Sapi Explorers Camp & Sapi Springs Camp, Sapi Private Reserve (Great Plains Conservation)


The 120,000-hectare private Sapi concession was awarded to Great Plains Conservation to manage and look after in 2016 and was immediately converted to operating as a private photographic reserve.

This amazing wildlife sanctuary, along with the neighbouring Mana Pools National Park, now comprise over 337,000 hectares of prime protected wilderness. Collectively they form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the core of the Middle-Zambezi Biosphere Reserve.

Great Plains Conservation have created two beautiful camps within the Sapi Private Reserve:-

Sapi Explorers Camp, perfectly located along the Zambezi River, offers a base to explore the Sapi Reserve, Mana Pools and the Zambezi River. With only 5 Explorers-style tents, each with en-suite shower and flush toilet, Sapi Explorers Camp offers a safari experience reminiscent of the old African explorers, the perfect combination of romance, adventure and discovery.

The focus of your stay is exploring one of Africa’s remote wilderness areas on foot and on wildlife-viewing drives as well as canoeing and boating on the Zambezi River. Traverse Sapi’s diverse terrain by vehicle or on foot, discovering the legendary Mtawatawa Pan, and encountering some of Africa’s largest wildlife species. Guests have the opportunity to experience up-close encounters with elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, eland, zebra and other ungulate species. This is also prime bird watching country and opportunities abound for guests to spot resident and migrant species especially in the early morning and late afternoons.

Explore the Zambezi River by canoe and boat, watch as wildlife congregates along the river to drink and marvel at the setting of the African sun.

Activities during your stay include the opportunity to overnight at Sapi Springs Camp  which is located inland along the seasonal Sapi River.

Here, guests have the opportunity to sleep in the open-air, on a raised platform, under a canopy of indigenous trees.

Three guest rooms offer a large comfortable bed, elegantly set under a mosquito net, on raised outdoor sleeping platform. In addition, each room has a ground level sitting area, second bedroom and “en-suite” bathroom facility that includes a flush toilet and shower. The beauty of this camp is the experience of sleeping safely under the African stars, shaded by tangle of tree branches. The thrill of listening to the night’s sounds, and being so close to nature, is an experience not to be missed.

The main area of the camp is set in the open-air under the shade of a Strangler Fig. There is something about being under those huge trees that puts you completely at ease and makes Sapi Springs Camp the perfect place to spend the afternoon relaxing, reading a book and watching as Lillian’s lovebirds, sand grouse and other birds visit the spring.

In addition to relaxing in camp, time at Sapi Springs is spent walking and exploring on foot, intermixed with wildlife drives in open vehicles that will take you to explore further into remote interior of the Sapi Reserve.



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