From rare mountain gorilla tracking to endangered rhino spotting, African safaris are becoming an increasingly popular travel option. Here are our collective favourites offering an unspoilt authentic safari experience guaranteed to please even the most hardened travel snobs…
Savuti Camp, Botswana
The increasing prosperous landlocked African country is the place to go for the highest concentrations of game and unspoilt African safari experience. To really escape the crowds, try Savuti Camp which is one of the finest small safari camps in Botswana. Located in a secluded corner of the Linyanti Reserve along the Savute Channel in Northern Botswana, each camp comprises a large raised walk-in tent complete with decking outside where guests can gaze over the grasslands. Visit for dense elephant populations, gentle lagoons, a beautiful river frontage and mature forests leading to lush green open pastures where beautiful horned antelopes roam.
Ruaha River Lodge, Tanzania
Ruaha National Park – located in the heart of the country – is the place to go to escape the safari crowds in Tanzania. The park’s relative inaccessibility means Ruaha sees far fewer tourists than any park in the country’s Northern circuit. It’s a beautiful place filled with vast wild landscapes, rocky escarpments, baobab studded hills and wandering animals such as lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes and huge herds of buffalo. Try a stay at the Ruaha River Lodge which is set on one of the most stunning stretches of the Great Ruaha River. Here you can relax and watch game from the comfort of your safari lodge veranda.
Otjiwa Lodge, Namibia
Etosha National Park is Nambia’s oldest game reserves where endless unspoilt landscapes are scattered with lions, elephants, zebra, springbok and endangered black rhinoceros. Not too far from here is Otjiwa Safari Lodge, a safari holiday destination which offers visitors an authentic African experience combined with friendly Namibian hospitality. Here a variety of some 25 game species roam freely over its 12 000ha expanse of bushveld and its beautiful dams offer a home to rich birdlife, amongst which is the majestic African fish eagle. Visit for walking trails, game drives, bird-watching and rhino tracking very far from the tourist crowds.
Lugenda Wilderness Camp, Mozamique
Located in the Niassa Province of Northern Mozambique, is Lugenda Wildlife Reserve – an untouched and undiscovered 42000 square kilometre expanse of wilderness. Few tourists have reached this far so it’s a great option for a pristine and unspoilt safari experience. Try opting for the Lugenda Wilderness Camp which offers stylish tents and a personalised service in an area well-suited to game drives and game walks lead by qualified guides. Expect to see the Big Five and several sacred sites including Batwa paintings possibly dating back 4000 years.
Myuu Wilderness Lodge, Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Liwonde National Park is a fairly small reserve which teams with wildlife, it’s located in landlocked country of Malawi located southeast Africa isn’t yet on the well worn safari trail so offers an unspoilt safari experience. Try the Mvuu Wilderness Lodge which sits on the banks of a quiet lagoon flowing off the Shire River. A quintessential African Safari Lodge is offers luxury ‘Hemingway’-styled safari tents self-catering and al fresco-dining platform overlooking the river and lagoon. Activity options include game drives by day and by night in open vehicles, walks and boat safaris. Expect to see paddling elephants, hippo, crocodile and a rich variety of birdlife.
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
One of the best and most accessible places in the world to spot a glimpse of the rare mountain gorilla, this is an extraordinary park filled with high peaks, thick bamboo forests and impressive volcanic scenery. Tourists must pay a fee of $750 to see the gorillas but Rwanda offers some of the most reasonably priced accommodations for gorilla trekking to balance this out! Try either the eco-friendly Virunga Lodge, luxurious Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, or the more rustic Le Bamboo establishment.