There are few places on Earth that can rival Africa for its spectacular diversity of wildlife and awe-inspiring landscapes. Across this vast continent, the range of desert, swampland, forests and savannah habitats provide plenty of opportunity for a variety of experiences - there is no better way to enjoy these incredible world treasures than with an authentic, privately guided, traditional tailor-made safari.
Sybarite Safaris™ is a sister company to Sybarite Sporting™, which organise and host classic, luxury eco-friendly safaris with an emphasis on sustainable integrated community conservation and low-impact ecotourism 1 in:
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The luxury safari was born in the 1920s when the well-heeled flocked to Africa to see the remarkable wildlife. Reflecting the excess of the Roaring Twenties, they travelled in style - tented camps outfitted with satin sheets and silver servings, gramophones and gourmet food and, of course, endless gin and tonic - Kenya set the safari bar higher than anywhere else in Africa.
And it continues that way today. Kenya continues to push the outer edge of the wilderness envelope in ways that visitors in the 1920s could not ever have imagined.
From the Masai Mara National Park, renowned for its abundant wildlife and annual Great Migration to a beach holiday overlooking the turquoise waters and fluttering palm trees of the warm Indian Ocean, Kenya offers incredible wildlife, unique landscapes with warm and friendly people.
The coast of Kenya is a different world to the savannahs and bushland of East Africa’s interior.
The active adventure of safari game drives and evening campfire reminiscing, turns to a pace more in time with the swaying coconut palms and local Swahili life.
The picture postcard palm-fringed white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and the Makuti thatched bandas and seafront beach lodges, makes the Kenyan coast an idyllic place for a laidback tropical holiday, big game sea fishing excursions or as a base for inland safari trips.
Big Life Foundation
Co-founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt, award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill, Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.
Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with local communities, partner NGOs, national parks, and government agencies, Big Life seeks to protect and sustain East Africa’s wildlife and wild lands, including one of the greatest populations of elephants left in East Africa.
Conservation research and communities that implement sustainable-use wildlife management is a very important part of what we represent.
With unrivalled game numbers, large and remote wilderness habitats and some of the most beautiful national parks on the continent, gives Tanzania a unique character in the traditional safari world.
By combining some of the most luxurious lodges in Africa with our exclusive private game reserves, we are able to create unique safari itineraries.
Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Crater are very close to our Masailand private game reserve, and can be very easily included in a safari itinerary without the expense of private air charters to get in and out of remote camps.
Together with the exclusive private reserves in Rungwa, southern central Tanzania, and Luganzo, in western Tanzania, we can tailor traditional tented camping itineraries with permanent lodges, in these remote wilderness areas.
Mozambique is a well-known destination for coastal expeditions but its little travelled interior, offers an unspoilt sight to Africa. The wildlife and its National Parks are being rehabilitated to their former state, and as one of Africa’s largest wilderness areas, it is fast becoming a true wilderness wildlife safari destination.
The Nhacainga Conservancy consists of large granite outcrops, huge areas of savannah woodlands, tambooti forest and large seasonal rivers with thick riverine bush - it a classic example of true wildlife rehabilitated wilderness.
Njiri Eco Camp is a remote tented camp in the middle of Nhacainga (Coutada 9). It is over 2 ½ million acres in size, of which Njiri Eco Camp has access to ½ million acres.
The area has historically been run as a hunting block, but during the civil war the reserve's wildlife was heavily poached leading to a severe decrease in animal populations and the ecosystems general biodiversity health. It is the sustainable-use hunting conservation tool that is now restoring the concession to its former glory, with species reintroduction and conservation management work by the camp and partners.
This low-impact ecotourism is about sustainable land and wildlife use, that has a direct benefit to the local communities, local people and their cultures.
Namibia is an arid country of surprising contrasts, home to two great deserts. Along its length, the vast shifting sand sea of the Namib, sprawls inland along the Atlantic coastline, cooled by the Benguela current, which, when it clashes with the desert heat, creates coastal fog that supports entire ecosystems.
In the interior, the rolling red dunes at Sossusvlei give way to the plateau slopes that move away to the north, taking in Twyfelfontein’s 'open-air gallery' of ancient rock engravings in the Damaraland area, and then east to meet the Kalahari Desert.
Together with The Skeleton Coast, and its littered shipwrecks and desert-adapted species, the iconic Etosha National Park, and the surrounding reserves of the Waterberg region, finishing with the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) makes for a compelling Namibian bush safari.
Namibia offers such a rich feast of landscapes, peoples and wildlife that it is not surprising that Namibia photographic safaris are now considered some of the finest in Africa.
The Lower Zambezi Valley remains a huge and untamed wilderness, sparingly inhabited by local tribesman, rich in big game and bird life - this provides some of the best of Zimbabwe and makes for a fantastic, diverse wild bush and river safari.
On Zimbabwe’s western border lies Hwange National Park, the country’s largest and most pristine national park renowned for its fantastic concentrations of elephants; just north are the thundering Victoria Falls ("The Smoke that Thunders").
Moving north-east, the Zambezi River continues through Lake Kariba into the Lower Zambezi Valley, it’s journey east is flanked by National Parks - this remote section of dotted reed islands, takes in Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, renowned for its population of Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard….and over 350 bird species!
Through the wide game-rich floodplain and towering escarpments of both Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Zambezi flows on through the tripoints borders of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia, and on to the Mozambique Indian Ocean.
"Big Life's vision is to take the successful holistic
conservation model in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and replicate it across the African continent."
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN SAFARIS
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy - there’s nothing quite like a sunrise in Africa.” – Ernest Hemingway
1 The World Conservation Union (IUCN) defines ecotourism as:
“Environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local peoples.”