While you certainly won’t be “roughing it” at any of the safari camps we partner with, considerations include a preference for soft-sided, tented camps, or more permanent brick- and-mortar resorts. We suggest a mix of both. Glamping in the bush ensures you’re up close and personal to wildlife, with nighttime acoustics as proof. Alternatively, after several days on safari, a massage, air conditioning, and infinity edge pool at an upscale resort are all the more decadent.
Sabora Tented Camp (Grumeti) was one of our favorites. Located on the plains of Kenya, wake up with a private outdoor shower, sweeping views, and wildlife sightings. Classic 1920s décor includes antique cars on the lawn, a safari-inspired colonial library, and a tented spa.
The quintessential safari gem is Sasakwa Lodge. Set high up on a scenic ridge in the Serengeti, old-world elegance includes a posh bar, intuitive service, and an infinity pool with arguably the best view in Tanzania. Private cottages are perfect for families or traveling couples, and don’t miss a visit to the Singita Cooking School, which grooms local talent into skilled chefs.