Greystoke, Mahale Mountains National Park Western Tanzania Located in Tanzanias remote Mahale Mountains National Park, Nomad Tanzanias Greystoke stakes its claim as one of the finest camps on the continent. A worthy contender for the most striking design of any camp, Greystoke sits on an idyllic beach at the bottom of a chimpanzee filled mountain range on the edge of Lake Tanganyika. Greystoke is one of Africas most iconic lodges. Offering an experience that of an exceptionally high quality, yet one that cannot be described as overtly luxurious, Greystoke is a camp that epitomises the adventure of African travel. Amazing sunsets and the clearest possible skies are the norm here whilst the chimpanzee viewing is the finest in Africa. Tafika and Remote Africas bush camps, Luangwa Valley Central Zambia The Luangwa Valley is the National Park that safari enthusiasts savour the most. High quality camps, superlative guiding, high game densities and the best walking safaris in Africa tick the boxes for what, makes one safari park better than others. The company that epitomises the Luangwa valley is John Coppingers Remote Africa. One of the very few owner run companies left in Africa today, Tafika is Carol and John Coppingers home. This beautiful camp has a team of exceptional guides operating some of Africas finest walking safaris into the North and South Luangwa at Crocodile Camp, Chikoko and Mwaleshi. Beho Beho, Selous Game Reserve Southern Tanzania Sitting up in the hills in the Northern sector of Tanzanias Selous Game Reserve, Beho Beho is the first of our truly luxurious camps in the top ten. With sweeping views across the valley below, Beho Behos stone cottages are quite unlike any other property we work with. Individually crafted from local stone and thatch, the rooms have antique furniture and open fronts along with outside showers and a meticulous attention to finer details. Quite simply, this camp is utterly beautiful yet manages to retain that personal, unpretentious charm that Africas remote Wilderness areas deserve. Amazing guiding and some of the best walking anywhere, Beho Beho backs it all up with superb food and service. All of this in the Selous itself Africas oldest and largest Game Reserve; a vast, beautiful area of true wilderness. Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi National Park Southern Zambia With only four rooms, Old Mondoro is one of the smallest camps to make our top ten. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi in Zambias Lower Zambezi National Park, Old Mondoro looks out over an island in the middle of the Zambezi and across to Zimbabwe beyond. Striking the perfect balance of comfort and respect for such a wild and beautiful location, Old Mondoro offers some of the best boating and canoeing on the continent as well as great game drives at day and night and also superb walking. In short, this little camp offers a huge number of different activities in a stunning location. Duba Plains, Okavango Delta – Northern Botswana Located in the North of Botswanas Okavango Delta, Duba Plains is famous for its incredible lion and buffalo viewing. Trapped on a large island, approximately 1,200 buffalo face the daily challenge of being surrounded by one of the highest concentrations of lion anywhere in Africa. Filmed by National Geographic and made famous by Derek and Beverley Jouberts two films, the lions of Duba have taken on an almost mythical status. The lions here are diurnal hunters and guests staying in this lovely little camp have the opportunity of witnessing these two beasts of the African savannah at their most ferocious. Savuti Camp, Linyanti Reserve – Northern Botswana Wilderness Safaris fantastic Savuti Camp is located in Botswanas Linyanti Reserve. As with Duba Plains, Savuti Camp is located in one of Africas finest private reserves. Paying the high prices of Botswanas private reserves guarantees you exclusivity; huge tracts of pristine wilderness all to yourself. Savuti sits on the banks of the Linyanti river, flowing again for the first time in 25 years. The camp has an unexplainable charm and a location in a phenomenally good game viewing area. One of the best small camps in Africa, without any doubt. Alex Walkers Serian, Serengeti National Park – Northern Tanzania Tanzanias Serengeti National Park is the mother of all safari parks. Justifiably famous for the mobile camps that follow the Great Migration herds throughout the year, no list of top ten camps would be complete without a Serengeti mobiles. Alex Walkers Serengeti Serian is our pick of the bunch, especially from December through to March when the camp offers guests the opportunity of exploring the Rift Valley and untouched tribes, as well as thousands of acres of untouched short grass plains filled with the largest herds on the planet. What we love about this classic camp however is Alexs determination to keep guests guessing about what they are going to do the next day. Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve Northern Botswana Generally regarded as the finest safari camp in Africa, it came as a bit of a surprise that Mombo Camp didnt simply cruise into our top ten! Debate raged in the office about whether this camp deserved its place given that the activities from Mombo are so limited; no night driving or walking is permitted and due to the shallow flood plains, no boating is possible either. However, no one was arguing about was the sheer quality of game viewing on offer here. This is the predator capital of Africa. And what a beautiful camp. Our conclusion: rightfully in the top ten. The Schoemans Skeleton Coast Safaris Kunene Camp, Northern Namibia Many of Africas finest experiences are more basic than one might expect and the Schoemans Kunene Camp on the Kunene river in Northern Namibia is no exception. This camp does not offer bells, whistles and chandeliers, but a simple camp thats located in the absolute middle of nowhere. Privately guided by one of the Schoeman brothers themselves, your hosted stay at Kunene Camp offers an experience that will genuinely take your breath away, on numerous occasions. Located on the top of a cliff directly above the Kunene river itself, Kunene camp is Africas most remote camp, in one of the most extraordinary locations we have ever seen. Sasakwa and the Singita Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park Northern Tanzania The Serengetis most expensive lodge, Sasakwa easily makes the top ten. The lodge is as luxurious as any weve ever seen, and the sheer volume of cash that is going into the Grumeti Reserve itself (courtesy of an American philanthropist/hedge fund owner) has resulted in a huge protected zone where the Great Migration and the Serengetis immense predator concentrations roam free. The lodge is also one of the most brilliantly run properties we have ever seen and offers a huge range of activities including riding Marc Harris is Managing Director of Africa Odyssey. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.
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