Remote Safari Destinations in Africa
Looking for a remote and unique Africa safari, one which takes you far from people and gives you that true edge of the world feeling. Consider the following less fashionable bucket list options and talk to us and let us help you craft a trip using our first hand experiences of these wonderful places.
Mahale – Southern Tanzania
Situated on a sandy beach on the shores of Lake Tanganyika which is Africa’s largest and deepest lake, is a lodge called Greystoke Mahale, that has the rising massif of the 2500 meter high Mahale Mountains at its back. The experiences on offer in this extraordinary lodge include trekking to see the families of chimpanzees that live in the forest and snorkelling and boating in the gin clear water. Its a long flight to get to Mahale and it’s easy to combine the experience with a trip to nearby Chada Katavi National Park which is the third largest park in Tanzania and famous for having the largest herds of buffalo in the country. There are so many crocodiles and hippos here that during the dry season they end up aestivating on the banks of the rives.
Kidepo – Uganda
It would be hard to find a more spectacular or remote location for a game lodge than Apoka Safari Lodge in Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park. It lies in the very fringe of East Africa in the Karamajo region of northeastern Uganda. The savanna is interspersed with sausage trees and borassus palms and broken granite koppies and rising up from the valley is the 2750 meter high peaks of Mount Morungole. The park is much dryer than the rest of Uganda and has 86 species of mammal including 28 found nowhere else in the country. Combine this lodge with a trip to Semliki, which is on the shores of Lake Albert and famous for its shoebills and the hugely impressive and remote Clouds Mountain Lodge and you will truly have experienced the best of Uganda.
Marienfluss and Skeleton Coast – Namibia
The Marienfluss valley up to the Kunene river bordering Angola is a dry and place where Himba people and also wildlife living in extremely arid conditions. The landscapes and sandscapes and photographic opportunties are outstanding. Combine this with 4 days along the remote Skeleton Coast or Kaokoland and you will have seen the wildest parts of Namibia. We recommend you fly into the region with Skeleton Coast Safaris or visit one of the fantastic lodges in the region.
Madagascar – land of the lemurs
Watch ring tailed lemurs bounce across the lawns as you enjoy your tea and dine under electric lights at Anjajavy – the most dramatic Relais and Chateau destination in Madagascar. This is Darwin’s world of unique island adaptations and mixed with its French creole heritage it is a quite fascinating country to discover. Add on a few days to your journey at the island of Tsarabanjina in northern Madagascar and you will have an awesome experience of this wonderful and bewitching country.
Liuwa Plains – Zambia
This national park in western Zambia’s Barotseland region lies in the catchment area of the Zambezi River bordering Angola. Visit this area in November at the start of the rain and witness the wildebeest migration. In May at the end of the rains the birding is astounding. The flat landscape is extremely photogenic.
North Luangwa National Park – Zambia
It shares the same spectacular landscapes and rivers as the more popular South Luangwa National Park, but this reserve is much more remote. There are fewer roads and most of the activities on foot. You can swim in waterfalls, see lions and buffalo’s up close. The park is only open during the dry season from May to October.
Dzanga-Sangha National Park – Congo
This 45 000 square kilometre national park in the Central African republic is a world heritage site. It is a tropical rain forest with an astounding variety of plants, birds and insects. Its also a place where you can sit all day and watch animals visiting the open wetland or “baias” . It’s an amazing spectacle and you can see forest elephants, lowland gorillas and interact with the pygmy hunters in the region.
Zakouma – Chad
Situated just south of the Sahara Desert and above the fertile rainforest regions, Zakouma has become a safe haven for Central and West African wildlife including the Kordofan giraffe and elephant, the latter of which had experienced a 95% loss from rampant poaching prior to African Parks’ involvement. Poaching drove a massive decline in the elephant population, from 4,000 in 2002 to just 450 in 2010.
Grumeti – Serengeti
This reserve in the western Serengeti was set aside by the Tanzanian government to protect the migration route of the millions of wildebeest moving through this ecosystem. It is now privately managed by Singita at the request of the government and their small select number of lodges giving wildlife enthusiasts the chance to enjoy a unique — albeit expensive — opportunity to be part of this amazing reserve.
Zambezi Canoe Safari
What better way to explore this fantastic Zambezi that runs between Zambia and Zimbabwe than by paddling by canoe along its waters. Camping at night on the river, seeing herds of elephants and hearing the lions roar at night has to be the ultimate safari. This is an inexpensive experience and the canoe guides are very experienced. It would however be remiss of me not to mention the inherent risks of sharing waters with crocodiles and hippos. It is possible to do a day trip while staying in camps in either Mana Pools or Lower Zambezi National Park.