All safari countries have superb little bush camps, often with their own grass airstrip so you can fly straight in, starting your safari the minute you land. Old Mondoro in Zambia is a classic example. It is set among big old trees on the banks of the Zambezi River. Elephant, buffalo and antelope sometimes walk through Old Mondoro as if it isn’t there. An elephant might appear beside the dining lodge as you enjoy lunch before she takes a swim in the Zambezi.
Lebala Camp in Botswana is another excellent bush camp, set on a huge private reserve where great herds roam the savannah plains. Each spacious tent at Lebala has a large bed, simple furniture, en suite bathroom with bath, shower and flush wc all set on a big wooden deck raised off the ground. It would take three hours to drive to the next nearest camp, so you can enjoy a real sense of privacy at Lebala.
In northern Tanzania, we can arrange for you to stay at a semi-mobile bush camp which is relocated to follow the great wildebeest migration as it moves across the Serengeti plains. This is a real “Out of Africa” experience. The camp has four spacious tents each with large bed, simple furniture and en suite shower and wc. An experienced support team runs the camp and prepares delicious meals which you can enjoy al fresco or in the dining tent. This camp is always located on a remote private site and each separate party of guests has their own private vehicle and guide.
Africa’s bush camps can provide some of the finest safari experiences. We know them intimately. Call us to begin planning a safari of a lifetime.
In contrast to most of the camps in the Lower Zambezi, the Cumings family, who own Chiawa Camp, have created something a little different in Old Mondoro. The concept of the camp is simple – to step back from the ultra-luxurious lodges seemingly springing up everywhere, and rather provide guests with an authentic remote safari that concentrates on the wildlife and bush experience. Where the call of the hyena replaces the hum of a generator, where some of the best guides in Africa will help guests experience a closer look at one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries.
Tafika Camp is situated in the shade of huge leadwood trees by the Luangwa River in the northern part of the South Luangwa National Park. The camp has six spacious reed and thatch chalets, each with proper beds, simple safari furniture and en-suite flush w.c. and shower, which is open to the stars..
Nsolo Bush Camp is about an hour from Kapani located on a bend in the Luwi river under a grove of immense trees near to a waterhole. The accommodation is in four rustic yet comfortable thatched chalets, each set on wooden decks under the shade of the trees, with proper beds, stylish furnishings, outside en-suite bathrooms and private verandas out front.
Kicheche Bush Camp is located in the newly established Olare Orok Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara Reserve. The camp is located in a prime wildlife area and is also ideal to experience the migration. The camp is a classic, intimate, luxury bush camp completely unfenced, accommodating a maximum of only twelve guests under canvas.
Selinda Explorers is reminiscent of the style of early explorers and the main area is covered in Persian style furnishings, with huge cushions and hammocks strung from trees providing the perfect place to relax in between safari adventures. In the evening a campfire is lit on the banks of the spillway and delicious dinners are enjoyed under a star filled Africa sky.
Situated in the same location as Jack’s small camp, set up during his first pioneering visit into the Makgadikgadi, Camp Kalahari takes you back a time of exploration, with its wonderfully relaxed and traditional style. The camp has ten spacious Meru style tents, one of which can accommodate a family of four, all with comfortable but traditional furnishings and an en-suite bathroom.
Every day brought new adventures and we learnt so much about every aspect of Kenya, its people and the wildlife. Within 24 hours of leaving home we were sitting overlooking Samburu, eating a bush picnic lunch while watching elephants and getting to know our two Samburu guides. How amazing is that?!
Africa Exclusive provided me and my family with an unforgettable, life changing adventure. It was an ethical and authentic African experience and the treatment and service was first class. We felt like participants rather than merely tourists. Amazing.
You have given us so much more than we ever had the right to expect. This was the perfect holiday in every sense – exciting, comfortable, educational, brilliant fun, a wonderful itinerary and every last detail organised and delivered to perfection. I do hope you all have the time and the opportunity to enjoy the sort of life enriching experience you have just given to us.
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We got back home yesterday after the most fantastic trip to Botswana that one could imagine. Everything worked well and the various organisations looking after us were extremely efficient so that our travel and accommodation arrangements could not have been better organised – and the people of Botswana are lovely. For us it really was the holiday of a lifetime. Worth every penny.
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There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.
Many of these small lodges and camps have broadly similar prices, and it is possible to arrange a superb two week safari for between £4,000 to £7,000 per person ($7,000 – $11,000) season dependant, all inclusive. Realistically it is difficult to reduce that figure, and by including Botswana in peak season, chartering a private plane, disappearing to some magical desert island, or flying at the front of the plane it’s easy to substantially increase that figure!