Situated just outside the Serengeti Park border, former hunting lodge, Kleins Camp sits on its own 10,000 hectare private estate, leased from the Maasai for the sole use of Kleins guests. This exclusivity guarantees guests a feeling of peaceful solitude both in camp, with its 10 beautiful stone cottages, and when out experiencing one of Kleins many safari options. This camp offers the best of both worlds – the night drives, off road driving and game walks of a private concession combined with game viewing in the game-rich Serengeti.
A camp said to have one of the most striking views in Tanzania, Sand Rivers will surely satisfy any traveller’s desire to experience the real Africa. Hidden from view on a bend of the Rufiji River, the camp occupies a unique part of the Selous Game Reserve – an unspoilt wilderness covering an area slightly larger than Switzerland. The lodge itself is made up of 8 spacious, open fronted cottages all with sweeping views out over the river with its pods of lazing hippos. The camp’s remote position ensures guests aren’t left queuing behind 10 other vehicles for a peek at a lion kill – Sand Rivers has a vast tract of wilderness all to itself.
If it’s true seclusion you are after, look no further than Desert Rose Camp, found in Kenya’s Northern Frontier and nestled between the mountains of Karisia and Lake Turkana. Desert Rose is ideal for those looking for that little bit more adventure and wanting total immersion in their surroundings. Led by the camps loyal Samburu guides, guests have a vast choice of activities from walking tours and camel treks to para gliding and helicopter trips. Accommodation at the lodge is divided into six suites discreetly located around the property, each with hand carved four poster bed, open air bathroom and verandah, perfect for taking in the panoramic landscape of one of Kenya’s most remote and wild places.
Saruni Samburu continues to be one of our favourite camps in Africa. It is the ideal place to enjoy an exclusive safari that is off the beaten track. Set within the Samburu National Reserve with its 95,000 hectares of private reserve, wild bush land and its access to excellent game viewing, all of which can be surveyed from the lodge, with its elevated and commanding position. Each of the 6 spacious open fronted villas are exceptional and all come complete with living area and outdoor bathroom. The water hole, situated just below the lodge, is a haven for wildlife and to watch elephant, leopard and gerenuk come and go from the comfort of the swimming pool, drink in hand, is magical. Saruni Samburu is off the beaten track luxury at its finest.
Another very special lodge is Greystoke Mahale, accessible only by plane twice a week, this unique lodge is the most remote on our list. There is nowhere else on earth quite like Greystoke, with its dramatic and breathtaking backdrop of the Mahale National Park and the turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika lapping at its shores, it is without doubt a little piece of paradise. There is no question Greystoke remains the best lodge for Chimpanzee safaris – Mahale NP is home to the worlds largest known population – but there is so much more not to be missed, kayaking and snorkelling in the lakes waters, exploring the waterfalls and streams of the mountains or simply sitting for hours taking in the beauty that’s surrounds you. When it comes to accommodation Greystoke’s six bandas, nestled into the undergrowth of the mountains, are private, open fronted retreats leading out onto the beach, blending in seamlessly with their surroundings. As far as off the beaten track safari holidays come, this is about as magical as they come.