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Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Stylish, upmarket property
- Exceptional guiding
- Wildlife viewing in camp
- Two swimming pools

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Overview

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp is an upmarket safari camp offering stylish, comfortable facilities and first rate guiding in the unspoiled, game-rich eastern area of Lower Zambezi National Park, southern Zambia. The camp is situated close to the Zambezi River, overlooking a floodplain popular with wildlife. At the higher end of the price bracket, Anabezi boasts exceptionally spacious tented accommodation along with two swimming pools, flexible dining, and numerous activities, including day and night game drives and river excursions.

Easily accessible from nearby Jeki or Kulefu airstrips, the camp operates seasonally from April to November. Visitors should come prepared for very high temperatures from October onwards, although it’s worth tolerating the heat since these warmer months coincide with the peak wildlife viewing period, when large numbers of lion, leopard, buffalo, antelope, hippo, and baboon can be seen along with elephants, who regularly feast on the pods of the surrounding Ana trees, after which Anabezi is named.

The camp’s main areas comprise an open-sided, tented lounge with contemporary furnishings, plus a separate, thatched dining area with bar. Outside are two decent sized swimming pools, and a lovely boma with a campfire, where guests can relax with a post dinner drink. Mealtimes are frequently communal events, often served alfresco, either by the campfire or in an enchanting bush location. Buffet lunches and three course dinners feature a blend of European and African influences, and private dining can be accommodated.

A good choice of land and water based activities is offered, including day and night game drives, woodland walking safaris, and birdwatching. Atmospheric boating and fishing excursions on the Zambezi River are available, while canoe safaris bring guests thrillingly close to the river’s wildlife.

The accommodation comprises 12 well-appointed and extremely generous tented suites built on raised decking. Each tent comprises a comfortable lounge area, and either two doubles or one king sized bed, plus mosquito nets and fans. All units have an ensuite bathroom with twin washbasins, WC, and a freestanding bathtub, plus an indulgent outdoor shower. Sliding glass doors lead out onto a private veranda with a plunge pool and loungers, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the surrounding wildlife.

Children over eight years of age are very welcome at Anabezi. Families with younger children may be accommodated, subject to a minimum group booking of eight people. Although the camp does not provide a dedicated family room, it does offer discounts for younger guests sharing with an adult. Note that there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for canoe and walking safaris. While the camp offers no child-specific activities, the abundant wildlife and swimming pools should be a hit with most children nonetheless. Note that the camp and pools are unfenced, and wildlife does roam through. Although it is unlikely that animals would approach people or tents, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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