ROAM Adventures in Africa
We believe there is more to a classic Africa experience than the Big Five. ROAM has developed programs in Africa that give you an insider’s perspective to such a complex and enchanting continent. Our adventures are designed to touch on a variety of regions and activities while indulging in the breathtaking landscapes and the diverse and vibrant cultures.
Anyone can find a Kilimanjaro climb or a Safari Lodge on the Internet, but it’s ROAM’s guides and people that will make your experience incredible. Our hosts share their lives and countries with you and are fierce promoters of wildlife and environmental conservation. ROAM’s African adventures weave an incredible tapestry of activity, adventure and unabashed luxury into a trip you will not soon forget.
We offer wildlife viewing in many shapes and forms – 4×4 safari vehicles, by foot, raft, kayak, canoe, air and even overnight tree-fort dwellings – where you are immersed completely. ROAM specializes in small tented camps and intimate lodgings offering lavish furnishings and great food but more importantly incredible wildlife and cultural opportunities.
We craft adventurous itineraries, featuring legendary service, authentic hosts and outstanding hospitality at exceptional prices that you can only get with decades of experience. Be active, immersed and connected and reap the rewards of an intimate well-planned adventure. Seventy percent of ROAM’s guests have traveled with us 3 times or more – and for good reason. Join us in Africa and create your own legends.
ROAM Scheduled African Adventures
ROAM Custom African Adventures
Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana
Combine the Best of Game Viewing & Culture in the Moremi Game Reserve
Khwai Tented Camp is located on a beautiful site on the eastern border of the Moremi Game reserve, on the banks of a lagoon flowing into the Khwai River. The camp offers visitors several unique ways to experience Africa. Besides the day-time drives which can feature Africa’s big attractions – lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe – guests at Khwai Tented Camp are able to explore nature after sunset with a night drive. This activity, along with the guided walking safaris, is not usually permitted in the National Parks or Game Reserves, and allows guests to get an up close and personal experience with some of Africa’s nocturnal and / or more elusive animals. The camp also provides the opportunity to explore the great stands of leadwood and mopane woodlands as well as open grasslands and banks of the Khwai River on foot.
The camp preserves the romance of yesteryear, a simpler life in harmony with nature. There are no permanent structures; everything can be removed to leave the wilderness exactly as we found it, minimizing our impact on the environment. Guests can enjoy spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, beds and private en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets. As the Khwai is a community-run concession all proceeds from tourism go directly to help local people and local projects through the Khwai Community Trust.
Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana
An Authentic Safari Experience in the Chobe Enclave
The Linyanti Bush Camp offers the perfect setting for an authentic and wild safari experience. As the only source of water in the dry months, the Linyanti marshes are one of the most sought after destinations in Northern Botswana, boasting a great diversity of game and a peaceful atmosphere. The area offers spectacular birding all year round and is best known for its large herds of elephants that move down to the Linyanti River at the start of the winter months and only move back inland once the main rains arrive. Lion, sable, roan, leopard, and wild dog are also frequent visitors to Linyanti as is the elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile.
Bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave, the Linyanti Bush Camp is an intimate 12-bedded tented camp on the banks of the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve. Activities from the camp include game drives, walking safaris, game viewing from hides, spot-lighting, bird watching, boating and fishing safaris as well as guided mokoro safaris, when water levels permit. Accommodation at the Linyanti Bush Camp is far from primitive with spacious tents, comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, fixed showers and hot water.
Somalisa Expeditions, Zimbabwe
An original safari experience in Hwange National Park
Somalisa Expeditions is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Somalisa Expeditions offers an authentic and very “classic ROAM” style experience in this exceptional wildlife haven. Nestled under an incredible grove of Acacias, along the edge of a seasonal flood plain, and situated in the heart of Zimbabwe’s largest and ‘most loved’ national park, the main area includes a lounge and dining area on raised decking which overlooks a small pool, which elephants drink out of providing an up-close elephant encounters. The camp has six elegantly furnished, pristine Serengeti-style tents, each with en suite bathroom. Activities include guided walks, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena and many other wildlife species.
Kanga Camp, Zimbabwe
The Inland Gem of Mana Pools National Park
Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan. The 12-bedded tented camp overlooks the water hole and two of the tents are a family/honeymoon tents with their own private dining and seating area. The main area has a comfortable lounge and dining area offering you uninterrupted views of a very active water hole. Relax in the upper deck lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga − the old Africa in a new era.
A diverse area of the Ruckomechi River valley, this region features mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests. Kanga Pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoiled, private African safari experience. In addition to game drives, bird watching and walking excursions, an hour’s drive brings you to the Zambezi flood plains in Mana Pools for canoeing and fishing excursions in this untouched wilderness paradise.
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
The Prime Location in South Luangwa National Park
The varied terrain around camp includes the picturesque Fish Eagle lagoon, one of the largest ebony forests in the park, and the spectacular Lion Plain (the biggest plain in the valley a hugely productive grassland that teems with wildlife) bordered by the meandering Luangwa and Mwmaba Rivers. The large centrally located open-sided sitting room includes a dining area, library and Kaingo’s renowned thousand-year-old lead wood bar. Nestled discretely apart on the banks of the river, Kaingo’s chalets were designed with the sole purpose of transporting you safely into the world of the Luangwa without a single distraction. Large fly-wired windows provide stunning views of the river and each chalet has stunning views of a pod of hippos and decks built out over the river. The area is ideal walking safari country (under the watchful escort of an armed scout and guide). A network of carefully planned low impact roads provides excellent coverage of this game-rich terrain. Game-drives and walks from Kaingo provide exciting photographic opportunities for our guests and the action often starts just outside camp.
With two extremely productive lion prides, which we have the pleasure of following and there are more than 10 individual leopards around Kaingo and Mwamba. 95% of our visitors will see leopard.
The elephant hides and hippo hides are close to camp, which afford visitors close-ups of these great extraordinary mammals. Stork fishing parties, Carmine bee-eater colonies, resident Pels Fishing Owl and Red-billed Quelea in the thousands are among the birding highlights of the area.
Mwamaba Bush Camp, Zambia
Small group explorations of the Luangwa Valley
Arguably one of the best camps for living, breathing, walking and traversing the African wild has to be Mwamba Camp in Luangwa Valley. Set on the banks of the Mwamba River, a tributary of the Luangwa, the camp, sited under huge evergreen ebony trees, enjoys shady views of perennial water-holes, both of which have hides perched over them for fantastic game viewing. Wonderfully remote and peaceful, the site is a relaxed 3-hour bushwalk or 20-minute drive from Kaingo. Both walking safaris, and game drives(day and night) are offered from Mwamba. Everything about the bush camp is natural: the three thatch huts set under enormous ebony trees beside the river. The bucket showers under the stars, the solar lights, the fresh, delicious food grown locally, drinks from the top of an anthill overlooking puku, impala and bushbuck grazing, skylights cut into thatched roofs so that guests can watch the stars from their beds.
Mwamba takes only 6 guests in 3 reed and thatch chalets. The accommodation reflects a thoughtful balance between back-to-nature simplicity and essential comforts. Meals are of the same high standard as Kaingo Camp and the bush-style dining and bar area is set under the deep shade of huge ebony trees entwined with python vines. Being so remote, the nights at Mwamba are filled with wildlife action. Puku and Impala alarm calls are often followed by the grunt of a leopard or whoop of a hyena as they pass through camp. Elephants are never far away and are especially fond of the tamarind and ebony fruit within the camp. There are resident hippos in the waterholes that graze on the riverbank at night, completing the picture.
Richard Branson’s Private reserve at Kruger National Park
The name Ulusaba means ‘place of little fear’, so named because the koppie, or hill, on which Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan tribal warriors with the perfect lookout point. Ulusaba has 21 rooms and suites spread over two lodges: Rock Lodge, including the beautiful Cliff Lodge, and Safari Lodge.
Ulusaba sits entirely within the Sabi Sand Reserve near Kruger National Park, surrounded by 13,500 hectares (about 33,000 acres) of open bush. The hills of Ulusaba are spectacular as they rise above the surrounding terrain, offering a view unsurpassed anywhere else in the reserve. People visit the area for the abundant game and the variety of sightings possible – believe us, once you’ve experienced it you’ll be hooked! Don’t just take our word for it, Ulusaba was voted as the number 1 resort in Africa in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards in 2016 and was ranked as the third best resort in the world! In 2017, Ulusaba was named as the Best Luxury Safari Resort by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia.
River lodges, tree forts and the BEST place on the planet for leopard sightings
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park, offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the much sought after ‘Big 5’. Add a fantastic range of luxury lodges suiting all tastes and an African dream safari is born. There are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roams freely in huge natural environment.
In typical ROAM style, the reserve is totally private, so the only way to gain entrance is to stay in one of the incredible lodges. Sabi Sands is particularly well known for its amazing leopard sightings. The most elusive animal of the Big 5 is frequently spotted when going on a game drives and offers the ultimate photographic safari. Besides the Big 5, other game species occur in great numbers, among which are more than 300 bird species.
ROAM offers a variety of lodging types in Sabi Sands but always recommends experiencing one of the tree fort accommodations designed to immerse you, literally, into this wild environment.