3 Hidden Safari Destination Gems

Posted by Binny Shah-Patel     Posted on 24/06/2019
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  • While the Serengeti, Kruger Park and Masai Mara are all popular and incredible safari parks to visit, and at the top of many a wish list, Africa offers its guests way more than just the well-known parks. In remote and not-so-remote corners of Africa, here are 3 hidden gems which offer a truly unique safari that you’ll remember forever.

    Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa

    Madikwe National Reserve, South Africa Safari

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Leopard at Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa Safari

    Leopard at Madikwe Game Reserve

    Madikwe Game Reserve borders Botswana, in South Africa’s North West province and is one of the largest reserves in South Africa, at over 75,000 hectares.

    It combines two unique ecosystems, with woodlands, savannah and rocky outcrops providing a home to an incredibly diverse range of animals and birds.

    As it doesn’t allow day visitors, this ensures that game-viewing is uncrowded. It is also one of the few malaria-free, family-friendly reserves, making it an excellent choice for family safaris.

    Accommodation offered in Madikwe is luxurious, with great personal service and all the comforts your heart desires. We recommend Madikwe River Lodge.

    Find out more: https://www.somak.com/south_africa/johannesburg/madikwe_river_lodge

    South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

    Elephant spotting by the waterhole on holiday in Zambia

    Elephant spotting by the waterhole

    The scenery, variety of animals and choice of accommodation makes this one of the best parks in Zambia. The Luangwa River is the focal point of the park, flowing year round; it can be very low in the dry season, thus exposing vast sandbanks creating an area where crocodiles and hippos bask in the sun. Renowned for its walking safari, this is one of the best ways to experience the wilderness first hand.

    We recommend staying at Mfuwe Lodge, which overlooks a beautiful oxbow lagoon in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. It provides visitors with a special glimpse of Africa as she was, untouched, unspoilt and unforgettable.

    Find out more: https://www.somak.com/zambia/zambia/mfuwe_lodge

    Mana Pools National Park – Zimbabwe

    Elephants at Mana Pools on holiday in Zimbabwe

    Elephants at Mana Pools

    This wild and beautiful park is the only game park in Zimbabwe to be granted a World Heritage Status. It is home to a wide variety of large mammals, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.

    The name ‘Mana’ means ‘four’ in the local Shona language – there are four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools.

    This national park has been set aside to be kept as wild as possible with only non-invasive, zero-impact tourism allowed.

    We recommend staying at Ruckomechi Camp which is situated on a large private concession in a remote and beautiful place in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park. It looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River and is shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and has a superb view of the mountains of Africa’s Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia.

    Find out more: https://www.somak.com/zimbabwe/mana-pools-national-park/ruckomechi_camp

    Inspired to visit one of these destinations?

    Call us on 020 8423 3000 or complete an enquiry form to receive a quotation from our booking experts.

    You can also find out more on our website: https://www.somak.com

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