This laid back camp overlooks a reed-fringed lagoon, home to a resident pod of hippos set within an iconic Delta landscape, and a magical environment in which to enjoy the abundance of wildlife.
Built on stilts and crafted from canvas and wood, 9 chalets (including 1 family unit) enjoy private decks and glorious views over the lagoon. Comfortably appointed and with a natural ethnic flavour each has an indoor and outdoor shower. Mapula is a relaxed, unpretentious lodge which blends seamlessly into the surrounds. The open-sided lounge, dining area and deck ensures guests have a true communion with nature, complete with the sounds and scents of the Delta.
In 2018 this is one to watch as it was brought under the management of Uncharted Africa who are well known for their standards and style.
9 Chalets including one family chalet
Boating and mokoro excursions through a maze of channels and islands are subject to water levels.
The guides at Mapula are some of the best in the business; trained by safari legend Ralph Bousfield, each one has an intricate knowledge of the area that’s hard to beat.
A variety of diurnal and nocturnal animal species may be seen on the day and night game drives – wild dog, leopard and lion are some of the highlights.
Although a quiet riverside setting, it is still close to Victoria Falls and the key activities and sights. Well-spaced and air-conditioned, the 13 luxurious tents are constructed of canvas, glass and wood and boast uninterrupted panoramas of river and natural bush. Each extends out to a private deck and plunge pools. Stylish and spacious, the rooms enjoy an interesting fusion of European and African décor, with clean lines and a fresh, earthy feel. Five of the tents are family-friendly and have an alcove with 2 bunk beds and a single bed.
Watch out for game and the prolific birdlife from the main lodge or cool off in the rim-flow, infinity pool between daily river cruises and exciting game drives. The lodge provides a complimentary transfer to Victoria Falls and optional extra canoeing trips, fishing and walking safaris may be arranged at an additional charge. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing treatment in the luxurious Riverside Spa.
13 luxurious tents are constructed of canvas, glass and wood
Open all year
Morning and afternoon game drives with juniors Discovery programme
Bush walks in this game rich area of Zambezi National Park. Four of the Big 5 as well as antelope species with hippos and crocs in the river.
Some tents have a private plunge pool
The meticulously restored “Pride of Africa” trains can accommodate up to 72 guests in 36 superbly appointed Suites. Period decor and tasteful finishes offer en-suite luxury, and the spacious Royal Suites boast a Victorian bath from which to watch the world go by. Attentive butler service and modern conveniences (personal safes, air-conditioning and a bar and fridge) ensure guests are comfortable at all times.
Excellent cuisine is paired with fine wines and beautifully presented in the signature dining car – the atmosphere of grandeur and tradition suitably complemented by the transitory landscape. The train’s sedate pace allows stops for professionally operated walks, game drives and tours. Routing destinations include Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Victoria Falls, Namibia and Dar es Salaam, with a focus on scenery, golfing, animals and history, depending on the route chosen.
36 Superbly Appointed Suites. There are 3 types: Royal, Deluxe & Pullman
Rovos Rail offers a variety of epic journeys.
Cape Town to Pretoria – is a 3 day, 1600 km journey. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890 – also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.
Pretoria to Victoria Falls – This three-night adventure winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. A highlight is Hwange National Park.
Pretoria to Durban – This three-day safari between Pretoria and Durban departs during the summer months and includes game drives, a battlefields tour with a world-class historian and a look at unusual African ceramics. Experience the Nambiti Conservancy – a Big Five private retreat set on 20 000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu-Natal. Situated on an expansive game farm, Spionkop Lodge – which adjoins an 11 000-acre nature reserve – is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, bush, birds and battlefields of the region.
Pretoria to Swakopmund – This nine-day 3 400-kilometre journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Stopping at Kimberley crossing the Northern Cape to Fish River Canyon, the Kalahari Desert to Windhoek and then on to Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park.
All trips can be done in reverse order.
Rovos Rail also offers Golf Tours & Safaris. For example a 9 day Golf Safari starting in Pretoria heading west to Sun City and Pilanesberg for golf and safari. Then on to the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to play at the Champagne Sports Resort with guided tour of the battlefields. On to Durban Country Club or a tour of the city. Game viewing in Hluhluwe before heading on to Swaziland to tee off at Royal Swazi or enjoy game drives at Mkhaya and a visit to Ngwenya Glass and Guava Gallery. Golfers then play the challenging Leopard Creek course while non-golfers enjoy a game drive in the world-famous Kruger Park, after which this memorable journey ends in Pretoria.