5 of the Best Luxury Safari Camps For Lion-watching

In homage of Disney’s much-awaited live-action release of The Lion King, The Luxury Safari Company – curators of luxury safaris in Africa – has hand-picked a selection of highlights across some of the continents most breathtaking places to see lions. Bank cards and passports at the ready!

 

Offbeat Mara, Kenya

You can’t get closer to lions than the Offbeat Mara in Kenya. With their lion pride – Offbeat Pride – living in the main camp, guests don’t have to stray too far from their rooms to see them. Located in the Masai Mara National Park, known as one of the best places in Africa to spot predators, and combined with regular sightings of cheetah and leopard as well as the rest of the big and little game, there is little need to go elsewhere. Offbeat Mara has taken the traditional camping term and turned it into something rather special – fantastic guiding, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food and outstanding management will make you feel right at home. Prices start from £3,000 per person for three nights including flights from the UK.

Singita Boulders, South Africa

For the ultimate luxury safari with amazing cat viewing, visit Singita Boulders. This lodge is renowned for its luxury design which combines contemporary and African influences. There are 12 suites, each with their own en suite bathrooms, outdoor shower, private heated swimming pool, fireplace and game-viewing decks. There is a spa, wine boutique, gym, star gazing activities and archery. For another unique experience, guests can also try an interactive session with the dog handling unit in their work to prevent rhino poaching. They’ll go behind the scenes to see various tasks including pursuing intruders to sniffing out rhino horn and ammunition from vehicles and bags. Being located in South Africa, there’s also the opportunity to take in some of the other great things on offer in South Africa such as Cape Town and the Winelands. Prices start from £8,720 per person.

Puku Ridge, Zambia

Located deep inside Zambia’s incredible South Luangwa National Park, Puku Ridge is a completely reimagined tented camp, which combines the perfect blend of wilderness, luxury and responsibility. Opening in September 2019, the camp and its eight tented suites offer another level of comfort and design with custom-built, near-silent air-conditioning, rooftop starbeds and private plunge pools. Lions often hunt on the food plains just below the camp. Positioned on one of the South Luangwa National Park’s prime secluded sites, Puku Ridge blends in beautifully with its natural surroundings and overlooks wildlife- rich floodplain and waterhole, where there’s always something to see. Whenventuring out of the camp, guests will enjoy the area’s varied landscape and its spectacular wildlife including leopards, lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos, wild dogs, the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest, genet cats, various mongooses, civets and honey badgers. Prices start from £3,500 per person for three nights including flights from the UK.

Nomad Lamai Serengeti, Tanzania

Standing proud above the plains, around a tumble of giant boulders, Nomad Lamai Serengeti, Tanzania is located in the Northern Serengeti – arguably one of the most magical corners of the world. On the Lamai Wedge, bristling with mammals all-year-round, there’s never a dull moment. From the Nomad Lamai outcrop guests are in plain sight of the Kogakuria Kopje, where over a million wildebeests cross these plains on their way to dodge the jaws of death in the Mara River, just down the track. Above it all, the camps beautiful kopje is a sacred wildlife haven and their mission is to act as its faithful guardians. Prices start from £4,500 per person for 3 nights including flights from the UK.

Sausage Tree Camp, Zambia

Sausage Tree Camp offers some of the finest game viewing in natural habitats anywhere in Africa. It’s location within the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, means that game viewing activities take place both on the water, by boat and canoes, and on the land by four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles or on foot (bush walks). The camp is well equipped with game viewing vehicles, boats and canoes allowing us to easily cater to the personal and individual needs of all our guests.

For more information and to book, contact The Luxury Safari Company: www.theluxurysafaricompany.com

 

Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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