Top 5 tented experiences (as we see things…)

The woodsmoke, the canvas, the night sky above and the night sounds all around. Whatever it is that brings out the inner scout in all of us there are few holidays that beat proper camping and there are few places on earth that beat our top five tented camps. Our favourite, all perfectly pitched in the most stunning locations, are about comfort, style and the outdoors. What we love is the intense (sorry) experience that only sleeping under canvas can bring. And when it's combined with some exceptional wildlife, it can be life changing.

Camping can be desperate rummaging for the last dry match box when the only thing to look forward to is the cold trek to the even colder showers. Or it can be breathlessly waiting for tigers to appear in Nagarhole National Park or finding yourself the only human among thousands of buffalo in Katavi, knowing that there's a hot shower and a delicious breakfast waiting for you when you get back to camp. Guess which we prefer. The combination of frontier living, freedom from monotonous reality with the added frisson of wild life only inches away is what gives it the edge over everything else.

So here are our top five tented experiences:

  1. SAN CAMP, MAKGADIKGADI PANS - Botswana: bushmen, edge of world luxury, meerkats up close and personal with a quad bike or two to get around the vastness.  Beyond extraordinary.... read more
  2. THE BISON, NAGARHOLE - India: Tigers, leopards and owners whose enthusiasm for wildlife is dangerously infectious.  A mix of Raj hunting lodge and old school East African safari camp .... read more
  3. CHADA KATAVI - Tanzania: Remote, wild and simple.  Only for 12 people, the camp has all the creature comforts and is in an area of one of the last great gatherings of more
  4. THE SERAI, RAJASTHAN - India: An oasis in the Great Thar Desert with fantastic service, leather encased cool boxes on desert picnics and a swimming pool.  Camels on hand to take you deep into the desert with the fort and bazaar of Jaisalmer only a short drive away ..... read more
  5. DESERT CAMP, SOUTHERN MOROCCO: Decorated Caidale tents, thick duvets for those chilly desert nights and all the stars you'll ever need during dinner by the fire.  Sand dunes which stretch out forever more


Posted by: Alex

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