OverviewZimbabwe is calling. The 118,000-hectare private Sapi Concession was awarded to Great Plains Conservation in 2016 to manage and nurture its development. Transformed as a former hunting reserve to a photographic one, the exquisite areas of the private Sapi Concession and neighboring Mana Pool, comprise of 337,000 hectares of protected wilderness. Both set the stage for this discovery mission that will appeal to the serious safari guests searching for the thrill of tracking and exploring Africa’s remote wilderness. Collectively they meld into the core of the Middle-Zambezi Biosphere Reserve and together with the Chewore Reserve form a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Sapi Explorers Camp, perfectly located along the Zambezi River, offers a base to explore the Sapi Reserve, Mana Pools and the Zambezi River. It replaces the former six-day circuit of the Greater Mana Expedition. With only five expedition-style tents, Sapi Explorers Camp travelers on a journey reminiscent of pioneering African explorers replete with the romance of a bygone era. Explore one of Africa’s remote wilderness sanctuaries 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 sought-out wildlife from elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, buffalos, elands, hyenas, wild dogs and other species. For birders, this area is a haven for spotting rare species-even a pangolin. With an estimated 80-85% of these wildlife areas only traversable by foot, this is Africa’s dream walking and canoeing safari destination.
AccommodationsThe Sapi Explorers Camp boasts an all-inclusive experience of five expedition-style tents, each outfitted with a king-size bed, en-suite bucket shower and flush toilet. Accommodating a maximum of 10 guests plus an additional guide’s tent required. Recommended for children 12 years and older.
•Wildlife viewing activities in a 4x4 vehicle
•Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brand spirits and champagne)
•Return airstrip road transfers
•One wildlife experience in the Mana Pools Reserve on 3 night stays or longer
Activities•Early morning and late afternoon game viewing
Great Plains Conservation
Great Plains Conservation is grounded by a mission to find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce. Its exquisite collection of safari camps, a study in sustainability, was designed to make a difference in the preservation of some of Africa’s most diverse and threatened habitats. Five passionate conservationists came together with one philosophy rooted in the fundamental appreciation of the good life, good people, good staff and good decisions that make a lasting impact on Africa’s national treasures and for iconic wildlife. Conservationists include Dereck and Beverly Joubert who are renowned wildlife documentary filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence. Their philosophy is deeply rooted in genuine interactions with travelers, wildlife, nature and the local communities which they are able to help through their foundations of Community Uplife, Save the Lions, Save the Rhinos, and Save the Elephants. Guests of the company’s low-impact, high-quality safari camps reap the rewards as they achieve peace of mind in knowing that they are giving back to the environment and local people that inhabit its lands. Throughout Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, the Great Plains team has crafted life-changing safari journeys, which, while leaving no negative trace on the acres they cover, leave an indelible footprint in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to visit.Visit Website
Harare International Airport (HRE) or Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)
Set in the sprawling private Sapi Concession, the Sapi Explorers Camp starts and ends at the Sapi Airstrip. It is a 40-minute drive from Victoria Falls. Complimentary road transfers to/from the camp are included.