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.
Linkwasha Private Concession, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
One of few camps inside the boundaries of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife destination, Davison’s Camp offers a classic bush safari camp experience. The camp is located on the private Linkwasha Concession, one of the most prolific wildlife areas within the national park that surrounds it. With more than 100 mammal species, Hwange has some of the highest mammal diversity of any national park. Davison's is the perfect setting for safari-goers seeking vintage ambience coupled with all the necessary comforts for modern-day travelers. The camp has eight canvas double tents and one family tent, with interiors defined by natural materials that blend artfully with the bush environs—sisal, wicker and wood, and furnishings in a palette of neutral earth tones. The main lounge, bar, dining area and open campfire boma all overlook a busy waterhole where game frequently comes to drink, including large herds of elephant and buffalo, and rare sable antelope. Cushioned sofas and deep leather chairs provide comfortable seating in the lounge. Meals are served on the open-air deck or around the large outdoor campfire area. Reclining lounge chairs invite relaxing on the deck or around the pool, with a constant parade of wildlife on display for entertainment.
A stay at Davison's Camp also contributes to conservation projects and the well-being of local people, with a share of all guest proceeds supporting an elephant movement study, anti-poaching efforts and snare removal, a school nutrition project, teacher training and classroom supplies, and eco-education for local children, who stay at the camp when it is closed to guests in order to learn about and experience the wildlife and ecosystem they live in proximity to.
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).
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Seba Camp is set in an ancient riverine forest in the heart of Botswana's Okavango Delta. It is named for an elephant called Seba, whose historic release from nearby Abu Camp was a memorable event in the region. As a baby, Seba starred in the Walt Disney movie Whispers, which was filmed in the area. The word seba means "whisper" in the local language.
Seba Camp offers luxurious secluded accommodations overlooking a perennial lagoon teeming with birdlife and resident pods of hippo. Shaded by grand sycamore and leadwood trees, the camp's eight spacious, well-appointed tents are elevated off the ground and carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Each celebrates one of the different tribes of Botswana through vibrant decor. Each tent has an en suite bathroom and private deck where guests can relax and observe the wildlife passing through and around the lagoon. The dining and bar areas are also built on raised teak decking to offer magnificent views. A swimming pool is a welcome feature for cooling off during the hotter months.
In addition to a large elephant population, an abundance of game thrives in the area including giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, tsessebe and lechwe. An exceptionally large pride of lions has taken up residence nearby, and their thrilling roars often rend the night air. Large herds of buffalo are frequent visitors, too. For bird enthusiasts, some 380 species are found in the region. Camp activities include day and night game drives, and guided walks.
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