Baines River Camp in Zambia
Baines River Camp, just outside the unfenced Lower Zambezi National Park, commands spectacular views over the Zambezi River. Follow in the footsteps of famous artist and explorer Thomas Baines, who explored Zambia in the 19th century. To capture the vibe of this bygone era, this safari lodge has a true colonial style. Be pampered by the service of ever-smiling hosts Phineus, Joe and Amos, pick a spa treatment and truly unwind during a Well Being massage with warm oils, or indulge yourself with delicious desserts straight from the famous Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook (manager Debbie is a true foodie). In between all this spoiling, there is, of course, a wide variety of land and water based safari activities offered, in and around the Lower Zambezi National Park. Did you know this national park is the first carbon-neutral national park in the world? In addition to game drives, river, canoe and walking safaris, Baines’ River Camp offers specialized photographic workshops, fly fishing clinics and elephant studies, led by passionate specialists of international acclaim. Learning about these grey giants and understanding their social dynamics and threatened existence will leave you with new perspectives. Are you ready for a full 360° Zambia experience at Baines' River Camp?
Classic safari-style elegance flows throughout the property and the nine beautiful suites (including a family cottage) are luxuriously appealing and (very!) well-appointed, decorated with rich, classical fabrics and colourful kelims. Each extends out to a personal verandah, where you can soak up the beauty of the setting: extensive views over the Zambezi River, majestic mountains, ever-changing skies and wildlife roaming freely. A true African Garden of Eden. In your cottage, every detail is taken care off: air-conditioning, ceiling fans, cotton percale linens, pure goose-down pillows and duvets, a spacious dressing area, generous walk-in showers, coffee and tea making facilities, a personal safe for your valuables and a hair dryer. The bedrooms are as ‘mosquito-proof’ as possible, with gauze sashes on the windows and insect repellent. From your suite, it is a short walk to the open-plan central spaces. Here, you will find a cosy lounge, a bar, dining area and a pool. Evenings are spent sharing stories around an outdoor fireplace.
ACTIVITIES AT BAINES' RIVER CAMP
This relaxed water-based camp is ideal for simply chilling, however, the number of activities offered are almost overwhelming. Guides at this camp are rated among the best in Africa and, in detail, answer all your questions. Guides like Leonard, Luke and Weston will tell you all there is to know about animals, plants and cultural life happening around you. Especially Leonard is passionate about details: termite mounds, trees, pods, birds, mammals – you will leave with more information you ever thought you could handle. To make sure you really get the full-monty, there are game drives, canoeing excursions, walking safaris, birding trips, catch and release tiger fishing trips and social cruises (to gaze at the amazing sunset). And, let’s not forget about the informative workshop series, including the elephant workshop and the photographic workshop provided by award winning photographers Roger and Pat de la Harpe. Topped off with excellent sightings of elephant, lion, leopard, zebra and wild dog, Baines' River Camp will leave you with an enchanting and everlasting African experience.