A safari holiday has a lot to offer; breath-taking wildlife, epic scenery and that wonderful feeling of escaping to the wilderness and being in another world. Don’t think of safaris as slumming it in tents and eating tins of beans though, there are plenty of heavenly, luxurious options for the discerning travellers among us. Read on for our guide to Safaris To Die For: Escape To The Wilderness In Complete Luxury…
The ultimate romantic, luxury safari experience can be found at Rhino Sands Safari Camp in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, which is located right in the heart of Zululand, South Africa (pictured above). The camp is South Africa’s newest luxury tented safari camp so everything is as beautifully new and sparkly as is possible on safari! The private reserve is well-known for its spotting of the big five and for fantastic game viewing and birding, so it’s the perfect location to go on safari. It feels like an exclusive and intimate place, partly because the number of vehicles crossing the reserve and present on any sighting is strictly regulated, so the pressure on the animals and the environment is reduced and the experience feels more meaningful and genuine. Your safari experience here is a bespoke one, there’s only eight guests in the camp at any one time which adds to the air of exclusivity and means that you have a lot more flexibility than with the larger camps.
The entire camp is set under canvas upon wooden platforms within the forest. The design of the camp emphasises the romance of classic safari but all the modern luxuries are very much present too. The main camp area includes a casual bar lounge space, formal lounge, and both formal and casual dining areas. There are just four stunning and very stylish custom-built private tented suites. The suites open completely on three sides so you can totally immerse yourself in your environment and soak up the amazing views. Each suite boasts a private living area, outdoor shower and you have your own swimming pool too; just perfect for a cooling afternoon dip after a busy day on the reserve.
Cottars 1920’S Safari Camp, Kenya
From the new to the old; Cottars 1920s Safari Camp was one of the first permanent luxury tented camps to take guests out on safaris in Kenya. If you prefer a more classic, traditional approach to your safari then this will suit you. The camp overlooks the Mara and Serengeti Plains in its own private concession bordering the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and Loliondo reserves, and offers privacy and an abundance of wildlife. Facilities include an elegant restaurant, a bar, an outdoor pool and massages are available. Accommodation can either be in a luxury safari tent with your own seating area and outdoor bathtub, or there’s a luxury bush villa too.
Pumziko Safari & Wellness Lodge
Pumziko Safari & Wellness Lodge is an exclusive lodge is designed for small groups only who want to escape the hectic pace of large Safari tours. Located near the village of Endallah in Tanzania, Pumziko Safari Lodge & Spa has the privilege of being the only lodge built in the raw, untamed bush at the heart of the Lake Manyara National Park and the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This means the lodge is perfectly positioned to offer guided walking safaris just steps from your front door, and is convenient for jeep safaris to the best safari destinations in Northern Tanzania including Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and the Serengeti. Accommodation consists of five exclusive guest houses each featuring a huge deck with a jungle swing overlooking the beautiful Lake Manyara. You can enjoy the oversized spa tub, indoor and outdoor elephant trunk sun showers, a private bath and plush beds with luxury linens. The main lodge is home to many of the communal areas which include an open-air dining room, canoe bar, central fireplace, open kitchen, art gallery and comfortable lounge area plus there’s also a separate spa.
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