• Elephants in recepton - Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

lodges and camps with close proximity to wildlife

When you’re taking a safari holiday you’ll want to make sure you get some great views of the local wildlife. At Natural World Safaris we make sure that incredible encounters are very much part of the experience. 

At these fantastic lodges the local wildlife is a lot closer than you might think…

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

A beautiful English country home covered in ivy and set amidst manicured lawns, Giraffe Manor is entirely unique and perfect for honeymooners or even families looking to treat their kids! 

For further close up encounters during your stay, an evening visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Centre is a must and you can even adopt your own elephant for a mere $50.

Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Mfuwe Lodge

Often overlooked for a safari destination, Zambia is a must; with first class walking safaris, great leopard densities in South Luangwa Valley National Park and excellent wild dog sightings, Zambia makes for the perfect getaway. One place not to miss out on is the cosy Mfuwe Lodge located in South Laungwa; in the fruiting season a small herd of elephants regularly visits the property, marching straight through the reception area in order to get to one of their favourite fruiting trees! 

Mfuwe Lodge can be visited on our Ultimate Zambia Safari itinerary.

Elephants in recepton - Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

Vakona Lodge

Vakona Lodge

The Galapagos of Africa, Madagascar offers something truly unique with bizarre wildlife and great beaches ideal for honeymooners looking for something different, or a family safari to experience something truly memorable. As well as setting out with the megapetra whale research teams off the coast of Ile Sainte Marie (based from Princesse Bora Lodge), another must is enjoying the Andasibe Reserve from Vakona Lodge. 

Some may be more inquisitive than you as they come to investigate; prepare to be explored! Vakona Lodge can be visited on our Ultimate Madagascar Honeymoon Safari

Brown lemur, Madagascar July

Sepilok Nature Resort

Sepilok Nature Resort

Home to the famous “man of the forest”, orangutans are the main draw alongside some amazing rainforests, pygmy elephants and tropical island getaways with world class diving. Sepilok Nature Resort is located only a few minutes walk from the renowned orangutan rehabilitation centre and therefore do not be surprised if you wake up to one of these amiable primates perched on your bungalow terrace! 

Inquisitive by nature, it’s probably best if you keep your door shut at all times otherwise you can expect to have a closer than expected orangutan experience! 

Sepilok Nature Resort can be visited on our Rainforests, Orangutans and Beaches Safari

Sepilok Nature Resort, Borneo
Borneo Orangutan

Baines Camp

Baines Camp

The ideal honeymoon property located in the middle of the Okavango Delta. The star attraction here however is the unique access to the Grey Matters Elephant Project. Whilst the project is not located specifically at the lodge, it’s only a short distance away. Grey Matters permits visitors to spend a unique morning with our pachyderm friends – meet this friendly herd of elephants in the morning and be talked through their everyday routines, from here you set off on a walk through the bush with the herd, ending in a relaxing lunch in the middle of the Botswana wilderness with everyone in attendance! 

Baines' Camp, Botswana

Bwindi Lodge

Bwindi Lodge

These days you pay hundreds of dollars to track the mountain gorillas of Uganda or Rwanda and can expect to spend up to 8 hours on foot trying to find them in the dense bush of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 

Inquisitive by nature, on occasions the local gorilla families have been seen to leave the surrounding jungle and explore the lodge’s grounds, even walking along the pathways between the rooms! 

Bwindi Lodge can be visited on our Uganda Gorilla Fly-in Safari or tailored to your preferred specifications.

Mountains - Bwindi Lodge, Uganda

Okonjima Bushcamp

Namibia is a land of wildlife and scenery offering great value for money and some of the best self-drive safaris on the African continent. No visit to Namibia would be complete without a stay at Okonjima Bushcamp. If it’s big cats you like then this is the place to spend at least one night on your Namibia safari. 

Africat is a not for profit organisation set up to protect leopards, cheetahs and other large wild carnivores of Namibia in their 200km squared of reserves. Activities include radio-tracking leopards or observing their movements from a nocturnal hide all set out on the Okonjima grounds. 

Okonjima Bushcamp can be visited on our Highlights of Namibia Safari

Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
Kenya safari: cheetah

Seal River Heritage Lodge

Accessible only by plane, Seal River Heritage Lodge is the perfect spot for the ultimate polar bear experience. Built on the shores of Hudson Bay, this lodge maximises your chances of seeing polar bears from a variety of viewpoints including various trails in the immediate vicinity, the lodge lookout tower or just outside the huge viewing windows as you enjoy a meal! 

A variety of activities are on offer during your stay however a highlight has to be walking with polar bears on foot! Other highlights include wolves, caribou, Arctic fox, and one of the best northern lights viewing areas in the Arctic!

Seal River Heritage Lodge, Churchill Wild, Canada

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