Safaris: the wildest wilderness

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  1. (The Daily Telegraph)

    Among the dozens of luxury safari lodges in Africa, it is refreshing to find a few that still focus on the thing we’re supposed to go to the bush for: the wilderness.
    They may be difficult to get to, but therein lie their beauty - they really are places where you can escape from it all.





    The only way into the isolated deserts in northernmost Namibia is by plane, where - on the edge of an ancient waterhole on the Kunene River - you will find the Serra Cafema camp (www.serracafema.com).





    The surrounding dunes are tamed using Land Rovers and quad-bikes. Excursions are made to visit the Himba, one of the last nomadic ethnic groups on the continent.





    Expect to encounter plenty of birdlife around the river, while the wilderness is inhabited by oryx, springbok and ostrich - the only animals that can survive these conditions.





    On the border of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe is an area of the northern Kruger so wild and unspoilt that almost 75 per cent of the national park’s mammal, bird and tree life can be found there.
     
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  2. This is untouched Africa, where the mountains, gorges and riverbeds are thick with trees and subtropical undergrowth, and teeming with game, from black rhino and herds of elephant to tiny malachite kingfishers.
    As well as four-wheel-drive safaris, bird and bush walks and riding expeditions, Wilderness Safaris’ sleek Pafuri Camp (www.pafuri.com) will organise sleepouts in hides, so guests can also experience the magic of the bush at night.





    The setting for the Wolwedans Boulders Camp (www.wolwedans-namibia.com), in Namibia, is an otherworldly blend of volcanic black mountains and red and golden sands.





    Such is the isolation found in this corner of Africa, guests often come purely to absorb the silence.
    For the adventurous, the camp will move guests’ beds out in to the middle of nowhere, to ensure that nothing but a duvet is between them and the spectacle of a billion twinkiling stars.





    Chiawa (www.chiawa.com), a safari retreat set in Zambia's raw and beautiful Zambezi Valley, is the place to see elephants: visitors almost always do.





    Tours are taken on foot and by canoe, where buffalo, hippo and worryingly large crocodiles enjoy the water.
    Elsewhere, lion and giraffe are both common sightings.
     
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