5 of Africa’s Most Intimate Camps
This week’s blog is on five of Africa’s most intimate camps. Whilst you are on safari, of course you are there to see some of the amazing wildlife that you can’t see anywhere else in the world but you are also there for the holiday of a lifetime so where you stay is very important. Whether you prefer busy and lively camps or quieter more intimate camps there is always a perfect destination for you and this week’s blog is going to show you five of the most intimate camps that you can enjoy whilst on safari in Africa. All of these camps offer private game drives, some offer private dining and the service at each one is always personal and of the highest standard.
First up, we have Little Ongava which is located within the private Ongava Game Reserve in Northern Namibia. The camp sits on top of a hillcrest overlooking the beautiful nature reserve and there are only three elegant suites here and each of the individual bungalows boasts an en-suite bathroom, an outdoor shower, a seating area complete with a fireplace for when the evenings are a little cooler as well as a private terrace with an infinity pool. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy rhino trekking on foot as well as the regular game drives that you would expect. This is a stunning location and a beautifully intimate camp for you to choose for your next safari holiday and from the camp you can easily get transportation to Ongava if you are looking to travel around and enjoy several camps during your trip.
Another beautifully intimate camp is Tena Tena in Zambia and boasts some of the best guides in Zambia but it is only open during the dry season which is from the end of May until the end of October. Tena Tena can be found tucked away in the Nsefu area of the South Luangwa Valley and comprises of luxury safari tents which are set on a double tier Riverwalk and boast stunning views over the Luangwa River. Whilst you are here, you will enjoy a relaxing and peaceful safari experience and get to see some of the incredible wildlife, some of which can only be found in the South Luangwa Valley such as the Thornicrofts Giraffe. This is a stunning destination for your next safari holiday and whilst you are here make sure that you take part in a walking safari as this is something that you may not get the chance to do at other camps.
In Botswana, located on Hunda Island and in the north-west sector of the Okavango Delta is Little Tubu. The camp of Little Tubu consists of just three traditional safari tents which each have their own en-suite facilities as well as a private deck from which you can enjoy views across the seasonal riverbed right. As the camp only accommodates six people at one time, it is a great option for those wishing to book out a camp for their own group for that extra added intimacy. The Okavango Delta in which Little Tubu is situated exudes charm and boasts some beautiful scenery including crystal clear waterways and palm tree fringed islands. This is a great option for your next intimate safari holiday as the camp is small and the staff here are potentially the friendliest staff that you will ever come across.
Another beautiful camp in Zambia is Old Mondoro which is situated specifically on the banks of the Zambezi opposite hippo filled islands in Lower Zambezi National Park. The Zambezi is a mighty river which tumbles over Victoria Falls into Lake Kariba and acts as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The camp accommodates just eight people at any one time in open but private safari tents which each have their own ensuite facilities as well as an outdoor shower and a huge splash tub from which you can enjoy views overlooking the Zambezi River. This camp is a lovely, intimate camp from which you can watch the Zambezi rush past, go on fantastic game drives or take boating trips and go fishing.
Last, but certainly not least, is &Beyond Savute Under Canvas which is a more rustic camp but one that blends effortlessly into its location with its simplicity and natural charm. The camp is situated within the Savute region of Chobe National Park which is in the far north-eastern corner of Botswana. The camp comprises of just four safari tents which gives it a private and intimate feel and makes it perfect, like Little Tubu, for large families and groups to book out. Although the facilities are more basic at &Beyond Savute under Canvas, you really don’t need anything more than hot bucket showers and flush toilets when you are out enjoying game drives and what the area has to offer here. This is a perfect destination for your quiet and intimate safari holiday and it isn’t hard to see why.
A personal favourite type of camp of mine.
We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are considering what you want from your next safari holiday, if an intimate camp is what you are after than look no further than these gems…