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Escape the droves of people and the bustle of civilisation as you fall off the edge off the world and into untamed Africa. Secreted away, far off the beaten track, lose yourself in some of the wildest places on earth. Of the 5 destinations below, aside from camp mates, if you have any, you’ll be unlikely to see another soul and that’s the way it should be. Discover an Africa wild, exciting and intimate, and the perfect way to embrace the essence of adventure.
1. Disappear in Chada Katavi; a small rustic camp in Tanzania. Surrounded by wildlife and practically hidden from view, elephant will often frequent the camp, comprised of only 6 tents. This is a place anyone is unlikely to find you, the immense remoteness of the ancient landscape is untainted by tourism and will leave you feeling humbled by its vast, untapped wilderness. The rivers of the surrounding area are a huge draw for hippo and crocodiles, as well as a menagerie of birdlife. Chada Katavi is easily combined with the remote and untouched Greystoke Mahale. Situated on a pristine white beach looking out upon the glistening waters of Lake Tanganyika and backed by thick green forest rising up to meet the 8000ft peaks of the Mahale Mountains, this is true wilderness. Waiting for you in the forest are chimpanzees. Watch them go about their daily lives and marvel at the distinct similarities between you and our closet relative.
2. Travel to the Congo to encounter the Odzala experience. Odzala is comprised of two camps; Lango Camp, found perched on the edge of the savannah and Ngaga Camp, nestled in the Congo’s thick marantaceae forest. The lodges are mostly made from natural materials found locally, adding an element of authenticity to a stay here. Found in the remote Odzala-Kokoua National Park, don’t turn down the chance to observe fascinating forest elephants and Africa’s densest population of western lowland gorilla. Go gorilla trekking in search of these elusive and beautiful creatures or enjoy a boat ride through the waterways splayed throughout the forest or relax back at the lodge. The guest rooms at Ngaga Camp are elevated 3-4m off the ground with an adjoining walkway, allowing guests to gain a closer look at the forest canopy and feel integrated with the forest around them.
3. On the banks of the Kunene River, the romantic hideaway of Serra Cafema sits waiting to be discovered. Found in the Hartmann Valley in north west Namibia, this quiet oasis boasts incredible views and 8 villas that provide simple elegance. It is the honeymoon villa, however, that not only exudes the essence of allure but also provides the best views on offer. Surrounding the lodge is the mighty Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world. Yet around you, on the banks of the river, greenery and life flourish. There’s plenty to keep you busy as there’s plenty to explore. Take on boat trips up the Kunene River and thrilling quad bike explorations into the dunes as well as nature drives and visits to the Himba people, one of Africa’s last remaining nomadic settlements.
4. For those who enjoy life on the water there’s something for you too. The Ibo Canoe Trail is a Mozambique holiday with a difference. Stay at the gorgeous and romantic Ibo Lodge where the promise of acquiring a traditional boat, known as a dhow, and Kayaking your way across the Indian Ocean becomes a reality. Paddle a visit to the many tropical islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago, on this remote but sensually tropical escape. Sleep out under the stars in the eco camps found on the islands and enjoy the deserted serenity found in so few places left on earth. Traverse the Mozambique coastline with expert guides and marvel at the stunning scenery and endemic birdlife.
5. Hidden away in the wilds of south-eastern Zimbabwe is a place where gentle luxury and nature meet. Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is home to Singita Pamushana Lodge, with one villa and six luxury suites the lodge manages to settle into its surroundings in such a way that you would hardly know it was there. The lake and gardens are complemented by a large pool and phenomenal views of Malilangwe dam. Stride out into the bush with walks into the wilderness and drink in the sights around you. From the rare black rhino to the mighty ‘upside-down’ Baobab trees, this ancient place is sure to set the tone for romance.
The chance to enjoy any such escape as those above is always possible, all you have to do is make it happen, something possible when booking with a travel specialist such as Mahlatini; capable of tailoring an Africa holiday especially for you.