Puku Ridge - South Luangwa - Zambia
Puku Ridge - South Luangwa - Zambia
SERRA CAFEMA, Namibia
JACKS CAMP | MAKGADIKGADI PANS | BOTSWANA

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SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICA

Old Favourites Restyled

The following four camps are some of our absolute favourites in Africa. Why? Because they all share the holy grail sought by Africa-junkies: top-notch locations, all-knowing guides and access to experiences worth travelling for.

They’re also not scared to reinvent - and we’re pleased to let you know that these iconic camps have all been recently re-imagined to a very high standard, with some fabulous new enhancements.

NAMIBIA

SERRA CAFEMA, Namibia
Serra Cefema, Namibia
SERRA CAFEMA, Namibia
SERRA CAFEMA, Namibia
SERRA CAFEMA, Namibia
SERRA CAFEMA, Namibia
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SERRA CAFEMA - KUNENE RIVER

Found in the far north of sparsely populated Namibia, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote safari lodges in Southern Africa. With a recent upgrade, the lodge is set among verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene river, overlooking the majesty of Hartmann’s valley and onwards to Angola. Here you’ll experience the awe-inspiring stillness and majesty of the vast Namibian landscape.

Climb the Namib dunes at dawn to give you an unforgettable overview of the barren landscapes and windswept deserts; quad bike over undulating dunes for an exhilarating alternative perspective, or cruise along the Kunene River where you drift past pretty riverbanks where crocodiles laze and desert-adapted animals come to drink.

Back at the lodge, you’ll be astounded by the level of luxury, so far from home yet beautifully crafted with every detail in mind. The eight chalets are set on raised decks and made from wood, canvas and thatch to create a camp that’s totally at one with nature. The perfect base to explore a startlingly secluded corner  of Namibia, this is the place to escape  the world and immerse yourself  in a landscape like no other.

"Namibia's landscapes have a sparse beauty, and through your experiences, the arid deserts will fill you with a sense of peace and solitude. Come away from Namibia feeling rejuvenated."

INSIDER TIP

Here, you can also have an authentic and humbling cultural encounter with the semi-nomadic Himba people, daubed in ochre, as you learn how they live in symbiosis with the land.

BOTSWANA

Jao Camp, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Jao Camp, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Jao Camp, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Jao Camp, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Jao Camp, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
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JAO CAMP - OKAVANGO DELTA

Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Jao camp’s encircling water-scapes are well-known for their beauty and prolific wildlife among the islands, riverine forests and epic  floodplains. and with Jao sprucing its accommodation to new sophisticated levels, now is a great time to visit.

Those who know old-timer Jao will find the camp to be rejuvenated. A botanical theme carries throughout the lodge up into the tree canopy where five stilted pool suites can be found. Families will love the brand-new two-bedroom villas, which come with their own private-use vehicle, guide, chef and butler.

Tucked below the palm tress is a new bijou spa with a glorious pool and soothing views that stretch over  the floodplains. Also new is an amazing ‘centre of knowledge’ museum featuring a two-storey-high giraffe skeleton, intricate maps and reems of Okavango history, which all set the scene for adventures in the Delta.

"Wildlife lovers should take note that in recent months Jao Camp has seen its pride of lions increase with wild dog numbers also on the up."

Insider Tip

Head out in a mokoro, boat or by classic game drive safari to spot prides of lion and herds of elephant. Around the water expect to see hippo, otters, owls and the lesser jacana. And with sky-high eco standards, Jao camp is a safari experience that never stops giving.

ZAMBIA

Puku Ridge - South Luangwa - Zambia
Puku Ridge - South Luangwa - Zambia
Puku Ridge - South Luangwa - Zambia
Puku Ridge - South Luangwa - Zambia
Puku Ridge - South Luangwa - Zambia
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PUKU RIDGE - SOUTH LUANGWA

In a remote part of south Luangwa sits Puku Ridge, set high up on a rocky ridge overlooking the Kakumbi floodplain. it’s one of our steadfast favourites for, among many things, its unique and stunning vista over the wildlife-rich plains of the Luangwa valley. simply the  best views in Zambia.

Totally redesigned, Puku Ridge is now in the hands of the Cummings family, pioneers and stewards of South Luangwa and its prolific wildlife. It was in this very park that walking safaris started some 60 years ago, a clear eco-conscious alternative to motorised game drives, eventually awarding it the distinction of the world’s first ‘sustainable national park’. These credentials are taken through to the new lodge, which is carbon neutral, although no luxury detail has been overlooked. Uniquely designed, the eight tented suites each has a pool and viewing deck, plus a truly special rooftop four-poster star bed for stargazing.

"Walking safaris are a great way to tune in to your natural environment including bird watching. Head out on an early morning walk to see great white pelicans, little bee-eaters and eagle owls."

Insider Tip

Guiding is superb and lions, leopards and elephants are often seen in the area around the camp, as are buffalo, giraffe, zebra and of course puku.

BOTSWANA

JACKS CAMP | MAKGADIKGADI PANS | BOTSWANA
JACKS CAMP | MAKGADIKGADI PANS | BOTSWANA
JACKS CAMP | MAKGADIKGADI PANS | BOTSWANA
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JACK'S CAMP - MAKGADIKGADI PANS

Deep in the Makgadikgadi salt pans of Botswana lies an extraordinary safari camp much-loved because of its distinct style. step back in time to the 1940s, where decadence and quirkiness go hand-in-hand. for true safari-lovers, this camp is a must. This year has seen a refurbishment of the iconic camp, but we’re pleased to say that its sumptuous ambience remains unchanged. Lift back the flap of your now-extended Bedouin tent and be welcomed by old-world charm. Deep reds are accompanied by antique furniture and intricate textiles, and your veranda now comes with a private plunge pool. The acclaimed Persian Tea Tent remains, the swimming pool pavilion is larger with an added sun deck, and there is a new dedicated spa tent.

The enduring appeal of Jack’s Camp is the surprising levels of comfort despite the unforgiving one-million-acre reserve. Adventures await on quad bikes, breakfast with meerkats, bushman walks with the San Khosi and explorations on desert game drives.

"The sumptuousness and old-world colonial charm of Jack's Camp make it a one-of-a-kind way to experience the Kalahari Desert."

Must do

Wildlife can be seen year-round: visit in the wet season to be treated to a glimpse of the 500,000 strong zebra and wildebeest migration and expect sightings of brown hyena,  plus oryx and Kalahari lions.

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