When you choose your safari off the mainstream routes, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up about comfort and luxury. On the contrary, many extraordinary camps and lodges are located right in the middle of the wilderness of the Southern Circuit of Tanzania.
It’s good to choose these destinations, especially for the ones looking for something unique and classy but a little bit away from the crowd. Here we are, once more, to introduce the best of the best from our catalogue. Let’s have a look!
Beho Beho – Selous
Beho Beho is the first camp in Selous that isn’t located on the banks or the flood plains of the Rufiji River, but in the cooler highlands. Designed as a ‘private camp’, it creates the true ‘essence’ of a safari refuge: a luxurious base camp from which to explore on foot, by boat or by open safari cruiser the splendours of one of the largest game reserves in the world. The stone built and palm thatched cottages are not only a refuge from the equatorial sun, they are not just for sleeping; these spacious suites are designed as private homes with individuality and flair. Lounges, dining areas, cocktail bar and ‘billiards room’ are the sophisticated setting for post safari relaxation.
Jongomero – Ruaha
In the middle of Ruana National Park, this camp is tucked below a dappled riverine canopy on the banks of the Jongomero sand river, so that the camp bar, lounge and restaurant enjoy an incredible view – an open wooden terrace shaded by a high thatched roof and filled with sumptuous sofas and striking furniture made of reclaimed dhow wood. Accommodation comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites, built on raised wooden platforms, under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda which overlooks the riverbed. The quintessence of luxury in the wilds.
Kigelia Camp – Ruaha
Located in the best wildlife area of the Ruaha National Park, Kigelia is a simple tented bushcamp offering all the comforts you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa. It’s a perfect spot from which to explore. Only six tents where to experience camping like you never tried before – airy tents that provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush setting… The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there’s a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flush loo.
Siwandu – Selous
Sheltered in a grove of palms on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu is perfectly situated to experience the breathtaking landscape and wildlife of Selous Game Reserve. Siwandu’s accommodation ensures maximum privacy and every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of Selous. The spacious octagonal tents of canvas and secure mosquito netting and topped in thatch, not only allows for constant air-flow, but also enables guests to gaze upon the animals as they saunter past. A positive note about the kitchen, where all meals are complimented by a good wine selection. No movement between camps is required as each has its own host, guides, swimming pool, game vehicles and jetty for boat safaris.