Sapi Springs Camp is owned and run by Great Plains. This company prides itself on entirely sustainable conservation tourism, and it’s a bit of a favourite at YZ! The Great Plains portfolio spans Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Kenya’s Maasai Mara as well as Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools (for details of sister camp Sapi Explorers, please click here). The price of your stay at Sapi Springs includes accommodation, all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, all wildlife-viewing activities, one wildlife experience in Mana Pools N.P. for guests staying three nights or longer, transfers between camp and the local airstrip, and a daily laundry service. The camp is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via road transfer from Sapi Airstrip. It has a lovely location within the private Sapi Concession, on the banks of the Sapi river.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SAPI SPRINGS CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of just three tented rooms. All are very comfortable, and set out on two levels. On the lower level, there’s an indoor double or twin bedroom complete with seating area, in addition to an en-suite washroom containing flush toilet, washbasin, and shower. Steps lead up to the upper level, which is open air and nestles into trees. Here, you’ll find a large bed under mosquito netting. This is your sleep-out deck, where you can drift off surrounded by the sounds of nature – it’s a very special experience! Every tent is styled in a similar manner to the tents at Sapi Explorers, inspired by the explorers’ era and featuring safari chairs, Persian rugs, and lots of other little touches to bring out the adventurer in you.
Sapi Springs’ communal spaces also feel close to nature, as they’re positioned in the shade of a big old strangler fig tree. Guests can sink into well-cushioned seating or pull up a safari chair around the camp’s communal dining table in readiness for delicious meals. Various portable sideboards and cabinets are put to use ferrying food and drink down to the riverside, for al fresco dining. During dry season, the riverbed provides a very scenic spot for picnics, birdwatching, reading a book, or simply feeling at peace in the beautiful surroundings.
ACTIVITIES AT SAPI SPRINGS CAMP:
The camp offers the following classic safari activities:
Expertly guided game drivesThe Sapi Concession is made up of over 120,000 hectares of plains, woodlands, and water sources. Four of the Big Five live here – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! Smaller predators and herbivores in residence include hyena, wild dog, zebra, and eland. Every drive from camp is accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, guaranteeing some memorable sightings. Guests staying for three nights or longer can explore Mana Pools too. Renowned as one of Safari Africa’s most interesting national parks, the Pools features an amazing 2,500 square kilometres of riverbanks, sand banks, islets, and of course the pools themselves. It’s a real haven for wildlife!
Walking safarisAlso enjoyed in the presence of an expert guide, walks are perfect for anyone hoping to get to know the smaller lives of the Mana Pools region – its plants, insects, and birds. A few highlights for birders include sand grouse, Lilian’s lovebird, southern carmine bee-eater, and the mysterious Pel’s fishing owl. Moreover, walks involve opportunities to get up close to big game such as elephant, buffalo, and even lion!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.