Wilderness Safaris

African Based Travel Specialist

Address:
PO Box 5219, Rivonia, Johannesburg, 2128
Member Number: 20810 Tel: +27 (0)11 807 1800

Wilderness Safaris is an authentic and sustainable ecotourism company dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa's wilderness and wildlife by creating life-changing journeys and inspiring positive action. Wilderness Safaris crafts journeys in some of the most remote and pristine areas in eight African countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. While we offer an impressive portfolio of some 50 camps and safaris, we believe that "purpose is the new luxury". Behind everything we do there is a purpose, whether it is conserving endangered species, ensuring the benefits of ecotourism reach the people that live in or near the areas in which we operate, or inspiring positive change in the lives of staff, guests and other stakeholders. Through these close encounters with the wilderness and the people who live and work in it, we believe that out more than 40 000 guests a year are exposed to authentic new ways of viewing the world and our place in it. To put it another way: "Our Journeys Change Lives".   

Where we operate

  • Botswana
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Ballooning
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Overland
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Self-Drive Holidays

Charities

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Children in the Wilderness

A Brighter Future Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is an environmental and life skills educational programme that began as a result of discussions with actor Paul Newman in Botswana in August 2001. In December of that year, the first CITW camp took place in Botswana. Since then, the programme has expanded into almost all our areas of operation, so that annual camps are now run in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Through a carefully designed educational programme which uses the healing power of nature to inspire its young participants, CITW focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers. Wilderness Safaris closes some of its camps for a week at a time and groups of 16 to 40 children between the ages of 10 and 14 are transferred into the respective camps for a period of five days at a time and given the opportunity to experience these wilderness areas and their wildlife. During camp, the curriculum covers environmental education, HIV/AIDS and nutrition and life skills, and the importance of conservation, striving to instil a passion for the environment so that the children are inspired to become the custodians of these areas in the future. Approximately 500 children are hosted in camp every year, but no less important than the camp itself is the follow-up programme. Depending on the specific needs of the country’s children, this takes place in schools with Environmental Clubs formed, in the villages where mentors visit the children at school and home, or with scholarships to help students gain secondary and even tertiary education.

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Wilderness Wildlife Trust

Making a difference to Africa, its wildlife and its people The Wilderness Wildlife Trust, an independent entity within the Wilderness Group, was formed in the late 1980s when it was understood that the Group, a luxury ecotourism business operating brands such as Wilderness Safaris, could only do so much for conservation in the course of its day-to-day activities and needed a dedicated vehicle to take matters further. More funds and a greater reach were needed in order for overall conservation activities to be more effective. Accordingly, it was decided that an independent entity that facilitated fundraising and the disbursement of the monies to deserving projects would mean that, both directly and indirectly, Wilderness could reach more people, wildlife and places. The relationship between the Wilderness Group and the Trust is therefore symbiotic. In many projects supported financially by the Trust, Wilderness is able to contribute through logistics and in-kind support (e.g. equipment; manpower; fuel; vehicle servicing; access; accommodation) to ensure the enhanced viability of the work. On the other hand, the fact that the Trust is independent also means that it is able to engage with projects beyond the geographic scope of Wilderness Safaris’ camps and concessions and ensure that conservation is the driving force. The Trust focuses its work in three key areas: i) research and conservation, ii) community empowerment and education, and iii) anti-poaching and management.

News

06 December 2018

Wilderness Safaris Launches Bush Buddies in Zambezi Region

Wilderness Safaris’ Bush Buddies service is now available at its family-friendly camps in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This complimentary service pairs children with a dedicated and highly-trained mentor for the duration of their stay, offering an experiential and life-changing journey that aims to inspire them to love and conserve Africa’s pristine natural heritage.

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03 December 2018

Wilderness Safaris Announces the Rebuild of Jao

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the rebuild and complete reinvention of Jao Camp, due to open 1 June 2019, as well as the introduction of the camp's luxurious and brand new Jao Villas. Set in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, the new Jao Camp will retain the same high stilted main area built into the tree canopy, with more private areas in amongst the trees. The camp will comprise two villas and five twins with private plunge pools, lounge and dining areas, kitchen facilities plus en-suite bathrooms, including indoor and outdoor showers.

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09 November 2018

Wilderness Safaris Introduces Exclusive Namibian Camping Safaris

As part of its fully-serviced Privately-Guided Journeys, Wilderness Safaris has introduced exclusive camping safaris in Namibia – perfectly suited for adventurous guests who want to get back to nature and explore vast and pristine wilderness areas with an expert guide – tailor-made to their exact requirements.

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30 October 2018

Wilderness Safaris Remains Committed to Combating Climate Change

As Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris is committed to combating climate change by implementing various sustainable energy solutions in almost all of its camps across Africa – reducing dependence on fossil fuels with the ultimate aim of being carbon neutral.

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05 October 2018

The New Chikwenya Opens in Mana Pools

Together with local Zimbabweans, including John Mapondera and Joe Wright from Capmount Lodges, Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce the opening of the new Chikwenya Camp. Situated in a private concession in Zimbabwe’s majestic Mana Pools National Park, the elegant camp is perfectly set at the confluence of the Sapi and Zambezi rivers, overlooking an open albida floodplain and Chikwenya Island – a true photographer’s paradise.

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04 October 2018

The New Serra Cafema Opens

After an environmentally-sensitive and inspiring rebuild, Wilderness Safaris’ Serra Cafema Camp, in Namibia’s extreme north-west, has reopened. Located in one of the most remote regions in southern Africa, on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann’s Valley, Serra Cafema offers life-changing journeys to this extraordinary desert location, ensuring the ongoing biodiversity protection of this pristine area and positively impacting the local community members of the Marienfluss Conservancy.

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19 September 2018

Chitabe Reopens after Extensive Rebuild

Situated in a private concession on an island in the south-east of the Okavango Delta, the renowned Chitabe Camp has reopened after an extensive renovation and rebuild of its elevated walkways and main camp area.   “When we originally built Chitabe over 20 years ago, it was the first completely elevated camp in the Delta”, commented Helene Hamman, Chitabe CEO.

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14 September 2018

Wilderness Safaris Supports Okavango Carnivore Conservation Survey

The Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme (TKPP) based at the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), has embarked on a three-year survey of large carnivores in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Wilderness Safaris is collaborating with the project in certain areas as part of the company’s commitment to the conservation of all species in the region.

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07 September 2018

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Conservation Coalition

Wilderness Safaris continues to celebrate 35 years of life-changing journeys with another Travel with Purpose journey, this one set to take place in Namibia’s Palmwag Concession in Damaraland from 16 to 21 June 2019.

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21 August 2018

Wilderness Safaris Returns to Chikwenya, Zimbabwe

Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce its return to Chikwenya in Zimbabwe’s majestic 1.7 million hectare (4.2 million acre) Mana Pools National Park.

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08 August 2018

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Addressing Human-Wildlife Conflict

Wilderness Safaris’ next Travel with Purpose itinerary is set to explore Namibia’s vast and untamed Damaraland. Taking place from 26 November – 01 December 2018, six guests will get to track desert lions and engage with the communities that live alongside them, and will be hosted by lion researcher and founder of the Desert Lion Conservation Project, Dr Philip Stander, as well as Emsie Verwey from the Brown Hyaena Project.

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31 July 2018

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Children in the Wilderness

In celebration of its 35th year of travelling with Purpose, Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to offer six guests the opportunity to be part of a life-changing Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Eco-Club camp – specifically, this year’s Zimbabwe programme from 15 to 18 December 2018.

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24 July 2018

Xigera to Undergo Major Rebuild and Reopen as a Premier Camp in 2019

Wilderness Safaris is excited to announce a major rebuild and reinvention of one of its original Okavango Delta camps – Xigera.

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23 July 2018

Wilderness Safaris and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Join Forces for Conservation

Wilderness Safaris and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International have joined forces to expand Bisate’s pioneering reforestation programme in Rwanda with the creation of the new indigenous ‘Karisoke Forest’.

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19 July 2018

Wilderness Safaris Launches New Website

As Wilderness Safaris celebrates 35 years of life-changing journeys, the company is thrilled to launch a new website that will not only enhance its digital platform, but encourage travellers to choose to travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris, and to explore some of Africa’s most diverse wildlife and wilderness areas.

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13 July 2018

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Mega-moves of Megafauna

Wilderness Safaris’ next Travel with Purpose journey is set to take place in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park and will offer guests the exclusive opportunity to witness the Park’s conservation initiatives, which include taking part in the darting process of Rwanda’s newest residents:

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09 July 2018

Wilderness Safaris Botswana Launches Biodiversity Survey Week

With the arrival of the Okavango Delta’s annual inundation, Wilderness Safaris is running a Biodiversity Survey Week on its private concessions in Botswana from 2 to 7 July 2018. During this time, camp managers and guides are charged with completing at least one drive per camp per day, to record the location and number of any of Botswana’s 20 Birds of Concern that they spot.

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27 June 2018

Hwange’s Original Bush Camp, Little Makalolo, Reopens

Wilderness Safaris’ Little Makalolo – one of the original bush camps situated in an exclusive private concession in the heart of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe – has reopened after the rebuild of its main guest area and an extensive refurbishment of its six traditional-style safari tents.

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22 June 2018

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Hwange Against All Odds

Wilderness Safaris continues to celebrate 35 years of life-changing journeys with the launch of its next Travel with Purpose itinerary, Hwange Against All Odds.

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21 June 2018

Busanga and Shumba Open for 2018 Safari Season

The 2018 safari season has kicked off in Zambia’s wildlife-rich Busanga Plains with Wilderness Safaris’ Shumba and Busanga Bush Camp now open until the end of October 2018. In addition to offering the most exclusive wilderness experience in this remote region, every guest visiting the Busanga Plains is a conservationist, helping Wilderness Safaris contribute more than USD500 000 to Kafue National Park every year.

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01 June 2018

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Frontier Ecotourism Presence

In its ongoing celebration of 35 years of changing lives, Wilderness Safaris’ next Travel with Purpose itinerary, Frontier Ecotourism Presence, will explore Zambia’s million-hectare Busanga Plains.

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29 May 2018

Wilderness Safaris to Open New Camp in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park

Wilderness Safaris will be expanding its ecotourism footprint in Rwanda by opening a new camp in Akagera National Park in mid-December 2018.

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23 May 2018

Wilderness Safaris Rebrands Rocktail

After more than 25 years of managing and operating Rocktail in KwaZulu-Natal’s Maputaland Coastal Forest in South Africa, Wilderness Safaris has decided to rebrand this old favourite. From end May 2018 Rocktail will join Gugulesizwe Dive Camp and Gugulesizwe Research Camp in falling within the tourism portfolio of Maputaland Travel.

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02 May 2018

Wilderness Safaris Rebuilds Little Makalolo Camp

Wilderness Safaris’ Little Makalolo Camp, situated in a private concession in the heart of one of the best game-viewing areas in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, has closed for an extensive rebuild, with the new camp set to reopen in early June 2018.

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19 March 2018

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Great Apes and Rainforests

In celebration of its 35th year of changing lives, Wilderness Safaris introduced 12 ‘Travel with Purpose’ itineraries to take place over the next year on 15 January 2018. The first of these is the exclusive, six-night Great Apes and Rainforests itinerary which will take place from 6 – 12 May 2018, placing a maximum number of six guests at the coalface of conservation and community engagements in both Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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12 March 2018

Wilderness Safaris and Olympus Join Forces for Conservation Education

Wilderness Safaris and Olympus have joined forces to use their high-end services and combined passion for wildlife photography to ensure the ongoing conservation of Africa’s remote wilderness areas whilst contributing to the empowerment of local people through conservation education.The two main elements of the partnership will focus on enhancing photographic skills for interested guests and guides in all regions where Wilderness Safaris operates, and to make a positive impact to social d…

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06 February 2018

Farewell to Safari Stalwart and Legend – Russel Friedman

Wilderness Safaris is devastated at the loss of true safari stalwart, legend and Wilderness champion, Russel Friedman. He tragically passed away from a heart attack on 4th February – at least doing something he really loved: mountain biking with good friends. The longest-serving and one of the three original Wilderness Safaris co-founders, Russel joined Wilderness in 1984, playing a pivotal part in its growth and development.

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05 February 2018

The New Mombo and Little Mombo Open

Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce the official opening of its newly-rebuilt flagship camps, Mombo and Little Mombo, situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Whilst comprising the most appropriate and sustainable luxury required of such a leading destination, the new camps are rooted in an authentic bush-camp offering to ensure that the original Mombo experience is retained.

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29 January 2018

Desert Elephant Conservation Study Continues at Hoanib

Wilderness Safaris once again hosted the principal researchers of the Desert Elephant Conservation study, Laura Brown and Rob Ramey, at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia, where they spent six weeks during October and November 2017 researching and monitoring Hoanib’s desert-adapted elephant population in an effort to promote its long-term conservation.

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12 January 2018

Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda Expands Gorilla Habitat

Wilderness Safaris is proud to be part of an emerging partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to expand the Volcanoes National Park and to increase the habitat for Critically Endangered mountain gorillas by 27.8 hectares. As part of the official handover, which took place at the Park on 10 January 2018, 50 hagenia seedlings from the indigenous tree nursery at Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge were planted by a number of dignitaries to symbolise the beginning of the reforestation project.

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15 December 2017

Wilderness Safaris Launches New Private Journeys Website

Wilderness Safaris has launched a new website for its Private Journeys division in Cape Town, featuring a range of useful and interactive tools to help guests and partners tailor-make the perfect, privately-guided tour of the Cape and surrounds. Featuring insider tips, such as the newest and hottest list of Cape Town restaurants, blogs and a range of interactive tools and maps, the site is a useful platform for agents, consultants and guests wanting to know more about what the Cape has to offer and its main attractions.

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14 December 2017

Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp Receives Extensive Makeover

The renowned and newly-refurbished Savuti Camp, located in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel in Botswana, has received an extensive softs upgrade including stylish new interiors, improved lighting, expanded decks and new walkways. In line with Wilderness Safaris’ commitment to create life-changing journeys for its guests, Savuti Camp’s eight large en-suite tents, including a family room, have undergone a complete makeover, with new wardrobes, lighting and a new desk and chair in the sitting areas.

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04 December 2017

Wilderness Safaris Launches Cultural Tourism Ethics Charter

Wilderness Safaris has launched an innovative Cultural Tourism Ethics Charter to ensure best practice for all community engagement and authentic cultural experiences across the Group. This further demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to its 4Cs sustainability ethos and Culture ‘C’, with the other three Cs being Commerce, Community and Conservation.

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29 November 2017

Chitabe Announces Plans to Rebuild Main Camp

After 20 years of delivering world-class, authentic safari experiences in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, the elevated walkways and main camp buildings that make up the heart of Chitabe Camp are to be rebuilt in the first five months of 2018.The new and exciting design has been created by Mark Thomas and his award-winning team who crafted the Boomslang walkway in Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Chitabe’s new walkways will feature sinuous curves and soft lines inspi…

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06 October 2017

Segera Launches the NAY PALAD Bird Nest

Segera and NAY PALAD have joined forces to launch the one-of-a-kind Bird Nest at Segera Retreat in Kenya – arguably one of the most innovative and luxurious sleep-out experiences in Africa.

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05 October 2017

Busanga Plains of Plenty (new video released)

Wilderness Safaris has released a new video showcasing the incredible diversity of the Busanga Plains in Zambia’s Kafue National Park. One of the largest Parks in Africa, Kafue has many varied habitats: the Kafue, Lufupa and Lunga rivers with adjoining peaceful stretches of riverine vegetation, dambos and wetlands, extensive miombo woodland with seasonal floodplains and swampland in the north.Wilderness Safaris Shumba and Busanga Bush camps are situated within an exclusive 28 000-hectare …

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04 October 2017

Qorokwe Camp on track to open in December 2017

Qorokwe, a new Wilderness Safaris Classic Camp set in the private, wildlife-rich 26 180-hectare (64 692-acre) Qorokwe Concession in Botswana is set to open in December 2017, providing the perfect blend of luxury eco-chic within a beautiful Okavango Delta setting.

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02 October 2017

Wilderness Safaris Launches New Star Bed at DumaTau

Wilderness Safaris’ new Star Bed at DumaTau Camp not only offers guests a luxurious and exciting sleep-out adventure in the heart of the Linyanti, Botswana, but also exclusive front-row seats to the spectacular Zibadianja Lagoon and the diversity of wildlife that congregates there.

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28 July 2017

Wilderness Safaris Launches Wilderness Moments Photographic Competition

Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to launch the Wilderness Moments Photographic Competition, to encourage all guests, staff and partners who have travelled with the company in the last 34 years to “Take their best shot at a purposeful journey”.Entries open on 10 September and close on 15 October, with the winners announced on 15 November 2017. As part of Wilderness Safaris’ #PurposeIsTheNewLuxury campaign, the main aim of the competition is to entrench the company’s core …

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22 June 2017

Wilderness Safaris Begins Mombo Rebuild

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to commence the rebuild of its flagship camps situated in the world-renowned Mombo Concession in the Okavango Delta, Botswana with a proposed opening date for both Mombo and Little Mombo camps being end February 2018. “We are thrilled to have begun the exciting process of rebuilding both Mombo and Little Mombo camps in order to continue delivering the world-class service and exceptional safari experience that is synonymous with Mombo”, said Wilderne…

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21 June 2017

Wilderness Safaris Namibia Announces Alexandra Margull as MD

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexandra Margull as the new Managing Director for Wilderness Safaris Namibia. Alexandra succeeds Mike Wassung, who after many years of service to not only the company’s Namibia business but to Wilderness Safaris as a whole, will in turn take on the position of Executive Chairman of the Namibian operation with immediate effect. “Alexandra’s experience, talent and passion for the people of Wilderness Safaris, as w…

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26 May 2017

Segera Announces New Artist in Residence

As part of its ongoing Artist in Residence Programme, Segera, a Wilderness Safaris Premier Camp, is looking forward to hosting the acclaimed conceptual artist, Hank Willis Thomas, to its retreat in Laikipia, Kenya from 20 June to 5 July 2017. Hank Willis Thomas works with themes related to identity, history and popular culture and has exhibited his work at numerous international galleries, such as the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Guggenheim and the Whitney, among others. While at Segera,…

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25 May 2017

Wilderness Safaris Launches Star Bed at Linkwasha

The new Star Bed at Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe overlooks the beautiful and productive Scott’s Pan, offering an exciting sleep-out adventure for guests wanting to get closer to nature and experience a night under the stars.  “Linkwasha’s Star Bed is positioned right in the middle of the action where the animals come to drink at Scott’s Pan and is a wonderful addition to our Hwange offering. In the dry season, the magical elep…

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04 May 2017

Wilderness Safaris Launches Private Journeys

Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce the launch of Private Journeys – a fully integrated division within the company that has evolved from the previously independent-brand, Wilderness Touring Cape Town. The new Private Journeys division offers exceptional tailor-made, privately-guided tours of Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, the Winelands and other Western Cape attractions. “We haven’t really changed what we offer, but we have certainly enhanced how we offer it”, s…

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18 April 2017

Wilderness Safaris Relaunches Little Vumbura

After an extensive refurbishment and partial rebuild, Little Vumbura Camp has reopened in Wilderness Safaris’ private Vumbura Concession in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. With only six intimate tented suites, the camp offers a true Delta-island experience, complete with an array of both land and water-based safari activities. “We are thrilled about Little Vumbura’s refreshed look and feel, with the tents now boasting spacious rooms that lead onto a lounge area, having increase…

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13 April 2017

Abu Camp’s Wild Elephant Herd Thrives with Birth of New Calf

The success of Wilderness Safaris Abu Camp’s elephant reintroduction programme in the Okavango Delta, Botswana continues to thrive with the birth of a new calf to its wild herd. The elephant cow, Gikka, was seen with her one-month-old calf at the end of February – her third calf since she and her daughter Naya were introduced into the Okavango Delta from the Abu Herd in July 2011. Abu Camp has never lost sight of its vision to return previously-captive elephants to the wild, an as…

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11 April 2017

Ruckomechi Camp Opens for 2017 Season

Wilderness Safaris Ruckomechi Camp has opened for the 2017 season, with Little Ruckomechi set to re-open on 1 June; both offering the most authentic and sustainable ecotourism experience in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. “We are well rested, fully recharged and looking forward to an exciting 2017 season ahead”, said Ruckomechi Camp Assistant Manager, Edmond Mudzimu. “Our guides have just returned from an intensive training course in Hwange National Park where the…

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23 February 2017

Wilderness Safaris Announces Bisate Lodge GMs

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to welcome Rob and Ingrid Baas as the General Managers for Bisate Lodge, due to open in Rwanda on 1 June 2017.    “After spending several years managing our camps in Kafue National Park in Zambia and driving our guest experience to new heights, we are thrilled to welcome Rob and Ingrid back to Wilderness Safaris as the GMs for Bisate. With their combined passion and respect for Africa, its people and wildlife, and their extensive knowledge of th…

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21 February 2017

Segera Retreat Launches Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Segera in Kenya is offering guests the opportunity to experience a ‘Sacred Safari’ from 22 – 27 May 2017. Internationally renowned healing artists, Jodina Carey and Andrew Clark, will guide guests through a week of yoga, meditation and live crystal sound baths, surrounded by Segera Retreat’s botanical gardens and 20 000 hectares of pristine African wilderness. “We are delighted to have holistic healers of such a high calibre at Segera. Both Jodina and Andrew epito…

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17 February 2017

North Island Seychelles White-eye census shows positive results

North Island is thrilled to announce the results of the recent Seychelles White-eye census that took place on the Island in October 2016, revealing that the population of this endangered endemic bird has quadrupled since it was first reintroduced in July 2007. From just 25 birds, there are now estimated to be up to 105 individuals on North Island, around one sixth of the current global population. As part of North Island’s intensive Noah’s Ark rehabilitation project, 25 Seychelles…

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14 October 2016

Riding for Rhinos to Support Save the Rhino Trust Namibia

Now in its second year, the RMB Namibia Ride for Rhinos fundraising cycle event took place from 1 to 4 September 2016, encompassing 160 km of vast and rugged Palmwag terrain in Damaraland and raising over NAD200 000 for Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) Namibia.    Wilderness Safaris Namibia has been involved since the event began last year, assisting with route mapping and providing most of the vehicles, a small truck, some operational support and a private chef to cater for the group. Wil…

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07 October 2016

Wilderness Safaris - Bisate Lodge Set to Open in Rwanda in June 2017

Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, situated next to Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park, is on track to open for guests on 1 June 2017. Comprising just six forest villas, Bisate Lodge will provide a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and a holistic exploration of this beautiful region.   For more details please click here

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17 August 2016

Wilderness Safaris Launches Little Ruckomechi

Little Ruckomechi Camp has opened in Wilderness Safaris’ private concession in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, providing an intimate and authentic safari experience in this remarkable wilderness area.   Little Ruckomechi is a small and intimate tented camp, ideal for sole-use bookings and family groups or small parties travelling together with a private guide. Set amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area, the Camp comprises just three elegant and airy t…

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11 August 2016

Wilderness Safaris and North Island Renew Strategic Partnership

Wilderness Safaris and North Island are delighted to announce that they have renewed their strategic partnership to continue focusing on delivering the world’s ultimate private-island experience in Seychelles. Newly-appointed Managing Director for North Island, Bruce Simpson – who ran and oversaw North Island operations for over 12 years while employed by Wilderness Safaris – will continue to play an important role in the Island’s operations, reservations and marketing…

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08 April 2016

Wilderness Safaris and Governors’ Camp Collection Announce Strategic Partnership

Wilderness Safaris and the Governors’ Camp Collection are delighted to announce a new strategic partnership as a result of an acquisition of equity in this premier East African safari brand through Wilderness Holdings. In addition to being one of East Africa’s oldest and most respected safari brands, the Governors’ safari camps are located in undoubtedly the best locations in two of Africa’s bucket list destinations, Kenya’s Masai Mara and Rwanda’s Volcanoe…

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30 March 2016

Wilderness Safaris Launches New Privately-Guided Explorations

Wilderness Safaris introduce a continuously-evolving range of privately-guided, experience-based Explorations, providing guests with the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in some of Africa’s most pristine and remote wilderness areas. Each exclusive Exploration is led by one passionate and experienced guide from start to finish, sharing his or her in-depth knowledge while also tailoring the journey to the personal interests and preferences of the guests along the way. Explorat…

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14 March 2016

Chitabe Camp Switches to 100% Solar Power

Wilderness Safaris Chitabe Camp, in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is delighted to announce that it now operates entirely on solar power. This follows the completion of an energy conversion project that will result in significant savings in electrical power and fuel consumption, and a major reduction in carbon emissions. “Our whole team is extremely proud to announce this important green milestone for Chitabe at the beginning of such an important year for Botswana – its 50th ann…

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11 March 2016

Hot Air Balloon Safaris Launched at Vumbura Plains

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to launch hot air balloon safaris at Vumbura Plains  and Little Vumbura camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, which will run from 18 April until end September 2016 to coincide with the dry season. To complement the balloon safari, guests can also opt for an exclusive eight-minute helicopter transfer to and from the launch site, which adds an additional bird’s-eye view of this incredible wilderness concession. Guests who choose to travel to the si…

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11 January 2016

Prince Harry Endorses Rhino Conservation Botswana

The Wilderness Safaris conservation team was honoured to host Prince Harry in Botswana recently as part of a three-month trip to southern Africa to take part in various frontline conservation activities, including the company’s pioneering Botswana Rhino Project.     During his time in Botswana, Prince Harry joined Map Ives, Wilderness Safaris Botswana Environmental Manager and Botswana’s National Rhino Coordinator, and Kai Collins, Wilderness Safaris Conservation …

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11 November 2015

10 Elephants Collared in Zimbabwe for Hwange Movement Study

November 2015– A total of 10 elephants have been collared in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park as part of a study that aims to assess the impact social dominance has on elephant movements and habitat use. The study, which is being funded by the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, focuses on areas within Wilderness Safaris’ concessions in the Park, and has been initiated and carried out by Wilderness Safaris Environmental Officer for the Zambezi Region, Arnold Tshipa. By tracking elephan…

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10 September 2015

Tour de Wilderness Celebrates yet another Successful Nedbank Tour de Tuli

Tour de Wilderness is celebrating the conclusion of yet another successful Nedbank Tour de Tuli event, reinforcing its status as one of southern Africa’s premier mountain biking events. The 11th edition of the event saw 340 participants cycle across almost 300 km of challenging and remote terrain in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa between 13 and 18 August 2015. “This year’s Tour attracted cyclists from across the globe, providing them with the life-changing opportunity t…

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25 August 2015

Exxaro MTB Academy Riders to Take Part in Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2015

August 2015– Tour de Wilderness, the organiser of the acclaimed annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli mountain bike event, is delighted to announce that four development riders from the Exxaro MTB Academy will join the 350 riders cycling almost 300km across Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa between 13 and 18 August 2015. “We are extremely excited that Exxaro and Nedbank have sponsored these riders to take part in this year’s Tour. Their participation is perfectly in line with what C…

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07 May 2015

Wilderness Safaris Launches Linkwasha Camp in Zimbabwe

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the opening of the new Linkwasha Camp. Located in a game-rich private concession in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, the camp’s contemporary design raises the bar in terms of luxury in the area.     Situated on the same site as the old Linkwasha, the new camp is perfectly located far away from public access areas, but close to the well-known Ngamo Plains, which offer fantastic summer game viewing to add to the excellent winter …

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01 April 2015

Wonderbag Foundation Donates 500 Wonderbags to Children in the Wilderness

Children in the Wilderness (CITW), the non-profit partner of ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Wonderbag Foundation, which will see 500 Wonderbags allocated to CITW’s Adult Eco-Club Project.      The Wonderbag has been developed to ease some of the social, economic and environmental impacts of living in poverty. It is a portable, non-electric slow-cooker that allows food, which has been brought to boil on a fire, to…

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20 March 2015

Wilderness Safaris Partners with Governments to Move More Rhino to Safety

Wilderness Safaris, in partnership with the Botswana and South African Governments, is delighted to announce the next phase of its pioneering rhino translocation programme. The project partners have signed the purchase agreement for a further significant addition of both Critically-Endangered black rhino and Near-Threatened white rhino to bolster existing Botswana populations, with operations taking place in the first half of 2015.    Since the project’s first reintroductions …

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27 February 2015

Wilderness Air Botswana Expands Fleet with New Airvans

Wilderness Air Botswana is pleased to announce plans to increase its fleet with the addition of seven brand new GA8 Airvans. The first of the new aircraft, A2 – RNO Tshukudu, was delivered on 19 February 2015 and will take to the skies from the beginning of March. A further three Airvans will arrive over the course of March and April, with all seven expected to be in service within the next 18 months.     “We selected the Airvan based on how well it performs in the Okavan…

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05 February 2015

Wilderness Touring Grows Zambezi Fleet with New Vehicle Acquisitions

Wilderness Touring, the private touring division of Wilderness Safaris, has increased its fleet in the Zambezi region (Victoria Falls and Livingstone) with the purchase of six new vehicles, bringing the total fleet to 30 vehicles. The new vehicles,three Toyota Quantum 16-seaters, and three Toyota Coaster 26-seaters, will be used to transport visitors as they explore the exciting attractions of the Zambezi region. The acquisition forms part of Wilderness Touring’s five-year replacem…

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09 December 2014

Wilderness Safaris Announces Black Rhino Birth in Botswana

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce that one of the black rhino translocated as part of the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project has given birth to a calf. Just a few days old, the calf was sighted by Rhino Monitoring Officers during a patrol, and while the protective maternal instincts of the mother prevented them from getting close, the team were happy to report that both appeared to be in excellent health. “This new birth is a very proud moment for all of the stakeholders inv…

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11 November 2014

Wilderness Safaris Introduces New Star Bed Experience in Hwange National Park

Wilderness Safaris has introduced a new Star Bed option for guests staying at Little Makalolo Camp in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Situated on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan, the Star Bed is just a 20-minute drive away from camp providing guests with the opportunity to sleep under the stars. The Star Bed is set up complete with a comfortable bed roll and mosquito netting, sitting area, and basic ablution facilities. A highly-qualified guide will be on standby to ensure gue…

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29 September 2014

Wilderness Safaris Botswana Introduces Dedicated Bush Buddies for Children

Wilderness Safaris Botswana has expanded its children’s programme with the introduction of a new “Bush Buddies” service that pairs children with a dedicated and highly-trained mentor for the duration of their stay. “Our six Bush Buddies were chosen due the extensive experience they all have in childcare, and have received additional specialist training on the educational aspects of looking after children in the bush. This ensures that children get the most out of their …

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03 September 2014

Rebuilt Shumba Camp in Kafue Opens for 2014 Season

Wilderness Safaris has completed a comprehensive refurbishment of the main area at Shumba Camp, located in Zambia’s Kafue National Park. A new raised wooden viewing deck has also been built, where guests can relax and enjoy an elevated vantage point of the productive surrounding Busanga Plains.  The seasonal opening of the camp coincided with the start of the Park’s hot air ballooning season, which runs from August until the end of October. During the hot air balloon safari, …

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18 August 2014

2014 Nedbank Tour de Tuli a Resounding Success

The 2014 Nedbank Tour de Tuli has been lauded a resounding success, once again living up to its reputation as one of southern Africa’s premier mountain biking events. Organised by Children in the Wilderness (CITW), the 10th edition of the event saw 340 participants cycle across over 250 km of challenging and remote terrain in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa between 1 and 6 August.  The Tour started at Pont Drift border between South Africa and Botswana, followed by two days of…

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04 August 2014

Hoanib Skeleton Coast with Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris has opened the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia’s remote Kaokoveld.    The camp is in the private Palmwag Concession, straddling the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park. It comprises eight stylish en-suite tents (including one family unit) each with a shaded outdoor lounge area with views of the surrounding desert, while the main area includes a lounge, bar area, dining room, library, fire pit, swimming pool and deck.    “Hoanib…

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31 July 2014

Wilderness Safaris’ Star Beds Offer the Ultimate Sleep-Out Experience

Wilderness Safaris offers a range of “sleep-out” options to suit the discerning tastes of all travellers – from luxury-seeking honeymooners to adventurous family groups. Gently drifting to sleep with nothing between you and the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere is the purest way to appreciate the nocturnal sights and sounds of the bush.  For more information go to www.wilderness-safaris.com

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18 July 2014

Eleven One Laptop per Child Computers Donated to Twabuka Community School

US travel writer Candyce H. Stapen (gfvac.com) recently visited Wilderness Safaris’ Toka Leya Camp from 15-17 June, not only to enjoy Zambia’s renowned hospitality, but also to donate 11 new computers from One Laptop per Child (OLPC) to Twabuka Community School in Sinde Village. For more information, please contact Sue (sues@wilderness.co.za). 

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04 July 2014

Wilderness Safaris to Open Linkwasha Camp in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park

Wilderness Safaris will open the new Linkwasha Camp in May 2015, located in a game-rich private conession in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. “We are making the commitment to invest in this destination based on our tremendous belief in Zimbabwe as a major player in Africa’s tourism industry,” says Wilderness Safaris CEO, Keith Vincent. “We are confident that we will be able to offer an exceptional wildlife experience, with a level of luxury on a par with what guests…

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25 June 2014

Wilderness Safaris celebrates the women changing the face of nature-based tourism in Africa

To celebrate some of the extraordinary women who have helped shaped the success of the business and who have played an important role in changing the face of nature-based tourism in Africa, Wilderness Safaris presents a selection of inspirational stories below. Personal accounts of deep-rooted passions and ambitious goals combine to form a group of stirring tales and remarkable women who make a daily contribution to the conservation of Africa’s wilderness areas and community empowerment.…

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23 June 2014

The River Club Launches New-Look Luxury Chalets

Wilderness Safaris is proud to announce that the extensive upgrading of The River Club in Zambia is now complete. All of the luxury chalets have been equipped with new, modern furnishings, fixtures and finishes that  complement the property’s Edwardian ambience. Teak-sculpted doors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows have been added, fitted with wooden Venetian-style blinds.   Another new addition is a small upstairs bathroom, located just off the bedroom, which includes a show…

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18 June 2014

Critically Endangered Black Rhino Translocation to Botswana

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the successful capture of a small founder population of Critically Endangered black rhino in a joint collaboration with the Botswana and South African Governments. The rhino are destined for a safe haven in Botswana. This follows the successful capture and release of a group of black rhino last month and is part of an ongoing conservation project to establish a core population of this threatened species in Botswana. “We are extremely proud of t…

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12 June 2014

Wilderness Safaris Launches new Explorations Camp in the Delta

Wilderness Explorations, the guided journey division of Wilderness Safaris, is delighted to announce the opening of Gomoti Tented Camp situated in the heart of Botswana’s 6 000-hectare community-owned Santawani Concession, in the south-east corner of the Okavango. The camp is nestled under large acacia trees in a diverse and game-rich area. Most of the concession is comprised of a mixed woodland habitat and open grasslands that are transformed into floodplains in years of plentiful water…

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28 March 2014

Wilderness Safaris reducing plastic waste

In support of World Water Day on March 22, Wilderness Safaris has been investigating ways to eliminate bottled water in its camps.    North Island in the Seychelles has been a particular point of focus for the operator as it has not managed to achieve the same success in reducing bottled water as other Wilderness Safari camps. As such, the operator has partnered with Vivreau water systems to produce both pure and sparkling water on site. The initiative has thus far reduced bottled wa…

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14 February 2014

Rhino Darting Operation in Liwonde, Malawi

In the last few months, Wilderness Safaris Malawi has been involved in a large scale rhino darting operation in Liwonde National Park, supported by various partners including the Wilderness Wildlife Trust. Led by Chief Veterinary Officer of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s African Rhino Specialist Group, Dr Pete Morkel, the aim of the darting operation was to fit VHF transmitters on as many black rhinos as possible in order to maximise monitoring efficiency of the population in the…

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13 February 2014

Wilderness Safaris to open Iconic Camp in Namibia

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to open Summer 2014 February 2014…//Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to welcome Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to its suite of camps in Namibia’s remote Kaokoveld. Located in the private Palmwag Concession straddling the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park, the camp is set in a land of stark mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by wildlife that has adapted seemingly miraculously to the arid conditions. Despite the arid environs, one of…

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13 December 2013

Wilderness Safaris Celebrates 30 Years of Changing Lives

May 2013 marked Wilderness Safaris’ 30th anniversary as Africa’s leading ecotourism and conservation company. From humble beginnings, the company has grown considerably over the last 30 years, both in size and in its ability to positively impact Africa. Wilderness Safaris registered as a Botswana company in 1983, offering mobile safaris to like-minded guests who were passionate about nature. It was the first safari outfitter to recognise the need for its financial benefits to flow …

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