The warm glow of lantern light on canvas walls, muslin billowing in the gentle breeze and drifting off to sleep to the sounds of the African night… there is no better way to experience Africa than under nothing but canvas and a sky full of stars.
Staying in a tent usually equates to roughing it. Not so in true Out of Africa style, with Africa’s top tented safari camps offering an infinitely more luxurious option, with all the comfort and trimmings you’d expect from a luxury safari lodge.
From Hemingway-style mobile camps to secluded island hideaways, here are a few of the best tented safari camps Africa has to offer.
Sayari Camp in Tanzania
Resting on the banks of the Mara River and boasting dramatic views across the wide plains of the northern Serengeti, this luxurious tented camp offers an exclusive window to the greatest migration on the planet.
Intimate, stylish and elegant tents cater to every need, and a spa promises pure indulgence in the heart of the wilderness — this is the Africa you’ve always dreamed of.
Satao Elerai Camp in Kenya
Wake up to the sight of one of the seven wonders of Africa – the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Located in a quiet, unspoilt and private conservation area near Amboseli National Park, Satao Elerai Camp rests in the lee of the mighty, snow-capped Kilimanjaro.
Deluxe mountain-facing tents embrace spellbinding views, allowing you to lie in bed and watch game wander by.
Baines’ Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
A classic tented camp on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Baines’ Camp offers a varied game viewing experience, as well as unique elephant interactions.
Beautifully appointed suites on elevated platforms feature wooden decks that provide breathtaking views over the Boro River and its waterways. Best part? Mobile four-poster beds can be pulled on to the deck to sleep under the stars.
You can also enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience by walking in the bush with semi-habituated elephants.
Wolwedans Private Camp in Namibia
Set in the quiet seclusion of Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve and surrounded by the mesmerising red Sossusvlei dunes, this exclusive camp has been designed for those who truly want to get away from it all.
Villa-type suites have wooden frames with canvas walls and open up completely — perfect for stargazing from the comfort of your bed.
Honeyguide Camp in South Africa
Bordering the Kruger National Park and situated between the Timbavati and Sabi Sand Reserves, the Manyeleti Game Reserve is home to the Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp and Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp.
Reflecting Hemingway’s Africa with deluxe Nehru-style tents, these stunning camps offer exceptional wildlife experiences while pampering the senses with meticulous service and superb cuisine.