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The latest offering from Great Plains Conservation has arrived, and it’s a beauty. We welcome Tembo Plains Camp as part of our offering for our safari clients.

Tembo Plains Camp is tucked away into a thick riverine forest on the edge of the Zambezi River, in the private 128,000-hectare Sapi Private Reserve, east of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. It is also a proud member of Relais & Châteaux – the only camp in the whole of Zimbabwe currently with this honour.

A few years ago, when Great Plains Conservation were able to take over this heavily hunted and abused land, it was astounding only in its stillness, an eerie silence.

After four years of dedicated rehabilitation of the Sapi Reserve by Great Plains Conservation, protection, and gentle care, wildlife has returned, filtered in from the surrounding areas resulting in this area becoming exciting again. Great Plains Conservation have even more amazing plans to reintroduce black rhinos, more elephants, and a range of other wildlife species – all of which form part of a massive repopulation program. Ensuring a sustainable reserve that will grow stronger and stronger.

Tembo Plains is the second camp to be opened on the Sapi Reserve by Great Plains, the first being the equally outstanding Sapi Explorers Camp – which has been thrilling guests since opening.

“When I designed Tembo Plains, it was to reference the famous Zimbabwe Ruins but not lose sight of our love of canvas and exploring. So, we ended up with a unique combination of canvas and stone walls. The semi-circular walls inside each tented suite isolate the bath and shower from the bedroom and indoor lounge areas bringing that architectural reference inside as well. Outside, a pack-stone wall design, referencing those Zimbabwe Ruins, continues along the back of the guest bedroom. It gives you a greater sense of privacy, often an issue in tents. Still, I didn’t want a completely ‘built room’, so the front has these uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River flowing just meters away from the canvas ‘tented’ portion.”

Dereck Joubert, Great Plains CEO.

The private Sapi Reserve, a previous hunting area, was established in 2016 by Great Plains Conservation as a beautiful private photographic reserve safe for wildlife. It borders the Mana Pools National Park to the west and forms part of our mission to convert vast tracts of Africa into pure conservation land. It is now recognised as one of the finest wildlife destinations in Africa today. We access this fantastic wildlife sanctuary and the Mana Pools National Park if we want to offer a combined range of over 337,000 hectares of prime, protected wilderness for our guests. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and a core area of the middle-Zambezi biosphere reserve.

Tembo Plains Camp has four double or twin bed configuration suites. Each has its own private indoor lounge area, outdoor swimming pool (with exercise bikes on an expansive veranda) and outdoor dining area. Stunning, handmade bathtubs with indoor and outside showers give the suite a sense of ‘home’ where you can move in and live. The Wi-Fi and working areas also provide space for you to catch up on business or manage your images from the day’s adventures. Each suite comes complete with a Canon professional camera and lenses. Leica binoculars are also available for guests to use whilst they are with us in the Sapi Reserve.

Wildlife includes painted dogs (wild dogs), lions and leopards are common around Tembo Plains, whilst buffalo are regularly seen up and down, and sometimes swimming the Zambezi River itself, as are elephants.

Activities include early morning and late afternoon game viewing in an open 4×4 wildlife-viewing vehicle, guided walks, canoeing and boating.

Love photography? Photography lovers will feel right at home. Each guest suite at Tembo Plains includes one pair of high quality binoculars and a professional camera set, including Canon camera body and 100-400mm and 24-70mm lenses for guest’s complimentary use. Photos will be downloaded to a memory stick on guest’s departure

Enjoy the privacy of a safari, so rare today, in a wildlife-rich sanctuary along the Zambezi River with us. Here you don’t have to worry about anything else except how best to soak up every moment. Your safari with us includes everything, day and night wildlife-viewing drives, boating, canoeing or guided walks and tracking, drinks. And, of course, our Relais & Chateaux level cuisine and service.

Tembo Plains Camp’s first guest reviews are in;

“We were pampered beyond expectation.”  

“Food and service was off the charts.”  

“There is a specialness to sitting on the banks of the Zambezi, alone, at peace, knowing that we are a part of rebuilding nature.”

Families and small groups can take advantage of the private TEMBO PLAINS SUITE – An exclusive use 2-bedroom Suite consisting shared lounge, dining and private pool including private game drive vehicle, guide and chef. Privately guided and hosted.

Children aged 6-15 are welcome at Tembo Plains.

RATES Tembo Plains Camp
1 – 31 May 2022 & 1 – 20 November 2022 from US$ 895 (Child $448)
1 June – 31 October 2022 from US$ 1,295 (Child $648)

Tembo Plains Camp is limited to just four guest tents and is ideal for 2 people sharing per tent, or solo travellers.

RATES Tembo Plains Suite
1 – 31 May 2022 & 1 – 20 November 2022 from US$ 2,685
1 June – 31 October 2022 from US$ 3,885

Tembo Plains Suite is an exclusive use two-bedroom suite which can accommodate up to 4 adults sharing or a maximum of 5 for families with children.

Nightly rates are per person per night (except Tembo Plains Suite which is priced per night for the entire 2-bedroom suit) and are fully inclusive of accommodation, wildlife viewing activities, meals, daily laundry, return airstrip transfers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including imported spirits and champagne. Plus one
wildlife experience in the Mana Pools National Park on 3 night stays or longer.

Complimentary WiFi is available for guest’s use in their suite.
No single supplement between 1 – 31 May 2022 & 1 – 20 November. 50% single supplement between 1 June – 31 October.

Tembo Plains is ideally suited to clients of Captured In Africa, build with conservation and sustainability in mind, whilst ensuring the very best safari experience for travellers wishing to escape into nature.

Speak to us today for a personalised safari quotation.



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Contact: info@capturedinafrica.co.za



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