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Our Top 10 Camps!

March 2, 2010 Galloping Gnus Newsletter

Every year we look forward to the latest “Top 100 Hotels” list in Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure to see if our favorite exclusive camps and lodges have been discovered by other travelers. Thankfully our hidden gems haven’t and our clients are benefiting from our knowledge. Below are some of our favorites that we are recommending our safariers explore in 2011.


Kalahari Plains – Central Kalahari, Botswana
* Ideal for those looking for a remote adventure on the dried lake beds
* Epic game viewing in Jan-May during low season rates
* Spend time with Kalahari bushmen guides and habituated meerkat
*Request the 10-Day Awesome Value Safari to Botswana


Camp Amalinda – Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe
* For those seeking World Heritage, ancient rock art sites
* Volunteer community experiences with a local school and orphanage
* Activities include tracking white and black rhino
*Request the 14-Day Zimbabwe Heritage Explorer Safari


Pioneer Camp at Londolozi – Sabi Sands, S.A
* Pioneer is for those seeking decadent accommodations and Big 5 game
* Completely rebuilt in 2010 with three luxury suites
* Family-run and owned by the Varty family for 83 years
*Request the 12-Day Wings Over South Africa Safari


Serengeti Shared Safari Camp, Tanzania
* For the true adventurer, it’s our favorite way to experience the Serengeti!
* Seasonal mobile tents with en-suite bathrooms
* The camp moves with the migration, putting you near the action
*Request the 11-Day Plains of the Serengeti Safari to Tanzania

Sala’s – Maasai Mara, Kenya
* It’s the perfect camp to be in the heart of the wildebeest migration
* Luxury seasonal camp sits on the convergence of two rivers with great view
* Adjacent to a designated rhino conservation area
*Request the 12-Day Classic Kenya Flying Safari


Clouds Lodge – Bwindi, Uganda
* Ideally located to trek the Nkuringo and Nshorgi gorilla families
* The luxury lodge is a partnership with local Nkuringo community
* It’s walking distance from the starting point for gorilla trekkers
*Request the 19-Day Exploration of Uganda


Vundu Tented Camp – Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
* It offers the best walking and canoeing safaris in Africa
* Located on the banks of the Zambezi
* Amazing elephant and wild dog encounters
*Request the 12-Day Legends of Zimbabwe Flying Safari


Busanga Bush Camp – Kafue, Zambia
* Seeking personalized service and exciting game, this camp is ideal!
* The remote Kafue National Park has a large variety of antelope species
* Frequent lion, cheetah and leopard sightings are seen
*Request the 8-Day Kafue’s Rivers and Plains


Explore Gorongosa – Gorongosa, Mozambique
* Gorongosa is a private eco-tourism initiative to restore the park
* Activities include walking, canoeing and game drives
* The semi-permanent tented camp has only 4 tents
*Request the 11-Day Mozambique Trailblazer Adventure


Zarafa Camp – Selinda, Botswana
* Owned by renowned Nat Geo photographers, Derek and Beverly Joubert
* Game viewing is by open vehicle, motorboat and foot. Canoe trails too
* Camp features four luxury tents, an open lounge and sundowner deck
*Request the 12-Day Best of Botwana Flying Safari