Accessible only by light aircraft, Anabezi Camp is the epitome of an African safari retreat. Blending in harmoniously with its natural surroundings, this exclusive luxury tented camp pays homage to its pioneer heritage in 11 exquisite suites, generously spaced along the ridge of a high riverbank. Anabezi overlooks the Zambezi River and the Mushika River floodplain, where year round grazing ensures spectacular game viewing from the comfort of your tent. The camp is open during the best wildlife viewing months from April to November.
Anabezi Camp offers a definitive African safari with adventures on land and on water. As the easternmost camp in the Park, Anabezi has comfortable access to the broader valley floor found further away from the escarpment in this area. The remoteness and limited accessibility of the camp affords unusually undisturbed and highly productive game viewing. Blending absolute luxury with complete rustic authenticity, outstanding accommodation is enhanced by gourmet cuisine. Children older than 8 years are welcome.
The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4 090km2, combining 120km of Zambezi River frontage with huge concentrations of game in the valley floor, against the escarpment backdrop of the southern limit of the Great Rift Valley. This part of the park is particularly private, with Ana tree corn pods attracting many species to feed and graze along the banks of the Zambezi, resulting in extremely rich sightings of wildlife. During your stay, you will have a very good chance of seeing elephant, hippo, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu, with solid numbers of leopard, lion and hyena. Other commonly seen animals are wild dog, serval, baboons and the African wild cat. Smaller animals include the side-striped jackal, dwarf, slender and banded mongoose, large spotted genet, civet, tree squirrel, honey badger, porcupine and aardvark.
With about 500 species of birds in the Park, species such as the spectacular ground hornbill or the tiny red-billed firefinch can be seen wading on the shores of the river, whilst saddle-billed stork, African skimmers, Roufous bellied herons, bee eaters, black crowned night herons, amethyst sunbirds and Jameson’s firefinches nest in trees, forage on the ground and swoop through the air.
The Zambezi River is host to spectacular fresh water sport fishing, with tigerfish and tilapia the main quarry. If you are keen on the fishing, do enquire beforehand about the best times of year to fish.
The camp offers two luxurious camps: Anabezi, with 7 rooms, situated closer to the main area and perfect for individual bookings, and the smaller 'Little Anabezi' with 4 rooms, suitable for small groups. Linked to each other and the common areas by timber walkways with railings, each spacious tented suite is raised on wooden decking and has canvas walls. Beautiful furnishings include two queen size beds, a luxurious lounge area and a stylish bathroom with a freestanding bath, complemented by an en-suite open-air shower. Glass sliding doors lead out to a large private deck with daybeds and a small plunge pool – all with magnificent views.
Anabezi offers a delectable fusion of European and African cuisine. A generous buffet lunch and an indulgent high tea follow a substantial Continental breakfast. Dinner is a three course plated gourmet affair, served indoors or outdoors with some of South Africa’s finest wines. The thatched main dining area and bar opens out onto the large timber deck and a large swimming pool for guests to cool off in. Offset from the pool is the magnificent game viewing deck, which offers the best possible views across both rivers and the floodplain. A guest favourite is the fire-pit on the lawn, which provides the perfect opportunity to absorb the local sounds and to gaze at the stars in the crystal clear expanse of the African night sky.
Equipped with new game viewing vehicles and boats, Anabezi offers a range of personalised activities led by extremely knowledgeable and experienced guides.
Game viewing activities take place both on the water by boat, and on the land by four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles, fitted specifically to guarantee guests’ safety without compromising their game viewing experience. A maximum of 6 guests is accommodated in each vehicle.
Night drives around the savannah are the perfect way to experience the nocturnal animals, and you may even find yourself following a hunting pride of lions. Your guide will also point out the constellations of the Southern night sky.
Boat cruises on the scenic Zambezi River are a very relaxing way to view huge pods of hippo and crocodile, as well as some riparian acitivity.
A daytime walking safari into the Kulefu woodlands and surrounding areas offers an intimate experience with the Zambezi and the surrounding fauna and flora, and is led by an experienced guide.
The Zambezi River is famous for the most spectacular fresh water catch and release sport fishing in the world. Tigerfish are plentiful and prove an exciting catch.