Inspired by the vintage-style camps of early European explorers in Africa, modern mobile tented safaris offer guests a sense of nostalgic adventure combined with the luxury and comfort of five-star hospitality. Canvas tents, mosquito nets, campaign furniture, hurricane lamps and Arabian rugs define the classic camp decor at most of these camps, all of which is able to be easily transported across the wilderness in order to follow migrating wildlife or the ever-changing seasons. The intimacy of mobile camps also provides much greater exclusivity than large safari lodges allow, giving guests added privacy and space.
Perhaps the best thing about mobile camps however is how close guests feel to the bush. Waking up to the smell of the fire, listening to the rain against the sides of the tent, the sound of lions calling in the distance as you go to sleep at night… it is an experience that awakens all of your senses as you get up close and personal with nature. Browse the list below to explore some of our favourites:
Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp – Explore a rich landscape of inky blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and the soft neutrals of the African savannah. Within the largest of Tanzania’s national parks is a promise of luxury with premier accommodations and superb service that are Legendary Serengeti Camp.
Serengeti Under Canvas – This is the ultimate in luxury camping, complete with a private butler service, chandeliers, silverware, crystal, ensuite flush w.c. and comfortable beds with fluffy duvets.
Olakira Camp – Immerse yourself in the Great Migration at Olakira Migration Camp. Olakira follows the massive herds of wildebeest to two spectacular locations in the north and south of the Serengeti National Park.
Singita Explore – A private use camp on the plains of the Serengeti, Singita Explore is a return to the simplicity and authenticity of safari life but with a thoroughly modern sensibility and freshness about it.
Kimondo Migration Camp – Handcrafted from wood and canvas in an exotic blend of traditional East African safari style with a subtle Moroccan influence, Kimondo Migration Camp has just eight elegant and airy tents, each with a king-sized cast-iron bed, en-suite bathroom and private veranda.
Chobe Under Canvas – Comfortable mobile safari tents with ensuite bathrooms (with flush w.c. and steaming hot bucket shower) at secluded campsites in the game-rich Chobe National Park offer up close and personal encounters with Botswana’s wildlife.
Savute Under Canvas – Carefully positioned as close as possible to the resident game, enjoy the simplicity of camping in one of the top wildlife areas in the world. Spend nights under canvas close to nature in the landscape of the African night.
&Beyond Botswana Mobile Camping Expeditions – A privately-guided, fully-serviced mobile camping experience; you can expect the renowned &Beyond service during your adventure such as a butler, housekeeper and chefs who prepare the most scrumptious Pan African menus. Avid explorers have the opportunity to engage in a comprehensive and interpretive Botswana safari experience.
Selinda Explorers Camp – Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “wow” factor lies in the experience it offers and the grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage travelling trunks lending an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents.
Shamwari Explorer Camp – During South Africa’s summer season, Shamwari Game Reserve opens the Explorer Camp.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes guests on a guided walking safari of the surrounding land, allowing you to get up close and personal with nature. Each tent is luxuriously furnished for comfort in the wilderness.
Sanbona Explorer Camp – This seasonal camp offers adventurous guests an authentic walking experience to explore the Karoo while sleeping in luxury tents and enjoying evenings around a campfire. The camp is located along a beautifully shaded riverbed and qualified guides enhance birding, cultural and natural history experiences with opportunities to encounter the Big 5.