When this terrible war-time like situation is over we know everyone is going to be keen to travel and experience things they have never experienced before. The desire to do things you’ve always wanted to do is strong and we are here to provide this for you. Africa still offers some of the most unique experiences in the world and nothing can change that. Africa so far has been very lucky and is beating the virus, we hope their doors will be open to guests within the next few months. In turn we will be so thrilled to be living our passion again (organising holidays) that we will make those trips better than anything your wildest dreams could have conjured.
To keep you dreaming of that luxury safari over the next weeks we have listed ten properties which not only allow for social distancing and the ultimate in privacy, but also offer a unique experience that you simply cannot have anywhere else in the world. In no particular order… here is your African safari bucket list…
1 Tswalu Kalahari – Green Kalahari Desert, South Africa
This sensational South African ‘green Kalahari’ reserve is magic – but their real uniqueness comes in the amount of funds put into research on the property. They have a vast number of rare species and researchers are stationed there throughout the year providing invaluable insights into animal behaviour.
Unique Experience: track wild dog, pangolins, aardvark or meerkats with a researcher, assisting them or simply absorbing their exceptional knowledge of these species.
Every room at Tswalu gets a private guide, allowing for the ultimate in social distancing and exclusivity.
2 Tusk & Mane Safaris – Lower Zambezi, Zambia
This camp is the epitomy of adventure, small and intimate, and always exclusive use you can socially distance here without a fear of ever seeing another soul apart from your guide. Set in a remote parts of the Lower Zambezi, on the mighty Zambezi river this small luxury camp offers quiet peaceful relaxation, with canoeing, walking and game drives with Zambia’s top private guides.
Unique Experience: private ‘fly camp’ style luxury camp in the Lower Zambezi, have it all to yourself.
3 Sausage Tree Camp – Lower Zambezi
Sausage Tree’s suites are all very private, but why not take the Kigelia Private House for your family or friends. Your private guide will keep you away from other guests if you wish. This modern and luxurious camp is one of the best in Africa.
Unique Experience: watch elephants swimming the channels of the Zambezi while sipping a cocktail from your private pool.
4 Puku Ridge – South Luangwa, Zambia
Puku Ridge has been completely redesigned and is now a unique and innovative camp in a very remote part of the world famous South Luangwa.
Unique Experience: having such a high chance of seeing leopard and lion strolling the flood plains directly in front of your luxury room.
5 Serian – Masai Mara Kenya
This owner run camp is small and intimate and in a private conservancy in the Masai Mara meaning far less people, and amazing wildlife – not least directly below camp as it sits on the banks of the mighty Mara River.
Unique Experience: with your private guide you will use a foot bridge across the Mara River and hike up into the escarpment, before being left for a romantic night in The Nest, with dramatic views of the Mara below.
6 Ol Donyo Lodge – Amboseli & The Chyulus
Ol Donyo is set with arguably some of the best views in Africa – stretching all the way to Kilimanjaro, with rolling grass hills between you and the mighty mountain. Here you can ride, walk, take game drives and relax watching the wildlife and scenery below.
Unique Experience: take luxury sundowners in the ‘viewing hide’ which sits on the edge of the waterhole below camp, and is often visited by huge elephants OR sleep out on the roof of your room, enjoying stunning star studded night skies.
7 Greystoke Mahale – Tanzania
Greystoke Mahale is one of the most famous properties in all of Africa – it is extremely remote and takes a long time to get there, but this is more than worth it as this white sandy beach and lush tropical jungle beckons you in and offers one of the most remote and wild experiences in Africa.
Unique Experience: swim in Lake Tanganyika all morning, track chimpanzees all afternoon.
8 Sand Rivers Selous – Tanzania
Sand Rivers is also wild and remote, rustic but exceptionally comfortable – you really feel immersed in the wilderness around you. The location is a paradise for wildlife and the relaxed atmosphere encourages the decompressing of even the most stressed individuals.
Unique Experience: with your private guide walk out to a private fly camp set up just for you, for an exciting night round the campfire, star gazing and listening to the wilderness.
9 Duba Plains – Botswana
Duba is in the best location in Botswana for wildlife viewing and is consistently good all year round. The vast suites offer the maximum in privacy and social distancing capacity and there is often wildlife to be seen from your private pool and verandah.
Unique Experience: Duba offers one of the best bush breakfasts we have ever had – even our bread rolls were baked there and then out in the bush over the campfire. Never has a bush breakfast tasted so delicious.
10 San Camp – Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
What could be better for social distancing than heading to one of the biggest areas of wilderness with one of the smallest populations in the World? San Camp is a magical camp with a Moroccan and Moorish décor and tents spaced far and wide across the desert.
Unique Experience: meeting habituated meerkats and their researchers, allowing these adorable creatures to use you as a viewing post and observing them and their families at close quarters.