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Top 10 new luxury safari camps and lodges

The safari industry is very lucky, there are always people that want to travel to Africa – this means many new luxury safari camps turn up all over the place, in some areas such as the Mara Reserve (not including the private conservancies that surround the reserve, which are still un-crowded) this has not been favourable – over crowding has become a serious issue. However there are still pristine and magical parts of Africa, with abundant wildlife and no people, that are just begging to be explored. There have recently been, or will be, some very exciting and enticing new safari camps opening all over Africa and herre are the top ten: 1. Liuwa Plains Liuwa Plains is one of the lesser known spots for game viewing in Zambia but shouldn’t be overlooked – it is quite spectacular and the vast open plains host the second largest Wildebeest Migration in the world (second to the Serengeti). The area was recently made famous by that incredible wild dog sequence shown on Attenborough’s Life Story. Norman Carr are one of Zambia’s top safari operators and next year they will be running four and five night explorations of this stunning area. Liuwa Plains 2. Tswalu Tarkuni Tswalu Kalahari is famous for being one of the most wild spots in South Africa, only reachable by light aircraft – it is literally too far to drive. Here you have the vast open spaces of the Kalahari complete with meerkats and black maned Kalahari lions – Tarkuni was the owners’ house – it is now five extremely luxurious suites each with their own star bed for those nights you’d prefer to sleep under the Milky Way. Tswalu Tarkuni 3. Kadizora Camp Kadizora Camp is the newest camp to hit the Delta and is located in the remote and wild Vumbura Concession which has exceptional game – the camp is ridiculously good value considering the comfort and quality of experience it is offering, as well as its remote and wild location. Kadizora Camp 4. Mwiba River Lodge The Southern Serengeti is one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful areas of Africa anyway but now you have 51,000 acres of private wildlife reserve to explore, with just an eight suite luxury lodge sharing it with you. This is true bliss and the emphasis here is on freedom to explore, as and when you want. Mwiba River Lodge 5. Vamizi Villas Although not strictly a luxury safari camp Vamizi is in Mozambique which is certainly very much Africa. In conjunction with their own suites which are wonderfully spoiling there is now a private villa option for families and groups of friends – they come with butlers, staff and drivers and you won’t have to see another soul. The style and décor is glamorous and elegant and you will be utterly spoilt throughout. Vamizi Villas 6. Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp The whole safari industry cried ‘finally’ when this luxury safari camp was launched. At last there is now a small intimate and luxurious safari camp which has Ngorongoro Crater views, and that all important access to the Crater in the early mornings and late evenings when the crowds have gone but the wildlife is at its most active. Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp 7. Kuro Tarangire Kuro is a luxury eco safari camp located in Northern Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park which comes alive with elephants between July and October, and the birdlife year round is phenomenal. This camp is quirky and magical, and you’ll never want to leave, so much part of the family the staff make you feel. Kuro Tarangire 8. Melako Camp Melako Camp in Kenya will be run by the world famous Roberts Safaris – this family have guided safaris for generations and this is why they have arranged this exclusive use luxury mobile camp to go into one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Northern Kenya – you can guarantee not to see another soul and will be blown away by the ruggedness of the terrain and the game species you’ll see. Melako Camp 9. Angama Mara Angama Mara comes to us from the founders of &Beyond (although now unrelated) and it certainly has the same style and elegance they are famous for. Angama sits high on an escarpment with the most mesmerising views of the Mara, with glass fronted suites which make the most of the view from every single angle. Angama Mara 10. Saruni Ocean Last but not least Saruni Ocean now completes the Saruni trio of luxury Samburu and Mara properties, and now luxury beach property – Kenya has never looked so appealing and Saruni Ocean’s remote and secluded location is to die for, as is the décor, food and spa. Saruni Ocean Rose Hipwood is Managing Director of The Luxury Safari Company. 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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  1. I have a special affinity with Kenya as I visited as a student and remember driving through the Mara in a landrover when the Wildebeast migration was on – an amazing sight. Would love to go back and see Kenya again with a little more luxury perhaps.

  2. I would be very happy to stay and experience any of these featured luxury camps. The combination of wild life and appealing, remote destinations is really something special. To sleep under the stars or spend some time reading in the pod chair at Tswalu Tarkuni might just bump them to the top of the list.

  3. This puts a new definition to ‘roughing it up’. I guess you can really ‘rough it up’ while keeping things classy.

  4. Wow, this looks awesome! Most of the mentioned camps and lodges look even better than a hotelroom! I always wanted to go on a safari in Africa, but couldn’t convince my husband to go. I’m definitely going to show him this blogpost. Thanks!

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