10. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, Kenya
On a 6,000-acre private game reserve in Kenya near the border of Tanzania, Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp oozes Out of Africa elegance. The camp borders the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve, two of the best game reserves in Africa, but because it sits on private land, you can skip the crowds of these famous parks.
Cottar’s is also one of only 10 accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats in the world, thanks to its commitment to sustainability and projects that help the local community.
Don’t be put off by the word “camp.” The luxury tents are a world away from those on your typical family camping trip, and the attentive staff make you feel like royalty. The expert Maasai guides and trackers are some of the best in the business, delivering you to classic African “big-five” wildlife action starring lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants. You can also witness the wildebeest migration from July through November.
Strategically flung far apart to maximize privacy, the 10 palatial tents allow you to feel at one with nature, without sacrificing any luxuries. While propped in your billowy four-poster bed, you can gaze out at zebras and giraffes, and fall asleep to the whoop of hyenas and the distant roar of lions echoing through the night.
Antique furnishings, oriental rugs, candelabras, and steamer trunks add to the nostalgic Hemingway feel, and the ensuite bathrooms come with flushing toilets and hot showers. But if you really want to get back to nature, you can opt for the unique experience of a safari bath or shower in the middle of the savannah.
Family tented suites come with two bathrooms, and living rooms with fireplaces. You can also reserve a honeymoon suite or the Cottar’s Bush Villa, which sleeps 10 and has its own 25-meter pool.
The chef crafts culinary creations from fresh food grown right in the camp. Meals are usually served communal style in the huge dining tent or at breathtaking wilderness locations.
In addition to the excellent game drives and walks, you can visit a Maasai village, swan around in the pool, or enjoy pampering spa treatments. Children of all ages are welcome.