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25 January 2022

What's hot for 2022

Here’s our guide to Safari Africa’s most exciting developments in 2022.

As always, we are chomping at the bit to get into the bush! The YZ team heads out every year on extensive educationals, and 2022 is going to be particularly special. We’ll be visiting new camps, old favourites that have been refurbished, and game reserves that we have missed a lot during the past couple of years.

Featuring new property openings and destinations set to enter our radar, this is the YZ hotlist for this year. These have been hand-picked by our team of experts. These are the places they really want to go to (or go back to) in 2022.

If you are interested in visiting any of these lodges or locations, don't hesitate to contact us here, or call us on +44 (0) 208 547 2305 to start planning a safari tailored to you.

1. The rise of Rwanda

“I was lucky enough to visit Rwanda 10 years ago and have an amazing gorilla experience. However, with so much change in recent years with new lodges (Bisate and Singita Kwitonda) and the rise of Akagera National Park (Big Five) and Nyungwe (chimpanzees), Rwanda has really developed into a longer-stay destination!”

Top Rwanda lodges for 2022:

2. Mountain gorillas & hiking in Uganda

“When I last visited Bwindi, Uganda in 2017, I largely stayed around the northern Buhoma sector. Next time around, I see myself staying around the southern Nkuringo sector, before hiking on to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from there. Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (with its gorilla habituation experience) is not to be missed as it has been completely refurbished, whilst the superb Mt. Gahinga Lodge remains a favourite at Mgahinga.”

Top Uganda lodges for 2022:

3. Away from the crowds in Tanzania

“We may have had a socially distanced couple of years, but on safari this is actually an ideal scenario – to enjoy the wildlife away from everyone else! I’d love to return to Ruaha’s dramatic landscapes and enjoy the comparatively undisturbed wildlife sightings. It’s a perfect addition and contrast to the busy, action-packed Serengeti, or you can really get off the beaten track and combine Ruaha with its vast neighbouring park, Nyerere National Park, for an authentic wilderness experience in Tanzania.”

Top Tanzania lodges for 2022:

4. Explore the hype of Zambia

“Located in Zambia, Kafue National Park is a park that we are certainly hearing more and more good things about due to incredible ongoing conservation work. Its diverse range of activities is always a pull for me, and there are some seriously good camps in the park.”

Top Zambia lodges for 2022:


Owner-run and -managed Musekese and Ntewma-Busanga are two at the top of our bucket list for their simple yet experience-focused safari, but a hot air balloon safari over the plains from either Busanga Bush Camp or Shumba sitting on the edge of the Busanga Plains is also up there!

Chiawa Safaris - Chiawa Camp, Old Mondoro & Presidential Chichele

Chiawa Safaris, a long-standing favourite at Yellow Zebra, has taken the covid-pandemic to give its properties a refresh. Chiawa Camp has improved its tents, while Old Mondoro is extending it offerings with additional sleeping areas and interiors in the guest rooms. 

Chiawa Safaris has also taken on board Presidential Chichele in 2022, and it will open for the 2023 safari season after a complete rebuild. It will offer a level of luxury that is rare among the authentic safari properties in the South Luangwa. 

5. Zimbabwe's great game & waterfalls

“Hwange National Park is the perfect destination for anyone wanting an authentic and accessible safari experience. Not only is the game viewing phenomenal, but the guiding levels are among the best on the continent. Top of my list is Somalisa Expeditions and Camp Hwange. Hwange combines perfectly with a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls; and for those wanting a longer safari, it's well worth adding a few days in beautiful Mana Pools NP too.”

Top Zimbabwe lodge for 2022

If you feel inspired to go on a safari this year, please don't hesitate to contact us here, or take a look below at further ideas that could make your 2022 a spectacular one: 

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