The Best Luxury Safaris
Safaris have long been hailed as the greatest outdoor adventure. Those looking for comfort and luxury will be reassured that you can stay in luxury safari camps providing stunning romantic locations. Here are some of the best luxury safaris in Africa, according to The Telegraph.
Best for ultimate luxury: Segera Retreats, Kenya
A true retreat if ever there was one, this sumptuous new Wilderness Safaris property is set in an idyllic 60,000-acre wildlife sanctuary on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau with six deluxe villas all facing Mt Kenya. Every Segera Retreats villa has a sundeck with an open-air Jacuzzi and the main lodge welcomes you to make the most of its spa facilities, steam bath, salt-water pool and gym. There’s a choice of three dining areas, with gourmet meals conjured up using Segera’s own free-range beef and home-grown vegetables.
Best for the bush: Zambia
Africa doesn’t come any wilder than Zambia’s South Luangwa national park. This is the country’s finest big-game stronghold, renowned for its leopards, lions and elephants. Track them in style from Chinzombo, the flagship camp of Norman Carr Safaris. Set on the banks of the Luangwa River, it is the ultimate in safari-chic, designed by the same architectural team that created North Island Lodge in the Seychelles.
Best for a family safari: The Ant’s Nest, South Africa
Situated on a private game reserve in the malaria-free Waterberg highlands, this gracious old colonial homestead and its six luxurious en-suite guest rooms are ideal for a family safari. The atmosphere is relaxed and homely, and children will love the heated 15m outdoor pool.
Best for seeing big cats: Masai Mara, Kenya
Big cat enthusiasts rave about the Masai Mara national reserve. Cheetahs and lions roam the plains, waiting for the migrating wildebeest, and leopards pose in its riverside fig trees. Follow the prides from Mara Plains, Wilderness Safaris’ flagship camp in the Mara North Conservancy. Then, immerse yourself in the colonial-style splendour of Cottars 1920 Camp that creates the perfect setting for fine dining in the bush.
Best for scenic setting: Singita Grumeti, Tanzania
Singita Grumeti is the classiest piece of wildlife real estate on the planet: a private 350,000-acre big game stronghold adjoining the Serengeti. At its best in June when the wildebeest migration is passing through, but sensational at all times with its classic Serengeti landscapes of flat-topped thorn trees and wide grass oceans. Divide your stay between the unashamedly palatial Singita Sasakwa Lodge and Sabora, a Hemingway-style tented camp on the plains below.
Best for exclusivity: Serengeti mobile safari, Tanzania
Sleeping under canvas on a mobile camping safari is the most exclusive way to enjoy life in the African bush. Think walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, hot showers, morning tea brought by your personal attendant and superb camp cuisine.
Best for a Big Five safari: Royal Malewane, South Africa
South Africa is renowned for its up-market safari lodges, but Royal Malewane is the leader of the pack. Set in the private Thornybush reserve within the Kruger national park it offers superlative Big Five game viewing. Enjoy the thrill of looking for them in state-of-the-art vehicles designed for keen photographers, accompanied by some of Africa’s top guides and trackers. As for the lodge itself, colonial decor and luxury knows no bounds. A maximum of 20 guests are pampered in air-conditioned suites with outdoor pools, thatched gazebos and canopied king-size beds.
Best for a unique experience: Elephant back safari, Botswana
In the watery heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Abu’s Camp impresses with its clutch of just six stylishly furnished guest tents and excellent cuisine but its real selling point is its unique safari: guests here can travel across this game-rich landscape on the broad back of an elephant.
Adapted from The Telegraph
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