Tell me about luxury tents

January 19th 2018  |  Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Travel, Zambia  |  by  Charlotte Opperman
Luxury tents - Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Safari accommodation in Africa offers diversity to match that of its amazing scenery, but little beats the adventure, romance and real safari feel of staying under canvas in a classic tented camp.   Close the zip at night and you are enclosed in a wonderfully comfortable cocoon, yet still part of the African wilderness.  It’s simply magical and one of the reasons we are drawn back to Africa time and again.

So what’s it really like?

Firstly, nothing like the tent you might take on camping holidays.  As much as anything, these tents are huge, and include some lovely pieces of furniture, attractive artworks and decorations.

Safari tents are furnished with proper beds and crisp linen.  Some will have electric lighting while others will rely on solar lanterns.  Many will have fans and where that’s not possible they’ll have been sited to make the most of a cooling breeze.

Wolwedans Camp honeymoon suite, Namibia

Wolwedans Dune Lodge honeymoon suite, Namibia

The great majority have en-suite bathrooms featuring flush loos, double basins, hot and cold water, either on demand or running. Some of the showers may be in the form of a bucket or safari shower, which comprises five gallons of hot water released through a rose by a chain.

Kwetsani, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Kwetsani, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Many will offer an outside shower or bath too.   Taking a shower in Zambia while watching elephants pick fruit from the marula trees is an experience I won’t forget!

Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

If you are travelling with children then look out for family safari tents.  These will be configured to allow parents and children to sleep under one roof.  Usually in the form of two bedrooms connected via a bathroom or living area.

Sala's Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

Sala’s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

Often you won’t even need to leave your tent to watch the local wildlife.  With views over a river, waterhole or expanse of grassy plain you can simply relax on the tent veranda and watch the day’s drama unfold before you.

 Time + Tide Chongwe Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Time + Tide Chongwe Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Some even come with private plunge pools, perfect for cooling down during the heat of the day.

Zarafa Dhow Suites, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Zarafa Dhow Suites, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Safari tents are perfectly safe, and though animals are free to wander through camp, they don’t like people and won’t try to get into your tent. There are guards on duty at all times and if you feel concerned, you always have something with which to call for help. These gadgets rarely see any use, and should not be used for requesting drinks during siesta time!

Singita Sabora, Serengeti, Tanzania

Singita Sabora, Serengeti, Tanzania

What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday, or answer any questions about luxury tents. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

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