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Tented Camps

Experience the Traditional Authenticity of an African Safari in a Canvas Suite

There’s something almost spiritual about the sight of a tent pitched in the wilderness, the embers of a campfire glowing as one by one, diamond-like stars prick through the velvety blanket of the night. Waking up in the morning at first light is no less humbling, as the sun breaks across the horizon, warming the landscape with its rays. Really, there’s no finer way to experience Africa’s wild places.

Journeysmiths’ selection of tented camps have been chosen because they strike the perfect balance between an authentic wilderness experience and the creature comforts you’d expect of a high end hotel. Camping should not be a chore!
 
To call these palatial suites tents is really to do them a disservice. Yes, their walls are made of canvas, but more often than not they are raised up from the ground on wooden platforms, have king size beds and campaign furniture, and are decorated with hand woven rugs, fine fabrics, and objets d’art. Fret not about the prospect of a bucket toilet: your en suite bathroom is far more likely to have a free-standing vintage bath, an outdoor rain shower, a fluffy bathrobe, and organic toiletries.
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Accommodation:
Cottars 1920 Camp

Take your family back in time to the 1920s, the heyday of East African wildlife safaris. The past comes alive at Cottar’s, which combines simplicity with a relaxed style, inspired guiding, mouthwatering cuisine, and attention to detail. All of this goes to create an unforgettable Kenyan safari.

Accommodation:
Sujan Jawai

Sujan Jawai - a Relais & Chateaux property in a leopard rich wilderness - takes luxury to a whole other level. An Indian maharaja would be fortunate to call this tented camp home. It’s a property completely in balance with its ecosystem, with a light, sustainable environmental footprint.

Accommodation:
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

The Hoanib Valley is a truly unique environment, strikingly beautiful and remote. Staying at the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp you will see the valley at its finest, and get close to the wonderful wildlife residing here.

Accommodation:
Chamba Camp

The Thiksey Monastery looms large over the Indus Valley, both physically and culturally speaking. At its foot is the remarkable Chamba Camp, which opens anew each season in May and is operational until mid October. It is the ultimate travelling camp.

Accommodation:
Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp offers a truly authentic island experience, bringing the magic of African safari to the Pacific islands. Adventure is at the heart of this camp, but luxury and comfort have certainly not been compromised. This is a stylish camp in an iconic Galapagos setting.

Accommodation:
Chiawa Camp

A luxurious family-run camp set under a grove of mahogany trees along the banks of the Zambezi River, Chiawa Camp has a rich history and is located in one of the best wildlife-viewing spots in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.

Accommodation:
Patagonia Camp

Patagonia Camp is an all-natural wilderness retreat at the edge of the pristine Torres del Paine National Park. Imagine camping with the added luxury of a five star hotel, surrounded by the undisturbed Andean Plateau, crystal clear lakes, and breathtaking views.

Highlight:
White Desert

White Desert’s Whichaway Camp is a unique Antarctic safari camp like nowhere else. The camp is surrounded by endless fields of snow and ice, rocky hills as old as time, and sleeping pods which would not look out of place on the moon.

Accommodation:
Serengeti Safari Camp

Where is Serengeti Safari Camp? The answer: it depends. Serengeti Safari Camp is a mobile camp, so it moves every couple of months to a new location, ensuring unbeatable viewing of the Great Migration as the herds progress across the plains.