Luxury African safaris: the 10 best

Brian Jackman has chosen his selection of the 10 best safari holidays in Africa.  Do you agree, or can you suggest better?

  1. Best for ultimate luxury: Segera Retreats, Kenya
  2. Best for beach and bush: Zambia and Malawi
  3. Best for a family safari: The Ant’s Nest, South Africa
  4. Best for seeing big cats: Masai Mara, Kenya
  5. Best for scenic setting: Singita Grumeti, Tanzania
  6. Best for exclusivity: Serengeti mobile safari, Tanzania
  7. Best for adventure: Namibian heli-safari
  8. Best for a romantic setting: Jack’s Camp and Mombo
  9. Best for a Big Five safari: Royal Malewane, South Africa
  10. Best for a unique experience: Elephant back safari, Botswana

Luxury African safaris: the 10 best – Telegraph.

Nomad Safaris launch new safari lodge in the Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

 

Kigelia Ruaha | Southern Tanzania | Southern Tanzania

Arguably Tanzania’s best safari lodge company Nomad Tanzania, has just announced a new acquisition in the remote Ruaha National Park:

“It’s been a tough few months bottling up our excitement about our new camp, Kigelia Ruaha, while we prepared to welcome it to our little family. Nomad has proudly assumed full ownership of Kigelia from our good friends at AfrikaAfrika and we’ll be running it as is until the 6th January 2014 when we’ll be closing for the green season, ready to open it with a fresh new look in June 2014.”

Quick intro to Kigelia Ruaha:

• Located in the best wildlife area in Ruaha National Park.
• Rich diversity of big mammals including great herds of elephant, regular sightings of big cats, greater & lesser kudu, sable and roan, fab birdlife, beautiful scenery & towering baobabs.
• A simple, stylish tented camp with a small team of dedicated staff, well off the beaten track.
• 6 large airy tents with pale wood furniture, verandah, en-suite bathroom, flush toilet and outdoor safari bucket shower.
• Shared activities: game drives in comfy open vehicles, bush walks, picnics and sundowners.
• Scheduled flight connections with Selous, Katavi/Mahale, Arusha (& northern circuit) and Dar es Salaam.
• Combines particularly well with Selous.

Kigelia Ruaha | Southern Tanzania | Southern Tanzania.

Chalkley Treehouse: Lion Sands Game Reserve

Chalkley Treehouse

The tree house is a secure and lavish platform under the African stars, with all the comforts that a guest can experience at a five star safari lodge. We take our guests to the tree house at sunset, where drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner await them. The hours of African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the incredible night sky.

Lion Sands Game Reserve.

Is this the luxury safari camp of the future?

Here’s the formula for your average luxury safari camp: Faux artifacts plus tents and plunge pools add up to a look that’s neocolonial, tribal—or a bit of both. But the new Segera Retreat, on 50,000 acres of Kenya’s mile-high Laikipea Plateau, upends that tired equation. Its modern thatch-and-timber aesthetic may not be safari-specific, yet it looks right at home on a savanna filled with zebras, giraffes, and gazelles. The owners of the six-villa, two-house resort work with local Masai ranchers to preserve the plateau, where cattle coexist with wildlife and, in a twist, offer camel treks as well as game drives (from $1,100 per person per night, all-inclusive).

via This Is the Way to Do Safari: Kenya’s New Luxury Safari Camp : Condé Nast Traveler.