Forget bug juice and bedrolls. Here are four new ways to experience the wilderness with grown-up flair.
The Ultimate Travelling Camp is a mobile tent compound that brings guests to northern India’s remote but spellbinding events (Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival) and rare cultural experiences (sunrise prayers at Ladakh’s Thiksey Monastery). Under the canvas: en suite bathrooms, suede club chairs, and hand-blocked textiles. Five nights from $3,505 per person.
Guests traverse 18 switchbacks by mule to reach Cloud Camp, a luxury dude ranch with 11 cabins and a stone-and-timber main lodge 3,000 feet above the Broadmoor Hotel. Relive your sleepaway days with activities such as hiking, archery, and bird-watching. Or just take in the views of Pikes Peak from the wraparound porch. Doubles from $600, all-inclusive.
The eight log cabins and four handwoven tents at Norden Camp, on the Tibetan Plateau, are a significant upgrade from the typical local rendition. The cotton-candy-soft yak- felt bedcovers are made by sister brand Norlha, which produces the fabric for Paris fashion houses. Days are filled with horse treks and visits with local nomads; nights are spent stargazing around the bonfire. Doubles from $260.
Lake Burungi, Tanzania
At Little Chem Chem, French conservationist Nicolas Negre showcases a “slow safari” ethos, where guests track wildlife spoor on bush walks. But you don’t have to venture far from the pared-down-yet- elegant tents to view lions and leopards roaming the baobab-filled terrain, and nearby Lake Burungi fairly teems with bathing elephants. From $810 per person, two-night minimum; all-inclusive.