These are the newest eco-expeditions and luxury camps to introduce travelers to remote areas of Africa’s wilderness.
Siringit Migration Camp by Mantis
The conservation-focused hotel group Mantis launched its newest property this month in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. This luxury mobile camp will move every few months to follow the wildebeest, zebra, gazelles—and predators in their pursuit—of the Great Migration, from the Mara River crossings in Northern Serengeti to calving season of the Southern Serengeti. The Bedouin-style camp encompasses a lounge tent, dining tent and eight luxury guest tents, each of which is positioned on a raised platform for unobstructed views over the wilderness.
Designed to merge indoor and outdoor living, these octagonal tents with transparent sides each accommodate up to two guests—or interlinked to accommodate up to four—with en-suite bathrooms including a double vanity. The camp opens in the Kogatende region of Northern Serengeti and will remain there until November when it moves to the Ndutu region of Southern Serengeti where it will stay until March. Both regions have an airstrip for arrivals and departures.
Tembo Plains Camp
This month also saw the launch of the brand-new five-star Tembo Plains Camp by prominent eco-tourism company, Great Plains, in Zimbabwe’s private 118,000-hectare Sapi Reserve. The northern border of this reserve spans over 40 kilometers of the Zambezi River and the UNESCO World Heritage Mana Pools Reserve forms its western border. Days here can be spent on wildlife-viewing drives and on walking safaris, as well as canoeing and boating on the river. During their stay, guests have access to professional Canon cameras and Leica binoculars.
The new camp consists of four spacious guest tents, a private guide tent and a two-bedroom family unit made up of two tents with a shared lounge, dining area and pool. Each guest tent comes with an indoor lounge, outdoor dining area, private plunge pool and exercise bikes, as well as en-suite bathroom amenities including an indoor bath, shower and double vanity. Each of these was designed by Great Plains co-founder Beverly Joubert to reference the Great Zimbabwe ruins, combining canvas with stone walls and ensuring uninterrupted views of the Zambezi.
Great Plains Expeditions – Botswana
The August launched Great Plains Expedition – Botswana takes guests on a four-night cross country mobile safari with stays at three overnight camps. Encapsulating the spirit of adventure, these expeditions are designed to take luxury travelers on a journey of real discovery with involvement in meaningful conservation work and data collection, as well as exploration of the wildlife-rich land. The conservation element of these expeditions supports work in elephant and hippo counts, recording the GPS coordinates of dens and pangolin sightings and using DNA collection kits, pattern analysis tools and software to identify leopards and painted dogs.
The expedition will introduce guests to the western and central regions of the private Selinda Reserve on a journey along the winding channels of the Selinda Spillway, which is said to be home to the highest density of elephants across the globe, with painted dogs, lions and cheetah also roaming the land. Each expedition incorporates driving, photography, guided tracking walks, sleeping and dining under the stars and canoeing along the Selinda Spillway. This Botswana expedition runs between August and October, with expeditions planned for other destinations in the future.
Ker & Downey Africa Electric Vehicle Safari
The latest eco-conscious safari of luxury travel company Ker & Downey Africa focuses on the innovation revolutionizing the traditional game drive experience: solar-powered electric safari vehicles. Not only does this mode of transportation decrease your carbon footprint by eliminating the vehicle’s carbon emissions, it also enables you to move almost silently, minimizing disturbance of the wildlife. This 10-day safari provides exploration of private conservancies in these electric vehicles.
The journey begins in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, northern Kenya, before going on to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos, then finishing at Entumoto Private Conservancy on the southern border of the Masai Mara. Activities in addition to electric vehicle safari drives include walking safaris and horseback riding, as well as conservation activities with a research team. The brand-new safari is now available year-round.