MO­BILE CAMPS: THE BEST OF THE REST

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ZIM­BABWE 1

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.

TAN­ZA­NIA 2

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 3

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.

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