Some of the top tented safari experiences in Africa bring guests to the forefront of the bush, to feel what it is like to really BE in nature. Staying in a room of canvas allows the sounds of animals and birds to enter your space, while still keeping you warm and dry. Tented safari camps are also designed to have less of an impact on the natural environment than built structures which are more permanent. And they can be removed in a jiffy if there are weather issues or resources like water need to be refreshed elsewhere. Your tented safari experience in Africa should be something unforgettable, so you need to choose something entirely natural, eco-friendly and yet comfy enough for a good night’s rest and a bit of self-pampering too.
- Khwai Tented Camp, Moremi Reserve, Botswana
Recently revamped, the Khwai Tented Camp in Moremi Game Reserve is one of Botswana’s best bush destinations ever. It has been erected on a semi-permanent site within the community-run Khwai Concession on the eastern border of the reserve. The river acts as a border between the reserve and the community so tourists have access to unlimited explorations of this exciting region.
Enjoy chic tents enhanced to be more modern and spacious in the Serengeti style – complete with stylish fittings and private bathrooms with running water. However, the 6 elegant canvas cottages still retain a rustic safari camp feel as they perch on wooden decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lagoon. Set off from your tented room on day-time game drives to seek lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe. Or explore nature after sunset with a night drive which includes guided walking safaris so you can get up close and personal with some of Africa’s nocturnal and more elusive animals.
Your price of only $495 per person sharing includes return airstrip transfers to camp, all meals and snacks, all drinks including alcoholic beverages, 2 guided game viewing activities per day and laundry services.
- Linyanti Ebony Camp, Linyanti and Savuti, Botswana
Another fantastic tented safari camp experience in Botswana is the hands-on, getting-back-to-nature camp of Linyanti Ebony, in a private concession bordering Chobe National Park and the Linyanti wetlands. It is incredible how much wildlife and birdlife and reptile-life you can view from the intimacy of Linyanti Ebony Camp, because this is one of the only wet areas in Botswana during the dry winter months. The activities at Linyanti Ebony tented safari camp are all about the bush, the animals and the solitude which nurture the human soul.
Appreciate nature walks into the thick of the wetland and watery region where your armed guide gets you as close as possible to crocodiles, hippos, elephant, buffalo and plenty of graceful antelope. Or hop on board a boat and enjoy a river cruise that lasts for hours, where you capture on film the various birds, tiny creatures and huge creatures that cross your path, not to mention the leopards and lions lying in wait for their prey! The mokoro ride through the deep channels, slowly and gracefully, surprising myriad wild creatures as you glide, is a must.
The 4 Linyanti Ebony canvas tents have raised decking, plush en-suite bathrooms with showers, comfy sofas, tea and coffee facilities and incredible views over your own piece of paradise.
- Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is still one of the best safari destinations in Africa Mana Pools is one of the country’s most beautiful World Heritage Sites and safari havens. The Kanga Pan is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Explore this pistine and undeveloped region for a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience. Enjoy game drives and walking excursions plus canoeing on the Zambezi floodplains, an hour’s drive away.
Enjoy your tented safari experience in Kanga Camp, Mana Pools in a rustic yet luxurious camp offering 6 tents with en-suite bathroom facilities and outdoor showers overlooking the water hole. Soak up views of a very active water hole from the comfy main lounge-dining room area. Relax in the lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga − the old Africa in a new era.
Pay only $453 per person sharing which includes all meals, all beverages except premium imported spirits and champagne, 2 game viewing activities per day, National Parks Fees, laundry and transfers to and from the nearest airstrip.
- Kimondo Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Welcome to a tented safari camp which moves its setting according to the seasons, lessening its impact on the wilderness and allowing guests an even richer game viewing experience. Kimondo Camp starts its season in the northern Serengeti region of Lamai Wedge then moves later to the southeast region of Kusini.
This mesmerising mobile safari camp tracks the seasonal Great Wildebeest Migration from the dramatic Lamai Wedge and Mara River in winter to the lush southern Serengeti grasslands in the height of summer. That means guests see the best wildlife in Africa on this unique tented camp safari. Stay in tents handcrafted from wood and canvas in an exotic blend of traditional East African safari style with a subtle Moroccan influence.
Yes, Kimondo Migration Camp features only 8 elegant, airy tents with king-sized cast-iron beds, en-suite bathrooms and private verandas. Take yourself back to an age when merchants from North Africa crossed the Serengeti on camels to trade ivory and spices along the East Coast. Dinner is served either in the dining tent or under the African night sky. Your exclusive Game Viewing Package includes most drinks, camping fees, laundry service, scheduled open vehicle game drives, and transfers to/from Lamai airstrip (Jul-Oct) or Serengeti South airstrip (Dec-mid Mar.)
- Kalahari Plains Camp, Kalahari, Botswana
Back to Botswana for another secluded tented safari camp that sits on the edge of an immense pan. At Kalahari Plains Camp, large herds of gemsbok (oryx) and springbok arrive in the wake of the summer rains, attracting cheetah and black-maned Kalahari lions. Meet authentic Bushman and learn about an ancient yet sustainable way of life. Stay in only 8 cool canvas suites with rooftop sleep-out platforms for unequalled views of the night sky. A unique eco destination in pristine wilderness. Enjoy the refreshing pool and unique architecture in a region promising some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa.
Your en-suite canvas unit boats a sleep-out area from which to enjoy the night skies and everything is raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, and the innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside comfortable.
What a choice of incredible tented safari experiences in Africa we have highlighted here for your top holiday ever! Take your pick and let us know at Journey in Style where you want to spend your next bush vacation.