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.