No type of accommodation quite captures the feeling of being on safari like a camp. At AMADI, we’re big fans of camps that allow you to experience the magic of the African wilderness, yet also offer comforts that we’ve all come to expect and like to enjoy while travelling. To start the year, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite camps to travel to in 2023. Some of them launched in the last year or two and some have undergone full revamps or are only opening for the upcoming season. And this is just a small number of many great options within the carefully curated AMADI selection.
Duke’s Camp, Botswana: Created by the iconic founders of Jack’s Camp and safari legend Ralph Bousfield, this new camp with a classic feel is located in the northern wilderness of the country’s Okavango Delta. Pitched on raised wooden decks, each under-canvas safari tent offers sweeping views over the camp’s flood plain and seasonal lagoon: this is the place for wildlife spotting in complete privacy. We love the combination of raw wilderness and understated luxury style, a winning combination in our eyes.
Angama Safari Camp, Kenya: Moving location throughout the year to maximise wildlife sightings, this stylish exclusive-use tented camp is made up of just four ensuite tents. Set up in different parts of the Maasai Mara Triangle, the abundance of nature on the doorstep is astounding. Although designed as a mobile camp, the property’s top-notch facilities ensure that every need is met. Also, due to the exclusive-use nature, each group benefits from a dedicated safari vehicle, guide and camp team – the ultimate in terms of privacy.
Puku Ridge Camp, Zambia: This small and intimate camp is made up of luxurious ‘semi-tents’ kitted out with outdoor showers, open-air bathtubs, wraparound decks, private plunge pools and outstanding panoramic views over the Kakumbi Dambo floodplain below. Located in a private area of the South Luangwa National Park, wildlife is in abundance. Made with natural materials and designed to blend into the surroundings, great viewings can be enjoyed from the tents themselves.
Chiawa Camp, Zambia: Considered the original safari camp in the Lower Zambezi, this iconic property recently benefitted from a full refurbishment and part rebuild, all in time for the new season. Family-owned and operated, the team has added new facilities and a fresh feel while keeping the true charm of the original camp. Each tent offers spectacular views over the magical Zambezi River and its wildlife.
Mila Tented Camp, Tanzania: Initially located within the Southern Serengeti’s Maswa Game Reserve, the camp is now permanently based in Nyasirori, a game-rich region in the western corridor of the Serengeti that offers incredible sightings year-round. With only five tents, the setting offers both a homely feel and a sense of exclusive seclusion. We love the décor which draws inspiration from local tribes and the yellow-gold grasses of the Serengeti.
Tembo Plains, Zimbabwe: Part of Great Plains Conservation, this luxurious camp is located in the country’s private Sapi Reserve, bordering Mana Pools National Park. Tembo translates to elephant; the camp’s design was inspired by the animals found in their hundreds on the plains surrounding the Zambezi River. The 120,000 ha reserve allows for a totally private experience that is unique in Zimbabwe; there is only one camp in the entire reserve. Formerly a hunting concession, after years of restoration, wildlife is now returning in abundance.