SELECTION – From Namibia to Tanzania, from Botswana to South Africa, these African lodges are reinventing the artwork of bush residing, every in their very own type.
Sip a cocktail at sundown, in entrance of a wooden hearth within the silence of the bush. Waking as much as the solar and the wild immensity in entrance of you. Being surrounded by noble supplies with harmonious shapes and residing within the coronary heart of nature whereas having fun with the wonders of civilization. The artwork of residing within the bush has been elevated to an “artwork” lately. These African lodges, every in their very own type, are reinventing the artwork of bush residing.
The Most Immersive: Feline Camp Botswana
The scenario : within the Khwai area of Botswana
the pitch : Feline Fields Camp is positioned within the coronary heart of the Okavango Delta. It is a actual camp, non-public, consisting of enormous tents arrange simply earlier than your arrival. Outfitted with bedding worthy of a grand lodge and vintage objects, it permits its visitors to expertise the final word African expertise, that of solitude. Only for you: tents, attentive workers and a particular eating space that will make many everlasting lodges blush.
Overlooking the river, this expertise is ideally lived over three days. The primary could also be one of many worst in your life: the encompassing animals rubbing in opposition to the tent at midnight, lonely night time. However from the second night time you get used to it. The sounds desensitize you, you sleep effectively, curled up in your comfy mattress just a few meters from the roaming cats. The final night time will undoubtedly be one of the stunning of your life: we absolutely admire the clear starry sky, the aperitif at sundown and the night across the hearth, to not point out the wonderful meals ready particularly for you.
Good to know : you possibly can attain this non-public camp in two methods: by street, which is uncommon sufficient to be listed on the gates of the delta, or by helicopter. If the second possibility is much less “inexperienced”, you possibly can nonetheless fly over the Okavango just a few tens of meters above sea degree. A uncommon privilege, perfect for wildlife watching.
Feline Camp Botswana, from €1800 per night time.
The Greenest: Grumeti Hills
The scenario : within the Serengeti Nationwide Park in Tanzania
The pitch: think about a lodge remoted from the world, however with its pool, air-con, working water, with out utilizing a generator. Think about 4X4 automobiles that will not eat a drop of oil. Inconceivable in an space as distant as Grumeti, within the far west of the Serengeti Park? Nonetheless. This baby prodigy is the work of Denis Lebouteux who launched a small chain of lodges, charming and impartial in greenhouse fuel emissions.
Photo voltaic panels present for the electrical energy wants of the lodge and the automobiles. Massive reservoirs acquire the water through the uncommon however plentiful rains: it’s recycled to provide the pool, water wants and upkeep of the plentiful flora that surrounds the property. The thermal 4X4s have been reworked into electrical 4X4s due to the French expertise supported by the corporate Carwatt. This lodge reveals that life within the bush isn’t incompatible with the preservation of nature.
Good to know : though we’re speaking about probably the most “inexperienced” lodge on the continent, the swimming pool with a view and the massages additionally make it a well-being handle. The desk is tasty, nourished by the nation’s solely permaculture vegetable backyard just a few hours away.
Grumeti Hills. From 500 € / night time
Probably the most luxurious: Singita Lebombo
The scenario : within the Kruger Nationwide Park in South Africa
The pitch: The quintessence of African luxurious will be summed up in a single identify: Singita. Carved native wooden, giant bay home windows that enlarge the designer furnishings: luxurious however with out ostentation, all in magnificence and concord. Add to that the perfect rangers on this planet, educated at the perfect American universities and the perfect cooks. Right here everybody feels distinctive and has the sensation of touring out of time.
Good to know : regardless of their value, Singita lodges are booked nearly a 12 months prematurely by US clients. A keep should due to this fact be ready effectively prematurely.
Singita LeBombo Lodge, from €3000 per night time.
Probably the most inaccessible: Tswalu Safari Lodge
The scenario : within the Kalahari in South Africa
The pitch: the Kalahari isn’t the dream of novice patrons, however after just a few safaris it turns into. An setting as hostile as it’s inaccessible, it’s dwelling to a jewel that safari lovers know effectively: Tswalu. This Relais & Châteaux will be reached in a 1h30 flight west of Johannesburg. Once you arrive, the airport is a sublime cabin. Then we cross the arid however wealthy bush and uncover Tswalu. Right here is luxurious elsewhere. The uncommon fauna offered to the eyes of tourists (cats, reptiles, meerkats and different pangolins) would in itself justify your presence. However the view and serenity of the place is elevated tenfold by its exclusivity. Just a few rooms on this finish of the world provide the possibility to order all to your self.
Good to know : Accessible by small aircraft (very comfy) from Cape City or Johannesburg. Two nights is a minimal, 4 are most well-liked. For the reason that concession is non-public, safaris are supplied on foot, in addition to on horseback (which is sort of uncommon).
Tswalu, from €1500/night time (in off-season).
Trendiest: Zannier Sonop Lodge
The scenario : namib desert in namibia
The pitch: Zannier is a novel model. Right here there isn’t a want to create a “chain”, however slightly distinctive addresses round distinctive pure locations. Already current in Megève, Vietnam or Cambodia, they’ve arrived with a bang in probably the most cinematic of African international locations, Namibia. Extra exactly within the Namib Rand. All the things is there, and higher: the view and the location are extraordinary, unique (crucial) and nearly inaccessible.
The tents on stilts stand in the course of big rocks left right here by tens of millions of years of abrasion. The furnishings is manufactured from wooden, copper and noble materials. From the toilet or mattress, the view of the lunar plains is infinite. The valuable wood and copper binoculars positioned on the desk invite you to choose up your pen and attempt to emulate Agatha Christie. However there may be additionally a novel desk, positioned on a big pure promontory, designed by nature and illuminated solely at night time by the Milky Means, right here dazzling with gentle.
Good to know : Sonop is tough to entry, so the keep must be lengthy sufficient (minimal 3 to 4 nights). All the things is finished right here to maintain you entertained, together with within the evenings with an open-air cinema, gastronomic or musical evenings.
Zannier Motels Sonop. From €1500/night time (in off-season).