CALL OF THE WILD
Looking for an African escape perfectly suited to romance and luxury? Try one of these hotels, great for couples
Angama brings an elegant aesthetic to the bush, with splashes of Maasai fabrics. The camp contains 30 tents but retains an intimate feel. The “tents“, which are more like open-plan apartments, feature an entire glass facade overlooking the Maasai Mara. At dinner, there’s an excellent international menu washed down with fine South African wines.
Details: From $1860pp, per night, including transfers, all guided safaris into the Mara Triangle, guided walking safaris, all meals and drinks (excluding champagne), laundry, Wi-Fi, and emergency medical evacuation insurance. angama.com
Onguma Tented Camp
Whereas at some camps it feels as if there’s a distinct boundary between you and the wilderness, at Onguma Tented Camp that barrier seems blurred. A circular watering hole sits at the centre of a natural crater, surrounded by acacia trees. There
are seven luxury tents and each has a small decking area. Inside, there’s a double bed, armchairs and a tea/coffee station, plus a minibar.
Details: From $337pp, per night including dinner, bed and breakfast. Fully inclusive packages are available. onguma.com
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Perched high on Nteko Ridge, the charming Nkuringo Lodge has spectacular views over Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where half the world’s rare mountain gorillas roam. It’s an excellent base for gorilla tracking, and also offers fabulous hiking, birding and canoeing with a relaxing, unpretentious vibe. The food is hearty, the ambience relaxed.
Details: From $147pp, per night,
including meals and tea and coffee. Honeymooners receive a complimentary bottle of wine and 30-minute massage. mountaingorillalodge.com
Nehimba is a classic African bush lodge, where the nine individual rooms are spaced around the property — which in this case means the rooms are located around a waterhole. Each large room is raised on stilts and built from canvas and thatch, and the ethnic-style decor is in natural colours. The restaurant menu changes daily and food is delicious and wholesome.
Details: From $2767pp, per night, including all meals, soft drinks, beers, wines and local spirits, laundry, game activities as available including walks, drives, all day excursions and night drives, park entry fees per paying night, and guided game activities. imvelosafarilodges.com/nehimba