Water is a priority on a safari because where there’s water, there’s most likely wildlife. Water, much of the time dictates the movement of animals, which is often impacted by seasonality. The largest of beasts to the smallest of creatures – all gather for a drink at rivers, pans and waterholes. This is why all our safari camps and lodges are set near important water sources, as they bring life to all creatures.
After an unprecedented drought that swept Southern Africa – and wildlife is celebrating a time of restoration. From rivers to pans, Delta’s to lakes – water is the magnet of all life on safari.
Mana Pools National Park
Zambezi Expeditions, Nyamatusi Camp & Mahogany
Our Mana Pools Riverside camps, Nyamatusi Camp, Nyamatusi Mahogany and Zambezi Expeditions are set on the edge of the mighty Zambezi River overlooking the captivating escarpment, which frames this incredible area. This gives guests the access to head out on a canoe safari to explore the area from a different perspective.
Kanga Camp is a unique Mana Pools experience, and it’s set on a private concession within the park, the home of the Armchair Safari. Water is pumped into the pan to offer relief to the animals who are journeying to the riverside for a drink. The activity and presence the camp has had in the area has put a stop to poaching. A large variety of animals can be seen side by side here
Hwange National Park
All our Somalisa camps have famous ‘Elephant pools’ set on the deck where guests can opt for an armchair safari as elephants share a sundowner in camp with our guests. Occasionally you might even see a predator stroll into camp to quench their thirst.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake – the sheer spread of the water is extraordinary. Bumi Hills is set on the hilltops overlooking this incredible vast expanse; this luxurious lodge offers comfort as well as a truly unique safari experience where you can explore both land and water.
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
Mosi-Oa-Tunya means ‘the smoke that thunders’ in Sesotho referring to the sound of the falls which can be heard for miles. Thorntree is our lodge where you can experience the magnificent Victoria Falls, while still having a private slice of peace and quiet on the Zambezi River on the Zambian side. Vic Falls is a top priority for many travellers bucket list, and it is truly worth it as it’s the largest sheet of falling water and truly a spectacle to behold. At Thorntree you can also opt for a relaxing sunset cruise and a picnic on a private island.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Linyanti Bush Camp, Ebony & Expeditions
Linyanti floods offer vast congregations of elephant and buffalo as far as the eye can see. The land is unique as it offers the flood and dry land to explore – guests can set out on the water on a mokoro, game drive, walking safari or even a helicopter.
Khwai Community Area
The Okavango Delta is the ultimate African Experience – the level of calm you feel on a mokoro, watching the sky melt into the water is an unparalleled experience. The surprising fact about the Okavango is that the floods come in in the dry season of Botswana. The rains flow through from Angola highlands down to Botswana and breathes life into the surrounds of the Okavango Delta.
Nxai Pan National Park
This is the endpoint of longest migration in Africa! Thousands of zebra’s trek across the country – from the border of Namibia down to the Nxai Pan National Park because of the sweet grasses that grow due to the unique mix of salt and water offering nutritious grasses.
While you’re away doing your bit for the global good, water is flooding back into these sources bringing nature strength, power and life. When you return Africa will be ready to welcome you in all her glory!