With another adventure of a year ahead of us, we’re excited to announce our very own selection of brand new camps and stunning lodge renovations!

NEW: &BEYOND TENGILE RIVER CAMP

South Africa: Opened December 2018

  • LOCATION: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, overlapping onto the Kruger National Park with an unfenced border
    • ‘Tengile’ means ‘tranquil’ in the local Tsonga language
    • Secluded on an idyllic curve of the Sand River, with breathtaking views greeting the gaze throughout
    • Serenity, space and flow are the heroes of this inspired lodge design
    • The abundant game viewing area spans a vast 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres)
  • ACCOMMODATION: 9 secluded, thatched and air-conditioned suites, elevated above the riverbed, are shaded by the whispering riverine forest
    • The superbly spacious master bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom which opens out into the forest, as well as an outdoor shower
    • Each suite also comprises a lounge, dining area and bar with a private deck encompassing its own lap pool, with an inviting ‘sunken’ outdoor lounge and dining area
    • The cleverly designed family suite (children 12 years and older) has living areas which transform into children-friendly slumber spaces
  • GUEST AREAS: Designed to create uninterrupted inside-outside flow, the composition of open, interactive and private spaces are filled with a sensory celebration of South African design and art.
  • FACILITIES:
    • Private vehicle with a dedicated ranger and tracker
    • A spa inspired by soul-restoring African beauty rituals
    • A well-appointed gym, as well as a plunge pool (Perfectly rejuvenating diversions between game drives!)
    • Laundry service (complimentary)
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Mobile connectivity
    • Babysitting service
  • EXPERIENCES:
    • Twice daily game drives with your ranger and tracker team in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. (Stringent vehicle limits at game sightings ensure exclusivity.)
      • Sabi Sand Game Reserve is most well-known for its leopard sightings where males can be seen marking and patrolling their territory and females interacting with their cubs.
      • Common sightings: Lion, cheetah, hyena, zebra, hippo, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest
      • Less common: White rhino, wild dog
    • Expertly guided interpretive bush walks and ‘Luxury Walking Adventures’
    • Additional-cost activities:
      • Tracking: Track animals on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team
      • Photographic safari: With expert guides who combine their special understanding of animal behaviour and intimate acquaintance of the landscape, learn about everything from shutter speed and filters to angles and lighting
      • Private safaris designed exclusively for you, around your specific interests, where you’d like to lunch (al fresco picnic under the shade of a tree, for example) and how long or short you want the adventure to be
    • Nearby: helicopter rides
  • UNIQUE HIGHLIGHTS:
    • State-of-the-art sustainability: Designed to exert the most minimal footprint through meticulous environmental auditing, thermal efficiency and advanced wastewater and sewer treatment systems.
    • Family-friendly (for children 12 years and older): From the specially designed family suite accommodation and babysitting service to the spa’s thoughtful ‘WildChild Beauties & Buddies’ lavender and jasmine bubble bath, energy-boosting foot-rub and tickle finished off with a fun African tribal face-paint!
    • Wellness Spa: Authentic Africa-inspired experiences – from the ‘Quiet Mind Journey‘ massage experience to the ‘Soul of the Earth Celebration‘, botanical body balms and African aromatherapy oils are worked into the body by a masterful combination of human touch, rhythmic movement and traditional African calabash and bamboo tools

 


NEW: AFRICAN BUSH CAMPS – NYAMATUSI CAMP

Zimbabwe: Opening April 2019

  • LOCATION: Mana Pools National Park
    • Secreted away in one of the most untouched pockets of the African wild, resting on the ancient banks of the mighty Zambezi
    • Mana Pools National Park protects an abundantly diverse ecology with habitats including open plans, riverine forests and wetlands, including the four ‘pools’ that supposedly earned the park its name. ‘Mana’ is said to mean ‘four’ in Shona, but it actually means ‘family unit’ or ‘part of a village community’.
  • ACCOMMODATION: An intimate camp of 6 large luxury tented suites whose boundless views over the Zambezi and escarpment beyond invite feelings of absolute remoteness
    • The air-conditioned suites have their own lounge, and the en suite facilities comprise a spacious bath, as well as an indoor shower and outdoor shower
    • Each suite has a secluded deck/balcony with its own private plunge pool
  • GUEST AREAS:
    • Communal dining
    • Bar
    • Pool
    • Library
  • FACILITIES:
    • Activity desk
    • Private vehicle
    • Laundry service (complimentary)
    • Battery-charging facility
  • EXPERIENCES:
    • Game drives led by African Bush Camps‘ internationally acclaimed guides
      • Wildlife: Elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, lion, leopard and hyena
    • Guided walking safaris
    • Canoeing safaris: Paddling silently across the still, deep waters of the Lower Zambezi allows for a completely different wildlife experience where you’ll encounter hippos, crocodiles, elephants and an astounding abundance of birdlife.
    • Birdwatching
    • Catch-and-release fishing

NEW: NYAMATUSI MAHOGANY

Zimbabwe: Opening April 2019

This magnificent camp is African Bush Camp‘s luxury safari answer for families – an ‘explorer’s paradise’ – created for togethernes, adventure and serene relaxation.

ACCOMMODATION: All the spacious suites have magnificent views of the Zambezi! Each suite also has an en suite facility, bath, indoor and outdoor showers, private deck and own plunge pool.

  • 2 tented suites
  • 2 family suites

GUEST AREAS: With both downstairs and upstairs guest areas, the lounges and dining areas are superbly appointed, airy and graced with gorgeous vistas out across the river and beyond.

  • Communal dining and lounges
  • Pool
  • Library
  • Bar

FACILITIES:

  • Activity desk
  • Battery-charging facilities
  • Transfers from airstrip (included in rates)
  • Laundry service
  • Private vehicle available

EXPERIENCES: Geared for the most incredible Family Safari, activities include:

  • Game drives
  • Canoeing
  • Catch-and-release fishing
  • Birdwatching

UNIQUE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Renowned and protected as one of the African Rift Valley’s remaining ‘pioneer parks’
  • With a philosophy that embraces families into the wild, little explorers are made to feel especially welcome with a ‘Cub Club’ starter kit and an array of adventures designed to delight, excite and fascinate!

“A day in the life of a family on safari at Nyamatusi Mahogany is fluid, exciting, varied and full of special moments that will live on in family history forever.” ~ African Bush Camps


 

RENOVATION: CHEETAH PLAINS

South Africa: Opened December 2018

To use the word ‘renovation’ about this much loved South African lodge would be an understatement! Cheetah Plains has totally transformed their traditional safari ambience into profoundly contemporary luxury whose deconstructed simplicity invites absolute immersion in the untainted bushveld experience.

The three luxury bushveld houses are named in honour of the area’s two most legendary leopards and a commanding lion coalition: ‘Mvula’, ‘Karula’ and ‘Mapogo’.

LOCATION: Hidden deep in the Sabi Sand Reserve, bordered by two of the world’s most famous parks, the Kruger National Park and magical Mala Mala.

ACCOMMODATION: Taking an innovative and divergent turn away from the traditional safari lodge, Cheetah Plains offers exclusive-use luxury bushveld houses, made up of a main house and private King-bedded guest suites.

  • Each house has 2 expansive lounges, a dining area, outdoor boma, wine room and perfectly heated pool
  • Each guest suite has its own secluded deck, dressing-room, lounge, double rain-shower and bath whose bushveld view is spectacular!
  • Each house provides a specialist selection of vintage South African wines, Cap Classiques, premium spirits, beers, non alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, still and sparkling water

BUSHVELD HOUSES:

  • Two lounges: a formal lounge and a more relax-here ‘entertainment’ lounge
  • Dining area
  • Outdoor boma for fire-side feasting
  • Temperature-controlled wine cellar
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Day-bed and private deck area
  • Indigenous gardens flowing naturally out into the surrounding bushveld
  • Private game-viewing vehicle
  • Private chef and butler
  • Accommodates a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 guests
  • The interlinking suite at Karula is disabled-friendly

GUEST SUITES:

  • King-bedded bedroom
  • Mini bar and coffee station.
  • Lounge
  • Private deck with day-bed
  • Dressing room
  • Double rain-shower and bath
  • Accommodates a maximum of 2 guests per suite
  • Family-friendly: Two of the suites interlink, making it ideal for families with young children

AMENITIES & FACILITIES:

  • All meals are prepared at the house by your private chef
  • Private spa therapist
  • Use of the central gym facility

EXPERIENCES:

  • Twice-daily game drives in your own private game-viewing vehicle, led by a dedicated field guide and expert tracker team
  • Game drives also include sunrise and sunset stops, and unparalleled stargazing

UNIQUE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • ‘Kavula’ is disabled-friendly
  • Family-friendly


NEW: TINTSWALO AT LAPALALA WILDERNESS

South Africa: Opened October 2018

This is a truly family-friendly luxury tented camp in the untouched sanctuary of the malaria-free Waterberg’s majestic mountains and ecologically diverse plains, alive with the Big 5, some of Africa’s most rare and endangered species, as well as abundant game and birdlife.

LOCATION: Lapalala, which shares the reserve with only one other commercial lodge, is just a 3.5 hour stone’s throw from Johannesburg, making it one of the most exclusive and accessible remote camps in South Africa.

ACCOMMODATION: 7 luxury tented suites with private plunge pools, including two 2-bedroom family suites, accommodating up to 12 adults and 4 children

EXPERIENCES:

  • Visit Lapalala’s endangered species breeding projects
  • Young safarians can get involved in the school program
  • Visit the incredible Rhino Museum
  • Birdwatching and fishing –  while away peaceful afternoons in the reserve’s quiet rivulets and pools

NOTEWORTHY HIGHLIGHT:

  • Located within the UNESCO-declared Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, the reserve is a global pioneer in the research and breeding programs of rare and endangered species, delivering their revolutionary evironmental education program to school communities throughout South Africa


NEW: TINTSWALO AT BOULDERS

Cape Town, South Africa: Opened September 2018

LOCATION: Located in the historical oceanside hamlet of Simon’s Town in Cape Town, Tintswalo at Boulders is a lavishly beautiful boutique villa enjoying some of the Cape’s most breathtaking sea and mountain vistas. It has marvelous views of  Boulders Beach, famously home to the protected colony of African penguins.

ACCOMMODATION: With 9 timelessly elegant suites named after the Cape’s iconic history-making ships, like the ‘Cutty Sark’ and ‘Mayflower’, Tintswalo at Boulders is perfect for both romantic escapes and family adventure. (Children all ages are welcome.)

  • Operates as a bed and breakfast, with delicious afternoon snacks included
  • Tintswalo at Boulders may be booked exclusively as a private villa and is, in our books, an amazing choice for family reunions, those extra-special celebrations and for larger groups of friends traveling together — with a private chef available on request.

GUEST AREAS, AMENITIES & FACILITIES:

  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beach drop-off
  • Laundry service
  • Conference centre

EXPERIENCES — ON-SITE & NEARBY:

  • Meeting the penguins
  • Whale-watching (seasonal) and marine adventures like sailing, canoeing, as well as orca, dolphin and shark-spotting
  • Children’s activities  – an almost endless selection of children’s activities
  • Pristine swimming beaches
  • If you’re inspired by the villa’s historical suite names, there are fascinating battlefield sites, historical monuments and museums to explore
  • Fine dining and wine-tasting
  • Explorations further afield, like a visit to the Zeitz MOCAA, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Mandela’s Robben Island
  • Guided walks and some of the best hiking trails in the world
  • Horse-riding


NEW: LEMALA NANYUKIE TENTED CAMP

Tanzania: Opened October 2018

VIDEO: Walk through this brand new contemporary tented camp, designed as a modern re-visioning of the traditional tented safari experience with soaring cathedral-esque space, light and architectural lines, understatedly luxurious interiors and awe-igniting views out across this iconic savanna.

LOCATION: A mere 45-minute drive east of Serengeti National Park‘s central Seronera Airstrip, Lemala Nanyukie’s location provides guests with unforgettable views of the wild savanna plains, rocky kopjes and shady umbrellas of ancient acacias.

ACCOMMODATION13 standard suites and one 2-bedroomed suite

FACILITIES:

  • ‘Serengeti Restaurant‘: Dine inside or outside, with a delicious a la carte menu, including vegetarian and special dietary options
  • Activity Desk
  • Room service
  • Library
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Battery charging facilities
  • Communal dining
  • Internet Access (complimentary), mobile connectivity and Skype phones
  • ‘Lemala Cubs’ (children’s eco-activity club)
  • Laundry Service (complimentary)
  • Private vehicle available

EXPERIENCES – ON-SITE & NEARBY:

  • Game drives: Big 5 and abundant game
  • Bird-watching
  • Guided bush walks 
  • Rhino tracking
  • Wellness spa
  • Maasai cultural experiences
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Scenic flights

UNIQUE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Family-friendly focus: ‘Lemala Cubs‘ offers little adventurers an exciting range of ways to experience the wild magic of the African bush. Unforgettably fun and educational, Lemala Cubs informs and inspires our next generation about just how critical wildlife conservation is. (And while they’re out and about identifying wildlife, learning how to throw (safely blunted) spears and shoot arrows with traditional bows just like the Maasai, learning tracking and spoor identification techniques, walking with the storytelling Maasai and discovering their unique culture and how they live in the bush — and even playing sous chef in the kitchen — parents can slowly sip sundowners in the plunge pool or embark on an adventure of their own!)
  • Disability services

NEW: SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE

Rwanda: Opening 5th August 2019

Named after a legendary old silverback known and loved for his gentle humility, Kwitonda Lodge was born out of Singita‘s desire to honour the hope-fueled spirit of Rwanda:

“Rwanda’s miraculous recovery in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide is testimony to the new-found solidarity, impressive work ethic, transparency, humility and warmth of its people. Within the context of this national journey towards restoration of the people and the land, Singita is honored to be opening Kwitonda Lodge on the 5th of August 2019.”

LOCATION: A highly prized 178-acre pocket of fertile land in Volcanoes National Park with views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes. Inbetween the specialist gorilla-treks, this versatile location allows guests to:

  • Explore the amazing Afro montane forests and primordial Lake Kivu
  • Visit Kigali, Rwanda’s vibrant and sophisticated capital city
  • Discover the area’s key wildlife species like the golden monkey, side-striped jackal, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, elephant and an astounding abundance of birdlife

ACCOMMODATION TYPES: The exceptionally spacious suites (Super King, Double or Twin) have been designed to be the ultimate post-trek restorative retreat

  • 7 one-bedroom suites
  • 1 two-bedroom suite
  • A four-bedroom family villa

ACCOMMODATION FEATURES:

  • En-suite bathroom comprising a bath, shower, separate toilet and a glass-enclosed outdoor shower
  • Dressing-room and double vanity
  • A relaxing, roomy lounge, warmed by a fireplace
  • Post-trek rest area
  • A private terrace with fireplace and heated plunge pool
  • Massage treatment zone
  • Private dining area
  • Well-stocked pantry and mini-bar
  • Work space
  • Family villa: both indoor and outdoor living and dining rooms, a lounge, fully-equipped kitchen, media room, gym and accommodation for an au pair or nanny.

FACILITIES:

  • All meals and beverages (excluding Connoisseur wines & French Champagne)
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Communal dining
  • TV lounge
  • Library
  • Internet access (complimentary)
  • Laundry service

EXPERIENCES – ON-SITE & NEARBY:

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Game viewing
  • Guided walks and self-guided walks
  • Hiking and cycling
  • Bird-watching
  • General sightseeing
  • Fine dining, gourmet picnics and high tea

UNIQUE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Gorilla-trekking: Each gorilla trek is carefully designed around the different gorilla family groups, varying in distance and intensity
  • Uninterrupted views of the volcanic mountains and cloud-forests beyond
  • Earth-friendly: From its locally sourced materials, Rwandan heritage-inspired architecture and interiors — and their engagement of the local community’s specialist craftspeople to build the traditional dry-stone walling, Singita is truly ‘treading lightly on the land’

Photo credit: Mammal Watching

If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more about these brand new 2019 lodges, call us on +1 646-568-5390 or send us an email so one of our travel advisors can connect with you as soon as they can!