How does an off-the-grid safari sound? Do you dream of immersing yourself in the untouched nature of the remote African wilderness? Perhaps you have ticked off the big bucket list experiences and want to explore the roads less travelled in Africa. Our travel experts have picked some of the best places to stay for an off-the-grid safari experience in Africa.
Magashi Camp, Rwanda
Overlooking a beautiful lake in Rwanda's diverse Akagera National Park, Magashi Camp offers luxury accommodation in one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa.
Magashi’s home is 6,000 exclusive-use hectares of Akagera National Park, like Rwanda itself, a miraculous story of survival and regeneration. Drive across one of the most lovely, calming landscapes imaginable, for up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters.
Insider tip:"Combine the gorilla experience at Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge with the spectacular savannah safari at Wilderness Safaris' Magashi Camp."
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
Set on a range of remote hills overlooking the great expanse of Lake Kariba, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is a hidden paradise just waiting to be discovered.
Offering luxurious lakeview rooms, Bumi Hills provides a truly immersive off-the-grid safari wildlife experience amongst the peace and quiet of this remote area. Not only is the shoreline of Lake Kariba wildlife-rich, but the lodge's proximity to the unspoilt and unparalleled Mutusadona National Park provides endless game viewing. Despite this area being less travelled, Matusadona still offers sightings of the Big 5.
Insider tip: "Bumi Hills is one of a collection of African Bush Camps properties across Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Light aircraft flights combine the camps and lodges easily, allowing a full experience of the region."
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Tanzania
The remote and romantic Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is cradled in the heart of a lush mahogany forest, offering an exciting, interpretive off-the-grid safari experience in game-rich surroundings.
Each luxurious stilted treehouse promises exclusivity in a remote and secluded area of Lake Manyara National Park. In fact, the lodge is the only one in this scenic and wildlife-rich park. The 10 stilted treehouses that float in a sea of green boast a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance with elegant décor, outdoor showers and freestanding baths with an incredible forest view.
Insider tip:"The lodge offers you the chance to spend an evening under a blanket of a million stars, on an unforgettable sleepout adventure, beyond your average fly camping experience."
With just 6 luxury villas, each raised on a wooden platform, this lodge promises absolute exclusivity and total immersion in the vast landscape of this untouched wilderness area. Thanks to their remoteness, you feel totally spoilt as you enjoy the abundant wildlife sightings all to yourself, including the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, a famous lion pride and a growing cheetah population.
Insider tip:"Combine your stay at King Lewanika with Time and Tide Chinzombo for the ultimate luxury Zambian safari. Add on a beach stay too at Time + Tide Miavana, a luxury lodge in Madagascar."
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
Set in the heart of the untamed Damaraland region, Desert Rhino Camp is surrounded by rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants and iconic scrubby vegetation.
The camp offers 8 large, luxury Meru-style tents raised from the ground, guaranteeing remoteness and exclusivity in the vast north Namibian wilderness. These beautiful canvas tents open onto a veranda which offer panoramic views of the dramatic, alien landscape. What's more, Desert Rhino Camo is one of the last remaining places on earth to see the critically endangered black rhinos which freely roam the area. Here you'll also discover a diverse array of desert-adapted wildlife that survive in this stark and barren landscape.
Insider tip:"Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with the local community and Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), so a portion of the camp's revenue goes to the Trust and its conservation operations."
Ngaga Camp, Republic of Congo
Set in the Ndzehi Concession, Ngaga Camp is in a forested area just outside Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of the Congo. Ngaga is a focal point for world-class primate research and offers unforgettable primate encounters. This camp offers the rare opportunity to visit gorillas in a habitat barely touched by humanity.
This intimate camp has only 6 en-suite bungalows, built in the local style and perched in the tree canopy. From here you can head straight out into the forest for your gorilla tracking experience.
If your wild side is feeling ignited, why not start planning your off-the-grid safari by contacting our Travel Experts.