When it comes to glamping on the African continent, there is no shortage of excellent luxury accommodation in wild settings that combine the best of nature with every comfort imaginable.
Here are some of our favourites.
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa
MORE HOTELS and Lion Sands Private Game Reserve were definitely the trendsetters when it comes to creating luxury experiences in nature. Their Chaulkley Treehouse is a favourite among guests (many come back time and time again for more of the same). The luxury ‘treehouse’ is situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve where guests are left to sleepover for the night (complete with a luxury picnic on hand) and collected again in the morning. MORE Hotels have added another two options to the experience namely, Tinyeleti and Kingston. Glamping has never been more romantic.
The rooftop ‘skybed’ at Little Kulala, Namibia
Further afield, Little Kulala in the Sossusvlei offers the ultimate in ‘desert luxury’. Run by Wilderness Safaris there are just 11 thatched villas with a private deck and plunge pool, and glorious views of the surrounding lunar landscape. But the real cherry on the cake for lovers of the great outdoors is the skybed where guests are invited to do some stargazing before sleeping outdoors for the night.
Mahala Mzuri, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Richard Branson might be a truly adventurous sort, but he’s not known to do ‘slumming’ very well. This is very clear when you check into Virgin Holiday’s Mahala Mzuri in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. There are 12 super stylish tents with incredible views of the Mara. Nothing is spared in terms of luxury with en-suite bathrooms, private decks and every luxury imaginable. Opt for a champagne picnic under the stars or delicious Pan-African cuisine in the dining tent.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
In the remote Kaokoveld, you’ll find Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (another great Wilderness Safaris camp). It is only accessible via light aircraft, so the experience takes the word ‘exclusive’ to a whole new level. There are seven luxury tents and one family tent. The stark landscapes and remote wilderness are yours for the taking, and if the heat gets to much – there is a swimming pool to cool off in.