A new year marks the start of list-making. And we’ve just concocted the ultimate list of lodges to visit in the coming year. 2016 has spoiled us with some fantastic openings and 2017 will just keep adding on to the varied collection of lodges that peppers the African continent. Without further ado, let’s dive into our list of must-visit lodges.
Angama Mara, Kenya
Angama Mara, inspired by the Swahili word for “suspended in mid-air” is a fitting name for this unique lodge set on the edge of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Each of the tented suites have 180° view overlooking the expansive Maasai Mara which is 300 meters below; guests are sure to be spoilt by wildlife viewing, particularly come July when the Great Migration arrives for its yearly four-month stay.
If the setting of Angama Mara looks familiar, it is because some of the most memorable scenes of “Out of Africa” were filmed here.
Mambeti Camp, Zambia
The latest addition to Norman Carr Safaris is the highly anticipated Mambeti Camp in Zambia. Located in the Liuwa Plain, the area is truly untouched and safari enthusiast know it to be one of Africa’s ultimate safari destinations. Whilst mobile safaris have been known to make their way in the region, the Mambeti Camp will be the first permanent lodge in the area. In true Norman Carr Safaris style, expect comfort and luxury throughout. Most importantly, be prepared to be wowed by the region’s famed lions, prolific cheetahs, expansive hyena population, wild dogs and its kaleidoscope of wildlife.
The Highlands, Tanzania
Though the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has become increasingly popular, The Highlands is all about privacy and escape. Located on the edge of the mountain, by the Olmoti volcano, this stylish camp boasts 8 spacious and contemporary canvas-and-glass domed suites; the perfect mix of luxury and wilderness.
The region has a lot to offer in addition to its incredible wildlife viewing: climbing the Olmoti, descending into the Empakaai and Ngorongoro craters, meeting the local Maasai…
Chobe Water Villas, Namibia
A surprising and welcome addition is Chobe Water Villas. Located along the Botswana-Namibia-Zambia and Zimbabwe border, the property offers an uncommon accommodation: water villas! Perched atop the Chobe River and overlooking the lush Chobe National Park, the Namibia-based property is located next to the home of 50.000 elephants, which roam freely. Renowned Sedudu Island is just a boat ride away and offers the greatest density of wildlife of any river system.
Gomoti Plains Camp, Botswana
Opening in March 2017, this new camp in the Okavango Delta offers an intimate retreat along the river system. Located on the edge of the Gomoti river system, the Gomoti Plains Camp will spoil guests with its classical comfort and incredible wildlife viewing. The camp will be similar in style to sister property Machaba Camp and will offer 10 luxury safari tents.