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Another roundup of the latest and most relevant news we receive from our partners on the ground in Africa - collated and curated for you in our Timeless Africa Highlights for May 2023.

Atzaro Okavango, Botswana

Atzaro Okavango by African Bush Camps, Botswana

A new camp, new age limits, and a safari to make an impression forever.

As a guest at the state-of-the-art safari camp, you’ll be able to experience year-round sightings of iconic African wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, giraffe, lechwe, and hippo. Our premier destination is ideal for safari enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, offering a private and exclusive experience, irrespective of the number of people you’re traveling with.

The camp is powered entirely by solar energy, offering the perfect balance of sustainable living and opulent comfort. Indulge in their on-site wellness spa, maintain your fitness routine in our fully equipped gym, or take a refreshing dip in our expansive 20m pool. Each luxurious tent comes with air-conditioning, private plunge pools, and Wi-Fi, ensuring that you never have to compromise on modern amenities while enjoying the serenity of the African wilderness. Their remote location is easily accessible by helicopter ride.

Included in Rates:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, except premium imported spirits and champagne
  • Laundry
  • Morning, afternoon & night game drives, walking safaris and mokoro safaris (subject to water levels)

Walkers Plains River Camp, South Africa

Walkers Plains River Camp, Timbavati is opening on 25 June 2023, this camp promises to offer an unparalleled game experience.

The lodge is managed jointly by the much respected and experienced twin brothers, Steve Walker as general manager, and James Walker as operations manager, both of whom are qualified guides. They are committed to ensuring that every guest has a unique and unforgettable experience during their stay at the camp.

Located in the heart of the Timbavati, alongside the world-famous Kruger National Park, the camp is perfectly positioned for easy access.

With a strong focus on conservation and the protection of endangered species in those areas, your experience is a holistic one.

  • 20 minutes from the Hoedspruit Eastgate airport or 15 minutes from the Rockfig airstrip
  • 8 rooms in total; including 2, two-bedroom family rooms (max capacity 16)
  • Children 8 years and older are welcome

Thornybush Kamara House, South Africa

Thornybush Kamara House opened in May 2023, Kamara House is the newest luxury safari accommodation in the Thornybush Nature Reserve and is part of Game Lodge’s upcoming refurbishment. A private house overlooking a small riverbed, it’s perfect for multigenerational families or small groups.

From the moment you arrive, everything is taken care of by our friendly staff and your dedicated butler, so you can spend the day relaxing on sun loungers with your book or watch passing wildlife from the rim-flow plunge pool. Close to Game Lodge, you can stroll across to the Spa for a wellness massage or pre-lunch drinks on the main deck.

Meals are prepared by your personal chef and served alfresco-style outside or in the spacious dining area. Each dish is created using the freshest ingredients with little to beat the smell of home-baked bread wafting through the house as you arrive back from your morning game drive.

Two bedrooms are connected to the main area of the house and one of them has an interleading children’s bedroom so little ones can sleep close by.

Babohi Lodge, South Africa

Babohi Lodge at Qwabi Private Game Reserve opens , South Africa

Babohi Lodge officially opened its doors on 5 May 2023.

BABOHI is a distinguished lodge exclusively for adults, topped with excellent dining and polished service. This highly modern and inviting retreat displays earthy tones, wooden finishes and warm fabrics that merge with modern coppers, marble finishes and sophisticated hues that allude to the African skies.

  • Full board – including two daily game drives.
  • Complimentary return transfer from OR Tambo Airport and anywhere within 300km from the lodge
  • Signature make your Own cocktail DIY Kit for arrival in room

There are 25 rooms at BABOHI, with five room categories, ranging from Deluxe Rooms to Premium Rooms, Suites and Luxury Suites, as well as an opulent Presidential-Style Suite.

JW Marriott Lodge, Maasai Mara

Set on the banks of the Talek river on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, JW Marriott’s first luxury safari lodge in Kenya is set to welcome its first guests on 1st April 2023.

The ideal location for a regenerative mind, body and spiritual journey, the property offers guests access to the world-famous wilderness experiences of the Masai Mara, whilst positively impacting the land and Maasai people.

The lodge’s twenty canvas-topped tents, bar, lounge, dining area, spa, and fitness centre are all designed to invite guests to be present, connect with nature and enjoy a holistic, wellness-forward stay. Local, seasonal ingredients from the organic garden are the focus of the gourmet menu, paired with an extensive wine/cocktail menu for guests to enjoy after a day exploring the Masai Mara.


  • Day game drives
  • Bush meals
  • Cultural community visits
  • Guided bush walks
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Spa treatments
  • Sundowners
  • Children’s Activities


  • Swimming pool
  • Photographic studio
  • Spa & fitness centre
  • Experience centre
  • Cultural deck
  • Organic garden

Singita Milele Villa, Serengeti

Singita Milele – a breathtaking 5-bedroom villa in the Serengeti will open its doors in May 2024.

Enjoying a secluded setting on Sasakwa Hill, the exclusive-use villa’s expansive configuration offers an unparalleled new opportunity to experience this wilderness in full. It will feature individually designed suites inspired by some of the region’s most iconic species – as well as private terraces, outdoor showers, jacuzzis, a 10-person movie room, and an oversized infinity pool.

Private Villa at Sanctuary Tambarare, Laikipia

New Private Villa at Sanctuary Tambarare, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia

The recently opened Sanctuary Tambarare on Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia will open the doors of its new private villa in July 2023.

Offering privacy in the heart of the bush, the two-bedroom private villa will provide a perfect safari stay for families or small groups of up to six guests travelling together. Guests of the villa will enjoy exclusive use of a vehicle and private guide along with meals served in the villa or al fresco under the stars, prepared by a private chef.

In-room facilities:

  • Two ensuite bedrooms (king beds)
  • Floor-to-ceiling views from each bedroom
  • Indoor & outdoor lounges
  • Dining area & bar
  • Private deck
  • Boma

Khwai Lediba Camp, Botswana

As you may be aware, in July of this year, we are very excited to be opening a brand new camp in the Khwai region of Botswana.

Lediba means lagoon, with the camp looking at multiple lagoons. Lediba is elegantly designed, with spacious interiors and a great location in the Khwai Community Concession. The new lodge will accommodate up to 16 guests and will feature environmentally friendly tented accommodations equipped with modern furnishings and amenities. Each of the 6 double rooms and 1 family unit will have an en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a private deck, luxurious bedding, and more.

The central camp includes a pool, dining area with an open kitchen, and bar with a sunken lounge. Meals, cocktails, and bubbly will be served indoors or al fresco on a deck surrounded by sycamore and leadwood trees with stunning views across the river.

Important to know, the age restriction is 12 years and older

Mokete Wilderness Camp, Botswana

On the great expanse of the vast Mababe Concession, Botswana only one safari camp sits: Wilderness Mokete. Opening September 2023. Picture vast herds of wildlife, predators following in their wake. You’re always on the edge of your seat, peering through your fingertips, certain you don’t want to miss a thing. This is not a safari for the faint of heart.

Forget conventional safari times. We’ll pack you a bush lunch to enjoy with zebras and elephants, ensuring you never miss a moment of the action. In camp, enjoy a sundowner overlooking the uninterrupted grassland, the curvature of the Earth discernible on the distant horizon. Or sit suspended under the stars for an alfresco dining experience, reminiscing over the marsh owls you spotted earlier.

Situated between two national parks, Mokete sits in a privileged position. Nutrient -rich grasses are fed with a constant supply of water, supporting an amazing ecosystem with great herds, an abundance of predators and a plethora of birdlife. Every year the marsh is replenished, welcoming wildlife from all directions in search of this precious life source.

Sitatunga Private Island Camp and Suite, Botswana

Great Plains Sitatunga Private Island Camp and Suite, Botswana is opening in July 2023.

Set on the edge of a stunning lagoon in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Many of our guests now ask for ‘slow safaris’ and want to get out on the water of this famous inland delta. So, after nearly two years of planning, designing and building, we will open in mid-July this year.

The main living space in each suite is of a much larger (fish trap) basket design, constructed up in the thick ebony canopy, as that reference. The lighter woods and misty green and blue décor picks up the reeds and water elements as interiors and the discovered antique carpets, not red as we often like, but with light blues to match.

But of course, as the name suggests, this is the place of sitatungas, where you can sit in your tree house and watch these strange creatures down below as they move around on elongated hooves and with shaggy coats – ignoring everyone.

Sitatunga Private Island Camp and the 2-bedroomed Sitatunga Private Island Suite share a design steeped in storytelling and purposeful design, with attention to detail and what we pride ourselves in – that personal touch.

Horse riding at the Ngorongoro rim

Kaskazi Horse Safaris is in partnership with Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge.

Exploring the charming region of Rhotia Valley, the outer slopes of Ngorongoro crater, the cultural village of Tloma, and the expanse of coffee plantations and farming communities by horseback. Those with little riding experience can enjoy a gentle hack along the iron-rich soils, following historical trails, enjoy the genuine farming culture and relish in the beauty of its surroundings. Led by experienced guides and professionally trained horses, one can explore the meandering paths and enjoy a thrilling gallop up the slopes of the Ngorongoro highlands.

An activity the whole family can enjoy, suitable for complete beginners as well as advanced riders.

The rides are also available for day visitors and guests of surrounding lodges.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge's makeover

Sabi Sabi proudly presents the latest upgrades and renovations of their  Bush Lodge Luxury Suites.

The Suites take on an elevated aesthetic that blends the richness of African heritage with a touch of luxury and will make you feel right at home in the heart of nature. Inspired by the surrounding environment, the spacious suites have been tastefully transformed, infusing botanical elements, natural tones and rich fabrics crafted by local artisans.

Designed with comfort and relaxation in mind, every suite features a lavish king-size bed, a soaking tub with a stunning view, and an elegant drinks cabinet with a selection of refreshing beverages to enjoy on your private patio.

Two-day beds, adorned with earthy hues, effortlessly transform into cozy single beds with mosquito drapes, making our suites an excellent choice for families with children.

Amber Suite at Sabi Sabi at Earth Lodge

The recently unveiled, expansive Amber Suite, one of the largest in the Sabi Sabi Collection, has been thoughtfully designed to provide a serene and unforgettable family getaway surrounded by captivating natural beauty.

Drawing inspiration from the existing Earth Lodge Suites, the visionary team at Dakota Designs has meticulously curated every detail, resulting in a harmonious blend of sophistication and raw elegance.

With two bedrooms and two bathrooms (main en-suite), spanning an impressive 240m2, the Amber Villa is the ideal space for families yearning for complete privacy. The spacious lounge area features bespoke décor pieces, perfect for luxuriating in understated elegance. The daybed in the lounge can be easily converted into an additional single bed, accommodating even more family members. For those needing to attend to work commitments, a timber desk and swivel chair create a convenient temporary office space.

Leading from the expansive living area, the terrace lounge provides a vantage point to take in the views of the surrounding natural splendour. Complete with timber fans gently rotating above the oversized couches and leather hanging sling chairs, this space invites moments of togetherness and connection while being immersed in the wild.

The main suite, with its original carved Matumi headboard, boasts a cosy lounge nook and a dressing table. Adjacent to this, a generously proportioned dressing room leads to a private fitness area

equipped with basic workout equipment (including treadmill, light weights and spinning bike) enabling guests to stay active while on vacation. While the main suite guarantees privacy, it also offers access to the dressing room and fitness area, allowing the entire family to enjoy these facilities. The main  bathroom, which has endless views of the bushveld, features a luxurious freestanding bath and double shower, with walls cladded in earthy hues and copper accents.

The second bedroom comfortably accommodates two people and includes a dressing and vanity area.

Adjacent to the second bedroom is a bathroom equipped with a shower.

Enhancing the sensory oasis, a modern quartz floor that is cool underfoot, solid Kiaat timber vanities, and polished stone basins beautifully contrast against the textured walls, immersing guests in a tactile experience.

For those who wish to explore, the Amber Villa offers exclusive access to a private game vehicle, reserved solely for the suite’s guests. With a dedicated game ranger and skilled tracker, families can enjoy safari adventures tailored to their preferences and interests.

Designed through eco-care to heighten the art of living, this haven offers its guests the unsurpassed combination of exclusivity and the ultimate in safari luxury.

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge welcomes guests aged 13 years and over.

Mala Mala Rattray Camp Reopens

Mala Mala is excited to announce that Rattray’s Camp, the jewel in the MalaMala crown, has reopened following an extensive renovation completed early in May 2023.

The purpose of the renovation was to rejuvenate and breathe renewed life into the suites, facilities and hospitality of the camp, while still maintaining the essence of timeless, old-world charm for which Rattray’s Camp is so cherished. The suites are ensconced amongst ancient trees, immersed in nature on the banks of the Sand River. The suites provide privacy, peace and tranquillity and have undergone a reinvigorating ‘facelift’.

The Centre stage is the Rattray’s Camp deck, with panoramic views of the Sand River. A serene location from which to observe the dynamic wildlife activity at the river or enjoy an elegant outdoor dining experience


Pro Flight connecting Lusaka and Cape Town

From 1 July Pro Flight will connect Lusaka and Cape Town on Tuesdays and Sundays

  • Lusaka – Cape Town: 08h00 // 11h30
  • Cape Town – Lusaka: 12h15 // 15h35


Sao Paulo Flights to resume

At last, South Africa will once more have a direct link with South America when LATAM Brazil re-starts its flights on September 4 this year.

After a three-year break, during which there were no direct South-to-South flights, the Latin American carrier will start operating the route with three flights a week, JNB to GRU.

  • LA8059 will depart Johannesburg at 12h50 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving Sao Paulo at 18h55.
  • LA8058 will depart Sao Paulo at 17h25 on Monday, Thursday and Sunday, arriving Johannesburg at
  • 08h10 the following day.

The aircraft used on the JNB route will be a Boeing 787-900, in a three-class configuration. Previously, the airline deployed an Airbus A350-900 on the route, but those aircraft were disposed of during the Chapter 11 restructuring the airline underwent after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kerala Estate Cottage, Bains Kloof

Escape to Unspoilt Luxury at Kerala, Bainskloof’s Exclusive-Use Mountain Reserve

Bainskloof, Cape Town – Kerala, an exclusive-use mountain reserve, is now publicly available to discerning families looking for a luxurious escape. Nestled at the foothills of the Bainskloof Mountains, Kerala offers a unique mountain setting, untamed luxury, and exceptional service to its guests.

For the past decade, Kerala has been a private retreat for a local Capetonian’s family and friends. But starting this year, Kerala is open to both local and international families who are looking for an unforgettable mountain getaway.

With five generous suites across two iconic houses, Kerala is perfect for up to 10 adults and 6 children. The property boasts four pristine gardens with access to a “magical” river garden, and 1,000 hectares of unspoiled mountains to explore. A dedicated team is on hand to ensure guests receive the highest degree of service excellence, including hosts, private chefs, butlers, and nature guides.

Co-owner and curator Keri Paddock said, “We created Kerala to offer a unique mountain luxury experience to families who seek an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. We are proud to now share Kerala with the world.”

Escape to Kerala and experience the untamed luxury and natural beauty of Bainskloof’s exclusive-use mountain reserve.


Bushtracks returns to full steam

The signature Steam Safaris are back in full swing, and are fully operational in both Livingstone, Zambia, and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe! Following a very successful launch event, both of the trains resumed their bi-weekly runs on both sides of the Victoria Falls Bridge with an eager and enthusiastic reception. Guests are treated to a delightful five-course dinner, paired with decadent wines as the train chugs through the national park under a starlit African sky.

Khwai River Lodge is closing

Upon careful consideration, the team at Khwai River Lodge has confirmed that Khwai River Lodge will be closing its operations as a Belmond safari on 4 October 2023.

For existing reservations between now and 4 October 2023 at Khwai River Lodge, this news has no impact on the operations and the guest experience. Your guests will have an equally outstanding experience as all our other guests over the years.

No new reservations will be taken for stays after 4 October 2023 at Khwai River Lodge.

Conde Naste Traveller Hot List

We are pleased to see African Hotels featured on: The best new hotels in the World: 2023 Hot List by Conde Naste Traveller

  • Wilderness Vumbura Plains in Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Lolebezi Lodge in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
  • andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge in Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Future Found Sanctuary in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Duke’s Camp in Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Onguma Camp Kala in Onguma Private Game Reserve, Namibia

Duke's Camp

Future Found Sanctuary

Future Found Sanctuary

Onguma Camp Kala

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