Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

This is a vast reserve. There are over 1800 square kilometres of rugged terrain criss-crossed by rivers - the largest one being the Bua River which supports a healthy salmon population.

The rainforest gives way to miombo woodland rich with flora and fauna. One of the best ways to see the reserve is by kayaking down the river or walking with a guide.

Birdlife is fantastic and you may even be lucky enough to spot elephants coming to drink at the river - 500 were translocated here in 2016/17 as part of a reserve restoration plan which also included an influx of 1500 other animals.

Leopard and lion are more tricky to see in the dense undergrowth.

Traditionally this rugged wilderness area has been tricky to explore other than by the river and walks but since African Parks took over management in 2015, things are gradually changing with plans to further develop, enhance and protect the park and its wildlife. The reserve has been fenced and a sanctuary established.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge was the original safari lodge to open back in 2011. It took 2 years to build and is committed to sustainability - the Tongole Foundation supports the local community. Open-fronted suites with panoramic views and raised decks allow you to soak up the majesty of the reserve.

Since Tongole, others properties have arrived including Bua River Lodge, Kachenga Bush Camp and in 2019, Rafiki Safari Camp.