Nico Smit: Lion Mark Hickey: Jeep crossing river, Mokoro David Luck: Delta aerial
Alek Komarnitsky: Elephant Court Whelan: Wild Dog
Grant Atkinson: Gemsbock, Bee-eater
Dana Allen: Kalahari Plains Camp main area
On a prime spot overlooking the Zambezi River and its islands, in view of noisy hippos and lurking crocodiles, this luxurious camp’s 12 tents are raised on stilts and connected by wooden walkways.
Luxurious Toka Leya Camp enjoys a prime location overlooking the Zambezi River. The east side of the camp is shaded beneath a canopy of trees, while the west side enjoys an open setting next to an ancient baobab tree. Wildlife around the camp includes elephants and crocodiles along the riverbanks and islands, and plenty of resident hippo that often create a ruckus nearby. A wide variety of birds are also on display.
The camp's 12 tents are raised on stilts and connected by wooden walkways to the main common area, minimizing the footprint on the land. Tent interiors utilize earthy hues in harmony with the natural environs. All have private shaded wooden decks with expansive views over the Zambezi’s braided channels. Each tent has individual climate control settings to ensure a cool summer sanctuary. Gauzy mosquito nets are draped over poster beds, and spacious en suite bathrooms have double-basin vanities and large showers. The camp’s shared central area incorporates a lounge with plush sofas and reading lamps, a bar, and a canvas-sheltered dining area complete with traditional pizza oven. A swimming pool is surrounded by a large wooden sun deck with lounge chairs overlooking the river.
Activities in the area include a Victoria Falls tour, sunset cruises, and guided nature walks and game drives in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, home to Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and more. A special highlight includes the possibility of spotting a white rhinoceros in the park. Guests can also explore the town of Livingstone and its museums, and a nearby village. A visit to the village offers a chance to see how local people live, with insights into their culture and traditions. Other activities available at an additional charge include helicopter flights, canoeing, jet boating and whitewater rafting.
Magnificent knob thorn acacia trees shade this authentic bush camp where luxurious tents capitalize on a splendid view over the Linyanti waterways in an intimate, wild setting.
Linyanti Tented Camp
Linyanti Private Reserve, Botswana
Set under magnificent knob thorn acacia trees with a splendid view over the Linyanti waterways, this nostalgic safari camp is replete with the atmosphere of a bygone era of African exploration. One of the area's most famous attractions is a chance to watch scores of elephants refresh themselves in the many water channels that lace the region. Linyanti Tented Camp offers guests a remarkably intimate experience of its wild surroundings and is designed to foster a feeling of openness and connection with nature. This authentic bush camp is divided into two private halves, each with four tents that accommodate a total of eight guests. Tents have a hand basin, full shower and flushing toilet. While the camp’s appointments are simple, in keeping with the classic safari ambience of old, guests don’t lack for comfort. High-quality cotton linens and bush laundry service are among the many amenities provided in this remote setting. And there’s nothing as romantic as enjoying a meal prepared over the campfire as you dine by the glow of paraffin lanterns and starlight. Both day and night game drives are offered in open 4x4 vehicles. Guided wildlife drives can be interspersed with nature walks (weather dependent).
Our private camp, exclusive to NHA, has just five canvas tents, evoking the lodgings of early explorers. Enjoy cozy creature comforts alongside the ambiance of paraffin hurricane lanterns and crackling campfires.
Gomoti Tented Camp
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Our private Gomoti Tented Camp has just five tents for the exclusive use of NHA guests. The spacious walk-in canvas tents measure 20 x 11 feet and are designed to recreate the accommodation style of the early explorers, with richly colored teak director chairs and spare interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors are provided. Each tent includes a separate private en suite toilet and saltwater shower that are part of the structure. Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience in the evening, while sumptuous meals using fresh ingredients are typically prepared around the fire by the warm and friendly camp staff.
Near famous Deception Valley, with prolific wildlife viewing opportunities in of one of the world’s largest conservation areas, each well-appointed tent offers sweeping views and a sleeping area under the stars.
Kalahari Plains Camp
Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Kalahari Plains Camp is situated in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers some of the best summer (November to April) wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in central Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in this country and one of the largest in the world.
The camp, located in genuine wilderness close to the famous Deception Valley, is comprised of eight canvas tent units, each with en suite facilities and an additional elevated outdoor sleeping area, for unparalleled views of the star-studded night sky. A central area offers a lounge, dining area and bar, expansive deck and swimming pool. The tents and the shared area are raised off the ground on wooden platforms to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in the camp, and insulated canvas walls and roof keep temperatures inside the units comfortable.
Thanks to the diversity of habitats, healthy game populations move through the area and are present to a greater or lesser degree all year long. But it is with the advent of the rains that the desert truly comes to life. Short grasses sprout in the pan systems and fossil riverbeds, and plains game such as springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest converge here by the hundreds and thousands to feed. This of course attracts predators such as lion and cheetah; the abundance of game during the summer rainy season offers occasional chances to see thrilling lion and cheetah hunts.