AFRICA HIDDEN GEMS
Representative: HAYLEY PLASKITT | OWNER
Africa Hidden Gems represents a collection of Africa's best-kept safari secrets – small, independent lodges and camps run by some of the most committed, passionate and inspiring people we know. Together they offer superlative, authentic experiences that showcase the most unusual, distinctive and downright delightful destinations our magical continent has to offer. We've carefully curated our "gems", looking for one-of-a-kind places that do things differently, leading the way in an ever-evolving landscape and transforming the safari industry through pioneering conservation work and community initiatives. They're special. And unique. And are absolutely the ultimate addition to any safari itinerary. Africa Hidden Gems will be representing Imvelo Safari Lodges and Victoria Falls River Lodge at Africa's Eden in November 2023.
Imvelo Safari Lodges, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Doing safaris differently is very much part of Imvelo Safari Lodges's DNA, getting away from the standard two game drives a day model, jumping off the proverbial open safari vehicle to explore the African wilderness in new and exciting ways. Whether it's the adrenalin rush of a bush walk in big game territory, taking the Elephant Express rail car transfer between camps, mountain biking across Hwange's breathtaking landscapes or chilling in an underground hide, no two days are ever the same with Imvelo. It's out in the communities and in their conservation programmes that Imvelo really stands out, especially where the reintroduction of white rhino to Hwange is concerned. Owned by the local community, Imvelo is working side by side with local people to grow a viable population of rhino for future generations to enjoy, turning Imvelo's Bomani and Camelthorn camps into Big Five destinations once more!
Victoria Falls River Lodge, Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe
Recently awarded Conde Nast's Johansen Award for 2023 for the best waterside property in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Victoria Falls River Lodge is the cherry on top of any safari itinerary. With a smorgasbord of accommodation options including a private island in the mighty Zambezi River complete with tree-house suites and star beds, this jaw-dropping destination is turning heads around the world. They offer the perfect mix of giving guests the chance to explore the attractions of Victoria Falls while being immersed away from the hubbub in a haven of tranquility and incredible natural beauty on the banks of the mighty Zambezi.