Imagine waking up at dawn and watching the sky fade through tones of purple and pink over the vast wilderness as you sip your morning coffee and prepare for your safari. From your luxurious room outfitted with top notch fabrics and stylish furniture you emerge into a natural wonderland, where birds and beasts roam.
Experiencing a safari is a truly unforgettable travel experience and if you are planning on enjoying this immersion in the wilderness why not do it in style? There are many superb luxury safari camps in the world where you will be pampered in the very best facilities while you explore the flora and fauna. Here are some examples of the best luxury safari camps around the world.
Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
This safari camp in Kenya was created by Richard Branson and is only around a year old so far. The 12 accommodations at the camp have canvas walls that are combined with a futuristic architecture that is defined by arcing steel girders and luxurious such as claw-foot bathtubs and refrigerators. The camp also features a spa, a swimming pool and a glamorous dining tent where you will be treated to gourmet cuisine and vintage champagne.
From your gorgeous and modern tent at this camp you can take a game drive through the African wilderness or a visit to the villages of the Maasai, one of the most intriguing and colourful cultures in the world. Branson is very much involved in the local communities – so much that he was made an honorary Maasai.
Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa
If seeing the “Big Five” is on your bucket list, a safari at this amazing luxury camp should be on your to-do list. Kareiga Game Reserve is a family owned and managed private reserve that covers 10,000 hectares and includes the Bushmans and Kariega Rivers. As well as seeing the Big Five (Cape buffalo, African leopard, white/black rhinoceros, African lion and African elephant) you might also have a chance to see zebras, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, waterbucks, wildebeest, antelope and more.
There are a few choices of where to stay, including the Ukhozi Lodge or the River Lodge. The River Lodge offers thatched suites and there is a luxurious suite with a private plunge pool at Ukhozi Lodge.
Every day begins with an early morning safari into the South African bush, where guests will be able to spot wildlife up close. You might be lucky enough to see the hippos emerging from the water after a night of grazing – or to watch lions hunting their prey. You can even complement your experience with a boat cruise down the Kariega River or take a kayak onto the river for a quiet paddle.
Singita Gremeti, Tanzania
This safari camp is one of the most elegant and luxurious wildlife destinations in the world – an enormous 350,000 acre nature reserve in the Serengeti. The best time to visit is in June when the wildebeests are migrating through the area. Another good time is August, which is best for lion sightings. The landscapes are truly stunning, with wide oceans of grass and thorn trees.
The Singita Sasakwa Lodge is glamorous and palatial, with a spacious veranda offering views over the endless Serengeti plains below. The lodge is a turn of the century manor house and it is surrounded by private cottages with a blend of East African influences and authentic European styles.
Kulu Safaris, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
This innovative safari park was the first operator of mobile tented camping safaris in Sri Lanka and the word Kulu means “Untamed” in Sinhala. These one of a kind safaris bring together luxury camping facilities and professional guides all within the National Parks of Uda Walawe, Wilpattu and Yala.
You will stay in a customised tent with hot and cold showers and enjoy gourmet dining under the stars. The experienced staff will take you on a wildlife safari in vehicles of the highest standard, sharing their extensive knowledge of the parks with you. The guides are excellent trackers, so that you can experience some of the best wildlife spotting in the world. On your adventure you might spot a number of wetland birds including painted storks, spoonbills, pelicans and lesser flamingos.
The food within the camp is excellent and is known as some of the best on offer in the region. After a full day of exploring the wilderness of Yala National Park you can sit on the comfortable chairs on the verandah and overlook the stunning landscape.
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Rajasthan, India
This gorgeous and opulent jungle resort was built to emulate the elegant grandeur of the historic hunting camps of the maharajas. It is located within the stunning Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and it is the ideal base from which to explore the natural territory of the powerful and beautiful tiger.
When you step into these elegant and luxurious interiors you will be surrounded by beautiful frescoes, textured fabrics and rich colours. This stunning resort offers guests the opportunity to see Royal Bengal Tigers in the world while being pampered in luxury. Each of the luxury tents is temperature controlled and has a triple canopy that keeps the rooms cool. The rooms themselves are furnished with four poster beds and standalone baths, giving them an atmosphere of luxury.
The resort is spread across 20 acres of lush and beautiful landscaped gardens and from the top of the observation tower you can admire panoramic views of the jungle. Go on a safari and see a range of wildlife at the nearby watering hole, or sip champagne as you watch the sunset.
These are just a few of the very best luxury safari camps in the world, where you can appreciate the wild beauty of nature while also enjoying gourmet food, stylish lodgings, attentive staff and comfortable facilities. Getting up close and personal with nature doesn’t have to mean roughing it in discomfort when beautiful lodges and camps such as these exist to cater to luxury travellers.