It is our job to keep our fingers well and truly on the luxury safari pulse and this is something we find quite easy. We have some of the best safari contacts in the entire business and so are always being kept up to date by them, and of course we are also on the ground for much of the year, picking up secret gems of information about our luxury safari camps and lodges. New developments such as new management, or a change of hands can mean the whole lodge or camp differs in what it feels like when one’s there, which is why we need to know absolutely everything that’s happening. Here are the most exciting things happening in the luxury safari business at the moment.
Linkwasha Camp in Zimbabwe has finally opened and we’d already been receiving some quite amazing photos from the staff who were on site getting the camp ready. Hwange in Zimbabwe where the camp is located is one of the top spots in all of Africa for game viewing, and the wildlife seems to move in and around Linkwasha Camp itself – this is certainly one not to be missed and the modern and stylish fittings look wonderful – we’ll be out there in no time and will report back as soon as we’ve seen it.
Cottars Camp are running short guiding courses for those that really want to get involved. Cottars in Kenya’s Masai Mara is world famous for it’s stunning décor, made up of wholly antique campaign furniture from Kenya’s first great explorers. Now you can add a new dimension to your luxury safari by including a five day guiding course, really getting into the nitty gritty of wildlife and birds – these are running in May and November.
We have been hyping up Liuwa Plains in Zambia for quite a while, this vast open area of Zambia has been commandeered by the Norman Carr expert team of camp hosts and guides, they have taken over Matamanene and have refurbed it a little, they are now running four and five night set departures to visit this magical safari location. Here there is everything from wild dog, cheetah and hyena to a wildebeest migration. The vast open plains are so quintessentially African that you will never want to go anywhere else again. Norman Carr as preparing for their new, modern and luxurious camp Kokomo to open in Liuwa in 2016.
Sirikoi House, one of Kenya’s most luxurious and exclusive private houses has now become self catering for those that want to take advantage of the amazing rate they are offering – this means you hire your own vehicle (anything from 2×4 to 4×4 and head off into the bush) and turn up at Sirikoi House to be greeted by your staff and chef, all of whom will look after you and cook whatever delicious food you have brought with you. It makes staying in one of the world’s top private houses more accessible to everyone.
Quad Kenya operate one of the quirkiest, coolest and off the beaten track options in all of Africa and we’re not surprised they are making quite a name for themselves when it comes to luxury safaris. The Quad Kenya team can take you just about anywhere in Northern Kenya and you can either sleep out in your fly camp, or do a day trip from your luxury lodge.