Here is a look at some of the most exceptional tented camps around the world, click on the camp name to take you to it’s dedicated page and find out more:
Hoanib Valley Camp, Namibia
This new camp opened in 2018 and sits on the bank of the Obias River, overlooking the Hoanib River Valley, a linear oasis running through one of the most beautiful deserts in Africa, where desert-adapted elephant, giraffe, lion and rhino move freely.
Hoanib Valley Camp is open all year round. In the dry winter months of April to September, the desert is in its iconic state, whilst from November to March the area is carpeted in a lush, green blanket.
There are six tents – five twin/double and one family with one king size bed and two single beds which are raised on spacious decks, each with their own private veranda. All tents are en-suite with a separate loo and indoor showers.
This camp boasts a stylish tented lounge with a well-stocked drinks cabinet, outdoor and indoor dining areas. The fire pit is the perfect spot for an early-morning coffee or to watch the stars unfold as darkness falls.
Activities include morning and afternoon desert game drives and nature walks. Guests also have the opportunity to spending a morning with the Herero and Himba communities and learn about the giraffe research conducted in the area.
Cottar’s Camp, Kenya
Extending an era of luxury and quality, Cottar’s returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance. The majority of Cottar’s guides have their impressive Gold Level KSPGA qualification – making them the most highly qualified guides in any camp or lodge in Kenya.
Situated in the South East Masai Mara, in an untouched exclusive concession bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves, the camp and the area guarantee privacy and an abundance of wildlife. In this area are most of the Mara’s Rhino population and so guests do have regular sightings and Colobus monkeys can be seen in the hills behind the camp. These hills are great for walking where Verreaux Eagles can be seen on cliff nesting sites as well as rare chandlers reedbuck in the moor like hill tops.
The camp accommodates up to 28 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished. They incorporate original safari antiques from the ’20s, private ensuite dressing rooms and bathrooms, main bedrooms and verandas. Four family tented suites each consist of two en-suite bedrooms with a shared sitting / dining room between them.
Sal Salis, Australia
Where the outback meets the reef… With just nine luxury wilderness tents hidden among the dunes overlooking Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis provides a unique place from which to explore Western Australia’s coral coast and one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets.
The attraction lies in the coral reef just a few yards off shore with its marine residents, including Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales. Ningaloo is also acknowledged as the best place in the world to swim with the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark, as these gentle giants migrate northwards every year.
The coastal dunes and gorges in the Cape Range National Park provide a prolific terrestrial wildlife experience with Red Kangaroo, Euros and emus seen in and around the camp.
The camp’s ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ philosophy brings a touch of style to a remote and spectacularly beautiful wilderness region. Safari guides are on hand to provide an immersive wilderness experience, and the ritual of sundowners is a time of laughter, sharing of exceptional local knowledge and wonder at the inimitability of Ningaloo. The resident chef ensures this is supported by the very best of Australian bush cuisine and a selection of fine Western Australian wines. The camp’s environmental credentials ensure a minimal footprint in this pristine environment.
At Sirikoi the spacious living and dining area, infinity swimming pool and veranda deck are set within extensive lawns, scattered acacia trees and overlooking a natural waterhole where wild animals frequently visit to wallow and drink.
The camp has four luxury tents, each built on a platform with a private veranda overlooking the waterhole, a living area with a fireplace and an elegant bathroom with a Victorian bath and a shower. There are two further traditional tents with en-suite showers.
A secluded two-bedroom cottage, made from wood, thatch and stone and with a large deck area is situated in a private corner of the camp, near the wetlands where elephant and buffalo are regular visitors. The house has its own kitchen, dining room and living space so that you can be totally independent of the lodge if you so wish.
Fantastic views of distant mountain ranges and a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya provide a perfect setting for game drives and bush walks. For the more adventurous, guests can enjoy horse riding, helicopter trips and even a scenic flight in a bi-plane. Based on the original model of the 1920’s and 30’s, the planes have room for two passengers to sit side by side for this nostalgic once-in-in-a-lifetime flying experience over an incredible African landscape.