JetSet owner Julia Douglas’s favorite way to experience Africa is to combine bush and beach. After several days spent on safari, the Kenya and Tanzania coast is calling.
Discover barefoot luxury at the North Island in the Seychelles. Eleven private guest villas have been crafted from local materials, fusing luxury and simplicity. Coming soon to the Seychelles is the posh Four Seasons Desroches. Located on the remote Mirante—a 35-minute flight from Mahé—explore nine miles of white beach. One of our favorites to add on to South Africa experience is Mozambique’s &Beyond Benguerra. Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago, the lodge is located on a protected marine conservation area, with dare-to-leave-me beaches and unspoiled coral reefs.
Visit Fregate Island—a stunning jewel of the Seychelles that’s home to 2,200 free-roaming Giant Aldabra tortoises, and is a Banyan Hill estate on a completely secluded peninsula.
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!
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. Another trip highlight was visiting the JOC (Joint Operations Center)—the anchor to Singita Grumeti Fund’s tireless conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Click here to discover the famous anti-poacher we met, Gotera Gamba. Under the helm of British soldier Wesley Gold, 5,000 poachers have been captured.
Book a night game drive at Sasakwa for the ultimate safari buzz. Sunset sundowners with Singita are a must, followed by a search at dusk for lions on the prowl.