Rooms With A View while on African Safari
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There is such an amazing array of stunning lodges in Africa, that Yampu is introducing a dedication to the African Lodge Experience. Here are just a few of the African Safari lodges which Yampu staff ranked as some of the best for “Rooms With A View”:
Baines Camp- Okavango Delta
Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Named after the 19th-century explorer and painter Thomas Baines, this is Sanctuary’s smallest camp with just five suites. An eco-friendly property built using only commercially grown wood, with over 150,000 recycled aluminum cans incorporated within the walls to provide insulation. The camp is raised above the permanent water of the Boro River while wooden walkways connect the main areas and luxury rooms. Watch hippos wallow at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or see one of the many elephants who live in the area. Baines’ is also one of only two camps to offer you the opportunity to walk with elephants.
Mara Bush Houses, Maasai Mara
Whether its views of the waterhole from Mara House’s veranda or endless views of the Maasai Mara reserve from Topi’s spacious Verandah, these spectacular Mara Bush Houses will immerse you in the African landscape. The warm and inviting living areas are at the heart of Mara House and lead onto the outside veranda, which offers magnificent views of the hills and valleys as well as the famous Ol Chorro waterhole.
Nomadic Camp, Maasai Mara
An exclusive private mobile camp that travels to some of the most spectacular locations the Mara ecosystem has to offer. With an elite group of top guides all born and bred in the area, this safari is intimate, enriching and extraordinary. Sleeping a maximum of 16 guests and a minimum of four, safaris are designed around each private group and focus specifically on their areas of interest. But be assured, wherever the location the scenery will be breathtaking and the wildlife experience iconic. A comfortable lounge tent provides the perfect place to relax with a cool drink at the end of a day of adventure. Have our Maasai guide join you for a morning coffee!
Singita Sweni Lodge, Kruger National Park
Resting lightly on the ground within a 33,000 acre, private concession in the Kruger National Park, Singita Sweni Lodge is nestled beautifully amongst hundreds of trees at the edge of the Sweni River. In this tranquil, intimate hideaway, the decks of the lodge seem to hover in the branches, while inside, rich calming colors and textures echo the hues of the natural surroundings. Each tree house is connected to the other via elevated wooden walkways that are nestled in the branches of the surrounding trees. Living spaces are conducive to open-air living with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, timber decks for private dining and a magical outdoor shower and star bed for intimate ‘camp-outs’. With its proximity to the river, guests at Singita Sweni Lodge are treated to up-close sightings of the incredible number of animals and birds that wander down to drink or wallow in the river.
Birkenhead House- Hermanus
Incredibly, what lies within Birkenhead House is as breath-taking as what lies beyond. The hotel’s contemporary decor is an artful mix of classic beach house style and quirky opulence. What’s more, the furnishing and artwork is eclectic and arresting. While Birkenhead House is Hermanus’ luxury accommodation at its best, the hotel is characterized by a laid back and easy-going atmosphere. Following a relaxed breakfast at noon, take afternoon tea on your balcony, then gaze over the ocean at dusk over a cocktail or two.
Babylonstoren, Cape wine country
Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best-preserved farmyards in the Cape. Beloved for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 3,5 hectares (8 acres), the garden is divided into 15 sections that comprise fruit, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks and chickens, and more. The hotel is characterized by thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces that emulate an authentic farm stay experience.
Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park
Situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Singita Grumeti is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. Choose to stay in Singita Serengeti House, situated on the lower slopes of Sasakwa Hill, a private-use retreat, with uninterrupted views across tree-dotted plains of the Serengeti. Or choose Faru-Faru Lodge, a riverine lodge, built on a gently sloping hill, with such close proximity to the river and plains, guests have the unique opportunity to experience a very close connection with the wilderness. Then there’s Sasakwa Lodge, built in the style of a stately Edwardian manor house, with panoramic views of the Serengeti plains merging with the horizon and providing a sense of immense space and freedom.
Highlands camp, Ngorongoro
Recently opened in June, this is a stunning camp in the Ngorongoro region on the Olmoti Crater just a 45-minute drive from the Ngorongoro Crater. A landmark camp in design as it resembles the traditional Boma of the Masaai, it is close to Ol Donyo Lengai which is the Masaai Holy Mountain. Experience this terrific place and phenomenal destination with some of the most outrageous walks and hikes in the high country.
The Highlands redefines the traditional Ngorongoro experience. Set high on the slopes of the Olmoti volcano, with views all the way to the Serengeti, you can be on the famous Ngorongoro Crater floor at dawn yet far from any other camp. This warm and stylish high-altitude camp is deliberately positioned deep in the highland wilderness for maximum privacy, offers a richness of adventure and range of activities not possible elsewhere in Ngorongoro.
Comprising of a series of white-domed Pavilion guest rooms all set in 50 acres of lush tropical gardens, Kilindi provides an ‘open-to-nature’ approach for a private, intimate and ‘barefoot’ appeal that speaks to nature lovers. The Pavilions have their very own private plunge pool and possess a separate but extraordinary ‘rainfall’ shower room which offers a spectacular view of the ocean. Each Pavilion is set in its own private tropical gardens and served by a dedicated butler, guaranteeing romantic privacy.
Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls
The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for 24 guests in 12 luxury tents. All suites are gorge facing and have a private viewing deck, plunge pool and private lounge area. The suites are equipped with air-conditioning & ceiling fans. Each luxury tented suite has a different view – but when the Zambezi is rising to its peak during the rains, the “smoke” that offers picturesque sunsets, is not from fires but from the thundering waterfall.