There has always been something quintessentially elegant about safaris. Ever since the era of the pioneering Edwardian travellers, when canvas tents with leather trunks, porcelain basins and brass lamps were set up in remote areas of the bush, the safari experience has been enhanced by the visual and textural quality of its immediate surroundings.
Many camps retain the timeless essence of the traditional safari, often using a classic blend of canvas and linen, accessorised with gorgeous natural fabrics, leather goods and carefully chosen antiques. With en suite facilities and sumptuous beds, the individual tents are comfortable as well as beautiful and the best have a little extra something which stands them apart. Alfresco dinners under the stars with lamps strung through in the trees, exquisitely presented afternoon teas, glistening crystal glasses in the candlelight; it is a visual feast at every turn.
In recent years a number of lodges and private hotels have been established which take safari style to another level. Here airy interiors are decorated with exquisite taste and attention to detail. Some use natural materials and traditional artefacts, while others have created quirky stunning modern interiors. They may have the common theme of luxury and elegance, but they are all utterly, compellingly individual.
Alfresco dinners under the stars with lamps strung through in the trees, exquisitely presented afternoon teas, glistening crystal glasses in the candlelight; it is a visual feast at every turn.
We have visited every camp, lodge or hotel we recommend and can convey the specific beguiling essence of each. But it is not all about interiors. Every recommendation is located in an area with stunning views and a wealth of wildlife so that game can often be seen from the terrace at breakfast or from your veranda.