With their rich physical beauty and dense wildlife populations, it’s no wonder Eastern and Southern Africa welcomes countless new safari camps year after year. After all, a safari is as magical as an experience can get: it’s simply an indescribable experience, quite unlike anything else. Between a new wave of super-luxe lodges that have opened this year and some of the most iconic lodges that have been reimagined, there’s no time like the present to live that dream you’ve been longing for!
— SOUTH AFRICA —
SINGITA SWENI LODGE
Kruger National Park, South Africa
An intimate and hidden jewel that first opened in 2004, Singita Sweni has recently completed a striking redesign. Drawing inspiration from nature's most striking color palette, the exclusive Kruger National Park lodge has replaced its dark greens and traditional African décor with a vibrant new style that brings a dazzling dose of glamour to the banks of the verdant Sweni River. The look is sophisticated: it's saturated with dramatic hues, detailed with polished marble and enclosed with walls made of glass. Singita has also introduced a new smart pool deck, in addition to a new show kitchen where Cape Town–based celebrity chef Liam Tomlin has created a diverse menu blending artisanal cooking techniques and fresh produce with seasonally relevant ingredients that draw on global influences.
— RWANDA —
Volcanoes National Park
Set on 103 acres of private land, Wilderness Safaris' Bisate Lodge opened in June and has given Rwanda a luxury base for gorilla treks. The location is impressive to say the least: it's perched in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone with dramatic views of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes. second-to-none: The camp features a collection of six spherical, thatch-roof structures that have been modeled after the shape of the country’s royal palaces and rolling hills. Inside, the spacious forest villas are richly detailed, adorned with colorful woven fabrics and high-design accessories.
Expanding to beyond ultra-luxury beachside resorts, One&Only has introduced an all new One&Only Nature Reserve portfolio, adding two properties two new Rwandan properties: One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla's Nest. Alongside ancient rainforest, within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, One&Only Nyungwe House offers an exclusive window to Africa's fascinating wildlife and culture. Inspired by the natural beauty and traditions of Rwanda, the six stunning wooden villas feature exceptional forest views.
A contrast, One&Only Gorilla's Nest is cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range, offering an exclusive front-row seat to one of Africa's oldest national parks. It's a spectacular modern haven where magical moments are once-in-a-lifetime, personal encounters with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat.
(One&Only Gorilla's Nest Opening in 2018)
— BOTSWANA —
Khwai Private Reserve
Overlooking a lagoon that’s connected to the Khwai and Sable Alley rivers, Sable Alley opened in May in northern Botswana's Khwai Private Reserve. Just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, the camp's enviable location means the game literally comes to you. And this new camp is just as stunning as it is sustainable, featuring 12 elevated tents overlooking a hippo-filled lagoon in one of the region’s most pristine wildlife hot spots. Each of the spacious canvas tents features its own private terrace; a swimming pool and lounge offer further relaxation with a view. Sable Alley is an oasis amid nearly a half-million-acre reserve and it is earthily sophisticated in its design and ambiance.
— TANZANIA —
Since first opening in 2012, Singita Serengeti House has been one of East Africa's most sophisticated place to stay. And it's not hard to see why. The setting, along the stunning slopes of Tanzania's Sasakwa Hill, is deep in the heart of the Grumeti Game Reserve. And now, following an extensive renovation by longtime Singita collaborators and all around safari-design gurus Cécile & Boyd, the exclusive-use property is back and even better than before. Reopened in October, the Serengeti House brings next-level privacy to one of Africa’s most iconic conservation areas. The style is characteristically chic, done in a a calming neutral palette of sun-bleached blonde, beige and grey that echo the grassy plans outdoors. New, casual, living spaces include an eat-in gourmet kitchen, media room, full gym, tennis pavilion, and tented spa suite. And everything here is tailor made: The cuisine is crafted by a personal chef, the game drives are entirely private, and the freedom to roam—on foot, horseback, or Land Rover—is unparalleled. Refined yet luxuriously comfortable, this modern African home on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill offers uninterrupted views across the Serengeti’s open plains.
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