AFRICA'S BEST

2019

Planning a safari adventure to Africa can be quite a daunting task, what with an abundance of camps & lodges that are spectacular to the first impression yet sometimes an intimidating prospect when you wondered whether you chose wisely. We give you the lowdown of 10 of our favorites for 2019 and more....

Ivory Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Why We Love It:

With just 8 villas, an intimate experience appreciating the wondrous landscapes ensue. Coupled with the "Million stars experience" of staying in a romantic Tree House, the Ivory Lodge promises and extraordinary experience of immaculate luxury in wildlife-rich domains of Kruger National Park. 

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Best Time To Visit:

Between April to September at the beginning or the end of the dry season where vegetation are sparse and water levels low due to the lack of rain, resulting in increased opportunities to spot wildlife at the watering holes. 

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Serengeti Bushtops Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Why We Love It:

Just 15 miles away from the famous Mara River crossing directly in the path of the spectacular wildebeest migration, the Serengeti Bushtops Camp offers a privileged location and setting for a "ringside seat" to the incredible event where only until recently, Northern Serengeti only allows mobile camps. 11 tents and 2 family tents are offered here furnished in just the right touches that do not overwhelm. 

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Best Time To Visit:

Late June to September where the wildebeest migration takes place across from Northern Serengeti into the Masai Mara in Kenya. With little to no rainfall, this is the dry season offering pleasant temperature for a safari adventure. Although this coincides with the peak season, it should not deter your experience if you book early

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Mkulumadzi Lodge, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Why We Love It:

Located in a private concession within Majete Wildlife Reserve, one of Africa's greatest conservation story and a secret Big 5 safari destination, the Mkulumadzi Lodge offers the ultimate in isolation and luxury away from the crowds. We never intended to share this secret but the safari experience coupled with the magical Kapichira Falls are more than a treat.

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Best Time To Visit:

May to August for the dry cool season until September where temperature gradually increases and rain starts to return. A safari journey to Majete Wildlife Reserve is often complimented with an experience of the stunning black tea plantations and a luxuriating retreat on the almost-too-perfect Lake Malawi. 

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andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

Why We Love It:

Back with a bang after an extensive refurbishment. One of our all-time favorite camps is set in the dramatic location for the final scene of "Out of Africa". The epitome of tented luxury, andBeyond Bateleur Camp comprises just two intimate camps of nine tented suites each, set among the forests on the edge of the Masai Mara.  

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Best Time To Visit:

July to Sep for the migratory hordes of the wildebeest migration and after the intense journey from the Serengeti, the mating season begins, not without some fierce competition among the dominant males. Expect plenty of predatory action to take place as the apex predators look to capitalize on the weak and injured. 

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andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Why We Love It:

Quite a mouthful, Nxabega for short is another andBeyond property that makes the list here set within an exclusive 7,000 hectares private wildlife concession looking out over expansive lagoons where elephants and occasional predators roam freely. A "combination camp" with game drive safaris and mokoro and boating activities, the stunning camp is the place to be off and in green season where game viewing is superb.

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Best Time To Visit:

May to September during the dry cool season with virtually no rainfall. The lesser vegetation during this period offers more opportunities to spot wildlife that concentrate around the waterholes and rivers. June is especially a great month for sightings of African Wild Dogs, the undoubted stars of the Okavango where during this time, the alpha pair will look for dens for new arrivals into the family. 

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Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Why We Love It:

Immaculate exclusivity beckons at the Chindeni Bushcamp. With just 4 tented suites, the camp is sited above a permanent oxbow lagoon blending perfectly into the surroundings. From its design to its hospitality, we also appreciate its walking safaris opportunities that allows you a more intimate experience of South Luangwa National Park.

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Best Time To Visit:

Late May to October during the dry season when skies are blue, barely a drop of rain and cool temperature that keeps the mozzies away. While the camp is open from May to December, the most incredible time for wildlife viewing happens during these 4 months window when animals gather in numbers around the water bodies. 

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Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Why We Love It:

Quite frankly, the epitome of the highest standards of luxury as Rwanda's first luxury lodge and for its stunning architecture and location on the edge of the UNESCO-listed Virungas Massif - home to the fascinating Mountain Gorillas. While this is one of the most expensive safari lodges in the world, conservation efforts and positive tourism impacts needs to be administered for the future of this fragile balance of human and wildlife. 

The Damage:

Best Time To Visit:

June to September to avoid the heavy rainfalls and a more comfortable period for hiking. Despite that, showers are still expected due to Rwanda's equatorial location and the tropical rainforests that the gorillas reside. Shoulder seasons in May and Oct are still good while being easier on your pockets since we reckoned the Bisate Lodge is once-in-a-lifetime material. 

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Somalisa Acacia, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Why We Love It:

Just 4 tented units including 2 Family units makes the Somalisa Acacia one of the most family-friendly camps in Africa with easy-on-the-pocket rates for all seasons in one of the densest wildlife regions in Africa renowned for some of the largest herds of elephant populations. 

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Best Time To Visit:

May to October for the dry cool weather once again that is experienced in southern Africa. The thinned vegetation allows more opportunities to spot the teeming wildlife that calls Hwange National Park home. 

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Hatari Lodge, Momella Lakes, Tanzania

Why We Love It:

Probably no other lodges or camps enjoys a more enviable location in Tanzania. Sandwiched between the eastern boundaries of Arusha National Park, the flamingo-dominated Momella Lakes and the majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Hatari Lodge combines a blend of contemporary, retro and African design to create a comfortable lodge for many an experience of wildlife, mountaineering and flamingo photography. What is there not to love about Hatari? 

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Best Time To Visit:

While the far away Lake Natron that borders Tanzania and Kenya is the main flamingo-spotting destination, huge population of flamingos nest and feed at the Momella Lakes while offering you the opportunities to visit the teeming wildlife of Arusha National Park. September to December provides the best season for flamingo viewing with shallower waters of the Momella Lakes preferred by these fascinating wading birds. 

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Little Ongava, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Why We Love It:

Unquestionably Namibia's most luxurious camp in a commanding location in the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Little Ongava inside the 30,000 hectare Ongava private game reserve offers only 3 villa units ensuring a very private and exclusive experience in the domain of desert-adapted lions, elephants, black and white rhinos.  

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Best Time To Visit:

Without a doubt, May to August offers the coolest and driest period of the year to experience the fascinating desert-adapted wildlife of Etosha National Park. While September is still excellent, the temperate gets warmer during the day. Large congregation of animals gather at waterholes that makes it more predictable for game viewing. 

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Planning a journey in Africa is unique and for the team at Beyond X Boundaries, it matters even more so crafting an exceptional safari experience in Africa. Depending on the seasons and many other factors, different combinations can be applied to go together with the above incredible camps. CONTACT US for a detailed presentation of a bespoke Africa experience specially curated for you. 

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