Located on the 291,000-acre private Sapi Reserve in Zimbabwe, Great Plains will open Tembo Plains Camp this August.
Bordered by the Zambezi River, the Sapi Reserve is located adjacent to the well-known Mana Pools Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which forms the reserve’s western border.
With four spacious guest tents, an exquisite two-bedroom family unit, and a private guide tent, Tembo Plains Camp will be ideal for couples, families, multi-generational travelers, and those looking for an exclusive personal safari experience.
Each guest tent offers an indoor lounge and outdoor dining area, private plunge pool, and exercise bikes, in addition to expansive en-suite bathroom facilities, indoor baths, showers, and double vanities. Guests have access to professional Canon cameras and Leica binoculars throughout their stay to capture the many special holiday moments.
The beautiful family unit, with interiors designed by Great Plains’ co-founder Beverly Joubert, comprises two tents with a shared lounge and dining area and pool and will accommodate up to four adults, two adults, and two children 6 and up.
The new camp features a unique combination of canvas and stone walls. The semi-circular walls inside each tent isolate the bath and shower from the bedroom and indoor lounge areas bringing that architectural reference inside. Outside, this pack-stone wall design continues along the back of the guest bedroom, and that really gives guests a greater sense of privacy, often an issue in tents. Each tent also features uninterrupted views of the Zambezi.
“Tembo”, meaning elephant, pays tribute to the animals frequently seen around Tembo Plains Camp along with painted dogs, buffalo, lions, and leopards. The Sapi Private Reserve borders the Mana Pools National Park and is recognized as one of Africa’s finest wildlife destinations today. Twitchers will be spoiled for choice as Tembo Plains is situated in a prime bird-watching country, ideal for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
Activities at Tembo Plains include day and night wildlife-viewing drives, walking safaris, canoeing, and boating on the Zambezi River.
Tembo Plains will join the Réserve Collection of camps, the highest-level brand at Great Plains, alongside sister properties Zarafa Camp, Selinda Camp, Duba Plains in Botswana, and Mara Nyika, Mara Plains, and ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya. Tembo Plains will also be a proud member of Relais & Châteaux – the only camp in the whole of Zimbabwe given this honor.
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