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Are you feeling the call of the wild? Ready to swap the city for the acacia-peppered plains of the Serengeti and the swaying grasses of the Masai Mara? Think rumbling 4X4 rides over dusty tracks in pursuit of elephant herds or galloping gazelles might just be the perfect remedy for the stresses of the Rat Race? A safari tentalow stay might just be the thing you're after.
Hearkening back to the age of the great explorers and adventurers in the 1800s, these sorts of accommodations offer a truly up-close-and-personal encounter with the African bush. They tout rooms that are part hotel, part tent, which means the hoot of midnight owls and the creep of a wildcat could be just a canvas away. You'll be so immersed in the environment you've come to see that you might not even need to head out to get that safari viewing done. Tentalow stays are known for bringing the wild right to your door, with glimpses of galumphing elephants and prowling lions all possible from the comfort of a bed.
Don't worry about getting that fix of luxury, either. There are safari tentalows that cater specifically to the honeymooning crowd. They come with huge private tent rooms that have sumptuous bathrooms and tubs with a view. They have outdoor infinity pools where you can laze next to vistas of scrub-topped bluffs and giraffe-trodden rivers. And there are on-site kitchens that serve up romantic meals for 2 under the twinkling stars of the Serengeti.
There are a few destinations that are leading the way with these sorts of accommodation. Acclaimed safari tentalows in Amboseli and safari tentalows in Masai Mara combine to make Kenya unquestionably one of them. There's everything from rustic stays that get you close to the Big 5 beasts to uber-lux choices like Tortilis Camp – think 4 stars, a swimming pool and plush bedspreads.
There are also excellent safari tentalows in Serengeti National Park and vicinity. You'll pick from places like the 4-star Mawe Luxury Tented Camp, a stay that'll have you out and about in Tanzania's great wilderness in the company of buffalo, topi, elephants and more.
Few accommodation types offer such immersion in nature as the safari tentalow. From South Africa to Kenya, Tanzania to Zambia, they remain one of the top picks for intrepid travellers, wildlife lovers and even luxury seekers.