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Asilia Africa’s Newest Properties in Tanzania: Kokoko Camp 
and The Retreats at Sayari and Namiri Plains 
 

Three Distinct East African Safari Experiences

Arusha, Tanzania (January 27, 2024): Asilia Africa, the luxury safari outfitter with 18 camps and lodges across Tanzania and Kenya is pleased to announce their newest properties, Kokoko Camp opening in July 2024 and The Retreats (Sayari and Namiri) which opened this past summer in Tanzania. Celebrating two decades as a leading safari operator, Asilia has remained at the forefront of East Africa’s leading destinations, including Serengeti National Park where The Retreats at Sayari and Namiri Plains offer travelers an elevated level of exclusivity and flexibility, creating a personal space for families, privately guided groups, or VIPs in Northern Tanzania’s most popular region. A pioneer in new undiscovered areas for the most authentic safari experiences, Asilia is expanding with Kokoko Camp in Southern Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, renowned for its woodlands and wetlands that are prime for diverse wildlife sightings and a base for groundbreaking research and conservation efforts. These additions come as Asilia Africa continues its strategic and purpose-driven expansion in East Africa to offer a seamless circuit of unique wildlife and nature experiences for the adventure and luxury-seeking traveler. Furthermore, they have launched “All Asilia,” a new offer that includes domestic flights between its lodges when booked for seven nights which amounts to significant savings and encourages travelers to access more far-reaching areas such as Rubondo Island or Ruaha as part of their safari circuit. 

“With 20 years as a safari operator, we’ve seen the appetite for wildlife experiences evolve as demand grows within existing demographics and new ones. Asilia’s strategy has been to develop a portfolio of lodges that offers travelers access to the most coveted parks and sightings, but also the hidden gems like Southern Tanzania that are thriving thanks to conservation efforts. We’ve also recognized the new spectrum of safari goers from adventure travelers looking to return to the traditional roots of safari to those looking for luxury comforts in Africa’s remote landscapes to eco-minded citizens eager for regenerative experiences. Our three newest properties offer experiences for every type of traveler,” shares Joanna Bailey, Head of Marketing for Asilia Africa.

Kokoko Camp, set to open in July 2024, is located in Ruaha National Park on the banks of the Mwagusi River. Opened from July to October the property is booked on an exclusive-use basis for up to six guests and offers game drives in private open-sided vehicles, walking safaris, and night drives. It is an expedition-style tented camp and each of the three guest tents is simple in design to maximize nature views and offer a canopy that can be pulled back to enjoy the night sky. Nature and wildlife are the real stars of the show here and birding is extremely popular with over 570 bird species in the area. Visitors will likely spot antelope, elephants, giraffes, and bat-eared foxes among other animals. Hot air balloon safaris are also available for those early risers looking to get a glimpse of the baobab-studded landscape. Geared toward the adventurous traveler, meals prepared by the private chef will mostly be enjoyed outdoors by the fire or picnic style. 

The Retreats at Sayari and Namiri are the perfect locations for multigenerational and small group travel complete with a private guide and vehicle, host, and dedicated chef, all offering exceptional service from Asilia’s most experienced staff. Sayari Retreats, open June to March, and Namiri Plains Retreats open year-round, each offer two retreats (each with two bedrooms) that share a pool and lounge, and spacious deck with a sunken fire pit from which to enjoy expansive views across these iconic Serengeti locations, and an additional dining room for larger groups. At Sayari, walking safaris, hot air balloon safaris, and cultural visits can all be enjoyed and guests are in the premier location to view thousands of wildebeest crash across the Mara River as part of their Great Migration from July to November. Each Retreat offers two en suite double bedrooms and additional beds can be added for children over five. Sayari is renowned for its exquisite safari experience amidst the untouched plains of the northern Serengeti. Namiri Plains sits in the eastern corner of the Serengeti offering unparalleled privacy as no other camp’s are within an hour’s drive. Before Namiri Plains was built, these grasslands were closed for 20 years to allow the cheetah population to be restored. Staying at Namiri Plains allows phenomenal access to the densest big cat viewing in the Serengeti. Game drives, walking safaris, and cheetah research can all be done here and each group will have a private guide and safari vehicle allowing for flexibility and exclusivity in the experience.  

 

Nightly rates per camp per retreat start at $1,600 for Kokoko Camp and $3,000 per retreat for the Retreats. Guests can also take advantage of the “All Asilia” offer, which includes complimentary inter-camp transfers when they book 7+ consecutive nights at Asilia properties. For more information visit www.asiliaafrica.com.

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About Asilia Africa:

Founded in 2004, Asilia Africa is one of East Africa’s long-standing safari operators employing nearly 1,000 people across 18 bespoke camps and lodges in Kenya and Tanzania. Meaning ‘genuine’ or ‘authentic’ in Swahili, Asilia has built a reputation for pairing incredible safari experiences with conservation efforts that empower both people and nature alike in the region. With lodges and camps in Africa’s most celebrated areas such as the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, and Ruaha National Park, Asilia uniquely offers an “All Asilia” safari circuit that is immersive, authentic, and engaging — from seeing a predator on the hunt to walking with the Maasai among the wildlife on the open plains. Their customized experiences include game drives, walking safaris, balloon safaris, and community visits that aim to deliver the most genuine and unforgettable encounters. The B-Corp certified safari operator with offices in Cape Town, Arusha, and Nairobi, makes pioneering investments into areas that are ecologically and economically vulnerable, aiming to turn these areas into viable economies, benefitting both the local communities as well as the environment.

 

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