Camping might not automatically spring to mind when you think of a romantic escape, but we assure you that there is no damp canvas, claustrophobic sleeping arrangements or leaking tents within our selection. Here at H&L we have put together a hot list of Africa’s Luxury Tented Camps-luxury being the key word! Our top picks are perfect for a romantic glamping getaway, and what screams romance more than sleeping under the stars surrounded by spectacular views, all a stones throw away from Africa’s most magnificent wildlife.
andBeyond Chobe Under Canvas
Sleeping under canvas is one of the best ways to enjoy life in the African bush. Set within the game-rich Chobe National Park, which is home to some of the largest elephant herds on the African continent, andBeyond Chobe Under Canvas moves to a different private campsite every five to six days. Each time it is carefully positioned as close as possible to the resident game. andBeyond Chobe Under Canvas has walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, hot bucket showers and superb camp cuisine. This is a place where guests can connect with the culture, taste local food and explore the stunning landscape with game drives and private boat cruises on the Chobe River. It is as experiential as it gets…
Rates are from $670 per person per night, based on two sharing and including three meals daily, teas and coffees, two safari activities per day and transfers to and from Kasane Airport. Contact your preferred Africa travel specialist or visit www.andBeyond.com
andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is an intimate camp with only nine tents, providing an exclusive retreat among a network of secluded islands in the Delta. In high water season, the camp is only accessible by boat, but provides a brilliant opportunity to explore the intricate waterways while hippo spotting. This beautiful watery wilderness camp is surrounded by idyllic reed beds and lush plant life. All tents have their own fully sized private pool, with spectacular views over the channels.
Rates are from $860 per person per night, based on two sharing and including three meals daily, teas and coffees, two safari activities per day and transfers to and from the camp airstrip. Contact your preferred Africa travel specialist or visit www.andBeyond.com
Mahali Mzuri is Virgin Limited Edition’s 12-tented luxury safari camp in Kenya. It is located in the northern region of Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem and is perfectly placed to witness the annual Great Migration. Besides enjoying the abundant wildlife on twice-daily game drive experiences, there is a 12 metre outdoor infinity pool, spa and tours to meet members of the local Maasai community. The camp is an hour-long flight from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Rates include all food and drinks as well as game drives in the private reserve.
Offer: 3 nights for the price of 2 at Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
Tick safari off your bucket list in exceptional style with a stay at Mahali Mzuri. There’s never been a better time to book with an outstanding complimentary night offer for guests staying 3 nights or more before 15th June 2017.
Rates start from US$ 830 per person per night based on double occupancy
Romance package: Perfect for couples, the romance package at Mahali Mzuri includes a spa treatment, lover’s picnic private lunch and a private dinner on the last evening with your own personal butler: http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/mahali-mzuri/offers/4-a-wild-romance
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp sits in a private concession on the western border of the Masai Mara National Reserve – where some of the most spectacular scenes in Out of Africa were filmed. This simple yet elegant tented camp celebrates the panoramic views of the game-filled Mara plains. The 12 luxury tents and 28 superior tents all overlook the open grasslands or the shady forest surrounding the Sabaringo River and the rim-flow swimming pool looks out onto magnificent open vistas. With a strong emphasis on privacy, the camp layout maximises the uninterrupted views, ensuring that each tent enjoys its own Mara experience. The guest areas have also been constructed with the camp’s spectacular Mara views as a focus.
Rates are from $625 per person per night, based on two sharing and including three meals daily, teas and coffees, two safari activities per day, and transfers to and from the camp airstrip. Contact your preferred Africa travel specialist or visit www.andBeyond.com
Mara Intrepids is Heritage Hotels’ four-star home to 30 luxurious tents along with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and even a watch tower. Beautifully decorated in stylistic African ethnic and modern pieces, the two bed-roomed family tents include a spacious lounge and an outside deck looking out at the river and the Mara plains beyond. From the seclusion of this comfort witness Africa’s wildebeest migration. The migration typically takes place from July-September annually and is one of the wonders of the animal kingdom.
Prices start from $587 per night at Mara Explorer camps.
Somak Holidays, www.somak.com / 020 8423 3000 is offering 3 nights at the Mara Intrepids in the world famous Masai Mara followed by 7 nights at the Voyager Beach Resort in Mombasa for 2 people for £8500, including return flights with Kenya Airways from London Heathrow departing in August / September 2017.
This luxury eco-friendly lodge is situated between huge granite boulders, within the vast desert landscape, just north-west of the capital Windhoek, offering breath-taking views onto the Brandberg and Erongo Mountains. The 15 tented chalets are elevated to protect the area and wildlife and feature stretched tented roofs reflecting the ambience of the surrounding vistas. The lodges offer a lounge, dining area and bar for guests, which leads to a sundowner deck complete with a fire-pit for cooler nights.
The stylish, private accommodation consists of spacious, tastefully furnished chalets, each with private bathroom and outside viewing deck, connecting the guests with the stretches of untouched sand and boulders that surround the lodge. Due to the remote location of the lodge and the vast landscape, it’s an ideal base for a relaxing retreat whilst travelling through Namibia. Guests can sit by the pool and be waited on by the friendly staff or book a walking tour to learn all about the historic local Bushmen that previously inhabited the area. For those keen photographers, the Spitzkoppen Lodge hosts incredible sunsets and sunrises, well worth the early rise.
For more information and to book please visit www.spitzkoppenlodge.com/
andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp
There is something inherently romantic about sleeping under the stars, particularly in the African bush. andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp’s nine elegant and sophisticated tents overlook the seasonal Timbavati River on the edge of the Kruger National Park and are ideal for couples and honeymooners. Within the 35,000 acre andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, Ngala Tented Camp offers exceptional game viewing, with the lodge’s swimming pool and sundeck often frequented by elephant and buffalo.
Rates are from £813 per person per night, based on two sharing and including three meals daily, teas and coffees, two safari activities per day and transfers to and from the camp airstrip. Contact your preferred Africa travel specialist or visit www.andBeyond.com
In the heart of Maasai country, Tarangire in northern Tanzania is one of the most exciting and least visited parks in the country famed for its baobab trees and a haven for birders with over 550 species. Sanctuary Swala offers a very exclusive safari experience and is renowned for the elephants that congregate around the water hole in front of the camp.
Built to the highest eco-friendly standards, this camp has a particularly low-carbon footprint. There are 12 luxurious canvas pavilions all offering en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers, an infinity pool with incredible views out over the plains and a waterhole which is regularly visited by a whole host of wildlife including elephants as well as the big cats. A trip to Sanctuary Swala offers a wide range of wildlife activities including morning and evening game drives, walking and night game drives as well as an infinity swimming pool overlooking a water hole frequented by game, sundowners, bush dinners and picnics.
For more information please visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com/tanzania-camps-swala
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
The mobile camps of andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas offers guests the opportunity to see wildlife from different vantage points and wake to the sounds of animals on the move. The camps’ locations are carefully planned to anticipate the movement of the Great Migration across the Serengeti. Enjoying the full tranquillity of the African night, guests can watch the sunset and admire the spectacular night sky during dinner. The ultimate in luxury camping, the camp successfully exudes elegant charm and embodies old-world glamour, complete with a private butler service, chandeliers, silverware and cut glass crystal.
|Rates are from $810 per person per night, based on two sharing and including three meals daily, teas and coffees, two safari activities per day and transfers to and from the nearest airstrip. Contact your preferred Africa travel specialist or visit www.andBeyond.com
Singita Mara River Tented Camp
Run entirely on solar power, this tented camp is literally off the grid, enabling constant engagement with nature and the luxury of vast open spaces. The look is Bohemian chic, contemporary with splashes of bright colours, yet not losing the elegant yet relaxed feet-up style that defines the Singita brand. There are six guest tents with river views all designed with a contemporary take on a classic East African safari. The camp is strategically located on a sharp bend in the Mara River, providing unsurpassed viewing of wildebeest crossings during the migration. During their stay at the camp, couples can partake in daily game drives with professional guides and trackers to help them get up close to Africa’s incredible animals.
Rates at Singita Mara River Tented Camp start from £1,091 per adult per night on full board basis, including twice-daily Land Rover safaris and return road transfers from the airstrip. www.singita.com
Singita Sabora Tented Camp
Singita Sabora Tented Camp is an intimate tented camp, modelled on a 1920s-style explorer’s camp in the middle of the game-rich savannah plains of the Serengeti. Full of character and romance, Singita Sabora Tented Camp has nine en-suite tents beautifully furnished with a variety of antiques and artifacts, original campaign furniture, Zanzibari chests, Persian rugs, and masses of crystal, silverware and brass. Maasai blankets and traditional beadwork add an authentic local touch. The tents lead directly onto the plains where day beds are scattered to provide spots for afternoon naps and incredible game-viewing. It’s not unusual to see plains game roaming freely through the camp, and zebra rolling on the clay tennis court next to the spa. The epitome of tented luxury, this camp evokes the elegance and adventure of a bygone era.
Rates at Singita Sabora Tented Camp start from £990 per adult per night on full board basis, including twice-daily Land Rover safaris and return road transfers from the airstrip. www.singita.com