Luxury Safari Camps
Luxury safari camps abound in Africa, albeit there are distinct differences. The most notable are those located within private concessions, which at most will allow safari vehicles to go off road and into the bush seeking and tracking animals. Camps not on private concession are restricted to road use, which often denies the traveler the best of opportunities to find animals that are well hidden within the bush. It is a far more exciting adventure when traveling across the veld, at times into the tree line and across marsh in search of the animals in the wild.
Luxury camps will also afford the traveler the best in cuisine, offering local wines as an included feature at certain camps, and providing laundry service as an inclusive feature. Thus, there are a number of considerations to be made before choosing which of the camps provide the best value for the dollar. Several points to consider are as follows:
- Number of accommodations within the camp. Some camps have as few as 7 luxury tents, so while out on safari, it is unlikely that you will cross paths with any other vehicle. At lesser camps, you might find as many as 15 vehicles circled around the one lion.
- Location of the camp and whether it abuts other camps or is it off unto itself. Meaningful because while on safari, it will determine the chances of having a greater number of vehicles in search of the same animals.
- Private concession or not. As mentioned above, a camp on private concession affords the traveler the finest adventure allowing the driver to go off road in search of game.
- Type of safari vehicle. The type of vehicle used by camps is an important factor to consider when choosing which of the camps best suits the purpose. Certain camps will use a van with a pop up roof taking as many as 10 – 12 guests on the game drive. It restricts the driver where he can take the van and obviously will carry more guests. Other camps will use enclosed jeeps or Land Rovers, while others, much preferred, will us open air Land Rovers providing the best viewing while out on safari. The open air Land Rover will seat as many as 8 guests.
- Night time safaris provide a totally different experience that adds to the excitement of the hunt for animal. Not all camps offer night time safaris and it is a factor to consider when choosing a camp.
Clearly, finding a camp that offers the most inclusive features in a setting apart from other camp sites, in luxury style will cost considerably more than a camp accommodating 40 or more guests and having 5 or more vehicles leave camp each safari in search of game. Considering that most will visit the African continent just once in their lifetime, the choice of camp becomes immeasurably important, and assuring oneself that the experience will be an enriching one, the cost, spread over a lifetime will surely reap greater benefits the more luxurious and secluded the camp site.
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