Some of us want to be completely unplugged while in the bush, while others want—or need—to have WiFi access. Several camps don’t offer WiFi by design, yet a surprising amount of camps have service in the middle of the bush, albeit intermittent or at designated areas. We’ll give you the lowdown on powering up.
The aforementioned Singita Sasakwa features in-room phones, high-speed WiFi, air conditioning, and every modern comfort needed while on safari. And the Ol Malo Lodge in Kenya’s Northern Laikipia Province was another favorite. Owner-operated by the Francombe family, Andrew Francombe’s father was born and raised in Kenya. For 23 years he managed a 100,000-acre ranch before buying Ol Malo, which has uniquely designed rooms, pools, and activities for the entire family. The Francombe family passionately supports the Samburu tribe, be it schools, work, medical attention, and creating a beading workshop.
At the aforementioned Alex Walker’s Serian Camp in Kenya, the property decidedly keeps guests unplugged and in the present.
Instagram envy is a given while on safari. But in addition to your iPhone, pack a real camera. And if not, several resorts offer cameras on loan and even tutorials from pros on how to frame The Big 5. And, don’t miss Ole Malo’s helicopter trips — the ultimate thrill in navigating Kenya’s landscape!