Cottar's 1920s Camp is a throwback to the golden era of Kenyan safaris. © Cottar's 1920s Camp

Luxury Tented Safaris

Safari tent glamping gets you closer to the African bush, without ever leaving your comfort zone. Orange nylon is out, replaced by impeccable service, first-class amenities and the ultimate luxury of falling asleep to the night sounds of Africa and being awoken by the light and energy of the new day … all while staying under canvas.

What’s it like to stay in a luxury tented camp?

How can I pitch this to you? Forget everything you ever knew about camping, and add a generous serving of comfort and old-school style. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, and yet are completely immersed in the present.

Is it the same as glamping?

Exactly. A luxury tent safari is ‘glamorous camping’ at its most refined, so you can see how it’s easy to get roped in. You may be under canvas, but don’t be under any misapprehensions – you’ll have bedroom and bathroom facilities on par with those in any luxury lodge.

Do you have to rough it?

Only if you consider five-star meals, attentive staff, dreamy four-poster beds, elegant furnishings and all the basics like hot water and electricity to be a hardship! Or perhaps you find gleaming hardwood floors a little unpolished?

Are luxury tented camps safe?

Safari tent glamping is perfectly safe – elephant haven’t figured out how to undo the zips yet! Joking aside, the wildlife will regard your luxury tent as just another landscape feature, while an experienced guide and safari crew will ensure that you can enjoy wildlife at close quarters, but never uncomfortably so.

Why should I choose a luxury tented camp?

A luxury tent safari is imbued with the romance and classic style of earlier African safaris – like listening to a lion’s roar on a gramophone rather than an MP3 player. Tented camps are easier to create, so are often in remote, secluded spots – and at the same time they’re generally an eco-friendlier option, letting you tread more lightly.

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