Sapi Explorers Camp

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Overview

As a privately-run wildlife reserve, the 120 000-hectare Sapi Concession is a leading example of conservation-based tourism in Africa. Lying next to Zimbabwe’s legendary Mana Pools National Park, Sapi is a refuge for the big mammals of the Zambezi landscape like elephants, hippos, lions, rhino and buffalo. An area of abundant game and birdlife, this is a wild and remote part of Zimbabwe and is recommended for seasoned safari travellers looking for a unique and off-the-beaten-path wildlife experience.

A degree of adventurous spirit is essential for a stay at Sapi Explorers Camp. Set in the concession itself, the camp is unfenced and lies along a twist of the Zambezi River complete with snorting hippos and basking crocodiles. Game drives are only part of the offering: you can also explore on foot with armed rangers and paddle a canoe down the river. The standard of guiding is very high and you will be in the company of expert guides and local trackers as well as friendly hosts and lodge staff.

Sapi Explorers is a small camp – there are only five tents, each a large and welcoming suite with a private bathroom and views over the Zambezi. There is plenty of comfort and convenience at Sapi Explorers, and families with children over 12 will find much to see and do here.

Highlights

  • Private wildlife reserve with exclusive game viewing in Zimbabwe
  • One of southern Africa’s best wildlife regions near Mana Pools
  • Reliable sightings of big cats, wild dogs, elephants, hippos and buffalo
  • Game drives, bush walks, canoe and boat trips with expert guides and trackers

Activities

  • Boat-based safaris
  • Canoeing
  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris

Rooms

Tented Suite

There are only five tented suites at Sapi Explorers Camp, each sleeping two and set on the banks of the Zambezi River. They are modelled on the ‘explorers’ accommodation of the past – large, roomy walk-in tents with their own en suite bathroom where you will find a traditional bucket shower and a modern flush toilet.

There is a large double bed (twin configuration is available), a writing desk, carpets on the floor and wooden furniture and art pieces to complete the mood. Electric lighting and a fan are among the comforts inside; outside you will find a private seating area with a pair of chairs and unbridled views of the Zambezi.

Facilities

Sapi Explorers Camp lies quite literally a stone’s throw from the Zambezi River; its large communal tent flows out onto soft beach sand and down to the river itself. This is where you will meet and socialise with fellow guests and enjoy your meals together, served either inside or outside depending on the weather. There are comfortable chairs and couches to relax in, reference books to use and a small but well-appointed bar. You will also enjoy a complimentary laundry service, available daily, and there is a battery-recharging station at the main lodge.

Dining

You will begin the day early with tea and coffee and a light breakfast before your first safari activity, returning to a handsome brunch or lunch, depending on the season. Expect hearty, home-cooked dishes served inside or outside as the weather dictates. You have access to tea and coffee throughout the day and can look forward to chilled drinks and snacks at sunset. The evening dinner is a 3-course affair, served by firelight and with house wines.

All dietary requirements are catered for and the lodge is very flexible on meal times – you can even enjoy breakfasts and lunches served out in the bush away from camp.

General facilities

  • Bucket showers
  • Laundry service
  • Safe
  • Solar power

Rates

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Dates Board Price
2019-04-01 — 2019-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $840
2019-11-01 — 2019-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $525

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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