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Tembo Plains Camp
Tembo Plains Camp is nestled amidst the thick riverine forest along the edge of the Zambezi River, offering a prime location within the Sapi Reserve. This exclusive reserve provides a sanctuary for wildlife and a captivating backdrop for your safari adventures. The camp's proximity to the Zambezi River offers uninterrupted views, immersing you in the sights and sounds of the wilderness.

Tembo Plains Camp is part of the Réserve Collection of camps, reflecting the highest level of luxury within the Great Plains portfolio. This authentic yet luxurious camp combines canvas and stone walls to create a unique design inspired by the famous Zimbabwe Ruins.

The name "Tembo," meaning elephant, pays homage to these majestic creatures and sets the tone for the camp's atmosphere and unique relationship with them. The camp honours these animals found on these Zimbabwean plains alongside the Zambezi River. Tembo Plains Camp reflects more than just a place; it also speaks to their long and unique relationships with elephants.

The camp's central facilities include a tented safari main area comprising a lounge, dining area, interactive kitchen, library, and wine cellar. A coffee/tea station and a fire pit with seating provide cozy spots to relax and share stories. The Great Plains Safari Boutique offers locally and regionally crafted products, including the d&b clothing line inspired by Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Tembo Plains offers four suites and a beautiful 2-bedroomed family suite, ideal for couples, families, or those seeking a private safari experience. The spacious tents feature semi-circular walls that separate the bath and shower areas from the bedrooms, ensuring privacy and comfort. The blend of canvas and stone walls creates a unique architectural aesthetic that combines comfort with a touch of exploration. The pack-stone wall design enhances privacy while the front of the suites offers panoramic views of the Zambezi River, just meters away.

Inside, you'll find a perfect balance of rustic elegance and modern amenities, creating a serene haven in the heart of the wilderness. Tembo Plains offers an authentic bush experience without compromising on luxury. Each suite is equipped with a professional camera, lenses, and high-quality binoculars for guests to use during their stay. Capture the essence of the wildlife and landscapes as you explore the Sapi Reserve and create stunning photographic memories.

Tembo Plains Camp
Tembo Plains Camp
Tembo Plains Camp
Tembo Plains Camp
Tembo Plains Camp

Tembo Plains offers an unparalleled safari experience within the private Sapi Reserve, where elephants and the wilderness reign supreme. Your days are filled with exploration and adventure. Game drives, both during the day and at night, allow you to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Guided walks provide a closer connection to the flora and fauna, while canoeing and boating on the Zambezi River offer a unique perspective of the reserve's beauty. Private vehicles and guides are available for those seeking a more personalised experience.

The Sapi Reserve is a wildlife haven, offering opportunities to witness an array of magnificent creatures. African wild dogs, lions, leopards, buffalo, and elephants are frequently spotted around Tembo Plains Camp. The Zambezi River attracts a wealth of wildlife, with animals often seen swimming across its waters.

Great Plains Conservation uses custom-built, open Toyota Land Cruisers specially designed for these conditions and photography, including fold-down windscreens, raised roofs, photographic bars, and multi-plug inverters. Each of the Land Cruisers is fully stocked with reference books, drinks, and snacks.

The Sapi Private Reserve, established by Great Plains as part of their mission to convert vast tracts of Africa into pure conservation land, is now a beautiful private photographic reserve that borders the Mana Pools National Park. It is recognised as one of the finest wildlife destinations in Africa today. This fantastic wildlife sanctuary and the Mana Pools National Park offer a combined range of over 337,000 hectares of prime, protected wilderness for Tembo Plains visitors. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and a core area of the middle-Zambezi biosphere reserve.

The Sapi Restoration Initiative represents significant landscape conservation at its best, combining best practices in land management and sound business principles through tourism. Learn more at Great Plains Foundation.


Property Details

Tembo Plains Camp Location
Within the private 118,000-hectare (291,000-acre) Sapi Reserve, east of Zimbabwe's renowned Mana Pools National Park.
4 double or twin configuration suites, 1 x 2-bedroom family suite,
Guest Room Facilities
Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Plunge Pool, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee
Tembo Plains Camp Facilities
Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Spa
Family Policy
Children must be a minimum of 8 years old to participate in extensive walking activities and 12 years to participate in canoeing
Bird Watching, Boating, Canoeing, Catch-and-release Fishing, Fine Dining, Game Drives, Game Viewing, High Tea, Massages, Night Drives, Game Walks (Guided)
Available Services
Credit Card, Massages, Private Vehicle / Guide
Guided Safaris, All Meals and Drinks (excluding French Champagne), Laundry
Not Included
Curio Purchases, Massages, Gratuities
Why Tembo Plains Camp?
One of Zimbabwe's only Relais & Chateaux accredited safari camps!

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