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New Safari Lodge Openings to Look Forward to in 2024

Author: Selene Brophy - 26 February 2024

Last Update: 28 June 2024

The latest luxury property openings to look forward to have been added to our list, including a reopening from Desert & Delta.  

This exciting list of properties are expected to enhance the caliber of safari hospitality accommodation

Take a look at what you can look forward to in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, South Africa’s Wild Coast and Namibia’s Damaraland. We’ll keep updating this list, so add it to your bookmarks to keep tabs on new destinations to experience in Africa.   

Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland, Namibia – July 2024 

Wilderness was recently rebranded from Wilderness Safaris, with conservation tourism continuing to drive its focus. The hospitality brand is rebuilding its Desert Rhino Camp, which is set to reopen in the Namib Desert in July. This camp will have eight Meru-style tents with viewing decks to make the most of the stark, beautiful, rocky wilderness.

The hospitality brand’s impactful tourism initiatives stem back to 1983, and this camp is a vital base for its partner Save the Rhino Trust. The conservation trust’s tracking teams collect data from here for one of the region’s largest, longest-running black rhino databases in the world.

Guests can follow free-ranging populations of critically endangered desert-adapted black rhinos and lions across the Damaraland plains as they learn about their unique survival skills in this harshly beautiful environment.

READ: New Botswana Safari Lodge Set to Boost Okavango Delta Appeal

Wilderness render of the Desert Rhino Rebuild in Damaraland, Namibia.
An artist’s render of the Desert Rhino Rebuild in Damaraland, Namibia. Source: Wilderness.

Great Plains Conservation Mara Toto Tree Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya –  July 2024  

Founded by National Geographic wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Great Plains Conservation focuses on eco-tourism as part of its conservation mission.

Mara Toto Tree Camp in Kenya is a seasonal camp located a few kilometres from its sister camps – Mara Plains Camp and Mara Expedition Camp. After its recent refurbishment, it will reopen in July, catering to eight guests.

The camp consists of four tents constructed from canvas and wood, set on elevated decks in the treetops, complete with ensuite bathrooms.

Guests can make the most of wildlife viewing in the Maasai Mara, which peaks with the 50,000-strong wildebeest migration as far as the eye can see across the 28,000-hectare Mara North Conservancy. Next, the green season migration from Loita Planes sees more than 100,000 zebras adding to the dazzling spectacle.

Great Plains Mara Toto Tree Camp.
Great Plains Mara Toto Tree Camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Source: Great Plains.

New Lodges To Experience that have already opened:

Atzaro Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana – March 2024

Opening in the second quarter of 2024, Atzaro Camp will immerse guests in one of the continent’s last great natural sanctuaries, Botswana’s Okavango Delta

With eight luxury suites and two double luxury family suites, it incorporates eco-conscious design, with the camp built chiefly with recycled materials. The main area of the lodge overlooks a lagoon. Private plunge pools come standard, with amenities including access to sky beds for candle-lit dinners and stargazing, an Ancestral Boma, and a wine bar. 

Expert  African Bush Camp Guides will take guests on wildlife adventures. Added experiences to look forward to are helicopter safaris and mokoro (traditional canoe) expeditions. 

Atzaro Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Suite design at Atzaro Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Source: Atzaro.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge, Okavango Delta – April 2024

This refurbished Desert and Delta Safaris camp is one of the longest-standing offerings in the Okavango Panhandle. Nxamaseri promises an intimate connection with nature and luxurious accommodations. The lodge has 7 double chalets and 2 family chalets. A standout feature of the newly reopened lodge is the over-water Nxamaseri Spa,  with a complimentary treatment available for all guests, in addition to optional treatments available to book. 

Accessibility is streamlined through consistent air travel arrangements, with all flights arriving at and departing from the nearby Shakawe airstrip.  Culinary offerings at Nxamaseri focus on sustainably sourced, local ingredients, bringing to life the traditional practices and histories of the area’s fishermen and farmers. 

The lodge’s proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tsodilo Hills offers unique cultural excursions, allowing guests to explore ancient San Bushman rock art and learn about the region’s heritage.  

Desert and Delta reopened Nxamaseri Island Lodge.  Source: Desert and Delta Collection.

Daunara Safari Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana – April 2024

This owner-run camp will offer an intimate experience in the heart of the Okavango Delta with a maximum of 10 guests. The camp has three couple suites and one family suite. Daunara will also offer guests the opportunity to experience the Southern part of Botswana’s Delta from the air, with a 25-minute helicopter flight transfer from Maun available as an alternative to its two-hour road transfer.

Farm-to-table style dining includes a private chef able to accommodate guests’ dietary requirements. There is also a strong focus on community partnership and conservation outreach programs.

Zebras Daunara Camp Okavango Delta Botswana
Zebras seen at Daunara Camp, in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Source: Daunara.

Natural Selection GweGwe Beach Lodge, Wild Coast, South Africa –  April 2024

GweGwe is one of two new lodge offerings from Natural Selection, an established group of owner-operated safari lodges across Southern Africa.

GweGwe beach lodge, set along South Africa’s Wild Coast, will open in April. The facilities will include nine ensuite rooms (seven twin deluxe suites and two family suites), each with a private deck and plunge pool offering ocean views.

Set within the 7,500-hectare Mkambati Nature Reserve, this lodge appeals to outdoor adventurers and eco-travellers looking to connect with nature. Activities include shore-based whale watching or snorkeling with the marine life found on this protected coastline.

A seasonal highlight is the annual Sardine Run, which is expected to run from 16 June to 10 July 2025.

Gwe Gwe Beach Lodge Wild Coast
A view of Gwe Gwe Beach Lodge, along the Wild Coast, South Africa. Source: Natural Selection. 

Natural Selection Tawana, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana – May 2024

As the second opening in 2024 from Natural Selection, Tawana will add Botswana’s game-rich South-eastern sector to the hospitality brand’s portfolio, which includes Jack’s Camp, Tuludi, and North Island Okavango across Northern Botswana.

Founded on the region’s rich cultural heritage, Tawana is a partnership between Natural Selection and the Batawana tribe and its Chief, Tawana Moremi. The partnership looks to preserve the pristine ecosystem for future generations, while providing much-needed opportunities for the community.

The unfenced lodge, with eight suites, is designed to offer an immersive escape into the Moremi Game Reserve. The suites, including three family rooms, are set across approximately 100 square metres (130 square metres for family units) and have a separate lounge area, private terrace, and plunge pool.

Natural Selection Tawana Guest Suite Botswana.
An artist’s impression of Natural Selection’s Tawana Guest Suite overlooking the Gomoti River, Botswana. Source: Natural Selection.  

Singita Milele, Serengeti, Tanzania – May 2024

Renowned hospitality brand Singita, operators of lodges in Sabi Sand close to South Africa’s Kruger, Grumeti in the Serengeti, will add Milele to its Tanzanian offering in May.

With five suites able to accommodate ten guests, the lodge’s design aims to capture the raw energy and visual appeal of the region’s wildlife. Suites include large terraces and decks, dressing rooms, outdoor showers, and views of the savannas below.

Experiences on offer include Anti-Poaching Observation Post visits and a focus on the Grumeti Fund Community Outreach Program, involving residents of the 21 villages bordering Singita Grumeti.

Miele hospitality experiences will include Singita’s award-winning selection of wines, managed by its wine team in Stellenbosch, which is responsible for the selection, purchase, storage, and service of all the wines across the brand’s lodges.

Singita Game Ranger Milele, Serengeti, Tanzania.
Singita Game Ranger Milele, Serengeti, Tanzania. Source: Singita.

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