New projects revealed at Africa’s Travel Indaba 

New projects revealed at Africa’s Travel Indaba 

This year’s Africa Travel Indaba saw over 1200 exhibitors display a host of new tourism products and experiences.

Themed ‘Unlimited Africa’, the African leisure trade show was officially opened by South Africa’s Tourism Minister, Honourable Patricia de Lille.

New properties include a luxury camp and an all-inclusive resort. A rewilding project and award wins were also announced.

Wilderness Safaris is opening a luxury camp in Mokeke this month on the eastern fringe of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. 

Titled Wilderness Mokeke, the 50,000-hectare luxury lodge in the famed Moremi Game Reserve will feature nine en-suite canvas tents with their own plunge pools. 

Tubu Tree and Little Tubu on the Jao Reserve have both been fully rebuilt while still playing homage to their long history. 

Club Med is also set to open its first all-inclusive property in South Africa this summer.  

Called Club Med Beach and Safari Club, plans to open at Tinley in July 2026 are underway.

The venue, which is being constructed in Kwa Zulu Natal, will be the tourism operator’s eighth in Africa.

It is designed to attract guests from both the domestic and international markets. 

Family resorts will be built in ‘tropical chic style’ and include a 500-seat convention centre.   

Olivier Perillat, Managing Director at Club Med South Africa, said: “We are already in Africa, but there is nothing quite like South Africa.”

Meanwhile, the 22,000-hectare Babanango Game Reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal is overseeing the return of hundreds of native species after years of overgrazing, hunting and poaching.  

This move is part of a long-term rewilding programme and an investment of over R1 billion rand. 

Fences have been removed and pulled down as the land, which is part of a 40-year lease from the local community, is being restored thanks to German philanthropists Barbara and Helmuth Weisser.  

It has been 180 years since the Big Five roamed the region. The attraction, along with its luxury lodges, promises to be one of the most significant projects to be taking place in South Africa.

The Rwanda Tourism Development Board was also named the Best African Tourism Board at the annual Safari Awards ceremony in Durban. 

Tongabezi in Zambia was named the Most Romantic Safari Property, while Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe won awards for Best Community Focus, Best Safari Spa and Best Safari Experience. 

Eighteen categories were judged this year. The Best New Safari Property went to Tanda Tula Safari Camp in South Africa. 

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