Private reserve. Private experience
Local expert guides
Sublime accommodation
Remote, escape
No booking fees


Tembo Plains Camp is tucked away into a thick riverine forest on the edge of the Zambezi River, in the private 128,000-hectare Sapi Private Reserve, east of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park.


Standard Season: 1 – 31 May 2022 & 1 – 20 November 2022
High Season: 1 June – 31 October 2022


Tembo Plains Camp has four double or twin bed configuration suites. Each has its own private indoor lounge area, outdoor swimming pool (with exercise bikes on an expansive veranda) and outdoor dining area. Stunning, handmade bathtubs with indoor and outside showers give the suite a sense of ‘home’ where you can move in and live. The Wi-Fi and working areas also provide space for you to catch up on business or manage your images from the day’s adventures. Each suite comes complete with a professional camera and lenses. High-quality binoculars are also available for guests to use whilst they are with us in the Sapi Reserve. All these little touches deliver the luxury Zimbabwe safari.

The beautiful 2-bedroomed Tembo Suite comprises two suites flanking a shared lounge, dining area and pool. The Tembo Plains Suite is ideal for two couples or families travelling together and those guests looking for the ultimate private safari.

Each guest suite includes one pair of high quality binoculars and a professional camera set, including a professional camera body and 100-400mm and 24-70mm lenses for guest’s complimentary use. Photos will be downloaded to a memory stick on guest’s departure


Early morning and late afternoon game viewing in an open 4×4 wildlife-viewing vehicle, guided walks, canoeing and boating.

Painted dogs (wild dogs), lions and leopards are common around Tembo Plains, whilst buffalo are regularly seen up and down, and sometimes swimming the Zambezi River itself, as are elephants.

The private Sapi Reserve, a previous hunting area, was established in 2016 by Great Plains Conservation as a beautiful private photographic reserve safe for wildlife. It borders the Mana Pools National Park to the west and forms part of our mission to convert vast tracts of Africa into pure conservation land. It is now recognised as one of the finest wildlife destinations in Africa today. We access this fantastic wildlife sanctuary and the Mana Pools National Park if we want to offer a combined range of over 337,000 hectares of prime, protected wilderness for our guests. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and a core area of the middle-Zambezi biosphere reserve.

Enjoy the privacy of a safari, so rare today, in a wildlife-rich sanctuary along the Zambezi River with us. Here you don’t have to worry about anything else except how best to soak up every moment. Your safari with us includes everything, day and night wildlife-viewing drives, boating, canoeing or guided walks and tracking, drinks. And, of course, our Relais & Chateaux level cuisine and service.


Children are accommodated from a minimum age of 6 years.

  • Activities of canoeing and walking will cater to family ability & safety. Some activities may have a specific age related restriction – please refer to the general notes at the end of this manual.
  • Child rates are applicable for one child aged 15 and younger sharing with two adults in a suite from $448 – $648 per night.
  • Children 16 and older will pay applicable adult rates and be accommodated in a separate suite.
  • Families will be combined with other guests on all activities.


Sustainability is an integral part of Tembo Plains; featuring state-of-the-art Tesla solar battery system in place at Tembo Plains Camp. Other best practices in the camp include a bio-digester that converts vegetable scraps into methane cooking gas, composting, greywater recycling, use of recycled hardwood in camp construction, and the elimination of single-use plastic such as bottles and straws.

A Conservation and Community Levy is added to each stay with Tembo Plains Camp and parent company Great Plains Conservation as a contribution to the Great Plains Foundation. Through this levy, every traveller is not only helping to conserve and expand natural habitats, but also contributing to conservation and community development through projects such as conservation education and Rhinos Without Borders.


Standard Season
  • per person sharing, inclusive
High Season
  • per person sharing, inclusive

Standard Season: 1 – 31 May 2022 & 1 – 20 November 2022
High Season: 1 June – 31 October 2022

A private, exclusive use villa residence consisting of a two-bedroom suite, shared lounge, dining and private pool including private game drive vehicle and guide.
Standard Season: US$ 2,685 per night | High Season: US$ 3,885 per night


  • Accommodation
  • Wildlife viewing activities
  • Meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including premium beverages.
  • Daily laundry
  • Return airstrip transfers
  • One wildlife experience in the Mana Pools National Park on 3 night stays or longer
  • Pricing in US Dollars


  • International airfare
  • Visas and other entry costs
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
  • Personal expense such as extra drinks/food on transfers, phone calls, curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
  • Mana Pool National Park & Great Plains Foundation Conservation & Community levy ($60 per person per night)
  • Local flights and transfers from Victoria Falls Airport (don’t panic, we’ll include these in your complimentary quote)
  • Optional extension available in

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