Which are the top 10 best luxury safari camps in Africa – this is of course debate-able as its not always the most expensive which are the best, this all depends on what exactly you want from your safari. Nevertheless here is a list of Africa’s top ten most famous and unique Luxury camps, well worth a safari holiday.
THE BEST LUXURY SAFARI CAMPS IN AFRICA
There are many places in Africa to experience the safaris of a lifetime, our favorites are Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Cottar’s 1920s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
This camp is furnished fully with antique campaign furniture and boasts some of the most romantic and spoiling tents in all of Africa. Run by the Cottars, whose tales of ancestors explorations in Kenya are second to none, this family run friendly camp oozes class and glamour.
Famously used in numerous fashion shoots over the years this camp is also based on a private concession with abundant game, so you’ll never be bothered by the so called crowds of the Masai Mara.
Sand Rivers Selous, Selous, Southern Tanzania
This lodge is world famous, and it’s hard to explain why. The magic of it’s location is very hard to put into words. Set in a remote corner of the Selous with magnificent views of the Rufiji River complete with hippos, crocs and other game species, this lodge is ultra luxurious and offers a relaxing and homely atmosphere.
You feel like part of a gang. The guides here are sensational and their tracking is second to none. The light here is almost ethereal which we think must be why the place seems so magical.
Zarafa, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Zarafa has just four tents, although it’s hard to describe them as tents. They come complete with roll top copper baths, sitting rooms and four poster beds. The views of the lagoon mean that game viewing can take place from your verandah. Set in the vast Selinda Reserve once again you are guaranteed not to see another soul when game viewing from this exclusive camp.
Chada Katavi, Katavi, Western Tanzania
This camp may not be the most luxurious compared to the others listed here but it’s location is one of the most sensational in all of Africa. Katavi National Park represents Africa fifty years ago, vast spaces without camps or tourists and with abundant game. Here you will still see huge herds of elephant and buffalo, and predators around every corner. Chada offers fly camping, walking and game drives so you can really explore the bush, and feel as if you’re the first person to see it all.
Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
This luxury lodge has been leading the way when it comes to desert camps for years. The Kalahari forms such a major part of Africa and its black maned lions, vast red sand vistas and habituated meerkat families cannot disappoint. Tswalu is modern and chic and the desert lifestyle here is romantic and incredibly rewarding.
San Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
Onto another desert camp – San Camp is all Moroccan tents and white flowing fabrics, furnished with Persian rugs and antique campaign furniture. Set on the Makgadikgadi Pans this camp must feel as it feels to be on the moon. This area is magical with doum palms springing from no where, the San bushmen as guides, quad bikes, horses, star gazing and meerkats to name but a few of the life changing experiences you’ll have whilst staying here.
Saruni Samburu, Samburu, Northern Kenya
A large part of the charm of this luxury lodge is the charismatic local Samburu who run it – they have the best sense of humour and look elegant and beautiful in their brightly coloured shuka and beads. The views from the lodge are breathtaking and you can often see elephants and other game below. In fact the rock where Saruni is built is a favourite place for leopard. The lodge itself is very spoiling and fits beautifully into its surroundings, the rooms are enoromous with private verandahs on which to while away the hours.
Wolwedans in Namibia is a vast private reserve, which has several accommodation options, each more luxurious than the first. Here the emphasis is on desert life and the vast mountains range from purple to bright red. Star gazing here is also second to none and one has never felt so remote as you feel here.
Londolozi Granite Suites, Sabi Sands, South Africa
The Granite Suites on Londolozi ooze exclusivity and boast some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. Take all of them for a party, or just one for a private safari which is unrivalled in luxury or glamour.
Chinzombo, South Luangwa, Zambia
Chinzombo is the latest offering from professional safari operator Norman Carr and it does not disappoint. This lodge is modern and very luxurious with stunning views of the South Luangwa, famous for being one of the best spots in Africa to see wild dog and leopard.
TOP LUXURY SAFARI WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER
Luxury Safari Wildlife: Luxury safaris in Africa are usually mostly about wildlife – this is unsurprising considering the extraordinary wildlife sights you can see while there. Often it is people’s desire to get a bit closer and really experience the feeling of being close to nature.
This can happen in several ways – elephant back safaris in Botswana and South Africa offer a chance to meet these gentle giants and explore the bush from their point of view. Riding safaris which take place all over Africa also offer a similar option, your safari is very peaceful and game reacts naturally to your presence when on a horse.
Of course the mountain gorillas are very enticing – visit Rwanda or Uganda and trek the Volcanoes to come face to face with these heavily endangered human like mammals. One can also track chimpanzees in Western Tanzania, collar lions in South Africa, track wild dog in Kenya – all of this is blown out of the water when you come face to face with a family of habituated meerkats.
Luxury safari properties San Camp, Jack’s Camp and Camp Kalahari in Botswana, as well as Tswalu Kalahari in South Africa all offer the chance to get out of the vehicle and relax with habituated families of meerkats in the morning or evening.
To hang out with these adorable creatures as they forage, play and interact like a small family of humans is nothing short of mesmerizing. If you are lucky the appointed sentry will also politely climb onto your head so that he might get a better view of the surrounding area and any danger that might be present.
It is the meerkats mannerisms and general demeanor that is so endearing and one cannot fail to be completely charmed by them.
They have very human characteristics as they tell each other off, play and seemingly help each other negotiate the African bush. It is a most enjoyable morning or afternoon spent lying in the sunshine watching these family groups go about their business around you.