Sleeping in a Tent, Chic-Style
If someone suggests the idea of going camping, there are many images that might spring to mind. An old tent blowing in the wind and stubbornly refusing to stay up, despite the fact that you’ve hammered the pegs into the muddy ground as hard as you can. Eating cold baked beans as you just couldn’t get the fire going. Sleepless nights in the aforementioned shaky tent. It’s not exactly the most glamorous way of travelling…
Enter the concept of glamping. What is glamping, you say? It’s a glamorous style of camping ideal for those who want to enjoy everything that a luxury holiday offers but also embrace the great outdoors. With glamping, there is no need to build your tent or cook a meagre dinner on a dimly-lit campfire. Glamping offers a whole different way to experience the outdoors and enjoy one of the most popular global travelling trends of recent times.
Singita’s Sabora Tented Camp is situated in the heart of the Serengeti surrounded by a private reserve that is home to a wealth of African wildlife. Luxury en-suite tents take in four-poster beds and plush furnishings, as well as air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, an outdoor shower and a viewing deck from which you can view the zebras and gazelles as they wander down to their watering holes. This luxury Tanzanian glamping spot also includes a spa, gym and boutique, which you can visit after taking a private guided tour of the surrounding national park, among lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephants.
Singita’s Mara Tented Camp is also situated within the Serengeti and is most famous for its privileged location, which offers a front row seat to the annual wildebeest migration–a dazzling natural phenomenon. Luxury en-suite tents are decorated with crafts made by local artisans and include private viewing decks and outdoor bathtubs from which you can view the African landscapes in all their natural glory.
Kenya is a part of Africa that is famous for its stunning safaris. The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is located in the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve–one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves and home to the ‘Big Five’. The extremely comfortable tents are situated on the banks of the Mara River and include four-poster, pillow-top beds, three-piece bathrooms with outdoor showers and secluded verandas. The exclusive fine dining options include African delicacies such as springbok carpaccio, which can be enjoyed in the boma–a traditional African structure where music accompanies mealtimes. A balloon safari followed by champagne breakfast is one of the most memorable ways to enjoy the exquisite, unbroken landscape and exotic surroundings.
Just three hours outside Johannesburg in the heart of South Africa lies the Marataba Safari Lodge – a jewel in the glamping crown. The Marataba sits among a malaria-free 23,000-hectare private concession within the Marakele National Park. The Lodge is designed with organic colours and styles that blend seamlessly with the breathtaking natural landscapes. The canvas-and-stone Tented Suites are warm and comforting, with luxury features including huge, super soft beds, free-standing stone baths and a contemporary design finish. Guests can enjoy morning and evening game drives and stargazing safaris after the sun goes down. The welcoming public spaces include warm wood and exposed brickwork décor, open fireplaces and plush sofas to sink into after a day spent up close and personal with the wild animals.
Last but most emphatically not least, the award-winning Aman-I-Khas in Rajasthan, India is one of the most mystical glamping destinations in the world. The canopied tents sit around the resort’s elegant outdoor fireplace against the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills. Situated on the edge of Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park and surrounded by open grasslands, the hotel’s design incorporates many traditional Indian influences with a step-well pool and tents designed to represent those used by dynastic rulers during the Moghul era. Guided safaris can be taken in an open-top vehicle, where you can spot leopards, hyenas, crocodiles and maybe even a tiger. There is also the opportunity to take a camel ride through local indigenous villages and discover this beautiful corner of India. Back at the camp, the spa area offers healing and rejuvenating treatments inspired by ancient knowledge as well as yoga, meditation and Reiki.