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.