely independently of main camp. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of camp has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds.

Zarafa Camp and Dhow Suites are the brainchild of the founders of Great Plains Conservation, who pooled their collective experience on safari to create what they deemed to be the best and most environmentally innovative camp. As a consequence, Zarafa may in fact be the “greenest” luxury safari camp on the continent. Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction and all the camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm while ‘bio gas’ plants recycle waste into usable cooking gas.

The Zarafa Camp guest tents, 1000 sq. ft in extent, are under beige, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings and completely open (yet netted) sides. Entering through the heavy wood Lamu door transports guests to a lavish space of deep reds, browns, brass and copper, evoking richness and beauty. Each tent has a full lounge with desk, gas fireplace for winter and even WWII crank phone for drink orders! The large bedroom is connected to an open layout bathroom with impressive copper claw foot bath, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins. Decking around the tent leads to the private plunge pool and full-body outdoor shower, all with views of pristine Botswana wilderness. Under an impressive canopy of African ebony trees, the camp has a sizable main lounge, with adjacent library and dining area. A curio shop and ‘jungle gym’ satiate those who need retail therapy or a good work out. In-room massage is also available. Zarafa has succeeded in successfully in retaining a clearly African feel, while balancing that delicate relationship between personal and informal and romance and adventure. Zarafa Camp has no equal in terms of its environmental credentials and its careful appointments.

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  • Rooms: 4
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  • Spoken Languages: English
  • Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Fishing, Flora, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
  • Location: Botswana

Xugana Lagoon is widely accepted as being the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta. Xugana Island Lodge, situated on a wooded island abutting the lagoon, takes full advantage of this magnificent site. The thatched common area, comprising cocktail bar, lounge and curio shop, is still the…

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  • Rooms: 8
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  • Spoken Languages: English
  • Special Interests: Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife
  • Location: Botswana, Okavango Delta

Xigera Camp is situated deep within the Delta surrounded by water and lush vegetation. Nestled in riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera has nine luxuriously furnished tents (including a family room), a clever mix of wood and canvas, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. All are built on wooden decks, offering views of a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area overlooking the permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. The camp is rounded off with a plunge pool and the camp “newspaper” (a sand pit built into the bridge to capture paw prints) which is “read” each morning, revealing last night’s unseen visitors.

The concession’s semi-permanent water allows for the Delta’s most sublime experiences – poling on a mokoro and motorboat outings. This is complemented by game drives in the area depending on water levels. Xigera also offers some of the best birding opportunities in the Delta, with incredible ”specials” often seen, such as Pel’s fishing-owl. It is renowned for the highest density of the elusive sitatunga antelope in the Delta.

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Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, on the banks of the Zambezi, is 30 minutes from Livingstone and 40 minutes from Victoria Falls. A small, friendly and informal lodge with just seven rooms, it’s the perfect setting for visiting the amazing Falls and enjoying the wide range of activities around Livingstone.

The lodge was built 25 years ago in classic style and has seven thatched cottages set around sweeping lawns with a central restaurant, viewing lounge and deck. All rooms are en suite, with air conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and private terraces.

The real beauty of Waterberry is that it is within easy reach of Livingstone and the Falls, but well away from helicopters and microlights and the general buzz of a busy town. Guests usually spend at least one day around the Falls and the town to experience the activities there and then choose to stay at the lodge, enjoying what Waterberry has to offer – river activities (cruises, island picnics, fishing) and amazing birding with top class guides. A highlight of many visitors’ stay is the village visit to a completely uncommercial local village where many of the staff live and where Waterberry has built and manages the local pre and primary schools.

The new Univisa between Zambia and Zimbabwe makes travel between the two countries cheap and easy, so guests can easily visit both sides of the Falls. Waterberry is also within easy reach of neighbouring Botswana and Namibia.

Waterberry is a four star lodge that aims to over deliver on every aspect – excellent food, friendly staff, comfortable rooms – and is entirely dedicated to making every guest feel special. That’s why Waterberry is No1 on Trip Advisor for Speciality Lodging in the area.

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Vumbura Plains is a luxury camp situated in the northern Okavango Delta, comprising two separate satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area with a vista across the floodplains. The main area emphasises relaxation, furnished as it is with soft sofas and idiosyncratic objets d’art.

The 14 rooms, raised off the ground, are unique in contemporary design; the dimensions are square, with extensive use of light, wood and space. Each suite has a large, comfortable bedroom, sunken lounge with cushions, sala, en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower, private deck and plunge pool. Two family suites are also on offer with private decks linking the two separate rooms. Vumbura Plains offers both land and water activities, principally game viewing in varied habitats on open vehicles, mekoro and boats, providing an excellent all-round experience. The concession is leased from five villages through the Okavango Community Trust in a partnership that ensures that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stakeholders.

NOTE: Ballooning offered from mid-April to September.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is renowned as a supreme property at “Wonder of the World” destination Victoria Falls, and is showcased in numerous awards of high repute, including the 2012 Top 10 Resorts & Safari Camps in Africa as voted by the distinguished international Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Our local pedigree is enshrined in the accolade as Best Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe for an astounding 17 years in succession by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents.

The 72-room Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is rich and ambience and offers sublime hospitality. With views of the waterhole and wild African bush, it’s hard to beat this prime setting that is perfectly positioned to enjoy activities above and below the Falls. The staff are warm and personable providing faultless delivery to guests during their stay

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  • Special Interests: Leisure, Adventure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife, Birding, Fishing, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History Culture, Golf
  • Location: Zimbabwe

Ruckomechi Camp, situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park, accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including two family units, all of which overlook the wide Zambezi River. The camp is set amongst broad-canopied ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their rich nutritious seeds. A favourite amongst guests, the camp also boasts an outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot.

The central dining, bar and lounge areas face the majestic, evocative escarpment across the river in Zambia, and are connected to the rest of camp by low-level walkways. There is a separate area with a pool and sun loungers for swimming and sunbathing, and an inviting fire deck for convivial evenings under the starry skies. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4×4 vehicles, on foot, on motorised pontoon boats or on canoes. A sleep out situated nearby, overlooking a productive waterhole completes the Ruckomechi experience.

NOTE: Ruckomechi is open seasonally between April and mid/late November each year.

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Overlooking the Zambezi River and some of its islands is Toka Leya, comprising 12 raised, spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Tent interiors boast tasteful African décor, climate-control, an indulgent outdoor bath, and an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views.

The camp’s dining and lounge areas offer ample space for relaxation. Meals are served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. There is a novel pizza oven and a curio shop. The spa rounds off the experience, making Toka Leya the ideal place for a leisurely couple of nights before or after a safari.

Activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, back-of-house tours, fishing (additional nominal park fee applicable) and rhino tracking (subject to availability of a qualified walking guide and Zambia Wildlife Authority Scout; a nominal fee is charged). Tours of Livingstone town and museum and visits to Mkuni Market and a nearby village add cultural diversity. Other activities on offer in the area at additional charge include helicopter flights, canoeing, jet boating, and white water rafting.

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  • Rooms: 12
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  • Special Interests: Wildlife, Birding, Flora, Nature, Hiking, Relaxation
  • Location: Zambia

The River Club is a charming oasis on the Zambezi River, situated 18 kilometres upstream from the renowned Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia – a World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

All 11 suites overlook the river and pods of hippo into the Zambezi National Park. A host of activities await young and old, on property as well as around the Falls. The River Club is a fantastic destination for families with children 6 and up, providing spacious family accommodation and extensive gardens to explore.

The lodge’s main area is a well-appointed Edwardian house with lounge, dining room, library, shop and veranda on which breakfasts and teas are taken. Midday meals are often served on manicured lawns, complete with a croquet court. The gazebo and the Summer House (with snooker room) are both alternatives for private dining. The pool seems part of the river itself, a secluded deck provides respite and beauty treatments are available in the Wellness Centre. For the energetic the gymnasium, running track on the secure property and all-weather tennis court are perfect. Eleven luxury en-suite chalets (including 1 family and three suites), with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, are renowned for their spectacular views and romantic ambience. Each room looks west into the glorious African sunset, best viewed from the privacy of the ball-and-claw bath.

Activities (on an inclusive rate) include a Victoria Falls Tour on the Zambian side, sundowner cruises, tiger fishing, and visiting a nearby village. Others (extra cost) include white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, canoeing, and flights over the Falls. The area is steeped in local history and rich in wildlife; hippo and elephant are seen regularly and birdlife is prolific.

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  • Rooms: 11
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  • Spoken Languages: English, French
  • Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, History Culture, Indigenous Culture Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Watersports, Wildlife
  • Location: Zambia

[SET TO OPEN MARCH 2017] The renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta habitat. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000-acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape. Located here, exclusively, is the six tent Duba Plains Camp, a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway. Built on a wooded island, connected to the prolific wildlife area by an elaborate set of bridges, the camp is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences with reliable sightings of lion, buffalo, red lechwe, blue wildebeest, greater kudu and tsessebe. Elephant and hippo trudge through the swamps happily and leopard, and some nocturnal species, can be sighted as well. Birds abound, and the area is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Okavango ‘specials’ include the rare Wattled crane, Pel’s Fishing owl, White-backed Night heron and Marsh owl.

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  • Rooms: 6
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  • Spoken Languages: English, Afrikaans
  • Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Leisure, Relaxation, Wildlife, Star Gazing, Flora, Nature, Fishing
  • Location: Seychelles, Botswana, Okavango Delta