5 most exquisite camps in Africa to enjoy the safari of your dreams
Upscale Living Magazine has collected the top 5 of Africa’s most exquisite camps to enjoy the safari of your dreams.
Mara Toto Camp, Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Leading conservation organization Great Plains is delighted to announce exciting new safari accommodations at two camps, which will open this summer. The all-new Mara Toto Camp, ideally suited for families and intimate groups traveling together, opened to customers on June 1, 2021.
Located along the banks of the Ntiakitiak River on the border of the Maasai Mara Reserve, the new Mara Toto Camp is hidden away in the forest, providing guests with privacy and wonderful game viewing opportunities with access to both at the Maasai Mara Reserve and the adjacent Mara North Private Reserve.
Accommodating up to 8 people, the intimate Mara Toto Camp is perfectly suited to be rented exclusively for intimate groups, couples, and families with children aged six and over. Designed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the new camp will offer interiors in a tranquil blue color with touches of leather and canvas harmoniously blending a sense of comfort and adventure.
The Mara Toto Camp consists of four canvas tents with spacious brass tubs, as well as a common lounging area and indoor and outdoor dining options.
Puku Ridge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Located in the heart of Zambia’s amazing South Luangwa National Park, Puku Ridge is a completely redesigned tent camp that combines the perfect blend of wilderness, luxury and responsibility. Officially open in 2020, the camp and its eight tented suites offer another level of comfort and design with bespoke, near-silent air conditioning, starry rooftop beds and private plunge pools.
Located on one of the main isolated sites in South Luangwa National Park, Puku Ridge blends in seamlessly with its natural surroundings and overlooks a wildlife-rich floodplain and waterhole, where there is always something to see. Venturing out of the camp, guests will enjoy the region’s varied landscape and spectacular wildlife, including leopards, lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, wild dogs, the endemic Thornicroft giraffe, and wildebeest of Cookson, genets, various mongooses, civets and honey badgers.
When not by car or exploring the area on foot, guests can spend time in the photographic cache, relax in the elegant lounges and terraces, savor international cuisine with local influences, share safari stories around the foyer and star gazing from the Star Terrace with its telescope. For a little more privacy, each suite has a private terrace, equipped with sun loungers and a plunge pool. One of the other key features of the suites is the canopy bed on the roof, where guests can sleep under the stars to the sound of the bush (while still having all the comforts of their downstairs suite).
Throughout the camp, aesthetics, function and comfort were the priority in the vision of Chiawa Safari, which was brought to life by Luxury Frontiers, who are international experts in the design and development of experiential resorts and lodges. , while minimizing the camp’s carbon footprint and reusing many old materials.
Sayari Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Asilia Africa’s Sayari camp reopened in August 2020 after a complete reconstruction. The newly redesigned property opened just in time for the annual Mara River wildebeest crossings. Sayari has the enviable location of being the closest property to the Mara River this season, which means Sayari’s guests always have a front row seat for the drama of a crossing.
The new Sayari continues Asilia’s carbon neutral tradition by bringing the first solar-powered microbrewery to the bush, in partnership with Wayout, a Scandinavian start-up that is revolutionizing the brewing industry. The new brewery will make beer and soft drinks on site, as well as purified water and sparkling water, all using solar power. The bold new look of the camp was conceptualized by designer Caline Williams-Wynn. Sayari is inspired by the colorful culture of the Kuria people who inhabit the northern Serengeti. The spacious main area blends seamlessly inside and out, with sliding glass doors allowing for sweeping views of the rolling Serengeti plains. The Kuria are portrayed in striking original artwork by South African photographer artist Graham Springer.
The 15 spacious tents all offer views of the rolling plains and reflect the iconic flat-topped hill, Turner Hill, in their design. Inside, the color scheme was inspired by the patterns of the boulders that dot the grassy plain landscape, with a rich copper being the key accent color. In homage to the Maasai culture of beadwork, the cushions are decorated with delicate beads sewn by Maasai women. Spacious terraces surround each bedroom and the bathroom has a view of the open plains. The bathroom includes an extra-large freestanding bathtub with a view, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower.
Singita Sabora Tent Camp, Grumeti Game Reserve, Tanzania
Located in a 50,000-acre concession in Serengeti, northern Tanzania, Singita Sabora Tent Camp has captivated guests for over a decade with its unmistakable location. The complete overhaul of the new lodge is a modern take on luxury tent safaris while retaining the quintessential elements of a romantic canvas experience.
The avant-garde new camp features sophisticated details such as hand-sewn leather trims, as well as durable canvas and country furniture, and it echoes the unmistakable spirit of classic African adventures from l ‘Is combined with intuitive simplicity. Singita design partners CÃ©cile & Boyd and GAPP Architects collaborated on the creation of the new architecture and decor for the lodge, which echoes the earthy color palette of the bush. Showcasing taupe, beige, and beige tones, the sleek aesthetic also includes touches of brown leather and chunky beige stitching.
The mesh, canvas and weave finish offers a rich combination of textures and layers of sophisticated comfort. The exquisite craftsmanship of the custom-designed tents is extended to each room chosen, while the camp location has been subtly rearranged to make the most of its expansive surroundings, and each tent suite enjoys breathtaking views of the countryside. one of the two nearby water points.
The nine self-contained suites present a harmonious combination of indoor and outdoor living spaces, which include private areas for resting, relaxing and immersing yourself in wellness activities like outdoor yoga and rituals and treatments. soothing guided tours. The tents also offer private fitness areas and lifestyle units such as a beautifully organized pantry and dining area.
Tembo Plains Camp, Sapi Private Reserve, Zimbabwe
Scheduled to open in July 2021, Tembo Plains Camp is the latest addition to Great Plains’ already magnificent portfolio and is currently under construction at the 291,000 acre Sapi Private Reserve adjacent to the Zambezi River and the famous Mana Pools Reserve. . Offering just 4 guest tents and a 1 x 2 bedroom family unit with a dedicated private safari guide, this bespoke experience echoes the philosophy of the founders of Great Plain, Beverly and Dereck Joubert, exclusivity being the word fashionable.
Stunning handmade tubs and indoor and outdoor showers give the tent a sense of ‘home’ where guests can move in and live. Wi-Fi and workspaces also give you a space to catch up on lost time or just manage the day’s footage. Each tent comes with a professional Canon camera and lenses, as well as Leica binoculars that guests can use during their stay at the camp.
With an innate knowledge of the region where Tembo Plains will be located as well as an inherent understanding of what it takes to build a safari lodge in a distant destination, Beverly and Dereck are currently designing the camp themselves, paying homage to the very ancient cultures in Zimbabwean culture and artifacts.
Painted wild dogs, lions, leopards, buffalos, and elephants are all common sightings of wildlife in Sapi Private Reserve. Activities include day and night wildlife viewing tours, walking safaris, canoeing and boating. “Tembo” means elephant and reflects more than just a place and a name honoring the animals of these plains. This is a testament to the long and unique relationship humans have with elephants, their rhythm and essence being drawn from the atmosphere of the camp.