6 New Safari Camps in Africa to Book Now

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6 New Safari Camps in Africa to Book Now
A wave of new and reborn luxury camps have opened all over Africa, creating overnight experiences well beyond the traditional safari. From sleeping under the stars on a rolled-out bed in Kenya to swimming in a pool overlooking a watering hole in Zimbabwe, these retreats have shaped new ways for guests to see the plains.
By Nicoletta Richardson, AFAR Staff
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    Singita Lebombo
    Kruger National Park, South Africa

    Set along a hippo-filled river in Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo has just completed a stem-to-stern renovation. The 15 glass-walled suites have been reimagined in metallic hues, raw woods, and soothing gray stone, while common areas were reconfigured for a more casual, communal vibe, with a fire pit in the open-air lobby, a roof deck for stargazing, and a new 25-meter lap pool. Doubles from $1,500.
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    Somalisa Camp
    Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    There’s no Wi-Fi at Somalisa, a cluster of seven airy tents powered by solar energy in Hwange National Park. Unplugging is exactly the point, says Zimbabwe-born camp owner Beks Ndlovu, who also heads the sustainability-minded African Bush Camps. Somalisa is all about connecting with the here and now: Private decks facing a seasonal floodplain allow guests to observe game at a leisurely pace, and a pool deck overlooking a watering hole offers close-up encounters with the park’s thriving elephant population. Doubles from $420 per person.
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    Amanzi Camp
    Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

    Amanzi became the remotest camp in the Lower Zambezi when it opened this year in Zambia. A couple of miles downstream from the larger and more luxurious Anabezi Lodge, the rustic little sister camp has four spacious tents built on raised teak decks. Not lacking in creature comforts, all have en-suite bathrooms and private terraces where guests can observe wildlife along the Ngwenya channel from their hammocks. A pool built down by the river affords an even closer look. Doubles from $600 per person.
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    Asilia Highlands
    Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

    With its thriving game populations and postcard-perfect landscapes, the Ngorongoro Crater is a major attraction for good reason, which means it’s also perpetually crowded. That’s why Asilia Africa built its latest camp along the secluded Olmoti volcano, hidden from the throngs but close enough to whisk guests onto the crater floor in time for sunrise. The interiors of the eight glass- and canvas-walled domed tents, modeled after traditional huts called bomas, are bathed in natural light. Doubles from $1,420.
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    Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp
    Laikipia, Kenya

    On an unfenced 56,000-acre ranch owned by the Nature Conservancy, the new Elewana Loisaba camp sits along a key migratory corridor in northern Kenya, home to one of the country’s largest elephant populations. Its six tents are spacious retreats with polished wood floors and views of the plains; two are family units with shared walkways. But the four Kiboko Starbed rooms, set on raised wooden platforms over a busy watering hole, are the real draw here. Come nightfall, beds are rolled out onto private verandas so travelers can sleep beneath the stars. Doubles from $490 per person; Kiboko Starbeds from $300.
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    Ruckomechi Camp and Little Ruckomechi Camp
    Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

    Wilderness Safaris recently overhauled its Ruckomechi Camp, adding seasoned leather couches, rough-hewn coffee tables, and hand-blown glass vases to the 10 tented suites, all shaded by acacia trees and facing the Zambezi River. In July, they also opened a satellite camp downstream for travelers who truly want to get off the grid. Called Little Ruckomechi, it has three airy tents on elevated wooden decks, plus a dining room, lounge, and swimming pool. From $700 per person, based on double occupancy.
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