MOBILE CAMPS: THE BEST OF THE REST
In untrammeled Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe, respected guide Ant Kaschula offers an experience that combines wildlife viewing with guided walks. Small, exclusive-use camps are run mainly during the dry season (April to November) for a maximum of 10 guests. The solar-lit Meru-style tents each have a bucket shower and a composting toilet.
gonarezhou-bushcamps. com; from US$690 per person, all-inclusive.
Legendary Expeditions sets up mobile camps in the path of vast herds of wildebeests migrating through the Serengeti Plain. The tents, each of which has an en suite bathroom, are moved around the park according to breeding and weather patterns. Individual tents are available to book; groups of six or more are allocated the entire camp on an exclusive-use basis. The camps close May 1–15. legendaryexpeditions.com; from US$1,025 per person, all-inclusive.
Kenya is said to be where modern-day mobile camps started, and Royal African Safaris continues the tradition with expert guides and elegantly appointed tents set up around the Masai Mara National Reserve. Locations vary from week to week according to the movements of the animals. Safaris fill up via word of mouth, and as many as 65 percent of bookings come from repeat guests. royal african.com; from US$1,500 per person, all inclusive.