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Nowhere in Africa is the landscape more diverse than it is in Namibia. But diversity is also found in the accommodations of the area and Wilderness Safaris has many camps across the country which cater to all all types of travelers. Here are a few that might fit your needs:
If you're an adventure traveler, then try Kulala Desert Lodge
Kulala's thatched African villas provide close proximity to the red dunes of Sossussvlei. A early rise is required to hit the dunes before the sun does, to capture the best light and keep cool for the arduous hike up the world's largest sand dune. Running down them feels like a mad mix of skiing, walking on the moon and rolling through a wall of cotton.
Africa has many amazing safari lodges out in its vast, beautiful wilderness, with a specific subset being semi-mobile camps: having only temporary permission to set up in a particular location, a semi-mobile camp must be able to pack up and move on within a matter of days, leaving not even a hint of environmental impact behind.
This obviously protects the fragile ecosystem the camp passes through, but also allows for freedom to move with the seasons, and in the case of Dunia Camp in Tanzania, with the flow of the Great Migration through Serengeti National Park.
Semi-mobile means no plumbing, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lack any amenities: there are flush toilets in each luxurious tent, and one of the more charming bush experiences is only a butler’s call and brief wait away: the bucket shower, courtesy of old-fashioned boiled water and gravity.
This is a shot we took at a Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades known as Billie Swamp Safari. Geared toward families, school groups, tourists, or just anyone who likes roughing it in the backcountry, the 2,000 acre reservation offers guests the chance to go airboating through the swamps, spying on bison, water buffalo, heron, turtles, snakes, and, of course, alligators.
The two frisky reptiles you see pictured above? Those would be a pair of African spur thighed tortoises, who live in a herpetarium at the main visitor's center. Though the land-dwelling creatures get plenty of attention, it seems they couldn't resist putting on a little show for us when we arrived.
But the best part about this place are the "chickees," or thatched roof dwellings, where visitors can spend the night. The accommodations are certainly rustic, but isn't that part of the fun?
For more info on booking a chickee in the Everglades, click below!
Last week we tempted you with the outdoor shower at Selous Safari Camp in Tanzania; today we'll take you on a little tour of one of the luxurious tents (if you can still call them that) these showers are part of, as well as some of the things we saw while out and about in the reserve.
Selous Game Reserve lies about 200km southwest of Dar Es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania (the state capital is Dodoma). Much less known than the famous Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, it's nearly twice the size of Belgium and actually four times as large as the Serengeti. We spent some time here following a journey through the northern part of Tanzania, and would highly recommend fitting Selous into your itinerary if you can.
Its landscape and vegetation is different from the drier plains in the north, with East Africa's largest river - the Rufiji - making it the home and migration stop for countless bird species. You'll find plenty of larger animals as well, as you can see in the gallery, but more on that later. First, a few words on the camp itself.
But fear not, we're not going to be roughing it here - each massive safari tent comes with en-suite bathroom complete with these lovely open air hot showers. By day you may see all sorts of wildlife wander by (there are no fences, so animal encounters inside the camp are common), at night the view is equally stunning looking up at the star-filled sky.
We'll have more on Selous Safari Camp, as well as other lodges and retreats in Tanzania, for you soon.