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11 of the Best Luxury Tented Camps in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana

A luxury tented camp is a safari experience like no other. You feel truly immersed in the African bush, with all its sights, sounds, and smells. Staying in a luxurious tented camp is the height of safari chic! It’s an intimate and exclusive way to experience Africa’s wildlife and natural beauty.

And luxury tented camps are well named! The tents are kitted out with solid furniture, the best quality furnishings, feather pillows, and sumptuous bedding. They’re equipped with sumptuous en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, electricity, and charge points for electronic devices.

Many even have a plunge pool built into your private deck! Delicious meals and chilled wine are served to guests by trained waitstaff, and hot coffee or tea is brought to your tent in the morning.

Here are 11 of Africa’s very best!

Zimbabwe:

safari in Zimbabwe has once again emerged as one of Africa’s top safari experiences with wildlife, superlative natural beauty, and no fewer than 11 national parks.

The Elephant Camp

With its superb location and facilities, The Elephant Camp offers the ultimate safari experience. Only 10 minutes from Victoria Falls, the central area of the camp provides breathtaking views of the Falls. The rooms in the west wing of the camp offer equally stunning views of the magnificent Batoka gorge.

Elephant Camp
Elephant Camp outdoor eating area


The camp features a well-stocked bar, library, a comfortable lounge and dining room, and a great communal area to relax in. It also has free high-speed internet, a sparkling swimming pool, and pampering spa services. All meals are included, as well as a goodly selection of drinks.

Every luxury tented suite comes with:

  • An indoor and outdoor shower
  • An indulgently large bath
  • Private lounge with a mini-bar and tea and coffee station
  • Air conditioning, overhead fans, and heaters
  • Mosquito-proofing
  • A private deck and plunge pool

The Elephant Camp offers outstanding walks, bird-watching and photographic opportunities.

Somalisa Acacia

Set in the heart of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, intimate and family-friendly Somalisa Acacia has only four tents. This makes it ideal for groups and families who want exclusive use of the camp. Their Ngwana Club keeps children entertained and safely occupied.

Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp Outdoor Swimming Pool


The camp successfully blends five-star luxury with an authentic African safari experience. Game drives and traditional canvas tents will satisfy the explorer in you, while the sophisticated luxury ensures a deluxe experience in the wilderness. Each luxury suite has a copper-encased bathtub, as well as a log-burning fireplace for great romantic ambience.

Walking safaris and night drives add great new dimensions to your wildlife experience. The nearby airstrip adds the facility for light aircraft flights from Vic Falls.

Botswana:

Friendly, hospitable, and politically stable, a Botswana safari has it all: the incredible Okavango Delta, three hugely diverse ecosystems, good infrastructure and accommodation options, and an unsurpassed variety of safari activities. You dare not miss it!

San Camp

San Camp sits like a miraculous white tented mirage on the edge of the endless Makgadikgadi Salt Pans deep in the Kalahari. It offers a romantic, intimate, and magical retreat from the rigours of the world.

Completely rebuilt in 2011, it consists of six stunning white Meru tents under towering desert palms. The central dining tent offers fresh and innovative cuisine, a small library and a fascinating museum of local artefacts. A yoga and meditation tent allows guests to absorb the utter serenity of the desert.

San Camp Swimming Pool
San Camp Swimming Pool

San Camp gives you the chance for amazing interaction with captivating and friendly habituated meerkats. You can enjoy nature walks with skilled San guides, and day and night drives across the game-rich savannah grasslands. A visit to impressive baobab trees, bird watching, horseback excursions, and quad biking across the stark Pans landscape are also on offer.

Sanctuary Baines’s Camp

Sheltered amongst trees, Sanctuary Baines’s Camp is built on raised platforms in the Okavango Delta. It is named after renowned 19th century explorer and painter, Thomas Baines.

The camp has six luxurious suites, with en suite facilities, and a magnificent four-poster bed that can be wheeled out onto the wooden deck for a magical night under the stars! Or have a blissful soak in your ‘star bath’ on your private deck. A large communal open-air deck offers fine dining and vintage wines.  Delicious snacks are available throughout the day. 

Sanctuary Baines Camp exterior
Sanctuary Baines Camp exterior


Activities include morning, afternoon and early evening game drives, motorboat journeys or just gliding through the waterlilies in a mokoro canoe. Water levels permitting, walking excursions are available under the skilled guidance of armed professional guides.

For something really unique, try Stanley’s Camp’s unique elephant activity: accompany a semi-habituated elephant herd on their daily foraging trek, and enjoy a picnic lunch in their absorbing company!

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Nxabega is situated on a pristine 25,000-hectare wildlife concession alongside the Moremi Game Reserve in the wondrous seasonal water world of the Okavango Delta. Its superb rustic design of wood and canvas ensures its nine tented suites (including a family option) blend beautifully with its surroundings.

nxabega okavango tented camp
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp exterior


Set on raised wooden decks under a canopy of majestic ebony trees, each roomy and airy en suite unit has a gorgeously dressed bed, a spacious private deck with a comfortable seating area, and a tempting suspended daybed. Extensive indoor and outdoor seating and dining areas include an interactive food and coffee bar with skilled baristas and a dedicated massage salon. The stunning pool/boma area is tailor-made for relaxing, soaking up the peaceful ambience and fine dining under the stars.

Game drives through the Moremi Game Reserve ensure unsurpassed game viewing opportunities of the famous Big Five, giraffe, wild dogs and a myriad of other animals and birds. Enchanting seasonal mokoro excursions, boat trips, scenic helicopter rides and catch-and-release fishing are available. Your children will be enthralled by the &Beyond WILDchild programme!

Kenya:

As Kenya is the land where the safari originated, this destination really does have it all – an unbelievable diversity and richness of wildlife and natural beauty: mountains, deserts, grasslands, rainforests, coral reefs … You just have to see it for yourself!

Loisaba Tented Camp

Solar-powered Loisaba Tented Camp is located in a private conservancy that is passionately committed to conservation as its Silver Eco Status attests.  There is a growing elephant and big cat population, as well as two healthy packs of endangered African wild dogs that thrive here. Rare Grevy’s zebras are also seen on the reserve.

Loisaba Tented Camp interior
Loisaba Tented Camp interior

The nine roomy, airy and superbly appointed tents have luxurious bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, and large verandas ensuring stunning views. Day and night game drives, bushwalks with expert Samburu guides, horse riding, mountain biking, camel-trekking, and fishing are available.

A visit to a Samburu village, and interesting conservation-related activities are also on the menu. And speaking of which – delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in the dining room, and sundowners, picnics and bush breakfasts can be arranged.

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp is located just outside the Masai Mara and works closely with the local community to combine sustainable luxury travel with wildlife conservation.It lies in the scenically spectacular and game-dense Olderkesi Private Conservancy corridor between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp interior
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp interior

Founded in 1919, Cottar’s reflects the glamour, adventure, and romance of yesteryear safaris in authentic white canvas tents. Ernest (‘Papa’) HemingwayKaren Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton would have felt right at home! The suites are beautifully furnished with antiques and period pieces. Vintage-style luxury is combined with flawless butler service, superb cuisine and wines, and unique experiences of the Masai culture.

From August to November, you are guaranteed a ‘front-row seat’ to that unrivalled wildlife spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration. Game drives are offered in an authentic wood-panelled 1920s safari vehicle and helicopter and hot-air balloon trips are also available.

Tanzania:

With its warm climate, unspoilt landscape, abundant wildlife and warm and friendly people, Tanzania makes an ideal and affordable safari destination.

Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Set in Tanzania’s remote Grumeti Game Reserve on the Serengeti plains, Singita Sabora Tented Camp is an upscale tented camp has nine opulent suites furnished with antiques and velvety Persian rugs. Each suite is en suite, and has a private deck with panoramic views, a fitness area, daybeds, scatter cushions, kitchenette, and dining area. Deluxe spa treatments are available.

Singita Sabora Tented Camp interior
Singita Sabora Tented Camp interior

The main lodge also offers woven baskets and refrigerators with gourmet snacks which guests can raid to enjoy in their suites. There’s a fantastic pool area, two cosy dining rooms, as well as a bar and lounge that compels relaxation.

Activities include day and night drives, guided game walks, hot-air balloon safaris and horseback excursions. The camp lies on the Great Wildebeest Migration route, so you won’t miss this extraordinary wildlife event. Add a heated plunge pool, badminton, lawn croquet and scrumptious banquets in the bush, and, well, dare you miss it?

Sayari Camp

This award-winning camp offers luxury tented accommodation in the far northern Serengeti with splendid views of the plains. As Sayari Camp is close to the Mara River, it offers guests ‘front-row seats’ and access to the dramatic wildebeest crossing points during the Great Migration.

The large and airy tents have blissfully comfortable beds with beautifully draped mosquito netting, deluxe en suite bathrooms and verandas. It has a stunning bathtub for that luxury ‘bathing experience with a view’!

Sayari Camp Pool Area
Sayari Camp Pool Area

The camp ensures outstanding year-round game viewing and an infinity pool to relax in afterwards. Peaceful evenings with a book or a drink around the fire add to a wildlife experience to treasure.

Chem Chem Lodge

Though Chem Chem is a lodge, it will offer you all the classic elements of a time-honoured 1920s tented safari experience – luxury, comfort and breathtaking vistas of Lake Manyara. Exciting wildlife encounters are guaranteed as the lodge is close to both Lake Manyara National and Tarangire National Parks, areas known for their impressive herds of elephants and buffalos.

Chem Chem Safari Lodge interior
Chem Chem Safari Lodge interior

Day and night drives, safari walks guided by expert rangers and delicious bush dinners will round off a superb wildlife experience. And if you need anything more, how about a magical hot-air balloon trip drifting serenely over the stunning landscapes of the Great African Rift Valley?

Singita Mara River Tented Camp

The remote and pristine setting of this luxury camp in northern Tanzania ensures some of the world’s most abundant yet private game-viewing opportunities. Singata espouses sustainable, off-the-grid tourism and the camp runs entirely on solar energy. The clever design creates airy, open spaces that allow guests to feel connected to nature all the time, encouraging calm, peace and rejuvenation. 

Singita Mara River Tented Camp Exterior
Singita Mara River Tented Camp Exterior

Yet, from July to September, Singita Mara River Camp is one of the hottest tickets in town. It offers some of the best seats in the house for one of the greatest shows on earth – the stupendous Great Wildebeest Migration! The camp sits on the banks of the Mara River with its population of enormous Nile crocodiles and hippos.

Millions of wildebeest and zebra have to cross the Mara on their migration to better grazing as the annual rains sweep across the grasslands. Large numbers of big cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, as well as spotted hyenas and other predators, lying in wait, add to the dramatic wildlife sightings. Day and night drives as well as expertly guided walking safaris ensure you get the best value from this unique wildlife spectacle.

Are you now bursting with impatience to experience the extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities of Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, or Botswana? Contact us, and see what our Big Five safaris can offer you! Travelling with us means peace of mind and the confidence that everything has been taken care of. Refundable deposits and flexible rebooking terms are standard features of your authentic African safari with us.

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