Tembo Plains

Zimbabwe’s newest luxury lodge, Tembo Plains Camp sits on the banks of the renowned Zambezi River

The country’s first Relais & Chateaux member, Tembo Plains Camp is located in the private 128,000 hectare Sapi Reserve, just upriver from legendary Mana Pools National Park. “Tembo” means elephant in the local language, and the camp pays homage to the many elephants that are found on the Zimbabwean plains near the Zambezi River.

The camp itself is hidden within a thick riverine forest on the edge of the river, and accommodates a maximum of 12 guests. The main camp area boasts a well-stocked wine cellar, an interactive 5-star kitchen, and a spa and curio store that are both hidden discreetly behind weathered Zanzibar doors.

The 5 beautiful guest suites, including the 2-bedroom Tembo Plains Suite, are superbly designed and look out over the river. Each suite has its own indoor lounge area, expansive outdoor deck with a private plunge pool and exercise bike, as well as an outdoor dining area. The ensuite bathrooms feature glorious handmade bathtubs as well as indoor and outdoor showers. To cap off the luxury safari experience, each suite also has a camera, lenses and high-quality binoculars that are available for guests to use during their stay.

Tembo Plains Suite

The Tembo Plains Suite is the perfect place to stay for either a family or two couples travelling together who wish to have a little more privacy. The suite comprises two splendid bedrooms that sit either side of the shared lounge and dining area. The outdoor deck is just as outstanding, with its private pool and outdoor dining space.

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Tembo Plains walking next to elephants

Sapi Reserve – Wildlife & Activities

Previously a hunting area, the Sapi Reserve was established in 2016 and borders the legendary Mana Pools National Park. Together, these two areas combine to protect over 337,000 hectares of prime wilderness landscape, and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. This wildlife-rich sanctuary is home to African wild dogs, lions and leopards (all frequently sighted), as well as buffalos and elephants that can sometimes be seen swimming in the Zambezi River. Activities at Tembo Plains Camp include morning, afternoon and evening game drives, boating and canoeing safaris, guided walks.

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Accommodation in Zimbabwe

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in Zimbabwe. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

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Ilala Lodge

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Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

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Ivory Lodge

Intimate Ivory Lodge is part of the home range of the Presidential herd of elephants, made famous by Alan Pincott and symbolic of Zimbabwe’s commitment to wildlife conservation.

Kanga Camp

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Linkwasha Camp

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Little Makalolo Camp

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Little Ruckomechi Camp

Downstream from its big sister, Little Ruckomechi Camp features just three very handsome tented suites - ideal for a small group or family safari.

Ruckomechi Camp

Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Ruckomechi Camp has been a favourite with visitors to the breathtaking Mana Pools National Park for many years.

Somalisa Camp

Tucked away on a secluded island surrounded by seasonally inundated floodplains, Somalisa Camp offers guests a stylish base from which to discover the richness of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge

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