Boutique Luxury

Tembo Plains Camp

Nestled in a wildlife-rich sanctuary on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Tembo Plains one of Zimbabwe’s most exclusive and intimate luxury camps. Expect a private safari experience like no other.

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Tembo Plains Camp
  • This intimate camp has just four double suites and a two-bedroom suite, offering the utmost privacy and exclusivity. 

  • Explore the private Sapi Reserve, established as part of the owner’s mission to convert vast tracts of Africa into pure conservation land. 

  • Photography enthusiasts will delight at the professional camera equipment and binoculars available for guests to use. 

  • From bush breakfasts to multi-course tasting dinners, savor the incredible cuisine guaranteed by the camp’s Relais & Châteaux accolade. 

Tembo Plains Camp offers an unparalleled safari experience on the banks of the Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe. Tucked away in an ancient riverside forest, the intimate 5-tent luxury camp is surrounded by the vast wildlife-rich Sapi Reserve, bordering the UNESCO-protected Mana Pools National Park. Home to large populations of elephant, buffalo, lions, leopards, and the elusive wild dogs, whether you embark on day or night game drives, boat trips, canoeing or guided walks your safari promise to be rewarding and thrilling in equal measure. 
The accommodation at Tempo Plains Camp is inspired by the famous Zimbabwe Ruins, spectacular medieval stone monuments built by local African people centuries ago, reflected in the tents’ pack-stone walls. This unique design affords a greater sense of privacy, while still feeling connected to the surrounding wilderness through uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River. The camp comprises four individual tents, each with their own spacious indoor lounge area, outdoor swimming pool and veranda with a private dining area. In addition, the two-bedroom Tembo Suite is perfect for families or two couples, with two private suites joined by a shared lounge, dining area and outdoor pool. Feel totally at ease as you unwind in the handmade bathtub or connect with nature in the outdoor shower. Each suite is also complete with professional-grade camera equipment and high-quality binoculars to capture remarkable wildlife encounters.  
Currently the only Relais & Châteaux property in Zimbabwe, five-star cuisine and impeccable service are guaranteed. Conservation is also at the heart of everything they do here. Owners and National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert have pioneered sustainable tourism throughout Africa for years, on a mission to protect this diverse continent’s last pockets of untouched wilderness. Tembo Plains Camp is no exception, set on the 128,000-hectare Sapi Reserve which was formerly a hunting area, established as a private reserve in 2016 by Great Plains Conservation to protect the incredible local ecozystem.  

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Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Tembo Plains Camp is nestled in a forest on the banks of the Zambezi River in the private 128,000-hectare Sapi Private Reserve, in the northern tip of Zimbabwe. 

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