Soothing morning breeze, splendid game drives in pursuit of the elusive African wildlife, plush tents overlooking breathtaking water bodies.
Is there anything quite like a camping safari in Africa?
There are many safari camps and lodges in this great continent, but only a few stand out. Whether in accommodations, service, location, design, or game viewing, these camps have the X-factor – they bring something extra to the table.
We are talking about safari camps in the middle of nowhere with all the amenities and luxuries you’d expect in a five-star hotel. Camps that create experiences – and memorable experiences for that matter.
7 African Safari Camps You Should Visit
Here are our top seven safari camps in Africa:
1. Serengeti Under Canvas, Tanzania
The Serengeti Under Canvas is modern and luxurious but still in touch with Mother Nature. Its overall style and design are inspired by the distinctive Maasai culture and traditions.
Along with scrumptious three-course picnics made from freshly sourced local ingredients, you also get the ultimate bush camp experience – for instance, morning bucket showers.
In addition, the feeling of coming back to a warm and caring staff after hours of game watching defines the true experience here.
2. Duma Tau, Botswana
The African continent is a trove of ecological gems, and Botswana is – without a doubt – a magnificent jewel. Prized as the idyllic oasis of Kalahari, the Okavango Delta is teeming with assorted flora and fauna.
It is in this glorious Okavango Delta, that we find Duma Tau. This safari camp has ten lush tents that lie within the inky blue Linyanti flood system.
From the gauzy white canopied beds and leather club seats, to the copper sinks and wainscoted showers, this is African safari camping at its best. The highlight of your stay at Duma Tau should be watching the sun set over the great Okavango Delta – it’s breathtaking.
3. Kichwa Tembo, Kenya
With its lavish swimming pool, open-air restaurant, and peaceful lounge, the Kichwa Tembo might feel like a state-of-the-line hotel than a safari camp. But the sprawling views of the Mara plains and the herds of warthogs roaming around the lodge change everything.
The tents have a nice blended design of the local culture and a colonial luxe – and they are perfect for you and your family.
But what attracts most safari enthusiasts to this safari lodge is its proximity to the Mara Triangle (the most game-dense, people-empty part of the great Maasai Mara National Reserve).
4. Londolozi, South Africa
For over 85 years now, the Varty family has been protecting wildlife and welcoming guests from all over the world to their private Londolozi reserve.
At the Londolozi, you are immersed in the family’s culture of adoring the African wildlife. With world-class guides, top-of-the-line service, and five luxurious South African tented camps that string along the Sand River, you will never get enough of this place.
Furthermore, the wildlife here is first-class. It’s actually one of the best places in the continent to interact with leopards and other carnivores.
5. Gibb’s Farm, Tanzania
This restored colonial farmhouse has a total of 17 cottages complete with eucalyptus floors and indoor showers. There’s no other safari camp like it
The Gibb’s Farm was built in the 1920s on a 75-acre coffee plantation. Today, most of this land is still dedicated to coffee growing.
Apart from its history, the farmhouse also has comfortable accommodation, freshly prepared meals, and a great list of exciting activities. You can take a game drive to the nearby Manyara National Park, join a walking safari to the Ngorongoro Crater, and visit the free-range chickens, pigs, cows, and other animals on the farm.
6. Phinda Homestead, South Africa
The Phinda Homestead is a privately owned ultra-modern safari camp in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
It is ideal for families and small groups to stay for a few days of serious game-viewing. With the help of experienced guides, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on a leap of leopards, herds of elephants, trails of black and white rhinos, and other interesting wildlife across Phinda’s 56,000 acres of land.
And let’s not forget the Sodwana Bay on the Indian Ocean is just a 30-minute drive away. You can squeeze in a beach day on your trip.
7. Mara Plains, Kenya
The Mara Plains is another great place to go for a camping safari in Africa. It’s located in the densely forested area of Olare Motorogi Conservancy where you’ll get a chance to experience a lulling nighttime soundtrack of hissing cats and grunting hippos.
This camp’s style and design borrow a lot from Maasai, Swahili, and colonial traditions. The owners, the Jouberts, are longtime wildlife conservationists and documentarians who made sure that no tree was cut down in the conservancy.
The natural touch of this safari camp will provide you a pleasant stay.
Get Ready to Have an Amazing Camping Safari in Africa
For an unforgettable African safari experience, you can’t go wrong with these seven safari camps. They are located strategically in fauna-rich areas where you can enjoy the best game drives. They also come with atmospheric and lavish accommodation that you can indulge in after a long day outside.
Enjoy your safari!