Baines River Camp

In the heart of the Zambian bush on the Northern banks of the Zambezi River, you will find the beautiful and grand Baines River Camp. Luxury accommodation in a remote setting, it’s the ultimate safari choice. Named after the famous explorer Thomas Baines the camp offers a diverse and exciting experience to its guests. Not only are you able to enjoy the spectacular scenery and rich wildlife, but there are also a number of activities on offer to ensure you get the complete African safari experience.

Why we love Baines!

Baines has that old school colonial feel to it and maintains a high level of well-furnished rooms, it feels like a home away from home and the staff go above and beyond for you. The cocktails are excellent, and you can enjoy one of these delights whilst watching the sunset over the Zambezi River on one of the sandbanks; a relaxing early evening sundowner with the wildlife to enjoy close by, it’s a safari haven.

– Last visited by Mike Varndell – Managing Founder – Nov 2018 –

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts

Location

Lower Zambezi National Park

Rooms

6 Explorer Suites, Baines Cottage and two Junior Suites

Rooms starting from

$550 (pppn)

Great for

Comfortable and luxurious accommodation & regular sightings of the Cats

Children welcome

Yes. Children of 6 years and over are welcome

Open

1 March – 30 November

Ideal length of stay

3 nights

Fans

Yes – Aircon

Wi-fi

Yes. 200MB Daily Limit

Lodge Key Features

Location

The camp has 12 luxury suites that fit in effortlessly with its surroundings. With high quality service and excellent cuisine the camp offers a complete safari experience to its guests. The Lower Zambezi itself is diverse, with overwhelming beauty ranging from thick bushland and woodlands to large open plains all against the scenic Zambezi Ridge. Its rich in wildlife and you will see regular sightings of the lion, leopard and more often than not the African Wild Dog. Due to its remoteness, whether you opt for game viewing by vehicle or boat you will feel like you are the only ones exploring this spectacular area.

Activities

Although a highlight of going on safari is the game drive, Baines offer a number of activities for guests to enjoy and discover the different parts of the bush. With a huge area to explore, the expert guides can take you on walking safari’s, canoeing on the river, tiger fishing and so much more There is something for everyone to enjoy offering an unforgettable experience and each guide has their own expertise so you will be sure to get the best out of each activity. You can really appreciate nature in its true form with what the camp has on offer, the area natural and unchanged over the years, it is safari viewing at its finest.

Staff

The guides at Baines River Lodge have all grown up in the Lower Zambezi and between them there is a huge amount of knowledge about the area they call home. The dedicated team go the extra mile to ensure that everyone has a truly spectacular visit and experience. They are passionate about the conservation and whether it be a game drive, canoe trip or heading out for some fishing you will be captivated during your trip.
The management team, Ben and Debbie are a huge asset to the Bains team. Both grew up in Africa (Zimbabwe and South Africa) and although they enjoyed a lifestyle outside of Africa they soon realized that their roots had a strong pull on them and their hearts truly belonged back home. Between them they bring high levels of skills and passion to what they do and ensure to make each guests stay an unforgettable one. They joined the Baines family in 2012 and together with a solid team behind them they have taken the Camp to the next level.

Client Reviews

  • Wonder hosts with the best food

    What a beautiful camp. We had a lovely room overlooking the Zambezi and it felt like a colonial home. Debbie and Ben were wonderful hosts and made us very welcome and at ease from the moment we arrived. The most wonderful river trips and game drives. The high light of the camp for us was the canoeing on a tributary of the Zambezi with hippo’s crocodiles and elephants all around us as we silently glided down the river. The food was 5 star and the choice was amazing.

    monty090
  • Wildlife in the park and on the water, and excellent attention

    Baines River Camp is run by a tight group of capable and dedicated staff, almost a family! They took wonderful care of us, both in the wildlife activities (fishing, canoeing, walking safaris, game drives, river cruises) and in the camp itself, where we were treated to fantastic meals and hosted in very stylish cottages. It is an absolute recommendation.

    wilhelmusgjanssen
  • The hidden paradise at the Zambezi river

    We’ve been to many safari-lodges and bush-camps over the course of the last 15 years.The Baines River Camp is the ultimate spot for a great safari experience.
    Game-drives, fishing, walking and a lot more. The guides, the hosts and the staff are amazingly attentive and competent.

    Michaela S

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