The luxury tented safari experience is one that everyone should have when visiting Africa. Nothing can compare to being under canvas, in a four poster bed with the noises of the African bush around you. This truly is romance at it’s best and we love the sounds of the wild being all around us. The first great African explorers took to the plains with porters carrying luxury mobile safari camps, these were then set up complete with Persian rugs, roll top baths and much more. Some of the luxury tented camps in Africa emulate this, and others are so luxurious that it’s hard to imagine them. Here are Africa’s top five luxury tented camps:
1 Zarafa Camp – Okavango, Botswana
Zarafa Camp is so luxurious that every suite has it’s own sitting room and roll top copper bath. Here it is all about exclusivity combined with fantastic wildlife viewing. Something Zarafa delivers in tonnes. The views of the lagoon in front of camp often have herds of elephants and other game species within them, all of this you can watch from your veranda. Nights are spent in deliciously comfy beds with canvas roofing above you, delivering all the romance one could hope for.
2 Chinzombo – South Luangwa, Zambia
Chinzombo is another very permanent camp, which is still definitely classed as a luxury tented camp. Here you will enjoy watching the river, which attracts everything from the cats to elephants and hippos on a daily basis, from your comfy verandah and day bed. You can lounge in your private pool in between gourmet meals and enjoy snoozing under the cool dark canvas of your roof.
3 Chada Katavi – Western Tanzania
Not only is Chada wonderfully romantic and wild, but it is set in one of the most remote and raw locations in Africa, Katavi National Park. Here you will see abundant game and vast herds of elephant and buffalo, reminiscent of those which used to roam the African plains fifty years ago. Nothing can compare to the amazing game viewing here or the feeling of being truly removed from everything and anything.
4 Serengeti Safari Camp – Serengeti, Tanzania
Serengeti Safari Camp is the best luxury mobile safari camp if you want to see the Wildebeest Migration – it moves to follow this amazing spectacle and as a result you will always be in the right place. The camp is always located in a wild area and there is often game in camp, but it is the staff and atmosphere that make this luxury tented camp so special. They make you feel so at home that you’ll never want to leave.
5 Richard’s River Camp – Masai Mara, Kenya
Richard’s River Camp is beautifully and unusually decorated with Indian style décor, the location is magical with the abundant Mara wildlife often passing through camp. Richard’s employs some of the best Masai guides in Africa and the camp atmosphere is jovial and relaxed, everyone feels part of one big family and this is truly lovely to be a part of. It is the kind of camp that has people returning again and again.