10 SAFARI CAMPS FOR 2ND TIME SAFARIS
Going on safari just once is for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
To safari for a second, or third time (or more) is when as a traveller, you can start to seek more; more adventure, different wildlife, alternative countries, experiences, photographic opportunities, feelings and emotions. A safari is a very special experience, our team are constantly increasing our expertise and offerings to ensure that your experience creates the perfect memory to last a lifetime (or until your next trip to Africa!).
So here, we provide just a short list of safari camps and experiences that are ideal for travellers wanting something a little different, deeper into Africa and into nature. These are safari camps in some of Africa’s most remote, exciting destinations, untamed, raw and a foundation for a unmatched experience not found anywhere else on the planet.
All of these safari camps are eco-sensitive, harmonising with the environment, often solar powered and part of local conservation initiatives. Our safaris are available to book for 2021 and 2022, as standalone individual camps, or as part of a tailored itinerary featuring 2-3 destinations.
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NXAI PAN CAMP
NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA
Zebra migrations, giant baobabs and horizons like no other.
Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. The camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans. The biggest draw to Nxai Pan National Park are the zebras that migrate by the thousands to the area – the second largest land animal migration in Southern Africa.
Day trips to Baines’ Baobabs are highly popular, and include a picnic lunch at the site. These age-old trees were immortalised in paintings by the artist and adventurer Thomas Baines in 1862. If you were to compare Baines’ paintings to the scene today, you would find that after 150 years, the trees are nearly identical – testament to the age of these magnificent giants.
Another classic activity at Nxai Pan is a walk with one of the San bushmen trackers, an informative walk that takes place within the camp’s footprint. Learn about how the San used to live nomadically: how they used to hunt, gather food, water sources, and which plants were used for medicinal purposes. Their wealth of true bush knowledge is unparalleled, and one of our guests’ favourite experiences at our desert camps.
GREAT PLAINS EXPEDITIONS
SELINDA RESERVE, BOTSWANA
The Great Plains Expeditions is a a 4 night experience that starts and ends in the western region of the vast 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve, Botswana.
Our perfect version of a Botswana Expedition experience begins in the Duba area, starting at “base camp” (Duba Explorers). Your guides will discuss the journey with you, stock up, look at maps and plot the expedition. We then head out on mekoro, the dugout canoes famous in Botswana’s Okavango.
The second element of the Expeditions offering includes a scientific phase. Travellers transfer to vehicles equipped for the expedition with only four seats, each with a camera or counting mount, binoculars and notebooks, everything we need for our mission.
And that mission is to;
- count elephants, hippos
- log the GPS coordinates of dens
- pangolin sightings
- nests of large raptors
- and note all elephant carcasses according to the MIKE format
The 4-Night Botswana Expeditions experience is being offered from August to the end of October this year. The season for 2022 onward then runs from middle May to the end of October annually.
Itineraries can also be expanded to include Duba Explorers Camp at the start of your journey and Selinda Explorers Camp at the end, for a complete Okavango Delta safari experience.
LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK, MALAWI
Regenerated, untamed and few tourists make Malawi ideal for new discoveries.
Located on a large open plain stretching towards the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, you will find Kuthengo Camp nestled among Fever trees and Baobabs. With resident fish eagles nesting in these Baobabs, you will be woken to ‘Africa’s voice’ calling as you rise in this wild and natural paradise. Our four spacious and modern safari tents are all en-suite, each with a bathtub and an outdoor shower. Cool off in our plunge pool in the hotter months and enjoy the view from there.
With all the usual comforts of a Robin Pope Safaris camp, Kuthengo maintains a rustic charm, complemented by stunning views which are best appreciated from your private deck with a cold sundowner in hand, admiring the herds of waterbuck that frequent the camp area, milling about in the evening glow.
The unspoiled Liwonde National Park promises an ultimate retreat where you can experience the many activities on offer with complete privacy; from adventurous game drives, breath-taking walking safaris or tranquil boat cruises along the grand Shire River, there is something for everyone.
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 camp has 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.
The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region, the river creating an oasis along its banks – a winding band of green surrounded by the lunar-like landscape of the Namib Desert which stretches to the Serra Cafema mountain range in the north. Game viewing in this area is limited to small herds of gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. The Kunene River has a large population of Nile crocodiles. Burchell’s courser and Benguela long-billed lark are among the characteristic bird species to be found in this area. There are also a number of endemic reptiles, the desert plated lizard being a particular speciality.
KALAHARI, SOUTH AFRICA
A unique, absorbing experience within the spectacular Kalahari eco-system of South Africa.
Tswalu is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The green Kalahari is nature at its most diverse and surprising, and to spend time here is to be touched by exuberant, soulful beauty. Considered important for thousands of years, we’re now striving to conserve this breath-taking landscape for future generations.
Tswalu lets you reconnect with the richness of the earth. It offers an escape to a place that’s governed by the ancient rhythms of the seasons, rather than the clock and the calendar. It offers a vision of hope that brings together conservation, research and unrivalled safari experience. Everything we do is centred around our creed: To leave our world better than how we found it.
No two Tswalu experiences are the same. That’s because the way you see and touch this magical place will be shaped by your particular interests and will happen at your own pace. Tswalu is a generous landscape and as the sun rises above the Korannaberg mountains each morning, new opportunities to learn, play and explore come to life.
Every Tswalu safari is a true journey to the heart of an inspired conservation vision, and a landscape that’s dreamlike in its intensity and scale.
LITTLE CHEM CHEM
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
All your senses come alive and you know this is Big Game country. It’s the scent in the breeze, the roar in the night, the padded paw-print in the sand – the wildness is all around you. Little Chem Chem – also known as “sunrise camp” – offers the raw drama of the East African bush in a very private setting. This gem, on a 16 000ha exclusive concession, adjoins the Tarangire National Park, famous for its towering baobabs, and overlooks the serene Lake Burunge.
The true safari experience is evident everywhere.
A handful of luxury vintage tents guarantee an intimate experience with this untamed land. Unfenced territory sees animals move through the camp. Game drives on open-air safari vehicles offer unforgettable moments: watch cheetah sprint across the savannah; observe elephants herds on the move; thrill at the rare sight of tree-climbing lions… Where there is water there is birdlife. See how Lake Burunge settles into stillness at sunset, your binoculars at the ready as you sip a sundowner.
EASTERN SERENGETI, TANZANIA
This remote camp is also a conservation initiative, protecting an area crucial to cheetah and other big cats.
Before Namiri Plains was built, these grasslands were closed for 20 years to allow the cheetah population to restore. The nearest other camps are over an hour’s drive away so you can experience the vast plains all to yourself. When not out in the bush spotting lion and other big cats or watching huge wildebeest herds, while away an afternoon around the pool or schedule a massage in our spa. Feed your mind in the library and information centre, or simply chill out and soak up the views from your own private deck.
As it’s one of the few locations in the eastern Serengeti with permanent underground water sources, game viewing is excellent. The seasonal riverbed is where plains game, such as zebras or reedbuck, come to quench their thirst, making it an ideal spot for viewings. It’s no surprise that predators have cottoned on to this, too. Keep an eye out for lions lurking nearby, ready to ambush their next meal.
The short grass of this area makes it popular with cheetahs, who can more easily chase down their prey. It is particularly gratifying to see cheetahs here, as this part of the Serengeti was closed for around 20 years to allow the population to recover. It’s now a haven for these big cats, as well as lions and a few leopards.
The migration heads toward Namiri between October and May. During this period, you may see the plains covered in wildebeest, gathered here to feast on the lush grass.
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KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA
As remote as you can get
When you close your eyes and think of Africa, the landscape you imagine – the jagged hills, the golden grasses, the plains dotted with wildlife, the soft glowing light – is likely to be Kidepo. This is Uganda’s most remote park, far away from city life.
Wildlife in Kidepo is abundant. Lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra (this is Uganda’s only park where giraffe and zebra are found together), possibly Africa’s largest herds of buffalo, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog…the list is endless. Better still, much of it can be seen from the privacy of your veranda or your outdoor bathtub, but the best way to see the wildlife is up close: on foot, or in one of our open-top Landcruisers.
Do you want stride out across the savanna and walk with zebras? Spend time in a Karamojong village learning about their traditional way of life? Enjoy a sundowner in the arms of a massive fig tree? Sit and watch a breeding herd of elephant frolicking in the mud? This is the place for you.
BUSANGA BUSH CAMP
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
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.
The Busanga Plains are famed for its productive prides of lion. Other predators seen here include wild dog and cheetah which are drawn to the prolific plains game of the area. Puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest are just some of these, while a special treat is the resident herd of roan antelope. As the floodplains dry out more and more game is attracted from the surrounding woodlands and it is then that zebra numbers increase and sable venture out onto the plains. Hippo are also abundant and often found in large pods in the channels. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species, including the endemic Chaplin’s barbet.
SAPI CONCESSION, ZIMBABWE
The 128,000-hectare private Sapi Concession was awarded to Great Plains Conservation to manage and look after in 2016 and was immediately converted to a private photographic reserve.
This amazing wildlife sanctuary, along with the neighbouring Mana Pools National Park, now comprises over 337,000 hectares of prime protected wilderness. Collectively they form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the core of the Middle-Zambezi Biosphere Reserve.
The camp offers a base to explore the Sapi Reserve, Mana Pools and the Zambezi River, an intimate and exclusive camp, with only 5 Explorers-style tents, each with en-suite shower and flush toilet. Sapi Explorers Camp offers a safari experience reminiscent of the old African explorers, the perfect combination of romance, adventure and discovery
The focus of your stay is exploring one of Africa’s remote wilderness areas on foot and on our specially designed vehicles, but we also canoe and boat on the Zambezi River. Traverse Sapi’s diverse terrain and like early explorers, you’ll discover the legendary Mtawatawa Pan, and encountering some of Africa’s largest wildlife species. Guests have the opportunity to experience up-close encounters with elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, eland, zebra and plenty of other species. This is also prime bird-watching country and opportunities abound for guests to spot resident and migrant species especially in the early morning and late afternoons. At the end of the day a decent botanical gin, from our own distillery and of our own label, will set the scene and transport you back to the 1920s a romantic era in the exploration of Africa.
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