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The YZ Hotlist: Top New Camp Openings in Africa

27 December 2018

Drum roll, please…… It’s time for us to unveil the good, the groundbreaking, and the things that are making us beyond excited for 2019. A few areas, in particular within Zimbabwe, are completely reinventing themselves, while our forever-reliable destinations such as Zambia and South Africa are seeing some superb new lodge openings – and all are well worth a visit next year!

Below, we present our top new properties that should definitely be on your travel wish list. Contact us now to book a stay, ensuring you'll be among the first safarists to experience everything they have to offer – the service, accommodation, and expert guides! 

1. NYAMATUSI CAMP, MANA POOLS, ZIMBABWE

OPENING APRIL 2019: David Attenborough in Mana Pools with the wild dog… did you see the documentary? That footage alone is enough to make anyone want to visit this remote northern area of Zimbabwe. Featuring mahogany and acacia forests casting wildlife-filled shade along the banks of the Zambezi river, Mana Pools National Park earns a place at the top of any must-see list. Soon-to-open Nyamatusi Camp will offer a luxurious and family-focused safari experience in this stunning part of Africa’s heartland.

2. CHIKWENYA, MANA POOLS, ZIMBABWE

OPENING APRIL 2019: As if in preparation for the popularity that Zimbabwe is about to enjoy, Wilderness Safaris has opened another new camp in Mana Pools – Chikwenya. Set overlooking the mighty Zambezi and with mind-boggling views of the Rift Valley mountains beyond, this beautiful camp offers a lovely haven from which to explore Mana. Go on a classic game drive, head out on a walking safari, canoe down the river, or witness a different side of the wildlife on a night safari – Chikwenya aims to thrill!

3. MPALA JENA CAMP, ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE

New kid on the block, Mpala Jena is a welcome addition to the luxurious river-fronted camps in the Victoria Falls and Zambezi region. However, unlike other deluxe lodges here, this new lodge is located on the Zimbabwean side – Zim really is making its comeback. Enter the canvas tents and you’ll note Moroccan influences, striking wildlife artwork, and elegant interiors… then venture outside and you’ll be rewarded with expertly guided safaris, and access to the world’s largest waterfall.

4. MAPAZI CAMP, SOUTH LUANGWA, ZAMBIA

Set up by renowned (female!) safari guide Deb Tittle, Mapazi Camp is right on trend. Focusing purely on walking safaris, it’s remote, peaceful, and entirely authentic, making it a brilliant choice for a high-impact safari in Zambia. There are just three Meru-style tents, and the luxuries take the form of the quality and knowledge of the guiding. The daily walks are tailored to the abilities and interests of each individual party, so guests are treated to a truly bespoke experience in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.

5. SINGITA KWITONDA, VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

Bookings are now open for the new and breathtaking Singita Kwitonda lodge in Rwanda. The opening of this property in late 2019 opens the door to gorilla trekking with utter sophistication. The next chapter in Singita’s conservation story, Kwitonda aims to help improve the buffer area between the agricultural plots and human encroachment, in turn protecting the habitat of the estimated 320 mountain gorillas that live in the sanctuary of the Volcanoes National Park.

6. &BEYOND TENGILE, SABI SAND GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

Having opened this month, the sumptuous &Beyond Tengile River Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, on the unfenced border with Kruger National Park. The property’s name means ‘tranquil’ in the local Tsonga language, and Tengile is just that, with an extremely light footprint and an environmentally friendly build. With nine suites, all raised above the ground with exceptional views, the lodge is absolutely ideal for a romantic South Africa safari.

If you are interested in visiting any of these brand new properties, contact us on +1 855 225 1155 or at [email protected] to start planning your Africa safari adventure today.