T+L Reports: Luxe Tented Camps
Published: April 2009
By Keren Schiffman
In case you needed more enticement to consider an African safari, here are four new ultraluxe
bush camps. Namibia The 16 stone-and-canvas huts
at Doro Nawas (800/882-9453; www.wilderness-safaris.com; doubles from
$630, all-inclusive) overlook grass plains, sandstone cliffs, and the natural habitat
of the desert elephant. South Africa Bird-watching
while showering outdoors is an afternoon ritual at Pafuri (800/882-9453;
www.wilderness-safaris.com; doubles from $400, all-inclusive). In the remote north of
Kruger National Park, the property's 20 suites let guests glimpse more than 400 bird species.
• The zebra-skin chairs, canopied four-poster beds, and roaming Big Five at Rattray's
(800/327-0373; www.malamala.com; doubles from $1,700, all-inclusive), in the MalaMala Game
Reserve, contrast with modern touches such as flat-screen TV's and wireless Internet. Botswana Already a hit with Saudi royals, the 14 elevated bungalows at Vumbura Plains (800/882-9453; www.wilderness-safaris.com; doubles from $1,200, all-inclusive), in
the Okavango Delta, have private plunge pools. Sign up for a mokoro (canoe) ride—it's
the closest you'll come to a hippo without being an egret.