Mantis Group adds Baines’ River Camp to offering

Mantis Group adds Baines’ River Camp to offering

The Mantis Group has another exclusive river gem to its collection; Baines’ River Camp, situated in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi Valley.

Mantis – which was recognised as Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand by the World Travel Awards - now offers the ultimate river experience above and below the mighty Victoria Falls.

On the northern bank of the Zambezi River, among giant Tamarind and Jackal-Berry trees, guests will discover the newly built, luxury safari camp, named after the legendary artist and explorer, John Thomas Baines and hand-picked by the Mantis Group to join its diverse and ever expanding collection.

Situated in one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness areas, Baines boasts breath-taking views across Africa’s fourth largest river towards Mana Pools World Heritage Site in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

The Mantis Group has expanded its reach in this area, selecting only the most exclusive properties to become part of its awesome collection.

Baines’ River Camp fits the bill, providing utmost luxury, untouched beauty and a sense of adventure to every client’s stay, while both the owners and staff are committed to conservation and community development.

“We are extremely excited about welcoming Baines to our collection,” said Adrian Gardiner, chief executive of the Mantis Group

“With Royal Chundu above the Falls and now Baines below, we are confident that our clients will love the opportunity to explore and witness this once in a lifetime wildlife and river experience” says.”


Mantis chairman Adrian Gardiner (left) collects picks up the World Travel Award for Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand from WTA senior vice president David Falcon

Baines’ River Camp

Baines’ River Camp includes eight classically styled Explorer Suites, offering a change from the tented safari option. Each private veranda, fitted with a “swallow me” two-meter sofa and coffee table, commands its own view of the Zambezi River and offers guests the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Baines’ regular four-legged visitors such as elephant, buffalo, antelope and, if one is extremely lucky, the leopard himself. 

The carefully appointed interiors, where rich fabrics, leather, cotton percale linen and oriental rugs blend in with the natural hardwood finishes, are complemented by the comforts of air-conditioning, spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, a complimentary mini-bar and coffee & tea facilities.

The veranda style main lodge area faces the scenic river and Mana Pool, featuring open plan dining and lounge areas with fireplaces, a reception, bar, swimming pool and The Boardroom which incorporates the camp’s growing library collection.

With over 60 mammal species and 370 bird species, the Lower Zambezi Valley offers the perfect setting for guided game viewing, be it in a canoe, motorised boat, open game viewing vehicle or on foot.

While maintaining a strict catch and release policy, Baines’ enthusiastic angling guides will introduce you to the famous Tiger Fish, offering some of the best sport angling anywhere in the world. And after all that, sit back, relax and enjoy one of the Zambezi’s spectacular sunsets on a leisurely boat cruise. 

Specialized five-day workshop packages include photography, birding, fly fishing and a closer look at the fascinating world of elephants. Each workshop is hosted by renowned experts who are passionate about their area of expertise and offers an excellent way to get in touch with like-minded people who enjoy the African bush, its wildlife and the good life.

The tranquil setting, spectacular scenery and intimate atmosphere make Baines the ideal location for an unforgettable holiday, whereas the well-appointed conference facility and dedicated pilot accommodation suit the perfect corporate get-away.