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The days of basic safari camps in small canvas tents have become rare, so it is not always straightforward to understand what makes a “luxury” safari. For many people, “luxury” is quantified by the quality of the accommodation itself - the interior decor, service, food quality and general ambience of each safari camp or lodge.
Indeed, even when the ‘luxury’ element is more tuned to the quality of the experience or remoteness of location in which the camp or lodge is situated, the accommodations are usually still of a very lovely standard. The question remains, however, what makes a luxury safari luxurious for you as an individual or group?
Time, isolation and uniqueness of experience should all be major focal points when considering a luxury safari as all 3 of those elements of luxury have become synonymous with modern safari travel in Africa. Needless to say that any luxury safari is going to be no small financial undertaking. It can be true that a fairly basic-appearing camp in an extraordinary location that delivers first-class experiences and guides can still reach the USD$850 per person / per night mark and more.
Botswana and South Africa are kings of the luxury safari world where opulent accommodations, food, wine and service are concerned. Botswana, in particular, manages to combine these with experiential safari and remoteness of location, rather gloriously too, giving you everything you could imagine and then some.
Zimbabwe and Zambia do have some stunning camps and lodges but here the experience and guiding quality are the main defining characteristics of luxury. Old-school safari camps, atmosphere and remoteness of camp locations are the mainstay of what makes a safari in these two countries incredibly difficult to beat.
Tanzania has started to come to the table with epic luxury safari camps in recent years but also has some quite outstanding remote safari camps for high-quality isolation luxury safari.
Kenya, much like South Africa, has very opulent safari camps mixed in with some excellent next-level down luxury camps that offer similar levels of service at reduced costs.
To list all the camps that we love in this rather ambiguous category of safari type would be a bit silly as it is entirely subjective and down to your own perceptions and degrees of importance of what constitutes a luxury safari. The greatest example of this would be some clients we recently had that were very fortunate to have no budget ceiling, whom we challenged to mix in a "luxury camp" that was far off the beaten track with no wifi or cell phone signal or close proximity to any other camp or form of civilization. It was a pretty basic looking camp but was the part of the trip that resonated with them most.
The best thing to do at this point is to get in touch with us, preferably by phone, to allow us to get to know you a little and advise on the kind of luxury safari that would give you your trip of a lifetime experience.
Luxury Safari FAQs
What are the key characteristics of a luxury safari?
For most travellers a luxury safari would include thequality of the interior decor, service, food quality and general ambience of each safari camp or lodge. At Tailormade Africa we believe it goes way beyond only these. Time, isolation and uniqueness of experience are three very important focal points. So we believe there should be a good balance of all of these mentioned characteristics. A bespoke itinerary shaped to your travel needs and personality are what sets us apart.
What are the top luxury safari lodges in Africa?
This is almost impossible as there are so many and every lodge or camp has something unique to offer it's guests. As previously mentioned, the most opulent lodges can be found in Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya, but there are some luxury gems in Zimbabwe (together with its next level quality guides), Zimbabwe and Rwanda. We will always make sure the accommodation suits your affinity for luxury and more.
What are some of the most luxurious safari getaways in Africa?
Botswana and South Africa are the kings of the luxury safari with opulent accommodations, food, wine and service. Botswana, however, manages to combine these with an experiential safari and remoteness of location, rather gloriously, giving you everything you could imagine. Tanzania have also increased it's luxury safari offering over the past few years and with some careful planning could be right up there with the best. Kenya, very much like South Africa, offers the opulent camps and similar service levels at reduced costs.
Is a Private Safari experience more luxury?
A private safari experience definitely makes any safari more of a luxury experience. Is it necessary to book a private safari to make it a luxury safari, definitely not. The way we put our itineraries together we often include remoteness of location which makes the safari experience feel like a private safari. Its all about personal attention and the uniqueness of the experience.