At Africa Exclusive we have many old favourites in Africa: lodges and camps we’ve built relationships with over the years, and which we know will deliver a first-class wilderness experience for our clients time and again. But we also keep our eyes on the horizon for exciting new safari lodges to stay, those which really add something new and unique to the safari scene, and which we know our guests will love. When we hear a whisper about a great new lodge, even if it’s still on the architect’s drawing board, our destination specialists start their investigations and frequently check in for a pre-official opening stay. This means that when the lodge does finally open, our guests can be some of the first through the door.
In 2017, lots of new properties have opened, several of which have really grabbed our attention and made us say “Wow!” They vary from the first permanent camp on Zambia’s Liuwa Plain to the unique Saruni Rhino camp in Kenya. If you are serious about being the first to explore new areas and to have new experiences, here are the new African safari lodges you need to try.
The King Lewanika Lodge will be the first permanent camp on the Liuwa Plain. It will open in April-May to coincide with the stunning Kuomboka Festival, the traditional celebration which marks the end of the rainy season. Liuwa is remote and untamed, home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, and with significant numbers of cheetah, lion, hyaena, wild dog, and buffalo. The lodge’s six villas are placed on the Upper Munde stream, with sweeping views across the landscape. The two-bedroom family villa will be well-suited to families with older children wanting to explore this remote and beautiful place.
The Volcanoes National Park is not only extraordinarily beautiful: it is also one of the last places in the world where you can see mountain gorilla in their natural habitat. Bisate Lodge is due to open in June 2017, giving guests a high-end base from which to track gorilla, spot golden monkey, and hike through the jungle. When it opens, Bisate Lodge will be the only luxury, sustainable tourism property in the area, something which is important to consider given the fragility of the ecosystem around it.
The first rhino tracking experience in Africa started in February 2017. Guests staying at the newly opened Saruni Rhino camp in Kenya’s Sera Community Conservancy can hike through this remote area to see the endangered black rhino. 11 rhino were relocated here in 2015, and they are under state-of-the-art protection. Sera is the first community conservancy to own and operate a rhino sanctuary, and the local community takes their conservation responsibility exceptionally seriously. Saruni guides lead the walking safaris, and they track the rhino with a transmitter. When they pick up a signal, all vehicles in the area stop, and guests must continue on foot so that the rhino are not disturbed.
Madagascar is finally getting a truly world-class luxury resort. Opening soon, Miavana is owned by one of the original creators of North Island in the Seychelles. He wanted to recreate North Island’s feeling of paradise in Madagascar. Set on Nosy Ankao, one of five small islands in an archipelago, Miavana is accessed by helicopter transfer from Diego Suarez. Guests will be able to come here for relaxation and also for blue safaris: there are opportunities for turtle, whale, and dolphin watching, snorkelling and diving on the reef, and deep sea and fly fishing.
To find out more about these remarkable new safari lodges, and to plan your visit, get in touch with Africa Exclusive today.
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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 safari holiday for between £6,000 to £10,000 per person ($8,000 – $13,000) 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!