10 African Bush Camps to Book for Every Wildlife Bucket List

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It’s no secret: southern Africa is full of natural beauty. Whether you travel by road or air, you will quickly realize that diverse ecosystems await you in every remote corner of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. And as each landscape evolves, so does the wildlife you may encounter.

When planning a African safariIntrepid travelers often start with a list of must-see animals, intoxicated by the idea of ​​exploring wild, untamed stretches of wilderness and photographing those moments up close.

In the heart of our country, we have built camps in some of Africa’s most exhilarating wilderness areas teeming with wildlife, from mammals and migratory birds to fascinating plants and insects. We have also invested in protecting large areas of land and training the best guides in the industry, hailing from the regions surrounding our camps; two essential elements to offer life-changing safaris that immerse you in the wonders of the bush and guide you towards breathtaking observations of your essential animals.

For intentional travel this year and beyond, our guides have recommended six camps renowned for their unrivaled wildlife sightings of some of Africa’s most precious wild animals. And you don’t have to wait to book!

Where to see buffalo

In remote northern Botswana, wet and dry seasons characterize the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a protected concession spanning 1,250 square kilometers. Our signature property, Linyanti bush camp, is a year-round destination on the edge of the Linyanti Swamp, the only permanent water source during the dry months (June to October). Here, buffalo emerge from the mopane thicket, looking for water and mud to wallow in.

Linyanti Expeditions, and Linyanti Ebony are two more of our sought after camps to encounter these majestic beasts. Linyanti Expeditions is a seasonal camp located directly on the south bank of the Linyanti River. Here, vast herds of buffalo can be seen right outside your tent.

Linyanti Ebony is nestled between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, a wildlife refuge, especially for travelers wishing to observe African buffalo in their natural habitat.

wild buffalo, Linyanti wetlands Safari in Botswana with African bush camps

Team up with our expert local guides to enjoy game drives and boat cruises to observe buffalo herds of up to 1,000 as they graze and interact, setting the stage for exceptional photography.

Best time to travel: From May to October (during the dry season)

Where to see leopards

Located on the banks of the Zambezi River, Lolébézi is an extremely luxurious base from which you can search for elusive leopards in Zambia. Lower Zambezi National Park. With a relatively small lion population, leopards thrive on abundant food sources and an expanded territory, primarily concentrated in the Zambezi Valley. Here, scenery and sightings are plentiful and you can expect exciting encounters on land and water.

Leopard on Okavango tree

Join a morning or evening safari to explore the dense riverine forests, where tall termite mounds and tall, wide-branched ana trees create ideal perches for camouflaging leopards. Interestingly, despite being solitary animals, the valley’s resident leopards are known to share territories and even kill – something that has to be seen to be believed!

Best time to travel: From May to October (during the dry season)

Where to see elephants

Camp Somalisa is a favorite among African Bush Camps guests, and for good reason! Located in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park in the Somalisa Concession, this family camp has just seven luxury canvas tents and endless viewpoints for a family-friendly back-to-nature experience. And while nothing in nature is guaranteed (that’s the beauty of untouched concessions), large breeding herds of elephants have been known to approach the camp’s permanent watering hole in the afternoon and The evening.

Somalisa Expeditions is another of our popular seasonal camps that brings you face to face with the gentle giants of Africa. In fact, you can sit back in your chair and watch nature come to life in front of you at this camp.

If you would like to bring the whole family along to experience African ellies in all their glory, we recommend considering Somalisa Acacia. A family camp located slightly west of its sister camp, Somalisa. Here you and your family can experience Zimbabwe’s largest nature reserve right in your backyard.

Sometimes they make a grand entrance with trumpet cries and thundering feet, and other times their approach will be almost silent; Either way, being in the presence of these giants will be unforgettable at any age!

Best time to travel: From May to October (during the dry season)

Where to see the rhino

To see Zambia’s last white rhinos, you’ll need to visit Thorntree River Lodge in Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park. Although relatively small compared to other parts of Zambia, this gem located on the banks of the Zambezi River has a very special attraction. In addition to game drives, boat cruises and heart-warming community tours, you can join highly trained trackers to walk alongside a rhino crash, all under 24-hour protection. In this small part of the park, you’ll discover from our local guides and trackers about their work protecting Zambia’s rhino population from poaching and how you can help do the same.

Best time to travel: From May to October (during the dry season)

Where to see the Lion

With its endless palm-fringed islands, meandering waterways and mopane forests, Botswana Okavango Delta unlike anywhere else on Earth. Even from the air, you’ll struggle to comprehend the volume of water that floods northern Botswana each year to create an alluvial fan that stretches beyond all horizons. In the far east of the Delta, on the edge of the immense Moremi game reserve, you will find Khwai Leadwood And Khwai Lediba, quietly nestled in the Khwai community compound. In this rich ecosystem which extends over 180,000 hectares, nature flourishes to feed game of all sizes. And with abundant food, predators like lions thrive.

Go on a sunrise safari to see African Lions stroll along quiet tracks or listen for alarming birds spotting lions sneaking into the water to surprise unsuspecting lechwe or thirsty prey. Known as “tau” in Setswana, lions can be heard from 8km away when they emit vibrating roars in their chests to communicate with pride members or attract mates.

Best time to travel: From May to September (high dry season)

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